Cinemadope: A Bird in Hand, Sesame Street comes to Northampton
Feb08

Cinemadope: A Bird in Hand, Sesame Street comes to Northampton

As I sit here in my shirtsleeves, typing away near a slightly open window, I really must insist that readers of this column remember this minor detail: it is February. This is the time when we’re all supposed to be calling all the hardware stores, asking about roof rakes and ice dams; or buying one of those weird ergonomic shovels because all the normal ones are sold out, bought by normal people who think ahead. I mention it not...

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Lazer-like Focus: 99.3 FM’s Leslie speaks Stern, sweets, and cheap cologne
Feb08

Lazer-like Focus: 99.3 FM’s Leslie speaks Stern, sweets, and cheap cologne

Between corporate takeovers, format changes and, quite literally, the omnipresent threat of satellites looming overhead, the average life expectancy of local radio stations these days seems to only slightly exceed that of say, a Betta fish. Set that gloomy backdrop to the prospect of a female jock looking to anchor a major rock morning show — sans a sidekick, no less — and now we’re looking at average career lengths rivaling the shelf...

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Q&A with Elizabeth Kolbert, local author of prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction
Feb08

Q&A with Elizabeth Kolbert, local author of prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction

Much of what’s written about climate change tends to be either oversimplified, chock full of bias, or too jargony for most of us to read. Elizabeth Kolbert — staff writer for the New Yorker, Williamstown resident, and professor at Williams College — however, approaches the subject with passion and presents complicated subject matter in a way that is both approachable and terrifying in an objectively scientific way. Kolbert began...

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Climate fascism
Feb08

Climate fascism

Climate change doesn’t just mean unusually warm winters in Massachusetts. The shift in temperature is changing the agricultural, economic, and political landscape of the planet. Less developed countries are paying the price as first world nations make moves to make the most out of rising sea levels and diminishing water supply. On Friday investigative journalist Christian Parenti will give a talk at Smith College on the findings in...

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Get Out with Staff Picks!
Jan25

Get Out with Staff Picks!

Sun Parade with The Congress • Thursday Feb. 4 Ahhh, Sun Parade. You make feel-good happy music that makes me want to take a drive (and I don’t even like driving). Even though you’re singing — soothingly, I’ll add — about breakups, ham sandwiches, and existential crises, I can’t help but smile and bop around when I hear your upbeat tunes. It’s just easier to contemplate life and ham and cheese when you...

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Marching in Time: Football, music, and racism with Willie Hill
Jan18

Marching in Time: Football, music, and racism with Willie Hill

It’s difficult to argue against Beyoncé’s greatness, it is true. But skimming through clips of marching bands past elicits one big question about the Super Bowl halftime shows of today: with all the fireworks and special effects, have we strayed too far away from the music of it all? The drum major charged with the first ever halftime show at the first ever Super Bowl, UMass Fine Arts Center director Willie Hill, humbly says we have....

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