Arts & Entertainment Calendar: March 28 through April 3

  • Let there be Brew Fest!<br/>Now in its 10th year, Ryan & Casey Liquor’s Green River Brew Fest is moving up to the Franklin County Fairgrounds, where beer lovers will get to sample from hundreds of craft brews on Saturday. There will also be live music, a cigar bar and raffles, but did we mention the hundreds of craft beers? See “Potpourri.” <br/><br/>

    Let there be Brew Fest!
    Now in its 10th year, Ryan & Casey Liquor’s Green River Brew Fest is moving up to the Franklin County Fairgrounds, where beer lovers will get to sample from hundreds of craft brews on Saturday. There will also be live music, a cigar bar and raffles, but did we mention the hundreds of craft beers? See “Potpourri.”

  • Wikipedia/Jon Sullivan photo<br/>A Honey of a Festival<br/>Second Congregational Church in Greenfield is hosting a series of events Saturday that honor the honey bee and a former pastor whose invention was a significant contribution to modern beekeeping. An annual event, it is geared toward families and children. See “Potpourri.”

    Wikipedia/Jon Sullivan photo
    A Honey of a Festival
    Second Congregational Church in Greenfield is hosting a series of events Saturday that honor the honey bee and a former pastor whose invention was a significant contribution to modern beekeeping. An annual event, it is geared toward families and children. See “Potpourri.”

  • Recorder file photo/Geoff Bluh<br/>Memorial Day Weekend Extravadance <br/>The Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield hosts contradances weekly, but this Saturday organizers are going all out with two bands and dancing from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Polish up your dancing shoes, you’ll need them! See “Dance.”

    Recorder file photo/Geoff Bluh
    Memorial Day Weekend Extravadance
    The Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield hosts contradances weekly, but this Saturday organizers are going all out with two bands and dancing from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Polish up your dancing shoes, you’ll need them! See “Dance.”

  • File photos<br/>ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans will present an evening of swingin’ classics and love songs for those who still feel the love in the air beyond Valentines Day. Evans was fixture on the New Orleans music scene for more than 15 years before relocating to Brattleboro, Vt. in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased for $15 at theartsblock.com or by calling 774-0150. Tickets available at the door the evening of the concert at $18.<br/>

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    ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans will present an evening of swingin’ classics and love songs for those who still feel the love in the air beyond Valentines Day. Evans was fixture on the New Orleans music scene for more than 15 years before relocating to Brattleboro, Vt. in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased for $15 at theartsblock.com or by calling 774-0150. Tickets available at the door the evening of the concert at $18.

  • File photos<br/>FIRST GENERATION BENEFIT CONCERT 2013, featuring Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers; Evelyn Harris (pictured) , internationally acclaimed a capella singer, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock; Avery Sharpe, master bassist who has performed with McCoy Tyner and other jazz greats; Jo Sallins, internationally touring composer/musician based in Springfield; Tony Vacca, of World Rhythms Ensemble; Youssoupha Sidibe, internationally touring Senegalese Kora player; And, excerpts of work by the First Generation Theater Ensemble. 7 to 9 p.m. Academy of Music, Northampton. Saturday, 9 to 11 p.m., Meet the Artists Reception at R. Michelson Galleries, Northampton. The event will raise funds to bring more youth into the program and enable First Generation to share its lively, compelling and moving performances with audiences throughout the region and beyond, say organizers. $15 general seating; $50 tickets for select seating and to attend the Meet The Artists Reception. Academy of Music box office, Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. 413-584-9032 ext.105. Online tickets: http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com. www.performanceproject.org, <br/>413-586-4960.<br/>

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    FIRST GENERATION BENEFIT CONCERT 2013, featuring Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers; Evelyn Harris (pictured) , internationally acclaimed a capella singer, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock; Avery Sharpe, master bassist who has performed with McCoy Tyner and other jazz greats; Jo Sallins, internationally touring composer/musician based in Springfield; Tony Vacca, of World Rhythms Ensemble; Youssoupha Sidibe, internationally touring Senegalese Kora player; And, excerpts of work by the First Generation Theater Ensemble. 7 to 9 p.m. Academy of Music, Northampton. Saturday, 9 to 11 p.m., Meet the Artists Reception at R. Michelson Galleries, Northampton. The event will raise funds to bring more youth into the program and enable First Generation to share its lively, compelling and moving performances with audiences throughout the region and beyond, say organizers. $15 general seating; $50 tickets for select seating and to attend the Meet The Artists Reception. Academy of Music box office, Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. 413-584-9032 ext.105. Online tickets: http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com. www.performanceproject.org,
    413-586-4960.

  • FULL MOON COFFEE HOUSE,  Old Town Hall, Wendell center. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Legendary Tom Rush will perform. Since helping to shape the folk revival in the 1960s, Rush has been spinning tales and tunes all over the world, selling out Symphony Hall and influencing generations of musicians in many genres. $15 to $25. Seats are limited, visit the Web site for more information about reservations. www.wendellfullmoon.org.<br/>

    FULL MOON COFFEE HOUSE, Old Town Hall, Wendell center. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Legendary Tom Rush will perform. Since helping to shape the folk revival in the 1960s, Rush has been spinning tales and tunes all over the world, selling out Symphony Hall and influencing generations of musicians in many genres. $15 to $25. Seats are limited, visit the Web site for more information about reservations. www.wendellfullmoon.org.

  • MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 90 Mile Portage with guest Andrew Geano. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. 90 Mile is a collaboration between singer-songwriter Jamie Kallestad and multi-instrumentalist/composer Ben Cosgrove singing acoustic Americana folk. Geano is a Boston-based singer-songwriter. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.<br/>

    MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 90 Mile Portage with guest Andrew Geano. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. 90 Mile is a collaboration between singer-songwriter Jamie Kallestad and multi-instrumentalist/composer Ben Cosgrove singing acoustic Americana folk. Geano is a Boston-based singer-songwriter. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

  • <br/>Music in Deerfield<br/>Music in Deerfield brings us cellist Zuill Baily Saturday in a performance at Smith College in Northampton. Here’s what Fanfare Magazine had to say, “A unique, beautiful and shining musical experience.” You can read more about him under “Music.” Additionally, his Web site is well stocked with video and music samples: www.zuillbailey.com


    Music in Deerfield
    Music in Deerfield brings us cellist Zuill Baily Saturday in a performance at Smith College in Northampton. Here’s what Fanfare Magazine had to say, “A unique, beautiful and shining musical experience.” You can read more about him under “Music.” Additionally, his Web site is well stocked with video and music samples: www.zuillbailey.com

  • Submitted photo<br/>Baby lambs!<br/>Winterberry Farm in Leverett is hosting an open house Sunday and entices you to visit with promises of getting to see lambs and other baby animals.  Works for us! See “Potpourri.”

    Submitted photo
    Baby lambs!
    Winterberry Farm in Leverett is hosting an open house Sunday and entices you to visit with promises of getting to see lambs and other baby animals. Works for us! See “Potpourri.”

  • COFFEE AND POETRY with featured reader Nina Keller. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Northfield Coffee and Books, 105 Main St., Northfield. Keller, educator and organic farmer, writer, political and No Nukes activist, has been farming in Montague and Wendell since 1970, living on a productive family farm. She is passionate about maintaining and improving the health and beauty of the environment, her community and her family. Writing, farming, seed saving, chicken rearing, nature studies, teaching high school, drawing and horticulture are some of her passions. Open mic follows. Free. All ages. 498-0095, www.coffeeandbooks.net.<br/>

    COFFEE AND POETRY with featured reader Nina Keller. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Northfield Coffee and Books, 105 Main St., Northfield. Keller, educator and organic farmer, writer, political and No Nukes activist, has been farming in Montague and Wendell since 1970, living on a productive family farm. She is passionate about maintaining and improving the health and beauty of the environment, her community and her family. Writing, farming, seed saving, chicken rearing, nature studies, teaching high school, drawing and horticulture are some of her passions. Open mic follows. Free. All ages. 498-0095, www.coffeeandbooks.net.

  • BABA KEN OKULOLO, San Francisco Bay area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, performs with his West African Highlife Band. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke campus, 50 College St., South Hadley. Free. Limited seating — first 1,000 will be admitted. Handicapped accessible. The Nigerian Journalists’ Association has five times voted Okulolo the country’s top bassist. He founded the international super-group Kotoja, famed for its infectious mix of African highlife, juju and jazz.

    BABA KEN OKULOLO, San Francisco Bay area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, performs with his West African Highlife Band. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke campus, 50 College St., South Hadley. Free. Limited seating — first 1,000 will be admitted. Handicapped accessible. The Nigerian Journalists’ Association has five times voted Okulolo the country’s top bassist. He founded the international super-group Kotoja, famed for its infectious mix of African highlife, juju and jazz.

  • Let there be Brew Fest!<br/>Now in its 10th year, Ryan & Casey Liquor’s Green River Brew Fest is moving up to the Franklin County Fairgrounds, where beer lovers will get to sample from hundreds of craft brews on Saturday. There will also be live music, a cigar bar and raffles, but did we mention the hundreds of craft beers? See “Potpourri.” <br/><br/>
  • Wikipedia/Jon Sullivan photo<br/>A Honey of a Festival<br/>Second Congregational Church in Greenfield is hosting a series of events Saturday that honor the honey bee and a former pastor whose invention was a significant contribution to modern beekeeping. An annual event, it is geared toward families and children. See “Potpourri.”
  • Recorder file photo/Geoff Bluh<br/>Memorial Day Weekend Extravadance <br/>The Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield hosts contradances weekly, but this Saturday organizers are going all out with two bands and dancing from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Polish up your dancing shoes, you’ll need them! See “Dance.”
  • File photos<br/>ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans will present an evening of swingin’ classics and love songs for those who still feel the love in the air beyond Valentines Day. Evans was fixture on the New Orleans music scene for more than 15 years before relocating to Brattleboro, Vt. in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased for $15 at theartsblock.com or by calling 774-0150. Tickets available at the door the evening of the concert at $18.<br/>
  • File photos<br/>FIRST GENERATION BENEFIT CONCERT 2013, featuring Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers; Evelyn Harris (pictured) , internationally acclaimed a capella singer, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock; Avery Sharpe, master bassist who has performed with McCoy Tyner and other jazz greats; Jo Sallins, internationally touring composer/musician based in Springfield; Tony Vacca, of World Rhythms Ensemble; Youssoupha Sidibe, internationally touring Senegalese Kora player; And, excerpts of work by the First Generation Theater Ensemble. 7 to 9 p.m. Academy of Music, Northampton. Saturday, 9 to 11 p.m., Meet the Artists Reception at R. Michelson Galleries, Northampton. The event will raise funds to bring more youth into the program and enable First Generation to share its lively, compelling and moving performances with audiences throughout the region and beyond, say organizers. $15 general seating; $50 tickets for select seating and to attend the Meet The Artists Reception. Academy of Music box office, Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. 413-584-9032 ext.105. Online tickets: http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com. www.performanceproject.org, <br/>413-586-4960.<br/>
  • FULL MOON COFFEE HOUSE,  Old Town Hall, Wendell center. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Legendary Tom Rush will perform. Since helping to shape the folk revival in the 1960s, Rush has been spinning tales and tunes all over the world, selling out Symphony Hall and influencing generations of musicians in many genres. $15 to $25. Seats are limited, visit the Web site for more information about reservations. www.wendellfullmoon.org.<br/>
  • MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 90 Mile Portage with guest Andrew Geano. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. 90 Mile is a collaboration between singer-songwriter Jamie Kallestad and multi-instrumentalist/composer Ben Cosgrove singing acoustic Americana folk. Geano is a Boston-based singer-songwriter. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.<br/>
  • <br/>Music in Deerfield<br/>Music in Deerfield brings us cellist Zuill Baily Saturday in a performance at Smith College in Northampton. Here’s what Fanfare Magazine had to say, “A unique, beautiful and shining musical experience.” You can read more about him under “Music.” Additionally, his Web site is well stocked with video and music samples: www.zuillbailey.com
  • Submitted photo<br/>Baby lambs!<br/>Winterberry Farm in Leverett is hosting an open house Sunday and entices you to visit with promises of getting to see lambs and other baby animals.  Works for us! See “Potpourri.”
  • COFFEE AND POETRY with featured reader Nina Keller. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Northfield Coffee and Books, 105 Main St., Northfield. Keller, educator and organic farmer, writer, political and No Nukes activist, has been farming in Montague and Wendell since 1970, living on a productive family farm. She is passionate about maintaining and improving the health and beauty of the environment, her community and her family. Writing, farming, seed saving, chicken rearing, nature studies, teaching high school, drawing and horticulture are some of her passions. Open mic follows. Free. All ages. 498-0095, www.coffeeandbooks.net.<br/>
  • BABA KEN OKULOLO, San Francisco Bay area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, performs with his West African Highlife Band. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke campus, 50 College St., South Hadley. Free. Limited seating — first 1,000 will be admitted. Handicapped accessible. The Nigerian Journalists’ Association has five times voted Okulolo the country’s top bassist. He founded the international super-group Kotoja, famed for its infectious mix of African highlife, juju and jazz.

Thursday 28

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Open Mic Night with Dan, Kip and Schultzy from Curly Fingers Dupree at 8:30 p.m., plus NCAA Sweet 16 Basketball Games on 14 HDTVs starting at 6:30 p.m. Win Bud Light hoop prizes.
No cover.

DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: Blue Pearl. Blues/jazz. 8 to 10 p.m.
http://dejabrewpub.com/

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 8:30 p.m. Zammuto. Melissa St. Pierre and Snowblink opens. $12.50, $15. www.iheg.com.

THE MONTAGUE INN,
485 Federal St., Route 63, Montague Center: Reil Entertainment Karaoke featuring DJ Greg. 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 768-7336. Also on Facebook & http://themontagueinn.com.

PEARL STREET BALLROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: 9 p.m. Zach Deputy. $15, $20. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS,
78 Third St., Turners Falls: Ray Mason, Steve Kozio. Alternating solos. 9:30 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. DJ Let’s Dance Entertainment in the Sports Bar. Thirsty Thursdays and 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. 773-8313.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. Knitting Circle at the Greenfield Public Library, 10 a.m. Bring your project to the LeVanway Meeting Room and join with other knitters to talk about knitting, crafts, and books. Free. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. the library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Friday for a Writer’s Lunch. This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through lunch. Bring your own lunch and beverage. Contact Jane Buchanan at
772-1544 for more details.

Literary

COFFEE AND POETRY with featured reader Nina Keller. 7:30 p.m. Northfield Coffee and Books, 105 Main St., Northfield. Keller, educator and organic farmer, writer, political and No Nukes activist, has been farming in Montague and Wendell since 1970, living on a productive family farm. She is passionate about maintaining and improving the health and beauty of the environment, her community and her family. Writing, farming, seed saving, chicken rearing, nature studies, teaching high school, drawing and horticulture are some of her passions. Open mic follows. Free. All ages. 498-0095, www.coffeeandbooks.net.

MARGUERITE MORRIS WILLIS will read and discuss her newest book “A Grandmother’s Essays on Education” at 6:30 p.m. at Boswell’s Books, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls.

Music

THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Latin Jazz Evolution Quartet performs. 8 to 11 p.m. This is a new version of LJE — more jazz, with a drummer instead of Latin percussion — a very hot group, say promoters. See Joseph Marcello’s Encores & Curtain Calls.

BABA KEN OKULOLO, San Francisco Bay area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, performs with his West African Highlife Band. 7:30 p.m. Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke campus, 50 College St., South Hadley. Free. Limited seating — first 1,000 will be admitted. Handicapped accessible. The Nigerian Journalists’ Association has five times voted Okulolo the country’s top bassist. He founded the international super-group Kotoja, famed for its infectious mix of African highlife, juju and jazz.

JAZZ@SCHWEMM’S series concludes with Sarah Manning’s Harmonious Creature. 9 p.m. at the Schwemm’s Backroom Coffeehouse, Keefe Campus Center on the Amherst College Campus. Student combo will perform at 10. Free. 542-8308, www.amherst.edu/~jazz.

HARRISON BANKHEAD QUARTET will be joined by long-time collaborators Edward Wilkerson Jr. and Mars Williams, reeds, and Avreeayl Ra, drums. 8 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, UMass, Amherst. $12 general public, $7 students. 800-999-UMAS. Part of the Magic Triangle Jazz Concert Series.

KEVIN PARRY hosts open mic Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Marina Restaurant, Route 5, Brattleboro, Vt. Free. To sign up for a 20-minute slot, call 802-257-7563. www.kevinparrymusic.com. Participating musicians receive 50 percent off dinner.

UMASS UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA featuring two of the winners of the UMass Concerto Competition perform Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”; Pierre Max Dubois’ “Concerto pour saxophone alto, Movement I” and Joseph Schwantner’s “Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra Movement I.” 8 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass, Amherst. Tickets $3 for UMass students; $5 for other students, seniors and children under 18; $10 general public. 545-2511, fac.umass.edu/musicanddance.

WAGON WHEEL RESTAURANT, 39 French King Highway, Gill. Joe Graveline, 7 to 8 p.m. Chris Dixon and Danyelle, 8 to 9 p.m. No cover. 863-8389.

Potpourri

GREENFIELD BREWS 2. The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 5 to 7 p.m. Hosted by the Greenfield Business Association. Free to members, $5 to nonmembers. All welcome. Sample Greenfield brews, coffee, beer, wine and mead. Food from area chefs. Music by Haste. Door prices, media raffles.

“MUSIC & MOVEMENT at Montague Center Library, Montague Center. With Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson.
10 a.m. Young children of all ages and their parents or caregivers invited to the free program. Thursdays during March through June.

“NEW ENGLAND FORESTS THROUGH TIME” a natural history program with John O’Keefe will be presented at 7 p.m. at Leverett Town Hall. O’Keefe is coordinator of the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest in Petersham, and a co-author of the book “New England Forest through Time: Insights from the Harvard Forest Dioramas.” Free. Offered by the Leverett Historical Society.

“A NEW ENGLAND HISTORY OF HONEY AND BEEKEEPING” by Dan Conlon, Warm Colors Apiary presented at the Historical Society of Greenfield, 43 Church St., Greenfield. 7 p.m. Conlon is a full-time beekeeper. He and co-owner Bonita Conlon produce varieties of local and regional honeys and beeswax products, and provide pollination to Pioneer Valley farms and orchards. Massachusetts has produced many significant beekeepers whose inventions and discoveries resulted in the modern beekeeping industry. Conlon will introduce listeners to American beekeeping from the 1600s forward and look at the role of honeybees and honey in the country’s agriculture, landscape and cultural development. The talk will be followed by time for informal questions and comments from the audience. Free. Voluntary donations greatly appreciated.

SENIOR SYMPOSIA PROGRAM at Greenfield Community College Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Greenfield. “So, you think you know Puccini?” with William Fregosi concludes. Puccini is almost certainly the world’s favorite opera composer. His operas are constantly performed. His beloved arias appear in film scores and TV commercials, one even making the 1950s pop charts. Much of his life is unknown to the public. Explore this artist’s complex and deeply-felt life with special attention to the beauties of his lesser-known operas. $10. Registration strongly advised. Call 775-1661. Arrive at least 15 minutes for limited same-day registration. Continues March 28.

Friday 29

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Friday Night Karaoke in the Sports Bar with Dirty Johnny at 9 p.m. Dancing in The Extra Point Nightclub with DJ J-ill at 10 p.m. plus NCAA Sweet 16 Basketball Games on 14 HDTVs starting at 6:30 p.m. No cover.

DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: The Reprobate Blues Band. Blues baby blues! The word is, these guys are awesome. 9 to 11:30 p.m. 978-544-BREW.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun. Li’l BeeDee and the Doo-Rites opens. $15, $18. ∎ 10 p.m. Who’da Funk It? Wishbone Zoe opens. $8 and $10. www.iheg.com.

THE MONTAGUE INN,
485 Federal St., Route 63, Montague: Dance the night away with the return of Hangmen. 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $3 cover. 768-7336. Information also available on Facebook and http://themontagueinn.com.

PEARL STREET BALLROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: Watsky. Dumfoundead opens. 8:30 p.m. $13, $15. www.iheg.com.

RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Here Come the Foxes. Sandy Bailey. Folk, much more. $3. 9:30 p.m. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, Main Street, Greenfield: Celtics vs. Atlanta. 7:30 p.m. Friday night madness with Big Dan in the sports bar. Bud Light Night. Prizes and giveaways. Watch Eleven 50-inch HDTVs. 773-8313.

WEST DOVER INN, Route 100, West Dover, Vt.: Kevin Parry on guitar and vocals plays acoustic rock and roll requests. 7 to
10 p.m.

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: “Newcomers’ Night” Contra Dance. 7 to 11 p.m. At 7 p.m. a special one-hour dancing workshop on basic skills using the easiest dances in the caller’s repertoire; detailed teaching and plenty of live fiddle music. Regular dance at 8:15. Admission free to all workshop participants. For participants in the regular dance alone, admission is as usual: self determined, free will contributions (a.k.a. The Honor System) with $10 or barter equivalent suggested. Music by David Kaynor, fiddle, Peter Siegel, mandolin, guitar, Becky Hollingworth, keyboard, and the large, Guiding Star Contra Dance Ensemble. For more information, contact Kaynor at 367-9380, davidkaynor@mac.com. www.guidingstargrange.org

Films

“GOT THE FACTS ON MILK: The Milk Documentary,” will be shown at the Wendell Free Library. 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Wendell Agricultural Commission. The film is an entertaining, award winning feature documentary that dares to question the conventional wisdom of the much publicized health benefits of milk and dairy products. Addressing myth, truth and all in-between, the film is a humorous yet shocking exposition that provokes serious thought about this everyday staple.

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 age 3 and under. Rhymes, songs and movement games make up this story time style popularized by author Betsy Diamand-Cohen. ∎ Writers’ Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Self-directed. The meeting room will be open Tuesdays through Fridays for 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 of the Writers’ Lunch. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details. ∎ Open for Business. 2 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.

Music

BOSTON CAMERATA performs “The Lady Mass of Guillaume de Machaut.” 8 p.m. Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amhrest College. The Boston Camerata is a pioneer in the contemporary performance of early music. $28 general public, $22 seniors, $12 students. Amherst College students free. www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events. Music at Amhrest Chamber Series.

INFINITY BRASS ENSEMBLE performs UMass alumnus Edward Jacobs’ “Passed Time” and music from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” 8 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass, Amherst. Tickets $3 UMass students, $5 other students, seniors and children under 18, $10 general public. 545-2511, www.umasstix.com/musicanddance.

THE SUN PARADE performs at the parlor Room at Signature Sounds, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 7 and 9 p.m. $10. 665-4036, www.parlorroommusic.com. The folks at Signature Sounds tell us the has just ended a tour supporting Martin Sexton in California and is getting ready to record its second album. We’re told to expect “sweet harmonies, attention to songwriting, sensual acoustic folk and powerful psychedelic rock.”
www.parlorroommusic.com.

Potpourri

SHELBURNE FALLS EAGLES GRAND RE-OPENING in Shelburne Falls. Doors open at 3 p.m. today and Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. Entertainment tonight and Saturday night. William Gaffigan, last charter member, will cut the ribbon Saturday. On Saturday, there will be food throughout the day with raffles, free giveaways and taste testing from beer distributors. This is open to the public both days and all are welcome to come celebrate.

Saturday 30

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, Turners Falls: Dancing in The Extra Point Nightclub with DJ MIA at 10 p.m. Buc Light Bucket Game Challenge at 8 p.m. Win Bud Light March Madness prizes and watch the NCAA Elite 8 basketball games on 14 HDTVs today. No cover.

THE CUE BAR, 747 Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt., DJ Tom Mayo, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. No cover. Free pool tables all night. Menu until midnight. Every Saturday, 802-579-1785.

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. http://dejabrewpub.com/

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Vance Gilbert. Old Man Luedecke opens. $15, $18. ∎ 10 p.m. Hey Marseilles. Young Buffalo opens. $10, $13. ww.iheg.com.

THE MONTAGUE INN, 485 Federal St. (Route 63), Montague: Dance Party karaoke with DJ Dr. Dudley. 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. http://themontagueinn.com.

PEARL STREET BALLROOM, Figure. 9 p.m. $17.50, $20. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Heironymous Bogs, Opel, The Frost Heaves String Duo. Free. 9:30 p.m. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield: Bruins vs. Philadelphia at 1 p.m. DJ Let’s Dance Entertainment in the Sports Bar and disco hosted by Meghan. Saturday night madness with Katy & Tyler downstairs in Taylor’s Tavern. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 773-8313.

Coffeehouse

FULL MOON COFFEE HOUSE, Old Town Hall, Wendell center. 7:30 p.m. Legendary Tom Rush will perform. Since helping to shape the folk revival in the 1960s, Rush has been spinning tales and tunes all over the world, selling out Symphony Hall and influencing generations of musicians in many genres. $15 to $25. Seats are limited, visit the Web site for more information about reservations. www.wendellfullmoon.org.

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 90 Mile Portage with guest Andrew Geano. 7:30 p.m. 90 Mile is a collaboration between singer-songwriter Jamie Kallestad and multi-instrumentalist/composer Ben Cosgrove singing acoustic Americana folk. Geano is a Boston-based singer-songwriter. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

GENDER ROLE FREE CONTRA, Montague Grange, 34 Main St., Montague Center, 4 to 10 p.m. Extended Dance, For the GLBT community, friends & allies, No partner or experience necessary. Experienced session, 4 to 5:30 p.m. $5, benefit supper, 6 to 7 p.m. $5. Evening, all-level dance, 7 to 10 p.m. $7 to $10 sliding scale. Please bring soft-soled non-street shoes to protect the wooden dance floor. Also please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes and other highly scented products. All dances smoke, drug and alcohol free. Affiliated with Lavender Country & Folk Dancers & Country Song & Dance Society. www.lcfd.org/westma.

FIFTH SATURDAY CONTRADANCE, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield. Music by Big Bandemonium; caller Nils Fredland. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Big Bandemonium is Dave Langford, Van Kaynor, Peter Barnes, Ann Percival, Mark Murphy, Lise Brown, Brian Bender and Adam Scotera. $15. www.guidingstargrange.org

Films

“THE LAST WALTZ” a special live performance of The Band’s classic 1978 concert film. 7:30 p.m. Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls. The concert features all the hits by The Band featured in the film such as “The Weight,” “Up On Cripple Creek,” and “the Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” as well as songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and many more. Musicians from the local music scene perform the songs of the film’s original special guests. The full line up of aritsts includes the Rev Tor Band, Charles Neville, The Nields with Dave Chalfant, Jay Driscol and Andy Wrba of Barefoot Truth, Jenny Goodspeed of the Boxcar Lilies, Seth Glier, The Voice finalist Michelle Brooks-thompson, Bruce Mandaro, Steve Sanderson of Drunken Stuntmen, Joshua Platt, Aidan O’Brien of Paint, Dave Boatwright of The Equalites, Jim Armenti of Lonesome Brothers, Ray Mason, Jeff Martell, Janet Ryan, Tommy Fillieo, Phil Simon, Todd Mack, Christa Joy, Tory Hanna and Steve Bilodeau of Longview Gun Slingers. Tickets on sale at www.lastwaltzlive.org/shows/tickets. See our cover story, Page D1.

Music

AMHEST COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC presents a senior clarinet recital by Robert Flynn, class of 2013. 7 p.m. Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Free. Seating by general admission. www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events.

THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: The Ladies in Jazz series resumes with former Sweet Honey in the Rock member Evelyn Harris joining Samirah Evans. 8 p.m. Solos and duets of jazz and pop standards, accompanied by Paul Arsianian, piano, Dave Picchi, bass, and Jonathan Fisher, drums. Doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets $18 at theartsblock.com or call 774-0150. Tickets at the door $23 or $10 for students with a valid ID.

FACULTY PIANO RECITAL: Gilles Vonsattel, professor of piano, UMass performs Beethoven. 8 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, Umass, Amherst. Tickets $3 UMass students, $5 other students, seniors and children under 18, $10 general public. 545-2511, www.umasstix.com.

MUSIC IN DEERFIELD, 7 p.m., Featuring Zuill Bailey with guest pianist Doris Stevenson. Program TBA. “Concert Conversations” at 7 p.m. in Earle Recital Hall. Performance at Sweeney Concert Hall/Sage Hall, Smith College, located on Green Street in Northampton. 8 p.m. 413-774-4200. Here’s what promoters have to say, “One of the world’s outstanding cellists returns to the site of his unforgettable performance of Bach’s Six Suites. The sound is rich, like dark chocolate ... his voice is distinctive — strong and direct. Bailey reaches from the soul of his instrument to our own.” www.musicindeerfield.org

SALVATION ALLEY STRINGBAND performs. 8 p.m. The Parlor Room at Signature Sounds, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. $10. 665-4036, www.parlorroommusic.com. Here’s what the folks at Signature Sounds have to say: “The Salvation Alley String Band plays original music influenced by honky-tonk, western swing, Bakersfield country, bluegrass, and rock ’n’ roll. Following the release of their 2010 album ‘The Pioneer Valley Rose and Other Favorites,’ audiences began falling in love with Sal Al’s catchy songs, guy/girl harmonies, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, and twangy guitars. The band recently released their self-produced second album, The Space Wanderer.” www.parlorroommusic.com.

Potpourri

FIRST PERSON, TRUE STORIES — told live and without notes. 7:30 p.m. A.P.E. Ltd., 126 Main St., Northampton Stories will all be five minutes or under. The theme of this Ko Festival Story Slam is “Fish Out of Water.” Ko Festival Artistic Director Sabrina Hamilton invites all to “Tell us a story about a moment when you made a leap, crossed a bridge to a new setting, or felt like you were from Mars.” All audience members get to vote. Free refreshments and prizes for Most Humorous, Most Moving and Best Overall Story. All tickets $15. 427-6147, info@kofest.com.

SHELBURNE FALLS EAGLES grand re-opening continues. Doors open at 10 a.m. See Friday’s listing.

“SOUNDFEST” a program of indoor and outdoor sound installation and performance featuring work by Tim Eriksen, Wendy Woodson, Jake Meginsky, Eric Leonardson, Steph Robinson and Mark Santolucito. 1 p.m. in the Amherst College Octagon with Eriksen’s “George Cheney and the Amherst Old Folks.” From there, audience members will be guided around campus to experience a variety of sonic and multimedia environments by a diverse mix of local and guest artists. Free. amherst.edu/go/arts.

Sunday 31

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Elite 8 NCAA basketball games on 14 HDTVs starting at noon. Win Bud Light March Madness prizes and free Hoop pint glasses with each Bud Light Pitcher.

DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: John Sheldon. Up Close & Personal. 8 to 10 p.m. http://dejabrewpub.com/

THE MONTAGUE INN, 485 Federal St., Route 63, Montague: Free Pool. 768-7336. Also available on Facebook and http://themontagueinn.com.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Buffalo at 7 p.m. Celtics vs. New York at 7:30 p.m. Free pool all night with Big Dan in the sports Bar. 773-8313.

Dance

BELLY DANCE classes at Dance Northampton Studio, 492 Pleasant St., Northampton. Sundays at 3 p.m. Study the ancient art of Middle Eastern belly dance with Attar. For more information call 259-7504, www.ancientartofbellydance.com.

Potpourri

MOSTLY YOGA: Sunday mornings from 10 to 11:15 at Wendell Free Library. Donation of $3 or more requested. A variety of yoga styles offered as well as chi-gong and psycho-calisthenics. Teachers include “Apollo” Compagnone, Shay Cooper, Donna Horn, Sam Scherer, Patty Smythe, Christine Texiera and Susan Von Ranson. While many students attend regularly, all are welcome to participate in individual classes as it fits their schedules. Bring a yoga mat. Do not wear scents or perfumes. Through May.

WINTERBERRY FARM, 21 Teawaddle Hill Road, Leverett, will host its 20th annual Easter afternoon open house. 2 to 4 p.m. Lambs, newly hatched ducklings and chicks and the farm’s other animals will be present. No charge. But contributions for Right Sharing of World Resources accepted. Wearing boots recommended.

Monday 1

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Red Sox Opening Day. Red Sox vs. Yankees this afternoon once we open at 3 p.m.. Plus other MLB Opening Day games on 14 HDTVs.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Darwin Deez. Catenine and Caged Animals open. $12.50, $15. ∎ Joshua James. Isaac Russell open. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: The Clash. 8 p.m. $3. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Celtics vs. Minnesota at 8 p.m. Free pool all night in the sports bar. Country music with host Kathy and her candy bowl Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Monday Madness with Big Dan in the Sports Bar. 773-8313.

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. In the LeVanway Meeting room. For more information, contact Lyons at 772-1544, ext. 5, www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. The meeting room will be open Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m. for Writer’s Lunch. Self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch. Bring own lunch and beverage. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details.

Music

MONTAGUE BOOK MILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague: Ora Coogan and Oweihops in concert. 7:30 p.m. “Metivier played a solo acoustic show last weekend alongside three other solo songwriters, and even in an already attentive and quiet atmosphere, the Oweihops frontman seemed to slow down the very molecules in the room, keeping his songs measured and star.” Ken Maiuri, Hampshire Gazette. “Deeply moving, but not despairing, each word (of Ora Cogan’s) is drawn out into almost non-verbal utterances which at times seem as much inspired by old tymey Appalachian folk as by Canadian aboriginal music vocalizations and Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser,” Aquarius Records. $6. 367-9206.

Potpourri

SOUP & GAMES NIGHT at Hope & Olive, Hope Street, Greenfield. 5 to 7:30 p.m. Free buffet of soups and breads. Donations to benefit the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage.

Tuesday 2

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NIT Final Four games on 14 HDTVs starting at 7 p.m. plus two free games of pool with each pitcher of beer.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 10 p.m. Latin Night. Latin Dance Night. No cover. www.iheg.com.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Ottawa at 7 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Trivia at 7 p.m. Open Beer Pong tournament with Stacey starts at 9 p.m. 773-8313.

Library

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ■ Preschool Story Hour at 10 a.m. For children 5 and under. Weekly hour of story and craft time with Sally Ahearn. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. The library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Friday for a writer’s 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 of the writer’s lunch. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more information.

Literary

LESLEA NEWMAN will read from her new book, “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard.” 7 p.m. Food For thought Books, 106 North Pleasant St., Amherst. It is a novel in verse, offering readers a masterful, poetic exploration of the impact of the October 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Wyoming.

SALOMA MILLER FURLONG, author of “Why I Left the Amish,” will speak at the Whately Public Library, 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately. 6 p.m. “There are two ways to leave the Amish — one is through life and the other through death,” writes Furlong of Sunderland, who grew up in an Amish community in Ohio. Furlong tells how she made the difficult break from the Amish community in her memoir. For more information, call the library at 665-2170. 665-2170.

WRITERS NIGHT OUT: Straw Dog Writers Guild. 7 to 9 p.m. the Elevens, 140 Pleasant St., Northampton. Open mic followed by time to visit and learn what’s happening in the writing world. For information, contact Jacqueline Sheehan at 582-0661.

Music

LOW BRASS FEST featuring musicians from the horn, trombone and tuba/euphonium studios performing original and transcribed works from the classical and popular repertoire. Also individual choir performances. 8 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass, Amherst. Free.

Potpourri

FIELD TRIP TO RUDYARD KIPLING’S home Kaulakha in Dummerston, Vt. Leaving from the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene, N.H. at 9 a.m. Kipling had Naulakha built in 1892. He wrote “Captains Courageous” at Naulakha and first told his “Just So Stories” to his daughter there. Admission $16 per person, $12 for members of the Historical Society. Contact 603-352-1895, email hscc@hsccnh.org or www.hsccnh.org.

YOUTH VOICES IN THE ARAB WORLD: ARTS AS AN AGENT OF SOCIAL CHANGE. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Wright Hall at Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College. Dinner, first come, first served. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.: panel discussion on the role of arts as an agent of social change in the Arab world. 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Theater play, “Palestine,” written and performed by Najla Said, daughter of Palestinian-American literary critic and human rights activist Edward Said. Direction and dramaturgy by Sturgis Warner. For more information, look for the event on Facebook.

Wednesday 3

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Hump Night Karaoke in the Sports Bar with Dirty Johnny at 9 p.m. plus try your luck at trivia at 7 p.m. with Bar Manager Kara. No cover.

DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: Ukrainian Egg Painting Class, 7 p.m. Special Craft Night. All welcome. Suitable for ages 10 and up. Suggested donation $5. 978-544-brew.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 8:30 p.m. The Main Squeeze. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Celtics vs. Detroit at 7:30 p.m. Watch 50 inch HDTVs. Restaurant Appreciation Night. Come in wearing your work shirt or show a pay stub and receive a prize from Big Dan in the Sports Bar. Free pool for bar/restaurant employees. Sign up for complimentary prizes and giveaways. 773-8313.

Dance

LINE DANCING at the Moose Lodge, 20 School St., Greenfield. 7 p.m. Beginner to intermediate. Ring the doorbell for admittance. $5 per session. For more information, call Pat at 665-4260,
jokellogg@aol.com.

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. In the LeVanway Meeting Room. For more information, Lyons at 772-1544, ext. 5 ■ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. The library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Friday for a writer’s 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 of the writer’s lunch. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more information.
www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org.

Literary

BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP, 247 Main St., Northampton. An Evening of Poetry with local poets Howard Faerstein and Jack Christian. 7 p.m.

SHUTESBURY READING STREAK KICKOFF: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Shutesbury Elementary School. Join a community of readers, adult and child pairs who pledge to read aloud together for 10 minutes a day for 10 days. PJ Story Time at 6.

Music

AFRICAN DANCE VERMONT presents West African drum class. 6 p.m. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 6 p.m. All levels welcome. Drums available for those who need one. Instructed by Namory Keita, lead drummer for his village of Sangbarala, Guineau. $10. 603-654-6042, www.namorykeita.com.

APPLE HILL STRING QUARTET performs classical works by Mozart and Vaughan Williams and new music by Boston composer Christine Southworth. 7:30 p.m. Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, Keene, N.H. $20 general, $15 seniors, children KSC alumni, faculty and staff; $5 KSC students. 603-358-2168, www.keene.edu/racbp.

THE BROWN BIRD performs at the Parlor Room at Signaure Sounds, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 7 p.m. (show sold out) and 9 p.m. $15. 665-4036, www.parlorroommusic.com.

MIDWEEK MUSIC at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Hope and Main streets, Greenfield. Wednesdays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Today: Lisa Woods, mezzo-soprano with Jerry Noble, pianist. Suggested donation, $3 to $10. Make checks payable to Mid Week Music in care of All Souls Church, P.O. 542, Greenfield MA 01302.

TEAL-ONE97 a.k.a Arab & North Africa Music Project is an all-star rock music collective created by a new generation of American maestros of Middle Eastern and North African descent. With multilingual vocals, groovy global rhythms, and transcendent melodies, the group creates a uniquely hip soundscape that pays homage to each artist’s ethnic and American musical heritage. Inspired by the global emanations of the Arab Spring, this danceable, dynamic combo, say promoters, brings a powerful message of hope and positive change for a new generation and a new day to Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 7:30 p.m. Presented by the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center Asian Arts & Culture Program, tickets are available by calling 1-800-999-UMAS or 545-2511.
fineartscenter.com.

Speakers

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE Senior Symposia presents Megan Talbert of the Boston-based agency Helping Hands for a program titled “Helping Hands Monkeys.” 2 to 4 p.m. GCC downtown location, Main Street, Greenfield. 2 to 4 p.m. Highly intelligent, adaptable and social, capuchin monkeys from South and Central America are natural “tool users,” using their hands to perform functional tasks and manipulate objects in ways no other assisting animal can. They can perform personal grooming, scratch an itch, retrieve juice from the refrigerator or operate a DVD player on request. For 33 years, Helping Hands has been raising and training these primates to assist people living with spinal cord injury or other mobility impairments. $10. Financial assistance available by pre-registration only. 775-1661, www.gcc.mass.edu/community_education/

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