Arts & Life

Best Bites: Ordering off the kid’s menu: 9-year-old budding food critic shares his top 15 places to eat

02-23-2024 2:23 PM


Note from Robin Goldstein: For this column, I asked my 9-year-old nephew and co-author Azai Dugger to choose his favorite restaurants and briefly describe each one — the same task as I undertook for my last Gazette column.With great difficulty and...

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Valley Bounty: Empowering our local food system: River Valley Co-op invests in regional farms and the interests of community

02-23-2024 2:22 PM


In just 15 years, River Valley Co-op has grown into an indispensable part of the local food economy. For local farms, food businesses and community members who want easy access to local food, their continued growth is something to celebrate.“River...

The ABCs of children’s books: ‘Alphabet Soup’ at the Eric Carle Museum looks at how picture books come to life

02-23-2024 2:22 PM


The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has no shortage of material to draw on for exhibits.Aside from highlighting work from traveling exhibits, or showcasing illustrations of specific artists drawn from various sources, the Amherst museum can...

There is a Season with Molly Parr: Inspired by an old favorite: Mushroom Infinity is delicious, vegan and can be gluten-free

02-23-2024 2:21 PM


Not quite 30 years ago, I studied in Manhattan. I had my first computer and went online for the first time. Back then I still found most of my news from actual newspapers, and social media didn’t exist. Even though the “Seinfeld Diner” was practically...

Weekly Food Photo Contest: This week’s winner: Robert D. Shycon of Northampton

02-23-2024 2:20 PM

‘Buns both naked and glazed,” writes winning photographer Robert D. Shycon of Northampton. “My wife, Linda Dell, makes these cinnamon buns with sourdough starter she began in the Great Sourdough Start-up of 2020.”How to enter: Snap a pic of something...

Book Bag: ‘What’s New, Daniel?’ by Micha Archer; ‘Monkeyface’ by Judith Podell

02-23-2024 2:18 PM


What’s New, Daniel?Written and illustrated by Micha ArcherPenguin/Random HouseIn the last several years, Leverett illustrator and children’s book author Micha Archer has been gaining increasing attention for her eye-catching art and for stories that...

A league of their own: Division Q, a new basketball league created by and for queer players, hopes to grow after successful first season

02-22-2024 1:52 PM


Every Sunday morning from November to early February, dozens of people rolled up to Easthampton Mountain View school to play basketball.Games started at 10 a.m., but players always showed up early to shoot around and warm up (some sleepier than...

New year, new look: Bombyx Center adds more varied arts programming to its lineup while making infrastructure improvements

02-22-2024 1:30 PM


What a difference a year makes.Late last May, the Northampton Fire Department abruptly shut down virtually all music performances at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity in Florence, citing inadequate fire prevention measures at the venue.The move...

The Beat Goes On: The Back Porch Festival is just three weeks away, and the Iron Horse announces its opening lineup

02-22-2024 12:25 PM


If you’re like me, counting the days to spring, it’s a little over three weeks to the official first day, March 19.Yet that’s just a date on the calendar, and the weather in mid-March can still spell winter. But one antidote to that is to hit the Back...

Literary musing and gatherings: Amherst College host its ninth annual LitFest this weekend

02-22-2024 12:20 PM


Amherst College has sent many a successful writer into the world, or brought them in to teach: David Foster Wallace, Robert Frost, Richard Wilbur, Robert Stone, Lauren Groff, Chris Bohjalian, Charles Mann and many others.That legacy will be celebrated...

Speaking of Nature: Midnight wail — The call of the Red Fox

02-20-2024 9:22 AM


It was early in the morning.  I had a fresh cup of coffee and a little something to nibble on as I sat down at my computer and tried to make a decision.  What was I going to write about this week?  There were two ideas rattling around in my head but...

Valley Bounty: CSA season gets jump on growing season next week

02-16-2024 4:07 PM


Though more weeks of winter lie ahead, National Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) week — Feb. 19-25 — marks the symbolic start of the CSA cycle, when member sign-ups start rolling in and participating farmers begin planning for the coming growing...

From Holland with love: Julia van IJken takes up more of the reins with Young@Heart Chorus

02-16-2024 3:59 PM


In the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown, Julia van IJken was at her parents’ home in the Netherlands, unable to travel back to England, where she’d been working on a master’s program in art and communication at the Royal College of Art in...

Music festivals small and large: Jazz Shares mini-fest and a new outdoor indie rock festival are headed to Northampton

02-16-2024 3:54 PM


It’s still winter, but music festivals, small and large, are in the works. Here’s a look at some coming events, one that’s imminent and one further down the road.First off, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares is offering a mini-fest next weekend, Feb. 22-25,...

Art Briefs: Classical music in Hadley, jazz in Amherst, and a unique art exhibit in Northampton 

02-16-2024 8:46 AM

Haydn and Hummel in Hadley (with Beethoven) HADLEY — Arcadia Players will give an early boost to spring, or least to the spirit of spring, on Feb. 18 with a performance of chamber works from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including...

‘O’ is for Oman: Northampton man completes mission of traveling the alphabet of countries

02-09-2024 12:38 PM


More than 60 years after he crossed his first foreign border, Gerard Simonette this month completed a mission of sorts: He checked off the last remaining letter of the alphabet of countries he has visited with a trip to Oman.Simonette, 80, who...

Best Bites: Where to eat dinner right now: The top 35 Valley spots for dinner and what you should order

02-09-2024 12:36 PM


If I were writing the Pioneer Valley chapter of a travel guide to New England, this would be its section for “dinner with table service.” I list restaurants first that I feel are most essential to the local dining scene, the ones we can’t live...

Taking up long-form fiction: Acclaimed short-story writer Kelly Link is set to debut her first novel

02-09-2024 12:33 PM


Kelly Link has piled up quite a few accolades and honors over the years: a MacArthur “genius grant,” a Pulitzer Prize nomination, several awards for fantasy fiction — a Hugo, a World Fantasy, and three Nebulas — and the kind of praise writers dream...

Weekly Food Photo Contest: This week's winner: Richard B. Newton of Easthampton

02-09-2024 12:32 PM

Along with this photo, Richard B. Newton of Easthampton wrote, “Found today at the Big Y — Turnover opens up about the joy of being raspberry!”How to enter: Snap a pic of something delicious-looking and send it with your name, town and a sentence or...

Let’s Talk Relationships: Single on Valentine’s Day? How to be your own valentine

02-09-2024 12:31 PM


Many of us are facing Valentine’s Day with a lack of enthusiasm, to say the least. You may be newly single and are feeling raw and shaky. You may have been on your own for a long time and here you are, solo, once again on this holiday. Or you may find...

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