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Photo courtesy of Betsey Garand
Betsey Garand in her New Hampshire studio

Art Maker: Betsey Garand | Printmaker

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Betsey Garand, a senior resident artist at Amherst College, divides her time between western Massachusetts and Hancock, New Hampshire, where she has a studio. She is currently working on multiple series that include prints, drawings and watercolors. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Betsey Garand: My recent work centers around ideas of resonance, balance and continuum. Biomorphic shapes intertwine with calligraphic linear elements, some seem animal-like while other shapes reference utilitarian tools or invented natural forms. There is an entwined component of flat and dimensional space, imagined and seen, with quips of comedic interactions. H.L.: What is your creative process like? B.G.: …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Grateful to be swinging my racket

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Athletes, both great and small, need to learn how to lose as well as to win. Something like grace is called on to do either well. Maybe bragging is the accepted style for boxers — remember Mohammed Ali’s classic self-display, floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee — or basketball players trash-talking. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: FallsFest music, arts festival in South Hadley; Upper Valley Music Festival in Turners Falls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MUSIC GALORE! I think we can call NRBQ venerable: The band’s been playing in one form or another since the 1960s, led throughout by mad keyboard artist Terry Adams. The group plays Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Beachgrounds in South Hadley as part of “FallsFest,” a music and arts festival that also features such performers as Seth Glier, Jose Gonzalez & Banda …

Headliners: Pauline Productions’ ‘4000 Miles’; Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Loneliness of the long-distance biker “4000 Miles,” the title of Amy Herzog’s 2012 Obie Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, refers to the distance 21-year-old Leo has traversed on a cross-country bike trip that has brought him to Manhattan and the Greenwich Village apartment of his grandmother, where, following …

Art Maker: Carolyn Webb | Sculptor, printmaker

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Carolyn Webb, a sculptor and printmaker, says she sees her two artistic practices as related and complementary forms. “I approach printmaking as a sculptor, always thinking in terms of making an object, not just a 2-dimensional image, says …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Pipe dreaming of Pluto

Thursday, July 16, 2015

By the time I was in second grade, I knew all the planets. This is not to say that I was smart. No, I just was looking for any place, any planet, that might be more fun, more bully free, than second grade. And there they were, dreamlands …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Producing a Passionate Presbyterian at 30 Boltwood in Amherst

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The first thing I noticed when I walked into 30 Boltwood, the bar and restaurant at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst, were the leather, high backed, circular booths. They looked very cozy, in a room that oozes …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Northampton Summer Concert Series; ‘Yidstock’ at the Yiddish Book Center

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SONGS OF SUMMER I’ve had my eye on Jamie Kent since he was a fledgling musician/entrepreneur at Northampton High School. Since his graduation in 2005, Kent’s been unstoppable. One of his successes has been the Northampton Summer Concert Series, a free, outdoor festival he launched four years ago …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Major Crimes”; Gallery talk in North Adams

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A SUCCESSFUL SPINOFF The ensemble cast of TNT’s “Major Crimes,” the hugely successful spin-off from “The Closer” provides among the best dialogue, story lines and character building on TV today. A huge fan of “The Closer,” I’m a bigger fan of “Major Crimes,” in its fourth season. Mondays, …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘The Emily Dickinson Project’; juried show at Gallery A3, both in Amherst

Thursday, July 16, 2015

IMMERSED IN EMILY Looking for a new way to consider the life and work of Amherst’s famous poet? “The Emily Dickinson Project,” a co-production of The Emily Dickinson Museum and the local theater collaborative TheatreTruck, uses actors to portray the various images of the elusive Dickinson, such as …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chances are good that if you know of Shuggie Otis, it’s thanks to David Byrne and his Luaka Bop label, responsible for reissuing Otis’ little-heard but critically acclaimed 1974 album, “Inspiration Information.” The son of celebrated bandleader Johnny …

Headliners: Chester Theatre Company’s ‘Halcyon Days’; Mettawee River Theatre Company at the Ko Festival

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The dying of the light “So what are you in for?” Patricia asks Sean — a comical line that captures the prison-like nature of both the Dublin nursing home in which the two characters find themselves and the …

Movie Times

Thursday, July 16, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Amy (R) Daily 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:15; Sun. also 11 a.m. I’ll See You in My Dreams (PG-13) Daily 4:55, 7:15; Wed. no 7:15; Thurs. no 4:55 Infinitely Polar Bear …