Lui Collins At Railway Cafe

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North Adams – Singer/songwriter Lui Collins will perform a concert at Railway Café in MCLA Gallery 51 on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m.. Collins, whom Dirty Linen magazine calls “New England’s finest singer/songwriter,” first played the Railway Café series during its inaugural season in 2001. This month’s concert will feature songs and poems from Collins’ new CD, “Closer,” along with favorites from her early recordings, with Collins accompanying herself on guitar and banjo. A native Vermonter, Collins has performed and made albums since the 1970s, releasing three albums on Philo and Green Linnet records before founding her own label, Molly Gamblin Music, in 1993. “Closer,” her eighth solo recording and her first release on renowned artist-cooperative label Waterbug, represents a departure for Collins, as it is her first recording to include recitations of her poetry. The recording’s 22 tracks include 10 songs, two original banjo tunes, and 10 poems, mostly inspired by the rural landscape outside Collins’s Ashfield home. “Closer” also includes covers by Patty Griffin, Harry Woods and Cheryl Wheeler. Richard Cuccaro, in Acoustic Live of New York City, describes “Closer” as “a shimmering set of jewels, celebrating every aspect of her crossing to the hopeful place she has found for herself.” He calls the final poem, “Hanging Up the Snowshoes,” “staggeringly beautiful,” and said that the entire album is “a keeper.” Canadian singer/songwriter Stan Rogers said, “Lui Collins sings my songs better than I do.” And the legendary Dave van Ronk called Collins “one of the best guitarist/arrangers I’ve heard in years.” MCLA Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams. Admission for the concert is $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $8 for students/seniors. For reservations or information, (413) 664-6393, or e-mail railwaycafe@juno.com. For more information on Collins’ music, go to www.luicollins.com.
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Hunter College Snaps MCLA Men's Basketball's Winning Streak

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Noah Yearsley scored 26 points, but it wasn't enough as the men's basketball team saw their nine game winning streak snapped by Hunter College 84-79 Friday afternoon in non league action.
 
In the opening half, neither team led by more than six points as the Hawks (5-13) took a slim 41-39 lead into halftime. The same held true in the closing half, but with six minutes remaining, Hunter led 67-62. MCLA (12-5) responded with a 7-0 spurt to grab a 69-67 lead as Yearsley scored five points in the run, but still with five minutes left to play.
 
After trading leads over the next several minutes, Hunter took the lead for good on Melvin Collins' three point play with under two minutes remaining making it 77-74. MCLA's Ki-Shawn Monroe converted for two on the other end to get within a point, but George Keener's bucket and FT extended back to a four point edge with under a minute remaining.
 
Monroe cut it in half with 25 seconds left, but MCLA was forced to foul. Keener made three FT's down the stretch to preserve the win and end the Trailblazers winning streak.
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