Calendar: Saturday and Sunday 3/31- 4/1
Mar30

Calendar: Saturday and Sunday 3/31- 4/1

SATURDAY 3/31 MUSIC Sylvan Esso: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. $28. MASS MoCA. 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams. AEIOUkes: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. A community ukulele club who meets regularly to sing together and to improve our playing. All levels and experiences. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org. An Evening with Cry Cry Cry: 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, 19 King St., Northampton. An Evening with...

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Pick of the Day 4/1: Forest Park Zoo in Springfield
Mar30

Pick of the Day 4/1: Forest Park Zoo in Springfield

After a long and treacherous winter, The Forest Park Zoo is back! They’ll be open Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Who doesn’t want to see furry and feathery adorableness? Sheep, monkeys, pythons, fennec foxes, spotted leopards, kangaroos and more. On day when businesses are closed and the little people in your life need to get out the house, this is the perfect spot. Forest Park Zoo.  Adults: $5, Seniors (Age...

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Pick of the Day 3/31: Pablo Fransisco at the Huke Lau
Mar30

Pick of the Day 3/31: Pablo Fransisco at the Huke Lau

You know the Huke Lau is closing on April 6, right? Well, you do now, so you might as well get your fill tonight before it’s too late. Comedian Pablo Fransisco is headlining tonight. Fransisco has two Comedy Central one-hour comedy specials to his credit: “They Put It Out There” and “Ouch!” continue to stay on the networks most requested list. Fransisco’s stand-up will be featured on MTV’s new show “Acting Out” later this...

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Pick of the Day 3/30: Brooks Williams at the Parlor Room
Mar30

Pick of the Day 3/30: Brooks Williams at the Parlor Room

The Advocate’s intern Sarah Heinonen made a wise staff pick a few days ago; Brooks Williams is performing tonight. This is what Sarah says:  “Wind down your week with some good old fashioned blues at The Parlor Room. Georgia-born guitarist and songwriter Brooks Williams will be performing his special style of soulful blues. He’s been called “a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist.” Songs like “Walk You...

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Pick of the Day 3/29: The Take at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Mar29

Pick of the Day 3/29: The Take at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center

The Take is a documentary film made in 2004 about a group of unemployed Argentinian auto-workers who decided to restart the plant where they used to work as a cooperatively owned business. Using archival footage, director Avi Lewis and writer Naomi Klein give a often unseen look at a group of radical workers who just want to work, but end up fighting the police, the government, and globalization. The event is being hosted by the...

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Pick of the Day 3/28: Blackbird Effect in Holyoke
Mar28

Pick of the Day 3/28: Blackbird Effect in Holyoke

Here’s how The Blackbird Effect describes themselves:  ” The Blackbird Effect= Pan Morigan & John Cabán, performing bent blues, green jazz & other Americanismos with roots to the sky!”  “Americanismos,” that’s some fancy talk for a banjo and guitar duet.  Strange but alluring. You can check them out tonight at 7 p.m at Gateway City Arts,  92-114 Race St., Holyoke....

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Calendar: Wednesday 3/28
Mar28

Calendar: Wednesday 3/28

  MUSIC All Ages Open Mic Night With Host F. Alex Johnson: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free. Award winning guitarist F. Alex Johnson hosts this weekly open mic featuring some of the best talent in the valley. Brew Practitioners, 36 Main St., Florence. 413-584-2444. info@colorwaymusic.com. Celtic Celebration: Music and More!: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, Jeff entertains with Celtic stories and music on the...

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Pick of the Day 3/27: Chinatown at Amherst Cinema
Mar27

Pick of the Day 3/27: Chinatown at Amherst Cinema

Tonight at Amherst Cinema, Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway star in the 1974 mystery classic mystery Chinatown. The omnipresent Wikipedia describes it as having “many elements of film noir, particularly a multi-layered story that is part mystery and part psychological drama.” Couldn’t say it better myself. There’s a private eye hired by a beautiful dame and mystery, murder, mayhem, and a touch of municipal...

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Calendar: Tuesday 3/27
Mar27

Calendar: Tuesday 3/27

MUSIC Open Mic: 8:30-11:00: 8:30 p.m. Luthier’s Co-op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton. STAGE/FILM/DANCE PVJFF: Keep the Change: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Rave Cinemas, 864 Riverdale St., West Springfield. Science on Screen: Chinatown: 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst. Bread and Puppet Presents The Basic Byebye Show: 7 p.m. $8-15 children, $15-$25 adults. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke....

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Pick of the Day 3/26: GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
Mar26

Pick of the Day 3/26: GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II

GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II is a documentary that will air on PBS in April, but you can see it as part of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival tonight at The Springfield Jewish Community Center.  GI Jew tells the story of the 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II both as active participants in the fight against Hitler and the fight against bigotry and intolerance.  The film’s site says,...

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Calendar: MONDAY 3/26
Mar26

Calendar: MONDAY 3/26

MUSIC Jeff Holmes Big Band featuring Dawning Holmes, vocals: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free. 17 piece big band plays leaders arrangements & compositions with vocalist Dawning Holmes. Jazz, Blues, Soul & more! The 121 Club at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton. jwholmes@umass.edu, dawna@fathomarts.com. STAGE/FILM/DANCE PVJFF: GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Springfield Jewish Community...

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Pick of the Day 3/25: Ingmar Bergman’s Seventh Seal
Mar23

Pick of the Day 3/25: Ingmar Bergman’s Seventh Seal

Okay, if you’re into the Grim Reaper, a disillusioned knight, the plague, a terrible stage performer who sees visions, chess and the oh-so-fun Crusades, then you’ll be into Ingmar Bergman’s classic film The Seventh Seal. It involves a lot more but you’ll have to see it to believe it. Just to add to the mystery: the movie ends with the Danse Macabre. Movie starts at 2 p.m. at Amherst Cinema. 28 Amity St.,...

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Pick of the Day 3/23: Jeremy Turgeon Quintet at Rootstock
Mar22

Pick of the Day 3/23: Jeremy Turgeon Quintet at Rootstock

Jeremy Turgeon is a young guy, but man does he have chops and the Jeremy Turgeon Quintet, or “JTQ,”  brings a fresh, new sound to modern jazz. As part of Rootstock tonight, they’ll be making magic, fusing the timeless combination of Jazz, R & B and Neo-Soul.  They’ve been around since November of 2014 and just recently dropped their sophomore CD called What Matters Most. Check them out on Valley Advocate...

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Pick of the Day 3/22: Shut Up, Emily Dickinson
Mar22

Pick of the Day 3/22: Shut Up, Emily Dickinson

Smith College wants Emily Dickinson to just shut up already!  There’s no better way to describe this show than “Emily Dickinson: poet, recluse, a**hole.” HA!!! And furthermore, this is “a pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical, hysterically existential psycho-romance about America’s most brilliant and annoying poetess. Holed up for all eternity in the bedroom of our minds.” Come on, that’s a must see. Thursday, March 22....

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Pick of the Day 3/20: PVJFF Raise the Roof
Mar20

Pick of the Day 3/20: PVJFF Raise the Roof

Boston artists Rick and Laura Brown of Handhouse Studio embarked on a 10-year journey to reconstruct the elaborate roof painting and ceiling of the Gwoździec synagogue. The project involved over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries. During those years according to the film’s website, the Browns, “grapple not just with the echoes of World War II when these buildings were destroyed by the Nazis, but also with...

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CALENDAR: What’s Happening Tuesday, 3/20
Mar20

CALENDAR: What’s Happening Tuesday, 3/20

MUSIC Faculty Concert: Voices of a New World: 7:30 p.m. Free. Jamie-Rose Guarrine, soprano and Seth Keeton, bass-baritoneNadine Shank and Laura Bolton, piano and Karl Knapp, celloBezanson Recital Hall, FAC, 151 President’s Dr., Amherst. 413-577-2154. music@music.umass.edu. Lohengrin: 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. $12 Senior/$14 General. Anna Netrebko, Queen of the Opera from the Met to German theaters, has starred for the first ever in a...

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Pick of the Day 3/19: East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem
Mar19

Pick of the Day 3/19: East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem

As part of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival : Released in 2014, East Jerusalem West Jerusalem is a musical documentary which follows Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza as he records a new album with a mix of Israeli and Palestinian musicians.  Broza is able to bring together people from both sides of the divide — something that needs to happen more often these days. 7 – 10 p.m.  Scanlon Hall, Westfield State...

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Pick of the Day 3/18: Mamma Mia!
Mar16

Pick of the Day 3/18: Mamma Mia!

Channel your inner Streep — or Brosnan — and dance your way to a special screening of the smash hit movie musical Mamma Mia!  Don’t worry if you don’t know the words, there will be onscreen lyrics. Come dressed as your favorite character and sing-along! Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. academyofmusictheatre.com....

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Pick of the Day 3/17: High Mud Comedy Fest at MASS MoCA in North Adams
Mar16

Pick of the Day 3/17: High Mud Comedy Fest at MASS MoCA in North Adams

It’s the second day of the High Mud Comedy Fest and you’re invited to MASS MoCA to get in on the fun. Headlined by Mike Birbiglia of This American Life, comedians will spend the late afternoon and evening making funny. At 4 p.m. you can take a Satire-Writing Workshop with Reductress, but you have to RSVP to boxoffice@massmoca.org. Mike Birbiglia will wrap up the two day extravaganza around 9:15. Check here for the schedule...

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Pick of the Day 3/14: Ben Cosgrove at Click Workspace
Mar14

Pick of the Day 3/14: Ben Cosgrove at Click Workspace

Did you know the National Park Service hosts artists-in-residence? I didn’t! But Ben Cosgrove is that guy. Cosgrove is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Methuen whose “work mainly explores the intersection of sound and place.” Which means his works are inspired by actual landscape — like Sierra Nevada or the Yankee Division Highway (Rte. 128) out east. Cosgrove will perform from 6 -7 p.m at Click...

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Valley Advocate Podcast: TX Watson Is selling their soul to pay for student loans
Mar12

Valley Advocate Podcast: TX Watson Is selling their soul to pay for student loans

T.X. Watson, a transgender student at Hampshire College, feels grateful to the academic institution for the level of aid they received. However, upon graduation this spring, T.X. will still have more than $45,000 in debt between student loans and credit card debt for necessary items during the time they have been a student. So to pay off that debt, T.X. is planning to sell their soul at $45 per share. With 1,000 shares, that will undo...

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Pick of the Day 3/12: Group exhibit “Women in History Month”
Mar12

Pick of the Day 3/12: Group exhibit “Women in History Month”

Well, we’re just about half way through March, which means in a couple of weeks being a woman will once again be out of fashion. But you still have time to celebrate Women’s History Month by checking out the Floyd Gallery’s 17th annual Women in History Month photo constest/exhibit.  Ten female photographers are taking part in the exhibition and the themes are nature, photo journalism, travel, and abstract....

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Infants of the Spring: A new play views the Harlem Renaissance with a jaundiced eye
Mar09

Infants of the Spring: A new play views the Harlem Renaissance with a jaundiced eye

The artistic nexus of the 1920s known as the Harlem Renaissance or New Negro Movement is remembered as a great flowering of black talent and a golden age in American cultural history. But at least one of its members, looking at it from the inside, saw it quite differently. The novelist, journalist and playwright Wallace Thurman had a less heroic view of his fellow artists, many of them, then and now, major figures in American letters....

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Review: Sally Clegg’s Bundle curious and unique; UMass’ Hampden Gallery could use work
Mar08

Review: Sally Clegg’s Bundle curious and unique; UMass’ Hampden Gallery could use work

There are so many settings in which you can find art exhibitions: Cafes, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and of course college campuses. UMass Amherst, as a matter of fact, has four galleries under the auspices of the Fine Arts Center. The Student Union Gallery, Augusta Savage at New Africa House, Herter Gallery and Hampden Gallery. Hamden Gallery is the only gallery on campus that is housed in a student residential area, and...

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Pick of the Day 3/7: Adam Benzine’s Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Mar07

Pick of the Day 3/7: Adam Benzine’s Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

The Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival will screen a special director’s cut of Adam Benzine’s 2015 documentary, Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah.  It took French journalist, philosopher, and filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, 12 years to make his Holocaust documentary, Shoah which was completed in 1985.  Benzine’s film chronicles the challenges that dogged Lanzmann during the making of Shoah...

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Pick of the Day 3/6: The Smith College Annual Bulb Show
Mar06

Pick of the Day 3/6: The Smith College Annual Bulb Show

Although March has come in like a lion, Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory is the perfect antidote to Western Massachusetts’ gray skies and chilled winds. Head to Smith today and take spring’s glorious promises which include an array of beauties like irises, hyacinths, crocuses, lilies, and tulips.  These flowers have been “coaxed into blooming simultaneously,” which is good because we need a little love and...

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Stagestruck: Defying Gravity, Again
Mar06

Stagestruck: Defying Gravity, Again

That wizard of wise foolery known as Avner the Eccentric is back. Avner Eisenberg is a genius of physical comedy and quick-witted clowning whose whimsical website states that “as a kid his passions were snakes and juggling. He wanted to be a doctor, but after a year as an honors chemistry and biology major his parents forced him into performing. … He studied in Paris with Jacques Lecoq and once, while street performing in Paris,...

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Pick of the Day 3/5: Lady Bird at Amherst Cinema
Mar05

Pick of the Day 3/5: Lady Bird at Amherst Cinema

Lady Bird Takes Flight at Amherst Cinema First time director and actress, Greta Gerwig delivers a brilliant film about the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a mother and her teenaged daughter in Sacramento in the early aughts. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) finds herself at loggerheads with her strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf), who becomes the family’s breadwinner when Lady Bird’s father loses his job. Lady...

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Stagestruck: Willkommen to “Cabaret”
Mar03

Stagestruck: Willkommen to “Cabaret”

As I wrote in this space last year, “So much of what we see and create seems newly topical and timely” since the rise of Trump. “Everything is now filtered through a horrifying new prism, taking on fresh meaning and urgency.” A striking example of the “Trump Effect” is onstage at the UMass Fine Arts Center on Tuesday – the classic musical Cabaret, perhaps the darkest song-and-dance show ever to light up Broadway, and one that...

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Lauren L. Anderson is Connecting Moments at Sam’s Pizzeria and Cafe in Northampton
Mar02

Lauren L. Anderson is Connecting Moments at Sam’s Pizzeria and Cafe in Northampton

Sam’s Pizzeria and Cafe is nestled in the 200 block on Main Street in downtown Northampton. Like its owner, Sam Harbey, the eatery is down to earth and friendly. “We’ve been here for 11 years in the same spot,” Harbey says sitting in one of the glossy wood benches that skirt the restaurant. “I like belonging to a community — being in a community place.” And with that, Harbey spots another Sam — a beautiful, lean greyhound, who...

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Staff Picks: And the Kids, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Cabaret
Mar02

Staff Picks: And the Kids, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Cabaret

And The Kids at the Stone Church // SATURDAY, March 3 Northampton-based indie rock group And the Kids heads to Brattleboro on March 3 to play at the Stone Church, a former All Souls Unitarian Church renovated into a music venue. The band recently released its latest record, Friends Share Lovers, in June 2016. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, VT. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $12. – Chris Goudreau Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Star...

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The Face of Children’s Literature: Eighty Years of Caldecott Books
Feb27

The Face of Children’s Literature: Eighty Years of Caldecott Books

There are three exhibitions on display at the Eric Carle Museum this month, but the one that will tug at the book lover’s heartstrings is Eighty Years of Caldecott Books. It’s a collection of first edition Caldecott medal-winning children’s books that date from 1938 to 2018. Sandy Soderberg, the museum’s marketing manager, says that although the museum is dedicated to the illustration of children’s books, in its 15-year history,...

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Pick of the Day 3/1: Arts Night Plus in Amherst
Feb27

Pick of the Day 3/1: Arts Night Plus in Amherst

Tonight is Arts Night Plus in Amherst from 5-8 p.m.  Check out this free monthly cultural event in downtown Amherst.  It’s a mixed bag every month but you can look forward to  taking in some visual art,  a little poetry, maybe a  musical performance, or a lecture. Arts Night Plus brings showcases contemporary art and culture, highlights area artists, and culturally enriches the lives of  residents and visitors. Check online for...

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Pick of the Day 3/3: The Old Deerfield Spring Sampler Craft Fair at the Big E
Feb27

Pick of the Day 3/3: The Old Deerfield Spring Sampler Craft Fair at the Big E

You know spring is coming when Old Deerfield says it is, and Old Deerfield has spoken. The Old Deerfield Spring Sampler Craft Fair is at the Big E this weekend. The fair features 150 juried artisans in all crafts media, including goodies for garden and Easter-themed items (Easter is early this year!). Enjoy free demonstrations by crafters, live music, and a bunch of chances to win $50 shopping certificates. Discount coupons for...

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Stagestruck: Happier Valley Comedy expanding on improv
Feb27

Stagestruck: Happier Valley Comedy expanding on improv

A troupe of high-spirited performers bound onstage and solicit goofy suggestions for characters and situations from the audience. Then they improvise short, snappy scenes based on those prompts. The comedy flows from the incongruities and the improvisers’ quick wits. That’s classic improv, a staple of live comedy in clubs across the country and a training ground for national gigs like SNL. Around here, a hydra-headed beastie called...

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