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Artist and writer Russell Powell works on a painting at his home in Hatfield.

Art Maker: Russell Powell | painter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Russell Powell, 60, of Hatfield draws on his experience as an athlete — throwing a softball, for example, or shooting a basketball — when creating his oil paintings. “My most transcendent moments on the playing field occurred when my will was realized unconsciously through my body,” he says. “In one fluid motion ... I would receive a relay throw from …

Rich Szlosek’s Slice of Life — The Conch Republic: A role model for western Mass?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Here’s an example of how my mind works: Last September, while reading about the Scottish secessionist movement from the United Kingdom, I started thinking about Key West, Florida, one of my favorite travel destinations. Besides those great sunsets and a laid-back atmosphere, this little dot of an island with its edgy feeling has traditionally been a haven for folks who wish to keep …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Cuba: Anthropology of a Country’ at the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass; three stand-up comedians at the Academy of Music

Friday, January 23, 2015

INSIDE CUBA I’m fascinated by Cuba and am excited to think that a trip there might be in my future. As the U.S. and Cuba try to figure how to proceed, an exhibit, “Cuba: Anthropology of a Country,” projected digital photographs by Yeraldine Ordoñez, opens Tuesday and will be on view through Feb. 17 at UMass’ Augusta Savage Gallery in Amherst. It’s a …

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Valley Readings

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: JONES LIBRARY: Stan Maron reads from his new book, “New York Hustle: Pool Rooms, School Rooms and Street Corners,” Tuesday, 7 p.m. LATHROP COMMUNITY MEETING HOUSE: Mystery writer Dusty Miller presents …

Headliners: ‘Iris’ at the Majestic Theater; historic art and artifacts on view at Hosmer Gallery in Northampton

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Mystery and magic Two decades ago Danny Eaton, director of West Springfield’s The Theater Project, read a story in Time magazine about a young woman who was left brain-dead in a coma following a car accident. Her religious …

Your Time: Union Station, Northampton

Thursday, January 8, 2015

People flocked to Union Station in Northampton on Dec. 30 to ride Amtrak’s new Vermonter on its first day of service to the city. It was the first passenger train traveling to and from Northampton in decades. Justin …

Movie times

Thursday, January 8, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Daily 9:15 Citizenfour (R) Daily 4:30 Force Majeure (R) Daily 7:10; Sat.-Sun. also 1:55 The Imitation Game (PG-13) Daily 1:15, 2:15, 4:05, 4:55, 6:40, 7:25, 9:50; Sat.-Sun. also …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ANNIE: A foster kid (Quvenzhané Wallis) sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Also stars Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale. Rated …

New on DVD

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Walk Among the Tombstones: Private investigator Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson) is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. Also stars Dan Stevens, David Harbour. Rated R. Gone Girl: After a …

The AP’s top 10 movies of the year

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck: Boyhood: This movie just pulsates with the feeling that it’s something utterly unique — something rare and exciting. It’s not just that director Richard Linklater …

Style Stop: Joseph Shaughnessy’s denim and pompadour

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Joseph Shaughnessy was spotted by the Style Stop team one recent morning outside of Faces on Main Street in Northampton, where he was sweeping the walk. He was decked out in Calvin Kline boots, Levis pants and jacket, …

Chef’s Best: Marry the flavors of Buffalo chicken wings and barbecue ribs

Thursday, January 8, 2015

We know what you want for your Super Bowl party. You want big, bold flavors. You want rich, meaty goodness. All of which is to say, you want grub. We got grub. We came up with these boneless …

The Digital Life: New standout phone features, but do you need them?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

There’s an Android phone for everyone. Need to swim with it? Get a waterproof model. Travel a lot? Get one with longer battery life. The novel features in these phones aren’t going to be necessities for everyone (especially …