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Bob Dunn picks up a beehive at the Warm Colors Apiary in South Deerfield.

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 to a plastic box filled with sand and dead ants, which was much less interesting. Summers growing up, my brother and I … 0

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, suggests Mount Rushmore. It features fancifully formed heads of men who have been around the … 0

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 “Moses Supposes,” “Make ’Em Laugh” and, of course, the title song. I’ve seen the movie … 0

Celebrate the season with a triple-tomato salad

Thursday, August 7, 2014

At the peak of ripeness, an in-season tomato is one of the things that makes life worth living. Happily, that season is upon us. And this recipe is my ode to that summer tomato. All kinds of tomatoes … 0

Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Amazon’s new “unlimited” e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you’ll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted. It turns out that the library of 600,000 is … 0

Art People: Jesse Metzger | LEGO artist

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jesse Metzger calls herself Dr. Lego, and one supposes she’s entitled: Metzger, 34, is a clinical psychologist who recently relocated to the Valley, where she plans to set up a private therapy practice, and she’s a self-described Lego … 0

Barhopping: Who’s your daddy?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fitzwilly’s and its signature cocktail — the Daddy I Don’t Wanna Drink This — are celebrating their 40th birthday this year, so I stopped by the establishment at 23 Main St. in Northampton to take a taste. I … 0

Photo Gallery: ... But they don’t look under the weather

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I’m sure there’s an official explanation for this sign in a plot outside the University of Massachusetts Laboratory of Medical Zoology in Amherst. But it could just be the brainchild of a few overly protective gardeners. — Kevin … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: tinydance project’s tiny tour; Rock Choir sings Motown at the Academy of Music in Northampton

Thursday, July 31, 2014

GOOD THING, SMALL PACKAGE Kelly Silliman, creator of the tinydance project, kicks off a one-week tiny tour of the area with performances Aug. 8 at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St. She and Liv Fauver will perform … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets

Thursday, July 31, 2014

‘REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I’ The lessons of World War I are as relevant today as they are sobering. On Aug. 3, a commemoration recalling the art, poetry and literature of that cataclysmic event, including excerpts from journals, letters and memoirs by soldiers and those on the home front, … 0

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: ‘Chef’ a tender, funny movie; ‘Sound of Music’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SUMMER MOVIES The movies out this summer are fantastic. One that surprised me with its warmth and depth was “Chef,” which does a hilarious send-up of the influence of Twitter on today’s society — both its good and bad points. But my favorite part of the movie was … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Northern Routes New Music Festival is a who’s who of largely New England-based experimental musicians, packing as many creative talents as possible into two days of performances at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem, Friday from 4 … 0

Your Time Circus Smirkus, Northampton

Thursday, July 31, 2014

‘Anchors Away for Atlantis,” the Circus Smirkus 2014 Big Top tour, stopped in Northampton for two days this week for shows at the Three County Fairgrounds. The theme for this year’s show was the vastness of the ocean … 0