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Blurred lines: Walid Raad’s work, on view at UMCA, blends fact and fiction

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For Walid Raad, fact and fiction do not stand poles apart, in stark distinction. In his artwork, fact and fiction bend, blend, and blur together — with fantasy thrown in to enhance the mix. Born in Lebanon in 1967, Raad left Beirut as a teenager, when violence from civil war intensified, and even came knocking at his door as local …

A literary debut with clout: Mount Holyoke College history grad draws on her degree to pen acclaimed novel

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

When Katy Simpson Smith finished her studies at Mount Holyoke College at the end of 2005, she figured she had her career plan mapped out: …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Touch of Evil’ at Amherst Cinema

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Including drugs, racism, sexual ambiguity, frame-ups, police corruption and other themes controversial at the time, Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil” (1958) was one of the …

A world at sixes and sevens: NHS presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton High School will present “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s ambitious, sprawling satire that asks why humanity seems always to be on the verge of extinction. The production features the creative contributions of more than 40 …

Historic Deerfield wants bakers to submit favorite family recipes for contest

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEERFIELD — Whether it’s pineapple upside-down cake, pecan pie, or rich, chocolate brownies, everyone has a favorite dessert recipe and Historic Deerfield wants a taste of yours. On Dec. 6, the museum will hold its Heritage Baking Day contest. The event, held in conjunction with King Arthur’s Flour, …

Adv26 For release Wednesday, Nov. 26

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2014. There are 35 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight On Nov. 26, 1864, English mathematician and writer Charles Dodgson presented a handwritten and illustrated manuscript, “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground,” to his 12-year-old friend Alice Pleasance …

Adv25 For release Tuesday, Nov. 25

Monday, November 24, 2014

Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Nov. 25, the 329th day of 2014. There are 36 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight On Nov. 25, 1984, William Schroeder of Jasper, Indiana, became the second man to receive a Jarvik-7 artificial heart, at Humana Hospital Audubon in Kentucky. (Schroeder …

One Direction, Iggy Azalea shine at the 2014 AMAs

Monday, November 24, 2014

One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce and Luke Bryan, while breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea beat out heavyweights Eminem and Drake in the rap categories. …

Cassady’s inspirational letter to Kerouac turns up

Sunday, November 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES — It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A perennially popular event both on the Smith Campus and in the Pioneer Valley at large, the Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert this year features a collaboration between Five College dance students and guest artists Claudia Lavista …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Raise Your Voice’ at the Academy of Music

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In six years Jamar Rogers (pictured) went from drug addiction and an HIV-positive diagnosis to acclaim as a finalist on “The Voice,” including appearances on “The Today Show,” “Ellen,” CNN and “E! Entertainment News” and write-ups in USA …

Weekend Planner — Stories: Story Cafe for Adults

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Occurring seasonally four times a year, Story Cafe for Adults begins with three pre-designated people telling stories on a common theme. Following refreshments, those attending the event get together in small groups to share their own stories. The …

Music Review: Jeremy Denk dazzles at Bowker Auditorium

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pianist Jeremy Denk, who performed Nov. 13 in Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is an engaging personality. He is also a master of communication, both spoken (as he showed during this recital) and written (as …