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Dr. Jack Kevorkian archive opens at The University of Michigan as physician-assisted deaths rise

Monday, November 30, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Just days before she died with Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s assistance, Merian Frederick could not speak or hold up her head without help from her daughter, Carol Poenisch. On a video recorded by Kevorkian in 1993, Poenisch steadies Frederick’s Lou Gehrig’s disease-ravaged body as she signs a form requesting help to die “in the most humane, rapid and painless manner” possible. Then, Poenisch reads words just penned …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Lost beacon

Monday, November 30, 2015

I have lived in Westhampton for 18 years. It is my home, my community. Last week, a fire resulted in a total loss of the home of Ed and Trina Parsons, an historic red house at the Mayval Farm on Easthampton Road that I have passed every evening on my way home from …

Art Maker: Edwin Lynch | Sculptor

Monday, November 30, 2015

Forty-one years ago, sculptor Edwin Lynch carried a hunk of alabaster back to his loft and began to bang away — untaught but confident, he says, that he could discover a head within. “I was happy, doing what I dreamed of at age 12,” said Lynch, 77, of Hatfield. And then, a single …

Weekend Planner — Dance: Bridgman/Packer Dance Company’s ‘Truck’

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The New York-based Bridgman/Packer Dance Company’s latest dance work is called “Truck” because that’s where it’s performed — in the back of a 17-foot U-Haul box truck, with the audience watching from outside. The work integrates live performance …

Art Maker: Emery Henderson | Actor

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It’s what every actor dreams of: jobs piling up, one after the other. So, it’s probably safe to say that the last six months have been a dream-come-true for Emery Henderson of Southampton. During that time, the 16-year-old …

NHS freshman snags role in play at Majestic Theater

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

At first glance, 14-year-old Jefferson Daniel Pruett of Northampton appears to be just like most other freshman students at Northampton High School. Better known as JD, Pruett is a hard-working student and a varsity soccer player. However, Pruett …

Integrating art at the Mead: New museum director at Amherst College to build outreach programming

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

David Little can tick off a couple pivotal moments in his life when career goals suddenly became clearer — and in both cases, art was at the center of them. Little, the new director of the Mead Museum …

Josef Albers’ legacy explored in new Mead Art Museum show

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Mead Art Museum director David Little says he’s interested in staging exhibits that look at the intersection of art with different disciplines — science, music, media studies and other fields. As it turns out, he’s arrived just …

A jumble of nerves: The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s quirky parents prove fine fodder for new book, exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

With a range of vocal intonations and a conjuring of brilliantly imaginative drawings, The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is a master storyteller. Speaking recently to a sold-out audience at Stockbridge’s Norman Rockwell Museum, she created tsunamis of …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Kids in motion

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I love taking pictures of children; I always have. And I love that this picture is all motion — illustrating, to me, how happy children can be in the simple act of playing. Here’s what else I love …

Two plays paint human portraits of the chaos of war

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS STORY WAS CHANGED TO CORRECT THE PERFORMANCE DATES OF “SOLDER’S HEART,” WHICH ARE SEPT. 18-20. Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan was picking up her daughter from kindergarten in 2007 when she noticed the mother standing next …

Weekend Planner — Exhibit: ‘Farm Stands’ at Leverett Library

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

“When I moved to the Pioneer Valley 17 years ago, I was delighted to find numerous roadside farm stands filled with juicy tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, berries and, as the autumn harvest came in, squashes, pumpkins and root vegetables,” …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts: ‘Baghdad to Bach’ at Smith College and much more happening in the arts this week in the Valley

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

‘Baghdad to Bach’ “Baghdad to Bach: The Second Concert,” a music and spoken-word event, will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 123 Elm St. in Northampton. The event is presented by the …