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The still life — a broader concept: At William Baczek Fine Arts, the modernization of an age-old genre

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It’s a time-honored style: the still-life painting. And as William Baczek sees it, a challenge for many artists who work in the field is bringing something fresh and relevant to the canvas — perhaps by expanding the traditional definition of the still life. In his downtown Northampton gallery, Baczek has been tackling that question for 20 years with a special …

‘Play With Your Food’: New Century Theatre comedy blends gastronomy and dramaturgy in dinner-theater show

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WHO isn’t interested in a comedy about spanking, spaghetti and family angst? That’s how director Regina Kaufmann describes the play “A tour de course,” written …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Despite her untimely death from multiple sclerosis at 42, Jacqueline du Pré secured a position as one of the master cellists of the late 20th …

Frozen: Area artists put frigid temps to good use at fifth annual Northampton Ice Art Festival

Thursday, February 12, 2015

As officials in Northampton try to figure out how to get rid of the city’s overflowing piles of snow, many residents are looking forward to the delivery Friday of nearly five tons of ice. All that frozen water …

Mussolini’s Rome, the legacy of wartime land mines, living in the brutal Bronx: Herter Gallery at UMass features exhibits by documentary photographers

Thursday, February 12, 2015

If there’s a theme to three photo exhibits now on display at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it might be the sense of history they evoke. But the exhibits, all at the Herter Gallery, can stand on their …

Get off the couch for a good cause: Roger Salloom’s ‘All You Need is Love’ Valentine’s dance

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, Roger Salloom will gather together some of his musical friends for a Valentine’s Day dance. “All You Need is Love” will take place Saturday at the Garden House at Look Park in Northampton. …

Fans of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ react to news of another novel written by Harper Lee

Monday, February 16, 2015

Easthampton High School English teacher Michael DeMento says the book “To Kill A Mockingbird” is one of the reasons he became a teacher 18 years ago. He read the book when he was a high school student growing …

Natalie says yes: Marriage proposal in ice has desired effect

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was the ultimate romantic gesture on the eve of the biggest romantic day of the year: a marriage proposal broadcast for all to see. The answer was “yes.” On Friday, Don Chapelle, an ice sculptor …

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ whips up $81.7 million

Sunday, February 15, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey” this weekend. The erotic R-rated drama sizzled in its debut, earning an estimated $81.7 million from …

‘Laugh-In’ announcer, voiceover veteran Gary Owens dies at 80

Sunday, February 15, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Gary Owens, the droll, mellifluous-voiced announcer on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and a familiar part of radio, TV and movies for more than six decades, has died. He was 80. The veteran voiceover star died …

A museum’s money pit: Effort afoot to halt Historic Northampton’s long slide toward insolvency

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nancy E. Rexford remembers driving through the city with her husband in 1975 and first visiting the Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center. She was astonished by the extent and quality of the museum’s women’s clothing …

Fundraising, programming, community support said key to nonprofit’s future

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Historic Northampton’s leadership is racing against the clock to build community support, expand programs and save its structures amid mounting financial stress. Board members, staff and volunteers have been rolling up their sleeves as part of …

Northampton Ice Art Festival thrives in cold temperatures

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though sculptor Peter Dellert said he embraces the temporary nature of ice art, for him and others at the Northampton Ice Art Festival Friday, melting was not a factor as temperatures hovered around 10 degrees. Around …