Arts & Entertainment Calendar: May 8 to 14
Rev Tor Band and Music in Common are joining forces to re-create The Band’s classic concert film, “The Last Waltz,” live at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features renditions of all the hits by the Band featured in the film such as “The Weight,” “Up On Cripple Creek,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” as well as songs by bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and many more. See listing on this page for full details of the area musicians in the lineup. Tickets: $27 in advance, $32 day of show. www.musicincommon.org/tickets.
The Stoneleigh-Burnham School Community Dance Program presents “Native American Folktales Told in Movement.” Saturday, May 10 at 5 p.m. at Emerson Hall on the Stoneleigh-Burnham campus, Bernardston Road, Greenfield. The event is free. sbschool.org.
GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE SENIOR SYMPOSIA: “The Archguitar and a Lifetime in Music.” Performed and presented by 2011 NPR Foundations Arts and Humanities’ Award recipient Peter Blanchette. Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield. the 11-string archguitar, invented in 1981 by Blanchette and Walter Stanul, “feels like a guitar but sounds like a lute.” Since then Blanchette has been composing and arranging for the expanded-range instrument and performing widely in the U.S. and Europe. He will talk about the archguitar and demonstrate its particular qualities by performing music from medieval to contemporary periods. $10.
Jeff Dyer, Amandla Chorus singer and local schoolteacher, plays the kse diev (“k’sigh d’yoo”), an ancient, indigenous Cambodian instrument. Dyer, who has lived in Cambodia, will perform a song using the kse diev at Amandla’s spring concert, “Sing Songs, Plant Seeds,” Sat. May 10, 7 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel in Northampton. www.amandlachorus.org
The concert will support food security programs of Grow Food Northampton, and two Greenfield projects: Just Roots, and the Pleasant Street Community Garden. See listing for ticket information.
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Gardener and would-be gardeners invited to the garden on Holtshire Road in Orange from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday for a day of planting in preparation for a summer of gardening. Garden plots will be available on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, directions or sign up for a plot, contact Kristin Grenier at 978-248-2043.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: She Bears. 8 p.m. Since 2008, Columbus, Ohio’s She Bears have slimmed their lineup from a 7-piece college band to a full forced indie rock foursome. Fusing guitar, bass, drums, synth, and glockenspiel with vocal harmonies to create a modern alternative indie rock sound Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, email@example.com.
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.
ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield. Thursday Night Jazz with Ted Wirt and John Harrison. 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner jazz. 774-0150.
CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: The Mavericks in concert. 8 p.m. the country-steeped garage band with a Cuban American lead singer. $29.50, $39.50. www.iheg.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.
MONTAGUE BOOK MILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. Acoustic guitarist/composer Flynn Cohen leads his trio of veteran string players including Matt Heaton (guitar, bouzouki) and Danny Noveck (guitar, mandolin, fiddle) for a concert of traditional American folk music. 8 p.m. Tickets $10 general, $5 children, students and seniors. For more information www.montaguebookmill.com/events.html.
PICCADILLY CIRCUS: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Franklin County Fairgrounds, 89 Wisdom Way, Greenfield. All new. The largest herd of performing camels, incredible illusionist Luncho, funniest comedy, motorcycle globe of death, Cossack horse riders performing trick riding, Chinese pole acrobats, rides for children.
TEDXSHELBURNEFALLS SALON: “Business for a Better World” with Shel Horowitz. 7 to 9 p.m. McCusker’s Market, 3 State St., Shelburne Falls. How can business organize itself to meaningfully address big-picture problems like hunger, poverty, war, and catastrophic climate change — primarily by thinking differently about resources? The general format of the night is designed by guest curator Daniel Leiberman and/or to include a presentation by one featured live speaker, viewing of two to three TED talk videos supporting the theme, and facilitated discussion. Stacy Kontrabecki, TEDxShelburneFalls’ curator and organizer, will oversee. Free. No registration required. www.FCC.coop.
“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 Diana’s bipolar disorder and how it affects their lives. Tickets $23 to $29. For tickets, call 747-7797. Through June 1.
GREAT FALLS COFFEEHOUSE, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls: New American Mandolin Ensemble presents original compositions for plucked strings. 7 p.m. The program will include works written expressly for plucked strings by New England composers such as Michael Nix (Massachusetts), Frank Wallace (New Hampshire) and Owen Hartford (Boston). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Coffee and homemade baked goods available. The museum and museum store are open during intermissions. Suggested sliding scale donation $6 to $12; free for children. 863-3221, greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 8 p.m. Sean Ashby. Chances are, if you’ve had a radio on today, you’ve heard his guitar playing. As one of North America’s go-to guitarists, Sean Ashby has played and recorded with Sarah McLachlan, Delerium, Ginger (Former Grapes Of Wrath), and many more. Ashby is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer who released his debut album “Brass and gold” on Black Sparrow/Universal in April 2008. Free. Please tip the musicians. 625-6292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2nd Friday Contradance — Grange Hall Fundraiser w/Kaynor and Friends, 8 to 11 p.m., Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. This dance is a fundraiser to help offset increases in operating expenses at the Grange Hall. Music and calling by David Kaynor and Friends. Self-determined free will contribution; $10 suggested; barter welcome. David Kaynor, 413-367-9380.
“UNMANNED: America’s Drone Wars” by Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films, will be screened from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at Green Fields Market, Main Street, Greenfield. there will be a Q & A and local strategy session following the film. Repeats Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.
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.
THE CALVIN THEATER, 19 King St., Northampton: The Wailin’ Jennys in concert. Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse, three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. June and the Bee opens. 8 p.m. www.iheg.com.
HAPPY VALLEY GUITAR ORCHESTRA directed by Peter Blanchette, composer, performer and guitar innovator. 7:30 p.m. Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, Northampton. The concert features an expectedly unepexcted program of music from minimalist composers Philip Glass and Arvo Part, 18th century Scottish dance music of Nathanial Gow, music of critically acclaimed Midwest rockers Wilco, and instrument music of the post pun rockers The Smiths. $15 general, $12 students/children. For tickets go online to Brown Paper Tickets.
MONTAGUE BOOK MILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague: Honeyfitz and Mal Devisa. 8 p.m. $5. 367-9206, www.montaguebookmill.com.
REV TOR BAND AND MUSIC IN COMMON join forces to re-create The Band’s classic concert film, “The Last Waltz.” Live at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. 7:30 p.m. The concert features renditions of all the hits by the Band featured in the film such as “The Weight,” “Up On Cripple Creek,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” as well as songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and many more. The line up includes the Rev Tor Band, Jenny Goodspeed and Stephanie Marshall of the Boxcar Lilies, Dave Houghton of Fancy Trash, Tory Hanna of Suitcase Rodeo, Jeff Martell, Wildcat O’Halloran, Todd Mack, Milan Dragicevich, Jamie Kent, Lisa Martin, Art Steele, Janet Ryan and Phil Simone. Tickets: $27 in advance, $32 day of show. www.musicincommon.org/tickets
WENDELL COMMUNITY CHORUS SPRING CONCERT: 7 p.m. Wendell Town Hall, Wendell. An eclectic evening of music to inspire and entertain you including a blend of world, gospel, pop, traditional and sing-a-longs. Guest artists Carrie Ferguson and Moonlight Davis. Directed by Morning Star Chenven. Refreshments served after the show. Family friendly; children welcome. Suggested donation $3 to $5 to benefit the Chorus Scholarship fund.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY of Cheshire County’s annual used book sale. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene, N.H. 603-352-1895.
LAURA BELLUSCI, storyteller, presents “Da Sola: Traveling Tales from Italy and Sicily.” 6:30 p.m. Arms Library, Main Street, Shelburne Falls. Intent on improving her language skills and revisiting her ancestral roots in Sicily and Italy, Bellusci wandered on her own by whim, following her curiosity, to explore the byways of the land and the culture of the region. For more information, contact 625-6728.
SMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton: Free Second Friday. Museum of Art. 4 to 8 p.m. Featuring “The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs” by Anne Whiston Spirn. 4 to 6 p.m., Hands on! Art making for ages 4 and over with adult. 6 to 6:30 p.m., Open Eyes: an informal guided gallery conversation about an art object. Museum shop open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 585-2760, www.smith.edu/artmuseum.
“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Jo Henley with special guest Amy Andrews. 8 p.m. Henley is a Boston-based roots-rock band. “Andrews’ powerful and dramatically dynamic voice transitions seamlessly from soaring to reserved and intimately compliments her heartfelt lyrics and raw honesty.” Michael Thornton, MADE Paper. 625-6292, email@example.com.
LISA LEIZMAN DANCE COMPANY’S spring concert. 7:30 p.m. Northampton community Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton. A program featuring old and new works. Reception featuring home cooking by members of the company follows. $10, $5 children under 10. Tickets at the door. Proceeds benefit the Northampton Community Arts Trust.
SECOND SATURDAY ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Munson Library, 1046 South East St., South Amherst. $8. For more information, contact Mary Jones at 863-3165. Information and directions at www.amherstecd.org.
STONELEIGH-BURNHAM SCHOOL COMMUNITY Dance Program presents “Native American Folktales Told in Movement.” 5 p.m. Emerson Hall on the Stoneleigh-Burnham campus, Bernardston Road, Greenfield. Free. sbschool.org.
TopHill Music Contradance Party, 8 to 11:30 p.m., Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. Tonight’s dance festures Irish flute player Mark Roberts, with Stuart and Matthew Kenney and more. Rebecca Lay calling. $10-12 per person.
“UNMANNED: America’s Drone Wars” repeats. See Friday’s listing.
CARNEGIE LIBRARY, Avenue A, Turners Falls. ∎ 10:30 a.m. Spring card making. Make a card for mom or for anyone. For children of all ages and their caregivers. Refreshments. ∎ Used Book sale. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thousands of used books, $2 a bag. Audio books and DVDs $1. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Montague Public Libraries. In the basement. 863-3214.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: Experience the Book Party: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 4 p.m. Get your Golden Ticket at the Children’s Room with Charlie and Willy Wonka. meet the Oompa Loompas and other characters from the book. Dress up if you’d like. Registration required. Call 772-1544, www.greenfieldpubliclibrary. Limit 65 Golden Tickets.
ANNUAL SPRING PLANT & BOOK SALE, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Greenﬁeld Public Library. The Friends of the Greenﬁeld Public Library is set for Mother’s Day weekend! Potted annuals & perennials will be available for patio and decking displays along with ﬂats and six-packs of annuals for your gardening needs. There will be an excellent selection of books for your summer reading pleasure offered at great prices. The proceeds make ALL the programs at the Greenﬁeld Public Library possible — the children’s programs, the adult programs, the museum passes and much more.
SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: Bike maintenance workshop. 2 to 3 p.m. Join a mechanic from Laughing Dog cycles in Amherst to learn how to change a tube and other basic bicycle repair tips. Registration required by calling 665-2642. Free. www.sunderlandpubliclibrary.org.
AMANDLA CHORUS presents “Sing Songs — Plant Seeds.” 7 p.m. Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton. The concert will support food security programs of Grow Food Northampton, and two Greenfield projects: Just Roots, and the Pleasant Street Community Garden. Tickets $15; $12 students and seniors. Tickets available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield. Free tickets, intended for those unable to afford the admission price, are available for the first 25 takers, by calling 773-8655.
ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: “Mosaic,” an evening of great music for three great causes. 8 p.m. Featuring ReBelle, formerly Black Rebels, whose original roots-Reggae songs and performances have graced international stages and won global acclaim; Seth Glier, Grammy-nominated, iTunes hit list, singer/songwriter who has been compared to Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen; Mitch Chakour, the incomparable, who worked as Joe Cocker’s musical director and has shared the stage with Bonnie Raitt and BB King; Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble, deemed “one of the best in the Northeast,” a band to get you up and moving, and Russell Kaback, a poet with a guitar, whose work has been called a funk, reggae, blues mix. $15 advance, $20 at the door. 774-1050, www.theartsblock.com.
MONTAGUE BOOK MILL, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague: Carrie Ferguson, singer-songwriter, and Bernice Lewis. 8 p.m. $5. 367-9206, www.montaguebookmill.com.
SILENT FILM “It” with Clara Bow accompanied by organ music by Peter Krasinski. 7 p.m. United Congregational Church of Holyoke, Appleton and Maple streets, Holyoke. Suggested donation, $10, $5 students and seniors. 532-1483, www.uccholyoke.org.
GARDENERS and would-be gardeners invited to the garden on Holtshire Road in Orange. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A day of planting in preparation for a summer of gardening. Garden plots will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Three sizes of plots available for the suggested donation of $10 for 10’ by 10’; $15 for 10’ by 20’, and $20 for 20’ by 20’. For more information, directions or to sign up for a plot, contact Kristin Grenier at 978-248-2043, firstname.lastname@example.org. Presented by the North Quabbin Community Garden’s Steering Committee.
GEOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY of GCC and Beyond. 9 a.m. Meet at GCC Sloan Theater for a brief presentation. Park in Lot F. Trip leaders Richard Little, Dave Small, Steve Winters and Nancy Goodman. Spend the day exploring the local geology and natural history. Morning walk and talk that will include a discussion of the geological origins of this flat area (Lake Hitchcock bottom) as well as the ecology, mainly of the flora and wetlands. The walk will proceed uphill along the GCC access road through the forest and up to the shoreline of Lake Hitchcock. At the end of the morning, the walk will bring participants back to the Rock Part for a tour and discussion on the geology of the GCC campus. Free. Bring lunch. Rain or shine. Questions: email email@example.com.
GREENFIELD FARMERS MARKET, Court Square and Town Common. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Locally grown and produced farm products and locally made crafts. Vegetable plants, hanging baskets, perennial and annual flower plants, herbs, greens, maple syrup, homemade jams, fresh baked brads, cookies, grass fed lamb, beef, goat and pork, locally raised poultry, sustainable fish via a Bay State Fish Share, kettle corn, and more. As the season progresses there will be a variety of other vegetables and fruit. Every Saturday. www.greenfieldfarmersmarket.com.
HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hall Tavern Kitchen. “Bottom of the Barrel.” This month, discover the meaning of “scraping the bottom of the barrel” and learn why people of the past eagerly awaited the first fresh foods of spring. Repeats May 17, 24, 31. Admission $14 adults, $5 children 6 to 17. Free for children under 6. 775-7214, historic-deerfield.org.
LUNCHEON WITH THE FAMILY OF DOWNTON ABBEY and son-in-law Tom Branson from Ireland. 1:30 p.m. Moore Leland Library, North Orange. To celebrate the 100th birthday of the Wheeler Memorial Library building grand opening in April 1914. The luncheon will consist of a choice of creamy fish stew or squash soup with sour cream accompanied by Irish soda bread, tea and a Pavlova for dessert, named for the famous Russian ballerina: a meringue nest surrounded by fresh fruit, vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. Dine in style and visit Dublin, Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, the Rock of Cashel, Waterford, Avoca Weavers — the oldest mill in Ireland, Powerscourt Garden and other spots of interest in a travelogue slide show of journey Deborah Kent took with her sister, Ellen in the summer of 2013. Attendees encouraged to wear appropriate attire for this festive occasion. Tickets available at the desk at the library. Call 978-544-2495. Limited to 20 guests. Suggested donation $20.
PLANT SALE presented by the Garden Club of Amherst. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Under the tent on the Amherst Common. Rain or shine.
SECOND ANNUAL CHIEF JOHN F. SKROSKI Memorial Wiffle Ball Tournament. 9 a.m. 128 Christian Lane, Whately. 3 v 3. $15 per player. All proceeds go to scholarships at Frontier and Hampshire Regional schools. To register, call Chris at 265-1668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMORIAL HALL THEATER, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, concludes its season of live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera with a showing of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.” 12:55 p.m. A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos join forces in La Cenerentola — a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Florez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score. $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.shelburnefallsmemorialhal.org.
“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. ∎ 10:30 a.m. Celtic Session every Sunday. Musicians of all levels can sit in and perform traditional Irish music. Professional musicians or beginners welcome. Local musicians Ted Cahill and Ted Soulos oversee the sessions. ∎ 2:30 p.m. Dave Dersham. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, email@example.com.
“PETE SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG” will be screened at Amherst Cinema, 21 Amity St., Amherst. 7 p.m. Introduction with sing-along by musicians Peter Blood and Annie Patterson. The legacy of America’s foremost folk icon will be celebrated in song and cinema. For tickets: www.amherstcinema.org.
BANISH MISFORTUNE, traditional Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, polkas, airs and songs. Every Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. at The Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court. Free. 584-9903.
A MOTHER’S DAY GIFT OF MUSIC: A Cello and Piano Faculty Recital. 4:30 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass, Amherst. UMass Music and Dance Dept. professor of cello Astrid Schween, and guest pianist Randall Hodgkinson. Free.
PIONEER VALLEY BALLET will host a Mother’s Day Brunch at The Look Park Garden House, Northampton. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Myers Catering. There will be an appearance by PVB’s young dancers and company members performing a magical piece for the occasion. Guests can add a personal touch by having a bouquet delivered to mom during the brunch. $35 adults, $20 children 10 and under. Funds raised with benefit PVB’s many educational programs. For reservations call 527-6363 or www.pioneervalleyballet.org.
“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 2 and 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
SHAKESPEARE’S KING LEAR from Britain’s National Theatre will be shown at Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst. 7 p.m. An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. $24 general admission. www.amherstcinema.org. Repeats June 7.
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.
JUSTIN HAYWARD, lead guitarist and vocalist of The Moody Blues, in concert. 7:30 p.m. Colonial theater, Pittsfield. $35, to $95. 997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.
CHAIR YOGA class. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Montague Senior Center, 62 Fifth St., Turners Falls. All stretches done on a chair or with the support of a chair. The classes offer a good stretch and strengthening for muscles, moves for bone strength and balance, release for the joints — and fun. Folks in wheelchairs and yoga beginners from anywhere in Franklin County are most welcome. $1 suggested donation. Led by Jean Erlbaum, master registered yoga teacher. For more information, call 773-9744, email@example.com. Tuesdays through June 24.
DISCOVERING EDIBLE PLANTS in Conway’s Woods and Fields with Conway natives Justus Conant and Geoffrey Bluh. 7:30 p.m. Conway Historical Society, 50 Main St., conway. They will discuss their fascination since childhood with the bounty of wild edible plants that can still be found around Conway. They will speak on the changing ecosystems, the nutritional values of various plants, and how to survive in the wild if you really had to. Refreshments.
LINE DANCE LESSONS every Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, School Street, Greenfield. Beginner to intermediate. $5 per session. Ring the doorbell for admission. Beginner lessons at 7 p.m.; intermediate at 8. Call Pat at 665-4260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. The library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Thursday for a Writers’ Lunch. This is a self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through their lunch. Bring your own lunch and beverage and stop in for all or part. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-544 for more details. ∎ Chess Club. 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Contact calderrossi@gmail with questions. The first Monday of the month will feature a speed chess tournament.
WHEELER LIBRARY, 49 East Main St., Orange: Meet Toto the Tornado Kitten. 4 p.m. The feline was six ounces when found in the relief effort following the 2011 tornado in Brimfield. Now a cat, Toto has two books telling his story. Meet the famous cat and his owner/biographer, Jonathan Hall. Free. Registration suggested. Call 978-544-2495 Ext. 103 or stop by to register.
KEENE WORLD HARMONY CHORUS perform traditional American folksongs, rich Georgian chords, haunting Bulgarian harmonies, response songs of Quebec and an American premier of a folk song from Kyrgyzstan. 7:30 p.m. Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall, 69 Washington St., Keene, N.H. 603-827-3455.
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: Pioneer Consort. Chamber music with unique arrangements. Michael Nix, Chris Devine, Greg Snedeker.
“NEXT TO NORMAL” continues at 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.