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A voice and vision for Africa Mount Holyoke College professor’s documentary on seminal African filmmaker debuts at Sundance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It’s a story that almost defies belief. Ousmane Sembène, born in the French colony of Senegal in 1923, had been kicked out of school in the fifth grade for fighting, and by his teens was a laborer in Dakar, Senegal’s capital. During World War II, he was drafted into the French army, and after the war he became a dock …

Project Rehovot presents a concert for a cause

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For more than 20 years, volunteers from the Jewish Community of Amherst have been lending a helping hand for an educational and social cause nearly …

A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Oscar-nominated films at Amherst Cinema; photo exhibit of Northampton’s past at Hosmer Gallery

Friday, January 23, 2015

OSCAR POWER Amherst Cinema is featuring two films that have snagged 17 Academy Award nominations between them. “Birdman” (nine nominations), is a black comedy starring Michael Keaton as an aging actor, famous for portraying an iconic hero, trying to mount a Broadway play. “The Imitation Game” (eight nominations) …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: One-of-a-kind The Bad Plus to play Iron Horse in Northampton

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jazz trios don’t come any more dazzling than The Bad Plus. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King make accessibly adventurous music that’s even more fun when you can see the three longtime friends in …

Headliners: ‘Dérive’ at the Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst; duoJalal at UMass

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Drifters Noting that everyday life under advanced capitalism was becoming increasingly predictable and monotonous, a group of French intellectuals in the 1950s came up with the idea of the dérive (“drift”). They defined it as “an unplanned …

Book Bag: ‘The Jaguar’s Children’ by John Vaillant

Friday, January 23, 2015

THE JAGUAR’S CHILDREN By John Vaillant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt www.thetigerbook.com John Vaillant scored well with critics and readers in the past several years with two books of nonfiction, including “The Tiger,” a tale of a search for a …

Valley Readings

Friday, January 23, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: LIMERED TEAHOUSE: Ware author Tim Parker will sign copies of his book “Wispa” Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m., at the teahouse, 50 Main St., Amherst. 405-458-5642. LOOMIS VILLAGE: Mystery writer Dusty …

Art Maker: Russell Powell | painter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russell Powell, 60, of Hatfield draws on his experience as an athlete — throwing a softball, for example, or shooting a basketball — when creating his oil paintings. “My most transcendent moments on the playing field occurred when …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Nature’s graffiti

Friday, January 23, 2015

Although this may look like someone’s cryptic graffiti, the designs on this building at the corner of Main and Market streets in Northampton are the result of late-afternoon sunlight reflected from windows across the street. — Jerrey Roberts …

Freckle-faced heroine: ALSCT brings ‘Anne of Green Gables’ to Bowker Auditorium

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

At a recent rehearsal for “Anne of Green Gables,” the cast was rehearsing for the first time at Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where the musical is scheduled to open on Thursday. A group of …

Four decades of art: University Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates milestone with special exhibition

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

For 40 years, the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been cultivating the work of both upcoming and established artists. Now, to celebrate its four decades on the scene, UMCA has reached back …

Weekend Planner — Kids: ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On the run from a wicked stepmother, a young princess finds refuge in a small cottage in the forest inhabited by seven pint-sized men who decide to adopt her and protect her from all harm. It’s the Grimm …