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Alexandra Markiewicz of Belchertown with one of her works in charcoal

Art Maker: Alexandra Markiewicz | charcoal artist

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Alexandra Markiewicz, 29, of Belchertown, calls herself an “emerging artist with a passion for everything.” That includes, but is not limited to, charcoal, painting and photography. She is intensely interested, she writes in an artist’s statement, in people — specifically in making portraits of people — which she supposes “came from my passion for variety and constant motion. In people …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Ms. Lisa Fischer at the Calvin; Pioneer Valley Symphony at Deerfield Academy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TAKING CENTER STAGE Anyone who saw “Twenty Feet From Stardom” had no doubt that the backup singers featured in the 2014 documentary had the chops to take center stage. One of those powerhouse singers, Lisa Fischer, will do just that Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. Her set list includes songs from many of the headliners she once supported, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Dance Generators; Randy Kaplan concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TRULY INTER-GENERATIONAL Since 1997, the Northampton-based Dance Generators has presented shows by dancers who range in age from their teens to well into their 80s. They wear comfortable clothes. They don’t look like the stereotypical dancers. But they dance up a storm. And that’s the point. For nearly two decades, Dance Generators has defied stereotypes about aging, one plié at a time. The …

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Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Platinum Pony’s cutting-edge Cuban Manhattan

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It was actually research I was doing about Boston micro-distilleries that led me to the Platinum Pony in Easthampton. The bar/restaurant/night club at 30 Cottage St. is one of just two locations in the Pioneer Valley that carries …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Nick Zammuto show at Mass MoCA a must-see

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Books was a uniquely creative duo that chopped up found sounds, text and video and spliced it all together with live instrumentation and a sense of humor. When it broke up in 2011, it was a bummer. …

Headliners: Jason Robinson demystifies contemporary jazz at Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst; Liz Longley at the Parlor Room in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jazz on the edge When he’s not teaching at Amherst College, saxophonist/composer/band leader/music scholar Jason Robinson occupies a prominent place in the world of contemporary jazz, a post-modern sort of realm in which improvisation and composition commingle with …

Book Bag: ‘More Money Than God’ by Richard Michelson; ‘A Sudden Light’ by Garth Stein

Thursday, March 19, 2015

MORE MONEY THAN GOD By Richard Michelson University of Pittsburgh Press www.richardmichelson.com Among the many hats he wears, Richard Michelson has served as Northampton’s poet laureate since 2012. His tenure as the city’s chief poet ends April 1 …

Valley Readings

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Novelist Gina Apostol reads from her work Monday, 8 p.m. at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 AMHERST SENIOR CENTER: “The Poetry of Growing Older: The Joys …

Your Time: All-Day St. Patrick’s Day Toast, Fitzwilly’s Restaurant and Bar, Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

There’s a new tradition at Fitzwilly’s: On Tuesday, March 17, the Northampton restaurant and bar held its First Annual All-Day St. Patrick’s Day Toast. It got underway directly after the 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Association Breakfast at the …

Movie times

Thursday, March 19, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org ’71 (R) Daily 2, 4:45, 7:30, 9:40; Sat.-Sun. also 11 a.m.; Thurs. no 9:40 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (NR) Daily 9:45 Godard Spring Series: Alphaville (NR) Sun. …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, March 5, 2015

’71: A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971. Stars Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris. Rated R. A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE …

New on DVD

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Hobbit 3: The Battle of the Five Armies: Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants while they struggle to keep the terrifying Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) from acquiring …

Sean Penn says he is not the next Liam Neeson

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sean Penn surfs, shoots, sprints, punches and fights for his life in the geopolitical thriller “The Gunman.” At age 54, it’s easy to assume that Penn, as a rogue ex-special forces officer, is drifting into territory that Liam …