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Rob Kimmel works on a watercolor, "Persea," in his Florence studio for an upcoming Mill Arts Project, "Mothholes."

Art Maker: Rob Kimmel |painter, curator

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florence artist Rob Kimmel, 44, is busy these days, curating art shows: There’s a group show, “Horns to Tale,” on view through the end of June at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton in which a dozen artists have created monsters and animals and fantastical beings. Another group show, “Mothholes,” will open in September at the MAP space in Eastworks in …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Inside Out’ at Cinemark, Tower Theaters; Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe at Porter-Phelps Museum

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UPSIDE DOWN It was Father’s Day and my family wanted to see the new Pixar movie, “Inside Out.” I’m not that into animated films, but I put on my game face. At least there’ll be popcorn, I thought. To my surprise, I loved this movie about a girl whose life is uprooted when her family moves. Her emotions — Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Roz Chast exhibit; ‘Northampton Family Fourth’

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CARTOONS TO LIVE BY I, for one, think an exhibit of Roz Chast cartoons is well worth a summer drive to Stockbridge. Lots of people love her New Yorker cartoons. I couldn’t put down her hilarious and profound memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant,” about her parents’ decline in their elder years, their loss of independence and death. How, you ask, …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: And The Kids and Parsonsfield at Gateway City Arts; Debbie Davies at Iron Horse

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ROCK ‘N ROLL, BEER AND BBQ When And The Kids and Parsonsfield play Friday at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, it might not technically be rock ‘n’ roll. But in spirit, the iconoclastic Northampton pop band and the high-energy acoustic quintet from Connecticut definitely bring a rock vibe. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Shokazoba celebrates new CD at Bishop’s Lounge, plus other music happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, June 11, 2015

“Afrobeat is the perfect vehicle to drop a heavy message in an uplifting way,” said Jason Moses, keyboardist/percussionist/vocalist for the Northampton ensemble Shokazoba. Last month the Afrobeat-inspired band released its new album, “One Destiny,” and will celebrate with …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: In the “I” of an introvert

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Let me introduce myself: Hi! I’m Rich and I’m an introvert. And proud of it. In fact, I think the world needs more people like me. Every day, we are bombarded by stories about the electronic social media. It seems the whole world is “getting together,” tweeting and …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘Can’t Stop the Music’ — no literally, it’s neverending

Thursday, June 11, 2015

In the late 1970s, movie executives decided that pairing Olivia Newton John and Gene Kelly would make for must-see cinema. The result was the dreadful but endearing “Xanadu” (see my column of Sept. 12). Lo and behold, it …

Movie times

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Far From the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 1:45, 7; Sat. no 1:45; Mon. no 7 I’ll See You in My Dreams (PG-13) Daily 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 11:20 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to the planet’s mightiest heroes to stop the villainous …

Brian Wilson’s music genius, mental issues are focus of film

Thursday, June 11, 2015

With a shuffling gait and wearing jeans, sneakers and a blue plaid shirt that matches his eyes, Brian Wilson is at the center of a Hollywood whirlwind. This day, he’s been rushing to screenings, giving interviews and posing …

New on DVD

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Beyond the Reach: A high-rolling corporate shark and his impoverished young guide play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert. Stars Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine, Martin Palmer. Rated R. Chappie: In the near …

Book Bag: ‘Tales of a Wayside Community’ by Frances Henry; ‘You Can Always Change Your Mind: Stories’ by Linda Barnes-Aaron; ‘Reaching for Air’ by Gayle Lauradunn

Thursday, June 11, 2015

TALES OF A WAYSIDE COMMUNITY By Frances Henry East Branch Press eastbranchpress.com When Frances Henry moved to western Massachusetts in the early 1980s, two of the first people she met were Harry and Evelyn Guyette, longtime Plainfield dairy …

Valley Readings

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: NORTH CHESTER ASSOCIATION: The North Chester Association hosts its annual poetry reading Sunday, 4 p.m., North Chester Chapel, off East River Road, on North Chester Road. Potluck picnic follows. 667-8787 NORTH …