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Elizabeth Bannish applies ink to a plate August 7 in the Studio Arts Building at the University of Massachusetts.

Art People: Elizabeth Bannish | printmaker, illustrator

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elizabeth Bannish wasn’t sure what she’d major in when she arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much as she liked art, she wondered how practical it would be as a career. She also had an interest in science, so her initial thought was to focus on marine biology. Bannish, who lives in Northampton, eventually decided she couldn’t make art her secondary subject. However, the printmaker and illustrator, who graduated from UMass in 2012 with a degree in printmaking and a minor in art history, hasn’t lost her interest in the natural world — she’s made it a key subject matter for her art, with … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Northampton Jazz Festival; art exhibits at Gallery A3 in Amherst and Oxbow and Hosmer galleries in Northampton

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ALL THAT JAZZ The fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival starts Sept. 2 with a performance by Giacomo Gates at the Northampton Jazz Workshop at 7:30 p.m. at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel. That will be followed on Sept. 3 and 4 by Jazz and Food nights, and on Sept. 5 by “The Northampton Jazz Strut,” when musicians perform in venues all over … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: The Pikeys at ‘A Perfect Spot of Tea’; puppet shows at the Eric Carle Museum and Park Hill Orchard

Thursday, August 28, 2014

‘A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA’ I’m not sure if there’s such a thing as a last call for tea, but Aug. 30 is the last call for “A Perfect Spot of Tea,” the weekly summer gatherings on the veranda at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum in Hadley. Tea, pastries, flowers, conversation and Celtic music by the Pikeys will wrap up the season. $10; seatings … 0

Art People: Chloe Feldman Emison | pen-and-ink artist

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Some people look at mountains and see faces. Chloe Feldman Emison looks at faces and sees mountains. The “Man Mountains” series in her pen-and-ink exhibition “Cranial Topographies,” on view through Aug. 28 at the ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton, … 1

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at Amherst Cinema; ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at North Hall in Huntington

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SONG-AND-DANCE HEAVEN Who was the better dancer: Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly? I’ve always favored Astaire for his sophistication and flair, but Kelly wins the “top movie” award for his 1952 musical “Singin’ in the Rain.” This gem can make a rock smile, with songs and dances like … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty’ at Eric Carle Museum in Amherst; Granby Tomato Festival

Thursday, August 21, 2014

‘HARRIET THE SPY’ Admission is free Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. There are plenty of hands-on activities for the kids — and for those a bit older, there’s “Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty,” an … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Northampton’s Self Portrait; free admission to Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON’S SELF-PORTRAIT In May, Historic Northampton invited the public to spend two days taking pictures around the town to create a permanent documentary record of the city. Over 100 people responded, taking about 1,000 photographs — and selected shots will be screened Aug. 23 at the Bridge Street … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at the Iron Horse in Northampton and other local gigs this week

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Excitement about Kentucky-born singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson has spread like wildfire. His old-school country ways have transformed people disillusioned with the genre into rejuvenated music lovers. Dedicated new fans pop up wherever he goes, thankful to finally be hearing … 0

Headliners: Festival of Opera at Berkshire Theatre Group; ‘Two-Lane Blacktop’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Opera in the Berkshires The Berkshire Theatre Group is trying something different to liven up the last week of August. Running Aug. 23-31, the company’s Festival of Opera in Workshop will offer three separate shows: a staged presentation … 0

Book Bag: ‘A Summer in the Twenties’ by Peter Dickinson; ‘The Book of Not So Common Prayer’ by Linda McCullough Moore

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A SUMMER IN THE TWENTIES By Peter Dickinson Small Beer Press peterdickinson.com At age 86, English author Peter Dickinson shows few signs of slowing down. Born in 1927, the prolific writer and poet has some 50 books to … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Eric Bennett, author of “Noodles & Albie,” will read from the children’s book Aug. 22, 2 p.m., at the bookstore, in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, August 21, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Blues Brothers (R) Boyhood (R) Cavalry (R) Land Ho! (R) Singing in the Rain (PG) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com Dawn of the Planet of the … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOYHOOD: Director Richard Linklater filmed this movie about the life of a boy, Mason, who becomes a young man, using the same actor (Ellar Coltrane) from age 5 to age 18. Also stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke. Rated … 0