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Author Dusty Miller of Belchertown.

Art People: Dusty Miller | writer

Thursday, July 24, 2014

When she was growing up, Dusty Miller loved reading fiction, and she loved writing. She imagined she might be a writer when she was older. Miller did end up writing, though as an outgrowth of her career as a psychotherapist and educator. Among a number of titles, her 1994 book, “Women Who Hurt Themselves,” has sold pretty steadily over the … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: New Century Theatre’s ‘Clybourne Park’; Double Edge Theatre’s ‘Shahrazad’; Silverthorn Theater’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PROVOCATIVE PLAY Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for “Clybourne Park,” which also won a Tony Award that year for Best Play. Impressive credentials, and it’s a good bet that New Century Theatre’s production that opened earlier this month shines. The action in this funny and provocative play spans 50 years, from 1959 when residents in a Chicago neighborhood try to … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Filmmaker Ken Burns compares notes with creator of ‘House of Cards’; ‘Moonstruck’ at Pothole Pictures

Thursday, July 24, 2014

COMPARE AND CONTRAST Separately, each one would be good. But together — this should be great. Filmmaker Ken Burns, whose latest project is “The Roosevelts,” and Beau Willion, creator of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” team up for “Comparing and Contrasting the Roosevelts and the Underwoods.” A talk about history’s greats and TV’s evildoers has endless possibilities. July 27, 2 p.m., at … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Everyone’s got a favorite

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On a recent quiet, midweek evening, I stopped by the Tunnel Bar on Strong Avenue in Northampton. Kathleen was behind the bar, and I asked her what her favorite cocktail is. A Coconut Basil Gimlet, she told me, … 0

Book Bag: Suzanne Strepek Shea’s ‘This is Paradise’; Dennis Gildea’s ‘Hoop Crazy’

Thursday, July 17, 2014

THIS IS PARADISE By Suzanne Strempek Shea PFP Publishing www.suzannestrempekshea.com If Mags Riordan had given up on life, many people might have understood. The Irish native lost her first child, a 4-month-old daughter, in a freak auto accident … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: FLYING OBJECT: Readings by Jane Lewty, Zachary Schomburg, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, John Beer and Abraham Smith July 23, 8 p.m., 42 West Street, Hadley. 387-0333 FORBES LIBRARY: Dusty Miller reads from … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Bear Hands play catchy pop at Pearl Street, and other music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pop music’s clothes keep changing but the form underneath is the same — it has to be catchy, the song needs hooks, your ears need to be grabbed. And “Giants,” a single from Brooklyn band Bear Hands, grabs … 0

Your Time: Holyoke Canoe Club, Holyoke

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Holyoke Canoe Club, on Old Ferry Road, has changed over the years — but kept its name. Founded 125 years ago by local sportsmen interested in canoe racing, the club today offers swimming, tennis and boating, along … 0

Movie listings

Thursday, July 10, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) For No Good Reason (R) Life Itself (R) Obvious Child (R) Snowpiercer (R) Words & Pictures (PG-13) … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 3, 2014

22 jump street: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum )when they go deep undercover at a local college. Also stars Ice Cube. … 0

ID: Bill Johnson, artist, furniture and cabinet maker

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bill Johnson runs a woodworking and remodeling business in Amherst, where he creates custom furniture, built-­ins and cabinetry. An artist and former sculpture instructor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, he expanded his business when he moved back … 0

Art People — Rita Bleiman | writer

Thursday, July 10, 2014

As a Northampton city councilor from 2000 to 2006, Rita Bleiman served her adopted hometown, though at a cost. Years of measuring every word she spoke affected her writing, she says, and not for the better. “You’re always … 0

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Looking for the Fouke Monster in ‘The Legend of Boggy Creek’

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gordon Lightfoot comes to the Calvin Theatre on Sunday and he’ll probably sing about the Edmund Fitzgerald whose “legend lives on from the Chippewa on down.” By contrast, there’s “The Legend of Boggy Creek,” which will probably live … 0