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Artist Christopher Sullivan works at his home studio Thursday in Easthampton.

Art Maker: Christopher Sullivan | Painter

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Christopher Sullivan lives in Easthampton and teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. For many years he made purely abstract paintings, which, he says, taught him about balance, focus, movement and the physicality of materials. “I love a new blank canvas,” Sullivan said. “Like ‘beginner’s mind,’ it’s filled with possibilities.” His recent paintings are a pastiche of figures found in art history, pop culture and the artist’s imagination. The mash-up of images incorporated with abstract elements creates what he calls “a sense of traditional formal coherence between space, light and color.” Hampshire Life: What’s your creative process like? Christopher Sullivan: I use the …

Story Place: In the arms of an angel

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Editor’s note: In this new feature, which will run periodically in Hampshire Life, Northampton resident Keegan Pyle will connect with local folks, and share their stories. On a recent day, as a patient underwent chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, an angel appeared — in the form of …

Tasting circle: 1000 foods to eat before you die

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Katy van Geel and I are enthusiastic foodies, cooks and 5 College Learning in Retirement members. Last spring, Katy asked if I would co-moderate a course with her with the intriguing title “1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die,” taken from food critic Mimi Sheraton’s recent book of the same name. This is …

James Heflin’s Best Bets: Science meets art in Alicia Hunsicker’s exhibit at UMass; ice cream for breakfast at Herrell’s

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SMASHING Whoever said art and science don’t taste great together must not have seen the artwork of 1993 UMass Amherst grad Alicia Hunsicker. The Leyden artist visited Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider, and her visit spawned paintings inspired by high-energy particle collisions. Her work is vibrant, colorful, even whimsical …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Nellie McKay at the Parlor Room; Käthe Kollwitz exhibit at the Smith College Museum of Art

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NOT TO BE PIGEONHOLED Whether she’s singing jazz, rap, pop, or funk, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay has been a unique voice on the music scene since releasing her first record, “Get Away From Me,” in 2004. On her most recent album, “My Weekly Reader,” McKay interprets a …

Headliners: ‘Accounting for Torture in Syria: The ‘Caesar’ Photographs’ at Smith; City of Tomorrow at Bezanson Recital Hall

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Horrific evidence out of Syria While Islamic State terrorists openly display their atrocities on social media, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad appears to have systematically kept evidence of its crimes hidden during the country’s five-year-long civil war. …

Movie times

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 45 Years (R) Daily 1:55, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45; Sat.-Sun. 11:15 a.m. 2016 Animated Oscar Shorts (NR) Daily 4:35; Fri.-Sat. also 9:05; Sat., Mon., Wed. also 1:30, Sun. also 11:25 a.m. …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, January 7, 2016

THE 5TH WAVE: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. Also stars Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez. Rated …

New on DVD

Thursday, February 4, 2016

99 Homes: A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration. Stars Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern. Rated R. Bridge …

Chris Pine on his accidental career and ‘The Finest Hours’

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Looking at Chris Pine’s career, it’s hard to imagine that he hadn’t always harbored a lifelong passion to be an actor. In a little over a decade since his first big screen role (the sequel to “The Princess …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Soul singer Lee Fields, The Expressions at the Iron Horse

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Soul singer Lee Fields is the kind of give-all performer who works up a sweat and raises the heat, no matter what temperature the place was before he took the stage. It’s an old-school work ethic that Fields …

Book Bag: ‘The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition’ by Manisha Sinha; ‘The Berkshires Cookbook: Farm-Fresh Recipes from the Heart of Massachusetts’ by Jane Barton Griffith

Thursday, February 4, 2016

THE SLAVE’S CAUSE: A HISTORY OF ABOLITION By Manisha Sinha Yale University Press www.yalebooks.com As Manisha Sinha sees it, the story of the abolitionist movement has often been told in a fragmented fashion, with a particular emphasis on …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BOOKLINK BOOKSELLERS: Jarret J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” series, will do a book signing Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at the bookstore, Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main St., Northampton. Benefits Whole Children. …