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Maurine Sutter at her home in Northampton

Art Maker: Maurine Sutter | Contemporary photographer

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Maurine Sutter of Northampton uses a combination of traditional photography and contemporary digital methods to produce photos of spectacular color. She seldom uses imaging software to enhance or alter the tones that were present in the original scene, but, rather, hand-tints her work. “My approach ... is to keep it simple and straightforward, not adding too many tricks and gadgets,” she says. “Having been taught in a traditional wet darkroom ... I stick closely to these classic guidelines. Of course, there are times to break and bend the rules a bit, too.” Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Maurine Sutter: Since taking …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: A positive conductor

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Let’s talk about multi-tasking. I have discovered that when I’m trying to concentrate on following highway signs while driving in a new place, I need to turn off the radio, my usual companion on more familiar routes. Let’s see, Exit 35 south. OK, no more “Car Talk” or music or “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” One thing at a time. Something similar happens …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘The Sound of Music’ at Amherst Cinema; Katie Martin and Jake Meginsky at A.P.E.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MUSIC TO MY EARS I’ll get the apology out of the way first, because I’m about to be a little catty, if not unkind. Here goes: Everything about Carrie Underwood’s lackluster, amateurish performance on the 2013 live TV production of “The Sound of Music” made me queasy. There, I said it. The antidote, of course, is a generous dose of Julie Andrews in …

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Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Free rowing classes at Sportsman’s Marina; Mass. State Yo-Yo Contest at Academy of Music

Thursday, May 28, 2015

STROKING ALONG THE CONNECTICUT Since 1987, members of the nonprofit Yankee Rowing Club have held ringside seats for the beauty of the Connecticut River. From 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, they’ll share them. The club is inviting the public to take free rowing lessons at Sportsman’s Marina on …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Peter Blanchette at Watermelon Wednesdays; Lambert & Stamp, documentary at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WATERMELON SEASON HAS ARRIVED If you haven’t heard Peter Blanchette’s beautiful work on his custom-made arch guitar, consider seeing him Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the West Whately Chapel. He’ll be performing with a few select guests in the new edition of Watermelon Wednesdays, the annual summer series …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Amherst Jazz Orchestra opens at new home, One Bar & Grill, and other music happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Amherst Jazz Orchestra — a 17-piece big band that plays classic tunes from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker and other legendary composers — has been a Valley mainstay since the ’90s. Next week the …

Your Time: Bingo Night, Platinum Pony, Easthampton

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bingo Night at the Platinum Pony in Easthampton is just like the Bingo your grandma plays — only sassier. Every third Thursday of the month, people of all ages come out to dot their cards, eat, drink and …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Guns and posies

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A flower in a gun — it’s an iconic image, made so by the photo reporter Bernie Boston took in 1967 that showed an antiwar protester tucking carnations in the rifle barrels of soldiers at the Pentagon, and …

Book Bag: ‘Church of Marvels’ by Leslie Parry; ‘Wasp Archivist’ by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Thursday, May 28, 2015

CHURCH OF MARVELS By Leslie Parry Ecco/HarperCollins www.leslieparry.com Think life was simpler — and people more content — in the late 1800s? “Church of Marvels,” the debut novel of Chicago author Leslie Parry, might disabuse you of that …

Valley Readings

Thursday, May 28, 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: John Sheirer. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: …

Movie Times

Thursday, May 28, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Far from the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 1:40, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 11:10 a.m. Iris (PG-13) Daily 4:50, 7:15; Sat.-Sun. also 2:30 Lambert & Stamp (R) Daily 1:30, 9:45; …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE AGE OF ADALINE: A young woman (Blake Lively), born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man (Michiel Huisman) who might be worth …

Chef’s Best: Hope sprouts in a corner of Baltimore

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Spring came late to Baltimore, not green this year, but red. There were flashes of anger, flashes of fire, flash floods of shouting in the streets. I stayed in and served something warm, wishing I could garnish it …