Itching for some theater, music? Here’s some ideas

Itching for some theater, music? Here’s some ideas

It’s been a long year, but how’s this for a bit of uplifting news – shows are coming back, albeit slowly at first. Here is a roundup of some of the in-person and virtual events starting in May. Music Sunday, May 2 Karrin Allyson, Marty Jaffe and Valley Jazz Voices, 4...

Monte Belmonte Wines: Let these dozen rosés meet your desires

Monte Belmonte Wines: Let these dozen rosés meet your desires

Rosé is not a grape. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a party or restaurant and someone asks me, “Would you like a rosé?” That question is the functional equivalent of “would you like white wine?” The answer to both questions is “yes.” Follow up questions:...

Live at Last

Live at Last

Sheryl Stoodley is standing in the middle of the Workroom, the performance space in the Northampton Community Arts Trust building curated by A.P.E.@Hawley. In time, it will become a fully equipped studio theater, but for now it’s an enormous unfinished cube, more like...

Stagestruck: My Year of Zoom

Stagestruck: My Year of Zoom

In the Year of Covid, Zoom was a blessing – a marvel of the age, allowing face-to-face contact and online performance. But it was also a curse – and I spent a lot of time cursing at it. Over the year, the drawbacks did constant battle with the benefits.

Stagestruck: Sojourners in the Bardo

Stagestruck: Sojourners in the Bardo

Imagine that you suddenly find yourself in a weird netherworld, suspended between the life you knew and an uncertain future. No, wait. You don’t have to imagine it – it’s the place we’ve all found ourselves in for the past year. In “The Waiting Room,” Silverthorne Theater seeks to enlist the audience in an act of collaboration with a key pandemic player.

Stagestruck: Letters to Kamala

Stagestruck: Letters to Kamala

The election of Kamala Harris as the first woman Vice President of the United States, as well as the first African American and the first of South Asian descent, is cause for celebration. But those “firsts” don’t sit quite comfortably with the three women of color in a new play, “Letters to Kamala.” These ladies are pissed.

Stagestruck: A ‘Caesar’ for Our Time

Stagestruck: A ‘Caesar’ for Our Time

This production takes a hyper-modern, politically savvy swipe at the militarist, toxically masculinist, authoritarian, elite-driven culture of this political moment – and at the ghosts, the women’s voices, the supernatural warnings, that have been repressed and suppressed for too long.

A Great Ride: Narkewicz, Morse reflect on a decade in office

A Great Ride: Narkewicz, Morse reflect on a decade in office

Alex Morse has a new pup — a goldendoodle that answers to Oliver. Can you say inseparable? The Holyoke mayor brought him home from Pennsylvania and claims that the quarantine has afforded him a bit more time to train the pooch. “It adds a bit of perspective,” says...

Advocate Events – 2/25/21

Advocate Events – 2/25/21

Smith College Museum of Art will host a series of programs this spring. Among them are:Black Futures, March 1, 7-8:30 p.m., online. Join Kimberly Drew ’12, Thelma Golden ’87, Jenna Wortham and Amanda Williams for a conversation about Drew and Wortham’s recently...

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Stagestruck: My Year of Zoom

Stagestruck: My Year of Zoom

In the Year of Covid, Zoom was a blessing – a marvel of the age, allowing face-to-face contact and online performance. But it was also a curse – and I spent a lot of time cursing at it. Over the year, the drawbacks did constant battle with the benefits.