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Photo courtesy of Betsey Garand
Betsey Garand in her New Hampshire studio

Art Maker: Betsey Garand | Printmaker

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Betsey Garand, a senior resident artist at Amherst College, divides her time between western Massachusetts and Hancock, New Hampshire, where she has a studio. She is currently working on multiple series that include prints, drawings and watercolors. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Betsey Garand: My recent work centers around ideas of resonance, balance and continuum. Biomorphic shapes intertwine with calligraphic linear elements, some seem animal-like while other shapes reference utilitarian tools or invented natural forms. There is an entwined component of flat and dimensional space, imagined and seen, with quips of comedic interactions. H.L.: What is your creative process like? B.G.: …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Grateful to be swinging my racket

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Athletes, both great and small, need to learn how to lose as well as to win. Something like grace is called on to do either well. Maybe bragging is the accepted style for boxers — remember Mohammed Ali’s classic self-display, floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee — or basketball players trash-talking. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: FallsFest music, arts festival in South Hadley; Upper Valley Music Festival in Turners Falls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MUSIC GALORE! I think we can call NRBQ venerable: The band’s been playing in one form or another since the 1960s, led throughout by mad keyboard artist Terry Adams. The group plays Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Beachgrounds in South Hadley as part of “FallsFest,” a music and arts festival that also features such performers as Seth Glier, Jose Gonzalez & Banda …

Greg Saulmon’s Best Bets: Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar at the Iron Horse; Dinosaur Jr at Mountain Park

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SULTAN OF SWING Omara “Bombino” Moctar is like any guitarist who grew up in a nomadic Tuareg tribe in Saharan Africa and found inspiration by watching videos of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler — which is to say, he isn’t quite like any other rock guitarist. In 2006, …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Amy’ at Amherst Cinema; Charles Neville at North Hall Arts Festival

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WILD ABOUT WINEHOUSE The critics are raving about “Amy,” the documentary about the late British jazz/pop star Amy Winehouse, a six-time Grammy Award winner who struggled with drug use and the crush of celebrity, dying of alcohol poisoning in 2011. Using unseen archival footage and new music tracks, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: NRBQ and many other bands play FallsFest festival at Beachgrounds in South Hadley

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A lot of bands played the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA last month, but the one that seemed to cause seismic waves of raves wasn’t a whippersnapper indie ensemble, but NRBQ, who’ve been rollicking around the world …

Movie times

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Amy (R) Daily 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:40; Sun. no 1:30, also 11 a.m.; Wed. no 6:45 Breakfast at Tiffany’s (NR) Sun. 2, Wed. 7 Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost …

Movie capsules

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMY: This documentary tells the story of the late British pop singer Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. Directed by Asif Kapadia. Rated R. ANT-MAN: Director Peyton Reed’s tale of a tiny super hero. Armed with suit that provides the ability …

Book Bag: ‘Renaissance Reflections: Selected Essays, 1976-2012’ by Arthur F. Kinney; ‘Looking for Judah: Adventures in Genealogy and Remembrance’ by David Brule

Thursday, July 23, 2015

RENAISSANCE REFLECTIONS: SELECTED ESSAYS, 1976-2012 By Arthur F. Kinney University of Massachusetts Press www.umass.edu/umpress Arthur Kinney has logged almost 50 years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; the longtime professor of literary history joined the UMass English department …

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: FLYING OBJECT: “Women’s Autobiographical Artists Books” will be presented Tuesday, 7 p.m., 42 West St., Hadley. 387-0063 JONES LIBRARY: Short-story writer R.K. “Chip” Simpson presents “The Creation of a Short Story: …

Your Time: Classic summertime fun: Eating ice cream and shooting golf balls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Eating ice cream any time of year is amazing, but in summer it’s a treat beyond compare. If you add outdoor seating, hot dogs, lobsters rolls and golf, you have the makings for an event. We took our …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Gone in a flash

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If you haven’t seen the wildlife, you’ve heard the stories and seen the pictures — like, the bear that strolled by Smith College Campus School near downtown Northampton in midday, or the mother bear that settled into a …

ID: Elizabeth MacDuffie

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Elizabeth MacDuffie is a founding editor of Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, a two-time Annual New England Book Show-winning arts and literary journal published in western Massachusetts. With the publication of each issue of the quarterly review, …