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Arts & Entertainment

Seldom seen: Rare Matisse drawings on exhibit at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Henri Matisse was one of the giants of early 20th-century art — an influential painter, printmaker, sculptor and collage artist who became particularly noted for the expressive colors and strong brushstrokes of his paintings. But Matisse (1869-1954) also loved to draw, whether making studies for later paintings, stand-alone portraits or sketches he used for experimenting with new ideas or examining …

Fruits of friendship: Deep roots of band, Solara, planted during childhood

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You don’t have to look very far to find a group of hometown friends who’ve decided to form a band. It happens all the time …

Weekend Planner — Storytelling: ‘An Evening of Traditional — and Spooky! — Storytelling at Historic Northampton’

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“Ghost stories are born when you give more power to the past than to the present or the future,” says storyteller Motoko, who will be …

Movie review: Murray delights as curmudgeonly ‘Vincent’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it — and “St. Vincent” is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon — we’d focus on the one major flaw in the film, and not on its pleasures. But …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY: The day for young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) begins with gum stuck in his hair, and is followed by more calamities. He gets little sympathy from his family and …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Begin Again: A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive (Mark Ruffalo) and a young singer-songwriter who is new to Manhattan (Keira Knightley) turns into a promising collaboration between the two. Also stars Adam Levine. Rated R. Behaving …

‘Fury’ aims for an unvarnished look at war

Thursday, October 23, 2014

At one point during “Fury,” the World War II drama starring Brad Pitt, a tank commander’s head is blown off while he’s hunched outside his vehicle during a fiery battle with a combatant. “Fury” writer-director David Ayer insists …

Photographer Masha Arms remembered with exhibit, book at Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DEERFIELD — On the wall of the Flynt Gallery in the Memorial Hall Museum hangs a photograph depicting a young girl with a cloth shawl draped over her head. The image, captured in 1942, hangs among a few …

Area brief

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Williamsburg CHURCH FAIR: The First Congregational Church of Williamsburg will hold its annual fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8. The kitchen will sell clam chowder, burgers, sandwiches, and pie. Antiques, plants, knitted baby items, candy, cheese and other food will be among the things for …

US returns artifacts to Peru

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DENVER — Dozens of artifacts are on their way back to Peru after being seized in the United States during investigations into the smuggling of cultural relics. Investigators from U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security department held …

Chris Smither, still on the levee after nearly half a century: Veteran singer-songwriter’s work celebrated in two new albums, upcoming concert

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, …

Life in a war zone: Northampton author draws on his experience as a foreign correspondent to pen novel of Nicaragua in the 1980s

Thursday, October 2, 2014

When two American journalists were beheaded in the last several weeks by members of ISIS, the Islamic jihadist state in Syria and Iraq, Joe Gannon was saddened and horrified. But in another sense, he wasn’t that surprised, knowing …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Pianist Scott Hall returns to Valley with ‘Hallapalooza’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Since his high school days, Scott Hall has been close to a piano — sometimes very close, like in the Northampton apartment he shared with a friend where he wedged the hulking instrument into his small bedroom. “The …