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Arts & Entertainment

A voice and vision for Africa Mount Holyoke College professor’s documentary on seminal African filmmaker debuts at Sundance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It’s a story that almost defies belief. Ousmane Sembène, born in the French colony of Senegal in 1923, had been kicked out of school in the fifth grade for fighting, and by his teens was a laborer in Dakar, Senegal’s capital. During World War II, he was drafted into the French army, and after the war he became a dock …

Project Rehovot presents a concert for a cause

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For more than 20 years, volunteers from the Jewish Community of Amherst have been lending a helping hand for an educational and social cause nearly …

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 …

Poehler feted by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked at the irreverent affair that …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Paul Taylor: Creative Domain’ Friday at the Eric Carle Museum; ‘The Araboolies of Liberty Street’ Saturday at Smith College

Thursday, January 29, 2015

LOCAL FILMMAKER MEETS ICONIC DANCE MASTER “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain,” a documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis, is a must-see for fans of this American modern-dance master, who has rarely revealed his creative process to the public. It will be shown Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Eric …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: The Silver Chord Bowl; the Lisa Leizman Dance Company

Thursday, January 29, 2015

LEADER OF THE PACK Well before a cappella singing became so popular it had a presence on mainstream TV, there was Northampton’s Silver Chord Bowl. Always a great show, it has enough spirit to shake most people out of the winter doldrums. College singers from a half dozen …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Origami sculptures at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts; Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi at the Iron Horse

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ABOVE THE FOLD For its newest exhibit, the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield has put aside paintings and conventional artwork to showcase something different — sculptures and large-scale origami installations by nine master folders. Some of these intricate paper pieces measure as large as 20 feet …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Duck, duck, goose

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back when this week’s storm of “potentially historic proportions” was just a gleam in the meteorologist’s eye — where it pretty much remained — I found this cozy scene under the iron bridge over Lower Lake at Mount …

Movie times

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animation Shorts (NR) Daily 1:50, 7; Sat.-Sun. also 11:45 a.m. 2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (NR) Daily 4:10, 9:25 Birdman (R) Daily 1:40, 6:45; Sun. also 11:15 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, …

New on DVD

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Best of Me: Former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown. Stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey. Rated PG-13. Dear White People: Four black students attend an Ivy …

Spring Film: A season of sameness

Thursday, January 29, 2015

It’s a new year and a new spirit pervades the land. Nowhere is that sense of innovation and imagination, of bold ideas and daring leaps into the further reaches of artistic realms, more in evidence than in Hollywood. …

Book Bag: ‘Pergolesi in the Pentagon: Life at the Front Lines of the Cultural Cold War’ by John S. Bowman; ‘I Carry My Mother’ by Lesléa Newman

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PERGOLESI IN THE PENTAGON: LIFE AT THE FRONT LINES OF THE CULTURAL COLD WAR By John S. Bowman Think the Cold War was all about stockpiling nuclear weapons, espionage and proxy wars? The long showdown between America and …