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Author Dusty Miller of Belchertown.

Art People: Dusty Miller | writer

Thursday, July 24, 2014

When she was growing up, Dusty Miller loved reading fiction, and she loved writing. She imagined she might be a writer when she was older. Miller did end up writing, though as an outgrowth of her career as a psychotherapist and educator. Among a number of titles, her 1994 book, “Women Who Hurt Themselves,” has sold pretty steadily over the … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: New Century Theatre’s ‘Clybourne Park’; Double Edge Theatre’s ‘Shahrazad’; Silverthorn Theater’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PROVOCATIVE PLAY Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for “Clybourne Park,” which also won a Tony Award that year for Best Play. Impressive credentials, and it’s a good bet that New Century Theatre’s production that opened earlier this month shines. The action in this funny and provocative play spans 50 years, from 1959 when residents in a Chicago neighborhood try to … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Filmmaker Ken Burns compares notes with creator of ‘House of Cards’; ‘Moonstruck’ at Pothole Pictures

Thursday, July 24, 2014

COMPARE AND CONTRAST Separately, each one would be good. But together — this should be great. Filmmaker Ken Burns, whose latest project is “The Roosevelts,” and Beau Willion, creator of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” team up for “Comparing and Contrasting the Roosevelts and the Underwoods.” A talk about history’s greats and TV’s evildoers has endless possibilities. July 27, 2 p.m., at … 0

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Northampton downtown sidewalk sales; musical fundraiser for Huntington’s Disease Program Fund in Amherst

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SHOP ’TIL YOU STOP Shopping is not, strictly speaking, art or entertainment. Northampton’s annual downtown sidewalk sales are a different story. Sure, shopkeepers set out their wares on long tables and racks on the sidewalks, creating a colorful … 0


Friday, July 25, 2014

United by religious faith... ...and a desire to minister to the community with their talents, Springfield’s Women of Faith Ensemble is a tight-knit group. “We laugh together, cry together, pray together and encourage each other in life as women of faith,” says Vanessa Ford, who founded the group … 0

Tuned In: Big rock show Monday at 13th Floor Music Lounge and other musical events this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monday night isn’t the typical time for a big rock show, but the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence won’t let the work week get in the way of a good time. Four energetic acts — Free Pizza, … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, July 24, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) Life Itself (R) Obvious Child (R) Snowpiercer (R) Venus In Furs (NR) Vertigo (PG) Wish I Was … 0

Working late in life, directors refuse to say cut

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled. “I always thought: He could be making a film right now. He’s as lucid as could be. Here’s the great Frank Capra not doing … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 3, 2014

22 jump street: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum )when they go deep undercover at a local college. Also stars Ice Cube. … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cuban Fury: Thirteen-year-old Bruce Garrett (Ben Radcliffe) is a natural-born dancer, and is working hard to explode at the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But a bullying incident on the streets of London robs him of his confidence, and … 0

Book Bag: ‘A Most Imperfect Union’ by Ilan Stavans; ‘A Heart Book’ by Jennifer Hakkarainen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A MOST IMPERFECT UNION: A CONTRARIAN HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES By Ilan Stavans Illustrated by Lalo Alcaraz Basic Books Ilan Stavans, professor of Latin America and Latino culture at Amherst College, is one prolific writer; he’s the … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: NORTH CHESTER CHAPEL: “Poetry in the Afternoon,” an open reading, will take place July 27, 4 p.m., at the chapel on Old Chester Road in North Chester. Bring a book of … 0

Photo Gallery: Can the clubs

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hunting through the rubble of discarded items in search of treasure at flea markets and collectibles shows is a fun pastime for me and my wife. Visually, it’s almost as entertaining for me as the hunt. I was … 0