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Windows and walls: In a new exhibit, photographer Kate Way examines the physical and metaphorical impact of structures

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Photographer Kate Way wants people to look beyond the ordinary structures of windows, walls and doors to realize the impact they have on our lives. In a new exhibit at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, Way will feature 25 photos taken over the past six years throughout New England, the deep South and western America as well as parts of …

Collective Power: Cooperative art galleries in Northampton and Amherst open joint show

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It’s a common question for any artist: How can I get more exposure? At the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton and Gallery A3 in Amherst, Valley …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Memory House’ at Chester Theatre Company

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kathleen Tolan’s two-person play “Memory House” takes place in a small Manhattan apartment on New Year’s Eve where Maggie, a middle-aged office worker, has set …

Movie capsules

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMY: This documentary tells the story of the late British pop singer Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. Directed by Asif Kapadia. Rated R. ANT-MAN: Director Peyton Reed’s tale of a …

Movie review: ‘Vacation’ is a funny homage to its predecessor

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The great American family road trip seems, in the 32 years since we first met the Griswolds, as antiquated a concept as ever. Middle class families fly now — device enabled, efficiency obsessed and always aware of the …

Art Maker: Kathryn Fanelli | painter, printmaker

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kathryn Fanelli, 48, of Amherst says she’s mainly a painter, but includes drawing, printmaking and photography in her practice. She has a studio in Eastworks in Easthampton and is a member of Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Florence. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The band Ween was a powerful two-headed monster. Dean (Mickey Melchiondo) had the insane guitar skills, Gene (Aaron Freeman) the soulful vocals, and they took their serious talents and warped them in fun-house mirrors of recording tricks and …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Mr. Burns’ at New Century Theatre; ‘Free Fun Friday’ at the Eric Carle Museum

Thursday, July 30, 2015

D’oh! Here’s a unique premise: In her play “Mr. Burns,” Anne Washburn explores a post-apocalyptic world where strangers pass the time retelling the story of “Cape Feare,” an episode from “The Simpsons.” Flash forward seven years and a theater company is doing the same thing. Leap ahead 75 …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Zydeco Connectino at the Westhampton Field of Dreams Concert; The Republican debate

Thursday, July 30, 2015

OUTSIDE AND ABOUT Ugh. August is upon us and summer’s blessing will soon retreat. That means it’s time to experience a great summer thing: sitting outdoors at a concert. The calendar inside lists a few choice choices, but since I love the sounds of Louisiana, my pick would …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Drawings by Leonard Baskin at R. Michelson Galleries; ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at Shakespeare & Company

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BASKING IN BASKIN The late Valley artist Leonard Baskin honed his drawing skills through, as he put it, “deliberate, slug-tempoed, knuckle-aching, face wrinkling effort.” In doing so, he created a highly expressive, often dark look for a variety of topics — birds, anatomical sketches, portraits of ancient Greeks …

Book Bag: ‘Miss Emily’ by Nuala O’Connor

Thursday, July 30, 2015

MISS EMILY By Nuala O’Connor Penguin Books www.nualanichonchuir.com There’s no shortage of interest in Emily Dickinson in these parts — just for starters, there’s a play about her that takes place in Amherst through this weekend, and another …

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: A.P.E. GALLERY: Poets Amy Dryansky, Carol Edelstein, Sarah Sousa and Michelle Valois will read from their work, surrounded by photographs by Kate Way, next Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the gallery, 126 …

Photo gallery: Smooth sailing

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to tag along with pilot Paul Sena of Worthington Ballooning for my first experience flying in a hot air balloon. It was a relatively calm afternoon so it was smooth sailing as we …