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Webbed feet, bills and boomerangs Jarrett Krosoczka unveils his newest “Platypus Police Squad” book

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Buddy cops. It’s a popular theme for movies — the mismatched partners who come from different backgrounds and generations and are temperamentally at odds, as well. One might be a young guy or loner who consistently takes things to the edge, the other a veteran and family man who’s learned to pace himself; think Mel Gibson and Danny Glover from …

Ruins and rebirth Japan’s dynamic modern history at heart of Mead exhibit

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tokyo had a turbulent passage through much of the 20th century — going from ruins to rebirth to ruins and a second rebirth as an …

Spreading the limelight: ‘Youth on Broadway’ to present musical review

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Everyone is a star; everyone gets a chance to shine. That’s the premise behind “Youth on Broadway,” an annual musical theater revue, now in its …

Movie times

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Clouds of Sils Maria (R) Daily 2, 4:10, 7:15, 9:20; Sat., Wed. also 4:45; Sat. no 1:30; Wed. no 7 Merchants of Doubt (PG-13) Daily 4:35, 7:10; Sat.-Sun. also 2:10 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE AGE OF ADALINE: A young woman (Blake Lively), born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man (Michiel Huisman) who might be worth …

Movie review: ‘Age of Ultron’ is an Avengers overdose

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director’s filmography that in between Joss Whedon’s two “Avengers” films there reads “Much Ado About Nothing”: a low-budget, black-and-white Shakespeare adaption sandwiched …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Music on Main’ performance of Faure requiem in Amherst; Wet Ink Ensemble at Smith College

Thursday, April 30, 2015

COMBINED EFFORTS “Music on Main” presents the choirs of First Congregational and South Congregational churches in Amherst in a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem in d Minor,” Sunday at 2 p.m. They will be accompanied by an orchestra of both professional musicians and young students on violin, viola, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Cycling Craze of the 1890’s’ at Historic Northampton; reading by Ellen Meeropol, at Forbes Library

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CYCLING CRAZE Who knew the tension common between drivers of cars and people on bicycles goes back to the days of the horse-drawn carriage? I did not know that. And it makes me think the presentation by Lorenz J. Finison, “The Cycling Craze of the 1890s: A Story …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: 2 documentaries: ‘The Hand That Feeds’ at Academy of Music; ‘James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket’ at HCC

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I’M STICKING TO THE UNION We all hear about the decline of unions, whether for state employees in Wisconsin or in private business. “The Hand That Feeds,” a 2014 documentary, tells the story of undocumented sandwich shop workers in New York who band together to fight their employer’s …

Book Bag: ‘Labor of Love’ by Stephen McKelvey; ‘Invisible Chains’ by Lisa Aronson Fontes

Thursday, April 30, 2015

LABOR OF LOVE By Stephen McKelvey (with Kevin McKelvey) Levellers Press www.levellerspress.com Stephen McKelvey can still remember the day, when he was about 12 years old, that he and his family were visiting his grandmother in her Wilmington, …

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Lily Brooks-Dalton reads from her new book, “Motorcycles I’ve Loved: A Memoir,” Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547  Robin McLean reads from …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Of Montreal comes to Pearl Street, and lots more music in the Valley this week

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Of Montreal began as a modest pop band, with homespun ’60s-influenced songs that came straight from frontman Kevin Barnes’ heart (in fact, his group’s name is a gravestone of sorts for a failed relationship with someone from that …

Headliners: Lydia Lunch at 13th Floor Music Lounge; Katie and Wet Ink Ensemble at Smith College

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time for Lunch Amid the garbage-strewn streets of drug-and-crime-ravaged downtown New York City in the late ’70s, the New Wave music scene nihilistically turned in on itself and gave birth to the No Wave movement, a short-lived but …