Bizarro Briefs: Dude, Where’s My Car?
Mar14

Bizarro Briefs: Dude, Where’s My Car?

A 19-year-old Canadian went to catch an event at Toronto’s Rogers Centre but was forced to park his Nissan Versa in a garage several miles away from the venue and from there take a cab. But when the show was over, he couldn’t remember where the garage was. Hours later, he finally took a Greyhound bus back home, having failed to find his car. His parents — who appropriately called him “doofy” then took out a Craigslist ad —...

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Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Ingmar Bergman, Pinedrop, and High Mud Comedy Fest
Mar14

Get Out with Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Ingmar Bergman, Pinedrop, and High Mud Comedy Fest

Smiles of a Summer Night // SUNDAY, March 18 It took Ingmar Bergman fifteen films to attract an international following, and it was his 1955 erotic comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) that did it. The black and white film follows 8 Swedes (four women and four men) through mating rituals and flirtatious propositions during a weekend in the country. Lots of fun and a witty script make this a good romp for an almost...

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Turners Falls Experiencing a Renaissance
Mar13

Turners Falls Experiencing a Renaissance

It wasn’t always such a bucolic village. Turners Falls, a village in the town of Montague has undergone a renaissance during the past decade. Where there was once empty storefronts, there’s now a vibrant downtown with a plethora of restaurants, a thriving arts community, a steady growth in new businesses. As you walk through downtown Turners Falls, you might notice stores such as Nina’s Nook and LOOT found + made, which sell work by...

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Farm to Trail Ale to benefit Kestrel Land Trust conservation of Pioneer Valley farm land and forests
Mar06

Farm to Trail Ale to benefit Kestrel Land Trust conservation of Pioneer Valley farm land and forests

A limited edition craft beer called “the Farm to Trail Ale” was recently released on March 4 and celebrates the legacy of the Amherst-based Kestrel Land Trust, which has conserved more than 25,000 acres of forests and farmlands since the 1970s. The beer is a collaboration between between Kestrel and three Pioneer Valley craft beer businesses — Beerology in Northampton, which crafted the rye ale using an historic recipe, Abandoned...

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With DACA deadline passed, local undocumented immigrants demanding action
Mar05

With DACA deadline passed, local undocumented immigrants demanding action

It’s been more than six months since President Trump announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children from deportation. March 5 was set as a deadline for Congress to create new legislation to protect DACA recipients, but now that deadline has come and gone. Multiple federal judges ruled in February that the Trump administration...

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