Arts & Culture Calendar for Week of March 1 to 7

  • And the Kids, a Northampton-based band mixing indie rock, new wave, chamber folk, avant-garde and classic rock, will perform at The Stone Church in Brattleboro on March 3 at 8 p.m. Contributed photo/The Stone Church

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Thursday, 1Dance

Beginner Bellydance Classes: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open to ages 13 and up. No experience necessary. $18 per class or $180 for 12 classes. Studio Helix, 150 Main St., Northampton. 413-595-1119. sahinabellydance@gmail.com.

Collective Tissue: 8 to 10 p.m. Continues March 2 and 3. Five College Dance, in collaboration with Hampshire College Dance, presents an evening of dance featuring contributions from across all five campuses. $5 to $10. Hampshire College, 893 West St., Amherst. 413-559-6622. jwalker@fivecolleges.edu.

Literary Arts

Bone and Seed: Nurturant Truths in 5 Voices: 9 a.m. to noon. Two wisdom circles form based on the writings of five visionary women. Dialogue, reflection, ritual and creative expression. Sliding scale. Florence Civic Center and First Churches, 140 Pine St., Studio 1, Florence and 129 Main St., Northampton. 413-348-2385. artandsoul.wm@gmail.com.

Kenyan Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o: 4 to 5 p.m. Kenyan Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o presents “Birth of a Dream Weaver: The Pleasure and Perils of Writing.” Free. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Five Chapin Drive, Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.


Patsy Cline Tribute Show: 6:30 p.m. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Celia Woodsmith pays homage to a huge influence: Patsy Cline. $12 to $15. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-341-3317. info@signaturesounds.com.

UMass 37th Annual Jazz Showcase: 7:30 p.m. UMass Jazz Ensemble I, Chapel Jazz, Jazz Lab and Vocal Jazz Ensemble perform. Free to $10. Bowker Auditorium, UMass, Amherst. 413-545-2511. music@music.umass.edu.

Venice Baroque Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. The Venice-based orchestra specializes in vibrant performances by one of its city’s native sons, Antonio Vivaldi. $10 to $45. UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 1-800-999-UMAS. facbox@umass.edu.

Arts Night Plus: 5:30 p.m. A cappella performance by S#arp Attitude. 5:30 p.m. at the Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St., and 6 p.m. at Gallery A3, 28 Amity St., Amherst.

Tal National: 8 p.m. $10 to $12. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro.

Memories of Patsy: 7 p.m. The national touring Patsy Cline tribute show. Performance includes over two dozen of Patsy Cline’s songs, including “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” and “Sweet Dreams.” www.thecolonial.org. Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene. 603-352-2033.


Detective Sent-Tout: The Case of the Adverb: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Continues March 2 and 3. Keene State College Theatre and Dance Department presents a new theatrical puppet production by KSC Theatre Professor Céline Perron. $6 to $10. Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, 90 Wyman Way, Keene. 603-358-2168. boxoffice@keene.edu.

Uncanny Valley: 8 to 10 p.m. Continues March 2 and 3. Play by Thomas Gibbons charting the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a non-biological human. Free. Amherst College’s Webster Hall Studio 3, 220 South Pleasant St., Amherst. 413-542-2277.

The Wolves: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Continues March 2 and 3. A portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. $5 to $10. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, 122 Green St., Northampton. 413-585-3220, smith.edu/smitharts. artsinfo@smith.edu.

“I Used to Have This Cat”: 7:30 p.m. Continues March 2 and 3. Performance by the Rock River Players. Written and directed by Robert Fritz. Starring Sara Vitale and Natalie Neilson. $10 to $12. Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery, 139 Main St., Brattleboro.

Underground Railroad Game: 8 p.m. An experimental performance from the Philadelphia-based company Lightning Rod Special. Over its rapid-fire 75 minutes, the piece toes the line between sketch comedy show and American history lesson, set in a middle school classroom. Followed by a Q&A with assistant professor of English, Kimberly Love. $3 to $10. The ’62 Center’s MainStage, 1000 Main St., Williamstown.


Environmental Artist Hope Ginsburg: 5 to 6 p.m. Visual artist, educator and marine invertebrate enthusiast Hope Ginsburg will present recent works at the intersection of performance art and video. Free. Graham Auditorium, Hillyer, Brown Fine Arts Center, 20 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.

Exhibition Tour by Collector Charles Derby: 6 to 6:30 p.m. Collector Charles Derby offers a tour of the exhibition “5 Takes on African Art/42 Paintings by Fred Wilson.” Free. University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-545-3672. bhwolfson@acad.umass.edu.

Art for Modern India: 5 to 5:30 p.m. Yael Rice, exhibition curator and Amherst College assistant professor of the history of art and Asian languages and civilizations, will lead a gallery talk on this exhibition, which draws upon recent gifts to the Mead from Leonard Gordon and Georgana Falb. Followed by a tabla and sitar performance by Srinivas Reddy and Nitin Mitta. Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst.


Easthampton Adult Game Night: 6 to 10 p.m. Play cornhole, chess, giant Jenga, Gaga ball or bring a game of your own. Free. Mill 180 Park, 180 Pleasant st, Easthampton. 413-977-1538. art@susannawhite.com.

Laughter Yoga: 5:30 p.m. Breathing and stretching to relieve stress and encourage belly laughter. For all ages, sizes and abilities. $5. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Elm St., Northampton. jgu4579@gmail.com.

Westhampton Scrabble: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Continues March 6, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton. 413-527-5386. westhampton@cwmars.org.

Snowshoeing for Seniors: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weekly guided beginner group snowshoeing for seniors (60+). Equipment and instruction provided. Pre-registration required. Free. Wendell State Forest HQ, 392 Montague Rd, Millers Falls. 413-584-2052. info@alloutadventures.org.

Women with Chronic Illness Support Group: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Peer-led support group for women with chronic illness. Visit https://northamptonwci.com to learn more. Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. northamptonwci@gmail.com.

“Fraud, Scams & Con Artists”: Noon to 1 p.m. Learn basic defense regarding scams perpetrated over the internet. This presentation is continually revised to address the latest cyber threats including malicious e-mails, pop-ups and Wi-Fi issues arising from the increased use of tablets and smart phones. Free. Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro.

Friday, 2Literary Arts

An Evening with Junot Díaz: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Author Junot Díaz will give a reading followed by a conversation with alumna Jennifer Acker, editor-in-chief of The Common literary magazine. Free. Johnson Chapel, Amherst College, Amherst. 413-542-2232. Conferencesandevents@amherst.edu.

Your Next Great Read Live!: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) @ForbesLibrary. You post a title you enjoyed, we will respond with a few titles you would like. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org.


Adrianne Lenker (of Big Thief): 8 p.m. The process of harnessing pain, loss and love, while simultaneously letting go. $15 to $20. The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-341-3317. info@signaturesounds.com.

Back Porch Festival: Deer Tick: 8 p.m. Each successive Deer Tick record reveals more colors and increased perspective, the rave-ups get wilder, the ballads more knowing and hurt. $28.50. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton. 413-341-3317. info@signaturesounds.com.

The Brother Brothers: 6:30 p.m. Music leaning toward the darker, moody elements of Appalachian, klezmer and bluegrass traditions. $12. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800. info@signaturesounds.com.

Early Music Workshop with Palma Choralis: 1 to 4 p.m. Continues March 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For singers and modern and historical instrumentalists. All levels accepted. Free. Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley. reisenst@mtholyoke.edu.

First Friday Concert at Coho: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Folk great Bob Franke performs. To hear a few songs, check out www.firstfridayconcerts.com $10 to 20 suggested donation. Pioneer Valley Cohousing, 120 Pulpit Hill Road, North Amherst. mark49johnson@yahoo.com.

Frank Serafino Acoustics: 6 to 10 p.m. Pulaski Club, 79 Maple St., Easthampton. bonnylamontagne@hotmail.com.

From Dingle to Donegal: Irish Airs for Flute and Guitar: 5 to 6 p.m. Ellen Redman on flute and Jerry Noble on guitar play Irish airs from Dingle to Donegal to celebrate the season of green. Free. Josten Library, Mendenhall CPA, 122 Green St., Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.

Music Under The Grow Lights: The Roland Lapierre Trio: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Americana style incorporating country, blues, bluegrass and rockabilly. Free. Mill 180 Park, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-977-1538. art@susannawhite.com.

Richard Shindell: 8 to 11 p.m. Singer-songwriter Richard Shindell performs in a 19th century gothic church. With Dune Hunter. $20 to $28. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-579-9960. stonechurchvt@gmail.com.


Mission: Improvable: 7 p.m. The improv group Funktionlust. $5. Northampton High School Auditorium, 380 Elm St., Northampton.

Festivals & Fairs

39th Annual Artspace Pottery Seconds and More Sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continues March 3. Pottery, woodworking, jewelry, glass and more by local artists. Proceeds support Artspace’s music and arts programs. $2 entry Friday, free entry Saturday. Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive, Greenfield. 413-772-6811. info@artspacegreenfield.com.


Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o: The River Between African And European Languages: 4:30 p.m. Film screening and Q & A with Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o and director and documentary biographer David Ndirangu Wachanga. Free. Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College, Amherst.

Looney Tunes Screening: 7:30 p.m. Continues March 3. Live music at 7 p.m.: Whistlestop on Friday and Beach Honey on Saturday. Dress as your favorite character and eat Looney Tunes treats from Mo’s Fudge Factor. Color and draw the cartoons at Mo’s at 9 State St. in Buckland the week before. $4 to $6. Screening at Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls.


Gwen Murphy Walldolls: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wall Dolls created by the maker of Surreal Shoes, influenced by puppetry and illustration, humor and pathos. Reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 1825 Butterfield Road, Brattleboro. 802-257-4777. galleryinthewood@yahoo.com.


Full-Moon Meander: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about adaptations that allow nocturnal animals to be active at night. For families with children ages 6 and up. $8 to $10. Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs, Easthampton. 413-584-3009. arcadia@massaudubon.org.

JCA Family Friday: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join the Jewish Community of Amherst for a community Shabbat dinner with music, blessings, stories, movement and more for all ages. Free. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., Amherst. 413-256-0160. shirah@jcamherst.org.

“Resilience: Your Immunity to Stress”: Noon to 1 p.m. Jen Jacobs will discuss how to boost your own resilience. Free. Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro.

Saturday, 3Dance

Family Square Dance with Little Roots: 2 p.m. Join Little Roots and Square Dance caller Rafe Wolman as they present The Parlor Room’s first-ever family square dance. $10. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800. info@signaturesounds.com.

Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club: 7 to 11 p.m. Live music by Champagne Jam. With refresments. $8 to $10. ELMM Community Center, 21 Durkee St., Winchester. 603-357-0794.

Literary Arts

Writing in America: Siblings Masha and Keith Gessen: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Conversation with 2017 National Book Award winner Masha Gessen and her brother, Keith Gessen, author and co-founder of n+1 literary magazine. Free. Johnson Chapel, Amherst College, Amherst. 413-542-2232. Conferencesandspecialevents@amherst.edu.

History of the Graphic Novel: 2:30 p.m. Presenters Christopher Couch and Denis Kitchen will explore the history of the graphic novel, its role in popular literature and its future in a time of evolving formats. Woodbury Room, Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. ryanj@joneslibrary.org. 413-259-3223.


And The Kids at The Stone Church: 8 to 11 p.m. Chunky indie rock, new wave, chamber folk, jarring avant-garde and brawny classic rock. $12 to $17. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-579-9960. stonechurchvt@gmail.com.

The Back Porch Festival Continues: 7 p.m. Featuring Anais Mitchel, Jeffrey Foucault and Birds of Chicago. $20 to $25. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. 413-341-3317. info@signaturesounds.com.

Brahms Requiem and Tragic Overture: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Iva Dee Hiatt Memorial Spring Oratorio with Pennsylvania State University Glee Club, Smith College Alumnae Chorus, Smith College Choirs and Orchestra. oratorio2018.brownpapertickets.com or at door. $5 to $10. John M. Greene Hall, Smith College, Northampton.

CJ Field: 8 to 10 p.m. CJ Field is back in his hometown for a show of spirited, gritty guitar. $5 to $22. MASS MoCa, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111. info@massmoca.org.

Doug Hewitt Group: 7 to 9:30 p.m. The Doug Hewitt Group will perform songs from his CD “Roots In The Sky,” plus jazz covers. Free. Thirsty Mind Coffee and Wine Bar, 23 College St., Suite 6, South Hadley. 413-538-9309. doughewitt@aol.com.

Flathead Rodeo: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Rockabilly and roots. Free. Luthier’s Co-op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton.

Jim Eagan and Dennis Avery: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Folk, blues and a bit of swing. Free. Brew Practitioners, 36 Main St., Florence. jimeaganmusic@yahoo.com.

PVFS Song & Story Swap: 7 to 10 p.m. The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society presents the Song & Story Swap with guest Kerrville New Folk winner Letitia VanSant. Theme: Cats. $5 to $10. Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst. 413-687-5002. paulkaplanmusic@gmail.com.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society: 8 to 9:30 p.m. The ASO performs selections from Bernstein’s classic West Side Story and collaborates with the Amherst College Choral Society for Chichester Psalms. $5 to $10. Buckley Recital Hall, 53 College St., Amherst. 413-542-2195. concerts@amherst.edu.

Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Smith College Choirs and Pennsylvania State University Glee Club. Jonathan Hirsh and Amanda Huntleigh, conductors. Jamie-Rose Guarrine, soprano. $10. John M. Greene Hall, 60 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.

Purim Palooza Party: 7 to 10 p.m. Performances by Bard Owl and the Butterfly Swing Band. Also a musical variety show and costume contest. A donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit Groundworks Collaborative is requested. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro.

Joe Conti: 3 p.m. Senior trumpet recital by Keene State College student. Free. Redfern Arts Center, KSC, 90 Wyman Way, Keene.

Derrick Hegeman: 7:30 p.m. Original compositions by Keene State College student. Free. Redfern Arts Center, KSC, 90 Wyman Way, Keene.


This Time Tomorrow: 3:30 p.m. Staged reading of a play by Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s. Free. Johnson Chapel, Amherst College, 11 Quadrangle, Amherst. 542-8200. crnewman@amherst.edu.


15th Annual Miller Lecture with Artist Mina Cheon: 4 to 6 p.m. Mina Cheon’s residency at Smith College, in connection with the exhibition Modern Images of the Body from East Asia. Free. Weinstein Auditorium, 100 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2760. artmuseum@smith.edu.


Film Workshop: Filming Your Story: 3 to 5 p.m. Learn how using the simplest of cameras can make great films, how to story board and edit, too. Free. Elmer’s Store, 396 Main St., Ashfield. tamara.sloan1@gmail.com.


13th Volunteers in Northampton Schools Dog Show: Noon to 3 p.m. Register dogs in various categories at http://bit.ly/2oviavQ. Free. $8 to $12. Northampton High School gymnasium, Elm St., Northampton. 413-587-1332. vinsvolunteer@gmail.com.

Circus Spectacular 2018: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Continues March 4, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Starring aerialists and acrobats from circuses around the world. $15 to $50. Latchis Theater, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-254-9780. info@necenterforcircusarts.com.

Open House at The Hartsbrook School: 10 a.m. to noon. Explore the classrooms, speak with teachers and experience a hands-on approach to learning. Free. The Hartsbrook School, 193 Bay Road, Hadley. 413-586-1908. kwathne@hartsbrook.org.

Step Up! Bystander Training: 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Training from Racial Justice Rising on how to engage effectively in situations of bullying or racist attacks. Free. Refreshments and free childcare offered. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St., Greenfield. email@racialjusticerising.org.

Sunday, 4Music

Back Porch Festival Final Day: 2 p.m. Featuring Del & Dawg, Molly Tuttle and Honeysuckle. The festival is curated to present some of the favorite artists featured on the Back Porch radio program. $39.99 to $49.99. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. 413-341-3317. info@signaturesounds.com.

Banish Misfortune, Traditional Irish Music: 3 to 6 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.

Eli Catlin Live at New City Brewery: 3 to 6 p.m. Melding blues, folk, country and American primitive styles. Free. New City Brewery, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. khalif@laudable.productions.

“It’s Almost Spring” Song Recital: 3 p.m. Featuring the music of Vivaldi, Honegger, Schumann and others. Free. Immanuel Lutheran Church, N. Pleasant St., Amherst.

UMass Faculty Concert: Robert Eisenstein & Friends: 7:30 p.m. 16th and 17th century Italian music with guests Livio Ticli, Marcello Mazzetti and others. Free. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass, Amherst. 413-577-2154. music@music.umass.edu.

Monthly Balkan Café: 4 to 7 p.m. International music, traditional dance and food. $12 suggested donation. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Road, Dummerston. 802-257-9513.

Organist Monica Czausz: 3 p.m. Part of The Brick Church music series. Suggested donation of $10 to $20, with proceeds benefiting the First Church of Deerfield. Reception following the concert in the E.H. Williams House at Deerfield Academy. The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., Deerfield. 413-774-2657.

Literary Arts

Finding the Voice of Your Story: 1 to 3 p.m. Writing workshop with Dori Ostermiller. Presented by the Straw Dog Writers Guild and the Northampton Center for the Arts. $5. Email to register. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. admin@strawdogwriters.org.


QYRQ QYZ: Music and Film From Central Asia: 4 p.m. In the Central Asian epic “Qyrq Qyz” (40 Girls, pronounced“Kirk Kiz”) a girl gathers 40 female warriors to vanquish invaders to earn her clans’ freedom. $10 to $35. Bowker Auditorium, 80 Campus Center Way, Amherst. 413-545-2511. facbox@umass.edu.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Cabaret”: 4 p.m. The infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the emcee, Sally Bowles, and an ensemble take the stage nightly. $20 to $65. UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-545-2511. facweb@acad.umass.edu.


Constructing the Terrorist Threat: Islamophobia, the Media & the War on Terror: 2 to 4 p.m. Pioneer Valley Interfaith Refugee Action Group screens a documentary on how Muslims have become the face of terror in U.S. news and entertainment media. Rev. Corey Sanderson speaks after the film. Free. Lyman Hall, First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton. 413-210-5141. e-l-k@comcast.net.

“Der Purimspiler” Screening: 2 to 3:30 p.m. With its lively circus and vaudeville music and set pieces, Der Purimspiler, meaning “The Jester,” provides a glimpse of 1937 Warsaw’s thriving Yiddish revues and cabarets. $4 to $8. Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St, Amherst. 413-256-4900. programs@yiddishbookcenter.org.

Teen Film Screening: 2 to 5 p.m. Part of a series of superhero movies shown every Sunday afternoon in March. Titles will be PG-13. Free. Lilly Library, 19 Meadow St., Northampton. 413-587-1500. shertel-fernandez@cwmars.org.


Pancake Breakfast for Whately Elementary School PTO: 8 to 11 a.m. Menu of pancakes (plain, blueberry and buckwheat) with maple syrup, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit salad, coffee, tea, juice, milk and hot chocolate. Raffle. $6 per person, $24 per family. Whately Elementary School, 273 Long Plain Road, Whately. 207-200-4929. wespancakebreakfast@gmail.com.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party: 2 to 4 p.m. A birthday party for Dr. Seuss to celebrate reading, literacy and books. Featuring musician and storyteller Roger Tincknell, and an ice cream social. Sponsored by the Erving Elementary School PTO and the Erving Cultural Council. Free. Erving Elementary School, 28 Northfield Road, Erving. 413-423-3326 ext. 103. urban@erving.com.

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for Wikipedia entries that need updating or creation. Free. Reservations required. Manton Research Center Reading Room, Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. clarkart.edu. 413-458-0524.

Monday, 5Dance

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


Westhampton Community Sing: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feel free to bring your instrument and a song to share. Free. Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton. 413-527-5386. westhampton@cwmars.org.


Children’s Theater Auditions: King Arthur’s Quest: 4 to 6 p.m. Auditions for children in grades K-12. See www.alsct.org for more details. $5 to $8. Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut St., Amherst. 413-461-6722. sbraker2@gmail.com.

Performance by Sonya Clark: Hairdressers Are My Heroes: 5 to 7 p.m. Based on a style from an African sculpture, stylist Kamala Bhagat creates a hairstyle on the head of artist Sonya Clark. Free. University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-545-3672. bhwolfson@acad.umass.edu.

We Made a Thing: A Tiny Audience Show: 9 to 9:45 p.m. Weekly “tiny audience” improv show featuring Pam Victor and Scott Braidman. Free. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton. 413-658-4615. info@happiervalley.com.


Movie Monday: 8 to 11:30 p.m. Cult and classic movies, TV and concert footage. Free. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-579-9960. siriusfunster@gmail.com.


The ABCs of Family Research: 6 to 8:30 p.m. $125 for 4 classes. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton. 413-587-1414 ext. 3530. ltiley@smithtec.org.

Mornings on the Farm: 10 to 11:30 a.m. The weekly Mornings on the Farm program guides children up to age 4 through the wonders of life on a farm. $10 to $20. Infants free. Red Gate Farm, 4 Norman Road, Ashfield. 413-625-9503. jake@redgatefarm.org.

Sunderland Playgroup: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Drop-in playgroup for children up to age 5. Sunderland Elementary School, 1 Swampfield Drive, Sunderland. 413-665-1151.

Tuesday, 6Dance

Two-Step, Foxtrot, West Coast Swing: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Two classes on each style. No experience is required and you don’t need to bring a partner. $75 for six classes. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton. 413-587-1414 ext. 3530. ltiley@smithtec.org.

Literary Arts

Ellen Dore Watson Poetry Reading: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This reading celebrates the release of Ellen Dore Watson’s fifth book, “Pray Me Stay Eager: Poems.” Free. Alumnae House Conference Hall, 33 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.

Reading: Melih Levi and Lindsay Stern: 8 to 9 p.m. Melih Levi, a literary critic and translator of Turkish fiction, and Lindsay Stern, a fiction writer, will read from their work. Free. Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115), Amherst College, Amherst. 413-542-8200. crnewman@amherst.edu.

Writers Night Out: 7 to 9 p.m. Open mic: put your name in until 7:10; reading at 7:15. Then featured reader, Tzivia Gover. Free. The Basement, 21 Center St., Northampton. bethfilson@gmail.com.


Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. New York-based guitarist Kenny Wessel 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.

Guest Artist Concert: Peter Steiner: 7:30 p.m. Peter Steiner on trombone and Constanze Hochwartner on piano. Free. Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, 151 President’s Drive, Amherst. 413-577-2154. music@music.umass.edu.


Google Gogol: Noon to 5 p.m. Continues March 7. No Theater presents Google Gogol inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s “The Government Inspector.” Free. A.P.E., 126 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-5553. lisathompson@apearts.org.


Library of Congress Research Tools: 7:30 p.m. Learn from Rich Cairn, director of Emerging America, how to use Library of Congress resources to research a historical subject. Free. Ramsdell Room of the Pelham Library, 2 S. Valley Road, Pelham. 413-253-5290.

Wednesday, 7Dance

West African Dance and Drum Class: 6 to 7 p.m. drum class; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. dance class. Under instructor Elhadji Mamadou Ba, aka Pape Ba, of Senegal. All levels welcome. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and bring a water bottle. Drum class $10. Dance class $12 to $15. Visit http://bit.ly/2F3p31V for more information.118 Elliot St., Brattleboro.

Literary Arts

Kids’ Storytime Yoga: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. A six-session series of storytime yoga for children ages 6 to12. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1010. sjohnson@forbeslibrary.org.


17th Annual Faculty Composers Concert: 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, 90 Wyman Way, Keene. 603-358-2168.


Screening of “Summers with Helen”: 7 to 9 p.m. Followed by a lecture. Free. Hampshire College, Center for Film/Photo/Video, Bill Brand Screening Room, 893 West St., Amherst. mohHA@hampshire.edu.

25th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free. UMass Amherst Flavin Family Auditorium (SOM 137), 121 President’s Drive, Amherst. 413-545-2341. shimpach@umass.edu.


First Time Home Buyer Series: 6 to 9 p.m. Four-week workshop begins. Easthampton Savings Bank, 241 Northampton St., Easthampton. 413-586-5855 ext. 160. fs@valleycdc.com.

Homeschool Halfdays: 9 a.m. to noon. Homeschoolers enjoy a weekly learning-through-farming experience. $20 per half day, $200 full session. Red Gate Farm, 4 Norman Road, Ashfield. 413-625-9503. jake@redgatefarm.org.

Snowshoeing for Seniors: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weekly guided beginner group snowshoeing for seniors (60+). Equipment and instruction provided. Pre-registration required. Free. DAR State Forest, 78 Cape St., Goshen. 413-584-2052. info@alloutadventures.org.