Pick of the Day 2/14: Autobahn Indoor Speedway for Two
Feb14

Pick of the Day 2/14: Autobahn Indoor Speedway for Two

Talk about Speed Dating! Take your Valentine to Autobahn Indoor Speedway!  Ditch the chocolate and flowers, or at least spice it up!  Take your sweetheart to the Autobahn Indoor Speedway in the Hampshire Mall.  Buy 2 races and get 2 free!  367 Russell Street #H06, Hadley. 413-362-7690 ...

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Poste Nebleux: Ben Banville’s Life in Art
Feb08

Poste Nebleux: Ben Banville’s Life in Art

Bernard “Ben” Banville’s life sounds as if it was an unfettered celebration of creativity.  Born in Quebec, for many years Banville made his home in Greenfield. He was a musician, a photographer, and an artist who spent years on the Pioneer Valley artscape developing and refining his talents.  In a photo taken prior to his death last year, Banville is a gray bearded gentleman with salt and pepper hair and a slightly mischievous...

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Things To Do: Love, Anime Style, at Tower Theaters
Feb08

Things To Do: Love, Anime Style, at Tower Theaters

Valentines Day, February 14, catch Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card. Romance and intrigue, Japanese anime style. South Hadley’s Tower Theaters, 19 College Street, South Hadley. 9 p.m. $12.50 in advance; $14 at the door. towertheaters.com. — Gina...

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Color and Heat: Pan American Prints at Smith College Museum of Art
Feb01

Color and Heat: Pan American Prints at Smith College Museum of Art

The great mysteries of the southernmost countries of Pan America lie in the enormity of its territory, its rich history, and the shroud of chaos and human suffering. But Nobel-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz beautifully sums up the artistic heritage of these nations. In his preface for the art book Agpa: Artes Gràficas Panamericanas Paz wrote, “printmaking, like the poetry and novels of Latin America; gives us back our confidence in...

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Cost of Contentment:  The Crossroads of Art, Addiction,  Mental Illness
Jan30

Cost of Contentment: The Crossroads of Art, Addiction, Mental Illness

The nondescript building in which Anchor House of Artists  is located is misleading. It’s exterior is plain and white, sitting on the very edge of Pleasant Street seconds from the highway. There is no extra signage to alert visitors that they have, indeed, arrived. And there is no indication that the galleries and studio work spaces inside are literally warehouses of paintings and sculptures. Once inside, you are surrounded by...

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