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Valley Readings

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Daryl Brown reads from his memoir, “Inside the Godfather: Never Before Told Stories of James Brown by His Inner Circle,” Aug. 4, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Stephen Schottenfeld reads from his new novel, “Bluff City Pawn,” Aug. 5, 7 p.m., at the … 0

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 met up with the bartender, Jeff, actually an old friend from our days at the … 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 (Michael Douglas) enlists the help of his neighbor (Diane Keaton) when he’s suddenly left in … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Old Deerfield Productions’ ‘Frankenstein’; ‘Free Fun Friday’ at Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TAKE IT TO THE BANK Inspired by the Gothic features of the former First National Bank building in Greenfield, Old Deerfield Productions created an original adaptation of “Frankenstein,” to be performed in the space, with a script by Lindel Hart, who also plays the Creature. Don’t expect a … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Disney’s ‘Frozen’, free in Easthampton; ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, July 17, 2014

‘FROZEN’ A summer night, a starry sky, a great movie — what could be better? Easthampton’s outdoors movie night on July 19 screens “Frozen,” Disney’s computer-animated musical fantasy featuring lots of snow and ice in a story about love and family, two sisters, a mountain man, a reindeer … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide’ at the Ko Festival in Amherst; Chris Bohjalian talks about his new novel at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

YO MISS! Actress, radio producer and educator Judith Sloan spent 15 years teaching in schools and jails, where she got an introduction to hip-hop culture, rapper Immortal Technique and the tragic lives of some students. Sloan recalls those experiences, as well as her own family history, in her … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Everyone’s got a favorite

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On a recent quiet, midweek evening, I stopped by the Tunnel Bar on Strong Avenue in Northampton. Kathleen was behind the bar, and I asked her what her favorite cocktail is. A Coconut Basil Gimlet, she told me, … 0

Book Bag: Suzanne Strepek Shea’s ‘This is Paradise’; Dennis Gildea’s ‘Hoop Crazy’

Thursday, July 17, 2014

THIS IS PARADISE By Suzanne Strempek Shea PFP Publishing www.suzannestrempekshea.com If Mags Riordan had given up on life, many people might have understood. The Irish native lost her first child, a 4-month-old daughter, in a freak auto accident … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: FLYING OBJECT: Readings by Jane Lewty, Zachary Schomburg, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, John Beer and Abraham Smith July 23, 8 p.m., 42 West Street, Hadley. 387-0333 FORBES LIBRARY: Dusty Miller reads from … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Bear Hands play catchy pop at Pearl Street, and other music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pop music’s clothes keep changing but the form underneath is the same — it has to be catchy, the song needs hooks, your ears need to be grabbed. And “Giants,” a single from Brooklyn band Bear Hands, grabs … 0

Your Time: Holyoke Canoe Club, Holyoke

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Holyoke Canoe Club, on Old Ferry Road, has changed over the years — but kept its name. Founded 125 years ago by local sportsmen interested in canoe racing, the club today offers swimming, tennis and boating, along … 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) For No Good Reason (R) Life Itself (R) Obvious Child (R) Snowpiercer (R) Words & Pictures (PG-13) … 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