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PHOTO COURTESY OF 3VIDEOSISTERS
In this screen capture from the 3videosister's contribution to Northampton Community Television's "Crowdsourced Cinema Project," Maura Ronan stars as Indiana Jones.

Indy film: Local filmmakers recreate ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ — scene by scene

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sometimes, it takes a village to make a movie. Take, for example, “The Crowdsourced Cinema Project,” sponsored by Northampton Community Television, in which teams from across New England have recreated scenes from the film “Raiders of The Lost Ark.” The bits of movie magic will eventually be strung together in a shot-for-shot recreation of Steven Spielberg’s 1981 blockbuster. Earlier in …

Giving back: Singer-songwriter’s new album to benefit Safe Passage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Once, Joslyn Thomas was a victim of abuse. Now, Thomas, 27, is using her talents as a musician to lend her support to Safe Passage, …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mohawk Trail Concerts season finale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Mohawk Trail Concert series concludes its 2015 season Sunday with a recital in honor Ruth Black, who died at her home in Amherst May …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

ALOFT: A struggling mother (Jennifer Connelly) encounters the son she abandoned 20 years earlier. Also stars Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent. Rated R. AMERICAN ULTRA: A stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) — who is in fact a government agent — is …

Movie review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ a biopic to its own beat

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The shotgun blast of fury that first emanated from South Central Los Angeles in 1988 still packs a punch. The new, very much authorized biopic of N.W.A, “Straight Outta Compton,” aims to cement the legacy of the pioneering …

Book Bag: ‘Dickens and Massachusetts: The Lasting Legacy of the Commonwealth Visits,’ edited by Diana C. Archibald and Joel J. Brattin; ‘Trail Running Western Massachusetts’ by Ben Kimball

Thursday, August 20, 2015

DICKENS AND MASSACHUSETTS: THE LASTING LEGACY OF THE COMMONWEALTH VISITS Edited by Diana C. Archibald and Joel J. Brattin University of Massachusetts Press www.umass.edu/umpress When Charles Dickens visited the United States in 1842, he’d already published several of …

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The following literary event is planned for the coming week in the Valley: WORLD WAR II CLUB: Northampton Poetry’s open mic will be held Tuesday, 8 p.m., World War II Club, 50 Conz St., Northampton. Featured reader: Scott Beal. $3. 586-3315 …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kamasi Washington brings ‘The Epic’ to Iron Horse

Thursday, August 20, 2015

If an artist is inspired to create something on a vast canvas, I want to experience it. David Foster Wallace’s 1000-page “Infinite Jest,” Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew,” Joni Mitchell’s “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter,” Yes’ “Tales from Topographic Oceans” …

Art Maker: Eileen Jager | Glass mosaic artist

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Easthampton artist Eileen Jager, 57, designs furniture and wall sculpture by fusing intricate glass mosaics with wood. Her work, she says, is inspired by a life-changing visit in 1979 to the Chartres Cathedral near Paris. “Fascinated by the …

Track Record

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ricki and the Flash, original motion picture soundtrack Various artists Republic Records Meryl Streep is simply unstoppable. After dipping her toes in the musical genre quite frequently in the last decade, Streep goes full-on rock star in the …

‘Art in the Orchard’: Exhibitors cultivate unusual setting

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It started in 2011 as a kind of experiment: Put some art amid the trees and pastures of a working orchard and see what happens. From that modest beginning, Easthampton’s “Art in the Orchard” exhibit has gained a …

Author! Author!: Three writers carry forward Valley’s rich literary tradition

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Pioneer Valley has long been a breeding ground for literary types. From the whimsical picture books by Eric Carle to the award-winning historical novels by E. L. Doctorow, a wide array of authors have claimed the Pioneer …

Northampton Community Arts Trust begins renovations to 33 Hawley St. building; project timeline unclear

Monday, August 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Community Arts Trust last week began renovation of its 33 Hawley St. building, paving the way for affordable practice, performance and exhibition space for generations to come. The nonprofit group was incorporated in 2010 …