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Matt Evald Johnson at his home studio in Easthampton

Art Maker: Matt Evald Johnson | material manipulator

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The urban/industrial environment supplies Easthampton artist Matt Evald Johnson with subjects, materials, processes and narratives for his sculpture and painting. “The subject of my work is always the assemblage and manipulation of raw material,” Johnson, 51, writes on his website, www.evaldart.com. “The materials ... in many ways record some of the history of their previous lives. I hope to merge the grace (and) brutality to produce an unexpected object that not only records my personal involvement with the process but also retains some of the force from what it once was. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Matt Evald Johnson: At any …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Summer reading, had me a blast — summer reading, happened so fast

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer’s gone, taking with it those “gripping” summer reads. I hope you didn’t think all that page turning, all those beach books, all that bodice ripping was just for fun. Perhaps that used to be true, but these days everything is tested and re-tested. Summer reading, too, will be on the test — my first annual “Summer Reading Wrap-Up Exam.” 1. How many …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Crowdsourced Cinema Project’; HBO’s ‘Show Me a Hero’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

INDY FILM Take the classic movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” mix in the enthusiasm of the folks at Northampton Community TV, add a heaping dose of creativity from local film enthusiasts and, voilà, you’ve got “The Crowdsourced Cinema Project.” Over the summer, teams filmed scenes from the 1981 blockbuster. They followed the script, but, otherwise, had artistic freedom. It’ll all be stitched …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Duck Variations’ play in Huntington; ‘Amoursaurus’ at the Pines Theater in Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BIRDS OF A FEATHER The summer theater season is coming to a close but there’s still a bit of quack in that duck. With September’s studiousness ahead, make this a laughable moment by driving up to North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington, for “The Duck Variations,” David …

Greg Saulmon’s Best Bets: ‘The End of the Tour’ at Amherst Cinema; Slorg brings ‘arcade rock’ to The Basement

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I’D DO AGAIN “The End of the Tour” is 106 minutes of two guys talking about being writers. That should be insufferable — except that one of the writers is David Foster Wallace (Jason …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lake Street Dive’s ‘Amourasaurus’ at Look Park, and much more

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have personally witnessed Lake Street Dive CDs and LPs flying off the local store shelves. People can’t get enough of the jazzy, soulful Brooklyn band and their records on the Northampton-based label Signature Sounds. The quartet started …

Headliners: ‘The Duck Variations’ in Huntington; Jeff Holmes Big Band at One Bar and Grill

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Theme and variations Nicknamed “Waiting for Goduck” by one critic, David Mamet’s 1972 minimalist work “The Duck Variations” is about two elderly guys sitting on a park bench by a lake watching ducks. Mamet is famous for his …

Book Bag: ‘On The Cusp: The Yale College Class of 1960 and a World on the Verge of Change’ by Daniel Horowitz; ‘My Name is Aviva’ by Lesléa Newman

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ON THE CUSP: THE YALE COLLEGE CLASS OF 1960 AND A WORLD ON THE VERGE OF CHANGE By Daniel Horowitz University of Massachusetts Press www.umass.edu/press Daniel Horowitz, Smith College professor emeritus of American studies, entered Yale University in …

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: The Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings, Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Gail Thomas. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 FORBES …

Movie Times

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Best of Enemies (R) Daily 4:45, 7:20; Sat.-Sun. also 2:15 The End of the Tour (R) Daily 1:50, 4:15, 7, 9:25; Sat.-Sun. also 11:30 a.m.; Mon. no 7 Jaws (PG) …

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 …

Ice Cube’s son becomes him in ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

O’Shea Jackson Jr. was determined to play his father, Ice Cube, in “Straight Outta Compton.” Not only does the 24-year-old look uncannily like his dad, but he’s also got the rapper-turned-movie star’s mannerisms and expressions down — something …

New on DVD

Thursday, August 27, 2015

7 Minutes: Three high school friends are forced to commit a brazen robbery which quickly goes horribly wrong. Stars Leven Rambin, Jason Ritter, Luke Mitchell. Not rated. Boulevard: A devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced …