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PHOTO COURTESY OF 3VIDEOSISTERS
In this screen capture from the 3videosister's contribution to Northampton Community Television's "Crowdsourced Cinema Project," Maura Ronan stars as Indiana Jones.

Indy film: Local filmmakers recreate ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ — scene by scene

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

(STORY UPDATE): On Friday, organizers at Northampton Community Television postponed the screening, originally scheduled for Monday at Forbes Library in Northampton, of “The Crowdsourced Cinema Project.” The program involves some 40 teams of filmmakers who recreated scenes from the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” NCTV director Al Williams wrote in an email to the Gazette that he anticipates the …

Giving back: Singer-songwriter’s new album to benefit Safe Passage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Once, Joslyn Thomas was a victim of abuse. Now, Thomas, 27, is using her talents as a musician to lend her support to Safe Passage, …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mohawk Trail Concerts season finale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Mohawk Trail Concert series concludes its 2015 season Sunday with a recital in honor Ruth Black, who died at her home in Amherst May …

Movie star Jackie Chan caught between East, West

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

By Julie Makinen Los Angeles Times (TNS) BEIJING — On a sultry afternoon, in his basement office lair tucked beneath a sportscar dealership and private jet showroom, Jackie Chan is flipping gleefully through photos on his MacBook. The martial arts master and multimillionaire is eager to show off …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Former ‘Valley guy’ Ari Vais releases EP on Northampton’s Rub Wrongways record label

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and self-described rock ’n’ roller Ari Vais lived in Northampton for only three years, from 1995 to 1998, but while he’s been all over the map ever since — including New York City, London and …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Kenny Wayne Shepherd — Fri., Aug. 28, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Idina Menzel — Sat., Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Tanglewood. $24.50-$149.50. bso.org The Milk Carton Kids — Mon., Sept. 7, 8 p.m., …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Viennese music The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Violin and Piano Duo, with George Valtchev, violin, and Lora Tchekoratova, piano, will perform an all-Viennese concert Sunday at 3 p.m. in the music room of Memorial Hall, 8 Memorial St. in Old Deerfield. …

Movie times

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Aloft (R) Daily 9:10 Best of Enemies (R) Daily 4:30, 7:10, 9:0; Sat.-Sun. also 1:50 The End of the Tour (R) Daily 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:40; Sun. also 11:30 a.m.; Sat. no 2:10 The Graduate (PG) Sun. 2, Wed. 7 …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

ALOFT: A struggling mother (Jennifer Connelly) encounters the son she abandoned 20 years earlier. Also stars Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent. Rated R. AMERICAN ULTRA: A stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) — who is in fact a government agent — is …

Movie review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ a biopic to its own beat

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The shotgun blast of fury that first emanated from South Central Los Angeles in 1988 still packs a punch. The new, very much authorized biopic of N.W.A, “Straight Outta Compton,” aims to cement the legacy of the pioneering …

Book Bag: ‘Dickens and Massachusetts: The Lasting Legacy of the Commonwealth Visits,’ edited by Diana C. Archibald and Joel J. Brattin; ‘Trail Running Western Massachusetts’ by Ben Kimball

Thursday, August 20, 2015

DICKENS AND MASSACHUSETTS: THE LASTING LEGACY OF THE COMMONWEALTH VISITS Edited by Diana C. Archibald and Joel J. Brattin University of Massachusetts Press www.umass.edu/umpress When Charles Dickens visited the United States in 1842, he’d already published several of …

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The following literary event is planned for the coming week in the Valley: WORLD WAR II CLUB: Northampton Poetry’s open mic will be held Tuesday, 8 p.m., World War II Club, 50 Conz St., Northampton. Featured reader: Scott Beal. $3. 586-3315 …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kamasi Washington brings ‘The Epic’ to Iron Horse

Thursday, August 20, 2015

If an artist is inspired to create something on a vast canvas, I want to experience it. David Foster Wallace’s 1000-page “Infinite Jest,” Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew,” Joni Mitchell’s “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter,” Yes’ “Tales from Topographic Oceans” …