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A & E calendar: April 3-9

  • THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Butterfly Swing Band will host a community dance event Friday. Free dance lessons at 7 p.m. Swing dance to Butterfly Swing Band’s classic swing grooves, guaranteed to get you movin’ and smoozin’ from 8 to 11 p.m. tickets $7 online, $10 at the door.<br/>

    THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Butterfly Swing Band will host a community dance event Friday. Free dance lessons at 7 p.m. Swing dance to Butterfly Swing Band’s classic swing grooves, guaranteed to get you movin’ and smoozin’ from 8 to 11 p.m. tickets $7 online, $10 at the door.

  • MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Thursday, 7 p.m. the Collected Poets Series featuring Howie Faerstein, pictured, and Barry Sternlieb. Live poetry reading. Faerstein’s debut full-length book of poetry, “Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn,” a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry series, was published in 2013 by Press 53. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals. Sternlieb is author of four chapbooks, the latest, “Winter Crows,” was awarded the 2008 Codhill Press Poetry Prize. His work appears in Poetry, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Commonweal, Alaska Quarterly Review and others. Suggested donation $2 to $5; please tip the bartenders. 625-6292 or by email at info@mochamayas.com

    MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Thursday, 7 p.m. the Collected Poets Series featuring Howie Faerstein, pictured, and Barry Sternlieb. Live poetry reading. Faerstein’s debut full-length book of poetry, “Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn,” a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry series, was published in 2013 by Press 53. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals. Sternlieb is author of four chapbooks, the latest, “Winter Crows,” was awarded the 2008 Codhill Press Poetry Prize. His work appears in Poetry, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Commonweal, Alaska Quarterly Review and others. Suggested donation $2 to $5; please tip the bartenders. 625-6292 or by email at info@mochamayas.com

  • MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Friday, 7 p.m. the Collected Poets Series featuring Howie Faerstein and Barry Sternlieb, pictured. Live poetry reading. Faerstein’s debut full-length book of poetry, “Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn,” a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry series, was published in 2013 by Press 53. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals. Sternlieb is author of four chapbooks, the latest, “Winter Crows,” was awarded the 2008 Codhill Press Poetry Prize. His work appears in Poetry, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Commonweal, Alaska Quarterly Review and others. Suggested donation $2 to $5; please tip the bartenders. 625-6292 or by email at info@mochamayas.com

    MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Friday, 7 p.m. the Collected Poets Series featuring Howie Faerstein and Barry Sternlieb, pictured. Live poetry reading. Faerstein’s debut full-length book of poetry, “Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn,” a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry series, was published in 2013 by Press 53. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals. Sternlieb is author of four chapbooks, the latest, “Winter Crows,” was awarded the 2008 Codhill Press Poetry Prize. His work appears in Poetry, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Commonweal, Alaska Quarterly Review and others. Suggested donation $2 to $5; please tip the bartenders. 625-6292 or by email at info@mochamayas.com

  • WOMENSARTS SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) annual Swan Festival. Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. The RLC, 74 Federal St., Greenfield. The Salasin Greenfield Women’s Center invites the larger community to participate and experience the healing power of art. Featuring Emily Borque, singer-songwriter; Janet E. Aalfs, former poet laureate of Northampton (2003-2005); Robin Brooks, author and artist; an open mic of poetry, spoken word and music; and an art exhibit. The festival will raise money for art supplies and programs offered to women in the community by Salasin, a nonprofit funded by the state Department of Children and Families. For more information, visit: www.salasinwomenscenter.org, www.womenarts.com/swan or 774-4307 ext. 4.<br/>

    WOMENSARTS SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) annual Swan Festival. Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. The RLC, 74 Federal St., Greenfield. The Salasin Greenfield Women’s Center invites the larger community to participate and experience the healing power of art. Featuring Emily Borque, singer-songwriter; Janet E. Aalfs, former poet laureate of Northampton (2003-2005); Robin Brooks, author and artist; an open mic of poetry, spoken word and music; and an art exhibit. The festival will raise money for art supplies and programs offered to women in the community by Salasin, a nonprofit funded by the state Department of Children and Families. For more information, visit: www.salasinwomenscenter.org, www.womenarts.com/swan or 774-4307 ext. 4.

  • Recorder file photo/Paul Franz<br/>Organ concert Sunday<br/>First Parish Church in Northfield is home to a 1842 E. & G. G. Hook organ, which will be played in a concert Sunday featuring the Sears family and music selected to highlight this historic instrument’s musical chops.  See “Music.”

    Recorder file photo/Paul Franz
    Organ concert Sunday
    First Parish Church in Northfield is home to a 1842 E. & G. G. Hook organ, which will be played in a concert Sunday featuring the Sears family and music selected to highlight this historic instrument’s musical chops. See “Music.”

  • Submitted photo<br/>Need a good laugh?<br/>The Wright Brothers have deep roots in this area, having brought us laughter through a variety of incarnations for, well, a looong time. Three of them have put together an act and will return for a second time to the Arts Block in Greenfield on Sunday. If you need a dose of silliness — and who doesn’t? — these are the guys for you. See “Potpourri.” (Editor's note: Previously, this cutline had the incorrect day for this event)

    Submitted photo
    Need a good laugh?
    The Wright Brothers have deep roots in this area, having brought us laughter through a variety of incarnations for, well, a looong time. Three of them have put together an act and will return for a second time to the Arts Block in Greenfield on Sunday. If you need a dose of silliness — and who doesn’t? — these are the guys for you. See “Potpourri.” (Editor's note: Previously, this cutline had the incorrect day for this event)

  • POET L. R. BERGER, Wellspring House’s inaugural writer-in-residence, will read. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield. Her book, “The Unexpected Aviary,” received the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. In celebration of National Poetry Month. She will sign books after the reading. hstartup@wellspringhouse.net. <br/>Hetty Startup photo.

    POET L. R. BERGER, Wellspring House’s inaugural writer-in-residence, will read. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield. Her book, “The Unexpected Aviary,” received the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. In celebration of National Poetry Month. She will sign books after the reading. hstartup@wellspringhouse.net.
    Hetty Startup photo.

  • THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Saturday, 8 p.m. Jazz + Plus with Juke Joint Jazz and Ed Byrne and Eastern Standard Time. Also, Headband (reggae) from 10:30 till 12:30 a.m. An evening of great local music. First Saturday of the month at the Arts Block. A set of different material each month. A 21st-century chamber jazz performance. $7, $10. www.theartsblock.com, 774-1050.<br/>

    THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Saturday, 8 p.m. Jazz + Plus with Juke Joint Jazz and Ed Byrne and Eastern Standard Time. Also, Headband (reggae) from 10:30 till 12:30 a.m. An evening of great local music. First Saturday of the month at the Arts Block. A set of different material each month. A 21st-century chamber jazz performance. $7, $10. www.theartsblock.com, 774-1050.

  • ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Mohawk Trail Concerts presents “Peace and Conflict,” a documentary film biography in its North American premiere, on Wednesday. It is about British composer Benjamin Britten and the effect of two world wars on his composing. 7 p.m. The film will be preceded by the performance of Britten’s First Suite for Solo Cello Op. 72 by cellist Mark Fraser. Free; contributions encouraged. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.<br/>

    ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Mohawk Trail Concerts presents “Peace and Conflict,” a documentary film biography in its North American premiere, on Wednesday. It is about British composer Benjamin Britten and the effect of two world wars on his composing. 7 p.m. The film will be preceded by the performance of Britten’s First Suite for Solo Cello Op. 72 by cellist Mark Fraser. Free; contributions encouraged. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

  • THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Butterfly Swing Band will host a community dance event Friday. Free dance lessons at 7 p.m. Swing dance to Butterfly Swing Band’s classic swing grooves, guaranteed to get you movin’ and smoozin’ from 8 to 11 p.m. tickets $7 online, $10 at the door.<br/>
  • MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Thursday, 7 p.m. the Collected Poets Series featuring Howie Faerstein, pictured, and Barry Sternlieb. Live poetry reading. Faerstein’s debut full-length book of poetry, “Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn,” a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry series, was published in 2013 by Press 53. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals. Sternlieb is author of four chapbooks, the latest, “Winter Crows,” was awarded the 2008 Codhill Press Poetry Prize. His work appears in Poetry, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Commonweal, Alaska Quarterly Review and others. Suggested donation $2 to $5; please tip the bartenders. 625-6292 or by email at info@mochamayas.com
  • MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Friday, 7 p.m. the Collected Poets Series featuring Howie Faerstein and Barry Sternlieb, pictured. Live poetry reading. Faerstein’s debut full-length book of poetry, “Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn,” a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry series, was published in 2013 by Press 53. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals. Sternlieb is author of four chapbooks, the latest, “Winter Crows,” was awarded the 2008 Codhill Press Poetry Prize. His work appears in Poetry, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Commonweal, Alaska Quarterly Review and others. Suggested donation $2 to $5; please tip the bartenders. 625-6292 or by email at info@mochamayas.com
  • WOMENSARTS SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) annual Swan Festival. Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. The RLC, 74 Federal St., Greenfield. The Salasin Greenfield Women’s Center invites the larger community to participate and experience the healing power of art. Featuring Emily Borque, singer-songwriter; Janet E. Aalfs, former poet laureate of Northampton (2003-2005); Robin Brooks, author and artist; an open mic of poetry, spoken word and music; and an art exhibit. The festival will raise money for art supplies and programs offered to women in the community by Salasin, a nonprofit funded by the state Department of Children and Families. For more information, visit: www.salasinwomenscenter.org, www.womenarts.com/swan or 774-4307 ext. 4.<br/>
  • Recorder file photo/Paul Franz<br/>Organ concert Sunday<br/>First Parish Church in Northfield is home to a 1842 E. & G. G. Hook organ, which will be played in a concert Sunday featuring the Sears family and music selected to highlight this historic instrument’s musical chops.  See “Music.”
  • Submitted photo<br/>Need a good laugh?<br/>The Wright Brothers have deep roots in this area, having brought us laughter through a variety of incarnations for, well, a looong time. Three of them have put together an act and will return for a second time to the Arts Block in Greenfield on Sunday. If you need a dose of silliness — and who doesn’t? — these are the guys for you. See “Potpourri.” (Editor's note: Previously, this cutline had the incorrect day for this event)
  • POET L. R. BERGER, Wellspring House’s inaugural writer-in-residence, will read. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield. Her book, “The Unexpected Aviary,” received the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. In celebration of National Poetry Month. She will sign books after the reading. hstartup@wellspringhouse.net. <br/>Hetty Startup photo.
  • THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Saturday, 8 p.m. Jazz + Plus with Juke Joint Jazz and Ed Byrne and Eastern Standard Time. Also, Headband (reggae) from 10:30 till 12:30 a.m. An evening of great local music. First Saturday of the month at the Arts Block. A set of different material each month. A 21st-century chamber jazz performance. $7, $10. www.theartsblock.com, 774-1050.<br/>
  • ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Mohawk Trail Concerts presents “Peace and Conflict,” a documentary film biography in its North American premiere, on Wednesday. It is about British composer Benjamin Britten and the effect of two world wars on his composing. 7 p.m. The film will be preceded by the performance of Britten’s First Suite for Solo Cello Op. 72 by cellist Mark Fraser. Free; contributions encouraged. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.<br/>

Thursday 3

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 7 p.m. the Collected Poets Series featuring Howie Faerstein and Barry Sternlieb. Live poetry reading. Faerstein’s debut full-length book of poetry, “Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn,” a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry series, was published in 2013 by Press 53. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals. Sternlieb is author of four chapbooks, the latest, “Winter Crows,” was awarded the 2008 Codhill Press Poetry Prize. His work appears in Poetry, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Commonweal, Alaska Quarterly Review and others. Suggested donation $2 to $5; please tip the bartenders. 625-6292 or by email at info@mochamayas.com.

Films

PIONEER VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL continues through April 6 at various Pioneer Valley venues. Tickets $9 general, $7 students/seniors 65 and older or four pack for $32. www.pvjff.org. Today: ∎ 4 & 7:30 p.m. “Closed Season.” Drama, Germany, Israel. Amherst College, Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum, Route 116, Amherst. Suspense and intrigue infuse the thrilling tale of Albert who flees to Switzerland to escape Nazi persecution and is given shelter by villagers Fritz and Emma. Pioneer Valley Premiere. Free screening. ∎ 7 p.m. “Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story.” Documentary, France. Western New England University, Sleith Hall, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield. In May 1940, when Nazi troops invaded France, an amazing rescue operation sprang into existence thanks to one man’s willingness to defy his government: Aristides de Sousa Mendes. Free screening. Pioneer Valley premiere.

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.

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.

Speakers

SENIOR CLASS AT BAYSTATE FRANKLIN MEDICAL CENTER , 164 High St., Greenfield, presents “Glaucoma: the Silent Thief of Sight.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. In the hospital’s main conference rooms. Guest speaker will be Dr. David Lotufo from Greenfield Eye and Lasik. Free; refreshments. Registration required by joining Senior Class, call Baystate Health Link at 773-2454 or 800-377-4325.

SENIOR SYMPOSIUM at Greenfield Community College, Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Greenfield: 2 to 4 p.m. Laura Garrity-Arquitt of the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton will present a symposium titled “From Caves to Cathedrals: A History of Russian Icons.” Garrity-Arquitt will survey the rich history of icons, from their origins to the present, using images from the museum to explain the symbolism, tradition and stories behind these works of faith. $10. 775-1420.

Theater

“LATE, A COWBOY SONG” presented by the Apron Theatre Co., 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt. 8 p.m. Repeats Friday, Saturday at 8 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.

Friday 4

Coffeehouses

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Salvation Alley String Band with guest Rambling Kind. 8 p.m. The band plays original music influenced by honky-tonk, western swing, Bakersfield country, bluegrass and rock ’n’ roll. The rambling Kind plays their own take on bluegrass music. 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.

THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Butterfly Swing Band will host a community dance event. Free dance lessons at 7 p.m. Swing dance to Butterfly Swing Band’s classic swing grooves, guaranteed to get you movin’ and smoozin’ from 8 to 11 p.m. tickets $7 online, $10 at the door.

FIRST FRIDAY MOSTLY WALTZ, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Series hosted by Richard Wyatt. Music by Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy. Schedule: 7 to 7:30 p.m., beginners’ workshop, 7:30 to 8 p.m., intermediate workshop, 8:15 to 10:30 p.m., couple dances. $10. www.guidingstargrange.org.

“TANGO FOR EVERYONE:” Instructor Randy Avis and his Tango students will give a performance followed by a brief lesson and a Milonga for anyone who would like to dance the night away. 7 p.m. Mariposa Museum, 26 Main St., Peterborough, N.H. Free. 603-924-4555, pr@mariposamuseum.org.

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 Wi-Fi 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.

Music

THE AMHERST JAZZ ORCHESTRA, local professional big band, performs nine compositions commissioned for the Amherst College Jazz Ensbmel over the past nine years. 8 p.m. Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, Amherst College, Amherst. Free. 542-8308.

THE ASYLUM QUARTET performs lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music and klezmer and electronic. 7 p.m. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. $10 suggested donation at the door. 802-254-2976.

BRATTLEBORO MUSIC CENTER presents Musicians from Marlboro at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 7:30 p.m. The touring extension of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont offers exceptional young professional musicians together with seasoned artists in varied chamber music programs. $10, $20, $30. 802-257-4523, www.bmcvt.org.

MADISON ON THE AVENUE, 102 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 6 to 9 p.m. Music by: Bruce King, eclectic mix of tunes written by western Massachusetts songwriters, as well as songs from the contemporary folk and blue genres; Caleb Wetherbee, acoustic, finger-style guitarist and singer Caleb Wetherbee performs in a range of styles influenced by traditional and contemporary folk music with intricate bare-finger accompaniment. Also, Orlen & Gabriel: Michael Orlen is a singer songwriter with roots in the Boston music scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was a frequent performer at legendary Boston venues including the Sword in the Stone and Turk’s Head. Free.

MUSIC THEORY TALK by Andrew Davis, guest speaker. 1:25 to 2:15, Fine Arts Center, Music Wing, Room 44, UMass, Amherst. Davis received his master of music degree in theory from UMass in 1998. His topic will be “Rhetoric and Narrative in the Nineteenth-Century Sonata.” Free.

Theater

“DARK RIVER: THE FANNIE LOU HAMER STORY,” full-length opera by Mary D. Watkins, performed by WomenArts and the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke campus, South Hadley. Hamer was one of the first African-Americans to register to vote in Mississippi in the 1960s. She stood her ground in the face of beatings, harassment, death threats and imprisonment to secure voting rights for her people. East Coast premiere. Tickets $20 front section; $15 general admission; $10 students and seniors. Repeats Saturday at 3 p.m. www.darkriveropera.org.

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

Potpourri

COLIN MOCHRIE and Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group, in concert. 8 p.m. Calvin Theater, 19 King St., Northampton. The stars of “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. $35, $45, $55. www.iheg.com.

THE SPRINGFIELD SCIENCE MUSEUM’S large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing at 7:30 p.m. Part of the “Stars Over Springfield” observatory series. These programs are organized by the Museum and the Springfield Stars Club, and takes place on the first Friday of the month through May. Tim Connolly from Electron Microscope Lab at Baystate Medical Center will present “the Pathology of our Night Sky.” Best suited for families with children ages 8 and older; younger children welcome. Admission $3 adults, $2 children 17 and under. Rain or shine. If cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing. On the Quadrangle, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 263-6800 ext. 318.

WOMENSARTS SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) annual Swan Festival. 5 to 9 p.m. The RLC, 74 Federal St., Greenfield. The Salasin Greenfield Women’s Center invites the larger community to participate and experience the healing power of art. Featuring Emily Borque, singer-songwriter; Janet E. Aalfs, former poet laureate of Northampton (2003-2005); Robin Brooks, author and artist; an open mic of poetry, spoken word and music; and an art exhibit. The festival will raise money for art supplies and programs offered to women in the community by Salasin, a nonprofit funded by the state Department of Children and Families. For more information, visit: www.salasinwomenscenter.org, www.womenarts.com/swan or 774-4307 ext. 4.

Saturday 5

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Hanging Scarlet. Mix of styles from progressive rock to folk, Rob, Tim, Rocky and Joe have come together to write and play music that not only “Rocks” but has a message of hope and love. 8 p.m. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

FIRST SATURDAY CONTRADANCE, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. Wild Asparagus with George Marshall, David Cantieni, Becky Tracy and Ann Percival. Fourth annual Caribbean Contradance Party. Schedule: 8 to 8:30 p.m., beginners’ workshop, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. contradance. $10 / $8 students. www.guidingstargrange.org.

MONADNOCK TRI STATE DANCE, Elmm Community Center, Winchester, N.H. 7 to 11 p.m. Music by Champagne Jam. 603-357-0794.

SQUARE DANCE Montague Common Hall, 34 Main St., Montague Center, 7 to 10 p.m. Old-time square dance, always with live music and a caller. Modest admission.

“STRIATE,” an evening of improvised music and dance presented by Smith College Festival of Sound and Space. 8 p.m. Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College Campus, Elm Street, Northampton. Festival director Gregory Brown will be crating a soundscape from 21/2 years’ worth of material recorded from previous festival concerts. Free.

Films

“THE EDUCATION OF AUMA OBAMA,” a look into the life of Auma Obama, the half sister of U.S. President Barack Obama. 1 p.m. Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst. Meet the film’s director Branwen Okpako. Introduced by professor Barton Byg, German and Scandinavian Studies/Film Studies, UMass-Amherst. Free. In addition to her role as our president’s primary connection to his Kenyan relatives, Auma embodies postcolonial African intellectual and feminist identity that crosses boundaries and challenges assumptions. www.amherstcinema.org.

Libraries

CARNEGIE LIBRARY, Avenue A, Turners Falls: Young children and their families are invited to learn about bears with Dawn Marvin Ward. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. There will not be any live animals at this event, but there will be plenty of fun, hands-on activities.

WHATELY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately. Springtime Tales & Tunes, monthly story time for ages 2 and older. 10:30 a.m. Miss Wendy will share stories, songs and puppets the first Saturday of the month.

Music

THE ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: 8 p.m. Jazz + Plus with Juke Joint Jazz and Ed Byrne and Eastern Standard Time. Also, Headband (reggae) from 10:30 till 12:30 a.m. An evening of great local music. First Saturday of the month at the Arts Block. A set of different material each month. A 21st-century chamber jazz performance. $7, $10. www.theartsblock.com, 774-1050.

CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: The Machine performs Pink Floyd. 8 p.m. $25, $35. www.iheg.com.

THE CAROLINA CALVACHE QUARTET performs innovative original jazz, influenced by Colombian rhythms, folkloric tunes and forms. 8 p.m. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, Vt. $10 general admission; $5 students. 802-254-9088, www.vtjazz.org/events.

COOP CONCERTS celebrates its tenth anniversary with All COOPed Up! Its annual springtime musical celebration. 7 p.m. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. The COOP is the Franklin County Musicians Cooperative, well known regionally for the COOP Concert Series, a popular tradition at the Greenfield Energy Park since 2004. Featuring solo artists, established duos, small groups and frequent impromptu combinations of area favorites, COOP members perform an unpredictable mix of folk, rock, country, Celtic, new age, jazz and swing, with original compositions and selected gems from various traditions. Refreshments available. Suggested donations are $5 to $10, but no one will be turned away. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.

KENNY GARRETT, alto saxophonist and his Quintet in concert. 8 p.m. Bowker Auditorium, UMass-Amherst. He will appear as part of the annual High Jazz Fest, during which aspiring high school jazz bands from throughout New England converge on the UMass campus for a day of clinics, adjudication and competition. Tickets for the concert $15 and $30; Five College, GCC, STCC students and youth 17 and under $10. 545-2511, fineartscenter.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.

SONG & STORY SWAP, 592 Main St., Amherst. Guest performer will be author and storyteller Bob Reiser. Free; donations accepted. Share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written or of personal experiences. Tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing or request a song or story. Listeners welcome. 687-5002.

Potpourri

BERKSHIRE HIGHLANDS PENTATHOLON in Charlemont. 4.2 mile road/trail run with trail shoes, trax, or snow shoes to Zoar Outdoor; 20 miles of mostly flat (4-mile loops) road biking ending up at the Zoar Gap Picnic Area put in; five miles of kayaking down river on the Deerfield; a Navy Seals Bone Frog Challenge obstacle 1.82-mile run, which includes running half way up Berkshire East and back; a hill climb to the summit of Berkshire East with a downhill ski/board to the finish. Athletes must carry their own gear up and down. For more information and registration: www.berkshirehighlandsevents.com.

“THE MOTH MAINSTAGE,” (Editor’s note: this event is sold out) A live version of the popular Moth franchise of podcasts, radio shows and storytelling events. 7:30 p.m. Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. Presented by Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio.

THE OXBOW WATER SKI SHOW TEAM will present an “Ice Out” event from noon to 2 p.m. at the Oxbow Marina, 180 Island Road, Northampton. In the event the ice hasn’t receded by today, the performance will be postponed to April 13. This frigid but fun event launches the team’s 2014 season, which will carry a show theme of “Ski Haw.” The team begins regular practices in June and performs Friday night shows beginning mid-June and continues throughout July. www.oxbowshoeski.com.

PYSANKY WORKSHOP with artist Susie Choate. 9 a.m. to noon at the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center, 26 Main St., Peterborough, N.H. Repeats Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon. The intricate Pisanka (Ukrainian Easter Egg) will be created using a wax-resistant method, with designs “written” on the egg using a special beeswax stylus and then dipped in consecutive dye baths. $30 per person. All supplies provided. Appropriate for teenagers and adults. RSVP required with specific date to Terry Reeves at 603-924-4555, orterry@mariposamuseum.org.

PUSHKIN GALLERY, Main and Federal streets, Greenfield: “A wicked-fun dance party music jam yoga play festivity for children,” say promoters. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Celebrate spring with Emily Sat Akal Millspaugh, Marcy Gregoire and friends. All ages welcome. $3 children and adults; children 1 and under free. Doors open at 10:15. www.underthetreearts.com.

Speakers

“FRANKLIN COUNTY’S FIRST PEOPLES: History, Heritage, and Current Events” presented by Joe Graveline of the Nolumbeka Project. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St., Greenfield. Part of Mass Slavery Apology’s Conversations for Racial Justice, the program will examine how inequities in cultural preservation have created social and economic injustice here in the valley and beyond. Free; donations welcome. Child care available by reservation. RSVP with number and ages of children to 625-2951 or email@massslaveryapology.org. Wheelchair accessible; please, no fragranced products.

Theater

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

MEMORIAL HALL THEATER, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, continues its season of live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera at 12:55 p.m. with a showing of Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Puccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history. Tickets $22 adults, $11 students. Tickets available at Mocha Maya’s and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls, and World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, and at the door. www.shelburnefallsmemorial hall.org.

Sunday 6

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Lexi Weege with Street Change. 2:30 p.m. Weege has refined her sound to a silky barroom jazz that tips respectful hats to the likes of Billie and Jessica (that would be Rabbit) that can swing into fesity blues numbers at the drop of said hat, say promoters, who add that Street Change has recorded its first release with TOM LeBeau of EB Studios called “Set Free.” Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

BRATTLEBORO BALKAN DANCE at the Stone Church, Main and Grove streets, Brattleboro, Vt. 7 to 10 p.m. Music by Xopo. Lively and fun line and circle dances from the Balkans. All levels welcome. Free beginner teaching session at 6:30 p.m. Bring clean, soft soled shoes and water bottle. $12 suggested donation. First-time dancers free. 802-257-9513.

Films

PIONEER VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL concludes. “Jealous of the Birds.” Documentary, USA, Germany, Poland. 2 p.m. Springfield Jewish Community Center, JCC Auditorium, 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield. Free. Some 15,000 Holocaust survivors remained in Germany after World War II. How could they stay? The film was born from this pivotal question. See Thursday’s listing.

Literary

JEFF KINNEY, author of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” will speak at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1 p.m. Kinney’s work has been widely credited for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Free with admission. 658-1100, www.carlemuseum.org.

Music

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHORUS, “Songs of Nature.” 4:15 p.m. Sloan Theater, GCC Main Building, Greenfield. The chorus will perform under the direction of Margery Heins, with Marilyn Berthelette, accompanist, and with soloists from the chorus. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Judd H. Blain, long-time member of the GCC Chorus, who recently passed away. Free. 775-1171.

JENNIFER LAMOUNTAIN AND STEVE DARMODY in concert. 5:30 p.m. Mountain View Adventist Church, 1002 Ft. Bridgeman Highway, Vernon, Vt. Free. Fellowship and light refreshment follows.

THE LONELY HEARTSTRING BAND and The Stockwell Brothers perform at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt. 7:30 p.m. An evening of bluegrass and newgrass. $14 advance, $16 at the door. 802-387-0102, www.nextstage.org.

LYNN KLOCK, professor of Saxophone at UMass-Amherst, will perform a concert. 8 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass, Amherst. On stage with him will be UMass professors Nadine Shank, piano, Klock’s wife, Laura Klock, on horn, and Stony Brook University Professor Eduardo Leandro, percussion. Klock will retire at the end of the spring semester. The concert includes two world premieres.

ORGAN CONCERT, Permelia Singer Sears of Dunstable will give a concert on the oldest, nonaltered, E. G. & G. Hook organ in North America. 3 p.m. First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Main Street and Parker Avenue, Northfield. Joining her will be her husband, David Foster Sears, who plays with the Arlington Philharmonic, and daughter Rebecca Ann Sears, who has appeared in chamber music recitals and the violin soloist in the premiere of David Sears’ Violin Concerto for the Arlington Philharmonic. Reception follows. Free-will donation of $10 suggested.

UMASS CONCERT BAND teams up with Florence Community band for a concert of classic band music and popular favorites. 4 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass-Amherst. $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public; free for UMass music majors and minors. 545-2511 or fac.umass.edu/musicanddance.

Potpourri

ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: The Wright Brothers. 2 p.m. Since 1985 the Wright Brothers having been making America laugh. They have been compared to modern day Marx Brothers. New Vaudeville at its best. With Jody, Sam and Lenny. $12 adults, under 12 $6. 774-1050, www.theartsblock.com.

GARRISON KEILLOR, the familiar voice of “A Prairie Home Companion,” will take to the stage in support of New England Public Radio’s 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign. 7 p.m. Chapin Auditorium on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. Tickets $25, $55, $75 and $100. 545-0313.

Theater

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

Monday 7

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 Wi-Fi and a quiet workspace. Mondays and Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Music

GIDEON FREUDMANN performs a cello concert. 6:30 p.m. Whately Public Library, 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately. Special performance by folk, blues and jazz cello innovator and composer Freudmann. 665-2170.

Tuesday 8

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. ∎ Preschool Story Hour. 10 a.m. Parents with kids 5 and under are invited for a weekly hour of story and craft time fun. Meet other people with small children and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts with Sally Ahearn. In the LeVanway Meeting room. No sign up required. Free. For more information, call the children’s librarian at 772-1544, ext. 5. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. ∎ Creative Nonfiction Writing Group. 6 to 8 p.m. Led by Joannah Whitney 772-1544, ext. 110.

Wednesday 9

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.

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.

LEVERETT LIBRARY, 75 Montague Road, Leverett. Children’s author Natasha Lowe will read from and talk about her book “The Power of Poppy Pendle” at 11:30 a.m. Classes from the elementary school will join us, but the event is also open to the public, ages 8 and up. Poppy has magical powers, but she would rather be a baker. Can she find a way to follow her own path? This charming novel includes more than a dozen delectable recipes!

Literary

JOAN SILBER, writer, will read from her work. 8 p.m. Amherst Books, 8 Main St., Amherst. Free.

POET L. R. BERGER, Wellspring House’s inaugural writer-in-residence, will read. 7 p.m. Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield. Her book, “The Unexpected Aviary,” received the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. In celebration of National Poetry Month. She will sign books after the reading. hstartup@wellspringhouse.net.

Music

ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Mohawk Trail Concerts presents “Peace and Conflict,” a documentary film biography in its North American premiere. It is about British composer Benjamin Britten and the effect of two world wars on his composing. 7 p.m. The film will be preceded by the performance of Britten’s First Suite for Solo Cello Op. 72 by cellist Mark Fraser. Free; contributions encouraged. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

THE CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: 8 p.m. Fesist Solo the Mettle Tour. Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene opens. $25, $35, $45. www.iheg.com.

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: David Fersh, folk balladeer.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line. High energy, Nashville-based quintet perform Struthers’ original story-songs. 7 p.m. $15. parlorrommusic.com

UMASS PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE will perform in concert. 8:15 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass, Amherst. Chamber music by Xenakis, Klatzow, Reich and others. $3 UMass students, $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public. Free for UMass majors and minors. 545-2511.

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