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A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as a child, so it was especially gratifying, she says, when, years later, Taylor agreed to let her make a movie about his …

The sound of music: Hampshire Young People’s Chorus marks 15 years of youthful singing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First they shook their hands and feet and shoulders as the chorus director counted in Spanish. Then they did scales to piano accompaniment, singing the …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Fast Five’ at Northampton Arts Trust Building

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Back by popular demand, the Connecticut River Valley Poets’ Theatre’s production of “Fast Five” will be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the …

What to watch for at the Sundance Film Festival

Friday, January 23, 2015

Just as Hollywood’s awards season heats up, half the town takes off for a snowy getaway to Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. Celebrating its 31st year, the festival has steadily outgrown its indie-film roots to …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Cuba: Anthropology of a Country’ at the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass; three stand-up comedians at the Academy of Music

Friday, January 23, 2015

INSIDE CUBA I’m fascinated by Cuba and am excited to think that a trip there might be in my future. As the U.S. and Cuba try to figure how to proceed, an exhibit, “Cuba: Anthropology of a Country,” projected digital photographs by Yeraldine Ordoñez, opens Tuesday and will …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘Sin Nombre’ at Amherst Cinema; ‘Still Waters, Rolling Seas’ at the Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton

Friday, January 23, 2015

FILM DISCUSSION It’s been called a film about redemption and faith. “Sin Nombre,” the 2009 film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga that tells the story of a teenage girl leaving her native country, was a breakout at the Sundance Film Festival that year. It will be shown Wednesday …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Oscar-nominated films at Amherst Cinema; photo exhibit of Northampton’s past at Hosmer Gallery

Friday, January 23, 2015

OSCAR POWER Amherst Cinema is featuring two films that have snagged 17 Academy Award nominations between them. “Birdman” (nine nominations), is a black comedy starring Michael Keaton as an aging actor, famous for portraying an iconic hero, trying to mount a Broadway play. “The Imitation Game” (eight nominations) …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: One-of-a-kind The Bad Plus to play Iron Horse in Northampton

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jazz trios don’t come any more dazzling than The Bad Plus. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King make accessibly adventurous music that’s even more fun when you can see the three longtime friends in …

Headliners: ‘Dérive’ at the Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst; duoJalal at UMass

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Drifters Noting that everyday life under advanced capitalism was becoming increasingly predictable and monotonous, a group of French intellectuals in the 1950s came up with the idea of the dérive (“drift”). They defined it as “an unplanned …

Book Bag: ‘The Jaguar’s Children’ by John Vaillant

Friday, January 23, 2015

THE JAGUAR’S CHILDREN By John Vaillant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt www.thetigerbook.com John Vaillant scored well with critics and readers in the past several years with two books of nonfiction, including “The Tiger,” a tale of a search for a …

Valley Readings

Friday, January 23, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: LIMERED TEAHOUSE: Ware author Tim Parker will sign copies of his book “Wispa” Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m., at the teahouse, 50 Main St., Amherst. 405-458-5642. LOOMIS VILLAGE: Mystery writer Dusty …

Art Maker: Russell Powell | painter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russell Powell, 60, of Hatfield draws on his experience as an athlete — throwing a softball, for example, or shooting a basketball — when creating his oil paintings. “My most transcendent moments on the playing field occurred when …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Nature’s graffiti

Friday, January 23, 2015

Although this may look like someone’s cryptic graffiti, the designs on this building at the corner of Main and Market streets in Northampton are the result of late-afternoon sunlight reflected from windows across the street. — Jerrey Roberts …