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Headliners: Lisa Downing at the Iron Horse in Northampton; ‘Detach’ at the Arts Block in Greenfield

Friday, August 29, 2014

The story on Liz Story... ...is that during her early years as a classically inclined, Juilliard-trained pianist she took a job playing in a southern California restaurant whose piano, lacking a music stand, required her to improvise. The improvisations gradually developed into compositions which in turn caught the ear of William Ackerman, founder of the New Age record label Windham Hill, who signed Story up in 1983. Proceeding along this path, she’s become one of the most prominent figures in New Age music, with a style that eludes categorization but in which “one hears echoes of Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Scott Joplin, the minimalist side of … 0

Art People: Elizabeth Bannish | printmaker, illustrator

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Elizabeth Bannish wasn’t sure what she’d major in when she arrived at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Much as she liked art, she wondered how practical it would be as a career. She also had an interest in science, so her initial thought was to focus on marine biology. Bannish, who lives in … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Northampton Jazz Festival; art exhibits at Gallery A3 in Amherst and Oxbow and Hosmer galleries in Northampton

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ALL THAT JAZZ The fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival starts Sept. 2 with a performance by Giacomo Gates at the Northampton Jazz Workshop at 7:30 p.m. at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel. That will be followed on Sept. 3 and 4 by Jazz and Food nights, and on Sept. 5 by “The Northampton Jazz Strut,” when musicians perform in venues all over … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOYHOOD: Director Richard Linklater filmed this movie about the life of a boy, Mason, who becomes a young man, using the same actor (Ellar Coltrane) from age 5 to age 18. Also stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke. Rated … 0

Your Time: Bread and Puppet Theater, Easthampton

Thursday, August 21, 2014

More than 400 people gathered near dusk Aug. 14 for Bread and Puppet Theater’s performance of “Fire, Emergency Performance for Gaza” at Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton. About an hour-and-a-half before the show, people began to gather, some … 0

Photo Gallery: Behind those eyes ...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I went to the Goshen Council on Aging picnic last week to take a picture of residents who are over 90, who were to be honored. I met Annie Thomas, 96, and a picture of her with a … 0

Art People: Rochelle Shicoff | painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rochelle Shicoff thinks of herself mainly as a painter. And yet, her exhibit “It Came to Pass,” on view through Oct. 31 at the Jewish Community of Amherst, features photomontages; the images are mostly sacred items housed in … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Last Week with John Oliver’; Pauline Productions’ ‘Collected Stories’

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Breaking news, at a snail’s pace Let’s face it, lots of folks depend on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for their news fix. But, there’s a drawback for really, really busy people: It’s, well, daily. So how great is it that former “Daily Show” stringer, comedian and … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘A Genius for Place’ at Wistariahurst; talk at Historic Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

‘A GENIUS FOR PLACE’ Last call for an intriguing photo exhibit at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke. “A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era” showcases homes and landscapes that were created, beginning in the 1890s, by families who were using their new fortunes to construct … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Watermelon Wednesdays; Max B. Standley retrospective at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

THERE’S STILL WATERMELON (ON WEDNESDAYS) Summer is starting to head into the home stretch, but you can still catch shows at the Watermelon Wednesdays series at the West Whately Chapel. At 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 it’s Northampton singer-songwriter Heather Maloney and former Northamptonites Darlingside, who have toured … 0

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Call the doctor, stat

Thursday, August 14, 2014

One day in the late 1970s, my buddy Jeff and I were having a Bombay Martini at a bar in Northampton, when we sent out a call to friends: “Dr. Bombay come right away.” It didn’t take long … 0

Style Stop: Christoper Hamann goes with a relaxed, casual look

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Christopher Hamann was finishing up a lunch of Chinese food in front of Thornes Marketplace in Northampton on a recent sunny afternoon when the Style Stop team noticed his colorful Keith Haring shirt and bright cutoffs. Hamann, who … 0

Book Bag: ‘Noodles & Albie’ by Eric Bennett; ‘We Called Him Bunny’ by Richard Andersen

Thursday, August 14, 2014

NOODLES & ALBIE By Eric Bennett Illustrated by Liz Bannish Small Batch Books penguingiftshop.com/noodles-albie Whoever heard of a penguin that can’t swim? Well, Noodles, a nervous young penguin who’s a key character in a new children’s book, has … 0