Arts & Entertainment Calendar: May 22 to 28
NORTHFIELD COFFEE AND BOOKS, 105 Main St., Northfield. 7:30 p.m. Coffee and Poetry. Featured poet: Lynette Varnon of Greenfield followed by open mic. Free. All ages. 498-0095, www.coffeeandbooks.net.
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.
SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: Mini Golf @ the Library Session 2. 4 to 5 p.m. Students in Grades 5 to 8 are invited for a round of mini golf in the library. Run by high school volunteers. Prizes and pizza. Registration required by calling 665-2642. Free.
BOSWELL’S BOOKS, 10 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Susan Schroder will discuss and sign her book “You Come Too.” 6:30 p.m. This unique story focuses on a horse and her adaptation to the human world, including her strong need to belong, to learn, to love, to heal, to play and to get what she wants. It is heartwarming and inspirational, say organizers. www.boswellsbooks.net.
THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield. Thursday Night Jazz with Oakland Stroke Tower of Power Tribute. 7:30 p.m. 774-0150.
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.
ROBIN LANE of Robin Lane & the Chartbusters, will play at Green Fields Market, Main Street, Greenfield. 4:30 p.m. Lane runs a nonprofit, “Songbird Sings, that facilitate songwriting programs for survivors of trauma, violence, sexual exploitation. songbirdsings.org.
STRANGECREEK CAMPOUT, Camp Kee-wanee, Greenfield. There is early entry Thursday, for an additional $30 per person, at 5 p.m., cash only at the gate. Thursday night lineup includes Van Gordon, Martin Band, Lovewhip and Gratefully Yours. The main festival runs Friday through Monday. The gates open at 9 a.m. Friday, campgrounds close at 1 p.m. on Monday. There will be live music throughout the festival on three different stages and in various cabins. This event is packed with music and the bands will include Rusted Root, Max Creek, Zach Deputy, Donna the Buffalo, Ryan Montbleau, Turkuaz, Consider the Source, Shake Down, Alan Evan’s Play On Brother, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, the Alchemystics, Yarn, Fungus Amungus, The Garcia Project, The Big Sway, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Main Squeeze, Goosepimp, Flagship Romance, Primate Fiasco, Romano Project, Roots of Creation, Z3, The Lee Boys, Juggling Suns and many more. Activities also include a community bonfire, cabin jams, camping, roaming entertainers, entertainment for children, food and craft vendors, disc golf, puppets, yoga, a food drive and the Firewormz Fire Show. At this point, tickets for Friday through Monday, which include camping, cost $125 up to the start of the festival. At the gate, they will cost $140, cash only. A one-day pass for $50 is only available for Sunday and includes camping into Monday. Local ticket venues include The Wine Rack, 70 Main St., Greenfield, and Lit’l Bears Den, 200 Main St., Greenfield. http://strangecreekcampout.com/
THE ART SALON GOES TO AMHERST: Artists from the Pioneer Valley Present their work: Young Min Moon, Eleanor Wilson, Rie Hachiyanagi and Michael Melle. University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass-Amherst. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Presentations begin at 7. $5 suggested donation. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theartsalon.com for more information.
“DEEPER INTO THE JUNGLE” presented by NEYT’s Theatre Adventure program. 10:30 a.m. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St., West Brattleboro, Vt. Continues Friday at 10:30 a.m. The next generation of “Jungle Book” characters face issues of power, mystery and belonging in this original sequel to a much beloved tale. The Theatre Adventure program is celebrating 10 years of inclusive theater. The actors, with and without disabilities, create brave and vibrant theater, say organizers. $10. ASL interpreted; wheelchair accessible. Tickets at the door or online at www.neyt.org.
“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.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Shanta Paloma with very special guest Brooke Annibale. 7:30 p.m. Paloma “sings about non-committal romance, bittersweet affairs and the enduring, everlasting spirit. There is passion in her delivery and depth in the content that makes for sexy, sweet and soulful songs,” say organizers. Free, tips welcome. 625-6292, email@example.com.
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. 8 to 11 p.m. Contra dancing for all with calling by dance leader Ron Blechner and live music by pianist Becky Ashenden of Shelburne and fiddler George Wilson from the Hudson River Valley. All contras explained for new dancers. Admission is in the form of self-determined, free-will contributions (a.k.a. the Honor System) 768-9650 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: 8 p.m. TCR: dedicated to the proposition that everybody needs to HAVE SOME FUN, dance, sing along, let loose. Classical Rock, R&B, Soul & Pop repertoire. TCR plays selections chiefly from the Great American Songbook, with a particular emphasis on the classical Rock, R&B, Soul & Pop repertoire. One might hear snippets from high Opera, the occasional Strauss waltz or sitcom theme as well, say organizers. $5.
BOOKMILL MUSIC SERIES, Montague Bookmill, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague Center. June & the Bee, led by brother-sister duo Eli “the Bee” Ayres and Emma June Ayres, 8 to 10 p.m., $8. Organizers say to expect an evening of “gorgeous harmonies, addictive melodies and unabashed joy.” “They have an innocence and warmth that is home grown. Spunk, charm, and genuine experience to share makes you want to cheer them on to hear more” (Bluebird Reviews, 2012).
THE GYPSY WRANGLERS perform a free, all-ages concert as part of Friendly Town Live. 6 to 8 p.m. At the bandstand in Butterfield Park, 83 East River St., Orange. The music draws from the traditions of such jazz greats as Louis Armstrong, Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt. In case of rain, the concert will take place at Orange Town Hall, 6 Prospect St., Orange. Food available for purchase.
THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. Matt the Electrician performs. 8 p.m. $15. He crafts sharp narratives with equal measures heart and home, say organizers. 665-4036.
STRANGECREEK CAMPOUT continues, see Thursday’s listing.
REVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS OF AMHERST: A Celebration of the 111th Anniversary of the Charter. 5 to 8 p.m. Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St., Amherst. Sample a selection of beverages of the New Republic. The Amherst History Museum has some new exhibits for viewing and insights into who lived in the Simeon Strong House to share. Hard cider, local wine and beer, syllabub (An English sweet dish) and soft beverages along with hors d’oeuvres served. $35 per person in advance; $40 at the door.
ROOSTER’S BISTRO, Main St., Northfield. Karaoke “Comedy Standup” Night. 8 to 9 p.m. Sign up for a three minute spot. Sign up at Roster’s. First 12 people to sign up are in. Prizes awarded for first, second and third. F bombs or racial content will result in automatic disqualification. No cover. BYOB. For more information call 498-0006.
SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET opens today. 2 to 6:30 p.m. Baptist Corner Lot, Main and Water streets, Shelburne Falls. Fresh produce, local meat, maple syrup, pickles, jams, jellies, marmalades, jewelry, wood crafts, seated body work, herbal products, mushrooms, fresh baked goods, wool, handwoven items, strawberries, fresh eggs, plant starts flowers, soap, silk screened clothing, children’s activities and more. Third Friday Picnics during market hours. People are asked to bring a picnic dish to share and a chair. Vendors will have fresh salad fixings for sale with free salad dressings offered by the market. Through Oct. 24.
“DEEPER INTO THE JUNGLE” concludes. See Thursday’s listing.
“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 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 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.
“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Austin & Elliott with guest Michael Metivier. 8 p.m. Dark but catchy folksters, Austin and Elliott consists of singer-songwriters Chris Elliott (vocals, guitar) and Lisa Austin (vocals, guitar, percussion, bass and six string banjo). Striking harmonies, memorable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. Metivier might best be described as rural soul, evoking the rusting mill towns and woodsmoke-scented hills where the author was born, rased and still lives. . 625-6292, email@example.com. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.
TOPHILL MUSIC MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EXTRAVADANCE PARTY, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. 6:30 p.m. to midnight. This annual contradance party features two bands and two callers. Freaky Funky Thang (Dave Langford fiddle, Peter Barnes piano; Stuart Kenney upright bass and five-string banjo; and Matthew Kenney percussion) and Riptide (Alden Robinson on fiddle, Glen Loper on mandolin, and Owen Marshall on guitar). $16 to $18 sliding scale admission. 6:30 to 7 p.m., waltzing; 7 p.m. to midnight, contradancing. A few reliable volunteers are needed in exchange for admission. Must be available during the afternoon, email Alice Kenney at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.guidingstargrange.org.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: Closed today and Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, welcomes its founder Eric Carle for a book signing. 10 a.m. Doors open for museum members from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Free with museum admission. Now dividing his time between Florida and North Carolina, Carle makes an annual visit to the museum to greet his fans. Visitors can also enjoy the original artwork from Carle’s latest book, “What’s Your Favorite Animal?” a collaboration between Carle and 13 other celebrated picture book artists, on view in the West Gallery. Limit three books total per ticket holder, no personalization, books only, no flash photography. Admission $9 adults, $6 children under 18, $22.50 for family of four. 658-1100, www.carlemuseum.org.
WORLD EYE BOOKSHOP, 156 Main St., Greenfield. From 2 to 4 p.m., Amy Gordon will sign copies of her book “Painting the Rainbow,” in which “two young cousins try to recapture the feeling of summertime fun during a fraught vacation at their family’s lake house, a summer overshadowed by the mystery of their uncle’s long-ago death,” according to Kirkus Reviews. 413-772-2186.
ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Joe Belmont Jazz Guitar Trio with the NCMC Quartet. 7:30 p.m. $7, $10 at the door. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.
BARRETT ANDERSON, Bluesman of the Year, performs at Unitarian Church on the Common in Petersham. 2 p.m. The Village Lyceum will sponsor concerts and dances, speakers on the arts, humanities and sciences and a “new art” film series. Anderson is renowned for his “hypnotic blues grooves fueled by vintage soul and rock ’n’ roll,” say organizers. For ticket information, contact Genevieve Fraser at 978-544-1872 or Rini Kilcoyne at 508-735-1411 or email email@example.com.
BOOKMILL MUSIC SERIES, Montague Bookmill, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague Center. DuPont Brothers, 8 to 10 p.m., $5. The brothers have recently shared the stage with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Ben Sollee, Gin Wigmore, Chris Thomas King, Langhorne Slim, Howie Day and The Lone Bellow. Organizers say to expect lush finger-style guitar work complimented by elegant prose and a vocal blend that could only be matched by blood relation. The sound is Vermont-made Folk-Americana.
MISTER G, two pre-release concerts for his newest children’s music CD, “The Bossy E,” at the Eric Carle Museum, 125 W. Bay Road, Amherst, 1 and 3 p.m. All three of Mister G’s past shows at the Eric Carle Museum have sold out. $8, $7.50 for members. Mister G, otherwise known as Ben Gundersheimer of Whately, is a Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning artist whose music has been described as “irresistible” by People magazine. He was recently named one of the “Best Live Acts for Kids and Families.” See our cover story, Page D1.
THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Appalachian Still, acoustic string band plays high-energy Americana. $12 advance, $15 at the door. 665-4036.
STRANGECREEK CAMPOUT continues, see Thursday’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 31. Admission $14 adults, $5 children 6 to 17. Free for children under 6. 775-7214, historic-deerfield.org.
PARADISE CITY ARTS FESTIVAL, Saturday through Monday, Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $13 adults, $11 seniors (65 and older); $8 students; children under 12 are free. Three day pass costs $16. 260 juried exhibitors. Also, live music on the Soundstage — jazz, blues and world music — food from local chefs, demonstrations and hands-on workshops. www.paradisecityarts.com/
“AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITTLE” continues. See Friday’s listing.
“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 2:30 p.m. Hughie Stonefish & Ben Sheridan. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents a concert by the Fay Victor Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. The ensemble features Fay Victor, voice, compositions; Anderson Nilsson, guitar; and Ken Filiano, bass. $15.
LESLIE LEE AND STEVE GRETZ, bluegrass, folk, country duo based in Rochester, N.H., perform a concert honoring service and peace. 7:30 p.m. Community Church of North Orange and Tully, 48 Main St., Orange. Free. leslieandsteve.com.
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.
SUNDAY CRUISES, a car show, returns to the Athol-Orange Elks Club, 92 New Athol Road, Orange. This week’s show will feature a tribute to fallen soldiers and veterans, in observance of Memorial Day Monday. This is an event for the whole family. Bring a classic car or don’t, newcomers welcome. There will be music from the 1940s to today, hamburgers and hotdogs are on the menu and the Elks Club sells chicken dinners every week. Call ahead by Friday to reserve a chicken, $11, 978-575-0653. The car show begins at 4 p.m. and the chicken barbecue at 6 p.m.
SPRING ORGAN RECITAL presented by Friends of Music at Guilford. 3 p.m. In the Organ Barn at Tree Frog Farm in Guilford, Vt. Ken Olsson will perform music by 19th-century Americans. $15; $10 for optional barbecue. For reservations call 802-254-3600 or email@example.com.
STRANGECREEK CAMPOUT continues, see Thursday’s listing.
PARADISE CITY ARTS FESTIVAL continues, see Saturday’s listing.
WHATELY HISTORICAL SOCIETY SPRING FESTIVAL, Center School, 218 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately. Noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Special exhibit in the Museum: Fashions of the 20th Century. Also, Sam Jackson, magician and music by Ruth Leahy at the keyboard. There will be items for sale and food. Free ice cream will be served from the Milk Bottle.
“AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITTLE” concludes. See Friday’s listing.
“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 2 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: Closed for Memorial Day.
PARADISE CITY ARTS FESTIVAL concludes, see Saturday’s listing.
STRANGECREEK CAMPOUT concludes, see Thursday’s listing.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesdays through June 24.
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 email@example.com 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 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.
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: Robin Stone and the Four Seasons.
PHOTO COLLAGE WORKSHOP presented by Stacy Waldman, collector and dealer of vintage photos and ephemera. 6 to 8 p.m. Flywheel, Old Town Hall, 43 Main St., Easthampton. $5 to cover supplies.houseofmirthphotos.com.
“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.