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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: Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin and other area gigs

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin — Sat., Aug. 2, 4 p.m., Mountain Park, Holyoke. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com The Moody Blues — Wed., Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $39.50. mohegansun.com Jason Isbell — Fri., … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “A Most Wanted Man,” “And So it Goes,” “Hercules” and “Lucy.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Venus in Furs” and “Wish I Was Here” and continues showing “Begin Again,” “Life Itself,” “Obvious Child” and “Snowpiercer.” The Tower Theaters in … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, July 24, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) Life Itself (R) Obvious Child (R) Snowpiercer (R) Venus In Furs (NR) Vertigo (PG) Wish I Was … 0

Movie Review: Braff’s fan-funded film doesn’t pay off

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When Zach Braff took to Kickstarter to fund his new movie, “Wish I Was Here,” he explained to fans where their money would go: It would ensure his creative control, allow him to cast the actors he wanted, … 0

Working late in life, directors refuse to say cut

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled. “I always thought: He could be making a film right now. He’s as lucid as could be. Here’s the great Frank Capra not doing … 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

New on DVD

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cuban Fury: Thirteen-year-old Bruce Garrett (Ben Radcliffe) is a natural-born dancer, and is working hard to explode at the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But a bullying incident on the streets of London robs him of his confidence, and … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: New Century Theatre’s ‘Clybourne Park’; Double Edge Theatre’s ‘Shahrazad’; Silverthorn Theater’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PROVOCATIVE PLAY Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for “Clybourne Park,” which also won a Tony Award that year for Best Play. Impressive credentials, and it’s a good bet that New Century Theatre’s production that opened earlier this month shines. The action in this funny and … 0

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Northampton downtown sidewalk sales; musical fundraiser for Huntington’s Disease Program Fund in Amherst

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SHOP ’TIL YOU STOP Shopping is not, strictly speaking, art or entertainment. Northampton’s annual downtown sidewalk sales are a different story. Sure, shopkeepers set out their wares on long tables and racks on the sidewalks, creating a colorful … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Filmmaker Ken Burns compares notes with creator of ‘House of Cards’; ‘Moonstruck’ at Pothole Pictures

Thursday, July 24, 2014

COMPARE AND CONTRAST Separately, each one would be good. But together — this should be great. Filmmaker Ken Burns, whose latest project is “The Roosevelts,” and Beau Willion, creator of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” team up for “Comparing and Contrasting the Roosevelts and the Underwoods.” A … 0