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Sarah Braman, an artist from Amherst poses for a portrait at her studio in Hadley Thursday January 15. Braman exhibits and sells her work at a gallery in New York City, Mitchell, Innes and Nash.

Art Maker: Sarah Braman | sculptor

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sarah Braman’s sculptures are monuments to everyday life. She combines parts scavanged from vehicles, old buildings or furniture to construct her precariously balanced structures. “I make monuments for love, death, sex, nature, DRIVING,” Braman writes in an artist’s statement. “Making sculpture can be a series of bad turns and still be right. ... Sculpture allows for the awkward feeling of doing wrong things, and the euphoria of when things fit. I like to black out in objects, get undone. After the trip, I can look at the sculpture and laugh at how it turned out and how we are lucky to live in the unknown.” …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Anatomy of a Super Bowl party

Thursday, January 29, 2015

With the Patriots in Super Bowl CCDXXXLIV, local parties will approach record levels of excitement. But not for everyone. There are three types at any Super Bowl party. One third are the Actual Fans — people who can tell you Tom Brady’s shirt size or what Rob Gronkowski’s teammates call him in the shower. You’ll see them blocking the big screen, shouting “Safety …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Duck, duck, goose

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back when this week’s storm of “potentially historic proportions” was just a gleam in the meteorologist’s eye — where it pretty much remained — I found this cozy scene under the iron bridge over Lower Lake at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley. My best guess is that the main character is a …

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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: One-of-a-kind The Bad Plus to play Iron Horse in Northampton

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jazz trios don’t come any more dazzling than The Bad Plus. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King make accessibly adventurous music that’s even more fun when you can see the three longtime friends in …

Book Bag: ‘The Jaguar’s Children’ by John Vaillant

Friday, January 23, 2015

THE JAGUAR’S CHILDREN By John Vaillant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt www.thetigerbook.com John Vaillant scored well with critics and readers in the past several years with two books of nonfiction, including “The Tiger,” a tale of a search for a …

Valley Readings

Friday, January 23, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: LIMERED TEAHOUSE: Ware author Tim Parker will sign copies of his book “Wispa” Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m., at the teahouse, 50 Main St., Amherst. 405-458-5642. LOOMIS VILLAGE: Mystery writer Dusty …

Your Time: Coffee shops, Hampshire County

Friday, January 23, 2015

Over the past few weeks, Gazette photographers visited just a tiny sampling of Hampshire County’s many, many coffee shops. At places like Amherst Coffee and Rao’s Coffee, both in Amherst and SIP Café, the Roost and Haymarket Café, …

Headliners: ‘Dérive’ at the Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst; duoJalal at UMass

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Drifters Noting that everyday life under advanced capitalism was becoming increasingly predictable and monotonous, a group of French intellectuals in the 1950s came up with the idea of the dérive (“drift”). They defined it as “an unplanned …

Movie Times

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animation Shorts (NR) Daily 1:50, 7; Sat.-Sun. also 11:45 a.m. 2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (NR) Daily 4:10, 9:25 Birdman (R) Daily 1:40, 6:45; Sun. also 11:15 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, …

New on DVD

Friday, January 23, 2015

Before I Go to Sleep: A woman (Nicole Kidman) wakes up every day remembering nothing, the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her. …

What to watch for at the Sundance Film Festival

Friday, January 23, 2015

Just as Hollywood’s awards season heats up, half the town takes off for a snowy getaway to Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival. Celebrating its 31st year, the festival has steadily outgrown its indie-film roots to …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Nature’s graffiti

Friday, January 23, 2015

Although this may look like someone’s cryptic graffiti, the designs on this building at the corner of Main and Market streets in Northampton are the result of late-afternoon sunlight reflected from windows across the street. — Jerrey Roberts …