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Lois Barber works in the studio of her Amherst home.

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says she’s begun the transition away from full-time work and toward a growing focus on another of her passions: making art. “Birdz of …

Valley Readings

Friday, July 3, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Diana Whitney. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Louisa Hall reads from her new novel, “Speak,” Monday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, in …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the jewel amid the chaos. This time, I chose a background and waited for a good …

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 …

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 …