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All that ‘Jasmine’/Forever FAT

Friday, March 6, 2015

All that ‘Jasmine’ What do Bharatanatyam, a rigorously formal South Indian dance form, and jazz have in common? The Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company — led by the mother-daughter team of Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy — and jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa will be at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on Thursday to demonstrate with “Song of the Jasmine,” a …

Talkin’ trash

Friday, March 6, 2015

Let’s face it — E!’s “Fashion Police” has been going downhill fast since the loss of Joan Rivers. Consensus is the show hit a new low during its Academy Awards special, when co-host Giuliana Rancic dissed actress Zendaya Coleman for appearing at the ceremonies with her hair done up in dreadlocks, saying “I …

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 …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Three on three

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This trio of North Hadley corn cribs seems well-entrenched, yet I only noticed them for the first time one sunny day a couple of weeks ago. At the time, I tried to frame them for a photo in …

Cribbage night, Platform Sports Bar, Northampton

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Every Wednesday is Cribbage Tournament Night at the Platform Sports Bar in Northampton. Fourteen people gathered in a room at the rear of the bar on a recent evening, playing until elimination rounds produced a single winner. It’s …

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 …