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A&E Calendar: March 27 - April 2

  • Submitted photo<br/>‘The Magic Flute,’ free, bring the kids!<br/>On Sunday, at 2 p.m., the Memorial Hall Association and local cultural councils present a free presentation of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” at Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. This is the Met’s adaptation in English specifically designed for children. Promoters tell us that Julie Taymor’s transcendent production of Mozart’s magical composition stars Pretty Yende as Pamina, in her first Met performances since her stirring debut. Toby Spence is her prince, Tamino, Markus Werba is Papageno, and the great René Pape is Sarastro. Adam Fischer conducts. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. Admission is free and the show lasts one hour and 40 minutes. <br/>www.shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org

    Submitted photo
    ‘The Magic Flute,’ free, bring the kids!
    On Sunday, at 2 p.m., the Memorial Hall Association and local cultural councils present a free presentation of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” at Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. This is the Met’s adaptation in English specifically designed for children. Promoters tell us that Julie Taymor’s transcendent production of Mozart’s magical composition stars Pretty Yende as Pamina, in her first Met performances since her stirring debut. Toby Spence is her prince, Tamino, Markus Werba is Papageno, and the great René Pape is Sarastro. Adam Fischer conducts. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. Admission is free and the show lasts one hour and 40 minutes.
    www.shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org

  • POTHOLE PICTURES, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, joins with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival with a presentation of one of the Coen Brothers’ most personal films, the darkly comic “A Serious Man” (2009). Friday, 7:30 p.m. It’s the Old Testament meets suburban Minnesota as a modern-day Jewish Job finds his marriage, his job, his faith and indeed his entire world, slowly crumbling around him piece by piece. The ensemble cast includes Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind and Sari Lennick. Rated R. Singer-songwriter Abe Loomis performs at 7 p.m. Showtime Saturday at 8 p.m. Loomis performs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $6 adults, $4 children 12 and under. See Thursday’s listing for more about the Jewish Film Festival. 625-2896.<br/>

    POTHOLE PICTURES, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, joins with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival with a presentation of one of the Coen Brothers’ most personal films, the darkly comic “A Serious Man” (2009). Friday, 7:30 p.m. It’s the Old Testament meets suburban Minnesota as a modern-day Jewish Job finds his marriage, his job, his faith and indeed his entire world, slowly crumbling around him piece by piece. The ensemble cast includes Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind and Sari Lennick. Rated R. Singer-songwriter Abe Loomis performs at 7 p.m. Showtime Saturday at 8 p.m. Loomis performs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $6 adults, $4 children 12 and under. See Thursday’s listing for more about the Jewish Film Festival. 625-2896.

  • PIONEER VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL continues. ∎ Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. “Ladies’ Tailor “ (Damskiy Portnoy). Drama, USSR, Russian with English subtitles. UMass-Amherst, Flavin Auditorium, Isenberg School of Management. Powerful Holocaust drama takes place in Kiev, on the eve of the mass execution in Babi Yar on Sept. 29, 1941. Free showing. ∎ Wednesday, 7 p.m. “Hunting Elephants.” Comedy/crime, Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles. Greenfield Garden Cinemas, 361 Main St., Greenfield. A huge box office smash in Israel, the film unites some of Israel’s most reassured stars of the stage and screen alongside Sir Patrick Stewart in this modern-day heist film. Three elderly men and a child are stuck together in a nursing home in Jerusalem. They all want to rob a bank. They want to avenge it for not paying the boy compensation for his dad’s death. And, they want the money to make their last wished come true. See Thursday’s listing.

    PIONEER VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL continues. ∎ Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. “Ladies’ Tailor “ (Damskiy Portnoy). Drama, USSR, Russian with English subtitles. UMass-Amherst, Flavin Auditorium, Isenberg School of Management. Powerful Holocaust drama takes place in Kiev, on the eve of the mass execution in Babi Yar on Sept. 29, 1941. Free showing. ∎ Wednesday, 7 p.m. “Hunting Elephants.” Comedy/crime, Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles. Greenfield Garden Cinemas, 361 Main St., Greenfield. A huge box office smash in Israel, the film unites some of Israel’s most reassured stars of the stage and screen alongside Sir Patrick Stewart in this modern-day heist film. Three elderly men and a child are stuck together in a nursing home in Jerusalem. They all want to rob a bank. They want to avenge it for not paying the boy compensation for his dad’s death. And, they want the money to make their last wished come true. See Thursday’s listing.

  • Submitted photo<br/>‘The Magic Flute,’ free, bring the kids!<br/>On Sunday, at 2 p.m., the Memorial Hall Association and local cultural councils present a free presentation of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” at Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. This is the Met’s adaptation in English specifically designed for children. Promoters tell us that Julie Taymor’s transcendent production of Mozart’s magical composition stars Pretty Yende as Pamina, in her first Met performances since her stirring debut. Toby Spence is her prince, Tamino, Markus Werba is Papageno, and the great René Pape is Sarastro. Adam Fischer conducts. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. Admission is free and the show lasts one hour and 40 minutes. <br/>www.shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org
  • POTHOLE PICTURES, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, joins with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival with a presentation of one of the Coen Brothers’ most personal films, the darkly comic “A Serious Man” (2009). Friday, 7:30 p.m. It’s the Old Testament meets suburban Minnesota as a modern-day Jewish Job finds his marriage, his job, his faith and indeed his entire world, slowly crumbling around him piece by piece. The ensemble cast includes Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind and Sari Lennick. Rated R. Singer-songwriter Abe Loomis performs at 7 p.m. Showtime Saturday at 8 p.m. Loomis performs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $6 adults, $4 children 12 and under. See Thursday’s listing for more about the Jewish Film Festival. 625-2896.<br/>
  • PIONEER VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL continues. ∎ Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. “Ladies’ Tailor “ (Damskiy Portnoy). Drama, USSR, Russian with English subtitles. UMass-Amherst, Flavin Auditorium, Isenberg School of Management. Powerful Holocaust drama takes place in Kiev, on the eve of the mass execution in Babi Yar on Sept. 29, 1941. Free showing. ∎ Wednesday, 7 p.m. “Hunting Elephants.” Comedy/crime, Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles. Greenfield Garden Cinemas, 361 Main St., Greenfield. A huge box office smash in Israel, the film unites some of Israel’s most reassured stars of the stage and screen alongside Sir Patrick Stewart in this modern-day heist film. Three elderly men and a child are stuck together in a nursing home in Jerusalem. They all want to rob a bank. They want to avenge it for not paying the boy compensation for his dad’s death. And, they want the money to make their last wished come true. See Thursday’s listing.

Thursday 27

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NCAA March Madness Sweet 16 Games on 14 HDTVs starting at 7 p.m. Win promo items during games. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: Blue Pearl. Blues/jazz. 8 to 10 p.m. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Tinariwen. The Melodic opens. $30, $35. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Scott Lawson Pomery (of Orange Crush): Fear No 80s. 8 p.m. Free. 863-2866, http://thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Chicago at 7 p.m. 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 ID to be entered in end-of-the-night prizes. 413-773-8313.

Coffeehouse

NORTHFIELD COFFEE AND BOOKS, 105 Main St., Northfield. Coffee and Poetry. 7:30 p.m. Featured reader Barry Deitz, who was born and raised in North Carolina. He has a degree in English from Belmont Abbey College and did graduate work at Gardner-Webb University. He was the morning news anchor for Cleveland Headline News in North Carolina and hosted a movie review show on the local cable called Meet Me at the Movies. He has read his poetry at cafes and colleges around Charlotte and started a poetry group in Lincoln County Poetry Society. He has done theater, worked in classical radio, managed a bookstore and hosted a weekly jazz show on the radio. Open mic follows. All are encouraged to bring something to read. All ages. Free. 498-0095, www.coffeeandbooks.net.

Films

PIONEER VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL opens. Continues through April 6 at various Pioneer Valley venues, including Garden Cinemas in Greenfield and Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. Tickets $9 general, $7 students/seniors 65 and older or four pack for $32. www.pvjff.org. Today: ∎ 7 p.m. “50 Children.” Documentary, USA. Springfield College, Marsh Chapel, Hickory Street and Wilbraham Avenue, Springfield. The dramatic and never before told story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, a Jewish couple from Center City Philadelphia, who in 1939, traveled to Nazi-occupied Vienna in a Daring effort to rescue 50 children and bring them back to the United States. ∎ 7 p.m. “Fill the Void.” Drama. Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles. An intimate, insightful, respectful and moving film which follows life among the ultra-Orthodox Haredim Jewish community.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. Noon to 2 p.m. Writer’s Lunch. The library’s meeting room will be open Monday through Thursday. This is a self-directed, free-writing time open to any writer looking for a place to work through their lunch. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more information.

Literary

BOSWELL’S BOOKS, 10 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Wilson Roberts will read and sign copies of his book “All That Endures.” 6:30 p.m. Like Greenfield native Roberts’ recent suspense novel, “Poet’s Seat,” the new novel is set in the fictional country of Wessex, in Western Massachusetts — mostly in the small, fictional town of Keetsville. Set in the 1960s, it is a portrait of a world in transition that inevitably leads to today’s troubled world. More specifically, it explores the ways in which the 1960s affected rural New England. This story will resonate with those who lived through those times, whether in western Massachusetts or elsewhere, and may offer others insight into why the Pioneer Valley and its inhabitants are unique. Free.

Music

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.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Mammal Dap, Swift Technique and Mal Devisa in concert. $10.

Theater

“ARCADIA” presented by Vermont Theatre Co. 7:30 p.m. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro, Vt. Repeats Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. By Tom Stoppard, a deep, witty and intellectual playwright, say promoters, who add that “the complexity of his language, metaphors and imagery can be like an onion, with many layers wanting to be peeled back.” Because of this, audience members can see it a second time for only $5. Tickets $15 general admission, $12 students, seniors. $5 for repeaters. For reservations, call 802-258-1344 or email vtcreservations@gmail.com.

“LATE, A COWBOY SONG” presented by the Apron Theatre Co., 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt. 8 p.m. Repeats Friday, Saturday and April, 3, 4 and 5 at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Mary Smith, a young woman who keeps her journal locked, can only find escape from an oppressively endless string of holidays (and her unemployed boyfriend, Crick) by going out for soup with a lady cowboy named Red. But when Mary becomes pregnant and wants to name the child Blue, Crick decides that Red is a bad influence on his newly forming family. Tickets $12 general admission For reservations call 802-387-0071 or online at www.nextstagearts.org.

“PROBABLY,” presented by Amherst College Theater and Dance. 7:30 p.m. Studio 3, Amherst College, Amherst. Repeats Friday and Saturday. A group of friends worry about their futures on the cusp of their college graduation, when all things seem “possible.” But when whispers of an act of violence shatter their community, the boundaries of friendship and intimacy are destroyed, replaced by mistrust and doubt. Play explores themes of sex and sexual violence. Free. Reservations recommended by calling 542-2277.

Friday 28

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Friday Night Karaoke in the Nightclub with “Dirty Johnny” at 9 p.m. Plus, in the Sports Bar, watch NCAA March Madness Sweet 16 games and win a cooler starting at 7 p.m. No cover. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: Girl Cat Adams. Acoustic rock. 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.

THE DEUCE (WORLD WAR II CLUB), 50 Conz St., Northampton: Ray Mason Band Duo. 7 to 8:45 p.m. A rare appearance of the Ray Mason/Stephen Desauliners duo. No cover. 596-3315, www.ww2club.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Naia Kete. Mal Devisa opens. $12.50, $15. ∎ 10 p.m. Bad Rabbits. Herra Terra opens. $15, $17. www.iheg.com.

THE Os (formerly Snowzees), 330 Amherst Roal (Route 116), Sunderland: Five bands featuring Watts Closet.

PEARL STREET CLUBROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: 8:30 p.m. Tribal Seeds. Inna Vision and New Kingston opens. $15. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls. Stone Cold Fox. The ephemeral String Band. Alt-soul-Americana. 9:30 p.m. $3. http://thevoo.net.

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.

Coffeehouses

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Paddy Mills. 8 p.m. Award winning folk singer-songwriter whose songs are as salty as the Maine coast he calls home, say promoters, who add that like Greg Brown on helium, Mills can spin a yarn. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

AMHERST INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING: Every Friday night, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Bangs Community Center, Boltwood Walk, Amherst Center. Dances from the Balkans, Middle Eastern Europe, more. You need not bring a partner. Live music first Fridays of the month. Some teaching. Beginners welcome. Donation. 549-6748. www.amherstfolkdancing.org.

“IN THE MARROW..” a performance of choreographed works by Rachel Blair and Mariam Dingilian, featuring works by Paul Matteson. 8 p.m. Mount Holyoke Kendall Studio, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. Repeats Saturday at 8 p.m. Contains mature content. General admission $5, students and seniors $3. Reception follows tonight’s performance with music by Eljebel. For reservations: 538-2848 or email mhcdance.reservations@gmail.com.

FOURTH FRIDAY CONTRADANCE, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. 8 to 11:30 p.m. The band includes or is at least organized by David Kaynor (fiddle, frequent caller), Peter Siegel (guitar/mandolin), and Stuart Kenney (bass/banjo). There are usually hired guests and sit-ins are welcome. Self-determined, free-will contribution; $10 suggested; barter welcome. www.guidingstargrange.org.

“PROBABLY” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

Films

GREENING GREENFIELD’S FILM FESTIVAL. Water, our stewardship of it, the outdated systems of delivery and the bottled water industry. St. James Episcopal Church parish hall, Greenfield. ∎ Friday, 6:30 p.m., “Flow,” Irena Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Speaker Glen Ayers of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. ∎ Saturday, 3 p.m. “Tapped.” Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil. The documentary presents an overwhelming amount of evidence which will change the way anyone thinks about bottled and municipal water. Speaker Jill Appel of Concord, who passed ordinance outlawing single use plastic bottles. ∎ 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., break for dinner, pizza, and salad provided, donations requested. ∎ Saturday 6:30 p.m. “Liquid Assets.” The story of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater and storm water. Many of these systems are more than 100 years old and provide a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth. Speaker Sara Campbell of Greenfield Department of Public Works and Mark Holley, water commissioner, discussing our antiquated infrastructure for water delivery to our homes. 773-7004.

POTHOLE PICTURES, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, joins with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival with a presentation of one of the Coen Brothers’ most personal films, the darkly comic “A Serious Man” (2009). 7:30 p.m. It’s the Old Testament meets suburban Minnesota as a modern-day Jewish Job finds his marriage, his job, his faith and indeed his entire world, slowly crumbling around him piece by piece. The ensemble cast includes Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind and Sari Lennick. Rated R. Singer-songwriter Abe Loomis performs at 7 p.m. Showtime Saturday at 8 p.m. Loomis performs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $6 adults, $4 children 12 and under. See Thursday’s listing for more about the Jewish Film Festival. 625-2896.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ “Mother Goose on the Loose,” 11 a.m. Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children ages 3 and under with a grown up every Friday morning. Rhymes, songs and movement games make up this storytime style popularized by author Betsy Diamant-Cohen. In the Picture Book Room today. ∎ Writer’s Workshop. Noon to 2 p.m. Jane Buchanan and Joannah Whitney lead the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written. Participants encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week. No charge; no registration required. Contact Buchanan at 772-1544 for more information. ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable 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.

Literary

MFA FOR POETS and Writers 50th anniversary celebration. 8 to 9 p.m. Mariott Center in the Campus Center, UMass-Amherst. Featuring Valerie Martin, Britain’s Orange Prize winner as distinguished reader. John Ashbery, 2012 National Humanities Medalist and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, will read Saturday. Free. Reservations appreciated. For information and reservations, contact Barbara McGlynn at 545-0643, email mfapoetsandwriters@hfa.umass.edu or www.umassamherstmfa50th.tumblr.com.

Music

ALL FOLKED UP, the monthly songwriter showcase at the Thirsty Mind at Village Commons, South Hadley, will feature singer-songwriters Bruce King performing an eclectic mix of tunes written by western Massachusetts songwriters, Michael Orlen, a singer-songwriter with roots in the Boston music scene of the late 1960s, and Jesse Lepkoff, whose songs have multifaceted influences. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free.

ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers perform Charles River Delta Blues. The band evokes a southern juke joint where the whiskey and gin are flowing and everybody’s dancing. 2012 Boston Music Award-winners for “Blues Artist of the Year.” $7 advance, $10 at the door. 21 and older. www.thearts.block.com.

CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: Kathleen Madigan in concert. 8 p.m. $23.50, $28.50, $38.50. www.iheg.com.

LYSANDER PIANO TRIO in concert. 8 p.m. Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, Northampton. Liza Stepanova, piano, joins Itamar Zorman, violin, and Michael Katz, cello for a varied program — works by Schubert, Brahms, Shostakovich, John Musto and Jakub Ciupinski — less than one week before their Carnegie Hall recital debut. Free. For more information, go to www.smith.edu/smitharts/sagechambermusicsociety.php.

MONTAGUE BOOK MILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. Diane Cluck. 8 p.m. Virginia-based singer-songwriter. Her ecstatic vocal style has been noted for its uniquely clipped, glottal beauty. She accompanies herself on instruments ranging from guitar to piano, harmonium, zither, percussion and toy accordion, and often plays alongside cellist Isabel Castellvi. $5. 367-9206.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Jeb Trio perform: Jonathan Stevens, Eric Lillijequist, Bill O’Haire. 7 p.m. 665-4036.

Theater

“ARCADIA” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS Without Really Trying” presented by the Barre Players 7:30 p.m. The Barre Players Theater, 64 Common St., Barre. Continues Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. This light-hearted musical, winner of seven Tony Awards, tells the story of J. Pierrepont Finch who follows the advice published in a popular but silly handbook about how to become a top CEO. Tickets $16 adults, $14 for seniors and students, $9 for children. For reservations (recommended) visit barreplayerstheater.com or call 978-355-2096.

“LATE, A COWBOY SONG” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

Saturday 29

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Live music in the Nightclub with Jimmy Just Quit. Doors open 8:30 p.m., music starts at 9 p.m. No cover. In the Sports Bar, catch NCAA Elite 8 games on 14 HDTVs. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: The Reporboate Blues Band. Blues baby, blues! 9 to 11:30 p.m. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton. ∎ 7 p.m. Eddie from Ohio. $25, $30. ∎ 10 p.m. Eddie from Ohio. $25, $30. www.iheg.com.

LUTHIER’S CO-OP, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton: 7 to 8 p.m., Lisa Palumbo; 8 to 9:30 p.m., Zydeco Connection; 9:30 to 11, Eddie Riel. Free. All ages. www.lutheiers-coop.com.

THE Os (formerly Snowzees), 330 Amherst Road (Route 116), Sunderland: 9 p.m. Cottonwood.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Santina King and Aaron Cappucci perform indie-folkie-rockie. 9:30 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

ROUTE 63 ROADHOUSE, 32 Federal St., Millers Falls. Ketch Fyre. Classic rock. 9:30 p.m. 413-659-3384.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Washington at 12:30 p.m. Saturday night madness with Tyler downstairs in Taylor’s Tavern. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 413-773-8313.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Pamela Means. 8 p.m. “So what sets (Pamela Means) apart from other Martin-armed songwriters who are pretty convinced they have a way with poetry and angst? For starters, Means plays a snarling, energetic guitar. She’s got chops, more than the other gentle pickers of her ilk will ever have. Means’ voice is hard-wired to her heart: emotional, raw, angry when it needs to be, yet supple and warm as an embrace. The truth may not always be pretty, but Means is a stunningly effective messenger” — Oregon Live, Portland Ore. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,” presented by Pioneer Valley Ballet. Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. “Beauty & The Beast” follows the story of a young woman who discovers the true meaning of love in an unexpected place. Full of whimsy and magic, PVB’s original ballet features all new choreography along with additional characters dancing to the music of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Saturday and Sunday, at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Assigned seating: $35; $30 and $25. Seniors, $5 discount off any ticket. Groups, 20 or more receive a 10 percent discount. Booking through PVB. Students, $15 rush tickets available 30 minutes before the performances, ID required. Academy of Music Box Office, 413-584-9032 ext. 105; http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com

FIFTH SATURDAY CONTRADANCE, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Music by The Moving Violations, calling by Steve Zakon-Anderson. $10/$8 students. www.guidingstargrange.org.

“IN THE MARROW” concludes. See Friday’s listing.

“PROBABLY” concludes. See Thursday’s listing.

Films

“THE GREAT TURNING” will be shown at the Mariposa Museum, 26 Main St., Peterborough, N.H.. 7 p.m. Short film about the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. A discussion will follow with filmmaker Chris Landry, and renowned deep ecologist, activist, writer and teacher Joanna Macy. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children. Members free. Wheelchair accessible. 603-924-4555.

GREENING GREENFIELD’S FILM FESTIVAL concludes, see Friday’s listing.

PIONEER VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL continues. ∎ 8 p.m. “A Serious Man” concludes at Pothole Pictures, Shelburne Falls. See Friday’s listing. ∎ 8:30 p.m. “The Escape.” Documentary, Israel. Smith College, Stoddard Hall, Route 9, Elm St., Northampton. In this road movie, a group of Israeli teenagers from different backgrounds set out on a personal and fascinating adventure following the original “Bricha Movement,” which was set up to help Jews escape post-war Europe and get to Israel. See Thursday’s listing.

Library

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: Friends Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 772-1544, www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org.

Literary

MFA FOR POETS AND WRITERS: concludes. See Friday’s listing.

REGINA BARRETT, Tantra practitioner, will celebrate the publication of her new book, “Lighter: Living Tantra.” 4 to 5 p.m. Green River Yoga & Movement Arts, 158 Main St., 2nd floor, Greenfield. Author talk and book signing. A former Conway resident, Barrett has spent the past 17 years embodying a Tantra lifestyle. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband, and together the couple teaches Tantra practices, intimacy building and communication skills to individuals and couples worldwide through their organization Tantra to Love. Barrett will lead participants through a few short exercises to demonstrate some Tantra techniques in her books. Copies of the book will be available for sale. Registration not required, but would be appreciated. Call 772-2050 or info@greenriveryoga.com.

Music

ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Viva Quetzal. 7 p.m. Latino jazz-rock fusion. Roberto Clavijo, Andean instruments, vocals; Joe Belmont, guitars; Abe Sanchez, vocals and keyboards; Jon Weeks, flute, sax, Andean instruments, percussion; Rudi Weeks, bass; Eliezer Martinez, drums. Tickets $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

ASIF ALI KHAN, foremost Qawwali vocalist and his nine musicians from Pakistan perform the popular style of Sufi soul. 8 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass-Amherst. 8 p.m. Presented by the Asian Arts & Culture Program at UMass. Tickets start at $15 and youth 17 and under $10. 545-2511, fineartscenter.com.

CELTIC MUSIC CONCERT: Elizabeth and Ben Anderson, Boston-based Celtic fiddle and cello duo perform a blending of Scottish and Irish tunes, with lively rhythms and innovative harmonies. 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Parlor Cafe, 303 Ashland St., North Adams. They will perform Sunday at Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls.

CHARLIE & KAREN in concert at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St., Greenfield. 7:30 p.m. For the past decade Charlie King & Karen Brandow have offered an annual concert with other duos from around the country. This year, they celebrate the fact that Charlie has been performing for 50 years and writing wonderful songs for 40. They produced a double CD and some of the best of those songs, “So Far So Good,” and will share them at the concert. $15.

ERA FOR A MOMENT, often called “Boston’s best hard rock band,” will perform in concert. 7 to 9 p.m. Athol Area YMCA, 545 Main St., Athol. Benefit for the Tool Town Live concert. Tickets $5 in advance for all ages. Available at the YMCA. $7 at the door.www.eraforamoment.com.

GURF MORLIX, singer/songwriter, in concert. 8:30 p.m. Windham Ballroom, 36 the Square, Bellows Falls, Vt. Morlix has produced award winning albums for such artists as Lucinda Williams, Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Mary Gauthier. Tickets $16, $19, $25. 802-460-7676, www.popolomeanspeople.com.

INSTITUTE FOR THE MUSICAL ARTS, 165 Cape St. (Route 11), Goshen: Cris Williamson, icon of the feminist music movement, performs. 7 p.m. Williamson has been on the advisory board of IMA since the beginning and was a regular at the IMA’s West Coast facility, but this is the first time she will perform in IMA’s “The Big Barn.” She is currently touring in support of her new album release “Pray Tell.” $22 in advance, $25 at the door. For more information call 268-3074 or email imaeast@aol.com.

KEVIN PARRY plays solo acoustic guitar and mandolin at Pizzapalooza, 19 South Main St., Wilmington, Vt. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. 802-464-7702, www.kevinparrymusic.com.

MONTAGUE COMMON HALL, 34 Main St., Montague Center: the Ottawa, Canada-based trio Finest Kind will perform. 7:30 p.m. Ian Robb, Ann Downey and Sheldon Posen formed the group in 1991 and since then have raised the bar for vocal harmony performance in the folk genre, say promoters. $12 advance, $15 at the door. 367-9761 for more information.

QUEBECOIS SUPERJAM, third annual, Montague Common Hall, 34 Main St., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Get-together of musicians from all over New England for a day of Quebecois tunes.

U.S. ARMY FIELD BAND AND CHORUS perform in a free concert. Redfern Arts Center’s Main Theater, Keene State College, Keene, N.H. The 65-member United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus of Washington, D.C., will perform a diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections and instrumental and vocal solos. Free, but tickets are required. Tickets may be reserved at the Redfern Box Office by phone 603-358-2168 or in person Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

Potpourri

ARCADIA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY in Easthampton will offer “The Big Night,” an enchanted family evening program. Guided tours will leave the nature center every 15 minutes to travel a 45-minute magical forest trail where participants will meet costumed characters from vernal pools, which are the only places where animals such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs and fairy shrimp can breed. Hike times will begin at 5:45 and end at 7:45 p.m. If it is extremely cold or heavy rain, the outdoor portion will be indoors. $6 for Mass. Audubon members, $8 nonmembers. Registration required. Call 584-3009 ext. 812 or arcadia@massaudubon.org.

EMPTY BOWLS: Simple soup dinner and soul stirring music. Soup will be served in unique bowls to take home while supplies last. Soup served from 5 to 7 p.m. at Twin Valley High School, Wilmington, Vt. Concert at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 13 East Main St., Wilmington, Vt. Music will range from Mozart to traditional music, string quartet to mandolin. Dinner $10/$25 family maximum; concert $10. Dessert will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 at the church; donations accepted. All proceeds will benefit the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. 802-257-4523, www.bmcvt.org.

VALLEY VEGFEST: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. JFK Middle School, Bridge Road, Florence. A vegetarian festival featuring speakers, vegan food vendors, natural and cruelty-free products, educational presentations and kids activities. Free; donations appreciated. www.valleyveg.org.

Theater

“ARCADIA” concludes. See Thursday’s listing.

“HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING” continues. See Friday’s listing.

“LATE, A COWBOY SONG” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“THE PIRATE, THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA” performed by Crabgrass Puppet Theater, 17 Kimball Hill Road, Putney, Vt. 1 and 3 p.m. A thrilling voyage chock full of sea monsters, shipwrecks, and mistaken identities. A pirate and a princess are on a treasure hunt, searching for the same clues. The princess stays one step ahead by tricking the pirate at every turn. But when the princess is in danger from a giant octopus, she quickly discovers the benefits of having a loyal crew. $8. 802-387-4051.

Sunday 30

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NCAA Elite 8 games on 14 HDTVs. Win a cooler and Only In March promo items. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: Katie Sachs and Dave Dersham. Jazz-influenced indie rock, acoustic indie folk. 8 to 10:30 p.m. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Mates of State. Golden Bloom opens. $15, $18. www.iheg.com.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs with Kathy in the Sports Bar opening at noon, and Erinn downstairs in the Tavern. 773-8313.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Katie Sachs and Elizabeth and Ben Anderson, Boston-based Celtic fiddle and cello duo. 2:30 p.m. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com. “Sach’s voice has a deliciously pure tone and a calculated warble that displays a creamy melodic integrity” — Tom Sturm, Valley Advocate.

Dance

“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” concludes, see Saturday’s listing.

Films

PIONEER VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL continues. ∎ 3:30 p.m. “Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party.” Music video, English. Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St., Northampton. The original Jewish singing cowgirl, Mama Doni Zasloff returns in person to sing, dance and story-tell her way through Passover and Shabbat. ∎ 7 p.m. “Mabul” (The Flood) Drama, Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles. Smith College, Stoddard Hall, Route 9 and Elm Street, Northampton. Everything is complicated in Yoni’s life. He’s almost 13, real gifted, but physically underdeveloped and struggles daily to grow up before his threatening upcoming Bar Mitzvah See Thursday’s listing.

Music

EXPECT A MIRACLE Spring Gospel Concert featuring Moonlight Davis, gospel vocalist. 3 p.m. Second Congregational Church, on the common, 16 Court Square, Greenfield. Also featuring Morning Star and the Gospel Star Singers & Band. Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers also make a special appearance on saxophone. A Moonlight and Morning Star concert takes audiences into a world of diverse music, with unique interpretations of jazz standards, r&b classics, gospel, Jewish soul and originals. Tickets $15 adults, $12 students, free for children 10 and under. Parking available on the street and in town lots behind the church and off Olive Street.

FACULTY RECITAL by soprano Dana Schnitzer and guest pianist Gretchen Peery. 4 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass-Amherst. $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public; free to UMass music majors and minors. 545-2511 or at fac.umass.edu/musicanddance.

HYMN SING with Alice Parker. 3 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 North Pleasant St., Amherst. The hymn sing, which also includes some folk songs, is sponsored by the church as a benefit for the homeless shelter program in Amherst known as Craig’s Doors. Parker has travelled extensively throughout the United States and Canada in the past half century bringing her love of choral and vocal music to a wide variety of groups. Reception follows. 549-0322.

MIVOS QUARET, an afternoon of music for voice and strings. 4 p.m. Program to include Berg’s Lyric Suite with reconstructed soprano part, Soper’s cipher for soprano and violin, and a world premiere for string quartet and voice. Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, Northampton. www.smith.edu/smitharts/sagechambermusicsociety.php.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Music by Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings. (Pubs, Porches, Cafes and Dance Halls). 923-2800, www.parlorroommusic.com.

THE PIONEER CONSORT featuring Chris Devine, mandolin, Michael Nix, banjar, Greg Snedeker, cello. 2 p.m. Skinner Memorial Chapel, United Congregaitonal Church of Holyoke. Reception will follow. Suggested donation: $10, $5 students and seniors. 532-1483, www.uccholyoke.org.

Potpourri

BADMINTON BASH fundraiser for Dial/Self Youth and Community Services. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Forslund Gym, Northfield Mount Hermon School, gill. Teams must register for the event at www.dialself.org. Each player is encouraged to collect pledges/donations of at least $50 in order to participate. Trophies will be awarded to the first and second place teams. Wild Card trophies will be awarded at the discretion of the officials in categories such as best uniforms, most enthusiastic or youngest player. All players will receive free food, water and a ticket for hourly door prizes. Coffee can raffle. Call 774-7054, ext. 113 for information or email spinkos@dialself.org.

Theater

“HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING” concludes. See Friday’s listing.

“LATE, A COWBOY SONG” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

MEMORIAL HALL ASSOCIATION presents a special free presentation of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute.” 2 p.m. 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Doors open at 1:30. This is the Met’s adaptation in English specifically designed for children. Bring the family to this introduction to opera. Julie Taymor’s transcendent production of Mozart’s magical composition stars Pretty Yende as Pamina, in her first Met performances since her stirring debut. Toby Spence is her prince, Tamino, Markus Werba is Papageno, and Rene Pape is Sarastro. Handicapped accessible. Seating first come, first served. One hour and forty minutes. www.shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org.

“TARZAN” concludes, see Friday’s listing.

Monday 31

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls: Red Sox Opening Day vs. Baltimore at 3 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. Win Sox prizes during the game. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell: All Small Caps. A Night of Spoken Word. 7 to 10 p.m. Open mic portion of the reading will begin at 7:30 p.m.; featured readers to follow. Pub menu available until 9 p.m. 978-544-2739, www.dejabrewpub.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Poor Man’s Whiskey. Acoustic Brew opens. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Burrie’s Open Mike. 8 p.m. Sign ups at 7:30 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. 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.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Sunshine Story Time, 10 a.m. Kay Lyons brings a blend of read-aloud, sing-along, play-along fun to families with young children. There’s half an hour of story time and a few minutes of visiting and play time for active young children made possible by funding from the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details. ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace. Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday 1

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Two free games of pool with each pitcher of beer purchased. 863-2882. 863-2882.

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

PEARL STREET BALLROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: 9 p.m. Shpongle Museum of Consciousness Tour. Mosaiq and Desert Dwellers open. $22.50, $25. www.iheg.com.8

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield: Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Trivia at 7 p.m. Open beer-pong tournament with Megan starts at 9 p.m. 773-8313.

Films

PIONEER VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL continues. ∎ 7 p.m. “Aftermath.” Drama, Poland. Polish with English subtitles. Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst. Based on true events from a dark moment in Poland’s history, the film is considered one of the most controversial and important films ever made in Poland. ∎ 7 p.m. “Nicky’s Family.” Documentary, Czech Republic. “Nicky’s Family” is the amazing story of Sir Nicholas Winton, a young British sockbroker who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. See Thursday’s listing.

Libraries

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 772-1544, ext. 110.

Music

AVANTI WIND QUINTET in concert. 8 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass-Amherst. World premiere by Allen Shawn: Wind Quintet No. 3 written for the Avanti. $10 general, free UMass music majors and minors. 545-2511 or fac.umass.edu/musicanddance.

YOUNG @ HEART CHORUS April Fools Show. 8 p.m. Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. Surprise local music heroes performing tributes to former Y@H Chorus members. $50 premium seating and Y@H Commemorative Tour Book; $20 general admission. This is a fundraiser for the chorus, which no longer gets financial support from the city of Northampton. 413-584-9032 ext.105 or http://academyofmusictheatre.tix.com. Also, Serio’s Market, 65 State St., Northampton, and Food for Thought Books, 106 N Pleasant St., Amherst. www.youngatheartchorus.com

Wednesday 2

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Hump Night Karaoke in the Sports Bar with Dirty Johnny from 9 p.m. until midnight. No cover. 863-2882.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Sam Baker. Carrie Elkin opens. $15, $18. www.iheg.com.

THE O’S, 330 Amherst Road (Route 116), Sunderland: Karaoke.

THE PEOPLE’S PINT, Federal Street, Greenfield: Old Time Session. 8 p.m.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Bruins vs. Detroit at 8 p.m. 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.

Dance

LINE DANCE LESSONS every Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, School Street, Greenfield. Beginner to intermediate. $5 per session. Ring the doorbell for admission. Beginner lessons at 7 p.m.; intermediate at 8. Call Pat at 665-4260 or email jokellogg@aol.com for more information.

Films

“THE ADDRESS,” with award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. 7 p.m. Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro, Vt. Viewing of the world premiere of the film with a discussion with Burns to follow. Students at the tiny Greenwood School in Putney, Vt., are asked each year to memorize the Gettysburg Address — a daunting assignment for any student, but especially for the boys at Greenwood who all suffer from learning differences. Chronicling the boys’ struggle to learn Lincoln’s immortal words and deliver them in a final public recitation, acclaimed filmmaker Burns has created a fascinating and inspiring contemporary journey — and triumphs — of the boys at Greenwood. $8. Proceeds benefit the Greenwood School, Latchis Theatre and Vermont Humanities Council.

PIONEER VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL continues. ∎ 7:30 p.m. “Ladies’ Tailor “ (Damskiy Portnoy). Drama, USSR, Russian with English subtitles. UMass-Amherst, Flavin Auditorium, Isenberg School of Management. Powerful Holocaust drama takes place in Kiev, on the eve of the mass execution in Babi Yar on Sept. 29, 1941. Free showing. ∎ 7 p.m. “Hunting Elephants.” Comedy/crime, Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles. Greenfield Garden Cinemas, 361 Main St., Greenfield. A huge box office smash in Israel, the film unites some of Israel’s most reassured stars of the stage and screen alongside Sir Patrick Stewart in this modern-day heist film. Three elderly men and a child are stuck together in a nursing home in Jerusalem. They all want to rob a bank. They want to avenge it for not paying the boy compensation for his dad’s death. And, they want the money to make their last wished come true. See Thursday’s listing.

Libraries

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.

Music

MIDWEEK MUSIC, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Hope and Main streets, Greenfield. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. A donation of $3 to $10 is appreciated, and helps to support future concerts. Today: Sodade. Duo performing jazz standards, classics and the blues. Janice Dompke, vocalist, with Stephen Page, piano.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: The Stray Birds. Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of the Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting spun with a stirring subtlety and grace.

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