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Style Stop: Eileen Muir’s Scottish-influenced style

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Style Stop team took notice of Eileen Muir, 59, of Goshen as she bustled down Main Street in Northampton on her way to a meeting. She was willing to take a few moments to tell us about her unique outfit, which she said was designed to be comfy, warm and fashionable. Muir’s style is inspired by her homeland: Scotland. nnn IS IT A KILT? Even though it looks Scottish, it’s from Montreal. THE SCARF, A LONGTIME COMPANION: A little old lady knitted it on the island of Shetland and I’ve had it for 40 years. You know how distressed is fashionable? It’s naturally distressed …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Road trip with Ma

Friday, November 20, 2015

It occurred to me that I’ve often prevailed upon friends to join me on my trips to taste the Valley’s cocktails, but I’ve never asked Ma. The truth is that at 85 years young, her social life is every bit as active as those of her seven children. She has her card-playing and …

Art Maker: Lilian Kravitz | Photographer

Friday, November 20, 2015

As a youth living in Brooklyn, Lilian Kravitz was encouraged to draw and paint. She studied art in high school and took weekend art classes at Brooklyn College, the Brooklyn Museum and the Pratt Institute. Kravitz, 66, received a bachelor’s degree in art, with a concentration in photography, from Brooklyn College. It was …

James Heflin’s Best Bets: Luke Cavagnac has a party at Invisible Fountain, Samirah Evans brings the jazz to TreeCat Café

Thursday, November 12, 2015

YEP, NOPE There’s a sign that reads “OPEN” or “NOPE” in the windows of Easthampton’s Eastworks. Behind that sign is the artistic home of Luke Cavagnac. Some people labor over their paintings for a long time. Not so Cavagnac, whose Invisible Fountain studio is filled from floor to …

Movie times

Thursday, November 12, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The Assassin (NR) Daily 1:55, 4:40, 7:05, 9:55; Sun. no 1:55, also 11:10 a.m.; Sat. no 4:40, also 4:55; Mon. no 7:05; Wed. no 9:55 Labyrinth of Lies (R) Daily …

Movie capsules

Friday, November 6, 2015

THE 33: When a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. Based on a real-life event. Stars Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche. Rated PG-13. THE ASSASSIN: An assassin accepts a dangerous …

Actress Sarah Bolger felt ‘All American’ pressure

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A question about whether she feels more responsibility playing a character based on a real person than a fictional role gets a huge response from Sarah Bolger. The role the actress has in “My All American” is based …

New on DVD

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jimmy’s Hall: During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward) returns home to Ireland after 10 years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Ambrose Akinmusire, in two recommended shows this week, and much more music in the Valley

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Each week for this column I research artists who are new to me, sifting through listings, hoping to find gold. Sometimes that rich discovery happens and you become a hungry sponge, wanting to hear everything you can by …

Headliners: John Sheldon’s ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ at A.P.E.; “Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and His Contemporaries” at Mead Art Museum

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A songwriter’s journey After hearing a report on NPR about the mass shooting of wolves in Yellowstone Park in 2012 — including the park’s famous alpha female known as Wolf 06 — Valley blues guitarist and transformational songwriter …

Book Bag: ‘What is Your Life? Discovering What Really Matters before It Is Too Late’ by Peter B. Ives; ‘A Tale of Two Cabins: Comparative Stories of Thoreau’s Cabin, Natue, and Life’ by John Irving Clapp

Thursday, November 12, 2015

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE? DISCOVERING WHAT MATTERS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE By Peter B. Ives Paradise Copies Inc. www.paradisecopies.com Peter Ives, the former pastor of First Churches in Northampton, has been spending a lot of time over …

Valley Readings

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: A book-launch party for the publication of “Strangers on Familiar Soil: Rediscovering the Chile-California Connection” by Edward Melillo will take place Saturday, 5 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Feudal effort

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Autumn seems to have settled in, bringing with it the low sun and faster-gliding clouds that give the light that moving-target, Jekyll-and-Hyde quality we often see this time of year. You know what I mean: When the sun …