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KEVIN GUTTING
Author Dusty Miller of Belchertown.

Art People: Dusty Miller | writer

Thursday, July 24, 2014

When she was growing up, Dusty Miller loved reading fiction, and she loved writing. She imagined she might be a writer when she was older. Miller did end up writing, though as an outgrowth of her career as a psychotherapist and educator. Among a number of titles, her 1994 book, “Women Who Hurt Themselves,” has sold pretty steadily over the … 0

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: New Century Theatre’s ‘Clybourne Park’; Double Edge Theatre’s ‘Shahrazad’; Silverthorn Theater’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

PROVOCATIVE PLAY Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for “Clybourne Park,” which also won a Tony Award that year for Best Play. Impressive credentials, and it’s a good bet that New Century Theatre’s production that opened earlier this month shines. The action in this funny and provocative play spans 50 years, from 1959 when residents in a Chicago neighborhood try to … 0

Suzanne Wilson’s Best Bets: Filmmaker Ken Burns compares notes with creator of ‘House of Cards’; ‘Moonstruck’ at Pothole Pictures

Thursday, July 24, 2014

COMPARE AND CONTRAST Separately, each one would be good. But together — this should be great. Filmmaker Ken Burns, whose latest project is “The Roosevelts,” and Beau Willion, creator of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” team up for “Comparing and Contrasting the Roosevelts and the Underwoods.” A talk about history’s greats and TV’s evildoers has endless possibilities. July 27, 2 p.m., at … 0

Your Time Puffer’s Pond, Amherst

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Photos and text by Kevin Gutting Puffer’s Pond, created by a 19th-century dam on the Mill River and located in the heart of North Amherst, offers a cool and popular respite from summer’s heat. Among those spending time … 0

Style Stop: Mariela Isaac, cool goth

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In spite of wearing layered skirts and a sweater, Northampton resident Mariela Isaac seemed cool and comfortable when the Style Stop team spotted her in downtown Northampton on a recent steamy afternoon. nnn Her style: I’m part of … 0

ID: Ken Mondschein

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ken Mondschein is a scholar, college professor and author with expertise in subjects ranging from the Middle Ages to modern pop culture. He’s also a fencing master. He received a doctorate in history from Fordham University, and also … 0

Chef’s Best: A summer guide to grilling backyard barbecue ribs

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It was one of those culinary epiphanies. I realized you rarely get great barbecued ribs from a restaurant. They have to come from backyards. My rib-awakening came during the world’s largest barbecue contest, Memphis in May. All it … 0

Review: Value in Amazon Prime goes beyond shipping

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Spending $99 a year for an Amazon Prime membership to get free shipping hardly seems like a deal. After all, I can usually get free shipping by spending at least $35 on a single order. But Prime’s benefits … 0

Tim Driscoll’s barhopping: Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon, and a round of golf was in the near future, but first I wanted to visit Kirsten, who bartends at Hugo’s at 315 Pleasant St. in Northampton; I had been promising … 0

Valley Readings

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Rita Bleiman reads from her new novel “Acts of Contrition,” Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, 247 Main St., Northampton. 586-4235 FORBES LIBRARY:  Andrew Lam reads from his historical … 0

Style Stop: Vanessa Brewster is ‘30, flirty and free’

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vanessa Brewster, of Northampton, was crossing the street downtown with a friend when her bright, summery outfit caught the Style Stop team’s attention. nnn Where to?: I’m going out to breakfast with my lady friend. Today’s outfit: I … 0

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets for July 4

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A DANDY FOURTH You will not regret attending the July 4 naturalization ceremony that takes place on the Hampshire County Courthouse lawn at 11 a.m. The 50 immigrants who will assemble to be sworn in as new citizens worked hard to get here, taking citizenship classes, studying, preparing. … 0

Art People Lucinda Kidder | director

Thursday, July 3, 2014

After landing a coveted role as a banana in her grade-school play in Troy, N.Y., Lucinda Kidder went on to spend the next four decades in theater. She’s been a performer and director, a producer, a theater teacher … 0