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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 …

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 …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Richard Thompson at the Academy of Music and more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The only way that you, dear reader, are not already a big Richard Thompson fan, is that you haven’t seen him perform live. Here’s your chance: the six-string troubadour (and original member of the legendary Fairport Convention) plays …

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Headline In 1907, when she was 40 years old, the German artist Käthe Kollwitz executed a series of etchings depicting scenes from the 16th-century German Peasants’ War that included “After the Battle,” a work showing a woman with …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Snow falling on sycamores

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Monday’s falling snow, illuminated by the athletic field lights at Smith College in Northampton, created the texture for this image of a sycamore tree. It reminds me of the pointillism employed by post-expressionist painters, like Georges Seurat (1859-1891). …

‘Four Sundays in February’ honors pioneering rock ‘n’ roller June Millington

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The official name is “Four Sundays in February.” But as Steve Sanderson sees it, it’s really a month-long arts party. The longtime event, produced by the Northampton Arts Council, has traditionally featured a variety of art performances, held …

A vision of majesty: After years of restless travel, Lord Russ has settled back in the Valley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When Russell Brooks was a teenager, he had a vision. The vision revealed to him that he had been King Arthur in a previous life. “I figured that one day I’ll go to England and save the world …

Whole Children receives NEA grant for November concert

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will perform later this year with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in a concert made possible by a $10,000 “Challenge America” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant is awarded …

How ‘Deadpool’ rose from Hollywood purgatory to make some R-rated fun

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) Every superhero’s story has its pivotal, then-everything-changed moment: a radioactive spider bite, a laboratory experiment gone awry, exposure to cosmic rays. This one involves an Internet leak. In late July 2014, nearly two minutes of old test footage from an offbeat …