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Rob Kimmel works on a watercolor, "Persea," in his Florence studio for an upcoming Mill Arts Project, "Mothholes."

Art Maker: Rob Kimmel |painter, curator

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florence artist Rob Kimmel, 44, is busy these days, curating art shows: There’s a group show, “Horns to Tale,” on view through the end of June at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton in which a dozen artists have created monsters and animals and fantastical beings. Another group show, “Mothholes,” will open in September at the MAP space in Eastworks in …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Inside Out’ at Cinemark, Tower Theaters; Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe at Porter-Phelps Museum

Thursday, June 25, 2015

UPSIDE DOWN It was Father’s Day and my family wanted to see the new Pixar movie, “Inside Out.” I’m not that into animated films, but I put on my game face. At least there’ll be popcorn, I thought. To my surprise, I loved this movie about a girl whose life is uprooted when her family moves. Her emotions — Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Roz Chast exhibit; ‘Northampton Family Fourth’

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CARTOONS TO LIVE BY I, for one, think an exhibit of Roz Chast cartoons is well worth a summer drive to Stockbridge. Lots of people love her New Yorker cartoons. I couldn’t put down her hilarious and profound memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant,” about her parents’ decline in their elder years, their loss of independence and death. How, you ask, …

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Headliners: ‘McQueen’ at Parlor Room; The Literacy’s Project 5th Annual Celebration

Friday, June 12, 2015

So funny you’ll forget to laugh Used to be that it took a lot of work to make it as a comedian — endless nights of honing your material and delivery in darkened dives in backwater towns. No …

Your Time: Northampton ‘Dog Park’

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The grounds of the former Northampton State Hospital, bounded by Burts Pit Road to the south and the Mill River to the north, are a rolling mix of open and wooded land. The conservation area, affectionately known to …

Style Stop: Emma Carr — turning heads

Thursday, June 11, 2015

We’d already had a successful day of style-stopping when we spotted Emma Carr, 20, turning heads (and not just ours) with her colorful skirt. The Style Stop team decided we just had to grab one more interview, with …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Going solo

Thursday, June 11, 2015

While at Hopkins Academy in Hadley for graduation ceremonies last week, I couldn’t help but notice the big number “2015,” created by jamming plastic cups into the chain link of the school’s baseball backstop. With an eye toward …

ID: Bernadette Giblin

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bernadette Giblin is a writer, speaker, trainer and consultant, and works as an accredited organic land-care professional for the Northeast Organic Farming Association in Northampton. In addition to being the local grass whisperer, she’s a contributor to Pith+Vigor …

Chef’s Best: Strawberry chicken ... why not?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Now is the best time of the year. It’s strawberry time. So juicy. So sweet. So delicious. So soft-tender on your tongue. No sensation in the world can compare to eating a plump, sun-warmed strawberry straight off the …

Online stylists for the shopping-averse

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Though my grandmother was a fashion designer, I hate buying clothes, and I still wear outfits from high school — in the last century. Even so, I have long been intrigued with Stitch Fix, an online styling and …

Art Maker: Jon Crispin | Photographer

Thursday, June 4, 2015

For the past four years, Pelham photographer Jon Crispin, 63, has been photographing a collection of more than 400 suitcases left behind at the Willard Psychiatric Center (originally called the Willard Asylum of the Insane) in New York …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: Dumbing it down with Congress

Thursday, June 4, 2015

As if you need more evidence that Congress is a sinkhole, comes now a study about how congressional bills are named. A half-century ago, when LBJ signed the landmark Voting Rights Act, it was called ... the Voting Rights Act. VRA did not stand for anything and there …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Summer sipping

Thursday, June 4, 2015

I don’t think I have to remind anyone that this past winter gave many of us a good dose of cabin fever. All through the long, cold months, we looked forward to the opening of The Deck Bar …