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Arts & Entertainment Calendar: May 15 to 21

  • Show of Cards, hadley Fire benefit, January 5, 2013.  Photo by Reba M. Saldanha

    Show of Cards, hadley Fire benefit, January 5, 2013. Photo by Reba M. Saldanha

  • Recorder file/Paul Franz

    Recorder file/Paul Franz

  • Show of Cards, hadley Fire benefit, January 5, 2013.  Photo by Reba M. Saldanha
  • Recorder file/Paul Franz

Thursday 15

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Open mic night hosted by Pamela Means. 7 p.m. Come in and perform your own originals. No covers please. Every third Thursday of the month. Free. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Libraries

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.

Literary

NEXT STAGE SPEAKS presents Jay Parini, hosted by poet Chard DeNiord. 7 p.m. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill Road, Putney, Vt. Parini is a poet, novelist, biographer and critic. Suggested donation $10. www.nextstagearts.org.

SLATE ROOF PRESS presents a poetry reading and open mike. 7 p.m. Shutesbury Town Hall, 1 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury. Slate Roof poets Janet MacFadyen, Abbot Cutler and Cindy Snow read from their work, followed by an open mic. Sign up for open mic begins at 6:45. Read your work or favorite work of another writer. Each open mic reader has five minutes. Free. Parking available behind the Town Hall. Refreshments.

Music

CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: Straight No Chaser in concert. 8 p.m. Male a cappella. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. www.iheg.com.

THE MARINA RESTAURANT, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. 7 to 10 p.m. Kevin Parry hosts open mic every Thursday. Free. Half-price meals for performers. For information and to sign up, call 802-257-7563. www.kevinparrymusic.com.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. Roger Salloom, Jamie Kent, Sarah Blacker and Joshua Meltzer in the round. 7 p.m. Presented by The Collective Music Group. $15. 665-4036.

Potpourri

RIVER STORIES: Photography Walk with Beth Reynolds. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Part of Third Thursday Event in Turners Falls. Reynolds, owner of Base Camp Photography, has a masters of fine art in photography from the University of Hartford and teaches photography at GCC. For ages 10 and older. Free. To register call 800-9-2960. For more information, go to www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.

THIRD THURSDAY: “The Nature of Things.” 5 to 9 p.m. Downtown Turners Falls. Get a peek under the river at the Turners Falls Fishway. See how a doppler radar works. Take a photography workshop (see above). Gallery openings, wildlife exhibitions and performances. www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.

Theater

“NEXT TO NORMAL” musical drama presented at Majestic Theater in West Springfield. 7:30 p.m. The play, by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, is a Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning show about a seemingly typical suburban American family — Diana and Dan Goodman and their teenage daughter, Natalie — who face great challenges because of Diana’s bipolar disorder and how it affects their lives. Tickets $23 to $29. For tickets, call 747-7797. Through June 1.

Friday 16

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 8 p.m. Show of Cards with special guest Seth Adam. The trio of Cardozo siblings include singer-songwriter Karen (of Chattering Magpies), bassist Joe (of Cold Duck Complex) and lead guitarist Mike. With drummer Makaya McCraven and engineer Justin Pizzoferrato, they released their debut Leap Year in 2009. Adam creates compelling, accessible, timeless Americana rock music with honest lyrics. Free. Please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

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, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield: Balkan Dance Party with music by Harris Brothers Band and Xopo. 7 to 11 p.m. Opportunities to play with the band. No partner necessary; beginners and experienced dancers welcome. All dances taught or led. www.xopoandfriends.net.

Film

POTHOLE PICTURES presents “Food For Change,” a new documentary about co-ops. Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 7:30 p.m. Focusing on the local Franklin Community Co-op, the film takes a provocative look at the current resurgence of food cooperatives in America and their unique historic place in our economic and political landscape. Music at 7 p.m. by Midnight Swerve, playing 1930s-style jazz. The band includes Alves, Kenny Butler and Marcia Day. Documentary and musicians repeats Saturday. $4 children, $6 adults. 625-2896.

Libraries

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 Wi-Fi and a quiet space to work.

Literary

THIRD FRIDAY OPEN PROSE and Poetry Reading. Arms Library, Bridge and Main streets, Shelburne Falls. 7 p.m. Arrive before 7 to sign up for a five-minute open mic slot; one 10-minute slot available. 625-0306.

Music

FRIENDLY TOWN LIVE concert series at the bandstand in Butterfield Park, 83 East River St., Orange: Mike Patterson and the Gurus of Blues performs a free all ages concert. 6 to 8 p.m. Featuring the climactic wizardry of blues guitar legend Patterson. Hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks on sale. In case of rain, the concert will take place at Orange Town Hall. For more information: www.wjdf.com.

MONTAGUE BOOK MILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. Burning Bridget Cleary performs high-energy Celtic. 8 p.m. The opening set will feature Celtic folk chanteuse Jennie McAvoy. $15. www.montaguebookmill.com/events.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Tarbox Ramblers perform. 8 p.m. 665-4036.

Potpourri

FRIENDS OF THE TILTON LIBRARY annual book sale. Deerfield Town Hall, 8 Conway St., South Deerfield. Continues Saturday. For more information: www.tiltonlibrary.org.

SEVEN GENERATIONS OF NAVAJO WEAVING: 7 p.m. Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center, 26 Main St., Peterborough, N.H. Fifth generation Navajo weavers Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas will give a presentation about their experience growing up a Navajo reservation in family of multi-generational weavers. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children, members free. 603-924-4555.

Theater

“AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITTLE” presented by Barre Players. 7:30 p.m. Barre Players Theater, 64 Common St., Barre. A dark comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Zindel. Continues Saturday and May 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday and May 25 at 2 p.m. A brilliant Broadway success, this biting, touching and often wildly funny play probes deeply into the love/hate relationships of three sisters whose lives have reached a point of crisis. Tickets $14 general admission, $12 students and seniors 65 and older and students. Recommended for audiences age 13 and older. 978-355-2096 or www.barreplayerstheater.com.

“BYE BYE BIRDIE” presented by Starlight’s Youth Theatre. Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. 7 p.m. Continues Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Classic ’50s musical comedy. Featuring a cast of nearly 70 local teens. Tickets $14 adults, $10 youth/seniors. 584-9032 Ext. 105 or academyofmusictheatre.com/events/starlights-production-of-bye-bye-birdie/

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Saturday 17

Coffeehouse

FULL MOON COFFEE HOUSE, Old Town Hall, on the Common in the center of Wendell. 7:30 p.m. The Equalites perform uplifting, positive, grooving, rocking experience. Dessert-O-Rama. Open mic begins at 7:30 p.m. $7 to $15 sliding scale.978-544-5557, www.wendellfullmoon.org.

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Alan Williams with guest Doug Alan Wilcox. 7:30 p.m. The music of Birdsong At Morning, with its themes of self-discovery and reinvention, is initiated by Williams, a man with few reinventions of his own. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

MONADNOCK TRI-STATE DANCE, Elmm Community Center, Durkee Street, Winchester, N.H. 7 to 11 p.m. Music by Solid Gold Cadillac.

Films

ANNUAL ANTI-RACISM FILM FESTIVAL at All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Church, Main and Hope streets, Greenfield. Noon to 9:30 p.m. Free. Noon to 1 p.m., lunch at the Pay-What-You-Can Stone Soup Cafe at UU Parish Hall. 1:15 p.m., Two Perspectives on Immigration. Excerpts from two films: “The Harvest.” Award winning documentary takes you into the lives of three migrant families who travel from Texas to Michigan to harvest the crops, and “Farmingville.” Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The film documents the story of a suburban community, its growing population of illegal immigrants and the hate-based attempted murder of two Mexican day laborers. Rebecca Wright, discussion leader. 3:45 p.m., “Skins.” A powerful drama of conflict and resolution between two brothers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservations. Discussion Leader Strong Oak. 6 p.m. Supper of local foods. Sliding scale donation $4 to $10. 7 p.m. “Fruitvale Station.” Moving drama based on the true story of the 2009 tragic shooting of a 22-year-old Bay Area father who was gunned down by BART officers. Tony Derricotte, discussion leader.

POTHOLE PICTURES: “Food For Change” concludes. See Friday’s listing.

“UNMANNED: America’s Drone Wars” repeats. See Friday’s listing.

Music

BRATTLEBORO CONCERT CHOIR presents “Missa Gaia.” 7:30 p.m. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. “Missa Gaia” originated when the Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City asked saxophonist Paul Winter to create new music for the mass. Tickets $15 general, $8 students. 802-257-4523, www.bmcvt.org. Repeats Sunday at 4 p.m.

BRATTLEBORO ESTEY PIPE ORGAN TOUR beginning at 1 p.m. The tour will start at the First United Methodist Church on Putney Road and conclude at the Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St., Brattleboro, Vt. Area organists will demonstrate each of the playable organs and explain the distinctive features of each one. 802-246-8366, www.esteyorganmuseum.org.

MONTAGUE BOOK MILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague: Ray Mason and the Lonely Brothers. 8 p.m. $5. 367-9206, www.montaguebookmill.com.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Bellas Bartok CD release party. 8 p.m. $10. 665-4036.

PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY presents a concert titled “Inspiration” featuring the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus and The Hampshire Choral Society. 7:30 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass, Amherst. The principal work on the program is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ epic masterpiece, “A Sea Symphony.” Tickets $20 adults, $17 seniors, $6 students/children. 545-2511, pvsoc.org.

WIYOS performs old-timey, early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. 7:30 p.m. Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt. Repeats Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $17 general tonight; $12 adults, $6 children under 12 Sunday matinee. www.nextstagearts.org.

Potpourri

EMILY DICKINSON POETRY WALK. 2 p.m. Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St., downtown Amherst. The hour-long walk will begin in the Homestead garden and proceed through Amherst, stopping at sites significant in Dickinson’s life including the Evergreens, her North Pleasant Street home site and the poet’s grave in West Cemetery. Romantic love will be the theme. Free. The annual event marks the anniversary of the poet’s death on May 15, 1886. 542-5084.

FRIENDS OF THE TILTON LIBRARY book sale concludes. See Friday’s listing.

GREENFIELD FARMERS MARKET, Court Square and Town Common. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Locally grown and produced farm products and locally made crafts. Vegetable plants, hanging baskets, perennial and annual flower plants, herbs, greens, maple syrup, homemade jams, fresh baked brads, cookies, grass fed lamb, beef, goat and pork, locally raised poultry, sustainable fish via a Bay State Fish Share, kettle corn and more. As the season progresses there will be a variety of other vegetables and fruit. Every Saturday. www.greenfieldfarmersmarket.com.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hall Tavern Kitchen. “Bottom of the Barrel.” This month, discover the meaning of “scraping the bottom of the barrel” and learn why people of the past eagerly awaited the first fresh foods of spring. Repeats May 24, 31. Admission $14 adults, $5 children 6 to 17. Free for children under 6. 775-7214, historic-deerfield.org.

NORTHFIELD SCHOOL CARNIVAL and Fun Run. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northfield Elementary School, 104 Main St., behind the school. The Fun Run is for children grades K to 6 and is a half-mile run down Main Street, starting at 9 a.m. Arrive early to register. The theme is Superheroes. Children are encouraged to dress up. Carnival starts at 9:30 and will include game and craft booths, DJ Tom Mayo, bounce house, food, bake sale, Touch a Truck, Alotta Hoopla hula hoops, Scholastic Book Fare and more. northfieldelementarypto@gmail.com.

Theater

“AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITTLE” continues. See Friday’s listing.

“BYE BYE BIRDIE” continues. See Friday’s listing.

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 2 and 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Sunday 18

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 2:30 p.m. Lizzie Davis and Mitch Gettman. They have been making a name for themselves in the New England singer-songwriter scene over the last few years, each building their own reputation for great hooks, fine story telling and comparisons to Feist and Jeff Buckley, respectively. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

DANSE CAFE: French and Breton Dance. 3 to 6 p.m. Leverett Crafts & Arts, 13 Montague Road, Leverett. Monthly dance with instruction to live music. Dances are easy to learn, friendly, forgiving and fun. French cafe ambience with hors d’oeuvres potluck. $7. 548-9330. cynthia@crocker.com.

Music

BRATTLEBORO CONCERT CHOIR presents “Missa Gaia.” See Saturday’s listing.

NORTHAMPTON BREWERY, 11 Brewster Court, Northampton. Banish Misfortune performs traditional Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, polkas, airs and songs. 5 to 8 p.m. Every Sunday. Free.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. Meg Hutchinson, award-winning songwriter, poet and mental health advocate performing her new studio album, “Beyond That.” With Christa Joy. $15. 665-4036, www.parlorroommusic.com.

WIYOS in concert. See Saturday’s listing.

Potpourri

A COMMUNITY LAG B’OMER CELEBRATION sponsored by Greenfield’s Temple Israel. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At a family farm at 224 Avery Brook Road, Greenfield. Games, barbecue, singing, bonfire and more. Public invited. Donations accepted. For more information and to RSVP contact Janice at school@templeisraelgreenfield.org.

Theater

“AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITTLE” continues. See Friday’s listing.

“BYE BYE BIRDIE” concludes. See Friday’s listing.

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 2 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Monday 19

Libraries

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 Wi-Fi and a quiet workspace. Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. ∎ Author reading and talk. 6 p.m. Anne Maxwell, author, therapist and facilitator, will speak about her new books “Would You Teach a Fish to Climb a Tree? A Different Take on Kids with ADD, ADHD, OCD and Autism” and “The Keys to the Magic” (a book about Play Therapy). For more information, contact Wendy Goodman at Beyond Communication at 773-7899 or wendy@wendygoodman.com. Free.

Tuesday 20

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. ∎ 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. Led by Joannah Whitney 772-1544, ext. 110.

Literary

GREENFIELD WORD: 9 Mill St., Greenfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. Open mike at 7:30 p.m. $1 to $5 sliding scale cover. Ten open mike slots each will be five minute slots. Always the third Tuesday.

Potpourri

CHAIR YOGA class. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Montague Senior Center, 62 Fifth St., Turners Falls. All stretches done on a chair or with the support of a chair. The classes offer a good stretch and strengthening for muscles, moves for bone strength and balance, release for the joints — and fun. Folks in wheelchairs and yoga beginners from anywhere in Franklin County are most welcome. $1 suggested donation. Led by Jean Erlbaum, master registered yoga teacher. For more information, call 773-9744, jean.erlbaum@verizon.net. Tuesdays through June 24.

Wednesday 21

Dance

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 jokellogg@aol.com for more information.

Libraries

FIELD MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 1 Elm St., Conway. Author reading by John Crowley of Conway. 7 p.m. He is the author of numerous works of fantasy, science fiction and mainstream fiction. He has received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. He is also a documentary film writer. Light refreshments. 413-369-4646.

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. ∎ 7 p.m. Too Human performs a mix of jazz standards from the American Songbook. On the back lawn. Free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Weather permitting.

Music

MIDWEEK MUSIC, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Hope and Main streets, Greenfield. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. A donation of $3 to $10 is appreciated, and helps to support future concerts. Today: To be announced.

Theater

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

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