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Maurine Sutter at her home in Northampton

Art Maker: Maurine Sutter | Contemporary photographer

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Maurine Sutter of Northampton uses a combination of traditional photography and contemporary digital methods to produce photos of spectacular color. She seldom uses imaging software to enhance or alter the tones that were present in the original scene, but, rather, hand-tints her work. “My approach ... is to keep it simple and straightforward, not adding too many tricks and gadgets,” she says. “Having been taught in a traditional wet darkroom ... I stick closely to these classic guidelines. Of course, there are times to break and bend the rules a bit, too.” Hampshire Life: Describe the work you are doing now. Maurine Sutter: Since taking …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: A positive conductor

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Let’s talk about multi-tasking. I have discovered that when I’m trying to concentrate on following highway signs while driving in a new place, I need to turn off the radio, my usual companion on more familiar routes. Let’s see, Exit 35 south. OK, no more “Car Talk” or music or “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” One thing at a time. Something similar happens …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘The Sound of Music’ at Amherst Cinema; Katie Martin and Jake Meginsky at A.P.E.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MUSIC TO MY EARS I’ll get the apology out of the way first, because I’m about to be a little catty, if not unkind. Here goes: Everything about Carrie Underwood’s lackluster, amateurish performance on the 2013 live TV production of “The Sound of Music” made me queasy. There, I said it. The antidote, of course, is a generous dose of Julie Andrews in …

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Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘The Return of Swamp Thing’ sinks like quicksand

Thursday, May 7, 2015

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” took in $187 million in ticket sales last weekend. It’s a great time to be a comic-book movie fan. However, there was a time when this was not the case. Take “Swamp Thing,” …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘More Clearly in Dreams’ at Smith College; Pioneer Valley Symphony’s ‘Cavalleria rusticana’

Thursday, May 7, 2015

DREAM WORK I interviewed Smith College dance professor Rodger Blum in 2012, before the debut of “More Clearly in Dreams,” a dance/theater work inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks. Blum saw themes in da Vinci’s writings that he used in the dance. “It’s not a visual representation of …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Barney Frank reading; ‘Awake: The Life of Yogananda,’ at Amherst Cinema

Thursday, May 7, 2015

TO BE FRANK Whether in office or a private citizen, Barney Frank is endlessly entertaining because of his incisive wit and famously brilliant political mind. Next week, he will be in South Hadley reading from his memoir, “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Bruce Cockburn at Iron Horse; Michael Casey at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A LIFE IN MUSIC — AND IN WORDS Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn has been making music since the 1960s, releasing 31 albums and earning praise both for his fingerstyle acoustic guitar work and his songs, which examine human rights, spirituality and politics. He also released a memoir, “Rumours …

Your Time: Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club’s 5-kilometer race, Northampton

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Runners of all ages gathered Tuesday for Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club’s weekly 5-kilometer race at the Northampton Community Gardens. Don and Sue Grant of Northampton have organized the event since it began in 1987. “It’s still a thrill,” …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Jeff Bujak, Jen Dulong combine talents in unique show (hint: it includes an LED hula hoop)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Solo keyboardist Jeff Bujak has a unique live performance set-up: He teams up with Jen Dulong and her LED hula hoop to create a show he describes as “keys and hoops, lights and loops.” The twosome will be …

Movie Times

Thursday, May 7, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Clouds of Sils Maria (R) Daily 2, 4:30, 7, 9:10; Sat. no 2; Wed. no 7; Thurs. no 7, 9:10; Sun. also 11:20 a.m.; Wed., Thurs. also 7:25 Dior and …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE AGE OF ADALINE: A young woman (Blake Lively), born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man (Michiel Huisman) who might be worth …

New on DVD

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Blackhat: A furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners hunt a high-level cyber crime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang. Rated R. Extraterrestrial: Friends on …

Shifting in a new direction, Jack Black rides ‘The D Train’

Thursday, May 7, 2015

At an East Village restaurant in New York City over dinner recently, after ordering mussels and selecting a white wine, Jack Black proffered a theatrical “Gratzi” to the waitress. He then leaned in expectantly, his gymnastic eyebrows raised, …