Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Dec. 26 -Jan. 1
Holly Givens of the Montague Business Association was part of an impromptu parade over the re-opened Turners Falls-Gill Bridge in November. (Recorder file/Beth Reynolds)
Alice Parker, artistic director of the Melodious Accord Institute of Hawley, leads carolers in a round of "Angels We Have Heard on High." "Light and soft on the verse, then let the 'glorias' explode!" Parker told those gathered at the Charlemont Federated Church on Sunday.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls: Open at 3 p.m. today. Stop in for all your NBA, NHL and College Bowl games. Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at 6 p.m. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at 9 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Big Al Anderson. $35, $40. www.iheg.com.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Thirsty Thursdays & College night hosted by Big Dan in the Sports Bar. Beer Pong Tournament. Wear your college shirt or show your college I.D. 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. ∎ Winter Crafts with Lori Gordon. 3:30 p.m. Using natural materials, Gordon works with young students with cloth, wood and fiber art. This month: solstice lanterns. Suggested for ages 7 and up. Younger children may participate with a parent to help. Free. In the LeVanway meeting room.
KEVIN PARRY hosts open mic every Thursday at The Marina Restaurant, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. from 7 to 10 p.m. Free Participating musicians receive 50 percent off their meal. For information and sign up, call 802-257-7563. More informatin at www.kevinparrymusic.com.
HISTORIC DEERFIELD “Heritage Holiday” series of activities continues. Heritage Holiday Daily Activities . Through Dec. 29; included with general admission to the museum). Daily holiday activities: Gift-making, noon to 4:30 p.m., Visitor Center at Hall Tavern Ballroom; Open Hearth Cooking, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Visitor Center at Hall Tavern; Caroling, 1 to 3 p.m. Gingerbread cookie decorating, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Visitor Center at Hall Tavern; Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Visitor Center at Hall Tavern.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Friday Night Karaoke in The Extra Point Nightclub hosted by Dirty Johnny from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover. Watch your favorite NBA, NHL and College Bowl games. Military Bowl at 3 p.m. Texas Bowl at 6 p.m., Fight Hunger Bowl at 9:30 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. , 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Big Al Anderson and the World Famous Headliners. $49.50. www.iheg.com.
ROOSTERS TAVERN, 74 Main St., Northfield: . 6 to 9 p.m. Colin Boutwell, local guitar talent plays soft rock, country and originals. No cover. Requests honored. CDs available. 498-0006.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Ottawa at 7 p.m. Friday night madness with Big Dan in the sports bar. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 413-773-8313.
WEST DOVER INN, Route 100, West Dover, Vt. Kevin Parry plays and sings classic rock requests on guitar and mandolin. 8 to 11 p.m. 802-464-5207 www.kevinparrymusic.om.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 8 p.m. Larry Allen Brown, singer-songwriter and guitarist. Rich blend of original, contemporary and traditional sounds simmered in the deep warm hues of cedar and rosewood and the American landscape. Free; please tip the musicians. 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. Ron Blechner teaches and calls the contras. Music by father-daughter team Jim Fownes (keyboard) and Kathleen Fownes (fiddle) of Shutesbury, with Montague musician Tim Van Egmond, hammered dulcimer. Admission is in the form of self-determined, free will contributions (a.k.a. The Honor System) with $10 or barter equivalent suggested. All welcome. For more information, contact David Kaynor at 367-9380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ “Mother Goose on the Loose,” 11 a.m. Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children ages 3 and under with a grown up every Friday morning. Rhymes, songs and movement games make up this storytime style popularized by author Betsy Diamant-Cohen. In the Picture Book Room today. ∎ Writer’s Workshop. Noon to 2 p.m. Jane Buchanan and Joannah Whitney lead the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written. Participants encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week. No charge; no registration required. Contact Buchanan at 772-1544 for more information. ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace are invited to the LeVanway Meeting Room Mondays and Fridays. Access to the room is free and open to all who need a space to work.
ALL FOLKED UP: monthly songwriter showcase at The Thirsty Mind, Village Commons, South Hadley Center. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Featuring Sheryl Stanton, Rich Gottlieb and Michael Orlen.
ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Seth Glier in concert: “Things I Should Let You Know.” Singer-songwriter Glier has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows as well as at many major folk festivals, all culminating in a nod from the Grammys this year. The 24-year-old Massachusetts native describes his new album as “a reckoning with adulthood.” $20 at the door; $17 in advance at www.theartsblock.com. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.
BERNARDSTON FIRE VICTIMS FUNDRAISER at the Bernardston Veterans Club, 16 Hartwell St., Bernardston. 6 to 10 p.m. Sponsored by Lefty’s Brewing Co. All Lefty’s proceeds go to the benefit. Raffles, prizes and draft beer. Food available by Dick’s Angels Relay for Life Team. For more information, call 768-9515.
HISTORIC DEERFIELD “Heritage Holiday” series of activities continues. See Thursday’s listing.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Live music in The Extra Point Nightclub with Jimmy Just Quit playing from 9 to closing. No cover. In the Sports Bar, catch all the College Bowl game action on 14 HDTVs. New Era Pinstripe Bowl at noon with Notre Dame vs. Rutgers, Belk Bowl at 3:20 p.m., Russell Athletic Bowl at 6:45 p.m., Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at 10:15 p.m. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton. 7 p.m. Big Al Anderson and the World Famous Headliners. $49.50. www.iheg.com.
PEARL STREET BALLROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Lazer 99.3 Holiday Hangover with All That Remains. Sakara, Hope Lies Within and Jasta open. $25. www.iheg.com.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Ottawa at 7 p.m. Rocking Christmas party 9 p.m. to closing. Sponsored by Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors. DJ Rocking Rodney Herzig. Dress to impress to get your picture taken with Santa. Raffles and prizes throughout the night. Proceeds to benefit children of Wounded Warriors. 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. The Equalites. Reggae, rock, roots, dub, ska and R&B band. Fronted by the strong, soulful vocals of lead guitarist David Boatwright, the Equalites deliver a performance like no other anywhere within the reggae genre, say promoters. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, email@example.com.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: Harry Potter Book Experience Party. 4 p.m. Celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” with “Harry’s Hogwarts Holiday.” Trim a tree, sing the wizards’ version of “the Twelve Days of Christmas,” and hear Dumbledore’s recitation of “the Night Before Christmas.” Enter the costume contest and enjoy Hagrid’s special pizza. Space limited. Registration required. For ages 8 and up. Call Kay Lyons at 772-1544 Ext. 5.
ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Roger Salloom, Charles Neville, Jessica Freeman with Jeff Dostal, Dave Lincoln and Joe Boyle in concert. 8 p.m. It will be Neville’s birthday, so expect cake. Salloom, a well-known and popular singer-songwriter in our area, has collaborated with Neville on several packed concerts. Outside of this area, he is likely best known as the star of the award-winning, Grammy Magazine-recommended film “So Glad I Made It, The Saga of Roger Salloom, America’s Best Unknown Songwriter.” Neville is a Grammy Award winner, a member of the The Neville Bros. and has performed with Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Reed, BB King, James Brown and recently appeared on HBO’s hit series “Treme.” Boyle, who performs with Peter Tork of The Monkees, is one of the top three guitar players within a 100 miles, say promoters. Tickets $15. For tickets, go to the live page at rogersalloom.com/live, World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield or Serio’s Market in Northampton. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.
BTGPLAYS! CHILDREN’S CHORUS and Grover’s Gang performs a special holiday concert. 11 a.m. The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. Tickets $15 adults, $10 children under 16. 997-4444.
CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: Comedian Tom Cotter. Cotter’s high energy, rapid-fire comedy leaves audiences clutching their sides and rolling in the aisles, say promoters. Steve Nagle opens. 8 p.m. $20, $25 $30. www.iheg.com.
HISTORIC DEERFIELD “Heritage Holiday” series of activities continues. See Thursday’s listing.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Final NFL regular season games. Patriots vs. Bills at 1 p.m. plus every game today on 14 HDTVs. BTU Wheel, pats Cash, munchie bar, prizes, giveaways and Bud LIght specials. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. New Riders of the Purple Sage. $22.50, $25. www.iheg.com.
THE PEOPLE’S PINT, 24 Federal St., Greenfield: Irish Music Session. 773-0333, www.thepeoplespint.com.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL Sunday ticket is on at Taylor’s. Patriots vs. Bills at 1 p.m. Watch all teams on 11 50-inch HDTVs with Kathy in the Sports Bar opening at noon and Erinn downstairs in the Tavern. Bruins vs. Toronto at 7 p.m. Free pool all night with Big Dan in the sports bar 413-773-8313.
CHRISTMAS CAROL SING led by Alice Parker, internationally known composer and educator. 3 p.m. Federated Church, Route 2, Charlemont. Sing old favorites and learn some new carols. All welcome. Free.
HANDEL’S “THE MESSIAH” sing-through at 4 p.m. at Village Congregational Church in Cummington. Gregory Hayes of Goshen, conductor. Instrumentalists are most welcome and urged to bring their own music stands. Orchestral scores and a limited number of vocal scores will be available. Listeners and singers invited. Refreshments follow the sing-through.
HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Heritage Holiday concludes.. See Thursday’s listing.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Catch a full day of College Bowl games on 14 HDTVs today with Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at 3:15 p.m., Valero Alamo Bowl at 6:45 p.m., National University Holiday Bowl at 10:15 p.m. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 & 10 p.m. Enter The Haggis. $20, $25. www.iheg.com.
PEARL STREET BALLROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: 9 p.m. Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime. Kudzu, City State and Rebel Alliance opens. $16, $20. www.iheg.com.
PEARL STREET CLUBROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: Twiddle. Shantyman and the Speakeasies open. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Dada Dino’s open mic. 9 p.m. Sign ups starting at 7:30 p.m. Free. 863-2866.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL football: Watch eleven 50-inch HDTVs. Country 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. 772-1544 ext. 5, www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. The library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. Self-directed free writing time. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details. ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace. Free.
WHATELY LIBRARY, Chestnut Plain Road, Whately. 2 to 4 p.m. Make New Year’s Eve crowns and hats.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. New Year’s Eve. Open noon to 6 p.m. Stop in for your last cocktail of 2013 and catch the AdvoCare V100 Bowl at 12:30 p.m. and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at 4 p.m. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 & 10 p.m.: Enter The Haggis New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. $25, $30. No cover. www.iheg.com.
PEARL STREET BALLROOM, Northampton: 8 p.m. Turkuaz. Outer Stylie, Fat Bradley and The Alchemystics opens. $15, $20. www.iheg.com.
PEARL STREET CLUBROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton. 7 p.m. LuxDeluxe and The Sun Parade. Pale Cowboy opens. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: New Year’s Eve!! Open until 2 a.m. 10 p.m. Sandy Bailey and her Funky Friends Soul Shakin’ R&B Dance Party with Leah Randazzo, Jeff D’Antona, Zach Holmes and Sturgis Cunningham. 863-2866, thevoo.net. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield: New Year’s Eve Party in the Sports Bar with Dan 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. DJ Drew for entertainment. Broken Bones Club. Every Tuesday night in the Tavern from 5:30 to close. Register to win lift tickets to Berkshire East and prizes from Competitive Edge. Every week, six names will be drawn and put on the “ski board” until the grand finale party Tuesday, March 11, when the grand prize package will be given away to the lucky winner. Bruins vs. NY Islanders at 7 p.m. Watch 11 50 inch HDTvs. Trivia at 7 p.m. Open Beer Pong Tournament with Megan starts at 9 p.m. 773-8313.
GUIDING STAR GRANGE, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield: New Year’s Eve contra dance. 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Musicians include Brendan Carey Block and Eric McDonald. Calling by Linda Leslie. Admission $12 ($10 students/seniors). Dessert potluck at the break. www.friendsofgreenfielddance.org. No partner necessary.
MONADNOCK SQUARES, Recreation Center, 312 Washington St., Keene, N.H. 8 to 10:30 p.m. Don Bachelder, caller; Don Scadova, cuer. New Year’s Eve celebration at 10 p.m.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. Closing at noon today. Closed New Year’s Day.
ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: John Sheldon and Band Blue Streak and Samirah Evans. 8:30 p.m. Sheldon has been called “a local phenomenon” by James Taylor. Evans was a fixture on the New Orleans music scene for more than 15 years. The Smithsonian Cafe will serve dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. $18 advance, $10 at the door. rogersalloom.com . Reservations recommended. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D 5.
THE BATTLYN BROTHERS will play dance music to ring in the new year at The Marina Restaurant, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. 9 p.m. to midnight. Featuring Kevin Parry, Richard Mayer, ken Storey and Joe Santry. Tunes by Wilson Pickett, The Beatles, Dylan, The Cars and more. Free. 802-257-7563 or www.kevinparrymusic.com.
CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: Lake Street Dive. And the Kids and David Wax Museum open. 8 p.m. $25. www.iheg.com.
NEW YEAR-NEW BRIDGE CELEBRATION, The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, 7 p.m. to midnight. Free. A free family friendly concert to celebrate the New Year and the re-opening of two-way traffic into Turners Falls. 7 p.m., Bill Shontz Young Person’s Show; 8 p.m., jazz with Ed Byrne and Juke Joint Jazz; 10 p.m., Shakazoba, 10-Piece Afrofunk dance band. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5. www.theshea.org.
NEW YEAR’S EVE GONG SHOW at Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main St., Sturbridge. 6 and 8 p.m. Variety show. $8 all ages. All proceeds go to the Southbridge Food Pantry. 508-9005.
FIRST NIGHT NORTHAMPTON 2014: Under a Magical Moon. The public is invited to a 12-hour, family friendly festival of the arts that takes place in 22 venues throughout Northampton. Beginning at 2 p.m. with a family promenade through the streets of downtown. Fireworks at 6:15 p.m. from the roof of the city’s parking garage. Some of the entertainers include The Northamptones, Heather Maloney, Winterpills, Rusty Belle, Zoe Darrow, Lord Russ, Boxcar Lilies, Valley Jazz Divas, Trailer Park, June and the Bee, Pale Honey, Woman Songwriter Collective and more. Buttons are $16 for adults if purchased by Dec. 30; $20 day of event. 65 and older $10, children 2 to 10, $8. $10 adult day only button good until 6 p.m. For buttons and schedule of events, go to www.firstnightnorthampton.com.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Happy New Year. Open at noon today. Full day and night of New Year’s Day College Bowl games. 1 p.m., TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Heart of Dallas Bowl, Capital One Bowl and Outback Bowl. Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at 0 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Restaurant Appreciation Night. Come in wearing your work shirt or show a pay sub and receive a special prize from Big Dan in the Sports Bar. Free pool for Bar/Restaurant employees. Sign up for complimentary prizes and giveaways. 413-773-8313.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: Closed for New Year’s Day.
BACH AT NEW YEAR’S: Six Brandenburg Concerti, Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. 3 p.m. This year’s program casts a retrospective and somewhat nostalgic glance back at 20 years of “Bach at New Year’s” by performing all of Bach’s Six Brandenburg Concerti backwards; that is, of course, in reverse order. Here is what promoters have to say: Beginning with the friendly and intimate Concerto No. 6, scored for the septet of two arm-held violas (da braccio), two leg-held violas (da gamba), cello, bass and harpsichord, the ensemble will steadily grow through the mischievous and dreamy Concerto No. 5 with its flute, violin and harpsichord solos (including that solo harpsichord cadenza) and the echo-happy Concerto No. 4, which sports flute and violin solos, to end brilliantly with the brass-studded Concerti Nos. 3, 2 and 1 in Berkshire Bach’s famous “special” versions. Concerto No. 3, lacking an Adagio, always provokes the annual Berkshire Bach guessing game, as perhaps it did in Bach’s day: what will it be this time? The Berkshire Bach Ensemble boasts virtuosi from near and far — from Berkshire County, Ashfield, Boston, Brattleboro, Vt., the Catskills, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and New York City. $45; $35; $25, Berkshire Bach member discount $5/ticket. Students free with ID. Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. 413-584-9032, ext.105, http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com