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Lois Barber works in the studio of her Amherst home.

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says she’s begun the transition away from full-time work and toward a growing focus on another of her passions: making art. “Birdz of …

Valley Readings

Friday, July 3, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Diana Whitney. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Louisa Hall reads from her new novel, “Speak,” Monday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, in …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the jewel amid the chaos. This time, I chose a background and waited for a good …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”; the Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Whatever happened to Alice? Amherst Cinema screens Martin Scorsese’s fourth film (and his only movie about the inner life of a woman) — 1974’s “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” Praised by critics and movie-going audiences, the film stars Ellen Burstyn, who won an Academy Award, and Kris Kristofferson. …

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 …