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Artwork from numerous artists is displayed throughout the Highland Hardware and Bike Shop as part of a scavenger hunt styled art exhibit Saturday in Holyoke.

Art among the hammers: Steampunk exhibit hidden in plain sight on hardware store shelves

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A hardware store is not the first place one might think of as a venue for an art show. But for artist Dean Nimmer, the idea has been brewing for some time. Nimmer, a retired chairman of the painting and printmaking programs at Mass College of Art and Design, has curated just such an exhibit, which is on view through …

‘From the Boat to Obama’: Play aims to fill historical void about African-American experiences

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mary Taylor says she doesn’t remember learning anything in school about the African-American experience back when she was growing up in Georgia and then Florida …

‘Music in the Noon Hour’ series continues at Smith College

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Concerts don’t have to be long to be meaningful. In fact, you can pack a lot into just half an hour. Case in point: “Music …

Movie Times

Thursday, October 8, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org A Borrowed Identity (NR) Daily 4:40, 7:25; Sat.-Sun. also 2:05 Coming Home (PG-13) Daily 1:50, 4:15, 6:50, 9:15; Sat.-Sun. also 11:45 a.m. Goodnight Mommy (R) Daily 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:25; …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

99 HOMES: A father (Andrew Garfield) struggles to get back the home his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker (Michael Shannon) who’s the source of his frustration. Rated R. BLACK MASS: The …

Movie review: ‘The Walk’ earns its keep with spectacular third act

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Can a great third act make a great film? Conventional wisdom would say no. It’s silly to spell out, but beginnings and middles are important, too. But if you’re going to nail one section, the end isn’t a …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Peter Cushing goes mod in ‘Corruption’

Thursday, October 8, 2015

British actor Peter Cushing was famous for his roles in Hammer films, appearing as the sinister Baron Frankenstein, vampire hunter Van Helsing and as Sherlock Holmes. In 1968, however, he left the 19th-century settings he seemed so suited …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dope: Life changes for Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure. Also stars Tony Revolori, …

Q&A: Villeneuve and Deakins talk light and dark in ‘Sicario’

Thursday, October 8, 2015

‘The Prince of Darkness” was the nickname of cinematographer legend Gordon Willis, but Roger Deakins, too, has shown a kingly command of shadows. Recall the sleek Shanghai skyscraper scene of “Skyfall,” the desperate moonlit horse ride of “True …

Track Record

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Unbreakable Janet Jackson BMG/Rhythm Nation Records; $9.99 “It was in summer that you left me, the fall and winter never felt so cold, and Lord knows words can never express it, life feels so empty I miss you …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dan Bern at the Parlor Room and much more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Singer/songwriter Dan Bern is an inspired storyteller, grabbing you with memorable opening lines and then twisting expectations with what follows. Like “Jerusalem,” one of his fans’ favorites: “When I tell you that I love you / don’t test …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Hamlet’ at Amherst Cinema; military vets show artwork at Northampton Arts Night Out

Thursday, October 8, 2015

TRAGIC TRANSFORMATION British actor Benedict Cumberbatch transformed himself into computer scientist, mathematician, logician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game”; he became Australian WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate”; and he’s done a turn as Massachusetts’ own Billy Bulger in “Black Mass.” Now’s your chance …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Northampton Film Festival; Riverside Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival

Thursday, October 8, 2015

LIGHTING UP SCREENS With an inspiring “the show must go on” spirit, Northampton Community Television and local partners are picking up the pieces of what once was the “Northampton Independent Film Festival” for a series of screenings Friday through Sunday at the Academy of Music at 274 Main …