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Northampton Local


I used to sometimes take a break from current events to plug some Northampton local artists/events etc. Here's a short review of stuff I've done in Northampton lately.

Arjuna Greist: You seriously need to check her out if she plays near you -- I've been obsessing over her CD odd numbers lately. This is her website -- She is playing at Harry's in Northampton this Sunday (July 13th). Highly recommended. suck & blow is a personal favorite and has the following lyric
what is it with me and addictive personalities?
allergic, semi-vegan, mostly substance-free me,
drawn to potheads and drunks like breath into lungs,
smokelaced and lingering between the pink folds --
could it be that i'm jealous of such constant devotion?
every day sucking in, every day blowing out,
it's gross and disgusting and bad for your health yet still you pay money,
and I give it up free.

but, anti-smoker me loves ...
... for giving half your paycheck to trent lott & jesse helms
and then asking them to please kill you and anyone else who doesn't leave despite the smell
but now i'm just going off on my favorite pet peeve
and I still don't know the answer, but perhaps it's just as well.

Love, art, politics, poetry -- you'll get it all on odd numbers (check out normal is and bad little soldier too, if you listen to clips)


Amy Gutman: a friend and neighbor has a new book: The Anniversary, a mystery/serial killer novel set in Tennessee, NY, Maine and a fictional Northampton. Just finished it. Lot's of surprises and local Western Massachusetts references (like contra dancing at The Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield). Gun-rights activists will enjoy her very positive portrayal of gun ownership, responsibility, and necessity.
The clerk looked up at her.
"Where it says reason for request, you put down personal protection."
"Yes."
"You'll need to speak with Lieutenant Lambert."
"Is...is that standard? Talking to him, I mean?"
"If you want a gun for personal protection. Not if it's for target practice."
Damn
Check out her website.


The New Century Theatre: I saw The Tale of the Allergist's Wife a couple of weeks ago -- this week you can see Kenneth Tigar (Hey, it's that guy) in Copenhagen. Check out their site. I am already planning on seeing Proof (which is a great play -- and this is a very good ensemble).