Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Beatles Open Mic, Elton John Tribute, and 500 Years discussion
Feb21

Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Beatles Open Mic, Elton John Tribute, and 500 Years discussion

500 YEARS // WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28 500 Years exposes Guatemala’s official history of brutality, entrenched racism and genocide through the indigenous Mayan population’s uprising that threatens to topple a corrupt government. Director Pamela Yates will be present for discussion. 7:30p.m. 137 Isenberg School, UMASS. Free and open to the public. — Gina Beavers 10th Annual Beatles Open Mic // SATURDAY, FEB. 24  The open mic is a...

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Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Ch’Chunk!, Butterfly Swing Band, and Musical Thrones
Feb14

Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Ch’Chunk!, Butterfly Swing Band, and Musical Thrones

Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire // THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 16  Really, the name says it all. A musical comedy send up of Emmy award winning Game of Thrones. There will be dragons, comedy, dragons, music, and, yes…dragons. 7:30 p.m. City Stage, One Columbus Center, 150 Bridge St., Springfield. Tickets are $33- $45. — Gina Beavers Ch’Chunk! at Luthier’s Co-op // SATURDAY, FEB. 17  A modern take on...

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Staff Picks: Marc Chagall, Amy Beach weather, and Jeremy Turgeon Album Release
Jan24

Staff Picks: Marc Chagall, Amy Beach weather, and Jeremy Turgeon Album Release

Marc Chagall and Friends: The Salon des Indépendants // Through Sunday Marc Chagall has been described as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century.” A pioneer of modern expressionism, Chagall’s work is a celebration of his Jewish roots and is a de facto celebration of self-acceptance after surviving Russian ethnic purges by denying his culture and faith. His extraordinary prints and drawings are...

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Staff Picks:  Dirty Words II, Rock at the Bing, Bon Appetit Burlesque, and French Film Fridays
Jan08

Staff Picks: Dirty Words II, Rock at the Bing, Bon Appetit Burlesque, and French Film Fridays

Children of Paradise // FRIDAY French Film Fridays up at the Hooker-Dunham in Brattleboro is featuring Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis). I just read about this movie somewhere and the claim was that it was like Gone with the Wind only better … not that I’ve seen Gone with the Wind. The Hooker-Dunham is a cool theater and this flick is only 5 bucks. Tickets come with free popcorn. Not too bad. One warning, though:...

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Staff Picks: Stay inside with comic books, fusion jazz, democratic candidates for Governor, and yoga
Jan02

Staff Picks: Stay inside with comic books, fusion jazz, democratic candidates for Governor, and yoga

Comic Book Craft Night with Beer // SUNDAY Oh my goodness, comic book crafting and beer?? Wake up your inner nerd from freezing cold weather-induced hibernation and get your craft on! Comics N’ More will provide all the materials needed to make some collages, ornaments, garlands, and other holiday-style gifts or just something for yourself. Old, well-read, and ready to be retired comics will be used, as well as glue and glitter. $20...

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Get Out With Staff Picks: First Night Music, Rubblebucket, Weeds, and Home Alone
Dec26

Get Out With Staff Picks: First Night Music, Rubblebucket, Weeds, and Home Alone

2018 First Night Northampton // SUNDAY Checking out all the great local bands while meandering through the chilly streets of downtown Northampton is a tradition for me on New Year’s Eve, and this year is no exception. There’s a plethora of amazing acts performing across the downtown area, including Heather Maloney, the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra, Colorway (pictured), Fancy Trash, the Women’s Songwriter Collective,...

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Holiday Staff Picks: A Solstice Celebration, Creepy Christmas, Ugly Sweaters, and Holiday Benefit
Dec18

Holiday Staff Picks: A Solstice Celebration, Creepy Christmas, Ugly Sweaters, and Holiday Benefit

Songs of Joy and Peace — Holiday Benefit Show // THURSDAY  It’s a night of music at the Sierra Grille featuring a plethora of local bands playing holiday music to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Me Too. Bring $3 for donations of three items for the Food Bank. All the cash donations will go to Me Too, which has been helping survivors of sexual violence since 2016. There’s a lot of great local groups on...

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STAFF PICKS: Snow White, Christmas Metal, Eavesdrop, and Art After Depression Treatment
Dec11

STAFF PICKS: Snow White, Christmas Metal, Eavesdrop, and Art After Depression Treatment

  Overcoming Depression // SATURDAY Chris Goudreau wrote a great piece on transcranial magnetic stimulation (in a crude sense getting zapped by a magnet) as a way to treat depression. The treatment has been shown to be effective enough that the FDA approved its use in 2008. But the FDA never said one of the side effects might be a rekindled interest in the arts. That was a discovery Atkinson Family Practice patient Catherine...

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Staff Picks: Music Across the Valley and Ladies Arm Wrestling
Dec04

Staff Picks: Music Across the Valley and Ladies Arm Wrestling

Nate Martel Album Release at Hawks & Reed // SUNDAY Nate Martel, best known for being the singer/guitarist of Northampton rock group Outer Stylie is releasing his debut solo album — and it’s on his birthday! The release show will feature a handful of musicians that are featured on the album, including cellist Matthew Thornton. The two recently came in for an Advocate Sessions (look out for that at the end of the month). Along with...

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STAFF PICKS: Snow Farm, Labyrinth Walk, a Hendrix Tribute, and Eddie Japan
Nov20

STAFF PICKS: Snow Farm, Labyrinth Walk, a Hendrix Tribute, and Eddie Japan

Snow Farm Seconds Sale // FRIDAY-SUNDAY My number one goal for the holiday season is to get as much of my shopping done before December as possible. Shopping in December is the worst, and I am trying to avoid giving Amazon my money so I’m heading to the last Snow Farm seconds sale on Thanksgiving weekend. There are locally made crafts from all over the county, but because they’re technically “seconds,”...

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STAFF PICKS: Jazz, Folk, Funk, and Tattoos for a Cause
Nov13

STAFF PICKS: Jazz, Folk, Funk, and Tattoos for a Cause

Home Brewed Jazz // SATURDAY Hadley singer-songwriter Jacki Odess-Gillett already has a jazz album under her belt. In 2015, she recorded 10 original jazz tunes with local jazz masters, including Charles Neville, Miro Sprague, Dave Wertman (now deceased), and Billy Arnold. Now she’s recording her second with the same crew, and Dave Picci on bass. To celebrate the project, they are putting on a concert at Hawks and Reed at 2 p.m....

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STAFF PICKS: A Week’s Worth of Films, Blues, and the New England Neck Wrecker
Nov06

STAFF PICKS: A Week’s Worth of Films, Blues, and the New England Neck Wrecker

Brattleboro Film Fest // THROUGH SUNDAY I haven’t been to a film festival in awhile, but it only took one look at the lineup for this week’s sixth annual Brattleboro Film Festival to seal the deal. The festival takes place at the historic Latchis Theatre in downtown Brattleboro and runs through Sunday, Nov. 12. What really excites me about the films featured this year is their diversity. There are films and filmmakers from places...

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STAFF PICKS: Incarcerated artists, Roxane Gay, and dinner and a show
Oct30

STAFF PICKS: Incarcerated artists, Roxane Gay, and dinner and a show

Inside Art IV // FRIDAY The Elm Street Think Tank is a group of incarcerated locals and community educators who meet weekly inside the jail to have discussions, raise awareness, and work on a collection of different projects. The fourth annual “Inside Art,” an art exhibit featuring art and writings by residents incarcerated at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, is now available for public viewing. This year’s show focuses on the...

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STAFF PICKS: Haunted Evenings, Electronic/Art Rock, and Ukulele’s
Oct23

STAFF PICKS: Haunted Evenings, Electronic/Art Rock, and Ukulele’s

A Haunted Evening at Gateway City Arts // SATURDAY The weekend before Halloween is usually when all the fun happens. The Valley is full of events going on, and this just happens to be one of them. ​There will be many treats in store. Halloween-inspired cocktails and drinks, yummy food available from The Bistro at Gateway City Arts, and of course live music by jazzy indie rock duo, The Greys. They will be performing a cauldron full of...

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Staff Picks: A HeART for Puerto Rico
Oct16

Staff Picks: A HeART for Puerto Rico

HeART for Puerto Rico Benefit Fundraiser // FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and SUNDAY It’s a weekend of music, live shows, and art at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke all in support of a relief fund for Puerto Rico and the Holyoke community, which is preparing to receive more than 3,500 family members and friends in the coming weeks, who are relocating to the Pioneer Valley after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Bands such as The...

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Staff PICKS! Lady Snowblood in Amherst, Freak Folkers, Orchard Ballet, and Yucks
Sep05

Staff PICKS! Lady Snowblood in Amherst, Freak Folkers, Orchard Ballet, and Yucks

Lady Snowblood at Amherst Cinema // FRIDAY Ah, the classic story of bloody and brutal revenge. There’s nothing quite like it. Although many think Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films are the peak of stylized action in the sub-genre, there is another film ready to climb a metaphorical mountain of gore. That film is Lady Snowblood (1973) by Toshiya Fujita, which raises gory revenge to a level of visual poetry. Lady Snowblood...

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Staff Picks: Smell You Later in Williamstown
Aug07

Staff Picks: Smell You Later in Williamstown

Smell You Later // Thursday  The Osmotheque in Versailles, France, brings visitors to the museum on a journey of smells, cataloging the historic smells of perfumes. It’s name comes from the Greek words meaning “smell storehouse.” Now Williams College is taking a stab at its own Osmotheque to transform works in Museum of Art’s collection into scents. Perfumers Christopher Draghi and Robert Dobay lead the tour, starting at 5 p.m....

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