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Guru Karam Khalsa in Gallery A3 with his art work

Art Maker: Guru Karam Khalsa | sculptor, painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guru Karam Khalsa, 53, enjoys working with all types of media and using a variety of approaches in his art. In the past, he’s shown paintings, mixed media works and sculpture at Gallery A3 in Amherst, where he has been a member since its inception in 2001. His current exhibit, “Reclaim,” features sculptures made using old wood. Khalsa, who moved …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Jamie Kent farewell concert (Oct. 25); jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee (Oct. 28), at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LEAVING THE 413 Local musician Jamie Kent has been making music in Northampton and its environs all his life. But he’s a man with a plan and has been expanding his musical horizons as he tours solo or with his band, The Options. Now Kent, a 2005 grad of Northampton High, is grabbing his guitar and heading to Nashville. His goodbye concert will …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Gregory Stone exhibit; talk by journalist, author by Bob Herbert

Thursday, October 23, 2014

‘ON THE JOB’ In 1981, Gregory Stone talked to me in an interview for the Gazette about his work and its roots in the Valley. He paints, he said, “what I know, what I see out there every day, people and landscapes.” In his portraits, he said, “I’m looking for whatever people are, inside themselves.” For a new exhibit, “On the Job,” he …

ID: Marykate Smith Despres

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Marykate Smith Despres originally moved to the Valley for school, then spent six years living in Salem and working as a behavior specialist and therapeutic yoga teacher. She and her husband always knew they’d end up back here; …

Go green with pistachios

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Healthful, delicious and growing in popularity, pistachios make green look great. Finding new fans around the world, this California tree nut with the distinct color and taste is on a roll. (And it’s not just comedian and pistachio …

Digital Savant: How big is too big?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Does size really matter? Do we really need everything to be bigger? These questions have reverberated through history, and for several weeks now, since Apple introduced the iPhone 6 Plus. If the traditional iPhone is the Honda Accord …

Art Maker: Seth Lepore | humorist, performance artist

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Editor’s note: Beginning this week, Hampshire Life presents a new feature, “Art Maker,” an edited Q&A that takes a look at what area artists are up to. We hope you enjoy this peek over the shoulder of some …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Dreadful ‘Dolemite’

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Love them or hate them, blaxploitation films made a big splash in the ’70s. There were some classics of the genre, including ‘Shaft,” with Richard Roundtree, and “Foxy Brown,” with Pam Greer. “Dolemite” is not among these. An …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Cool Hand Cuke

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Noreen, a friend of mine and the bar manager at Roberto’s, had been on my case for weeks. “When are you coming to visit me?” she asked. “I make some pretty mean cocktails.” So on a hot, muggy …

First Person: Sixty-something: A new awkward age

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I’ve reached my mid-60s; it’s an awkward age. I’m not quite sure where I fit. You could hardly say I’m elderly, but you couldn’t say I’m middle-aged either, unless life expectancy has suddenly soared well into the hundreds. …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Fit to be tied

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Yes, these are braids ... but of corn silk. On my annual trek to Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm in Sunderland, I came upon this in situ sculpture created by someone with a little time and a lot …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: UMass music department concerts; art walks in Northampton, Easthampton

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Major musical talent Last week I went to the Multibands Pops Concert at UMass and I was stunned! I knew the university has a strong music department but I had no idea how true and deep the talent runs. Every group that performed was phenomenal (with a special …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Michael Ponsor reads from ‘The Hanging Judge”; puppet show at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Thursday, October 9, 2014

‘THE HANGING JUDGE’ Being good at your job doesn’t mean you’re good at writing about it. But Michael Ponsor, a federal judge in Springfield, earned praise for “The Hanging Judge,” his novel about a death penalty case. Jonathan Harr, author of “A Civil Action,” wrote that Ponsor’s book …