VIDEO: Chris Goudreau on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Aug31

VIDEO: Chris Goudreau on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Our very own Valley Advocate staff writer – Chris Goudreau – is this week’s Sessions performer. Goudreau sings with an operatic sounding voice and has plenty of 12-string guitar chops. Goudreau is also a member of 10-piece avant-garde pop/ experimental theatrical band, The Leafies You Gave Me, in which he sings, plays guitar, and provides surreal Dada inspired comedy. Goudreau performed on the Valley Advocate...

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Local Marijuana Entrepreneurs Ready To Roll, Just Waiting For The Green Light
Aug28

Local Marijuana Entrepreneurs Ready To Roll, Just Waiting For The Green Light

At age 45, marijuana-grower Anscomb says it’s time for him to go legit. He’s been illegally raising and harvesting weed for 13 years in an underground capacity (here’s a guide to how to grow your own), but now that recreational marijuana is legal, Anscomb is getting ready to apply for a cannabis cultivation license and get his business on the books. Anscomb is a science teacher living in Northampton. He’s got a wife and children...

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Gotta Get ‘Back To The Future’
Aug21

Gotta Get ‘Back To The Future’

Northampton Community TV’s Crowdsourced Cinema project has spawned shot-for-shot remakes of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Princess Bride. But this year’s title — the time travel epic Back to the Future (aka my favorite movie OF ALL TIME) — meant the Advocate wasn’t sitting this one out. The way the project works is people volunteer to shoot a scene, then NCTV cuts the movie into 30-second to three-minute chunks and...

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Between the Lines: UMass,  Adopt A Rape Survivors Bill of Rights
Aug21

Between the Lines: UMass, Adopt A Rape Survivors Bill of Rights

While interviewing organizers of student-led college activist groups at UMass Amherst, Smith College, and Amherst College, I learned about the Coalition to End Rape Culture (CERC) at UMass , a campus group founded by survivors of sexual assault that is calling on the university to implement better policies to support victims of intimate violence. The Coalition to End Rape, alongside other groups such as Carry That Weight, Know Your...

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“Where Were You When …” 9/11, OJ, Cobain and More Defining Moments: An Advocate Chat
Aug16

“Where Were You When …” 9/11, OJ, Cobain and More Defining Moments: An Advocate Chat

The Advocate Chat is a recurring series where the Valley Advocate staff talks about a topic on their minds. The text below has been lightly edited. dave.eisen (Managing Editor Dave Eisenstadter): The past few weeks have had some shocking news. So we wanted to chat about the really shocking news in our lives, those “where were you when” moments that everyone remembers. kristinpalpini (Editor-in-Chief Kristin Palpini): Soooo...

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