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Arts & Entertainment

Button up and count down for 30th-anniversary First Night Northampton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It’s not easy to be all things to all people, but Penny Burke and her merry band of magicians at First Night Northampton come pretty close every year. On Dec. 31, the city will ring in the new year with a First Night celebration, for the 30th time, this year with 12 solid hours of performances in 20 venues across …

What makes Vladimir tick? Russian-American journalist looks at Putin through the prism of modern Russia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the Russian economy staggering under the plummeting price of oil, Vladimir Putin has been back in the headlines in recent weeks, blaming the West …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Home for the Holidays’ at the Majestic Theater

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

After six years, “Home For The Holidays,” the annual seasonal variety show that harks back to the holiday TV specials of yesteryear, has pretty much …

New on DVD

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Good Lie: Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where an encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives. Stars Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany. …

Under hackers’ threats, Sony cancels film release

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NEW YORK — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation’s largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of …

Weekend Planner — Dance: East Street Ballet’s ‘Winter Dances’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

“A combination of technically extraordinary ballet and lots of personality” is how East Street Ballet director Barbara Kauff describes “The Glove,” a dance choreographed by East Street Ballet’s Donna Bonasera to ragtime music from the movie “The Sting.” …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘The Santa Show!’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In Paintbox Theatre’s “The Santa Show!,” a young girl known as “Christmas” Petersen journeys to the North Pole to speak up for children on the ‘Bad” list. She believes that Santa should have three lists: The good, the …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

First Night volunteers Northampton Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers to help First Night Northampton run smoothly. It’s a commitment of several hours on Wednesday, Dec. 31, for one of three shifts: 1 to 5 p.m., 4:30 …

Music review: St. Petersburg Quartet returns to Northampton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By MARK MORFORD Gazette Contributing Writer The Russian string quartet from St. Petersburg made a welcome return to the Music in Deerfield concerts Sunday at Smith College’s Sweeney Concert Hall in Northampton. The program began with an arrangement …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Low & Close whips up the magic at One Bar & Grill

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It was a mellow Wednesday night at home, 11 p.m., not a creature was stirring ... and then the phone on the table sprang to life, punctuating the silence with a sunny DING! It was a music-loving friend …

Advanced bookings

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kenny Rogers Christmas — Fri., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $35. mohegansun.com Mark Anthony — Fri. and Sat., Dec. 19-20, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $95, $175. foxwoods.com Donny and Marie — Tues., Dec. 23, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. …

Movie review: Cumberbatch shines as wartime codebreaker

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press ’Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds. Sound overly specific? Consider: A few weeks ago we had “The Theory of Everything,” starring Eddie …

Saved by the Christmas Spirit: Old Deerfield Productions stages a new version of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It’s likely the most well-known Christmas story in the English-speaking world — and its main character has long been the very symbol of greed, miserliness and misanthropy. But in the end, he comes to symbolize something much better: …