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Arts & Entertainment

The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional definition of the still life. In his downtown Northampton gallery, Baczek has been tackling that question for 20 years with a special …

‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Despite her untimely death from multiple sclerosis at 42, Jacqueline du Pré secured a position as one of the master cellists of the late 20th …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: And the Kids celebrates release of debut full-length CD

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Members of the Northampton trio And the Kids were once hardworking buskers on Main Street. I distinctly remember the first time I heard the band, in its early quintet days. A twinkling glockenspiel cut through the bustle and …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ZZ Top — Sat., March 7, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. foxwoods.com Craig Ferguson — Fri., Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra — Sat., Feb. 28, 8 p.m., …

Movie Times

Thursday, February 19, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animation Shorts (NR) Daily 4:35; Sun. also 11:35 a.m. 2015 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Program A (NR) Daily 5:20, Sat.-Sun. also 1:20 2015 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Program B (NR) …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, …

New on DVD

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Beyond the Lights: The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) on edge, until she meets Kaz (Nate Parker), a young cop who helps her find the courage to develop her own voice. Also stars Minnie …

Book Bag: “Trash Mountain’ and ‘Animal Stories: Heartwarming True Tales from the Animal Kingdom’ by Jane Yolen; ‘Itzik & Mickey: Stories from Brooklyn & Beyond’ by Irving Martin Glasser and Myron Peretz Glazer

Thursday, February 19, 2015

TRASH MOUNTAIN By Jane Yolen Carolrhoda Books ANIMAL STORIES: HEARTWARMING TRUE TALES FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM By Jane Yolen with her children Heidi, Adam and Jason Stemple National Geographic Books janeyolen.com Jane Yolen is not one to rest …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Poet Joshua Mehigan reads from his collection “Accepting the Disaster” Tuesday, 8 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547  Brian Adams reads from his new …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Mona Lisa is Missing’ at Amherst Cinema; Fred Hersch and trio at UMass

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A CLEAN GETAWAY It has the makings of a French farce: In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, a humble Italian workman at the Louvre in Paris, hid in a broom closet then walked away with the “Mona Lisa.” A documentary, “Mona Lisa is Missing,” tells the story, with writer/director Joe …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Grupo Corpo at UMass; Claudea Rankine speaks at Smith College

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BRING ON THE HEAT The Brazilian modern dance company Grupo Corpo performs at UMass Tuesday, providing just the heat some of us need to survive this cold winter. Two works are on the roster, including “Sem Mim,” described as a performance that represents rollicking waves and explores both …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: WGBY documentary on Italian-Americans; Hosmer Gallery photography exhibit

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BENVENUTI IN AMERICA WGBY has a new documentary series on the Italian-American experience that looks very good so far. The first two episodes, which aired this past Tuesday, looked at why so many Italians, starting in the late 19th century, headed to America, where they faced considerable discrimination. …