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Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, he finds that he can’t leave the war behind. Also stars Kyle Gallner. Rated R. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: Life for literature …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Consididered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf’ at A.P.E. Gallery; ‘Into the Woods Jr.’ at the Academy of Music

Friday, February 27, 2015

A SERIOUS MATTER Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” will be presented Saturday, Sunday and Monday by Serious Play! The choreopoem — poems accompanied by dance and music — stars Marcia Gomes, Vanessa Alexander, Janaya Barnes, Alysia Cosby, Kaliis Smith and Evelyn Harris. A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton. brownpapertickets.com; 800-838-3006. The play contains mature subject matter, and …

Style Stop: Dee Pizzo

Friday, February 27, 2015

It was the White House Black Market pants and jacket and scarf from Anthropologie that caught the attention of the Style Stop team one morning in downtown Northampton. When we caught up with Dee Pizzo of Glastonbury, Connecticut, we discovered she also was carrying her mother’s circa 1970s purse. nnn AN ECLECTIC SHOPPER: …

A Nutella dessert heard round the world

Thursday, February 19, 2015

If there is any person in the United States who understands how much Americans — or really, people all over the world — love Nutella, it is Allison Robicelli, who along with her husband, Matt, owns the New …

Stratford Festival plans to film all Shakespeare’s plays

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Playing the mad title role in Shakespeare’s “King Lear” was never supposed to be easy. That’s just what Colm Feore wanted. The classical actor chose to make his Lear “absolutely hateful” and “corrosive” for the Stratford Festival in …

Live from Tribeca: ‘SNL’ documentary to open festival

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival will kick off with a documentary on another New York institution: “Saturday Night Live.” The festival announced Thursday that “Live From New York!” will be its opening-night film. Directed by Bao Nguyen, the documentary focuses on the show’s early years and was …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Ice festivals in Northampton, Easthampton; celebrating ‘Madeline’ at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS Northampton and Easthampton will celebrate winter with exhibits that embrace snow and ice. On Friday, Northampton holds an “Ice Art Festival,” with artists creating sculptures out of 300-pound blocks of ice. They start working at 10 a.m. and will finish by 5 p.m., in time …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Bamidele Dancers and Drummers at Smith College; Georgia Pugh’s ‘The Seawall Series’ at the Oxbow Gallery

Thursday, February 12, 2015

KEEPING THE BEAT For more than 25 years, the performing troupe the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers has presented mesmerizing and theatrical drumming, dancing and singing concerts in the Valley and beyond. With expertise in African Caribbean and Brazilian culture, the company aims to preserve African and African-rooted culture. …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Concerts at UMass Amherst; Leo Kotke at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, February 12, 2015

TEACHERS AND STUDENTS This week at UMass, music faculty and students take to the stage. On Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bezanson Recital Hall, professors Joshua Michal (horn), John Bottomley (tuba), and Ludmila Krasin (piano) will perform selections by Dvorák, Tibbets and others. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at Pearl Street Nightclub and other Valley gigs

Thursday, February 12, 2015

When you work in a record store, you know an artist is on his way to bigger things when multiple customers suddenly start asking for him or her by name. Recently, that name has been Sturgill Simpson. He …

Book Bag: ‘Get in Trouble’ by Kelly Link; ‘What’s What and What To Do About It’ by Waldo Mellon

Thursday, February 12, 2015

GET IN TROUBLE By Kelly Link Random House kellylink.net In the early 2000s, Northampton writer Kelly Link self-published two collections of short stories that had been rejected by traditional publishers. Since then, Link has gained a devoted readership …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: A.P.E. GALLERY: Spring Story Slam: Love Stories — Ko Festival sponsors first-person, true-story slam Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton. Audience members vote. Refreshments, prizes. $15. info@kofest.com, …

Movie Times

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animation Shorts (NR) Daily 4:30, 9:30; Sun. also 11:15 a.m. 2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (NR) Fri.-Sun. 2, 6:40; Mon., Tues., Thurs. 6:40 The Imitation Game (PG-13) …