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MICKY BEDELL
Nan Salky works on one her latest pieces, "Clockworks," at her home in South Amherst.

Art Maker: Nan Salky | assemblage artist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artist Nan Salky, 59, works in multiple mediums, but has shifted her focus recently — away from her earlier work in painting and drawing to assemblage, using mostly vintage pieces. Now she’s working on a series of pieces based on old furniture. The search for the antiques gives her a reason, she says, to haunt shops and flea markets for …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Best of Valley Voices’ at Academy of Music; J.S. Bach Festival at UMass

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TALL TALES Only the earliest of birds got into the three “Valley Voices StorySlams” that were held earlier this year at Hinge in Northampton: They sold out weeks in advance. Now, here comes “Best of Valley Voices,” the best of the best. Ten finalists, chosen by audiences during those earlier slams, will take the stage Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Maltese Falcon’ at Academy of Music; Stan Sherer photo exhibit at Historic Northampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A FILM FOR THE AGES As part of the “All Hamptons Read” program, the film “The Maltese Falcon” will be screened Sunday. Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, the 1941 film noir is based on the 1929 classic detective novel by Dashiell Hammett. The late film critic Roger Ebert considered it to be one of the greatest movies ever made. Academy …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: “Spring Arts Festival” at Amherst College; a “Revolutionary Muster’ at Historic Deerfield

Thursday, April 16, 2015

MUSIC IN THE IVORY HALLS While UMass hosts a Bach festival this weekend, Amherst College is also offering up its share of music, as part of the school’s second annual “Spring Arts Festival.” On Saturday at 5 p.m., the college glee club will celebrate its 150th anniversary with …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Just perfect

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My dinner at home was set in motion — the salmon fillets were marinating, and the sweet potato and veggies were in the oven. With time to spare, I thought I’d treat myself to a before-dinner cocktail. But …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Coming up short

Thursday, April 16, 2015

One of my favorite features in Hampshire Life is “Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide.” (I’ll leave it up to the reader to decide what it says about me that I am often familiar with his movie picks.) My reason for mentioning the column is that I have the sense …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The brand-new Mammal Dap CD features the band’s portrait in needlepoint (done by Sarah Laakso), displayed on wood paneling, as if in grandma’s rec room. But the simplified figures and font also look like something from a classic …

Book Bag: ‘The Chapel’ by Michael Downing; ‘Letters Grom Erastus: Field Notes on Grace’ by Anne. D. Emerson

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE CHAPEL By Michael Downing Counterpoint Press www.michaeldowningbooks.com Novelist Michael Downing impressed critics several years ago with “Perfect Agreement,” a book that was part academic satire and part exploration of finding new meaning in life. He also won …

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ANCHOR HOUSE OF ARTISTS: Jo O’Lone Hahn reads from the work of the late Anchor House artist and poet Mary Dunn Sunday, 2-4 p.m., 518 Pleasant Street, Northampton. 584-4323 BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: …

Headliners: ‘Cyclonic: Readings from ‘The Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay’ ” at Wistariahurst Museum;

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Before there was Lady Gaga ... ... before there was Madonna, there was Eva Tanguay (1878-1947), the Holyoke-raised singer who became America’s most popular live entertainer in the early years of the 19th century. Appearing first in Broadway …

Movie Times

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (NR) Daily 4:50, 7:30; Sat.-Sun. also 2:10 The Hunting Ground (PG-13) Daily 4:05; Wed. also 2, 7; Sat.-Sun. also 7; Mon., Tues., Thurs. also 2 While We’re Young (R) Daily 2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:30; …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CHILD 44: A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Stars Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace. Rated R. CINDERELLA: When her father (Ben Chaplin) unexpectedly passes …

Your Time: Dock Day at Oxbow Marina, Northampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Young and old gathered at the Oxbow Marina in Northampton Saturday for Dock Day, an annual rite of spring for boaters looking forward to summer weekends on the Connecticut River. The marina owners fire up the grill, people …