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Arts & Entertainment

Blurred lines: Walid Raad’s work, on view at UMCA, blends fact and fiction

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For Walid Raad, fact and fiction do not stand poles apart, in stark distinction. In his artwork, fact and fiction bend, blend, and blur together — with fantasy thrown in to enhance the mix. Born in Lebanon in 1967, Raad left Beirut as a teenager, when violence from civil war intensified, and even came knocking at his door as local …

A literary debut with clout: Mount Holyoke College history grad draws on her degree to pen acclaimed novel

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

When Katy Simpson Smith finished her studies at Mount Holyoke College at the end of 2005, she figured she had her career plan mapped out: …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Touch of Evil’ at Amherst Cinema

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Including drugs, racism, sexual ambiguity, frame-ups, police corruption and other themes controversial at the time, Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil” (1958) was one of the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jamming with singer/songwriter Marcia Gomes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“More trees, less traffic, a slower pace and open space” is what singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Marcia Gomes was looking for when she left Boston and moved to the Valley in January 2012. She’d lived in the big city for more …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

James Taylor — Thurs., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $85, $115. mohegansun.com Dark Star Orchestra — Fri., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $27.50. 586-8686, iheg.com The Nutcracker — Albany Berkshire Ballet Ballet performs Sat., Dec. …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Holiday bash at ECA+ and other arts events this week in the Valley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Black-and-white bash The “Light Up the Arts Holiday Bash,” an evening that includes a small works show, an auction and awards announcements, will take place Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, 43 …

Movie listings

Thursday, November 20, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Dear White People (R) Hard-Boiled Noir: Kiss Me Deadly (NR) Whiplash (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BIG HERO 6: A special bond develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (the voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (the voice of Ryan Potter), when they team up with a group of friends to form a …

New on DVD

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Merry Friggin Christmas: Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son’s gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad …

Movie review: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ lives up to its title

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Comedy is all about timing. The dimwitted Lloyd (Jim Carrey) reminds the audience of that simple fact minutes into “Dumb and Dumber To” and the sentiment echoes throughout the disappointing return. Twenty years have passed since audiences first …

Felicity Jones an essential addition to ‘Theory’

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Twice in two years, Felicity Jones has stood out playing women who refuse to be relegated to mere supporting roles in the biopics of great men. In last year’s “The Invisible Woman,” Jones portrayed the illicit, long-term love …

Reality-based networks reaching into scripted TV

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NEW YORK — Can a zebra change its stripes? Not likely. But these days numerous reality-based networks are sporting new stripes in the form of scripted fare as they move to stretch their brand and freshen their look. Consider: — TruTV last month added several scripted series to …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: John Hodgman at the Academy of Music; Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A FUNNY GUY TV ads are more annoying than edifying, but a few are worth watching. Like the ones some time back for Apple computers that featured John Hodgman as a PC. He was hilarious. Hodgman, who was also very funny as a “resident expert” on “The Daily …