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MATT BURKHARTT
Sarah Braman, an artist from Amherst poses for a portrait at her studio in Hadley Thursday January 15. Braman exhibits and sells her work at a gallery in New York City, Mitchell, Innes and Nash.

Art Maker: Sarah Braman | sculptor

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sarah Braman’s sculptures are monuments to everyday life. She combines parts scavanged from vehicles, old buildings or furniture to construct her precariously balanced structures. “I make monuments for love, death, sex, nature, DRIVING,” Braman writes in an artist’s statement. “Making sculpture can be a series of bad turns and still be right. ... Sculpture allows for the awkward feeling of doing wrong things, and the euphoria of when things fit. I like to black out in objects, get undone. After the trip, I can look at the sculpture and laugh at how it turned out and how we are lucky to live in the unknown.” …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Anatomy of a Super Bowl party

Thursday, January 29, 2015

With the Patriots in Super Bowl CCDXXXLIV, local parties will approach record levels of excitement. But not for everyone. There are three types at any Super Bowl party. One third are the Actual Fans — people who can tell you Tom Brady’s shirt size or what Rob Gronkowski’s teammates call him in the shower. You’ll see them blocking the big screen, shouting “Safety …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Duck, duck, goose

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back when this week’s storm of “potentially historic proportions” was just a gleam in the meteorologist’s eye — where it pretty much remained — I found this cozy scene under the iron bridge over Lower Lake at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley. My best guess is that the main character is a …

Headliners

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Irish music in extremis “Somebody from a really traditional background [in Irish music], they are not going to be interested,” fiddle-player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (kvee-veen o-rá-ha-lay) has remarked of his playing: “They are going to say, ‘What the …

ID: Mary Alice Crim

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mary Alice Crim is the field director for Free Press in Florence, a national nonprofit organization she has worked for since 2006. Free Press, she says, is “dedicated to fighting for our rights to connect and communicate. ... …

Style Stop: Arden and Tobin Hemingway

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thirteen-year-old Arden Hemingway and her mother, Tobin, were visiting Northampton from New York City when the Style Stop team spotted them on Main Street. The two were in the area to take a look at The Williston Northampton …

Chef’s Best: Chicken in a sauce: Easy dishes that won’t put you in a stew

Thursday, January 29, 2015

My slogan for 2015? “A chicken in every pot.” Somebody’s already used that? Well, mine comes with a recipe to get you started. Take that, Herbert Hoover, and you too, Henry IV! It’s about as basic as cooking …

Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have …

Art Maker: Russell Powell | painter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russell Powell, 60, of Hatfield draws on his experience as an athlete — throwing a softball, for example, or shooting a basketball — when creating his oil paintings. “My most transcendent moments on the playing field occurred when …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life — The Conch Republic: A role model for western Mass?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here’s an example of how my mind works: Last September, while reading about the Scottish secessionist movement from the United Kingdom, I started thinking about Key West, Florida, one of my favorite travel destinations. Besides those great sunsets and a laid-back atmosphere, this little dot of an island …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Cuba: Anthropology of a Country’ at the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass; three stand-up comedians at the Academy of Music

Friday, January 23, 2015

INSIDE CUBA I’m fascinated by Cuba and am excited to think that a trip there might be in my future. As the U.S. and Cuba try to figure how to proceed, an exhibit, “Cuba: Anthropology of a Country,” projected digital photographs by Yeraldine Ordoñez, opens Tuesday and will …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘Sin Nombre’ at Amherst Cinema; ‘Still Waters, Rolling Seas’ at the Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton

Friday, January 23, 2015

FILM DISCUSSION It’s been called a film about redemption and faith. “Sin Nombre,” the 2009 film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga that tells the story of a teenage girl leaving her native country, was a breakout at the Sundance Film Festival that year. It will be shown Wednesday …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Oscar-nominated films at Amherst Cinema; photo exhibit of Northampton’s past at Hosmer Gallery

Friday, January 23, 2015

OSCAR POWER Amherst Cinema is featuring two films that have snagged 17 Academy Award nominations between them. “Birdman” (nine nominations), is a black comedy starring Michael Keaton as an aging actor, famous for portraying an iconic hero, trying to mount a Broadway play. “The Imitation Game” (eight nominations) …