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Author Dusty Miller of Belchertown.

Art People: Dusty Miller | writer

Thursday, July 24, 2014

When she was growing up, Dusty Miller loved reading fiction, and she loved writing. She imagined she might be a writer when she was older. Miller did end up writing, though as an outgrowth of her career as a psychotherapist and educator. Among a number of titles, her 1994 book, “Women Who Hurt Themselves,” has sold pretty steadily over the … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: New Century Theatre’s ‘Clybourne Park’; Double Edge Theatre’s ‘Shahrazad’; Silverthorn Theater’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PROVOCATIVE PLAY Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for “Clybourne Park,” which also won a Tony Award that year for Best Play. Impressive credentials, and it’s a good bet that New Century Theatre’s production that opened earlier this month shines. The action in this funny and provocative play spans 50 years, from 1959 when residents in a Chicago neighborhood try to … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Filmmaker Ken Burns compares notes with creator of ‘House of Cards’; ‘Moonstruck’ at Pothole Pictures

Thursday, July 24, 2014

COMPARE AND CONTRAST Separately, each one would be good. But together — this should be great. Filmmaker Ken Burns, whose latest project is “The Roosevelts,” and Beau Willion, creator of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” team up for “Comparing and Contrasting the Roosevelts and the Underwoods.” A talk about history’s greats and TV’s evildoers has endless possibilities. July 27, 2 p.m., at … 0

Style Stop: Sarah Andrews — ‘It’s all about comfort’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

As the temperature was approaching the 90s on a recent afternoon, the Style Stop team spotted Sarah Andrews in front of Faces in downtown Northampton, sporting a summery outfit appropriate for the weather. Andrews, of Canton, was spending … 0

Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stilts and stories, jugglers and games, homemade masks and an informal parade — all were part of the goings-on at “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A Nineteenth-Century Children Circus,” held July 19 at the Emily Dickinson Museum in … 0

ID: Ron Baranowski, weight lifter, body builder

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lifelong area resident Ron Baranowski is an entrepreneur, weight lifter and bodybuilder who describes himself as “hardworking and old-school trained.” He says that since childhood he’s always been eager to try new things, so after 34 years in … 0

A tuna sandwich by way of Mediterranean bruschetta

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of a long hot summer day is turn on the oven and make a meal. So here’s a delicious solution that requires no more heat than is … 0

What happens to your online accounts when you die?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

You’ve probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online? Grieving relatives might want access for sentimental reasons, … 0

Photo Gallery: Three little pigs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

About a month-and-a-half ago my neighbor in Westhampton called to tell me he had some baby pigs in his barn, and that I should come take a look, and maybe a picture. My neighbor’s got a great track … 0

Art People: Carl Erikson | textile artist

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Carl Erikson doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t fascinated by fabric. As a 12-year-old in a Chicago suburb in the early ’50s he’d take a train into the city on a Saturday and wander, always ending up … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Old Deerfield Productions’ ‘Frankenstein’; ‘Free Fun Friday’ at Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TAKE IT TO THE BANK Inspired by the Gothic features of the former First National Bank building in Greenfield, Old Deerfield Productions created an original adaptation of “Frankenstein,” to be performed in the space, with a script by Lindel Hart, who also plays the Creature. Don’t expect a … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Disney’s ‘Frozen’, free in Easthampton; ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, July 17, 2014

‘FROZEN’ A summer night, a starry sky, a great movie — what could be better? Easthampton’s outdoors movie night on July 19 screens “Frozen,” Disney’s computer-animated musical fantasy featuring lots of snow and ice in a story about love and family, two sisters, a mountain man, a reindeer … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Yo Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide’ at the Ko Festival in Amherst; Chris Bohjalian talks about his new novel at Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

YO MISS! Actress, radio producer and educator Judith Sloan spent 15 years teaching in schools and jails, where she got an introduction to hip-hop culture, rapper Immortal Technique and the tragic lives of some students. Sloan recalls those experiences, as well as her own family history, in her … 0