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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Best of Enemies (R) Daily 4:45, 7:20; Sat.-Sun. also 2:15 The End of the Tour (R) Daily 1:50, 4:15, 7, 9:25; Sat.-Sun. also 11:30 a.m.; Mon. no 7 Jaws (PG) Sun. 2; Wed. 7 Mr. Holmes (PG) Daily 2, 4:25, 6:50, 9:10; Sat.-Sun. also 11:40 a.m.; Fri., Mon. no 9:10; Sun. no …

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

At Gallery A3 “The Other Side of Yellow,” an exhibit of artwork by Constance Hamilton and Tom Morton, will open with a reception Sept. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Sept. 26 at Gallery A3, 28 Amity St. in Amherst. Each painter aims to represent the processes …

Author! Author!: Three writers carry forward Valley’s rich literary tradition

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Pioneer Valley has long been a breeding ground for literary types. From the whimsical picture books by Eric Carle to the award-winning historical novels by E. L. Doctorow, a wide array of authors have claimed the Pioneer Valley as their home, and, sometimes, their inspiration. Recently, three writers with local ties — …

‘Art in the Orchard’: Exhibitors cultivate unusual setting

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It started in 2011 as a kind of experiment: Put some art amid the trees and pastures of a working orchard and see what happens. From that modest beginning, Easthampton’s “Art in the Orchard” exhibit has gained a …

Art in the Orchard — the particulars

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

“Art in the Orchard” will be on view through October 31 at the Park Hill Orchard, 83 Park Hill Road in Easthampton (parkhillorchard.com). Other participating local artists include Sally Curcio of Northampton; Pat Bennett, Laura Reinhard, both of Florence; and Susan Halls, Matt Evald Johnson, Fletcher Smith and …

Bruce Watson’s Lifestyles: Hope you took notes

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Summer’s gone, taking with it those “gripping” summer reads. I hope you didn’t think all that page turning, all those beach books, all that bodice ripping was just for fun. Perhaps that used to be true, but these days everything is tested and re-tested. Summer reading, too, will …

Movie review: A stoner who can smoke ‘em down in ‘American Ultra’

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The likably awkward chemistry of Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg remains intact in “American Ultra,” a violent stoner action-comedy that’s half “Pineapple Express,” half “The Bourne Identity,” and not as good as either. Stewart and Eisenberg, who starred …

Movie review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ a biopic to its own beat

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The shotgun blast of fury that first emanated from South Central Los Angeles in 1988 still packs a punch. The new, very much authorized biopic of N.W.A, “Straight Outta Compton,” aims to cement the legacy of the pioneering …

Friends and neighbors

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Amherst Jonah Herscu graduated from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, with a bachelor’s degree in independent studies. Herscu was awarded the senior prize in the category of self-designed major. His senior thesis, “The Benefit of Quiet Eye Training as a Tool to Assist Free Throw Shooters …

Rescuing the landscape: At The Mount in Lenox, Edith Wharton’s gardens have been restored to their early 20th-century splendor

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Picnics on the lawn, drives along country lanes, evenings spent with intellectual friends — and gardens — were what Edith Wharton desired when she built her country retreat, The Mount, in Lenox a century ago. She was fed …

A glimpse of the past: Furniture gallery at Historic Deerfield offers ‘perfect marriage’ of art and history

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Christine Ritok’s eyes narrowed slightly as they fell over the legs of an intricately carved antique chair in Historic Deerfield’s “Into The Woods” furniture gallery in the Flynt Center. A sharp click, and the dull blue beam of …

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

At Porter-Phelps Museum The JMPT Quartet will perform Saturday at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive in Hadley. The show is part of the museum’s “Perfect Spot of Tea” series. The quartet plays …

Movie times

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Aloft (R) Daily 9:10 Best of Enemies (R) Daily 4:30, 7:10, 9:0; Sat.-Sun. also 1:50 The End of the Tour (R) Daily 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:40; Sun. also 11:30 a.m.; Sat. no 2:10 The Graduate (PG) Sun. 2, Wed. 7 …