Large scale hydroponic greenhouse Wellspring Harvest to open in Indian Orchard, Springfield
May15

Large scale hydroponic greenhouse Wellspring Harvest to open in Indian Orchard, Springfield

A new state-of-the-art hydroponic nonprofit 15,120-square-foot urban greenhouse called Wellspring Harvest at 121 Pinevale Street in Indian Orchard aims to offer fresh produce at wholesale prices year round. Fred Rose, co-director of Wellspring Cooperative Corporation, told the Valley Advocate the nonprofit’s mission is to create a network of worker owned cooperatives in Springfield as a way to create jobs in low income...

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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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Monte Belmonte Wines: The wines of Silicon Valley
May15

Monte Belmonte Wines: The wines of Silicon Valley

“Our neighbor in France had a trained donkey and a goat. We noticed the donkey and goat were always together during the evenings. During the day the goat was around but the donkey was gone. He had trained his donkey to do weed control in the vineyard. The donkey was really stubborn so he got it a goat as a companion animal. A calming goat.”   That’s where Jared and Tracey Brandt, the Berkeley, California, based winemaking couple...

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Podcast: An adult jump rope team! Jennifer Therkelsen talks about adult fitness and practicing in a bar
May14

Podcast: An adult jump rope team! Jennifer Therkelsen talks about adult fitness and practicing in a bar

Jennifer Therkelsen had never jump roped as a kid, but now is one of the core members of the Pioneer Valley Jump Rope team, an all-adult jump rope team that practices weekly at The Taproom in Hadley. In our weekly podcast collaboration with Amherst Media, Therkelson talks fitness, jump ropes, and what it’s like to practice in a bar. The team has made nationals and will be competing in June. Check out their fundraising page...

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The V-Spot: My Vagina is Ruining My Relationship
May14

The V-Spot: My Vagina is Ruining My Relationship

Hi Yana! I’ve been with my partner for about a year, and in most ways our relationship is everything I want. We communicate really well, we have a great time together, our sex life is amazing, and I always feel supported by him. The problem is my vagina. For the first time in my life, I’m dealing with a variety of uncomfortable vaginal issues, most frequently yeast infections and BV (bacterial vaginosis). The onset of these...

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Cinemadope: Academy of Music hosts history tour, two great films this week
May14

Cinemadope: Academy of Music hosts history tour, two great films this week

Even in a New England town with a fair bit of history, the Academy of Music in Northampton has roots that run deep. Founded on the vision of philanthropist and Northampton native Edward Lyman, the Academy opened to the public in May of 1891 and quickly became a favorite stop on the tour circuit. Mae West, Sarah Bernhardt, and Boris Karloff — Frankenstein’s Monster! — have all graced the Academy stage. Harry Houdini (spoiler alert)...

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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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How realistic is single payer in Massachusetts? A state Rep. and an activist to hold discussion at Odyssey Bookshop
May11

How realistic is single payer in Massachusetts? A state Rep. and an activist to hold discussion at Odyssey Bookshop

The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley will be hosting a discussion between Deborah Levenson from Western Mass Medicare for All and State Rep. John Scibak  (D-South Hadley) on May 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. about the prospects of creating a single payer health care system in Massachusetts. Jon Weissman, the event’s organizer and a member of Western Mass. Medicare for All, told the Valley Advocate the event is part of the...

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Northampton councilors chide mayor over lack of transparency in panhandling group
May11

Northampton councilors chide mayor over lack of transparency in panhandling group

Northampton City Councilors Alisa Klein and Maureen Carney released a joint statement on May 9 that’s critical of Mayor David Narkewicz’s Panhandling Work Group for the lack of representative from panhandlers in the group and a recent online study regarding panhandling in the city. In the co-statement, Klein and Carney, who are members of the City Council’s Committee on Community Resources, (CCR) stated they object to the...

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Free Will Astrology: Work on that PBJ recipe, Taurus
May11

Free Will Astrology: Work on that PBJ recipe, Taurus

ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to my assessment of the astrological omens, your duty right now is to be a brave observer and fair-minded intermediary and honest storyteller. Your people need you to help them do the right thing. They require your influence in order to make good decisions. So if you encounter lazy communication, dispel it with your clear and concise speech. If you find that foggy thinking has started to infect...

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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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Down to Earth: A tree over the river
May10

Down to Earth: A tree over the river

I sit on the twisted root system of a great tree, a shelf of exposed roots thrust out over the Connecticut River at the edge of the Northampton Meadows. I’m perched 15 feet above the olive water. The muddy bluff has been licked and sucked away under the tree by years of the river’s lapping tongues. Even now in the calm of early summer, the water bites chunks of greenish sediment from the bank. The roots offer a writing nook of romance...

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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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VIDEO: Amber Belle on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
May09

VIDEO: Amber Belle on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Amber Belle is a singer-songwriter with honey toned vocals who performs folk and country songs. Check out a teaser video of her upcoming Advocate Sessions video to be released this Friday.

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Local Green-Rainbow candidates trying to make change at state level
May09

Local Green-Rainbow candidates trying to make change at state level

“Why vote for the lesser of two evils, when you can vote for the greater good?” Juan Sanchez wants voters to consider this question when they enter the ballot box on November 6. Sanchez, 29, of Holyoke, is running for Secretary of State in the 2018 statewide elections. He is one of three local candidates running for state offices as a Green-Rainbow party candidate. The Green-Rainbow Party, the Massachusetts branch of the national...

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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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Stagestruck: Words and music seek to heal a troubled world
May09

Stagestruck: Words and music seek to heal a troubled world

The Red Guitar, John Sheldon’s brilliant memoir-in-music, was a runaway hit at last summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Riding on its success in that international nexus of alternative arts, the show’s producer, the Valley’s Serious Play Theatre Ensemble, is taking it back again this year. It’s returning in tandem with a new piece, Manual Override, created and performed by Sheldon, percussion virtuoso Tony Vacca and spoken-word artist...

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Pick of the Day 5/9: Brand X at the Iron Horse
May09

Pick of the Day 5/9: Brand X at the Iron Horse

Brand X has been on the music circuit off and on since 1975, and they’re coming to the Iron Horse tonight. They’re “a multi-national jazz fusion band formed in London by the great Phil Collins and a couple of other blokes. They’ve recently released their CD Locke and Loaded and are making the rounds.  The Iron Horse describes their sound as thus:  “Today the band carries with it more Funk and Rock and...

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The Soaring Beauty of Paul Goodnight’s Imagination
May08

The Soaring Beauty of Paul Goodnight’s Imagination

Given Paul Goodnight’s international stature, it’s difficult to understand the lack of fanfare and the dearth of coverage he receives when his work is exhibited at Rosemary Tracy Woods’ Art for The Soul Gallery in Springfield. Since 1984, Goodnight’s work has been awarded and acquired by scores of individuals, institutions, and museums, including The Smithsonian American Art Museum. He has also exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine...

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Taking to the Streets: Local sex workers speaking out on how new anti sex trafficking law endangers them
May08

Taking to the Streets: Local sex workers speaking out on how new anti sex trafficking law endangers them

Editors note: Many of the names of those quoted in the story were changed or assumed names were used because of the inherent danger and legal standing of some sex work. Wearing a green dress, pink tights, and a tiara, transgender woman and former sex worker Lorelei Erisis held her fist high at the Northampton Pride parade on Saturday, May 5. Behind her, holding red umbrellas and signs that said “sex work is real work” were...

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V-Spot: My Haircut is Dictating My Sex Life
May08

V-Spot: My Haircut is Dictating My Sex Life

Hi Yana, I have a sex question! Over the past year, I’ve noticed a pretty substantial shift in the way people think I like to fuck and I’m having difficulty confronting it. It’s probably a common experience that when people make a change to their outward appearance (for me, cutting my hair short), that people then make different assumptions about how they like to have sex. It started with my last partner who was a long-time partner of...

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Letters to the Editor: RIP Charles Neville
May08

Letters to the Editor: RIP Charles Neville

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. RIP Charles Neville Charles Neville died recently. We here in Western Massachusetts had...

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Pick of the Day 5/8: You Were Never Really Here
May08

Pick of the Day 5/8: You Were Never Really Here

It’s hard not to admire Jaoquin Phoenix’s work; he doesn’t just pop up any and everywhere and he actually acts. More importantly, he hasn’t morphed into a Marvel Comics hero … yet.  So let’s celebrate him while he’s still free of Stan Lee.  You Were Never Really Here is Phoenix’s 2017 thriller which won him a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor.  He plays, Joe, a former FBI agent...

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Senate President declines Northampton Mayor’s request to extend nomination paper deadline following Rosenberg’s resignation
May07

Senate President declines Northampton Mayor’s request to extend nomination paper deadline following Rosenberg’s resignation

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz spoke with Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler on May 6 requesting that the state extend the nomination papers deadline by two weeks for the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester District following the sudden resignation of Sen. Stan Rosenberg on May 4, but Chandler declined due to the precedent this would set for state election laws. Kevin Connor, a spokesperson with the senate president’s...

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Podcast: Sex workers Bella Vendetta and Brook Rain speak out against SESTA
May07

Podcast: Sex workers Bella Vendetta and Brook Rain speak out against SESTA

The federal anti sex trafficking law known as SESTA/FOSTA was passed nearly unanimously by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump earlier this spring, but local consensual sex workers says the law does little to stop sex trafficking while taking away protections for their already dangerous work. Bella Vendetta and her girlfriend Brook Rain are both sex workers in Western Mass and talk about what the law does and how it...

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Bizarro Briefs: ‘Mystery pooper’ exposed
May07

Bizarro Briefs: ‘Mystery pooper’ exposed

‘Mystery pooper’ exposed On a daily basis, a New Jersey man eluded police detection and managed to relieve himself (i.e. poop) on school grounds at a New Jersey high school. Police finally caught up with the “mystery pooper,” as they called him, after setting up a sting operation that every officer on the force was probably clambering not to be a part of. It turns out it was the school’s superintendent! He was charged with lewdness,...

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Pick of the Day 5/7: Bob Schneider at the Iron Horse
May07

Pick of the Day 5/7: Bob Schneider at the Iron Horse

Bob Schneider is a bona fide artist. Not only is this guy an award winning singer/songwriter, he’s a terrific visual artist, as well.  The Dallas Morning News says of his musical stylings: Bob Schneider is “a musical omnivore eager to devour any genre that sounds appetizing.” He’ll be stopping by the Iron Horse tonight at 7 p.m., delighting audiences with his chill, relaxed vocals and easy coolness. Check him out! Iron...

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Local Calendar: Monday 5/7 – Thursday 5/10
May07

Local Calendar: Monday 5/7 – Thursday 5/10

MONDAY 5/7 MUSIC Bob Schneider: May 7, 7 p.m. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. We Made a Thing: A Tiny Audience Show: May 7, 9 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to this weekly super casual – and totally free! – “tiny audience” improv show featuring Pam Victor and Scott Braidman. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St, Northampton. info@happiervalley.com. TUESDAY 5/8 STAGE/FILM/DANCE National...

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Cinemadope: A courtside seat with Norotious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsberg)
May07

Cinemadope: A courtside seat with Norotious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsberg)

Celebrity is a funny thing. Usually, it charts along one or two familiar trajectories: the discovery of some young talent, followed by either the long work of career-building or the short decline of a crash-and-burn. But once in awhile, someone captures the public imagination in a way that defies the expectations of even the most jaded celebrity observer. So it is with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice who, now 85,...

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Free Will Astrology: Be inspired by melting cheese, Aquarius
May07

Free Will Astrology: Be inspired by melting cheese, Aquarius

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Torah is a primary sacred text of the Jewish religion. It consists of exactly 304,805 letters. When specially trained scribes make handwritten copies for ritual purposes, they must not make a single error in their transcription. The work may take as long as 18 months. Your attention to detail in the coming weeks doesn’t have to be quite so painstaking, Aries, but I hope you’ll make a strenuous effort to...

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Editorial: Rosenberg resignation the right move to regain trust
May04

Editorial: Rosenberg resignation the right move to regain trust

We had been waiting a long time for it, but the speed of the events it set in motion once it finally arrived was breathtaking. The state Senate announced an independent ethics investigation of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst in December. It took five months for a report to be delivered to the public, along with a rebuke for Rosenberg. And one day after that, Rosenberg resigned. Rosenberg ascended to the Senate...

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