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Arts and Culture calendar, week of Dec. 7


Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Thursday, 7 Dance

Bare Bones Dance Concert: 8 p.m. Showcasing the creative projects of undergraduate choreographers and dancers. $1. Scott Dance Studio, 106 Lower College Lane, Northampton.

Hindsight/Foresight: Noon to 8 p.m. A visual collection of past work from the Royal Frog Ballet’s annual outdoor Surrealist Cabaret and performative works-in-progress. $5 to $20. A.P.E., 126 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-5553.

“The Nutcracker”: 9:30 a.m. Balanchine’s stunning choreography with the New York City Ballet. $12 seniors, $14 general. South Hadleys Tower Theaters, 19 College Street, South Hadley. 413-533-3456.

Literary Arts

Poetry Night and Art Exhibition: 5 to 8 p.m. Emily Dickinson’s garden features poet Dina Stander at 6:45 p.m. with band Official Old Flame at 7:15. Open mic 6 with sign-ups at 5. Free. The Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St., Amherst. 508-951-8538.

“If August” with Holly Wren Spaulding: 7 p.m. Western Massachusetts launch of author’s newest book of poetry. Free. White Square Books, 86 Cottage St., Easthampton. 413-203-1717.

Tonttu Elves Workshop: 4 to 6 p.m. Finnish historian Zachary Giroux will lead a children’s story and craft workshop focused on the mythical elves known in Finland as Tonttu. Free. Registration required. Jaffrey Public Library, 38 Main St., Jaffrey, N.H. 603-532-7301.

Music

The Definite Maybes: 7:30 p.m. Blues-inspired Americana-flavored original music and unique covers. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield.

Greenfield Community College Chorus: 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Informal Holiday Concert. Audience sing-a-long. Refreshments. GCC main lobby, One College Drive, Greenfield.

Sliverthorne Theater’s “A Celtic Christmas”: 7 p.m. Age-old tradition in song and story. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield.

Christmas Concert with Dan Kane & Friends: 7 p.m. $20, children under 6 not admitted. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. 413-586-8686.

Khalif Neville: 6:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Treehouse at Easthampton Meadow, 1 Treehouse Circle, Easthampton. jennifer.matias1@gmail.com

Theater

“Bull of A China Shop”: 7:30 p.m. Comedy inspired by letters between Mary Woolley, Mount Holyoke College’s 11th president, and Jeannette Marks. Spans 1888 through 1937. $5 for students and seniors. Rooke Theatre, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2834.

“Poof!” and “A Kind of Alaska”: Smith College Studio Theatre Productions. 7:30 p.m. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Smith College, Northampton.

“Carmen”: 6:30 p.m. Recorded at the Bregenz Festival in 2017. Opéra in four acts. Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy; based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée. $12 seniors, $14 general. South Hadley Tower Theaters, 19 College St., South Hadley. 413-533-3456.

Potpourri

64th Annual Girl Scout Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale: 4 to 8 p.m. Girl Scout Troop 40566 in Bernardston. St. James and Andrew Episcopal Church, 7 Church St., Greenfield. Credit cards accepted. Refreshments at Slip and Slide Café.

Film and discussion — “13th”: 7 p.m. The documentary explores the history of race and the criminal justice system in the United States. Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St, Amherst. 413-259-3223.

Friday, 8 Dance

Pioneer Valley Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”: 4 p.m. A sensory and family safe performance. $20. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton.

Amherst International Folkdancing: 7:30 p.m. Line, circle and couple dances from Balkans, Middle East, Eastern Europe. No partner needed. $3 to $10 sliding scale contribution. Amherst Center, Kellogg Street, Amherst. 413-549-6748.

Bare Bones Dance Concert: 8 p.m. Showcasing the creative projects of undergraduate choreographers and dancers. $1. Scott Dance Studio, 106 Lower College Lane, Northampton.

“The Nutcracker”: 9:30 a.m. Balanchine’s stunning choreography with the New York City Ballet. $14 general, $12 seniors. South Hadley Tower Theaters, 19 College St., South Hadely. 413-533-3456.

Hindsight/Foresight: Noon to 8 p.m. A visual collection of past work from the Royal Frog Ballet’s annual outdoor Surrealist Cabaret and performative works-in-progress $5 to $20. A.P.E., 126 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-5553.

Music

Greenfield Community College Chorus: 12:15 p.m. Informal holiday concert. Free. GCC Main Lobby, One College Drive, Greenfield.

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band and Beau Sasser Trio: 9 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield.

Music at the Arms — Deerfield Duo: Noon. Anthony Berner on violin, Mark Fraser on cello. Works by Platti, Honegger, & Gliere. Free, but donations accepted. The Arms Library, Corner of Bridge and Main streets, Shelburne Falls. 413-625-9511.

Christmas Concert with Dan Kane and Friends: 7 p.m. $20, children under 6 not admitted. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. 413-586-8686.

The Edd at The Stone Church with Brickdrop: 8 p.m. Burlington Vt.’s psychedelic rock band is back. $10 to $12. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 80-579-9960.

Groove Fall Jam: 8 p.m. The Smith College Music Department’s student-run a cappella group will present a fun-filled night of music. Free. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, 122 Green St., Northampton.

Music Under The Grow Lights Anniversary Concert Series: 7 p.m. Free. Mill 180 Park, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-977-1538.

Theater

“Welcome Yule!: A Midwinter Celebration”: 7:30 p.m. $12 adult, $10 senior/children, free age 4 and under. Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-665-3206.

Fairs and Festivals

Shutesbury Holiday Shop: 6 to 9 p.m. Handcrafted work of more than 40 local artists. Free. Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury.

13th Annual Wendell Craft Fair: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free admission and parking. Two locations: Old Wendell Town Hall on Center Street and Wendell Senior Center in the center of town.

Saturday: 10 – 4pm

Saturday, 9 Dance

Mondadnock Tri-State Dance Club: 7 p.m. Rachel and the Western Partners. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St., Winchester, N.H. All welcome. Potluck supper at 5:30. $8 members, $10 nonmembers. 603-357-0794 or 802-722-9205.

Hatchery Winter Dance Showcase: 8 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Studio4, 25 Main St., 4th floor, Northampton. 413-695-1799. jenscdt@gmail.com

Hindsight/Foresight: Noon to 8 p.m. A visual collection of past work from the Royal Frog Ballet’s annual outdoor Surrealist Cabaret and performative works-in-progress $5 to $20. A.P.E., 126 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-5553.

Music

Family Concert: 2 p.m. Two of a Kind, Annie Patterson and Peter Blood perform. $5 children, $10 to $20 adults, $25 maximum per family. Mount Toby Friends Meeting, 194 Long Plain Road (Route 63), Leverett. 413-336-2589.

Sliverthorne Theater’s “A Celtic Christmas”: 7 p.m. Age-old tradition in song and story. Centenniual House Bed & Breakfast, 94 Main St., Northfield.

22nd annual Holiday Concert by Recital Chorus: 8 p.m. Vocal and choral music. Directed by Margery Heins. Trinity Church, 17 Severence St., Shelburne Falls.

The Gaslight Tinkers: 8:30 p.m. African, Caribbean, funk, reggae and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com

Tides, Greyhounds: 8:30 p.m. Regional rock-metal bands. $5. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield.

Montague Holiday Concert: 5 p.m. Steve Ciechomski and Tom Kostek perform. Potluck follows (bring dish to share). Donation to benefit the Salvation Army. Montague Congregational Church, 4 North St., Montague.

She Said Concert: 8 p.m. All-female band plays original tunes drawing from traditions of blues, rock, jazz and country. $7. The Root Cellar, 10 Fiske Ave., Greenfield. 413-522-3125.

Zydeco Party with Zydeco Connection: 8 p.m. Lil’Cyn on accordion, Eileen Almeida on rubboard and lead vocals, Mike Rose on drums, Dave LeBlanc on bass. Free. Deja Brew Pub, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. 413-773-8175.

Christmas Carol Sing and Concert: 6 p.m. Sing your favorite carols and music from the 4D1G Gospel Quartet, Valley Revival Choir and other singers and musicians. Free. Greenfield High School, 1 Lenox Ave., Greenfield. 413-624-8952. dainsworth5@gmail.com.

Valley Classical Concerts presents Trio Latitude 41: 8 p.m. Haydn’s “Gypsy.” Adults $33, special family and student pricing available. Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, 144 Green St., Northampton. 413-586-0458.

Monadnock Chorus’ “Sing Noel”: 7:30 p.m. Features Apple Hill String Quartet and Hancock Village Ringers. $10 to $20. Peterborough Townhouse, 1 Grove St., Peterborough, N.H. 603-513-8818.

UMass Chamber Choir, Chorale, Women’s and Recital Choirs: “Holiday Card”: 7:30 p.m. $10 general, $5 students and seniors. Free. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass, 151 Presidents Dr., Amherst. 413-545-2511.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra: 7 p.m. Works of Charles Ives and John Adams. $10 general, $5 seniors and students. Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, Amherst.

Hot Jazz on a Cold Night: 7:30 p.m. Mount Holyoke College’s Jazz Ensembles. Free. McCulloch Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2306.

Katherine First and Kitchen Party: 6 p.m. Cape Breton-style, traditional music blending songs and tunes. Free. Bread Euphoria, 206 Main St., Haydenville. 413-335-6632.

Luthier’s Jazz Night: 9:30 p.m. Doug Hewitt Group performs songs from his CD “Roots In The Sky,” plus exciting arrangements of jazz covers. Sizzling instrumentals and soaring vocals. Free. Luthier’s Co-op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton. 413-527-6627.

Theater

“Welcome Yule!: A Midwinter Celebration”: 7:30 p.m. $12 adults, $10 seniors and children, free age 4 and under. The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-665-3206.

“Poof!” and “A Kind of Alaska”: Smith College Studio Theatre Productions. 7:30 p.m. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Smith College, Northampton.

“Carmen”: 10 a.m. Recorded at the Bregenz Festival, 2017. Opéra in four acts. Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy; based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée. $12 seniors, $14 general. South Hadley Tower Theaters, 19 College St., South Hadley. 413-533-3456.

“Bull of A China Shop”: 7:30 p.m. Comedy inspired by letters between Mary Woolley, Mount Holyoke College’s 11th president and Jeannette Marks. Spanning 1888 to 1937. $5 students and seniors. Rooke Theatre, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2834.

Fairs and Festivals

Special Day in Northfield Holiday Celebration: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Old fashioned holiday fair with crafts, wagon rides, wine tasting, music, theater, Santa and bonfire. Northfield’s Main Street and back roads. Most activities free. 413-498-5921.

Santa’s Workshop: Noon to 3 p.m. Children’s crafts, photos with Santa, magician, snacks. $5 per child. Bring a nonperishable item for Food Bank. Deerfield Elementary School, 21 Pleasant St., South Deerfield.

13th Annual Wendell Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Two locations: Old Wendell Town Hall on Center Street and Wendell Senior Center in the center of town.

Leverett Crafts and Arts Holiday Store: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Studios, Mudpie Potters. Free. Refreshments. 13 Montague Road, Leverett. 413-548-9070. leverettcraftsandarts@gmail.com

Potpourri

Yankee Candle presents: Greenfield Holiday Pop-up Market: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate local artisans, musicians and local businesses in downtown Greenfield this holiday season. Free. The Pushkin Gallery, 4 Federal St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com

64th Annual Girl Scout Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale: 9 a.m. to noon. Girl Scout Troop 40566 in Bernardston. St. James and Andrew Episcopal Church, 7 Church St., Greenfield. Credit cards accepted. Refreshments at Slip and Slide Café.

Gleason film screening and discussion: 2 p.m. The documentary film, “Gleason,” will be shown and a discussion on ALS will be held after the film. Free. Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St., Sunderland. 413-665-2642.

Pop-up Coffee Shop: 10 a.m. to noon. Self-serve coffee, locally homemade baked goods and live background music. Board games, art supplies, free wifi Free. Whately Public Library, 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately. 
413-665-2170.
directorwhatelylibrary@gmail.com

Leverett Crafts and Arts Holiday Store: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mudpie Potters. Refreshments. Free. Leverett Crafts and Arts, 13 Montague Road, Leverett. 413-548-9070.

Shutesbury Holiday Shop: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Handcrafted work of more than 40 local artists. Free. Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury.

Happier Valley Comedy Show: 8 p.m. New monthly improv comedy show. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton, downstairs entrance. $13. www.happiervalley.com Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. 413-658-4615.

Open-Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Sugar and Spice: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join Historic Deerfield’s hearth cooks as they explore the sugar and spice that make the holidays nice. $5 to $18. Historic Deerfield, 80 Old Main St., Deerfield. 413-775-7214.

Sunday, 10 Dance

Brattleboro Contra Dance: 7 p.m. Mary Lauren Fraser and Nate Paine on fiddle, Rafe Wolman on guitar, Bob Livingston calls. $10 to $12 adults, $8 college students, $5 youth. 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro, Vt., 518-561-2594.

Hatchery Winter Dance Showcase: 2 p.m. Dynamic teen dance company shares student-professional choreography. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Studio4, 25 Main St., 4th floor, Northampton. 413-695-1799.

Hindsight/Foresight: Noon. A visual collection of past work from the Royal Frog Ballet’s annual outdoor Surrealist Cabaret and performative works-in-progress $5 to $20. A.P.E., 126 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-5553.

Theater

“Welcome Yule!: A Midwinter Celebration”: 2 p.m. $12 adult, $10 seniors and children, free age 4 and under. The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-665-3206.

“The Nutcracker”: 9:30 a.m. Balanchine’s stunning choreography with the New York City Ballet. $14 general, $12 seniors. South Hadley Tower Theaters, 19 College St., South Hadley. 413-533-3456.

“Bull of A China Shop”: 2:30 p.m. Comedy inspired by letters between Mary Woolley, Mount Holyoke College’s 11th president and Jeannette Marks. Spans 1888 to 1937. $8 general, $5 for students and seniors. Rooke Theatre, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2834.

Literary Arts

Barbara Lucey and John M. Corbett: 4 p.m. Lucey and Corbett will read from their recent work. Free. Smith College, Seelye Hall 106, Northampton.

Music

Northfield Concert to Support Puerto Rico Recovery: 2:30 p.m. Amandla Chorus and Fire Pond. Free, but donations appreciated. First Parish Unitarian Church, Main Street and Parker Avenue, Northfield. 413-498-0266.

Sliverthorne Theater’s “A Celtic Christmas”: 7 p.m. Age-old tradition in song and story.Deerfield Inn, Main St., Old Deerfield.

Leverett Community Chorus Winter Concert: 4 p.m. Suggested donation $7. Leverett Elementary School, 85 Montague Road, Leverett. 413-367-9761.

Nate Martel Debut Solo Album Release: 7 p.m. Martel’s birthday and debut solo album release. Featuring local musicians Eavesdrop and more. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com

Valley Jazz Voices: 4 p.m. Ensemble of singers of all ages who bring the joy of vocal jazz to audiences in western Massachusetts. $10. Massachusetts. $10. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com

Banish Misfortune: 3 p.m. Traditional Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, polkas, airs, songs. Free. Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court, Northampton. 413-586-4997.

Monadnock Chorus “Sing Noel”: 3 p.m. Features Apple Hill String Quartet and Hancock Village Ringers. $10 to $20. Peterborough Townhouse, 1 Grove St., Peterborough, N.H. 603-513-8818.

Fairs and Festivals

Conway Holiday Craft Fair: 10 a.m. Craft sale, bake sale, raffles, pictures with Santa. Luncheon items for sale, raffle on an autographed Tom Brady jersey. Free. Conway Grammar School, 24 Fournier Road, Conway. 413-369-0248.

Leverett Crafts and Arts Holiday Store: 10 a.m. Open studios with Mudpie Potters. Refreshments. Free. Leverett Crafts and Arts, 13 Montague Road, Leverett. 413-548-9070. leverettcraftsandarts@gmail.com

Shutesbury Holiday Shop: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Handcrafted work of more than 40 local artists. Free. Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury. shutesburyholidayshop@gmail.com

Breakfast with Santa: 8 to 11 a.m. Pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. Adults $7, children under 10 $5. Raffles. Fundraiser for Turners Falls High School Class of 2019. Montague Elks, off Seventh Street, Turners Falls.

Monday, 11 Music

Jeff Holmes Big Band featuring Dawning Holmes: 7:30 p.m. Music for the Holidays. Free. The 121 Club at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton.

UMass Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Directed by Morihiko Nakahara and with Joshua Michal, horn soloist. $10 general, $5 students and seniors. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 151 President Drive, Amherst. 413-545-2511.

Tuesday, 12 Literary Arts

Cookbook Club and potluck: 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share from “The Silver Palette Cookbook” by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins. The library will have a signup sheet for the recipes. Free. Whately Public Library, 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately. 413-665-2170.

Wednesday, 13 Music

The Harvey Diamond Quartet: 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com

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