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Action — and make it fast! — Northampton Community Television sponsors seven-day film competition

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The costumes consisted of hand-lettered shirts, one saying “Sport” and the other “Champ.” The props were a mixed bag: a medicine ball, a catcher’s mask, two hurleys (hurling sticks), a tennis racket and a hockey helmet, minus its chin strap. The cinematographer, Melissa McClung, with her Canon digital camera mounted on a shoulder rig, called out “OK, let’s do this” …

Taking the plunge: Jamie Kent looks for a bigger stage in Nashville

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you’re a screenwriter and you want to break into the movies, you head to Los Angeles. Serious about theater? Go to New York. Want …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘God Box’ — performance in Northampton

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

After the untimely death of her daughter Rebecca in a car accident, quintessential Jewish mother Gloria Adelman is packing up the girl’s apartment when she …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Mark Erelli at The Parlor Room; Erin McKeown at the Iron Horse; ‘Nobody’s Girl’ at the Academy of Music

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A SIGNATURE WEEKEND Two musicians who got their starts with Northampton’s Signature Sounds are back in town with new tunes. On Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., at the Parlor Room (parlorroommusic.com), singer-songwriter Mark Erelli celebrates “Milltowns,” on which he interprets the work of the late, great songwriter Bill …

Art Maker: Paul Dennis | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paul Dennis, 49, is an assistant professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A former member of the José Limon Dance Company in New York City, Dennis has brought many a fellow professional dancer to work …

Headliners: The Secret Sisters at the Iron Horse; Pauline Oliveros at Amherst College

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Olde-tyme country Fed up with the high-tech homogeneity of today’s country music? The Secret Sisters are here for you. Not only do Alabama siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers dress and sing like it’s 1954, they record like it …

Book Bag: ‘Building Co-operative Power’ published by Levellers Press; ‘Here is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays” by Lesléa Newman

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HERE IS THE WORLD: A YEAR OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS By Lesléa Newman Illustrated by Susan Gal Abrams Books for Young Readers lesleanewman.com Northampton writer Lesléa Newman has a prolific bibliography, particularly in her work for children. Her latest …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Poet and fiction writer Stuart Dybek reads from his work Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, at the college.  Cuban sci-fi writer Yoss reads from …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: High moon

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Anyone paying attention to the sky last week couldn’t miss the drama of this nearly full October moon as a parade of clouds drifted by. It seemed a bit spooky to me — like a prelude to Halloween. …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Squirrel Stole My Underpants,’ a puppet show at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sylvie, a lonely, awkward girl, is sent to hang up laundry in the backyard. The moment her back is turned, however, a nefarious squirrel makes off with her favorite piece of clothing. Determined to give chase, Sylvie folds …

Pulaski Day Parade displays Polish pride in Northampton

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Despite the biting cold weather at mid-day Monday, there was a festive atmosphere downtown as Polish culture was celebrated with colorful clothing and lively music that was part of the 28th annual Pulaski Day Parade. People …

Franklin County Sportsmen’s Club teaches stone-age skills in Deerfield

Sunday, October 12, 2014

DEERFIELD — “I think I killed the coyote!” shouted 13-year-old Keegan LeBeau, pointing excitedly at the arrow that had sunk into the foam canine about 30 feet away. Next to him, his brother Ethan buried his own arrow …

Forbes Library receives state grant to improve services for people with disabilities

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Forbes Library has received an $18,100 grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to improve services for people with disabilities. Lisa Downing, the assistant director at Forbes Library, said the grant during the next two years will pay for equipment, including assistive listening devices, staff …