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A concert with a cause: Easthampton High School students bring country-music performers to town Oct. 4 to raise money for S.A.D.D.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

After months of planning, organizing and budgeting, two Easthampton High School students have put together a concert starring two country music performers. Bryan Delaney, 17, and Jacob LaPrade, 17, are high school seniors, best friends, and the president and vice president, respectively, of Easthampton High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club. “Easthampton Concert for a Cause,” starring Adam Craig and …

‘Holding Hands with Ilsa’: Hampshire College film professor explores his roots in post-WWII Poland

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It’s just a tendril of the past: a faded, somewhat blotchy black-and-white photo of a teenage girl, standing in a meadow with her hands on …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, The Free Radicals in Florence

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, Northampton’s newest roots-rock Americana band, has been kindling excitement over the past year at the Shutesbury Athletic Club, Liston’s …

Art people: Jeffrey Gatrall/painter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gatrall once studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy and Scotland, and considered trying for a career as an artist. It didn’t work out quite that way, though he found creative work …

Book Bag: ‘Kissability’ by Katherine Duke; ‘A Stitch in Time’ by Aimee E. Newell

Thursday, September 25, 2014

KISSABILITY: PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TALK ABOUT SEX, LOVE, AND RELATIONSHIPS By Katherine Duke Levellers Press katherinedukewriting.blogspot.com Finding romance and love is most everyone’s goal, though getting to that point — dating, that is — can also be the …

Movie listings

Thursday, September 25, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (R) It Happened One Night (NR) Love Is Strange (R) Manhattan Short Film …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES: Private investigator Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson) is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. Also stars Dan Stevens, David Harbour. Rated R. THE BOXTROLLS: In this …

New on DVD

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chef: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise. Stars Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofía Vergara, Oliver Platt, John Leguizamo. Rated …

Movie review: Solid Washington in mediocre ‘Equalizer’

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

If you were lucky enough to catch Denzel Washington in “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway, you saw the hugely charismatic actor portray, in an iconic role, the full complexity of a human being: strengths and weaknesses, …

At 40, Brooks’ ‘Frankenstein’ proves forever young

Thursday, September 25, 2014

‘Young Frankenstein” is pushing 40, but is by no means over the hill. The film’s writer-director Mel Brooks and actresses Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr gathered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently for a …

Fey, Bateman have off-screen chemistry, too

Thursday, September 25, 2014

In the new big-screen adaption of the best-selling Jonathan Topper novel “This Is Where I Leave You,” Tina Fey and Jason Bateman portray siblings with tight ties that bind. Just minutes after sitting down with the actors recently …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Before You Become Improbable’ at Dickinson Museum; UMass Multiband Pops Concert

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A WALK WITH EMILY There’s always something going at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst. It’s a fabulous resource that lends itself to musical performances, poetry readings (of course) and other events. But here’s a new one: “Before You Become Improbable,” an interactive theatrical adventure that takes audience …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘Chair Dreams’ at Deerfield Arts Bank; talk by Jennifer Finney Boylan at Mount Holyoke College

Thursday, September 25, 2014

‘CHAIR DREAMS’ Consider the chair. Well, it appears some artists in the Valley actually have. An exhibit at Deerfield Arts Bank, 3 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, through Oct. 31, curated by Jane Trigere, features interpretations of chairs — those essential pieces of furniture that can be blissfully comfortable, …