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Painter and printmaker Kathryn Fanelli at work in her studio at Eastworks in Easthampton

Art Maker: Kathryn Fanelli | painter, printmaker

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kathryn Fanelli, 48, of Amherst says she’s mainly a painter, but includes drawing, printmaking and photography in her practice. She has a studio in Eastworks in Easthampton and is a member of Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Florence. She also is an affiliate of the contemplative arts movement, and her work addresses methodologies for creating through meditation and unconscious perception. …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: It’s Greek to me

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BANKRUPTCIES: We have gathered in the Agora, Socrates, all the searching and wondering ones, hoping you might explain the Greek crisis. SOCRATES: Well might I, Bankruptcies, but little do I understand it myself. BANKRUPTCIES: Perhaps the usual dialogue? Where shall we begin? SOCRATES: Begin in pre-euro Greece, fabled land of tart wines, lovely women and the warm Aegean. I trust you are familiar …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Mr. Burns’ at New Century Theatre; ‘Free Fun Friday’ at the Eric Carle Museum

Thursday, July 30, 2015

D’oh! Here’s a unique premise: In her play “Mr. Burns,” Anne Washburn explores a post-apocalyptic world where strangers pass the time retelling the story of “Cape Feare,” an episode from “The Simpsons.” Flash forward seven years and a theater company is doing the same thing. Leap ahead 75 more years and Homer and Marge are now the pop-culture inspirations for yet another theatrical …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Zydeco Connectino at the Westhampton Field of Dreams Concert; The Republican debate

Thursday, July 30, 2015

OUTSIDE AND ABOUT Ugh. August is upon us and summer’s blessing will soon retreat. That means it’s time to experience a great summer thing: sitting outdoors at a concert. The calendar inside lists a few choice choices, but since I love the sounds of Louisiana, my pick would …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Drawings by Leonard Baskin at R. Michelson Galleries; ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at Shakespeare & Company

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BASKING IN BASKIN The late Valley artist Leonard Baskin honed his drawing skills through, as he put it, “deliberate, slug-tempoed, knuckle-aching, face wrinkling effort.” In doing so, he created a highly expressive, often dark look for a variety of topics — birds, anatomical sketches, portraits of ancient Greeks …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The band Ween was a powerful two-headed monster. Dean (Mickey Melchiondo) had the insane guitar skills, Gene (Aaron Freeman) the soulful vocals, and they took their serious talents and warped them in fun-house mirrors of recording tricks and …

Headliners: ‘Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play’ at New Century Theatre; ‘the Lavendar Blues’ at Wistariahurst

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Apocalypse D’oh! In the post-apocalypse movie “The Book of Eli,” survivor Denzel Washington undertakes to save civilization by recalling the entire King James Bible from memory. Given the nature of contemporary culture, however, a more likely scenario is …

Book Bag: ‘Miss Emily’ by Nuala O’Connor

Thursday, July 30, 2015

MISS EMILY By Nuala O’Connor Penguin Books www.nualanichonchuir.com There’s no shortage of interest in Emily Dickinson in these parts — just for starters, there’s a play about her that takes place in Amherst through this weekend, and another …

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: A.P.E. GALLERY: Poets Amy Dryansky, Carol Edelstein, Sarah Sousa and Michelle Valois will read from their work, surrounded by photographs by Kate Way, next Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the gallery, 126 …

Movie times

Thursday, July 30, 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.; Tues.-Wed. no 6:45 Infinitely Polar Bear (R) Daily 1:40, 7:05; Sat.-Sun. also 11:20 a.m. Jurassic Park (PG-13) Sun. 2, Wed. 7 A Lego Brickumentary (G) Daily 4:40; …

Movie capsules

Thursday, July 30, 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 …

Photo gallery: Smooth sailing

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to tag along with pilot Paul Sena of Worthington Ballooning for my first experience flying in a hot air balloon. It was a relatively calm afternoon so it was smooth sailing as we …

Your Time: Making books with Betsy, Chesterfield

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Children from Davenport Childcare Preschool and Bonnie’s Program for school-aged kids spent a Wednesday morning in the Chesterfield Town Hall learning how to create handmade books with Betsy Todd. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Chesterfield …