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Arts & Entertainment

Unimaginable images: Mead exhibits chronicle artistic responses to past wars

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At this time of year in Europe 100 years ago, the quick, decisive war the major nations had been hoping for in August had become a distant memory. What became known as World War I had devolved into a bloody stalemate, with opposing armies hunkered down in trenches that stretched hundreds of miles across the Eastern and Western fronts. The …

Give me shelter Filmmaker with Hadley roots screens PBS series on adopting shelter animals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

When it comes to the subjects of his movies, documentary filmmaker Steven Latham has one basic aim. “My goal is to inspire people,” says Latham, …

A world at sixes and sevens: NHS presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton High School will present “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s ambitious, sprawling satire that asks why humanity seems always to be on the …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Mike Metzger’s collages at Cushman Market and other exhibits, performances this week in the Valley

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cut-ups in Cushman New collages by Chesterfield artist Michael Metzger will be on view through Dec. 31 at the Cushman Market & Cafe, 491 North Pine St., North Amherst. Metzger, an Emmy Award-winning TV producer, now retired, creates …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Madeline’ exhibit at Eric Carle; ‘RIFF’ Talk at Northampton Community Arts Trust

Thursday, November 13, 2014

IN AN OLD HOUSE IN PARIS ... In 1939 the world met the heroine of Ludwig Bemelmans’ book “Madeline,” a tiny girl in Paris who seems always to be in the midst of an adventure. At the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, “Madeline at 75: The …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Fast Forward Film Series at Historic Northampton; local author MB Caschetta reads from debut novel

Thursday, November 13, 2014

HAMP ON SCREEN It was fun seeing Shelburne Falls as the backdrop for the recent movie “The Judge,” but Northampton’s had its share of cameo — and bigger — roles as the setting for popular films. Among them are “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” out in 1966, “The …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Jill Lepore, author or ‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman, speaks;’ ‘Madeline’ exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AN INSPIRATIONAL HEROINE The American feminism movement has its modern icons — Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem — but how about Wonder Woman? The comic book character, created in 1941, is the subject of a new book, “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” by New Yorker writer Jill Lepore, …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow’ — almost as rotton as stale candy corn

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Halloween has come and gone, all that’s left is stale candy corn. “The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow,” made in 1959, is almost as bad. Welcome to a meeting of the Zenith Hot Rod Club, where the number-one rule …

Movie listings

Thursday, November 13, 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: Sunset Boulevard (NR) Whiplash (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BEYOND THE LIGHTS: The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw ) on the edge, until she meets Kaz (Nate Parker), a young cop who helps her find the courage to develop her own voice and …

New on DVD

Thursday, November 13, 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. …

Movie review: ‘Interstellar’ a sublime cosmic knockout

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Since his breakthrough with the backward-running “Memento,” Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In “Interstellar,” he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It’s an absurd endeavor. And it’s one of …

With ‘Rosewater,’ Jon Stewart makes a movie

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A bleary-eyed Jon Stewart is sitting outside his offices reflecting on his directorial debut, “Rosewater,” a drama about the unjust imprisonment of journalist Maziar Bahari in Iran. It’s the morning after “The Daily Show” broadcast live for the …