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The Arts: An Evening of Art and Music
“ M usic,” Les Miserables author Victor Hugo once noted, “expresses that which...
BLOGS
Cutting up Books in Libraries and other FAIR Adventures
On a recent Saturday, a group of adults and preteens gathered at the J.V. Fletcher Library in Westford,...
Wicked and Really Wicked
A few weeks ago I wrote an Advocate column about the scarcity of women playwrights and directors on...
Thankful For...
Tree branches’ twists Warmth earned ascending hills on foot Feet Fierce...
Proud?
With today's release of the details of Bush administration-sanctioned torturing, not to mention the...
Gearing Up at East Longmeadow's Competitive Edge with Seasoned Ski Bum Chip Smith
About a mile past the X on Route 83, after Donut Dip and Pasquale’s Restaurant and Tavern, just...
Northeast Underground's Best Albums of 2014
2014 was an unpredictable year for music. Female artists like Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, and Ariana...
Little Boxes Made of ticky tacky
It’s that most irritating time of the year. The indentured boarders are big on Christmas,...
From Farm to Freezer
Liquid nitrogen expands market for local farmers
News & Commentary
Between The Lines: Back Where I Came From
There’s no place like home
Guest Column: Forget Ferguson
I moved to the Pioneer Valley eight months ago, so I still get asked, “Where are you from?”...
From Our Readers
Moving to make way for MGM? Don’t forget about Holyoke V ery interesting article...
arts and culture
Mustaches and Monsters
Third Annual Lowbrow Art and Craft Fair ‘caters to the unusual’
Winter Arts Preview
A New Nutcracker As Christmastime makes its annual approach, many an audience braces itself for...
Stage
Stagestruck: Snarky Yule
TheaterWorks’ Christmas card is a holiday revenge fantasy
Film
Cinemadope: The Spirit of Giving
Free movies and more
Cinemadope: Tingle All the Way
Sex ed, hobbits, and song
Greatest Hits
Sexual Harassment: Part of the Job?
Exploitation in the food service industry
Windy and Goliath
For one fired Walmart employee, the fight for workers’ rights has gotten personal
But Will They Come?
While many local ski resorts struggle, Berkshire East expands
One Stop Bar Hop
Tunnel Bar, Platform, The Deck and The Blue Goose unite to form Northampton’s newest hot spot
Dishes, Dinner, & Sex
The well-organized home life of a polyamorous Springfield family
Driving Distracted: What it costs
Think you can handle multitasking on the road? Don't be so sure.
Sidewalk Stories
A day in the life of downtown Northampton
The Fright Factory
With Easthampton space, DementedFX hopes to become the Disney of haunted houses
Better Later?
More joining the ranks in favor of a later start time for high schools
The Great Burrito Smackdown
Size matters, but big isn’t necessarily best
The Valley on Film
The Northampton International Film Festival offers plenty of homegrown talent.
Fall Arts Preview
A few of our picks for a festive fall
Autumn Extravaganza
New England struts its stuff at the Big E.
Ten Pin Alley
Rolling with the pros in Northampton
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
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
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: Tony Jillson
For Cynthia (Birdwaves) On the wall just to the left of my computer screen, there’s a black-and-white...
Nightcrawler: Piping Up
Sean Altman honors the Jewish holidays; Foucault pipes up on local environmental issue
dining
Egg Nog Shocker
Dark horse nog takes first place in Valley taste test
A Serious Riesling With an Odd Name
Kung Fu Girl Riesling Washington State 2013, $11.99   I find it rewarding when the big...
Madam Barfly: A Festival of (Getting) Lit
I , Madame Barfly, am here to help you with all of your booze-loving needs. As a nine-year veteran...
The Beerhunter
T hrow down your coasters and pull up your stools — there’s a new beer column in town....
Listings
Annual Manual
Best of the 2014 Readers' Poll Winners