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Arts & Entertainment

The healing arts: Northampton guitar concert aims to help children in Iraq

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

War is the ugliest manifestation of the human experience. You might say it’s the greatest example of humanity’s inhumanity. Art is the flip side — it’s an activity designed to create and appreciate beauty, to celebrate the best aspects of the human experience and our world. The organizers of a unusual weekend concert in Northampton hope that art, in the …

Viewing religion from the outside in: New play, ‘The Oven’ recalls shamanic, hallucinogenic ritual

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Five years ago Ilan Stavans participated in a shamanic ceremony in the South American country of Colombia that involved the use of hallucinogens. It was …

Weekend planner — Dance: ‘Stone Songs: A Dance Experiment in Listening to the Landscape’

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Celebrating the culmination of the first annual artist residency at Northampton’s Laurel Park on Saturday, Terre Unité Vandale and her Movement Arts Ensemble will present …

Nick Clark, longtime Eric Carle Museum curator, to retire

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

H. Nichols “Nick” Clark, chief curator and founding director of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, will step down from his post at the end of December after more than 13 years at the Amherst museum. …

Weekend Planner — Art: Carrie Mae Weems

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

While conceptual photographer Carrie Mae Weems has said that her “primary concern in art, as in politics, is with the status and place of Afro-Americans in our country,” she’s more recently amended that statement with the observation that …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Amherst Schubert Project’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In addition to its formal concert Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., the Brentano String Quartet and cellist Michael Kannen will play two “live recording” concerts this weekend in Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall, with Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet …

Weekend Planner — Reading: ‘Words Like Barbed Wire’ at Amherst Poetry Festival

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning ... the white eyes writhing in his face ... the blood gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs ...” So the English poet Wilfred Owen (pictured) described the victim of a gas attack …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Soul Magnets, will bring the funk to ‘RibFest Cook-Off Fundraiser’ at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“There is so much good music that other people have written that it seems a little silly to write more,” said Luke Jaeger, the guitarist and force behind the brand-new Valley group The Soul Magnets, a cover band …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Ava Luna at The Platinum Pony in Easthampton and other Valley gigs

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Part soul music, part panic attack — Brooklyn quintet Ava Luna makes experimental pop songs that cast a lasting spell. As the band winds up a 22-date tour, it visits the Valley and shares a bill with tourmates …

Advance bookings: Tig Notaro at the Calvin Theatre and much, much more

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tig Notaro — Fri., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Cher Dressed to Kill Tour — Sat., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $29.50-$129.50. xlcenter.com Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Decorated by Mother Nature

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I know I’m not alone in my fondness for antique or aging farm equipment: I see tractors, plows, wheels and other items used to display merchandise, as planters, and as lawn decorations throughout the Pioneer Valley. This one, …

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” “The Maze Runner,” “This is Where I Leave You,” and “Tusk.” The Amherst Cinema opens “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” and “Mood Indigo” and continues showing “Boyhood” and “The Trip to Italy.” The …

Movie listings

Thursday, September 18, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (R) Mood Indigo (NR) My Man Godfrey (NR) The Trip to Italy (NR) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com As …