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CAROL LOLLIS
Maurine Sutter at her home in Northampton

Art Maker: Maurine Sutter | Contemporary photographer

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Maurine Sutter of Northampton uses a combination of traditional photography and contemporary digital methods to produce photos of spectacular color. She seldom uses imaging software to enhance or alter the tones that were present in the original scene, but, rather, hand-tints her work. “My approach ... is to keep it simple and straightforward, not adding too many tricks and gadgets,” she says. “Having been taught in a traditional wet darkroom ... I stick closely to these classic guidelines. Of course, there are times to break and bend the rules a bit, too.” Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Maurine Sutter: Since taking …

Valley Readings

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings, Tuesday 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: John Sheirer. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661. BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Nancy Resiman reads from her new novel, “Trompe l’Oeil,” Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Amherst Jazz Orchestra opens at new home, One Bar & Grill, and other music happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Amherst Jazz Orchestra — a 17-piece big band that plays classic tunes from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker and other legendary composers — has been a Valley mainstay since the ’90s. Next week the upbeat band moves to a new home, the One Bar & Grill in Northampton, where …

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Your Time: May Day celebration, Common School, Amherst

Thursday, May 14, 2015

As they have for 30 years, staff and students at the Common School in Amherst celebrated May Day again this year, although it was a bit after the fact: On May 8, some 200 people gathered for the …

Movie Times

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Clouds of Sils Maria (R) Daily 1:30, 4:40; Fri.-Mon., Wed. also 6:50; Sun. also 11:20 a.m. Far from the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 1:45, 4:30, 7:15; Fri.-Mon., Wed. also 9:25; …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE AGE OF ADALINE: A young woman (Blake Lively), born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man (Michiel Huisman) who might be worth …

Book Bag: ‘Girl at War’ by Sara Novic; ‘Baby at My Breast: Reflections of a Nursing Mother’ by Cheryl Anne Latuner; ‘The Psychology of Abandon: Berserk Style in American Culture’ by Kirby Farrell

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GIRL AT WAR By Sara Nović Random House www.sara-novic.com Sara Nović’s debut novel opens with a wonderful line: “The war in Zagreb began over a pack of cigarettes.” It’s 1991, and 10-year-old Ana, the story’s narrator, runs down …

Valley Readings

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Jennifer Ladd, Michaelann Bewsee and Jennifer O’Connor Duffy read from their contributions to the anthology “Class Lives: Stories from Across Our Economic Divide” Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Spanish for Hitchhiking celebrates release of ‘Night Alerts’ at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Eleven years after its last album, Spanish for Hitchhiking finally has a new one — “Night Alerts” — and the musicians are eager to get into your ears. Vocalist/guitarist Dennis Crommett, bassist Max Germer and drummer Dave Hower …

Headliners: Leah Song, Chloe Smith, Friday, Pearl Street, Northampton; Hampshire Choral Society performs John Knowles Paine’s Mass in D, UMass FAC

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Not your mother’s Southern music Raised by “radical folk musician parents” in Atlanta, sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith “spent our childhood following and learning and studying Appalachian folk in music circles, at contra dances and at folk …

Movie Times

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Clouds of Sils Maria (R) Daily 2, 4:30, 7, 9:10; Sat. no 2; Wed. no 7; Thurs. no 7, 9:10; Sun. also 11:20 a.m.; Wed., Thurs. also 7:25 Dior and …

Art Maker: Mary Witt | Musician

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mary Witt, 57, of Florence is a member of The O-Tones, a local dance band. Witt, who sings and plays bass, received raves from fellow musicians for her solo CD debut, “Dance With Me,” in 2005, and is …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: When SWAG turns to SHITE

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring is the season of stuff. Soon after the first sighting of crocuses, finches and Morris Dancers, you look around and suddenly notice all the stuff. Stuff bursting out of closets. Stuff piled high in back rooms. Stuff overflowing kitchen drawers, lining counters, making it impossible to walk …