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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

Book Bag: ‘A Most Imperfect Union’ by Ilan Stavans; ‘A Heart Book’ by Jennifer Hakkarainen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A MOST IMPERFECT UNION: A CONTRARIAN HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES By Ilan Stavans Illustrated by Lalo Alcaraz Basic Books Ilan Stavans, professor of Latin America and Latino culture at Amherst College, is one prolific writer; he’s the … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: NORTH CHESTER CHAPEL: “Poetry in the Afternoon,” an open reading, will take place July 27, 4 p.m., at the chapel on Old Chester Road in North Chester. Bring a book of … 0

Art People: Dusty Miller | writer

Thursday, July 24, 2014

When she was growing up, Dusty Miller loved reading fiction, and she loved writing. She imagined she might be a writer when she was older. Miller did end up writing, though as an outgrowth of her career as … 0

Tuned In: Big rock show Monday at 13th Floor Music Lounge and other musical events this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monday night isn’t the typical time for a big rock show, but the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence won’t let the work week get in the way of a good time. Four energetic acts — Free Pizza, … 0

Photo Gallery: Can the clubs

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hunting through the rubble of discarded items in search of treasure at flea markets and collectibles shows is a fun pastime for me and my wife. Visually, it’s almost as entertaining for me as the hunt. I was … 0

Northampton native Sherry Thomas makes her mark in television Wins Emmy nomination for casting of hit show “Breaking Bad”

Friday, July 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When she was growing up in Florence, Sherry Thomas thought she might like to live in California when she was older. A longtime dancer who was part of the annual musicals at Northampton High School, she … 0

New and Improved: Clark Museum in Williamstown unveils dramatic expansion and renovation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

When the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute opened its doors in 1955, it was a bit of an anomaly — a fairly modest museum seemingly in the middle of nowhere, one designed more or less as a … 0

No comfort for this Creature: Old Deerfield Productions premieres multi-media adaptation of ‘Frankenstein’

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Forget the lumbering green monster with bolts sticking out of its neck. Old Deerfield Productions’ new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s book “Frankenstein,” directed and produced by Linda McInerney and written by Lindel Hart, eschews Hollywood’s iconic movie-monster image … 0

Northampton Summer Concert Series opens July 18 on the Old Courthouse lawn

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Northampton Summer Concert Series, presented by The Collective Music Group (TCMG), is back for its the third straight year, this time with a new, more prominent downtown location. Every Friday from July 18 to August 22, concerts … 0

Film, television legend James Garner dies at 86

Sunday, July 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow … 0