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Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 45 Years (R) Daily 1:55, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45; Sat.-Sun. 11:15 a.m. 2016 Animated Oscar Shorts (NR) Daily 4:35; Sat. also 9:05; Sat., Mon., Wed. also 1:30, Sun. also 11:25 a.m. 2016 Live Action Oscar Shorts (NR) Daily 6:40, Sun., Tues., Thurs. also 1:30; Sat. also 2:05 Anomalisa (R) Daily 4:15, 9:35; Tues. …

Art Maker: Jan Ruby-Crystal |Painter

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Before she could even walk, Jan Ruby-Crystal had already started to paint. That early interest, she says, blossomed into a life-long love of painting. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a master’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, both in fine arts, then followed that with …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Campaign-English Dictionary: A translation for Orwellian times

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Let the trumpets sound! Let the bloviating blow! The first votes of the endless campaign of 2012-2016 have been cast! And as the contest continues, let my Campaign-English Dictionary help you translate campaign-speak into English. When last seen in these parts, my CED offered some 200 definitions of key campaign buzzwords. Among them: tea party n spontaneous political party, bankrolled by billionaires, consisting …

Book Bag: ‘The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition’ by Manisha Sinha; ‘The Berkshires Cookbook: Farm-Fresh Recipes from the Heart of Massachusetts’ by Jane Barton Griffith

Thursday, February 4, 2016

THE SLAVE’S CAUSE: A HISTORY OF ABOLITION By Manisha Sinha Yale University Press www.yalebooks.com As Manisha Sinha sees it, the story of the abolitionist movement has often been told in a fragmented fashion, with a particular emphasis on …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BOOKLINK BOOKSELLERS: Jarret J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” series, will do a book signing Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at the bookstore, Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main St., Northampton. Benefits Whole Children. …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Making Valentine cards, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Twenty-seven parents and children gathered Saturday at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst for the eighth annual Valentine card-making party, organized by Meghan Burch, who is the museum’s art educator. Resting on a table …

Carol Lollis’ photo gallery: Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl ...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

... but she didn’t have a lot to say. — Carol Lollis …

Style Stop

Thursday, February 4, 2016

After running into the Style Stop team on Main Street in Northampton, Catherine Carija, 52, said she had been up since 2:30 a.m. and had thrown together her attire without a care. We never would have guessed her …

ID: Sean Cleary: Lawyer, business owner

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sean Cleary moved to Amherst with his family in 1970, when his father, Vincent Cleary, took a job teaching at the University of Massachusetts. At 19, he dropped out of college and moved to southern California, and though, …

Serving up cocktails with a cinematic twist for the Oscars

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Silver shakers and the silver screen go back a long time. Think French 75 from “Casablanca” and Agent 007’s dry martinis. So for those of you planning to drink along at home for the Feb. 28 showing of …

Art Maker: Ann Knickerbocker | Abstract painter

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When Florence artist Ann Knickerbocker started college as an art major, she says, she loved tiny little sketches and etchings. She wanted to draw a tree branch like Rembrandt did, she says, and it seemed everyone else already …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: The death of privacy

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I think of myself as an optimistic, light-hearted person who enjoys jokes, satire and, especially, puns. No one has ever accused me of being a worrywart. However, I am a full-fledged introvert who values his privacy and quiet time. Because of that latter fact, and even though this …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: American Ballet Theatre Studio Company at MHC; ‘We Like it Like That’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, January 28, 2016

PLAY MISTY FOR ME They can’t ALL be Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, and one of the most 100 influential people in the world, according to Time magazine. But, they ARE good enough to get their professional starts in the same place …