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Artwork from numerous artists is displayed throughout the Highland Hardware and Bike Shop as part of a scavenger hunt styled art exhibit Saturday in Holyoke.

Art among the hammers: Steampunk exhibit hidden in plain sight on hardware store shelves

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A hardware store is not the first place one might think of as a venue for an art show. But for artist Dean Nimmer, the idea has been brewing for some time. Nimmer, a retired chairman of the painting and printmaking programs at Mass College of Art and Design, has curated just such an exhibit, which is on view through …

‘From the Boat to Obama’: Play aims to fill historical void about African-American experiences

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mary Taylor says she doesn’t remember learning anything in school about the African-American experience back when she was growing up in Georgia and then Florida …

‘Music in the Noon Hour’ series continues at Smith College

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Concerts don’t have to be long to be meaningful. In fact, you can pack a lot into just half an hour. Case in point: “Music …

Movie times

Thursday, October 1, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org A Borrowed Identity (NR) Daily 1:50, 4:15, 7:20, 9:30; Sat.-Sun. also 11:30 a.m.; Tues. no 7:20; Mon., Wed. no 9:30 Breathe (NR) Daily 4:55, 7:25; Sat.-Sun. also 2:25 Grandma (R) …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

BLACK MASS: The true story of Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia …

Movie review: Damon charms as stranded astronaut in ‘The Martian’

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed. Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut stranded on the red planet, the Oscar-nominated actor is the winning heart of …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Cuatro Corridos’ opera at UMass Sunday; ‘Mirage: A Circus Life’ at the Academy of Music Saturday

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Music has the power Before being dismantled by authorities in 2001, a network of mafias in Mexico was forcing kidnapped women into prostitution in San Diego. This horrific tale of human trafficking will be told in a powerful chamber opera, “Cuatro Corridos,” Sunday at 4 p.m. in Bowker …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Ersatz Pink Floyd, Dust Bowl tunes and a walk with Bob Leverett

Thursday, October 1, 2015

BOWLED OVER AND TICKLED PICK Perhaps the most alluring musical pick this weekend is Saturday’s concert by The Machine performing music of Pink Floyd. That’s at 8 p.m. at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. But the most intriguing gig, for me, is the throwback “Evening of Music of …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Walking tour of Florence, Saturday; Patty Griffin at the Academy of Music, Tuesday

Thursday, October 1, 2015

CROSSROADS OF HISTORY On Saturday, you can learn about one of the region’s more famous residents and Florence’s abolitionist past during a free walking tour of the town. The 1½-hour tour explores Florence’s utopian community of the 1840s and how it influenced the town’s development, including the African …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band play the Iron Horse, and lots more music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Brooklyn’s Dap-Kings created a gritty, classy and classic soul/funk foundation for vocalists Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse, and their collaborations are responsible for bringing snappy ’60s R&B sounds back into current pop culture — naturally raw drums and …

Book Bag: ‘Little Woman in Blue: a Novel of May Alcott’ by Jeannine Atkins; ‘Stop at the Red Apple: The Restaurant on Route 17’ by Elaine Freed Lindenblatt

Thursday, October 1, 2015

LITTLE WOMAN IN BLUE: A NOVEL OF MAY ALCOTT By Jeannine Atkins She Writes Press www.jeannineatkins.com Whately writer Jeannine Atkins has penned numerous books for young readers, with a particular emphasis on stories about and for girls, including …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Students in the UMass MFA program will read from their work Friday, 6:30 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547  There will be a book …

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Songs of sorrow In pre-Hispanic times an appalling tradition arose in certain Mexican villages of raising girls from early childhood to be prostitutes — a tradition that was revived centuries later by three brothers named Salazar Juárez, who …