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Unimaginable images: Mead exhibits chronicle artistic responses to past wars

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At this time of year in Europe 100 years ago, the quick, decisive war the major nations had been hoping for in August had become a distant memory. What became known as World War I had devolved into a bloody stalemate, with opposing armies hunkered down in trenches that stretched hundreds of miles across the Eastern and Western fronts. The …

Give me shelter Filmmaker with Hadley roots screens PBS series on adopting shelter animals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

When it comes to the subjects of his movies, documentary filmmaker Steven Latham has one basic aim. “My goal is to inspire people,” says Latham, …

A world at sixes and sevens: NHS presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton High School will present “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s ambitious, sprawling satire that asks why humanity seems always to be on the …

Advance bookings: From John Hodgman to Donnie and Marie, loads of entertainment choices coming up

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

John Hodgman: I Stole Your Dad — Fri., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20. 584-9032, academyofmusictheatre.com Patti LaBelle — Fri., Nov. 21, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $35-$75. foxwoods.com John Butler Trio, Monica Heldal — Sat., Nov. …

Art Maker: Bill Venman: VLO co-founder

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bill Venman says when he and his wife, Sally, founded Valley Light Opera 40 years ago, he had no idea it would become a permanent part of his life. Venman, 83, a UMass professor emeritus, used to play …

Book Bag: ‘Bad Atmosphere’ by Don Ogden; ‘Miracle Girls’ by MB Caschetta

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BAD ATMOSPHERE By Don Ogden Levellers Press www.levellerspress.com You likely didn’t hear much talk during the recent elections about climate change or other environmental issues: The unrelenting theme for the media was President Obama’s crumbling approval ratings and …

Valley Readings

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Kim Townsend, author of “John William Ward: An American Idealist,” speaks Nov. 18, 4 p.m., Robert Frost Library, at the college. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Photographer Dan Eckstein presents his book …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dire Honeys plays farewell concerts, and other music in the Valley

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I remember a book from my elementary school years called “Fortunately,” the tale of a kid’s epic journey that see-sawed between good news and bad news. I got a similar feeling from a recent talk with Dire Honeys …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Picture puzzle

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Occasionally, I like to take a photo that is a little mysterious — like it’s a puzzle to figure out. While at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Northampton last month for the seventh annual Giving Voice, …

Open Studios: Artists, craftspeople invite public in for a look-see

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Every year around this time many of the area’s artist studios open their doors to the public, inviting them in to interact with artists as they work, view demonstrations, and purchase work directly from the creators. Arts & …

Power Women: Photo exhibit highlights female powerlifters

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Liane Brandon wasn’t looking for a new artistic project when, a couple of years ago, she went to a gym in Boston. The former University of Massachusetts Amherst professor and filmmaker just wanted to get back in shape …

Weekend Planner — Cabaret: ‘Still Tryin’ to Get it Right: A Jewish Woman’s Journey’

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

By day, Sharon Saline is a licensed clinical psychologist in Northampton who works primarily with children, adolescents and families. By night she’s a cabaret performer who mixes songs from musical theater, jazz standards and rock with personal stories …

A literary debut with clout Mount Holyoke College history grad draws on her degree to pen acclaimed novel

Monday, November 10, 2014

When Katy Simpson Smith finished her studies at Mount Holyoke College at the end of 2005, she figured she had her career plan mapped out: She’d take her degree in early American history straight to graduate school and …