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Ron Michaud works on "Winter Woods (Remembering John)" in his studio at his home in Pelham.

Art Maker: Ron Michaud | Painter

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Retired UMass art professor Ron Michaud of Pelham says his paintings these days incorporate the relationship between color, vision and the brain. “The images are composed with limited but carefully selected colors, arranged and applied in such a way that the viewer perceives a representation of the visible world around us,” Michaud, 68, says. “Although most of us would conclude …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Chuck Close photos at UMCA; ‘Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A HALF-CENTURY MAKES Contemporary artist Chuck Close’s remarkable portrait paintings are legendary. Turns out, he’s a virtuosic photographer, too. An exhibit of 86 photos, taken between 1968 and now, opens with a reception Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass. Close was on the UMass art faculty in the ’60s, but left …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: Milk Carton Kids at the Academy of Music and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in West Springfield

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ADOPT THESE KIDS The entrancing folk duo known as The Milk Carton Kids (Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan) will light up Labor Day in Northampton with a stop at the Academy of Music at 8 p.m. To see whether a $30 investment makes sense, check out their 2012 NPR Tiny Desk Concert, any of their three visits to “A Prairie Home Companion” in …

Your Time: Roger Salloom’s summer concert, Look Park, Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On a warm summer evening last Thursday, singer-songwriter Roger Salloom performed his 32nd annual free concert at Look Park. This year, the show was held in a tent outside the park’s Garden House. Salloom was joined again this …

Kevin Gutting’s Photo Gallery: Wade in the water

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Two weeks ago, I photographed a group of Broad Brook Coalition volunteers putting in place a plan to outsmart the beavers at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area in Northampton. The mud and stick constructions of the four-footed engineers …

Style Stop: Taylor Lloyd — You can call her Second Hand Rose

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Taylor Lloyd was making her way down Main Street in her hometown of Northampton when the Style Stop team noticed her cool style. She literally jumped at the chance to talk to us about her thrifty outfit. nnn …

ID: Mark Alan Miller

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mark Alan Miller is a lifelong resident of western Massachusetts, a hopeless music collector, recording nerd, proud father and happy husband. Prior to his current creative endeavor, Sonelab, a recording studio which opened in 2012, he was the …

Chef’s Best: Paper-thin veggies make better, more creative summer salads

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Want to build a better salad? Think thin. This summer, I fell in love with my mandoline, that paddle-shaped kitchen gadget that with back-and-forth swipes lets you easily and quickly render produce to paper-thin slices. Why for salads? …

Digital Life: Rethinking the computer game as a teaching tool

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Christian Varona didn’t rely on textbooks and slideshows to learn history. When it came to studying for daunting Advanced Placement tests, he didn’t turn to a tutor, either. He just logged on to his computer and played games. …

Art Maker: Eileen Jager | Glass mosaic artist

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Easthampton artist Eileen Jager, 57, designs furniture and wall sculpture by fusing intricate glass mosaics with wood. Her work, she says, is inspired by a life-changing visit in 1979 to the Chartres Cathedral near Paris. “Fascinated by the …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: The purple prose of cocktails

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ginger beer has two versions: one, that contains alcohol, originated in England in the early 1700s and is still popular today, as evidenced by two excellent area businesses that make the brew: New City Brewery in Easthampton and …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: A memoir — with footnotes

Thursday, August 20, 2015

One of the many nurses prepping me for my second cataract surgery politely introduced herself. I had met her briefly before, but hadn’t remembered her name. Then I recognized her: She was wearing the same stylish clogs that I’d noticed a few weeks earlier — shiny with a …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kamasi Washington brings ‘The Epic’ to Iron Horse

Thursday, August 20, 2015

If an artist is inspired to create something on a vast canvas, I want to experience it. David Foster Wallace’s 1000-page “Infinite Jest,” Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew,” Joni Mitchell’s “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter,” Yes’ “Tales from Topographic Oceans” …