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William Sieruta

Art Maker: William Sieruta | Painter, mixed media artist

Thursday, May 21, 2015

William Sieruta was born in 1980 and lives and works in Leverett. After receiving a master’s degree in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he worked in New York City as a studio assistant and gallery manager. Recently, though, he’s been trying to establish a sustainable art practice away from New York and the art world there. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. William Sieruta: “Thirty Shirts and a Zebra” is a collection of paintings and a large contorted black-and-white painted steel sculpture. I use delicate washes of patterned stripes, dots, and grids to both describe form and …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Put your money where your vote is

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In a stunning announcement certain to rattle the 2016 campaign, a veteran political force has declared itself a candidate for the presidency. Mammon, the long-worshipped Biblical figure better known as Money, is now running for president. Mammon has always been in politics, especially in the last few decades when candidates and congressmen could barely open their mouths without unleashing streams of projectile currency. …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Elaine Bromka’s ‘Tea for Three’ at Northampton Senior Center; The Eris String Quartet in Amherst

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FLOTUS X 3 Emmy Award-winning actor Elaine Bromka (a Smith College grad, by the way) has performed her one-woman show, “Tea for Three” all across the country. You can catch it Friday at 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Bromka portrays former first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as each prepares for the end of …

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Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Bruce Cockburn at Iron Horse; Michael Casey at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A LIFE IN MUSIC — AND IN WORDS Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn has been making music since the 1960s, releasing 31 albums and earning praise both for his fingerstyle acoustic guitar work and his songs, which examine human rights, spirituality and politics. He also released a memoir, “Rumours …

Your Time: Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club’s 5-kilometer race, Northampton

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Runners of all ages gathered Tuesday for Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club’s weekly 5-kilometer race at the Northampton Community Gardens. Don and Sue Grant of Northampton have organized the event since it began in 1987. “It’s still a thrill,” …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Jeff Bujak, Jen Dulong combine talents in unique show (hint: it includes an LED hula hoop)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Solo keyboardist Jeff Bujak has a unique live performance set-up: He teams up with Jen Dulong and her LED hula hoop to create a show he describes as “keys and hoops, lights and loops.” The twosome will be …

Movie Times

Thursday, May 7, 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 …

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 …

New on DVD

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Blackhat: A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cyber crime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang. Rated R. Extraterrestrial: Friends on …

Shifting in a new direction, Jack Black rides ‘The D Train’

Thursday, May 7, 2015

At an East Village restaurant in New York City over dinner recently, after ordering mussels and selecting a white wine, Jack Black proffered a theatrical “Gratzi” to the waitress. He then leaned in expectantly, his gymnastic eyebrows raised, …

Book Bag: ‘Legendary Locals of Hollywood’ by Jacqueline M. Sears; ‘They Spoke, I Listened: A Life in Quotes’ by Hugh Hawkins

Thursday, May 7, 2015

LEGENDARY LOCALS OF HOLYOKE By Jacqueline M. Sears Legendary Locals/Arcadia Publishing www.arcadiapublishing.com Arcadia Publishing has an imprint named “Local Legends” that profiles significant people and groups that have had an impact on a community’s history. As part of …

Valley Readings

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Mojie Crigler reads from her new book, “Get Me Through Tomorrow: A Sister’s Memoir of Brain Injury & Revival,” Friday, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., …

Headliners: Max Pollak at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel; Pioneer Valley Symphony’s “Cavalleria rusticana” at the Academy of Music

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tapping into Rumba At age 5, Max Pollak became entranced watching Fred Astaire finesse his way across the screen of the family television set. Problem was, Pollak was a native of Vienna, Austria, where no tap-dance lessons were …