I can’t go on. I’ll go on.

In episode 6 of Let’s Be Reasonable, Amherst town manager Paul Bockelman, UMass architecture professor and public school advocate Max Page, and recent Amherst school committee candidate Jennifer Page discuss the defeat of the $66 million Wildwood school building proposal, and what it means for the future.

Let’s Be Reasonable can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play, or you can stream it here.

This podcast is made possible thanks to the generous support of:

(Thanks Sean!)

Can the Valley Survive Trump?

In episode 5 of Let’s Be Reasonable, a veteran political strategist, a black feminist archaeologist, and a rabbi discuss the implications of the Trump ascendency for Amherst and the Valley.

Local issues matter. Community matters. Now more than ever. Subscribe to Let’s Be Reasonable for in-depth interviews, rigorous debates, and roundtable discussions of the issues that impact us most.

Let’s Be Reasonable can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play, or you can stream it here.

This podcast is made possible thanks to the generous support of:


Fire up the wonkmobile and grab the popcorn, because it is officially ON. Table-thumpin’ Irv Rhodes and number-crunchin’ Maria Kopicki go head to head in the fourth episode of Let’s Be Reasonable. At issue: the Wildwood School Building Project, aka Question 5.

Irv: “Moving from certainty to uncertainty is irresponsible.”

Maria: “We’ve been having buyer’s remorse since the 70s. Let’s not do it again.”

Tune in for the issues. Stay for the fireworks. Subscribe to Let’s Be Reasonable through iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. Or stream it online here.

Our eternal thanks to Sean of Amherst Copy & Designworks for making it all possible.


Local Architect John Kuhn Defends His New Amherst Office Building In the Third Episode of LBR

Discussed in this episode of LBR: What is the fate of Amherst’s downtown? Can architecture help us imagine our future? How was the design for the first new office building to be built in Amherst in 30 years arrived at?

Tune in here, or find us on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play.

Below, buildings mentioned in the podcast:


Gazette version of the new Kuhn-Riddle office building.


Original version of the new Kuhn-Riddle office building.


Alternative view of the new Kuhn-Riddle office building.


The Kendrick Place building, designed by Archipelago.


Rendering of 1 East Pleasant, designed by Archipelago.


Pompidou, a spanking new building in the middle of Paris, cited by Kuhn.


Table-top cathedral, designed by a six-year-old.

Second episode of Let’s Be Reasonable now online!

Be advised: the powerful second episode of the Amherst Live-sponsored podcast Let’s Be Reasonable is now online. In this episode, Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee member Vira Douangmany-Cage provides an after action report on the precipitous departure of ARSS superintendent Maria Geryk, and discusses the challenges of building trust on a deeply divided school committee.

Find the latest episode of Let’s Be Reasonable on iTunes or Stitcher, or, right here.

Amherst Live Launches New Podcast

We are very pleased to announce a new, Amherst Live-sponsored podcast called “Let’s Be Reasonable,” a hyperlocal podcast dedicated to one of the greatest challenges facing the people of the Pioneer Valley. Because let’s face it. Despite the Valley’s reputation as a bastion of enlightenment, it’s not easy being reasonable these days.

The first episode of Let’s Be Reasonable, available today, features an in-depth interview with Amherst-Pelham School Committee member Trevor Baptiste on the controversial departure of Maria Geryk from her role as superintendent of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School district. Check it out! And don’t forget to subscribe to be notified of future episodes! Or else “like” us on Facebook!

TV Crew Wanted!

Amherst Live is at work on a new project—a nimble, compact, half-hour TV interview show reflecting the sophisticated sensibility of the Pioneer Valley—equal parts Charlie Rose and The Daily Show, with a dash of Portlandia.

Currently, we are looking for a crew:

3 camera operators
1 director
1 floor manager
1 sound person
1 lighting person
1 make-up/wardrobe person

Contact amherstlive@gmail.com to learn more.

The Drive-In is Nigh!

A few tickets remain for Amherst Live‘s “Highbrow at the Drive-In” event, featuring Terrence Malick’s “Badlands” and a little French number called “The Dinner Game” — plus a fever of poets to talk the sun down.

Get your tix here!

Date change for Highbrow at the Drive-In!

It has come to our attention that the initial scheduled date for the Amherst Live cinematic extravaganza at the Northfield Drive-In conflicts with another important event being offered by our good friends at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment: The Battle of the Botanicals — “an evening of botanically inspired cocktail and food pairings” at the newly renovated Powerhouse at Amherst College.


Be it known that in deference to the wonderful people at the Hitchcock Center, and to inspired cocktailry everywhere, Highbrow at the Drive-In will now take place on July 7. Tickets and info available here. And if you’ve got nothing going on June 9, consider checking out the Hitchcock event. It looks supertasty.

Amherst Live presents: Highbrow at the Drive-In

drive_in_theaterWHAT’S IN STORE

ONE incredible venue
TWO fine reminders of what great cinema looks like
SEVERAL uproarious poets
PLENTY of Prosecco*


98% critics score the Tomatometer
• “Among the great American crime movies, 1973’s Badlands stands alone.” —San Francisco Chronicle
• “In Terrence Malick’s cool, sometimes brilliant, always ferociously American film… Kit and Holly take an all-American joyride across the upper Middle West.” —New York Times

90% audience score on the Tomatometer
• “A sip of sparkling champagne in a moviegoing summer of mostly cheap red wine for teenage winos.” —New York Observer
• “The Dinner Game is the funniest film this season.” —San Francisco Chronicle


As we wait for dusk to fall, we will be regaled by some — but not too many — poets, who will show us what happens when you take cinema itself as your muse.


July 7, 2016
Northfield Drive-In Theatre
981 Northfield Road, Hinsdale, NH 03451
(One reasonably interesting conversation away from downtown Amherst)
Doors at 7:00p. Event commences 7:45ish. First movie begins at dusk.
Cinephiles will be gathering at 6:30p on the night in question at the Amherst Middle School parking lot for car-pooling and random high-fiving. Caravan departs at 6:45p, led by the Amherst Live poetry limo.
Rain or shine


1. You have never seen Terrence Malick’s Badlands.

You are done. Your decision is made. Buy your tickets now.

2. You have seen Terrence Malick’s Badlands, but not in a while, and certainly never at a drive-in, where the pines stand dark against the stars.

Again: Done. Get your tickets immediately.

3. You saw Terrence Malick’s Badlands last night, at a drive-in, where the pines stand dark against the stars.

Well, sure, but did you see it alongside a fun, frothy French film and the mad ravings of a squad of lubricated poets?


General Admission
$13 in advance. $15 at the gate, pending availability.

Poetry & Prosecco Package
$50 in advance only. The PPP entitles you to a debauched limo ride to and from the event in the company of our poets, together with certain quantities of Prosecco. Limo departs from the middle school parking lot at 6:45p sharp. Limited tickets available.


• Lawn chairs (so you can sit close — there will be subtitles)
• Bug repellent
• Refreshments of your choosing (Pairing tip: Prosecco + house fries)
• Sweatshirt and/or lap blanket
• Ticket stubs
• That wide-eyed childlike wonder


Camden Sound: providing professional sound engineering for live performance in the Valley!

Michael’s Limo: limousines for any occasion! (Limos, we feel, are a tragically underutilized luxury.)

Amherst Copy & Designworks: happiness guaranteed!

* VIP ticket holders only!