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Alexandra Markiewicz of Belchertown with one of her works in charcoal

Art Maker: Alexandra Markiewicz | charcoal artist

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Alexandra Markiewicz, 29, of Belchertown, calls herself an “emerging artist with a passion for everything.” That includes, but is not limited to, charcoal, painting and photography. She is intensely interested, she writes in an artist’s statement, in people — specifically in making portraits of people — which she supposes “came from my passion for variety and constant motion. In people …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Ms. Lisa Fischer at the Calvin; Pioneer Valley Symphony at Deerfield Academy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TAKING CENTER STAGE Anyone who saw “Twenty Feet From Stardom” had no doubt that the backup singers featured in the 2014 documentary had the chops to take center stage. One of those powerhouse singers, Lisa Fischer, will do just that Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. Her set list includes songs from many of the headliners she once supported, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Dance Generators; Randy Kaplan concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TRULY INTER-GENERATIONAL Since 1997, the Northampton-based Dance Generators has presented shows by dancers who range in age from their teens to well into their 80s. They wear comfortable clothes. They don’t look like the stereotypical dancers. But they dance up a storm. And that’s the point. For nearly two decades, Dance Generators has defied stereotypes about aging, one plié at a time. The …

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Stiller, Baumbach unite again in ‘While We’re Young’

Thursday, March 26, 2015

In Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg,” there’s a scene where Ben Stiller, playing a prickly, neurotic 40-year-old, gazes fearfully at teenage kids around him at a Los Angeles party. “You’re so sincere and interested in things,” he sneers. “I hope …

ID: William Collins

Thursday, March 26, 2015

William Collins is a local chef who has appeared weekly on “Mass Appeal,” the daily lifestyle show on WWLP/Channel 22 in Springfield, for more than two years. “It’s has been, and continues to be, a blast!” he says. …

Style Stop: Shoshannah Wineburg’s cold-weather style is vintage

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It took a little bit of running for the Style Stop team to catch up with Shoshannah Wineburg in the center of Northampton. What caught our attention? Her stylish cold-weather outfit — especially the coat with a trimmed …

Toast the end of ‘Mad Men’ with the era’s classic cocktails

Thursday, March 26, 2015

From Don Draper’s old fashioneds to Roger Sterling’s smuggled-in Stoli, cocktails have played a deliciously major role on AMC’s “Mad Men.” But was it really that great an era to drink? Because though the show celebrates — and …

Can you really save money by cutting the cord?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

There are more ways to watch television online than ever. Even HBO and ESPN — two channels often cited as reasons people keep expensive cable or satellite TV packages — will be available for streaming on their own. …

Art Maker: Peter Smolenski | abstract artist

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Peter Smolenski, 52, seems to be interested in making just about any kind of art: He paints, he sculpts, he makes photography (both 2D and 3D), he writes and performs music. He’s even penned a novel. Smolenski, a …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Faith and begorrah, it’s never too late to thank a teacher

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Here’s a bit of ornithological trivia: The swallows return annually to the California mission at Capistrano on March 19, St. Joseph’s Day. I was always intrigued by that fact because St. Joseph is the patron saint of Poland and, for those of us of Polish ancestry, March 19 …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Peter Blanchette’s “Bach Birthday Concert”; UMass takes Bach to the street

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, J.S. BACH On Friday at 7:30 p.m., archguitarist Peter Blanchette presents his eighth annual “Bach Birthday Concert,” with guests Duo Orfeo, at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. The concert will feature Blanchette’s arrangements of music by the German composer, who was born 330 …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Once Upon a Bog;” Funky-Tones

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ORIGINAL THEATER Whole Children of Hadley has notched many great accomplishments in its 10-plus years serving children with special needs — the most impressive of which might be what it’s done to open the minds and hearts of people who think they don’t need its services. This weekend, …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Jason Robinson at Amherst College; Dúo Fusión at Iron Horse Music Hall

Thursday, March 19, 2015

CUTTING EDGE Composer and saxophonist Jason Robinson, who teaches at Amherst College, has made a name for himself in exploring new approaches to jazz. He’s also deeply involved in telematic music: playing with musicians in distant locations via high-speed Internet connections and video. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. …