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MICKY BEDELL
Nan Salky works on one her latest pieces, "Clockworks," at her home in South Amherst.

Art Maker: Nan Salky | assemblage artist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Artist Nan Salky, 59, works in multiple mediums, but has shifted her focus recently — away from her earlier work in painting and drawing to assemblage, using mostly vintage pieces. Now she’s working on a series of pieces based on old furniture. The search for the antiques gives her a reason, she says, to haunt shops and flea markets for …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Best of Valley Voices’ at Academy of Music; J.S. Bach Festival at UMass

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TALL TALES Only the earliest of birds got into the three “Valley Voices StorySlams” that were held earlier this year at Hinge in Northampton: They sold out weeks in advance. Now, here comes “Best of Valley Voices,” the best of the best. Ten finalists, chosen by audiences during those earlier slams, will take the stage Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘The Maltese Falcon’ at Academy of Music; Stan Sherer photo exhibit at Historic Northampton

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A FILM FOR THE AGES As part of the “All Hamptons Read” program, the film “The Maltese Falcon” will be screened Sunday. Directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, the 1941 film noir is based on the 1929 classic detective novel by Dashiell Hammett. The late film critic Roger Ebert considered it to be one of the greatest movies ever made. Academy …

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New on DVD

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Most Violent Year: In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant (Oscar Isaac) fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history. Also stars Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo. Rated R. …

Just 7 more episodes of ‘Mad Men’ as its creator looks back

Thursday, April 2, 2015

How time flies in this very mad world! It seems like only yesterday that the 1960s were dawning for Don Draper, his family and his comrades at the Sterling Cooper advertising agency. Now, as if in the blink …

Your Time: ‘13th Conbust,’ Smith College, Northampton

Thursday, April 2, 2015

People of all ages gathered in Seelye Hall at Smith College in Northampton last weekend for the “13th Conbust,” a celebration of fandom. The “Conbust” staff, who are members of the Smith Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society, scheduled three …

Photo Gallery: Old Glory

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sometimes the lines and colors in a room draw me to them like an insect to a light. While on a recent assignment at Smith College in Northampton, this scene caught my eye. I liked the play of …

ID: Sanford D’Amato, chef, cooking school owner

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sanford D’Amato has had a stellar career in food — in November 1992, he was one of 12 chefs in the nation to be personally chosen by Julia Child to cook for her 80th birthday celebration in her …

Style Stop: Hyacinth Parker, a reluctant preppy?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

It was the calm before an unexpected hail storm last week in Northampton when the Style Stop team spotted 20-year-old Hyacinth Parker (her name sounds like springtime), exploring the center of Northampton. Parker is from San Francisco and …

Chef’s Best: And you thought maple syrup was just for pancakes and waffles

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pancakes, waffles and French toast? They’re fine, but they’re also just the start. Because if you’re limiting maple syrup to the breakfast table, you’re missing out on all sorts of excuses to add its gentle, yet distinct flavor …

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 …

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 …

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 …