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Nan Salky works on one her latest pieces, "Clockworks," at her home in South Amherst.

Art Maker: Nan Salky | assemblage artist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artist Nan Salky, 59, works in multiple mediums, but has shifted her focus recently — away from her earlier work in painting and drawing to assemblage, using mostly vintage pieces. Now she’s working on a series of pieces based on old furniture. The search for the antiques gives her a reason, she says, to haunt shops and flea markets for …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Best of Valley Voices’ at Academy of Music; J.S. Bach Festival at UMass

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TALL TALES Only the earliest of birds got into the three “Valley Voices StorySlams” that were held earlier this year at Hinge in Northampton: They sold out weeks in advance. Now, here comes “Best of Valley Voices,” the best of the best. Ten finalists, chosen by audiences during those earlier slams, will take the stage Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Maltese Falcon’ at Academy of Music; Stan Sherer photo exhibit at Historic Northampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A FILM FOR THE AGES As part of the “All Hamptons Read” program, the film “The Maltese Falcon” will be screened Sunday. Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, the 1941 film noir is based on the 1929 classic detective novel by Dashiell Hammett. The late film critic Roger Ebert considered it to be one of the greatest movies ever made. Academy …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 9, 2015

“We’re all gonna die.” Those words are sung in breathy unison by Sufjan Stevens, with multiple recordings of his voice stacked together so that he becomes a feather-light choir. The blunt truth is spun so prettily that you …

Book Bag: ‘Look!’ by Jeff Mack; ‘Stone Angel’ by Jane Yolen; ‘Lifelines’ by Michael Miller

Thursday, April 9, 2015

LOOK! By Jeff Mack Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers Group www.jeffmack.com Easthampton author Jeff Mack, who writes and illustrates books for very young children, has proven he can tell a story with a minimal amount of words. He’s done …

Valley Readings

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Polish writer Tadeusz Dabrowski reads from his poetry Sunday, 4 p.m., Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Webster Hall, at the college. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Molly Burnham presents her new book …

Headliners: Rob Mazurek at the Parlor Room; Stephen Petronio Company at UMass

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jazz requiem Avant-garde jazz? For Rob Mazurek, Chicago-based electro-acoustic composer, cornetist and improviser, that entails constructing exotic soundscapes from the murmurings of the Amazonian rain forest, recording the sonic emanations of electric eels and using audio culled from …

Your Time: Culinary arts program, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northampton

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Students in the culinary arts program at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton get real-life experience. Under the direction of instructors/chefs, the program’s 50 students — from freshmen to seniors — study cooking theory in the …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Optical illusion

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The reflection of clouds onto the water and melting ice at Puffer’s Pond in Amherst Monday reminded me of a view one might see from a passenger jet — when very large things can appear very small. Like …

ID: Molly Merrett, vegetarian cook, pedal person

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Molly Merrett owns a vegetarian catering company and meal delivery service based in Northampton. She also plays guitar and fiddle in a local band called The Ephemeral Stringband, and is a member of Pedal People, a worker-owned, human-powered …

Style Stop: Carly Raber, feeling Bohemian

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Carly Raber, 23, was browsing from shop to shop in downtown Northampton when we caught a glimpse of her colorful skirt fluttering in the wind. We had to stop and ask about the rest of her unique outfit. …

Gussy up your salad by breaking it down and jarring it up

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Too often, a salad is served out of obligation. We feel it is something we have to do to make the meal complete, but really don’t want to. And too often that’s why the salads we serve aren’t …

Art Maker: Michael Goldman | poetry translator

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Michael Goldman, 49, of Florence, translates, promotes and publishes Danish literature. In the past two years, he has received six translation grants for his work with five distinguished Danish writers, among them Denmark’s most popular, all-time best-selling poet, …