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Blurred lines: Walid Raad’s work, on view at UMCA, blends fact and fiction

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For Walid Raad, fact and fiction do not stand poles apart, in stark distinction. In his artwork, fact and fiction bend, blend, and blur together — with fantasy thrown in to enhance the mix. Born in Lebanon in 1967, Raad left Beirut as a teenager, when violence from civil war intensified, and even came knocking at his door as local …

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

Wednesday, November 26, 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: …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Touch of Evil’ at Amherst Cinema

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Including drugs, racism, sexual ambiguity, frame-ups, police corruption and other themes controversial at the time, Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil” (1958) was one of the …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Diorama Show’ at A.P.E. Gallery; ‘Raise Your Voice’ concert at the Academy of Music

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LITTLE WORLDS Dioramas, three-dimensional scenes created within containers, are fascinating. They are often small, but to scale, and sometimes they are held within the most ingenious containers. “The Diorama Show” at the A.P.E. gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton, features eight local artists whose work can be scene in …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: The Jack DeJohnette Trio, ‘Speak No Evil’ at UMass; Rainy Day People at the Iron Horse

Thursday, November 20, 2014

JAZZED AT UMASS Looking for instrumental or vocal jazz this weekend? The University of Massachusetts Amherst has you covered. On Nov. 21, the Jack DeJohnette Trio, which includes Ravi Coltrane — son of saxophone legend John Coltrane — plays Bowker Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets at fineartscenter.com. On …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Stray Birds at the Iron Horse and other musical happenings in the Valley this week

Thursday, November 20, 2014

If you find record stores romantic and hope they stay around a while, Oliver Craven, Maya de Vitry and Charles Muench of The Stray Birds have written you a sad love song of sorts, “Best Medicine,” the title …

Headliners: Northampton Jazz Workshop; Pioneer Valley Musicians’ Emergency Fund benefit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jazz, tap and hip hop “We’re doing something a little different this week,” says Paul Arslanian of the Northampton Jazz Workshop. “In conjunction with a school show we are doing at Northampton High School, we will be featuring …

Art Maker: Elizabeth Stone | figurative artist

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elizabeth Stone is a contemporary figurative artist who works at her home studio in Florence, which she loves, she says, because of its “village feel.” She began painting in the late 1990s when she inherited her grandfather’s set …

Book Bag: ‘Do You Know Your Noses?’ by Anne Marie Frank; ‘Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene’ by Emily Monosson; ‘After the Rain’ by Jonathan Wright

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DO YOU KNOW YOUR NOSES? By Anne Marie Frank About a year ago, Florence resident Anne Marie Frank lost her job and decided to use her free time on a long-cherished project: creating a children’s book based around …

Valley Readings

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ARMS LIBRARY: Gerald McFarland reads from his new novel, “What the Owl Saw,” Nov. 23, 3 p.m., at the library, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls. 625-9708 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Gregory Maguire reads from …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Gilding the Lily

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The bit of yellow that this umbrella adds to Northampton’s “rainbow” crosswalk might border on redundant, but it helped to make cheery, a dreary day. It seems this picture was waiting to be taken ever since the Main …

An enduring young heroine: Eric Carle Museum celebrates 75th anniversary of legendary children’s story ‘Madeline’

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The City of Light has changed considerably since she first walked its streets. And the world as a whole has changed even more. But the little girl with the red hair, yellow hat and boundless curiosity? She’s pretty …