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Alexandra Markiewicz of Belchertown with one of her works in charcoal

Art Maker: Alexandra Markiewicz | charcoal artist

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Alexandra Markiewicz, 29, of Belchertown, calls herself an “emerging artist with a passion for everything.” That includes, but is not limited to, charcoal, painting and photography. She is intensely interested, she writes in an artist’s statement, in people — specifically in making portraits of people — which she supposes “came from my passion for variety and constant motion. In people …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Ms. Lisa Fischer at the Calvin; Pioneer Valley Symphony at Deerfield Academy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TAKING CENTER STAGE Anyone who saw “Twenty Feet From Stardom” had no doubt that the backup singers featured in the 2014 documentary had the chops to take center stage. One of those powerhouse singers, Lisa Fischer, will do just that Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. Her set list includes songs from many of the headliners she once supported, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Dance Generators; Randy Kaplan concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TRULY INTER-GENERATIONAL Since 1997, the Northampton-based Dance Generators has presented shows by dancers who range in age from their teens to well into their 80s. They wear comfortable clothes. They don’t look like the stereotypical dancers. But they dance up a storm. And that’s the point. For nearly two decades, Dance Generators has defied stereotypes about aging, one plié at a time. The …

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Headliners: The ‘24-Hour Theater Project’; ‘St. John Passion’ with Arcadia Players

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Creative hysteria “Bigger than ever and never better!” declares Elizabeth Foley, coordinator of the ‘24-Hour Theater Project,’ which this year is set to unfold in the commodious space of Smith College’s Theatre 14. It all starts Friday at …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: The pointless 1984 remake of ‘Where the Boys Are’

Thursday, March 12, 2015

We’ve all had enough of snow and ice this winter, so let’s head down to Ft. Lauderdale for spring break. Remember “Where the Boys Are”? Rest easy, I’m not going to trash that old chestnut, which I can …

Movie Times

Thursday, March 12, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (NR) Daily 7:25, 9:45; Sun. also 2:25 Godard Spring Series: Contempt (NR) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT: In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. Stars Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, …

Modernizing ‘Cinderella’ with humanity and the right stars

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Everyone knows the tale of Cinderella. The story of the beautiful girl who is forced into servitude by a wicked stepfamily, transformed for a night by magic, and saved by a nameless prince has been around for centuries. …

New on DVD

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Annie: A foster kid (Quvenzhané Wallis) sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Also stars Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale. Rated …

Book Bag: ‘Du Bois In Our Time’ edited by Loretta Yarlow; ‘A Kiss From Thermopylae: Emily Dickinson and Law’ by James R. Guthrie

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DU BOIS IN OUR TIME Edited by Loretta Yarlow University of Massachusetts Press www.umass.edu/umpress In the fall of 2013, the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst opened a special exhibit to mark …

Valley Readings

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Victoria Aveyard reads from her debut novel, “Red Queen, Friday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. 534-7307  Jennifer Trainer Thompson, …

Your Time: Purim celebration at the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Iron Horse Music Hall has been home to an eclectic array of entertainment — from chamber music, to jazz, to folk to rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a good bet that Horse founders Jordi Herold and John Riley …