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Arts & Entertainment

VIDEO Arabian Nights in Ashfield: Double Edge Theatre presents ‘Shahrazad,’ an indoor/outdoor spectacle of love and magic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in Ashfield, Double Edge Theatre will re-imagine “Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic” during this year’s annual Summer Spectacle. The show opened July 18 and will run through Aug. 24. All shows are at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, rain or shine. These performances routinely sell out, so those who are interested in attending … 0

The Guns of August, revisited: Leverett couple’s latest foray into World War I looks at Americans in occupied Belgium

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Just over 100 years ago, German troops invaded Belgium — the opening salvo on the Western Front in World War I, an orgy of violence … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Mitch Chakour at 1794 Meeting House in New Salem

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Music producer, pianist, guitarist, vocalist and teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, Amherst’s Mitch Chakour has had an illustrious 35-year career in music, … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lionel Richie — Sat., July 26, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $65, $85. mohegansun.com Jerry Seinfeld — Sat., July 26, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $82.50-$150. foxwoods.com Band of Horses, Midlake — Mon., July 28, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $31. … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley offers sneak peaks of “Hercules” and “Lucy.” The Amherst Cinema opens “For No Good Reason” and “Life Itself” and continues showing “Begin Again,” “Obvious Child” “Snowpiercer” and “Words and Pictures.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley opens “Chef.” Today’s … 0

Movie listings

Thursday, July 10, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) For No Good Reason (R) Life Itself (R) Obvious Child (R) Snowpiercer (R) Words & Pictures (PG-13) … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 3, 2014

22 jump street: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum )when they go deep undercover at a local college. Also stars Ice Cube. … 0

Movie Review: Thumbs up for Ebert doc ‘Life Itself’

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

If Roger Ebert had never written a film review or dramatically articulated his thumb, he would have still been a man to admire. Steve James’ new documentary on the late critic has plenty on Ebert’s Chicago rise to … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Old Deerfield Productions’ ‘Frankenstein’; ‘Free Fun Friday’ at Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TAKE IT TO THE BANK Inspired by the Gothic features of the former First National Bank building in Greenfield, Old Deerfield Productions created an original adaptation of “Frankenstein,” to be performed in the space, with a script by Lindel Hart, who also plays the Creature. Don’t expect a … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Disney’s ‘Frozen’, free in Easthampton; ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, July 17, 2014

‘FROZEN’ A summer night, a starry sky, a great movie — what could be better? Easthampton’s outdoors movie night on July 19 screens “Frozen,” Disney’s computer-animated musical fantasy featuring lots of snow and ice in a story about love and family, two sisters, a mountain man, a reindeer … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide’ at the Ko Festival in Amherst; Chris Bohjalian talks about his new novel at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

YO MISS! Actress, radio producer and educator Judith Sloan spent 15 years teaching in schools and jails, where she got an introduction to hip-hop culture, rapper Immortal Technique and the tragic lives of some students. Sloan recalls those experiences, as well as her own family history, in her … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Bear Hands play catchy pop at Pearl Street, and other music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pop music’s clothes keep changing but the form underneath is the same — it has to be catchy, the song needs hooks, your ears need to be grabbed. And “Giants,” a single from Brooklyn band Bear Hands, grabs … 0

Art People: Carl Erikson | textile artist

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Carl Erikson doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t fascinated by fabric. As a 12-year-old in a Chicago suburb in the early ’50s he’d take a train into the city on a Saturday and wander, always ending up … 0