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Art Maker: Elizabeth Stone | figurative artist

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elizabeth Stone is a contemporary figurative artist who works at her home studio in Florence, which she loves, she says, because of its “village feel.” She began painting in the late 1990s when she inherited her grandfather’s set of pastels. With her three boys busy at school, Stone, now 64, says she learned to paint by taking workshops with master …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Too big to fail? Remember the dinosaurs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

For the past few weeks, I’ve found myself thinking about dinosaurs. And about Einstein. Stay with me now. I loved dinosaurs as a kid. I collected little plastic ones and knew all the names. Brontosaurus, T. Rex, Trachodon. Many of these names have since changed (How does a dinosaur change its name and why don’t they change them to names like Mitch or …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: First impressions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You can only make a first impression once. At The Mick, the bar at the entrance of the Delaney House on Route 5 in Holyoke, they make a good one. My friend Chris and I arrived at The Mick one day recently before it was officially opened. But Charlie, who was busy cutting …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: John Hodgman at the Academy of Music; Smith College Fall Faculty Dance Concert

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A FUNNY GUY TV ads are more annoying than edifying, but a few are worth watching. Like the ones some time back for Apple computers that featured John Hodgman as a PC. He was hilarious. Hodgman, who was also very funny as a “resident expert” on “The Daily …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Diorama Show’ at A.P.E. Gallery; ‘Raise Your Voice’ concert at the Academy of Music

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LITTLE WORLDS Dioramas, three-dimensional scenes created within containers, are fascinating. They are often small, but to scale, and sometimes they are held within the most ingenious containers. “The Diorama Show” at the A.P.E. gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton, features eight local artists whose work can be scene in …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: The Jack DeJohnette Trio, ‘Speak No Evil’ at UMass; Rainy Day People at the Iron Horse

Thursday, November 20, 2014

JAZZED AT UMASS Looking for instrumental or vocal jazz this weekend? The University of Massachusetts Amherst has you covered. On Nov. 21, the Jack DeJohnette Trio, which includes Ravi Coltrane — son of saxophone legend John Coltrane — plays Bowker Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets at fineartscenter.com. On …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Stray Birds at the Iron Horse and other musical happenings in the Valley this week

Thursday, November 20, 2014

If you find record stores romantic and hope they stay around a while, Oliver Craven, Maya de Vitry and Charles Muench of The Stray Birds have written you a sad love song of sorts, “Best Medicine,” the title …

Headliners: Northampton Jazz Workshop; Pioneer Valley Musicians’ Emergency Fund benefit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jazz, tap and hip hop “We’re doing something a little different this week,” says Paul Arslanian of the Northampton Jazz Workshop. “In conjunction with a school show we are doing at Northampton High School, we will be featuring …

Your Time: Senior Citizen Bowling League, Canal Bowling Lanes, Southampton

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Senior Citizen Bowling League has been meeting at Canal Bowling Lanes in Southampton for seven years, but it’s an organization with a long history (much like many of its members). The league was started in the 1970s …

Book Bag: ‘Do You Know Your Noses?’ by Anne Marie Frank; ‘Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene’ by Emily Monosson; ‘After the Rain’ by Jonathan Wright

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DO YOU KNOW YOUR NOSES? By Anne Marie Frank About a year ago, Florence resident Anne Marie Frank lost her job and decided to use her free time on a long-cherished project: creating a children’s book based around …

Valley Readings

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ARMS LIBRARY: Gerald McFarland reads from his new novel, “What the Owl Saw,” Nov. 23, 3 p.m., at the library, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls. 625-9708 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Gregory Maguire reads from …

Movie listings

Thursday, November 20, 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) Dear White People (R) Hard-Boiled Noir: Kiss Me Deadly (NR) Whiplash (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BIG HERO 6: A special bond develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (the voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (the voice of Ryan Potter), when they team up with a group of friends to form a …