Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Beatles Open Mic, Elton John Tribute, and 500 Years discussion
Feb21

Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Beatles Open Mic, Elton John Tribute, and 500 Years discussion

500 YEARS // WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28 500 Years exposes Guatemala’s official history of brutality, entrenched racism and genocide through the indigenous Mayan population’s uprising that threatens to topple a corrupt government. Director Pamela Yates will be present for discussion. 7:30p.m. 137 Isenberg School, UMASS. Free and open to the public. — Gina Beavers 10th Annual Beatles Open Mic // SATURDAY, FEB. 24  The open mic is a...

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Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Ch’Chunk!, Butterfly Swing Band, and Musical Thrones
Feb14

Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Ch’Chunk!, Butterfly Swing Band, and Musical Thrones

Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire // THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 16  Really, the name says it all. A musical comedy send up of Emmy award winning Game of Thrones. There will be dragons, comedy, dragons, music, and, yes…dragons. 7:30 p.m. City Stage, One Columbus Center, 150 Bridge St., Springfield. Tickets are $33- $45. — Gina Beavers Ch’Chunk! at Luthier’s Co-op // SATURDAY, FEB. 17  A modern take on...

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From Homeless to Housing: Nonprofits in Holyoke lead the way in offering services for homeless
Feb08

From Homeless to Housing: Nonprofits in Holyoke lead the way in offering services for homeless

Following four years of active duty in the Army during Operation Storm and a subsequent five years in the National Guard, Michael Collazo found himself spending nearly one year in a different type of harrowing circumstance: homelessness. Collazo, 50, was recently able to find housing by connecting with the city of Holyoke’s Veterans Service Office, which in turn reached out to nonprofit Veterans, Inc., but spent nearly the...

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‘Let My People Stay’: Western Mass Jewish community to rally for DREAM Act
Feb06

‘Let My People Stay’: Western Mass Jewish community to rally for DREAM Act

Members of the Jewish community, faith leaders, immigrant rights activist groups, and local area Dreamers will join together in solidarity to support the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act on Thursday, Feb. 8, with a protest outside Northampton City Hall from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The protest is set to take place while the U.S. Senate votes on a spending bill, which could decide the fate of the hundreds of...

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Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Hero Hairdressers, Meditation, Archguitar Music, and a Cape Breton Party
Feb01

Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Hero Hairdressers, Meditation, Archguitar Music, and a Cape Breton Party

“Hairdressers Are My Heroes” by Artist Sonya Clark // WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7 The Cowsills sang, “There ain’t no words for the beauty, the splendor, the wonder of my Hair,” and as part of “Five Takes on African Art / 42 Paintings by Fred Wilson”, hairstylist Kamala Bhagat will recreate a hairstyle copied from an African sculpture on the head of artist Sonya Clark. Clark believes that hairdressers are artists and, in this performance,...

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