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Christina Svane in her Blue Guitar Dance Studio

Art maker: Christina Svane | dancer/choreographer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christina Svane says she always knew she wanted to dance. Born in San Francisco in 1954, she came east for college, then moved to New York City where she danced professionally. She toured Europe with Steve Paxton, founder of Contact Improvisation, and taught at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Svane, who lives in Florence, moved …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: 2014: Year of the frowny face

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This year winds down with a unique distinction. Congratulations, 2014. Your grim news, replete with plagues and bombs and occasional beheadings, has made you the first year in history to be forever written with an emoticon. From now on, this waning, woeful year will be written as 2014 :( But just before 2015! begins, let’s have a last cringe from all the events …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Old Deerfield Productions’ ‘A Christmas Carol’; East Street Ballet’s ‘Winter Dances’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SCROOGED! It’s been five years since Old Deerfield Productions presented Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and I, for one, am glad they decided to bring it back. That first production was a beast to pull off, says artistic director Linda McInerney, put pull it off they did. One highlight worth the repeat (and there are many) is the chance to see Hollywood veteran …

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Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘The Great Rupert’ — a 1950s gem starring Jimmy Durante and a squirrel

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I noticed that in my vast morass of movies there are very few Christmas flicks. So on a recent shopping trip I purchased a “Christmas Collectors Set” of six movies, and then had to decide which was awful …

Movie listings

Thursday, December 11, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Force Majeure (R) The Muppet Christmas Carol (G) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (PG) The …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BIG HERO 6: A special bond develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (the voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (the voice of Ryan Potter), when they team up with a group of friends to form a …

New on DVD

Thursday, December 11, 2014

At the Devil’s Door: When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple …

Q&A: Chris Rock on ‘Top Five’ and fame

Thursday, December 11, 2014

With his latest and best film in tow, Chris Rock is back in the spotlight right when we most need him. There’s no more salient voice on race in America, not to mention most other things in America, …

Book Bag: ‘Swing State’ by Michael T. Fournier; ‘I Like Sticks!’ by Libby (as told to John Sheirer)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

SWING STATE By Michael T. Fournier Three Rooms Press michaeltfournier.tumblr.com Those recent news reports that the U.S. economy is improving? They likely didn’t factor in places like Armbrister, New Hampshire, the setting for “Swing State,” a gritty novel …

Valley Readings

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: A launch party for Leah Schmalzbauer’s new book, “The Last Best Place: Gender, Family, & Migration in the New West,” will be held Friday, 5 p.m. at the bookshop, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Bill Kirchen and his all-Austin band at the Iron Horse, and other music this week in the Valley

Thursday, December 11, 2014

There are musicians unknown to the average joe who get spoken about in reverent tones by longtime fans; one such musician is guitarist Bill Kirchen. In the late ’60s and early ‘70s he tore up the fretboard with …

Your Time: Holiday skating party at Mullins Center Community Ice Rink, Amherst

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Families and friends gathered Sunday for a holiday skating party at the Mullins Center Community Ice Rink in Amherst. The event was presented by Hits 94.3, and radio personality Trumpy set the pace with rock tunes throughout the …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Return to sender

Thursday, December 11, 2014

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” OK. Snow? — some. Rain? — check. Gloom? — check. Courier? — hold that thought. On Tuesday, …