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Valley Readings

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Daryl Brown reads from his memoir, “Inside the Godfather: Never Before Told Stories of James Brown by His Inner Circle,” Aug. 4, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Stephen Schottenfeld reads from his new novel, “Bluff City Pawn,” Aug. 5, 7 p.m., at the … 0

Barhopping: Who’s your daddy?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fitzwilly’s and its signature cocktail — the Daddy I Don’t Wanna Drink This — are celebrating their 40th birthday this year, so I stopped by the establishment at 23 Main St. in Northampton to take a taste. I met up with the bartender, Jeff, actually an old friend from our days at the … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A MOST WANTED MAN: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. Stars Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Homayoun Ershadi. Rated R. AND SO IT GOES: A self-centered Realtor (Michael Douglas) enlists the help of his neighbor (Diane Keaton) when he’s suddenly left in … 0

ID: Bill Johnson, artist, furniture and cabinet maker

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bill Johnson runs a woodworking and remodeling business in Amherst, where he creates custom furniture, built-­ins and cabinetry. An artist and former sculpture instructor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, he expanded his business when he moved back … 0

Art People — Rita Bleiman | writer

Thursday, July 10, 2014

As a Northampton city councilor from 2000 to 2006, Rita Bleiman served her adopted hometown, though at a cost. Years of measuring every word she spoke affected her writing, she says, and not for the better. “You’re always … 0

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Looking for the Fouke Monster in ‘The Legend of Boggy Creek’

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gordon Lightfoot comes to the Calvin Theatre on Sunday and he’ll probably sing about the Edmund Fitzgerald whose “legend lives on from the Chippewa on down.” By contrast, there’s “The Legend of Boggy Creek,” which will probably live … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Grace Kelly at UMass; artist reception at Gallery A3 in Amherst

Thursday, July 10, 2014

SUMMERTIME! I was so disappointed when a wintertime concert at UMass by the brilliant jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly was canceled due to a miserable snowstorm. Then I was thrilled to learn that Kelly rescheduled, and will perform July 11 at 8 p.m. at the UMass Fine Arts Center. … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Talk: ‘Contemporary Northampton in 2030’; Free Fun Friday at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON 2030 What better setting than Historic Northampton for a talk about the city’s future with Carolyn Misch, Northampton’s senior land use planner and permits manager? Misch’s talk, titled “Contemporary Northampton in 2030,” will focus on plans for the city’s future transportation, green infrastructure, open spaces and urban … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Rolling Stones cover band; Lyell Castonguay’s woodcuts

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GET YER YA YA’S OUT The Rolling Stones aren’t getting any younger — Mick Jagger turns 71 this month — but their alter egos in “Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show” evoke the venerable British rockers in their glory days of the 1960s and 1970s. The cover band has … 0

Movie listings

Thursday, July 10, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Begin Again (R) Citizen Kane (PG) Obvious Child (R) Snowpiercer (R) Words & Pictures (PG-13) CINEMARK AT HAMPSHIRE MALL 267 … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 3, 2014

22 jump street: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum )when they go deep undercover at a local college. Also stars Ice Cube. … 0

Movement pro transforms actors into apes on film

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Terry Notary is Hollywood’s human shape-shifter. In a blink, he can become an elf, an ape or almost any other moving creature. An expert in motion-capture performance, he specializes in bringing non-human characters to life on screen. He’s … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Face of Love: A widow falls for a guy who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband. Stars Amy Brenneman, Robin Williams, Ed Harris. Rated PG-13. Open Grave: A man wakes up in the wilderness, in … 0