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Art People: Alexandra Lynch | collage artist

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Alexandra Lynch is a painter, a poet, a law school graduate (who got hives just thinking about practicing law, so she didn’t), a fashion impresario, a curio hunter, and, most recently, a collage artist. In her current work, Lynch, 44, uses the cut-and-paste method, to “dress” subjects of vintage photographs — mostly from the turn of the last century — …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Not-so-endless summer

Thursday, September 11, 2014

About this time of year I find myself winning a battle, but not the war, with those who would say that summer is over. Yep, Labor Day and the start of school surely spell the end, but we have yet another 10 days! And the equinox is only a number anyway; just astronomical …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Busking at Art Walk Easthampton; National Theatre Live’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in local theaters

Thursday, September 11, 2014

UNION STREET BUSKING I’ve always thought that the trek during Easthampton’s Art Walk from one end of Union Street to the other (from galleries on Main to Cottage streets), seems like a long, uneventful journey. Problem solved. On Sept. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., buskers will line Union Street, entertaining folks as they move from art venue to art venue. There will …

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Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Charles Neville at the Iron Horse in Northampton; Cliff Eberhardt at ‘Song and Story Swap’ at Nacul Center in Amherst

Thursday, September 4, 2014

THIS NEVILLE LEFT HOME Charles Neville, the only one of the brothers from the fabled New Orleans jazz group who ever lived far from home for long periods of time, might also have the most varied musical background of the quintet. The saxophonist has made his mark in …

Tuned In: The Sun Parade has new EP, local show with Jake Klar and Wydyde at Hinge in Northampton

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Northampton quartet The Sun Parade will soon be off on a national tour, including some dates opening for their skyrocketing old friends Lake Street Dive. Before they hit the road, catch their local show featuring the official release …

Headliners: Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra; ‘Salute 2 Summer’

Thursday, September 4, 2014

‘No ear plugs are needed... ’ ...reassures Tatsuya Nakatani, the Japanese-born, Pennsylvania-based acoustic sound artist responsible for the Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra, a touring project designed to “inspire cross-artistic community collaborations.” How it works is this: Nakatani shows …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover a dark secret. Stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge. Rated R. BOYHOOD: Director Richard Linklater …

Photo Gallery: Remembrance of things past

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I was hunting for a feature-photo opportunity recently on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts, where I took this photo of the empty colonnade at the Fine Arts Center, and I was struck with a funny …

Book Bag: Sarah J. Maas’ ‘Heir of Fire’; Dawn Metcalf’s ‘Twixt’ books

Thursday, September 4, 2014

HEIR OF FIRE By Sarah J. Maas Bloomsbury Publishing sarahjmaas.com Fantasy is a hugely popular genre when it comes to teen/YA literature, and any number of writers have been mining that territory to great effect, from Suzanne Collins …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Judith Frank reads from her new novel, “All I Love and Know,” Sept. 8, 8 p.m., Amherst College Alumni House, Churchill St., Amherst. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Joe Gannon presents his …

Your Time: Three County Fair, Northampton

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Three County Fair in Northampton wrapped up Monday after four days of rides on the Ferris wheel, the Cliffhanger and the Wacky Worm, among others, in addition to attractions including livestock shows, tractor and truck pulls, demolition …

Movie listings

Thursday, September 4, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) Calvary (R) Frank (R) Land Ho! (R) The One I Love (R) The Trip to Italy (NR) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com Chef (R) …

Headliners: Lisa Downing at the Iron Horse in Northampton; ‘Detach’ at the Arts Block in Greenfield

Friday, August 29, 2014

The story on Liz Story... ...is that during her early years as a classically inclined, Juilliard-trained pianist she took a job playing in a southern California restaurant whose piano, lacking a music stand, required her to improvise. The …