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Christina Svane in her Blue Guitar Dance Studio

Art maker: Christie Svane | dancer/choreographer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christina Svane says she always knew she wanted to dance. Born in San Francisco in 1954, she came east for college, then moved to New York City where she danced professionally. She toured Europe with Steve Paxton, founder of Contact Improvisation, and taught at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Svane, who lives in Florence, moved …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A side trip for a Sidecar

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I was feeling rather dapper in my black suit as I cruised recently down Route 91, so I thought to myself, “I’m going to take a little side trip to the Whately Inn.” The atmosphere at the Whately Inn is always warm and inviting, but especially at this time of year. The restaurant, …

Style Stop: Julia Mailloux

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Julia Mailloux, 19, of Westhampton, was making her way along Main Street in Northampton recently when the Style Stop team noticed her. Mailloux, who is studying to be a hairstylist at Marinello School of Beauty on Pleasant Street in Northampton, was dressed for warmth in a comfortable-looking jacket, accented by a sweeping scarf, …

Valley Readings

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST WOMAN’S CLUB: Susan Snively reads from “The Heart Has Many Doors,” her new novel about Emily Dickinson, Wednesday, 5 p.m., 35 Triangle St., Amherst. EDWARDS PUBLIC LIBRARY: Suzanne Strempek Shea …

Your Time: Christmas Parade, Florence

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Christmas Parade has been marking the start of the holiday season in Florence for 25 years. As marchers gathered last Saturday to wend their way along Main Street, they were joined by clowns, Shriners with their tiny …

Movie listings

Thursday, December 4, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Fiddler on the Roof (G) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (PG) The Theory of Everything …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BIG HERO 6: A special bond develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (the voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (the voice of Ryan Potter), when they team up with a group of friends to form a …

‘Boyhood’ wins best film of 2014 honor from N.Y. Film Critics Circle

Thursday, December 4, 2014

‘Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s acclaimed coming-of-age drama shot over a 12-year period, was named best film of 2014 on Monday by the New York Film Critics Circle. “Boyhood” also won awards for director Linklater and supporting actress for Patricia …

Fans go wild over 88-second ‘Star Wars’ teaser

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a helmetless storm trooper appeared in frame, panicked and sweaty in the middle of vast desert landscape, kicking off the first official look at “Star Wars: The Force …

Style Stop: Will Brideau

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Style Stop team didn’t realize when they spotted Will Brideau in downtown Northampton that he was dressed for just another day at work. Brideau, 29, is the owner of Jackson & Connor, a shop in Thornes Marketplace …

ID: Al Williams

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Al Williams, executive director of Northampton Community Television, has spent most of his life in western Massachusetts. Born in Detroit, he moved here when he was 4, when his father’s work brought the family to the area. He …

Chef’s Best: Dressing up a simple hash for Christmas brunch

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sure, you could do pancakes or muffins, just as you have so many years before. But maybe this year you should consider stepping up your Christmas brunch offerings. Maybe this year you could consider a baked hash made …

Gift Guide: Get better at sports with smart gear

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Advances in technology present sports enthusiasts with plenty of options to train better and smarter. High-level gear and biometric-analysis software are no longer limited to elite professional athletes. The weekender can now use some tech-savvy approaches to get …