Pick of the Day 2/24: Telluride Mountain Film Festival at Hampshire College
Feb23

Pick of the Day 2/24: Telluride Mountain Film Festival at Hampshire College

Hampshire College invites you to enjoy a few hours of action packed films from the Telluride Mountain Film Festival.  Mountainfilm travels year round and worldwide with a selection of its best short films.  This year, 13 films are screening at Franklin Patterson Hall at Hampshire College.  Franklin Patterson Hall is located at 893 West Street, Amherst. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are...

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Pick of the Day 2/25: Outside Mullingar at the Majestic Theater
Feb23

Pick of the Day 2/25: Outside Mullingar at the Majestic Theater

As the mighty Shakespeare (or the Martian) might say, “here’s the rub”:  Anthony and Rosemary are two clueless, lovelorn neighbors. Anthony’s father Tony and Rosemary’s mother Aoife are locked in a bitter land feud. Rosemary has been romantically interested in Anthony for all of her life, but he is shy and unaware of her feelings. Anthony doesn’t like the daily grind of farming, and his father is...

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Carolyn Walker on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Feb23

Carolyn Walker on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Carolyn Walker is a singer-songwriter with a penchant for bittersweet folk melodies with a dash of alternative rock. Check out Carolyn Walker’s full Valley Advocate Sessions performance in the link below. Advocate Sessions, which features sets and interviews by local bands and solo artists, is released every Friday filmed by Northampton Community Television and recorded by Signature Sounds Recording. (Click on the video below to...

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Pick of the Day 2/23: Flathead Rodeo Celebrates Johnny Cash’s Birthday
Feb23

Pick of the Day 2/23: Flathead Rodeo Celebrates Johnny Cash’s Birthday

It’s Friday and who wouldn’t want to celebrate the legendary man in black: Johnny Cash.  Flathead Rodeo plays an original blend of rockabilly and the music that influenced it.  Flathead Radio is: Mistress Miriam on vocals, Theo Aronson on upright bass, John Kokoszyna on drums, and Dangerous Pete on guitar and lap steel. We’ll let the band describe the night’s festivities: “Come join Flathead Rodeo as we...

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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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Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Beatles Open Mic, Elton John Tribute, and 500 Years discussion
Feb21

Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Beatles Open Mic, Elton John Tribute, and 500 Years discussion

500 YEARS // WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28 500 Years exposes Guatemala’s official history of brutality, entrenched racism and genocide through the indigenous Mayan population’s uprising that threatens to topple a corrupt government. Director Pamela Yates will be present for discussion. 7:30p.m. 137 Isenberg School, UMASS. Free and open to the public. — Gina Beavers 10th Annual Beatles Open Mic // SATURDAY, FEB. 24  The open mic is a...

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VIDEO: Carolyn Walker on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Feb21

VIDEO: Carolyn Walker on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Carolyn Walker is a singer-songwriter with a penchant for bittersweet folk melodies with a dash of alternative rock. Her full performance will be available this Friday. Check out our Sessions teaser video in the link...

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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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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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Free Will Astrology: Aries, It’s Wild Card Season for You
Feb19

Free Will Astrology: Aries, It’s Wild Card Season for You

ARIES (March 21-April 19): When you’re playing poker, a wild card refers to a card that can be used as any card the cardholder wants it to be. If the two of hearts is deemed wild before the game begins, it can be used as an ace of diamonds, jack of clubs, queen of spades, or anything else. That’s always a good thing! In the game of life, a wild card is the arrival of an unforeseen element that affects the flow of events...

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Cinemadope: Oscar Shorts at the Berkshire Museum
Feb19

Cinemadope: Oscar Shorts at the Berkshire Museum

The dust may finally be settling on the latest Super Bowl — at least outside of Philly — but for film fans, it’s the coming weeks that are the lead-up to the biggest contest of all: the Oscars. The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is set to go off on the first Sunday of March, and the parties (and partisanship) can be as over the top as any sports fan’s — one almost wonders why the nominees don’t hawk their own lines of jerseys and hats....

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Activists Claim Police Violated Safe Springfield Resolution with Immigrant Detention
Feb16

Activists Claim Police Violated Safe Springfield Resolution with Immigrant Detention

A simple traffic violation has added fuel to an ongoing conflict over the role that police in Springfield should play in immigration enforcement. A group of activists and a city councilor believe that Springfield police violated a City Council resolution forbidding police from detaining an undocumented person at the request of federal immigration officers without a federal warrant during the arrest of 30-year-old Otoniel Gomez on...

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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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Northampton Event Encourages Women Activists to Speak Up
Feb16

Northampton Event Encourages Women Activists to Speak Up

The day after Donald Trump’s election in 2016, corporate communications trainer Cathy McNally vowed to join activist communities to oppose the conservative forces that got him elected. Founder and CEO of the Women Speak Up organization, she realized that it was her work with teaching women to be better public speakers that could make a real difference. “Women are the leaders of so much movement work, but they need to be...

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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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New Year’s Cold Snap Still Affecting People’s Pocketbooks in Western Mass
Feb16

New Year’s Cold Snap Still Affecting People’s Pocketbooks in Western Mass

Shelley Svoboda, 64, lives in the big old house in Amherst in which she grew up. “It’s cold and drafty. The insulation hasn’t been up upgraded since the 1970s,” she said. She heats with oil, and even though she keeps her thermostat set firmly at 60 degrees, the cost of heating her home is expensive. “I pay about $300 a month,” she said. “At the beginning of the winter I was paying $260, but...

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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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Bunnies on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Feb16

Bunnies on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Bunnies will take you on a psychedelic voyage of experimental rock with their recent performance on Valley Advocate Sessions. (Click on the video below) BONUS: Interview with...

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Undocumented Hampshire Student to Walk 250 Miles for Immigrant Rights
Feb14

Undocumented Hampshire Student to Walk 250 Miles for Immigrant Rights

Representing the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, 11 undocumented individuals will walk from New York City to Washington, D.C., starting Thursday, Feb. 15. Among them will be Eduardo Samaniego, 25, of Amherst. Samaniego is in his third year at Hampshire College and has been active in fighting for immigrant rights, both at the state and federal levels. “It’s about 250 miles we’ll be...

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V-Spot: How Do I Tell Someone I Have a Sexually Transmitted Infection?
Feb15

V-Spot: How Do I Tell Someone I Have a Sexually Transmitted Infection?

Hi Yana, I recently found out after my 21-year pap smear that I carry HPV (human papillomavirus). It’s incredibly annoying that even though I’ve been tested all my life, a very common STI can still be transferred to me. It was also troubling that after checking a little bit more, HPV can also be transferred with a condom on, so it could have been from any of my sexual partners. My overall question is, how do I navigate...

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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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VIDEO: Bunnies on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Feb15

VIDEO: Bunnies on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Bunnies is a band that’ll take you on a psychedelic voyage of experimental rock. Check out a teaser for the band’s full Valley Advocate Sessions performance, which will be released this Friday.

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Valley Advocate Q&A with indie folk violinist and virtuoso whistler Andrew Bird
Feb14

Valley Advocate Q&A with indie folk violinist and virtuoso whistler Andrew Bird

Indie rock and folk singer-songwriter Andrew Bird makes what he calls “three-dimensional music” – a mixture of violin, guitar, and virtuoso whistling, combined with intricate looping pedals. Bird has released more than a dozen albums since starting his solo career in the early 2000s, but is also a past member of swing revival jazz band, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and his own fronted band, Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire. Bird spoke with...

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A Sneak Peek inside MGM’s new Casino Career Training Institute in Springfield
Feb14

A Sneak Peek inside MGM’s new Casino Career Training Institute in Springfield

This summer or early fall, MGM’s $950 million resort-style casino is set to open in the heart of downtown Springfield, but before that happens the casino needs to hire 450 table game dealers, which is where the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute comes into play. The institute is a partnership between Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) to provide hands-on experience from...

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Valley Show Girl: The Brian and Vicky Show at 7B’s in Westfield
Feb14

Valley Show Girl: The Brian and Vicky Show at 7B’s in Westfield

With that typical New England ice storm still fresh in the air, I had Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby in my head all day. Walking into 7B’s Bar and Grill in Westfield to hear the classic Johnny Cash tune The Ballad of Jesse James was all it took … poof! be gone Ice Ice Baby! Set up in the corner, performing classic and new country tunes are Vicky St. Pierre and Brian Chicoine. If you’re a Johnny Cash and/or June Carter Cash fan,...

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Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Ch’Chunk!, Butterfly Swing Band, and Musical Thrones
Feb14

Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Ch’Chunk!, Butterfly Swing Band, and Musical Thrones

Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire // THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 16  Really, the name says it all. A musical comedy send up of Emmy award winning Game of Thrones. There will be dragons, comedy, dragons, music, and, yes…dragons. 7:30 p.m. City Stage, One Columbus Center, 150 Bridge St., Springfield. Tickets are $33- $45. — Gina Beavers Ch’Chunk! at Luthier’s Co-op // SATURDAY, FEB. 17  A modern take on...

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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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The Perfect Winter Day in the Pioneer Valley, an Hour-by-Hour Guide
Feb13

The Perfect Winter Day in the Pioneer Valley, an Hour-by-Hour Guide

Spring will soon make her way into the Valley bringing longer days, birdsong, and bulbs. In the meantime, however, we’ve still got to forge through the remainder of winter, and although T.S. Eliot lamented, “April is the cruelest month,” those of us standing on this side of spring might consider February a worthy contender. But take heart; we’ve planned out the perfect winter day during which you’ll leap from bed prepared for an...

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Literally Selling Your Soul to Pay for an Education
Feb13

Literally Selling Your Soul to Pay for an Education

T.X. Watson, a transgender student at Hampshire College, is planning to sell their soul as part of their senior graduation project in art. The reason: Watson will have about $45,000 in debt upon graduation, and parting with their soul seems to be the best way of paying it off. “I either sell my soul now or sell my soul in a slow metaphorical grind, taking jobs I don’t want so that I can make the payments,” Watson says. I meet Watson,...

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Letters to the Editor: Praise for New Podcast
Feb13

Letters to the Editor: Praise for New Podcast

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. A Great Kick Off for the Valley Advocate Podcast We kicked off our new Valley Advocate...

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Stagestruck: Marx and Sparks
Feb13

Stagestruck: Marx and Sparks

If, like me, you thought the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guv’nors, either on NT Live or Broadway, was the funniest, wittiest farce you’ve ever seen (with Noises Off a close second), chances are you’ll enjoy Young Marx. It’s on this weekend at Amherst Cinema, beamed in HD from London courtesy of NT Live. Young Marx is the work of Richard Bean, who wrote 1M2G, and directed by Nicholas Hytner, who helmed that production...

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Valley Advocate sponsors scholarship for Juniper Summer Writing Institute
Feb12

Valley Advocate sponsors scholarship for Juniper Summer Writing Institute

If you’ re a poet, author of fiction, or creative nonfiction writer living in the Pioneer Valley,  you may have the opportunity to win a full scholarship to the Juniper Summer Writing Institute in Amherst,  June 17 to 24th.  The scholarship is made possible by the Valley Advocate.   The 2018 Valley Advocate Scholarship is a partnership between the Advocate and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. The scholarship is open to...

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Down To Earth: Artistically collaborating with unicellular slime molds
Feb12

Down To Earth: Artistically collaborating with unicellular slime molds

The other day, wandering the back alleys of social media, I discovered a Facebook group to fall instantly in love with: “Slime Mold Identification & Appreciation.” Joining the group, I was amazed to discover that it boasted 5,422 members (today, it’s cracked 6,000). Go figure, I thought to myself – you can find anything on the internet. I composed a post to my Facebook friends. “Who on earth joins a Facebook page called Slime Mold...

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Basemental: The World According to Moggie
Feb12

Basemental: The World According to Moggie

On January 20th, 2017, I attended (and also played) an anti-inauguration “bash” at the Flywheel in Eastampton. Everyone was reeling and processing — the whole day was harrowing and bleak. That night, for the first time, I heard Diana Davies (who goes by Moggie to people who know her) play for the first time. Her music transported me to a sound, a vision, and a world that was radically different than the one we were walking into that...

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