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Art People: Alexandra Lynch | collage artist

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Alexandra Lynch is a painter, a poet, a law school graduate (who got hives just thinking about practicing law, so she didn’t), a fashion impresario, a curio hunter, and, most recently, a collage artist. In her current work, Lynch, 44, uses the cut-and-paste method, to “dress” subjects of vintage photographs — mostly from the turn of the last century — …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Not-so-endless summer

Thursday, September 11, 2014

About this time of year I find myself winning a battle, but not the war, with those who would say that summer is over. Yep, Labor Day and the start of school surely spell the end, but we have yet another 10 days! And the equinox is only a number anyway; just astronomical …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Busking at Art Walk Easthampton; National Theatre Live’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in local theaters

Thursday, September 11, 2014

UNION STREET BUSKING I’ve always thought that the trek during Easthampton’s Art Walk from one end of Union Street to the other (from galleries on Main to Cottage streets), seems like a long, uneventful journey. Problem solved. On Sept. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., buskers will line Union Street, entertaining folks as they move from art venue to art venue. There will …

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Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover a dark secret. Stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge. Rated R. BOYHOOD: Director Richard Linklater …

ID: Craig Fear

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Craig Fear is a certified nutritional therapy practitioner in Northampton. He grew up on Long Island, in Port Jefferson, New York, and after college traveled extensively, living in six states, including Alaska. He drove there on a cross-country …

Playing Along: What’s the buzz?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I’ve never really given insects and their ilk much thought. I had an ant farm when I was a kid, until they all died shortly after finishing a simple network of tunnels, turning it from an ant farm …

Art People: Chloe Feldman Emison | pen-and-ink artist

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Some people look at mountains and see faces. Chloe Feldman Emison looks at faces and sees mountains. The “Man Mountains” series in her pen-and-ink exhibition “Cranial Topographies,” on view through Aug. 28 at the ECA+ Gallery in Easthampton, … 1

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at Amherst Cinema; ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at North Hall in Huntington

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SONG-AND-DANCE HEAVEN Who was the better dancer: Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly? I’ve always favored Astaire for his sophistication and flair, but Kelly wins the “top movie” award for his 1952 musical “Singin’ in the Rain.” This gem can make a rock smile, with songs and dances like …

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: ‘Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty’ at Eric Carle Museum in Amherst; Granby Tomato Festival

Thursday, August 21, 2014

‘HARRIET THE SPY’ Admission is free Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. There are plenty of hands-on activities for the kids — and for those a bit older, there’s “Harriet the Spy Turns Fifty,” an …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Northampton’s Self Portrait; free admission to Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON’S SELF-PORTRAIT In May, Historic Northampton invited the public to spend two days taking pictures around the town to create a permanent documentary record of the city. Over 100 people responded, taking about 1,000 photographs — and selected shots will be screened Aug. 23 at the Bridge Street …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at the Iron Horse in Northampton and other local gigs this week

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Excitement about Kentucky-born singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson has spread like wildfire. His old-school country ways have transformed people disillusioned with the genre into rejuvenated music lovers. Dedicated new fans pop up wherever he goes, thankful to finally be hearing …

Headliners: Festival of Opera at Berkshire Theatre Group; ‘Two-Lane Blacktop’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Opera in the Berkshires The Berkshire Theatre Group is trying something different to liven up the last week of August. Running Aug. 23-31, the company’s Festival of Opera in Workshop will offer three separate shows: a staged presentation …

Book Bag: ‘A Summer in the Twenties’ by Peter Dickinson; ‘The Book of Not So Common Prayer’ by Linda McCullough Moore

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A SUMMER IN THE TWENTIES By Peter Dickinson Small Beer Press peterdickinson.com At age 86, English author Peter Dickinson shows few signs of slowing down. Born in 1927, the prolific writer and poet has some 50 books to …