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JERREY ROBERTS
Paul Dennis practices Friday, Oct. 3, in Totman Gym at UMass.

Art Maker: Paul Dennis | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paul Dennis, 49, is an assistant professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A former member of the José Limon Dance Company in New York City, Dennis has brought many a fellow professional dancer to work with the University Dancers, which he directs. He just returned from Italy, where he was a guest performer at the White Night …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘75%+ReUse’ art show in Northampton; Matthew Shipp/Darius Jones Duo at UMass

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reduce, reuse, recycle More than 25 local artists answered a call from the Northampton Reuse Committee to create artwork using recycled materials. On Oct. 18, they’ll gather at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton, for “75%+ReUse,” a show and sale of those items. And there’s more: a Halloween costume exchange, an art material depot for donations, workshops, artists’ demonstrations …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Open house at Yiddish Book Center in Amherst; Mead Reads: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

Thursday, October 16, 2014

YIDDISH BOOK CENTER It happens. You’ve always meant to visit a well-known place in your own backyard but never quite do. For anyone who’s never made it to the well-known Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, there’s an open house Oct. 19, with tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aaron Lansky, the center’s president and founder, will give a talk at 1:30 p.m. …

Answering the ‘Birdman’ signal, Keaton soars again

Thursday, October 16, 2014

When Michael Keaton met Barack Obama shortly before Obama would become president, the then-senator had a question for the actor. “Why don’t you make more movies?” It’s a quandary that has long bedeviled moviegoers just as it has, …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Earth to Echo: After a construction project begins in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck (Brian “Astro” Bradley), Alex (Teo Halm) and Munch (Reese C. Hartwig) begin receiving strange, encoded messages on their cellphones. They decide to crack the …

ID: Marykate Smith Despres

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Marykate Smith Despres originally moved to the Valley for school, then spent six years living in Salem and working as a behavior specialist and therapeutic yoga teacher. She and her husband always knew they’d end up back here; …

Go green with pistachios

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Healthful, delicious and growing in popularity, pistachios make green look great. Finding new fans around the world, this California tree nut with the distinct color and taste is on a roll. (And it’s not just comedian and pistachio …

Digital Savant: How big is too big?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Does size really matter? Do we really need everything to be bigger? These questions have reverberated through history, and for several weeks now, since Apple introduced the iPhone 6 Plus. If the traditional iPhone is the Honda Accord …

Art Maker: Seth Lepore | humorist, performance artist

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Editor’s note: Beginning this week, Hampshire Life presents a new feature, “Art Maker,” an edited Q&A that takes a look at what area artists are up to. We hope you enjoy this peek over the shoulder of some …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Dreadful ‘Dolemite’

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Love them or hate them, blaxploitation films made a big splash in the ’70s. There were some classics of the genre, including ‘Shaft,” with Richard Roundtree, and “Foxy Brown,” with Pam Greer. “Dolemite” is not among these. An …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Cool Hand Cuke

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Noreen, a friend of mine and the bar manager at Roberto’s, had been on my case for weeks. “When are you coming to visit me?” she asked. “I make some pretty mean cocktails.” So on a hot, muggy …

First Person: Sixty-something: A new awkward age

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I’ve reached my mid-60s; it’s an awkward age. I’m not quite sure where I fit. You could hardly say I’m elderly, but you couldn’t say I’m middle-aged either, unless life expectancy has suddenly soared well into the hundreds. …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Fit to be tied

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Yes, these are braids ... but of corn silk. On my annual trek to Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm in Sunderland, I came upon this in situ sculpture created by someone with a little time and a lot …