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Bring the swing: Musicians hit the streets for 4th annual Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organizers of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival, which will take place Sept. 2-6, say bringing the music to the streets helps carry on a great jazz tradition: That’s how jazz was fostered in this country, says Paul Arslanian, one of the festival’s coordinators and the director of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, an event that will be part of the … 0

Smile for the camera: As TV acting career takes off, Northampton’s Miranda Brooks says so long to job as dental hygienist

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It may seem unlikely for a recent college graduate with a degree in dental hygiene to take up professional acting, but that’s what 25-year-old Northampton … 0

Clubland: Ken Maiuri shares his impressions of this year’s ‘Transperformance’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backstage at “Transperformance” Tuesday night, Ray Mason turned to me and said, marveling, “Where else can you see Christ backing Frankie Valli?” We were in … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Who knew? Johnny Memphis has a band

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Johnny Memphis has been a high-profile champion of local music in the Valley for more than 30 years, whether in print, on the radio or cable access. Now the always-supportive Memphis has quietly stepped into the spotlight himself, … 1

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Josh Groban — Fri., Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $70, $90. mohegansun.com Roomful of Teeth— Fri., Aug. 29, 8 p.m., Mass MoCA. $15, $20, $25. massmoca.org Salute 2 Summer — Sat., Sept. 6, 5 p.m., Look Park, … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “If I Stay,” “Sin City” and “When the Game Stands Tall.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Land Ho!” and continues showing “Boyhood” and “Calvary.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “The Giver” and “If I Stay.” Today’s movie … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, August 21, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Blues Brothers (R) Boyhood (R) Cavalry (R) Land Ho! (R) Singing in the Rain (PG) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com Dawn of the Planet of the … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOYHOOD: Director Richard Linklater filmed this movie about the life of a boy, Mason, who becomes a young man, using the same actor (Ellar Coltrane) from age 5 to age 18. Also stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke. Rated … 0

Movie Review: ‘The Giver’ alters book for softer tale

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An agreeable young adult riff on Orwell — via “Logan’s Run” — topped with the kind of magic-transformative baloney that passes for an ending in too many otherwise-fine Hollywood adventures, Phillip Noyce’s “The Giver” greets a man-made Utopia … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at Amherst Cinema; ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at North Hall in Huntington

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SONG-AND-DANCE HEAVEN Who was the better dancer: Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly? I’ve always favored Astaire for his sophistication and flair, but Kelly wins the “top movie” award for his 1952 musical “Singin’ in the Rain.” This gem can make a rock smile, with songs and dances like … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty’ at Eric Carle Museum in Amherst; Granby Tomato Festival

Thursday, August 21, 2014

‘HARRIET THE SPY’ Admission is free Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. There are plenty of hands-on activities for the kids — and for those a bit older, there’s “Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty,” an … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Northampton’s Self Portrait; free admission to Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON’S SELF-PORTRAIT In May, Historic Northampton invited the public to spend two days taking pictures around the town to create a permanent documentary record of the city. Over 100 people responded, taking about 1,000 photographs — and selected shots will be screened Aug. 23 at the Bridge Street … 0

Art People: Chloe Feldman Emison | pen-and-ink artist

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Some people look at mountains and see faces. Chloe Feldman Emison looks at faces and sees mountains. The “Man Mountains” series in her pen-and-ink exhibition “Cranial Topographies,” on view through Aug. 28 at the ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton, … 1