Pick of the Day 4/22: After the Gig Fest in Easthampton
Apr20

Pick of the Day 4/22: After the Gig Fest in Easthampton

Have you ever heard of “a weekend-long DIY/punk fest full of bands, workshops, and skill shares?”  Well you have now; After the Gig is at the Flywheel in Easthampton, and 100% of what you pay will be split between the Pioneer Valley Workers Center and Flywheel Arts Collective.  The weekend is described as one of creativity, activism, and radicalism. The goal is to bring these things “to life beyond just the shows we...

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Pick of the Day 4/21: The Ballad of Philip Andre…
Apr20

Pick of the Day 4/21: The Ballad of Philip Andre…

If you’ve followed the long strange trip that is Mickey Rourke’s life, The Ballad of Philip Andre will ring a bell.  The Legible Bod(ies)’s The Ballad of Philip Andre, is loosely based on the life and career of Mickey Rourke. The troupe will explore the themes of violence, aging, and vulnerability as the company uses “a unique fusion of modern dance, boxing, film and spoken word.” The dance troupe has...

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Pick of the Day 4/20: Dune at Amherst Cinema
Apr19

Pick of the Day 4/20: Dune at Amherst Cinema

Ok. My two very best friends tease me about my love of the sci-fi movie Dune. So it’s not an Oscar winner but it is all kinds of fun and engaging. I mean, a young Kyle McLaughlin is always a good start. Throw in Sting, some space palace intrigue, the SPICE melange, and sand worms big enough to ride, and you’ve got an epic adventure ready for cult status.  That all makes for a late night classic at Amherst Cinema. 28 Amity...

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Pick of the Day 4/19: Tart2f at Hawks and Reed
Apr18

Pick of the Day 4/19: Tart2f at Hawks and Reed

Silverthorne Theater Company’s  world-premiere production of TarT2f! An Irreverent Musical Comedy, by Jeff Olmsted is directed by the Advocate’s very own Stage Struck columnist,  Chris Rohmann. Tart2f is described as a “light-hearted lampoon of hypocrisy and gullibility,” adapted from Molière’s 1664 original Tartuffe.  It’s the first show of Silverthorne’s Fifth Anniversary season. Go check it out tonight...

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Pick of the Day 4/18: Persona at Amherst Cinema
Apr18

Pick of the Day 4/18: Persona at Amherst Cinema

Check out Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona. Amherst Cinema has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Swedish master’s birth. Hooray! Persona is another trippy Bergmanian piece wrought with WTFs. Liv Ullmann plays Elisabet, an actress who, without reason, has gone mute. Bibi Andersson’s, character, Alma, is the exact opposite; a loquacious nurse hired to take care of Ullman at a remote cottage. That’s when the single white female...

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Pick of the Day 4/17: Hawktail at the Parlor Room
Apr17

Pick of the Day 4/17: Hawktail at the Parlor Room

Hawktail, an exciting acoustic group, describes themselves this way: “Haas Kowert Tice brought on mandolinist Dominick Leslie to form Hawktail. Music fans will recognize them from their various other outfits (Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, A Prairie Home Companion) and enjoy this unique instrumental offering.”  They like to keep it simple. They new release, Unless, will hit the shelves on May 11....

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Review – Doing Justice: Denise Beaudet’s Roots to Resistance
Apr16

Review – Doing Justice: Denise Beaudet’s Roots to Resistance

Going into Denise Beaudet’s exhibit Roots to Resistance at the New England Visionary Artists Museum, requires a bit of preparation. Beaudet, after all, has amassed a master’s course in global female activism. In her bountiful literature, her writings concerning the process, and her descriptions of her subjects, Beaudet has produced an unforgettable set of images. New England Visionary Artists Museum is in the Anchor House of...

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Pick of the Day 4/16: Being Mortal
Apr16

Pick of the Day 4/16: Being Mortal

This PBS Frontline documentary is based on Atul Gawande’s best seller.  The documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and the physicians who treat them. There will be a discussion following the screening of the film. Being Mortal is presented in conjunction with National Healthcare Decisions Day. Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, 10 Vernon St, Brattleboro, 7...

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Local Calendar: Monday 4/16- Thursday 4/19
Apr16

Local Calendar: Monday 4/16- Thursday 4/19

MONDAY 4/16 MUSIC Amherst Jazz Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free. With vocalist Ethel Lee. No cover, free parking and great food. Union Station Grand Ballroom, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413 253 1607. info@amherstjazzorchestra.com. Julien Baker: 7:30 p.m. $20 – $25. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. Smith College Wind Ensemble: Spring Concert: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Free. Magic! Music from...

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Thoughts on Barb Hadden’s Thoughts on the Education of Daughters
Apr13

Thoughts on Barb Hadden’s Thoughts on the Education of Daughters

Barb Hadden walks about the white walled Oxbow Gallery on Pleasant Street, contemplating the placements in her show at the Northampton artist collective. With two galleries, artist-members have a show in the large front gallery and a show in the back gallery. Hadden’s show is in the front gallery and it is her last. “I can’t figure out how long I’ve been a member at the Oxbow,” she says perplexed. “About 10 years maybe… or maybe...

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Pick of the Day 4/14: Matali Shaka Banda Oneness Project
Apr13

Pick of the Day 4/14: Matali Shaka Banda Oneness Project

“I’m trying to represent who I am and the way I’m trying to be, making sure my art and my life are one,” says jazz saxophonist Matali Shaka Banda.  “I think a lot of artists preach a certain way but don’t live that way. Or attempt to live a certain way, but their music reflects something else. I want to make music that reflects everything I am and everything that I’m trying to be — no bullshit.” So there. Banda and his group released...

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Pick of the Day 4/15: Fatai at the Parlor Room
Apr13

Pick of the Day 4/15: Fatai at the Parlor Room

Fatai is a big deal. She’s sold-out multiple headline tours in North America, Australia, and New Zealand, and is touring again internationally. She’s making stops at SXSW and The Parlor Room in Northampton! Check out this young phenom up close and personal tonight at the Parlor Room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. $10/Adv, $13/Door. The Parlor Room. 32 Masonic St.,...

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Pick of the Day 4/13: Brain Damage at Amherst Cinema
Apr13

Pick of the Day 4/13: Brain Damage at Amherst Cinema

It’s Friday the 13th and if you were a big humdrum, you’d watch Friday the 13th. But because you like to think outside the box, your best bet for horror tonight is Brain Damage!   Here’s how Amherst Cinema describes this…uh…film.  “How do you follow up an all-time cult classic like 1982’s BASKET CASE? If you’re the one and only Frank Henenlotter, you next unleash BRAIN DAMAGE: his ultimate Grimm’s...

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Pick of the Day 4/12: Irin Ajo at Mount Holyoke College
Apr12

Pick of the Day 4/12: Irin Ajo at Mount Holyoke College

Ìrìn Àjò is a world premiere opera by Bode Omojola. It’s about Káyò̩dé, a Nigerian engineer who immigrates to the United States in search of a better life.  His parents in Nigeria now look up to him to take care of them and other members of his family back home. Kayode’s story is spoken and sung in English and Yoruba. Composed and written by Bode Omojola, the four-act opera will be performed by Mount Holyoke College/Five College...

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Events Calendar: Thursday 4/12- Sunday 4/15
Apr11

Events Calendar: Thursday 4/12- Sunday 4/15

THURSDAY 4/12 MUSIC Live Music!: Wyld Nightz: 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery, 36 Bridge St., Brattleboro. Luke Baillargeon: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Live Italian music with Luke Baillargeon in The Mick. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Rd., Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com. Open Mic Night at The Taproom Hadley: 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Free. The Taproom Hadley, 1 Mill Valley Rd. Suite...

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Pick of the Day 4/11: Jesse Cook at the Academy of Music
Apr11

Pick of the Day 4/11: Jesse Cook at the Academy of Music

Guitarist Jesse Cook says, “I want to take people to places they haven’t been,” and he’s traveled the world looking for and mastering sounds that speak to him. His new album, Beyond Borders, is an expression of that world music combination his fans love so much. Cook has earned Juno (Canada’s Grammy) nominations – and a win, for  2001’s Free Fall – in the World Music and Instrumental...

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Pick of the Day 4/10:  A Better Chance Gospel Choir Concert in Amherst
Apr10

Pick of the Day 4/10: A Better Chance Gospel Choir Concert in Amherst

Tonight, Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst will host the Better Chance Gospel Choir Concert.  Choirs include the Amherst Area Gospel Choir, the Amherst Regional High School Chorale, the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus, and the Resurrect Gospel Choir at Amherst College.  You’re welcome to light refreshments from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. prior to the show in the Connector.  You’ll get a chance to the Amherst A Better Chance...

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Pick of the Day: Foxtrot at Amherst Cinema
Apr09

Pick of the Day: Foxtrot at Amherst Cinema

Michael and Dafna’s son Jonathan is killed while serving in the Israeli Defense Forces; they experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce his death.  The family’s overzealous mourning, as well as the army’s bureaucracy, begin to take its toll on Michael.  His rage begins to mount and spiral into another life changing event.  Director Samuel Maoz delivers “a meditation on...

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Calendar: Monday 4/9 – Wednesday 4/11
Apr09

Calendar: Monday 4/9 – Wednesday 4/11

MONDAY 4/9 MUSIC Tommy Castro and The Painkillers: The Iron Horse: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. STAGE/FILM/DANCE Facing the Surge: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free. A 25-min. film showing the costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk VA. and the largest US naval base. Discussion and refreshments to follow. Forbes Library Community Room, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-586-8885....

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Pick of the Day 4/7: The Local Vocal Chord Bowl at Amherst Regional High
Apr06

Pick of the Day 4/7: The Local Vocal Chord Bowl at Amherst Regional High

Who doesn’t want to support the arts in public schools? On Saturday, April 7, you can. Watch nine great a cappella groups sing for music and arts enrichment in the Amherst and Northampton public school systems. Proceeds will be divided between the two and will be earmarked for music and arts education. You can’t beat that with a stick. Tickets can be purchased at various local businesses and are $8 to $14. Concert starts at 7 p.m....

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Pick of the Day 4/8: Isle of Dogs at Amherst Cinema
Apr06

Pick of the Day 4/8: Isle of Dogs at Amherst Cinema

Something terrible has happened in Megasaki City! An executive decree has exiled all pets to a vast garbage dump called Trash Island.  Well, no young boy worth his salt would let that stand, and 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a little prop plane to find his bodyguard dog, Spots.  There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, Atari begins “an epic journey that will effect the fate of his home, Megasaki...

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Calendar: Saturday 4/7 and Sunday 4/8
Apr06

Calendar: Saturday 4/7 and Sunday 4/8

SATURDAY 4/7 MUSIC AEIOUkes: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. A community ukulele club who meets regularly to sing together and to improve our playing. For uke enthusiasts of all levels and experiences. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org. Chris Potter Quartet: 8 p.m. $35, $25 general; Five College Students and Youth 17 and Under: $10. A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable...

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Pick of the Day 4/6: The Eagle Huntress
Apr06

Pick of the Day 4/6: The Eagle Huntress

It’s Friday and you’re free as a bird, or as Steve Miller might say, “I wanna fly like an eagle!” If that’s the case, you might want to head up to Shelburne Falls tonight and catch The Eagle Huntress to get inspired. It’s a beautiful documentary that follows Aishol-pan, a 13-year-old Kazakh girl from Mongolia, as she attempts to become the first female eagle hunter to compete in the eagle festival...

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Progress and backlash highlighted in Springfield MLK assassination 50th anniversary commemoration
Apr05

Progress and backlash highlighted in Springfield MLK assassination 50th anniversary commemoration

On a rainy Wednesday afternoon in Springfield, NAACP president Bishop Talbert Swan, Mayor Domenic Sarno, a host of interfaith clergy, and a roomful of citizens gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s April 3 “Mountaintop” speech and his assassination on April 4, 1968. Bishop Swan, who organized the event in conjunction with the mayor’s office, said he couldn’t let the day go by without...

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Pick of the Day: Valley Voices
Apr05

Pick of the Day: Valley Voices

Do you have a story to tell? Do you want to tell it in front of a bunch of people you don’t know? You’re in luck! Season 4 of Valley Voices is the place to do it. Tonight “The Silver Lining” is the theme. Listen to all sorts of stories told in five minutes by your friends and neighbors from around the Valley. The audience picks the winner, and the winner will go on to compete in this year’s Best of Valley Voices coming in...

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Calendar: Thursday 4/5 and Friday 4/6
Apr05

Calendar: Thursday 4/5 and Friday 4/6

THURSDAY 4/5 MUSIC Open Mic Night at The Taproom Hadley: 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The Taproom Hadley, 1Mill Valley Rd., Suite C, Hadley. 618-889-4831. Joe@thetaproomhadley.com. UMass Advanced Percussion Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. Free. The Department of Music and Dance presents the Advanced Percussion Ensemble, directed by Ayano Kataoka. FAC Concert Hall, 151 Presidents Dr., Amherst. 413-577-2154. mlonghi@umass.edu. Thursday Night Karaoke:...

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Pick of the Day 4/4: The genius of Svetlana Boym at UMass
Apr04

Pick of the Day 4/4: The genius of Svetlana Boym at UMass

SVETLANA BOYM: EXILE AND IMAGINATION  Celebrating the legacy of literary and cultural critic Svetlana Boym who passed away in 2015, Exile and Imagination traces Boym’s life from when she left the USSR for the US in 1980. After her graduate studies, she became professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard. Director Judith Wechsler interweaves videos, interviews, photographs with Boym’s original texts and film...

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Calendar: What to do 4/4
Apr04

Calendar: What to do 4/4

WEDNESDAY 4/4 MUSIC All Ages Open Mic Night With Host F. Alex Johnson: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Award winning guitarist F Alex Johnson hosts this weekly open mic featuring some of the best talent in the valley. All ages, free and open to all. Brew Practitioners, 36 Main St., Florence. 1-413-584-2444. info@colorwaymusic.com. Irish Slow Session: 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Suggested $5 donation. DeCice Hall at The Marian Center, 1365...

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Pick of the Day: Panique at HCC
Apr03

Pick of the Day: Panique at HCC

Catch the tail end of Holyoke Community College’s 2018 French Film Festival. Bring your escargot and beret to watch Panique, a 1947 adaptation of Mr. Hire’s Engagement by Belgian crime writer Georges Simenon. It’s a “bleak picture of human nature at its vilest and most cruel.” Sounds like a big ol’ downer but everything sounds better in French. Presented in French with English subtitles. Panique will be screened at the Leslie...

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Calendar: Tuesday 4/3
Apr03

Calendar: Tuesday 4/3

TUESDAY 4/3 MUSIC Gary Mullen and The Works: 7:30 p.m. Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court St., Springfield. Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. $5. Richmond, VA based clarinetist Darryl Harper will be the guest soloist with the Green Street Trio followed by an open jazz jam session. City Sports Grille, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton. paulphiliparslanian@gmail.com. One Night of Queen: 7:30 p.m. Springfield Symphony...

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Calendar: Things to do on 4/2
Apr02

Calendar: Things to do on 4/2

MONDAY 4/2 MUSIC Back Stage Bar at Luthier’s Co-op: 6 p.m to 11 p.m. 108 Cottage St., Easthampton Hartford Jazz Orchestra: 8 p.m. Free. Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch St., Hartford. STAGE/FILM/DANCE The Death of Stalin:  1:55 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:40 p.m. Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst. Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sea Tea Comedy Theater, 15 Asylum St., Hartford.   ART EXHIBITS  ...

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Pick of the Day 4/2: The Death of Stalin
Apr02

Pick of the Day 4/2: The Death of Stalin

Has it snowed enough for ya? Well, dip inside Amherst Cinema today or tonight and check out IFC’s new release, The Death of Stalin.  Political intrigue and farce are usually recipes for fun and hilarity — The Death of Stalin is no exception.  It’s set in Moscow in 1953 and Joseph Stalin, tyrant extraordinaire, drops dead.  Amherst Cinema’s website describes the plot: “[Stalin’s] parasitic cronies square...

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Springfield Church not Backing Down in Conflict with Mayor over Shelter of Undocumented Woman
Mar30

Springfield Church not Backing Down in Conflict with Mayor over Shelter of Undocumented Woman

If Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is trying to scare the South Congregational Church, it isn’t working. The historic Springfield church at 45 Maple Street has been sheltering an undocumented Peruvian woman named Gisella, whose last name is being withheld due to her immigration status, since Monday and plans to continue doing so in spite of the pressure. Sarno has taken a hard-line approach to the situation and has proposed the...

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Transit: A Marriage of Words and Solar Motion
Mar30

Transit: A Marriage of Words and Solar Motion

Hadley Town Commons is sleepy and quaint and on one of the four corners of the intersection of Routes 47 and 9, sits the historic Goodwin Memorial Library. It’s a brick building, unassuming, old, and encumbered by time. The Goodwin, however, is slated for enormous changes; last summer the library was awarded a $3.9 million provisional construction grant to replace the current 4,500 square foot building into a modernized...

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Calendar: Saturday and Sunday 3/31- 4/1
Mar30

Calendar: Saturday and Sunday 3/31- 4/1

SATURDAY 3/31 MUSIC Sylvan Esso: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. $28. MASS MoCA. 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams. AEIOUkes: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. A community ukulele club who meets regularly to sing together and to improve our playing. All levels and experiences. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org. An Evening with Cry Cry Cry: 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, 19 King St., Northampton. An Evening with...

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