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CAROL LOLLIS
Matt Evald Johnson at his home studio in Easthampton

Art Maker: Matt Evald Johnson | material manipulator

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The urban/industrial environment supplies Easthampton artist Matt Evald Johnson with subjects, materials, processes and narratives for his sculpture and painting. “The subject of my work is always the assemblage and manipulation of raw material,” Johnson, 51, writes on his website, www.evaldart.com. “The materials ... in many ways record some of the history of their previous lives. I hope to merge the grace (and) brutality to produce an unexpected object that not only records my personal involvement with the process but also retains some of the force from what it once was. Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Matt Evald Johnson: At any …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Summer reading, had me a blast — summer reading, happened so fast

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer’s gone, taking with it those “gripping” summer reads. I hope you didn’t think all that page turning, all those beach books, all that bodice ripping was just for fun. Perhaps that used to be true, but these days everything is tested and re-tested. Summer reading, too, will be on the test — my first annual “Summer Reading Wrap-Up Exam.” 1. How many …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Crowdsourced Cinema Project’; HBO’s ‘Show Me a Hero’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

INDY FILM Take the classic movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” mix in the enthusiasm of the folks at Northampton Community TV, add a heaping dose of creativity from local film enthusiasts and, voilà, you’ve got “The Crowdsourced Cinema Project.” Over the summer, teams filmed scenes from the 1981 blockbuster. They followed the script, but, otherwise, had artistic freedom. It’ll all be stitched …

Valley Readings

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: EMILY WILLISTON LIBRARY: A story slam will be the closing event of the Adult Summer Reading Program at the library, 9 Park St., Easthampton, Saturday at noon. Gail Herman leads the …

Your Time: Summer block party for kids, Millside Park, Easthampton

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective of Easthampton have been working on events together for the past few years. In the winter months, their collaboration manifests in breakfast-time dance parties with pancakes. And last Saturday, they brought …

Kevin Gutting’s photo gallery: Summer spokes

Thursday, August 13, 2015

... forged by summer folks. This toasty image comes from the Florence Music on the Porch concert series, which is held on the same Florence Civic Center lawn that sprouts a skating rink each winter. But in the …

Style Stop: Clara Li

Thursday, August 13, 2015

From across Pleasant Street in Northampton, the Style Stop team spotted Clara Li’s colorful outfit and just had to go over to talk to her about it. Li, the owner of the Great Wall Chinese restaurant in Florence, …

ID: Russell Brooks

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Russell Brooks says he’s more comfortable onstage than almost anywhere else. A musician since he was 14, Brooks was a member of the psyche-mod-pop band Aloha Steamtrain and currently performs in a variety of guises, including, sometimes, as …

Chef’s Best: Re-creating bibimbap at home

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Bibimbap is no ordinary bowl of rice — it’s an all-in-one meal alive with flavor and texture usually found in restaurants here in North America, but it can be made at home using whatever you happen to have …

Digital Life: Stand-alone gadgets trump all-in-one devices

Thursday, August 13, 2015

When Apple announced new iPod music players a few weeks ago, many people asked why anyone would need iPods when smartphones can play music and more. I had that question myself — until I remembered I’ve been carrying …

Art Maker: Christopher Curtis | Photographer

Thursday, August 6, 2015

South Deerfield artist and environmental planner Christopher Curtis, 60, is currently working on a series of photographic images of Native American rock art and spiritual sites. He’s interested, he says, in how the landscape’s forms (arches, spires, alcoves) …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A Smoking Jacket for a regular joe

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Consider, if you will, the smoking jacket — that colorful, ornate garment of silk and/or velvet that’s most often associated with the likes of, say, suave British actor David Niven, Playboy’s Hugh Hefner, or Christopher Walken as The …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Memory House’ at Chester Theatre Co.; Easthampton’s Art Walk

Thursday, August 6, 2015

SIZE DOESN’T MATTER It’s worth a trip to Chester Theatre to see the big, bold productions the company always puts together with miniscule casts on a diminutive stage. This weekend, the company (it was once called The Miniature Theatre of Chester) wraps up Kathleen Tolan’s “Memory House,’ directed …