Thursday to Saturday: Student Voices on Stage at UMass
Feb20

Thursday to Saturday: Student Voices on Stage at UMass

Our Voices Our new president has committed to limiting access to legal abortions, and explicitly said on the campaign trail that there “has to be some form of punishment” for woman who seek them illegally. Vice President Mike Pence, who signed a bill in his home state of Indiana that would require aborted fetuses be given funerals through burial or cremation, has promised to send Roe v. Wade “to the ash heap of history.” And they...

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On Exhibit: Strip Weaving by Jeanette Cole
Feb20

On Exhibit: Strip Weaving by Jeanette Cole

Moving On Up The works on paper in this exhibition represent “my desire and hope for a place called ‘home,’” says Jeanette Cole, a professor in the art department at UMass. The collection, she says, is based on imagery from a West African robe given to her father by his co-workers after 15 years of missionary and literacy work, which was then inherited by her when he passed away. Cole traced the seams holding the strip-woven fabric...

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Cinemadope: The Short List
Feb20

Cinemadope: The Short List

It’s easy, when Oscars season rolls around, to feel jaded about the cult of celebrity that Hollywood engenders. It can seem that the same kinds of films, and the same kinds of stars, come away with the golden statue every year. But if we’re still waiting for the Academy to wake up to the wider world of film when it comes to the biggest awards, some categories — and not just the foreign film selections — have long seemed more open to...

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Tonight at Click Workspace: A new music series
Feb20

Tonight at Click Workspace: A new music series

The Katz and the Fiddle Click Workspace, downtown Northampton’s coworking HQ, drew a big enough crowd at a January concert to warrant a brand-new live music series. This month’s concert at Click features accomplished local stringster Zoë Darrow on fiddle and Stephen Katz on cello. Darrow, who grew up playing Cape Breton and other Celtic music on a sheep farm in Blandford, released her first album at the age of 12. Katz, an...

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WMass Metal: The Valley’s Diverse Scene Rises AGAIN
Feb20

WMass Metal: The Valley’s Diverse Scene Rises AGAIN

Wesley Jillson has been a part of the local metal music scene since the ’80s. He saw Western Mass area metal rise to national prominence in the ’90s, then fade away by 2010. At the fifth annual Promoterhead show at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence in early February, Jillson was standing at the highboy tables, talking with friends he’s met at metal shows and drinking a cocktail while Disguise the Curse was on stage. The scene...

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Between the Lines: Losing Our Rights, So Write
Feb20

Between the Lines: Losing Our Rights, So Write

Online ads for an upcoming Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 book The Handmaid’s Tale got me thinking: it’s really about time I read this classic dystopian novel. The story takes place in a near-future New England. A militia of religious conservatives take over the Northeastern states and push outward to claim more of the U.S. for its own. The people living under militia rule are put into strict class and gender roles. The new...

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