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Michael Poole sands down the edges of a ''2' that is part of a zipcode bike rack for Easthampton at his studio on East St. Poole chose to base his design on the zipcode because he found the idea "unifying" and a unarguable reflection of the area.

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, spent the winter months creating the piece, which is in the shape of Easthampton’s zip code, 01027. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you’re doing now: Michael Poole: I designed a typeface that could be fabricated with pipe, and used as a bicycle rack or place to lock up a stroller outdoors. We fabricated the numbers, rolling, cutting and welding the pipe to create the designed font. Then …

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 by magnifying its reflections and studying its character of movement and translucency. Exhibit closes Tuesday, …

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 Shelburne Falls. The 11th annual tour and sale features nine local potters opening their studios …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Just perfect

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My dinner at home was set in motion — the salmon fillets were marinating, and the sweet potato and veggies were in the oven. With time to spare, I thought I’d treat myself to a before-dinner cocktail. But …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Coming up short

Thursday, April 16, 2015

One of my favorite features in Hampshire Life is “Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide.” (I’ll leave it up to the reader to decide what it says about me that I am often familiar with his movie picks.) My reason for mentioning the column is that I have the sense …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The brand-new Mammal Dap CD features the band’s portrait in needlepoint (done by Sarah Laakso), displayed on wood paneling, as if in grandma’s rec room. But the simplified figures and font also look like something from a classic …

Book Bag: ‘The Chapel’ by Michael Downing; ‘Letters Grom Erastus: Field Notes on Grace’ by Anne. D. Emerson

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE CHAPEL By Michael Downing Counterpoint Press www.michaeldowningbooks.com Novelist Michael Downing impressed critics several years ago with “Perfect Agreement,” a book that was part academic satire and part exploration of finding new meaning in life. He also won …

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: ANCHOR HOUSE OF ARTISTS: Jo O’Lone Hahn reads from the work of the late Anchor House artist and poet Mary Dunn Sunday, 2-4 p.m., 518 Pleasant Street, Northampton. 584-4323 BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: …

Headliners: ‘Cyclonic: Readings from ‘The Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay’ ” at Wistariahurst Museum;

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Before there was Lady Gaga ... ... before there was Madonna, there was Eva Tanguay (1878-1947), the Holyoke-raised singer who became America’s most popular live entertainer in the early years of the 19th century. Appearing first in Broadway …

Movie Times

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (NR) Daily 4:50, 7:30; Sat.-Sun. also 2:10 The Hunting Ground (PG-13) Daily 4:05; Wed. also 2, 7; Sat.-Sun. also 7; Mon., Tues., Thurs. also 2 While We’re Young (R) Daily 2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:30; …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CHILD 44: A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Stars Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace. Rated R. CINDERELLA: When her father (Ben Chaplin) unexpectedly passes …

Your Time: Dock Day at Oxbow Marina, Northampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Young and old gathered at the Oxbow Marina in Northampton Saturday for Dock Day, an annual rite of spring for boaters looking forward to summer weekends on the Connecticut River. The marina owners fire up the grill, people …

Art Maker: Neal Parks |artist, designer, teacher

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easthampton artist Neal Parks says he’s having fun right now discovering and rediscovering himself for his current exhibit “The Social Onion Project,” on view at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton. The show’s title, “Time and Again in a …