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Arts & Culture Calendar: July 5 to July 11, 2018


Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Thursday, 5 Literary Arts

“The Screwtape Letters” Discussion: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Part of a five-part series. Bring your own book. Register with Mary Key at mkey@greenpasturesstudycenter.org. $5 suggested donation. C.S. Lewis Study Center, 199 Main St., Northfield.

Music

“A Little Night Music”: 6 to 8 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church will present “A Little Night Music” every Thursday during July. Free. Free, but donations accepted for all food items. Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., Springfield. 413-737-5311.

Drop-in Traditional Music Sessions: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Moderate swingy pace. Adults and teens of all skill levels welcome. $5. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton.
fiddlewesternmass@gmail.com.

Falltown String Band: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Roots, rock ’n’ roll, bluegrass, country and blues. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Greenfield Coop Concerts: 6 to 8 p.m. Featuring Sheryl Stanton, Jim Eagan and Charlie Conant. Free. Energy Park, 50 Miles St., Greenfield. pattex@crocker.com.

LuxDeluxe: 6 to 10 p.m. Free. Luxe Burger Bar, 1200 West Columbus Ave., Springfield. 413-785-5893. steve@luxeburgerbar.com.

Ornithology: Birds: 6 to 8 p.m. Live falcons on the patio with bird songs performed by local band, “House Sparrow.” Free. Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown.

Rice: An American Band: 8:30 p.m. Local rock band playing originals and covers, with material from both classic and indie bands. $5 in advance; $7 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Theater

Hampshire Shakespeare Company Presents “Twelfth Night”: 7 p.m. Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, directed by Hannah Simms. $7 to $15. The Arthur F. Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst. hampshire.shakespeare.company@gmail.com. www.hampshireshakespeare.com.

Potpourri

Burgy Builders: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Build with keva planks, Legos, duplos and more. Free. Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg. 413-2687472. kmit@cwmars.org.

History and Nature for Preschoolers: 10 to 10:30 a.m. Indoor and outdoor activities on the history of Holyoke, and nature exploration. Free. Holyoke Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke. 413-534-1723. holyoke.heritage@state.ma.us.

Southampton Nature Walk: 4 p.m. Join Brittany Gutermuth for an exploration of the park. Rain or shine. Free. Edwards Public Library, 30 East St., Southampton. 413-527-9480. jdouglass@cwmars.org.

Friday, 6 Dance

Dance Party with DJ Miami Hypez: 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Free. Platform Sports Grill, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-341-3161.

Literary Arts

Read to Toby: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Toby the dog can’t read, but he’s a great listener! Sign up for a 10-minute reading session at the children’s desk or via phone or email. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1010. sjohnson@forbeslibrary.org.

Music

Brahms: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Aston Magna Festival presents a Brahms evening with Robert Levin, piano, and Daniel Stepner, violin. Pre-concert talk one hour before the program. $40 in advance; $45 at the door. Discounts at astonmagna.org. Rhodes Art Center, Northfield Mount Hermon School, 27 Mount Hermon Road, Gill. 413-528-3595. info@astonmagna.org.

Orange Community Band’s Patriotic Concert: 7:30 p.m. Will Choe, former music director at Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School, will be the guest conductor. Refreshments available. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free. Butterfield Park bandstand, East River Street, Orange.

Cliff Eberhardt with Louise Mosrie: 8 to 10 p.m. New York City veteran songwriter Cliff Eberhardt brings his literate style of pop/blues songwriting, with Americana songwriter Louise Mosrie opening the show. $15 in advance; $18 at the door. New City Brewery, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. katy@laudable.productions.

Doug Hewitt Group: 6 to 9 p.m. Original songs plus exciting arrangements of jazz covers. Free. Hanna Devine’s Restaurant, 91 Main St., Ware. 413-277-0707. info@hannadevines.com.

Drew Paton’s 1940s Hit Parade: 7 to 9 p.m. A musical walk down memory lane. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Dunham Shoe Factory with The Gaslight Tinkers: 9 p.m. Brattleboro, Vt. bands play folk fusion, Americana and world music. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Inneraction: 8 p.m. Blues oriented soul-jazz. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. cait@gatewaycityarts.com.

Trailer Park: 5 to 8 p.m. Free. The Deck at Union Station, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton.

Live Music by F. Alex Johnson: 5 to 7 p.m. Independent Music Award winning guitarist Johnson plays tunes from his 27 years of music. Free. Fort Hill Brewery, 30 Fort Hill Road, Easthampton. 413-203-5754. info@colorwaymusic.com.

Super PAC Band: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The band’s foot tappin’ tunes hail from Appalachia, Ireland, Scandinavia, New England and the Pioneer Valley. Free. Mill 180 Park, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-977-1538. art@susannawhite.com.

Rocky Hill Revival: 6 to 10 p.m. Local bluegrass band. Free. Luxe Burger Bar, 1200 West Columbus Ave., Springfield. 413-785-5893. steve@luxeburgerbar.com.

Tom Savoy: 7 to 11 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

Wildcat O’Halloran: 6:30 to 8 p.m. High-energy blues band. Sponsored by the Deerfield Recreation Department. South Deerfield Town Common. (Rain site of Deerfield Town Hall, 8 Conway St., South Deerfield.)

Theater

Hampshire Shakespeare Company Presents “Twelfth Night”: 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Ko Festival of Performance: “The Radicalization Process”: 8 to 10 p.m. An original performance by The Hinterlands. $18 to $22. SNAP/EBT discount available. Holden Theater, Amherst College, 290 South Pleasant St., Amherst. 413-427-6147. info@kofest.com.

Art

Friday Art Wind Down: 2 to 5 p.m. Art making space with a large and eclectic variety of materials available. $10 to $30. The Nest at First Churches, 11 Center St., second floor (not accessible), Northampton. 413-348-2385. artandsoul.wm@gmail.com.

Saturday, 7Dance

Dance Party with DJ Miami Hypez: 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. See Friday’s listing.

Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club: 7 to 11 p.m. Live music by Borrowed Time. With refreshments. $8 to $10. ELMM Community Center, 21 Durkee St., Winchester, N.H. 603-357-0794.

Music

AEIOUkes: 10 a.m. to noon. Community ukulele club meets to sing together and practice playing. New members of all levels and listeners welcome. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org.

Mohawk Trail Concerts: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cobus du Toit, flute, and Nadine Shank, piano, perform works by Debussy, Schulhoff and Handel. Also a premiere by Paul Hanmer. $20; free for children under 16. The Federated Church, 175 Main St. (Route 2), Charlemont. 413-625-9511. info@mohawktrailconcerts.org.

Grateful Dead Tribute Featuring David Gans with Lobsterz From Marz: 9 p.m. Legendary regional and national Grateful Dead musicians perform together for a unique and rockin’ night of music! $10 in advance; $15 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

The Healys: 7 to 11 p.m. Live Irish music. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. lafond@logcabin-delaney.com.

The Jolly Beggars: 7:30 p.m. Traditional Celtic folk. $10 to $15 general; free for children under 13. 1794 Meetinghouse, 26 South Main St., New Salem. 1794meetinghouse.org.

Lisa Bastoni and Danielle Miraglia: 8 to 10 p.m. Two longtime acoustic Massachusetts stars: heartfelt folk songstress Lisa Bastoni and rootsy bluesy rocker Danielle Miraglia. $10, cash only. The Montague Bookmill, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. ctesongs@gmail.com.

Dave Brinnel Duo: 6 to 9 p.m. Free. The Deck at Union Station, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-341-3161.

Taylor McCoy Trio: 6 to 10 p.m. Free. Luxe Burger Bar, 1200 West Columbus Ave., Springfield. 413-785-5893. steve@luxeburgerbar.com.

Ukulele Strum Along: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Bring your ukulele or borrow one. Call 413-259-3096 to reserve an instrument. Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 413-259-3223. ryanj@joneslibrary.org.

2nd Annual Wendell Reggae Fest: 2 to 11:30 p.m. Live reggae, vendors and food. Special appearance from the reggae great Denroy Morgan, plus local bands Rhythm Inc, Total Collision and more. Rain or shine. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Free for children under 12. Deja Brew Pub and Cafe, 55 Lockes Village Road, Wendell. 413-834-4858. wendell.rhythm.inc@gmail.com.

Theater

Hampshire Shakespeare Company Presents “Twelfth Night”: 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Ko Festival of Performance: “The Radicalization Process”: 8 to 10 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“The Pirates of Penzance”: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pelham Players, Pelham Library’s summer youth theater, presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” Featuring area children ages 7 to 17. Free. Pelham Elementary School, 45 Amherst Road, Pelham. 413-253-0657. library.pelham@gmail.com.

PaintBox Theatre Presents “Tarzan”: 10:30 a.m. PaintBox Theatre — the Pioneer Valley’s theater of imagination and improvisation for all ages — kicks off its 15th season with “Tarzan.” $7 to 10; free for children under 2. Williston Theatre, 18 Payson Ave., Easthampton. paintboxtheatre@gmail.com.

Film

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”: Midnight to 2:20 a.m. Must be 17 with ID to enter. $4.50 to $8.75. Tickets half price if in costume. South Hadley’s Tower Theaters, 19 College St., The Village Commons, South Hadley. 413-533-3456. info@towertheaters.com.

Festivals & Fairs

Interdependence Day Celebration: 1 p.m. Giant puppets, stilt walkers, musicians and activists. Pulaski Park, 240 Main St. Northampton.

Northampton Summer Block Party: 6 to 9 p.m. Live music, entertainment and more. Free. Main Street, Downtown Northampton. 413-584-1900. amy@northamptondna.com.

Potpourri

FLAMBOYAN: 6 to 9 p.m. FLAMBOYAN is a spiritual open gallery with elements of performance art exploring the sacrifices imposed on Puerto Rican women coming into womanhood. $10. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. reedxjordan@gmail.com.

“A Perfect Spot of Tea”: 2:30 p.m. A family tradition of tea, pastries conversation and music by Peter West. Tours every hour on the half hour. $12 per person. Porter Phelps Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Hadley. 413-584-4699. pphmuseumassistant@gmail.com.

Owl Prowl Walk for Families: 8 to 9:30 p.m. A fun evening of exploring a wooded trail as darkness settles and nocturnal wildlife wakes up. $5 to $10. Tully Lake Campground, 25 Doane Hill Road, Royalston. 978-249-4957. jschanz@thetrustees.org.

Retired Iron Tractor Show: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique and garden tractors, related agricultural equipment and weight drag exhibitions at 10 a.m. Franklin County Fairgrounds, Wisdom Way, Greenfield.

Annual Sy’s Sizzlin’Beauty Pageant: 8 to 11 p.m. Men from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont will participate as female contestants in this lighthearted evening of comedy that includes multiple competitions such as evening gown, swimwear and talent. To raise money for young adults with cancer. Open to people 18 and up. $18 in advance (visit www.brownpapertickets.com); $20 at the door. Elks Lodge, 2 Church St., Greenfield. 413-512-9177. sysfund@gmail.com.

Sunday, 8Music

Banish Misfortune: 5 to 8 p.m. Traditional Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, polkas, airs, songs and craic. Free. Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court, Northampton. 413-586-4997. davemeuser@msn.com.

Gong Meditation with Mantra: 7 to 8:30 p.m. No experience necessary. $12 suggested donation. Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Road, Brattleboro, Vt. emilymurphykaur@gmail.com.

Haley Hewitt: 4 to 6 p.m. Celtic harp and vocals. $5 to 10; free for children under 12. 1794 Meetinghouse, 26 South Main St., New Salem.

The Joe Belmont Experience: 6 p.m. Northeast music scene veterans play jazz, funk and blues. With special guests world-renowned trumpeter Saskia Laroo and pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd. $10 in advance; $15 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

StompBox Trio Featuring Evelyn Harris: 4 to 7 p.m. Free. The Deck at Union Station, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-341-3161.

Peter Blanchette: 3 p.m. Guitarist, composer, arranger and conductor Peter Blanchette is known around the world as the inventor of the 11-string archguitar. Free. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com.

Sevenars Music Festival: 4 p.m. On Sundays through Aug. 12. $20 suggested donation. Refreshments. Sevenars Academy, 15 Ireland St., South Worthington. sevenars.org.

Winchendon Winds Band Concert — “Greatest Hits of 1918”: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Winchendon Winds professional concert band plays popular favorites. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon, 126 Central St., Winchendon. 224-567-3635. jill@sackett.com.

Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series: 3 p.m. Featuring pianists Ken Forfia and Amy Gates. $5 to $10. Music Room at Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial St., Old Deerfield. 413-774-3768, ext. 800.

Comedy

Sunday Funday Comedy Open Mic: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Hosted by Laura Fattaruso. Sign up starts at 7. Free. Bishop’s Lounge, 41 Strong Ave., Northampton. fattaruso@gmail.com.

Theater

Hampshire Shakespeare Company Presents “Twelfth Night”: 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Ko Festival of Performance: “The Radicalization Process”: 4 to 6 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“The Pirates of Penzance”: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

PaintBox Theatre Presents “Tarzan”: 10:30 a.m. See Saturday’s listing.

“Sex and Power”: One Woman Show with Joanna Rush: 2 to 4 p.m. Drawing on mythology, science and stories from her work, actor, dancer and minister Joanna Rush girlsplains our state of sexual affairs. $15. Normal Hall at Laurel Park, Northampton. briana9823@gmail.com.

Drama Circle: 2 p.m. Performance of “Frozen Depths” by Joseph Wright is about a homeless woman who tries to overcome addiction and get her daughter back from foster care. Davis Memorial Hall, 3 West St., Petersham.

Film

“Coppelia”: 1 p.m. HD screening of a performance by the Bolshoi Ballet. $20. Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst. amherstcinema.org.

Potpourri

Buckland Historical Society Open House: 2 to 4 p.m. At the Buckland Historical Society Museum, 20 Upper St., Buckland, and the Wilder Homestead, 129 Route 112, Buckland.

Retired Iron Tractor Show: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tractor ride at 10:30 a.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Monday, 9Literary Arts

Odyssey Bookshop Crime Club Reads “Crashed”: 7 to 8 p.m. The Crime Club reads one paperback mystery a month and its discussions are led by Joanne Picard. Free. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St., South Hadley. 413-534-7307. web@odysseybks.com.

Music

Music Makers with The Eric Carle Museum: 11 a.m. to noon. Participants will experiment with a variety of found materials to construct their own sound machines. Registration required. For ages 4 and up. Free. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton. 413-529-1605. ehampton@cwmars.org.

Art

“The Joy of Watercolor”: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Watercolor artist Veronica Rangel offers workshops in Montague for beginner (July 9, 11, 16 and 18) and intermediate (July 10, 12, 17 and19) painters. $60 per class or $200 for series of four classes. Montague Common Hall, 34 Main St., Montague. 413-335-5076. kguillette@gmail.com.

Travel Watercolor Sketching: 9 a.m. to noon. Travel around Greenfield and learn to create small pen and ink with watercolor sketches in a small journal. Register at artspacegreenfield.com. $170. Artspace Community Arts Center, 15 Mill St., Greenfield. 413-772-6811. info@artspacegreenfield.com.

Tuesday, 10Literary Arts

“A Man for All Seasons” Discussion: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Part of a summer reading series overseen by English teacher David Dowdy. This week’s play: “A Man for All Seasons,” by Robert Bolt. Register with Mary Key at mkey@greenpasturesstudycenter.org. $5 suggested donation. C.S. Lewis Study Center, 199 Main St., Northfield.

Dance

Brattleboro Contra Dance: 7 to 10 p.m. The Organic Family Band on their New England tour, with Rich Sbardella calling. Adults $5 to $12. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 518-561-2594. susan@quietdesigns.org.

“Dancing in the Stacks” Adult Jazz Class: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lianne Rempelakis, of Stepping Up Dance Center, will teach four adult dance classes on two Tuesdays. Registration strongly suggested. Free. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton. 413-527-1031. slevine@ewmlibrary.org.

Music

Gill Common People Concert: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pat & Tex with Avery & White. In the event of rain, concert will be moved to Gill Congregational Church. Free. Gill Town Common, 325 Main Road, Gill. pattex@crocker.com.

July Burger Night: 5 to 7 p.m. Local flavor, live music and a sunset farm cruise to celebrate Barstow’s 10-year anniversary. $8 to $12. Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery, 172 Hockanum Road, Hadley. 413-586-2142. info@barstowslongviewfarm.com.

Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. New York City- and Boston-based guitarist Sheryl Bailey will be the guest soloist with the Green Street Trio, followed by an open jazz jam session. $5. City Sports Grille, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton. paulphiliparslanian@gmail.com.

Village Harmony: 7 p.m. $5 to $15 sliding scale. Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 North Maple St., Hadley. 802-426-3210.

Watermelon Wednesdays: James Hill & Anne Janelle: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. James Hill, ukulele, with Anne Janelle, cello, perform a special Tuesday show. Uke workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. $22. West Whately Chapel, near intersection of Conway and Williamsburg roads, West Whately. 413-665-3741. paulnewlin@comcast.net.

Comedy

Comedy in the Wheelhouse: 8 p.m. Local comic Jon Ross hosts showcase of the Pioneer Valley’s best comedic talent. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Art

Art Composers with Lois: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Lois has once again devised a broad spectrum of open-ended art projects, this time around the summer’s theme, “Libraries Rock!” Free. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton. 413-529-1605. ehampton@cwmars.org.

“The Joy of Watercolor”: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. See Monday’s listing.

Travel Watercolor Sketching: 9 a.m. to noon. See Monday’s listing.

Potpourri

Intro to HAM Radio and Satellite Communications: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Join HAM radio expert Roy Thompson and learn how to use the electromagnetic spectrum and Morse Code to talk with the world. Free. Edwards Public Library, 30 East St., Southampton. 413-527-9480. jdouglass@cwmars.org.

Wednesday, 11Dance

Hip-Hop Night with Crazefaze Dance Crew: 7 p.m. Beginner-intermediate hip-hop classes for all ages. The event is free; lessons cost $10 for adults, $5 for youth. Free. Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Literary Arts

Summer Creative Writing Workshops: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beginners and seasoned writers welcome. $25 to $45 sliding scale per session. 10-week series on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Main Street Writers, 664 Main St., Suite 60, Amherst. 413-221-4652. mainstreetwriters@gmail.com.

Music

Irish Slow Session: 6:30 to 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. DeCice Hall at The Marian Center, 1365 Northampton St., Holyoke. lvirishslowsession@aol.com.

Open Mic at The Harp: 7 to 10 p.m. Free. The Harp Irish Pub, 163 Sunderland Road, North Amherst. dalereynolds@live.com.

Southampton Summer Concerts: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dan Kane and Friends with Fred Marion. Free. Conant Park Pavilion, 38 East St., Southampton. 413 687 5282. debdamico@charter.net.

Wednesday Tunes Series: Dan Daniels: 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com.

Wheelhouse Karaoke: 8 p.m. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

South Hadley Children Summer Concert Series: 10 to11 a.m. Enjoy local musicians catering to young children. Free. Buttery Brook Park, 123 Willimansett Drive, South Hadley. mtwelch72@yahoo.com.

Theater

“To Bee or Not to Bee”: 1 p.m. Blending puppetry, dance and live music, this all-ages show by Piti Theatre Company tells the comic, tragic and ultimately hopeful tale of a farmer and his bees. The show offers all ages a profound sense of the positive impact their actions can have on our environment and the future of the honeybee. Northfield Elementary School, 104 Main St., Northfield. www.ptco.org/tobee

Film

“Fire at Sea”: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Screening of a 2016 documentary set on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. reference@forbeslibrary.org.

Art

“The Joy of Watercolor”: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. See Monday’s listing.

Travel Watercolor Sketching: 9 a.m. to noon. See Monday’s listing.

Potpourri

Wednesday Queer Night: 8 to 11 p.m. Queer Bingo night, with drag hostess Karen from HR. Eight rounds of cash and prizes with music by DJ Matt from IT. Free. $1 for three games. The Deuce, 50 Conz St., Northampton.

Comics Creation Workshop: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Learn the basics of comic layout and character design, as well as some tricks of the trade. Leave the class with your own mini comic. For ages 7 and up. Free. Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg. 413-268-7472. kmit@cwmars.org.

“Surprised by Joy: C.S. Lewis’ Spiritual Journey”: 7 p.m. Talk led by Dr. Gayne J. Anacker, chairman of the C.S. Lewis Study Center board. Free, but donations welcome. Christ Community Church, 1255 Federal St., Belchertown. mkey@greenpasturesstudycenter.org.