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Janet Winston works on her monoprint at her home in Amherst Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.  Winston will have her art show at the Gallery A3 in Amherst from Nov. 6 to Nov. 29.

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 sites of the monarch butterfly in the …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Of Mice and Men’ at Amherst Cinema; spooky stories at Historic Northampton

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FAVORITE ACTOR The more I see actor Chris O’Dowd, the more I love his work (“The Sapphires,” “Bridesmaids,” the off-beat Christopher Guest TV series “The Family Tree”), and the list of choices is, thankfully, getting longer. He’s in the just-released film “St. Vincent,” for example. Because I can’t get myself to London anytime soon, I’m thrilled that I can see O’Dowd, along with …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: On Netlix — ‘Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter’; ‘The Judge’

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Demand This week I hit pay dirt on Netflix: the Swedish television series “Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter.” The story is so compelling, I quickly forgot I was reading subtitles. It’s about a tabloid newspaper crime reporter who tries as hard to solve the crimes she’s covering as the detectives she needles for information. She’s got two young children and a husband who …

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 …

KenMaiuri’s Tuned In: Richard Buckner performs in the very cozy Flying Object in Hadley

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 …

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 …

Book Bag: ‘Love in the Time of Climate Change’ by Brian Adams; ‘The Mitten String’ by Jennifer Rosner; ‘Ruin and Rising’ by Leigh Bardugo

Thursday, October 30, 2014

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CLIMATE CHANGE By Brian Adams Green Writers Press brianadamsauthor.wordpress.com Ocean levels are rising, putting coastal areas at risk of flooding. Weather is becoming more violent and unpredictable, as torrential rain and crippling drought …

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, …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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: …

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 …