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Kevin Gutting
Amherst Cinema volunteers Judy Weinthaler, center, and Betsy Mullins, top right, listen to ideas of third-graders from Greenfield’s Discovery School at Four Corners as they create storyboards. Clockwise, from lower right, are Jacob Petrin, Otilia Bartolon, Tiffany Aubrey, Jacob Blanchard and Jackson Caron.

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 for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” but these third-graders, visiting today from the Discovery School at Four Corners in Greenfield, are here …

MuseFLASHES

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. Dennis, a former member of the José Limón Dance Company in New York City, will …

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 5 p.m. at Valentine Hall, Amherst College. The award is named after Wallace, who retired …

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. …

MuseFLASHES

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 …

Network Amherst The Lehrer Report

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I went to MASS MoCA a few weeks ago and the trees had started to turn to their glorious autumn shades of orange, russet, gold and red. Ours are now having their turn and it looks like we …

Life in a war zone Northampton author draws on his experience as a foreign correspondent to pen novel of Nicaragua in the 1980s

Thursday, October 2, 2014

When two American journalists were beheaded in the last several weeks by members of ISIS, the Islamic jihadist state in Syria and Iraq, Joe Gannon was saddened and horrified. But in another sense, he wasn’t that surprised, knowing …

‘Holding Hands with Ilsa’: Hampshire College film professor explores his roots in post-WWII Poland

Thursday, October 2, 2014

It’s just a tendril of the past: a faded, somewhat blotchy black-and-white photo of a teenage girl, standing in a meadow with her hands on the shoulders of a small boy. Both face the camera, but between the …

Take a seat: From the whimsical to the somber, artists imagine their ‘Chair Dreams’

Thursday, October 2, 2014

For Deerfield resident Jane Trigere, we human beings are inseparable from our chairs. “Chairs are interesting because they imply the human form,” Trigere said. “They only exist and are only shaped the way they are because we are …