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This photograph of actor James Dean is just one of the iconic images created by Dennis Stock, the subject of a film by Smith College alumna Hanna Sawka.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

At Herter Gallery “Field Notes 3,” the third exhibit of drawings, paintings, collages and sculptures by architects Sigrid Miller Pollin and Stephen Schreiber, and landscape architect Jane Thurber, will be on view through April 10 at the Herter Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In the work, the artists are focused on the relationships between multiple images, colors and patterns. They bring in overlapping images, jump scales and shift media. This journey, they say, is similar to what they might employ when designing a building or a landscape. Their tasks are complex and multi-dimensional, and require multiple lenses. There is a clarity in the … 0

Voices for Freedom: Opera at Mount Holyoke College tells the story of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Unless you’ve been living on a remote desert island for the past 60 years, you know the names of at least some of the leaders of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s — Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, and others. What about Fannie Lou Hamer? … 0

What’s your favorite animal?: Carle Museum encourages creativity and curiosity with hands-on programming

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What’s your favorite animal? Publishers at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers asked some well-known author/illustrators to answer that question, and they got quite a range of responses — from the commonplace to the wild and woolly. The results, in words and artwork, can be found in a new book, “What’s Your Favorite … 0


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Music on Main Amherst pianist Stephen Porter will perform “Late Styles,” a program featuring the final masterpieces of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Debussy, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 165 Main Street in Amherst. … 0

Growing under glass: Diane Schlappi’s Sunderland greenhouse is a year-round, indoor garden

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What gardener doesn’t dream of owning a greenhouse? Vegetable growers at least wish for a simple hoop house to get a head start on spring. Flower lovers yearn for a traditional English-style with glass panes. Imagine the thrill … 0

Ken Burns goes digital — and promises many more films

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

From the Civil War to the history of baseball and jazz, to the story of seminal figures like Mark Twain and Thomas Jefferson, filmmaker Ken Burns has been chronicling American history for more than 30 years. And he … 0

Annual blooms: Amherst Woman’s Club prepares for this year’s benefit flower show

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring officially arrives on Thursday and the Amherst Woman’s Club is celebrating with a flower show and sale as a scholarship benefit. The hours are noon to 6 p.m. at the clubhouse on the corner of Main and … 0

Claire Hopley’s Table Talk: On St. Patrick’s Day tables, cabbage commands the scene

Friday, March 14, 2014

Vegetables rarely feature among the iconic food for holidays and festivals. Generally meat dishes or desserts such as cookies, cakes and pies are the specialties. The St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef and cabbage is an exception. … 0

Amherst Woman’s Club flower show — the particulars

Friday, March 14, 2014

WHAT: Amherst Woman’s Club Spring Flower Show WHEN: March 20, noon to 6 p.m. WHERE: Amherst Woman’s Club, 35 Triangle St., Amherst (parking is available behind the carriage house) COST: $5, at the door MORE INFO: The Amherst … 0

Rules of the road: pothole primer

Friday, March 14, 2014

Driving is always dicey in this part of the world, what with thousands of drivers having been to Boston and some even raised there. Throw in our twisted two-lanes, texting teens, and the old New England attitude of “we don’t need no stinkin’ street signs,” and taking a … 0

Network Amherst The Lehrer Report

Friday, March 14, 2014

Saint Patrick’s Day greetings to all our Irish friends and neighbors. * * * Betsy and David Mullins, and Denise and Doug Gagnon, all of Amherst, sent a beautiful postcard of the parks and gardens in Adelaide, Australia. … 0

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, March 7, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. Amherst Greta Devoney was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Simmons College in Boston. Greta, … 0

A Winter’s Tale Whately author James Scott wins critics’ praise with his dark debut novel, ‘The Kept’

Thursday, March 6, 2014

ANYONE tempted to romanticize America’s rural past as a time of close-knit families and sturdy values would do well to read James Scott’s “The Kept.” In this dark and brooding debut novel, a small town in the 1890s … 0