Our Favorite Dive Bars Part II: Arkham, City Line, Cabot Pub II, The Vic, and One Surprise
Jan16

Our Favorite Dive Bars Part II: Arkham, City Line, Cabot Pub II, The Vic, and One Surprise

Everyone has a favorite dive bar — a place you can go in your old jeans and sweater, have a beer for under $3 and watch some Jeopardy! with townies looking to unwind. Dive bars — and we use the term lovingly — tend to be physically and metaphysically secluded. Signs are minimal and the website, if it even exists, barely functions. The good ones are tucked away like unpolished backstreet gems. Last week, Advocate writers took the...

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Opioid addiction in Western Massachusetts: an Advocate Chat
Jan06

Opioid addiction in Western Massachusetts: an Advocate Chat

Each week, the Advocate staff assembles for an AdvoChat, where we bat around thoughts on a subject in the news. The chat is lightly edited. dave.eisen (Dave Eisenstadter, web editor): Kristin, you’re working on a piece on addiction, so we thought we would take that on as a topic. kristinpalpini (Kristin Palpini, editor): It’s a biggie. dave.eisen: Do you want to say something about what direction you’re taking on the...

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Between the Lines: Updates on Some of 2016’s Big Stories – Detox, Pipelines, and Gun Rights
Jan03

Between the Lines: Updates on Some of 2016’s Big Stories – Detox, Pipelines, and Gun Rights

Some topics are too rich to write about just once. For all the people wondering, “What ever happened to …?” this week’s column features updates on issues I’ve written about in this space before. If you’ve got a topic from this column in mind that you’d like to see updated in 2017, let me know at editor@valleyadvocate.com. Tennessee Gas Pipeline While Tennessee Gas Pipeline has withdrawn plans to build a 420-mile Northeast Expansion...

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Scene Here: Holidays in Whoville
Dec19

Scene Here: Holidays in Whoville

The quadrangle at the Springfield Museums, with its many sculptures of Dr. Seuss’ most famous characters, can inspire wonder in most visitors any day of the year, but there’s an extra bit of Seussian whimsy about it around the holidays. The characters — The Grinch, Max, Cindy Lou Who, Things 1 &2 — bathed in the glow of gently rotating colors, seem to come to life. Anyone pausing for a moment to revel quietly in the magic could be...

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Staff Picks: Pink Floyd and Hot Chocolate
Nov28

Staff Picks: Pink Floyd and Hot Chocolate

The Machine Performs Pink Floyd • Saturday What better way to start the holiday month off then with some Pink Floyd! World touring The Machine stops back at the Calvin for their amazing Floyd show that leaves the biggest of fans in awe. Joe Pascarell, founding member is back in the band and he has the ability to morph his voice into both Waters and Gilmour! Ooh la la. 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, 19 King St., Northampton. — Jennifer...

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