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Jeffrey Gatrall, of Florence, speaks to the Gazette's reporter about his exhibition of paintings of Arcadia Nature Preserve at the Historic Northampton Museum in the downtown Northampton Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.  Gatrall has done some varied art, including photography, and has worked as an animator in Hollywood.

Art people: Jeffrey Gatrall/painter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeffrey Gatrall once studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Italy and Scotland, and considered trying for a career as an artist. It didn’t work out quite that way, though he found creative work as an animator and animation director for Warner Brothers, Disney and other companies; he even illustrated episodes of “Beavis and Butthead.” But …

First Person: Inner thoughts, interior lives

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Posted on the window of Waterstone’s Books, Trafalgar Square, London: Words cannot do justice to the pleasures of a good bookshop. Ironically. - To tell the truth, most words cannot do justice to much of what’s going on in our inner world. Words are all right for everyday stuff. We live in the …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Before You Become Improbable’ at Dickinson Museum; UMass Multiband Pops Concert

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A WALK WITH EMILY There’s always something going at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst. It’s a fabulous resource that lends itself to musical performances, poetry readings (of course) and other events. But here’s a new one: “Before You Become Improbable,” an interactive theatrical adventure that takes audience members for a one-hour walking trip through downtown Amherst, led by Dickinson’s poetry and prose, …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Not-so-endless summer

Thursday, September 11, 2014

About this time of year I find myself winning a battle, but not the war, with those who would say that summer is over. Yep, Labor Day and the start of school surely spell the end, but we …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Busking at Art Walk Easthampton; National Theatre Live’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in local theaters

Thursday, September 11, 2014

UNION STREET BUSKING I’ve always thought that the trek during Easthampton’s Art Walk from one end of Union Street to the other (from galleries on Main to Cottage streets), seems like a long, uneventful journey. Problem solved. On Sept. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., buskers will line …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’; Arts Night Out in Northampton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MOVIE GOLD I endured a couple of spectacular movie duds this summer, but I also enjoyed at least three movies I’d happily see again. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a surprising treat with a compelling story line about an aspiring chef and his passion for creative cuisine. It features …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘The Trip to Italy’ at Amherst Cinema; retrospective exhibit of works by John Grillo at UMass’ Herter Gallery

Thursday, September 11, 2014

EATING AND RIFFING In 2010, British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon played fictionalized versions of themselves in “The Trip,” a largely improvised film of the two friends conducting a restaurant tour in England. In “The Trip to Italy,” the boys are back for another round of gastronomic …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘Xanadu’ is far from perfect

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throughout history, mankind has been searching for that magical place of perfection: Nirvana, Shangri-la, Xanadu. Ah, yes — Xanadu, the palace of the emperor Kubla Khan. Also the name of a castle built by Citizen Kane; a giant …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Barbara Keith and her Stone Coyotes and more musical action this week in the Valley

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Barbara Keith started singing and playing her songs in the 1960s at Cafe Wha? in New York City’s Greenwich Village (the famous club that helped along such performers as Dylan, Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, Joan Rivers and countless …

Movie listings

Thursday, September 11, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) Calvary (R) No No: A Dockumentary (NR) The One I Love (R) The Trip to Italy (NR) CINEMARK …

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 …

‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Unbroken’ lead drumbeat of fall

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Unable to find her second directing project, Angelina Jolie took to sifting through “generals.” Looking for a diamond in the rough, the actress-turned-director searched the movies that studios owned but weren’t making. “So I scanned through these generals …

New on DVD

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars: Teenagers Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous …