#LOCAL gallery brings a big city feel to Easthampton’s cultural district
May30

#LOCAL gallery brings a big city feel to Easthampton’s cultural district

Earlier this month Lennie and Elizabeth Applequist opened #LOCAL: A Gallery with a Twist on Cottage Street in Easthampton, happily joining the eclectic array of shops, galleries, restaurants, and watering holes that make Easthampton center special. In 2013 the Applequists, a decidedly cosmopolitan couple most recently from California (by way of the rest of the globe), settled in Elizabeth’s beloved hometown of Easthampton.  She had...

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Pick of the Day 5/30: Sir Sly
May30

Pick of the Day 5/30: Sir Sly

Clean and sleek, L.A. indie group Sir Sly comes to Northampton Wednesday, May 30. Front man Landon Jacobs’ cool, light voice combined with instrumentalists Jason Suwito and Hayden Coplen make this synth-rock trio a must see. Their 2017 Don’t You Worry, Honey spawned two Alt Rock chart hits with “High” and “Run.” 8:30 p.m. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St.,...

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Pick of the Day 5/29: The Northamptones at the Iron Horse
May29

Pick of the Day 5/29: The Northamptones at the Iron Horse

The Northamptones are an audition-based advanced a cappella group at Northampton High School. They’ve performed all over New England, including at the Academy of Music, John M. Greene Hall, the Calvin Theatre, the Iron Horse, Fenway Park, and the Massachusetts State House. These dedicated students meet every other day for an 85-minute practice period during the school year and they’re ready to thrill you tonight at their...

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Local Calendar: Monday 5/28 – Thursday 5/31
May27

Local Calendar: Monday 5/28 – Thursday 5/31

MONDAY 5/28 MUSIC Strange Creek Campout: Camp Kee-Wanee, 1 Health Camp Rd., Greenfield. Baby and Me: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Free. Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St., Orange. 978-544-2495. Paradise City Arts Festival: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live music, 260 artists. Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair St., Northampton. MUSIC Beat Stress, Building Community: Drumming with Ellen Clegg: 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. $14. $65 for six...

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Pick of the Day 5/28: Paradise City Arts Festival
May27

Pick of the Day 5/28: Paradise City Arts Festival

It’s year 24 for the Paradise City Arts Festival, and 250 artists from 20 states are prepared to thrill you with their original works of art and one of kind crafts. Because the Festival is directed by artists, you can be sure the very best in ceramics, painting, art glass, furniture, mixed media, sculpture, woodworking, and more will fill the many tables and tents at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. New renovations include...

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Pick of the Day 5/27: Let the Sunshine In
May25

Pick of the Day 5/27: Let the Sunshine In

Zut Alors! If you’re in the mood for a little french with English subtitles, Let the Sunshine In is the film for you! Juliette Binoche plays a divorced Parisian painter searching for love, but she refuses to just settle for any ol’ body.  Amherst Cinema sums up the film: “There’s a caddish banker (Xavier Beauvois) who, like many of her lovers, happens to be married; a handsome actor (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who’s...

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Pick of the Day 5/26: The Soul Rebels at Mass MoCA
May25

Pick of the Day 5/26: The Soul Rebels at Mass MoCA

New Orleans brass always sounds good. The phenomenal brand of brass music that originates out of the bayou is personified by the eight-piece powerhouse group The Soul Rebels. The Village Voice says the Soul Rebels are “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong.” These guys have collaborated with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Billie Joe Armstrong. They are top notch musicians that bring good times wherever...

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Pick of the Day 5/25: The Crazies
May25

Pick of the Day 5/25: The Crazies

George Romero is the gift that keeps on giving. If you loved Night of the Living Dead, the zombie-rific sci-fi horror classic, then you’ll go bonkers for The Crazies. The Crazies is another social commentary about the hazards of the industrial military complex. A military plane crashes in a small Pennsylvania town and a chemical, code named Trixie, gets into the water supply causing victims to either die or become homicidally insane....

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Pam Victor is making the Valley happier in a dirty vanilla box
May24

Pam Victor is making the Valley happier in a dirty vanilla box

“A dirty vanilla box” is how Pam Victor lovingly describes the new location of Happier Valley Comedy. The 1,300 square foot room at the end of a strip of shops on Route 9, is the culmination of years of comedic toil. “It’s the first ever improv theater and training center in Western Mass,” she says proudly. And like one of the tenets of improv, Victor says she got there “moving forward forward in positivity one small step at a...

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Staff Picks: Bishops Lounge, Open Hearth Cooking Demo, and Fiddlers Green Contra with Luke Donforth
May24

Staff Picks: Bishops Lounge, Open Hearth Cooking Demo, and Fiddlers Green Contra with Luke Donforth

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration // SATURDAY Mmmm, there’s nothing like home cooked food; but what’s even better is learning how to cook food from scratch an open hearth flame. Explore old cookbooks with Historic Deerfield’s Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration, which includes typical recipes from the late 18th Century using seasonal ingredients like fresh herbs and asparagus. Dig in! Historic Deerfield, 80 Old Main St., Deerfield, 9:30...

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Pick of the Day 5/24: Pope Francis: a Man of His Word
May24

Pick of the Day 5/24: Pope Francis: a Man of His Word

Granted, religion is one of those polarizing hot buttons, but it behooves us to take a look at one another’s points of view.  Check out this doc written and directed by three-time Academy Award® nominee Wim Wenders. Described on Amherst Cinema’s site as “a rare co-production with the Vatican, the pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers...

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Local Calendar: Thursday 5/24- Sunday 5/27
May24

Local Calendar: Thursday 5/24- Sunday 5/27

THURSDAY 5/24 MUSIC An Evening Peter “Archguitar” Blanchette: 7 p.m. $15 – $45. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. Buddy McEarns Band: 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery, 36 Bridge St., Brattleboro. Shea & Co.: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Fort Hill Brewery, 30 Fort Hill Rd., Easthampton. Luke Baillargeon: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Live Italian music in The Mick. The Mick,...

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Art Review: Martha Armstrong: A Big Deal in a Little Town
May23

Art Review: Martha Armstrong: A Big Deal in a Little Town

Hatfield resident Martha Armstrong is exhibiting at the Oxbow Gallery in Northampton. Her collection of paintings, Friends and Family, is currently on display in the back gallery of the Pleasant Street venue. The back gallery at Oxbow is very small and intimate, longer than it is wide, white with a utilitarian feel. One might be inclined to think that it’s reserved for “lesser” talents. That, of course, isn’t true; artist-members of...

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Pick of the Day 5/23: Mantis Toboggan
May23

Pick of the Day 5/23: Mantis Toboggan

Welcome to Hump Day!  You might know Mantis Toboggan as a Dr. with … uh … let’s say dubious credentials: Danny DeVito’s hysterical and obscene Dr. Mantis Toboggan on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is sheer madness.  But local Valley duo Mantis Toboggan, seems a little more subdued.  Here’s how they describes themselves on Facebook: “Mantis Toboggan is the soul stylings of vocalist Cait...

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Pick of the Day 5/22: Scott Guberman Band
May22

Pick of the Day 5/22: Scott Guberman Band

Keyboardist Scott Guberman’s band is in town tonight at Hawks and Reed in Greenfield. He’s kind of the psychedelic cousin of the Grateful Dead;  known for his work with the Dead’s bassist Phil Lesh and keyboardists Tom Constanten and Vince Welnick. He’s got a semi-local connection in that he studied piano at the Hartt School in Connecticut. If it looks like the Dead and sounds like the Dead, it must be some...

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Local Calendar: Monday 5/21-Thursday 5/24
May21

Local Calendar: Monday 5/21-Thursday 5/24

MONDAY 5/21 MUSIC AMHERST JAZZ ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. With vocalist Ethel Lee. No cover, free parking and great food. Union Station Grand Ballroom, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413 253 1607. STAGE/FILM/DANCE We Made a Thing: A Tiny Audience Show: 9 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. Free. Super casual “tiny audience” improv show featuring Pam Victor and Scott Braidman. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton....

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Pick of the Day 5/21: Guys and Dolls at the Majestic
May21

Pick of the Day 5/21: Guys and Dolls at the Majestic

Our illustrious stage connoisseur Chris Rohmann, has recommended a pick of the day, Guys and Dolls at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield. I like all the help I can get, so take it away, Chris: “Guys and Dolls, the “musical fable of Broadway,” is playing now at the Majestic Theater. The clockwork plot turns on a pair of bets and takes us from Times Square street corners to a chintzy burlesque house, a Salvation Army...

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Pick of the Day 5/19: All Rachmaninoff Season Finale
May18

Pick of the Day 5/19: All Rachmaninoff Season Finale

Here I am borrowing again, but why ignore a perfectly good staff pick made by my buddy and co-worker Chris Goudreau? Maestro Kevin Rhodes conducts The Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season finale All-Rachmaninoff. The evening features award winning virtuoso pianist Misha Dichter. “The night’s program includes Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43, a movement that’s been used as a love theme in Hollywood for decades,...

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Pollinate Ecstatic Dance celebrates 10 years of community and connections
May18

Pollinate Ecstatic Dance celebrates 10 years of community and connections

Aaron Brando, aka DJ Hip Sockit, is intense and direct, but he has a calm about him and his expressions are chosen with care and with purpose. A holistic body-work practitioner by day, he’s also co-founder of Pollinate Ecstatic Dance, “the hub where high vibration dancing, healthy living, thick beats, and community connections all come together.” Brando is preparing to celebrate Pollinate’s 10 year anniversary on Friday,...

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Pick of the Day 5/20: The Rider
May18

Pick of the Day 5/20: The Rider

“No more riding, no more rodeos, if you don’t stop, your seizures are gonna get worse.” That’s kind of crux of Brady Jandreau’s delimma.  Jandreau was injured in a riding accident curtailing his rising star on the rodeo circuit. He’s told his competition days are over. But how do you redefine your whole life?  “Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no...

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Pick of the Day 5/18: Red Flame
May17

Pick of the Day 5/18: Red Flame

Jayme Timpson Winell performs this one person hour-long interactive dance-play. The play takes a look at the life and times of  Winell’s grandmother Anne Burlak Timpson, known to many as the “Red Flame.” “Anne was a passionate organizer for justice who used song, stories and soup to support working people’s causes,” states the Northampton Center for the Arts website. “The Red Flame jumps in...

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Pick of the Day 5/17: Matthew Logan Vasquez
May17

Pick of the Day 5/17: Matthew Logan Vasquez

Matthew Logan Vasquez is a bit of a modern Bob Dylan … no really.  He’s got similar qualities but his music is meatier and his vocals are better — which isn’t that difficult. Dylan insults aside, Vasquez brings his storytelling and agreeable sound to the Iron Horse tonight. He’s released two solo efforts, but he’s known as the front man for Delta Spirit and a member of Middle Brother. Check him out...

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Local Calendar: Thursday 5/17- Sunday 5/20
May17

Local Calendar: Thursday 5/17- Sunday 5/20

THURSDAY 5/17 MUSIC CLICK Music Presents: Annie Patterson & Peter Blood: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Advance Sales $12, Door Sales $15. Join Annie Patterson & Peter Blood in an in evening of music and stories. CLICK Workspace, 9 1/2 Market St., Northampton. 413-570-0040. Disc Jam Pre-Party ft. Kung Fu w/Shantyman and SixFoxWhisky: 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. $18 – $22. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St.,...

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Pick of the Day 5/16: Rising Appalachia
May16

Pick of the Day 5/16: Rising Appalachia

Two sisters from New Orleans bring the sounds of the Appalachians to Northampton tonight. Multi-instrumentalists Leah and Chloe Smith pick, strum, drum and sing — nothing fancy but appealing all the same.  It’s quiet music that expects you to listen to the lyrics so be sure to keep your ears open.  8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Pearl Street Nightclub, 10 Pearl St.,...

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A Thrilling ‘Who Dun It’ in the Local Art World
May16

A Thrilling ‘Who Dun It’ in the Local Art World

A reader came in with an unusual request earlier this week: she had a piece of art work she bought at an auction in Greenfield nearly a decade ago and wanted to see if we could identify the artist. Arts and Culture Editor Gina Beavers, herself a local artist, looked at it with me and neither one of us could come up with an answer. It was a mystery. The black and white piece of line art displayed a person of indistinct gender wearing...

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Pick of the Day 5/15: RBG
May15

Pick of the Day 5/15: RBG

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84 and many of us are praying she lives and serves until the age of 150.  There’s a new doc out about her life and career and it’s playing at Amherst Cinema. It’s simply titled  RBG.  RBG explores Ginsburg’s journey to the nation’s highest court and shares some personal tidbits sure to please her fans. 2:10 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 9:40 p.m.  Showing...

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Staff Picks: The Roches, Rachmaninov, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
May15

Staff Picks: The Roches, Rachmaninov, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet

 Cajon, Honky-Tonk, and songs by the Roches at Luthier’s Co-op // THURSDAY, MAY 17 If you’re looking for an excuse to get your cowboy boots on, look no further. The Maypops, a honky-tonk and two step band, are hosting an evening of dancing and fun at Luthier’s Co-op in Easthampton. Jerks on the Loose open the night with songs by The Roches, followed by The Maypops whose ephemeral country music will make it hard to resist some...

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Local Calendar: Monday 5/14 – Thursday 5/17
May14

Local Calendar: Monday 5/14 – Thursday 5/17

MONDAY 5/14 MUSIC Jeff Holmes Big Band featuring Dawning Holmes, vocals: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Jeff Holmes Big Band featuring Dawning Holmes, vocals. perform arrangements and compositions w/some of the best musicians from the region.121 Club at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton. Open-mic night: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 Third St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com. The Sea and Cake: 7...

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Pick of the Day 5/14: The Sea and Cake
May14

Pick of the Day 5/14: The Sea and Cake

The Sea and Cake is an indie band formed in the way back — 1992. They’re straight out of Chicago and they’re in Northampton tonight at the Iron Horse. Their sound is light and airy, a friendly flurry of melodies and hooks that are very hard to dislike. There’s a little dash of jazz, but mostly just nice — in a really good way. I guess you’ll have to hear them for yourselves. They’re at the Iron Horse...

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Pick of the Day 5/13: The Invisibles
May11

Pick of the Day 5/13: The Invisibles

Welcome to Sunday. In June 1943, Germany infamously declared Berlin “free of Jews.” There were, however, still 7,000 Jews living in the Nazi capital. These terrorized people were hiding in attics, basements, and warehouses, “protected by courageous Berliners.” Only 1,700, however, lived to be liberated. As part of Amherst Cinema’s New Films from Germany series, The Invisibles is a collection of the true stories of four of these...

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Pick of the Day 5/12: Mudbound at Mass MoCA
May11

Pick of the Day 5/12: Mudbound at Mass MoCA

Netflix jumped into the Academy Awards this year with Mudbound, a magnificent film set in the Mississippi Delta during the years surrounding World War II. It’s all about southern race relations and that’s the only thing that ain’t pretty in this masterpiece. Lush and gorgeous cinematography and impeccable performances make this film a solid winner. R&B queen Mary J. Blige makes a remarkable turn in this film and was nominated for...

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Pick of the Day 5/11: The Wailers
May11

Pick of the Day 5/11: The Wailers

The legendary Wailers band is at Hawks and Reed tonight. Yep, Bob Marley’s bandmates Aston “Familyman” Barrett, Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey are in Greenfield to carry on what Spin Magazine listed as #4 in the “50 Greatest Bands of All Times.”  For seven years Bob Marley and the Wailers toured and recorded the world and made reggae the giant that it is today. Rastaman Joshua David Barrett is the lead singer...

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Calendar: Thursday 5/10 – Sunday 5/13
May10

Calendar: Thursday 5/10 – Sunday 5/13

THURSDAY 5/10 MUSIC Bellwether: Milford Graves Full Mantis w/ Director Jake Meginsky: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst. Live Music! Galvanizer: 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery, 36 Bridge St., Brattleboro. Live Music: Ramblin’ Dan Stevens: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Fort Hill Brewery, 30 Fort Hill Rd., Easthampton. Luke Baillargeon: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Live Italian music in...

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Pick of the Day 5/10: The Glass Menagerie
May10

Pick of the Day 5/10: The Glass Menagerie

If you want a little Tennessee Williams with a twist, check out Shoot The Moon Theater Company’s production of The Glass Menagerie, Williams’ signature 1944 stage play. Let’s go over the plot before we get to the good stuff. Domineering Amanda Wingfield, has two adult children: Tom the hard working malcontent and Laura, a glass menagerie-loving recluse. Tom, under Amanda’s demands, brings home an unwitting suitor for Laura. After an...

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Staff Picks: The Invisibles, Mudbound, and Christa Joy and Scott Meyers
May09

Staff Picks: The Invisibles, Mudbound, and Christa Joy and Scott Meyers

Mudbound MASS MoCA // SATURDAY, MAY 12 Mudbound has been on my list of things to see since it first started making waves at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. While it is available to watch online, MASS MoCA is bringing in the director of the film Dee Rees for a conversation with exhibiting artist Allison Janae Hamilton, whose Pitch also draws influence from the sights and sounds of the southern landscape. $5. MASS MoCA. 1040 MASS MoCA...

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