Tease VIDEO Feel Good Drift on Sessions Friday
Jul20
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Review: ‘In a Different Light’ at Easthampton City Arts Gallery
Jul10

Review: ‘In a Different Light’ at Easthampton City Arts Gallery

Thirteen of America’s presidents gather for a summit. They listen as Thomas Jefferson explains this new majesty before them — a giant, wonderfully fluffy chocolate-glazed doughnut with rainbow sprinkles. Teddy Roosevelt gathers his jacket at the hip judging the round table’s character. Ulysses S. Grant looks dumbfounded. George Washington, with his clenched fists and downcast eyes, appears to be looking for an excuse to leave.This is...

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At Play: All Things Scottish and Great
Jul10

At Play: All Things Scottish and Great

Get your Scot on at the 24th annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival Saturday at Look Park in Northampton. The day-long event is jammed with all things Celtic and “tidy” (that’s Scottish slang for excellent).The day will feature Scottish music, athletic feats of strength, vendors, historical recreations, food, and beer.Don’t miss Albannach (that’s them in front of that rippin’ hawk). The band is straight outta Scotland and features...

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Get Pumped for Green River Fest With Pre-Show at The Root Friday
Jul03

Get Pumped for Green River Fest With Pre-Show at The Root Friday

Before the sounds of mic checks and inflating balloons echo over the Greenfield Community College verdant field to signal the start of Green River Fest next weekend (July 14-16), this Friday (July 7) Sun Parade and Twisted Pine will give the Valley a taste of the the genre-bending rock that’s in store with a show at The Root Cellar.Sun Parade’s music is chill and groovy with hypnotic melodies under a soft-fuzzy coo on the mic. Their...

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We Got Our -ERN Back; Now How ‘Bout That $80,000?
Jul03

We Got Our -ERN Back; Now How ‘Bout That $80,000?

Four months ago, then-Advocate arts editor Hunter Styles wrote an excellent take-down of the hugely unpopular ad campaign trying to rebrand our region with the name “West Mass.” The heart of it was a list of questions about a dizzying, poorly-thought-out video released along with the brand name — among them “Did it really need to cost $80,000 and take 11 months to decide to take the letters “-ern” off the existing name?” This week,...

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Brother/Sister Act
Jul03

Brother/Sister Act

The publicity for Downstairs, which opened at the Dorset (VT) Theatre Festival in June, gives rather short shrift to the fact that it’s a world premiere by the prolific Theresa Rebeck, whose plays Bad Dates and Mauritius are also being produced in the region this summer (at Shakespeare & Company and Oldcastle Theatre, respectively). Most of the attention has been showered on another first: Tyne Daly and her brother, Tim Daly, starring...

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Docs Denounce Use of Pigs for Surgery InstructionOver the last 20 years, medical education institutions across the nation have been phasing out the practicing of surgical procedures on live animals, but not Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.A protest on June 29 outside Baystate was organized by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to rail against the hospital’s practice of using live pigs to train the next generation...

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Lexi Weege Plays Homefield Brewing Sunday
Jul03

Lexi Weege Plays Homefield Brewing Sunday

Woman of RockLexi Weege has picked up on how solo female acts are received: they’re objectified, controlled, censored, and restrained — but you won’t see any of that at a Weege show or hear it in her music. She’s punk AF in that way. Weege’s sound is bold, alive, and woke as hell. Her powerful voice and jazz-inspired compositions are just one aspect of Weege’s electric performances. Weege is a regular on...

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Wizard of Oz Performed by Plucky PaintBox Theatre
Jul03

Wizard of Oz Performed by Plucky PaintBox Theatre

Do You Represent the Lollipop Guild?After more than 70 years since the film’s release (and more than 100 since the book’s), is there any more magic to be wrung from The Wizard of Oz? PaintBox Theatre has answered this jaded question with a resounding, Absolutely! With just three actors, a few props and a whole lot of cleverness and children’s art, the PaintBox troupe is going to recreate the wonderful world of Oz....

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Free Will Astrology: Make Fun Of Your Zealotry, Aquarius
Jul03

Free Will Astrology: Make Fun Of Your Zealotry, Aquarius

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Unless you were raised by a pack of feral raccoons or a fundamentalist cult, now is a perfect time to dive in to your second childhood. Is there a toy you wanted as a kid but never got? Buy it for yourself now! What were the delicious foods you craved back then? Eat them! Where were the special places you loved? Go there, or to spots that remind you of them. Who were the people you were excited to be with?...

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Sticks & Stones Won’t Break Your Bones at Hope and Feathers, Amherst
Jul03

Sticks & Stones Won’t Break Your Bones at Hope and Feathers, Amherst

Sticks and Stones II, the new exhibit at Hope & Feathers Framing and Gallery, is a contemplation of the very small and natural. The four artists contributing to this show meditated on things like pebbles, pieces of cloth, terra cotta, and textiles. The end result is a celebration of the little ones we take for granted.Look for terra cotta pieces by Mary Carroll, textile constructions by Sharon McCartney, mixed media/ assemblages by...

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Summit View Rocks With Trailer Trash
Jun26

Summit View Rocks With Trailer Trash

Take in Some TrashTrailer Trash is headlining this Friday’s edition of Summit View’s Pavilion Summer Concert Series. The immensely popular weekly shows at the banquet hall, on Route 5 in Holyoke, are free and open to the public. There’s a BBQ buffet for purchase and a cash bar to keep you sated and dancing. The buffet opens at 5:30 p.m. and the music goes 6:30-10 p.m. Trailer Trash plays covers of modern country hits and has built up...

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Go See: Ghosts of Industry by Catherine Gibbs
Jun26

Go See: Ghosts of Industry by Catherine Gibbs

Familiar Forgotten PlacesCatherine Gibbs picked a ubiquitous, but faded piece of local history for her exhibit at the Elusie Gallery in Easthampton: Mill buildings and train yards. Though not as much is manufactured here anymore, not that long ago people in places like Easthampton, Northampton, Holyoke, and Chicopee would tell time by the manufacturer whistles signaling breaks and shift switches. And the trains that would haul away...

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Berkshires Arts Festival This Weekend
Jun26

Berkshires Arts Festival This Weekend

Art in a (Butter)NutshellStrolling through booths of fine art with a glass of wine in your hand underneath a sunny sky in the Berkshires isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon, or two. That’s what you’ll get at the 16th Berkshires Arts Festival at the Ski Butternut resort. This year’s event boasts 200 jury-selected artists and designers who will show and sell their jewelry, textiles, wood, furniture, ceramics, leather, glass,...

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O Cannabis!: Mass. Politicians Want to Charge How Much For An Eighth?
Jun26

O Cannabis!: Mass. Politicians Want to Charge How Much For An Eighth?

The battle over how recreational marijuana will be taxed and managed in Massachusetts will come to a head Friday.Gov. Charlie Baker has said he wants a bill on his desk by June 30 in order to allow enough time for retailers to apply for marijuana sales licenses and open shop on July 1, 2018 — a delayed timeline lawmakers approved following the successful November 2016 statewide vote to legalize recreational weed.So far, there are...

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The Best (And Worst) Tacos in Hampshire County
Jun26

The Best (And Worst) Tacos in Hampshire County

A food so splendid it gets its own day of the week (Taco Tuesdays!); tacos are a comfort food built for the summer.They’re sturdy, can be super healthy (or not), and are a little messy to eat (great for munching outdoors). Whether you like them soft or crunchy, corny or floury, full of beef or full of beans, the versatile taco has what it takes to satisfy — a hot meal in your hand.Tacos are also a great staycation food: They’re...

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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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