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Randi Stein at her home in Amherst.

Art Maker: Randi Stein | painter, collage artist

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

During the past year, Amherst artist Randi Stein has been investigating the qualities of the Hebrew letters — letters, which according to Jewish legend, called the universe into being. For her latest exhibit, “The Letters Speak,” on view at the Jewish Community of Amherst, Stein, 66, says, “I invited the letters to speak to me, and have let my hands respond with the media of paper and paint.” Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Randi Stein: The images are produced using colored papers and paint — collages that are my response to the sounds, shapes and meanings of the letters. I am …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Showtime’s ‘Homeland’; ECA+’s ‘Light up the Arts Holiday Bash’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

COME BACK HOME(LAND) If you used to love Showtime’s “Homeland,” but tuned out because of mind-numbing boredom with last year’s extended focus on Brody’s daughter and her adolescent angst, take heart and get back onboard. This season, Carrie, Saul and company — “The” company — are back on track with great cliff-hanging episodes in what is, once again, a top-notch intelligence thriller. Warning: …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Florence Christmas parade; ‘Messiah’ sing-along with Da Camera Singers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

TIME TRAVEL For a homespun community event that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, check out the Christmas parade in Florence, now in its 25th year. The parade features city political leaders, Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Florence Community Band playing up a storm. It sets off Saturday from Trinity Row Park at 10 a.m., heads down Main …

Book Bag: ‘Bad Atmosphere’ by Don Ogden; ‘Miracle Girls’ by MB Caschetta

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BAD ATMOSPHERE By Don Ogden Levellers Press www.levellerspress.com You likely didn’t hear much talk during the recent elections about climate change or other environmental issues: The unrelenting theme for the media was President Obama’s crumbling approval ratings and …

Valley Readings

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Kim Townsend, author of “John William Ward: An American Idealist,” speaks Nov. 18, 4 p.m., Robert Frost Library, at the college. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Photographer Dan Eckstein presents his book …

Movie listings

Thursday, November 13, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Dear White People (R) Hard-Boiled Noir: Sunset Boulevard (NR) Whiplash (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BEYOND THE LIGHTS: The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw ) on the edge, until she meets Kaz (Nate Parker), a young cop who helps her find the courage to develop her own voice and …

New on DVD

Thursday, November 13, 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. …

With ‘Rosewater,’ Jon Stewart makes a movie

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A bleary-eyed Jon Stewart is sitting outside his offices reflecting on his directorial debut, “Rosewater,” a drama about the unjust imprisonment of journalist Maziar Bahari in Iran. It’s the morning after “The Daily Show” broadcast live for the …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dire Honeys plays farewell concerts, and other music in the Valley

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I remember a book from my elementary school years called “Fortunately,” the tale of a kid’s epic journey that see-sawed between good news and bad news. I got a similar feeling from a recent talk with Dire Honeys …

Your Time: Big Y World Class Market, Southampton

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Your Time this week takes a look at the commonest of chores: food shopping. A grocery store is a great place for people-watching. We choose Big Y World Class Market in Southampton as our spot because, in addition …

Style Stop: Peter Schmitz

Thursday, November 13, 2014

On a brisk and cold day in Northampton, the Style Stop team spotted actor Peter Schmitz, on his way to a theater rehearsal. Schmitz, 57, of Amherst, was wearing half-clogs, cuffed pants, a vintage sweater, a hand-made belt …

ID: Ann Warren Turner

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ann Warren Turner grew up in what she says was “a really interesting, intellectual, radical family” and was always taught to watch out for the needs of others. Her dad’s family lost everything in the Great Depression, which …