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Rochelle Schicoff with "Attend Unseen" from an exhibit of her photomontages, "It Came to Pass," at the Jewish Community of Amherst

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 old synagogues on the Lower East Side of New York City. The Orthodox shuls (synagogues), some grand and restored, others simple rooms … 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 political satirist John Oliver, has done away with that bothersome “immediacy of the news” concept … 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 rural retreats. Among them: Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., Winterthur in Delaware, and Naumkeag in … 0

‘Masters’ exposes a myth of masculinity

Thursday, August 7, 2014

It turns out that the pioneering sex researcher William Masters in “Masters of Sex” is most exposed when cloaked in a plush white bathrobe. The July 27 episode of the highly praised Showtime drama had viewers more on … 0

Photo Gallery: Tunnel of fun

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Whenever I get an assignment to photograph at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, there’s a good chance I’ll be trekking down the Old Coach Road Trail with a bunch of kids. The trail cuts through a swell in … 0

Style Stop: Dawn Artioli — going with the trends

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dawn Artioli was perusing sales in downtown Northampton on a recent afternoon when her glittery top caught the eye of the Style Stop team. The Wilbraham resident told us she’s all about staying up-to-date with what’s “in.” She … 0

Book Bag: “When Paris Went Dark” by Ronald C. Rossbottom; “50 Best Hikes in New England” by Marty Basch

Thursday, August 7, 2014

WHEN PARIS WENT DARK: THE CITY OF LIGHT UNDER GERMAN OCCUPATION, 1940-1944 By Ronald C. Rosbottom Little, Brown and Company Ronald Rosbottom, a longtime professor of French and European studies at Amherst College, has been a frequent visitor … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: A book-launch party for James Sulzer’s new novel, “The Voice at the Door: A Novel of Emily Dickinson,” will be held Aug. 8, 6 p.m., at the bookshop, at … 0

Your Time: Prospect Meadow Farm, Hatfield

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Prospect Meadow Farm in Hatfield, a nonprofit social enterprise farm run by ServiceNet, celebrated its third anniversary on Aug. 1 with an open house. The farm is tended mostly by clients of the Northampton-based mental health and human … 0

ID: Fred Itterly Jr.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fred Itterly, who retired in June as director of guidance at Northampton High School, spent his career — including 13 years with Job Corps, a federally funded education and training program for disadvantaged youth — focused on service … 0

Celebrate the season with a triple-tomato salad

Thursday, August 7, 2014

At the peak of ripeness, an in-season tomato is one of the things that makes life worth living. Happily, that season is upon us. And this recipe is my ode to that summer tomato. All kinds of tomatoes … 0

Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Amazon’s new “unlimited” e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you’ll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted. It turns out that the library of 600,000 is … 0

Art People: Jesse Metzger | LEGO artist

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jesse Metzger calls herself Dr. Lego, and one supposes she’s entitled: Metzger, 34, is a clinical psychologist who recently relocated to the Valley, where she plans to set up a private therapy practice, and she’s a self-described Lego … 0