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Artist and writer Russell Powell works on a painting at his home in Hatfield.

Art Maker: Russell Powell | painter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russell Powell, 60, of Hatfield draws on his experience as an athlete — throwing a softball, for example, or shooting a basketball — when creating his oil paintings. “My most transcendent moments on the playing field occurred when my will was realized unconsciously through my body,” he says. “In one fluid motion ... I would receive a relay throw from …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life — The Conch Republic: A role model for western Mass?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here’s an example of how my mind works: Last September, while reading about the Scottish secessionist movement from the United Kingdom, I started thinking about Key West, Florida, one of my favorite travel destinations. Besides those great sunsets and a laid-back atmosphere, this little dot of an island with its edgy feeling has traditionally been a haven for folks who wish to keep …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Cuba: Anthropology of a Country’ at the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass; three stand-up comedians at the Academy of Music

Friday, January 23, 2015

INSIDE CUBA I’m fascinated by Cuba and am excited to think that a trip there might be in my future. As the U.S. and Cuba try to figure how to proceed, an exhibit, “Cuba: Anthropology of a Country,” projected digital photographs by Yeraldine Ordoñez, opens Tuesday and will be on view through Feb. 17 at UMass’ Augusta Savage Gallery in Amherst. It’s a …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘Sin Nombre’ at Amherst Cinema; ‘Still Waters, Rolling Seas’ at the Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton

Friday, January 23, 2015

FILM DISCUSSION It’s been called a film about redemption and faith. “Sin Nombre,” the 2009 film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga that tells the story of a teenage girl leaving her native country, was a breakout at the Sundance Film Festival that year. It will be shown Wednesday …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Oscar-nominated films at Amherst Cinema; photo exhibit of Northampton’s past at Hosmer Gallery

Friday, January 23, 2015

OSCAR POWER Amherst Cinema is featuring two films that have snagged 17 Academy Award nominations between them. “Birdman” (nine nominations), is a black comedy starring Michael Keaton as an aging actor, famous for portraying an iconic hero, trying to mount a Broadway play. “The Imitation Game” (eight nominations) …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: One-of-a-kind The Bad Plus to play Iron Horse in Northampton

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jazz trios don’t come any more dazzling than The Bad Plus. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King make accessibly adventurous music that’s even more fun when you can see the three longtime friends in …

Book Bag: ‘The Jaguar’s Children’ by John Vaillant

Friday, January 23, 2015

THE JAGUAR’S CHILDREN By John Vaillant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt www.thetigerbook.com John Vaillant scored well with critics and readers in the past several years with two books of nonfiction, including “The Tiger,” a tale of a search for a …

Valley Readings

Friday, January 23, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: LIMERED TEAHOUSE: Ware author Tim Parker will sign copies of his book “Wispa” Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m., at the teahouse, 50 Main St., Amherst. 405-458-5642. LOOMIS VILLAGE: Mystery writer Dusty …

Your Time: Coffee shops, Hampshire County

Friday, January 23, 2015

Over the past few weeks, Gazette photographers visited just a tiny sampling of Hampshire County’s many, many coffee shops. At places like Amherst Coffee and Rao’s Coffee, both in Amherst and SIP Café, the Roost and Haymarket Café, …

Headliners: ‘Dérive’ at the Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst; duoJalal at UMass

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Drifters Noting that everyday life under advanced capitalism was becoming increasingly predictable and monotonous, a group of French intellectuals in the 1950s came up with the idea of the dérive (“drift”). They defined it as “an unplanned …

Movie Times

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Daily 1:20, 6:40, 9:25; Sun. also 11 a.m.; Wed. no 6:40 Citizenfour (R) Daily 4 The Imitation Game (PG-13) Daily 1:50, 4:20, 7:05, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 10:50 a.m. …

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

Before I Go to Sleep: A woman (Nicole Kidman) wakes up every day remembering nothing, the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her. …