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Rochelle Schicoff with "Attend Unseen" from an exhibit of her photomontages, "It Came to Pass," at the Jewish Community of Amherst

Art People: Rochelle Shicoff | painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rochelle Shicoff thinks of herself mainly as a painter. And yet, her exhibit “It Came to Pass,” on view through Oct. 31 at the Jewish Community of Amherst, features photomontages; the images are mostly sacred items housed in old synagogues on the Lower East Side of New York City. The Orthodox shuls (synagogues), some grand and restored, others simple rooms … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Last Week with John Oliver’; Pauline Productions’ ‘Collected Stories’

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Breaking news, at a snail’s pace Let’s face it, lots of folks depend on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for their news fix. But, there’s a drawback for really, really busy people: It’s, well, daily. So how great is it that former “Daily Show” stringer, comedian and political satirist John Oliver, has done away with that bothersome “immediacy of the news” concept … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘A Genius for Place’ at Wistariahurst; talk at Historic Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

‘A GENIUS FOR PLACE’ Last call for an intriguing photo exhibit at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke. “A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era” showcases homes and landscapes that were created, beginning in the 1890s, by families who were using their new fortunes to construct rural retreats. Among them: Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., Winterthur in Delaware, and Naumkeag in … 0

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Barhopping: Who’s your daddy?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fitzwilly’s and its signature cocktail — the Daddy I Don’t Wanna Drink This — are celebrating their 40th birthday this year, so I stopped by the establishment at 23 Main St. in Northampton to take a taste. I … 0

Photo Gallery: ... But they don’t look under the weather

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I’m sure there’s an official explanation for this sign in a plot outside the University of Massachusetts Laboratory of Medical Zoology in Amherst. But it could just be the brainchild of a few overly protective gardeners. — Kevin … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: tinydance project’s tiny tour; Rock Choir sings Motown at the Academy of Music in Northampton

Thursday, July 31, 2014

GOOD THING, SMALL PACKAGE Kelly Silliman, creator of the tinydance project, kicks off a one-week tiny tour of the area with performances Aug. 8 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St. She and Liv Fauver will perform … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets

Thursday, July 31, 2014

‘REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I’ The lessons of World War I are as relevant today as they are sobering. On Aug. 3, a commemoration recalling the art, poetry and literature of that cataclysmic event, including excerpts from journals, letters and memoirs by soldiers and those on the home front, … 0

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘Chef’ a tender, funny movie; ‘Sound of Music’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SUMMER MOVIES The movies out this summer are fantastic. One that surprised me with its warmth and depth was “Chef,” which does a hilarious send-up of the influence of Twitter on today’s society — both its good and bad points. But my favorite part of the movie was … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Northern Routes New Music Festival is a who’s who of largely New England-based experimental musicians, packing as many creative talents as possible into two days of performances at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem, Friday from 4 … 0

Your Time Circus Smirkus, Northampton

Thursday, July 31, 2014

‘Anchors Away for Atlantis,” the Circus Smirkus 2014 Big Top tour, stopped in Northampton for two days this week for shows at the Three County Fairgrounds. The theme for this year’s show was the vastness of the ocean … 0

Movie listings

Thursday, July 31, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) The French Connection (R) Obvious Child (R) The Sound of Music (G) Wish I Was Here (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 … 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. AND SO IT GOES: A self-centered Realtor … 0

Book review: ‘Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!’ a hard-charging history of rock ‘n’ roll

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In 1954, Bill Haley shook, rattled and rolled. In 2003, Beyonce went crazy in love. That’s two pop stars, among the biggest of their time, using similar language (and similar grooves) to describe more or less the same … 0