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William Sieruta

Art Maker: William Sieruta | Painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, May 21, 2015

William Sieruta was born in 1980 and lives and works in Leverett. After receiving a master’s degree in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he worked in New York City as a studio assistant and gallery manager. Recently, though, he’s been trying to establish a sustainable art practice away from New York and the art world there. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. William Sieruta: “Thirty Shirts and a Zebra” is a collection of paintings and a large contorted black-and-white painted steel sculpture. I use delicate washes of patterned stripes, dots, and grids to both describe form and …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Put your money where your vote is

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In a stunning announcement certain to rattle the 2016 campaign, a veteran political force has declared itself a candidate for the presidency. Mammon, the long-worshipped Biblical figure better known as Money, is now running for president. Mammon has always been in politics, especially in the last few decades when candidates and congressmen could barely open their mouths without unleashing streams of projectile currency. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Elaine Bromka’s ‘Tea for Three’ at Northampton Senior Center; The Eris String Quartet in Amherst

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FLOTUS X 3 Emmy Award-winning actor Elaine Bromka (a Smith College grad, by the way) has performed her one-woman show, “Tea for Three” all across the country. You can catch it Friday at 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Bromka portrays former first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as each prepares for the end of …

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Art Maker: Eric Broudy | Photographer

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Photographer Eric Broudy, 74, says he wants to help build a greater art presence in his hometown of Amherst. To that end, one of his current projects is soliciting photographs from anyone who lives or works in Amherst …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Walking alone

Thursday, May 14, 2015

On a recent morning, as I was passing Jackson Street School in Northampton, I noticed that many of the students were accompanied by parents who were walking or bicycling with them. Things were different when I was growing up. Then, a parent could take you to school on …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Tuaca (‘Waka Waka Waka’)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

An old friend, Beth (a self-described lunch junkie), asked me recently to take a trip over “the bridge” with her to Osteria Vespa, a new restaurant at 28 Amity St. in Amherst. I was onboard as soon as …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Guitarist Andrew Leonard in South Deerfield; ‘Tarry Four,’ dances at A.P.E.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

‘guitar in the sanctuary’ Classical guitarist Andrew Leonard performs Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 15 Thayer St., South Deerfield. Leonard’s been called “a guitar phenomenon” (Portland Phoenix of Maine) and a “spirited and convincing performer” (Soundboard). He’ll perform Spanish music, pieces inspired by …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Smith College Illumination Night; Leonard Cohen tribute

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NIGHT LIGHTS Smith College will be a busy place this weekend, with reunion drawing hundreds of alums back to their alma mater and the 137th commencement Sunday bringing in the loved ones of graduating students. The college invites the public to enjoy Illumination Night from 8:30 to 10 …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Book: ‘In the Kingdom of Ice’; Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BEFORE THE POLAR ICE BEGAN MELTING AWAY I’ve been completely absorbed by the latest book by Hampton Sides, author of “Ghost Soldiers” and other dramatic historic tales. “In the Kingdom of Ice” details an ill-fated expedition by U.S. explorers in the late 1800s to find the North Pole, …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Tables were turned

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Every once in a while, instead of bringing home a minor tale of woe of how I just missed a really good moment or picture — and I know that’s just part of the job — I get …

Your Time: May Day celebration, Common School, Amherst

Thursday, May 14, 2015

As they have for 30 years, staff and students at the Common School in Amherst celebrated May Day again this year, although it was a bit after the fact: On May 8, some 200 people gathered for the …

Movie Times

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Clouds of Sils Maria (R) Daily 1:30, 4:40; Fri.-Mon., Wed. also 6:50; Sun. also 11:20 a.m. Far from the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 1:45, 4:30, 7:15; Fri.-Mon., Wed. also 9:25; …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE AGE OF ADALINE: A young woman (Blake Lively), born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man (Michiel Huisman) who might be worth …