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Nan Salky works on one her latest pieces, "Clockworks," at her home in South Amherst.

Art Maker: Nan Salky | assemblage artist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artist Nan Salky, 59, works in multiple mediums, but has shifted her focus recently — away from her earlier work in painting and drawing to assemblage, using mostly vintage pieces. Now she’s working on a series of pieces based on old furniture. The search for the antiques gives her a reason, she says, to haunt shops and flea markets for …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Best of Valley Voices’ at Academy of Music; J.S. Bach Festival at UMass

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TALL TALES Only the earliest of birds got into the three “Valley Voices StorySlams” that were held earlier this year at Hinge in Northampton: They sold out weeks in advance. Now, here comes “Best of Valley Voices,” the best of the best. Ten finalists, chosen by audiences during those earlier slams, will take the stage Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Maltese Falcon’ at Academy of Music; Stan Sherer photo exhibit at Historic Northampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A FILM FOR THE AGES As part of the “All Hamptons Read” program, the film “The Maltese Falcon” will be screened Sunday. Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, the 1941 film noir is based on the 1929 classic detective novel by Dashiell Hammett. The late film critic Roger Ebert considered it to be one of the greatest movies ever made. Academy …

Art Maker: Neal Parks |artist, designer, teacher

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easthampton artist Neal Parks says he’s having fun right now discovering and rediscovering himself for his current exhibit “The Social Onion Project,” on view at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton. The show’s title, “Time and Again in a …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Easthampton BookFest; ‘Music in the Noon Hour’ at Smith College

Thursday, April 9, 2015

BOOK WORMS As the Gazette’s arts editor, I see many, many (let me say it again, many) books by local authors cross my desk. I had no idea the number of people squirreled away in the Valley, writing books — some of them well-established pros, others mere fledglings. …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Florence Community Band concert; Catalyst Dance Company

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CONCERTS FOR A CAUSE The Florence Community Band has a three-part mission: to foster a love of band music and the musical growth of band musicians and to contribute to the musical vibrancy of the Valley. Check, check and check. The band has 75 members and a matching …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘While We’re Young’ at Amherst Cinema; ‘The Social Onion Project’ at A.P.E. Gallery

Thursday, April 9, 2015

YOUNG AT HEART? Writer/director Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale,” “Greenberg”) is back with another satirical look at life, “While We’re Young,” this time with Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts playing a 40-something New York couple who start hanging out with a 20-something couple (Adam Driver, Amanda …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: A step, or 42, behind the times

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Recently I read about the Next Big Thing. It’s a Twitter video you can use to tell an eager world what you’re having for breakfast — nothing new there — but now the world can watch you chew it. I didn’t care about the video but the phrase …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: The not-half-bad ‘Dinosaurus!’

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I’m sure the Easter Bunny is exhausted from hiding all those eggs last weekend. When I was a lad, Peter Cottontail left me a copy of “Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals” by Darlene Geis. This 1959 book rose …

Movie Times

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Band of Outsiders (NR) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 Seymour: An Introduction (PG) Daily 4:30; Fri., Mon.-Thurs., also 2; Fri.-Sun. also 7; Sat.-Sun. also 2:30; Sun. also 11:35 a.m.; Mon.-Thurs. also …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BIRDMAN: In this year’s Academy Award winner for best film, Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero and now must try to win back his family, his career and his own integrity as …

New on DVD

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Antarctica: A Year on Ice: A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and enduring months of darkness in the …

With a wink to ‘Twilight,’ Kristen Stewart speeds forward

Thursday, April 9, 2015

In “The Clouds of Sils Maria,” Kristen Stewart’s celebrity has been inverted. The paparazzi rush right past her. She plays the efficient, constantly emailing assistant to Juliette Binoche’s famed European actress. Reading tabloid stories about a Hollywood starlet …