Cinemadope: Is Spielberg Corny?
Jan09

Cinemadope: Is Spielberg Corny?

There are times when I look back on my youth and shake my head at my younger self. Mostly, it’s when I think about the dreck that was on in the after-school hours on the local UHF stations: sugar-cereal cartoons that were a 12-year-old’s forbidden fruit. It is with a heavy heart that I try to estimate the amount of time I spent glued, wide-eyed, to episodes of ThunderCats. But there are other stories from those days that have stayed...

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Cinemadope: Three films about hummus, bagels and blintzes
Jan03

Cinemadope: Three films about hummus, bagels and blintzes

When it comes to film, the Christmas and New Years weeks are not usually a great time for filmgoers, with the exception of a few blockbusters and carefully planned Oscar-hopeful releases. Studios and theaters know that we’re all too damn busy rushing out to buy a last minute gift or go to another holiday party, so they push openings back for much of their best fare. What does get sent out is largely the cinematic equivalent of all...

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Backtalk: Readers react to Halos and Horns
Jan03

Backtalk: Readers react to Halos and Horns

Halos & Horns Editor’s Note: Some responses to the Advocate’s annual section dedicated to the promoting and pooh-poohing of what went on in the last year. I just want to congratulate you on your latest issue. I found it engaging and on target. Beside the nods to Planned Parenthood, the SPLC, and other things close to my heart, I was heartened to see the Halo for my dear departed friend Ed Vadas, one of our region’s true and...

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Back Talk: Not bigoted, just religious?
Dec19

Back Talk: Not bigoted, just religious?

Hey, Trump: Labor Secretary Should Champion Workers President-elect Trump just selected Andrew Puzder as his nominee for Secretary of Labor. Unfortunately, as the CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., Puzder holds a record of opposing the economic agenda demanded by the majority of the American public. On Election Day alone, voters overwhelmingly supported minimum wage raises and paid sick leave in all four states where the issue was on the...

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Valley Advocate guide to what to do on New Year’s Eve
Dec19

Valley Advocate guide to what to do on New Year’s Eve

Still making plans for New Year’s Eve? Check out what’s going on in the area:   The Strange One’s Ball: A New Year’s Eve Spectacle Starring Bella’s Bartok Pearl Street Nightclub, 10 Pearl St., Northampton Come see what Pearl Street Nightclub is calling, “The greatest show on Earth … Probably.” The Strange One’s Ball is a line up of folk punk music, dancing, and circus-like theatrics. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 in...

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