Examining appreciation versus appropriation in the Springfield belly dance community

When Diana Yochkova Smith performs, audiences see her passion and skill. Many see the name “Diana Smith” and dismiss the olive complexion; they assume she is a Caucasian American belly dancing.  That is incorrect on multiple levels. Smith is an immigrant from Bulgaria who takes dance classes in Springfield. Her[Read More…]

Music Listing

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 • The HipBillys (acoustic folk rock). Saginaw Vineyard, 6 p.m. THU., MARCH 12 • T-Chronic, TENJ, Zazzle Saswell (reggae, hip-hop) Mohawk Tavern, 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, MARCH 13 • The HipBillys (acoustic folk rock) Saginaw Vineyard, 6 p.m. • Anders Osborne (New Orleans singer-songwriter) Sessions Music Hall, 7:30[Read More…]

Area club celebrating iconic Dead bassist, 80

Quick, who’s the eldest member of the Grateful Dead, living or deceased? If you said bass player Phil Lesh, you win a complimentary dancing bear sticker. But you probably didn’t know that “Lesh Philling” was getting ready to turn 80 years old. To celebrate the occasion on Saturday, March 14[Read More…]

Mr. Fantasy – Holbrook unveils a fanciful, fun play at the Opal Center

The younger cast members: Royal Staff members, (back row, left to right) June Smith (Royal Chief Engineer/Lynx), Iylah Molyneaux (Messenger Girl Ava/Deer), Ian Miller (King Winifred’s Soldier/Lion), Raven Foraker (Head Steward/Deer); (front row) Zoe Goings (Messenger Girl Ella/Parrot), Rose Smith (Yvette, Queen Zinnia’s Lady in Waiting/Bunny) and Monica Venice (Molly,[Read More…]



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