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Kevin Costner, foreground left, embraces Carlos Pratts in a scene from "McFarland, USA" AP Photo/Disney

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, he finds that he can’t leave the war behind. Also stars Kyle Gallner. Rated R. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: Life for literature …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Consididered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf’ at A.P.E. Gallery; ‘Into the Woods Jr.’ at the Academy of Music

Friday, February 27, 2015

A SERIOUS MATTER Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” will be presented Saturday, Sunday and Monday by Serious Play! The choreopoem — poems accompanied by dance and music — stars Marcia Gomes, Vanessa Alexander, Janaya Barnes, Alysia Cosby, Kaliis Smith and Evelyn Harris. A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton. brownpapertickets.com; 800-838-3006. The play contains mature subject matter, and …

Style Stop: Dee Pizzo

Friday, February 27, 2015

It was the White House Black Market pants and jacket and scarf from Anthropologie that caught the attention of the Style Stop team one morning in downtown Northampton. When we caught up with Dee Pizzo of Glastonbury, Connecticut, we discovered she also was carrying her mother’s circa 1970s purse. nnn AN ECLECTIC SHOPPER: …

Art Maker: Adrienne Figus | printer, painter, puppet-maker

Friday, February 27, 2015

Adrienne Figus of Hadley, is a multifaceted artist: She makes etchings, screen prints, books, drawings and watercolors. These days, she says, she’s particularly interested in things that are cute — bones, bunnies, dinosaurs. Figus, 32, says she likes …

Valley Readings

Friday, February 27, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BREWING COMPANY: “Deja Vu: Repeated Forms in Evolution” — Tuesday, 6 p.m., at The Pub, 10 University Drive, Amherst. Part of the monthly SciTech Cafe series. scitechcafe.org. AMHERST COLLEGE: “Experiential …

Art maker: Marsha Humphrey | printmaker

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Even though Marsha Humphrey of Hatfield was exposed to the art world as a child — her father was an art historian, a museum director and curator — she didn’t receive formal art training until she started taking …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Where the cocktail is king

Thursday, February 19, 2015

For years, I’ve wandered western Massachusetts looking in vain for The Serious Cocktail Bar. Sometimes I felt like a parched man in the Sahara Desert, in search of an oasis. That’s not to suggest that there aren’t great …

Rich Szlosek’s slice of life: For local sports, a golden era

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A while back I wrote a well-received column about the late Stu Miller, who was the first (and still only) Northampton native to become a major league baseball player; he joined the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952. Since then it has occurred to me that there were other …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Mona Lisa is Missing’ at Amherst Cinema; Fred Hersch and trio at UMass

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A CLEAN GETAWAY It has the makings of a French farce: In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, a humble Italian workman at the Louvre in Paris, hid in a broom closet then walked away with the “Mona Lisa.” A documentary, “Mona Lisa is Missing,” tells the story, with writer/director Joe …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Grupo Corpo at UMass; Claudea Rankine speaks at Smith College

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BRING ON THE HEAT The Brazilian modern dance company Grupo Corpo performs at UMass Tuesday, providing just the heat some of us need to survive this cold winter. Two works are on the roster, including “Sem Mim,” described as a performance that represents rollicking waves and explores both …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: WGBY documentary on Italian-Americans; Hosmer Gallery photography exhibit

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BENVENUTI IN AMERICA WGBY has a new documentary series on the Italian-American experience that looks very good so far. The first two episodes, which aired this past Tuesday, looked at why so many Italians, starting in the late 19th century, headed to America, where they faced considerable discrimination. …

Book Bag: “Trash Mountain’ and ‘Animal Stories: Heartwarming True Tales from the Animal Kingdom’ by Jane Yolen; ‘Itzik & Mickey: Stories from Brooklyn & Beyond’ by Irving Martin Glasser and Myron Peretz Glazer

Thursday, February 19, 2015

TRASH MOUNTAIN By Jane Yolen Carolrhoda Books ANIMAL STORIES: HEARTWARMING TRUE TALES FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM By Jane Yolen with her children Heidi, Adam and Jason Stemple National Geographic Books janeyolen.com Jane Yolen is not one to rest …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Poet Joshua Mehigan reads from his collection “Accepting the Disaster” Tuesday, 8 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547  Brian Adams reads from his new …