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Unimaginable images: Mead exhibits chronicle artistic responses to past wars

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At this time of year in Europe 100 years ago, the quick, decisive war the major nations had been hoping for in August had become a distant memory. What became known as World War I had devolved into a bloody stalemate, with opposing armies hunkered down in trenches that stretched hundreds of miles across the Eastern and Western fronts. The …

Give me shelter Filmmaker with Hadley roots screens PBS series on adopting shelter animals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

When it comes to the subjects of his movies, documentary filmmaker Steven Latham has one basic aim. “My goal is to inspire people,” says Latham, …

A world at sixes and sevens: NHS presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton High School will present “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s ambitious, sprawling satire that asks why humanity seems always to be on the …

New on DVD

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Merry Friggin Christmas: Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son’s gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad …

Movie review: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ lives up to its title

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Comedy is all about timing. The dimwitted Lloyd (Jim Carrey) reminds the audience of that simple fact minutes into “Dumb and Dumber To” and the sentiment echoes throughout the disappointing return. Twenty years have passed since audiences first …

Felicity Jones an essential addition to ‘Theory’

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Twice in two years, Felicity Jones has stood out playing women who refuse to be relegated to mere supporting roles in the biopics of great men. In last year’s “The Invisible Woman,” Jones portrayed the illicit, long-term love …

Reality-based networks reaching into scripted TV

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NEW YORK — Can a zebra change its stripes? Not likely. But these days numerous reality-based networks are sporting new stripes in the form of scripted fare as they move to stretch their brand and freshen their look. Consider: — TruTV last month added several scripted series to …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: John Hodgman at the Academy of Music; Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A FUNNY GUY TV ads are more annoying than edifying, but a few are worth watching. Like the ones some time back for Apple computers that featured John Hodgman as a PC. He was hilarious. Hodgman, who was also very funny as a “resident expert” on “The Daily …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Diorama Show’ at A.P.E. Gallery; ‘Raise Your Voice’ concert at the Academy of Music

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LITTLE WORLDS Dioramas, three-dimensional scenes created within containers, are fascinating. They are often small, but to scale, and sometimes they are held within the most ingenious containers. “The Diorama Show” at the A.P.E. gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton, features eight local artists whose work can be scene in …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: The Jack DeJohnette Trio, ‘Speak No Evil’ at UMass; Rainy Day People at the Iron Horse

Thursday, November 20, 2014

JAZZED AT UMASS Looking for instrumental or vocal jazz this weekend? The University of Massachusetts Amherst has you covered. On Nov. 21, the Jack DeJohnette Trio, which includes Ravi Coltrane — son of saxophone legend John Coltrane — plays Bowker Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets at fineartscenter.com. On …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Stray Birds at the Iron Horse and other musical happenings in the Valley this week

Thursday, November 20, 2014

If you find record stores romantic and hope they stay around a while, Oliver Craven, Maya de Vitry and Charles Muench of The Stray Birds have written you a sad love song of sorts, “Best Medicine,” the title …

Headliners: Northampton Jazz Workshop; Pioneer Valley Musicians’ Emergency Fund benefit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jazz, tap and hip hop “We’re doing something a little different this week,” says Paul Arslanian of the Northampton Jazz Workshop. “In conjunction with a school show we are doing at Northampton High School, we will be featuring …

Art Maker: Elizabeth Stone | figurative artist

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elizabeth Stone is a contemporary figurative artist who works at her home studio in Florence, which she loves, she says, because of its “village feel.” She began painting in the late 1990s when she inherited her grandfather’s set …