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Kelly Silliman dances on her portable stage at Smith College April 11.

Art People: Kelly Silliman | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dancer and choreographer Kelly Silliman is certain that the end of life as we know it on Earth is inevitable. “I’m really pretty convinced that this lifestyle that we’re living is not sustainable; it’s not going to last much longer,” Silliman said in an interview last week at Smith College, where she received a master’s degree in dance last spring. In response to that unsettling certainty, Silliman, 36, who lives in Leeds with her husband and four children, created tinydance, a project that encompasses a variety of dance works made for small, sustainable spaces. That includes her tinydance stage, a 4-foot-by-8-foot platform she designed and … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: The best laid plans ...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The plan was to meet my friend Amy for dinner at the Blue Heron Restaurant in Sunderland at 5 p.m. But first I had to meet up at 3 with Larry Costello in Northampton. (We were having photos taken for a St. Patrick’s Day event; Larry was Northampton’s parade marshal in this year’s … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Academy of Music history tour; Ed Asner tells tales at screening of ‘Up’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WHERE’S HARRY? Did you know that a trap door was once cut into the stage at the Academy of Music in Northampton for Harry Houdini’s disappearing act? Or that Frankenstein’s monster himself, Boris Karloff, appeared at the 123-year-old theater? Learn more during a history tour, led by the theater’s former manager, Duane Robinson, April 23, 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. 584-9032, ext. 105. … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What’s a bridge without a troll? Or 10? Now that the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge has finally been renovated and reopened, RiverCulture, a partnership of arts and business leaders in Turners Falls, is celebrating with a colorful multimedia event: … 0

Headliners: Carolina Chocolate Drops; Novi Cantori

Thursday, April 10, 2014

String-band revival Suspecting that the history of black music in the United States might be far richer than anyone previously presumed, the Carolina Chocolate Drops have been working diligently for nearly a decade to prove their case. Originating … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, March 27, 2014

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) Le Week-End (R) The Lunchbox (PG) The Unknown Known (PG-13) CINEMARK AT HAMPSHIRE MALL 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com Captain America: Winter … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BAD WORDS: Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman, who also directed), a man who sets out to exact revenge for a childhood spelling-bee loss, finds a loophole in the rules, and decides to enter, and win, as an adult. Also … 0

Book Bag

Thursday, April 10, 2014

THE MILITARY ART OF J. THOMAS LEAMON: DRAWINGS, PAINTINGS AND MORE IN THE WAKE OF TWO WORLD WARS By James S. Leamon www.jamesleamon.com/tomsart Whately artist and writer Thomas Leamon had a long and varied career in which he … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: A.P.E. GALLERY: Dance artist Andrea Olsen reads from her new book, “Place of Dance,” Saturday, 5:30 p.m., 126 Main St., Northampton. 586-5553 ∎ Poetry Month celebration with poets from six Valley … 0

Your Time: Love Your Family Dinner, Northampton

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jackson Street School families came together on the night of April 4 for the second annual Love Your Family Dinner. The air was filled with the aromas of food, lots of conversation, and with the cheers and laughter … 0

Photo Gallery: A whole new perspective

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The reverse view of a sign for The Village Commons in South Hadley, and Hadley Street behind, make an interesting study of form, scale and space. — Jerrey Roberts … 0

ID: Binh Quoc Nguyen

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Binh Quoc Nguyen, a martial artist, was born in Vietnam and came to the United States at age 5. He lived in West Springfield until moving to Amherst at 19 to attend the University of Massachusetts, and has … 0

A light and airy fruit pudding from America’s past

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Snow pudding is a great American recipe that dates back to pioneer days, when resourceful home cooks hankering for a treat had to rely on whatever they had — things like gelatin, lemons, sugar and eggs. The very … 0