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Windows and walls: In a new exhibit, photographer Kate Way examines the physical and metaphorical impact of structures

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Photographer Kate Way wants people to look beyond the ordinary structures of windows, walls and doors to realize the impact they have on our lives. In a new exhibit at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, Way will feature 25 photos taken over the past six years throughout New England, the deep South and western America as well as parts of …

Collective Power: Cooperative art galleries in Northampton and Amherst open joint show

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

It’s a common question for any artist: How can I get more exposure? At the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton and Gallery A3 in Amherst, Valley …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Memory House’ at Chester Theatre Company

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kathleen Tolan’s two-person play “Memory House” takes place in a small Manhattan apartment on New Year’s Eve where Maggie, a middle-aged office worker, has set …

Movie review: A pugilist parable of transformation in ‘Southpaw’

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If you’ve ever wondered what might have happened to Job if had a strong left hook, “Southpaw” may be the film for you. The rapid descent of light heavyweight champ Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) in Antoine Fuqua’s boxing …

Art Maker: Betsey Garand | Printmaker

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Betsey Garand, a senior resident artist at Amherst College, divides her time between western Massachusetts and Hancock, New Hampshire, where she has a studio. She is currently working on multiple series that include prints, drawings and watercolors. Hampshire …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: FallsFest music, arts festival in South Hadley; Upper Valley Music Festival in Turners Falls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MUSIC GALORE! I think we can call NRBQ venerable: The band’s been playing in one form or another since the 1960s, led throughout by mad keyboard artist Terry Adams. The group plays Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Beachgrounds in South Hadley as part of “FallsFest,” a music …

Greg Saulmon’s Best Bets: Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar at the Iron Horse; Dinosaur Jr at Mountain Park

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SULTAN OF SWING Omara “Bombino” Moctar is like any guitarist who grew up in a nomadic Tuareg tribe in Saharan Africa and found inspiration by watching videos of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler — which is to say, he isn’t quite like any other rock guitarist. In 2006, …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Amy’ at Amherst Cinema; Charles Neville at North Hall Arts Festival

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WILD ABOUT WINEHOUSE The critics are raving about “Amy,” the documentary about the late British jazz/pop star Amy Winehouse, a six-time Grammy Award winner who struggled with drug use and the crush of celebrity, dying of alcohol poisoning in 2011. Using unseen archival footage and new music tracks, …

Headliners: Pauline Productions’ ‘4000 Miles’; Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Loneliness of the long-distance biker “4000 Miles,” the title of Amy Herzog’s 2012 Obie Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, refers to the distance 21-year-old Leo has traversed on a cross-country bike trip that has brought him to Manhattan and the Greenwich Village apartment of his grandmother, where, following …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: NRBQ and many other bands play FallsFest festival at Beachgrounds in South Hadley

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A lot of bands played the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA last month, but the one that seemed to cause seismic waves of raves wasn’t a whippersnapper indie ensemble, but NRBQ, who’ve been rollicking around the world …

Book Bag: ‘Renaissance Reflections: Selected Essays, 1976-2012’ by Arthur F. Kinney; ‘Looking for Judah: Adventures in Genealogy and Remembrance’ by David Brule

Thursday, July 23, 2015

RENAISSANCE REFLECTIONS: SELECTED ESSAYS, 1976-2012 By Arthur F. Kinney University of Massachusetts Press www.umass.edu/umpress Arthur Kinney has logged almost 50 years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; the longtime professor of literary history joined the UMass English department …

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: FLYING OBJECT: “Women’s Autobiographical Artists Books” will be presented Tuesday, 7 p.m., 42 West St., Hadley. 387-0063 JONES LIBRARY: Short-story writer R.K. “Chip” Simpson presents “The Creation of a Short Story: …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Gone in a flash

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If you haven’t seen the wildlife, you’ve heard the stories and seen the pictures — like, the bear that strolled by Smith College Campus School near downtown Northampton in midday, or the mother bear that settled into a …