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Arts and Culture calendar, week of Oct. 12


Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Thursday, 12 Literary Arts

Great Falls Word Festival: 1 p.m. The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Open mic outside the Shea and a bookstore and café within.

The Mole: Great Falls Word Festival: 6:30 p.m. Performance in which presenters tell five-minute stories using no notes and no props. A second show at 8 p.m., “Do It Now,” with words and music — Paul Richmond, John Sheldon, Tony Vacca and Jo Sallins, starts at 8 p.m.

Author Cathy Stanton: 6:30 p.m. Reading and discussion of “A Quabbin Farm Album,” the story of how families kept their farms going for decades on less than ideal soil. Free. Boswell’s Books, 10 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 413-625-9362.
keisenstein@yahoo.com

Author Dolores McCullough: 5:30 p.m. Book launch and reading. Reads from her new historical novel “Jerusha, Prejudice, Passing, and Personal Growth in the United States of America.” Free. Off the Common Bookshop at Collective Copies, 71 South Pleasant St., Amherst. 413-992-7408. levellerspress1@gmail.com

Digital Africas Symposium: 5 p.m. A series of panels and speakers addressing how 21st century sub-Saharan African writers use and respond to digital technologies when they publish traditional print texts, experiment with online platforms or interact with local and international audiences through social media. Free. Amherst College, 103 Converse Hall, Amherst. 413-542-5594. ltuiskula17@amherst.edu

“Haunted Hikes of New Hampshire” with author Marianne O’Connor: 6:30 p.m. Antrim’s Tuttle Library, 45 Main St., Antrim. O’Connor shares a slideshow presentation with spooky music and stories. Books will be available for sale. 603-588-6786. Free.
tuttlelib@yahoo.com

Silkworm 10: 7 p.m. Florence Poets Society proudly presents readings by its poets. Light refreshments. All welcome. Free. Lilly Library, 19 Meadow St., Northampton. 413-336-0762. info@florencepoets.com

UMass Press Reads the Jones Library: 7 p.m. “New England’s Political Histories, Contradictions and Controversies.” Panel discussion with Eric J. Morser, Mark Robert Schneider and Jason Sokol. Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 413-259-3223. ryanj@joneslibrary.org

Visiting Writers Series — Ocean Vuong: 8 p.m. Poet and essayist reads from his work. Free. University of Massachusetts Amherst, 300 Massachusetts Ave., Amherst. 413-545-0643. mfapoetsandwriters@hfa.umass.edu

Potpourri

Trump Point-Counterpoint series: Trump and the Middle East: 7 p.m. Part three of the Trump Point-Counterpoint discussion series. Join Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans and his guest Robin Wright as they discuss Trump and the Middle East. Wright is an acclaimed journalist and author who has reported from more than 140 continents and published several books on Middle Eastern affairs. Free. Amherst College, 103 Converse Hall, Amherst. 413-542-5728. dbannister@amherst.edu

Music

OFC, GlitterGutz, Gods Wisdom: 10 p.m. Local punk bands. $5. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com

Revelator Hill: A Wheelhouse Event: 7 p.m. Revelator Hill blends deeply-rooted blues traditions with a popular rock edge. $8 to $12. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield.
hawksandreed.com

Sam Amidon: 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-341-3317. abbie@signaturesounds.com

Theater

“Greater Tuna:” 7:30 p.m. Silverthorne Theatre Co. present play about small Texas town. $20 general, $18 students and seniors. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-768-7514.
silverthornetheater@gmail.com

Comedy

Theme Thursday Comedy: 8 p.m. Hosted by Kim DeShields. Linda Belt comes to the 13th Floor to headline. $10. 13th Floor Music Lounge, 99 Main St., Florence. 413-557-8145.
comedyasaweapon@gmail.com

Friday, 13 Dance

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. www.amherstfolkdancing.org Amherst Center, Kellogg Street, Amherst. 413-549-6748.
eva@amherstfolkdancing.org

Music

Elqui Trio: Noon. Mohawk Trail Concerts. Free. Arms Library, Bridge and Main streets, Shelburne Falls. 413-625-9511. info@mohawktrailconcerts.org

Bill Shontz with Sweet As Sugar Trio: 7 p.m. Jazz-oriented pop group that creates new arrangements of well-known songs combined in a fusion of folk or pop and jazz. $6 to $12, children free. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls.
413-863-3221.

The Green Sisters: 8 p.m. $3. Wheelerville Community Club, 698 East Main St., Orange. 978-544-3960.
wheelervillecc@gmail.com

Karaoke at JJ’s Tavern: 9 p.m. Free. JJ’s Tavern, 99 Main St., Florence. 413-888-7224. revron316@gmail.com

8th Annual Berkshire Drum & Dance Fest: 6 p.m. Benefits Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center. Celebrating women drum and dance artists from around the world; finale with more than 75 drummers. Silent auction, world marketplace. $10 to $20 donation at the door or via website. Berkshire Community College Boland Theater, 1350 West St., Pittsfield. 413-522-1505. aimee@gaiaroots.com

Bluesman Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton: 7:30 p.m. $22 in advance, $25 at the door.Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt. 802-387-0102. mariabasescu@nextstagearts.org

Cliff Eberhardt: 7 p.m. Benefit for the Village Church. Red House Recording artist Cliff Eberhardt presents acoustic country blues and pop in an intimate setting. Snacks served, byo beverage. $15 suggested donation. Cummington Village Church, 32 Main St., Cummington. 413-634-5005. josh@radiofreeearth.com

Lucy Kaplansky: 7:30 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-341-3317. abbie@signaturesounds.com

UMass Jazz Ensemble I and Chapel Jazz: 7:30 p.m. The Department of Music and Dance presents. $10 general, $5 seniors, students and youth under 18. Umass students free. Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst, 80 Campus Center Way, Amherst. 413-545-2511.
music@music.umass.edu

Literary ArtS

Great Falls Word Festival: 1 p.m. Human Error Publishing Presents the festival throughout different venues in Turners Falls. Workshops, presentations, performances, open mics and more. For schedule:
www.sheatheater.org

Digital Africas Symposium: 10:30 a.m. The Digital Africas symposium brings a series of panels and speakers addressing how 21st century sub-Saharan African writers use and respond to digital technologies when they publish traditional print texts, experiment with online platforms or interact with local and international audiences through social media. Free. Amherst College, 103 Converse Hall, Amherst. 413-542-5594.

Theater

“Greater Tuna”: 7:30 p.m. Silverthorne Theatre Co. present play about small Texas town. $20 general, $18 students and seniors. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-768-7514.
silverthornetheater@gmail.com

The Maw: 7:30 p.m. New play-reading series. Brooklyn hipsters have retreated to a cabin in the Berkshires to discover it has been promised to eccentric seniors conducting an end-of-life ritual. Free. Hallie Flannigan Studio Theatre, 122 Green St., Northampton. artsinfo@smith.edu

Surrealist Cabaret: 5 p.m. A walking performance that weaves the audience through a farm landscape at sunset in a folky, comedic and ritualistic evening for all ages. $8 to $18. Reduced rates available. Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton. 203-788-8484.
theroyalfrogballet@gmail.com

Motivational Magic Show!: Noon. Author and magician Jonas Cain discusses principles to enhance your personal and professional life. It’s more than a magic show, it’s a life show. Free. The River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 800-969-9778. jonas@jonascain.com

Fairs and Festivals

Chautauqua 2017: A Celebration of Trees: 7 p.m. Music, art and more in the historic buildings and Nine Acre Wood of Laurel Park. Free. Historic Laurel Park, 2 Laurel Park, Northampton. info@laurelparkarts.org

Easthampton Girls Night Out: 5 p.m. Workshop with Victoria Ahrensdorf from Northampton Feldenkrais Studio. Mary Ann’s Dance and More, 396 Main St., Easthampton. 413-282-0054.

Re-Dedication of Smith College Japanese Garden: 4 p.m. A ceremony at the Japanese Garden for Reflection and Contemplation, celebrating the new garden as a place to connect with nature. Free. Smith College Botanic Garden/Japanese Garden, 16 College Lane, Northampton. 413-585-2740. garden@smith.edu

Saturday, 14 Dance

Mamma’s Marmalade: 7:30 p.m. Dancing and listening. Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse, Wendell Old Town Hall, Lockes Village Road, Wendell. $6 to $15. 978-544-8784. deerpaths@gmail.com

Bioluminosity: 7:30 p.m. An integration of conscious movement processes, including Ecstatic Dance, contact improvisation, yoga, reiki and qigong. $5. The Barn Studio, 20 Dickinson St., Amherst. 413-992-8382.
bioluminosity@dancespree.org

Cirque Samhain: 7 p.m. Cirque To Go has created an immersive night of light, aerial dance and sound intended to conjure creative spirits and magic, inspired by Hallows Eve. $15. Studio4Noho, 25 Main St., Suite 444, Northampton.
203-232-5208.

“Sourcing the Stream”: 8 p.m. Video, sound and performance by Wendy Woodson. Holden Theater, Amherst College, Amherst. Reservations 413-542-2277.

Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club: 7 p.m. Music by The Visitors. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St., Winchester, N.H. Refreshments. 603-357-0794 or 802-722-9205.

Music

Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra “Boléro”: 7:30 p.m. Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra’s 79th season with a very special concert featuring a world-class soloist, a world premiere and a bittersweet farewell to Maestro Paul Phillips. Adult $28, seniors $23, students and children $5. Greenfield High School, 21 Barr Ave., Greenfield. 413-813-7387. pvsoffice@pvso.org

Al Canali and Friends: 4 p.m. Salmon Falls Gallery, 1 Ashfield St. No. 9, Shelburne Falls. 413-625-9833.
salmonfalls@megaplanet.com

Antenna Cloud Concerts: 3 p.m. 9 Horses trio performs. Antenna Cloud Farm, 25 Green Hill Road, Gill. antennacloudfarm.com

Pat and Tex LaMountain: 10 a.m. Free. Ashfield Farmers Market, Town Common, Ashfield.

DK, DJ Henny, GNFXX: 10 p.m. $5. Hip hop. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield.

Boxcar Lilies: 7 p.m. $15 to $18. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. Austin and Elliot opens. 413-586-8686.

Brahms Requiem Sing: 7 p.m. Sing the Brahms “Requiem” with Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble and conductor Joseph Flummerfelt. Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine, baritone David Tinervia. $10 general, $5 students.. Edwards Church, 297 Main St., Northampton. illuminatiensemble.org.
illuminatiensemble@gmail.com

Pittsfield City Jazz Festival: The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience: 7:30 p.m. This showcases the unique rhythms and well-loved melodies (such as “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo”) of Gillespie’s library of Cu-Bop. $23 to $38. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444.
marketing@berkshiretheatre.org

The Claudia Malibu with The Ray Mason Band: 9 p.m. Free. Whiskerz Pub, 75 Cottage St., Easthampton. 413-695-8502. angry@getangry.com

Family Weekend Concert: “Montage”: 4 p.m. Features Smith College Choirs, Handbells, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Wailing Banshees, Wind Ensemble and A cappella groups. Free. John M. Greene Hall, 60 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-3222. artsinfo@smith.edu

Mike Baggetta Trio: 7:30 p.m. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents a concert. $15. Music & Dance Building, Hampshire College, Amherst. jazzshares.org

Nathan Kalish at The Stone Church with Wooden Dinosaur opening: 7:30 p.m. $10 to $12. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-579-9960. stonechurchvt@gmail.com

Karaoke at JJ’s Tavern: 9 p.m. Free. JJ’s Tavern, 99 Main St., Florence. 413-888-7224. revron316@gmail.com

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares: 7:30 p.m. Mike Baggetta Trio. Hampshire College, Music & Dance Building Recital Hall, Amherst, MA. $15. Tickets available at: www.jazzshares.org

Theater

“Greater Tuna”: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Silverthorne Theatre Co. present play about small Texas town. $20 general, $18 students and seniors. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-768-7514. silverthornetheater@gmail.com

“Albatross”: 7:30 p.m. Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett bring a bold new adaptation of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Adults $20, students $10. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. 413-584-9032.
www.aomtheatre.com
boxoffice@aomtheatre.com

4000 Years of Magic!: 7 p.m. Jonas Cain performs an interactive comedy magic show that honors the magicians of the past. Perfect for the whole family. $12. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 800-969-9778.
jonas@jonascain.com

Surrealist Cabaret: 5 p.m. A walking performance that weaves the audience through a farm landscape at sunset in a folky, comedic and ritualistic evening for all ages. $8 to $18. Reduced rates available. Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton. 203-788-8484.
theroyalfrogballet@gmail.com

Literary Arts

Great Falls Word Festival: 1 p.m. Human Error Publishing Presents the festival throughout different venues in Turners Falls. Workshops, presentations, performances, open mics and more. For schedule:
www.sheatheater.org

Digital Africas Symposium: 10:30 a.m. The Digital Africas symposium brings a series of panels and speakers addressing how 21st century sub-Saharan African writers use and respond to digital technologies when they publish traditional print texts, experiment with online platforms or interact with local and international audiences through social media. Free. Amherst College, 103 Converse Hall, Amherst. 413-542-5594.
ltuiskula17@amherst.edu

Potpourri

Opening reception Charles Shaw: 5 to 7 p.m. Northfield painter Charles Shaw presents his work. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield.

Hilltown Hounds Agility Club of Conway: 8 a.m. Annual Canine Performance: dog agility competition. Free. 413-774-6521.

Fairs and Festivals

Great Falls Word Festival: Noon. Write 30 Poems in 30 days with Tommy Twilite workshop. Great Falls discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls.
admin@strawdogwriters.org

Second Saturday in Shelburne Falls: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Every 2nd Saturday shop, play, eat and explore. Meet the artists and curators. Free. Village of Shelburne Falls, Bridge Street. 413-625-2526. info@shelburnefalls.com

Exploring Archeology in Deerfield: 11 a.m. Free. Historic Deerfield, 84 Old Main St., Deerfield. historic-deerfield.org

Hilltown Holistic Fall Vendor Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Support your local artist, small business owner. Free. 486 Main Street, Greenfield. 413-345-0490. christine_bails@yahoo.com

Montague Tag Sale: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds split between Montague Common Hall and hurricane disaster relief. Montague Common Hall, 34 Main St., Montague. montaguecommonhall.org

Cider Press Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cider pressing, face painting, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, balloon animals, Abenaki storytellers and craft beer. $3 members, $8 children, $10 adults (nonmembers), under age 2 free. Retreat Farm, 350 Linden St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-490-2270. retreatfarm.org

Chautauqua 2017: A Celebration of Trees: 10 a.m. Music, art and more in the historic buildings and Nine Acre Wood of Laurel Park. Free. Historic Laurel Park, 2 Laurel Park, Northampton. info@laurelparkarts.org

Fall Foliage Train Ride: 10 a.m.; noon and 2 p.m. One-hour train rides. $25 general, $5 ages 12 and younger. Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke.
413-533-0436.

OnTrend Fall Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hadley Town Commons. Free. jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com

Pelham Annual Harvest Supper: 6:30. Howard D. Barnes Memorial Pie Auction, as well. $10 - $15 adults, $10 children under 12.Pelham Historic Complex, 398 Amherst Road, Pelham. 413-253-9162.
info@pelhamhistory.org

Punkedellic Pumpkin Festival: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Carve a pumpkin and see all the jack-o-lanterns illuminated at night in this beautiful sculpture garden. $10 adults, children free. Three Sisters Sanctuary, 188 Cape St. (Rt 112), Goshen. 413-268-3677. info@threesisterssanctuary.com

Yappy Valley Community Dog Show: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Nonotuck Park, Sheehan Field, Easthampton. 413-529-1585. gcanon@epsd.us

Comedy

Happier Valley Comedy Show North Coast: 8 p.m. All-new monthly improv comedy show. $13. Northampton Center for the Arts, Hawley Street, Northampton. 413-626-6261.
www.happiervalley.com

More Improv, More Better: 10 p.m. Free ($3 to $5 donation). Improv jam for all, plus showcase. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St. Northampton. 413-626-6261.
www.happiervalley.com

Sunday, 15 Dance

Sourcing the Stream: 2 p.m. Video, sound and performance by Wendy Woodson. Holden Theater, Amherst College, Amherst. Reservations 413-542-2277.

Music

Dave Russell Kirtan: 7 p.m. Call and response singing of simple Sanskrit chants from gentle to rocking. $10 to $20 donation suggested, but not required. Free. The Yoga Sanctuary, Thornes Marketplace, 150 Main St., Northampton. 413-374-0789.
dave@daverussellkirtan.com

Faculty Concert: “All in the UMass Family”: 4:30 p.m. Concert featuring Gregory Spiridopoulos on trombone, with fellow UMass faculty, their spouses and guests. Free. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass, 151 Presidents Dr., Amherst. 413-577-2154. music@music.umass.edu

Sage Chamber Music Society: Family Weekend Chamber Music: 11 a.m. Bohuslav Martinu Duo for violin and cello No. 2 in D major and other works featuring faculty artists. Free. Sweeney Concert Hall, 144 Green St., Northampton. artsinfo@smith.edu

Theater

Surrealist Cabaret: 5 p.m. A walking performance that weaves the audience through a farm landscape at sunset in a folky, comedic and ritualistic evening for all ages. $8 to $18. Reduced rates available. Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton. 203-788-8484.
theroyalfrogballet@gmail.com

Literary Arts

Great Falls Word Festival: 1 p.m. Human Error Publishing Presents the festival throughout different venues in Turners Falls. Workshops, presentations, performances, open mics and more. For schedule:
www.sheatheater.org

Fairs and Festivals

Pioneer Valley Book and Ephemera Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6 general, $3 ages 12 to 21. Smith Vocational School, Route 9, Northampton.
pioneervalleybookfair.com

Potpourri

Peg Considine: 2 to 4 p.m. Silk painting demonstration and trunk show. Salmon Falls Gallery, 1 Ashfield St. No. 9, Shelburne Falls. 413-625-9833.

Hilltown Hounds Agility Club of Conway: 8 a.m. Annual Canine Performance: dog agility competition. Free. 413-774-6521.

Tuesday, 17 Dance

Festival of South African Dance: 7:30 p.m. Two South African dance forms come together to reflect the vibrant diversity, complex history and inventive creativity of the South African people. $35, $30, $20; Five College and youth 17 and younger $10. UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Dr., Amherst. 413-545-2511
facboxoffice@acad.umass.edu

Music

May Cheung, Nir Felder, Drew Yowell, The Greys: 7:30 p.m. May Cheung is a Canadian singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn. Her music stems from folk-pop origins combined with elements of alternative rock. $5 to $7. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com

Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 p.m. Vibraphonist Warren Chiasson 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

Potpourri

Seed Saving at the Emily Dickinson Museum: 1 p.m. Lend a hand in gathering and saving seeds. Just show up. The Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St., Amherst.
emilydickinsonmuseum.org

Wednesday, 18 Music

Creacion Latin Band: 8 p.m. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. Salsa, cha cha, boogaloo, merengue, cumbia and more. Every first and third Wednesday. Free.
marketing@hawksandreed.com

Dynamo, The Big Takeover: 8 p.m. Fuses jazz, rock, funk, soul and R&B. $10 to $13. 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.
marketing@hawksandreed.com

Lenny Zarcone: 6 p.m. Music as guests dine. Sings jazz standards, great American and Sinatra songbook and other songs from the 1950s through 1980s. Free. GianniFig’s, 6 Elm St., South Deerfield. 413-834-0841. lennyzarcone@gmail.com

All Ages Open Mic Night With Host F. Alex Johnson: 7 p.m. Free. Brew Practitioners, 36 Main St., Florence. 413-584-2444. info@colorwaymusic.com

An Evening with Noam Pikelny: 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-579-9960.

Open Mic Karaoke: 7 p.m. with Zack Danziger. Free. The Deuce, 50 Conz St., Northampton. 413-586-3315. faomasta@aol.com

Potpourri

“The Caged Main of Buckland”: 7 p.m. Kathy Lytle’s presentation about the life of Josiah Spaulding Jr. and how mental illness was treated in the late 18th century. Free. Potluck dinner at 6:30. Bring a dish to share. Free. Shelburne Grange, Fellowship Hall, Little Mohawk Road, Shelburne Center.

Henry Steel Commager lecture: Noon. Richie Davis, senior reporter at The Recorder, will speak about the historian as part of the Commager lecture series. Stinchfield Lecture Hall, Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr., Greenfield. 413-775-1600.