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Arts & Entertainment

A voice and vision for Africa Mount Holyoke College professor’s documentary on seminal African filmmaker debuts at Sundance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It’s a story that almost defies belief. Ousmane Sembène, born in the French colony of Senegal in 1923, had been kicked out of school in the fifth grade for fighting, and by his teens was a laborer in Dakar, Senegal’s capital. During World War II, he was drafted into the French army, and after the war he became a dock …

Project Rehovot presents a concert for a cause

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For more than 20 years, volunteers from the Jewish Community of Amherst have been lending a helping hand for an educational and social cause nearly …

A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Daniel Hales is many things, among them an English teacher, leader of the band Frost Heaves, and a writer of plays, poems and fiction. But sometimes he needs to don a silver mask and slip out of all …

Headliners

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Irish music in extremis “Somebody from a really traditional background [in Irish music], they are not going to be interested,” fiddle-player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (kvee-veen o-rá-ha-lay) has remarked of his playing: “They are going to say, ‘What the …

The sound of music: Hampshire Young People’s Chorus marks 15 years of youthful singing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First they shook their hands and feet and shoulders as the chorus director counted in Spanish. Then they did scales to piano accompaniment, singing the notes with the words, “I love to sing.” Once warmed up, they sang …

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe

Monday, January 26, 2015

MIAMI — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday’s pageant in Miami. Vega, a …

SAG Awards win sends ‘Birdman’ hopes soaring

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oscar hopes for “Birdman” got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner “Boyhood.” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s elegantly crafted backstage …

‘American Sniper’ holds top spot at the box office

Sunday, January 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES — “American Sniper” hit the mark with moviegoers again. The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Literary roots of ‘Frozen’ at Odyssey Bookshop; “ ‘Frozen’ Tales and Tunes” at S. White Dickinson Library

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Looks like it’s a “Frozen” time of year. On Saturday, children’s book author Sarah Mylnowski will investigate the roots of the popular Disney movie in the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen” and lead a “Let …

Weekend Planner — Music: Da Camera Singers perform Friday in Hadley

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A musical setting of the Mass based on a hymn by St. Thomas Aquinas, the “Missa Pange Lingua” was written by the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez around 1515 and had a strong influence on later composers, including …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Stand-up comedians take stage at Academy of Music, and more great Valley arts

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stand-up comedy Boston stand-up comedian Lenny Clark (pictured below) will perform Friday at 8 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton. He will be joined by Mike O’Brien, formerly of Northampton, and Zack Livingston of Boston, who …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘The Great Mix CD Mix-Up’ — A musical message in a bottle

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January? Dullsville. Gray skies, gray ground, treacherous ice, bitter cold. But luckily every year there’s an event that transforms any winter rut with colorful new sights and sounds: “The Great Mix CD Mix-Up.” Since 2009 it’s been a …