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Rob Kimmel works on a watercolor, "Persea," in his Florence studio for an upcoming Mill Arts Project, "Mothholes."

Art Maker: Rob Kimmel |painter, curator

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florence artist Rob Kimmel, 44, is busy these days, curating art shows: There’s a group show, “Horns to Tale,” on view through the end of June at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton in which a dozen artists have created monsters and animals and fantastical beings. Another group show, “Mothholes,” will open in September at the MAP space in Eastworks in …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Inside Out’ at Cinemark, Tower Theaters; Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe at Porter-Phelps Museum

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UPSIDE DOWN It was Father’s Day and my family wanted to see the new Pixar movie, “Inside Out.” I’m not that into animated films, but I put on my game face. At least there’ll be popcorn, I thought. To my surprise, I loved this movie about a girl whose life is uprooted when her family moves. Her emotions — Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Roz Chast exhibit; ‘Northampton Family Fourth’

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CARTOONS TO LIVE BY I, for one, think an exhibit of Roz Chast cartoons is well worth a summer drive to Stockbridge. Lots of people love her New Yorker cartoons. I couldn’t put down her hilarious and profound memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant,” about her parents’ decline in their elder years, their loss of independence and death. How, you ask, …

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Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Lonesome Brothers at the Parlor Room; Fred Marcellino exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum

Thursday, June 25, 2015

IT WAS THIRTY YEARS AGO TODAY Before they put on “a really big shew” at the Green River Festival July 10-12, Signature Sounds will help the Lonesome Brothers celebrate 30 years with a Saturday concert at Northampton’s Parlor Room. Jim Armenti and Ray Mason will take turns playing …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lonesome Brothers celebrate 30 years together and other musical happenings this week

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Two summery Saturdays ago, local singer/songwriters Jim Armenti and Ray Mason played separate daytime solo sets inside the Platinum Pony in Easthampton. The air was heavy with humidity and the crowd was heavy with other local musicians, intently …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Looking with a (new) eye toward the future

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A few weeks ago, I had cataract surgery, something that has become, as my friend Nancy noted, a regular rite of passage for the elderly. I spent half a day in the well-run, high-tech Cataract and Laser Center in West Springfield, where my ophthalmologist’s group, Eye Physicians of …

Movie times

Thursday, June 25, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Far From the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 2, 6:50; Sat. no 2; Mon. no 6:50 I’ll See You in My Dreams (PG-13) Daily 2:10, 4:20, 7:25, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 11:20 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A LITTLE CHAOS: Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles. Stars Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci. Rated R. DOPE: Life changes for Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a …

Headliners: ‘The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord’ at Chester Theatre; ‘The Juliet Letters’ at the Yiddish Book Center

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Group re-write Setting to work with a penknife over three consecutive evenings in 1804, Thomas Jefferson cut and pasted passages from the King James Bible into a book — titled “The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth” — that …

Book Bag: ‘Jonathan Sternberg’ and ‘The Great Romance: The Sun Returns, Time Never,’ both by Carl Vigeland

Thursday, June 25, 2015

JONATHAN STERNBERG By Carl Vigeland Tricorn Books www.carlvigeland.com Amherst author Carl Vigeland has written about such things as golf and the business side of running Harvard University, but a more frequent topic has been music. The son of …

Valley Readings

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: SMITH COLLEGE: Don Horton and Susan Cocalis read from their work Sunday, 3 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room, at the college in Northampton. Part of the “Gallery of Readers” series. UNIVERSITY …

Headliners: Leah Song, Chloe Smith, Friday, Pearl Street, Northampton; Hampshire Choral Society performs John Knowles Paine’s Mass in D, UMass FAC

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Not your mother’s Southern music Raised by “radical folk musician parents” in Atlanta, sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith “spent our childhood following and learning and studying Appalachian folk in music circles, at contra dances and at folk …

Your Time: Sugarloaf Youth Track League, Northampton

Thursday, June 25, 2015

There is a time — before winning becomes the main reward, losing means only disappointment, parents become all-too vocal coaches and participation in track meets is done for glory — when competing in a track meet and the …