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MATT BURKHARTT
Artist and writer Russell Powell works on a painting at his home in Hatfield.

Art Maker: Russell Powell | painter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russell Powell, 60, of Hatfield draws on his experience as an athlete — throwing a softball, for example, or shooting a basketball — when creating his oil paintings. “My most transcendent moments on the playing field occurred when my will was realized unconsciously through my body,” he says. “In one fluid motion ... I would receive a relay throw from …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life — The Conch Republic: A role model for western Mass?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here’s an example of how my mind works: Last September, while reading about the Scottish secessionist movement from the United Kingdom, I started thinking about Key West, Florida, one of my favorite travel destinations. Besides those great sunsets and a laid-back atmosphere, this little dot of an island with its edgy feeling has traditionally been a haven for folks who wish to keep …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Cuba: Anthropology of a Country’ at the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass; three stand-up comedians at the Academy of Music

Friday, January 23, 2015

INSIDE CUBA I’m fascinated by Cuba and am excited to think that a trip there might be in my future. As the U.S. and Cuba try to figure how to proceed, an exhibit, “Cuba: Anthropology of a Country,” projected digital photographs by Yeraldine Ordoñez, opens Tuesday and will be on view through Feb. 17 at UMass’ Augusta Savage Gallery in Amherst. It’s a …

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Art Maker: Toby Barnes | painter

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pelham artist Toby Barnes was inspired during a trip to Asia by small personal altars that seemed to be everywhere: restaurants, in buses, by the roadsides. What drew him to them, he says, was their spontaneity, and in …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: A dreadful double feature: ‘Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine’ and ‘Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs’

Thursday, January 8, 2015

How the mighty have diminished themselves. For reasons unknown to man, Vincent Price — the iconic star of such horror classics as “House of Wax” — decided to appear in “Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine” (1965) and …

ID: Jane Yolen

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jane Yolen is the author of well over 360 books, including “Owl Moon,” “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” “Briar Rose” and “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight.” They range from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle-grade fiction, poetry …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Jeff Daniels at the Iron Horse and other music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jeff Daniels doesn’t just tell stories through his acting roles (HBO’s “The Newsroom,” the “Dumb & Dumber” movies, “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and countless other films and TV shows) — he’s also a singer/songwriter with a knack …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Charitable giving — doing it my way

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Do you hear what I hear? It’s a huge general sigh of relief now that the season of giving is over. Finally it’s January. No more shopping for people who will likely return whatever it was you got for them, no more wrapping lumpy objects in paper that …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Anne of Green Gables — The Musical’ at UMass; ‘Treasures,’ historic art and artifacts at the Hosmer Gallery

Thursday, January 8, 2015

RED-HAIRED HEROINE I’m pretty sure my daughters and I wore out our video copy of “Anne of Green Gables,” back in the day. We loved the delightful story line about the spunky orphan trying to make her way in a new home on Prince Edward Island, that was …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: French thriller ‘Tell No One’ on Netflix; ALSCT’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ at UMass

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A TAUT THRILLER I discovered the 2008 French thriller “Tell No One” on Netflix recently. Within minutes after the movie started, I forgot I was reading subtitles because the plot is so engrossing and the characters so believable. The protagonist of the story is played by a French …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Jeff Daniels at the Iron Horse; Matt Lorenz (The Suitcase Junket) at the Parlor Room

Thursday, January 8, 2015

ANOTHER SIDE OF JEFF DANIELS Jeff Daniels has played myriad characters over the years, from a hard-nosed broadcaster (HBO’s “The Newsroom”) to a declining writer (“The Squid and the Whale”) to a celluloid figure come to life (“The Purple Rose of Cairo”). The versatile actor is also an …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: The scenic route

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I feel lucky to say I pass Boulder Range Farm in Southampton almost every day on my way to work. Best seen while traveling north on Route 10, this pasture, unencumbered by trees, with its picturesque barn, grazing …

Book Bag: Tim Johnston’s ‘Descent’; Stan Maron’s ‘New York Hustle: Pool Rooms, School Rooms and Street Corners’

Thursday, January 8, 2015

DESCENT By Tim Johnston Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill www.timjohnston.net It’s the nightmare of any parent: a child disappearing without explanation. In his debut adult novel, “Descent,” Tim Johnston uses that crisis as the starting point for an …