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Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner told the world that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman” in an extraordinary television interview aired Friday about gender confusion he first felt as a youngster trying on his mother’s and sister’s dresses. The 1976 decathlon champion, known better to a new generation as the patriarch of television’s omnipresent …

Beatles 2.0: Fab Faux to recreate ‘Abbey Road’ album in its entirety at UMass concert

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In early 1969, Paul McCartney sat down with his fellow Beatles and tried to convince them that they should go back on tour, something the …

Former student-mentor duo team up to direct HEF musical, ‘The Pajama Game’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frank Jackson and Vanessa Kerby met in 2001, when Kerby was a freshman at Northampton High School, interested in acting, and Jackson was brought in …

Movie Times

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Clouds of Sils Maria (R) Daily 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:15; Sat.-Sun. also 11:15 a.m. Pierrot Le Fou (NR) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 While We’re Young (R) Daily 2, 4:30, 7, …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE AGE OF ADALINE: A young woman (Blake Lively), born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man (Michiel Huisman) who might be worth …

New on DVD

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Accidental Love: A small-town waitress gets a a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, D.C., where she meets a clueless young senator. Stars Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal Raymond L. Brown …

Movie Review: Tom Hardy excels but ‘Child 44’ feels like 40 movies

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The best-selling novel “Child 44” by Tom Rob Smith runs well over 400 pages, and that’s perhaps the first hint as to why the movie based on it seems to veer in 40 different directions. It’s a political …

They Will Be Back: Sequels multiply in summer movie season

Friday, April 24, 2015

‘I’ll be back,” the line Arnold Schwarzenegger first uttered more than 30 years ago in that indelible manly monotone, belongs to the Terminator, of course. But it also might as well be the official slogan of the summer …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘The Shape of Water’ at ECA+ Gallery; staged reading of ‘Tar2f,’ musical version of Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’ at Unitarian Society in Northampton

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHAT SHAPE? I like the title of the exhibit “The Shape of Water,” but it makes me wonder: Does water even have a shape? And, if it does, what defines it? In an exhibit at the ECA+ Gallery, painter Lynne Adams and printmaker Patricia Parker reveal water’s form …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Heather Maloney CD release party at Academy of Music; Historic Northampton exhibit, ‘Fair People’

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A SIGNATURE WEEKEND It’s CD release time for Signature Sounds artist Heather Maloney. Tonight at Northampton’s Academy of Music, Maloney — dubbed one of “five artists to watch” by Spin magazine — will debut songs from her new album, “Making Me Break,” which was recorded in Nashville and …

Book Bag: ‘Waving Back’ by Gail Thomas; ‘The Land Has Its Say’ by Henry Lyman; ‘Letters to Palestine,’ edited by Vijay Prashad

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WAVING BACK By Gail Thomas Turning Point Books www.gailthomaspoet.com Gail Thomas has worn a number of hats over the years, including training as a learning specialist, teaching at Smith College in Northampton, and teaching high school English. She’s …

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Book launch for “Latin Hitchcock: How Almodovar, Amenabar, De la Igesia, Del Toro and Campanella Became Notorious” by Dona Kercher Friday, 4:30 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main …