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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Staff Picks: Llama Lasagne Holiday Spectacular and More Holiday Festivities
Dec13

Staff Picks: Llama Lasagne Holiday Spectacular and More Holiday Festivities

The Big Sway at The Still • Saturday Funky jam band The Big Sway are headed back to The Still for a night two sets of psychedelic rock. So get rid of those holiday blues after your last minute shopping, and celebrate with some feel good music. The Still also has a great pub menu and plenty of delicious beers on tap including my all-time favorite, BBC’s Steel Rail. No cover, 21+, The Still Bar & Grill, 858 Suffield St. (Route 75),...

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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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The Last Unicorn: The Platinum Pony Will Not Reopen
Oct31

The Last Unicorn: The Platinum Pony Will Not Reopen

It’s official: Easthampton’s Platinum Pony has taken its last ride. The business’ former owner Kristen Davis announced that the bar, which closed its 30 Cottage St. location last fall following a suspected electrical fire, would not reopen as planned. The Platinum Pony had earned a following for its queer-friendly atmosphere and events before the fire on Oct. 5, 2015. According to Davis it wasn’t practical to reopen the business...

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Stagestruck: Playing the Trump Card
Oct24

Stagestruck: Playing the Trump Card

You, my friend, are fucked.” So begins Trump Card, a one-man show created by monologist Mike Daisey that deconstructs the Republican presidential candidate. Next week in the Valley, monologist Seth Lepore performs his own personal riff on Daisey’s original. Lepore’s version isn’t plagiarism. The author posted a transcript of his performance online as an open-source template, inviting other artists to take it up and freely “amend or...

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