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JERREY ROBERTS
Sandra Rae paints at her home in Easthampton Thursday, Feb. 19.

Art Maker: Sandra J. Rae | painter

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sandra J. Rae of Easthampton works in oil and acrylic and exhibits landscapes and still-life paintings. “Painting, for me, is an act of communing with myself and a communication with the materials at hand,” she writes in an artist’s statement. “My intention is to create paintings that share an intimate life pace and relate a love of the act of …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Tipperary is closer than you think

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Browsing online recently, I came across a cocktail called the Tipperary. Basically, it’s a Manhattan with the addition of Green Chartreuse, a distinctive liqueur made in France by Carthusian monks using a secret recipe of 130 herbs, plants and flowers. With the green in mind, and St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, I thought …

Valley Readings

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Novelist David Vann reads from his work Tuesday, 8 p.m., at the bookstore, 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 AMHERST WOMEN’S CLUB: William Nicholson reads from his new novel, “Amherst,” Sunday, 3 p.m., at the club, 35 Triangle St., Amherst. 253-7027 BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Frida Berrigan …

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ID: Stacy Waldman

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stacy Waldman grew up going to auctions and antique shows — her parents were part-time antique dealers, so she knows a little bit about all types of antiques. But she has found a different niche in the collecting …

Style Stop: Olivia Ilano-Davis

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Olivia Ilano-Davis of Northampton was dressed in a style all her own when the Style Stop team spied her on Main Street in Northampton. Her quirky outfit boasted running pants, a sweater and a jacket, both from Eileen …

Art Maker: furniture maker

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The furniture that Joel Liebman designs and builds in his Easthampton studio is custom-made, much of it to order. And every piece that comes out of his shop is created 100-percent by him — from purchasing the wood …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Snow speak: A lexicon of winter

Thursday, February 12, 2015

It’s common knowledge that Eskimos have many words for snow. Seven, nine, 23 — no one is sure because no one knows enough Eskimo lingo to tell when they’re saying “snow” and when they’re saying, “Jeez, another foot on Tuesday? Where is God?” But it is not widely …

A Nutella dessert heard round the world

Thursday, February 19, 2015

If there is any person in the United States who understands how much Americans — or really, people all over the world — love Nutella, it is Allison Robicelli, who along with her husband, Matt, owns the New …

Stratford Festival plans to film all Shakespeare’s plays

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Playing the mad title role in Shakespeare’s “King Lear” was never supposed to be easy. That’s just what Colm Feore wanted. The classical actor chose to make his Lear “absolutely hateful” and “corrosive” for the Stratford Festival in …

Live from Tribeca: ‘SNL’ documentary to open festival

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival will kick off with a documentary on another New York institution: “Saturday Night Live.” The festival announced Thursday that “Live From New York!” will be its opening-night film. Directed by Bao Nguyen, the documentary focuses on the show’s early years and was …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Ice festivals in Northampton, Easthampton; celebrating ‘Madeline’ at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS Northampton and Easthampton will celebrate winter with exhibits that embrace snow and ice. On Friday, Northampton holds an “Ice Art Festival,” with artists creating sculptures out of 300-pound blocks of ice. They start working at 10 a.m. and will finish by 5 p.m., in time …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Bamidele Dancers and Drummers at Smith College; Georgia Pugh’s ‘The Seawall Series’ at the Oxbow Gallery

Thursday, February 12, 2015

KEEPING THE BEAT For more than 25 years, the performing troupe the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers has presented mesmerizing and theatrical drumming, dancing and singing concerts in the Valley and beyond. With expertise in African Caribbean and Brazilian culture, the company aims to preserve African and African-rooted culture. …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Concerts at UMass Amherst; Leo Kotke at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, February 12, 2015

TEACHERS AND STUDENTS This week at UMass, music faculty and students take to the stage. On Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bezanson Recital Hall, professors Joshua Michal (horn), John Bottomley (tuba), and Ludmila Krasin (piano) will perform selections by Dvorák, Tibbets and others. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at …