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Nancy Stark Smith and a partner engage in contact improvsation.

‘Riff Talk’: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought celebrates 40th anniversary of Contact Quarterly

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To Jennifer Polins, dance is not simply about performance: There is a process behind every end product, she says — a journey that should be discussed, analyzed and appreciated. To that end, Polins, the founding director of the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, decided about a year and a half ago to offer what she likes to …

Lilies of the Valley: Boxcar Lilies bring rich harmonies and new CD to Iron Horse

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The way Jenny Goodspeed sees it, it would have been ideal if she and her two bandmates had met a little sooner than they actually …

Picture Book Theatre brings Carle characters to the stage

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

For the past 10 years, the arrival of November has brought with it special performances for youngsters that promote reading at the Eric Carle Museum …

Valley Readings

Friday, November 20, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: Amherst History Museum: David Bosse of Historic Deerfield presents “Reading the Rural New England Economy Through Account Books” Friday, 12:15 p.m., Amherst History Museum / Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St., …

Movie capsules

Friday, November 6, 2015

THE 33: When a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. Based on a real-life event. Stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche. Rated PG-13. THE ASSASSIN: An assassin accepts a dangerous …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Autumn Romantics’ orchestra concert at Smith College; UMass choral, women’s and recital choirs at St. John’s Episcopal Church

Friday, November 20, 2015

ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? A great thing about being in a college town is the quantity — and quality — of entertaining musical performances open to the public on a weekly basis. Saturday, at 8 p.m., catch Smith College’s fall orchestra concert, “Autumn Romantics,” featuring such works as “Academic …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: And the Neighbors celebrate first CD at Luthiers Co-Op and much more music in the Valley

Friday, November 20, 2015

Debra DeMuth began writing songs 13 years ago while healing from cancer. “Trying to feel a part of the world again,” she said in an interview earlier this week. She joined a workshop led by Robin Lane and …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A patient sentinel

Friday, November 20, 2015

I like working as a photographer for the Gazette on Veterans Day; it’s a treat to talk to people I wouldn’t otherwise meet, and I’m reminded of events that we mustn’t forget. This year, at Bridge Street School …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bests: Children’s book illustrations at R. Michelson Galleries; Mary Blair exhibit at Eric Carle

Friday, November 20, 2015

A CHILD’S WORLD IN COLOR (AND BLACK AND WHITE) For 26 years, R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton has hosted an annual exhibit of children’s book art, and this year it’s a particularly colorful display. From well-known names like Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak, to up-and-coming artists like Marcela …

Movie times

Friday, November 20, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The Assassin (NR) Fri.-Tues. 4:15, 9:30; Sun. also 11:20 a.m. Brooklyn (PG-13) Wed., Thurs. 2, 4:35, 7:20, 9:30 Buena Vista Social Club (G) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 Labyrinth of Lies …

Headliners: ‘Soup for Syria’ at the Shutesbury Athletic Club; ‘Northampton’s Poor Farm and the City’s Most Accessible Conservation Area: Barrett Street Marsh’ at Smith College

Friday, November 20, 2015

Music to suit your oud Amherst native Aliya Cycon left home when she was 16 to study ballet at the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C.; seeking to further her dance training, she moved to New York, where she …

James Heflin’s Best Bets: FlavaEvolution at Thirsty Mind; classical guitarist Berit Strong at the Eric Carle

Friday, November 20, 2015

REEDS AND BRASS If what you like to hear with horns is pretty much more horns, local band FlavaEvolution has what you need. The quartet employs a lineup of saxophones, trombone and bass. And that’s it. No drums, no chordal instruments. And the result is surprisingly cool — …

New on DVD

Friday, November 20, 2015

American Ultra: A stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) who is in fact a government agent is marked as a liability and targeted for elimination. But he’s too well trained — and too high — for them to handle. Also stars …