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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jeffrey Gatrall, of Florence, speaks to the Gazette's reporter about his exhibition of paintings of Arcadia Nature Preserve at the Historic Northampton Museum in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.  Gatrall has done some varied art, including photography, and has worked as an animator in Hollywood.

Art people: Jeffrey Gatrall/painter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gatrall once studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy and Scotland, and considered trying for a career as an artist. It didn’t work out quite that way, though he found creative work as an animator and animation director for Warner Brothers, Disney and other companies; he even illustrated episodes of “Beavis and Butthead.” But …

First Person: Inner thoughts, interior lives

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Posted on the window of Waterstone’s Books, Trafalgar Square, London: Words cannot do justice to the pleasures of a good bookshop. Ironically. - To tell the truth, most words cannot do justice to much of what’s going on in our inner world. Words are all right for everyday stuff. We live in the …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Before You Become Improbable’ at Dickinson Museum; UMass Multiband Pops Concert

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A WALK WITH EMILY There’s always something going at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst. It’s a fabulous resource that lends itself to musical performances, poetry readings (of course) and other events. But here’s a new one: “Before You Become Improbable,” an interactive theatrical adventure that takes audience members for a one-hour walking trip through downtown Amherst, led by Dickinson’s poetry and prose, …

A Closer Look: Ways to hide, secure data on phones

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Apple got a lot of attention recently when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can’t get to your password-protected data. Essentially, your photos, messages and other documents are automatically encrypted when you …

Movie listings

Thursday, September 25, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (R) It Happened One Night (NR) Love Is Strange (R) Manhattan Short Film …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Twelve lanes — no waiting

Thursday, September 25, 2014

There are indeed a dozen lanes to hit golf balls from at the Easthampton Golf driving range. But that refrain might also be heard over an in-store public address system soon when a promised 45,000-square-foot grocery and retail …

New on DVD

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chef: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise. Stars Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofía Vergara, Oliver Platt, John Leguizamo. Rated …

Style Stop: Ann Biddle

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Style Stop team caught up with Ann Biddle of Northampton on a recent morning as she was walking into Haymarket Café to grab coffee with a colleague. Biddle, who is the director of the dance department at …

Art People: Deborah Foucault | gallery owner

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The inaugural exhibit of the Folcwald Gallery of Sculptural Art in Amherst represents a love story, a tale of courage and international intrigue and treasures of mid-20th-century American art. The story of the gallery’s creation by Deborah Foucault …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Real Live Theatre’s ‘The Lion & The Clown’; Massachusetts Dance Festival at UMass Amherst

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES A faerie, a cursed woman who becomes a lion and a traveling circus are ingredients of Real Live Theatre’s world premiere play, “The Lion & The Clown: A Rumi Love Song for Beauty & The Beast,” written and directed by RLT co-founder Ellen Morbyme. It …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: CBS’ ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Madam Secretary’; MHC’s Matisse exhibit

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SUNDAY NIGHT MUST-WATCHES The sixth season of the CBS legal drama “The Good Wife” opens Sunday. I’m in. What fan wouldn’t be? The show had us on pins and needles last season and it looks to be more of the same this year as Alicia Florrick is urged …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Lori McKenna at the Parlor Room in Northampton; Japanese prints at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS Signature Sounds reopened the Parlor Room earlier this month after a summer hiatus, and the schedule is busier than ever. On Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., Lori McKenna, whose songs have been recorded by country music stars like Tim McGraw and Sara …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: The bitters truth

Thursday, September 18, 2014

There was a time when a cocktail just wasn’t a cocktail unless it contained bitters. The first published definition of a cocktail appeared in 1806 in the “The Balance, and Columbian Repository,” and read: “Cocktail is a stimulating …