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Arts & Entertainment Calendar: April 24 - 30

  • Submitted photo<br/>A taste of Philadelphia Sunday<br/>The Gill-Montague Education Fund, which raises money for the school system, is hosting its 10th annual gala Sunday with a return performance of the “Aqua String Band,” which organizers tell us is one of the oldest and most famous of the Philadelphia Mummers.   Its performance, with at least 40 members, will include a mix of Irish, Italian, Polish and German tunes, as these represent its members core heritage groups. See “Potpourri.”

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    A taste of Philadelphia Sunday
    The Gill-Montague Education Fund, which raises money for the school system, is hosting its 10th annual gala Sunday with a return performance of the “Aqua String Band,” which organizers tell us is one of the oldest and most famous of the Philadelphia Mummers. Its performance, with at least 40 members, will include a mix of Irish, Italian, Polish and German tunes, as these represent its members core heritage groups. See “Potpourri.”

  • Submitted photo<br/>Revolutionary Muster and Parade Saturday<br/>Historic Deerfield’s Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade Saturday is packed with activities for people of all ages, including cannons! See “Potpourri.”

    Submitted photo
    Revolutionary Muster and Parade Saturday
    Historic Deerfield’s Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade Saturday is packed with activities for people of all ages, including cannons! See “Potpourri.”

  • File image<br/>Getting an itch to Polka?<br/>The Eddie Forman Orchestra is starting a series of dances at The Ashfield Town Hall Saturday and, if you love polka, you won’t want to miss them. See “Dance.”

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    Getting an itch to Polka?
    The Eddie Forman Orchestra is starting a series of dances at The Ashfield Town Hall Saturday and, if you love polka, you won’t want to miss them. See “Dance.”

  • File photos<br/>Sundays in the Park<br/>The Greenfield Energy Park is hosting one of its special Sundays in the Park concerts this week and performing will be two up-and-coming young bands from our region: Belle Amie (pictured) and The Snaz. See “Music” for more information

    File photos
    Sundays in the Park
    The Greenfield Energy Park is hosting one of its special Sundays in the Park concerts this week and performing will be two up-and-coming young bands from our region: Belle Amie (pictured) and The Snaz. See “Music” for more information

  • Submitted image<br/>Time to hit the Pottery Trail<br/>An annual event, this tour on Saturday and Sunday is one of your best opportunities to see high-quality pottery and meet the area artists who create it. Pictured, work by Francine T. Ozereko. See “Potpourri.”

    Submitted image
    Time to hit the Pottery Trail
    An annual event, this tour on Saturday and Sunday is one of your best opportunities to see high-quality pottery and meet the area artists who create it. Pictured, work by Francine T. Ozereko. See “Potpourri.”

  • Submitted photo<br/>A taste of Philadelphia Sunday<br/>The Gill-Montague Education Fund, which raises money for the school system, is hosting its 10th annual gala Sunday with a return performance of the “Aqua String Band,” which organizers tell us is one of the oldest and most famous of the Philadelphia Mummers.   Its performance, with at least 40 members, will include a mix of Irish, Italian, Polish and German tunes, as these represent its members core heritage groups. See “Potpourri.”
  • Submitted photo<br/>Revolutionary Muster and Parade Saturday<br/>Historic Deerfield’s Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade Saturday is packed with activities for people of all ages, including cannons! See “Potpourri.”
  • File image<br/>Getting an itch to Polka?<br/>The Eddie Forman Orchestra is starting a series of dances at The Ashfield Town Hall Saturday and, if you love polka, you won’t want to miss them. See “Dance.”
  • File photos<br/>Sundays in the Park<br/>The Greenfield Energy Park is hosting one of its special Sundays in the Park concerts this week and performing will be two up-and-coming young bands from our region: Belle Amie (pictured) and The Snaz. See “Music” for more information
  • Submitted image<br/>Time to hit the Pottery Trail<br/>An annual event, this tour on Saturday and Sunday is one of your best opportunities to see high-quality pottery and meet the area artists who create it. Pictured, work by Francine T. Ozereko. See “Potpourri.”

Thursday 24

Films

“AFTER TILLER” will be screened at Next Stage Arts in Putney, Vt. 7 p.m. Filmmaker Lana Wilson will be in attendance for a Q&A session following the film. Donation of $10/$5 students at the door. The feature-length documentary film goes inside the lives of the last four doctors in America who provide third-trimester abortions. 802-387-0102.

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. ∎ National Library Week Programming: 10 a.m., create crafts from old books with Marjorie and Hannah. 3:30 p.m., kids’ craft with Lori Gordon, weaving paper baskets.

Literary

BOSWELL’S BOOKS, 10 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 6:30 p.m. Author Laurence Michie will read from and discuss his book “Chasers.” Not only a novel of adventure and suspense, “Chasers” is a treasure house of information about history, philosophy, technology, psychology, military weaponry and strategy, political theory and theology, say organizers. 625-9362.

COFFEE AND POETRY at Northfield Coffee and Books, 105 Main St., Northfield. 7:30 p.m. Slate Roof poets celebrates its 10th anniversary. Original members Trish Crapo, Susie Patlove, Ed Rayher, Art Stein and Jim Bell will read plus many more. All ages. Free. 498-0095, www.slateroofpress.com.

Music

ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Thursday Night Jazz: 5 to 7 p.m., Ted Wirt and John Harrison; 7:30 p.m., Trumpeter Tim Graves and CT Riverside Dixie Ramblers. Free. 774-0150, info@theartsblock.com.

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.

NORTHAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL IMPROV TROUPES performs at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton. 2 p.m. Performers create characters and scenes on the spot. Free. 587-1227.

Potpourri

THE ART GARDEN, in the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum building, 14 Depot St., Shelburne Falls, will be open extra hours during April school vacation week: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through Friday. 625-2782, www.theartgarden.org.

ESTATE JEWELRY SHOW at the Don Muller Gallery, 40 Main St., Northampton. Noon to 7 p.m. Continues Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antique jewelry from Gergian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and retro periods. Also, contemporary and cocktail pieces. A refiner will be in gallery taking unwanted metal pieces for credit or cash. 586-1119.

“HAWLEY NATURE DAYS” at Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State forest, Hawley. Local children from grades four through eight today and Friday. They will be discovering what countries around the world are doing to be environmentally friendly as they participate in the “Hawley Olympics.” Hosted by SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps. www.thesca.org.

Theater

“FLIGHTS OF FANCY” presented by New England Youth Theatre’s Theatre Adventure. 100 Flat St., Brattleboro, Vt. 10:30 a.m. Continues Friday at 7 p.m. at West Village Meeting House, 29 South St., West Brattleboro, Vt. Theatre Adventure actors with and without disabilities create brave and vibrant theater. “Flights of Fancy” is a story about standing up for what you believe in and the power of self-expression. All tickets $10.

“NEXT TO NORMAL” musical drama presented at Majestic Theater in West Springfield. 7:30 p.m. The play, by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, is a Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning show about a seemingly typical suburban American family — Diana and Dan Goodman and their teenage daughter, Natalie — who face great challenges because of Diane’s bipolar disorder and how it affects their lives. Tickets $23 to $29. For tickets, call 747-7797. Through June 1.

Friday 25

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.

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 always welcome. Self-determined, free-will contribution; $10 suggested; barter welcome. www.guidingstargrange.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 space to work.

Music

ALL FOLKED UP monthly songwriter showcase at The Thirsty Mind, Village Commons, South Hadley. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Featuring the area singer-songwriters. This month: Patti Derosa, Michael Orlen and Caleb Wetherbee. Free.

AMHERST COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC presents spring concerts by the Amherst College Women’s Chorus at 7 p.m.; Men’s Glee Club at 8 p.m. Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center Amherst College. Free.

ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Mark Herschler and Becca Byram. An evening of soul, funk and blues. $7, $10 at the door. theartsblock.com. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.

CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: 8 p.m. the Fab Faux. The group treat the seminal music of The Beatles with unwavering respect through painstaking recreations of the songs (with emphasis on the later works never performed live by The Beatles). $25, $35, $45, $85. www.iheg.com.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Sarah Borges CD release party with Amy Black. 8 p.m. $12. 665-4036.

PUTNEY FRIENDS MEETING celebrates the life of Pete Seeger: A sing-along concert with Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, creators of Rise Up Singing. 7:30 p.m. Next Stage, 15 Kimball St., Putney, Vt. Suggested donation: $10 to $15 adults; $5 ages 12 and under. Pay at the door. Patterson and Blood are creators of North America’s best-selling group singing songbook.

ROBIN AND LINDA WILLIAMS and Their Fine Group perform a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country music. 7:30 p.m. Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls. Pat and Tex LaMountain open. $15 general seating, $35 VIP reception and seating. VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. Presented by Connecticut River Watershed Council. Part of a benefit concert series for the annual Source to Sea River Cleanup. 772-2020, www.ctriver.org/concert. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.

WILLIAMS COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert. 8 p.m. Chapin Hall, Williamstown. Pre-concert talk with guest conductor Andrew Massey and student soloists at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue. Both events free.

YOUNG@HEART MASH-UP CONCERT at John M. Greene Hall, 70 Elm St., Northampton. With Springfield’s SciTech Band, the Chicago Children’s Choir and The Hampshire Young People’s Chorus. For ticket information, call 584-9032 Ext. 105.

Potpourri

ANNE MAXWELL, author, child/family therapist and facilitator, presents “Youth & Addiction” live at the GCTV studios, 393 Main St., Greenfield. 773-7899. runzbars.com/anne-maxwell.

ESTATE JEWELRY SHOW continues. See Thursday’s listing.

HAWLEY NATURE DAYS concludes. See Thursday’s listing.

Theater

“FLIGHTS OF FANCY” concludes. See Thursday’s listing.

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Saturday 26

Clubs

RICK’S TAVERN, Route 30, Newfane, Vt. Kevin Parry, guitar, mandolin and vocals. 7 to 11 p.m. Free. 802-365-4310, www.kevinparrymusic.com.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: The Peachy’s. 8 p.m. They have been described as performing a tasteful mix of blues, Americana, bit of ragtime and a smidgen of jazz. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

WATER DANCES at the Northfield Mountain’s Riverview Picnic Area Pavilion on Pine Meadow Road in Northfield. 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. The public sound and light ceremony is a gesture of appreciation to the Connecticut River. A collaboration between Conway celebration artist Phyllis Labanowski; Brazilian sound artist, Ricardo Frota of Ware, and those who come to dance or watch. The evening will include vibrant, multicultural percussion and illuminated hula hoops. Observers may bring snacks and arrive at the picnic area pavilion by 7:30 p.m. to watch the sunset and enjoy the transition through dusk into dark. Bring a flashlight, lawn chair or blanket. Heavy rain will cancel. I659-4461.

POLKA DANCE with the Eddie Forman Orchestra. This is the first in a series of Saturday night polka dances at the Ashfield Town Hall. These dances will raise money for the Building Maintenance and Restoration Funds of both the Town Hall and the Community Hall. The first dance is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. Eddie Forman’s Polka Orchestra will play polkas, swing, rock and music for traditional ballroom dancing. Two other dances are scheduled for July 26 and Oct. 25. Tickets are $15 each. Children under 12 are admitted free. They must be accompanied by a parent. Before the dance, a Polish meal can be purchased at Elmer’s Store, next to the Town Hall, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

TOPHILL MUSIC CONTRADANCE PARTY, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Peter Siegel on mandolin and Garrett Sawyer on electric bass. Quena Crain will be the caller. All levels of experience welcome. $10 to 12 sliding-scale admission. www.guidingstargrange.org/

Films

“THE GIANT GILA MONSTER” starring Don Sullivan, Lisa Simone and Shug Fisher. Wendell Free Library, center of Wendell. 7:30 p.m. Free. 978-544-3559, www.wendellfreelibrary.org.

Libraries

CARNEGIE LIBRARY, Avenue A, Turners Falls: 10:30 a.m. Children and their caregivers invited to say hello to Angela Rovatti-Leonard, new Children’s Librarian. Crafts and snack.

WHATELY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately: Adult book discussion group. 11:30 a.m. Join Librarian Wendy Peppercorn for a monthly book discussion starting with “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. 665-2170.

Literary

ANN MARIE MELTZER of Greenfield, will read from “Coming of Age” at a reception from noon to 2 p.m. at World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St., Greenfield. Books will be available for purchase and the poet will autograph copies. The collection explores the joys and challenges of aging. www.comingofagepoems.com.

ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART, 125 West Bay Road , Amherst: Author and scholar Timothy Young will present “Extinct Monsters: What Scholars Learn from Children’s Books.” 2:30 p.m. This talk is part of the annual Barbara Elleman Research Library Lecture Series. Free with museum admission. 658-1100.

Music

AMHERST COLLEGE CONCERT CHOIR in concert. 5 p.m. Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Free.

ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Gokh-Bi System, hip-hop and soul-inspired world rhythms. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. 774-0150, info@theartsblock.com. http://theartsblock.com/

MONTAGUE BOOKMILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. Walnut Street Band, 8 p.m. $5. An all-female foursome with beautiful harmonies and an old-time/bluegrass feel, say promoters, who add you should also expect guitar, banjo, cello and percussion. 413-367-9206. THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Miss Tess and the Talkbacks in concert. 8 p.m. $15. 665-4036.

PUSHKIN GALLERY, Federal and Main streets, Greenfield. 8 p.m. Rhapsody for Electric Cello and Electronics. A performance by cellist Astrid Schween of Rhapsody for Electric Cello and Electronics, with composers Gordon Green on the electronics. Rhapsody is made up of 15 varied short sections that feature the electric cello as a solo instrument, with phantom orchestra, multi-tracked and with synthesized sounds. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. For more information: 774-1050, www.theartsbloci.com. See Joseph Marcello’s Encores & Curtain Calls column page D4.

Potpourri

A HISTORY OF LOGGING TOOLS IN OUR VALLEY: 10 a.m. Shutesbury Town Hall. Harry Proudy of Ashuelot, N.H., and Steve Puffer, logger. $5 entry; current institute members and children under 13 free. They will discuss the history of logging tools and how these tools were used to harvest timber. Proudy will discuss historic logging tools, focusing on the period from 1920-50. He will show a short video of those tools being used. After a break for lunch, there will be a hike in the Paul C. Jones working forest, a large tract of conserved forest land. Bring a bag lunch.

ASPARAGUS VALLEY POTTERY TRAIL Annual Studio tour and Sale. Today and Sunday. A wide variety of pottery styles and techniques will be on display when nine area pottery studios open their doors for the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail. Tableware, garden sculpture, decorative pieces and architectural tile, in a range of styles and prices, will be on display at the studios of Mary Barringer, Molly Cantor, Stephen Earp, Francine Ozereko, Donna McGee, Tiffany Hilton, James Guggina, Lucy Fagella and Tom White. Studios are clustered in three areas: Northampton/Amherst, Greenfield and northern Pioneer Valley, and Shelburne Falls. Maps of the tour are available at each studio or can be downloaded at www.asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com or at www.apotterytrail.com.

BIKE DRIVE at Greenfield Community College, main parking lot A. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Four Rivers Charter Public School is collaborating with GCC’s Green Campus Committee to collect bikes that will be donated to “Bikes Not Bombs,” an organization that repairs the bicycles and sends them to communities around the world in need of affordable transportation. $10 cash donation may be considered, but is optional.

BIRDING AT RATTLESNAKE GUTTER: 7 to 10 a.m. Join naturalist and photographer John Green Jr. for a bird walk in Leverett. Moderate hike that will take us on a dirt road through a heavily wooded area adjacent to a beautiful ravine. Look for the winter wren, black-throated blue and black-throated green warblers and scarlet tanagers. Barred owls can often be heard in this habitat. Directions will be sent upon registration. $10 for Mass. Audubon members, $15 for nonmembers. Registration required. 584-3009 Ext. 812, arcadia@massaudubon.org.

BOWL TO BENEFIT BIG BROTHERS-BIG SISTERS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY. French King Bowling Center, Route 2, Erving, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Teams of four to six people will compete. There will also be a silent auction, call 413-772-0915 to donate items.

EARTH DAY HIKE of about 21/2 miles. Hikers meet at the top of East Catamount Road, Colrain, at 10 a.m. Follow the East Loop out past the Shippee place, a very large cellar hole, and a bit of woods walking without a trail and back to the cave for lunch. After lunch, there will be exploration of caves and dens . The hike will focus on early spring flowers, rocks, pools and anything else of interest. Bring lunch, flashlights, water and unscented bug repellent. Presented by the Deerfield River Watershed Association. To register, contact Muriel Russell at 624-3311. Rain cancels.

ESTATE JEWELRY SHOW concludes. See Thursday’s listing.

HISTORIC UPPER BUCKLAND PROGRESSIVE DINNER: 5 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along upper Buckland’s historic district and enjoy a three course meal at three of the historic houses. 5 p.m. at the original Buckland Post Office with appetizers and local wine. Guests will then return to Upper Street to the Zenas Graham House (now Bird’s Nest B&B) for a choice of vegetarian, meat based or gluten free quiche and fresh asparagus. The event dinner concludes at the Deacon John Porter House for desserts. $40 donation per ticket requested. Proceeds to benefit the library. For reservations, call Ann Bodkhe at 625-9455 for reservations.

FIBER ARTIST NINA COMPAGNON Trunk Show and Sale at Sheep & Shawl yarn shop in the Tibetan Plaza, Routes 5 & 10, South Deerfield. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. She will show a range of her felted apparel and home decor. Her work is shown in various galleries in the Pioneer Valley as well as across the country. Free; refreshments. 397-3680, www.sheepandshawl.com.

GIANT WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS REMOTE CONTROL FLEA MARKET at Franklin County Technical School, 82 Industrial Blvd., Turners Falls. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anything remote control: boats, planes or cars can be sold. Free admission. www.franklinrc.com.

GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls: “Winter and Spring Pre-School Series: Salamanders and Frogs!” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Favorite wetland critters are on the move. Learn about their homes, songs and habits through stories, crafts and activities. For ages 3 to 6 with a parent or guardian. “Swoop into Spring: Learn About and Celebrate Bats!!” 1 to 3 p.m. Join students of the Deer Paths Nature Education Center in Wendell to take a closer look at bats. The program features activities for families with children, songs, skits, displays and a showing of a film regarding the natural history of bats and conservation efforts. Raffle for a bat house and other prizes. Free; donations accepted for Bat Conservation International. 863-3221, www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster and Parade will offer a full day of activities for visitors of all ages throughout the village. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Travel back in time and rediscover the history behind the Patriot’s Day holiday and the “shot heard ’round the world.” Opening reveille at 10:30 a.m. Visitors can experience a typical day in a colonial encampment. Ongoing demonstrations include camp cooking, sewing uniforms and children’s toys and games. There will also be demonstrations of period activities, fife and drum music, and a parade and muster. Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes and Drums, Knowlton’s Connecticut Rangers and Buckland’s Artillery play lead roles in the day’s activities. Historic Deerfield guides and cooks will interpret open hearth cooking, chocolate’s role in the military and powder horn carving in the 1786 Hall Tavern. Horse-drawn wagon rides will transport visitors through the village and all historic houses will be available for touring. Visitors can make a flag to wave during the afternoon parade and then take it home as a memento. Self-guided “Revolution Walk” tours will be available, as well as family-friendly food. $14 adults 18 and older, $5 youth ages 6 to 17, under 6 and Deerfield residents free. 775-7214.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND CONCERT, featuring “The Singing Trooper,” Dan and Mary Clark. Mary Lyon Church, 17 Upper St., Buckland. Ice cream, 6 p.m., concert, 7 p.m. $20 donation.

LADIES OF THE RAINBOW drag review presents a fun and bawdy performance titled “Mistresses of Mayhem — the Ladies of the Rainbow Return.” 8 p.m. Brattleboro VFW, 40 Black Mountain Road, Brattleboro, Vt. Doors open at 7. Evening of adult comedy and entertainment. Must be 18 or older unless accompanied by an adult. $15. Call 802-388-4964 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/596067.

THE LITTLE E Home Show and Green Fair, Franklin County Fairgrounds, 89 Wisdom Way, Greenfield. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Workshops and exhibitors for home improvement and green living. Also, the Local Brewers Sampling Tent with locally made beer, hard cider and mead. There will be a fee charged and I.D.s will be required at the entrance to this tent only. Saturday workshops (all in the Baby Barn): 11 a.m., Chickens & Turkeys: Starting Your Own Back-Yard Flock; noon, Medicinal Herbs: Planting for Pollinators & Your Health; 1 p.m., Do-it-yourself “Deep Energy Retrofit” — comfort, costs and labor; 2 p.m., The Sustainable Rose Garden. Sunday workshops: 11 a.m., Attract Mason Bees to Your Garden and Orchard (Baby Barn); noon, Ask the House Doctor & Save $ (Baby Barn); noon, Backyard Composting Yields Better Food (Brew Tent); 1 p.m., Companion Plants for Your Garden (Baby Barn); 1 p.m., Solar Hot Water from the Sun at 25 Percent of the Cost (Brew Tent); 2 p.m., Sprouting and Green Drinks Double Nutrition in your Kitchen (Brew Tent). 413-773-5463, www.thelittlee.org

PIONEER VALLEY OUTDOOR FAIR: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke. More than 30 outdoor organizations including Athol and North Quabbin groups such as Athol Bird and Nature Club and the North Quabbin Visitor’s Bureau. Featured presentation: Dick Little’s “Dinosaurs, Dunes and Drifting Continents.” www.valleyplanning.com or facebook.com/pioneer.valley.outdoor.fair.

SANDGLASS THEATER’S co-founder, Ines Zeller Bass, will pass the torch as she and her daughters, Jana Zeller and Shoshana Bass, take to the Sandglass stage with “Kasper, Fritzi and Me.” 1 and 3 p.m. An afternoon of puppetry. The performance features three of Zeller Bass’ most cherished puppet pieces: Punschi, Tschokolino and Fritzi’s Flea Circus. $8. For tickets: 802-387-4051 or info@sandglasstheater.org.

SKATEBOARD ART AUCTION, benefits Unity SkatePark. 6 to 10 p.m., RiverStation, 151 3rd St., Turners Falls. Art created directly on or with skateboard decks will be auctioned. Also, live music from Sandy Bailey and the Stone Cold Fox & Heavy on the Harsh. Cash bar. See our cover story, Page D1.

SPRING GARDEN EXPO at Five Acre Farm in Northfield. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours of the greenhouses, outside vendors.

Theater

MEMORIAL HALL THEATER, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, continues its season of live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. 12:55 p.m. A showing of Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte.” $22 adults, $11 for 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.shelburnefallsmemorialhall.org.

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Sunday 27

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Belle Amie. 3 p.m. Amelia Nields Chalfant, Isabella Deherdt and Alouette Batteau. They met at the Musical Arts in Goshen, a rock ’n’ roll camp for girls. At ages 11, 11 and 13, Belle Amie’s members are too young to have a Facebook page, but they’ve already received radio play, and their “Speak Up” is on YouTube. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

ALONZO KING LINES BALLET performs at Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass-Amherst. 7:30 p.m. Ticket holders invited to a pre-show talk by Ballet Charels Flach, Mount Holyoke’s ballet professor and director of Mass. Academy, at 6:30 p.m., at the University Museum of Contemporary Art. Tickets $15, $38, $42; Five College, GCC, STCC students and youth 17 and under $15, $12, $10. 545-2511, fineartscenter.com.

Music

ALLELULIA! Sacred choral music of the 20th century by the Deerfield Choral Society, featuring works by Tompson & Tavener, Rachmaninoff & Rutter, Biebl & Britten. Grant Moss, accompanist. First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., Deerfield. Free.

ANNUAL STRING CELEBRATION DAY at Greenfield Middle School auditorium, Federal Street, Greenfield. 1 p.m. All string players in the area ages 8 to 18 invited to participate. Presented by Artspace Community Arts Center. For more information, call 772-6811 or orinfo@franklynarts.com.

AQUA STRING BAND in concert. 2:30 p.m. Turners Falls High School Theater, 222 Turnpike Road, Montague. They will bring “a taste of Philadelphia” and the music of the famous Mummers Parade. Organized in 1920, the band is one of the oldest and most famous of the Philadelphia Mummers. Their performance, with at least 40 members, will include a mix of Irish, Italian, Polish and German tunes, as they represent their core heritage groups, along with many all-time favorites. $20, $25 at the door. Tickets available at Scotty’s Convenience Store, Turners Falls, World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield; and from Sandy at TFHS at 863-7296. 10th annual Gill-Montague Education Fund Gala. For more information about the band, tickets and the pre-show reception at the “Golden Slipper Cafe,” go to the group’s website: www.thegmef.org.

CHAMBER MUSIC by UMass-Amherst Strings. 7:30 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass-Amherst. Free.

GREENFIELD HARMONY Wesley Methodist Church, 98 N. Maple St. Hadley. 5 p.m. Songs from many traditions, including musical tributes to both Nelson Mandela and Pete Seeger, early American shape note songs, soulful Appalachian hymns, Jubilee gospel quartets, an early Peruvian song in the quechua language and guest Albanian musicians Raif Hyseni (accordion virtuoso) and his Merita Halili (singer extraordinaire) who taught both choirs a set of traditional Albanian songs. $15, $12 for students, seniors. See story Page D2.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: Aoife O’Donovan performs. Known as the lead singer of Crooked Still and Sometymes Why. 7 p.m. $15. 665-4036. Editor’s note: this is a small venue and its shows routinely sell out.

UMASS VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE in concert. 5 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass-Amherst. Performances by large and small vocal jazz ensembles. $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

ASPARAGUS VALLEY POTTERY TRAIL concludes. See Saturday’s listing.

DISCOVERING HAWLEY HISTORY and its natural surroundings Pioneer Valley Institute hike with Ed Gregory, recreational geologist and historian. Noon to 4 p.m. Hawley State Forest, Hawley. Meet at GCC parking lot A and carpool from there. Enjoy a spring visit to the charcoal kiln built in 1870 by Albert Dyer for prominent Hawley farmer William O. Bassett, the Old Hawley Town Common and the legendary Hawley Bog. $5 entry; current institute members and children under 13 free.

THE LITTLE E Home Show and Green Fair concludes, see Saturday’s listing.

POETRY AT PLAY: Family Poetry Jam. 1 p.m. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. Poetry reading by some of the Pioneer Valley’s finest children’s poets and authors followed by a book signing. Free with museum admission. 658-1105, www.carlemuseumlorg.

YIDDISH BOOK CENTER Community Open House, 1021 West St., Amherst. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 2 p.m., Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture delivered by Professor Ruth Wisse: “Is Yiddish a Funny Language?” Free. 256-4900.

Theater

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 2 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Monday 28

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. ∎ Author reading and talk. 6 p.m. Anne Maxwell, author, therapist and facilitator, will speak about her new books “Would You Teach a Fish to Climb a Tree? A Different Take on Kids with ADD, ADHD, OCD and Autism” and “The Keys to the Magic” (a book about Play Therapy). For more information contact Wendy Goodman at Beyond Communication at 773-7899 or wendy@wendygoodman.com. Free.

WHATELY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately: Genealogy workshop. 6 p.m. Dave Robison, professional genealogist, will cover the basics of getting started on discovering your own family history and organizing data. Free.

Literary

ALL SMALL CAPS: A Night of Spoken Word, Deja Brew Cafe & Pub, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell. Doors open at 7 p.m.. Open mic portion of the reading will begin at 7:30, featured readers follow. Pub menu available until 9 p.m. No cover. 978-544-2739. www.dejabrewpub.com

BOOK PRESENTATION and talk by sisters and authors Dorothy Hansen,and Betsy Sherry of “Aging Parents the Essential Guide to Peace of Mind.” 6 p.m. The Senior Center, 7 Main St., Shelburne Falls. No registration required. For more information, call the center at 625-2502.

Music

UMASS MARIMBA BANDS AND ENSEMBLES perform classical transcriptions and contemporary selections designed for marimba choir. 8 p.m. Bowker Auditorium, UMass-Amherst. $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; 410 general public; free for UMass music majors and minors. 545-2511, fac.umass.edu/musicanddance.

Potpourri

SAWMILL RIVER ARTS, a collaboratively run fine arts and fine crafts gallery, is seeking new fine craft members. Informational meeting tonight at 6 at the Gallery at the Montague Mill (The Book Mill), Montague Center. Learn about the gallery and its operations. Members value mutual respect and artistic growth. All local artisans welcome. Bring three samples of work. For more information or to register call Kerry Stone at 978-544-5463; Jill Bromberg at 367-9959. sawmillriverarts@gmail.com.

YOGA FOR RELAXATION classes begin today. Green River Yoga, 158 Main St., Greenfield. Mondays 5:30 p.m. 773-9744 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

Tuesday 29

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.

Literary

POET’S SEAT POETRY CONTEST award ceremony and poetry readings . 7 p.m. In the Capen Room, Stoneleigh Burnham School, Greenfield. The adult first prize winner will receive stewardship of the Poet’s Seat chair, with their name on a plaque listing all the previous winners, as well as a handcrafted Poet’s Platter, a gift certificate to a local bookstore and a night at the Poetry Ridge Bed and Breakfast. All other winners will receive a handcrafted Poet’s mug along with a gift certificate to a local bookstore. Awards will be given in three categories: first, second and third place in the adult division and the four top poems in the youth division, ages 12-18 (divided into 12-14 and 15-18 for judging). Free.

Music

BUCKLEY CHAMBER PLAYERS presents a program of chamber works. 8 p.m. Buckley Recital in the Arms Music Center, Amherst College. Free.

UMASS CHAPEL JAZZ ENSEMBLE Spotlight on UMass jazz vocalists. 8 p.m. Bowker Auditorium, UMass-Amherst. Music by Ellington, Basie, Charles, Jackson and Snarky Puppy. $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

FREE SOLAR TOUR OF GREENFIELD, visit examples of solar buildings in Greenfield, including two houses, an apartment building and a business. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Led by Bick Corsa, builder and Greenfield Community College instructor, and Pam Kelly, Greening Greenfield member and homeowner. Sign up by calling Pam at 413-475-3605. Meet at the Solar Store, 2 Fiske Ave., Greenfield.

Wednesday 30

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.

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: Greenfield Community College Chorus. Margery Heins, director.

THE PARLOR ROOM, 32 Masonic St., Northampton: New Mendicants in concert. 7 p.m. Joe Pernice (Scud Mountain Boys) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fan Club). 665-4036.

Theater

“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

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