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Janet Winston works on her monoprint at her home in Amherst Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.  Winston will have her art show at the Gallery A3 in Amherst from Nov. 6 to Nov. 29.

Art Maker: Janet Walerstein Winston | printmaker, painter

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Janet Walerstein Winston, 74, is fascinated by insects, especially butterflies. But she is disheartened, she says, by how climate changes and deforestation are affecting the life cycles and food sources of these beautiful creatures. A former scientific illustrator in entomology, Winston’s concern grew during a visit in the late 1980s to the wintering sites of the monarch butterfly in the …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Of Mice and Men’ at Amherst Cinema; spooky stories at Historic Northampton

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FAVORITE ACTOR The more I see actor Chris O’Dowd, the more I love his work (“The Sapphires,” “Bridesmaids,” the off-beat Christopher Guest TV series “The Family Tree”), and the list of choices is, thankfully, getting longer. He’s in the just-released film “St. Vincent,” for example. Because I can’t get myself to London anytime soon, I’m thrilled that I can see O’Dowd, along with …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: On Netlix — ‘Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter’; ‘The Judge’

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Demand This week I hit pay dirt on Netflix: the Swedish television series “Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter.” The story is so compelling, I quickly forgot I was reading subtitles. It’s about a tabloid newspaper crime reporter who tries as hard to solve the crimes she’s covering as the detectives she needles for information. She’s got two young children and a husband who …

Valley Readings

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST COLLEGE: Poet and fiction writer Stuart Dybek reads from his work Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, at the college.  Cuban sci-fi writer Yoss reads from …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: High moon

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Anyone paying attention to the sky last week couldn’t miss the drama of this nearly full October moon as a parade of clouds drifted by. It seemed a bit spooky to me — like a prelude to Halloween. …

Movie listings

Thursday, October 16, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Art and Craft (NR) Love Is Strange (R) My Old Lady (PG-13) One Chance (PG-13) Pride (R) CINEMARK 267 Russell …

Headliners: The Secret Sisters at the Iron Horse; Pauline Oliveros at Amherst College

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Olde-tyme country Fed up with the high-tech homogeneity of today’s country music? The Secret Sisters are here for you. Not only do Alabama siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers dress and sing like it’s 1954, they record like it …

Your Time: Sukkot Harvest Festival, Northampton

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Congregation B’nai Israel’s Abundance Farm in Northampton was the setting last Sunday for the second annual Sukkot Harvest Festival. Food and refreshments, live music, bread baking, apple cider pressing, a crafts table for children, and a sukkah filled …

Style Stop: Nick Brady

Thursday, October 16, 2014

On a cool fall day Nick Brady, a Northampton resident, was waiting outside Thornes Marketplace for his shift to begin at Ted’s Boot Shop, right next door. Brady, who also works at Old Navy in Hadley and is …

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 …

Answering the ‘Birdman’ signal, Keaton soars again

Thursday, October 16, 2014

When Michael Keaton met Barack Obama shortly before Obama would become president, the then-senator had a question for the actor. “Why don’t you make more movies?” It’s a quandary that has long bedeviled moviegoers just as it has, …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Earth to Echo: After a construction project begins in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck (Brian “Astro” Bradley), Alex (Teo Halm) and Munch (Reese C. Hartwig) begin receiving strange, encoded messages on their cellphones. They decide to crack the …

ID: Marykate Smith Despres

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Marykate Smith Despres originally moved to the Valley for school, then spent six years living in Salem and working as a behavior specialist and therapeutic yoga teacher. She and her husband always knew they’d end up back here; …