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Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 45 Years (R) Daily 1:55, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45; Sat.-Sun. 11:15 a.m. 2016 Animated Oscar Shorts (NR) Daily 4:35; Sat. also 9:05; Sat., Mon., Wed. also 1:30, Sun. also 11:25 a.m. 2016 Live Action Oscar Shorts (NR) Daily 6:40, Sun., Tues., Thurs. also 1:30; Sat. also 2:05 Anomalisa (R) Daily 4:15, 9:35; Tues. …

Art Maker: Jan Ruby-Crystal |Painter

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Before she could even walk, Jan Ruby-Crystal had already started to paint. That early interest, she says, blossomed into a life-long love of painting. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a master’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, both in fine arts, then followed that with …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Campaign-English Dictionary: A translation for Orwellian times

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Let the trumpets sound! Let the bloviating blow! The first votes of the endless campaign of 2012-2016 have been cast! And as the contest continues, let my Campaign-English Dictionary help you translate campaign-speak into English. When last seen in these parts, my CED offered some 200 definitions of key campaign buzzwords. Among them: tea party n spontaneous political party, bankrolled by billionaires, consisting …

Jerrey Roberts photo gallery: Hurry up and wait

Thursday, January 28, 2016

As a swim meet between Northampton and Belchertown high schools earlier this month was just about to start, I got into position for the first race. But, there was a delay. Swimmers who had lined up at their …

Your Time: Baseball clinic, Calvin Coolidge Cage, Amherst College

Thursday, January 28, 2016

For the 25th year, baseball enthusiasts, ages 9-16, gathered at the Calvin Coolidge Cage for the Amherst College coaching staff’s annual clinic. Members of the team, with head coach, Brian Hamm, and his assistant coaches, Michael Armstrong and …

ID: Margaret Elizabeth Gage

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Margaret Elizabeth Gage graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 1963, and taught social studies and English there from 1977 to 1981. Politically engaged on multiple fronts, Gage has been an Amherst Town Meeting member since 1987. She …

Style Stop: Karen Craig finds fashion locally

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When the Style Stop team saw Karen Craig, 57, of Leeds, in downtown Northampton recently, we were immediately drawn to her shimmering silver coat, part of an outfit dominated by shades of gray and black. Craig, who was, …

Chef’s Best: Baked Alaska — A delicious constant in a changing world

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Change used to be good. Remember? “Change is good” championed motion indiscriminately. But times change. Now we prefer to stay put. “It is what it is” celebrates stasis. “Change” has changed. Consider “cell change.” Consider “climate change.” Change, …

Digital Life: Under Armour’s fitness gadgets need to shape up

Thursday, January 28, 2016

You may know Under Armour mostly for its heavily marketed line of athletic sportswear. But the company has bigger ambitions: It’s jumping into the crowded market for wearable gadgets that aim to help both athletes and couch potatoes …

Art Maker: Diane Harr | Painter

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Diane Harr lived for many years in Italy, where her paintings were inspired by the architecture of Rome and other Italian cities. Then, in the summer of 2011, at a villa in Umbria, she began a series of …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: This awards season, fear takes center stage

Thursday, January 21, 2016

It’s awards season again and the honors just keep coming. The Golden Globes. The Grammies. The Tonys. The Jimmies (given annually to the best ice cream topping) and on and on. It might seem that every form of cultural expression has its award. But one rising art form …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘La Boheme,’ ‘Frankenstein at the Academy; ‘Take a Seat’ at UMCA

Thursday, January 21, 2016

MONSTROUS LOVE Immerse yourself in 19th-century theatrics this weekend at the Academy of Music in Northampton. Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., Panopera presents Puccini’s “La Bohème,” with a full orchestra. Then, Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., playwright Lindel Hart stars as The Creature in his …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ROVA Saxophone Quartet in Easthampton; “Frankenstein” in Northampton

Thursday, January 21, 2016

MUSICAL MUSKETEERS Like the saxophone? Then consider seeing the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, a long-standing group whose players combine baritone, tenor, soprano and sopranino saxes on genre-bending music — what one critic calls “a teeming cosmos of saxophone sounds” — that draws on jazz, avant-rock and other styles. Sponsored …