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Lois Barber works in the studio of her Amherst home.

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says she’s begun the transition away from full-time work and toward a growing focus on another of her passions: making art. “Birdz of …

Valley Readings

Friday, July 3, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Diana Whitney. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Louisa Hall reads from her new novel, “Speak,” Monday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, in …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the jewel amid the chaos. This time, I chose a background and waited for a good …

Your Time: Sugarloaf Youth Track League, Northampton

Thursday, June 25, 2015

There is a time — before winning becomes the main reward, losing means only disappointment, parents become all-too vocal coaches and participation in track meets is done for glory — when competing in a track meet and the …

ID: Jeremy Smith: an active activist

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jeremy Smith is an active man, and an activist: He is a founding board member at Flywheel Arts Collective, a volunteer-run, not-for-profit community arts space in Easthampton, where he volunteers as a deejay, and is on the board …

Your Time: Plant sale, Amherst Garden Club

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Avid gardeners arrived early last Saturday for the annual plant sale of the Garden Club of Amherst on the Town Common. They circled the tent, scoping out the plants they wanted to grab as soon as the gong …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Castles made of sand

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Yes, those would be my feet ... and my “jammies.” And my sidewalk. And so, by turns, my ant hills — or at least they were. Such is the ephemeral nature of nature. While waiting to send my …

Art Maker: Jeff Olmsted | composer/songwriter

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Composer/songwriter Jeff Olmsted, 60, is a native of Northampton and a graduate of Northampton High School. He spent most of his adult life in the New York City area, where he founded and directed the Interfaith Fellowship Choir. …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Lucca, come home

Thursday, June 18, 2015

‘On the Internet,” says a famous cartoon of a black lab at a keyboard, “nobody knows you’re a dog.” It was in this spirit, some years ago, that I created a Myspace page for our golden retriever, Lucca. Social media was new, but it was already turning pimply …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Once bitten ...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I was bitten by a Black Widow. As my friend Chris and I were driving through Easthampton recently, we decided to stop for a libation at the Hideaway Lounge at Riff’s Joint in the Eastworks building at 116 …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: New Century Theatre’s ‘Seminar’; Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Thursday, June 18, 2015

COMEDY FODDER When Pulitzer Prize winner Theresa Rebeck’s play “Seminar” opened on Broadway in 2011, Time Out New York gave it five stars, and called it “Sexy, savvy and uproarious!” It’s about four aspiring writers who sign up to have their work critiqued by a best-selling author, who’s …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: “Spy”; Sunset kayak

Thursday, June 18, 2015

LOL Melissa McCarthy has made her mark as a comedian to take seriously. In “Spy,” now playing at Cinemark in Hadley and at South Hadley’s Tower Theaters, she is endlessly entertaining and sidesplittingly funny. On the talk show circuit leading up to the movie’s opening, much fuss was …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Todd Snider at the Iron Horse; Django in June at the Academy of Music

Thursday, June 18, 2015

TODD’S BLUES Todd Snider’s carved out a great career as a songwriter, folksinger and raconteur; his rambling, between-song tales have long been a staple of his live shows. But after penning a hilarious memoir last year, “I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like,” and more recently getting …