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Arts & Entertainment

The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional definition of the still life. In his downtown Northampton gallery, Baczek has been tackling that question for 20 years with a special …

‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Despite her untimely death from multiple sclerosis at 42, Jacqueline du Pré secured a position as one of the master cellists of the late 20th …

Weekend Planner — Reading: Kelly Link reading

Thursday, February 12, 2015

“Inordinately brainy, always concise, darkly whimsical, and entertaining as heck — that’s Kelly Link in a nutshell,” says The Boston Globe of the multiple-award-winning Northampton writer, whose excursions into sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism and steampunk have “established her …

Midwinter in the Valley: A classical music roundup

Thursday, February 12, 2015

There have been many concerts in the Pioneer Valley during these cold winter days. The most unusual was Ronald Perera’s one-act children’s opera, “The Araboolies of Liberty Street,” performed in Sweeney Hall at Smith College in Northampton on …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Foreigner whips Calvin Theatre crowd into happy frenzy

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I’m the nostalgic type, so I have a soft spot for classic rock — but there are people who have a fiery passion for classic rock, and I was in their good company when Foreigner played the Calvin …

Advance bookings

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Sing-Off Live Tour — Sat., Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Grupo Corpo — Tues., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $38, $42 general; $10, $12, …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Thursday, February 12, 2015

At ECA+ “Myth and the Atemporal Challenge,” an exhibit of paintings by Easthampton artist Ruth Kjaer, will be on view through Feb. 24 at the in ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton’s Old Town Hall at 43 Main St. There …

Movie Times

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animation Shorts (NR) Daily 4:30, 9:30; Sun. also 11:15 a.m. 2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (NR) Fri.-Sun. 2, 6:40; Mon., Tues., Thurs. 6:40 The Imitation Game (PG-13) …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, …

‘Fifty Shades’ author says she ‘fought hard’ for her fans

Thursday, February 12, 2015

‘Fifty Shades of Grey” devotees, know this: Whether you end up loving or hating the new movie, author EL James had your back. “I was thinking about the readers,” James says about the sometimes fraught process of adapting …

New on DVD

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Birdman: A washed-up actor (Michael Keaton) who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family troubles as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. Also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward …

Book Bag: ‘Get in Trouble’ by Kelly Link; ‘What’s What and What To Do About It’ by Waldo Mellon

Thursday, February 12, 2015

GET IN TROUBLE By Kelly Link Random House kellylink.net In the early 2000s, Northampton writer Kelly Link self-published two collections of short stories that had been rejected by traditional publishers. Since then, Link has gained a devoted readership …