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Emery Henderson at Northampton High School, Sept. 3.

Art Maker: Emery Henderson | Actor

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It’s what every actor dreams of: jobs piling up, one after the other. So, it’s probably safe to say that the last six months have been a dream-come-true for Emery Henderson of Southampton. During that time, the 16-year-old junior at Northampton High School performed in “One Slight Hitch” at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield and “This Is Our Youth” at her school’s Black Box Theater; she made her debut at New Century Theatre in Northampton in “The Little Foxes” and with The Theater Truck’s “Emily Dickinson Project”; and then she returned to the Majestic for its summer children’s theater season. Now that her schedule …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Yo ho (a pirate’s life for me)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

When we were kids, my aunt Eileen used to tell us that the Driscolls are descended from Irish pirates. I assumed she was spicing up our family history to give her nieces and nephews a little thrill. But I later learned from an Irish history professor that our ancestors did, in fact, run …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life: Were those the arms of an angel?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

There was a time when I would give wide berth to someone walking toward me on a street, gesticulating and talking out loud. These days, though, I think nothing of it: It’s probably just someone conversing on a cellphone, equipped with Bluetooth technology. (If I don’t spot that little microphone, though, I still might make a beeline for the other side of the …

Johnny Depp on his ‘comeback’ as Whitey Bulger in ‘Black Mass’

Thursday, September 24, 2015

There’s no surer way to make Johnny Depp chuckle than to cite those who call his icy performance as the Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass” a return to form for the actor. “My comeback!” Depp wryly …

New on DVD

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Aloft: A struggling mother (Jennifer Connelly) encounters the son she abandoned 20 years earlier. Also stars Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent. Rated R. Cop Car: A small-town sheriff (Kevin Bacon) sets out to find the two kids who have …

Book Bag: ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’ by Naomi Klein; ‘An Upraised Chalice: Adventures and Near-Death Encounters in my Search for the Brotherhood of Light’ by Gene O’Neil

Thursday, September 24, 2015

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: CAPITALISM VS. THE CLIMATE By Naomi Klein Simon & Schuster www.naomiklein.org There are no easy fixes to climate change. But Naomi Klein says any attempt to address it must begin with revamping the entire engine …

Valley Readings

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BARNES & NOBLE: A l ocal authors night will be held Friday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore at Mountain Farms Mall in Hadley. Readings by Corey Jay Hudson, Gene O’Niel, Christine …

Your Time: Festival of Achievement, Diversity and Disability, Amherst

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Last Saturday, the Amherst Common was a busy place, as folks stopped by to enjoy the Festival of Achievement, Diversity and Disability, put on by Stavros’ Surrogate Volunteer Program for Independent Living. The event celebrates “the promise made …

Style Stop: Frances Paine

Thursday, September 24, 2015

While out “style stopping” in downtown Northampton, the team noticed Frances Paine’s intricately decorated skirt. Although the Northampton resident was in a rush — she was on her way to a French Club meeting — she took the …

Carol Lollis’ Photo Gallery: Kids in motion

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I love taking pictures of children; I always have. And I love that this picture is all motion — illustrating, to me, how happy children can be in the simple act of playing. Here’s what else I love …

ID: Musician Philip B. Price

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Philip Price is a musician with the band Winterpills, and was also in the bands The Maggies, Memorial Garage and the Gay Potatoes. He has been a Valley resident since 1996, is married to Winterpills bandmate Flora Reed, …

Digital Life: Better photos, animated shots in new iPhones

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Photography gets even better with Apple’s new iPhones. Although the iPhone is already among the best smartphones for everyday shots, images from previous iPhones haven’t been as sharp as what rival cameras produce. The new iPhone 6s and …

Art Maker: Megan LaBonte | Photographer

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Megan LaBonte’s current project is called “A Year in Black and White,” for which the Northampton photographer focuses her energy, she says, on creating black-and-white images that cover a year’s time (July-July). “I’m trying to capture the mystery …