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Two bows left in Gazette reporter Bob Dunn's quiver on a visit to the Granby Bow and Gun Club.

Playing Along: Target practice

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Despite not growing up in a hunting family, I always knew when deer season started. Suddenly, in late October, there would be only a handful of young men in class in my rural Massachusetts high school, myself among them, while the rest had gotten up before dawn to drive out to the Quabbin Reservoir to spend a day hunting down … 0

Art People: James Kitchen | sculptor of found metal

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Standing before one of his found-metal sculptures in the gallery of the office building at 1550 Main St. in Springfield, James Kitchen says, “This one is autobiographical”: The marriage of disparate rusty metal objects is immediately recognizable as a jester. It doesn’t take much imagination to picture the Chesterfield sculptor in gaudy motley. … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Alonzo King LINES Ballet; music at UMass

Thursday, April 24, 2014

JAW-DROPPING It’s not called Alonzo King LINES Ballet for nothing. The dancers in this San Francisco ballet troupe do have gorgeous bodies — long and lithe. But it’s what they do with them that amazes. As Le Monde puts it, they “possess a sort of magical science of gesture and spatiality.” I’ve never seen anything like them. April 27, 7:30 p.m., UMass Amherst … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: New book by Suzanne Strempek Shea; Young@Heart Mash-Up concert

Thursday, April 24, 2014

‘THIS IS PARADISE’ Suzanne Strempek Shea, an author and lifelong western Massachusetts resident, is out with a new book, “This is Paradise: An Irish Mother’s Grief, an African Village’s Plight, and the Medical Clinic That Brought Fresh Hope to Both.” Strempek Shea, who has written fiction and non-fiction … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Young@Heart Mash-UP; Flywheel Record Fair

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A MUSICAL MASH-UP There might still be tickets left, so consider swinging by John M. Greene Hall at Smith College Friday at 7 p.m. to see the Young@Heart Chorus’ second annual Mash-Up concert, where they’ll mix it up with three groups of younger musicians — the SciTech Band … 0

Headliners: Alonzo King LINES Ballet at UMass FAC; Florence Night Out

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dancing through tears “When a tree wound penetrates through the bark and into the sapwood, the tree bleeds a resin,” writes choreographer Alonzo King. “The exuded resins harden [and] are called tears.” Set to a score of Sephardic … 0

Your Time: Elementary Schools Cultural Festival, Easthampton

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Renowned Pioneer Valley percussionist Tony Vacca and Senegalese dancer Abdou Sarr entertained and educated hundreds of students, teachers and parents on April 16 at the seventh annual Easthampton Elementary Schools Cultural Festival. The event, held at the Pepin … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, March 27, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Finding Vivian Maier (NR) The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) The Lunchbox (PG) The Railway Man (R) CINEMARK AT HAMPSHIRE MALL … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bears: A documentary, narrated by John C. Reilly, that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Rated G. Brick Mansions: An undercover Detroit cop and an ex-con, navigate a dangerous … 0

Summer movie preview: Hollywood bets big again

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Like jumbo jets on the runway, Hollywood’s summer movies are lined up, ready for takeoff. Will they hit any turbulence? If the movie business had a “fasten your seat belt” light, it was certainly flashing last summer. A … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bad Country: When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter (Willem Dafoe) busts contract killer Jesse Weiland (Matt Dillon), he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South’s most powerful crime ring. Also stars Tom Berenger, … 0

Book Bag: ‘Danger at the Gates’ by Dusty J. Miller, plus Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s new memoir

Thursday, April 24, 2014

DANGER AT THE GATES: AN ALICE OTT MYSTERY By Dusty J. Miller Levellers Press www.dustyjmiller.com Frances Crowe has long been a legend in these parts for her anti-war activism and progressive politics. But mystery writer Dusty J. Miller … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Polish poet Piotr Sommer reads Friday, 4 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 ERIC CARLE MUSEUM: Timothy Young of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript … 0