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JERREY ROBERTS
Sandra Rae paints at her home in Easthampton Thursday, Feb. 19.

Art Maker: Sandra J. Rae | painter

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sandra J. Rae of Easthampton works in oil and acrylic and exhibits landscapes and still-life paintings. “Painting, for me, is an act of communing with myself and a communication with the materials at hand,” she writes in an artist’s statement. “My intention is to create paintings that share an intimate life pace and relate a love of the act of …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Tipperary is closer than you think

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Browsing online recently, I came across a cocktail called the Tipperary. Basically, it’s a Manhattan with the addition of Green Chartreuse, a distinctive liqueur made in France by Carthusian monks using a secret recipe of 130 herbs, plants and flowers. With the green in mind, and St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, I thought …

Valley Readings

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Novelist David Vann reads from his work Tuesday, 8 p.m., at the bookstore, 8 Main St., Amherst. 256-1547 AMHERST WOMEN’S CLUB: William Nicholson reads from his new novel, “Amherst,” Sunday, 3 p.m., at the club, 35 Triangle St., Amherst. 253-7027 BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Frida Berrigan …

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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at Pearl Street Nightclub and other Valley gigs

Thursday, February 12, 2015

When you work in a record store, you know an artist is on his way to bigger things when multiple customers suddenly start asking for him or her by name. Recently, that name has been Sturgill Simpson. He …

Book Bag: ‘Get in Trouble’ by Kelly Link; ‘What’s What and What To Do About It’ by Waldo Mellon

Thursday, February 12, 2015

GET IN TROUBLE By Kelly Link Random House kellylink.net In the early 2000s, Northampton writer Kelly Link self-published two collections of short stories that had been rejected by traditional publishers. Since then, Link has gained a devoted readership …

Valley Readings

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: A.P.E. GALLERY: Spring Story Slam: Love Stories — Ko Festival sponsors first-person, true-story slam Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton. Audience members vote. Refreshments, prizes. $15. info@kofest.com, …

Movie Times

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animation Shorts (NR) Daily 4:30, 9:30; Sun. also 11:15 a.m. 2015 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (NR) Fri.-Sun. 2, 6:40; Mon., Tues., Thurs. 6:40 The Imitation Game (PG-13) …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMERICAN SNIPER: Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives on the battlefield, which turns him into a legend. But when he returns home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, …

‘Fifty Shades’ author says she ‘fought hard’ for her fans

Thursday, February 12, 2015

‘Fifty Shades of Grey” devotees, know this: Whether you end up loving or hating the new movie, author EL James had your back. “I was thinking about the readers,” James says about the sometimes fraught process of adapting …

New on DVD

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Birdman: A washed-up actor (Michael Keaton) who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family troubles as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. Also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward …

Your Time: Fancy Tea Party, Edwards Public Library, Southampton

Thursday, February 12, 2015

On Saturday, the Edwards Public Library in Southampton hosted its annual Fancy Tea Party. Some 20 children, ages 2 to 11, their parents, and a menagerie of stuffed animals and dolls (which were encouraged to attend) sipped tea …

Photo Gallery: Not a ripple in sight

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last Saturday, I covered the Western Massachusetts High School Swimming Championships at Springfield College. It was the first time I have ever photographed swimming. I made this image as everyone rose for the playing of a very old, …

ID: Elaine Wood

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Elaine Wood of Easthampton is a whirlwind of enthusiasm and a booster for the local area: She serves on the Nashawannuck Pond Committee, the Easthampton Democratic City Committee, and with the Northampton Rotary. She joined the Easthampton Community …