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Carl Clements performs at The Lumberyard restaurant in Amherst April 16.

Art Maker: Carl Clements | Musician

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Easthampton musician Carl Clements, 51, is an active performer and composer of jazz and world music. And we do mean active. In addition to being a visiting assistant music professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, he is working on duo recording projects with guitarist Kevin Kastning, and will expand that in June to a trio project with Hungarian guitarist Sandor …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Getting my fix of ‘Law and Order’

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One of my favorite early computer-related cartoons was this: A dog sits in front of his computer saying, “The great thing about the Internet is that no one knows you’re a dog.” One of the great things about the Internet for me is that up until now no one has known I’m a “Law and Order” fan. So I’m blowing my cover. And …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A drink named for a pro

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Last month, I decided to watch the “back nine” of the Masters Golf Tournament at the Grill ’N Chill at 127 Elm St. in Hatfield. Before I headed over, I went online to see if the Masters has an official cocktail, and discovered they do, indeed: it’s the classic Gin & Tonic. Now, …

Your Time: Teaching Creatures, Gaylord Memorial Library, South Hadley

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A group of young children and their parents were able to see and learn about reptiles and amphibians Saturday during a presentation by Rae Griffiths at Gaylord Memorial Library in South Hadley. Griffiths, the owner of Teaching Creatures …

Art Maker: Michael Poole | Welder

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some months ago, Easthampton City Arts+ asked artists to come up with possible designs for a sculptural bike rack to be installed on Main Street. The design submitted by Michael Poole, an Easthampton welder, was chosen. Poole 45, …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘The Shape of Water’ at ECA+ Gallery; staged reading of ‘Tar2f,’ musical version of Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’ at Unitarian Society in Northampton

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHAT SHAPE? I like the title of the exhibit “The Shape of Water,” but it makes me wonder: Does water even have a shape? And, if it does, what defines it? In an exhibit at the ECA+ Gallery, painter Lynne Adams and printmaker Patricia Parker reveal water’s form …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Heather Maloney CD release party at Academy of Music; Historic Northampton exhibit, ‘Fair People’

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A SIGNATURE WEEKEND It’s CD release time for Signature Sounds artist Heather Maloney. Tonight at Northampton’s Academy of Music, Maloney — dubbed one of “five artists to watch” by Spin magazine — will debut songs from her new album, “Making Me Break,” which was recorded in Nashville and …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Sundays on the sandlot, Mondays on the disabled list

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring training comes late to Sandlot but it arrived last Sunday on the dusty Amherst Middle School field. There, even as major leaguers played in cavernous stadiums around the country, 14 of us were out, stretching, groaning and joking about the torture baseball inflicts on aging boys who …

Headliners: Heather Maloney CD release party at Academy of Music; Micheál Ó’Súilleabháin at Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Maloney makes music When Heather Maloney gave one of her first public performances at the former Northampton boite known as The Yellow Sofa in September of 2009, she was sufficiently shy that she had to be coaxed to …

Book Bag: ‘Waving Back’ by Gail Thomas; ‘The Land Has Its Say’ by Henry Lyman; ‘Letters to Palestine,’ edited by Vijay Prashad

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WAVING BACK By Gail Thomas Turning Point Books www.gailthomaspoet.com Gail Thomas has worn a number of hats over the years, including training as a learning specialist, teaching at Smith College in Northampton, and teaching high school English. She’s …

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Book launch for “Latin Hitchcock: How Almodovar, Amenabar, De la Igesia, Del Toro and Campanella Became Notorious” by Dona Kercher Friday, 4:30 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Will Lee — best known as the longtime bassist in David Letterman’s “Late Night” and “Late Show” bands — appreciates a good tribute. Recently on the program, Lee sang lead vocals on a fully orchestrated version of Jimmy …