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JERREY ROBERTS
Bloody Mary by Kirsten Quistberg, a bartender at Hugo's in Northampton.

Tim Driscoll’s barhopping: Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon, and a round of golf was in the near future, but first I wanted to visit Kirsten, who bartends at Hugo’s at 315 Pleasant St. in Northampton; I had been promising for weeks to try one of her Bloody Marys. She greeted me with a smile when I entered and announced, “Today’s the day!” There were a few patrons in the bar and I sat next to my friend Al Valenta, a tattoo artist. When I ordered the Bloody Mary, one of the customers cautioned Kirsten, “Don’t blow his head off.” I told Kirsten that I did, indeed, … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Rita Bleiman reads from her new novel “Acts of Contrition,” Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, 247 Main St., Northampton. 586-4235 FORBES LIBRARY:  Andrew Lam reads from his historical novel, “Two Sons of China,” Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the library, 20 West St., Northampton. … 0

Style Stop: Vanessa Brewster is ‘30, flirty and free’

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vanessa Brewster, of Northampton, was crossing the street downtown with a friend when her bright, summery outfit caught the Style Stop team’s attention. nnn Where to?: I’m going out to breakfast with my lady friend. Today’s outfit: I wanted to wear a dress because it’s kind of hot, and I wanted to wear … 0

playing along Uneasy rider

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Motorcycling runs in my family, but apparently it skips a generation or two. Two of my uncles live and breathe the biker life. One has made frequent pilgrimages to the infamous week-long Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota, … 0

Laurie Loisel Best Bets for June 27

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GUILTY PLEASURE My guilty pleasure this summer is the FX series “The Americans,” superbly acted by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (some of us fondly remember him from “Brothers and Sisters”) playing Soviet KGB officers posing as an all-American couple while they carry out their spy duties on … 0

Suzanne Wilson best bets for June 27

Thursday, June 26, 2014

‘THE MEANING OF JULY FOURTH ...’ On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist born a slave, gave a speech in New York titled “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” It’s history that resonates still, and on June 28 at 1 p.m., a communal reading of … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets

Thursday, June 26, 2014

FITZWILLY’S CELEBRATES ITS 40th Northampton’s downtown revival was built in part around the opening of new restaurants — and in 1984, one of those cornerstone eateries, Fitzwilly’s, began serving meals. On June 28, the restaurant celebrates from noon to 8 p.m. with a free party in its parking … 0

Tim Driscoll’s barhopping: Brewing a limeade cocktail at Brewmaster’s Tavern

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sigh. ... Where to go, where to go. My friend Elaine said, “I have a gift certificate to Brewmaster’s Tavern ...” Well, I’m not going to argue with that, so off we went. You can’t miss Brewmaster’s. It’s … 0

Art People: Carolyn Clayton | installation artist

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Last month Andy Warhol’s “Race Riot” sold for $62.8 million at Christie’s New York, while kitchen sponges all over America headed for the landfill. It’s just the sort of news to get Carolyn Clayton’s creative juices flowing. “As … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST ARBORETUM: The Amherst Poet’s Arboretum Community Interest Group hosts 2nd annual reading June 22, 7 p.m. at the arboretum behind Amherst Regional Middle School. SMITH COLLEGE: Ashfield writer Lou Ratte … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, May 15, 2014

22 jump street: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum )when they go deep undercover at a local college. Also stars Ice Cube. … 0

Style Stop: Nhamodzangu Magadza is a hat man

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Nhamodzangu Magadza, of Northampton, sporting a blue Hawaiian shirt and matching fedora last week as he was passing time downtown before heading off to a landscaping job. nnn SHIRT: I always wear these … 0

Suzanne Wilson best bets for June 20

Thursday, June 19, 2014

‘FIXING OUR EYE’ The mural on Masonic Street depicting the history of women in Northampton from 1600 to 1980 made waves back in the day, and is now a familiar part of our local streetscape. Rochelle Shicoff, one of the artists who created it, will be at Historic … 0