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William Sieruta

Art Maker: William Sieruta | Painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, May 21, 2015

William Sieruta was born in 1980 and lives and works in Leverett. After receiving a master’s degree in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he worked in New York City as a studio assistant and gallery manager. Recently, though, he’s been trying to establish a sustainable art practice away from New York and the art world there. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. William Sieruta: “Thirty Shirts and a Zebra” is a collection of paintings and a large contorted black-and-white painted steel sculpture. I use delicate washes of patterned stripes, dots, and grids to both describe form and …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Put your money where your vote is

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In a stunning announcement certain to rattle the 2016 campaign, a veteran political force has declared itself a candidate for the presidency. Mammon, the long-worshipped Biblical figure better known as Money, is now running for president. Mammon has always been in politics, especially in the last few decades when candidates and congressmen could barely open their mouths without unleashing streams of projectile currency. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Elaine Bromka’s ‘Tea for Three’ at Northampton Senior Center; The Eris String Quartet in Amherst

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FLOTUS X 3 Emmy Award-winning actor Elaine Bromka (a Smith College grad, by the way) has performed her one-woman show, “Tea for Three” all across the country. You can catch it Friday at 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Bromka portrays former first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as each prepares for the end of …

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Book Bag: ‘Girl at War’ by Sara Novic; ‘Baby at My Breast: Reflections of a Nursing Mother’ by Cheryl Anne Latuner; ‘The Psychology of Abandon: Berserk Style in American Culture’ by Kirby Farrell

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GIRL AT WAR By Sara Nović Random House www.sara-novic.com Sara Nović’s debut novel opens with a wonderful line: “The war in Zagreb began over a pack of cigarettes.” It’s 1991, and 10-year-old Ana, the story’s narrator, runs down …

Valley Readings

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Jennifer Ladd, Michaelann Bewsee and Jennifer O’Connor Duffy read from their contributions to the anthology “Class Lives: Stories from Across Our Economic Divide” Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Spanish for Hitchhiking celebrates release of ‘Night Alerts’ at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Eleven years after its last album, Spanish for Hitchhiking finally has a new one — “Night Alerts” — and the musicians are eager to get into your ears. Vocalist/guitarist Dennis Crommett, bassist Max Germer and drummer Dave Hower …

Headliners: Leah Song, Chloe Smith, Friday, Pearl Street, Northampton; Hampshire Choral Society performs John Knowles Paine’s Mass in D, UMass FAC

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Not your mother’s Southern music Raised by “radical folk musician parents” in Atlanta, sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith “spent our childhood following and learning and studying Appalachian folk in music circles, at contra dances and at folk …

Movie Times

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Clouds of Sils Maria (R) Daily 2, 4:30, 7, 9:10; Sat. no 2; Wed. no 7; Thurs. no 7, 9:10; Sun. also 11:20 a.m.; Wed., Thurs. also 7:25 Dior and …

Art Maker: Mary Witt | Musician

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mary Witt, 57, of Florence is a member of The O-Tones, a local dance band. Witt, who sings and plays bass, received raves from fellow musicians for her solo CD debut, “Dance With Me,” in 2005, and is …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: When SWAG turns to SHITE

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring is the season of stuff. Soon after the first sighting of crocuses, finches and Morris Dancers, you look around and suddenly notice all the stuff. Stuff bursting out of closets. Stuff piled high in back rooms. Stuff overflowing kitchen drawers, lining counters, making it impossible to walk …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘The Return of Swamp Thing’ sinks like quicksand

Thursday, May 7, 2015

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” took in $187 million in ticket sales last weekend. It’s a great time to be a comic-book movie fan. However, there was a time when this was not the case. Take “Swamp Thing,” …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘More Clearly in Dreams’ at Smith College; Pioneer Valley Symphony’s ‘Cavalleria rusticana’

Thursday, May 7, 2015

DREAM WORK I interviewed Smith College dance professor Rodger Blum in 2012, before the debut of “More Clearly in Dreams,” a dance/theater work inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks. Blum saw themes in da Vinci’s writings that he used in the dance. “It’s not a visual representation of …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Barney Frank reading; ‘Awake: The Life of Yogananda,’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, May 7, 2015

TO BE FRANK Whether in office or a private citizen, Barney Frank is endlessly entertaining because of his incisive wit and famously brilliant political mind. Next week, he will be in South Hadley reading from his memoir, “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex …