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Frederick Law Olmsted, American Pioneer Florence documentary producers offer new film on famous landscape architect

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Parks might seem the most basic sort of amenity for a city — a place where people can escape the pressure and noise of urban life and enjoy a taste of the natural world that asphalt and concrete have long since displaced. But in 19th-century America, many cities had become squalid, crowded affairs where open spaces had vanished and expansion … 0

What’s your favorite animal? Carle Museum in Amherst showcases artists' top real and imaginary animals

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What’s your favorite animal? Publishers at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers asked some well-known author/illustrators to answer that question, and they got quite a … 0

Cut (up) and paste — the quirky collage art of Michael Metzger

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It’s been four years since collage artist Michael Metzger had an exhibit of his work at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton. Since then, he quips, … 0

Strait wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards

Monday, April 7, 2014

George Strait won his second entertainer of the year — 25 years after he won his first — and Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban teamed up to earn top honors Sunday night at a jam-packed Academy of Country … 0

Renowned writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dies at 86

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NEW YORK — Peter Matthiessen, a rich man’s son who spurned a life of leisure and embarked on extraordinary physical and spiritual quests while producing such acclaimed books as “The Snow Leopard” and “At Play in the Fields … 0

Haydenville artist Nancy Mahoney has exhibit at Meekins Library of art made from plant roots

Friday, April 4, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG — During the month of April, artist Nancy Mahoney will exhibit her work in a show titled “Recent Roots” in the Neil Hammer Gallery at Meekins Library. “This is a wonderful show by an amazing artist,” said … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, April 4, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for show times; phone numbers and websites are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) La Dolce Vita (R) Le Week-End (R) … 0

Weekend Planner — Art: Art from the Hearth at A.P.E.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

“Our crew is riddled with artists,” notes Hungry Ghost Bread co-owner Cheryl Maffei. And so to celebrate its 10th anniversary the Northampton bakery has invited its staff to shed their floury aprons and put their alternative creative personas … 0

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘La Dolce Vita’ at Amherst Cinema

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

When Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” opened in 1960, New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther cited its “brilliantly graphic estimation of a whole swath of society in sad decay,” calling it “an awesome picture, licentious in content … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Kenny Garrett at UMass

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A performance by eight-time and current DownBeat Magazine Poll-winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett and his quintet on Saturday night in UMass’ Bowker Auditorium will figure as part of the UMass music department’s 6th Annual High Jazz Festival. The … 0

Music review: As Haimovitz and O’Riley shuffled and played, the audience gladly listened

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The distinguished cellist Matt Haimovitz returned to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Monday, together with the brilliant pianist Christopher O’Riley, with “Shuffle.Play.Listen,” an unusual (if not eccentric) concert before a full house in the Fine Arts Center Concert … 0

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Last chance “Beyond Form and Limitations into the Unseen,” an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Florence artist Debra Truskinoff that opened in March, will close Friday at the Imagine Art Gallery, 70 Main St., Northampton. Truskinoff, 57, a … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “God’s Not Dead.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Le Week-End” and “Omar” and continues showing “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “Divergent” and “Noah.” Today’s movie review, on … 0