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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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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 … 0

Style Stop: Tara Brewster likes a pop of color

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Tara Brewster’s bright outfit as she was crossing the street in downtown Northampton while on break from her job at Jackson & Connor in Thornes Marketplace. Brewster, of Easthampton, said she loves to … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Northampton downtown sidewalk sales; musical fundraiser for Huntington’s Disease Program Fund in Amherst

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SHOP ’TIL YOU STOP Shopping is not, strictly speaking, art or entertainment. Northampton’s annual downtown sidewalk sales are a different story. Sure, shopkeepers set out their wares on long tables and racks on the sidewalks, creating a colorful … 0


Friday, July 25, 2014

United by religious faith... ...and a desire to minister to the community with their talents, Springfield’s Women of Faith Ensemble is a tight-knit group. “We laugh together, cry together, pray together and encourage each other in life as women of faith,” says Vanessa Ford, who founded the group … 0

Tuned In: Big rock show Monday at 13th Floor Music Lounge and other musical events this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monday night isn’t the typical time for a big rock show, but the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence won’t let the work week get in the way of a good time. Four energetic acts — Free Pizza, … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, July 24, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) Life Itself (R) Obvious Child (R) Snowpiercer (R) Venus In Furs (NR) Vertigo (PG) Wish I Was … 0

Working late in life, directors refuse to say cut

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Visiting a retired Frank Capra at his Sierra Nevada hideaway, Clint Eastwood was baffled. “I always thought: He could be making a film right now. He’s as lucid as could be. Here’s the great Frank Capra not doing … 0