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Sarah Braman, an artist from Amherst poses for a portrait at her studio in Hadley Thursday January 15. Braman exhibits and sells her work at a gallery in New York City, Mitchell, Innes and Nash.

Art Maker: Sarah Braman | sculptor

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sarah Braman’s sculptures are monuments to everyday life. She combines parts scavanged from vehicles, old buildings or furniture to construct her precariously balanced structures. “I make monuments for love, death, sex, nature, DRIVING,” Braman writes in an artist’s statement. “Making sculpture can be a series of bad turns and still be right. ... Sculpture allows for the awkward feeling of doing wrong things, and the euphoria of when things fit. I like to black out in objects, get undone. After the trip, I can look at the sculpture and laugh at how it turned out and how we are lucky to live in the unknown.” …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Anatomy of a Super Bowl party

Thursday, January 29, 2015

With the Patriots in Super Bowl CCDXXXLIV, local parties will approach record levels of excitement. But not for everyone. There are three types at any Super Bowl party. One third are the Actual Fans — people who can tell you Tom Brady’s shirt size or what Rob Gronkowski’s teammates call him in the shower. You’ll see them blocking the big screen, shouting “Safety …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Duck, duck, goose

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back when this week’s storm of “potentially historic proportions” was just a gleam in the meteorologist’s eye — where it pretty much remained — I found this cozy scene under the iron bridge over Lower Lake at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley. My best guess is that the main character is a …

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Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Paul Taylor: Creative Domain’ Friday at the Eric Carle Museum; ‘The Araboolies of Liberty Street’ Saturday at Smith College

Thursday, January 29, 2015

LOCAL FILMMAKER MEETS ICONIC DANCE MASTER “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain,” a documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis, is a must-see for fans of this American modern-dance master, who has rarely revealed his creative process to the public. It will be shown Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Eric …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: The Silver Chord Bowl; the Lisa Leizman Dance Company

Thursday, January 29, 2015

LEADER OF THE PACK Well before a cappella singing became so popular it had a presence on mainstream TV, there was Northampton’s Silver Chord Bowl. Always a great show, it has enough spirit to shake most people out of the winter doldrums. College singers from a half dozen …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Origami sculptures at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts; Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi at the Iron Horse

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ABOVE THE FOLD For its newest exhibit, the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield has put aside paintings and conventional artwork to showcase something different — sculptures and large-scale origami installations by nine master folders. Some of these intricate paper pieces measure as large as 20 feet …

Book Bag: ‘Pergolesi in the Pentagon: Life at the Front Lines of the Cultural Cold War’ by John S. Bowman; ‘I Carry My Mother’ by Lesléa Newman

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PERGOLESI IN THE PENTAGON: LIFE AT THE FRONT LINES OF THE CULTURAL COLD WAR By John S. Bowman Think the Cold War was all about stockpiling nuclear weapons, espionage and proxy wars? The long showdown between America and …

Valley Readings

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL: “In My Native Town” — A conversation between 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner Annie Baker and 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist Madeleine George Thursday, 7 …

Your Time: Bingo Night at St. John Cantius Parish Hall, Northampton

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bingo night at St. John Cantius Parish Hall in Northampton offers a fun Friday evening out for more than 100 people each week. “You get to see people and meet people,” said Sharon Inman of Northampton, as she …

Movie times

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animation Shorts (NR) Daily 1:50, 7; Sat.-Sun. also 11:45 a.m. 2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (NR) Daily 4:10, 9:25 Birdman (R) Daily 1:40, 6:45; Sun. also 11:15 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, …

New on DVD

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Best of Me: Former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown. Stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey. Rated PG-13. Dear White People: Four black students attend an Ivy …

Spring Film: A season of sameness

Thursday, January 29, 2015

It’s a new year and a new spirit pervades the land. Nowhere is that sense of innovation and imagination, of bold ideas and daring leaps into the further reaches of artistic realms, more in evidence than in Hollywood. …