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"Nu a la fenetre" (Nude at a window), 1944, pen and ink on paper
Copywright 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Soicety (ARS), New York

Seldom seen Rare Matisse drawings on exhibit at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Henri Matisse was one of the giants of early 20th-century art — an influential painter, printmaker, sculptor and collage artist who became particularly noted for the expressive colors and strong brushstrokes of his paintings. But Matisse (1869-1954) also loved to draw, whether making studies for later paintings, stand-alone portraits or sketches he used for experimenting with new ideas or examining …

MuseFLASHES

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Music at UMass The University of Massachusetts Amherst Chamber Choir will team up with the Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble for a concert Oct. 25, beginning at 7:30, in the Newman Center on the university's campus. The Illuminati is an auditioned chamber chorus comprising professional-level volunteer singers from the off-campus community. Both groups are …

Halloween treats: Holiday’s history, goodies, based on age-old traditions

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Most holidays look backwards to celebrate iconic historical or religious events. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Passover are typical examples. Because they come from the past they are sure things, and by celebrating them we affirm our cultural identity. Contrariwise, Halloween looks to the future and dances with uncertainty. It’s the night when the door …

Bruce Watson: A guide for disgusted voters

Thursday, October 23, 2014

With another damn election coming up — on a Tuesday again, like who has any free time on Tuesday? — your League of Disgusted Voters has no choice but to offer another damn voting guide. I mean, it’s not like other countries are stupid, right? Some vote on …

See-Hear-Feel-Film: Amherst Cinema program promotes kids’ literacy, creativity

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A line of nearly 30 8- and 9-year-olds steps off a yellow school bus and through the rear door of the Amherst Cinema, then files into the front rows of the 180-seat Theater 1. The theater is marked …

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dance at Mount Holyoke Paul Dennis, an assistant professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts, will present a solo concert Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, Kendall Hall, Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley. …

Network Amherst THE LEHRER REPORT

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Carlie Tartakov of Amherst was at the Farmers Market and told me that Wildwood kindergarten teacher Ricci Mastroianni will receive the Roger Wallace Excellence in Elementary Teaching Award at a dinner that will be held Oct. 19 at …

The rise and fall of a fast-talking dame: World premiere of commissioned screwball comedy, ‘Nobody’s Girl,’ to christen stage at renovated Academy of Music

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The term “glass ceiling” wasn’t coined until sometime in the late 1970s. But what that ceiling represented — a barrier to women reaching management positions in business, government and other fields — was well in place before then. …

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Music at UMass “The Quest — Don Quixote and Other Wanderers” will be performed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst alumnus, baritone Andrew Garland, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall on the UMass campus. Garland, …

Final improvements to Academy include new seats and painting

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Academy of Music has received a significant makeover in the last several years, from the installation of a new sound system, various energy-efficiency improvements, and significant repairs to the roof above the stage. But visitors might appreciate the final improvements, which closed the 122-year-old building for the …

Bruce Watson’s Lifestyles: A long, slow road to destruction?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Turning off NPR again, I put the iPod on shuffle. Its first song came from some Old Folkie collection I forgot I had: The Eastern World, it is explodin’ Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’ You’re old enough to kill ... If you’re old enough to remember, you recognize “Eve …

NohoIFF, the particulars

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The 18th annual Northampton International Film Festival opens at the Academy of Music Oct. 10 at 2:30 p.m., with a program of short films, and closes Oct. 12 with an after-hours party at Packards Bar, beginning at 9:30 p.m. In between, there will be more than 21 hours …

A former Valley resident comes home with ‘laugh-out-loud’ entry in the Northampton International Film Festival

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

When Pete Yagmin was a young boy, growing up in Easthampton, he wanted to make movies. Now, after 15 years living away from the area, Yagmin is preparing for a visit to the Valley, and he is bringing …