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Finding beauty: Amherst exhibit showcases varied photography of Robert Hallock

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Robert Hallock has had a distinguished career as a professor of physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, joining the faculty in 1970 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the university in 1965 and a doctorate from Stanford University in 1969. But Hallock, 71, who lives in Leverett, has long had a deep interest in photography as well — one …

‘Johnny Came Home’: Play about PTSD benefits Wounded Warrior Project

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It’s a story that’s become all too familiar for many families with members serving in the military: a son, daughter, husband or wife joins the …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pat Alger, Jim Rooney, Chris Brashear perform at Watermelon Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Why is the new season of Watermelon Wednesdays beginning on a Thursday? Referring to the triple bill of Pat Alger, Jim Rooney and Chris Brashear, …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘The Sound of Music’ at Amherst Cinema; Katie Martin and Jake Meginsky at A.P.E.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MUSIC TO MY EARS I’ll get the apology out of the way first, because I’m about to be a little catty, if not unkind. Here goes: Everything about Carrie Underwood’s lackluster, amateurish performance on the 2013 live TV production of “The Sound of Music” made me queasy. There, …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Free rowing classes at Sportsman’s Marina; Mass. State Yo-Yo Contest at Academy of Music

Thursday, May 28, 2015

STROKING ALONG THE CONNECTICUT Since 1987, members of the nonprofit Yankee Rowing Club have held ringside seats for the beauty of the Connecticut River. From 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, they’ll share them. The club is inviting the public to take free rowing lessons at Sportsman’s Marina on …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Peter Blanchette at Watermelon Wednesdays; Lambert & Stamp, documentary at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WATERMELON SEASON HAS ARRIVED If you haven’t heard Peter Blanchette’s beautiful work on his custom-made arch guitar, consider seeing him Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the West Whately Chapel. He’ll be performing with a few select guests in the new edition of Watermelon Wednesdays, the annual summer series …

Movie Times

Thursday, May 28, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Far from the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 1:40, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 11:10 a.m. Iris (PG-13) Daily 4:50, 7:15; Sat.-Sun. also 2:30 Lambert & Stamp (R) Daily 1:30, 9:45; …

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 …

Movie review: ‘Poltergeist’ solid remake of haunted house classic

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It’s infrequent and particularly satisfying when the remake of an especially memorable film equals or exceeds the experience of the original. In 1982, “Poltergeist” saw the brilliant pairing of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s” low-budget horror director Tobe Hooper …

Art Maker: Maurine Sutter | Contemporary photographer

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Maurine Sutter of Northampton uses a combination of traditional photography and contemporary digital methods to produce photos of spectacular color. She seldom uses imaging software to enhance or alter the tones that were present in the original scene, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Amherst Jazz Orchestra opens at new home, One Bar & Grill, and other music happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Amherst Jazz Orchestra — a 17-piece big band that plays classic tunes from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker and other legendary composers — has been a Valley mainstay since the ’90s. Next week the …

Book Bag: ‘Church of Marvels’ by Leslie Parry; ‘Wasp Archivist’ by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CHURCH OF MARVELS By Leslie Parry Ecco/HarperCollins www.leslieparry.com Think life was simpler — and people more content — in the late 1800s? “Church of Marvels,” the debut novel of Chicago author Leslie Parry, might disabuse you of that …

Valley Readings

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings, Tuesday 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: John Sheirer. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: …