Cinemadope: Cracking a Chestnut
Dec12

Cinemadope: Cracking a Chestnut

When my wife and I began seeing each other — a decade ago, now — one of our early big dates was an afternoon out for a December performance of The Nutcracker, put on by the Pioneer Valley Ballet at the Academy of Music in Northampton. It felt special and somehow grand, with both of us in clothes we didn’t wear so often, each done up a bit for the occasion. But it also felt sweetly innocent and profoundly local, seeing those kids...

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Back Talk: The US Flag and Electoral College
Dec12

Back Talk: The US Flag and Electoral College

US flag represents truths both inspiring and terrible We write to offer a veterans’ viewpoint different from those dominating the events at Hampshire College in Amherst. We are members of chapter 95, Veterans for Peace, an international veterans’ organization whose mission is to build a culture of peace, expose the true costs of war, and heal the wounds of war. Though we wouldn’t burn the flag, we applaud and support the work of...

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Staff Picks: Dinosaur Jr., Jim Breuer & the Loud and Rowdy
Dec06

Staff Picks: Dinosaur Jr., Jim Breuer & the Loud and Rowdy

Pantera Tribute and more \m/ • Saturday Trendkill “the ultimate Pantera tribute” is gonna blow up The Tank with a tribute night to Dimebag Darrell. Also on the bill to make the night even more metal and heavy are locals As Misery Fades, NIM, An Unction In Braille, Speak Well of the Dead, and Left Hand Backwards! Make sure to wear black so you’ll fit in. 7 p.m., all ages, $10, The Tank American Legion Post 185, 478 Springfield St.,...

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Between the Lines: Are the Elections Rigged?
Oct24

Between the Lines: Are the Elections Rigged?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has spent the last several months asserting that the Nov. 8 election will be rigged against him. He doesn’t have any evidence to support this claim — except for all the polls that say the real estate developer and reality TV star is going to lose the election — but that hasn’t stopped him from tarnishing the foundation of U.S. democracy. He’s gone so far as to refuse to acknowledge...

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Cinemadope: The Nanny’s Gaze, discovering the secret world of little known Chicago street photog Vivian Maier
Oct10

Cinemadope: The Nanny’s Gaze, discovering the secret world of little known Chicago street photog Vivian Maier

A lifetime ago — maybe two lifetimes now — I was an art school student. I was a hard worker but probably too concerned with what others thought of my work, and even then I knew that was a problem. That feeling seemed confirmed by the work being done by a classmate of mine: a shy, unassuming young woman who flew so far under the radar that she was skimming the grass. Her art — when I finally got to see her most honest work, and not...

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