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Arts & Entertainment

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

MOVIE REVIEW: Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ is everything — except boring

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What to make of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”? Perhaps that’s the wrong question. Indeed, what NOT to make of “Noah”? Because it is so many things. It is, of course, a biblical blockbuster, a 21st-century answer to Cecil B. … 0

Track Record: Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life and Jerrod Niemann: High Noon

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life Various Artists, Rhino; $11.88 One of the greatest heavy metal vocalists, Ronnie James Dio left an indelible mark on the genre through his work with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his solo … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Carolina Chocolate Drops — Fri., April 11, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo— Sun., April 13, 4 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $20 general; $10 college students and youth 17 … 0

Headliners: Green Street Trio’s Northampton Jazz Workshop; Nellie McKay at the Iron Horse

Friday, April 4, 2014

Noho jazz workshop turns four A Tuesday night fixture in Northampton since April 2010, the Green Street Trio’s Northampton Jazz Workshop is set to celebrate its fourth anniversary on April 8 at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Call the Midwife’; Lynn Klock recital at UMass

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BRING ON THE BABIES Yippee! Season 3 of “Call the Midwife” began last Sunday. Two years ago, I tuned into the show about midwifery in 1950s East London, thinking it might ease my despair over the end for that season of “Downton Abby.” Much to my pleasure, I … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘The Joys and Challenges of Aging: A Reading and Conversation’ at Loomis Village, South Hadley; ‘Transforming the Aging Experience through Photography’ at Lathrop Community Art Gallery, Easthampton

Thursday, April 3, 2014

JOYS AND CHALLENGES Aging might be a common subject, but it’s still a tough one for many people to talk about. Four local elder poets — Jane Yolen, Henry Lyman, Sasha Berman and John Berkowitz — will offer their words and insights on “The Joys and Challenges of … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: C.J. Samson mysteries; The Machine at the Calvin Theatre, Northampton

Thursday, April 3, 2014

TUDOR ENGLAND, IN ALL ITS BACK-STABBING GLORY (AND SMELL) I’ve come late to C.J. Samson’s mystery series, but I’ve burned through three of the books in 10 days and want to sing their praises. Lawyer (and hunchback) Matthew Shardlake navigates the treacherous politics and violent religious disputes of … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Benefit show for Letha Melchior and more, this week in the Valley

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In December 2010, painter and experimental musician Letha Melchior was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma; one month later she found out she also had breast cancer. Since then she’s had more than 10 operations. Through it all she’s … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, March 27, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) La Dolce Vita (R) Le Week-End (R) Omar (NR) CINEMARK AT HAMPSHIRE MALL 267 Russell … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BAD WORDS: Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman, who also directed), a man who sets out to exact revenge for a childhood spelling-bee loss, finds a loophole in the rules, and decides to enter, and win, as an adult. Also … 0