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Deborah Foucault, who is the owner of Folcwald Gallery in Amherst, talks amid a show of work by Ruth and Svetozar Radakovich.

Art People: Deborah Foucault | gallery owner

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The inaugural exhibit of the Folcwald Gallery of Sculptural Art in Amherst represents a love story, a tale of courage and international intrigue and treasures of mid-20th-century American art. The story of the gallery’s creation by Deborah Foucault is no snoozer either. “Mid-Century Craft: A Tribute to Ruth and Svetozar Radakovich” is a retrospective of the work of one of …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Real Live Theatre’s ‘The Lion & The Clown’; Massachusetts Dance Festival at UMass Amherst

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES A faerie, a cursed woman who becomes a lion and a traveling circus are ingredients of Real Live Theatre’s world premiere play, “The Lion & The Clown: A Rumi Love Song for Beauty & The Beast,” written and directed by RLT co-founder Ellen Morbyme. It will be performed at The Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St. in Northampton Sept. 19-21, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: CBS’ ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Madam Secretary’; MHC’s Matisse exhibit

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SUNDAY NIGHT MUST-WATCHES The sixth season of the CBS legal drama “The Good Wife” opens Sunday. I’m in. What fan wouldn’t be? The show had us on pins and needles last season and it looks to be more of the same this year as Alicia Florrick is urged to run for state’s attorney. While I’m on my couch that night, I plan to …

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Valley Readings

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Judith Frank reads from her new novel, “All I Love and Know,” Sept. 8, 8 p.m., Amherst College Alumni House, Churchill St., Amherst. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Joe Gannon presents his …

Your Time: Three County Fair, Northampton

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Three County Fair in Northampton wrapped up Monday after four days of rides on the Ferris wheel, the Cliffhanger and the Wacky Worm, among others, in addition to attractions including livestock shows, tractor and truck pulls, demolition …

Movie listings

Thursday, September 4, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) Calvary (R) Frank (R) Land Ho! (R) The One I Love (R) The Trip to Italy (NR) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com Chef (R) …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: The Pikeys at ‘A Perfect Spot of Tea’; puppet shows at the Eric Carle Museum and Park Hill Orchard

Thursday, August 28, 2014

‘A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA’ I’m not sure if there’s such a thing as a last call for tea, but Aug. 30 is the last call for “A Perfect Spot of Tea,” the weekly summer gatherings on the veranda at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum in Hadley. Tea, pastries, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘Boyhood’; Northampton Jazz Festival

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A MOVIE GEM The best movie I’ve seen in a long time is “Boyhood,” about an ordinary, imperfect, loving family. Director Richard Linklater filmed the cast for a handful of days each year for 12 years to show the arc of change a family experiences. We see Ellar …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Iron Horse, and much, much more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes are Melbourne, Australia’s smartly dressed contribution to the world of retro soul (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), and they’ll bring their ’60s-influenced soul/spy/garage-pop to the Iron Horse in Northampton Friday …

Your Time: The Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee, Franklin County

Thursday, August 28, 2014

‘No matter how many times you do it, it’s always a shock.” That’s how Keith Cardoza of Jamaica Plain, a five-time veteran of the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnée, sums up the back-roads distance cycling event known more simply …