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Martha Brouwer draws her acrylic paintings using a palette knife at her house in Hadley.

Art maker: Martha Brouwer | painter

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Martha Brouwer often paints what she sees, but always with a twist. From an eye-opening commercial fishing trip to Alaska to designing seafood magazines, Brouwer’s jobs have left an imprint on her paintings. Birds, fish and people meet in her imagination with peculiar connections: In one painting, for example, a woman shares a couch with an outlandish fish and an …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Area art exhibits about to close; First Night Northampton

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

END-OF-MONTH CLEARANCE It’s the end of the month, so many area art exhibits will soon close. Here are several that are worth a look (or, perhaps a second look): Michael Metzger’s collages, Cushman Market & Cafe, North Amherst, through Dec. 31; “The Blue and White Series” by Frank Ozereko, and “Life After Life” by Ken Kipen, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton, through Dec. 31; …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘Messiah’ sing at Village Church in Cummingtonl ‘Broadchurch’, a British crime drama

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

50 AND COUNTING Fifty times the Village Church in Cummington has staged a community sing of the Christmas portion of “The Messiah,” George Frederic Handel’s famous oratorio composed in 1741. For its 50th anniversary presentation, the conductor will be Gregory Hayes of Goshen, a lecturer at Dartmouth College, music director at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence and harpsichordist for the Springfield …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: First Night Northampton; guitar music at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

LAST NIGHT, NORTHAMPTON It’s called First Night, but since the celebration is on New Year’s Eve, isn’t it the last night of the year? Whatever — the salient point is that on Wednesday, from noon to midnight, First Night Northampton features entertainment in 20 downtown venues: music, theater, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: LuxDeluxe takes over Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

As 1968 drew to a close, The Rolling Stones were the ringleaders of a rock ‘n’ roll circus, putting live music under a big top (on a London soundstage). Here at the end of 2014, local rockers LuxDeluxe …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Planes, trains and anamneses

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The other day, I was waiting at the traffic light at Damon and Bridge roads in Northampton to make a left onto the bridge, when a small plane zoomed in overhead to land at the nearby Northampton Airport. (A pilot friend once joked to me that they were …

Your Time: Allsport Soccer Arena, Northampton

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Allsport Soccer Arena at 54 Old Ferry Road in Northampton, an indoor sporting facility, is open seven days a week. During its season — Nov. 1 through April 1 — three sessions of soccer are offered, for youth …

Bookbag: ‘Prophecies, Libels & Dreams: Stories’ by Ysabeau Wilce; ‘Young Women in a Garden: Stories; by Delia Sherman; B.V. Brooks’ Pre- Art, Photos & Postcards

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PROPHECIES, LIBELS & DREAMS By Ysabeau S. Wilce Small Beer Press ysabeauwilce.tumblr.com YOUNG WOMAN IN A GARDEN By Delia Sherman Small Beer Press www.sff.net/people/kushnerSherman/Sherman/ Small Beer Press in Easthampton has rounded out 2014 with two new collections of …

Headliners: Berkshire Bach Society; paintings by Deborah Sklar

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Bach is back Returning to the Academy of Music in Northampton Jan. 2 for its annual “Bach at New Year’s” concert, the Berkshire Bach Society comes armed with an expanded string section and augmented by three trumpet virtuosi …

Photo gallery: Good tidings to all

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas is over, but I’m still in the holiday spirit. For me, that begins Thanksgiving week and continues right on into the new year. As I photographed these folks earlier this month at The Merry Maple lighting ceremony …

Movie listings

Wednesday, December 24, 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) Force Majeure (R) The Imitation Game (PG-13) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (PG) The Theory of Everything (PG-13) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ANNIE: A foster kid (Quvenzhané Wallis) sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Also stars Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale. Rated …

Chef’s Best: Seek the savory side of chocolate in the new year

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

While I still pay attention to what I eat during the holidays, I nonetheless allow plenty of small splurges. And those splurges mostly can be summed up in one word: chocolate! Trouble is, the holidays eventually pass, but …