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Paul Dennis practices Friday, Oct. 3, in Totman Gym at UMass.

Art Maker: Paul Dennis | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paul Dennis, 49, is an assistant professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A former member of the José Limon Dance Company in New York City, Dennis has brought many a fellow professional dancer to work with the University Dancers, which he directs. He just returned from Italy, where he was a guest performer at the White Night …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘75%+ReUse’ art show in Northampton; Matthew Shipp/Darius Jones Duo at UMass

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reduce, reuse, recycle More than 25 local artists answered a call from the Northampton Reuse Committee to create artwork using recycled materials. On Oct. 18, they’ll gather at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton, for “75%+ReUse,” a show and sale of those items. And there’s more: a Halloween costume exchange, an art material depot for donations, workshops, artists’ demonstrations …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Open house at Yiddish Book Center in Amherst; Mead Reads: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

Thursday, October 16, 2014

YIDDISH BOOK CENTER It happens. You’ve always meant to visit a well-known place in your own backyard but never quite do. For anyone who’s never made it to the well-known Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, there’s an open house Oct. 19, with tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aaron Lansky, the center’s president and founder, will give a talk at 1:30 p.m. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: UMass music department concerts; art walks in Northampton, Easthampton

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Major musical talent Last week I went to the Multibands Pops Concert at UMass and I was stunned! I knew the university has a strong music department but I had no idea how true and deep the talent runs. Every group that performed was phenomenal (with a special …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Michael Ponsor reads from ‘The Hanging Judge”; puppet show at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Thursday, October 9, 2014

‘THE HANGING JUDGE’ Being good at your job doesn’t mean you’re good at writing about it. But Michael Ponsor, a federal judge in Springfield, earned praise for “The Hanging Judge,” his novel about a death penalty case. Jonathan Harr, author of “A Civil Action,” wrote that Ponsor’s book …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Northampton International Film Festival; Jim Garmhausen exhibit at the Loft Parlor in Easthampton

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FILM FEST FRENZY Looking for a full dose of the movies? You can get 21 hours worth Oct. 10-12 when the Northampton International Film Festival opens at the Academy of Music. From shorts to feature-length works, and with both local films and movies from as far away as …

Book Bag: ‘Apples of New England: A User’s Guide’ by Russell Steven Powell; ‘The Taking: Before They Flooded the Quabbin’ by Helen R. Haddad

Thursday, October 9, 2014

APPLES OF NEW ENGLAND: A USER’S GUIDE By Russell Steven Powell The Countryman Press newenglandorchards.org Fall in New England has a number of traditional symbols: pumpkins and gourds, colorful foliage, dried cornstalks. But Russell Steven Powell would argue …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Gerald McFarland introduces his second novel, “What the Owl Saw,” Oct. 16 , 4 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Zane Kotker reads …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Spottiswoode and His Enemies at the Iron Horse in Northampton kick off a busy week of tunes in the Valley

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Have you lost faith in seeing live music? Feeling jaded about the whole thing? Too much “meh” and not enough spark on the stage, you think? Here they come to save the day: Spottiswoode and His Enemies are …

Movie listings

Thursday, October 9, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Jimi: All is By My Side (R) Last Days in Vietnam (NR) Love Is Strange (R) The Maltese Falcon (NR) …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY: The day for young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) begins with gum stuck in his hair, and is followed by more calamities. He gets little sympathy from his family and …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mr. Peabody & Sherman: The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. Stars the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert. Rated PG. Persecuted: …

Style Stop: Jen Fleming-Ives

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Jen Fleming-Ives in downtown Northampton as she was stopping to get a coffee before picking up her son from the baby sitter. Fleming-Ives, of Northampton, said when it comes to clothing, she’s all …