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Lois Barber works in the studio of her Amherst home.

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says she’s begun the transition away from full-time work and toward a growing focus on another of her passions: making art. “Birdz of …

Valley Readings

Friday, July 3, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Diana Whitney. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Louisa Hall reads from her new novel, “Speak,” Monday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, in …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the jewel amid the chaos. This time, I chose a background and waited for a good …

Book Bag: ‘Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews’ by Christian McEwen; ‘Life of the Garment’ by Deborah Gorlin

Friday, July 3, 2015

SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL: THE SMITH COLLEGE POETRY INTERVIEWS By Christian McEwen Bauhan Publishing www.christianmcewen.com Northampton author and writing instructor Christian McEwen has long had a love of poetry — and an interest in discovering how poets turn …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Duhks play the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Friday, July 3, 2015

Grammy-nominated folk fusion band The Duhks has gone through its share of lineup shifts since it blasted out of Winnipeg in 2002, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the engine at the band’s core — the strong …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Channeling Dashiell Hammett

Friday, July 3, 2015

I was seated at the bar when she walked in ... She strode toward me with an air of confidence — like a woman who was in her element. “Are you Tim?” she asked. “I am,” I answered, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Florence Music on the Porch; Inside Amy Schumer

Friday, July 3, 2015

THURSDAY TUNES Listening to outdoor concerts, while lounging on lawn chairs and picnic blankets, provides the sweetest sounds of summer. The Florence Music on the Porch series offers excellent music in our own backyard. Next Thursday’s concert is local fiddler Katherine First. Bring blanket and chairs, but there …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Taking stock of our ‘grand old flag’

Friday, July 3, 2015

The first patriotic song I ever learned, probably around age 5 or 6, was the one that begins “My country, ’tis of thee” — official title, “America.” For many years afterwards, I certainly had no idea what the words “ ’tis of thee” meant. If asked, I suppose …

Your Time: Steps to a bygone era

Friday, July 3, 2015

In a world that communicates at the speed of light, where information is conveyed immediately and continuously, and even relaxation has to be planned in advance, dance can provide a timeless interlude of grace. When the Small Planet …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets

Friday, July 3, 2015

FIT AS A FIDDLE Never mind wondering (as I do) how Watermelon Wednesdays snagged Martin Hayes, Ireland’s pre-eminent fiddler, for a gig at its tiny West Whately Church venue. Just don’t pass up the opportunity Wednesday to see him in a rare solo performance, and to discover for …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED: After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and …

Art Maker: Rob Kimmel |painter, curator

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florence artist Rob Kimmel, 44, is busy these days, curating art shows: There’s a group show, “Horns to Tale,” on view through the end of June at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton in which a dozen artists have …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Inside Out’ at Cinemark, Tower Theaters; Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe at Porter-Phelps Museum

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UPSIDE DOWN It was Father’s Day and my family wanted to see the new Pixar movie, “Inside Out.” I’m not that into animated films, but I put on my game face. At least there’ll be popcorn, I thought. To my surprise, I loved this movie about a girl …