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Janet Winston works on her monoprint at her home in Amherst Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.  Winston will have her art show at the Gallery A3 in Amherst from Nov. 6 to Nov. 29.

Art Maker: Janet Walerstein Winston | printmaker, painter

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Janet Walerstein Winston, 74, is fascinated by insects, especially butterflies. But she is disheartened, she says, by how climate changes and deforestation are affecting the life cycles and food sources of these beautiful creatures. A former scientific illustrator in entomology, Winston’s concern grew during a visit in the late 1980s to the wintering sites of the monarch butterfly in the …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Of Mice and Men’ at Amherst Cinema; spooky stories at Historic Northampton

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FAVORITE ACTOR The more I see actor Chris O’Dowd, the more I love his work (“The Sapphires,” “Bridesmaids,” the off-beat Christopher Guest TV series “The Family Tree”), and the list of choices is, thankfully, getting longer. He’s in the just-released film “St. Vincent,” for example. Because I can’t get myself to London anytime soon, I’m thrilled that I can see O’Dowd, along with …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: On Netlix — ‘Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter’; ‘The Judge’

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Demand This week I hit pay dirt on Netflix: the Swedish television series “Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter.” The story is so compelling, I quickly forgot I was reading subtitles. It’s about a tabloid newspaper crime reporter who tries as hard to solve the crimes she’s covering as the detectives she needles for information. She’s got two young children and a husband who …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Strike one, strike two ... home run!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was in the doghouse, and I deserved to be there: My friend Jean and I had gone to the Cellar Bar in Easthampton to do “research” for one of these articles and I didn’t mention her name. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Pajama Slave Dancers and much, much more music in the Valley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You say “Pajama Slave Dancers,” I say “tinfoil.” It takes a lot for something to stick out in my mess of a memory, but of the thousand-plus shows I’ve seen, the Pajama Slave Dancers opening for the Pixies …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Jury-rigged

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was at the Hungry Ghost in Northampton a couple of weeks ago when I admired the ingenuity of this set-up: I love that they wrapped a vine around the doorknob to keep the door open, and I …

Your Time: Northampton ReUse Committee’s 75% + Art Show and Sale

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Helping old items find new purpose was the idea behind the Northampton ReUse Committee’s “75%+ReUse” art show and sale, held Saturday at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. The day-long events — all aimed at reducing consumption and …

Book Bag: ‘Amity’ by Micol Ostow; ‘Gateways to Abomination’ by Matthew M. Bartlett

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMITY By Micol Ostow Egmont USA www.micolostow.com New York writer Micol Ostow has penned numerous books for teens and young readers, including the graphic novel “So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother).” In “Amity,” she’s …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Dana Sawyer, will talk about his new biography, “Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper: Living the World’s Religions: The Authorized Biography of a 21st Century Spiritual Giant,” Oct. 26, 4 p.m., at …

Movie listings

Thursday, October 23, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Dear White People (R) Double Indemnity (NR) My Old Lady (PG-13) The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) (R) Pride (R) CINEMARK …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY: The day for young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) begins with gum stuck in his hair, and is followed by more calamities. He gets little sympathy from his family and …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Begin Again: A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive (Mark Ruffalo) and a young singer-songwriter who is new to Manhattan (Keira Knightley) turns into a promising collaboration between the two. Also stars Adam Levine. Rated R. Behaving …

‘Fury’ aims for an unvarnished look at war

Thursday, October 23, 2014

At one point during “Fury,” the World War II drama starring Brad Pitt, a tank commander’s head is blown off while he’s hunched outside his vehicle during a fiery battle with a combatant. “Fury” writer-director David Ayer insists …