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CAROL LOLLIS

Photo Gallery: Three little pigs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

About a month-and-a-half ago my neighbor in Westhampton called to tell me he had some baby pigs in his barn, and that I should come take a look, and maybe a picture. My neighbor’s got a great track record for photo tips; I don’t think I’ve ever left without a picture. When I got to the barn, camera in tow, I discovered that he’d cut a hole in the door so the pigs and his dog could see each other. I loved the view I got when I peeked in, and found the piglets peeking right back at me. — Carol Lollis … 0

Art People: Carl Erikson | textile artist

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Carl Erikson doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t fascinated by fabric. As a 12-year-old in a Chicago suburb in the early ’50s he’d take a train into the city on a Saturday and wander, always ending up at a fabric store. At the time, he was a marionette impresario, toting a portable … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Old Deerfield Productions’ ‘Frankenstein’; ‘Free Fun Friday’ at Eric Carle Museum in Amherst

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TAKE IT TO THE BANK Inspired by the Gothic features of the former First National Bank building in Greenfield, Old Deerfield Productions created an original adaptation of “Frankenstein,” to be performed in the space, with a script by Lindel Hart, who also plays the Creature. Don’t expect a Herman Munster look-alike. This Creature’s unique look is created by Joseph Dulude II, who designed … 0

playing along Uneasy rider

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Motorcycling runs in my family, but apparently it skips a generation or two. Two of my uncles live and breathe the biker life. One has made frequent pilgrimages to the infamous week-long Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota, … 0

Laurie Loisel Best Bets for June 27

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GUILTY PLEASURE My guilty pleasure this summer is the FX series “The Americans,” superbly acted by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (some of us fondly remember him from “Brothers and Sisters”) playing Soviet KGB officers posing as an all-American couple while they carry out their spy duties on … 0

Suzanne Wilson best bets for June 27

Thursday, June 26, 2014

‘THE MEANING OF JULY FOURTH ...’ On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist born a slave, gave a speech in New York titled “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” It’s history that resonates still, and on June 28 at 1 p.m., a communal reading of … 0

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets

Thursday, June 26, 2014

FITZWILLY’S CELEBRATES ITS 40th Northampton’s downtown revival was built in part around the opening of new restaurants — and in 1984, one of those cornerstone eateries, Fitzwilly’s, began serving meals. On June 28, the restaurant celebrates from noon to 8 p.m. with a free party in its parking … 0

Tim Driscoll’s barhopping: Brewing a limeade cocktail at Brewmaster’s Tavern

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sigh. ... Where to go, where to go. My friend Elaine said, “I have a gift certificate to Brewmaster’s Tavern ...” Well, I’m not going to argue with that, so off we went. You can’t miss Brewmaster’s. It’s … 0

Art People: Carolyn Clayton | installation artist

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Last month Andy Warhol’s “Race Riot” sold for $62.8 million at Christie’s New York, while kitchen sponges all over America headed for the landfill. It’s just the sort of news to get Carolyn Clayton’s creative juices flowing. “As … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: AMHERST ARBORETUM: The Amherst Poet’s Arboretum Community Interest Group hosts 2nd annual reading June 22, 7 p.m. at the arboretum behind Amherst Regional Middle School. SMITH COLLEGE: Ashfield writer Lou Ratte … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, May 15, 2014

22 jump street: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum )when they go deep undercover at a local college. Also stars Ice Cube. … 0

Style Stop: Nhamodzangu Magadza is a hat man

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Nhamodzangu Magadza, of Northampton, sporting a blue Hawaiian shirt and matching fedora last week as he was passing time downtown before heading off to a landscaping job. nnn SHIRT: I always wear these … 0