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VIDEO Arabian Nights in Ashfield: Double Edge Theatre presents ‘Shahrazad,’ an indoor/outdoor spectacle of love and magic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in Ashfield, Double Edge Theatre will re-imagine “Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic” during this year’s annual Summer Spectacle. The show opened July 18 and will run through Aug. 24. All shows are at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, rain or shine. These performances routinely sell out, so those who are interested in attending … 0

The Guns of August, revisited: Leverett couple’s latest foray into World War I looks at Americans in occupied Belgium

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Just over 100 years ago, German troops invaded Belgium — the opening salvo on the Western Front in World War I, an orgy of violence … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Mitch Chakour at 1794 Meeting House in New Salem

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Music producer, pianist, guitarist, vocalist and teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, Amherst’s Mitch Chakour has had an illustrious 35-year career in music, … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: tinydance project’s tiny tour; Rock Choir sings Motown at the Academy of Music in Northampton

Thursday, July 31, 2014

GOOD THING, SMALL PACKAGE Kelly Silliman, creator of the tinydance project, kicks off a one-week tiny tour of the area with performances Aug. 8 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St. She and Liv Fauver will perform … 0

Actor James Shigeta dies at 85

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Actor James Shigeta played the leading male role in the lavish movie musical “Flower Drum Song” in 1961. The year before, he won a Golden Globe as most promising newcomer. But after “Flower Drum Song” he never again … 0

The Great War recalled: Hilltown program offers music, poetry and artwork to mark 100th anniversary of start of WWI

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It was supposed to last just a few months, and soldiers on both sides, brimming with patriotic fervor, went off confident of victory. But World War I dragged on for more than four years, and when the guns … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “Get On Up” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Begin Again,” “Boyhood” and “Wish I Was Here” and continues showing “Obvious Child.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “And So It Goes,” “Chef” and … 0

Ken Mairui’s Clubland: Hitting the highway for Hospitality

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

F ew cities as cozy as Northampton have such a wealth of live music — at last count, at least eight venues host regular shows — but even so, sometimes your favorite band isn’t making it to town … 0

Movie review: ‘Guardians’ is irreverent but not enough

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

At the height of their powers, our overlords at Marvel have deigned to prove, like an emperor tolerating a court jester, that they do, in fact, have a sense of humor. The Marvel universe, of course, isn’t entirely … 0

Amherst Cinema celebrates summer with ‘Classic Car Series’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

In honor of the last full month of summer, Amherst Cinema will present a series of films about “classic cars, fast drivers and asphalt odysseys.” The “Hit the Road Jack” series, which features four films, will run throughout … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: Paintbox Theatre’s ‘Pirate Girl’ at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ferocious Captain Firebeard may think that he and the cruel crew of The Horrible Haddock rule the high seas — but he hasn’t reckoned on a small, daring girl called Molly. And he certainly shouldn’t have kidnapped her! … 0

Weekend Planner — Exhibit: Gregory ‘Button Man’ Wilson at Northampton Senior Center

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

While Northampton’s Gregory “Button Man” Wilson designed and manufactured political, advertising and social-issue pin-back buttons for 28 years until his retirement, his lifelong avocation has been photography. Self-taught except for a course at the U.S. Air Force School … 0

A quarter of a century later, Chester Theatre Company still tackling big ideas with small-cast plays

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For 25 years, organizers at The Chester Theatre Company have been on a mission — to produce thought-provoking, small-cast, contemporary plays that engage audiences who make their way to this small Berkshire hilltown community on the banks of … 0