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Randi Stein at her home in Amherst.

Art Maker: Randi Stein | painter, collage artist

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

During the past year, Amherst artist Randi Stein has been investigating the qualities of the Hebrew letters — letters, which according to Jewish legend, called the universe into being. For her latest exhibit, “The Letters Speak,” on view at the Jewish Community of Amherst, Stein, 66, says, “I invited the letters to speak to me, and have let my hands respond with the media of paper and paint.” Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Randi Stein: The images are produced using colored papers and paint — collages that are my response to the sounds, shapes and meanings of the letters. I am …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Showtime’s ‘Homeland’; ECA+’s ‘Light up the Arts Holiday Bash’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

COME BACK HOME(LAND) If you used to love Showtime’s “Homeland,” but tuned out because of mind-numbing boredom with last year’s extended focus on Brody’s daughter and her adolescent angst, take heart and get back onboard. This season, Carrie, Saul and company — “The” company — are back on track with great cliff-hanging episodes in what is, once again, a top-notch intelligence thriller. Warning: …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Florence Christmas parade; ‘Messiah’ sing-along with Da Camera Singers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

TIME TRAVEL For a homespun community event that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, check out the Christmas parade in Florence, now in its 25th year. The parade features city political leaders, Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Florence Community Band playing up a storm. It sets off Saturday from Trinity Row Park at 10 a.m., heads down Main …

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Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Signature Sounds anniversary concerts; Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry at the Parlor Room

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY As of Tuesday, there were still tickets available for three of four Thanksgiving weekend concerts at Northampton’s Academy of Music, presented by Signature Sounds to celebrate the label’s 20th anniversary. From folk-blues troubadour Chris Smither, to alt-bluegrass pickers Crooked Still, to the …

Slice of Life: Robot dreams

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Well, it’s Black Friday again. Christmas is approaching, and I thought I knew what I wanted for a gift this year: my very own robot. I once wrote a whimsical piece in Hampshire Life about wanting a robot, …

Headliners: T.S. Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’; ‘Russian Ark’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Poetry and music Described by the critic Russell Kirk as “the greatest twentieth-century achievement in the poetry of philosophy and religion,” T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” consists of four interlinked meditations that range across humankind’s relationship with time, memory, …

Carol Lollis’ photo gallery: And in my next life ...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I was on an assignment at Cherry Hill Co-Housing in Amherst recently, when I spotted this clothesline. It struck a chord with me for a couple of reasons: First, I believe in using a clothesline — and I …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It’s a celebration so big it needs an entire weekend. The Northampton-based and internationally lauded record label Signature Sounds turns 20 this year, so it’s doing what it does best, showcasing its favorite musicians, with four concerts in …

Book Bag: ‘All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn’ by Jason Sokol; ‘A Different Blaze’ by Fred Pelka

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ALL EYES ARE UPON US: RACE AND POLITICS FROM BOSTON TO BROOKLYN By Jason Sokol Basic Books www.jasonsokol.com Springfield native Jason Sokol, who teaches history at the University of New Hampshire, wrote his dissertation on how average whites …

Your Time: Playgroup at Whole Children, Hadley

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

If it’s Friday morning, it’s playtime at Whole Children in Hadley. The organization, which was founded by parents of children with special needs, offers programs and classes for children from toddler through teens with a range of abilities. …

Movie listings

Wednesday, November 26, 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: Touch of Evil (NR) The Theory of Everything (PG-13) Whiplash …

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 …

New on DVD

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

As Above, So Below: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover a dark secret. Stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge. Rated R. The Congress: An aging, …