A&E Calendar: Feb. 27-March 5
For Pete’s sake, come sing!
The Amandla Chorus will host a free Hilltown World Folk Concert & Community Sing on Sunday in Shelburne Falls. “In light of the recent loss of one of our friends and mentors, Pete Seeger, we’re eager to gather local residents and families to share the exhilarating experience of group singing,” said Eveline MacDougall, Amandla’s director. “It’s an activity that brightens the spirit, mind and body!” MacDougall noted that Seeger told her in the early 1990s: “Participation: that’s what’s gonna save the human race!” See “Music.”
‘Major Barbara’ opens Thursday
The Academy at Charlemont opens “Major Barbara,” a play by George Bernard Shaw on Thursday for a one-week run. Pictured are students Allen Gabriel ‘16 and Michaela Lindsey ‘17 in rehearsal. The photo is by David Michalak ’17. See “Theater.”
The Forbes Library in Northampton is hosting three speakers Wednesday as part of its Local History/Local Novelists series. Rescheduled due to a snowstorm, this event is titled “The Quabbin” because of its emphasis on the Quabbin Reservoir. Pictured is the cover of a book set in a town loosely based on the four towns lost to the creation of the reservoir. It is by Maryanne O’Hara, one of Wednesday’s speakers. See “Speakers.”
Spirit of Uganda Wednesday
Held at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts-Amhest on Wednesday, The Spirit of Uganda will, according to organizers, include a wide range of styles, from a capella duets to raucously drummed dance numbers including the entire company. While drumming and vocals are the focus of the music, traditional instruments like embaire, a large long xylophone, and omukuri, a flute most often used to herd cattle, are also used to enhance the arrangements. See “Potpourri.”
Anika Nailah’s performance Saturday in Greenfield will include a discussion on how to interrupt racism in our everyday lives. See “Potpourri.”
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Bud Light Mount Snow lift ticket giveaway night. Entries with each purchase of a Bud Light bottle or draft. Drawing at 11 p.m. with Bar manager Kara. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: 8 to 10 p.m. Blue Pearl. Blues/jazz. No cover. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. CJ Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band. $12.50, $15. www.iheg.com.
ROUTE 63 ROADHOUSE, 32 Federal St., Millers Falls: 7:30 p.m. Free Texas Hold’em League. 659-3384.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Eleven 50-inch HDTVs. Thirsty Thursdays & College night hosted by Big Dan in the Sports Bar. Beer Pong Tournament. Wear your college shirt or show your college ID to be entered in end-of-the-night prizes. 413-773-8313.
MOCHA MAYA’S COFFEEHOUSE, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Play reading — “Rough Crossing.” 6:30 p.m. “Rough Crossing” is a 1984 comedy by Tom Stoppard, an adaptation of Ferenc Molnar’s “The Play at the Castle.” In it, the playwrights of the musical comedy “The Cruise of the Dodo” have embarked on a trans-Atlantic trip and are about to surprise their leading actors with the newest song from their nearly-finished (or so they hope) musical comedy. When they find their leads wrapped in each other’s arms and the composer is shattered, they concoct a scene to convince him the actors were merely ... acting. The play includes several play-long gags, such a the ship steward’s inability to gain his sea legs and the effort for one character to simply get a Cognac. Free; please tip the bartenders. 413-625-6292.
NEXT STAGE ARTS PROJECT Future Collective’s Righteous Youth Rebellion Movie Series concludes. 7 p.m. Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt. $5 suggested donation. Today: “The Legend of Billy Jean,” a 1985 American drama film about a Texas teenager, directed by Matthew Robbins with Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Keith Gordon, Richard Bradford. 802-387-0102, www.nextstagearts.org.
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.
“THE RISK OF RETURNING”: A Reading with local authors Rudy and Shirley Nelson. 7:30 to 8 p.m. Food For Thought Books, 106 North Pleasant St., Amherst. What Can Happen If You Go Back? This is a question Rudy and Shirley Nelson tackle in their recently published novel, “The Risk of Returning.” The place of return is Guatemala in 1987. The “returner” is 40-year-old Ted Peterson from Boston. His purpose: To solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance years before. Caught in a culture of violence and deadly secrets, what he finds is as much about himself as about his father.
ROB OKUN, longtime gender justice activist and NELCWIT board member, will read from his new book “Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement.” After the reading, Okun will facilitate a discussion and sign books. 6 p.m. Booklink Booksellers, Thornes Market, Northampton.
KEVIN PARRY hosts Open Mic every Thursday at The Marina Restaurant, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Participating musicians receive 50 percent off their meal. For information or to sign up, call 802-257-7563. www.kevinparrymusic.com.
“MAJOR BARBARA” by George Bernard Shaw presented by The Academy at Charlemont. 7 p.m. Continues Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m. Route 2, Charlemont. Tickets $10; $6 students and seniors. Saturday matinee free. Wikipedia provides this summary of the play: “An officer of The Salvation Army, Major Barbara Undershaft, becomes disillusioned when her Christian denomination accepts money from an armaments manufacturer (her father) and a whisky distiller. She eventually decides that bringing a message of salvation to people who have plenty will be more fulfilling and genuine than converting the starving in return for bread. Although Barbara initially regards the Salvation Army’s acceptance of Undershaft’s money as hypocrisy, Shaw did not intend that it should be thought so by the audience. Shaw wrote a preface for the play’s publication, in which he derided the idea that charities should only take money from ‘morally pure’ sources. He points out that donations can always be used for good, whatever their provenance and he quotes a Salvation Army officer, ‘they would take money from the devil himself and be only too glad to get it out of his hands and into God’s.’” For more information or to purchase tickets, go to charlemont.org.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Friday Night Karaoke in The Extra Point Nightclub hosted by Dirty Johnny at 9 p.m. with no cover. All your games on 14 HDTVs in the Sports Bar. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: 9 to 11:30 p.m. The Surly Temple. 9 to 11:30 p.m. Come celebrate Tommy’s 60th birthday with Jim Henry, Guy DeVito, Doug Plavin and of course Tommy Boynton! 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Catie Curtis. Tall Heights opens. $20, $25. ∎ 10 p.m. Young Tricksters. Great Smokey opens. $8, $10. www.iheg.com.
THE Os (formerly Snowzees), Route 116, Sunderland: Ketch Fyre.
THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls. Book of Love: A Magnetic Fields cover night. Proceeds to Anthony’s fund. In Memory of Gret, Benefitting Anthony. $5 and up. No one turned away. http://thevoo.net.
ROUTE 63 ROADHOUSE, 32 Federal St., Millers Falls. All Ages Show. Nine bands. 6 p.m. $10. 413-659 3384.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Friday night madness with Big Dan in the sports bar. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 413-773-8313.
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.com.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Stripmall Ballads. 8 p.m. The artist vehicle for the varied projects of Phillips Saylor. The music is just as the title says — ballads, from the strip mall. The stories are true and the names have been changed to convict the guilty. The comic books are a whole other universe. Then there’s the operas, The DC Banjo Insanity Collective, Honey and Salt (the Carl Sandburg Project), etc. 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: Contra dancing for all. 8 to 11 p.m. Caller David Kaynor from Montague Center teaches and calls the contras and plays fiddle and accompaniment guitar with fiddler Mary Lauren Fraser and friends. All contras will be explained for new dancers. Bring comfortable indoor shoes. Admission is in the form of self-determined, free-will contributions (a.k.a. The Honor System) with $10 or barter equivalent suggested. For information, contact Kaynor at 768-9650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“FOOD FOR CHANGE” will be shown at the Wendell Free Library, Wendell. 7 p.m. Award winning local filmmaker Steve Alves will discuss the film after the viewing. The 84-minute film tells the story of the co-op movement in the United States through a combination of interviews, rare archival footage and commentary by co-op leaders and historians. Local co-ops are featured in the movie. Alves describes his documentary as “one part food, to two parts politics, to three parts economics.” For more information, call the library at 978-544-3559.
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.
PAULA POUNDSTONE, comedian, in concert at Calvin Theater, 19 King St., Northampton. 8 p.m. $26, $36. www.iheg.com.
TURNING TO THE LIGHT WITHIN: An Evening of Candlelight Yoga and Live Acoustic guitar. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Community Yoga, 16 Federal St., second floor, Greenfield. All-levels yoga class illuminated with 100 shimmering votive candles, and accompanied by the soothing melodies of Michael Nix on acoustic guitar. $15 paid in advance; $20 at the door. To register call 774-4700 or email email@example.com.
“AN EVENING OF ONE-ACT PLAYS” performed in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Smith College, Northampton. 8 p.m. “Chamber Music” by Arthur Kopit. In the inner room of an asylum, eight women — all believing themselves to be famous figures from throughout history — hold council. And “Kamala” by Vijay Tendulkar. Jaisingh Jadhav buys a woman named Kamala from a flesh market in India and brings her home to display at a press conference to prove that the flesh trade still exists. Jai’s ambition to succeed in the world of journalism is unstoppable, causing his wife, Sarita to make some tough decisions. Inspired by true events. Continues Saturday and March 6, 7, 8. For more information go to www.smith.edu/smitharts.
“MAJOR BARBARA” continues. See Thursday’s listing.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Benefit raffle fundraiser for Rob Charboneau starting at 6 p.m. 50/50 raffle, gift baskets, gift certificates, Red Sox tickets, 42 inch HDTV and more to help out the family. After the raffle, dancing in The Extra Point Nightclub begins at 10 p.m. with DJ J-ill with no cover. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: 9 to 11:30 p.m. The Wildcat O’Halloran Band. 9 to 11:30 p.m. Not your father’s blues band. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton. ∎ 7 p.m. Ryan Montbleau. $12.50, $15. www.iheg.com.
THE Os (formerly Snowzees), Route 116, Sunderland: Enfield Machine Works.
PEARL STREET BALLROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: 8:30 p.m. Dopapod. Arclite and EatUrAura opens. $13, $15. www.iheg.com.
ROUTE 63 ROADHOUSE, 32 Federal St., Millers Falls. Groove Prophet. Classic rock. 9:30 p.m. 413-659-3384.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Washington at 1 p.m. Saturday night madness with Tyler downstairs in Taylor’s Tavern. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 413-773-8313.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Jo Henley. 8 p.m. Boston-based roots-rock band formed in 2006 by longtime collaborators Andy Campolieto and Ben Lee, known for its blend of rock, folk, country, bluegrass and jamband improvisations that has been referred to as “new roots.” Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST SATURDAY CONTRADANCE, Wild Asparagus, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Wild Asparagus with George Marshall, David Cantieni, Becky Tracy, Ann Percival, and guest Mark Murphy on bass. 8 to 8:30 beginners’ workshop, 8:30-11:30 contradance. $10 / $8 students. www.guidingstargrange.org/
IRISH STEPDANCE WORKSHOP AND CÉILÍ, with Rebecca McGowan (dance), Corey Walters (flute) and Jonah Sidman (fiddle). 28 Center St., Montague. Irish step dancing was long the domain of dance masters who traveled and taught their repertoire to students in each town they visited. Their steps are danced low to the ground and feature rhythms that match the music beautifully. Learn some steps in this style. All backgrounds welcome, bring a pair of flat, hard-soled shoes. The workshop will be followed by a dance party with Irish set and ceili dances. Workshop 1 to 2:30 p.m., $10 to $15; ceili, 2:30 to 4 p.m., $5 to $10. Both, $20.
SQUARE DANCE, Montague Common Hall, 7 to 10 p.m. Square dance to live, old-time music. Music and caller vary month to month. Admission, $5. All are welcome. email@example.com.
“STARCRASH” at the Wendell Free Library, center of Wendell. 7:30 p.m. A pair of smugglers manage to pick up a castaway while running from the authorities, who turns out to be the only survivor from a secret mission to destroy a mysterious superweapon designed by the evil Count Zartham. The smugglers are soon recruited by the emperor to complete the mission as well as to rescue the emperor’s son, who has gone missing. Part of the monthly series of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror/Monster movies. Free. www.wendellfreelibrary.org or 978-544-3559.
AMJAD ALI KHAN ENSEMBLE: THREE SARODS, UMass-Amherst Fine Arts Center, Concert Hall. 8 p.m. Amjad Ali Khan, India’s treasured musical ambassador and master of the sarod, makes his first appearance at the Fine Arts Center. The 25-string sarod is prevalent in classical Indian music and is believed to be descended from the Afghan rabab. Smaller than the sitar, the sarod sits comfortably in the player’s lap and produces a leaner and cleaner sound than the sitar. $30, 25, 15; Five College/GCC/STCC students and youth 17 & under: $10 For tickets to performance events call 800-999-UMAS OR 413-545-2511 or purchase online at fineartscenter.com
THE ARTS BLOCK, Main Street, Greenfield. Jazz+ PLUS with Juke Joint Jazz +Free Range Cats. Free Range Cats is a horn-fronted, instrumental group of veteran valley musicians playing groove, soul, jazz, rock, Afro beat and funky New Orleans. Juke Joint Jazz plays original, hard-driving arrangements of the classic jazz repertoire. Featuring several accomplished soloists, with influences ranging from Miles Davis to the Grateful Dead, from Monk to Funk, the band plays an eclectic mix of works from an international cast of composers. $7 in advance/$10 at the door. www.theartsblock.com, 413-774-0150
CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: Gaelic Storm. 8 p.m. Gaelic Storm blends indie-folk and world grooves with Celtic tradition. $26. www.iheg.com.
DARK DINING ROOM CONCERT: Heather Maloney and Rosary Beard. 7:30 p.m. Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke. Light refreshments and cash bar. With influences and roots in adventurous folk, singer Maloney has been hailed by The Huffington Post as a songwriter whose “Lyrics cut to the chase.” Beard, who skates a thin line between melancholy reflection and uplifting release, will open the show. $18 general, $15 members. 322-5660, www.wistariahurst.org.
KEVIN PARRY plays solo acoustic guitar and mandolin at Pizzapalooza, 19 South Main St., downtown Wilmington, Vt. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Free. For information, call 802-464-7702, www.kevinparrymusic.com.
THE NIELDS will perform at the Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst, at 10:30 a.m. in the Woodbury Room. For ages 4 to 10 and their families. Nerissa and Katryna Nields will perform songs from their albums “Rock All Day, Rock All Night” and “All Together Singing in the Kitchen.”
PUSHKIN GALLERY, Main Street, Greenfield: Under the Tree Art presents music jam, dance party and playful yoga for children. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Play a musical instrument of ours or bring your own. Featuring Marcy Gregoire, Emily Sat Akal Millspaugh and Emily Bourque. $3 per person 2 and up. 2www.underthetreeart.com.
RAY MASON performs at Bread Euphoria, 206 Main St., Haydenville. 6 to 8 p.m. No cover; tips appreicated. 268-7757, www.breadeuphoria.org.
SONG & STORY SWAP at the Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst. 7 p.m. Guest performer Doug Schmolze. People of all ages gather to share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, lead everyone in singing, or request a song or story. Listeners welcome. For more information contact Paul Kaplan at 687-5002. See Joseph Marcello’s Encores & Curtain Calls column Page D4.
WILD PURPLE, WILD ENERGY: Faculty viola and piano recital. 6 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass-Amherst. Music & Dance Department professors Kathryn Lockwood, viola, and Gilles Vonsattel, piano, and professor emerita Estela Olevsky, piano. $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public; free for UMass music majors and minors. 545-2511, fac.umass.edu/musicanddance.
ANIKA NAILAH will offer a mini-performance of her National Liberation Poetry tour experience, engaging audience members around issues of identity, oppression and liberation. This multimedia, interactive community gathering will include a facilitated discussion of how to interrupt racism in our everyday lives. Audience members will have an opportunity to share or perform their own anti-racism words, art, movement or songs. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St., Greenfield. Doors open at 9:30. Free; donations welcome. Child care available. RSVP with number and ages of children to 625-2951 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Wheelchair accessible; please, no fragranced products.
GREENFIELD WINTER FARMERS MARKET, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fresh vegetables, squash, root vegetables, apples, cheese, canned preserves and pickles, meat, eggs, bread, baked goods and more. Greenfield High School, 1 Lenox Ave., Greenfield.
HOW TO MAKE AN EDIBLE BOOK at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton, Community room. 11 a.m. A panel of people who have made representations of books that you can actually eat. Supplemented by images of their creations, the panelists will describe the books that inspired them, their plans and designs, the challenges of construction and how their edible books turned out and what they tasted like. Audience members will be encouraged to brainstorm possible ideas and get reactions and suggestions from the panelists. The panel will be preceded by an overview of the history of the Edible Book movement, with examples from Edible Book Events in Northampton. This year’s contest will be April 6. 587-1017, www.forbeslibrary.org.
TRIVIA NIGHT AT NORTHFIELD COFFEE AND BOOKS, 105 Main St. Northfield, 7:30 p.m. Benefits the Northfield Elementary School library. Team members should number no more than five and there will be two rounds. Cost will be $5 all of which will go to the library. www.coffeeandbooks.net or 413-498-0095.
AN EVENING OF ONE-ACT PLAYS continues. See Friday’s listing.
“MAJOR BARBARA” concludes. See Thursday’s listing.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NASCAR Race from Phoenix, PGA Honda Classic from Florida, NBA and college hoops all day and Bruins vs. Rangers at 7 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: Maris Otter. 8 to 10 p.m. Original folk-rock by Alyssa Kelly and Jen Spingla. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 8:30 p.m. Cabinet. The Rambling Kind opens. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. NY Rangers at 7 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs with Kathy in the Sports Bar opening at noon, and Erinn downstairs in the Tavern. 773-8313.
BRATTLEBORO BALKAN DANCE at the Stone Church, Main and Grove streets, Brattleboro, Vt. 7 to 10 p.m. Music by Xopo featuring Becky Ashenden, Chuck Corman, Gawain Thomas, Annie Guion, Addie Holland, Joe and Barbara Blumenthal. Lively and fun line and circle dances from the Balkans. All levels welcome. Free beginner teaching session at 6:30. Musicians and singers invited to sit in for three tunes in the middle of the evening. $12 suggested donation; first-time dancers free. 802-257-9513, email@example.com.
“SHADOWS OF LIBERTY,” a documentary film by Jean-Phillippe Tremblay. 1 p.m. 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse, 49 Church St., Bernardston. Area debut film screening and meet the filmmaker. The film examines how the U.S. media are controlled by a handful of corporations exercising extraordinary political, social and economic power, say organizers. Q&A with Tremblay after the film. Free; donations accepted. www.bernardstonunitarian.org.
THE AMANDLA CHORUS will present “A Hilltown World Folk Concert & Community Sing.” 2 p.m. Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls. Free. Designed to appeal to toddlers, elders and everyone in between. Folk songs from around the world and original material by Amandla’s director Eveline MacDougall. Audience members will hear and sing songs in languages we use every day, some that were spoken by area ancestors, and those of many global neighbors. Sing-along sheets will be provided for ease of learning.
In explaining the current make-up of Amandla, MacDougall said, “We’re about 40 singers in our twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties!” The chorus has sung for and with many luminaries, including Nelson Mandela and Cesar Chavez, but its main focus is to bring songs to the community — in concert halls, at sing-alongs and rallies, and in schools, soup kitchens, and prisons. www.amandlachorus.org.
THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION’S QUABBIN VISITOR CENTER will offer a free slide presentation entitled “Something Of The Character Within — 19th And Early 20th Century Portraits Of Swift River Valley Children” at 2 p.m. The program will be presented by Sheila Damkoehler and Elizabeth Pierce of the Swift River Valley Historical Society, and Althea Dabrowski, art educator with the Pioneer Valley Regional School District.The Visitor Center is located in Belchertown at the west end of Winsor Dam in the DCR Quabbin Administration Building. Access is through the West Entrance to Quabbin on Route 9, three miles west of the Route 9 and Route 202 intersection in Belchertown at 413-323-7221.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls: March Madness begins with conference tournaments this week. Join us tonight to see who gets their ticket to the Big Dance starting at 7 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. NY Rangers at 7 p.m. Watch 11 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. 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. 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 Writers Lunch. Contact Jane Buchaana at 772-1544 for more details. ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace 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.
THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Andy Statman Trio (Superstring Theorists). 7 p.m. Workshops beforehand. For more information, call 923-2800.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Two free games of pool with each pitcher of beer purchased. Bruins vs. Panthers at 7 p.m. on 14 TVs. 863-2882.
IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Tinsley Ellis. $15, $18. 10 p.m. Latin Night. No cover. www.iheg.com.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield: Bruins vs. Florida at 7 p.m. Broken Bones Club. Every Tuesday night in the tavern from 5:30 p.m. 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 finale party March 11, when the grand prize package will be given away to the winner. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Trivia at 7. Open beer pong tournament with Megan starts at 9 p.m. 773-8313.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace are invited to the library’s LeVanway Meeting Room Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. Access to the room is free and open to all who need a space to work. ∎ Preschool Story Hour. 10 a.m. Parents with kids 5 and under are invited for a weekly hour of story and craft time fun. Meet other people with small children and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts with Sally Ahearn. In the LeVanway Meeting room. No sign up required. Free. For more information, call the children’s librarian at 772-1544, ext. 5. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. ∎ Creative Nonfiction Writing Group. 6 to 8 p.m. A creative nonfiction writing group led by Joannah Whitney meet in the GPL’s LeVanway Room. The group is open to anyone on a drop-in basis with no registration required. Whitney will present prompts for participants to write from for time periods. Writers are encouraged to share their work. Participants should call ahead during inclement weather. For more information, contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544, ext. 110.
OPUS ONE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA in concert. 8 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass-Amherst. Music & Dance Deptpartment. UMass String students perform with faculty members. Program of J.S. Bach and Josef Suk. Free for UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public; free for UMass music majors and minors. For tickets call 545-2511 or fac.umass.edu/musicanddance.
SANDGLASS THEATER performs “D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks,” a widely acclaimed and deeply moving exploration of dementia using puppetry. 7:30 p.m. Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, Keene, N.H. A post-show discussion and reception with the artists follows the performance. $25 to $13; $5 for KSC students. 603-358-2168 or www.keene.edu/racbp.
BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Hump Night Karaoke in the Sports Bar hosted by Dirty Johnny at 9 p.m. Olympic games on 14 TVs. Celtics vs. Warriors at 7 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.
TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. TNT Productions “We Know Entertainment” karaoke in the Sports Bar. Watch 11 50 inch HDTVs. Restaurant Appreciation Night.” Come in wearing your work shirt or show a pay stub and receive a special prize from Big Dan in the Sports Bar. Sign up for complimentary prizes and giveaways. 413-773-8313.
LINE DANCE LESSONS every Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, School Street, Greenfield. Beginner to intermediate. $5 per session. Ring the doorbell for admission. Beginner lessons at 7 p.m.; intermediate at 8. Call Pat at 665-4260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: ∎ Filmmaker’s Screening of “Food For Change” with Steve Alves. 6:30 p.m. The feature-length documentary focuses on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change. Free. 665-2642. ∎ Shakespeare Play Reading Group, bimonthly Shakespeare live reading group. Parts assigned and read aloud. All ages, 6:30 p.m. 413-582-0747 www.sunderlandpubliclibrary.org.
CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: 8 p.m. Old Crow Medicine show. Carrie Rodriguez with Luke Jacobs opens. $35, $45. www.iheg.com.
SPIRIT OF UGANDA, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 7:30 p.m. Under the artistic direction of Peter Kasule, these young dancers and musicians share cultural traditions from East Africa and introduce some of the dynamic music and dance forms that are being created now. To the melodic tones of standing drums, with dramatic choreography, bright, layered rhythms, and call-and-response vocals, a cast of 22 performers, ages 10 to 20, bring to life these sounds and movements. There will be a pre-concert talk by Alexis Hefley, founder/president, Empower African Children at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club. $38, $35 and $15; Five College, GCC, STCC students and youth 17 and under are $10. For tickets call the Box Office at 545-2511, toll-free at 800-999-UMAS, or purchase online at fineartscenter.com.
GCC SENIOR SYMPOSIA at Greenfield Community College Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Greenfield. 2 to 4 p.m. Professor of American Culture at Amherst College, Jan Dizard, presents “gun Culture: A Hunter’s Perspective.” This talk addresses the issue of guns in America today from the perspective of a sociologist and an avid hunger, Dizard.$10. Financial assistance available by pre-registration only. To register, call 775-1661, www.gcc.mass.edu/community_education/.
“THE QUABBIN,” Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 7 p.m. Part of the Local History/Local Novelists series. Rescheduled due to a snowstorm. ∎ J.R. Greene has written a dozen Quabbin-related books, including “The creation of Quabbin Reservoir: The death of the Swift River Valley” and three related to Calvin Coolidge. He is also vice chairman of the Advisory Board for the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum at Forbes Library.
∎ Maryanne O’Hara is the author of “CASCADE,” a novel of art and desire in the 1930s, set in a town loosely based on the four towns that were flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir. “CASCADE” is a Slate Best Books 2012 Editor’s Choice selection, People magazine “People Pick,” Boston Globe “Best of the New 2012,” Library Journal “Best Bet, 2012, Massachusetts Must Read for 2013, and finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. She was the longtime associate fiction editor of Ploughshares and has had her short fiction widely published and anthologized. She lives by a river near Boston. ∎ Gail Thomas has published two books of poetry, “No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley” (Haley’s Press), and “Finding the Bear” (Perugia Press). Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. 413-587-1011.