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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 …

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 …

Film Awards honor Oscar hopefuls; ratings dismal

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — About halfway through the first televised Hollywood Film Awards, Chris Rock took the stage to accept a trophy for his film “Top Five.” “Wow, do you feel the excitement in the room?” he asked facetiously. …

Headliners: Michelle Chamuel at Pearl Street; ‘Our Northampon, Their Northampton’ at Historic Northampton

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hometown heroine An enthusiastic crowd was on hand at Northampton’s Woodstar Café last year when Michelle Chamuel showed up at the site of her former place of employment with a film crew in tow. While the Amherst resident …

Weekend Planner — Performance: Riff Talks at Northampton Community Arts Trust Building

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Co-hosted by the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought and the Northampton Community Arts Trust, Riff Talks is a new series of discussions with local and international artists about their performance practices. The series kicks off Nov. 14 …

Weekend Planner — Crafts: Hilltown Artisans Guild holiday show

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bringing together artisans working with diverse materials throughout the Hilltowns, The Hilltown Artisans Guild traces its roots back to the early settlers of rural western Massachusetts, whose spirit of self-sufficiency and a pride in working with their hands …

Weekend Planner — Music: Two-Piano Concert at Northampton Community Music Center

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Eugenie Malek has taught piano at the Williston Northampton School, the University of Massachusetts, and Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges. Meg Kelsey Wright teaches piano privately, at the Williston Northampton School and at the Northampton Community Music Center. …