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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 of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as a child, so it was especially gratifying, she says, when, years later, Taylor agreed to let her make a movie about his …

The sound of music: Hampshire Young People’s Chorus marks 15 years of youthful singing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First they shook their hands and feet and shoulders as the chorus director counted in Spanish. Then they did scales to piano accompaniment, singing the …

Weekend Planner — Theater: ‘Fast Five’ at Northampton Arts Trust Building

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Back by popular demand, the Connecticut River Valley Poets’ Theatre’s production of “Fast Five” will be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the …

Jeff Daniels’ alter ego: Versatile actor to show off his musical side at Northampton concert

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, it’s been hard to miss Jeff Daniels. The veteran actor has been all over the news and movie and TV screens, from his role as the not-so-bright …

Hard Times: Legendary saxophonist Charles Neville talks about the life of black musicians in the Jim Crow South

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Looking back on his years as a young musician playing in the South in the 1950s, Charles Neville can recall the absurdity of some of the Jim Crow laws meant to segregate blacks and whites. Like the time …

Weekend Planner — Music: Northern Harmony’s ‘Music in Midwinter’

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Based in Vermont, Northern Harmony is a shifting collaboration of singers and instrumentalists that explores choral traditions from the Renaissance to contemporary world music. In its latest configuration — a quartet consisting of Suzannah Park, Emily Miller, Patty …

‘Boyhood,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ top Golden Globes

Monday, January 12, 2015

North Korea parodies. “Je Suis Charlie” tributes. George Clooney punchlines. Hollywood toasted free speech in its myriad forms, from mocking Bill Cosby to sincere words about the Paris terrorist attacks, at the 72nd annual Golden Globes on Sunday, …

BAFTA noms: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ leads with 11; ‘Selma’ snubbed

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wes Anderson’s multi-generational caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel” topped the nominations Friday for the British Academy Film Awards with 11, including best film, director and original screenplay for Anderson and best actor for Ralph Fiennes. Alejandro G. Inarritu’s black comedy “Birdman” and James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking biopic “The …

First Elvis Presley record, with ‘My Happiness,’ auctioned for $240,000

Friday, January 9, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The first record ever recorded by Elvis Presley sold for $240,000 late Thursday in a memorabilia auction in Memphis, Tenn., held on what would have been the 80th birthday of the King of Rock and Roll. An unidentified online bidder bought the acetate record of …

Jones Library leads reading of ‘The Girl Who Fell From the Sky’

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — An annual event that encourages all residents to read and discuss the same book continues this winter with “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky,” a novel that explores issues of race and identity. “On the Same Page,” a community reading program sponsored by the Jones …

Weekend Planner — Kids: music with Nick Deysher

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

While engaging imagination and musicianship to transport kids to outer space in one song and then back in time 65 million years to stomp around with the dinosaurs in another, children’s singer Nick Deysher keeps the sensibilities of …

Weekend Planner — Talk: ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

In her book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” author Michelle Alexander argues that by targeting black men through the war on drugs and decimating communities of color, the criminal justice system acts …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: Amherst Art Walk and much, much more

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Amherst Art Walk Amherst Art Walk happens Thursday (and every first Thursday of the month) from 5 to 8 p.m. Here are some highlights: an exhibit of work by award-winning Hampden photographer Jim Gillen will be on display …