Artists use Instagram to Spread Beauty and Community
Sep26

Artists use Instagram to Spread Beauty and Community

Jeff Kelley, a Northampton post officer and owner of the Instagram account @postaljeff, scrolls through months of his posts, reaching a series featuring a red phone. He stops at a post with the phone dangling off a tree by the cord, it was photoshopped by another photographer he met on an Instameet. An Instameet, Kelley explains, involves various photographers and Instagrammers coming together IRL (that’s in real life) to take photos...

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Q&A: The World According to Dar Williams
Sep26

Q&A: The World According to Dar Williams

Dar Williams came to the Valley in 1992 to put down roots and start a career. Between then and when she left in 2000, she became a bonafide folk rocker, touring on a wave of good gigs that carried her to a breakout moment in 1996 with Mortal City, an LP that became an alt-classic for a whole generation of twenty-somethings waiting on a new millennium. “I was working with coffeehouse volunteers, local radio stations, and promoters who...

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Nightcrawler: The Big E … DM
Sep26

Nightcrawler: The Big E … DM

Any calendar will tell you Sept. 22, is the official date of the fall equinox — which is fine, for those astronomically-correct types. But this year, I prefer to think of the solstice as happening on Oct. 2 when the Big E in West Springfield hosts an EDM concert they’re calling the Electric Equinox. “There is a growing EDM [electronic dance music] following in this area and for the past few years, we have been working towards building...

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One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer: George Thorogood and the Destroyers take the Big E
Sep26

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer: George Thorogood and the Destroyers take the Big E

If anyone can lay claim to writing the neo American classic drinking songbook, it’s George Thorogood and The Destroyers. The band’s hits include “I Drink Alone,” “If You Don’t Start Drinkin’,” “Bad to the Bone” (that’s pronounced “B-b-b-b-bad to the Bone”), “Move it on Over,” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” On Saturday the rock ‘n’ roll band you either grew up grooving to live or in your dad’s car with the radio up, will be...

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Fractured Together: The Art of Lyle Kleinhans
Sep26

Fractured Together: The Art of Lyle Kleinhans

Lyle Kleinhans focuses his work on abstract representations of people that highlight the conflicts, questions, and confidences behind their exteriors. Jagged and strict lines are offset by wildly brooding color that sucks the viewer in and haunts them long after. Kleinhan’s work is being exhibited along with that of Carlos Alvarez by Westfield State University as part of the exhibit, Hispanic/LatinX Heritage. (LatinX is the...

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Local Book Reviews: The Wobblies in Their Heyday and Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science
Sep26

Local Book Reviews: The Wobblies in Their Heyday and Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science

The Wobblies in Their Heyday: The Rise and Destruction of the Indistrial Workers of the World During the WWI Era, by Eric Thomas Chester Levellers Press, levellerspress.com In the early 20th century, when unions in the United States were fighting pitched battles with factory owners and industrial barons for better pay and working conditions, perhaps no labor organization had greater clout and visibility during WWI than the Industrial...

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