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JERREY ROBERTS
Ron Michaud works on "Winter Woods (Remembering John)" in his studio at his home in Pelham.

Art Maker: Ron Michaud | Painter

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Retired UMass art professor Ron Michaud of Pelham says his paintings these days incorporate the relationship between color, vision and the brain. “The images are composed with limited but carefully selected colors, arranged and applied in such a way that the viewer perceives a representation of the visible world around us,” Michaud, 68, says. “Although most of us would conclude …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Chuck Close photos at UMCA; ‘Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A HALF-CENTURY MAKES Contemporary artist Chuck Close’s remarkable portrait paintings are legendary. Turns out, he’s a virtuosic photographer, too. An exhibit of 86 photos, taken between 1968 and now, opens with a reception Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass. Close was on the UMass art faculty in the ’60s, but left …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Milk Carton Kids at the Academy of Music and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in West Springfield

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ADOPT THESE KIDS The entrancing folk duo known as The Milk Carton Kids (Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan) will light up Labor Day in Northampton with a stop at the Academy of Music at 8 p.m. To see whether a $30 investment makes sense, check out their 2012 NPR Tiny Desk Concert, any of their three visits to “A Prairie Home Companion” in …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: The Milk Carton Kids at the Academy of Music; Blandford Fair

Thursday, September 3, 2015

TWO GUITARS, INTRICATE HARMONIES AND DRY HUMOR The Milk Carton Kids have earned all sorts of accolades in recent years for their melding of new and old styles of folk music. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have created a unique sound that draws on their tight harmonies, original …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Hanging in there for the last gasp of summer

Thursday, September 3, 2015

It was a hot summer day and I was parched, so I made my way to the Northampton Brewery at 13 Old South St., in search of a refreshing cocktail. I debated whether to imbibe inside with the …

Your Time: ‘Wings Over Hadley’ — radio-controlled model airplanes aloft over Hadley’s ‘Honey Pot’

Thursday, September 3, 2015

They came from all over New England for the Hampshire County Radio Controllers “Wings Over Hadley,” held two weekends ago at the club’s flying field in the “Honey Pot” section of Hadley. The planes flown during the annual …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Northampton Jazz Festival and other musical goodies this week in the Valley

Thursday, September 3, 2015

“The Northampton Jazz Festival” is upon us! It’s grown beyond just one city, becoming a five-day sprawl that offers live performances, both indoors and outdoors, at many venues in multiple towns, with a lineup that spotlights younger artists …

Headliners: ‘Pericles: Prince of Tyre’ at Amherst College’s Holden Theater; ‘Life in Color’ at the Mullins Center

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A strange and worthy history Tyrants, tempests, incest, famine, a shipwreck, a jousting competition, pirates, separated families, human trafficking and a walk-on by the goddess Diana — “Pericles: Prince of Tyre” has a plot as convoluted as the …

Movie times

Thursday, September 3, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The End of the Tour (R) Daily 9:15 Listen to Me Marlon (NR) Daily 4:55, 7:25, Sat.-Sun. also 2:30; Tues. no 4:55 Mistress America (R) Daily 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 9:35; …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

AMERICAN ULTRA: A stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) — who is in fact a government agent — is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. Also stars Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton. Rated R. ANT-MAN: Director Peyton Reed’s tale of …

Fall Movie Preview: Highlights from September-December

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Though the fall movie season is traditionally the time of year when Hollywood gets serious, this fall is stuffed with spectacles. Alongside the seasonal biopics, true-life tales and period dramas that will surely contend for Oscars, some of …

New on DVD

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Age of Adaline: A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into. …

Book Bag: ‘A Brief History of Milk’ by Peter Reich; ‘The Guardian’s Way’ by Hal Portner

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MILK By Peter Reich Ollendorff Editions For all the grief it’s gotten in the last 20-odd years, whether reviled as a source of fat or a problem for the lactose-intolerant, milk in the United …