Puerto Rican Evacuees Receive Trauma Relief Through Acupuncture in Springfield
Feb22

Puerto Rican Evacuees Receive Trauma Relief Through Acupuncture in Springfield

The Springfield Family Resource Center of Gandara  is located in a modest building at 18 Gaucher Street in Springfield’s Pine Point neighborhood, and upon arrival it’s clear that this social service agency is a community lifeline. Inside, the narrow reception area teems with clients seeking services, and the staff are friendly and efficient. There is order in the chaos, however; case managers busily take information in a room directly...

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Pick of the Day 2/22: Luvvie Ajayi at Mount Holyoke College
Feb22

Pick of the Day 2/22: Luvvie Ajayi at Mount Holyoke College

Social media expert, New York Times best-selling author, and pop-critic, Luvvie Ajayi takes the stage at Mount Holyoke College as it continues its celebration of Black History Month.  If you’re in the mood for great intelligence, wit, and charm, this is the place to be. Mount Holyoke College, Gamble Auditorium, South Hadley. 7:30...

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Bizzaro Briefs: Cash, Credit, or Wood
Feb21

Bizzaro Briefs: Cash, Credit, or Wood

“I can’t wait until the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo-Bell ….” Viewers likely experienced an unexpected craving for Chinese food when a Chicago’s ABC affiliate mixed up Olympics host city PyeongChang with the popular restaurant P.F.Chang. The news station apologized Monday after a logo appeared behind weekend anchor Mark Rivera on Saturday that advertised the South Korean host city of the Winter Games as P.F. Chang’s. The “P.F. Chang...

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Pick of the Day 2/21: The UMass Minutemen take on Virginia at the Mullins Center
Feb21

Pick of the Day 2/21: The UMass Minutemen take on Virginia at the Mullins Center

The UMass Minutemen vs. VCU If you want to watch the Celtics play at the Garden, it’s going to cost you an average of $90 and that’s not including driving, eating and parking. But if you go cheer on your UMass Minutemen, it’ll cost you $16-$24. Grab a little Mediterranean fast food at Pita Pockets beforehand and you’re set for a night of action.  The Minutemen take on the Virginia Commonwealth Rams on Wednesday...

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The Art of Laughter: A Conversation with Comedian Kim Deshields
Feb20

The Art of Laughter: A Conversation with Comedian Kim Deshields

Comedian Kim “Boney” DeShields is funny, except when she’s talking about making people laugh. “It’s an art,” she says matter of factly. “You have to be smart to make people laugh. You have to be well read and knowledgeable about a lot of things. But most of all, you just have to have the ability to make even the worst things funny.” Deshields has certainly had opportunities to mine sorrow for comedy gold. After her 2007 success...

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Pick of the Day 2/20: March of the Penguins at the Academy of Music
Feb20

Pick of the Day 2/20: March of the Penguins at the Academy of Music

March of the Penguins Just because it’s school vacation doesn’t mean you have to sit at home and play games on your phone all day. Go see the feel good movie March of the Penguins at KidsBestFest at the Academy of Music. It’s a free film festival for kids and families during winter school break. March of the Penguins is narrated by the venerable Morgan Freeman and is an award-winning documentary about the mating...

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Pick of the Day 2/19: Hidden Figures at Amherst Cinema
Feb19

Pick of the Day 2/19: Hidden Figures at Amherst Cinema

Hidden Figures As Elon Musk’s Space X program soars, NASA’s illustrious history seems a little dull. One way to put back the shine is to see Hidden Figures, the three time Oscar nominated film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae. It’s the story of three black female mathematicians and their struggles and victories at NASA during the 1960s. A remarkable film with a phenomenal cast, Hidden...

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Pick of the Day 2/18: Liz Longley at Iron Horse
Feb16

Pick of the Day 2/18: Liz Longley at Iron Horse

 Liz Longley A subtle Sunday is in order.  Go check out Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter, Liz Longley.  Longley performs at the Iron Horse Music Hall.  Some think of Shawn Colvin or Paula Cole when they think of Langley, but recognize she has a voice all her own. “Her voice and tone, touched with the slightest of country inflections, pours out like clean, crystalline water. Still, she can roar like...

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Pick of the Day 2/17: Nicholas Ryder Quintet at the Bing
Feb16

Pick of the Day 2/17: Nicholas Ryder Quintet at the Bing

Nicholas Ryder Quintet at the Bing Arts Center It’s a good night to check in at the Bing Arts Center and warm up with some cool jazz.  Nicholas Ryder Quintet will dig into some songbook standards and tunes by the legendary likes of “Long Tall Dexter” Gordon, Hank Mobley, and Eddie Harris.  Tenor saxophonist Nicholas Ryder fronts the ensemble which also features Shaun Flynn on alto saxophone: Conor Kennedy on piano;...

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Pick of the Day 2/16: Robin Hood at New England Youth Theater
Feb16

Pick of the Day 2/16: Robin Hood at New England Youth Theater

Robin Hood Sherwood Forest never gets old. Since the 15 century, Robin Hood (dressed in Lincoln green) and his lovable merry band have been roving the forest robbing the rich and giving to the poor in swashbuckling heroic style. Throughout film and theater, this character and cast of outlaws remain an all time favorite. You can catch New England Youth Theater perform this classic tonight in Brattleboro. Grab dinner, before or after,...

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Pick of the Day 2/15: Foghorn String Band at the Parlor Room
Feb15

Pick of the Day 2/15: Foghorn String Band at the Parlor Room

Foghorn String Band at the Parlor Room Listening to the Foghorn String Band is like pulling out your great grandma’s handmade heirloom quilt. It’s American roots music drawn from bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun musical traditions. The band has produced eight albums over 15 years and is comprised of four master musicians/historians who “exemplify the very best of the roots music traditions from their respective native...

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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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Pole Fitness: From adult entertainment to an Olympic sport
Jan31

Pole Fitness: From adult entertainment to an Olympic sport

Holly Woods has always loved the art of dance. When she was a young girl in Manhattan, her mother rented an apartment above Alvin Ailey’s studio. “I would go downstairs and hangout and watch the ballet dancers perform,” she recalls. “You would see Debbie Allen and all these people coming and going. It was like Fame; I was fascinated by it.” When her family later moved to Apalachicola, Florida, she did the same thing at the town ballet...

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#MeToo? Black Women on the Periphery of a Movement
Jan31

#MeToo? Black Women on the Periphery of a Movement

As a black woman, I cannot bring myself to seek refuge in the monumental arms of the #MeToo Movement. On the contrary, I often find myself feeling contempt and cynicism. But it’s not because I don’t empathize with the women who have come forward with their experiences of sexual victimization. Rather, in part, it is because the ubiquitous social media campaign was hijacked from a black activist named Tarana Burke who...

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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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People from ‘Shithole Countries’ Make Important Contributions to Western Mass
Jan23

People from ‘Shithole Countries’ Make Important Contributions to Western Mass

Earlier this month, in a meeting with U.S. Senators and House members on immigration, Donald Trump, president of the United States, is widely reported to have asked why the government would want people from “shithole countries” coming to America? According to people interviewed who attended the meeting, his profane question was referring to immigrants from places including El Salvador, Haiti, and Africa. His follow up statement,...

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Review: Forgotten Girls: Lives In Peril
Jan23

Review: Forgotten Girls: Lives In Peril

Walking into the genteel Von Auersperg Gallery, one is reminded that Western Massachusetts is truly a bastion for visual arts venues. One is also reminded of how many choose to host phlegmatic collections of New England landscapes rather than those that may court controversy. But the Von Auersperg, a teaching gallery, housed on the tony Deerfield Academy campus, has chosen to take a chance. Gallery Director Lydia Hemphill is hosting...

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