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Action — and make it fast! — Northampton Community Television sponsors seven-day film competition

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The costumes consisted of hand-lettered shirts, one saying “Sport” and the other “Champ.” The props were a mixed bag: a medicine ball, a catcher’s mask, two hurleys (hurling sticks), a tennis racket and a hockey helmet, minus its chin strap. The cinematographer, Melissa McClung, with her Canon digital camera mounted on a shoulder rig, called out “OK, let’s do this” …

Taking the plunge: Jamie Kent looks for a bigger stage in Nashville

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you’re a screenwriter and you want to break into the movies, you head to Los Angeles. Serious about theater? Go to New York. Want …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘God Box’ — performance in Northampton

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

After the untimely death of her daughter Rebecca in a car accident, quintessential Jewish mother Gloria Adelman is packing up the girl’s apartment when she …

The rise and fall of a fast-talking dame: World premiere of commissioned screwball comedy, ‘Nobody’s Girl,’ to christen stage at renovated Academy of Music

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The term “glass ceiling” wasn’t coined until sometime in the late 1970s. But what that ceiling represented — a barrier to women reaching management positions in business, government and other fields — was well in place before then. …

Answering the ‘Birdman’ signal, Keaton soars again

Thursday, October 16, 2014

When Michael Keaton met Barack Obama shortly before Obama would become president, the then-senator had a question for the actor. “Why don’t you make more movies?” It’s a quandary that has long bedeviled moviegoers just as it has, …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘75%+ReUse’ art show in Northampton; Matthew Shipp/Darius Jones Duo at UMass

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reduce, reuse, recycle More than 25 local artists answered a call from the Northampton Reuse Committee to create artwork using recycled materials. On Oct. 18, they’ll gather at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton, for “75%+ReUse,” a show and sale of those items. And …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Open house at Yiddish Book Center in Amherst; Mead Reads: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

Thursday, October 16, 2014

YIDDISH BOOK CENTER It happens. You’ve always meant to visit a well-known place in your own backyard but never quite do. For anyone who’s never made it to the well-known Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, there’s an open house Oct. 19, with tours at 11 a.m. and 1 …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Mark Erelli at The Parlor Room; Erin McKeown at the Iron Horse; ‘Nobody’s Girl’ at the Academy of Music

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A SIGNATURE WEEKEND Two musicians who got their starts with Northampton’s Signature Sounds are back in town with new tunes. On Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., at the Parlor Room (parlorroommusic.com), singer-songwriter Mark Erelli celebrates “Milltowns,” on which he interprets the work of the late, great songwriter Bill …

Art Maker: Paul Dennis | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paul Dennis, 49, is an assistant professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A former member of the José Limon Dance Company in New York City, Dennis has brought many a fellow professional dancer to work …

Headliners: The Secret Sisters at the Iron Horse; Pauline Oliveros at Amherst College

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Olde-tyme country Fed up with the high-tech homogeneity of today’s country music? The Secret Sisters are here for you. Not only do Alabama siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers dress and sing like it’s 1954, they record like it …

Book Bag: ‘Building Co-operative Power’ published by Levellers Press; ‘Here is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays” by Lesléa Newman

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HERE IS THE WORLD: A YEAR OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS By Lesléa Newman Illustrated by Susan Gal Abrams Books for Young Readers lesleanewman.com Northampton writer Lesléa Newman has a prolific bibliography, particularly in her work for children. Her latest …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Poet and fiction writer Stuart Dybek reads from his work Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, at the college.  Cuban sci-fi writer Yoss reads from …