Thursday 5/18 Holyoke Farmers Market: Every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. City Hall, High Street, Holyoke. (413) 322-5510, andres.f.villada@gmail.com.Bicycle Picnic and Filmfest: Picnic for bicyclists; bring your own food. Music by Sun Is All We Need. Test-ride bikes. 4 p.m. Free. Jones Library and Strong Museum, 43 Amity St., Amherst. (413) 367 6479, bicyclewater@gmail.com.Cookies with a Curator: Join the head of Arts and Music, Faith...

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Valley Music Showcase in Easthampton, Friday (w/vid)
May15

Valley Music Showcase in Easthampton, Friday (w/vid)

Valley Music ShowcaseGenres clash in the most melodic way possible Friday night in Easthampton. The Valley Music Showcase at the New City Brewery is a “bi-monthly mini music fest” — or as I like to call it, the Bi-Mon Min-MuFest — and it pulls from all musical genres, according to organizers. The fest is judged and there are prizes for the winner. This show’s bands include a wealth of Valley Advocate Sessions alumni: Grayson Ty, The...

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Thursday 5/18 Everly Bros Experience: Presented by The Bird Dogs. 7 p.m. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton.Hannah & Maggie: 7 p.m. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton.Generation Found: Houston residents come together to fight youth addiction. LandScapes presents. 7 p.m. Free. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. aomtheatre.com.Luke Baillargeon: 6 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road,...

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Theater: ‘Shipwrecked!’ You Had Me at Giant Killer Octopus
May15

Theater: ‘Shipwrecked!’ You Had Me at Giant Killer Octopus

You Had Me at Giant Killer OctopusRight now, in Trump’s post-truth America, is an excellent time to stage Shipwrecked! The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by himself). The play is based on the grandiose stories of a Victorian huckster who fills in the audience about his time as a castaway in the South Pacific, including anecdotes about a killer octopus, cannibals, and buried treasure. Written by Donald Margulies,...

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Friday 5/19 Young Shakespeare Players East Presents As You Like It: Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Free. The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. (802) 258-7922, rubisuz@gmail.com, youngshakespeareplayerseast.org.Dancing at Lughnasa: Brian Friel’s moving Irish masterpiece about family bonds, courage, and humor, set in Donegal, Ireland — 1936. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. $12-$14. Barre Players Theater, 64 Common St.,...

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May15

Military Might, Then and Now Orange Airport is the place to be this weekend to see one of the largest arrays of military vehicles and equipment on view in Massachusetts. Displays and exhibits of the military industrial complex, from the Civil War to present day equipment, will be out front. There will also be WWII battle reenactments, where visitors can interact with historians and listen as military veterans share their experiences....

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Missed Connections: The Lunch Counter Where I Often Showed Up In Your Bed
May15

Missed Connections: The Lunch Counter Where I Often Showed Up In Your Bed

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.PS — Rabbit where are you? — w4m (Easthampton)We met on Pleasant St in the late 70’s or early 80’s. I last met you at my place in the late...

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The Pour Man: Summer is for Rosé
May15

The Pour Man: Summer is for Rosé

The rosé season is upon us, and a glass of Laurent Miquel’s Pere et Fils pale-pink wine is an excellent choice for welcoming warmer weather or enjoying while sitting on the porch and watching the sunset.Although Provence is France’s premier region for rosé, this dry, low-alcohol blend of Cinsault and Syrah red wine grapes from Languedoc is beautifully structured with fresh fruit flavors and a crisp, smooth finish that holds its own...

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TEASE: Appalachian Still, Jamming Bluegrass on the Sessions Stage (w/vid)
May11

TEASE: Appalachian Still, Jamming Bluegrass on the Sessions Stage (w/vid)

Check out the full Appalachian Still Sessions concert Friday online at valleyadvocate.com. Can’t wait for Friday to hear more Sessions? Great! Head over to the archive and listen to sets by the likes of The Suitcase Junket, Ray Mason, Eavesdrop Trio, Hannah & Maggie, Eric Lee, the Merrill Shepard Show, Mammal Dap, Fancy Trash, And the Neighbors and...

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Kitchen Dwellers Bring ‘Galaxy Grass’ to Northampton (w/vid)
May08

Kitchen Dwellers Bring ‘Galaxy Grass’ to Northampton (w/vid)

Got that Galaxy GrassA Kitchen Dwellers show is a true Montana bluegrass experience … that’s been strapped to a rocket, shot into space, and looped around Saturn a few times. Dubbed “galaxy grass,” the band’s sound is high-energy and exploratory jamming with just a touch of funk. Each song has a story pushed by a chugging mandolin-fiddle section. Torrin Daniels’ vocals growl like a spirit stitched out of Appalachia and fast...

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That’s Not an Air Guitar: Air Sex Tournament Comes to Northampton (w/vid)
May08

That’s Not an Air Guitar: Air Sex Tournament Comes to Northampton (w/vid)

That’s Not an Air GuitarThe national Air Sex Tournament is coming to Northampton Monday night and for anyone who thinks they’ve got the pantomime moves to beat the competition, it’s not too late to enter the foray. A fun, and funny, sex-positive show, performers get on stage — alone and clothed enough — to physically demonstrate their craziest, orgasm-inducing moves. Some competitors go for sexy while others go for silly and some mix...

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Missed Connections: Let Me Take You Out, Liar
May08

Missed Connections: Let Me Take You Out, Liar

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.Grilled Peaches — m4w (Big Y, Southampton) This was my last chance. Instead of asking you for your number in some terribly cheesy way, I invited you over...

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UMass Student Exhibit Elevates Street Art Friday
May08

UMass Student Exhibit Elevates Street Art Friday

Occupy.A joint art show by Eric Mandeville and McKenzie Stuetzel makes a powerful statement, but only for a short time — so be sure to see it. By utilizing imagery from street art in contrasting colors, their show explores the idea of living in society, but outside of its boundaries. Mandeville will use a projection of a time-lapse video of the creation of his mural, Occupy Your Street, in the hope of changing the thinking of street...

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Join the Herd: Donna the Buffalo Stampedes Into Town (w/vid)
May08

Join the Herd: Donna the Buffalo Stampedes Into Town (w/vid)

Join the HerdQuintessential ’90s folk rock band Donna the Buffalo is coming to Holyoke as part of the group’s politically-active Stampede Tour. In addition to providing groove-heavy dance-able tunes, Donna the Buffalo seeks to bring attention to the inappropriate use of money to influence politics. DtB’s music is a mix of electric Americana, Cajun/Zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country that produces a high-energy sound. Call out your...

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What Will the Hatchery Do Next? Inventive Dance Performance This Weekend
May08

What Will the Hatchery Do Next? Inventive Dance Performance This Weekend

So, You Know They Can DanceAn homage to Wes Anderson’s highly stylized films and a self-reflective, choreographed spoken-word piece called “Perception” were among the performances featured in Hatchery’s debut show this winter. The pre-professional dance troupe’s second show is coming up this weekend, and it’s exciting to think about what this 10-person group of 13- to 19-year-olds have created. Part of the School for Contemporary...

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Radical Moms: Using The Power of Motherhood To Make Political Change
May08

Radical Moms: Using The Power of Motherhood To Make Political Change

One of the proudest moments that Madeleine Charney has shared with her son, Eli, is when she got to hold up the front page of the newspaper on Nov. 7, 2015, and show him that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline had been struck down by President Obama.Charney, 51, of Amherst, is a member of the Pioneer Valley chapter of Mothers Out Front, a Boston-based climate activist group. She had protested regularly against the construction...

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David Crosby on Songwriting, Politics, and Fame
May08

David Crosby on Songwriting, Politics, and Fame

David Crosby — the founding member of legendary 1960s and 1970s rock groups such as the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash — is coming to Northampton’s Academy of Music Theatre on May 19 for a show with his electric backing band. The two-time Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer singer-songwriter and guitarist is set to release his third album in two years, Sky Trails, sometime this year. The Valley Advocate interviewed Crosby on May 3 to talk...

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There’s Lead  In Local Schools… Now What?
May08

There’s Lead In Local Schools… Now What?

The very schools we depend on to educate our children could be making them less smart.Drinking water in schools across Massachusetts, including here in the Pioneer Valley, has been found to contain lead significantly exceeding safety standards. Lead exposure, experts say, can cause lower IQ, increased attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other cognitive problems.Yet many parents don’t realize that a great part of the...

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Singer/songwriter, folk poet Eric Lee’s Sessions Set
May05
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Your Guide to Northampton Pride 2017
May02

Your Guide to Northampton Pride 2017

In the last several years, Northampton Pride has been a blowout celebration of all people, places, and things LGBTQI, but this year the event is leaning more toward its political roots. They’re putting the march back into the parade, so to speak.Northampton Pride started in the early 1980s with the Lesbian and Gay Liberation March, said JM Sorrell, spokesperson for NoHoPride, the event’s organizer.“It was all political then. We had no...

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VIDEO Sessions Preview of Singer/Songwriter Eric Lee
May01

VIDEO Sessions Preview of Singer/Songwriter Eric Lee

Check back for the full mini concert and an interview with Lee Friday afternoon at sessions.valleyadvocate.com. Listen to past Sessions performers including Hannah & Maggie, Mammal Dap, The Suitcase Junket, Ray Mason, and The Eavesdrop Trio, head over to the Sessions site...

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The Thunder Down East Music Fest in Easthampton Saturday
May01

The Thunder Down East Music Fest in Easthampton Saturday

The Thunder Down EastIf you hear rumblings coming from Easthampton Saturday, come running — it’s the Thunder in the Valley Festival. This all-ages event will feature rock and roll, food trucks, craft beer, wrestling — with students from Kevin Landry’s Pro Wrestling Combine in Holyoke — Knockerball, and a “glorious” motorcycle ride over the Mount Tom reservation. Musicians slated to perform include LA Backstage Pass, Decades, B-Movie...

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Missed Connections: Nice Gnome, Baby
May01

Missed Connections: Nice Gnome, Baby

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.Walmart lawn and garden – w4m (Westfield)To the man in line behind me with the poop, dirt, and gnome. Very nice looking. Would like to chat.  April...

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Art TRACK: Three Rivers fest Saturday
May01

Art TRACK: Three Rivers fest Saturday

Art TRACK More than 50 artists from around New England will participate in this year’s TRACK Artisan Fair in Three Rivers. The day will feature live music and food vendors. TRACK Artisan Fair: Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m. Free. Rain or shine. Palmer Historical & Cultural Center, 2072 Main St., Three Rivers. (413) 967-3001. threeriverstrack.org. — Kristin...

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Wit, the Smartest, Funniest Play About Dying of Cancer, Performed in Springfield
May01

Wit, the Smartest, Funniest Play About Dying of Cancer, Performed in Springfield

Get Wit ItWit may be the smartest, funniest one-act play about a woman dying of ovarian cancer. Focusing on the final hours of Dr. Vivian Bearing’s life, the English professor reflects on the similarities between how the doctors view her — as a piece of work to be studied — and how she has lived her academic life. The production, directed by theater professor Phil O’Donoghue, will feature 12 students from the STCC College Theater...

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Young@Heart Celebrates 35 Years Saturday
May01

Young@Heart Celebrates 35 Years Saturday

Forever Young@HeartYoung@Heart, a chorus of people age 70 and older who love singing contemporary tunes, is celebrating 35 years of belting out the hits with a show this Saturday at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. Hear new arrangements of songs by Psychedelic Furs, Los Lobos, Radiohead, Tears for Fears, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and more.Young@Heart Celebrates 35 Years: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. Academy of Music...

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River Roll and Stroll on on the Holyoke-South Hadley Bridge this Weekend
May01

River Roll and Stroll on on the Holyoke-South Hadley Bridge this Weekend

No Cars AllowedThe Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge that connects Holyoke and South Hadley will be closed Sunday afternoon for the River Roll and Stroll open street festival. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the bridge will be open to pedestrians, bicyclists, dog-walkers, joggers, and roller skaters. There will be musical acts and street buskers, entertainers and arts activists, food trucks, and a parade honoring military veterans....

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Super Premium Wine With  Highfalutin Flavor
May01

Super Premium Wine With Highfalutin Flavor

Bread & Butter Chardonnay, 2015; Napa, California; $14.99 Bread & Butter Chardonnay is among the top-selling super premium wines in the country — and there’s a good reason for that. It’s a dry, white wine that is flavorful, well-crafted and sells for a reasonable price.Although “super premium” sounds highfalutin, it’s just industry jargon for wines that sell in the $12 to $15 range and sometimes go on sale for less than $10. I have...

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Free Will Astrology: Spit it out, Cancer!
May01

Free Will Astrology: Spit it out, Cancer!

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Beware of feeling sorry for sharks that yell for help. Beware of trusting coyotes that act like sheep and sheep that act like coyotes. Beware of nibbling food from jars whose contents are different from what their labels suggest. But wait! “Beware” is not my only message for you. I have these additional announcements: Welcome interlopers if they’re humble and look you in the eyes. Learn all you can from...

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Back Talk: Naom Chomsky a Bummer But Speaks Truth
May01

Back Talk: Naom Chomsky a Bummer But Speaks Truth

Splitting Radiation HairsRadiation exposure at 10 mrem? 15? 25? Small fractions of what everyone gets from natural background? These being hypothetical exposures (outlined in “Nuclear Activists Raise Concern Over Vermont Yankee Quick Fix,” April 27-May 3, 2017) to the single, most exposed individual, calculated using ridiculously conservative hypothetical analyses — translation, nobody will actually get even a 10th...

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Just a Taste (VIDEO): Hannah and Maggie, folk pop duo, to be featured on Sessions Friday
Apr26

Just a Taste (VIDEO): Hannah and Maggie, folk pop duo, to be featured on Sessions Friday

Nice photo ^^ Nice video vvCan’t wait for more Sessions? Head over to the Sessions page and listen to more of the best local bands you might not have heard of – and a couple you probably...

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Suffocating in Silence: Winner of Valley Advocate Juniper Writing Scholarship puts displacement in its place
Apr24

Suffocating in Silence: Winner of Valley Advocate Juniper Writing Scholarship puts displacement in its place

For writer Elinam Agbo, words are like air.“If I go too long without expressing my thoughts in one way or another, I begin to feel suffocated and distant from my memories as well as my lived moments,” said Agbo, this year’s winner of the Valley Advocate’s Juniper Summer Writing Program scholarship at UMass Amherst.The Juniper program focuses on poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and is hosted by the UMass Master of Fine Arts program for...

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The Resistance is Just Getting Started: Today Science, Tomorrow (May  Day) Workers’ Rights
Apr24

The Resistance is Just Getting Started: Today Science, Tomorrow (May Day) Workers’ Rights

On a hill of gravelly mud in Kendrick Park — that little strip of grass in downtown Amherst flanked by Triangle and Pleasant streets — a family of protesters are passing around plastic instruments and bird masks in preparation for the March for Science.“Everyone got one?” the mother asks. “Just like we practiced.”And the big plastic band starts playing a buzzy, flatulent “When the Saints Go Marching In.”A man with a tambourine and a...

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Review: Krakatoa Picnic Got Me Lit, Check out James Heflin’s palpable poetry Friday
Apr24

Review: Krakatoa Picnic Got Me Lit, Check out James Heflin’s palpable poetry Friday

The first thing you need to know about Krakatoa Picnic is that the imagery in this book of poems, by James Heflin, will sear you to the side of the Indonesian volcano.The collection of sci-fi-influenced prose is vivid in its tactile descriptions of place, people, and time. Heflin, a Deerfield resident and former Advocate arts editor, creates scenarios that are lyrical and triple-doused in meaning, yet nimble and often a little...

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What Red State Special Elections Mean for 2018

Change may be coming!         Results from special             congressional elections this month in Kansas and Georgia should give Democrats hope for capturing the House in 2018 and thwarting the second half of Donald Trump’s term as president.In the short term, neither of the April elections resulted in a Democrat victory, but the Dems in question put up some impressive numbers in deep red districts — and the fight isn’t over...

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