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Outsider Art: Yiddish Book Center in Amherst features ‘raw art’ of New Yorker Nathan Hilu

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The French call it “art brut,” which translates as “raw art” or “rough art.” The English equivalent is “outsider art” — artwork that’s made outside the conventions of the academy, often by people with little or no formal training. Nathan Hilu certainly meets the latter definition. The elderly New York artist spent a good part of his working life in … 0

‘See the Beauty’: Robert Markey’s artwork holds stirring images, strong commentary, about violence against women and children

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life is complicated and so is the artwork of Robert Markey of Ashfield. For over 30 years, the figures he has drawn, carved, painted, molded … 0

Bread and Puppet Theater to bring emergency performance of ‘Fire’ to Easthampton orchard in response to violence in Gaza

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Bread and Puppet Theater, known worldwide for performances that comment on political and social problems, will stage “Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza” in … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “The Expendables 3,” “The Giver,” “Let’s Be Cops” and “Magic in the Moonlight.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Cavalry,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Dog” and continues showing “Boyhood.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “The Giver” and … 0

‘The Giver’ arrives, after journey of two decades

Thursday, August 14, 2014

NEW YORK — It was almost 20 years ago, and actor Jeff Bridges was searching for a movie project that would be a family affair — one in which he could direct his father, Lloyd, and that his … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Last Week with John Oliver’; Pauline Productions’ ‘Collected Stories’

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Breaking news, at a snail’s pace Let’s face it, lots of folks depend on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for their news fix. But, there’s a drawback for really, really busy people: It’s, well, daily. So how great is it that former “Daily Show” stringer, comedian and … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘A Genius for Place’ at Wistariahurst; talk at Historic Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

‘A GENIUS FOR PLACE’ Last call for an intriguing photo exhibit at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke. “A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era” showcases homes and landscapes that were created, beginning in the 1890s, by families who were using their new fortunes to construct … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Watermelon Wednesdays; Max B. Standley retrospective at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

THERE’S STILL WATERMELON (ON WEDNESDAYS) Summer is starting to head into the home stretch, but you can still catch shows at the Watermelon Wednesdays series at the West Whately Chapel. At 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 it’s Northampton singer-songwriter Heather Maloney and former Northamptonites Darlingside, who have toured … 0

Art People: Rochelle Shicoff | painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rochelle Shicoff thinks of herself mainly as a painter. And yet, her exhibit “It Came to Pass,” on view through Oct. 31 at the Jewish Community of Amherst, features photomontages; the images are mostly sacred items housed in … 0

Ken Mairui’s Tuned In: Alottle at the Platinum Pony in Easthampton, and lots more Valley music this week

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The proprietors of little ol’ Popcorn Noir, an intimate Easthampton space that started off by showing free films and serving food and drink, always had bigger plans. They opened in 2011, expanded next door in 2012, and earlier … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A MOST WANTED MAN: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. Stars Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Homayoun Ershadi. Rated R. BOYHOOD: Director Richard Linklater filmed this movie … 0

Book Bag: ‘Noodles & Albie’ by Eric Bennett; ‘We Called Him Bunny’ by Richard Andersen

Thursday, August 14, 2014

NOODLES & ALBIE By Eric Bennett Illustrated by Liz Bannish Small Batch Books penguingiftshop.com/noodles-albie Whoever heard of a penguin that can’t swim? Well, Noodles, a nervous young penguin who’s a key character in a new children’s book, has … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Eric Bennett will read from his new children’s book, “Noodles & Albie,” Aug. 22, 2 p.m. at the bookstore, in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. 534-7307 … 0