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Style Stop: Eileen Muir’s Scottish-influenced style

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Style Stop team took notice of Eileen Muir, 59, of Goshen as she bustled down Main Street in Northampton on her way to a meeting. She was willing to take a few moments to tell us about her unique outfit, which she said was designed to be comfy, warm and fashionable. Muir’s style is inspired by her homeland: Scotland. nnn IS IT A KILT? Even though it looks Scottish, it’s from Montreal. THE SCARF, A LONGTIME COMPANION: A little old lady knitted it on the island of Shetland and I’ve had it for 40 years. You know how distressed is fashionable? It’s naturally distressed …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Road trip with Ma

Friday, November 20, 2015

It occurred to me that I’ve often prevailed upon friends to join me on my trips to taste the Valley’s cocktails, but I’ve never asked Ma. The truth is that at 85 years young, her social life is every bit as active as those of her seven children. She has her card-playing and …

Art Maker: Lilian Kravitz | Photographer

Friday, November 20, 2015

As a youth living in Brooklyn, Lilian Kravitz was encouraged to draw and paint. She studied art in high school and took weekend art classes at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Museum and the Pratt Institute. Kravitz, 66, received a bachelor’s degree in art, with a concentration in photography, from Brooklyn College. It was …

Book Bag: ‘Blue Butterfly Open: Moments From a Child Psychology Practice’ by Alice Barber; “Where do I end and you begin?’ by Shulamith Oppenheim; ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas in New England’ by Toni Buzzeo

Friday, November 20, 2015

BLUE BUTTERFLY OPEN: MOMENTS FROM A CHILD PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE By Alice Barber Gallery of Readers Press www.galleryofreaders.org Local child psychologist Alice Barber sees a similarity between her work and the rare blue butterfly, what she calls the “brief …

Valley Readings

Friday, November 20, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: Amherst History Museum: David Bosse of Historic Deerfield presents “Reading the Rural New England Economy Through Account Books” Friday, 12:15 p.m., Amherst History Museum / Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St., …

Movie capsules

Friday, November 6, 2015

THE 33: When a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. Based on a real-life event. Stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche. Rated PG-13. THE ASSASSIN: An assassin accepts a dangerous …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Autumn Romantics’ orchestra concert at Smith College; UMass choral, women’s and recital choirs at St. John’s Episcopal Church

Friday, November 20, 2015

ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? A great thing about being in a college town is the quantity — and quality — of entertaining musical performances open to the public on a weekly basis. Saturday, at 8 p.m., catch Smith College’s fall orchestra concert, “Autumn Romantics,” featuring such works as “Academic …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: And the Neighbors celebrate first CD at Luthiers Co-Op and much more music in the Valley

Friday, November 20, 2015

Debra DeMuth began writing songs 13 years ago while healing from cancer. “Trying to feel a part of the world again,” she said in an interview earlier this week. She joined a workshop led by Robin Lane and …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: A patient sentinel

Friday, November 20, 2015

I like working as a photographer for the Gazette on Veterans Day; it’s a treat to talk to people I wouldn’t otherwise meet, and I’m reminded of events that we mustn’t forget. This year, at Bridge Street School …

Your Time: Arts and Industry open studios and holiday sale, Florence

Friday, November 20, 2015

Arts and Industry at 221 Pine St. in Florence held its annual open studios and holiday sale last weekend. It featured more than 50 artists and crafts people showing, selling and making all kinds of art work. There …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: The Dude abides

Friday, November 20, 2015

Now that I have a GPS, I never get lost. I did at first, though. Trusty GPS Lady, the one with the firm, confident voice that sounds like a failed CEO running for president — “Turn left in 100 yards!” — sometimes steered me wrong. There was the …

ID: Michael Harvey

Friday, November 20, 2015

Michael Harvey’s success in promoting volleyball in Florida led to an invitation to officiate at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where he served as supervisor of field of play for the first-ever beach volleyball competition. Harvey, who …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bests: Children’s book illustrations at R. Michelson Galleries; Mary Blair exhibit at Eric Carle

Friday, November 20, 2015

A CHILD’S WORLD IN COLOR (AND BLACK AND WHITE) For 26 years, R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton has hosted an annual exhibit of children’s book art, and this year it’s a particularly colorful display. From well-known names like Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak, to up-and-coming artists like Marcela …