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Janet Winston works on her monoprint at her home in Amherst Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.  Winston will have her art show at the Gallery A3 in Amherst from Nov. 6 to Nov. 29.

Art Maker: Janet Walerstein Winston | printmaker, painter

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Janet Walerstein Winston, 74, is fascinated by insects, especially butterflies. But she is disheartened, she says, by how climate changes and deforestation are affecting the life cycles and food sources of these beautiful creatures. A former scientific illustrator in entomology, Winston’s concern grew during a visit in the late 1980s to the wintering sites of the monarch butterfly in the …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Of Mice and Men’ at Amherst Cinema; spooky stories at Historic Northampton

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FAVORITE ACTOR The more I see actor Chris O’Dowd, the more I love his work (“The Sapphires,” “Bridesmaids,” the off-beat Christopher Guest TV series “The Family Tree”), and the list of choices is, thankfully, getting longer. He’s in the just-released film “St. Vincent,” for example. Because I can’t get myself to London anytime soon, I’m thrilled that I can see O’Dowd, along with …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: On Netlix — ‘Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter’; ‘The Judge’

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Demand This week I hit pay dirt on Netflix: the Swedish television series “Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter.” The story is so compelling, I quickly forgot I was reading subtitles. It’s about a tabloid newspaper crime reporter who tries as hard to solve the crimes she’s covering as the detectives she needles for information. She’s got two young children and a husband who …

ID: Amanda Stone

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Amanda Stone says she has always been into fitness. She danced from the time she was a young child through high school, and taught dance for a few years after that. With two young children at home who …

Style Stop: Josephine Sarnelli: Accessorize!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Josephine Sarnelli, a certified public accountant from Westfield, was on her way to a board meeting when the Style Stop team spotted her in downtown Northampton. She’s wearing a dress and coat from a church consignment shop in …

Roasted beets can brighten up any holiday table

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beets are the perfect addition to bountiful fall feasts. They are satisfying without being heavy, and their rich ruby and golden tones add visual interest to any seasonal color scheme. Plus, beets are incredibly flexible on temperature — …

Apple Pay in action

Thursday, October 23, 2014

If there ever comes a day I can ditch my wallet and use my phone to pay for everything, I’ll look back to my first purchase through Apple Pay: a Big Mac and medium fries for $5.44. That …

Art Maker: Paul Dennis | dancer, choreographer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paul Dennis, 49, is an assistant professor of dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A former member of the José Limon Dance Company in New York City, Dennis has brought many a fellow professional dancer to work …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘75%+ReUse’ art show in Northampton; Matthew Shipp/Darius Jones Duo at UMass

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reduce, reuse, recycle More than 25 local artists answered a call from the Northampton Reuse Committee to create artwork using recycled materials. On Oct. 18, they’ll gather at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton, for “75%+ReUse,” a show and sale of those items. And …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Open house at Yiddish Book Center in Amherst; Mead Reads: ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

Thursday, October 16, 2014

YIDDISH BOOK CENTER It happens. You’ve always meant to visit a well-known place in your own backyard but never quite do. For anyone who’s never made it to the well-known Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, there’s an open house Oct. 19, with tours at 11 a.m. and 1 …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Mark Erelli at The Parlor Room; Erin McKeown at the Iron Horse; ‘Nobody’s Girl’ at the Academy of Music

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A SIGNATURE WEEKEND Two musicians who got their starts with Northampton’s Signature Sounds are back in town with new tunes. On Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., at the Parlor Room (parlorroommusic.com), singer-songwriter Mark Erelli celebrates “Milltowns,” on which he interprets the work of the late, great songwriter Bill …

Book Bag: ‘Building Co-operative Power’ published by Levellers Press; ‘Here is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays” by Lesléa Newman

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HERE IS THE WORLD: A YEAR OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS By Lesléa Newman Illustrated by Susan Gal Abrams Books for Young Readers lesleanewman.com Northampton writer Lesléa Newman has a prolific bibliography, particularly in her work for children. Her latest …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sam Amidon plays the Parlor Room

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sam Amidon is a scientist of song, taking apart tunes new and old, finding out what makes them tick and rebuilding them in his own style. The Brattleboro, Vermont-born multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar) grew up in a family …