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Seldom seen: Rare Matisse drawings on exhibit at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Henri Matisse was one of the giants of early 20th-century art — an influential painter, printmaker, sculptor and collage artist who became particularly noted for the expressive colors and strong brushstrokes of his paintings. But Matisse (1869-1954) also loved to draw, whether making studies for later paintings, stand-alone portraits or sketches he used for experimenting with new ideas or examining …

Fruits of friendship: Deep roots of band, Solara, planted during childhood

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You don’t have to look very far to find a group of hometown friends who’ve decided to form a band. It happens all the time …

Weekend Planner — Storytelling: ‘An Evening of Traditional — and Spooky! — Storytelling at Historic Northampton’

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“Ghost stories are born when you give more power to the past than to the present or the future,” says storyteller Motoko, who will be …

KenMaiuri’s Tuned In: Richard Buckner performs in the very cozy Flying Object in Hadley

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Some artists are mass-market ready, or become that way; others are more like secrets, passed on personally from friend to friend — like singer-songwriter Richard Buckner. That’s how I first heard him, back in the late ’90s. “You …

Headliners: National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China at UMass; Theatre Project’s ‘Harvey’

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Direct from Beijing Laughing in the face of gravity, they raise serious questions about the laws of physics while simultaneously defying the limitations of human anatomy. They’re the National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China whose repertoire …

Movie listings

Thursday, October 30, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) The Blue Room (R) Dear White People (R) Hard-Boiled Noir: Gilda (NR) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY: The day for young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) begins with gum stuck in his hair, and is followed by more calamities. He gets little sympathy from his family and …

In ‘Nightcrawler,’ Gyllenhaal is on the prowl

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dan Gilroy, writer-director of the Los Angeles noir “Nightcrawler,” knew his star, Jake Gyllenhaal, had entered an adventurous new phase as an actor. But he still didn’t foresee the sudden emergence of a hair tie. “One day he …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hercules: Having endured his legendary 12 labors, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), is tested again when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane. Rated PG-13. Maleficent: …

Video on demand is ramping up marketing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Video on demand, once the poor stepchild of film distribution, is beginning to gain respect. Besides giving smaller budget movies the chance to reach a wider audience, VOD is surfing atop the wave of younger viewers who prefer …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Lawn of the dead

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Or, perhaps, the “undead?” No. I know well what these folks were doing at the Franconia Golf Course in Springfield during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament last week: Having caddied for my Dad back in the day …

Book Bag: ‘Love in the Time of Climate Change’ by Brian Adams; ‘The Mitten String’ by Jennifer Rosner; ‘Ruin and Rising’ by Leigh Bardugo

Thursday, October 30, 2014

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE By Brian Adams Green Writers Press brianadamsauthor.wordpress.com Ocean levels are rising, putting coastal areas at risk of flooding. Weather is becoming more violent and unpredictable, as torrential rain and crippling drought …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors a monthly “Writers’ Night Out,” an evening of readings, Nov. 4, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured writer is Karen Skolfield. Jacqueline Sheehan, …