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Jeffrey Gatrall, of Florence, speaks to the Gazette's reporter about his exhibition of paintings of Arcadia Nature Preserve at the Historic Northampton Museum in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.  Gatrall has done some varied art, including photography, and has worked as an animator in Hollywood.

Art people: Jeffrey Gatrall/painter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gatrall once studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy and Scotland, and considered trying for a career as an artist. It didn’t work out quite that way, though he found creative work as an animator and animation director for Warner Brothers, Disney and other companies; he even illustrated episodes of “Beavis and Butthead.” But …

First Person: Inner thoughts, interior lives

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Posted on the window of Waterstone’s Books, Trafalgar Square, London: Words cannot do justice to the pleasures of a good bookshop. Ironically. - To tell the truth, most words cannot do justice to much of what’s going on in our inner world. Words are all right for everyday stuff. We live in the …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Before You Become Improbable’ at Dickinson Museum; UMass Multiband Pops Concert

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A WALK WITH EMILY There’s always something going at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst. It’s a fabulous resource that lends itself to musical performances, poetry readings (of course) and other events. But here’s a new one: “Before You Become Improbable,” an interactive theatrical adventure that takes audience members for a one-hour walking trip through downtown Amherst, led by Dickinson’s poetry and prose, …

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Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘Chair Dreams’ at Deerfield Arts Bank; talk by Jennifer Finney Boylan at Mount Holyoke College

Thursday, September 25, 2014

‘CHAIR DREAMS’ Consider the chair. Well, it appears some artists in the Valley actually have. An exhibit at Deerfield Arts Bank, 3 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, through Oct. 31, curated by Jane Trigere, features interpretations of chairs — those essential pieces of furniture that can be blissfully comfortable, …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Valley Rising’ concert at Iron Horse; Katy Simpson Smith reads from debut novel at Mount Holyoke College

Thursday, September 25, 2014

THE MUSICAL VALLEY (RISING) For any local musician trying to make a go of it, performing at the Iron Horse in Northampton is a key step. On Sept. 28, nine Valley bands and artists will take the Horse stage to celebrate the release of the third “Valley Rising” …

Book Bag: ‘Kissability’ by Katherine Duke; ‘A Stitch in Time’ by Aimee E. Newell

Thursday, September 25, 2014

KISSABILITY: PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TALK ABOUT SEX, LOVE, AND RELATIONSHIPS By Katherine Duke Levellers Press katherinedukewriting.blogspot.com Finding romance and love is most everyone’s goal, though getting to that point — dating, that is — can also be the …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: FLYING OBJECT: Gillian Conoley reads from her work Oct. 2, 8 p.m., 42 West St., Hadley. 387-0063 HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE: Poet Jonathan Wright reads from his new collection, “After the Rain,” Sept. …

Your Time: Wonder Not! Bread Festival, Northampton

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A puppet parade, music, dancing — and planting wheat and rye seeds — all were part of the scene at Hungry Ghost Bread’s 11th annual festival, held Sept. 21 on the bakery’s grounds at 62 State St., Northampton. …

ID: Lisa Woods

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lisa Woods says she can’t imagine life without her music. “It brings me so much joy,” she says, “and I so enjoy sharing my talent with others.” Woods performs throughout the Pioneer Valley and in Worcester with the …

Bulking up all those salads with Brussels sprouts

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eating a salad a day is one of my strategies for making sure I get at least one serious daily dose of raw veggies. And if you love salads as much as I do, listen up, because I’m …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES: Private investigator Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson) is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. Also stars Dan Stevens, David Harbour. Rated R. THE BOXTROLLS: In this …

Fey, Bateman have off-screen chemistry, too

Thursday, September 25, 2014

In the new big-screen adaption of the best-selling Jonathan Topper novel “This Is Where I Leave You,” Tina Fey and Jason Bateman portray siblings with tight ties that bind. Just minutes after sitting down with the actors recently …

At 40, Brooks’ ‘Frankenstein’ proves forever young

Thursday, September 25, 2014

‘Young Frankenstein” is pushing 40, but is by no means over the hill. The film’s writer-director Mel Brooks and actresses Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr gathered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently for a …