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Christina Svane in her Blue Guitar Dance Studio

Art maker: Christina Svane | dancer/choreographer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christina Svane says she always knew she wanted to dance. Born in San Francisco in 1954, she came east for college, then moved to New York City where she danced professionally. She toured Europe with Steve Paxton, founder of Contact Improvisation, and taught at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Svane, who lives in Florence, moved …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: 2014: Year of the frowny face

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This year winds down with a unique distinction. Congratulations, 2014. Your grim news, replete with plagues and bombs and occasional beheadings, has made you the first year in history to be forever written with an emoticon. From now on, this waning, woeful year will be written as 2014 :( But just before 2015! begins, let’s have a last cringe from all the events …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Old Deerfield Productions’ ‘A Christmas Carol’; East Street Ballet’s ‘Winter Dances’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SCROOGED! It’s been five years since Old Deerfield Productions presented Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and I, for one, am glad they decided to bring it back. That first production was a beast to pull off, says artistic director Linda McInerney, put pull it off they did. One highlight worth the repeat (and there are many) is the chance to see Hollywood veteran …

Bookbag

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DAMN! A CULTURAL HISTORY OF SWEARING IN MODERN AMERICA By Rob Chirico Pitchstone Publishing robchirico.homestead.com Is there a place left in the world today for a Renaissance man? Or is the 21st century — awash in tweets and …

Valley Readings

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST WOMAN’S CLUB: Susan Snively reads from “The Heart Has Many Doors,” her new novel about Emily Dickinson, Wednesday, 5 p.m., 35 Triangle St., Amherst. EDWARDS PUBLIC LIBRARY: Suzanne Strempek Shea …

Your Time: Christmas Parade, Florence

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Christmas Parade has been marking the start of the holiday season in Florence for 25 years. As marchers gathered last Saturday to wend their way along Main Street, they were joined by clowns, Shriners with their tiny …

Movie listings

Thursday, December 4, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Fiddler on the Roof (G) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (PG) The Theory of Everything …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BIG HERO 6: A special bond develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (the voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (the voice of Ryan Potter), when they team up with a group of friends to form a …

‘Boyhood’ wins best film of 2014 honor from N.Y. Film Critics Circle

Thursday, December 4, 2014

‘Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s acclaimed coming-of-age drama shot over a 12-year period, was named best film of 2014 on Monday by the New York Film Critics Circle. “Boyhood” also won awards for director Linklater and supporting actress for Patricia …

Fans go wild over 88-second ‘Star Wars’ teaser

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a helmetless storm trooper appeared in frame, panicked and sweaty in the middle of vast desert landscape, kicking off the first official look at “Star Wars: The Force …

Style Stop: Will Brideau

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Style Stop team didn’t realize when they spotted Will Brideau in downtown Northampton that he was dressed for just another day at work. Brideau, 29, is the owner of Jackson & Connor, a shop in Thornes Marketplace …

ID: Al Williams

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Al Williams, executive director of Northampton Community Television, has spent most of his life in western Massachusetts. Born in Detroit, he moved here when he was 4, when his father’s work brought the family to the area. He …

Chef’s Best: Dressing up a simple hash for Christmas brunch

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sure, you could do pancakes or muffins, just as you have so many years before. But maybe this year you should consider stepping up your Christmas brunch offerings. Maybe this year you could consider a baked hash made …