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Art Maker: Elizabeth Stone | figurative artist

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elizabeth Stone is a contemporary figurative artist who works at her home studio in Florence, which she loves, she says, because of its “village feel.” She began painting in the late 1990s when she inherited her grandfather’s set of pastels. With her three boys busy at school, Stone, now 64, says she learned to paint by taking workshops with master …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Too big to fail? Remember the dinosaurs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

For the past few weeks, I’ve found myself thinking about dinosaurs. And about Einstein. Stay with me now. I loved dinosaurs as a kid. I collected little plastic ones and knew all the names. Brontosaurus, T. Rex, Trachodon. Many of these names have since changed (How does a dinosaur change its name and why don’t they change them to names like Mitch or …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: First impressions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You can only make a first impression once. At The Mick, the bar at the entrance of the Delaney House on Route 5 in Holyoke, they make a good one. My friend Chris and I arrived at The Mick one day recently before it was officially opened. But Charlie, who was busy cutting …

New on DVD

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Merry Friggin Christmas: Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son’s gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad …

Felicity Jones an essential addition to ‘Theory’

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Twice in two years, Felicity Jones has stood out playing women who refuse to be relegated to mere supporting roles in the biopics of great men. In last year’s “The Invisible Woman,” Jones portrayed the illicit, long-term love …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Gilding the Lily

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The bit of yellow that this umbrella adds to Northampton’s “rainbow” crosswalk might border on redundant, but it helped to make cheery, a dreary day. It seems this picture was waiting to be taken ever since the Main …

Style Stop: Patti Shields

Thursday, November 20, 2014

We spotted Patti Shields as she was parking her car on a recent afternoon in downtown Northampton. When we got a better look at her outfit — the vintage coat, the distressed tunic from Lekuin, those stylin’ boots …

I.D.: Mary Beth Annarella

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mary Beth Annarella wears a lot of hats — a few of which are hand-knit. She’s a bonafide science geek, and worked in basic molecular biology research labs for years before earning a master’s degree in education and …

Chef’s Best: For Hanukkah, these are some pretty sweet latkes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

During college, I took a class on global populations and food (affectionately known as “pops and crops”). I’m sure it was a fine class, but really only one lesson has stuck with me in the 25 years since. …

Art Maker: Bill Venman: VLO co-founder

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bill Venman says when he and his wife, Sally, founded Valley Light Opera 40 years ago, he had no idea it would become a permanent part of his life. Venman, 83, a UMass professor emeritus, used to play …

Slice of life: Finding the right words

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Editor’s note: Last week, longtime Gazette columnist Bruce Watson got the ball rolling on a new Hampshire Life feature, “Slice of Life.” This week, another Gazette regular, Marietta Pritchard, does the honors. They’ll share the space with local …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow’ — almost as rotton as stale candy corn

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Halloween has come and gone, all that’s left is stale candy corn. “The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow,” made in 1959, is almost as bad. Welcome to a meeting of the Zenith Hot Rod Club, where the number-one rule …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Madeline’ exhibit at Eric Carle; ‘RIFF’ Talk at Northampton Community Arts Trust

Thursday, November 13, 2014

IN AN OLD HOUSE IN PARIS ... In 1939 the world met the heroine of Ludwig Bemelmans’ book “Madeline,” a tiny girl in Paris who seems always to be in the midst of an adventure. At the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, “Madeline at 75: The …