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A lifetime of music; Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and keeping their voices raised in song. For Alice Parker, Smith class of 1947, choral music has been a lifelong calling — as …

Still painting after all these years: Herter Gallery opens retrospective show on painter John Grillo, former UMass professor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When John Grillo arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1967, he was 50 years old, and in the view of some, his art …

Maureen Shea re-joins Dance Generators in Northampton as artistic director

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seven years after departing from the local Northampton dance group Dance Generators, Maureen Shea is coming back as artistic director. Taking over the position from …

‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Unbroken’ lead drumbeat of fall

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Unable to find her second directing project, Angelina Jolie took to sifting through “generals.” Looking for a diamond in the rough, the actress-turned-director searched the movies that studios owned but weren’t making. “So I scanned through these generals …

New on DVD

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars: Teenagers Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous …

Art People: Alexandra Lynch | collage artist

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Alexandra Lynch is a painter, a poet, a law school graduate (who got hives just thinking about practicing law, so she didn’t), a fashion impresario, a curio hunter, and, most recently, a collage artist. In her current work, …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Busking at Art Walk Easthampton; National Theatre Live’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in local theaters

Thursday, September 11, 2014

UNION STREET BUSKING I’ve always thought that the trek during Easthampton’s Art Walk from one end of Union Street to the other (from galleries on Main to Cottage streets), seems like a long, uneventful journey. Problem solved. On Sept. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., buskers will line …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’; Arts Night Out in Northampton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MOVIE GOLD I endured a couple of spectacular movie duds this summer, but I also enjoyed at least three movies I’d happily see again. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a surprising treat with a compelling story line about an aspiring chef and his passion for creative cuisine. It features …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘The Trip to Italy’ at Amherst Cinema; retrospective exhibit of works by John Grillo at UMass’ Herter Gallery

Thursday, September 11, 2014

EATING AND RIFFING In 2010, British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon played fictionalized versions of themselves in “The Trip,” a largely improvised film of the two friends conducting a restaurant tour in England. In “The Trip to Italy,” the boys are back for another round of gastronomic …

Book Bag: ‘The Stethoscope Cure’ by Sam Osherson; ‘The Hawley Book of the Dead’ by Chrysler Szarlan

Thursday, September 11, 2014

THE STETHOSCOPE CURE By Sam Osherson Solyphos Press samosherson.com Sam Osherson, a therapist from Cambridge who has taught psychology at a number of colleges and universities, is also the author of several nonfiction books about relationships and personal …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips reads from his work Sept. 16, 8 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Sam Osherson presents his new novel, …

A Closer Look: Reading tablets decent, but needed?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

E-book readers are great for reading books, but they can’t be used get directions or watch videos of people dumping ice over their heads. Tablets can. In partnership with Samsung, Barnes & Noble recently released a reading-centric tablet, …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Not-so-endless summer

Thursday, September 11, 2014

About this time of year I find myself winning a battle, but not the war, with those who would say that summer is over. Yep, Labor Day and the start of school surely spell the end, but we …