Missed Connections: Loving You Leering At Me
Jun19

Missed Connections: Loving You Leering At Me

Compiled by Kristin PalpiniThe Missed Connections forum on Craigslist is a wasteland of terrible poetry, dick pics, and whining, but among the detritus are some truly fascinating, funny, and occasionally sweet entries. The following are highlights from the Western Mass Missed Connections forum, sans detritus. You look over the fence — m4w (Springfield)I don’t mind really. Caught you a few times. It’s okay. I kind of like...

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Django This Weekend: You’ve Never Heard an Accordion Rock Like This (w/vid)
Jun12

Django This Weekend: You’ve Never Heard an Accordion Rock Like This (w/vid)

Hot Gypsy JazzNorthampton’s annual Django in June is a week-long bonanza of Gypsy jazz workshops, concerts, and jamming with artists from across the globe. The event celebrates the musical stylings of Django Reinhardt. The music has been described as hot jazz or Gypsy swing, either way the sound is jolly, accessible, and unique. There’s a camp for “djam” musicians that runs throughout the celebration, but for the rest of us, there’s...

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What Was That All About? Weird Weed Maneuvers in the State House
Jun15

What Was That All About? Weird Weed Maneuvers in the State House

By Kristin PalpiniThe late-Wednesday delay of the House vote on recreational marijuana legislation signals politicians are taking weed — and the up-coming weed tax — seriously. The House bill would have levied up to a 28 percent tax rate on recreational sales, though opponents of the bill said language politicians have since called a “drafting error,” would allow for up to a 55 percent tax rate. The...

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Go: Revelations on Picasso’s Passion at The Clark
Jun12

Go: Revelations on Picasso’s Passion at The Clark

Pablo Picasso often painted himself as a bull.A fan of attending bullfights in his native Spain, the Cubist master saw himself as the hulking beast with big muscles, wild eyes, and swinging genitalia.In a piece now on view at The Clark in Williamstown, Large Bullfight With Female Bullfighter — a work largely interpreted to feature the artist, his wife, and his lover — the face of the bull is wild with smoothed-back curling hair. His...

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Bloom! at Gallery A3 in Amherst
Jun12

Bloom! at Gallery A3 in Amherst

Current BloomersBloom is a loaded word. Stuffed with all the meaning we attach to it — hope for new beginnings, youth, mortality, inspiration — ‘bloom’ says more than its five letters. Gallery A3 is exploring this concept in their June exhibit: Bloom! Featuring two artists — painter Tom Morton and painter/mosaicmaker Nancy Meagher — Bloom! focuses on interpretations of landscapes. Meagher’s contribution includes paintings of local...

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Worthy Beer Fest in Springfield Saturday
Jun12

Worthy Beer Fest in Springfield Saturday

Are You Worthy?Yes, yes you are — if you’re 21 or over. The Worthy is back, ya’ll, and sudsier than ever for this year’s outdoors craft beer showcase.The Springfield brewfest, in the city’s most entertaining neighborhood: Worthington Street, is going down Saturday and will feature more than 20 local brewers. Old favorites like Amherst Brewing, Stone Brewing, and Berkshire Brewing Company will be there as well as some newer names: Iron...

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Should You Give Money to Panhandlers?
Jun12

Should You Give Money to Panhandlers?

When a Holyoke City Councilor said, at a public meeting, “Don’t feed the animals,” in regard to homeless panhandlers, I figured I had a good idea for a fiery column defending people who beg for a living.It is vile to call any person an “animal” in a dehumanizing way — that’s not up for debate: everyone has worth. But did he have a point, underneath that craven misunderstanding of poverty, about not giving money to people with their...

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Together at Last: Rockwell and Warhol Side-by-Side Exhibit
Jun05

Together at Last: Rockwell and Warhol Side-by-Side Exhibit

An exhibit featuring Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol might seem like polar opposite artists sharing a space, but that’s selling both of these geniuses short.Rockwell is best known for a “wholesome” style that doesn’t have a hint of subversion. But a closer look at Rockwell’s photographic, stylized portrayals of American life reveal something a little sickeningly sweet: those smiles, the gun in the cops holster, the dirty nails of the...

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LISTEN UP: The Best Local 18-&-Under Bands to Play Green River Fest Revealed!
Jun05

LISTEN UP: The Best Local 18-&-Under Bands to Play Green River Fest Revealed!

In a new addition to the 30-plus -year-old Green River Fest, Signature Sounds has found the best local bands with musicians ages 18 and under to be featured performers Friday night on the Next Wave Stage.But wait there’s more! Friday night admission will be free to anyone under age 18.Sponsored by the Valley Advocate, the five winners of The Next Wave competition will each play a set July 14 on, where else, the longrunning...

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Now Fulfilling The Provisions Of The Paris Agreement Is Up To Us

It probably shouldn’t have been a surprise. Donald Trump ran a campaign based on denying climate science, so his June 1 announcement that he would be pulling out of the international climate agreement represents a promise fulfilled.But the advantage of having a president who was elected by a minority of voters (3 million less than Hillary Clinton) is that the majority of the voting public actually disagrees with the policies Trump ran...

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Classic TEASE: Peter Blanchette on the Archguitar! Watch a tease, full video Friday
Jun01

Classic TEASE: Peter Blanchette on the Archguitar! Watch a tease, full video Friday

Can’t wait for Friday to see more Sessions? Check out some local bands now.

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Get Out: Pioneer Valley Summer Arts & Culture Preview 2017
Jun01

Get Out: Pioneer Valley Summer Arts & Culture Preview 2017

The Valley is home to a wealth of arts and cultural events. So many, in fact, that the Advocate prints four seasonal arts preview editions every year — and really we could do one every month. This edition is all about what you can expect to see in the Valley, plus the Berkshires, this summer. We picked some of the biggest, best, and potentially overlooked events happening from now through September. We couldn’t list everything, so...

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May30

Peter Blanchette and his archguitar — which has almost twice the number of strings as a regular guitar. Double the strings, double the awesome.

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Leisurely Calves Make for the Best Parades: Strolling of the Heifers This Weekend
May30

Leisurely Calves Make for the Best Parades: Strolling of the Heifers This Weekend

Leisurely Heifers Make for the Best ParadesSpain may have the running of the bulls, but Vermont’s got the strolling of the heifers. What’s the rush, right? The annual Brattleboro Strolling of the Heifers is a weekend-long celebration of agriculture, art, and community. Events start Friday evening with a blockparty/gallery walk and street festival. The big event of the evening is The Great New England Fruit Pie Baking Competition (Not...

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May30

Sit on It! — a Bicycle Cabaret: Straddle the saddle for this break-neck ride through music, clown, drag, shadow, and unicycle performances. Thursday, 8 p.m. $28. Til Lalezar Theatre, 12 Federal St., Greenfield. (413) 824-9883, tillalezartheatre@gmail.com.

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Thursday 6/1 MUSICKaraoke: 8 p.m. Free. Pulaski Club, 79 Maple St., Easthampton. bonnylamontagne@hotmail.com, thepulaskiclub.com/calendar.html.$10 Music Garage: Mikey Sweet with special guest Squash Blossom. 8 p.m. Berkshire Theatre Group, Pittsfield.Forest Park Concert Series: Dee Reilly & Her Band. Country, patriotic. 6:30 p.m.Free. Forest Park, Sumner Avenue, Springfield. (413) 787-6435, springfield-ma.gov/park Greenfield Coop...

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Western Mass Missed Connections: Snow White and the dwarves
May30

Western Mass Missed Connections: Snow White and the dwarves

The Missed Connections forum on Craigslist is a wasteland of terrible poetry, dick pics, and whining, but among the detritus are some truly fascinating, funny, and occasionally sweet entries. The following are highlights from the Western Mass Missed Connections forum, sans detritus.Snow White and the dwarves — m4mw (Athol-ish Gardner?)The title has something permanent to do with one of you. We used to meet along route 2 a few years...

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VIDEO TEASE Shokazoba With the Afro-Beat Sessions
May25

VIDEO TEASE Shokazoba With the Afro-Beat Sessions

We took this one on the road to the Log Cabin in Holyoke. For the full set come back Friday! We’re posting it around noon.

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Cuba in Transition: Memory and Reality Converge in Guglielmo’s Detailed Collages
May22

Cuba in Transition: Memory and Reality Converge in Guglielmo’s Detailed Collages

Mark Guglielmo’s collages are the physical manifestation of memory.The murals seem fluid; Guglielmo play with size and scale to emphasize pieces of a scene over others. He adds details from nearby times and places into the work, much in the same way people blend details when recalling travel.On June 1, the A.P.E. Gallery on Main Street in Northampton will debut Guglielmo’s latest work Cuba in Transition, a series of photo collages...

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May22

Irish masterpiece about family bonds, courage, and humor, set in 1936. 7:30 p.m. $12-$14. Barre Players Theater.

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May22

Musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity. 7 p.m. $15-$40.  Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

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May22

Noon. $30-$35. 40 University Way,  Vabec Fields, Brattleboro

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May22

Sausage Time, and the Living’s Easy This year’s KFest is stuffed with more deliciousness than King Kielbasa. The two-year-old fest, which absorbed the Valley’s venerable Kielbasa Festival when it was decided the event should be more international in theme, is kicking off Thursday at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield. The four-day event will feature more than 30 food vendors and around 15 bands as well as scores of...

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Growing Your Own Weed In Massachusetts: A How-To Guide
May22

Growing Your Own Weed In Massachusetts: A How-To Guide

With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, many people with green thumbs are preparing to put their saplings and seeds into the ground — the beginnings of this season’s garden. It’s usually the same old stuff: tomatoes, green beans, peppers, berries, carrots. But this year there will be an exciting, new addition to many home gardens: the gloriously stank-n-dank flower cannabis.Massachusetts is in a hazy space with marijuana at the...

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May22

One of the largest arts festivals around featuring hundreds of artists, vendors, and music. 10 a.m. $8-$14. Three County Fairgrounds, Old Ferry Road, Northampton.

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11 South Gallery: Featuring the pottery of Pamela Pieropan Adorno and Jeanne Souillard, paintings by David Sund and Lisa Henry. Through June. Free. 11 South St., Bernardston. (413) 648-5484, 11southgallery@gmail.com, 11southgallery.com.Amherst Town Hall: Cherry Press Trio — Contemporary Prints. Through June. 4 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst. corinne@cherrypress.org.Anchor House of Artists: Peter Mishkin — A New Type of Color. Peter Mishkin...

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Western Mass Missed Connections: To The Welcoming Hippies Who Generously Dosed Me…
May22

Western Mass Missed Connections: To The Welcoming Hippies Who Generously Dosed Me…

The Missed Connections forum on Craigslist is a wasteland of terrible poetry, dick pics, and whining, but among the detritus are some truly fascinating, funny, and occasionally sweet entries. The following are highlights from the Western Mass Missed Connections forum, sans detritus.Berkshire co-op deli bar — m42 (Great Barrington)Incredible lady. I think you noticed me seeing you as you were ordering at the deli/sandwich bar in the...

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News of the Weird: Speed Bumps For Fast Walkers
May22

News of the Weird: Speed Bumps For Fast Walkers

Officials in charge of a Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal heritage site recently installed “speed bumps,” similar to those familiar to Americans driving residential streets — but on a pedestrian walkway, with row upon row of risers to resemble a washboard. A Western travel writer, along with editors of People’s Daily China, suggested that officials were irked that “disorderly” tourists had been walking past the ancient grounds too rapidly...

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Thursday 5/25 Food and Habitat for Pollinators through the Season: Ashley Schenk will share tried-and-true plants and shrubs for the home garden, planting techniques, and tips for creating wildflower meadows. 7 p.m. Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. (413) 259-3223, ryanj@joneslibrary.org.The Omer Quartet: Music of Beethoven, Debussy plus premiere of Quartet No. 4 by Rocco Havelaar. 8 p.m. Free. Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst...

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Free Will Astrology: Aries: Cultivate More Surprising and Original Sins
May22

Free Will Astrology: Aries: Cultivate More Surprising and Original Sins

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Sin” is a puerile concept in my eyes, so I don’t normally use it to discuss grown-up concerns. But if you give me permission to invoke it in a jokey, ironic way, I’ll recommend that you cultivate more surprising, interesting, and original sins. In other words, Aries, it’s high time to get bored with your predictable ways of stirring up a ruckus. Ask God or Life to bring you some really evocative mischief...

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TEASE (W/VID) FlavaEvolution’s Funky Jazzy Sessions Set … Full Set Coming Friday
May17

TEASE (W/VID) FlavaEvolution’s Funky Jazzy Sessions Set … Full Set Coming Friday

\/ \/ Scroll down for video. \/ \/ Recorded May 9, 2017, at the party for Best Of the Valley Readers’ Poll 2017 first place winners hosted by the Valley Advocate at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.Want more Sessions now? Go to sessions.valleyadvocate.com to hear intimate sets by Valley artists you may not know yet, but are worth discovering – and...

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Remembering the Turners Falls Massacre, Saturday
May15

Remembering the Turners Falls Massacre, Saturday

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the proper date of the remembrance ceremony: Saturday; and provide more info on where the event will take place. The Great Falls MassacreOne of the bloodiest battles during the viscous King Philips War — a conflict over land and revenge between Native Americans and English settlers that lasted three years, 1675-78 — took place in the Peskeompscut-Wissatinnewag community,...

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Review: Historic Northampton’s ‘Laws Change. People Die. The Land Remains.’
May15

Review: Historic Northampton’s ‘Laws Change. People Die. The Land Remains.’

The first thing I notice walking into Historic Northampton’s gallery on Bridge Street (besides how interesting the 1800s home is) is that my interpretation of the show’s title is wrong.The exhibit, Laws Change. People Die. The Land Remains, is a collection of landscape art by five local artists and curated by Sally Curcio and Anne LaPrade Seuthe. The show name is taken from an Abraham Lincoln quote that is cherished by...

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News of the Weird: Hello, My Name is Isis Harambe
May15

News of the Weird: Hello, My Name is Isis Harambe

The word “Isis” arrived in Western dialogue only after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, as an acronym for the Islamic State, and the Swahili word “Harambe” was known to almost no one until May 2016 when the gorilla “Harambe” (named via a local contest) was put down by a Cincinnati zoo worker after it had dragged an adventurous 3-year-old boy away. In April, a Twitter user and the website Daily Dot happened upon a 19-year-old California...

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Back Talk
May15

Back Talk

Hope for Better Health CareThank you for your piece in the Advocate (“Between the Lines: With Obamacare Under Fire, Massachusetts Must Lead on Health Care — Again,” May 11-17, 2017). However, it seems from it that you may not be familiar with House Bill 2987 and Senate Bill 619, Mass-Care, or our WMass network of pro-single-payer advocates and groups. You may also be interested in the fact that single-payer is in the...

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