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Arts & Entertainment

Frederick Law Olmsted, American Pioneer Florence documentary producers offer new film on famous landscape architect

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Parks might seem the most basic sort of amenity for a city — a place where people can escape the pressure and noise of urban life and enjoy a taste of the natural world that asphalt and concrete have long since displaced. But in 19th-century America, many cities had become squalid, crowded affairs where open spaces had vanished and expansion … 0

What’s your favorite animal? Carle Museum in Amherst showcases artists' top real and imaginary animals

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What’s your favorite animal? Publishers at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers asked some well-known author/illustrators to answer that question, and they got quite a … 0

Cut (up) and paste — the quirky collage art of Michael Metzger

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It’s been four years since collage artist Michael Metzger had an exhibit of his work at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton. Since then, he quips, … 0

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘The Wilde Women of James Joyce’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A new stage work in narrative and song by Valley Celtic musician Rosemary Caine, “The Wilde Irish Women of James Joyce” focuses on the three major women in James Joyce’s life: his wife Nora, his daughter Lucia and … 0

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A sweetly curious baby Dryosaur, a hulking but peaceful Titanosaur and a pretty scary, teeth-gnashing T. rex are among the 16 prehistoric creatures that take the stage in “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo,” an interactive theater performance from Australia that … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: LuxDeluxe makes all the right moves on new CD

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

LuxDeluxe is in relaxed rehearsal mode at Spirithouse Recording Studio in Northampton, taking a low-key break for an interview, but there’s palpable excitement in the air. A big day is coming. A fun avalanche of big days, actually, … 0

Keeping tabs on the arts

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

‘The Art of Giving’ More than 100 local artist have contributed artwork in support of Whole Children, an afterschool center in Hadley for children with disabilities. The works will be up for grabs, so to speak, April 12 … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What’s a bridge without a troll? Or 10? Now that the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge has finally been renovated and reopened, RiverCulture, a partnership of arts and business leaders in Turners Falls, is celebrating with a colorful multimedia event: … 0

Headliners: Carolina Chocolate Drops; Novi Cantori

Thursday, April 10, 2014

String-band revival Suspecting that the history of black music in the United States might be far richer than anyone previously presumed, the Carolina Chocolate Drops have been working diligently for nearly a decade to prove their case. Originating … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jesse Cook — Sat., April 19, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Melissa Etheridge — Wed., April 23, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $55, $65, $75. 586-8686, iheg.com The Fab Faux — Fri., April 25, … 0

Track Record

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Going Back Home Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey Chess Records; $10 Wilko Johnson, former guitarist of rabble-rousing 1970s British rockers Dr. Feelgood, is enjoying a bittersweet late-career surge. Johnson’s jagged playing and menacing stare helped give Dr. Feelgood’s … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “Draft Day,” “Oculus,” “The Raid 2” and “Rio 2.” The Amherst Cinema opens “The Lunchbox” and “The Unknown Known” and continues showing “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Le Week-End.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “Noah” and … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Waste Not, Want Not Art Walk,’ Saturday in Easthampton; Hooked Rug art at Historic Northampton

Thursday, April 10, 2014

‘Waste Not, Want Not Art Walk’ Easthampton’s Art Walk celebrates spring on April 12 with exhibits and green-themed activities. In a collaboration between the town’s artists and gardeners from Easthampton Community Garden, the evening includes, for instance, making seed bombs with gardeners at Nash Gallery, 40 Cottage St., … 0