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Rochelle Schicoff with "Attend Unseen" from an exhibit of her photomontages, "It Came to Pass," at the Jewish Community of Amherst

Art People: Rochelle Shicoff | painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rochelle Shicoff thinks of herself mainly as a painter. And yet, her exhibit “It Came to Pass,” on view through Oct. 31 at the Jewish Community of Amherst, features photomontages; the images are mostly sacred items housed in old synagogues on the Lower East Side of New York City. The Orthodox shuls (synagogues), some grand and restored, others simple rooms … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Last Week with John Oliver’; Pauline Productions’ ‘Collected Stories’

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Breaking news, at a snail’s pace Let’s face it, lots of folks depend on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for their news fix. But, there’s a drawback for really, really busy people: It’s, well, daily. So how great is it that former “Daily Show” stringer, comedian and political satirist John Oliver, has done away with that bothersome “immediacy of the news” concept … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘A Genius for Place’ at Wistariahurst; talk at Historic Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

‘A GENIUS FOR PLACE’ Last call for an intriguing photo exhibit at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke. “A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era” showcases homes and landscapes that were created, beginning in the 1890s, by families who were using their new fortunes to construct rural retreats. Among them: Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., Winterthur in Delaware, and Naumkeag in … 0

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Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Watermelon Wednesdays; Max B. Standley retrospective at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

THERE’S STILL WATERMELON (ON WEDNESDAYS) Summer is starting to head into the home stretch, but you can still catch shows at the Watermelon Wednesdays series at the West Whately Chapel. At 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 it’s Northampton singer-songwriter Heather Maloney and former Northamptonites Darlingside, who have toured … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Call the doctor, stat

Thursday, August 14, 2014

One day in the late 1970s, my buddy Jeff and I were having a Bombay Martini at a bar in Northampton, when we sent out a call to friends: “Dr. Bombay come right away.” It didn’t take long … 0

Style Stop: Christoper Hamann goes with a relaxed, casual look

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Christopher Hamann was finishing up a lunch of Chinese food in front of Thornes Marketplace in Northampton on a recent sunny afternoon when the Style Stop team noticed his colorful Keith Haring shirt and bright cutoffs. Hamann, who … 0

Book Bag: ‘Noodles & Albie’ by Eric Bennett; ‘We Called Him Bunny’ by Richard Andersen

Thursday, August 14, 2014

NOODLES & ALBIE By Eric Bennett Illustrated by Liz Bannish Small Batch Books penguingiftshop.com/noodles-albie Whoever heard of a penguin that can’t swim? Well, Noodles, a nervous young penguin who’s a key character in a new children’s book, has … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Eric Bennett will read from his new children’s book, “Noodles & Albie,” Aug. 22, 2 p.m. at the bookstore, in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. 534-7307 … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A MOST WANTED MAN: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. Stars Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Homayoun Ershadi. Rated R. BOYHOOD: Director Richard Linklater filmed this movie … 0

Ken Mairui’s Tuned In: Alottle at the Platinum Pony in Easthampton, and lots more Valley music this week

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The proprietors of little ol’ Popcorn Noir, an intimate Easthampton space that started off by showing free films and serving food and drink, always had bigger plans. They opened in 2011, expanded next door in 2012, and earlier … 0

Headliners: Setting Millay to music at Mocha Maya’s; Frank and Vinny at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Setting Millay to music Never hampshiremuch of a poetry reader, singer/songwriter Liz Queler shelved the book of verse by Edna St. Vincent Millay her mother-in-law had given her for her birthday a few years back and forgot about … 0

Your Time: Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference Fair, Amherst

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hundreds gathered at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst last weekend to learn about organic growing practices, visit with exhibitors and vendors, and enjoy an old-fashioned country fair. The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s 40th annual summer conference offered … 0

Photo gallery: Tradition: Still the bee’s knees

Thursday, August 14, 2014

OK, I know that photos of bees and butterflies on flowers are trite, at least in some circles. I try hard to avoid clichés when taking pictures, but when I saw this bee working coneflowers at the Northampton … 0