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Paul Dennis practices Friday, Oct. 3, in Totman Gym at UMass.

Art Maker: Paul Dennis | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paul Dennis, 49, is an assistant professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A former member of the José Limon Dance Company in New York City, Dennis has brought many a fellow professional dancer to work with the University Dancers, which he directs. He just returned from Italy, where he was a guest performer at the White Night …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘75%+ReUse’ art show in Northampton; Matthew Shipp/Darius Jones Duo at UMass

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reduce, reuse, recycle More than 25 local artists answered a call from the Northampton Reuse Committee to create artwork using recycled materials. On Oct. 18, they’ll gather at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton, for “75%+ReUse,” a show and sale of those items. And there’s more: a Halloween costume exchange, an art material depot for donations, workshops, artists’ demonstrations …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Open house at Yiddish Book Center in Amherst; Mead Reads: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

Thursday, October 16, 2014

YIDDISH BOOK CENTER It happens. You’ve always meant to visit a well-known place in your own backyard but never quite do. For anyone who’s never made it to the well-known Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, there’s an open house Oct. 19, with tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aaron Lansky, the center’s president and founder, will give a talk at 1:30 p.m. …

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Book Bag: ‘Gray’s Sporting Journal’s Noble Birds and Wily Trout’ by Will Ryan; ‘Sherwood Nation’ by Benjamin Parzybok

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GRAY’S SPORTING JOURNAL’S NOBLE BIRDS AND WILY TROUT By Will Ryan Lyons Press/Globe Pequot Press Will Ryan, a longtime writing teacher at Hampshire College, is also a veteran contributor to outdoor publications like Field & Stream and American …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: David Hartsough presents his new memoir, “Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist,” Oct. 7, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, 247 Main St., Northampton. 586-4235  Suzanne Strempek …

Movie listings

Thursday, October 2, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Jimi: All is By My Side (R) Love Is Strange (R) Memphis (NR) My Old Lady (PG-13) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com Annabelle (R) A Walk …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ANNABELLE: A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists. Stars Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard. Rated R. A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES: Private investigator …

Style Stop: Colleen Barry

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Colleen Barry’s funky hair and bright dress from all the way across Main Street in Northampton. Barry, of Pelham, was on her way to The Green Bean to celebrate her 26th birthday with …

ID: Pandora Redwin

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pandora Redwin grew up on a little farm in Ashfield, and later, she says, “had a lot of fabulous adventures out in the world before returning to western Mass.” She is developing a nonprofit organization called The Play …

Art people: Jeffrey Gatrall/painter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gatrall once studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy and Scotland, and considered trying for a career as an artist. It didn’t work out quite that way, though he found creative work …

First Person: Inner thoughts, interior lives

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Posted on the window of Waterstone’s Books, Trafalgar Square, London: Words cannot do justice to the pleasures of a good bookshop. Ironically. - To tell the truth, most words cannot do justice to much of what’s going on …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Before You Become Improbable’ at Dickinson Museum; UMass Multiband Pops Concert

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A WALK WITH EMILY There’s always something going at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst. It’s a fabulous resource that lends itself to musical performances, poetry readings (of course) and other events. But here’s a new one: “Before You Become Improbable,” an interactive theatrical adventure that takes audience …