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Deborah Foucault, who is the owner of Folcwald Gallery in Amherst, talks amid a show of work by Ruth and Svetozar Radakovich.

Art People: Deborah Foucault | gallery owner

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The inaugural exhibit of the Folcwald Gallery of Sculptural Art in Amherst represents a love story, a tale of courage and international intrigue and treasures of mid-20th-century American art. The story of the gallery’s creation by Deborah Foucault is no snoozer either. “Mid-Century Craft: A Tribute to Ruth and Svetozar Radakovich” is a retrospective of the work of one of …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Real Live Theatre’s ‘The Lion & The Clown’; Massachusetts Dance Festival at UMass Amherst

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES A faerie, a cursed woman who becomes a lion and a traveling circus are ingredients of Real Live Theatre’s world premiere play, “The Lion & The Clown: A Rumi Love Song for Beauty & The Beast,” written and directed by RLT co-founder Ellen Morbyme. It will be performed at The Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St. in Northampton Sept. 19-21, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: CBS’ ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Madam Secretary’; MHC’s Matisse exhibit

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SUNDAY NIGHT MUST-WATCHES The sixth season of the CBS legal drama “The Good Wife” opens Sunday. I’m in. What fan wouldn’t be? The show had us on pins and needles last season and it looks to be more of the same this year as Alicia Florrick is urged to run for state’s attorney. While I’m on my couch that night, I plan to …

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Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Lori McKenna at the Parlor Room in Northampton; Japanese prints at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS Signature Sounds reopened the Parlor Room earlier this month after a summer hiatus, and the schedule is busier than ever. On Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., Lori McKenna, whose songs have been recorded by country music stars like Tim McGraw and Sara …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: The bitters truth

Thursday, September 18, 2014

There was a time when a cocktail just wasn’t a cocktail unless it contained bitters. The first published definition of a cocktail appeared in 1806 in the “The Balance, and Columbian Repository,” and read: “Cocktail is a stimulating …

Book Bag: ‘Paradise Found: A Walking and Biking Tour of Northampton’

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PARADISE FOUND: A WALKING AND BIKING TOUR OF NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS THROUGH POETRY AND ART Edited by Tom Clark, Loris Desrosiers and Oonagh Doherty Levellers Press levellerspress.com Northampton has been known for its arts community for years, recognized for …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Jordi Herold reads from his new memoir, “Positively Center Street: My 25 Years at the Iron Horse Music Hall 1979-2004,” Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., at the bookstore, 247 Main …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Ava Luna at The Platinum Pony in Easthampton and other Valley gigs

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Part soul music, part panic attack — Brooklyn quintet Ava Luna makes experimental pop songs that cast a lasting spell. As the band winds up a 22-date tour, it visits the Valley and shares a bill with tourmates …

Headliners: Pink Martini at UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center; Florence Night Out

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In the pink A budding politician, with aspirations of running for mayor of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was dismayed by the quality of music at political fundraisers (“underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly”). So, drawing on his alternate identity …

Your Time: Iroko Nuevo’s Afro-Cuban dance party, Hadley

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Last Wednesday, a room at North Star in Hadley was transformed into an Afro-Cuban dance party by members of the Iroko Nuevo Performance Group, which holds monthly dance classes for Hadley residents. Every few months, the performers present …

Movie listings

Thursday, September 18, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (R) Mood Indigo (NR) My Man Godfrey (NR) The Trip to Italy (NR) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com As …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover a dark secret. Stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge. Rated R. A WALK AMONG THE …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Decorated by Mother Nature

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I know I’m not alone in my fondness for antique or aging farm equipment: I see tractors, plows, wheels and other items used to display merchandise, as planters, and as lawn decorations throughout the Pioneer Valley. This one, …