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Seldom seen: Rare Matisse drawings on exhibit at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Henri Matisse was one of the giants of early 20th-century art — an influential painter, printmaker, sculptor and collage artist who became particularly noted for the expressive colors and strong brushstrokes of his paintings. But Matisse (1869-1954) also loved to draw, whether making studies for later paintings, stand-alone portraits or sketches he used for experimenting with new ideas or examining …

Fruits of friendship: Deep roots of band, Solara, planted during childhood

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You don’t have to look very far to find a group of hometown friends who’ve decided to form a band. It happens all the time …

Weekend Planner — Storytelling: ‘An Evening of Traditional — and Spooky! — Storytelling at Historic Northampton’

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“Ghost stories are born when you give more power to the past than to the present or the future,” says storyteller Motoko, who will be …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Jamie Kent farewell concert (Oct. 25); jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee (Oct. 28), at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LEAVING THE 413 Local musician Jamie Kent has been making music in Northampton and its environs all his life. But he’s a man with a plan and has been expanding his musical horizons as he tours solo or with his band, The Options. Now Kent, a 2005 grad …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Gregory Stone exhibit; talk by journalist, author by Bob Herbert

Thursday, October 23, 2014

‘ON THE JOB’ In 1981, Gregory Stone talked to me in an interview for the Gazette about his work and its roots in the Valley. He paints, he said, “what I know, what I see out there every day, people and landscapes.” In his portraits, he said, “I’m …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tift Merritt at Calvin Theatre; ‘Love Art Magazine’ at Academy of Music

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LADY SONGSMITHS Northampton’s Calvin Theatre hosts an Oct. 24 show pairing two fine country-tinged songwriters. Mary Chapin Carpenter first hit the big time in the 1990s with a string of albums and singles that topped the country and Billboard charts. Tift Merritt hasn’t sold as many records, but …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Pajama Slave Dancers and much, much more music in the Valley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You say “Pajama Slave Dancers,” I say “tinfoil.” It takes a lot for something to stick out in my mess of a memory, but of the thousand-plus shows I’ve seen, the Pajama Slave Dancers opening for the Pixies …

Art Maker: Guru Karam Khalsa | sculptor, painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guru Karam Khalsa, 53, enjoys working with all types of media and using a variety of approaches in his art. In the past, he’s shown paintings, mixed media works and sculpture at Gallery A3 in Amherst, where he …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Jury-rigged

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was at the Hungry Ghost in Northampton a couple of weeks ago when I admired the ingenuity of this set-up: I love that they wrapped a vine around the doorknob to keep the door open, and I …

Book Bag: ‘Amity’ by Micol Ostow; ‘Gateways to Abomination’ by Matthew M. Bartlett

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMITY By Micol Ostow Egmont USA www.micolostow.com New York writer Micol Ostow has penned numerous books for teens and young readers, including the graphic novel “So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother).” In “Amity,” she’s …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Dana Sawyer, will talk about his new biography, “Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper: Living the World’s Religions: The Authorized Biography of a 21st Century Spiritual Giant,” Oct. 26, 4 p.m., at …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fleetwood Mac — Sat., Nov. 1, 8 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $49.50-$179.50. xlcenter.com Melisssa Etheridge — Sun., Nov. 2, 7 p.m., Foxwoods. $25-$45. foxwoods.com Mamma Mia! — Musical Mon., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $57.50, $62.50, …

Movie listings

Thursday, October 23, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Dear White People (R) Double Indemnity (NR) My Old Lady (PG-13) The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) (R) Pride (R) CINEMARK …