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Painter and printmaker Kathryn Fanelli at work in her studio at Eastworks in Easthampton

Art Maker: Kathryn Fanelli | painter, printmaker

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kathryn Fanelli, 48, of Amherst says she’s mainly a painter, but includes drawing, printmaking and photography in her practice. She has a studio in Eastworks in Easthampton and is a member of Zea Mays Printmaking Studio in Florence. She also is an affiliate of the contemplative arts movement, and her work addresses methodologies for creating through meditation and unconscious perception. …

Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life: It’s Greek to me

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BANKRUPTCIES: We have gathered in the Agora, Socrates, all the searching and wondering ones, hoping you might explain the Greek crisis. SOCRATES: Well might I, Bankruptcies, but little do I understand it myself. BANKRUPTCIES: Perhaps the usual dialogue? Where shall we begin? SOCRATES: Begin in pre-euro Greece, fabled land of tart wines, lovely women and the warm Aegean. I trust you are familiar …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Mr. Burns’ at New Century Theatre; ‘Free Fun Friday’ at the Eric Carle Museum

Thursday, July 30, 2015

D’oh! Here’s a unique premise: In her play “Mr. Burns,” Anne Washburn explores a post-apocalyptic world where strangers pass the time retelling the story of “Cape Feare,” an episode from “The Simpsons.” Flash forward seven years and a theater company is doing the same thing. Leap ahead 75 more years and Homer and Marge are now the pop-culture inspirations for yet another theatrical …

Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Petting Zoo, Southampton

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Photos and text by Jerrey Roberts Like a scene from “The Music Man,” area children got a chance to try out musical instruments last week at the Edwards Library in Southampton during the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Musical Petting …

A is for Anne

Thursday, July 9, 2015

I was recently browsing through a bookstore and a paperback novel caught my eye from 20 feet away. It was titled “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin (Bantam Books, 2013) and I instantly knew it would be about the marriage of Anne Morrow and Charles Lindbergh. Nearly 90 …

Jerrey Roberts’ photo gallery: Light show

Thursday, July 9, 2015

If you missed this spectacular sunset back on June 16, I’m sorry. I watched it at the Connecticut River dike in Hadley, and it’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen such a show. Constantly changing, transforming …

Art Maker: Molly Hatch | Ceramic artist

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Molly Hatch’s career in ceramics has led to collaborations with institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Hatch, 37, of Florence, has shown her artwork and …

Art Maker: Lois Barber | Painter

Friday, July 3, 2015

Lois Barber has spent nearly a quarter century as the founding director of EarthAction, a global network of more than 2,000 peace and social justice organizations in some 160 countries. Now, at 69, the longtime Amherst resident says …

Valley Readings

Friday, July 3, 2015

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writers’ Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Diana Whitney. Jacqueline Sheehan, 582-0661 ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: …

Jerrey Roberts’ Photo Gallery: A waiting game

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tuesday Market behind Thornes Marketplace in Northampton is usually an interesting place to look for pictures. When the market is busy, the constant movement and influx of people sometimes makes it hard for me to find the …

Book Bag: ‘Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews’ by Christian McEwen; ‘Life of the Garment’ by Deborah Gorlin

Friday, July 3, 2015

SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL: THE SMITH COLLEGE POETRY INTERVIEWS By Christian McEwen Bauhan Publishing www.christianmcewen.com Northampton author and writing instructor Christian McEwen has long had a love of poetry — and an interest in discovering how poets turn …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Duhks play the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Friday, July 3, 2015

Grammy-nominated folk fusion band The Duhks has gone through its share of lineup shifts since it blasted out of Winnipeg in 2002, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the engine at the band’s core — the strong …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Channeling Dashiell Hammett

Friday, July 3, 2015

I was seated at the bar when she walked in ... She strode toward me with an air of confidence — like a woman who was in her element. “Are you Tim?” she asked. “I am,” I answered, …