Nightcrawler: Holyoke’s Waterfront set for a rebirth?, Sage King’s debut album
Feb24

Nightcrawler: Holyoke’s Waterfront set for a rebirth?, Sage King’s debut album

The future of Holyoke’s Waterfront Tavern seemed murky at best a few months ago. Just when it appeared the historic venue would be pulling the plug altogether, rumors of a strategic alliance began to swirl. Last week, however, Donald Robert of Maximum Capacity notoriety opened the proverbial informational floodgates for the Crawler. Here’s his official statement on the matter. “Okay, what I can tell you is that obviously the...

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Never Too Late: Jim Eagan garners late-in-life musical success
Feb24

Never Too Late: Jim Eagan garners late-in-life musical success

Jim Eagan of Shelburne Falls may not have started songwriting until his late 60s, but the second song he ever wrote got scooped up by Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane. That was last year, and now Kaukonen is touring with Eagan’s song, “Ain’t In No Hurry,” as the title track for his new album. Eagan, 72, says he owes his late-in-life musical success to his son. Eagan says he played guitar for nearly fifty years “without ever taking...

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These Boots Are Made For Whippin’: Brattleboro’s newest theater company brings comedy kink to Main Street
Feb16

These Boots Are Made For Whippin’: Brattleboro’s newest theater company brings comedy kink to Main Street

For his newest production, theater director Josh Moyse has been shopping online for costume pieces. Finally, he found what he needed. “The dog collar just came in the mail today,” he tells me by phone, “and I’m really excited about it.” That leather dog collar will go around the neck of actor Xoe Perra. Without it, rehearsals for Venus in Fur just aren’t complete. “I think what we’ve found so far is good,” Moyse says. “The leather top...

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Not Your Grandpa’s Sex: What we do, who we do, and what gets us going has changed a lot over the last 50 years
Feb08

Not Your Grandpa’s Sex: What we do, who we do, and what gets us going has changed a lot over the last 50 years

Sex has been around since day one, and it’s still evolving. Just over the past 50 or 60 years, getting down has changed significantly. Influenced by popular culture and social mores, sex has become a more liberated and experimental experience since the 1950s. With a decrease in stigma and a society more willing to talk about it, all kinds of sex encounters are on the table — or in the bedroom, bathroom, outside, upside down, whatever...

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Bending Toward Northampton: Jocelyn O’Shea on teaching and yoga for kids
Feb03

Bending Toward Northampton: Jocelyn O’Shea on teaching and yoga for kids

If you had the opportunity to work as a designer for Law & Order and Gossip Girl, would you quit and teach yoga instead? That’s exactly what Jocelyn O’Shea did, and she has no regrets about it. The Cambridge native recently moved back to Massachusetts after spending about 15 years away. After only a few months in Northampton — she moved here in September — she’s quickly vinyasa’d her way into five of the area’s studios, in...

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