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MICKY BEDELL
Michael Poole sands down the edges of a ''2' that is part of a zipcode bike rack for Easthampton at his studio on East St. Poole chose to base his design on the zipcode because he found the idea "unifying" and a unarguable reflection of the area.

Art Maker: Michael Poole | Welder

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some months ago, Easthampton City Arts+ asked artists to come up with possible designs for a sculptural bike rack to be installed on Main Street. The design submitted by Michael Poole, an Easthampton welder, was chosen. Poole 45, spent the winter months creating the piece, which is in the shape of Easthampton’s zip code, 01027. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you’re doing now: Michael Poole: I designed a typeface that could be fabricated with pipe, and used as a bicycle rack or place to lock up a stroller outdoors. We fabricated the numbers, rolling, cutting and welding the pipe to create the designed font. Then …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘The Shape of Water’ at ECA+ Gallery; staged reading of ‘Tar2f,’ musical version of Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’ at Unitarian Society in Northampton

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WHAT SHAPE? I like the title of the exhibit “The Shape of Water,” but it makes me wonder: Does water even have a shape? And, if it does, what defines it? In an exhibit at the ECA+ Gallery, painter Lynne Adams and printmaker Patricia Parker reveal water’s form by magnifying its reflections and studying its character of movement and translucency. Exhibit closes Tuesday, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail; Rock Voices

Thursday, April 23, 2015

POTTERY PARTY In addition to having a great name, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Studio Tour has this going for it: It’s a chance to visit nine art galleries set up in some of the most beautiful locations in western Massachusetts, including Pelham, Hadley, Florence, Greenfield, Northfield and Shelburne Falls. The 11th annual tour and sale features nine local potters opening their studios …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Easthampton BookFest; ‘Music in the Noon Hour’ at Smith College

Thursday, April 9, 2015

BOOK WORMS As the Gazette’s arts editor, I see many, many (let me say it again, many) books by local authors cross my desk. I had no idea the number of people squirreled away in the Valley, writing books — some of them well-established pros, others mere fledglings. …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Florence Community Band concert; Catalyst Dance Company

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CONCERTS FOR A CAUSE The Florence Community Band has a three-part mission: to foster a love of band music and the musical growth of band musicians and to contribute to the musical vibrancy of the Valley. Check, check and check. The band has 75 members and a matching …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: ‘While We’re Young’ at Amherst Cinema; ‘The Social Onion Project’ at A.P.E. Gallery

Thursday, April 9, 2015

YOUNG AT HEART? Writer/director Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale,” “Greenberg”) is back with another satirical look at life, “While We’re Young,” this time with Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts playing a 40-something New York couple who start hanging out with a 20-something couple (Adam Driver, Amanda …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: A step, or 42, behind the times

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Recently I read about the Next Big Thing. It’s a Twitter video you can use to tell an eager world what you’re having for breakfast — nothing new there — but now the world can watch you chew it. I didn’t care about the video but the phrase …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: The not-half-bad ‘Dinosaurus!’

Thursday, April 9, 2015

I’m sure the Easter Bunny is exhausted from hiding all those eggs last weekend. When I was a lad, Peter Cottontail left me a copy of “Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals” by Darlene Geis. This 1959 book rose …

Movie Times

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Band of Outsiders (NR) Sun. 2; Tues. 7 Seymour: An Introduction (PG) Daily 4:30; Fri., Mon.-Thurs., also 2; Fri.-Sun. also 7; Sat.-Sun. also 2:30; Sun. also 11:35 a.m.; Mon.-Thurs. also …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BIRDMAN: In this year’s Academy Award winner for best film, Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero and now must try to win back his family, his career and his own integrity as …

New on DVD

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Antarctica: A Year on Ice: A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and enduring months of darkness in the …

With a wink to ‘Twilight,’ Kristen Stewart speeds forward

Thursday, April 9, 2015

In “The Clouds of Sils Maria,” Kristen Stewart’s celebrity has been inverted. The paparazzi rush right past her. She plays the efficient, constantly emailing assistant to Juliette Binoche’s famed European actress. Reading tabloid stories about a Hollywood starlet …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 9, 2015

“We’re all gonna die.” Those words are sung in breathy unison by Sufjan Stevens, with multiple recordings of his voice stacked together so that he becomes a feather-light choir. The blunt truth is spun so prettily that you …