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A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as a child, so it was especially gratifying, she says, when, years later, Taylor agreed to let her make a movie about his …

The sound of music: Hampshire Young People’s Chorus marks 15 years of youthful singing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First they shook their hands and feet and shoulders as the chorus director counted in Spanish. Then they did scales to piano accompaniment, singing the …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Fast Five’ at Northampton Arts Trust Building

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Back by popular demand, the Connecticut River Valley Poets’ Theatre’s production of “Fast Five” will be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the …

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, …

Movie review: ‘American Sniper’ is quintessential Eastwood

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A mere six months after releasing the Four Seasons drama “Jersey Boys,” Clint Eastwood has again lapped his younger directing colleagues with his second film of 2014 and his best movie in years. “American Sniper” is quintessentially Eastwood: …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Cellist Stephen Katz Sunday at the Hartsbrook School; ‘The Seth Show’ Tuesday at Eastworks

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Here we go loop de loop This I’ve gotta hear: Haydenville musician Stephen Katz has charted new territory for the rhythmic potential of the cello: As he’s playing, he uses live-looping electronics to generate dynamic orchestral textures; his solo compositions unfold during the concert, loop by loop. He’ll …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Mandolin Orchestra of South Hadley concert; ‘Descent’ by Tim Johnston

Thursday, January 15, 2015

YOU KNEW THEM WHEN Local residents have a chance to see the first performance of the Mandolin Orchestra of South Hadley this weekend. Founder and director Adam Sweet (also a soloist) will lead the orchestra playing chamber works from selected composers and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. There …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Two good books on modern Russia; South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra concert

Thursday, January 15, 2015

FROM RUSSIA WITH RESIGNATION Interested in a portrait of modern Russia? I can recommend two recent books. “The Putin Mystique” by Russian-American journalist Anna Arutunyan, published by Northampton’s Interlink Publishing Group, looks at President Putin’s relationship to past Russia autocrats. Gregory Feifer, a former NPR Moscow correspondent whose …

Art Maker: Georgia Pugh | painter

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Painter Georgia Pugh lives on a former farm in Hatfield with her husband, Milton Howard, and their son, Daniel. Her current “Seawall Series” portrays ruined structures of iron, concrete, rock and rebar, built to keep the water from …

Book Bag: ‘Make a Wish But Not For Money’ by Suzanne Strempek Shea; ‘The Dyeing Room’ by Robert T. McMaster

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MAKE A WISH BUT NOT FOR MONEY By Suzanne Strempek Shea PFP Publishing www.suzannestrempekshea.com For her first novel in several years, Valley writer Suzanne Strempek Shea has been inspired in part by the former “Dead Mall” of Hadley, …

Valley Readings

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: JONES LIBRARY: Don Ogden reads from his book “Bad Atmosphere — A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Junior Brown plays the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Here comes guitar star Junior Brown, a striking figure making his way over the horizon from his home in Austin, Texas. There’s the larger-than-life cowboy hat, the low baritone voice, the one-of-a-kind signature instrument — a two-headed “guit-steel” …

Headliners: Cellist Stephen Katz; “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami”

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Transcendent cello While maintaining reverence for the classical tradition of his instrument, Haydenville-based cellist/composer Stephen Katz has also been on the cutting edge of liberating it. In addition to using live looping electronics to generate dynamic orchestral textures …