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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Bob Dunn picks up a beehive at the Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield.

Playing Along: What’s the buzz?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I’ve never really given insects and their ilk much thought. I had an ant farm when I was a kid, until they all died shortly after finishing a simple network of tunnels, turning it from an ant farm to a plastic box filled with sand and dead ants, which was much less interesting. Summers growing up, my brother and I … 0

Art People: Chloe Feldman Emison | pen-and-ink artist

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Some people look at mountains and see faces. Chloe Feldman Emison looks at faces and sees mountains. The “Man Mountains” series in her pen-and-ink exhibition “Cranial Topographies,” on view through Aug. 28 at the ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton, suggests Mount Rushmore. It features fancifully formed heads of men who have been around the … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at Amherst Cinema; ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at North Hall in Huntington

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SONG-AND-DANCE HEAVEN Who was the better dancer: Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly? I’ve always favored Astaire for his sophistication and flair, but Kelly wins the “top movie” award for his 1952 musical “Singin’ in the Rain.” This gem can make a rock smile, with songs and dances like “Moses Supposes,” “Make ’Em Laugh” and, of course, the title song. I’ve seen the movie … 0

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Headliners: Setting Millay to music at Mocha Maya’s; Frank and Vinny at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Setting Millay to music Never hampshiremuch of a poetry reader, singer/songwriter Liz Queler shelved the book of verse by Edna St. Vincent Millay her mother-in-law had given her for her birthday a few years back and forgot about … 0

Your Time: Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference Fair, Amherst

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hundreds gathered at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst last weekend to learn about organic growing practices, visit with exhibitors and vendors, and enjoy an old-fashioned country fair. The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s 40th annual summer conference offered … 0

Photo gallery: Tradition: Still the bee’s knees

Thursday, August 14, 2014

OK, I know that photos of bees and butterflies on flowers are trite, at least in some circles. I try hard to avoid clichés when taking pictures, but when I saw this bee working coneflowers at the Northampton … 0

Art People: Greta Svalberg | painter

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Late on a Friday afternoon, a woman with a gaggle of young children in tow stopped into the A.P.E. Gallery on Northampton’s Main Street to look at an exhibit of works by artists John Moloney, Sam Gaskin and … 0

First Person: Groundhog Day

Thursday, August 7, 2014

I’ve spent some of these soft, summer evenings watching the sun’s last shine climb the green wall of trees on the east boundary of my property, and wishing I had a gun. I don’t own a gun so … 3

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: A fan request — ‘Night of the Lepus’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Watching horrible movies may be a thankless but necessary job — something akin to being a sanitation worker: You must clear out the stinkers to keep the general public safe. If someone comes forward and asks you to … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: All ‘Casablanca,” all the time

Thursday, August 7, 2014

PLAY IT AGAIN “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is one of my favorite movies, and I’ve seen it more times than I can count. I’ll get two more chances when Amherst Cinema shows the 1942 film on Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 13 at … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Zydeco Connection at Westhampton Public Library; reread ‘All the President’s Men’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ZYDECO CONNECTION Cajun-inspired music sounds great year-round, but it’s especially awesome in summer. Zydeco Connection brings its infectious rhythms to the Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, on Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m., as part of the Field of Dreams Concert Series. Rain site is Town Hall. 527-5386 … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘Boyhood’ at Amherst Cinema; Ray Mason at Thirsty Mind

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BOYHOOD BANDWAGON The critics have gone batty over the Richard Linklater movie “Boyhood,” in which the director filmed the same actors for 12 years to tell the story of a boy as he grows from age 6 to 18. Words like “wondrous,” “visionary,” and “transporting” have been bandied … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Soul Rebels at Iron Horse in Northampton and other musical happenings in the Valley

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Orleans brass bands are good for the soul, and one of that city’s most celebrated funky ensembles, the aptly named Soul Rebels, will take over the room at the Iron Horse in Northampton Thursday at 8:30 p.m. … 0