The V-Spot: My Sexual ‘A’ is Not a Scarlet Letter
Aug22

The V-Spot: My Sexual ‘A’ is Not a Scarlet Letter

Dear Yana, I was recently discussing your column with some new friends I met through Pioneer Valley Aces, a local group of individuals who identify as aromantic and/or asexual. I wasn’t the only one of us who appreciated your witty way of reassuring those who write in that their sexuality is OK. However, as a 39-year-old woman who has never had all that much interest in having romantic relationships or being sexually active, I...

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Valley Advocate Staff picks – Get out there!
Aug22

Valley Advocate Staff picks – Get out there!

CT HorrorFest • Saturday My favorite time of the year is around the corner, and all these marvelous Halloween events keep popping up. This Saturday, feast your eyes upon some of horror’s finest. Meet and greet with the “Godfather of the Dead” George A. Romero. The ladies of one of my all-time favorite films Evil Dead will be there, too. Go to http://www.cthorror.com for full details and guests. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Matrix Conference...

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Staff Picks: Get out there!
Aug18

Staff Picks: Get out there!

TITANIS Farewell Show in Florence – Friday Springfield’s ambient, heavy doomers TITANIS are bidding farewell? Insert sad face here. Make sure to check them out before you can’t. It’s worth it. Also that night, rockers A Moment To Riot, Nim and Esperanto will be on the bill. 9:00 p.m., 18, $7. 13th Floor Music Lounge, 99 Main St., (Above JJ’S Tavern), Florence. — Jennifer Levesque   Dr....

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Nightcrawler: Rock the Boot
Aug15

Nightcrawler: Rock the Boot

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Thomas Delmer “Artimus” Pyle comes to the Valley this Saturday, Aug. 20. He’ll be performing with his Artimus Pyle Band and their “ultimate tribute to Ronnie Van Zandt’s Lynyrd Skynyrd” as part of the Rock The Boot Music Fest, held at the Ludlow Fish and Game Club. Trailer Trash, Lobsterz from Marz, and Livio Gravini and The Free Spirit Society will also lend their sonic skills to the annual...

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Show Us Your Tattoo: Josh Charland
Aug08

Show Us Your Tattoo: Josh Charland

About seven years ago, I was tattooed by Bravo at Vipers Nest II in West Springfield. The past 20 years, technology and computers have always been a passion of mine. I’m an IT [information technology] consultant and learned a tremendous amount of knowledge from Google throughout the years. I use Google every day to stay current with technology, virus/spyware removal methods, and also for troubleshooting. Years ago, there used to...

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4,500 Square Feet of Eden Blooms in Holyoke: A mega farm on a mini lot
Jul25

4,500 Square Feet of Eden Blooms in Holyoke: A mega farm on a mini lot

In the middle of an ordinary residential neighborhood in Holyoke lies a hidden Garden of Eden, where pollinating insects buzz from flower to flower and nearly everything is edible. Despite appearances, this place was no act of divine creation. The garden was born of the hard work and ingenuity of Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates, two self-proclaimed plant geeks with a reverence for the complex web of systems that make up a...

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