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Alexandra Markiewicz of Belchertown with one of her works in charcoal

Art Maker: Alexandra Markiewicz | charcoal artist

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Alexandra Markiewicz, 29, of Belchertown, calls herself an “emerging artist with a passion for everything.” That includes, but is not limited to, charcoal, painting and photography. She is intensely interested, she writes in an artist’s statement, in people — specifically in making portraits of people — which she supposes “came from my passion for variety and constant motion. In people …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Ms. Lisa Fischer at the Calvin; Pioneer Valley Symphony at Deerfield Academy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TAKING CENTER STAGE Anyone who saw “Twenty Feet From Stardom” had no doubt that the backup singers featured in the 2014 documentary had the chops to take center stage. One of those powerhouse singers, Lisa Fischer, will do just that Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. Her set list includes songs from many of the headliners she once supported, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Dance Generators; Randy Kaplan concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TRULY INTER-GENERATIONAL Since 1997, the Northampton-based Dance Generators has presented shows by dancers who range in age from their teens to well into their 80s. They wear comfortable clothes. They don’t look like the stereotypical dancers. But they dance up a storm. And that’s the point. For nearly two decades, Dance Generators has defied stereotypes about aging, one plié at a time. The …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Young@Heart at the Academy of Music; Red Molly at the Parlor Room

Thursday, March 26, 2015

STILL YOUNG AT HEART It might be April Fool’s Day Wednesday, but the Young@Heart Chorus will really be performing that evening at the Academy of Music in Northampton. It’s the venerable group’s second annual April Fool’s Day show, and it’ll offer new material, bringing out some special guests, …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Seasons in New England — on beyond the axial tilt

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time was when you could depend on time, when the seasons came and went, and there were only four. Then some old farmer came up with an Old Farmer’s calendar that better suited New England. Seems we have six seasons, not four, and unless you grew up here …

Book Bag: ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ by Lesléa Newman; ‘The Wounds Within’ by Mark I. Nickerson and Joshua Goldstein

Thursday, March 26, 2015

HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES By Lesléa Newman Candlewick Press www.lesleanewman.com In 1989, there was no shortage of dramatic and, in retrospect, important events. The Berlin Wall came down, longtime Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu was deposed and executed following …

Valley Readings

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: The Massachusetts Review hosts a reading by Sarah Sousa, winner of the 2015 Anne Halley Poetry Prize, Monday, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Mystery Train in Amherst celebrates 19th birthday with in-store performance

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amherst’s hidden-away record shop Mystery Train celebrates its 19th birthday with a cavalcade of live in-store performances from some of its favorite musicians — including Matt Krefting (above, left), Bob Fay, Jen Gelineau, Chris Carlton, Pete Nolan and …

Headliners: ‘Dancing in Wild Places’ with Andrea Olsen; Red Molly at the Parlor Room

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An ode to seaweed One of the oldest life forms on the planet, seaweed is an essential part of ecosystem sustainability as a well as a source of food, medicine and fertilizer. It’s also quite beautiful in its …

Your Time: Karaoke Night, World War II Club, Northampton; VFW, Florence

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Karaoke is so popular in the Pioneer Valley that singers can find a venue almost any night of the week. On a recent Friday, people of all ages were belting out songs ranging from Elvis to Bruce Springsteen …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: It’s a wrap

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Construction sites are often a fun place to look for photos. People, materials, structures and light come together to form scenes seldom seen by those who aren’t in the business. Here, I like the minimal, simple symmetry of …

Movie times

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org ’71 (R) Fri.-Sun, Thurs. 6:50; Fri. also 1:55; Sun. also 11:15 a.m.; Mon.-Thurs. 1:55 Breathless (NR) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (NR) Daily 9:50 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, March 5, 2015

’71: A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971. Stars Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris. Rated R. AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper …