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Headliners: Lisa Downing at the Iron Horse in Northampton; ‘Detach’ at the Arts Block in Greenfield

Friday, August 29, 2014

The story on Liz Story... ...is that during her early years as a classically inclined, Juilliard-trained pianist she took a job playing in a southern California restaurant whose piano, lacking a music stand, required her to improvise. The improvisations gradually developed into compositions which in turn caught the ear of William Ackerman, founder of the New Age record label Windham Hill, who signed Story up in 1983. Proceeding along this path, she’s become one of the most prominent figures in New Age music, with a style that eludes categorization but in which “one hears echoes of Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Scott Joplin, the minimalist side of … 0

Art People: Elizabeth Bannish | printmaker, illustrator

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elizabeth Bannish wasn’t sure what she’d major in when she arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much as she liked art, she wondered how practical it would be as a career. She also had an interest in science, so her initial thought was to focus on marine biology. Bannish, who lives in … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Northampton Jazz Festival; art exhibits at Gallery A3 in Amherst and Oxbow and Hosmer galleries in Northampton

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ALL THAT JAZZ The fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival starts Sept. 2 with a performance by Giacomo Gates at the Northampton Jazz Workshop at 7:30 p.m. at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel. That will be followed on Sept. 3 and 4 by Jazz and Food nights, and on Sept. 5 by “The Northampton Jazz Strut,” when musicians perform in venues all over … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: The Pikeys at ‘A Perfect Spot of Tea’; puppet shows at the Eric Carle Museum and Park Hill Orchard

Thursday, August 28, 2014

‘A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA’ I’m not sure if there’s such a thing as a last call for tea, but Aug. 30 is the last call for “A Perfect Spot of Tea,” the weekly summer gatherings on the veranda at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum in Hadley. Tea, pastries, … 0

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘Boyhood’; Northampton Jazz Festival

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A MOVIE GEM The best movie I’ve seen in a long time is “Boyhood,” about an ordinary, imperfect, loving family. Director Richard Linklater filmed the cast for a handful of days each year for 12 years to show the arc of change a family experiences. We see Ellar … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Iron Horse, and much, much more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes are Melbourne, Australia’s smartly dressed contribution to the world of retro soul (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), and they’ll bring their ’60s-influenced soul/spy/garage-pop to the Iron Horse in Northampton Friday … 0

Your Time: The Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee, Franklin County

Thursday, August 28, 2014

‘No matter how many times you do it, it’s always a shock.” That’s how Keith Cardoza of Jamaica Plain, a five-time veteran of the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnée, sums up the back-roads distance cycling event known more simply … 0

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A frame divided

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I took this picture last week as I watched people using the third-floor skyway that leads from Thornes Marketplace to the E. J. Gare Parking Garage in Northampton. I like the way the frame is divided between the … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: GROUNDINGS: Resa Nelson discusses “Our Lady of the Absolute,” her fantasy mystery novel inspired by ancient Egypt Aug. 30, 2:30 p.m., 7 Main St., Florence. JONES LIBRARY: Gerald. W. McFarland will … 0

Dunham, Poehler among those with books this fall

Thursday, August 28, 2014

So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways. Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and Emmy-winning actor. So … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, August 28, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) Calvary (R) Frank (R) Land Ho! (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com Chef (R) The Expendables 3 (PG-13) The Giver (PG-13) Guardians of the … 0

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. BOYHOOD: Director Richard Linklater … 0

ID: Craig Fear

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Craig Fear is a certified nutritional therapy practitioner in Northampton. He grew up on Long Island, in Port Jefferson, New York, and after college traveled extensively, living in six states, including Alaska. He drove there on a cross-country … 0