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Deborah Foucault, who is the owner of Folcwald Gallery in Amherst, talks amid a show of work by Ruth and Svetozar Radakovich.

Art People: Deborah Foucault | gallery owner

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The inaugural exhibit of the Folcwald Gallery of Sculptural Art in Amherst represents a love story, a tale of courage and international intrigue and treasures of mid-20th-century American art. The story of the gallery’s creation by Deborah Foucault is no snoozer either. “Mid-Century Craft: A Tribute to Ruth and Svetozar Radakovich” is a retrospective of the work of one of …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Real Live Theatre’s ‘The Lion & The Clown’; Massachusetts Dance Festival at UMass Amherst

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES A faerie, a cursed woman who becomes a lion and a traveling circus are ingredients of Real Live Theatre’s world premiere play, “The Lion & The Clown: A Rumi Love Song for Beauty & The Beast,” written and directed by RLT co-founder Ellen Morbyme. It will be performed at The Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St. in Northampton Sept. 19-21, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: CBS’ ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Madam Secretary’; MHC’s Matisse exhibit

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SUNDAY NIGHT MUST-WATCHES The sixth season of the CBS legal drama “The Good Wife” opens Sunday. I’m in. What fan wouldn’t be? The show had us on pins and needles last season and it looks to be more of the same this year as Alicia Florrick is urged to run for state’s attorney. While I’m on my couch that night, I plan to …

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First Person: Job search: Tales from the front line

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I voluntarily left my last full-time job in 2012. I hated the job and continuing it made me a miserable husband, dad and friend. I was doing the things I liked to do as a communications professional but …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Here’s Johnny

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My friend Becky, who lives in Arizona, was in the area recently for a cousin’s wedding, and I suggested we get together for a cocktail. I didn’t have to twist her arm. We headed to Johnny’s Tavern at …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Sound installation at Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; Northampton Jazz Festival

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SURROUND SOUND Go for the art; stay for the music. The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College has a new sound installation: a multi-speaker recording of the slow movement from Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet played by the Brentano String Quartet and Michael Kannen of the Peabody Institute of …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘American Moderns’ at Springfield Museum of Fine Arts; South Hadley Poetry Circle

Thursday, September 4, 2014

‘AMERICAN MODERNS’ “American Moderns: 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell,” an exhibit of works by Georgia O’Keeffe Milton Avery, Reginald March and Norman Rockwell, among others, marks its final day Sept. 7 at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts. On loan from the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibit shows how …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Charles Neville at the Iron Horse in Northampton; Cliff Eberhardt at ‘Song and Story Swap’ at Nacul Center in Amherst

Thursday, September 4, 2014

THIS NEVILLE LEFT HOME Charles Neville, the only one of the brothers from the fabled New Orleans jazz group who ever lived far from home for long periods of time, might also have the most varied musical background of the quintet. The saxophonist has made his mark in …

Tuned In: The Sun Parade has new EP, local show with Jake Klar and Wydyde at Hinge in Northampton

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Northampton quartet The Sun Parade will soon be off on a national tour, including some dates opening for their skyrocketing old friends Lake Street Dive. Before they hit the road, catch their local show featuring the official release …

Headliners: Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra; ‘Salute 2 Summer’

Thursday, September 4, 2014

‘No ear plugs are needed... ’ ...reassures Tatsuya Nakatani, the Japanese-born, Pennsylvania-based acoustic sound artist responsible for the Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra, a touring project designed to “inspire cross-artistic community collaborations.” How it works is this: Nakatani shows …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover a dark secret. Stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge. Rated R. BOYHOOD: Director Richard Linklater …

Photo Gallery: Remembrance of things past

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I was hunting for a feature-photo opportunity recently on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts, where I took this photo of the empty colonnade at the Fine Arts Center, and I was struck with a funny …

Book Bag: Sarah J. Maas’ ‘Heir of Fire’; Dawn Metcalf’s ‘Twixt’ books

Thursday, September 4, 2014

HEIR OF FIRE By Sarah J. Maas Bloomsbury Publishing sarahjmaas.com Fantasy is a hugely popular genre when it comes to teen/YA literature, and any number of writers have been mining that territory to great effect, from Suzanne Collins …