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Unimaginable images: Mead exhibits chronicle artistic responses to past wars

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

At this time of year in Europe 100 years ago, the quick, decisive war the major nations had been hoping for in August had become a distant memory. What became known as World War I had devolved into a bloody stalemate, with opposing armies hunkered down in trenches that stretched hundreds of miles across the Eastern and Western fronts. The …

Give me shelter Filmmaker with Hadley roots screens PBS series on adopting shelter animals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

When it comes to the subjects of his movies, documentary filmmaker Steven Latham has one basic aim. “My goal is to inspire people,” says Latham, …

A world at sixes and sevens: NHS presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northampton High School will present “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s ambitious, sprawling satire that asks why humanity seems always to be on the …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: The Jack DeJohnette Trio, ‘Speak No Evil’ at UMass; Rainy Day People at the Iron Horse

Thursday, November 20, 2014

JAZZED AT UMASS Looking for instrumental or vocal jazz this weekend? The University of Massachusetts Amherst has you covered. On Nov. 21, the Jack DeJohnette Trio, which includes Ravi Coltrane — son of saxophone legend John Coltrane — plays Bowker Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets at fineartscenter.com. On …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Stray Birds at the Iron Horse and other musical happenings in the Valley this week

Thursday, November 20, 2014

If you find record stores romantic and hope they stay around a while, Oliver Craven, Maya de Vitry and Charles Muench of The Stray Birds have written you a sad love song of sorts, “Best Medicine,” the title …

Headliners: Northampton Jazz Workshop; Pioneer Valley Musicians’ Emergency Fund benefit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jazz, tap and hip hop “We’re doing something a little different this week,” says Paul Arslanian of the Northampton Jazz Workshop. “In conjunction with a school show we are doing at Northampton High School, we will be featuring …

Art Maker: Elizabeth Stone | figurative artist

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elizabeth Stone is a contemporary figurative artist who works at her home studio in Florence, which she loves, she says, because of its “village feel.” She began painting in the late 1990s when she inherited her grandfather’s set …

Book Bag: ‘Do You Know Your Noses?’ by Anne Marie Frank; ‘Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene’ by Emily Monosson; ‘After the Rain’ by Jonathan Wright

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DO YOU KNOW YOUR NOSES? By Anne Marie Frank About a year ago, Florence resident Anne Marie Frank lost her job and decided to use her free time on a long-cherished project: creating a children’s book based around …

Valley Readings

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ARMS LIBRARY: Gerald McFarland reads from his new novel, “What the Owl Saw,” Nov. 23, 3 p.m., at the library, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls. 625-9708 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Gregory Maguire reads from …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Gilding the Lily

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The bit of yellow that this umbrella adds to Northampton’s “rainbow” crosswalk might border on redundant, but it helped to make cheery, a dreary day. It seems this picture was waiting to be taken ever since the Main …

An enduring young heroine: Eric Carle Museum celebrates 75th anniversary of legendary children’s story ‘Madeline’

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The City of Light has changed considerably since she first walked its streets. And the world as a whole has changed even more. But the little girl with the red hair, yellow hat and boundless curiosity? She’s pretty …

A life of clay: Florence potter Tiffany Hilton finds balance between art and business

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

When I meet Florence potter Tiffany Hilton for an interview, she presents me with my own coffee mug. “I figured if you want to know who I am, you should have one of my pots,” she says with …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Local musicians join concert to raise awareness, funds for Epilepsy Foundation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I didn’t know much about epilepsy; Springfield resident Mary Kelly has had no choice but to become an expert. She started having seizures at age 11, making her unable to continue to pursue her love of gymnastics. Her …