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Janet Winston works on her monoprint at her home in Amherst Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.  Winston will have her art show at the Gallery A3 in Amherst from Nov. 6 to Nov. 29.

Art Maker: Janet Walerstein Winston | printmaker, painter

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Janet Walerstein Winston, 74, is fascinated by insects, especially butterflies. But she is disheartened, she says, by how climate changes and deforestation are affecting the life cycles and food sources of these beautiful creatures. A former scientific illustrator in entomology, Winston’s concern grew during a visit in the late 1980s to the wintering sites of the monarch butterfly in the …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Of Mice and Men’ at Amherst Cinema; spooky stories at Historic Northampton

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FAVORITE ACTOR The more I see actor Chris O’Dowd, the more I love his work (“The Sapphires,” “Bridesmaids,” the off-beat Christopher Guest TV series “The Family Tree”), and the list of choices is, thankfully, getting longer. He’s in the just-released film “St. Vincent,” for example. Because I can’t get myself to London anytime soon, I’m thrilled that I can see O’Dowd, along with …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: On Netlix — ‘Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter’; ‘The Judge’

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Demand This week I hit pay dirt on Netflix: the Swedish television series “Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter.” The story is so compelling, I quickly forgot I was reading subtitles. It’s about a tabloid newspaper crime reporter who tries as hard to solve the crimes she’s covering as the detectives she needles for information. She’s got two young children and a husband who …

Style Stop: Anastatia Spicer: A clothes-borrower be

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On a chilly day in Northampton, the Style Stop team found Anastatia Spicer, 19, bundled up under a poncho (borrowed from a roommate) with a cup of hot coffee in hand. Spicer studies studio arts and social justice …

ID: Keith Langsdale

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Keith Langsdale is an actor and director who works in theaters across the country. He played the lead in the film “The God Question,” which has been shown at eight film festivals, including last month’s Northampton International Film …

Video on demand is ramping up marketing

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Video on demand, once the poor stepchild of film distribution, is beginning to gain respect. Besides giving smaller budget movies the chance to reach a wider audience, VOD is surfing atop the wave of younger viewers who prefer …

Chef’s Best: A little protein makes pumpkin pie a lot healthier

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The holiday season just isn’t the same if I don’t stuff my face with pumpkin pie. There, I’ve said it. Judge if you must, but then read on to hear my secret for pumpkin dessert goodness with fewer …

Chef’s Best: 10 fresh ways to doctor stuffing mix

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Let’s be clear about something. ... When making stuffing, it’s always better to slice and dry your own bread cubes. Hands down, the taste and texture are better. But let’s also be realistic. In the chaos of getting …

In ‘Nightcrawler,’ Gyllenhaal is on the prowl

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dan Gilroy, writer-director of the Los Angeles noir “Nightcrawler,” knew his star, Jake Gyllenhaal, had entered an adventurous new phase as an actor. But he still didn’t foresee the sudden emergence of a hair tie. “One day he …

Art Maker: Guru Karam Khalsa | sculptor, painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guru Karam Khalsa, 53, enjoys working with all types of media and using a variety of approaches in his art. In the past, he’s shown paintings, mixed media works and sculpture at Gallery A3 in Amherst, where he …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Jamie Kent farewell concert (Oct. 25); jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee (Oct. 28), at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LEAVING THE 413 Local musician Jamie Kent has been making music in Northampton and its environs all his life. But he’s a man with a plan and has been expanding his musical horizons as he tours solo or with his band, The Options. Now Kent, a 2005 grad …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Gregory Stone exhibit; talk by journalist, author by Bob Herbert

Thursday, October 23, 2014

‘ON THE JOB’ In 1981, Gregory Stone talked to me in an interview for the Gazette about his work and its roots in the Valley. He paints, he said, “what I know, what I see out there every day, people and landscapes.” In his portraits, he said, “I’m …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tift Merritt at Calvin Theatre; ‘Love Art Magazine’ at Academy of Music

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LADY SONGSMITHS Northampton’s Calvin Theatre hosts an Oct. 24 show pairing two fine country-tinged songwriters. Mary Chapin Carpenter first hit the big time in the 1990s with a string of albums and singles that topped the country and Billboard charts. Tift Merritt hasn’t sold as many records, but …