TODAY
    Sunday Jul 23 @ 9:00 AM
Justice Cup 2017
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice! – The THIRD annual Justice Cup/Copa Justicia soccer tournament will take place on July 23, 2017. Whether you’re a competitive player or enjoy kicking around the ball with your friends, there is a way for you to participate. All skill levels are welcome! There will be food from local vendors, exciting prizes, activities for kids, music, and a social justice resource fair to learn about all the great organizations and businesses in the Valley! Also, we're happy to announce that Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke will be presenting the winning teams with their awards at the end of the day! HOW IT WORKS Signup: Create a soccer team of 5-10 players or sign up as an individual and we will assign you to a team. Pick a division: Competitive, Just for Fun, or Family. If registering as a team, pick a team name and designate a Team Captain to stay in touch with the planning crew. You will be guaranteed 3-5 games depending on registration numbers. The games will be 5 vs 5 with small goals and no goalie. Each game will be 30 minutes long with two 15-minute halves. All players/teams are expected to bring a light and dark team jersey. There will be a strict no slide-tackling rule. Amateur referees will call the games. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the critical organizing of Mass JwJ and its 70+ coalition members are doing for workers’ rights and economic justice in Western Mass. It will also benefit the work of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center organizing to build power among Immigrant Righst and Low Wage workers rights! Registration to play or sponsor a team coming soon!
 
TODAY
    Sunday Jul 23 @ 5:00 PM
FlavaEvolution at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
The Arts Block Ballroom – We're going to be doing it LIVE at Hawks and Reed PAC. Join us for expressive art music accompanied by great food and drinks. And if you still haven't got a copy of White Elephant, here's your chance :-) $10 cover Be sure to "like" our FlavaEvolution page and subscribe to our events to keep up with us! www.flavaevolution.com
 
TODAY
    Sunday Jul 23 @ 7:00 PM
Alex Snydman Trio at Iron Horse
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 5:30pm. Eli Catlin opens. Drummer Alex Snydman launched himself onto the modern jazz landscape with his debut album entitled Fortunate Actionwhich released in 2013. Alex explains his inspiration behind the project: "Fortunate Action is a term that to me symbolizes the positive ripples that echo out when we listen to our inner voice. Sometimes this intuition we are all imbued with is telling us to make a difficult decision, but it seems that it is always directing us towards a path of Love." Down Beat Magazine states "Snydman's debut recalls the heartland approach of Brian Blade's Fellowship Band" while All About Jazz declares "Fortunate Action deserves serious attention from critics and fans alike." This sentiment is echoed by EJAZZ NEWS saying "Alex Snydman has offered the listening public a new level of sound, with accolade-blanketed reactions" and Brent Black of Critical Jazz declaring the album as "One of the best for 2013...4.5 Stars...on point in every possible fashion." Alex has performed at major jazz clubs and festivals on the East and West Coasts as a leader and sideman. He has shared the stage with artists such as Grammy winner Charles Neville, Larry Koonse, Grace Kelly, Avery Sharpe, Joe Sanders, Felipe Salles, Miro Sprague, Tatum Greenblatt, Chris Pattishall, Josh Johnson, Carl Clements, Geoff Vidal and many more. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Jazz Performance at The California Institute of the Arts, while maintaining a bi-coastal performance schedule.
 
TOMORROW
    Monday Jul 24 @ 7:00 PM
Gaelic Storm at The Iron Horse
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that's as wide-ranging as the band's own audience. From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock & rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music. Matching Sweaters helps explain the broad appeal. Rooted in the songwriting of founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the album moves from drinking songs ("Another Stupid Drinking Song") to energetic instrumentals ("The Narwhaling Cheesehead") to rootsy pop/rockers ("Whiskeyed Up and Womaned Out"), gluing everything together with the spark and spirit of a band that's spent close to 20 years on the road. "We're a touring band," says percussionist Ryan Lacey, who joined the lineup in 2003. "That's how this band works. Matching Sweaters is one of the most complete albums we've done so far, because it taps into every facet of our live show."
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Jul 25 @ 12:30 PM
Signing Pizza Gathering in July!
Holyoke Community College Deaf Community – ASL learning and games. Pizza is free, but please bring your own beverage. RSVP at least a day ahead of time so we can order enough pizza. Held in Kittredge Center 303.
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Jul 25 @ 2:30 PM
Forbes Library's Minecraft Madness!
Forbes Library – Join Jungle Jim at the Forbes Library on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm for Minecraft Madness! Combining balloon artistry, magic, comedy and improv, this 45-minute action-packed performance is a Minecraft fan’s dream! Over a dozen volunteers join Jungle Jim on stage for activities such as the Building Block Madness Tournament, a riveting Zombie Chase, the Balloon Firework Rocket extravaganza, and the incredible giant slime-ball creation! Best suited for ages 3-10
 
UPCOMING
    Tuesday Jul 25 @ 7:00 PM
Gaelic Storm at The Iron Horse (Second Night)
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Second night added by ridonculous popular demand! After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that's as wide-ranging as the band's own audience. From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock & rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music. Matching Sweaters helps explain the broad appeal. Rooted in the songwriting of founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the album moves from drinking songs ("Another Stupid Drinking Song") to energetic instrumentals ("The Narwhaling Cheesehead") to rootsy pop/rockers ("Whiskeyed Up and Womaned Out"), gluing everything together with the spark and spirit of a band that's spent close to 20 years on the road. "We're a touring band," says percussionist Ryan Lacey, who joined the lineup in 2003. "That's how this band works. Matching Sweaters is one of the most complete albums we've done so far, because it taps into every facet of our live show."
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jul 26 @ 6:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Forbes Library – A club to talk and create all-things-zine! Meeting at Forbes Library on the second floor in the Arts and Music Department.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jul 26 @ 7:00 PM
The Stray Birds at Iron Horse, Plus Eavesdrop!
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 5:30pm. All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It didn't take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Seven years, three original records, and some six hundred performances later, the band is best known today for its songwriting, its tight and forthcoming vocal harmony blend and its commitment to an impassioned delivery of original material, both on stage and in the studio. They've been seen from LA to London, sung songs from Dallas to Denmark, and played tunes from New York to New Orleans. Their 2016 Yep Roc Records release Magic Fire was produced by Grammy-winner Larry Campbell and earned much praise, including being named by NPR as one of Folk Alley's Top Ten Records of 2016. With time, their sound has evolved to a palate broader than what it first was on the street corners and in the markets, but this much remains true: The Stray Birds is a band of musicians as subtle and nuanced as they are energetic, a band of writers as blatant and bold as they are coy, and perhaps most importantly, a band of people as friendly and compassionate as they are talented. It's safe to imagine that most who hear their music come back for another listen, time and again. ----------------------- Supported by Eavesdrop Hailing from the Northeast, these Pioneer Valley natives provide a sound all their own -- a perfect combination of soulful vocals, intricate harmonies, warm acoustics, and moving rhythm. Stripped-down, raw, and natural, their magic flourishes in the most intimate of spaces. Their vibrant dynamic creates a unique experience for each listener -- constantly crossing the lines between something hauntingly beautiful and incredibly fun!
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 1:00 PM
Free “Chronic Pain Self-Management” workshop from Healthy Living
LifePath – With a “Chronic Pain Self-Management” workshop, you can take control of your pain! To learn more or register for a workshop, contact Marcus Chiaretto, Healthy Living Program Coordinator, at 413-773-5555 x2304, 978-544-2259 x2304 or mchiaretto@lifepathma.org. If you or your loved one is experiencing chronic pain, check out the Chronic Pain Self-Management, starting July 27 and ending August 31, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Community Health Center of Franklin County in Orange, MA. This workshop will show you ways to become an active participant in your pain treatment – engaging in problem-solving, pacing, decision-making, and taking actions to manage your pain. The Healthy Living Program at LifePath offers free workshops for people who want to take control of their health. Workshops take place from weekly for six weeks and are led by local volunteer leaders. Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend. Learn more about Healthy Living at LifePathMA.org.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:00 PM
When It's All Going To The Dogs: Estate Planning For Your Pet
Dakin Humane Society – Join us and presenter, Gina M. Barry - Attorney at Law, Bacon Wilson P.C. this month to learn about estate planning for your animals. Topics covered include: - Key final questions that should be answered to address your pet’s welfare and their future. - Choosing continued care and your final decisions regarding your pets. - How to include and structure your will to ensure care for your animals and their legal status in regards to your estate plan. - A discussion around Pet Trusts and special provisions to support and protect your beloved furry family member. - Necessary documents to include to protect your pets. Humans only please! Free and open to the public. The session is hosted by Dakin Humane Society at the Jones Library, Amherst - Woodbury Room. Light refreshments will be served. Limited Seating; Attendees must RSVP via eventbrite by July 25th. If you have additional questions, please contact Stacey Price, Director of Development and Marketing at sprice@dakinhumane.org or call 413-781-4000 ext. 121. This event is first come, first serve.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM
Mystical Healing 101
Trinity Healing Sanctuary – Intro To Mystical Energy Healing! Are you looking for change in your life? Come experience the way energy works in your physical and emotional health. This informational 2 hour workshop will incorporate experiential and practical learning. See how energy impacts life's stress in your relationships, job and family life. Let the change begin with you and let us show you how! Call (413) 268-3181 to register. Space is limited to 10 people. Free of charge!
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 7:00 PM
Holly Bowling at Iron Horse
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 5:30pm.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday Experiment #7
Gateway City Arts – Thursday Experiment #7 July 27 1 - Izikhotane (Hartford,CT) Performance poetry truth and sound 2 - Stephen Gaucci (Brooklyn, NY) Solo saxophone A master of strength, vibration and circular breathing. 3 - Open Jam Session - bring your instrument to play $5 suggested donation
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:00 PM
An Evening with Holly Bowling at Iron Horse Music Hall
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – An Evening with Holly Bowling performing the music of Phish & the Gateful Dead reimagined for solo piano at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA! Date: Thursday, July 27th 2017 On-sale date is Friday, May 5th. hollybowling.com iheg.com/iron_horse_main.asp
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:00 PM
Jen Tobey's Alter Ego / Pineapples / Hevvi Synthia
13th Floor Music Lounge – Jen Tobey's Alter-Ego Pineapples Hevvi Synthia
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:30 PM
Super Star Open Mic at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
The Arts Block Ballroom – Super Star Open Mic at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 - Jul 29 @ 9:00 PM
Gulow's 30th Birthday: Extinction A.D. / Goblet / The Humanoids / Uncomfortables
Promotorhead Entertainment – Extinction A.D. Goblet The Humanoids Uncomfortables
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jul 28 - Jul 29 @ 10:00 PM
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra & Dave Noonan's Green Island
The Arts Block Ballroom – Jonathan Scales Fourchestra featuring: MonoNeon (Prince), Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note) and Weedie Braimah (Toubab Krewe, The Nth Power) Dave Noonan's Greenisland: Green Island is a collective of some of the Pioneer Valley's best musicians. The band plays a wide variety of music and styles from Coltrane to Ranglin, Marley to Marvin, ballads to Banghra. Organized by Dave Noonan, Green Island is dedicated to showcasing the wonderful talents of its members and rotating special guests as well as rocking the dance floor.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Speak Your Truth Through Laughter Retreat
Happier Valley Comedy & The Ha-Ha's – HAPPILY SPONSORED BY GOOD STOCK FARM, RIVER VALLEY CO-OP & THE WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS ALLIANCE Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER A “Females Unleashing Courage, Knowledge, Individuality & Truth” Retreat With Pam Victor, President of Happier Valley Comedy Saturday, July 29, 10am-7pm 67 Conz St., Northampton, MA Regular Price: $175 (Includes a healthy lunch provided by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sandy D'Amato of Good Stock Farm and two complimentary tickets to the Speak Your Truth Show) Tired of being silenced by others and especially by your own inner critic? Ready to disregard the bullshit that’s holding you back? Want to get better at bravely standing up to authority and authentically speaking your mind? Do you need more play in your life? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then treat yourself to a day of self-care and empowerment on Saturday, July 29th! Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat is whole day and evening packed with learning and laughter, community and connection, mindfulness and manifesting, trust and truth. This retreat helps you learn and practice game-changing tools to bolster these skills in a supportive, judgment-free community of women using fun and active improv exercises to help you gain courage to stand up and speak your truth while trusting that You Are Enough. This THROUGH LAUGHTER retreat facilitates powerful learning experiences through easy-to-learn, non-performance improv training exercises. Exercises are completed in a circle or pairs; participants are never forced to be “on stage.” Pam Victor's superpower is making sure all people along the introvert-extrovert spectrum feel successful and have a blast with the THROUGH LAUGHTER workshops. Throughout the retreat, you'll have opportunities for both private reflection and focused sharing of your experiences and knowledge in a positive, judgment-free community of women who are there to lift each other up. Let's grow stronger together! And let's do it all using the exclusive "F.U.C.K. I.T." approach to personal growth. Healthy lunch provided by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sandy D'Amato of Good Stock Farm! And that's not all… This retreat culminates in an improv show where the stories of some volunteer participants will serve as the inspiration for improvised scenes performed by professional improvisers from Happier Valley Comedy mainstage casts. Each retreat participant receives two complimentary tickets to the show to share with friends and family. This retreat is open to all who identify as women ages 21+. No improv (or other) experience necessary. About Your THROUGH LAUGHTER Facilitator: Pam Victor is the founder and president of Happier Valley Comedy where she runs the Through Laughter program and a multi-level improv comedy school as well as producing regular improv shows in Western Massachusetts. Pam is the author of “Baj and the Word Launcher: A Space-Aged Asperger Adventure in Communication” and, along with legendary improvisers TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi, co-author of “Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ & Dave Book.” A graduate of Smith College with a Master’s in Education from Iona College, Pam has received improv training from iO Theater (Chicago), Annoyance Theatre (Chicago), ImprovBoston, and from Second City teachers. ?Pam is a nice person. She would like you. Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat Schedule of Fun & Learning: 10:00am-11:30am - Retreat Workshop, Part 1: Redefining & Disempowering Failure THROUGH LAUGHTER 11:30-11:45am - Break (Tea and snacks provided) 11:45am - 1:30pm - Retreat Workshop, Part 2: Courage & Clarity THROUGH LAUGHTER 1:30-2:30pm - Healthy lunch provided on site 2:30-5:30pm - Retreat Workshop, Part 3: Stand Up and Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER 5:30-6:00pm - Break, guests and audience arrive 6:00-7:00pm - Improv Show featuring Happier Valley Comedy Players inspired by stories told by select retreat volunteers 7:00pm - Hugs and farewells to your new friends "Pam's workshop fundamentally changed the way I think about improv (and life!). In just 2 days I went from overthinking, always judging myself (and sometimes others), and constantly planning my next move to being comfortable with the unknown and letting things happen and be discovered naturally. Pam's teaching style is calm, supportive and encouraging (without being over the top). She gave me permission to be myself, and then helped me realize that I didn't need that permission in the first place. I will remember these two days for a long, long time to come! -Vera Didur, San Diego, CA For more about the whole Personal Empowerment THROUGH LAUGHTER program: www.happiervalley.com. NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: The Happier Valley Comedy School admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious affiliation, age, ability, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious affiliation, age, ability, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.