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Christina Svane in her Blue Guitar Dance Studio

Art maker: Christie Svane | dancer/choreographer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christina Svane says she always knew she wanted to dance. Born in San Francisco in 1954, she came east for college, then moved to New York City where she danced professionally. She toured Europe with Steve Paxton, founder of Contact Improvisation, and taught at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Svane, who lives in Florence, moved …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A side trip for a Sidecar

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I was feeling rather dapper in my black suit as I cruised recently down Route 91, so I thought to myself, “I’m going to take a little side trip to the Whately Inn.” The atmosphere at the Whately Inn is always warm and inviting, but especially at this time of year. The restaurant, …

Style Stop: Julia Mailloux

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Julia Mailloux, 19, of Westhampton, was making her way along Main Street in Northampton recently when the Style Stop team noticed her. Mailloux, who is studying to be a hairstylist at Marinello School of Beauty on Pleasant Street in Northampton, was dressed for warmth in a comfortable-looking jacket, accented by a sweeping scarf, …

Book Bag: ‘This Park Prohibits Bicycles, Dogs, Balls & Romantic Gestures: A Mo Willems Sketchbook’; ‘Everett’ by Jenifer Ruff; ‘John William Ward: Am American Idealist; by Kim Townsend

Thursday, December 18, 2014

THIS PARK PROHIBITS BICYCLES, DOGS, BALLS & ROMANTIC GESTURES: A MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK By Mo Willems www.mowillems.com Cartoonist, children’s author and former TV animator and writer Mo Willems, who lives in Northampton, spent a year in Paris with …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ANNIE: A foster kid (Quvenzhané Wallis) sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Also stars Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale. Rated …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Miro Sprague at the Arts Block Cafe in Greenfield and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pianist and Shutesbury native Miro Sprague has made the most of 2014. He graduated from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA, joined with six of his fellow students to create the band Holophonor (which …

Your Time: Choosing a Christmas tree

Thursday, December 18, 2014

At this time of year, folks are out in force, picking out their Christmas trees. Kathy Hayford and Nancy Cheevers and Cheevers’ son, Ryan Cheevers, for example, were at Chestnut Mountain Tree Farm in Hatfield where they’ve gone …

ID: Rebekah Brooks

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rebekah Brooks is a jeweler with stores in Cambridge and Northampton. She says her upbringing in rural New Hampshire, in a house that resembles a sculpture, and her artist parents, provided her with a world of natural inspiration. …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: 2014: Year of the frowny face

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This year winds down with a unique distinction. Congratulations, 2014. Your grim news, replete with plagues and bombs and occasional beheadings, has made you the first year in history to be forever written with an emoticon. From now on, this waning, woeful year will be written as 2014 …

Laurie Loisel’ Best Bets: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’; ‘Sound of Music’ sing-along on ABC

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HOBBITS IN TOWN The long-awaited final Hobbit movie, “The Battle of the Five Armies” is now playing, bringing much excitement to the fans of the 1937 novel by English author J.R.R. Tolkien. Peter Jackson directed the three films based on Tolkien’s beloved classic. The fabulous Martin Freeman plays …

Movie listings

Thursday, December 18, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Force Majeure (R) It’s a Wonderful Life (NR) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (PG) The …

Chef’s Best: Take comfort in an almost effortless onion soup

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Talk about a vegetable that’s everywhere. The humble onion is one the most common aromatic vegetables, popping up in so many ways across so many cuisines. And it’s not just for taste. The onion also happens to be …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Making a list, checking it twice

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How could a photographer not take a picture of Cat McGaffigan, of Florence, decked out in Christmas attire? She was looking for children’s names included on the “good list” while volunteering as one of Santa’s helpers Tuesday at …