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Movie times

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 45 Years (R) Daily 1:55, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45; Sat.-Sun. 11:15 a.m. 2016 Animated Oscar Shorts (NR) Daily 4:35; Sat. also 9:05; Sat., Mon., Wed. also 1:30, Sun. also 11:25 a.m. 2016 Live Action Oscar Shorts (NR) Daily 6:40, Sun., Tues., Thurs. also 1:30; Sat. also 2:05 Anomalisa (R) Daily 4:15, 9:35; Tues. …

Art Maker: Jan Ruby-Crystal |Painter

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Before she could even walk, Jan Ruby-Crystal had already started to paint. That early interest, she says, blossomed into a life-long love of painting. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a master’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, both in fine arts, then followed that with …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Campaign-English Dictionary: A translation for Orwellian times

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Let the trumpets sound! Let the bloviating blow! The first votes of the endless campaign of 2012-2016 have been cast! And as the contest continues, let my Campaign-English Dictionary help you translate campaign-speak into English. When last seen in these parts, my CED offered some 200 definitions of key campaign buzzwords. Among them: tea party n spontaneous political party, bankrolled by billionaires, consisting …

James Heflin’s Best Bets: Austin and Elliott at Luthiers Co-Op; opening reception for ‘Question Bridge: Black Males’ at UMCA

Thursday, January 21, 2016

DARK BANJO It’s not a term you hear often: “dark folk.” Particularly when banjos are involved. But that’s in part how Austin and Elliott describe their duo, which brings “tunes of want and woe” to Easthampton’s Luthiers Co-Op Thursday from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Subjects include cursed towns, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Weather Station at the Iron Horse, and much more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Recently I was driving home, late on a blustery 15-degree night, with clouds sailing fast past the moon above. Inside my car, the heat was cranked, and so was “Loyalty,” the newest album by The Weather Station, the …

Book Bag: ‘The Evening Spider’ by Emily Arsenault; ‘Silent’s Teacher’ by Peggy Winnett

Thursday, January 21, 2016

THE EVENING SPIDER By Emily Arsenault William Morrow/HarperCollins emilyarsenault.com Shelburne Falls novelist Emily Arsenault, who’s penned a number of mysteries noted for their multi-layered characters and flashes of dry humor, offers a more chilling tone in her newest …

Valley Readings

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Jacqueline Sheehan reads from her new novel, “The Center of the World,” Sunday, 3 p.m., at the bookstore, 247 Main St., Northampton. 586-4235 FORBES LIBRARY: Novelist Ruth Ozeki, author …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Basket case

Thursday, January 21, 2016

One of my Saturday assignments recently was to photograph the “Just Because” sale at the Northampton Senior Center. Tables were laden with a host of items — from shower curtains and holiday cards to craft kits and brand-new …

Movie times

Thursday, January 21, 2016

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Anomalisa (R) Daily 1:40, 4:440, 7:20, 9:45; Sat.-Sun. also 10:45 a.m. Brooklyn (PG-13) Daily 1:50, 7:05; Sat.-Sun. also 10:55 a.m. Carol (R) Daily 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30; Sun. also 11:05 a.m., no 1:30; Thurs. no 6:50 The Danish Girl (R) …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, January 7, 2016

THE 5TH WAVE: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. Also stars Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez. Rated …

Your Time: ‘Take and Eat’ program, Our Lady of the Valley parish, Easthampton

Thursday, January 21, 2016

At 7 a.m. last Saturday, a steady rain fell as volunteers filtered into the kitchen at Our Lady of the Valley, located behind the former Sacred Heart School in Easthampton. But, on the other side of the door, …

Art Maker: Heather Williams | Actor

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Heather Williams, 38, of Florence joined her high school drama club back in the 9th grade — and says, “I was hooked.” All through high school, she performed onstage or in the orchestra (she plays the clarinet), as …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Living in an immaterial world

Thursday, January 14, 2016

‘What I miss,” said my husband, Bill, “is materiality.” He didn’t mean materialism, the need to acquire more and more objects, nor was he talking about the 2015 Kentucky Derby winner. Rather, he was talking about the loss of contact with the objects in our lives. We were …