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Author Dusty Miller of Belchertown.

Art People: Dusty Miller | writer

Thursday, July 24, 2014

When she was growing up, Dusty Miller loved reading fiction, and she loved writing. She imagined she might be a writer when she was older. Miller did end up writing, though as an outgrowth of her career as a psychotherapist and educator. Among a number of titles, her 1994 book, “Women Who Hurt Themselves,” has sold pretty steadily over the … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: New Century Theatre’s ‘Clybourne Park’; Double Edge Theatre’s ‘Shahrazad’; Silverthorn Theater’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PROVOCATIVE PLAY Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for “Clybourne Park,” which also won a Tony Award that year for Best Play. Impressive credentials, and it’s a good bet that New Century Theatre’s production that opened earlier this month shines. The action in this funny and provocative play spans 50 years, from 1959 when residents in a Chicago neighborhood try to … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Filmmaker Ken Burns compares notes with creator of ‘House of Cards’; ‘Moonstruck’ at Pothole Pictures

Thursday, July 24, 2014

COMPARE AND CONTRAST Separately, each one would be good. But together — this should be great. Filmmaker Ken Burns, whose latest project is “The Roosevelts,” and Beau Willion, creator of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” team up for “Comparing and Contrasting the Roosevelts and the Underwoods.” A talk about history’s greats and TV’s evildoers has endless possibilities. July 27, 2 p.m., at … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Grace Kelly at UMass; artist reception at Gallery A3 in Amherst

Thursday, July 10, 2014

SUMMERTIME! I was so disappointed when a wintertime concert at UMass by the brilliant jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly was canceled due to a miserable snowstorm. Then I was thrilled to learn that Kelly rescheduled, and will perform July 11 at 8 p.m. at the UMass Fine Arts Center. … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Talk: ‘Contemporary Northampton in 2030’; Free Fun Friday at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON 2030 What better setting than Historic Northampton for a talk about the city’s future with Carolyn Misch, Northampton’s senior land use planner and permits manager? Misch’s talk, titled “Contemporary Northampton in 2030,” will focus on plans for the city’s future transportation, green infrastructure, open spaces and urban … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Rolling Stones cover band; Lyell Castonguay’s woodcuts

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GET YER YA YA’S OUT The Rolling Stones aren’t getting any younger — Mick Jagger turns 71 this month — but their alter egos in “Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show” evoke the venerable British rockers in their glory days of the 1960s and 1970s. The cover band has … 0

Movie listings

Thursday, July 10, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) Citizen Kane (PG) Obvious Child (R) Snowpiercer (R) Words & Pictures (PG-13) CINEMARK AT HAMPSHIRE MALL 267 … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 3, 2014

22 jump street: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum )when they go deep undercover at a local college. Also stars Ice Cube. … 0

Movement pro transforms actors into apes on film

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Terry Notary is Hollywood’s human shape-shifter. In a blink, he can become an elf, an ape or almost any other moving creature. An expert in motion-capture performance, he specializes in bringing non-human characters to life on screen. He’s … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Face of Love: A widow falls for a guy who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband. Stars Amy Brenneman, Robin Williams, Ed Harris. Rated PG-13. Open Grave: A man wakes up in the wilderness, in … 0

Book Bag

Thursday, July 10, 2014

ALL I LOVE AND KNOW By Judith Frank William Morrow/Harper Collins Publishers facebook.com/judithfrankauthor The trigger to “All I Love and Know,” the new novel by Judith Frank, could have sprung from today’s headlines. Matt and Daniel, a gay … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: FLYING OBJECT: Elaine Kahn and Sara Nicholson read from their work July 15, 8 p.m., Flying Object, 42 West St., Hadley. 387-0333. MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE: Deborah Harkness, author of “The Book … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Maxwell Hughes at the Montague Bookmill and other gigs in the Valley

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two hands and a six-string acoustic guitar. Maxwell Hughes starts with those average implements and builds music that lives in the same neighborhood as creative greats like Michael Hedges, Kaki King and Tommy Emmanuel. Hughes uses alternate tunings … 0