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PHOTO COURTESY OF ALICIA HUNSICKER
"Oasis" by Alicia Hunsicker

Natural patterns: Art inspired by particle physics on view in UMass exhibit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Art is not the antithesis of science — at least not the way artist Alicia Hunsicker does it. Hunsicker, 47, uses natural fractals, patterns that repeat over and over again on all scales, from tiny particles all the way out into the cosmos, to create her artwork. “Synergy,” a new exhibit on view through June 2 at the Science and …

Before ‘The Revenant’: Amherst writer explored life of mountaineer Hugh Glass in 1990 book

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Among the famous names from the days of exploration and Indian wars in the Old West — Lewis and Clark, Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill Cody, …

Thrills and chills: Northampton readies for 6th annual ‘Ice Art Festival’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It got off to a slow start, but winter’s finally here, just in time for the 6th annual “Northampton Ice Art Festival.” On Friday, experienced …

Movie review: Irreverent ‘Deadpool’ suffers from juvenile humor

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

“Deadpool” hates its audience, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing is sacred to either this film or this character (played with “I’m so naughty” abandon by Ryan Reynolds), which pokes fun at superhero movie culture, Hollywood …

New on DVD

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Freaks of Nature: In the town of Dillford, humans, vampires and zombies were all living in peace — until the alien apocalypse arrived. Now three teenagers — one human, one vampire, and one zombie — have to team …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘The Giant Claw’ — a 1950s creature-feature clunker

Thursday, February 11, 2016

My household watched the live version of “Grease” on TV recently (I can sing “Summer Nights” as off-key as the next joker), and it put me in a 1950s frame of mind. So I decided to go back …

Meet ‘Hail, Caesar!’ breakout Alden Ehrenreich

Thursday, February 11, 2016

‘This is my favorite place,” says Alden Ehrenreich. It’s 11 a.m. outside The Musso & Frank Grill on a clear, crisp Los Angeles day, and Ehrenreich is chatting about the previous night’s “Hail, Caesar!” premiere, where his grandmother …

Thursday, February 11, 2016

JUST FOR UKES The folks at Forbes Library have established a musical residency, with the aim of supporting artists’ processes and program development by providing time, space and an opportunity to teach and perform. The first recipients of that support: The Well Tempered Ukes, a trio of ukulele …

James Heflin’s Best Bets: Jacqueline Sheehan reads from new novel at Odyssey Bookshop; Irish band Solas plays the Iron Horse

Thursday, February 11, 2016

TALE OF DECEPTION The Valley has its share of bestselling authors, including names like Mira Bartok and Holly Black. Also on that distinguished list is Jacqueline Sheehan. Her latest novel, “Center of the World,” is the story of a teenage New England soccer star, Sofia, who believes she …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Winter fests in Easthampton, Holyoke; film series for kids at the Academy of Music

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Yes, it will be chilly this weekend. But if you can take the cold, there’s plenty to do at winter festivals in Easthampton and Holyoke — and much of the action is indoors. Starting at 8 a.m., Easthampton’s fête, on Saturday, features snow sculptures, …

Art Maker: Christopher Sullivan | Painter

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Christopher Sullivan lives in Easthampton and teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. For many years he made purely abstract paintings, which, he says, taught him about balance, focus, movement and the physicality of materials. “I …

Book Bag: ‘A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors,’ edited by Anne Liontas and Jeff Parker; ‘Golden Delicious’ by Christopher Boucher

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A MANNER OF BEING: WRITERS ON THEIR MENTORS Edited by Anne Liontas and Jeff Parker University of Massachusetts Press www.umass.edu/umpress How do you become a writer? Well, it starts with doing a lot of reading, and then you …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Novelist Jo Ann Beard reads from her work Thursday, 8 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 AMHERST WOMAN’S CLUB: Randy Purinton reads from Civil War …