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Rochelle Schicoff with "Attend Unseen" from an exhibit of her photomontages, "It Came to Pass," at the Jewish Community of Amherst

Art People: Rochelle Shicoff | painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rochelle Shicoff thinks of herself mainly as a painter. And yet, her exhibit “It Came to Pass,” on view through Oct. 31 at the Jewish Community of Amherst, features photomontages; the images are mostly sacred items housed in old synagogues on the Lower East Side of New York City. The Orthodox shuls (synagogues), some grand and restored, others simple rooms … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Last Week with John Oliver’; Pauline Productions’ ‘Collected Stories’

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Breaking news, at a snail’s pace Let’s face it, lots of folks depend on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for their news fix. But, there’s a drawback for really, really busy people: It’s, well, daily. So how great is it that former “Daily Show” stringer, comedian and political satirist John Oliver, has done away with that bothersome “immediacy of the news” concept … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘A Genius for Place’ at Wistariahurst; talk at Historic Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

‘A GENIUS FOR PLACE’ Last call for an intriguing photo exhibit at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke. “A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era” showcases homes and landscapes that were created, beginning in the 1890s, by families who were using their new fortunes to construct rural retreats. Among them: Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., Winterthur in Delaware, and Naumkeag in … 0

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Art People: Greta Svalberg | painter

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Late on a Friday afternoon, a woman with a gaggle of young children in tow stopped into the A.P.E. Gallery on Northampton’s Main Street to look at an exhibit of works by artists John Moloney, Sam Gaskin and … 0

First Person: Groundhog Day

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I’ve spent some of these soft, summer evenings watching the sun’s last shine climb the green wall of trees on the east boundary of my property, and wishing I had a gun. I don’t own a gun so … 1

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: A fan request — ‘Night of the Lepus’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Watching horrible movies may be a thankless but necessary job — something akin to being a sanitation worker: You must clear out the stinkers to keep the general public safe. If someone comes forward and asks you to … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: All ‘Casablanca,” all the time

Thursday, August 7, 2014

PLAY IT AGAIN “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is one of my favorite movies, and I’ve seen it more times than I can count. I’ll get two more chances when Amherst Cinema shows the 1942 film on Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 13 at … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Zydeco Connection at Westhampton Public Library; reread ‘All the President’s Men’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ZYDECO CONNECTION Cajun-inspired music sounds great year-round, but it’s especially awesome in summer. Zydeco Connection brings its infectious rhythms to the Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, on Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Field of Dreams Concert Series. Rain site is Town Hall. 527-5386 … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Boyhood’ at Amherst Cinema; Ray Mason at Thirsty Mind

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BOYHOOD BANDWAGON The critics have gone batty over the Richard Linklater movie “Boyhood,” in which the director filmed the same actors for 12 years to tell the story of a boy as he grows from age 6 to 18. Words like “wondrous,” “visionary,” and “transporting” have been bandied … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Soul Rebels at Iron Horse in Northampton and other musical happenings in the Valley

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Orleans brass bands are good for the soul, and one of that city’s most celebrated funky ensembles, the aptly named Soul Rebels, will take over the room at the Iron Horse in Northampton Thursday at 8:30 p.m. … 0

Movie listings

Thursday, July 31, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Alive Inside (NR) Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) Casablanca (PG) Il Sorpasso (NR) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALIVE INSIDE: Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken health care system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bears: A documentary, narrated by John C. Reilly, that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Rated G. Breathe In: When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate … 0