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Guru Karam Khalsa in Gallery A3 with his art work

Art Maker: Guru Karam Khalsa | sculptor, painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guru Karam Khalsa, 53, enjoys working with all types of media and using a variety of approaches in his art. In the past, he’s shown paintings, mixed media works and sculpture at Gallery A3 in Amherst, where he has been a member since its inception in 2001. His current exhibit, “Reclaim,” features sculptures made using old wood. Khalsa, who moved …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Jamie Kent farewell concert (Oct. 25); jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee (Oct. 28), at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LEAVING THE 413 Local musician Jamie Kent has been making music in Northampton and its environs all his life. But he’s a man with a plan and has been expanding his musical horizons as he tours solo or with his band, The Options. Now Kent, a 2005 grad of Northampton High, is grabbing his guitar and heading to Nashville. His goodbye concert will …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Gregory Stone exhibit; talk by journalist, author by Bob Herbert

Thursday, October 23, 2014

‘ON THE JOB’ In 1981, Gregory Stone talked to me in an interview for the Gazette about his work and its roots in the Valley. He paints, he said, “what I know, what I see out there every day, people and landscapes.” In his portraits, he said, “I’m looking for whatever people are, inside themselves.” For a new exhibit, “On the Job,” he …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tift Merritt at Calvin Theatre; ‘Love Art Magazine’ at Academy of Music

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LADY SONGSMITHS Northampton’s Calvin Theatre hosts an Oct. 24 show pairing two fine country-tinged songwriters. Mary Chapin Carpenter first hit the big time in the 1990s with a string of albums and singles that topped the country and Billboard charts. Tift Merritt hasn’t sold as many records, but …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Strike one, strike two ... home run!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was in the doghouse, and I deserved to be there: My friend Jean and I had gone to the Cellar Bar in Easthampton to do “research” for one of these articles and I didn’t mention her name. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Pajama Slave Dancers and much, much more music in the Valley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You say “Pajama Slave Dancers,” I say “tinfoil.” It takes a lot for something to stick out in my mess of a memory, but of the thousand-plus shows I’ve seen, the Pajama Slave Dancers opening for the Pixies …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Jury-rigged

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I was at the Hungry Ghost in Northampton a couple of weeks ago when I admired the ingenuity of this set-up: I love that they wrapped a vine around the doorknob to keep the door open, and I …

Your Time: Northampton ReUse Committee’s 75% + Art Show and Sale

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Helping old items find new purpose was the idea behind the Northampton ReUse Committee’s “75%+ReUse” art show and sale, held Saturday at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. The day-long events — all aimed at reducing consumption and …

Book Bag: ‘Amity’ by Micol Ostow; ‘Gateways to Abomination’ by Matthew M. Bartlett

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMITY By Micol Ostow Egmont USA www.micolostow.com New York writer Micol Ostow has penned numerous books for teens and young readers, including the graphic novel “So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother).” In “Amity,” she’s …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Dana Sawyer, will talk about his new biography, “Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper: Living the World’s Religions: The Authorized Biography of a 21st Century Spiritual Giant,” Oct. 26, 4 p.m., at …

Movie listings

Thursday, October 23, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Dear White People (R) Double Indemnity (NR) My Old Lady (PG-13) The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) (R) Pride (R) CINEMARK …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY: The day for young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) begins with gum stuck in his hair, and is followed by more calamities. He gets little sympathy from his family and …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Begin Again: A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive (Mark Ruffalo) and a young singer-songwriter who is new to Manhattan (Keira Knightley) turns into a promising collaboration between the two. Also stars Adam Levine. Rated R. Behaving …