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CAROL LOLLIS
Matt Evald Johnson at his home studio in Easthampton

Art Maker: Matt Evald Johnson | material manipulator

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The urban/industrial environment supplies Easthampton artist Matt Evald Johnson with subjects, materials, processes and narratives for his sculpture and painting. “The subject of my work is always the assemblage and manipulation of raw material,” Johnson, 51, writes on his website, www.evaldart.com. “The materials ... in many ways record some of the history of their previous lives. I hope to merge the grace (and) brutality to produce an unexpected object that not only records my personal involvement with the process but also retains some of the force from what it once was. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Matt Evald Johnson: At any …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Summer reading, had me a blast — summer reading, happened so fast

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer’s gone, taking with it those “gripping” summer reads. I hope you didn’t think all that page turning, all those beach books, all that bodice ripping was just for fun. Perhaps that used to be true, but these days everything is tested and re-tested. Summer reading, too, will be on the test — my first annual “Summer Reading Wrap-Up Exam.” 1. How many …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Crowdsourced Cinema Project’; HBO’s ‘Show Me a Hero’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

INDY FILM Take the classic movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” mix in the enthusiasm of the folks at Northampton Community TV, add a heaping dose of creativity from local film enthusiasts and, voilà, you’ve got “The Crowdsourced Cinema Project.” Over the summer, teams filmed scenes from the 1981 blockbuster. They followed the script, but, otherwise, had artistic freedom. It’ll all be stitched …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Roger Salloom concert at Look Park; ‘Art in the Orchard’ in Easthampton

Thursday, August 13, 2015

FREE MUSIC! Roger Salloom has performed in these parts, for free, for three-plus decades. “My concerts have always been about being free to the people,” Salloom says. “That was the whole deal in the beginning. That was the purpose.” His annual free concert at Look Park in Florence …

Greg Saulmon’s Best Bets: Final installment for Northampton Summer Concert Series; Shakespeare under the stars

Thursday, August 13, 2015

LAWN PARTY All summer you’ve been thinking, “One of these Fridays I’ll check out those free concerts in downtown Northampton.” But summer’s turned the corner: Soon you’ll be reaching for your fleece vest in the morning, stores are …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘The Invisible Bridge’ by Rick Perlstein; ‘American Reckoning’ by Christian Appy

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DÈJÁ VU ALL OVER AGAIN Pundits say our nation has never been as politically divided as it is today. Really? Reading “The Invisible Bridge,” Rick Perlstein’s third volume in his history of the modern conservative movement, may cure you of that notion. The book, covering the fall of …

Headliners: ‘Blink’ at Chester Theater; Miranda Sings at the Calvin Theatre

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Technolove “It’s ironic that as our world becomes more connected via technology, we’re increasingly disconnected from people,” writes Huffington Post blogger Menas Kafatos, voicing a frequent lament that long-term intimate relationships have become increasingly problematic in an age …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dick Dale, king of the surg guitar, plays Iron Horse and other music happenings

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dick Dale. The King of Surf Guitar. No one can argue. The tone of the living legend’s six-string attack was speaker-shredding even on his earliest recordings and it bowls you over in concert, here and now and very …

Movie times

Thursday, August 13, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org 10,000 Saints (R) Daily 4:30, 7:10; Sat.-Sun. also 1:50 Amy (R) Daily 9:10 The End of the Tour (R) Daily 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:40; Sat.-Sun. also 11:30 a.m. Infinitely Polar …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

10,000 SAINTS: Set in the 1980s, a teenager from Vermont moves to New York City to live with his father in the East Village. Stars Henry Kelemen, Julianne Nicholson, Ethan Hawke. Rated R. AMY: This documentary tells the …

New on DVD

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Lambert & Stamp: This documentary reveals how the unlikely partnership between aspiring filmmakers Christopher Stamp and Kit Lambert produced the rock-band phenomenon The Who. Rated R. The Riot Club: Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous …

Invisible Women? Hollywood’s female superhero problem

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Batman. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Ant-Man. The list of male superheroes starring in their own big-screen escapades is bigger than Tony Stark’s ego, and the billions of dollars these films have generated rival the fortunes of the well-off tinkerer. …

Book Bag: ‘You Carry the Woods’ by Kimberly Pavlovich; ‘Massachusetts and the Civil War,’ edited by Matthew Mason, Katheryn P. Viens and Conrad Edick Wright

Thursday, August 13, 2015

YOU CARRY THE WOODS By Kimberly Pavlovich Ibbetson Street Press www.ibbetsonpress.com Kimberly Pavlovich is getting an early start as a writer. The Northampton native and Endicott College student has released her first volume of poetry, “You Carry the …