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Paul Dennis practices Friday, Oct. 3, in Totman Gym at UMass.

Art Maker: Paul Dennis | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paul Dennis, 49, is an assistant professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A former member of the José Limon Dance Company in New York City, Dennis has brought many a fellow professional dancer to work with the University Dancers, which he directs. He just returned from Italy, where he was a guest performer at the White Night …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘75%+ReUse’ art show in Northampton; Matthew Shipp/Darius Jones Duo at UMass

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reduce, reuse, recycle More than 25 local artists answered a call from the Northampton Reuse Committee to create artwork using recycled materials. On Oct. 18, they’ll gather at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton, for “75%+ReUse,” a show and sale of those items. And there’s more: a Halloween costume exchange, an art material depot for donations, workshops, artists’ demonstrations …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Open house at Yiddish Book Center in Amherst; Mead Reads: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

Thursday, October 16, 2014

YIDDISH BOOK CENTER It happens. You’ve always meant to visit a well-known place in your own backyard but never quite do. For anyone who’s never made it to the well-known Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, there’s an open house Oct. 19, with tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aaron Lansky, the center’s president and founder, will give a talk at 1:30 p.m. …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Mark Erelli at The Parlor Room; Erin McKeown at the Iron Horse; ‘Nobody’s Girl’ at the Academy of Music

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A SIGNATURE WEEKEND Two musicians who got their starts with Northampton’s Signature Sounds are back in town with new tunes. On Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., at the Parlor Room (parlorroommusic.com), singer-songwriter Mark Erelli celebrates “Milltowns,” on which he interprets the work of the late, great songwriter Bill …

Book Bag: ‘Building Co-operative Power’ published by Levellers Press; ‘Here is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays” by Lesléa Newman

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HERE IS THE WORLD: A YEAR OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS By Lesléa Newman Illustrated by Susan Gal Abrams Books for Young Readers lesleanewman.com Northampton writer Lesléa Newman has a prolific bibliography, particularly in her work for children. Her latest …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sam Amidon plays the Parlor Room

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sam Amidon is a scientist of song, taking apart tunes new and old, finding out what makes them tick and rebuilding them in his own style. The Brattleboro, Vermont-born multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar) grew up in a family …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Poet and fiction writer Stuart Dybek reads from his work Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, at the college.  Cuban sci-fi writer Yoss reads from …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: High moon

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Anyone paying attention to the sky last week couldn’t miss the drama of this nearly full October moon as a parade of clouds drifted by. It seemed a bit spooky to me — like a prelude to Halloween. …

Movie listings

Thursday, October 16, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Art and Craft (NR) Love Is Strange (R) My Old Lady (PG-13) One Chance (PG-13) Pride (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell …

Headliners: The Secret Sisters at the Iron Horse; Pauline Oliveros at Amherst College

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Olde-tyme country Fed up with the high-tech homogeneity of today’s country music? The Secret Sisters are here for you. Not only do Alabama siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers dress and sing like it’s 1954, they record like it …

Your Time: Sukkot Harvest Festival, Northampton

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Congregation B’nai Israel’s Abundance Farm in Northampton was the setting last Sunday for the second annual Sukkot Harvest Festival. Food and refreshments, live music, bread baking, apple cider pressing, a crafts table for children, and a sukkah filled …

Style Stop: Nick Brady

Thursday, October 16, 2014

On a cool fall day Nick Brady, a Northampton resident, was waiting outside Thornes Marketplace for his shift to begin at Ted’s Boot Shop, right next door. Brady, who also works at Old Navy in Hadley and is …

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 …