Pick of the Week
Song and Dance
Japanese scholar and performer Yuko Eguchi visits the Valley this week to illustrate the arts of the...
BLOGS
Interview with Harley Erdman, Playwright for Nobody's Girl
On October 17 and 18, 2014, the Northampton Academy of Music Theater will debut the new play, Nobody’s...
The Surprise is No Surprise
Two shows I’ve seen in the past week, at opposite ends of the state but with a common link, have...
Sweeten the World
This is the true order of how things happened: I’d been meaning and wanting to make a batch,...
Butterfly Effect Indeed
I wonder if the first person to find him- or herself uncharacteristically pale for a human had any...
Quote of the Week: John Stewart on al Qaeda Field
"Yeah, no. I'm not sure you want to be associated with something as disreputable as professional football...
Valley Rising Compilation Series Reaches Milestone with Third Release
Like “The Godfather,” “Back to the Future” and “The Matrix” before...
Poke things with sticks
Eons ago before I had even met the boss, before, in fact, I knew I needed a boss, a friend and...
Autumn Extravaganza
New England struts its stuff at the Big E.
News & Commentary
A Textbook Case of Math Disability
Is it me or this stupid book?
Meeting Halfway
Criticized for mishandling last spring’s Blarney Blowout, Amherst police and UMass officials took a different approach to last weekend’s Halfway to Blarney festivities.
An Exclusive Homecoming
Multi-million-dollar renovations at UMass’ McGuirk Stadium don’t include ADA compliance.
Are You Ready?
CVS’ new “Let’s Quit Together” campaign gets mixed reviews on Valley streets.
From Our Readers
Coakley Malaise?; Money Talks; Of Animals, Allergies and Asthma
Stage
Slammed
Being a writer is only half the battle in the competitive story slam world.
Stagestruck: The Distaff Side
The region’s stats on women playwrights and directors aren’t pretty.
Overture and Finale
Three summers ago, Kali Quinn brought her one-woman—no, three-woman—show, Overture to...
Film
Cinemadope: The Home Front
Building a nest, keeping an egg
Cinemadope: Exit the Theater
Movies in other places
Greatest Hits
Ten Pin Alley
Rolling with the pros in Northampton
Between the Lines: Martha Coakley Remade
The Democrats’ choice for governor still needs to find her star power.
Oh My!
Turning on to the Valley’s hand-crafted kink
Chevrolet to Shakespeare
Even if you think you don’t know Cliff Eberhardt’s voice, you probably know Cliff Eberhardt’s...
Downtown Jazz
The Northampton Jazz Festival goes from music fest to downtown party.
The Bard’s Birthday Bash
Shakespeare & Company celebrates in style and substance.
Fade to Gold
Zing, a small studio in Westfield, makes big records.
Like A Cannonball
Northampton poet Mike Young’s new book, Sprezzatura, lands with a splash
Paved Road to Paradise?
Taking in the view from the highest peak in the state
First A Dancer
Rythea Lee combines music, dance and drama in Don’t Be A Dick.
The Space Between
A man in a baseball cap stares at nothing. He’s clutching paperwork. Down the bench from him,...
Armory for the Future
Reimagining one of Springfield’s historic treasures
The Mischief Man
Can Jamie Kent turn the music world on its head?
No Crying Over Spilled Milk
Valley dairy farms innovate to survive tough circumstances.
Real Talk
In violent times, Pastor Talbert Swan II calls on his community to stop waiting for reforms.
Can Music Pay?
The economic realities of making music in the Valley
Summer Arts Preview
A few good picks for a hot summer
A “Natural Fit”?
Attorney General candidate Maura Healey runs on a record of civil rights work.
Under One Roof
The Kanoujia family makes India House home.
Out-of-Pocket Pols
In the race to be governor, some candidates dip heavily into their own piggy banks.
When Workers Become Owners
Real Pickles charts an unconventional course
Bets or Ballots?
With support for casinos in question, opponents take their case to court.
The “Dangerous” Democrat
Can gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick win with the hot-button issues of single-payer healthcare and casinos?
Of Peacocks and Patronage
Darren Waterston’s Mass MoCA installation “Filthy Lucre” explores the relationship between money and art.
Going Public
Hilltown families fight to keep their local school
Springtimes Arts Preview
Kicking off the season with The Bearded Lady, Bella’s Bartok and a princess or two
Sanders for President?
Progressives call on Sanders to run for president as a Democrat
The Blowout and the Blarney
A week before St. Patrick’s Day, UMass students went over the top—and so did the media.
Casting A Spell
UMass’ Magic Triangle Jazz Series year 25
Northampton vs Casino
A casino in Northampton could cause a “downward spiral” in the city’s economy.
90 Days of BS
Pols aren’t the only ones we should hold accountable.
Birder's Paradise
A new photography exhibit by Greg Saulmon focuses on Holyoke’s urban wilderness.
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Music
CD Shorts: The Dustbowl Revival
Carry Me Home (independent)   The more things change, the more they don’t. Or...
Nightcrawler: Koker and A Smile
The Valley celebrates “rising” artists; Danny “The Count” Koker kicks off the Big E concert series with a classic rock revival.
Dining
Beer Around Here
So much to sample, so little time
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