Scene Here: Save Ferrous
Feb24

Scene Here: Save Ferrous

In Goshen, salvaging cast-iron stoves isn’t just a business — it’s an art. I spent my childhood in the backseat of a car driving Route 112 from Ashfield to Northampton. At the Goshen border, I would always gaze out my window at the cluttered and colorful exterior of the Good Time Stove Company. The showroom is full of antique stoves looking for a home (they often are bought by Hollywood set decorators, most recently by a...

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Scene Here: Free Radical
Feb08

Scene Here: Free Radical

The man is 74 years old. For half a century of tilting at the bone-grinding windmills of Darwinian capitalism, you’d think he’d be weary, wised-up, aching for retirement. But no, here he is in New Hampshire, on short sleep caught on a night flight halfway across the continent, taking another hotly fought step up the dreary electoral incline, to a big White House of justice up there somewhere, maybe, shimmering in the smog. Well, you’d...

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Women Rock: sexism and music go together like rock and roll
Jan25

Women Rock: sexism and music go together like rock and roll

Attending a Veruca Salt concert as a teenager in the ’90s, Tanya Pearson never imagined that 20 years later she’d be asking lead vocalist-guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post about sexism in the industry. A photo documenting Pearson’s reunion with the two band members last year — she interviewed them for the Women of Rock Oral History Project she started at Smith College — shows her squinty-eyed and beaming with fangirl excitement....

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Scene Here: Songs Aloft
Jan25

Scene Here: Songs Aloft

The creaky floorboards cry out when Tom Matherly shifts his weight. He rocks from one heel to the other in his tan boots, staring down at the frayed red rug while he twists the tuning keys on his vintage electric guitar. He’s pausing his set list to play “The Man Who Sold The World” as a tribute to David Bowie, but this guitar is more than 40 years old, and it doesn’t hold its tuning like it used to. Maybe the temperature is to blame...

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Los Tres Reyes
Jan11

Los Tres Reyes

DAN LITTLE PHOTO The camels may not be here at this year’s Three King’s Day celebration put on by Springfield’s Women of the Vanguard and various community partners, but the party’s so much fun that no one seems to mind. Arriving around 5:30 at Main Street’s Biergarten International — a half-hour after the party’s official start — I find the large open room has about 35 people in it, sitting and talking and enjoying the overhead music...

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