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Arts & Entertainment

The healing arts: Northampton guitar concert aims to help children in Iraq

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

War is the ugliest manifestation of the human experience. You might say it’s the greatest example of humanity’s inhumanity. Art is the flip side — it’s an activity designed to create and appreciate beauty, to celebrate the best aspects of the human experience and our world. The organizers of a unusual weekend concert in Northampton hope that art, in the …

Viewing religion from the outside in: New play, ‘The Oven’ recalls shamanic, hallucinogenic ritual

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Five years ago Ilan Stavans participated in a shamanic ceremony in the South American country of Colombia that involved the use of hallucinogens. It was …

Weekend planner — Dance: ‘Stone Songs: A Dance Experiment in Listening to the Landscape’

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Celebrating the culmination of the first annual artist residency at Northampton’s Laurel Park on Saturday, Terre Unité Vandale and her Movement Arts Ensemble will present …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover a dark secret. Stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge. Rated R. A WALK AMONG THE …

Movie Review: A-list cast can’t save sappy ‘Leave You’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Somebody dies. Family gathers to mourn. Everybody’s stuck in one house, with all their quirks and foibles and enough emotional baggage to fill an aircraft carrier. What could go wrong? Ha ha. What couldn’t? This scenario could be …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Real Live Theatre’s ‘The Lion & The Clown’; Massachusetts Dance Festival at UMass Amherst

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES A faerie, a cursed woman who becomes a lion and a traveling circus are ingredients of Real Live Theatre’s world premiere play, “The Lion & The Clown: A Rumi Love Song for Beauty & The Beast,” written and directed by RLT co-founder Ellen Morbyme. It …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: CBS’ ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Madam Secretary’; MHC’s Matisse exhibit

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SUNDAY NIGHT MUST-WATCHES The sixth season of the CBS legal drama “The Good Wife” opens Sunday. I’m in. What fan wouldn’t be? The show had us on pins and needles last season and it looks to be more of the same this year as Alicia Florrick is urged …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Lori McKenna at the Parlor Room in Northampton; Japanese prints at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS Signature Sounds reopened the Parlor Room earlier this month after a summer hiatus, and the schedule is busier than ever. On Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., Lori McKenna, whose songs have been recorded by country music stars like Tim McGraw and Sara …

Headliners: Pink Martini at UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center; Florence Night Out

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In the pink A budding politician, with aspirations of running for mayor of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was dismayed by the quality of music at political fundraisers (“underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly”). So, drawing on his alternate identity …

Book Bag: ‘Paradise Found: A Walking and Biking Tour of Northampton’

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PARADISE FOUND: A WALKING AND BIKING TOUR OF NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS THROUGH POETRY AND ART Edited by Tom Clark, Loris Desrosiers and Oonagh Doherty Levellers Press levellerspress.com Northampton has been known for its arts community for years, recognized for …

Art People: Deborah Foucault | gallery owner

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The inaugural exhibit of the Folcwald Gallery of Sculptural Art in Amherst represents a love story, a tale of courage and international intrigue and treasures of mid-20th-century American art. The story of the gallery’s creation by Deborah Foucault …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Jordi Herold reads from his new memoir, “Positively Center Street: My 25 Years at the Iron Horse Music Hall 1979-2004,” Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., at the bookstore, 247 Main …

‘Mift or tift’, ‘Wicked Walli’ and other fond memories: Jordi Herold, founder of Iron Horse Music Hall, recalls it all in new memoir

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jordi Herold began a recent interview by saying he didn’t have colorful stories at the ready (“They don’t just all sit there. I’m not a raconteur from the folklore society”), yet in reality, one simple recollection at that …