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Michael Poole sands down the edges of a ''2' that is part of a zipcode bike rack for Easthampton at his studio on East St. Poole chose to base his design on the zipcode because he found the idea "unifying" and a unarguable reflection of the area.

Art Maker: Michael Poole | Welder

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some months ago, Easthampton City Arts+ asked artists to come up with possible designs for a sculptural bike rack to be installed on Main Street. The design submitted by Michael Poole, an Easthampton welder, was chosen. Poole 45, spent the winter months creating the piece, which is in the shape of Easthampton’s zip code, 01027. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you’re doing now: Michael Poole: I designed a typeface that could be fabricated with pipe, and used as a bicycle rack or place to lock up a stroller outdoors. We fabricated the numbers, rolling, cutting and welding the pipe to create the designed font. Then …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘The Shape of Water’ at ECA+ Gallery; staged reading of ‘Tar2f,’ musical version of Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’ at Unitarian Society in Northampton

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHAT SHAPE? I like the title of the exhibit “The Shape of Water,” but it makes me wonder: Does water even have a shape? And, if it does, what defines it? In an exhibit at the ECA+ Gallery, painter Lynne Adams and printmaker Patricia Parker reveal water’s form by magnifying its reflections and studying its character of movement and translucency. Exhibit closes Tuesday, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and Shelburne Falls. The 11th annual tour and sale features nine local potters opening their studios …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Heather Maloney CD release party at Academy of Music; Historic Northampton exhibit, ‘Fair People’

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A SIGNATURE WEEKEND It’s CD release time for Signature Sounds artist Heather Maloney. Tonight at Northampton’s Academy of Music, Maloney — dubbed one of “five artists to watch” by Spin magazine — will debut songs from her new album, “Making Me Break,” which was recorded in Nashville and …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Sundays on the sandlot, Mondays on the disabled list

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring training comes late to Sandlot but it arrived last Sunday on the dusty Amherst Middle School field. There, even as major leaguers played in cavernous stadiums around the country, 14 of us were out, stretching, groaning and joking about the torture baseball inflicts on aging boys who …

Headliners: Heather Maloney CD release party at Academy of Music; Micheál Ó’Súilleabháin at Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Maloney makes music When Heather Maloney gave one of her first public performances at the former Northampton boite known as The Yellow Sofa in September of 2009, she was sufficiently shy that she had to be coaxed to …

Book Bag: ‘Waving Back’ by Gail Thomas; ‘The Land Has Its Say’ by Henry Lyman; ‘Letters to Palestine,’ edited by Vijay Prashad

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WAVING BACK By Gail Thomas Turning Point Books www.gailthomaspoet.com Gail Thomas has worn a number of hats over the years, including training as a learning specialist, teaching at Smith College in Northampton, and teaching high school English. She’s …

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Book launch for “Latin Hitchcock: How Almodovar, Amenabar, De la Igesia, Del Toro and Campanella Became Notorious” by Dona Kercher Friday, 4:30 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Will Lee — best known as the longtime bassist in David Letterman’s “Late Night” and “Late Show” bands — appreciates a good tribute. Recently on the program, Lee sang lead vocals on a fully orchestrated version of Jimmy …

Movie Times

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Clouds of Sils Maria (R) Daily 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:15; Sat.-Sun. also 11:15 a.m. Pierrot Le Fou (NR) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 While We’re Young (R) Daily 2, 4:30, 7, …

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 …

New on DVD

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Accidental Love: A small-town waitress gets a a nail accidentally lodged in her head causing unpredictable behavior that leads her to Washington, D.C., where she meets a clueless young senator. Stars Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal Raymond L. Brown …

They Will Be Back: Sequels multiply in summer movie season

Friday, April 24, 2015

‘I’ll be back,” the line Arnold Schwarzenegger first uttered more than 30 years ago in that indelible manly monotone, belongs to the Terminator, of course. But it also might as well be the official slogan of the summer …