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Art Maker: Elizabeth Stone | figurative artist

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elizabeth Stone is a contemporary figurative artist who works at her home studio in Florence, which she loves, she says, because of its “village feel.” She began painting in the late 1990s when she inherited her grandfather’s set of pastels. With her three boys busy at school, Stone, now 64, says she learned to paint by taking workshops with master …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Too big to fail? Remember the dinosaurs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

For the past few weeks, I’ve found myself thinking about dinosaurs. And about Einstein. Stay with me now. I loved dinosaurs as a kid. I collected little plastic ones and knew all the names. Brontosaurus, T. Rex, Trachodon. Many of these names have since changed (How does a dinosaur change its name and why don’t they change them to names like Mitch or …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: First impressions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You can only make a first impression once. At The Mick, the bar at the entrance of the Delaney House on Route 5 in Holyoke, they make a good one. My friend Chris and I arrived at The Mick one day recently before it was officially opened. But Charlie, who was busy cutting …

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Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Amandla Chorus; photo exhibit at Hosmer Gallery

Thursday, November 6, 2014

VOICE OVER If you like a cappella, there’s no need to deprive yourself until the Silver Chord Bowl in February. On Nov. 8, the Amandla Chorus, which performs a cappella songs with freedom and justice themes, will appear in Northampton with Libana, a six-women group that performs world …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Interstellar’ at Cinemark, Tower Theatres; Jenny Lewis at the Calvin Theatre

Thursday, November 6, 2014

T-MINUS McCONAUGHEY Given the payload of Hollywood movie promotions, you don’t need to be a true detective to find your way to “Interstellar,” Christopher Nolan’s space epic. Plenty of movies have sent earthlings rocketing into the void to save humanity — and that’s the gist of this effects-rich …

Headliners: Battlefield Band at the Parlor Room; Agnes Obel at the Iron Horse

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Highland jam Not a military ensemble, Scotland’s Battlefield Band takes its name from the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, where the group was formed by four students in 1969. Distilling its own brand of Scottish traditional music over 40 …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Robyn Hitchcock at the Iron Horse and other musical offerings in the Valley

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bob Dylan, Doctor Who, John Lennon, Syd Barrett — put them all into your space-age transmogrifying contraption and you might get Robyn Hitchcock, the English singer-songwriter whose memorable songs combine the personal and the surreal. After first going …

Book Bag: ‘Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole’ by Dr. Allan H. Ropper and Brian David Burrell; ‘One Toke: A Survival Guide for Teens’

Thursday, November 6, 2014

REACHING DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: A RENOWNED NEUROLOGIST EXPLAINS THE MYSTERY AND DRAMA OF BRAIN DISEASE By Dr. Allan H. Ropper and Brian David Burrell St. Martin’s Press Dr. Allan Ropper, a Harvard Medical School neurologist, has made …

Valley Readings

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST BOOKS: Edward Tick, author of “War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” reads Nov. 13, 7 p.m., at the bookshop, at 8 Main St., Amherst. …

Your Time: Community Gardens, Northampton

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The community gardens on Burts Pitt Road in Northampton has been in existence since 1975 on land that originally was used for gardens for the Northampton State Hospital. It was later given to the city of Northampton for …

Movie listings

Thursday, November 6, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Dear White People (R) Hard-Boiled Noir: Out of the Past (NR) The Overnighters (PG-13) Tracks (PG-13) CINEMARK 267 …

Style Stop: Nina Jarrell: Accentuate the positive

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Nina Jarrell, 21, on Main Street in Northampton wearing a tasteful ensemble from J. Crew and Banana Republic, accentuated with a Michael Kors purse, a Swiss Army Victorinox watch and rings that belong …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY: The day for young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) begins with gum stuck in his hair, and is followed by more calamities. He gets little sympathy from his family and …