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Arts and Culture calendar, week of Sept. 14


Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Thursday, 14 Music

The Heavy Calm, The Screaming Hearts and Hoo Lumes: 8 p.m. The Heavy Calm blends folk, soul and progressive metal. The Screaming Hearts plays rock, folk and pop and Hoo Lumes is a folk-tinged, indie rock duo. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. marketing@hawksandreed.com

Thursday Night Karaoke: 8 p.m. Free. Pulaski Club, 79 Maple St., Easthampton. bonnylamontagne@hotmail.com

“Hittin the Note: Allman Brothers Tribute”: Bike Night at The Waterfront — two full sets. Free. The Waterfront, 920 Main St., Holyoke. themaxsb@yahoo.com

The Tom Rainey Trio: 7:30 p.m. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concert. $15. Institute for Musical Arts, 125 Cape St., Goshen. jazzshares.org

Literary Arts

Amherst Poetry Festival and Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon: Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St., Amherst. emilydickinsonmuseum.org

Book release “Gorbachev: His Life and Times”: 7 p.m. Conversation with professors William Taubman and Pavel Machala, co-authors. Discussion of the book. Free. Amherst College, 103 Converse Hall, Amherst. 413-542-5278. dbannister@amherst.edu

New translations with Michael Goldman: 7 p.m. Goldman will read from his newly published translations of “The Water Farm” by Cecil Bødker and “Selected Poems” by Benny Andersen. Free. White Square Books, 86 Cottage St., Easthampton. 413-203-1717. whitesquarebooks@gmail.com

Rainbow Makers — LGBTQ and Teen Group: 3 p.m. Creative discussion group for queer youth ages 13 to 17. Artists, gamers, music fans, makeup enthusiasts, writers and more. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1010.

Research the History of Your House: 7 p.m. Have you wondered about the history of your home? Sally Zimmerman of Historic New England will present on tools for finding the story of your house. Free. Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene, N.H. 603-352-5474. tkessler@ci.keene.nh.us

Theater

Love’s Labour’s Lost: 6:30 p.m. Helmed by award-winning director John Caird, Shakespeare’s most poetic love story comes to vivid life in this coming-of-age story unlike any other. General $14, seniors $12. South Hadley’s Tower Theaters, 19 College St., The Village Commons, South Hadley. 413-533-3456. questions@towertheaters.com

Friday, 15 Dance

Third Friday Contra Dance with David Kaynor and Friends: 8 p.m. Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. All welcome. No experience necessary. $10. 413- 367-9380. davidkaynor@mac.com

Dance Spree — freestyle boogie: 8:30 p.m. No shoes, no alcohol, no rules. Your first time? Try it for 30 minutes free. $5 ages 10 and older, ages 9 and younger are free. First Churches, 11 Center St., Northampton. 413-658-7011. jasper@dancespree.org

“Fame: The Musical”: 7:30 p.m. High school students from a performing arts campus in New York City navigate through the trials of growing up via music, dance and drama. $12. Memorial Hall, 198 Main St., South Monson. 413-668-7284. wallacee413@gmail.com

Literary Arts

Amherst Poetry Festival and Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon: Noon. Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St., Amherst. emilydickinsonmuseum.org

Hilltown Chautauqua: 6:30 p.m. Earthcare festival explores “food, farms, and the future,” with panel discussions, poetry, music, food and film. $20 to $45. Tickets for one or two days. William Cullen Bryant Homestead, 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. 413-634-5716. info@hilltownchautauqua.org

Pulp Poetry Slam & Music Open Mic: 7:30 p.m. $5 adults, ages 17 and younger are free. pulpslam.co Eastworks Room 160, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton. pulppoetryslam@gmail.com

Story Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Stories, songs, and crafts for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. Free. Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St., Sunderland. 413-665-2642. director@sunderlandpubliclibrary.org

Music

Zydeco Connection: Third Friday Concert Series: 7 p.m. All Soul’s Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield. $15. www.stonesoupgreenfield.org

Danny’s Jam Night at the Wheelhouse: 7 p.m. Danny from Jimmy Just Quit hosts an open jam night. Bring your own instrument (or use one of Danny’s guitars), start a jam, join a jam — anything goes. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. marketing@hawksandreed.com

The Cookers at the Vermont Jazz Center: 8 p.m. $15 student, $20 to $40 sliding scale all others. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill No. 222, Brattleboro, Vt. 802-254-9088. ginger@vtjazz.org

Five College Opera Presents “The Scarlet Professor”: 8 p.m. Based on a true story of Smith College professor Newton Arvin, arrested in 1960 for possession of “beefcake” pornography. $15 to $35. Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA, Smith College, 122 Green St., Northampton. 413-585-3222.
ncbeck@smith.edu

Flathead Rodeo Takes a Victory Lap: 8 p.m. Rockabilly demons Flathead Rodeo, winner of Mark Sherry’s Valley Music Showcase in July will perform at the festivities. $6. New City Brewery, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton.

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

Theater

“A Streetcar Named Desire”: 8 p.m. Exit 7 Players (Ludlow) presents Tennessee Williams’ play. Tickets at: exit7players.org or contact box office at 413-583-4301. $18 to $22. Exit 7 Players Theater, 37 Chestnut St., Ludlow. exit7players@gmail.com

The films of Cynthia Madansky: 5 p.m. “Anna, Pina, Teresa.” Films screened at The Pushkin, Main and Federal streets, Greenfield.

Comedy

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

Ashfield Film Festival — Community Shorts: 7 to 9 p.m. Ashfield’s traditional evening of short films and festivities celebrating our community. More than $2,000 in prizes awarded. Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main St., Ashfield. jake@redgatefarm.org

Saturday, 16 Dance

Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club: 7 p.m. Playin’ Possum. All welcome. Members $8, nonmembers $10. Refreshments. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St., Winchester, N.H. 603-357-0794 or 802-722-9205.

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. www.amherstfolkdancing.org

“Fame: The Musical”: 7:30 p.m. High School students from a performing arts campus in New York City navigate through the trials of growing up via music, dance and drama. $12. Memorial Hall, 198 Main St., South Monson.
413-668-7284.
wallacee413@gmail.com

Bulgarian Music and Dance Party: 7:30 p.m. Kabile Band. No partner or dance experience needed. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes. $15. Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant St., Amherst. 413-549-6748. eva@amherstfolkdancing.org

Fairs and Festivals

Ashfield Film Festival — Community Shorts: 7 to 9 p.m. Ashfield’s traditional evening of short films and festivities celebrating our community. More than $2,000 in prizes awarded. Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main St., Ashfield. jake@redgatefarm.org

Friends of Greenfield Public Library Book Sale: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Friends of GPL hold book sales quarterly and have a fantastic selection. Organized and easy to browse. Something for everyone. Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield. 413-772-1544. bbullock@greenfield-ma.gov

Valley Kids Apple Harvest Children’s Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annual Children’s and Crafts Festival. Pony rides, jumpy castle, children’s games, petting zoo, local food, fine crafters and artisans. Free Amherst Town Commons, College St., Amherst. arollins@gazettenet.com

Honey Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Warm Colors Apiary, South Mill River Road, South Deerfield. Free. 413-665-4513
warmcolorsapiary.com

Relay for Life of Franklin County Relay For Life: 6:30 p.m. Yankee Candle Village, 25 Greenfield Road (Routes 5 and 10), South Deerfield.

Saturdoozy!: 6 p.m. An arts-centered kids’ night out in Northampton. Children 7 and older. Dance, music, art, karaoke, pizza, ping-pong and a movie. No parents allowed. $20 to $30 — $30 means10 p.m. pick up and $20 means 8 p.m. pick up. Siblings are half off. Studio4, 25 Main St., Suite 444, Northampton. 413-695-1799. jenscdt@gmail.com

Literary Arts

A Native American Story Book Trail Program: Noon to 2 p.m. Interactive, family friendly activities focused on Native American cultures of the Fort River. Read a fun story while walking the accessible trail. Free. Fort River Division, Silvio O Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, 69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley. 413-835-5541.
jennifer_lapis@fws.gov

Amherst Poetry Festival and Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon: 8 p.m. Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St., Amherst. emilydickinsonmuseum.org

Hilltown Chautauqua: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Earthcare festival explores “food, farms, and the future,” with panel discussions, poetry, music, food and film. $20 to $45. Tickets for Friday, Saturday or both. William Cullen Bryant Homestead, 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. 413-634-5716. info@hilltownchautauqua.org

Music

Greg Abate Quartet: 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield.
hawksandreed.com

The Tool Town Live: 7 p.m. Fish Park, near 200 Union St. in Athol. The Definite Maybes with Bradley James, also known as the “Boston Piano Kid,” opening. Free. All ages.

A Common Chord: 7:30 p.m. Brings together three extraordinary voices and traditions to Greenfield. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Second Congregational Church, 16 Bank Row, Greenfield. 413-648-9595. tb@sovereigntymusic.com

David Roth: 7:30 p.m. Mount Toby Meetinghouse, 194 Long Plain Road (Route 63), Leverett. davidrothmusic.com or reserve at: mttobyconcerts.wordpress.com or call 413-548-9394. $10 to $25, self-determined sliding scale. scale. musicofthepeople@gmail.com

Singer-Songwriter Night with Joshua Crane, Joshua Baum, and Rachel Laitman with Sean Kimball: 8 p.m. Three melodic, poetic and rootsy singer-songwriters share their craft in the Bookmill’s intimate acoustic space. Drinks and food available at Lady K. $10. Montague Bookmill, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. ctesongs@gmail.com

Anat Cohen Quartet: 8 p.m. $18 general, $12 seniors; $10 students. Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, Amherst. 413542-2195.

Karaoke at JJ’s Tavern: 9 p.m. Kitchen is open until midnight come on down and have some fun. Free. JJ’s Tavern, 99 Main St., Florence. 413-888-7224. revron316@gmail.com

Colorway: 9:30 p.m. Award winning guitar-rock power trio. Free. All ages. Free. Luthier’s Co-op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton. 413-527-6627. info@colorwaymusic.com

Five College Opera presents “The Scarlet Professor”: 8 p.m. Based on a true story of Smith College professor Newton Arvin, arrested in 1960 for possession of “beefcake” pornography. $15 to $35. Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA, Smith College, 122 Green St., Northampton. 413-585-3222. ncbeck@smith.edu

Jim Armenti and Bamboo Steamers: 9 p.m. Free. Whiskerz Pub, 75 Cottage St., Easthmapton. 413-695-8502. angry@getangry.com

Millpond.Live — Portmanteau: 5 p.m. Fusing melodies and rhythms from around the globe, this week’s artists will take you on a jubilant junket that defies categories and expands genres. Free. Millside Park, 2 Ferry St., Easthampton. 413-559-7752. cassandraholden@gmail.com

Theater

The films of Cynthia Madansky: 5 p.m. “Anna, Pina, Teresa.” Films screened at The Pushkin, Main and Federal streets, Greenfield.

“A Streetcar Named Desire”: 8 p.m. Exit 7 Players (Ludlow) presents Tennessee Williams’ play. Tickets at: exit7players.org or contact box office 413-583-4301 $18 to $22. Exit 7 Players Theater, 37 Chestnut St., Ludlow. 413-583-4301. exit7players@gmail.com

Potpourri

The Griswold Memorial Library is hosting a free fix-it day: 1 to 4 p m. Catamount Country Store, 113 Main Road in Colrain. A unique opportunity to learn how to repair items that need fixing. A team of tinkerers will be on hand to offer assistance to a variety of ailing items. Bring small appliances such as lamps, blenders and toasters to repair; knives, razors and tools to sharpen; weed wackers to restring; gas motors for minor repair; drum kits for tune-ups and repair; wobbly furniture to stabilize; bicycles to fix; torn clothes to sew; broken tool handles to rebuild; injured stuffed animals, toys and dolls for mending; and items that need gluing or oiling, like ceramics and wooden bowls. 413-624-3040.

Sunday, 17 Music

Scott Hall All Alone: 5 p.m. The Drunk Stuntmen piano man includes songs from his 2008 album, “Humor Me,” and selections from his forthcoming album. No cover, but tips appreciated. The Root Cellar, 10 Fiske Ave., Greenfield. 413-695-8999. softrockscott@yahoo.com

Banish Misfortune, traditional Irish music: 5 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

Five College Opera presents “The Scarlet Professor”: 3 p.m. Based on a true story of Smith College Professor Newton Arvin, arrested in 1960 for possession of “beefcake” pornography. $15 to $35. Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA, Smith College, 122 Green St., Northampton. 413-585-3222. ncbeck@smith.edu

Heart of Jazz in The Valley: 3 to 8 p.m. Benefit concert in honor of the late pianist Tom McClung and others who have passed. Performances by 50 musicians, photos, videos and memorabilia. $10 to $25. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com

Dance

FESTIBAL — Danse Cafe CAFÉ: 4:30 to 7 p.m. A French & Breton Music & Dance Party. Polish American Citizens Club, 43 South Main St., South Deerfield. LIsten, play, dance, enjoy. Instructions provided. Hors d’oeuvres potluck. Free-will donation. 413-548-9330.

Potpourri

Classic Car Show: 4 to 8 p.m. Every Sunday at The Meadows Grille, 398 Deerfield St., Greenfield. Free admission. Music. Free. The Meadows Grille, 398 Deerfield St., Greenfield. 413-475-3636. chefmj801@yahoo.com

Theater

The films of Cynthia Madansky: 5 p.m. “Anna, Pina, Teresa.” Films screened at The Pushkin, Main and Federal streets, Greenfield.

“A Streetcar Named Desire”: 2 p.m. Exit 7 Players (Ludlow) presents Tennessee Williams’ play. Tickets at: exit7players.org or contact box office 413-583-4301 $18 to $22. Exit 7 Players Theater, 37 Chestnut St. Ludlow. 413-583-4301. exit7players@gmail.com

Monday, 18 Music

Amherst Jazz Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Vocalist Ethel Lee. No cover but tips appreciated. Free. Union Station Grand Ballroom, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-253-1607. info@amherstjazzorchestra.com

Theater

“Not In Our Town: Billings, Montana”: 7 p.m. The film shows how townspeople of all races and religions found common ground against hate-based attacks against their African American, Native American and Jewish families and congregations. Greenfield Greenfield will host the documentary at Garden Cinemas on Main Street in Greenfield.

Tuesday, 19 Literary Arts

Poetry Reading by Arvind Mehrotra: 7 p.m. Noted Indian poet, anthologist, literary critic and translator. Free. Poetry Center, Wright Hall, 5 Chapin Drive, Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu

Music

Karaoke with DJ Greg Reil: 9:30 p.m. Free. Platform Sports Grill and Bar, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton.

Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 p.m. Boston-based jazz violinist David Eure 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

Wednesday, 20 Dance

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

Literary Arts

“The Nutting Girl” reading/signing: 7 p.m. Fred DeVecca will read from and sign his new mystery novel set in Shelburne Falls. Free. Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main St., Northampton. 413-512-0850. frogprod@rcn.com

Music

Lenny Zarcone music as guests dine: 6 to 8 p.m. Zarcone sings jazz standards, the great american and Sinatra songbook and other songs from the 1950a ro 1980s. Free. GianniFig’s, 6 Elm St., South Deerfield. 413-834-0841. lennyzarcone@gmail.com

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

Irish Slow Session: 6:30 p.m. Free, but suggested $5 donation. DeCice Hall at The Marian Center, 1365 Northampton St., Holyoke.

Pixies: 8 p.m. $49.50. John M. Greene Hall, Smith College, Northampton. dspshows.com