Pick of the Week
Lo Fine Hi-Fi
Kevin O’Rourke used to make music in the Valley, not only with his primary project, the low-key...
BLOGS
Will the Real First Thanksgiving Please Stand Up?
“And God be praised, we had a good increase…. Our harvest being gotten in, our governor...
Wicked and Really Wicked
A few weeks ago I wrote an Advocate column about the scarcity of women playwrights and directors on...
In Threes
I had for a long while a habit of three things to tell you about along with a statement of three...
Where the Walken Things Are
This is my new favorite thing. Enjoy! ...
Million Dollar Man: UMass Hoops Coach Derek Kellogg is the Highest Paid State Employee
The University of Massachusetts recently announced a new contract extension for men’s basketball...
Foo Fighters "Sonic Highways" Album Review: Extended Cut
Check out a shorter version of this review that ran in the print edition of the Valley Advocate...
Sick Chicken
Last night on the bus I was thinking about my chicken. That’s not against the rules on a PVTA...
Dishes, Dinner, & Sex
The well-organized home life of a polyamorous Springfield family
Trans, Queer, Poly… and Married
I n 2001, Justin Cascio was living with his dominatrix girlfriend in Brooklyn when he met Kevin Collins,...
I’m Poly — Now What?
F inding someone who is single and interesting is challenging enough. Throw in the poly requirement...
News & Commentary
Scene Here: In Transit
O utside the John W. Olver Transit Center in Greenfield, a bus has arrived and is emanating a sound...
Between the Lines: Style is the Governor
Charlie Baker keeps it nice and simple
From Our Readers
Military flights!; Election 2016 ... on Super Bowl Sunday
Stage
The Other John Hodgman
In a new comedy show, the part-time Valley resident plays himself
Women on Top
T he first line in Ranjit Bolt’s adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata is “Where...
Film
Cinemadope: Hammer Time
Mickey Spillane’s nuclear noir
CinemaDope: Secret Passages
The revelations of Edward Snowden
Greatest Hits
Driving Distracted: What it costs
Think you can handle multitasking on the road? Don't be so sure.
Between the Lines: Springfield, Baby!
What lies beyond the casino doors
Sidewalk Stories
A day in the life of downtown Northampton
The Fright Factory
With Easthampton space, DementedFX hopes to become the Disney of haunted houses
Better Later?
More joining the ranks in favor of a later start time for high schools
The Great Burrito Smackdown
Size matters, but big isn’t necessarily best
The Valley on Film
The Northampton International Film Festival offers plenty of homegrown talent.
Fall Arts Preview
A few of our picks for a festive fall
Autumn Extravaganza
New England struts its stuff at the Big E.
Ten Pin Alley
Rolling with the pros in Northampton
Oh My!
Turning on to the Valley’s hand-crafted kink
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
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
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
Nightcrawler: Dunn Deal
RTM manager Tamara Dunn stuffs Thanksgiving weekend with charitable concerts; AC/DC Rudd-erless?
CD Shorts: Daniel Lanois
Flesh and Machine (Anti-)   Daniel Lanois has long been thought of as an innovator....
dining
Raise Your Glass: A Cold Winter Treat
A few years ago, I received a memorable telephone call from a pleasant area resident with a wine...
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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art