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Art Maker: Elizabeth Stone | figurative artist

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elizabeth Stone is a contemporary figurative artist who works at her home studio in Florence, which she loves, she says, because of its “village feel.” She began painting in the late 1990s when she inherited her grandfather’s set of pastels. With her three boys busy at school, Stone, now 64, says she learned to paint by taking workshops with master …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Too big to fail? Remember the dinosaurs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

For the past few weeks, I’ve found myself thinking about dinosaurs. And about Einstein. Stay with me now. I loved dinosaurs as a kid. I collected little plastic ones and knew all the names. Brontosaurus, T. Rex, Trachodon. Many of these names have since changed (How does a dinosaur change its name and why don’t they change them to names like Mitch or …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: First impressions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You can only make a first impression once. At The Mick, the bar at the entrance of the Delaney House on Route 5 in Holyoke, they make a good one. My friend Chris and I arrived at The Mick one day recently before it was officially opened. But Charlie, who was busy cutting …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Fast Forward Film Series at Historic Northampton; local author MB Caschetta reads from debut novel

Thursday, November 13, 2014

HAMP ON SCREEN It was fun seeing Shelburne Falls as the backdrop for the recent movie “The Judge,” but Northampton’s had its share of cameo — and bigger — roles as the setting for popular films. Among them are “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” out in 1966, “The …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Jill Lepore, author or ‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman, speaks;’ ‘Madeline’ exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum

Thursday, November 13, 2014

AN INSPIRATIONAL HEROINE The American feminism movement has its modern icons — Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem — but how about Wonder Woman? The comic book character, created in 1941, is the subject of a new book, “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” by New Yorker writer Jill Lepore, …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Picture puzzle

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Occasionally, I like to take a photo that is a little mysterious — like it’s a puzzle to figure out. While at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Northampton last month for the seventh annual Giving Voice, …

Book Bag: ‘Bad Atmosphere’ by Don Ogden; ‘Miracle Girls’ by MB Caschetta

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BAD ATMOSPHERE By Don Ogden Levellers Press www.levellerspress.com You likely didn’t hear much talk during the recent elections about climate change or other environmental issues: The unrelenting theme for the media was President Obama’s crumbling approval ratings and …

Valley Readings

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Kim Townsend, author of “John William Ward: An American Idealist,” speaks Nov. 18, 4 p.m., Robert Frost Library, at the college. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Photographer Dan Eckstein presents his book …

Movie listings

Thursday, November 13, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Dear White People (R) Hard-Boiled Noir: Sunset Boulevard (NR) Whiplash (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BEYOND THE LIGHTS: The pressures of fame have superstar singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw ) on the edge, until she meets Kaz (Nate Parker), a young cop who helps her find the courage to develop her own voice and …

New on DVD

Thursday, November 13, 2014

22 Jump Street: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum )when they go deep undercover at a local college. Also stars Ice Cube. …

With ‘Rosewater,’ Jon Stewart makes a movie

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A bleary-eyed Jon Stewart is sitting outside his offices reflecting on his directorial debut, “Rosewater,” a drama about the unjust imprisonment of journalist Maziar Bahari in Iran. It’s the morning after “The Daily Show” broadcast live for the …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dire Honeys plays farewell concerts, and other music in the Valley

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I remember a book from my elementary school years called “Fortunately,” the tale of a kid’s epic journey that see-sawed between good news and bad news. I got a similar feeling from a recent talk with Dire Honeys …