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Alexandra Markiewicz of Belchertown with one of her works in charcoal

Art Maker: Alexandra Markiewicz | charcoal artist

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Alexandra Markiewicz, 29, of Belchertown, calls herself an “emerging artist with a passion for everything.” That includes, but is not limited to, charcoal, painting and photography. She is intensely interested, she writes in an artist’s statement, in people — specifically in making portraits of people — which she supposes “came from my passion for variety and constant motion. In people …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Ms. Lisa Fischer at the Calvin; Pioneer Valley Symphony at Deerfield Academy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TAKING CENTER STAGE Anyone who saw “Twenty Feet From Stardom” had no doubt that the backup singers featured in the 2014 documentary had the chops to take center stage. One of those powerhouse singers, Lisa Fischer, will do just that Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton. Her set list includes songs from many of the headliners she once supported, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Dance Generators; Randy Kaplan concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TRULY INTER-GENERATIONAL Since 1997, the Northampton-based Dance Generators has presented shows by dancers who range in age from their teens to well into their 80s. They wear comfortable clothes. They don’t look like the stereotypical dancers. But they dance up a storm. And that’s the point. For nearly two decades, Dance Generators has defied stereotypes about aging, one plié at a time. The …

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Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A mound of snow, a heap of questions

Thursday, March 19, 2015

This backhoe parked atop a mound of snow in the Big Y parking lot in Northampton stands as a testament to the volume of snow that buried the Valley this season. It provides plenty of fodder for the …

Style Stop: Steve Jasinski of Hatfield on fashion advice

Thursday, March 19, 2015

After a brief pre-spring tease last week, with temps in the low 50s, we were back to winter weather by Friday, when the Style Stop team ventured out in downtown Northampton. That’s when we found Steve Jasinski, 67, …

Style Stop: Claire Bateman of Williamsburg rocks a vibrant outfit

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It was frigid out in Northampton center, but Claire Bateman was able to dress warmly and still put together a colorful ensemble. Bateman, a stained-glass artist who lives in Williamsburg, still rocks a vibrant outfit and takes care …

ID: Keith McCormick

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Keith McCormick, 60, is a board-certified chiropractic physician, a former Olympic athlete, a published author and the founder of a web-­based nutritional supplements company. He’s been in clinical practice since 1982 and is a member of the University …

10 fresh ideas for turning toast into something exciting

Thursday, March 19, 2015

We’re not entirely sure what the difference is between a classic open-faced sandwich and the suddenly hip world of toast with toppings. Then again, maybe it doesn’t much matter. A thick slab of lightly toasted good quality bread …

Art Maker: David Hyde Costello | children’s book author, illustrator

Thursday, March 12, 2015

David Hyde Costello, 43, may have studied acting in high school and college (he even worked on sets of plays, including “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway, and such films as “Angels in America,” “Spider-Man,” “The Departed” and “The Fighter”), …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Michael Van Winkle at Historic Northampton; Still life exhibit at William Baczek Fine Arts

Thursday, March 12, 2015

ECHOES OF FORM AND FUNCTION Historic Northampton’s idea to have contemporary artists make work that responds to items in its collection is inspired. This month, it’s Michael Van Winkle’s turn, and it seems like a perfect fit: his work explores the meaning of common objects. He used an …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘24-Hour Theater Project,’ Laura Radwell exhibit at the Nash Gallery

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CREATIVITY ON DEADLINE Fans of the “24-Hour Theater Project” will be pleased to know there’s plenty of legroom for larger audiences this year. The show is moving to the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts’ Theatre 14 at Smith College. Here’s the lowdown: Playwrights get a trigger line …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Reading — ‘On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein’ at the Carle Museum; John Sheldon’s ‘The Red Guitar’ at the Parlor Room

Thursday, March 12, 2015

THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY If he’d discovered the key to immortality, Albert Einstein would turn 136 this Sunday. You can still celebrate his birthday with your kids at Amherst’s Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, where “On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein,” the …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Dead-drunk on James Joyce

Thursday, March 12, 2015

So another Blarney Blowout has come and gone and we survived. True, there were a few arrests but nothing like last year, saints be praised. Some credit last weekend’s calm to prudent measures such as arctic temperatures and keeping the bars closed until 4 p.m. when all the …