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JERREY ROBERTS
Kelly Silliman dances on her portable stage at Smith College April 11.

Art People: Kelly Silliman | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dancer and choreographer Kelly Silliman is certain that the end of life as we know it on Earth is inevitable. “I’m really pretty convinced that this lifestyle that we’re living is not sustainable; it’s not going to last much longer,” Silliman said in an interview last week at Smith College, where she received a master’s degree in dance last spring. In response to that unsettling certainty, Silliman, 36, who lives in Leeds with her husband and four children, created tinydance, a project that encompasses a variety of dance works made for small, sustainable spaces. That includes her tinydance stage, a 4-foot-by-8-foot platform she designed and … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: The best laid plans ...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The plan was to meet my friend Amy for dinner at the Blue Heron Restaurant in Sunderland at 5 p.m. But first I had to meet up at 3 with Larry Costello in Northampton. (We were having photos taken for a St. Patrick’s Day event; Larry was Northampton’s parade marshal in this year’s … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Academy of Music history tour; Ed Asner tells tales at screening of ‘Up’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WHERE’S HARRY? Did you know that a trap door was once cut into the stage at the Academy of Music in Northampton for Harry Houdini’s disappearing act? Or that Frankenstein’s monster himself, Boris Karloff, appeared at the 123-year-old theater? Learn more during a history tour, led by the theater’s former manager, Duane Robinson, April 23, 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. 584-9032, ext. 105. … 0

Photo Gallery: Gazette photo editor Carol Lollis takes a shake break

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Last week, during one of the first warm days, I stopped uptown for a milk shake. As I was enjoying my treat I noticed some guys painting fire escape steps at a building across the street. I watched … 0

Style Stop: Emily Nutkols

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cosmetology student Emily Nutkols of Springfield says her style goal is to never blend in. She was definitely standing out in the crowd last Friday when the Style Stop team spotted her in downtown Northampton, enjoying the spring-like … 0

ID: Denise Adams

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Denise Adams grew up in eastern Massachusetts, mostly in the town of Attleboro, and came to this area to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She says she found her true home here and has lived in Amherst, … 0

Chef’s Best: Moving asparagus to the center of your plate

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, “to spring up.” However it is spelled, it makes me happy. Most grocers sell asparagus … 0

Art People: Jacqueline Tuthill and Rebecca Tuthill | photographers

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jacqueline Tuthill and her granddaughter Rebecca Tuthill share an appreciation for the fragile, fleeting images they find in the natural world. “I think I was inspired by her to go out and look for things that are beautiful,” … 0

First Person Sharing seasons, finding community at Brookfield Farm

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Like many Americans, I have a complicated relationship with food. I sometimes live to eat, rather than eat to live. But one thing is for sure: I know exactly where my food comes from, how it’s grown and … 0

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘Kill and Kill Again’

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A couple of disclaimers up front. First, “Kill and Kill Again” is a kung fu movie, but it’s not your typical ’70s export out of Japan. If it were, a synopsis would consist of “You killed my brother/sister/father/mother/son/daughter … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Waste Not, Want Not Art Walk,’ Saturday in Easthampton; Hooked Rug art at Historic Northampton

Thursday, April 10, 2014

‘Waste Not, Want Not Art Walk’ Easthampton’s Art Walk celebrates spring on April 12 with exhibits and green-themed activities. In a collaboration between the town’s artists and gardeners from Easthampton Community Garden, the evening includes, for instance, making seed bombs with gardeners at Nash Gallery, 40 Cottage St., … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s best bets: B.Z. Reily exhibit at Hope & Feathers; Odyssey Bookshop’s Crime Club

Thursday, April 10, 2014

‘FULL CIRCLE’ Besides teaching art for years in local schools, B.Z. Reily has had a long career as an artist who turns found objects into wall sculptures and prints. “I’ve always been intrigued by objects of our past and ... human things eroded by time and weather,” she … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets

Thursday, April 10, 2014

KEN BURNS RETURNS TO THE CIVIL WAR I love Ken Burns’ epic documentary on the American Civil War, though I only got around to seeing the whole thing some months ago when I borrowed it from Forbes Library. On Tuesday at 9 p.m., Burns revisits a segment of … 0