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Headliners: Lisa Downing at the Iron Horse in Northampton; ‘Detach’ at the Arts Block in Greenfield

Friday, August 29, 2014

The story on Liz Story... ...is that during her early years as a classically inclined, Juilliard-trained pianist she took a job playing in a southern California restaurant whose piano, lacking a music stand, required her to improvise. The improvisations gradually developed into compositions which in turn caught the ear of William Ackerman, founder of the New Age record label Windham Hill, who signed Story up in 1983. Proceeding along this path, she’s become one of the most prominent figures in New Age music, with a style that eludes categorization but in which “one hears echoes of Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Scott Joplin, the minimalist side of … 0

Art People: Elizabeth Bannish | printmaker, illustrator

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elizabeth Bannish wasn’t sure what she’d major in when she arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much as she liked art, she wondered how practical it would be as a career. She also had an interest in science, so her initial thought was to focus on marine biology. Bannish, who lives in … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Northampton Jazz Festival; art exhibits at Gallery A3 in Amherst and Oxbow and Hosmer galleries in Northampton

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ALL THAT JAZZ The fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival starts Sept. 2 with a performance by Giacomo Gates at the Northampton Jazz Workshop at 7:30 p.m. at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel. That will be followed on Sept. 3 and 4 by Jazz and Food nights, and on Sept. 5 by “The Northampton Jazz Strut,” when musicians perform in venues all over … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Zydeco Connection at Westhampton Public Library; reread ‘All the President’s Men’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ZYDECO CONNECTION Cajun-inspired music sounds great year-round, but it’s especially awesome in summer. Zydeco Connection brings its infectious rhythms to the Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, on Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Field of Dreams Concert Series. Rain site is Town Hall. 527-5386 … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Boyhood’ at Amherst Cinema; Ray Mason at Thirsty Mind

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BOYHOOD BANDWAGON The critics have gone batty over the Richard Linklater movie “Boyhood,” in which the director filmed the same actors for 12 years to tell the story of a boy as he grows from age 6 to 18. Words like “wondrous,” “visionary,” and “transporting” have been bandied … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Soul Rebels at Iron Horse in Northampton and other musical happenings in the Valley

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Orleans brass bands are good for the soul, and one of that city’s most celebrated funky ensembles, the aptly named Soul Rebels, will take over the room at the Iron Horse in Northampton Thursday at 8:30 p.m. … 0

Movie listings

Thursday, July 31, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Alive Inside (NR) Begin Again (R) Boyhood (R) Casablanca (PG) Il Sorpasso (NR) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALIVE INSIDE: Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken health care system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bears: A documentary, narrated by John C. Reilly, that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Rated G. Breathe In: When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate … 0

‘Masters’ exposes a myth of masculinity

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It turns out that the pioneering sex researcher William Masters in “Masters of Sex” is most exposed when cloaked in a plush white bathrobe. The July 27 episode of the highly praised Showtime drama had viewers more on … 0

Photo Gallery: Tunnel of fun

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Whenever I get an assignment to photograph at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, there’s a good chance I’ll be trekking down the Old Coach Road Trail with a bunch of kids. The trail cuts through a swell in … 0

Style Stop: Dawn Artioli — going with the trends

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dawn Artioli was perusing sales in downtown Northampton on a recent afternoon when her glittery top caught the eye of the Style Stop team. The Wilbraham resident told us she’s all about staying up-to-date with what’s “in.” She … 0

Book Bag: “When Paris Went Dark” by Ronald C. Rossbottom; “50 Best Hikes in New England” by Marty Basch

Thursday, August 7, 2014

WHEN PARIS WENT DARK: THE CITY OF LIGHT UNDER GERMAN OCCUPATION, 1940-1944 By Ronald C. Rosbottom Little, Brown and Company Ronald Rosbottom, a longtime professor of French and European studies at Amherst College, has been a frequent visitor … 0