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Headliners: National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China at UMass; Theatre Project’s ‘Harvey’

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Direct from Beijing Laughing in the face of gravity, they raise serious questions about the laws of physics while simultaneously defying the limitations of human anatomy. They’re the National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China whose repertoire of jaw-dropping acts not only includes “Diving Through Moving Hoops,” “Joyful Songs and Plate Spinning” and “Chinese Poles In Shaolin Style,” but “Aerial Tissue Flower,” “Global Motorcycling” and “Kicking Bowls to Heads on High Unicycle,” as well. The troupe was founded in 1951 during the height of the Cold War, when China and the United States had no diplomatic ties. And while the history books may credit …

Art Maker: Janet Walerstein Winston | printmaker, painter

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Janet Walerstein Winston, 74, is fascinated by insects, especially butterflies. But she is disheartened, she says, by how climate changes and deforestation are affecting the life cycles and food sources of these beautiful creatures. A former scientific illustrator in entomology, Winston’s concern grew during a visit in the late 1980s to the wintering …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors a monthly “Writers’ Night Out,” an evening of readings, Nov. 4, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured writer is Karen Skolfield. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 FLYING OBJECT: Jonathan Culler, author of “Theory of the Lyric,” speaks Nov. 6, 8 …

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 …

Halloween Fest, Amherst

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pirates, ghouls, farmers and princesses — and more than a few characters from the movie “Frozen” — all descended upon the streets of downtown Amherst for the Halloween Fest last Sunday. It’s the 42nd year for the event …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Lawn of the dead

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Or, perhaps, the “undead?” No. I know well what these folks were doing at the Franconia Golf Course in Springfield during the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament last week: Having caddied for my Dad back in the day …

KenMaiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Some artists are mass-market ready, or become that way; others are more like secrets, passed on personally from friend to friend — like singer-songwriter Richard Buckner. That’s how I first heard him, back in the late ’90s. “You …

ID: Keith Langsdale

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Keith Langsdale is an actor and director who works in theaters across the country. He played the lead in the film “The God Question,” which has been shown at eight film festivals, including last month’s Northampton International Film …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hercules: Having endured his legendary 12 labors, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson), is tested again when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Also stars John Hurt, Ian McShane. Rated PG-13. Maleficent: …

Movie listings

Thursday, October 30, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) The Blue Room (R) Dear White People (R) Hard-Boiled Noir: Gilda (NR) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Preston at the Iron Horse; ‘Taming of the Shrew’ at Smith

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CALLING ALL GUITARHEADS Calling Preston Reed a finger-style guitarist is selling him short: Reed plays his ax with fingers, thumbs, fists and hands all at once, sometimes tapping out a rhythm on the guitar’s body and reaching over the top of the neck to work the fretboard. His …

Style Stop: Anastatia Spicer: A clothes-borrower be

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On a chilly day in Northampton, the Style Stop team found Anastatia Spicer, 19, bundled up under a poncho (borrowed from a roommate) with a cup of hot coffee in hand. Spicer studies studio arts and social justice …

Video on demand is ramping up marketing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Video on demand, once the poor stepchild of film distribution, is beginning to gain respect. Besides giving smaller budget movies the chance to reach a wider audience, VOD is surfing atop the wave of younger viewers who prefer …