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Emery Henderson at Northampton High School, Sept. 3.

Art Maker: Emery Henderson | Actor

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It’s what every actor dreams of: jobs piling up, one after the other. So, it’s probably safe to say that the last six months have been a dream-come-true for Emery Henderson of Southampton. During that time, the 16-year-old junior at Northampton High School performed in “One Slight Hitch” at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield and “This Is Our Youth” at her school’s Black Box Theater; she made her debut at New Century Theatre in Northampton in “The Little Foxes” and with The Theater Truck’s “Emily Dickinson Project”; and then she returned to the Majestic for its summer children’s theater season. Now that her schedule …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Yo ho (a pirate’s life for me)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

When we were kids, my aunt Eileen used to tell us that the Driscolls are descended from Irish pirates. I assumed she was spicing up our family history to give her nieces and nephews a little thrill. But I later learned from an Irish history professor that our ancestors did, in fact, run …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Were those the arms of an angel?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

There was a time when I would give wide berth to someone walking toward me on a street, gesticulating and talking out loud. These days, though, I think nothing of it: It’s probably just someone conversing on a cellphone, equipped with Bluetooth technology. (If I don’t spot that little microphone, though, I still might make a beeline for the other side of the …

Book Bag: ‘Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story’ by David Maraniss; ‘The True Story of the Clarks (1837-1955): A Cutlery Village Family’ by Elizabeth Anne Banas

Thursday, September 17, 2015

ONCE IN A GREAT CITY: A DETROIT STORY By David Maraniss Simon & Schuster www.davidmaraniss.com Today, Detroit has become a synonym for urban decay, the hollowing out of once-vibrant manufacturing industries, and political corruption. But in the early …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BARNES & NOBLE: Local Authors Night will be held next Friday at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, Mountain Farms Mall, Hadley. Featured will be Corey Jay Hudson, Gene O’Niel, Christine …

Movie times

Thursday, September 17, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Aparajito (NR) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 Grandma (R) Daily 2:30, 4:45, 7:30, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 12:20 Learning to Drive (R) Daily 2:15, 4:30, 7:15, 9:25; Sat.-Sun. also 12:05 Meru (R) …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

ANT-MAN: Director Peyton Reed’s tale of a tiny super hero. Armed with suit that provides the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, a con man, Scott Lang, must embrace his inner hero and help his …

Art Maker: Stephanie Kellogg | Ballerina

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Stephanie Kellogg is a devoted ballerina. The 23-year-old Chesterfield resident typically takes class most mornings, then teaches 14 classes a week (pre-ballet through intermediate levels) at Pioneer Valley Ballet in Easthampton. She’s also just entered what she calls …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Rolling (and hiking and biking) in dough

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Now that food has surpassed sex as our nation’s prime passion, many are seeking its pleasures in novel ways. Mere eating is no longer enough. To be a true “foodie,” one must talk about food, write or blog about food, read about food, dream about food, and stockpile …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Flying saucer shenanigans

Thursday, September 10, 2015

While most of you readers were traveling or having cookouts, I spent part of Labor Day weekend in Exeter, New Hampshire, at a UFO celebration: It seems that on Sept. 3, 1965, there were well-documented sightings of UFOs …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Five College New Music Festival; ‘Before You Become Improbable’

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NEW MUSIC The Five College New Music Festival takes over Bezanson Recital Hall at UMass this weekend, with world premieres, music by area faculty composers, electro-acoustic works and pieces by modern masters of the 20th and 21st centuries. Top that off with a new work by Polina Nazaykinskaya, …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Jazz fires up Valley; Valley bands go at it

Thursday, September 10, 2015

JAZZ IN SEPTEMBER We’re on the musical cusp: from summer festivals back to halls and clubs. The growing list of indoor music events this week shows how the scene revs up with the return of students and their discretionary dollars. Personally, my money is on a free event …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Deconstructing ‘Rubber Soul’; Northampton Jazz Festival

Thursday, September 10, 2015

DRIVE MY CAR Fifty years ago, the Beatles went into the studio and began putting together what’s considered one of their finest albums, “Rubber Soul.” Composer, sound engineer and confirmed Beatlemaniac Scott Freiman, who’s offered behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of other Fab Four discs, now does the …