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Movie Times

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Best of Enemies (R) Daily 4:45, 7:20; Sat.-Sun. also 2:15 The End of the Tour (R) Daily 1:50, 4:15, 7, 9:25; Sat.-Sun. also 11:30 a.m.; Mon. no 7 Jaws (PG) Sun. 2; Wed. 7 Mr. Holmes (PG) Daily 2, 4:25, 6:50, 9:10; Sat.-Sun. also 11:40 a.m.; Sat., Mon. no 9:10; Sun. no …

Art Maker: Matt Evald Johnson | material manipulator

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The urban/industrial environment supplies Easthampton artist Matt Evald Johnson with subjects, materials, processes and narratives for his sculpture and painting. “The subject of my work is always the assemblage and manipulation of raw material,” Johnson, 51, writes on his website, www.evaldart.com. “The materials ... in many ways record some of the history of …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Summer reading, had me a blast — summer reading, happened so fast

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer’s gone, taking with it those “gripping” summer reads. I hope you didn’t think all that page turning, all those beach books, all that bodice ripping was just for fun. Perhaps that used to be true, but these days everything is tested and re-tested. Summer reading, too, will be on the test — my first annual “Summer Reading Wrap-Up Exam.” 1. How many …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kamasi Washington brings ‘The Epic’ to Iron Horse

Thursday, August 20, 2015

If an artist is inspired to create something on a vast canvas, I want to experience it. David Foster Wallace’s 1000-page “Infinite Jest,” Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew,” Joni Mitchell’s “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter,” Yes’ “Tales from Topographic Oceans” …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Carts on the lam

Thursday, August 20, 2015

At first glance, this scene at Hampshire Heights in Northampton amused me; it looks like a gathering herd (flock?) of shopping carts, about to escape into the woods. Seeing objects like this, out of their expected environment, often …

Your Time: ‘Art in the Orchard’ — Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I think there is a timelessness in nature that only art can capture, and, when the two combine, the experience can be transformative. That was the case Saturday afternoon, when “Art in the Orchard” opened for its run …

Movie times

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Aloft (R) Daily 9:10 Best of Enemies (R) Daily 4:30, 7:10, 9:0; Sat.-Sun. also 1:50 The End of the Tour (R) Daily 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:40; Sun. also 11:30 a.m.; Sat. no 2:10 The Graduate (PG) Sun. 2, Wed. 7 …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

ALOFT: A struggling mother (Jennifer Connelly) encounters the son she abandoned 20 years earlier. Also stars Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent. Rated R. AMERICAN ULTRA: A stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) — who is in fact a government agent — is …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: JMPT Quartet plays ‘A Perfect Spot of Tea’; Hosmer Gallery exhibits

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A SOBER TRADITION Elizabeth Porter Phelps was the original resident of what is now the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. When neighbors visited her at her farmstead (built in 1752), she often served them a beverage that, she said, “cheers but not inebriates.” It is in that tradition that the museum …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Transperformance; ‘The End of the Tour’

Thursday, August 20, 2015

IT WAS 25 YEARS AGO TODAY Late August in Northampton means it’s time for Transperformance, the annual music fest at Look Park’s Pines Theater, where area musicians do their best impersonations of other acts, all to raise money for Northampton schools. This year the festival turns 25, and …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Apple Jam Roots Music Festival; musing about Cooley Dickinson’s founder

Thursday, August 20, 2015

LOCAL JAM OK, it’s not Coachella or Bonnaroo, but neither is it going to set you back hundreds of dollars to attend this weekend’s Apple Jam Roots Music Festival in nearby Russell. No plane tickets, no snooty hipsters. Just good music from national acts like Amy Helm & …

Art Maker: Susan Halls | sculptor

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Susan Halls, 49, was born in Kent, England, and studied at an art school there until she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London, from which she graduated in 1990. A residency at …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Admonishing August

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dear August, I’m writing you as a friend, as an August birthday boy, as an annual resident of your tedious chunk of the calendar. I’m writing to help you become a better month. Dear declining August, you could offer so much more than pie-eating contests and Dog Days …