A&E calendar: March 13-19
Mocha Maya’s music & TedxLive this week
Mocha Maya’s, Franklin County’s smallest performance arts center, has three musical acts booked this week. Zoe Sundra, pictured, is a Brooklyn-based folk singer who, we’re told, is bringing the sequins back to folk music. Promoters tell us to expect brutally honest lyrics and a dynamic and emotional experience. Mark Nomad, a well-known local blues guitarist, performs Saturday. “From his thick slide tone to his rough-and-ready solos and rollicking acoustic fingerpicking, Nomad is a versatile blues guitarist” — Guitar Player. Northampton’s Fancy Trash, known for its high-intensity shows, performs Friday and is releasing a new album, “As Is.” See “Coffeehouses.” On Tuesday, Mocha Maya’s will host TEDxShelburneFallsLive, two sessions of the multi-day, flagship TED conference live from Vancouver, B.C. Notable people will be introducing innovative ideas. Free. See “Potpourri.”
Mocha Maya’s music & TedxLive this week
Mocha Maya’s, Franklin County’s smallest performance arts center, has three musical acts booked this week. Zoe Sundra is a Brooklyn-based folk singer who, we’re told, is bringing the sequins back to folk music. Promoters tell us to expect brutally honest lyrics and a dynamic and emotional experience. Mark Nomad, pictured, a well-known local blues guitarist, performs Saturday. “From his thick slide tone to his rough-and-ready solos and rollicking acoustic fingerpicking, Nomad is a versatile blues guitarist” — Guitar Player. Northampton’s Fancy Trash, known for its high-intensity shows, performs Friday and is releasing a new album, “As Is.” See “Coffeehouses.” On Tuesday, Mocha Maya’s will host TEDxShelburneFallsLive, two sessions of the multi-day, flagship TED conference live from Vancouver, B.C. Notable people will be introducing innovative ideas. Free. See “Potpourri.”
Time to get Fancy
Frontier Regional School is hosting a music telethon Thursday that will bring a lot of live music to its auditorium, including Fancy Trash, a justifiably popular acoustic rock band well known in our area. Here is what the Boston Globe had to say about this band, in part, ““With its semicountrified, punk-influenced music that recalls Neil Young, Clem Snide, the Flaming Lips, and an assortment of ’90s alternarock bands (from Nirvana to early Radiohead), the group doesn’t simply pull off acoustic trio rock, it makes it seem natural. The band’s live sets drip with energy. Its songs turn on delicate guitar picking and furious strumming by turns.” The money raised benefits the Music Department. See “Music.”
GREAT FALLS COFFEE HOUSE, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Friday, 7 p.m. David Fersh of Charlemont, will play guitar and sing a variety of styles and songs, originals and by others. His repertoire range from folk and blues to country and oldies rock and also jazzy standards, Broadway and movie tunes and others not easily categorized. He will perform selections from his album “Welcome to Western Massachusetts” and from his upcoming album, “Songs of Peace, Protest & Spirit.” John Miller will accompany on guitar, bass and possibly vocals. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Coffee and home-baked goods available. The museum and museum store open during intermission. Suggested sliding scale donation $6 to $12; free for children. Wheelchair accessible. 863-3221, greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.
‘Brothers Grimm’ Saturday
Franklin County Technical School’s new theater troupe will stage two productions of “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” on Saturday. A modern, humorous twist is promised. Pictured, Catherine Landers of Erving playing the Princess in “Rumpelstiltskin.” See “Theater.”
WENDELL FULL MOON COFFEEHOUSE, Old Town Hall, on the common, Wendell center. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Viva Quetzal. World music. A spicy musical fusion drawing from the folk traditions of Chile and Peru and blending in jazz and worldbeat to serve up a high-energy performance, say promoters. Open mic at 7:30 p.m. For open mic sign-up, directions and more information: www.wendellfullmoon.org, 978-544-5557. Sliding scale $7 to $15
James Maddock will make a stop at The Parlor Room in Northampton on Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m. His guitar-driven and melodic songs are steeped in introspective lyrics that he sings in a slightly raspy voice that somewhat that’s reminiscent of Ray LaMontagne.
Met Opera Live Saturday
On Saturday, Memorial Hall will host a live Metropolitan Opera broadcast of “Werther,” billed as a “revolutionary and tragic romance.” “See Theater.”
GUIDING STAR GRANGE, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield: Contra dancing for all. Friday, 8 to 11 p.m. Music by David Kaynor and Friends. Prior dance experience not required. Caller will be Kaynor who teaches and calls the contras. Special fundraiser dance with all proceeds going directly to the grange to help defray significant increases in operating costs. Admission is in the form of self-determined, free-will contributions (a.k.a. The Honor System) with $10 or barter equivalent suggested. Smoke/intoxicant free. www.davidkaynor.com.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. March Madness has begun at BTU. Win Bud Light “Only In March” T-shirts/hats/beads to get real prizes in the month of March with Bud Light purchases. Catch the conference tournaments on 14 TVs. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: The Surly Temple. Jim Henry, Guy DeVito, Doug Plavin and Tommy Boynton. 8 to 10:30 p.m. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Dicey Riley. Banish Misfortune. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.
THE Os in Sunderland, Route 116, Sunderland: Party with DJ Eclipse. 9 p.m.
ROUTE 63 ROADHOUSE, 32 Federal St., Millers Falls: 7:30 p.m. Free Texas Hold’em League. 659-3384.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. 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.
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.
“SPIRIT OF THE WRITTEN WORD,” a free writing workshop offered by Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department, 6 to 8 p.m. Artspace, 15 Mill St., Greenfield. The goal is to promote healing and experience the therapeutic benefits of group writing. No writing experience required. All sharing is voluntary and confidential. The 10-week workshop takes place Thursdays through May 22. Facilitated by Pam Roberts, writer, artist and certified yoga instructor who is a 20-year breast cancer survivor. Registration required. Contact Roberts at 625-2402 or pamro@aol. Limited to 12 participants.
THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: 7:30 p.m. Tower of Power Tribute. Oakland Stroke featuring vocalist Donna Lee DePrille. This 15-piece band drew quite a crowd in January, according to promoters, who add that this is the only known New England TOP Tribute also playing music drawing from other Bay Area Groups: Janis Joplin, Santana, Sly Stone, Huey Lewis and Buddy Miles. Free. 774-0150, www.theartsblock.com.
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.
THE MAGIC TRIANGLE JAZZ SERIES continues its 25th season with a performance by Joe Lovano, Mark Helias and Tom Giampietro. 8 p.m. Bowker Auditorium, UMass-Amherst. Tribute to Ed Blackwell, one of the most important and unsung drummers in jazz history. Tickets $12 general public, $7 students. 800-999-UMAS.
THE THIRD STRING TRIO will perform at Esselon Cafe, 99 Russell St., Hadley. 6 to 8 p.m. Old World cafe music. Repertoire includes musettes of France, tangos from Argentina, waltzes of Central and South America, folk songs of Italy and country dances of the British Isles. No cover.
“THE CARBON CONUNDRUM: Carbon as Energy Source and Climate Regulator” presented by Dr. Joel Huberman. 7 p.m. Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center, 26 Main St., Peterborough, N.H. Huberman will speak on the science behind the headlines of climate change. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children. Members free. Wheelchair accessible. 603-924-4555, email@example.com.
GCC SENIOR SYMPOSIA, at The Pushkin, the corner of Federal and Main streets, Greenfield. (Note: this location is a change from previous events). 2 to 4 p.m. William Fregosi will present “Mr. Shakespeare Goes to the Opera” in two sessions: March 13 and March 20. To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Fregosi will look at the ways in which Shakespeare’s plays have intrigued and inspired composers since opera began. $10 per session. Financial assistance available by preregistration only. To register, call 775-1661, www.gcc.mass.edu/community_education/.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. St. Patty’s Karaoke Party with Little Dirty Leprechaun Johnny at 9 p.m. in The Extra Point Nightclub, prizes, giveaways and Irish drink specials. No cover. In the Sports Bar catch NCAA conference tournament finals on 14 TVs. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: Barrett Anderson. Renegade blues. 9 to 11:30 p.m. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Zoe Darrow and the Fiddleheads. $12.50, $15. www.iheg.com.
THE Os (formerly Snowzees), Route 116, Sunderland: 9 p.m. Top 40 Night with Bomb Jovi.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls. Uncle Hal’s Crab Grass Band. Americana-ana! 8 p.m. Free. http://thevoo.net.
ROUTE 63 ROADHOUSE, 32 Federal St., Millers Falls. Damon Reeves Band. Classic rock. 9:30 p.m. 413-659 3384.
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.
GREAT FALLS COFFEE HOUSE, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 7 p.m. David Fersh of Charlemont, will play guitar and sing a variety of styles and songs, originals and by others. His repertoire range from folk and blues to country and oldies rock and also jazzy standards, Broadway and movie tunes and others not easily categorized. He will perform selections from his album “Welcome to Western Massachusetts” and from his upcoming album, “Songs of Peace, Protest & Spirit.” John Miller will accompany on guitar, bass and possibly vocals. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Coffee and home-baked goods available. The museum and museum store open during intermission. Suggested sliding scale donation $6 to $12; free for children. Wheelchair accessible. 863-3221, greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 8 p.m. Fancy Trash, a mainstay on the thriving, independent music scene of Northampton, is releasing its new album, “As Is.” Lauded for its high-intensity live shows, the band, with the help of recording engineer Justin Pizzoferrato, has captured its energy on this new collection, say promoters. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
GUIDING STAR GRANGE HALL, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield: Special benefit contra dance with David Kaynor & friends at the Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. 8 p.m. No partner necessary; no experience required. Proceeds help with new inspection fees for accessible lifts at the hall. Recommended donation $10 or more, but no one will be turned away or frowned at for lack of funds. 413-367-9380 or email@example.com.
“GMO OMG,” a film by Jeremy Seifert. 7 p.m. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet and our freedom of choice? Presented by Ben & Jerry’s and New Chapter. Sliding scale, $5 to $20 at the door. 802-254-9276.
WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro, Vt. today: 7:30 p.m. “Ethel.” Documentary on Ethel Kennedy that provides an insider’s view of a political dynasty, including her life with Robert F. Kennedy. Repeats Sunday at noon. Festival continues Saturday. Movie tickets $8 general admission, $7 students/seniors. womensfreedomcenter.net. 802-257-7364.
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.
STORYSLAM at The Hinge in Northampton. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (According to the venue’s website, this event is sold out) The theme for the first person narrative is “Second Chances.” The first place winner will be awarded a chance to share their story at the New England Storytellers Conference at UMass March 28. www.academyofmusictheatre.com.
ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: 8 p.m. Marco Benevento. For more than a decade, pianst Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. The 35-year-old artist took a major step forward with the release of his most recent album, “TigerFace.” The 10-track collection is painted in myriad sonic colors, shimmering with acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards, while the songs are seemingly conceived from every wisp of melody, hook and cadence that’s ever tickled his ear, say promoters. Tickets $17 in advance, $20 at the door. $15 students with ID. 774-0150, www.theartsblock.com.
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FRIENDS OF MUSIC AT GUILFORD presents Rhythms for Drums, Voies and Other Instruments benefit concert featuring Todd Roach, percussionist, and guests Brandon Terzic and Kane Mathis of New York. 8 p.m. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Studio 222, Brattleboro, Vt. Roach performs on darbuka, riqq, frame drums, pandeiro, djembe and percussion. $15, $5 students 16 and under. Dessert buffet will offer treats, warm and cold cider and coffee. 802-254-3600, www.fomag.org.
THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. The Henry Girls from Ireland with Ry Cavanaugh. Session Americana. 8 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at the door. 665-4036.
GREEN MOUNTAIN DONKEYBALL from Danby, Vt., will play donkey basketball in the Turners Falls High School gym, 222 Turnpike Road, Turners Falls. 6:30 p.m. Halftime donkey rides for children under 12. Tickets $8; children under four free. Presented by the TFHS class of 2014. Intelligent, sweet- natured and highly trained, these donkeys will be sure to bring down the house and perhaps their riders in a wildly funny family event, promise promoters.
RESTORATIVE YOGA at Community Yoga and Wellness Center, 16 Federal St., second floor, Greenfield. 5:30 to 7 p.m. DeDe Boyd and Barbara Polowy guide students in “active relaxation” using simple yoga props to support the body in a series of backbends, twists and inverted postures to cultivate profound rest and deep relaxation. All levels welcome. $15. To register, call 774-4700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.community-yoga.com.
JOHN SMOLENS, Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-nominated author, will discuss his books and writings. He is the author of eight novels, a collection of short stories and numerous articles. 7 p.m. Maples Ballroom in the Bundschuh home, 17 On the Common, Royalston. For more information, contact 978-249-3572, www.royalstonlibrary.org.
“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE” by Shakespeare presented by Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School at the Academy of Music, 274 Main St. in Northampton. (Editor’s note: the location was incorrect in a previous version of this calendar.) 7 p.m. Repeats Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The play, as relevant today as it was 400 years ago, mirrors a contemporary issue urgent as today’s headlines: bullying, say promoters. Shylock is shunned, ridiculed, spat on and, when pushed too far, takes a disproportionate revenge. Advance tickets: $12 general, $10 seniors and military, $6 student and children under 12. At the door: $14, $12, $8. Reservations: 584-9032 Ext. 105 or email email@example.com.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. DJ Drew Rocks the Extra Point Nightclub at 10 p.m. with no cover. Catch all the Conference championship games on 14 TVs. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: Carrie Ferguson & Friends, 9 to 11:30 p.m. Soaring folk-pop with catchy melodies and smart, beautiful lyrics. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton. ∎ 7 p.m. The Big Bad Bollocks. $12.50, $15. www.iheg.com.
LUTHIER’S CO-OP, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton: Lonesome Brothers, Ed Vadas Trio, Jeff Potter. 7 to 11 p.m. No cover. 527-6627, www.lutherierscoop.com.
THE Os (formerly Snowzees), Route 116, Sunderland: 9 p.m. Blue Devil Bluez.
PEARL STREET CLUBROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Whatever Works, The Sound Exchange and Grace Under Fire. $10, $13. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: RockitQueer with DJ Just Joan. 9:30 p.m. $3. 863-2866, thevoo.net.
ROUTE 63 ROADHOUSE, 32 Federal St., Millers Falls. High Anxiety. Classic rock. 9:30 p.m. 413-659-3384.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Carolina at 1 p.m. Saturday night madness with Tyler downstairs in Taylor’s Tavern. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 413-773-8313.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 8 p.m. Mark Nomad. “From his thick slide tone to his rough-and-ready solos and rollicking acoustic fingerpicking, Nomad is a versatile blues guitarist who shows that the genre is far form being worn out. Strong originals match the intensity of well-chosen covers,” Guitar Player. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WENDELL FULL MOON COFFEEHOUSE, Old Town Hall, on the common, Wendell center. 7:30 p.m. Viva Quetzal. World music. A spicy musical fusion drawing from the folk traditions of Chile and Peru and blending in jazz and worldbeat to serve up a high-energy performance, say promoters. Open mic at 7:30 p.m. For open mic sign-up, directions and more information: www.wendellfullmoon.org, 978-544-5557. Sliding scale $7 to $15.
THIRD SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE. Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. Music by Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Owen Marshall, Jeremiah McLane; caller is Marguerite Durant. 8 to 11 p.m. $10 general, $8 students/seniors/low-income. www.guidingstargrange.org/
“CRACKING THE CODES ON RACE” by Shakti Butler. Brick House Community Resource Center, 24 Third St., Turners Falls. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Organizers say the screening “will provide all interested community members with an opportunity to consider issues of racism, privilege and structural inequality.”
WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL continues: Noon, “First Match/Lace Bite.” ∎ 2 p.m. “First Match.” 14-year-old Monique Morris is the only girl on what has been the all-boys wrestling team. As she prepares for her first, co-ed high school match, we learn that her desire to dominate the male opponent she will face on the mat is about more than proving to her skeptical teammates that she has earned her starting position. ∎ 6 p.m. “Date with Fate.” Some things are meant to be: whether you like it or not. ∎ 8 p.m. “Bordering on Treason.” The story of Lorna Tychostup, a single mother and photojournalist who travels to Iraq continuously for nine years to put a human face on a horrific global tragedy. See Friday’s listing. Festival continues Sunday.
STRAW DOG WRITERS GUILD CRAFT PRESENTATION: Fact into Fiction. Using Research to Fire the Imagination with Michael White. Learn how research can ground your story, develop your characters, lend credibility to your setting, and use your historical context to its fullest extent. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Northampton Friends Meetinghouse, 43 Center St., Northampton. $15 general public; $5 Straw Dog members and students with ID.
BENEFIT CONCERT for Arcadia Players’ 25th Anniversary season. 7:30 p.m. In the Warbeke Room, Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. Violinist Susanna Ogata joins Artistic Director Ian Watson in a concert of sonatas by Beethoven. $30 general admission, $25 seniors 65 and older, $10 students with ID. www.arcadiaplayers.org.
BODY/HEAD, the experimental collaborative of Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon and guitar phenom Bill Nace, performs at MASS MoCA, Marshall Street, North Adams. 8 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of event. 662-2111, ext. 1, massmoca.org.
BUNNY’S A SWINE, Montague Bookmill, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague Center, 8 to 10 p.m. $5. Bunny’s A Swine says its sound “has been called tweegrunge (by some), awkpop (by ourselves), and indie rock (by others). We are a trio of drums, electric guitar and three-string guitar (which is just like electric guitar, only with just three strings on it).”
THE O-TONES, four-piece group — Mary Witt singing plus sax, piano, bass and drums — will play for dancing and listening in the old town hall, 12 Athol Road, Warwick. 7 to 10 p.m. Swing, blues, R&B and Motown with corned beef and cabbage to boot. 978-544-8304.
THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: James Maddock in concert. 7 p.m. $20. “His timeless songwriting style, which seems to draw from great songwriters of every era, conveys quiet confidence and lovely intimacy” — National Public Radio. 665-4036.
PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY presents a world premiere of William Perry’s work for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, “Silent Film Heroines.” Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta makes her PVS debut. Also on the program, “The Swan of Tuonela” by Jean Sibelius, and Dvorák’s magnificent Symphony No. 5 in F Major, acknowledged to be the first of his mature masterpieces in the form. 7:30 p.m. Frontier Regional School, South Deerfield. Pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. by Amherst professor David Schneider. Tickets $20 adults, $17 seniors, $6 students and children. For tickets: www.academyofmusictheatre.org, pvsoc.org.
SNARKY PUPPY, Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk powerhouse in concert. 8 p.m. Latchis Theater, 48 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. Tickets $20 general, $15 youth, $35 premium seating. Produced by the Vermont Jazz Center. 802-254-9088, www.vtjazz.org.
GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls: ∎ 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Winter and Spring Pre-School Series: Animal Babies! For ages 3 to 6. Little animals are more than cute. They are adapted to grow into the best grown up animals they can be. Join Janel Nockleby to learn about the lives of young animals through stories, crafts, and activities. Siblings and friends welcome. ∎ 1 to 2 p.m., Watershed Investigators; Mammals of the Watershed. Come learn about the mammals of the Connecticut River Watershed. Learn about bobcats, moose and bears. Kid-oriented program that focuses on hands-on discovery of local nature. May include crafts, games stories and exploration. Geared toward grades 2 to 5, but everyone welcome.
LAST BLAST OF WINTER FAMILY HIKE at Northfield Mountain, Route 10, Northfield. 2 to 4 p.m. Staff naturalist Beth Bazler will lead. Explore wooded wetlands, rocky outcrops and streams swollen with snowmelt. Families may find tracks of porcupines, snowshoe hare and coyote. Learn how to build a small fire, boil water for cocoa, build snow creatures, balance on logs, throw snowballs and any other late season fun you can image. Dress in warm layers, bring a water bottle. Cocoa and granola bar snacks provided. For ages 6 and older. Free. $16 per family for snowshoe rentals. Register by calling 800-859-2960.
“THE BROTHERS GRIMM SPECTACULATHON” presented by the New FCTS Players, the theater troupe from Franklin County Technical School. 1 and 7 p.m. Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. A modern, humorous twist on Brothers Grimm directed by Daniel Prasol, Franklin County Technical School instructor and Drama Club adviser. “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” is billed as “not your Disney fairy tales.” Tickets $5 adults, $3 students and seniors. For reservations, call 863-9561 ext. 233.
“LEGAL TENDER: Women & the Secret Life of Money,” a play by Christian McEwen based on interviews with more than 50 women. 3 and 7 p.m. Editor’s note: this show is sold out. The previous version of this listing had the incorrect location for this performance. It will be at the Quaker Meeting House, 43 Center St., Northampton. www.christianmcewen.com, facebook.com/legallltendermoneyplay.
MEMORIAL HALL THEATER, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, continues its season of live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera at 12:55 with a showing of Massenet’s “Werther.” Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met’s recent hit staging of “Carmen.” Conducted by Alain Altinoglu, rising young maestro. Tickets $22 adults, $11 students. Tickets available at Mocha Maya’s and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls, World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and at the door. 625-3052.
“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE” continues. See Friday’s listing.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NCAA March Madness “Selection Sunday” at 6 p.m. Come see who makes the Big Dance, wear your Bud Light “Only in March” shirt hat to win great prizes today. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: Sean Callaghan & Gene Christy, 8 to 10:30 p.m. An Irish Sing-along. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 8:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Matt Schofield. Colorway. $15, $18. www.iheg.com.
PEOPLE’S PINT, Federal Street, Greenfield: St Patrick’s Day dinner and beer release. Live local music from 1 to 3 p.m. Irish session from 8 to 10 p.m.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: TNT Karaoke. 9 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs with Kathy in the Sports Bar opening at noon, and Erinn downstairs in the Tavern. 773-8313.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 2:30 p.m. Zoe Sundra, folk singer. She is bringing the sequins back to folk music. With her brutally honest lyrics and acoustic sound she creates a dynamic and emotional experience for her audiences. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, email@example.com.
DANSE CAFE: French and Breton dance. 3 to 5:30 p.m. LCA (Leverett Crafts & Arts), 13 Montague Road, Leverett. Monthly dance with instruction to live music. Dances are easy to learn and friendly, forgiving and fun, say organizers. French cafe ambience with hors d’oeuvres potluck. $7. 548-9330, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL concludes. ∎ Noon “Ethel.” (see Friday’s listing). ∎ 2 p.m. “30 percent” “From Zimbawe to Sante Fe.” Zimbabwean villagers take us along for the ride in the documentary. ∎ 3:30 p.m., “Ina Litovski” “No Burqas Behind Bars.” Women are normally faceless in Afghanistan. Outside the home burqas cover them from head to toe. ∎ 5 p.m., “The Sidewalk” “A Girl & a Gun,” reveals America’s diverse and far-ranging female gun community.” ∎ 7 p.m., “Big Mouth” “I Am a Girl,” There is a group of people in the world today who are more persecuted than anyone else, but they are not political or religious activists. They are girls. Conclusion of festival. See Friday’s listing.
GERALD W. MCFARLAND of Leverett will read from his book “The Brujo’s Way.” 3 p.m. Arms Library, Shelburne Falls. McFarland is an emeritus history professor at the University of Massachusetts. Set in Santa Fe, N.M., in the early 18th century, the novel has as its central character a man with a double identity.
MARA BRIGHT, who lived in Wendell for many years, will read from “The Constant Heart.” 2 p.m. Collective Copies, South Pleasant St., Amherst. Reception will follow.
CELTIC MUSIC SERVICE at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Long Avenue, Greenfield. Musicians will play Celtic music and hymns. Following the service there will be a carnival with a potluck lunch, hot dogs, snow cones, balloons, face painting and more. Storyteller and musician John Porcino will entertain with humor, song and playful audience participation. All welcome.
COMPOSERS IN OUR MIDST: hosted by Brattleboro Music Center. 7 p.m. Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro, Vt. Works of New England composers. Twelve professional musicians and the works of seven local composers. www.bmcvt.org. See Joseph Marcello’s Encores & Curtain Calls column Page D4.
THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. Velocipede performs. 7 p.m. $10. 665-4036.
PIONEER VALLEY BRASS will perform a free program of modern and traditional brass music. 3 p.m. Community Church of North Orange and Tully. The program is the 755th in a series of memorial programs funded through a trust administered by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana.
SHAPE NOTE SINGING: Participatory singing for all ages. 3 to 5:30 p.m. Centre Congregational Church parlor, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. Shape note singing is powerful, a capella singing in four-part harmony. Joyful, deeply moving and spiritual. The songs are beautiful and just plain fun to sing. Listeners, beginners and people of all ages invited. Potluck snack will be shared Free. 802-674-6963.
THE SOUTH HADLEY CHORALE will present Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor and two madrigals. 3 p.m. Abbey Chapel at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. Music Director Jonathan Harvey of Greenfield will conduct the 70-voice chorus, soloists and full orchestra. $17 general admission; $12 seniors; $5 students and children. www.shcconcert.eventbrite.com.
ANNUAL CHOWDER FEST at Mohawk Park Family Restaurant and Pub, Charlemont. 4 to 7 p.m. Music with Escape Route. Sample a large variety of locally prepared chowders and cast your vote for your favorite. Prizes awarded. A 50/50 drawing will take place as well as a drawing for $50 worth of Massachusetts lottery scratch tickets. $7 at the door. All proceeds benefit the 2014 Yankee Doodle Days. 625-2623, www.charlemontfairgrounds.org.
PARTY FOR JEWISH HOLIDAY OF PURIM at Hampton Inn, Greenfield. 4:30 p.m. Persian feast, royal crafts for kids, comedy show, megillah reading music. Donations welcome. Please RSVP at 376-8770, 774-2136.
PURIM CARNIVAL. Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St., Greenfield. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a megillah reading (the story of Purim) followed by games and prizes, a Purim skit about the holiday, an opportunity to make Purim baskets to take home and the traditional cakes called hamantashen. Families with children from toddlers through adolescents are invited. Games are 20 cents each and a donation for attending the event is suggested. For further information, please contact Janice Colbert, education director at email@example.com or 413-772-8689.
“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE” concludes. See Friday’s listing.
PURIM SHMURIM: 7 p.m. Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Amherst. Shane Baker, king of contemporary Yiddish vaudeville, joins forces with Yelena Shmulenson and Allen Lewis Rickman to present a modern-day megillah, mixing music, magic and mummery — the tale of Esther told through favorite folk and theater tunes, classic comedy sketches, snippets of historical Purim plays and a little legerdemain to top it all off. In English and Yiddish with English translations. $18 member, $22 general admission. 256-4900.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls: Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day Party. Open at noon today. Green aluminum Bud and Bud light bottles, live music with Scott Kuzmeskus. 5 to 9 p.m. Irish munchies, Irish drink specials, prizes and giveaways. No cover. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Celtic Crossroads. $30, $35. ww.iheg.com.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Bingo! 8 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Taylor’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. Irish lunch and dinner. Specials including corned beef, boiled potatoes, carrots cabbage and Irish soda bread, lamb stew, bangers and mashed and more. Bruins vs. Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. County 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. There’s half an hour of story time and a few minutes of visiting and play time for active young children made possible by funding from the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details. ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace. Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. .
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NCAA First Four games at 7 p.m. on 14 TVs. Wear your Bud Light “Only In March” shirt or hat for great prizes or stop in to win yours tonight with Bud Light purchases. Two free games of pool with each pitcher of beer on Tuesday. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Andrea Gibson. Shira E. opens. $14, $17. ∎ 10 p.m. Latin Night. No cover. www.iheg.com.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield: Bruins vs. New Jersey at 7 p.m. Broken Bones Club. Every Tuesday night in the Tavern from 5:30 to close. Co-sponsored by the beast of the east “Berkshire East” and Competitive Edge ski shops. Register to win lift tickets and prizes. Grand finale party Tuesday March 11. 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. Monday through Thursday. ∎ 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 772-1544, ext. 110.
GREENFIELD WORD: 9 Mill St., Greenfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. Open mic at 7:30 p.m. Featured readers Victoria Floor and Marian Kelner. $1 to $5 sliding scale. 10 open-mic slots each; five-minute slots. Third Tuesday of the month. www.humanerrorpublishing.com/
TEDX SHELBURNE FALLS: live simulcasts the TED conference at Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls. Each year the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather for an event many describe as the highlight of their year. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain sap” and “a four-day journey into the future, in the company of those creating it.” two sessions of the multi-day, flagship TED conference live from Vancouver, BC. 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Retrospect; 2 to 3:45 p.m., Reshape. http://conferences.ted.com/TED2014/program/guide.php.
“THE QUEST FOR THE EASTERN COUGAR: Extinction or Survival” a free slide show and discussion with author Robert Tougias. 6:30 p.m. Whately Public Library. He will answer questions and discuss the future of this large carnivore here in New England. His book, “the Quest for the Eastern Cougar” will be available for purchase. 665-2170.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NCAA First four games at 7 p.m. on 14 TVs. Hump Night Karaoke in the Sports Bar hosted by Dirty Johnny at 9 p.m. Wear your Bud Light “Only in March” shirt or hat to win great prizes with Bud LIght Purchases. No cover. 863-2882.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. TNT Productions “We Know Entertainment” 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. Sign up for complimentary 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.
CUSHMAN LIBRARY, 28 Church St., Bernardston: Thematic story hour every Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Each gathering includes stories, a thematic craft, and snack. This year, presenters will be welcoming occasional guest readers, giving folks who would enjoy sharing a few thematic stories and a craft with the families who attend the chance to do just that. All ages of children welcome. Parents, grandparents and guardians encouraged to participate with their children. 648-5402, www.cushmanlibrary.org.
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 part. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-544 for more details. ∎ Chess Club. 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Contact calderrossi@gmail with questions. The first Monday of the month will feature a speed chess tournament.
FORBES LIBRARY, 20 West St., Northampton, will host area musicians Rahul Roy, Andrew Lederman, Sam Wardlaw, and Eli Heath in a performance of improvised music dedicated to the great Paco de Lucia. 7 p.m. In the Coolidge Museum, second floor. Free.
MIDWEEK MUSIC, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Hope and Main streets, Greenfield. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. A donation of $3-$10 is appreciated, and helps to support future concerts. Today: Bob Sparkman and Jerry Noble. Classic jazz on clarinet and piano. This is the series’ traditional opening act.
THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Dan Bern with Ray Mason. 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 923-2800, www.parlorroommusic.com.