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Randi Stein at her home in Amherst.

Art Maker: Randi Stein | painter, collage artist

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

During the past year, Amherst artist Randi Stein has been investigating the qualities of the Hebrew letters — letters, which according to Jewish legend, called the universe into being. For her latest exhibit, “The Letters Speak,” on view at the Jewish Community of Amherst, Stein, 66, says, “I invited the letters to speak to me, and have let my hands respond with the media of paper and paint.” Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Randi Stein: The images are produced using colored papers and paint — collages that are my response to the sounds, shapes and meanings of the letters. I am …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Showtime’s ‘Homeland’; ECA+’s ‘Light up the Arts Holiday Bash’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

COME BACK HOME(LAND) If you used to love Showtime’s “Homeland,” but tuned out because of mind-numbing boredom with last year’s extended focus on Brody’s daughter and her adolescent angst, take heart and get back onboard. This season, Carrie, Saul and company — “The” company — are back on track with great cliff-hanging episodes in what is, once again, a top-notch intelligence thriller. Warning: …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Florence Christmas parade; ‘Messiah’ sing-along with Da Camera Singers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

TIME TRAVEL For a homespun community event that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, check out the Christmas parade in Florence, now in its 25th year. The parade features city political leaders, Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Florence Community Band playing up a storm. It sets off Saturday from Trinity Row Park at 10 a.m., heads down Main …

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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Stray Birds at the Iron Horse and other musical happenings in the Valley this week

Thursday, November 20, 2014

If you find record stores romantic and hope they stay around a while, Oliver Craven, Maya de Vitry and Charles Muench of The Stray Birds have written you a sad love song of sorts, “Best Medicine,” the title …

Headliners: Northampton Jazz Workshop; Pioneer Valley Musicians’ Emergency Fund benefit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jazz, tap and hip hop “We’re doing something a little different this week,” says Paul Arslanian of the Northampton Jazz Workshop. “In conjunction with a school show we are doing at Northampton High School, we will be featuring …

Your Time: Senior Citizen Bowling League, Canal Bowling Lanes, Southampton

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Senior Citizen Bowling League has been meeting at Canal Bowling Lanes in Southampton for seven years, but it’s an organization with a long history (much like many of its members). The league was started in the 1970s …

Book Bag: ‘Do You Know Your Noses?’ by Anne Marie Frank; ‘Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene’ by Emily Monosson; ‘After the Rain’ by Jonathan Wright

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DO YOU KNOW YOUR NOSES? By Anne Marie Frank About a year ago, Florence resident Anne Marie Frank lost her job and decided to use her free time on a long-cherished project: creating a children’s book based around …

Valley Readings

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ARMS LIBRARY: Gerald McFarland reads from his new novel, “What the Owl Saw,” Nov. 23, 3 p.m., at the library, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls. 625-9708 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Gregory Maguire reads from …

Movie listings

Thursday, November 20, 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) Dear White People (R) Hard-Boiled Noir: Kiss Me Deadly (NR) Whiplash (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., …

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, November 20, 2014

A Merry Friggin Christmas: Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son’s gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad …

Felicity Jones an essential addition to ‘Theory’

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Twice in two years, Felicity Jones has stood out playing women who refuse to be relegated to mere supporting roles in the biopics of great men. In last year’s “The Invisible Woman,” Jones portrayed the illicit, long-term love …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Gilding the Lily

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The bit of yellow that this umbrella adds to Northampton’s “rainbow” crosswalk might border on redundant, but it helped to make cheery, a dreary day. It seems this picture was waiting to be taken ever since the Main …