Arts & Entertainment Calendar, Jan. 2-8
Is dancing among your New Year’s resolutions? While many activities slow down this time of year, not so with dancing at Greenfield’s Guiding Star Grange, which will host dances both Friday and Saturday nights. See “Dance.” Pictured is a file photo by Geoff Bluh from a past dance at the Grange.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls: Stop in for Celtics vs. Bulls and Bruins vs. Predators action plus College Basketball and The Sugar Bowl on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. An Evening with Hot Tuna. $50, $55. www.iheg.com.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Nashville at 7 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Thirsty Thursdays & College night hosted by Big Dan in the Sports Bar. Beer Pong Tournament. Wear your college shirt or show your college I.D. to be entered in end-of-the-night prizes. 413-773-8313.
DINNER AND A MOVIE THURSDAYS presented by Next Stage Arts, The Gleanery and the Putney Co-op, Putney, Vt. A film series that’s all about the food. Each week in January at 5:30 p.m., the chefs at the Gleanery will serve a menu inspired by some of their favorite films about food; then diners head to Next Stage at 7 p.m. for a showing of the films on the big screen. Snacks provided. Today: “The Gelaners and I,” a French language documentary by Agnes Varda, explores the culture of gleaning in the fields and markets of food-rich France. Tickets $23 adults, $13 children 13 and under. Tickets available at the Putney Co-op or Gleanery during business hours. www.nextstagearts.org.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. Noon to 2 p.m. Writer’s Lunch. The library’s meeting room will be open Monday through Thursday. This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer looking for a place to work through their lunch. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more information.
KEVIN PARRY hosts open mic every Thursday at The Marina Restaurant, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. from 7 to 10 p.m. Free Participating musicians receive 50 percent off their meal. For information and sign up, call 802-257-7563. More informatin at www.kevinparrymusic.com.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Friday Night Karaoke in The Extra Point Nightclub hosted by Dirty Johnny from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover. In the Sports Bar, catch all NBA, NHL action plus the Cotton Bowl on 14 HDTVs. , 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Livingston Taylor. $22.50, $25. ∎ 10 p.m. Purity Supreme Presents Electric Avenue: DJ Cashman and Snack Attack spinning strictly 80s dance, pop, old school, rock, new wave and more. $2 at the door. www.iheg.com.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Friday night madness with Big Dan in the sports bar. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 413-773-8313.
WEST DOVER INN, Route 100, West Dover, Vt. Kevin Parry plays and sings classic rock requests on guitar and mandolin. 8 to 11 p.m. 802-464-5207 www.kevinparrymusic.com.
MOCHA MAYA’S COFFEEHOUSE, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Shelburne Falls, Lonesome Brothers, 8 p.m. Hick rock. Free. Please tip the musicians. 413-625-6292.
AMHERST INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING: Every Friday night, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Bangs Community Center, Boltwood Walk, Amherst Center. Dances from the Balkans, Middle Eastern Europe, more. You need not bring a partner. Live music first Fridays of the month. Some teaching. Beginners welcome. Donation. 549-6748. www.amherstfolkdancing.org.
FIRST FRIDAY MOSTLY WALTZ, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. Series hosted by Richard Wyatt. Music this month by Mary Lea, Peter Barnes and Karen Axelrod. The pre-dance lesson will be on German folk dances called zwiefachers. Schedule: 7 to 7:30 p.m., beginners’ workshop; 7:30 to 8 p.m., intermediate workshop; 8:15 to 10:30 p.m., couple dances. $10. www.guidingstargrange.org/
MONTHLY ZYDECO DANCE at Dance Northampton, 492 Pleasant St., Northampton. Dance lesson at 7 p.m., music and dance at 8. Music by Zydeco Connection. They play a mix of zydeco, two-step, waltz and boogie woogie with a little swing. No partner needed. $13 includes beginner zydeco dance lesson; students $9. 586-2422, www.dancenorthampton.com.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ “Mother Goose on the Loose,” 11 a.m. Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children ages 3 and under with a grown up every Friday morning. Rhymes, songs and movement games make up this storytime style popularized by author Betsy Diamant-Cohen. In the Picture Book Room today. ∎ Writer’s Workshop. Noon to 2 p.m. Jane Buchanan and Joannah Whitney lead the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written. Participants encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week. No charge; no registration required. Contact Buchanan at 772-1544 for more information. ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace are invited to the LeVanway Meeting Room Mondays and Fridays. Access to the room is free and open to all who need a space to work.
SKI AND SNOWBOARD SALE: 6 to 9 p.m. Crocker Farm Elementary School, 280 West St., Amherst. Featuring more than 1,000 items of new and used equipment from entry level to expert of alpine skis and boots, snowboards and boots, cross country equipment, twin tip skis, snowshoes, skates, jackets, pants, goggles and gloves. Ski equipment consignments accepted Fri., Jan. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. only. Repeats Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Amherst Lions Club fundraiser.
SPRINGFIELD SCIENCE MUSEUM’S large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Stars Over Springfield observatory series. On the Quadrangle, 21 Edwards St., downtown Springfield. The program takes place the first Friday of the month and will include introductory talk on topics such as space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research or upcoming events like eclipses or comet appearances. For families with children ages 8 and older; younger children welcome. $3 adults, $2 children 17 and under. Rain or shine. If cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing. 263-6800 Ext. 318.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Come dance the night away in The Extra Point Nightclub when one of the house DJs spin all the hottest tunes. No cover. In the Sports Bar catch NFL wild card weekend games plus NBA, NHL and college basketball action on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton. 7 p.m. Livingston Taylor. $22.50, $25. www.iheg.com.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL playoffs begin. Bruins vs. Winnipeg at 1 p.m. Saturday night madness with Tyler downstairs in Taylor’s Tavern. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 413-773-8313.
FIRST SATURDAY CONTRADANCE, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. Wild Asparagus with George Marshall, David Cantieni, Becky Tracy, Ann Percival and guest Mark Murphy on bass. Schedule: 8 to 8:30 p.m., beginners’ workshop; 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., contradance. $10, $8 students. www.guidingstargrange.org/
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Shelburne Falls, Mya Elaine, singer-songwriter, 8 p.m. Free. Please tip the musicians. 413-625-6292.
“AEROSMITH: ROCK FOR THE RISING SUN” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at The Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. The first in the “Meet Me at the Movies: Where Rock ’n’ Roll Will Never Die” series. In the autumn of 2011, just months after the earthquake and monstrous tsunami that led to the subsequent meltown of the Fukushima nuclear plant, and despite advice to the contrary, Aerosmith brought its “Back On The Road” tour to Japan, a country with which they always had a special relationship. The Japanese fans came out in droves and Aerosmith responded with some of the finest shows of its career. $8.25 general admission; Cash or check; additional credit card processing fees apply. For more information call 584-9032 Ext. 105 or www.academyofmusictheatre.com.
“BARBARELLA QUEEN OF THE GALAXY” featuring an often scantily clad Jane Fonda, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Wendell Free Library, 7 Wendell Depot Road. Barbarella, a 41st-century astronaut, lands on the planet Lythion and sets out to find the evil Durand Durand in the city of Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. 978-544-3559.
JAZZ + PLUS WITH JUKE JOINT JAZZ + WHO’DA FUNK IT, The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, 8 p.m. The first in a planned series Juke Joint Jazz is hosting on the first Saturday of every month. All musicians will jam for at least a half hour at the end of the performance, performing jazz standards and improvisation. Tickets, $7 in advance online at www.theartsblock.com and $10 at the door. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column on Page D5.
RAY MASON performs at Bread Euphoria, 206 Main St., Route 9, Haydenville. 6 to 8 p.m. No cover. Tips appreciated. 268-7757, www.breadeuphoria.org.
SONG & STORY SWAP at the Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst. 7 p.m. Guest performers will be a musical duo: brothers Bruce and Rick King. In the 1960s, both became enamored with the guitar; Bruce went with the folk genre while Rick delved into rock ’n’ roll. As a result, they seldom played together, especially in those formative years. Over time, each has become more eclectic and they have finally reached a point where they actually enjoy each other’s music and play together on rare occasions, say promoters. Free; donations accepted. 687-5002.
BAREFOOT PUPPETS presents “Dreamtime: Tales from Down Under.” 1 and 3 p.m. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill Road, Putney, Vt. An entrancing set of stories from Australia. Experience the magic of “The Land Down Under” in this performance inspired by Aboriginal folktales. Part of the Winter Sunshine Series presentation, a collaboration between Crabgrass Puppet Theater and Sandglass Theater. For reservations and ticket information, call 802-387-4051.
CHRISTMAS TREE BONFIRE, third annual, Hawlemont Regional School, Charlemont, 3 to 8 p.m. Bonfire at 5 p.m. (Rain date Jan. 5.) Tree drop off is Thursday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 3, after 3:30 p.m., and all day on Saturday. Food and drinks will be available for donations.
FREE SOUP AND GAMES, First Congregational Church of Montague, 4 North St., Montague Center, 2 to 6 p.m., will be offering free soup and games in its Fellowship Hall. There will be two hearty soups, bread and drinks available. This is a fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan relief. All of monies raised will go to this cause. Call 413-367-9467 or go to www.montaguechurch.org for more information or directions.
GREENFIELD WINTER FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greenfield High School, Lenox Avenue, Greenfield. Garden vegetables from greens to root vegetables, meat, maple syrup and other staples to get you through the winter. Access is complicated by construction. The entrance is on the far left side of the school building. Next winter market is Feb. 1.
“INTERRUPTING RACISM,” a workshop sponsored by Mass Slavery Apology. 10 a.m. to noon. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St., Greenfield. Free; child care provided. For more information: www.massslaveryapology.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 625-2951.
SKI AND SNOWBOARD SALE concludes. See Friday’s listing.
“AS YOU LIKE IT,” Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy presented by the New England Youth Theatre Alumni Association 7 p.m. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro, Vt. Repeats Sunday at 2 p.m. This is the annual Shakespeare Unrehearsed fundraiser for NEYT’s “Angels in the Wings” scholarship fund. NEYT Alumni actors old and new return to the Brattleboro stage to explore the world of Shakespeare’s rich wordplay, imagery and wit. Tickets at the door, $10 donation.Payment by cash or check only.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NFL wild card weekend games on 14 HDTVs today, prizes, giveaways and light munchies. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: Carrie Ferguson, CD release. Chris Scanlon opens. $12, $15. www.iheg.com.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL playoffs. Watch all your favorite teams on 11 50 HDTVs with Kathy in the Sports Bar opening at noon and Erinn downstairs in the Tavern. s413-773-8313.
BRATTLEBORO BALKAN DANCE at the Stone Church, Main and Grove streets, Brattleboro, Vt. 7 to 10 p.m. Music by Xopo featuring Becky Ashenden, Chuck Corman, Gawain Thomas, Annie Guion, Addie Holland and Joe and Barbara Blumenthal. Lively and fun line and circle dances from the Balkans. All levels welcome; free beginner teaching session at 6:30 p.m. Any musicians and singers welcome to sit in. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes and a water bottle. Suggested donation $12; first time dancers free. 802-257-9513, email@example.com.
“AS YOU LIKE IT” concludes. See Saturday’s listing.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. BCS National Championship game at 8 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. Watch the Auburn Tigers take on the Florida State Seminoles in the National championship from the Rose Bowl. 863-2882.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Watch eleven 50-inch HDTVs. Country music with host Kathy and her candy bowl. Monday Madness with Big Dan in the Sports Bar. 413-773-8313.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Sunshine Story Time. 10 a.m. Kay Lyons brings a blend of read aloud, sing-along, play-along fun to families with young children. 772-1544 ext. 5, www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. The library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. Self-directed free writing time. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details. ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace. Free.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Two free games of pool every Tuesday with the purchase of a pitcher of beer. Catch all your games on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 10 p.m. Latin Night. No cover. www.iheg.com.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield: Broken Bones Club. Every Tuesday night in the Tavern from 5:30 p.m. to close. Co-sponsored by the beast of the east Berkshire East and Competitive Edge ski shops. Register to win lift tickets to Berkshire East and prizes from Competitive Edge. Every week, six names will be drawn and put on the “ski board” until the grand finale party March 11 when the grand prize package will be given away to the winner. Bruins vs. Anaheim at 10 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Trivia at 7. Open beer pong tournament with Megan starts at 9 p.m. 773-8313.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace are invited to the library’s LeVanway Meeting Room Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. Access to the room is free and open to all who need a space to work. ∎ Preschool Story Hour. 10 a.m. Parents with kids 5 and under are invited for a weekly hour of story and craft time fun. Meet other people with small children and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts with Sally Ahearn. In the LeVanway Meeting room. No sign up required. Free. For more information, call the children’s librarian at 772-1544 Ext. 5. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. The library’s meeting room is open Monday through Thursday fro a Writers’ Lunch. This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch. Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details. ∎ Creative Nonfiction Writing Group. 6 to 8 p.m. A creative nonfiction writing group led by Joannah Whitney meet in the GPL’s LeVanway Room. The group is open to anyone on a drop-in basis with no registration required. Whitney will present prompts for participants to write from for time periods. Writers are encouraged to share their work. Participants should call ahead during inclement weather. For more information, contact Jane Buchanan at 772-44 Ext. 110.
AUTHOR MARGUERITE MORRIS WILLIS will be at the Erving Council on Aging, Once Care Center, at 10:15 a.m. Willis will be discussing her second book, “A Grandmother’s Essays on Education.”
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Hump Night Karaoke in the Sports Bar hosted by Dirty Johnny from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover. 863-2882.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Restaurant Appreciation Night. Come in wearing your work shirt or show a pay stub and receive a special prize from Big Dan in the Sports Bar. Free pool for Bar/Restaurant employees. Sign up for free prizes and giveaways. 413-773-8313.
LINE DANCE LESSONS every Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, School Street, Greenfield. Beginner to intermediate. $5 per session. Ring the doorbell for admission. Beginner lessons at 7 p.m.; intermediate at 8. Call Pat at 665-4260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. The library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Thursday for a Writers’ Lunch. This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch. Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or port. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-544 for more details. ∎ Chess Club. 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Meet up with other chess players in the meeting room. Contact calderrossi@gmail with questions. The first Monday of the month will feature a speed chess tournament.
UKELELE UNIVERSITY for 7- to 10-year-olds, six Wednesdays, starting Jan. 8, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Wendell Library. Put on by Replay Music Store in Greenfied, the class will have two instructors and has a size limit of 12 students. Fee for all six classes is $10 per child, each of which will leave the course owning a ukulele. First come, first served. Only one child per family, please. To sign up, contact Sarah Cadran at Replay Music Store, 413-773-3037.
ANNELISE ORLECK, labor historian, will recount the struggle for welfare rights by Las Vegas women in the 1970s in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 7 p.m. Her talk is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series. Orleck will tell the story of nine African-American union maids who challenged welfare cuts and built a long-lasting anti-poverty program run by poor mothers, Free. www.vermonthumanities.org.