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Ron Michaud works on "Winter Woods (Remembering John)" in his studio at his home in Pelham.

Art Maker: Ron Michaud | Painter

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Retired UMass art professor Ron Michaud of Pelham says his paintings these days incorporate the relationship between color, vision and the brain. “The images are composed with limited but carefully selected colors, arranged and applied in such a way that the viewer perceives a representation of the visible world around us,” Michaud, 68, says. “Although most of us would conclude …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Chuck Close photos at UMCA; ‘Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A HALF-CENTURY MAKES Contemporary artist Chuck Close’s remarkable portrait paintings are legendary. Turns out, he’s a virtuosic photographer, too. An exhibit of 86 photos, taken between 1968 and now, opens with a reception Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass. Close was on the UMass art faculty in the ’60s, but left …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Milk Carton Kids at the Academy of Music and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in West Springfield

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ADOPT THESE KIDS The entrancing folk duo known as The Milk Carton Kids (Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan) will light up Labor Day in Northampton with a stop at the Academy of Music at 8 p.m. To see whether a $30 investment makes sense, check out their 2012 NPR Tiny Desk Concert, any of their three visits to “A Prairie Home Companion” in …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Duck Variations’ play in Huntington; ‘Amoursaurus’ at the Pines Theater in Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BIRDS OF A FEATHER The summer theater season is coming to a close but there’s still a bit of quack in that duck. With September’s studiousness ahead, make this a laughable moment by driving up to North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington, for “The Duck Variations,” David …

Greg Saulmon’s Best Bets: ‘The End of the Tour’ at Amherst Cinema; Slorg brings ‘arcade rock’ to The Basement

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I’D DO AGAIN “The End of the Tour” is 106 minutes of two guys talking about being writers. That should be insufferable — except that one of the writers is David Foster Wallace (Jason …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lake Street Dive’s ‘Amourasaurus’ at Look Park, and much more

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have personally witnessed Lake Street Dive CDs and LPs flying off the local store shelves. People can’t get enough of the jazzy, soulful Brooklyn band and their records on the Northampton-based label Signature Sounds. The quartet started …

Headliners: ‘The Duck Variations’ in Huntington; Jeff Holmes Big Band at One Bar and Grill

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Theme and variations Nicknamed “Waiting for Goduck” by one critic, David Mamet’s 1972 minimalist work “The Duck Variations” is about two elderly guys sitting on a park bench by a lake watching ducks. Mamet is famous for his …

Book Bag: ‘On The Cusp: The Yale College Class of 1960 and a World on the Verge of Change’ by Daniel Horowitz; ‘My Name is Aviva’ by Lesléa Newman

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ON THE CUSP: THE YALE COLLEGE CLASS OF 1960 AND A WORLD ON THE VERGE OF CHANGE By Daniel Horowitz University of Massachusetts Press www.umass.edu/press Daniel Horowitz, Smith College professor emeritus of American studies, entered Yale University in …

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: The Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings, Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Gail Thomas. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 FORBES …

Movie Times

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Best of Enemies (R) Daily 4:45, 7:20; Sat.-Sun. also 2:15 The End of the Tour (R) Daily 1:50, 4:15, 7, 9:25; Sat.-Sun. also 11:30 a.m.; Mon. no 7 Jaws (PG) …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

AMERICAN ULTRA: A stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) — who is in fact a government agent — is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. Also stars Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton. Rated R. ANT-MAN: Director Peyton Reed’s tale of …

Ice Cube’s son becomes him in ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

O’Shea Jackson Jr. was determined to play his father, Ice Cube, in “Straight Outta Compton.” Not only does the 24-year-old look uncannily like his dad, but he’s also got the rapper-turned-movie star’s mannerisms and expressions down — something …

New on DVD

Thursday, August 27, 2015

7 Minutes: Three high school friends are forced to commit a brazen robbery which quickly goes horribly wrong. Stars Leven Rambin, Jason Ritter, Luke Mitchell. Not rated. Boulevard: A devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced …