Pick of the Week
New England Landfall
The hurricane that devastated southern Louisiana in 2005 has become a symbol of human folly, injustice...
BLOGS
Layered Time and the Force of Gravity in Frankenstein : A Conversation with Linda McInerney and Lindel Hart
Lindel Hart and Linda McInerney have been collaborating for two years on an adaptation of Mary...
The Surprise is No Surprise
Two shows I’ve seen in the past week, at opposite ends of the state but with a common link, have...
Facebook Mea Culpa
Admittedly, I’m a gratitude junkie. I “get it” that for me, the more gratitude...
Butterfly Effect Indeed
I wonder if the first person to find him- or herself uncharacteristically pale for a human had any...
Quote of the Week: John Stewart on al Qaeda Field
"Yeah, no. I'm not sure you want to be associated with something as disreputable as professional football...
Valley Rising Compilation Series Reaches Milestone with Third Release
Like “The Godfather,” “Back to the Future” and “The Matrix” before...
Berry experts
I have small path of Alpine strawberries that doesn’t get a lot of attention. I weed...
Ten Pin Alley
Rolling with the pros in Northampton
News & Commentary
Flight Fight
The FAA’s evolving drone policy is sure to induce outrage.
Between the Lines: Martha Coakley Remade
The Democrats’ choice for governor still needs to find her star power.
Berwick-Stricken
Don Berwick may have lost to Martha Coakley in the Democratic primary, but not without winning hearts and minds in Western Mass.
From Our Readers
Casinos Need Problem Gamblers; A Better World with Ryan
Stage
Weaving a New Myth
It’s a fairy tale (for grownups only) about a traveling circus (down on its luck), “weaving...
Film
Cinemadope: Exit the Theater
Movies in other places
Cinemadope: Mix and Match
Unlikely alliances
Greatest Hits
Oh My!
Turning on to the Valley’s hand-crafted kink
A Poet at Play
Connolly Ryan aims his cunning verse at Northampton.
Between the Lines: The Birth of Ajax Montoya
Debut novelist Joe Gannon brings his memorable detective to life.
Chevrolet to Shakespeare
Even if you think you don’t know Cliff Eberhardt’s voice, you probably know Cliff Eberhardt’s...
Downtown Jazz
The Northampton Jazz Festival goes from music fest to downtown party.
The Bard’s Birthday Bash
Shakespeare & Company celebrates in style and substance.
Fade to Gold
Zing, a small studio in Westfield, makes big records.
Like A Cannonball
Northampton poet Mike Young’s new book, Sprezzatura, lands with a splash
Paved Road to Paradise?
Taking in the view from the highest peak in the state
First A Dancer
Rythea Lee combines music, dance and drama in Don’t Be A Dick.
The Space Between
A man in a baseball cap stares at nothing. He’s clutching paperwork. Down the bench from him,...
Armory for the Future
Reimagining one of Springfield’s historic treasures
The Mischief Man
Can Jamie Kent turn the music world on its head?
No Crying Over Spilled Milk
Valley dairy farms innovate to survive tough circumstances.
Real Talk
In violent times, Pastor Talbert Swan II calls on his community to stop waiting for reforms.
Can Music Pay?
The economic realities of making music in the Valley
Summer Arts Preview
A few good picks for a hot summer
A “Natural Fit”?
Attorney General candidate Maura Healey runs on a record of civil rights work.
Under One Roof
The Kanoujia family makes India House home.
Out-of-Pocket Pols
In the race to be governor, some candidates dip heavily into their own piggy banks.
When Workers Become Owners
Real Pickles charts an unconventional course
Bets or Ballots?
With support for casinos in question, opponents take their case to court.
The “Dangerous” Democrat
Can gubernatorial hopeful Don Berwick win with the hot-button issues of single-payer healthcare and casinos?
Of Peacocks and Patronage
Darren Waterston’s Mass MoCA installation “Filthy Lucre” explores the relationship between money and art.
Going Public
Hilltown families fight to keep their local school
Springtimes Arts Preview
Kicking off the season with The Bearded Lady, Bella’s Bartok and a princess or two
Sanders for President?
Progressives call on Sanders to run for president as a Democrat
The Blowout and the Blarney
A week before St. Patrick’s Day, UMass students went over the top—and so did the media.
Casting A Spell
UMass’ Magic Triangle Jazz Series year 25
Northampton vs Casino
A casino in Northampton could cause a “downward spiral” in the city’s economy.
90 Days of BS
Pols aren’t the only ones we should hold accountable.
Birder's Paradise
A new photography exhibit by Greg Saulmon focuses on Holyoke’s urban wilderness.
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Music
Eight Minutes of Fame
Open mic at Luthier’s Co-Op in Easthampton lets voices be heard
CD Shorts: Tweedy
Sukierae (dBpm)   Jeff Tweedy’s new album arrives without his band Wilco, but...
Nightcrawler: Signature Event
Signature Sounds celebrates two decades of sonic excellence; hip injury forces ZZ Top to bow out of Big E
Dining
Beer Around Here
So much to sample, so little time
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