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Arts & Culture Calendar for Feb. 8 to Feb. 14

  • Mystics Anonymous is the name of singer/songwriter Jeff Steblea’s musical project, best defined as eclectic independent rock. “With Mystics,” says Steblea, “the whole point was to establish a project where nothing is off-limits.” See the band at Hawks & Reed tonight, Feb. 8, in Greenfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Thursday, 8 Dance

Jessica Lang Dance: 7:30 p.m. Hailed as “a master of visual composition,” Lang transforms classical ballet into engaging works featuring athletic, gifted performances. $10 to $45. UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Dr, Amherst. 545 2511, fineartscenter.com. facbox@umass.edu.

Literary Arts

Visiting Writers Series hosts CA Conrad: 8 to 10 p.m. Conrad is the author of nine books of poetry, including “While Standing in Line for Death” and “The Book of Frank.” Free. Old Chapel Great Hall, 144 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 413-545-0643. mfapoetsandwriters@hfa.umass.edu.

Music

And The Neighbors, Fancy Trash, Robert Ashley: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. $3. Sierra Grille, 41 Strong Ave., Northampton. thesierragrille.com.

Open Mic Night: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Free. The Taproom Hadley, 1 Mill Valley Road, Suite C, Hadley. 618-889-4831. Joe@thetaproomhadley.com.

South Hadley Jazz Workshop Performance: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The UMASS Jazz Ensemble 1 will present a one hour performance. Free. South Hadley High School, 153 Newton St., South Hadley. 413-559-7752. cassandraholden@gmail.com.

Two Week Notice, Mystics Anonymous: 8 p.m. $5 advance, $10 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Willie Nile: 8 to 11 p.m. $25 to $33. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-579-9960. stonechurchvt@gmail.com.

Theatre

The Electric Dream: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Senior thesis in playwriting and directing by Denzel Wood, Class of 2018. Free. Holden Experimental Theater at Amherst College, 200 South Pleasant St., Amherst. 413-542-2277.

Festivals & Fairs

WinterFest Amherst: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. WinterFest Amherst is the largest winter festival in western Massachusetts. Events are free and ticketed. Throughout town, 170 Chestnut St., Amherst. 413-259-3065. lsse@amherstma.gov.

Friday, 9 Dance

Amherst International Folkdancing: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Line, circle and couple dances from Balkans, Middle East, Eastern Europe. No partner needed. $3 to $10, sliding scale contribution. Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst. 413-549-6748. eva@amherstfolkdancing.org.

Music

Basya Schechter Shabbat Service: 6 to 7 p.m. Cantor Basya Schechter of NYC is featured for a community Kabbalat Shabbat service with the JCA Shabbat Ne’imah Band, four rabbis and musical guests. Free. Congregation B’nei Israel, 253 Prospect St., Northampton. 413-587-3770. info@beitahavah.org.

Blackjack Crossing, Winterland NH: 8 to 11 p.m. Bluegrass and Grateful Dead covers. $7. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-579-9960. stonechurchvt@gmail.com.

David Bartley: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Bartley entertains on piano with blues and jazz. Free. Chester Common Table, 30 Main St., Chester. 413-354-1076. dbartley123@gmail.com.

Jim Eagan with Anand Nayak: 7 to 8 p.m. Folk and blues originals and covers. Free. Luthier’s Co-op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton. jimeaganmusic@yahoo.com.

Kindling, Black Pyramid, Bucket, Twin Foxes: 9 p.m. $7. 18 and older. 13th Floor Music Lounge, 99 Main St., Florence. hplovehandles@yahoo.com.

Lisa Davol and Stephen Page: 7 to 9 p.m. Great American Songbook classics. $6 to $12. Children are free. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-86-33221.

Music Under the Grow Lights Anniversary Concert Series: 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Mill 180 Park, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-977-1538. art@susannawhite.com.

Party of 2: 7 to 11 p.m. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

Ryan Montbleau: 8 p.m. New England-based singer/songwriter will perform tunes from his new album, “I Was Just Leaving.” $15 advance, $18 at the door. The Stone Church, 210 Main St. Brattleboro, Vt. stonechurchvt.com

Senior Music Theses Concerts: 7 p.m. “Coalescence” by Michael Dwyer and “Keepsake: A Sentimental Recollection” by Patrick Williams. Free. Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, Amherst. Paul Sullivan, a composer and pianist, will perform. Tickets in advance are $20 general, $15 for seniors. Tickets go up $5 at the door. Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls. 802-460-0110. www.stonechurcharts.org.

TapRoots CD Release featuring Rebirth: 9 p.m. Join Matthew King (El Rey Mateo) and the TapRoots band in a night filled with rhythm, spirit, poetry, politics and community. $10 advance, $13 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Tom and Corrie: 5 to 7 p.m. Tom and Corrie return to the Fort Hill Brewery with new tunes and old favorites. Free. Fort Hill Brewery, 30 Fort Hill Road, Easthampton. 413-387-7414. cdoerge33@gmail.com.

UMass Advanced Percussion Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. The Department of Music and Dance presents the Advanced Percussion Ensemble, directed by Ayano Kataoka. Free. Bezanson Recital Hall, FAC, 151 President’s Drive, Amherst. 413-577-2154. music@music.umass.edu.

UU Arts Night Out: 7 to 9 p.m. Bobby D presents an evening of acoustic folk featuring Pete Nelson; Scott Cadwallader; Hanna Elliott and Dave Franklin; Peter Curro; and Bobby D. Free. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St., Northampton. 413-527-1900. periodyssey1876@gmail.com.

Theatre

“Dream Play”: 7:30 p.m. Immersive experience based on Strindberg play. $15 general, $5 students and seniors. Curtain Theater, UMass Fine Arts Center, Amherst. 413-545-2511, fineartscenter.com.

“The Electric Dream”: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Senior thesis in playwriting and directing by Denzel Wood, Class of 2018. Free. Holden Experimental Theater at Amherst College, 200 South Pleasant St., Amherst. 413-542-2277.

“Robin Hood”: 7 p.m. New England Youth Theatre presents “Robin Hood,” adapted and directed by Peter Gould. $11 for adults, $10 seniors, $7 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Brattleboro. Vt. www.neyt.org. 802-246-6398.

“William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing”: 8 to 10:30 p.m. The Bard’s famous comedic romp known for the brilliant war of words between the feisty Beatrice and the staunch bachelor Benedick. $18 to $22. Exit 7 Players Theater, 37 Chestnut St., Ludlow. 413-454-7042. janine.flood1121@gmail.com.

Festivals & Fairs

Fabulous February Fringe Festival: 7 p.m. Come see new films by female filmmakers. $5. Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St., Shelburne Falls. 413-625-2526.

Ice Art Festival with David Rothstein: 5 to 7 p.m. Local ice art sculptor Dave Rothstein comes to the Artisan Gallery in Northampton. Reception with refreshments from 5 to 7 p.m. Free. The Artisan Gallery, 162 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-1942.

WinterFest Amherst: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. WinterFest Amherst is the largest winter festival in western Massachusetts. Events are free and ticketed. Throughout town, 170 Chestnut St., Amherst. 413-259-3065. lsse@amherstma.gov.

Saturday, 10 Dance

I Heart Recovery Dance: 7 to 10:30 p.m. RECOVER Project’s 4th annual “I Heart Recovery Dance.” Family friendly, alcohol free, pot luck with snacks/soda sold. Free, donations welcome. The RECOVER Project, 1 Osgood St., Greenfield. 413-774-5489. kjohn@wmtcinfo.org.

Film

Embracing Diversity Film Series: 6 p.m. Temple Israel is pleased to present the film “Rosenwald,” which tells the story of an African American/Jewish partnership in Jim Crow America. Night begins with a social hour, film begins at 7 with a discussion afterwards. Free. 27 Pierce St., Greenfield. Office@templeisraelgreenfield.org.

Literary Arts

What’s so Important About Setting?: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jennifer Jacobson, associate director of the MFA for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst, will discuss setting and how writers use it. Bring you work. Free. Lilly Library, 19 Meadow St., Northampton. admin@strawdogwriters.org.

Music

CO2: 7 to 11 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

Ex-Temper EP Release: 8 to 11:30 p.m. Ex-Temper celebrates the release of its first EP. Rachel Laitman opens. $5. Sonelab Recording Studio, 142 Pleasant St., Easthampton. extemperband@gmail.com.

Katherine First and Kitchen Party: 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Bread Euphoria, 206 Main St., Haydenville. 413-335-6632. fiddlefirst@gmail.com.

Mardi Gras Madness! Featuring Zydeco Connection, Bayou X: 7:30 p.m. Join us for a Mardi Gras celebration with local Cajun/Zydeco bands. New Orleans-inspired food and drinks available. $12 to $16. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Mount Toby Fundraiser: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fundraiser Concert with Jay Mankita, Ben Tousley, Sue Kranz, Court Dorsey and Kit Johnson’s jazz band, Swing Set. $10 to $25. Mount Toby Friends Meeting, 194 Long Plain Road. (Rte. 63), Leverett. 413-336-2589. musicofthepeople@gmail.com.

Piano Duo Benefit Concert: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Music from Mozart to Gershwin featuring Grant Moss and Larry Schipull on two pianos. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. $25. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Elm St., Northampton. 413-584-1757. office@stjohnsnorthampton.org.

Pioneer Valley Symphony Concert: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Jjoin the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for its Spanish Guitar concert. $5 to $25. Greenfield High School, 21 Barr Ave., Greenfield. 413-773-3664. admin@pvso.org.

Rafiq Bhatia: 8 p.m. Guitarist and composer who balances meticulous sound art with searing improvisation, appears in a new trio. $10 to $26. MASS MoCa, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111. info@massmoca.org.

Ryan Montbleau with Jason Scaggs: 8 to 11 p.m. Ryan Montbleau has been an acclaimed singer, songwriter and bandleader for more than a decade. $15 to $18. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-579-9960. stonechurchvt@gmail.com.

Scaphism, Boarcorpse, Scalpel, Angor: 9 p.m. A night of death metal. $7. 18 and older. 13th Floor Music Lounge, 99 Main St., Florence. hplovehandles@yahoo.com.

Tides, Greyhound, Crafter, Brickshot, Continuum: 9 p.m. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

UMass 33rd Annual High School Honor Band: 7 p.m. Over 250 musicians from New England high schools, plus the UMass Wind Ensemble. Free. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 151 President’s Drive, Amherst. 413-577-2154. music@music.umass.edu.

Valentine Cabaret: 7 p.m. Boston/Cambridge based band Three at Home will perform. Large-scale, oil paintings by Cameron Schmitz of Bernardston will be on display. $15 includes dessert, beverage and entry. 1739 Meetinghouse, 49 Church St., Bernardston. www.bernardstonunitarian.org. 413-330-0807

Theatre

“The Electric Dream”: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Senior thesis in playwriting and directing by Denzel Wood, Class of 2018. Free. Holden Experimental Theater at Amherst College, 200 South Pleasant St., Amherst. 413-542-2277.

“Robin Hood”: 2 and 7 p.m. New England Youth Theatre presents “Robin Hood,” adapted and directed by Peter Gould. $11 for adults, $10 seniors, $7 students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Brattleboro. Vt. www.neyt.org. 802-246-6398.

“William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing”: 8 to 10:30 p.m. $18 to $22. Exit 7 Players Theater, 37 Chestnut St., Ludlow. 413-454-7042. janine.flood1121@gmail.com.

Festivals & Fairs

5th Annual Easthampton WinterFest: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wagon rides, historical ice harvest, snow and ice sculpture, chili cook off, kid’s movies, sled dogs, nature walks and more. Free. City wide event, Easthampton. 413-539-7950. nashawannuckpond@gmail.com.

Amherst Winter Fare: 10 a.m. CISA sponsors day of workshops, bartering, music, fun to highlight the bounty of local food. Hampshire Mall, Hadley. buylocalfood.org.

Amherst Winter Fest Grand Finale: 1 p.m. Family fun, music, food, contests, fireworks. Cherry Hill Golf Course, North Amherst.

Easthampton Valentine’s Tea: 1 a.m. to noon. Experience a fancy tea party, do crafts and more. Free. Edwards Public Library, 30 East St., Southampton. 413-527-9480. jdouglass@cwmars.org.

Fabulous February Fringe Festival: 3 p.m. Last day of festival kicks off with Piti Theatre's “Sammy and the Grand Buffet,” starring Jonathan Mirin. Festivities will conclude with a special Shad Ladder Radio Hour at 7. Play is free, Shad peformance is $7. Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St., Shelburne Falls. www.shelburnefalls.com. 413-625-2526.

Potpourri

Eric Carle Museum Friendiversity: Annual free-admission day celebrating reading and friendship. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 W Bay Road, Amherst.

Sunday, 11 Literary Arts

Eliza Gouverneur Poetry Reading and Book Release Party: 2 to 4 p.m. Celebration to mark the publication of “Kiddushin, or Toaster Oven Fire,” poems by Eliza Gouverneur of Amherst. Free. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., Amherst. 413-256-0160. elizagouv@msn.com.

Poetry Workshop: 1 to 3 p.m. Cover key poetic terms, devices by studying poems by a handful of modern and contemporary poets with Chris Gonzalez. Participants can expect to create new pieces on their own and also make new work in collaboration with fellow poets. $5 a workshop, held Sundays through Feb. 25. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. chrisrgonzalez92@gmail.com.

Music

Amherst Woman’s Club Fundraiser Concert: 3 p.m. Pianist Estela Olevsky and soprano Paulina Stark perform songs by Irving Berlin and others. $20. Amherst Woman’s Club, 35 Triangle St., Amherst. 413 548-9134. libbyk1418@gmail.com.

Artspace Faculty Recital: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Musical performance by Artspace faculty members. Free, donations welcome. All Souls Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield. 413-772-6811. info@artspacegreenfield.com.

Honoring Earl Newhall: 1 p.m. A birthday party in honor of the late Earl Newhall, a longtime member and major benefactor of the Shelburne Historical Society. Jay Stryker, Hedley Yost, Piper Pichette, Judy Kulp and more will perform. Birthday cake will be served along with an exhibit of Earl's prized cameras, some of his glass plate prints, albums and slides. Shelburne Historical Society Museum, 33 Severance St., Shelburne Falls. 413-625-6150.

The Joe Belmont Experience, with Evelyn Harris: 6 p.m. Accomplished veterans of the Northeast music scene play a blend of jazz, funk, Chicago blues and jam. Special guest Evelyn Harris. $10 advance, $15 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Karen Carpenter Tribute Band: 12:30 to 3 p.m. The Karen Carpenter Story, starring Donna Lee with Jo-Anne Dominik. A benefit for the Friends of the Amherst Senior Center. Soup and sandwiches available for purchase. $15. Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst. 413-259-3159. paganon@amherstma.gov.

Magic Triangle Jazz Series: 8 p.m. Mark Helias, bass; Gerry Hemmingway, drums; Ray Snderson, trombone. $15 general; $7 students. Old Chapel, UMass, Amherst. 413-545-2511, fineartscenter.com. gsiegel@umass.edu.

Norman Kennedy: 7 p.m. Kennedy travels the country performing old songs, telling stories, and instructing weaving techniques, including the rare method of waulking cloth. $15 to $18, students $10. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton.

South Hadley Jazz Fest Concert: 2 to 5 p.m. Performances by the student jazz bands, Jeff Holmes Big Band, Valley Jazz Divas and the Green Street Trio. Light refreshments. Free. South Hadley High School, 153 Newton St., South Hadley. 413-559-7752. cassandraholden@gmail.com.

Theatre

“William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing”: 2 to 4:30 p.m. $18 to $22. Exit 7 Players Theater, 37 Chestnut St., Ludlow. 413-454-7042. janine.flood1121@gmail.com.

Monday, 12 Dance

Monday English Country Dance: 7 p.m. Social dances from 17-21st centuries danced to beautiful live music. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. Please wear soft-soled shoes. $7 to $10. Munson Library, 1046 Southeast St., Amherst. amherstcd.org.

Tuesday, 13 Literary Arts

Fiction Reading with Joseph Scapellato: 8 to 9 p.m. Joseph Scapellato, author of “Big Lonesome,” and the forthcoming novel, “The Made-Up Man,” will read from his work. Free. Amherst Books, 8 Main St., Amherst. 413-542-8200. crnewman@amherst.edu.

Music

Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Vocalist Samirah Evans and trumpeter Don Anderson will be the guest soloists with the Green Street Trio. Followed by an open jazz jam session. $5. City Sports Grille, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton. paulphiliparslanian@gmail.com.

UMass Faculty Concert’s Tribute to Robert Stern: 7:30 p.m. Salvatore Macchia, contrabass and viola da gamba; with Gregory Hayes, harpsichord; Deborah Gilwood, piano; and Arthur Cook, cello. Free. Bezanson Recital Hall, FAC, 151 President’s Drive, Amherst. 413-577-2154. music@music.umass.edu.

Valentines Concerts with the Dan Kane Singers: 2 and 7 p.m. $22 to $26. Majestic Theater, 131 Elm St., West Springfield, Majestic Theater. 413-747-7797. dan@dankanesingers.org.

Festivals & Fairs

Chocolate Fantasy 2018: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chocolate treats, artisan crafts and live music from the Clinical Notes at 12:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Baystate Franklin auxiliary and Department of Volunteer Services. Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 51 Sanderson St. Lobby, Greenfield.

Wednesday, 14 Dance

Creacion Latin Big Band: 7 p.m. 20-piece big band with Frances Rahaim plays salsa, cha cha, boogaloo, merengue, cumbia, son and bolero. Open dance floor. Free. Every first and third Wednesday. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Hip Hop Night with Crazefaze Dance Crew: 7 p.m. Beginner-intermediate hip hop classes. All ages. Lessons $10 adults, $5 for youth. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Literary Arts

Young Writers Class with Nell Wright: 4 to 5 p.m. Teens in grades 5 to 12 are invited to join writing teacher Nell Wright for an hour of drop-in literary fun. Free. Sunderland public Library, 20 School St., Sunderland. 413-665-2642. director@sunderlandpubliclibrary.org.

Music

All Ages Open Mic Night: 7 to 10 p.m. Award-winning guitarist F Alex Johnson hosts this weekly open mic featuring some of the best talent in the valley. All ages, free and open to all. Brew Practitioners, 36 Main St., Florence. 413-584-2444. info@colorwaymusic.com.

Open Mic: 7 to 10 p.m. Grab a bite to eat and listen to a variety of entertainers. The Harp Irish Pub, 163 Sunderland Roa, North Amherst. dalereynolds@live.com.

Pat and Tex LaMountain: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Duo performs romantic tunes with Dennis Avery on dobro. Green Fields Market, 144 Main St., Greenfield.

Valentine’s Lingerie Party with Rodd Cummings & The Vibrators: 9 p.m. We’re dressing up by dressing down and strutting our stuff for a sexy Valentine’s night of music, cocktails and double entendre. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

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