Club Picks: July 28 to August 3
Jul25

Club Picks: July 28 to August 3

The Girl with All the Gifts For a few weeks in 2011, Adele had competition. Amazon Music’s Dance & DJ Pop chart held her at number 1, but Cooter! came in at number 2, the debut single from drag queen, actor, comedian, recording artist, and writer Pandora Boxx, best known as a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 and All Stars. Miss Congeniality herself tours the world, as she says, “spreading glitter, humor, and fabulosity to...

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Cinemadope: Music! Intrigue! Nuts! Documentary film screenings this week
Jul25

Cinemadope: Music! Intrigue! Nuts! Documentary film screenings this week

In this political season, there has been a lot of talk about the meaning — good and bad — of dynasties in our national discourse. The truth is that, for a country that prides itself on its history of flipping the bird to royalty all those years ago, we sure do love to see familiar faces on the big stage: Kennedy, Bush, and Clinton are more than mere names. They are signifiers and shorthand that let us feel connected to the wider...

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StageStruck: Waiting for Life to Resume
Jul21

StageStruck: Waiting for Life to Resume

Two plays at Valley theaters, both running through Saturday, share a common source – the ongoing Middle East catastrophe – and a similar circumstance: two Americans caught up in it, one unwillingly, the other almost compulsively. Both plays are receiving strong productions with excellent professional casts, making the most of smart, literate scripts that make the most of distressing situations. Sarah Goodwin, the central figure in...

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Scene Here: On Tap Festival at Berkshire East
Jul19

Scene Here: On Tap Festival at Berkshire East

Last Call, Franklin County This past Sunday’s inaugural Franklin County On Tap festival drew over 400 intrepid fans of craft beer, cider, and mead to Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont to sample brews from a dozen local operations, including the newest: Hitchcock Brewing in Whately, pictured here, which shipped its first keg May 15. Visitors wandered among two floors of vendor tables inside the lodge, but the most fun was to...

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Stagestruck: Jacob’s Pillow — Tapping into the Essence of Dance
Jul20

Stagestruck: Jacob’s Pillow — Tapping into the Essence of Dance

If dance is “the hidden language of the soul,” as Martha Graham put it, tap is its least bashful dialect. For the past few years Jacob’s Pillow, the country’s premier modern dance festival, has featured tap dancing in its eclectic roster of summertime performances. There are two this summer: Michelle Dorrance, who pushes the leading edge of tap exploration ever further, comes back in August. Earlier this month, her friend and...

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Stagestruck: Shaking Up Shakespeare
Jul19

Stagestruck: Shaking Up Shakespeare

Shakespeare & Company doesn’t only do Shakespeare. This season, only three out of nine productions are by the company’s namesake, though several others play with Shakespearean themes, from a contemporary reflection on war to a political farce that resonates cheekily with the Bard’s most problematic comedy. That one is The Taming. Loosely inspired by his misogynistic comedy about that Shrew, it’s the smartest, funniest show I’ve...

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