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Elizabeth Mercer in her studio in Easthampton.

Art Maker: Elizabeth Mercer | Glass mosaic artist

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Elizabeth Mercer has been making vibrant glass-on-glass mosaics for about five years. The pieces she makes at her studio at One Cottage Street in Easthampton are meant to be hung in windows so that natural light will shine through and color the room. “It’s an effect that changes throughout the day, as the sun shifts,” said Mercer, 44, of Florence. Right now, she’s working on pieces for “The 5 Elements: 5 Artists in Mosaic,” an exhibit at the Elusie Gallery in Easthampton for which she has collaborated with four other Valley mosaic artists. “I was given the element of fire,” Mercer said, “so I’ve been …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Taking the hogwash cure

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series. To view the other columns, Gluten Mountain (Sept. 11) and the Kale Pit (Sept. 25), visit www.gazettenet.com. Having recently explored the doughy wonders of Gluten Mountain and the reeking stench of the Kale Pit, I turn now for one last look at how food fads are changing our landscape. And of course, I’m …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Hamlet’ at Amherst Cinema; military vets show artwork at Northampton Arts Night Out

Thursday, October 8, 2015

TRAGIC TRANSFORMATION British actor Benedict Cumberbatch transformed himself into computer scientist, mathematician, logician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game”; he became Australian WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate”; and he’s done a turn as Massachusetts’ own Billy Bulger in “Black Mass.” Now’s your chance to see him as the world’s most-famous Dane: Cumberbatch stars as Hamlet in an HD …

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Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Northampton Film Festival; Riverside Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival

Thursday, October 8, 2015

LIGHTING UP SCREENS With an inspiring “the show must go on” spirit, Northampton Community Television and local partners are picking up the pieces of what once was the “Northampton Independent Film Festival” for a series of screenings Friday through Sunday at the Academy of Music at 274 Main …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Anthony Marra’s ‘The Tsar of Love and Techno’ at the Odyssey Bookshop; Northampton Art Council’s 2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition at Forbes Library

Thursday, October 8, 2015

FROM RUSSIA (AND CHECHNYA) WITH CHAOS One of the best novels I’ve read in a while is “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” Anthony Marra’s tale about people caught up in the Chechen-Russian wars of the mid-1990s and early 2000s (it came out in 2013 but I read it …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Peter Cushing goes mod in ‘Corruption’

Thursday, October 8, 2015

British actor Peter Cushing was famous for his roles in Hammer films, appearing as the sinister Baron Frankenstein, vampire hunter Van Helsing and as Sherlock Holmes. In 1968, however, he left the 19th-century settings he seemed so suited …

Headliners: Split Knuckle Theatre’s ‘Endurance’ at UMass; Northampton Film Festival

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Desktop adventure Beaten by Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott in the race to be the first to reach the South Pole, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to become the first to make a transcontinental crossing of Antarctica. Catastrophe …

Your Time: Hatfield Fall Festival

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Last Sunday at Hatfield’s 15th annual fall festival, community members were united with their heritage, the fruits of their labor and each other as the event brought folks together in one last grasp onto outdoor fellowship before weather …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dan Bern at the Parlor Room and much more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Singer/songwriter Dan Bern is an inspired storyteller, grabbing you with memorable opening lines and then twisting expectations with what follows. Like “Jerusalem,” one of his fans’ favorites: “When I tell you that I love you / don’t test …

Movie Times

Thursday, October 8, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org A Borrowed Identity (NR) Daily 4:40, 7:25; Sat.-Sun. also 2:05 Coming Home (PG-13) Daily 1:50, 4:15, 6:50, 9:15; Sat.-Sun. also 11:45 a.m. Goodnight Mommy (R) Daily 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:25; …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

99 HOMES: A father (Andrew Garfield) struggles to get back the home his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker (Michael Shannon) who’s the source of his frustration. Rated R. BLACK MASS: The …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dope: Life changes for Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a geek who’s surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure. Also stars Tony Revolori, …

Q&A: Villeneuve and Deakins talk light and dark in ‘Sicario’

Thursday, October 8, 2015

‘The Prince of Darkness” was the nickname of cinematographer legend Gordon Willis, but Roger Deakins, too, has shown a kingly command of shadows. Recall the sleek Shanghai skyscraper scene of “Skyfall,” the desperate moonlit horse ride of “True …