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Rob Kimmel works on a watercolor, "Persea," in his Florence studio for an upcoming Mill Arts Project, "Mothholes."

Art Maker: Rob Kimmel |painter, curator

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florence artist Rob Kimmel, 44, is busy these days, curating art shows: There’s a group show, “Horns to Tale,” on view through the end of June at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton in which a dozen artists have created monsters and animals and fantastical beings. Another group show, “Mothholes,” will open in September at the MAP space in Eastworks in …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Inside Out’ at Cinemark, Tower Theaters; Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe at Porter-Phelps Museum

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UPSIDE DOWN It was Father’s Day and my family wanted to see the new Pixar movie, “Inside Out.” I’m not that into animated films, but I put on my game face. At least there’ll be popcorn, I thought. To my surprise, I loved this movie about a girl whose life is uprooted when her family moves. Her emotions — Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, …

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 parents’ decline in their elder years, their loss of independence and death. How, you ask, …

ID: Jeremy Smith: an active activist

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jeremy Smith is an active man, and an activist: He is a founding board member at Flywheel Arts Collective, a volunteer-run, not-for-profit community arts space in Easthampton, where he volunteers as a deejay, and is on the board …

Your Time: Plant sale, Amherst Garden Club

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Avid gardeners arrived early last Saturday for the annual plant sale of the Garden Club of Amherst on the Town Common. They circled the tent, scoping out the plants they wanted to grab as soon as the gong …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Castles made of sand

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Yes, those would be my feet ... and my “jammies.” And my sidewalk. And so, by turns, my ant hills — or at least they were. Such is the ephemeral nature of nature. While waiting to send my …

Art Maker: Jeff Olmsted | composer/songwriter

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Composer/songwriter Jeff Olmsted, 60, is a native of Northampton and a graduate of Northampton High School. He spent most of his adult life in the New York City area, where he founded and directed the Interfaith Fellowship Choir. …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Lucca, come home

Thursday, June 18, 2015

‘On the Internet,” says a famous cartoon of a black lab at a keyboard, “nobody knows you’re a dog.” It was in this spirit, some years ago, that I created a Myspace page for our golden retriever, Lucca. Social media was new, but it was already turning pimply …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Once bitten ...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I was bitten by a Black Widow. As my friend Chris and I were driving through Easthampton recently, we decided to stop for a libation at the Hideaway Lounge at Riff’s Joint in the Eastworks building at 116 …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: New Century Theatre’s ‘Seminar’; Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Thursday, June 18, 2015

COMEDY FODDER When Pulitzer Prize winner Theresa Rebeck’s play “Seminar” opened on Broadway in 2011, Time Out New York gave it five stars, and called it “Sexy, savvy and uproarious!” It’s about four aspiring writers who sign up to have their work critiqued by a best-selling author, who’s …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Spy”; Sunset kayak

Thursday, June 18, 2015

LOL Melissa McCarthy has made her mark as a comedian to take seriously. In “Spy,” now playing at Cinemark in Hadley and at South Hadley’s Tower Theaters, she is endlessly entertaining and sidesplittingly funny. On the talk show circuit leading up to the movie’s opening, much fuss was …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Todd Snider at the Iron Horse; Django in June at the Academy of Music

Thursday, June 18, 2015

TODD’S BLUES Todd Snider’s carved out a great career as a songwriter, folksinger and raconteur; his rambling, between-song tales have long been a staple of his live shows. But after penning a hilarious memoir last year, “I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like,” and more recently getting …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: EZTV transports its summer sound from Brooklyn to Florence

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Never underestimate the power of lovingly recorded layers of strummed and jangling guitars. Big Star, The Go-Betweens, The La’s, Real Estate — whatever the decade, that sparkling summery sound sticks around, as comforting as breeze in the sun-splashed …