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Culture To Do From Your Couch Week 20 Edition

Word Matters

New Episodes of the Word Matters Podcast

First up, on Sept. 2, it’s “‘Scofflaw’: An Invented Word, plus Where’d You Get That ‘Mustache’?” Most of the time, the word you invented won’t make it into the dictionary. Except, on occasion, when it does. Learn the story of one such rule breaker: ‘scofflaw.’ Then, discover all the various shapes and forms the word ‘mustache’ took before shaving itself down to its current spelling.

Next, premiering Sept. 9, listen to “We're Sorry, But Shakespeare Didn't Invent That Word.” One of the most cherished and enduring myths about the English language is that its vocabulary was largely populated through the genius of a single man: William Shakespeare.

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Valley Voices

New Story Slam from Valley Voices

Valley Voices Story Slam is going virtual this fall, so mix yourself a cocktail, cozy up on your couch, and get ready to for an evening of storytelling on Thursday, Oct. 8, live from the stage at the historic Academy of Music Theatre in downtown Northampton. The theme of the night is “Nailed It!” You’ll hear from 10 local storytellers, and vote for your favorites to move on to our “best of” event in January. Tickets are on sale now.

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Tiny Desk Concert Billie Eilish

Tiny Desk Concert: Billie Eilish

It didn't take long for Billie Eilish to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world, sweep the Grammy Awards and release the latest James Bond theme. And today, at just 18, she and her brother, Finneas, have accomplished what no one has been able to do for five and a half months — perform a Tiny Desk concert in what certainly appears to be the NPR Music offices. Watch the entire video to see how they pulled it off!

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UMass Fine Arts

UMass Fine Arts Center Presents: Breathing While Black

Featuring works by over 50 artists from 17 countries, Breathing While Black is a juried digital visual art exhibition presenting an international response to the recent and ongoing violence perpetuated against Black Americans. The countries represented by exhibiting artists including South Africa, Guyana, Chile, Mauritania, Haiti, Yugoslavia, Iran, Nigeria, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Pakistan, England, Cameroon, India, Togo, Dominican Republic and the United States. The exhibit runs Sept. 1–Nov. 20.
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Amherst Arts Nights

Amherst Arts Nights Plus: A Monthly Digital Poetry Reading

The Emily Dickinson Museum is hosting monthly Amherst Art Nights Plus poetry readings on the first Thursday of each month. Due to the pandemic, these readings are virtual, and registration is free and open online. Meet three Pioneer Valley authors with new books: Crater and Tower by Cheryl J. Fish, Real Estate by Katheryn Holzman and Touch My Head Softly by Eileen P. Kennedy on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 pm.

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Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show

Celebrate the magic in this powerful and stirring reinvention of the groundbreaking show. Catapulting Riverdance into the 21st century, this new cinematic experience immerses viewers in the extraordinary energy and passion of Irish music and dance. Watch Friday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. on NEPM.

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Springfield Armory Walking Tours

Springfield Armory Walking Tours

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site, in coordination with Springfield Technical Community College, is now offering ranger-guided tours of the historic grounds on Fridays at 11 a.m., weather permitting. Tours will be limited to 10 and pre-registration is required via the park website calendar of events or Facebook page.

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Concerts at Black Birch Vineyard

Concerts at Black Birch Vineyard: Chris Smither

Chris Smither is a folk and blues singer who writes lyrically complex songs that offer a commentary on the human condition. Smither is coming to Black Birch Vineyard on Sept. 7, offering two shows, one at 1 p.m. and another at 5 p.m. The outdoor concert will maintain a safe environment by placing groups 8 feet apart and following CDC guidelines. Tickets for both shows are available online.
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Great Performance

Great Performances: Romeo and Juliet

Experience Shakespeare’s classic as a ballet from choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, performed by dancers from The Royal Ballet, set to a score by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev and filmed on atmospheric sets and locations throughout Budapest. Watch Friday, September 11 at 9 p.m. on NEPM.

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Masterpiece: Van Der Valk

Amsterdam—city of bikes, boats, and bodies. At least, that’s the way steely-eyed cop Piet van der Valk sees his murder-infested beat. Marc Warren (Beecham House, The Good Wife) stars as the title character in an all-new series based on Nicolas Freeling’s legendary crime thrillers. Premieres Sunday, Sept. 13 a 9 p.m. on NEPM.
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