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All that ‘Jasmine’/Forever FAT

Friday, March 6, 2015

All that ‘Jasmine’ What do Bharatanatyam, a rigorously formal South Indian dance form, and jazz have in common? The Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company — led by the mother-daughter team of Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy — and jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa will be at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on Thursday to demonstrate with “Song of the Jasmine,” a …

Talkin’ trash

Friday, March 6, 2015

Let’s face it — E!’s “Fashion Police” has been going downhill fast since the loss of Joan Rivers. Consensus is the show hit a new low during its Academy Awards special, when co-host Giuliana Rancic dissed actress Zendaya Coleman for appearing at the ceremonies with her hair done up in dreadlocks, saying “I …

Art Maker: Sandra J. Rae | painter

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sandra J. Rae of Easthampton works in oil and acrylic and exhibits landscapes and still-life paintings. “Painting, for me, is an act of communing with myself and a communication with the materials at hand,” she writes in an artist’s statement. “My intention is to create paintings that share an intimate life pace and …

Rich Szlosek’s slice of life: For local sports, a golden era

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A while back I wrote a well-received column about the late Stu Miller, who was the first (and still only) Northampton native to become a major league baseball player; he joined the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952. Since then it has occurred to me that there were other …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Mona Lisa is Missing’ at Amherst Cinema; Fred Hersch and trio at UMass

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A CLEAN GETAWAY It has the makings of a French farce: In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, a humble Italian workman at the Louvre in Paris, hid in a broom closet then walked away with the “Mona Lisa.” A documentary, “Mona Lisa is Missing,” tells the story, with writer/director Joe …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Grupo Corpo at UMass; Claudea Rankine speaks at Smith College

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BRING ON THE HEAT The Brazilian modern dance company Grupo Corpo performs at UMass Tuesday, providing just the heat some of us need to survive this cold winter. Two works are on the roster, including “Sem Mim,” described as a performance that represents rollicking waves and explores both …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: WGBY documentary on Italian-Americans; Hosmer Gallery photography exhibit

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BENVENUTI IN AMERICA WGBY has a new documentary series on the Italian-American experience that looks very good so far. The first two episodes, which aired this past Tuesday, looked at why so many Italians, starting in the late 19th century, headed to America, where they faced considerable discrimination. …

Book Bag: “Trash Mountain’ and ‘Animal Stories: Heartwarming True Tales from the Animal Kingdom’ by Jane Yolen; ‘Itzik & Mickey: Stories from Brooklyn & Beyond’ by Irving Martin Glasser and Myron Peretz Glazer

Thursday, February 19, 2015

TRASH MOUNTAIN By Jane Yolen Carolrhoda Books ANIMAL STORIES: HEARTWARMING TRUE TALES FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM By Jane Yolen with her children Heidi, Adam and Jason Stemple National Geographic Books janeyolen.com Jane Yolen is not one to rest …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Poet Joshua Mehigan reads from his collection “Accepting the Disaster” Tuesday, 8 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547  Brian Adams reads from his new …

Movie Times

Thursday, February 19, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animation Shorts (NR) Daily 4:35; Sun. also 11:35 a.m. 2015 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Program A (NR) Daily 5:20, Sat.-Sun. also 1:20 2015 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Program B (NR) …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, …

New on DVD

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Beyond the Lights: The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) on edge, until she meets Kaz (Nate Parker), a young cop who helps her find the courage to develop her own voice. Also stars Minnie …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, February 19, 2015

You, New Englander, standing there whipped by the windchill — you’re in an icy arctic world, devoid of funk. But George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic mob have the heat and they’re headed this way, prepared to melt that …