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JERREY ROBERTS
Sandra Rae paints at her home in Easthampton Thursday, Feb. 19.

Art Maker: Sandra J. Rae | painter

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sandra J. Rae of Easthampton works in oil and acrylic and exhibits landscapes and still-life paintings. “Painting, for me, is an act of communing with myself and a communication with the materials at hand,” she writes in an artist’s statement. “My intention is to create paintings that share an intimate life pace and relate a love of the act of …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Tipperary is closer than you think

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Browsing online recently, I came across a cocktail called the Tipperary. Basically, it’s a Manhattan with the addition of Green Chartreuse, a distinctive liqueur made in France by Carthusian monks using a secret recipe of 130 herbs, plants and flowers. With the green in mind, and St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, I thought …

Valley Readings

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Novelist David Vann reads from his work Tuesday, 8 p.m., at the bookstore, 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 AMHERST WOMEN’S CLUB: William Nicholson reads from his new novel, “Amherst,” Sunday, 3 p.m., at the club, 35 Triangle St., Amherst. 253-7027 BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Frida Berrigan …

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‘Hear Ye, Israel’/Songs of loss and survival

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Theatrical force, narrative intensity, dramatic lyricism — Felix Mendelssohn packed it all into his oratorio “Elijah,” along with musical evocations of earthquakes and oceans and a miraculous ascent into the empyrean on a chariot of flames. Strongly influenced …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Consididered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf’ at A.P.E. Gallery; ‘Into the Woods Jr.’ at the Academy of Music

Friday, February 27, 2015

A SERIOUS MATTER Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” will be presented Saturday, Sunday and Monday by Serious Play! The choreopoem — poems accompanied by dance and music — stars Marcia Gomes, Vanessa Alexander, Janaya Barnes, Alysia Cosby, Kaliis Smith and …

Style Stop: Dee Pizzo

Friday, February 27, 2015

It was the White House Black Market pants and jacket and scarf from Anthropologie that caught the attention of the Style Stop team one morning in downtown Northampton. When we caught up with Dee Pizzo of Glastonbury, Connecticut, …

Art Maker: Adrienne Figus | printer, painter, puppet-maker

Friday, February 27, 2015

Adrienne Figus of Hadley, is a multifaceted artist: She makes etchings, screen prints, books, drawings and watercolors. These days, she says, she’s particularly interested in things that are cute — bones, bunnies, dinosaurs. Figus, 32, says she likes …

Valley Readings

Friday, February 27, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BREWING COMPANY: “Deja Vu: Repeated Forms in Evolution” — Tuesday, 6 p.m., at The Pub, 10 University Drive, Amherst. Part of the monthly SciTech Cafe series. scitechcafe.org. AMHERST COLLEGE: “Experiential …

Art maker: Marsha Humphrey | printmaker

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Even though Marsha Humphrey of Hatfield was exposed to the art world as a child — her father was an art historian, a museum director and curator — she didn’t receive formal art training until she started taking …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Where the cocktail is king

Thursday, February 19, 2015

For years, I’ve wandered western Massachusetts looking in vain for The Serious Cocktail Bar. Sometimes I felt like a parched man in the Sahara Desert, in search of an oasis. That’s not to suggest that there aren’t great …

Rich Szlosek’s slice of life: For local sports, a golden era

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A while back I wrote a well-received column about the late Stu Miller, who was the first (and still only) Northampton native to become a major league baseball player; he joined the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952. Since then it has occurred to me that there were other …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Mona Lisa is Missing’ at Amherst Cinema; Fred Hersch and trio at UMass

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A CLEAN GETAWAY It has the makings of a French farce: In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, a humble Italian workman at the Louvre in Paris, hid in a broom closet then walked away with the “Mona Lisa.” A documentary, “Mona Lisa is Missing,” tells the story, with writer/director Joe …