Pick of the Day 4/25: Faces Places/Visages Villages
Apr25

Pick of the Day 4/25: Faces Places/Visages Villages

It’s the closing night of the Multicultural Film Festival at UMass. Tonight’s film is a special treat. 89-year old French New Wave pioneer Agnès Varda and acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer JR co-direct Faces Places/Visages Villages. This documentary follows the pair as they travel through French villages meeting and talking to local folks in JR’s photo truck. Together they create giant-sized portraits of some...

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VIDEO: Izzy Heltai on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Apr25

VIDEO: Izzy Heltai on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Check out a teaser for video for Izzy Heltai, a North Adams-based indie folk songwriter with a penchant for storytelling. A full performance will be released this Friday.

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Pick of the Day 2/24: Call of the Forest at Amherst Cinema
Apr24

Pick of the Day 2/24: Call of the Forest at Amherst Cinema

For the love trees! Call of the Forest is a 2017 documentary that sounds the alarm bells about deforestation around the globe. The brilliant scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger explores how our health and the health of the Earth depends on the state of our forests.  She travels across the globe to explore the science and the challenges of restoring the eco-system.  The movie’s site describes Beresford-Kroeger’s mission:...

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Podcast: Monte Belmonte plays wine therapist to Advocate staffers
Apr23

Podcast: Monte Belmonte plays wine therapist to Advocate staffers

WRSI Morning Host Monte Belmonte was recently voted this year’s best radio personality in the Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll, and is probably best known for walking dozens of miles to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in his annual Monte’s March. He’s also one heck of a wine columnist. Join Meg Bantle and Gina Beavers as they probe Monte’s wine knowledge and he...

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Father of Parkland shooting victim recalls son through art in Springfield
Apr23

Father of Parkland shooting victim recalls son through art in Springfield

When the hammer first punched through the drywall people flinched. The crowd was silent as Manuel Oliver began to destroy parts of the art he had just created, mirroring the destruction of his son’s life in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. Oliver, the father of shooting victim Joaquin “Guac” Oliver visited the South Congregational Church in Springfield Friday for the latest in a series called “Walls of Demand,” an art project...

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The V-Spot: Help me flirt with an Aquarius!
Apr23

The V-Spot: Help me flirt with an Aquarius!

Hi Yana, Okay. I gotta know. How does one flirt with an Aquarius? There’s an Aquarius male that I like … and I’m a really bad flirter. I don’t do well with flirting because I’m trying to overcompensate with my intelligence to offset my sexy social media presence. Like, I tend to talk as intelligently as possible with dudes because I don’t want to be mistaken for naked on the internet = unintelligent. I don’t want to be mistaken...

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Pick of the Day 4/23: Ana Popovic at the Iron Horse
Apr23

Pick of the Day 4/23: Ana Popovic at the Iron Horse

“Raw power,” “emotional complexity,” and “vibrant,” are words that have been used to describe Ana Popovic’s sound.  She’s a singer and guitar slinger and she’ll be at the Iron Horse tonight.  Big Blues Bender says, “Popovic is one of most exciting Blues performers you’ll witness with a universal expression of joyous abandon and ecstatic pleasure.” Well okay, then....

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Calendar Monday 4/23- Thursday 4/26
Apr23

Calendar Monday 4/23- Thursday 4/26

MONDAY 4/23 MUSIC Ana Popovic at The Iron Horse Music Hall:  7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG, 20 Center St., Northampton. Music Mondays Cafe ~ Berkshire Hills Music Academy Troupe: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Music Mondays return to Gaylord Library April 23 and will showcase the Berkshire Hills Music Academy’s Troupe. Admission is $10 adults / $5 students. Gaylord Memorial Library, 47 College St., South...

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Beyond 4/20: Criminal Justice Reform and Cannabis in Mass
Apr20

Beyond 4/20: Criminal Justice Reform and Cannabis in Mass

If any day could be called National Marijuana Day, it’s 4/20. Cannabis consumers are celebrating an exciting year for cannabis in Massachusetts with the first recreational marijuana licenses already approved, but many people, particularly in communities of color, are still dealing with the effects of prohibition. Andrew Stachiw is a worker owner at Toolbox for Education and Social Action; he’s worked with people at the Franklin County...

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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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Free Will Astrology: Put down your quills Aries!
Apr20

Free Will Astrology: Put down your quills Aries!

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Imagine you’re one of four porcupines caught in frigid weather. To keep warm, you all have the urge to huddle together and pool your body heat. But whenever you try to get close, you prick each other with your quills. The only solution to that problem is to move away from each other, even though it means you can’t quell your chill as well. This scenario was used by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud as a parable...

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Cinemadope: Into the Doc
Apr20

Cinemadope: Into the Doc

If you caught the 2016 screening of Khalik Allah’s Field Niggas at Amherst Cinema, you got an early look at the filmmaker’s meditative and searching vision. That film, an hour-long gaze at the faces and bodies of the men and women passing through an East Harlem intersection during the summer of 2014, captured both a spiritual beauty and a rough reality with a richness and clarity that made it something more than most documentaries....

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Anders Warringer on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Apr20

Anders Warringer on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Anders Warringer performs eclectic acoustic originals with a side of absurdity. Interview with Anders...

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Puerto Rican families living in Western Mass could lose housing after April 20
Apr19

Puerto Rican families living in Western Mass could lose housing after April 20

For the past four and a half months, Rosa Ortiz has been living with her 14-year-old son at hotels in West Springfield after her home of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, was devastated by Hurricane Maria nearly seven months ago. But now, their temporary housing is in jeopardy and they could end up homeless.   Ortiz and other families who relocated to the Pioneer Valley after the hurricane will likely lose housing when the Federal Emergency...

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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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Bizarro Briefs: No Singing Zone Ahead
Apr19

Bizarro Briefs: No Singing Zone Ahead

Dutch residents formed a chorus of opposition to a newly installed “singing road” earlier this month, prompting the road to be shut down after only one day of use. Workers had installed strips that act like rumble strips on 490 feet of road near the village of Jelsum, but instead of the familiar rumbling sound, the strips used vibration to play a popular portion of the regional anthem “De Alde Friezen,” or “The Old Frisians.” But like...

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Stagestruck: Women Take the Reins
Apr18

Stagestruck: Women Take the Reins

Three shows up and down the Valley this weekend put a modern and feminist spin on some classic tales from Shakespeare and the Bible – Wayward Home in Ashfield, The Annotated *Taming* in Turners Falls and Julius Caesar in Amherst. Wayward Home, weaving the Noah’s Ark story into contemporary migration narratives, is “a musical folktale about a family forced to begin again,” according to the show’s description. “Through original music...

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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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The CDs You Gave Me: ‘Hush Money’ is pure catharsis
Apr18

The CDs You Gave Me: ‘Hush Money’ is pure catharsis

Last year, I reviewed psychedelic bluesy rock band, Old Flame, with their debut extended play (EP) “Wolf in the Heather.” Now, a year later the band has released a new six-song EP called “Hush Money” continuing to create political charged art rock that takes an every-man approach mixing politics with raw emotion.   Hush Money by Old Flame Hush Money kicks off with “Hollow,” a psych rock meditation with intricate guitar riffs that...

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VIDEO: Anders Warringer on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Apr18

VIDEO: Anders Warringer on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Anders Warringer performs eclectic acoustic originals with a side of absurdity. Check out a teaser for Anders’ upcoming Advocate Sessions video to be released this...

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Stagestruck: In the Valley and New York, history becomes personal
Apr18

Stagestruck: In the Valley and New York, history becomes personal

The tattoo From the title, you might think The Tattooed Man Tells All is a memoir of life on the carnival circuit. It’s anything but. This man’s tat is a five-digit number that was etched into his forearm in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Peter Wortsman’s one-man play receives its U.S. premiere next month at Silverthorne Theater Company in Greenfield, directed by Ellen Kaplan and starring Keith Langsdale. Woven from interviews the...

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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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V-Spot: Help Me Kick My Hitachi Addiction
Apr17

V-Spot: Help Me Kick My Hitachi Addiction

HELP YANA! I’m addicted to my Hitachi! I’ve had a primary partner for just under a year. The sex is awesome, intimate, and fun. However, very rarely can I have sex and get off without using toys, and I think it’s starting to frustrate them. I don’t have a lot of clitoral sensitivity as it is, so my Hitachi is always involved. I don’t want them to feel like they are taking a back seat to my toys, or for them to feel disconnected...

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Staff Picks: What Cheer? Brigade, Holyoke Innovation Week, Poor People’s Campaign
Apr17

Staff Picks: What Cheer? Brigade, Holyoke Innovation Week, Poor People’s Campaign

What Cheer? Brigade and Landowner at Hawks & Reed // SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Odds are you haven’t seen a band like What Cheer? Brigade. The 20-piece brass band from Providence, Rhode Island, is basically a dance party version of a marching band and returns to Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on April 21. The bill also includes local act, Landowner, which plays minimalist punk and weak hardcore. Hawks & Reed...

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Monte Belmonte Wines: Giving Pinot Grigio another shot
Apr17

Monte Belmonte Wines: Giving Pinot Grigio another shot

I hate to write about the most boring grape in the wine world, Pinot Grigio, two columns in a row. But I threw down the gauntlet in my last wine column and challenged someone to convince me that Pinot Grigio is not the most boring of all wine grapes. “Part of me contacting you wasn’t that I think Pinot Grigio is so amazing. It’s that a great wine is about the place and it’s about the people who make it.” Cristiano Gazzara from...

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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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Valley Advocate Podcast: Artist Barbara Hadden on women, men, lesbianism, and becoming an artist
Apr16

Valley Advocate Podcast: Artist Barbara Hadden on women, men, lesbianism, and becoming an artist

According to artist Barbara Hadden, you’re just as likely to see her painting a house as you are painting a portrait. Hadden’s approach to art is informed by her practical and thoughtful demeanor, as well as her experience in the outdoors. Discussing her final show at the Oxbow Gallery, Title Nine, Hadden talks about her thoughts on the male and female form, as well as an abandoned attempt to hike the Long Trail in...

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Cinemadope: Getting schooled on schools – A Backpack Full of Cash
Apr16

Cinemadope: Getting schooled on schools – A Backpack Full of Cash

American schools — and the teachers and students that fill their halls — have been in the news quite a bit lately. More and more, it seems that the reality of the classroom has become lost in a fog of “thoughts and prayers.” But it isn’t only during the aftermath of what seems to be an unyielding string of school shootings that the clang of disconnect rings out; listen to the everyday stories of those who live and work in...

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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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Free Will Astrology: See you on the dark side of the moon, Leo
Apr16

Free Will Astrology: See you on the dark side of the moon, Leo

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the early history of the automobile, electric engines were more popular and common than gasoline-powered engines. They were less noisy, dirty, smelly, and difficult to operate. It’s too bad that thereafter the technology for gasoline cars developed at a faster rate than the technology for electric cars. By the end of the first decade of the twentieth century, the petroleum-suckers were in...

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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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Bank bails on Mass cannabis businesses
Apr13

Bank bails on Mass cannabis businesses

April 20 (4/20) can be an auspicious day for cannabis-related businesses. But this year, some of them will see their bank accounts abruptly closed. Citizens Bank, based in Providence, Rhode Island, informed an unknown number of customers with connections to the cannabis industry that they would be closing their accounts on April 20, offering no explanation in the letter as to why. “We felt like having the account closed on 4/20 was...

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Western Mass Women’s Fund to honor Northampton Chief Jody Kasper
Apr13

Western Mass Women’s Fund to honor Northampton Chief Jody Kasper

Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper will be honored on June 4, 2018, with the She Changes the World award from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM). “We are excited to spotlight Chief Kasper as a leader who is breaking barriers and who serves as a great role model for other women and girls,” said Ellen T. Moorehouse, programs officer for the WFWM. Kasper is being recognized for her “exceptional contributions” and “leading...

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