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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 improvisations gradually developed into compositions which in turn caught the ear of William Ackerman, founder of the New Age record label Windham Hill, who signed Story up in 1983. Proceeding along this path, she’s become one of the most prominent figures in New Age music, with a style that eludes categorization but in which “one hears echoes of Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Scott Joplin, the minimalist side of … 0

Art People: Elizabeth Bannish | printmaker, illustrator

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elizabeth Bannish wasn’t sure what she’d major in when she arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much as she liked art, she wondered how practical it would be as a career. She also had an interest in science, so her initial thought was to focus on marine biology. Bannish, who lives in … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Northampton Jazz Festival; art exhibits at Gallery A3 in Amherst and Oxbow and Hosmer galleries in Northampton

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ALL THAT JAZZ The fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival starts Sept. 2 with a performance by Giacomo Gates at the Northampton Jazz Workshop at 7:30 p.m. at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel. That will be followed on Sept. 3 and 4 by Jazz and Food nights, and on Sept. 5 by “The Northampton Jazz Strut,” when musicians perform in venues all over … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Eric Bennett will read from his new children’s book, “Noodles & Albie,” Aug. 22, 2 p.m. at the bookstore, in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. 534-7307 … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A MOST WANTED MAN: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. Stars Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Homayoun Ershadi. Rated R. BOYHOOD: Director Richard Linklater filmed this movie … 0

Ken Mairui’s Tuned In: Alottle at the Platinum Pony in Easthampton, and lots more Valley music this week

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The proprietors of little ol’ Popcorn Noir, an intimate Easthampton space that started off by showing free films and serving food and drink, always had bigger plans. They opened in 2011, expanded next door in 2012, and earlier … 0

Headliners: Setting Millay to music at Mocha Maya’s; Frank and Vinny at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Setting Millay to music Never hampshiremuch of a poetry reader, singer/songwriter Liz Queler shelved the book of verse by Edna St. Vincent Millay her mother-in-law had given her for her birthday a few years back and forgot about … 0

Your Time: Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference Fair, Amherst

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hundreds gathered at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst last weekend to learn about organic growing practices, visit with exhibitors and vendors, and enjoy an old-fashioned country fair. The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s 40th annual summer conference offered … 0

Photo gallery: Tradition: Still the bee’s knees

Thursday, August 14, 2014

OK, I know that photos of bees and butterflies on flowers are trite, at least in some circles. I try hard to avoid clichés when taking pictures, but when I saw this bee working coneflowers at the Northampton … 0

Art People: Greta Svalberg | painter

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Late on a Friday afternoon, a woman with a gaggle of young children in tow stopped into the A.P.E. Gallery on Northampton’s Main Street to look at an exhibit of works by artists John Moloney, Sam Gaskin and … 0

First Person: Groundhog Day

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I’ve spent some of these soft, summer evenings watching the sun’s last shine climb the green wall of trees on the east boundary of my property, and wishing I had a gun. I don’t own a gun so … 3

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: A fan request — ‘Night of the Lepus’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Watching horrible movies may be a thankless but necessary job — something akin to being a sanitation worker: You must clear out the stinkers to keep the general public safe. If someone comes forward and asks you to … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: All ‘Casablanca,” all the time

Thursday, August 7, 2014

PLAY IT AGAIN “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is one of my favorite movies, and I’ve seen it more times than I can count. I’ll get two more chances when Amherst Cinema shows the 1942 film on Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 13 at … 0