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Painter and printmaker Kathryn Fanelli at work in her studio at Eastworks in Easthampton

Art Maker: Kathryn Fanelli | painter, printmaker

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kathryn Fanelli, 48, of Amherst says she’s mainly a painter, but includes drawing, printmaking and photography in her practice. She has a studio in Eastworks in Easthampton and is a member of Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Florence. She also is an affiliate of the contemplative arts movement, and her work addresses methodologies for creating through meditation and unconscious perception. …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: It’s Greek to me

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BANKRUPTCIES: We have gathered in the Agora, Socrates, all the searching and wondering ones, hoping you might explain the Greek crisis. SOCRATES: Well might I, Bankruptcies, but little do I understand it myself. BANKRUPTCIES: Perhaps the usual dialogue? Where shall we begin? SOCRATES: Begin in pre-euro Greece, fabled land of tart wines, lovely women and the warm Aegean. I trust you are familiar …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Mr. Burns’ at New Century Theatre; ‘Free Fun Friday’ at the Eric Carle Museum

Thursday, July 30, 2015

D’oh! Here’s a unique premise: In her play “Mr. Burns,” Anne Washburn explores a post-apocalyptic world where strangers pass the time retelling the story of “Cape Feare,” an episode from “The Simpsons.” Flash forward seven years and a theater company is doing the same thing. Leap ahead 75 more years and Homer and Marge are now the pop-culture inspirations for yet another theatrical …

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: FLYING OBJECT: “Women’s Autobiographical Artists Books” will be presented Tuesday, 7 p.m., 42 West St., Hadley. 387-0063 JONES LIBRARY: Short-story writer R.K. “Chip” Simpson presents “The Creation of a Short Story: …

Your Time: Classic summertime fun: Eating ice cream and shooting golf balls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Eating ice cream any time of year is amazing, but in summer it’s a treat beyond compare. If you add outdoor seating, hot dogs, lobsters rolls and golf, you have the makings for an event. We took our …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: Gone in a flash

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If you haven’t seen the wildlife, you’ve heard the stories and seen the pictures — like, the bear that strolled by Smith College Campus School near downtown Northampton in midday, or the mother bear that settled into a …

ID: Elizabeth MacDuffie

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Elizabeth MacDuffie is a founding editor of Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, a two-time Annual New England Book Show-winning arts and literary journal published in western Massachusetts. With the publication of each issue of the quarterly review, …

Headliners: Pauline Productions’ ‘4000 Miles’; Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Loneliness of the long-distance biker “4000 Miles,” the title of Amy Herzog’s 2012 Obie Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, refers to the distance 21-year-old Leo has traversed on a cross-country bike trip that has brought him to Manhattan and the Greenwich Village apartment of his grandmother, where, following …

Art Maker: Carolyn Webb | Sculptor, printmaker

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Carolyn Webb, a sculptor and printmaker, says she sees her two artistic practices as related and complementary forms. “I approach printmaking as a sculptor, always thinking in terms of making an object, not just a 2-dimensional image, says …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Pipe dreaming of Pluto

Thursday, July 16, 2015

By the time I was in second grade, I knew all the planets. This is not to say that I was smart. No, I just was looking for any place, any planet, that might be more fun, more bully free, than second grade. And there they were, dreamlands …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Producing a Passionate Presbyterian at 30 Boltwood in Amherst

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The first thing I noticed when I walked into 30 Boltwood, the bar and restaurant at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst, were the leather, high backed, circular booths. They looked very cozy, in a room that oozes …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Northampton Summer Concert Series; ‘Yidstock’ at the Yiddish Book Center

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SONGS OF SUMMER I’ve had my eye on Jamie Kent since he was a fledgling musician/entrepreneur at Northampton High School. Since his graduation in 2005, Kent’s been unstoppable. One of his successes has been the Northampton Summer Concert Series, a free, outdoor festival he launched four years ago …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Major Crimes”; Gallery talk in North Adams

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A SUCCESSFUL SPINOFF The ensemble cast of TNT’s “Major Crimes,” the hugely successful spin-off from “The Closer” provides among the best dialogue, story lines and character building on TV today. A huge fan of “The Closer,” I’m a bigger fan of “Major Crimes,” in its fourth season. Mondays, …