Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Jan. 9-15
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
A host of area musicians will be putting on a tribute to Lou Reed at the Iron Horse in Northampton Thursday. There will be some real talent there and, as we all know, some great music. See “Clubs.” Also, see Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.
Michael Nix Friday
MIchael Nix is a skilled area musician who will bring his banjar — an instrument he designed — to the Great Falls Coffeehouse for a solo performance Friday. We predict beautiful things will happen. See “Coffeehouse.”
MOCHA MAYA’S COFFEEHOUSE, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Shelburne Falls. Jessica Smucker. Friday, 8 p.m. Smucker has performed all over the Eastern United States and has won several national song writing contests. She has opened for notable acts like Cheryl Wheeler and The Kennedys, shared festival stages with Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, Antje Duvekot and others, and co-billed with up-and-comers like Heather Maloney and The Stray Birds. Her second full-length album, “Tumbling After,” is due out early this year. Free. Please tip the musicians. 413-625-6292.
Seth Glier will be among the talent at Northampton’s First Night.
How about a good laugh?
This Saturday, the Happier Valley Comedy Show will feature both the Ha-Ha’s (pictured) and a Boston group that will improvise musicals on the spot following prompts from the audience. See “Potpourri.”
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls: Bud Light Ski pass and racing sled promo begins. Win a ski pass to Wachusett Mountain tonight plus ski hats and shirts. Bruins vs. Kings at 10:30 p.m. plus other NHL and NBA games on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: The Surly Temple with Jim Henry, Guy DeVito, Doug Plavin and Tommy Boynton. 8 to 10:30 p.m. No cover. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Ride Into The Sun: A Tribute to Lou Reed. Winterpills, Mark Mulcahy, Fancy Trash, The Lonesome Brothers, Rusty Belle, School for the Dead, Rocky Roberts & Friends, Goldwater The Second, The Fawns, Daniel hales and the frost heaves, Lo Fine and Violet Clark open. $10, $13. www.iheg.com. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Carolyn Walker, Lisa Marie Ellingsen, Lexi Weege, Jennie Backstrom. 8 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Los Angeles at 10:30 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 ID to be entered in end-of-the-night prizes. 413-773-8313.
DINNER AND A MOVIE THURSDAY EVENINGS during January presented by Next Stage Arts, The Gleanery and the Putney Co-op, Putney, Vt. Each week 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 to see those films on the big screen. Today: “King Corn, American documentary examines the impacts of corn in our nation’s modern food supply. Tickets for dinner and move are $23 adults, $13 children 13 and under. Seating at the Gleanery is limited. Purchase tickets in advance at the Putney Co-op or the Gleanery during business hours. www.nextstagearts.org. For more information, contact Maria Basescu, Executive Director at 802-387-0102, email@example.com.
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.
CHRISTINA’S RESTAURANT, 20 French King Highway, Erving.
Floyd Patterson performs. 6:30 p.m. 413 422-1161
KEVIN PARRY hosts Open Mic every Thursday at The Marina Restaurant, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Participating musicians receive 50 percent off their meal. For information or to sign up, call 802-257-7563. 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 the Celtics vs Portland at 10 p.m. and the Bruins vs. Sharks at 10:30 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Rd., Wendell: Barret Anderson. Renegade blues. 9 to 11:30 p.m. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Catie Curtis. $20, $25. ∎ 10 p.m. Swear and Shake. Dogs of War open. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Uncle Hal’s Crab Grass Band. Americana-ana! 8 p.m. Free. 863-2860, thevoo.net.
SHUTESBURY ATHLETIC CLUB, 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury: Lonesome Brothers. 8:30 to 11 p.m. No cover; tips appreciated. 259-1474, www.shutesburyac.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.
GREAT FALLS COFFEEHOUSE, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls (Great Falls Discovery Center). 7 p.m. Michael Nix will perform solo. Nix performs on an instrument he designed, the seven-string Banjar. The banjar sounds somewhat like a cross between a banjo and a lute or harpsichord. His repertoire includes original compositions, jazz, ragtime, Irish and folk tunes as well as Renaissance and Baroque lute dances. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Coffee and homemade baked goods available. The museum and museum store open during intermission. Suggested sliding scale donation $6 to $12; free for children. Donations help the Friends of the Discovery Center provide free nature programming for the public. Wheelchair accessible. 863-3221, greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.
MOCHA MAYA’S COFFEEHOUSE, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Shelburne Falls. Jessica Smucker. 8 p.m. Smucker has performed all over the Eastern United States and has won several national song writing contests. She has opened for notable acts like Cheryl Wheeler and The Kennedys, shared festival stages with Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, Antje Duvekot and others, and co-billed with up-and-comers like Heather Maloney and The Stray Birds. Her second full-length album, “Tumbling After,” is due out early this year. 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.
SECOND FRIDAY CONTRADANCE, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. Greenfield Dance Band, which usually includes or is at least organized by David Kaynor (fiddle, guitar, frequent caller), Peter Siegel (guitar/mandolin), and Stuart Kenney (bass/banjo). There are usually hired guests and sit-ins are always welcome. 8 to 11 p.m. Contra dancing for all. Self-determined free will contribution; $10 suggested; barter welcome. www.guidingstargrange.org.
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.
BENEFIT CONCERT for the Mohawk Music Association featuring Trailer Park, which includes Mohawk alumni Tom Mahnken, and warm up set by Mohawk’s new rock band led by Mohawk Music Director Scott Halligan. 7 p.m. Mohawk High School, 26 Ashfield Rd., Buckland. Adults $10, children $5, Mohawk students free. www.mohawkmusicassociation.org. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.
BRATTLEBORO MUSIC CENTER Chamber Music Series presents a program of Brahms, Chopin and Beethoven featuring American pianist Jonathan Biss. 7:30 p.m. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. Tickets $10, $20, $30. Call BMC at 802-257-4523 or visit bmcvt.org. See Joseph Marcello’s Encores & Curtain Calls column, Page D4.
FROST HEAVES/MYSTICS ANONYMOUS double album release extravaganza. 7 p.m. the Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. “Contrariwise: Songs from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ & ‘Through The Looking-Glass’” by Daniel hales and the frost heaves, and “Dreaming For Hours” by Mystics Anonymous. A light show, video projections and “inter-dimensional portals” will be utilized throughout the show. The New Renaissance Players will reprise scenes from its production of “Alice in Wonderland” during the Daniel hales and the frost heaves set. Lefty’s Brewing Co. is brewing up special batches of Frost Heaves/Mystics Anonymous-themed beers and selling them at the show. Children 12 and under $5; adults $10 advance, $15 day of show. Advance tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at frostheavesinwonderland.brownpapertickets.com. Albums will be available at the show for a one-time only price of $6 each or $10 both. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.
SETH GLIER AND ANTJE DUVEKOT, contemporary folk singer-songwriters in concert. 7:30 p.m. Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt. Glier, singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist and Grammy nominee from Shelburne is known for his fearless vocal delivery, musical exuberance and seasoned songwriting beyond his years, say promoters, what add that Duvekot’s songs have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism and street-smart romanticism. $16 advance, $18 at the door. www.nextstagearts.org.
“OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD,” PVPA Theater Department, Academy Of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Set in the prison colony of Sydney, Australia in 1788. A ragtag cast of convicts puts on a play under the guidance of an earnest young marine officer. As the social and emotional barriers between the captives and the captors breaks down, they start to discover each other, both onstage and off. In this production, the students each play an officer and a prisoner, exploring the sometimes narrow, sometime enormous divide between those in power and the oppressed. This play contains mature content. Written by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Michael Arquilla. Advance tickets: adults,$12; seniors and military, $10; students, $6. At the door:
Door: adults, $14; seniors and military, $12; students, $8. 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase) or http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NFL Divisional Playoff games. NFC game at 4:30 p.m. followed by Patriots game at 8:15 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. Watch the game at BTU and win prizes, Bud Light drink specials, light munchies, contests to win drinks and more. No entertainment in Nightclub due to Patriots game. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: The Mark Nomad Band. Highly danceable mix of blues, funk and beyond. 9 to 11:30 p.m. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton. ∎ 7 p.m. Tracy Grammer with Jim Henry. Abe Loomis opens. $14, $17. ∎ 10 p.m. Dylan Reese. Chris Lombardi and DRenn open. $10. www.iheg.com.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: “Regulars” art reception and dance party. 7 p.m. to closing. Free 863- 2866, thevoo.net.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL Playoffs. Bruins vs. San Jose at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night madness with Tyler downstairs in Taylor’s Tavern. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 413-773-8313.
THE THIRSTY MIND, 23 College St., Village Commons, South Hadley. Ray Mason performs. 7 to 9 p.m. No cover; tips appreciated. 538-4309.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Hanging Scarlet. 8 p.m. Admission free; please tip the musicians. Mix of styles from progressive rock to folk. 625-6292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECOND SATURDAY ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE at Munson Library, 1046 East St., South Amherst. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $8. For more information, contact Mary Jones at 863-3165. Information and directions at www.amherstecd.org. In case of bad weather, look for an email or call Mary.
MONADNOCK TRI-STATE DANCE CLUB at the Elmm Community Center, Durkee St., Winchester, N.H. 7 to 11 p.m. Music by Bushwhack. For information, call 603-357-0794.
TOPHILL MUSIC: Ed and the Howe’s it Goin’? String Band with calling by Linda Leslie. Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Ed Howe on fiddle, David Surrette on guitar, Stuart Kenney on uprught bass and five-string banjo and Matthew Kenney on percussion.
$10 to $12. Organizers promise extra waltzes scattered throughout the evening. www.guidingstargrange.org/
“AKA DOC POMU” special premiere screening with Q&A with filmmaker Sharyn Felder. 7:30 p.m. Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt. The unlikely and inspiring life story of one of the most celebrated “Brill Building” songwriters to emerge in the 1960s, say promoters, who add that this film features Lou Reed, Dr. John, the songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller and a host of other iconic artists whose lives were influenced by the big-hearted genius that was Doc Pomus. $10. Tickets available at nextstagearts.org and at the door.
AROBREA, Indie folk duo, will perform at The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 8 p.m. $11 advance, $12 at the door. www.parlorrommusic.com.
BRATTLEBORO CONCERT CHOIR presents Richard Blackford’s rapturous “Mirror of Perfection” and Benjamin Britten’s masterwork “Rejoice in the Lamb.” 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. Tickets $15 general, $8 students. 802-257-4523, www.bmcvt.org. Repeats Sunday at 3 p.m.
WINDBORNE in concert. 7:30 p.m. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. Over the past decade, Windborne has sought out masters of traditional singing styles in the United States and around the world to study a variety of vocal music. Through these collaborations, it has developed a uniquely authentic and distinctive sound, say promoters. For ticket information, call 802-254-9276.
THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 8 p.m. Laugh your pants off with The Happier Valley Comedy Show: The Ha-Ha’s and B.U.M.P. ( Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project) and guest Sam Rush. B.U.M.P. is a fully improvised one-act musical. After getting a single suggestion from the audience, the cast of B.U.M.P. creates a musical experience full of heroes, villains and comic relief and weaves their tale into a Broadway-like production all as the audience watches, say promoters, who add that everything from the songs to the dancing to the music created by the full band is improvised. $10 advance, $13 at the door. www.theartsblock.com or email@example.com.
CHRISTMAS TREE BONFIRE at Hawlemont School, Charlemont. 2 to 8 p.m. Bonfire at 4 p.m. Tree drop hours: Jan. 9 through 10 after 4 p.m. and today all day. Food and drinks available by donations. www.charlemont250.org.
FLYWHEEL ARTS COLLECTIVE, 43 Main St., Easthampton, Saturday Morning Music Party series. 10 a.m. Pancake breakfast bash featuring food, dancing, performances and diversions for kids. Following breakfast, an episode of “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” will be shown. Free.
FREE THROW CONTEST, Knights of Columbus, Sheffield Elementary School Gym, 30 Griswold St., Turners Falls, 1 to 3 p.m. Ages 10 to 14, boys and girls compete separately to make as many free throws as possible. Winners advance to regional competition. Free. Registrations are accepted day of event.
MASS MOCHA, North Adams: Free admission today and brick-wall-to-brick-wall programming throughout the museum: Art making, dance performances, roaming musicians and gallery tours. Museum staff will lead tours each half hour from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours extended from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Brushy One String in concert at 8 p.m. in Club B10. Concert $20 reserved, $12 in advance, $16 day of show, $10 students. 662-2111 Ext. 1, massmoca.org.
WINTER TRAILS DAY at Northfield Mount Recreation & Environmental Center, Route 10, Northfield. 1 to 4 p.m. the day offers older children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross country skiing for free. Free clinics for first skiers begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and last 45 minutes. 20-minute long snowshoe clinics are offered at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Arrive 30 minutes in advance to sign up and pick up equipment. For ages 8 and older. Call 800-859-2960.
24-HOUR THEATER PROJECT presents two performances at 7 and 9 p.m. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Smith College, Northampton. Founded in 2002 by playwright and producer Tanyss Rhea Martula, the premise remains a constant — six plays will be written, rehearsed, directed, produced and staged all within 24 hours by a team of talented theater artists. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors and students. For reservations, call 320-3147. 24 Hour Theater Project Event is on Facebook.
“OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD” continues, see Friday’s listing.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NFL Divisional Playoff Games at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Light munchie bar, giveaways and Bud Light specials during the games. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW CAFE & PUB, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. Crow’s Rebellion. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Steve Crow, electric guitar, vocal; Peter Kim, bass, and Joe Fitzpatrick, drums. Warped Americana. No cover. 978-544-2739. www.dejabrewpub.com.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: TNT Karaokle. 9 p.m. Free. 863-2866, the voo.net.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL playoffs. Watch all your favorite teams on 11 50-inch HDTVs with Kathy in the Sports Bar opening at noon and Erinn downstairs in the Tavern. 413-773-8313.
THE BRATTLEBORO CONCERT CHOIR presents Richard Blackford’s rapturous “Mirror of Perfection” and “Rejoice in the Lamb” at 3 p.m. First Baptist Church, Brattleboro. See Saturday’s listing.
KIRTAN with Auriel Morgana and Jeff Martell. Normal Hall, Laurel Park, Northampton, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Promoters tell us that Kirtan, one of the world’s oldest sacred music traditions, is a group practice of singing call and response in repetition of the names of God in Sanskrit. Promoters add that no matter what your religious beliefs are, it is a very meditative practice and gives one a feeling of connecting with a higher power. $10 to $20 suggested donation.
“OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD” concludes, see Friday’s listing.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. College Basketball Big Monday starting at 7 p.m. followed by Celtics vs. Rockets at 7:30 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. April Verch. Abby and Harrison Adams opens. $12.50, $15. www.iheg.com.
PEARL STREET BALLROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: 8 p.m. Clutch. Crobot and The Sword opens. $25, $30. www.iheg.com.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: 1980s movie. “Big.” 9 p.m. Free. 863-2866.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Country music with host Kathy and her candy bowl. Monday Madness with Big Dan in the Sports Bar. 413-773-8313.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Dart night, 6 p.m. Admission free. Please tip the bartenders. 625-6292.
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. Maple Leafs vs. Bruins at 7 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 10 p.m. Latin Night. No cover. www.iheg.com.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Nora & Martha’s Open Microphone. 8 p.m. 7:30 sign ups. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.
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.
MIDWINTER MOVIES — REEL MUSICALS, Greenfield Garden Cinemas, Main Street, Greenfield. Organized by the Greenfield Business Association. Different musicals each Tuesday in January, 7 p.m. $5. All proceeds go to support the GBA’s Holiday Lights program. This Tuesday, “Singin’ in the Rain.” Silent film star Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor join forces with perky newcomer Debbie Reynolds to save their movie studio from ruin after the advent of sound in movies. Standing in their way, triple threat Jean Hagen, who can’t act, can’t sing, can’t dance. Hilarity ensues and Kelly dances with a light post.
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.
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. Raptors vs. Celtics at 7:30 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Red Baraat. $15, $18. www.iheg.com.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Shout Lulu. Southern string band. 8 p.m. Free. 863-2860, thevoolnet.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. TNT Productions Karaoke in the Sports Bar. 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.
BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP, 247 Main St. Northampton. Michael Ponsor presents his new novel, “The Hanging Judge,” 7 p.m. “The Hanging Judge” begins with a drive-by shooting in Holyoke. A Puerto Rican drug dealer and a white woman are killed, and the prosecution has the case transferred to federal court in order to seek the death penalty. With just two years on the bench, the judge in the case — the Hon. David Norcross — is faced with the full range of complexities of his first capital case: an ambitious and aggressive prosecutor, the relentless glare of media, an outraged citizenry, and not-so-subtle racism. Ponsor is a senior U.S. District judge in Massachusetts. In 2000, he presided over the first death penalty case in Massachusetts in over 50 years. 413-586-4235 www.broadsidebooks.com
TOWN MOUNTAIN performs traditional bluegrass with a rough-hewn side to it that is not too slick or glossy. 7 p.m. The Parlor Room, 2 Masonic St., Northampton. All ages. $12 advance, $15 at the door. www.parlorroommusic.com.
“BARTON COVE EAGLES: THE YEAR OF THREE” a program with William Dean, author, amateur photographer and nature enthusiast from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, Route 10, Northfield. A look at the Barton Cove eagle nest during the 2013 breeding season. For ages 10 and older. Register by calling 800-859-2960. Visit Dean’s website at www.cutloosewildlife.com.
MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE/HIKE for Fitness at Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, Route 10, Northfield. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Brief stops to discuss fitness benefits of hiking or snowshoeing, Native American moon names, quotes from other lovers of the night will add interest to this unique way to spend a winter weeknight. Bring a light, healthy snack to share. Free; $16 with snowshoe rentals. Appropriate for ages 12 and older. 800-859-2960.