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‘Hear Ye, Israel’/Songs of loss and survival

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Theatrical force, narrative intensity, dramatic lyricism — Felix Mendelssohn packed it all into his oratorio “Elijah,” along with musical evocations of earthquakes and oceans and a miraculous ascent into the empyrean on a chariot of flames. Strongly influenced by the oratorios of Mendelssohn’s Baroque predecessors Bach and Handel but singularly Romantic in style, the work was enthusiastically received by an …

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, he finds that he can’t leave the war behind. Also stars Kyle Gallner. Rated R. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Consididered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf’ at A.P.E. Gallery; ‘Into the Woods Jr.’ at the Academy of Music

Friday, February 27, 2015

A SERIOUS MATTER Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” will be presented Saturday, Sunday and Monday by Serious Play! The choreopoem — poems accompanied by dance and music — stars Marcia Gomes, Vanessa Alexander, Janaya Barnes, Alysia Cosby, Kaliis Smith and Evelyn Harris. A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton. brownpapertickets.com; 800-838-3006. The play contains mature subject matter, and …

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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 …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Three on three

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This trio of North Hadley corn cribs seems well-entrenched, yet I only noticed them for the first time one sunny day a couple of weeks ago. At the time, I tried to frame them for a photo in …

Cribbage night, Platform Sports Bar, Northampton

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Every Wednesday is Cribbage Tournament Night at the Platform Sports Bar in Northampton. Fourteen people gathered in a room at the rear of the bar on a recent evening, playing until elimination rounds produced a single winner. It’s …

ID: Stacy Waldman

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stacy Waldman grew up going to auctions and antique shows — her parents were part-time antique dealers, so she knows a little bit about all types of antiques. But she has found a different niche in the collecting …

Style Stop: Olivia Ilano-Davis

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Olivia Ilano-Davis of Northampton was dressed in a style all her own when the Style Stop team spied her on Main Street in Northampton. Her quirky outfit boasted running pants, a sweater and a jacket, both from Eileen …

Art Maker: furniture maker

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The furniture that Joel Liebman designs and builds in his Easthampton studio is custom-made, much of it to order. And every piece that comes out of his shop is created 100-percent by him — from purchasing the wood …