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Rob Kimmel works on a watercolor, "Persea," in his Florence studio for an upcoming Mill Arts Project, "Mothholes."

Art Maker: Rob Kimmel |painter, curator

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florence artist Rob Kimmel, 44, is busy these days, curating art shows: There’s a group show, “Horns to Tale,” on view through the end of June at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton in which a dozen artists have created monsters and animals and fantastical beings. Another group show, “Mothholes,” will open in September at the MAP space in Eastworks in …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Inside Out’ at Cinemark, Tower Theaters; Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe at Porter-Phelps Museum

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UPSIDE DOWN It was Father’s Day and my family wanted to see the new Pixar movie, “Inside Out.” I’m not that into animated films, but I put on my game face. At least there’ll be popcorn, I thought. To my surprise, I loved this movie about a girl whose life is uprooted when her family moves. Her emotions — Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Roz Chast exhibit; ‘Northampton Family Fourth’

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CARTOONS TO LIVE BY I, for one, think an exhibit of Roz Chast cartoons is well worth a summer drive to Stockbridge. Lots of people love her New Yorker cartoons. I couldn’t put down her hilarious and profound memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant,” about her parents’ decline in their elder years, their loss of independence and death. How, you ask, …

Headliners: ‘Seminar’ at New Century Theatre; the Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The write stuff? A tart Broadway comedy from 2011 by Teresa Rebeck, “Seminar” opens in an Upper West Side Manhattan apartment where four young writers are awaiting the arrival of Leonard, a once-celebrated novelist turned creative-writing guru who …

Movie times

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Far From the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 1:45, 7; Sat. no 1:45; Mon. no 7 I’ll See You in My Dreams (PG-13) Daily 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 11:20 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to the planet’s mightiest heroes to stop the villainous …

Book Bag: ‘My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth’ by Ann Turner; ‘Fishing the Desert’ by Brooks Robards

Thursday, June 18, 2015

MY NAME IS TRUTH: THE LIFE OF SOJOURNER TRUTH By Ann Turner Illustrated by James Ransome HarperCollins Veteran children’s author Ann Turner of Williamsburg has turned to a local and national figure for her latest work, a picture …

Valley Readings

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: S. WHITE DICKINSON LIBRARY: Susan Wilson reads from her new book, “The Dog That Saved Me,” at the Whately Adult Summer Reading kickoff Saturday, at the library, 202 Chestnut Plain Road., …

Your Time: 4-H Dairy cattle and goat day camps, Northampton

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A group of young farmers gathered at the Three County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday for the 4-H Dairy Cattle Academy, Beef Cattle Academy and Dairy Goat Academy day camps. Participants from across New England and the Northeast — …

Photo gallery: Last light

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I lucked into living in a beautiful spot in the woods between Goshen and Williamsburg along the West Branch of the Mill River. Usually by the time I make it home, though, after a day of photographing for …

Art Maker: Andrew ‘Fig’ Figueroa | Hip-hop artist

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Northampton rapper and hip-hop artist Andrew “Fig” Figueroa, 23, is getting ready to hit the road on a national tour of “Mixed-Race Mixtape,” a theater piece he wrote as part of his senior thesis project at Hampshire College. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Pioneer Women’ at Eastworks; ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BLAZING ARTISTIC FRONTIERS Editor’s note: This has been updated to reflect the correct reception date. Terry Rooney has curated a new edition of “Pioneer Women,” an exhibit that features work by 23 women artists who have settled upon the fertile ground of the Pioneer Valley to create their …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”; the Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Whatever happened to Alice? Amherst Cinema screens Martin Scorsese’s fourth film (and his only movie about the inner life of a woman) — 1974’s “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” Praised by critics and movie-going audiences, the film stars Ellen Burstyn, who won an Academy Award, and Kris Kristofferson. …