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Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Dec. 12 to 18

  • A Special Day in Northfield<br/>This year’s theme for A Special Day in Northfield is “Follow the Music.” This annual holiday celebration features “old-fashioned fun,” shopping, history, theater and, or course, music, throughout Northfield on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See “Potpourri” for more information. Pictured is Phil Watson and Friends performing at Mim’s Market.

    A Special Day in Northfield
    This year’s theme for A Special Day in Northfield is “Follow the Music.” This annual holiday celebration features “old-fashioned fun,” shopping, history, theater and, or course, music, throughout Northfield on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See “Potpourri” for more information. Pictured is Phil Watson and Friends performing at Mim’s Market.

  • PVS Youth Orchestra debuts Saturday<br/>On Saturday, at 7 p.m., at Greenfield Middle School, the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s new youth orchestra will present its first concert. The concert is free and will feature young musicians from public and private schools all over the Pioneer Valley. Pictured, violinists in the youth orchestra practice during a recent rehearsal. See “Music” for more information. Violinists in the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra practice during a rehearsal at Greenfield Middle School on Saturday. Recorder/Trish Crapo

    PVS Youth Orchestra debuts Saturday
    On Saturday, at 7 p.m., at Greenfield Middle School, the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s new youth orchestra will present its first concert. The concert is free and will feature young musicians from public and private schools all over the Pioneer Valley. Pictured, violinists in the youth orchestra practice during a recent rehearsal. See “Music” for more information. Violinists in the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra practice during a rehearsal at Greenfield Middle School on Saturday. Recorder/Trish Crapo

  • photo by Jon Crispin<br/>The Pioneer Valley Ballet will present its 35th performance of “The Nutcracker” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. See “Dance.”<br/>

    photo by Jon Crispin
    The Pioneer Valley Ballet will present its 35th performance of “The Nutcracker” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. See “Dance.”

  • A Special Day in Northfield<br/>This year’s theme for A Special Day in Northfield is “Follow the Music.” This annual holiday celebration features “old-fashioned fun,” shopping, history, theater and, or course, music, throughout Northfield on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See “Potpourri” for more information. Pictured is Phil Watson and Friends performing at Mim’s Market.
  • PVS Youth Orchestra debuts Saturday<br/>On Saturday, at 7 p.m., at Greenfield Middle School, the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s new youth orchestra will present its first concert. The concert is free and will feature young musicians from public and private schools all over the Pioneer Valley. Pictured, violinists in the youth orchestra practice during a recent rehearsal. See “Music” for more information. Violinists in the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra practice during a rehearsal at Greenfield Middle School on Saturday. Recorder/Trish Crapo
  • photo by Jon Crispin<br/>The Pioneer Valley Ballet will present its 35th performance of “The Nutcracker” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. See “Dance.”<br/>

Thursday 12

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls: Thursday Night Football. Chargers at Broncos at 8:25 p.m. on 14 HDTVs. Win $500 cash by watching the game at BTU; see bar manager Kara for details. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW CAFE & PUB,

57A Lockes Village Road

Wendell. The Surly Temple, 8 to 10:30 p.m. Jim Henry, Guy DeVito, Doug Plavin and Tommy Boynton. No cover. 978-544-2739

www.dejabrewpub.com.

THE ELEVENS, 140 Pleasant St., Northampton: Klezwoods, Karikatura and Fat Bradley. 9 p.m. $5.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Judith Hill. $25, $30. ww.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Uncle Hal’s Crab Grass Band. Americana-ana. 8 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL football Chargers vs. Broncos at 8 p.m. Bruins vs. Edmonton at 8 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Thirsty Thursdays & College night hosted by Big Dan in the Sports Bar. Beer Pong Tournament. Wear your college shirt or show your college I.D. to be entered in end-of-the-night prizes. 413-773-8313.

Films

“THE SQUID AND THE WHALE” (1986) will be shown at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vt. 7 p.m. Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, the film tells the story of two young boys dealing with their parents’ divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. Starring Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline. $5 suggested donation. www.nextstagearts.org.

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.

MILLERS FALLS LIBRARY, 23 Bridge St., Millers Falls: Music and Movement for Young Children with Laurie Davidson and Tom Carroll. 10 a.m. Through Dec. 19. 413-659-3801.

Literary

BARBARA PARRY local author and farmer, will be reading, discussing and answering questions about her new book, “Adventures in Yarn Farming.” 6:30 p.m. Boswell’s Books, 10 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Arriving early to ensure a seat is recommended. The book offers an inside view on fiber farming and yarn craft through the eyes of this shepherd, textile artisan and author. Free.

“UNBUTTONED, An Evening of Spoken Word presented by Easthampton City Arts+. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Luthiers Co-Op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton. Free. Six open mic slots for five-minute long readings. Open mic participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at 6:45. Featured readers from the past year’s Unbuttoned will share new and old works.

Music

GFMS & TFHS HOLIDAY CONCERT, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Turners Falls High School Theater.

BLUES & JAZZ STANDARDS AT DINNER, 5 p.m., featuring saxophonist Peter Farber, Ted Wirt, Steinway & Hammond Organ and John Harrison, guitar. Free admission.

PHILIPPINES BENEFIT CONCERT featuring June Millington, Samirah Evans and Evelyn Harris. 7 p.m. First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton. With Paul Arslanian, piano; Dave Picchi, bass; Claire Arenius, drums and Marcia Gomes and Belle Amie. Benefits the 5.5 million children affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Suggested donation $15 to $50. Proceeds go to UNICEF, www.wmaphilippinesrelieffund.org.

THE PARLOR ROOM at Signature Sounds, 32 Masonic St, Northampton. Deadly Gentlemen. 7 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 413- 665-4036. www.parlorroommusic.com

THE MOHAWK WINTER CONCERT, Mohawk High School, 24 Ashfield Road, Buckland. 6:30 p.m. Free. High school and middle school music ensembles. This year’s concert will include pop music, folk songs, classical masterpieces, Yiddish music, dancing and holiday songs. Bands, choirs and the new high school Rock Band will be performing. Our booster organization. www.mohawkmusicassociation.org

Potpourri

“CHAMPAGNE AND MOONLIGHT,” a Springfield Museums Culture & Cocktails event. 5 to 8 p.m. Springfield Science Museum, Springfield. Specialty champagne cocktails while viewing “The Magic of Ginerbread” display featuring more than 30 gingerbread houses from professional and amateur bakers. Free Springfield Museums, $5 nonmembers. For 21 and older. 263-6800 Ext. 266.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD “Heritage Holiday” series of activities continues. Heritage Holiday Daily Activities (today through 29, except Dec. 24 and 25; included with general admission to the museum). Daily holiday activities: Giftmaking, noon to 4:30 p.m., Visitor Center at Hall Tavern Ballroom; Open Hearth Cooking, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Visitor Center at Hall Tavern; Caroling, 1 to 3 p.m. Gingerbread cookie decorating, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Visitor Center at Hall Tavern; Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Visitor Center at Hall Tavern.

SKI, SNOWBOARD & SKATE SALE, 60th annual, presented by Girl Scout Troop 40566. It’s the longest running ski & skate sale in the country. The troop welcomes consignment items and donations on Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. The sale itself will run Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. Refreshments provided by the Slip and Slide Café. The troop is based out of Bernardston with members from Bernardston, Greenfield, and Guilford, Vt. The members have been a troop since 2004 and are raising money to go on a weeklong trip in June 2014. Held at St. James Church, 7 Church St., Greenfield. For more information call Tina at 413-896-8576.

Theater

“OLIVER!” presented by New England Youth Theatre. 7 p.m. Continues Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Musical version of Charles Dickens’ first novel “Oliver Twist.” New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro, Vt. Tickets $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. 802-246-6398, www.neyt.org.

Friday 13

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Friday Night Karaoke in The Extra Point Nightclub with Dirty Johnny from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. No cover. NBA, NHL and college hoops on 14 HDTVs in the Sports Bar featuring two pool tables and an international jukebox. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW CAFE & PUB,

57A Lockes Village Road

Wendell. Barrett Anderson, 9 to 11:30 p.m. Renegade Blues. No cover. 978-544-2739

www.dejabrewpub.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: ∎ 7 p.m. Joe Louis Walker. The Reprobate Blues Band opens. $15, $20. ∎ 10 p.m. The Z3 featuring Ed Mann: An Organ Trio Tribute to the Music of Frank Zappa. Colorway feat opens. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls. Home Body Boom Boom. Live show and dance party. Indie-electro. 9:30 p.m. $5. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Friday night madness with Big Dan in the sports bar. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 413-773-8313.

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 NUTCRACKER” performed by the Pioneer Valley Ballet. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Repeats Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Classic story brought to life with original choreography, scrumptious costumes and opulent sets. Clara chases her brother, the Sugarplum Fairy soars, and sweet candies prance their way through children’s dreams. 35th annual production. Tickets $15 to $40. 584-9032, ext. 105, pioneervalleyballet.tix.com. A limited number of tickets are available for the 35th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. at R. Michelson’s Galleries in Northampton. The cost is $25. This champagne reception will honor the contribution of Pioneer Valley Ballet during 35 years of “The Nutcracker” and will include artistic directors Maryanne Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti, and guest artists from Carolina Ballet, Jan Burkhard Catlin and Pablo Javier Perez.

SECOND FRIDAY CONTRADANCE with members of the Greenfield Dance Band and friends, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. The band usually includes or is at least organized by David Kaynor (fiddle, guitar, frequent caller), Peter Siegel (guitar/mandolin), and Stuart Kenney (bass/banjo). Sit-ins welcome. 8 to 11 p.m. Self-determined, free-will contribution; $10 suggested; barter welcome. www.guidingstargrange.org.

Library

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 loking for reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace are invited to the LeVanway Meeting Room Mondays and Fridays. Access to the room is free and open to all who need a space to work.

Music

THE PARLOR ROOM at Signature Sounds, 32 Masonic St, Northampton. Syd Straw. 8 p.m. $17 in advance, $20 at the door. 413-665-4036. www.parlorroommusic.com

PIERROT IN THE MOONLIGHT, Wistaria Chamber Music at the Pushkin Gallery, corner of Main and Federal streets, Greenfield, 7:30 p.m. Music by Faure, Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc. Performers: Estela Olevsky, piano, Astrid Schween, cello, Gary Steigerwalt and Dana Muller, piano duo, David Perkins, baritone and Edward Rosser, piano. For program details, visit www.wistariachambermusic.com. Reservations recommended, reserve here online at http://theartsblock.com or by calling 413-634-5716. Tickets are $20, both in advance and at the door.

Potpourri

107.7FM BRATTLEBORO COMMUNITY RADIO FUNDRAISER, Backside Cafe, 6 to 9 p.m. Come and meet the station’s DJs. Free. Backside Café will have its bar and a limited bar food menu available. A portion of the proceeds from the night’s drink sales will benefit the radio station. Live DJs:

Selector D (host of One Drop);

Zig-Zag (host of Patterns of Chaos); Wild Goose (host of The Future Collective Presents...)

Brattleboro Community Radio is Brattleboro’s own independent and non-commercial 100-watt community radio station. It is staffed and run by local volunteers, For more information, or to make donation, check out wvew.org, or tune in to 107.7 FM.

EXPANDING THE LIGHT: An Evening of Candlelight Yoga and Live Harp Music. 7 p.m. Community Yoga, 16 Federal St., 2nd floor, Greenfield. 5:30 to 7 p.m. All-levels yoga class illuminated with 100 shimmering votive candles and accompanied by the soothing melodies of Rosa Caine on harp. Kellie Finn leads a candlelight practice of gentle to moderate flow yoga. All levels welcome. $15 pre-paid by Dec. 12; $20 at the door. To register, call 774-4700 or email info@community-yoga.com.

FAMILY COMMUNITY SERVICE NIGHT at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls, placemat making, 4 to 7 p.m. Free. A family night of community service is one way to support your community while helping children focus on the needs of others. Families are invited to join Hilltown Families and The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls for an evening of art and community service, making reusable handmade canvas placemats and collecting nonperishable foods, both to donate to Stone Soup Cafe in Greenfield. Families will also be invited to make a second canvas placemat to take and give to an elder in their life or a home-bound senior in their community. The Art Garden is located at 14 Depot St., Shelburne Falls, (in the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum building.) For more information, visit www.HilltownFamilies.org

HISTORIC DEERFIELD “Heritage Holiday” series of activities continues. See Thursday’s listing.

SKI, SNOWBOARD & SKATE SALE, see Thursday’s listing.

WELCOME YULE: A Midwinter Celebration. 7;30 p.m. The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Delightful music, dance, songs and stories celebrating the return of the light. 29th anniversary show for all ages. Today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors and children, four and under free. Families of five pay $40. For reservations, call 323-4239 or purchase in advance at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, Jones Library in Amherst, Broadside Books in Northampton. See our cover story, Page D1.

Theater

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” will be performed by Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main St., Sturbridge. Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Through Dec. 22. Tickets $17 adults, $15 seniors 65 and older, $8 students 12 and younger. For more information and reservations, call 508-347-9005.

“FRUITCAKES,” a heartwarming Christmas comedy by Julian Wiles. 7:30 p.m. Barre Players Theater, 64 Common St., Barre. Continues Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, a Christmas hog named Buster, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, dozens of Christmas trees and thousands of Christmas lights and you’ve got the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer, say organizers. Tickets $14 general admission; $12 seniors 65 and older and students; $7 children 12 and under. For reservations call 978-355-2096 or barreplayerstheater.com.

“OLIVER!” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

Saturday 14

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Top 40, dance and hip-hop music spun by DJ J-ill at 10 p.m. in The Extra Point Nightclub tonight with no cover. All NBA, NHL and college football and hoops action on 14 HDTVs in the Sports Bar with drink specials. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW CAFE & PUB,

57A Lockes Village Road

Wendell. The Reprobate Blues Band, 9 to 11:30 p.m. Blues Baby, Blues. No cover. 978-544-2739

www.dejabrewpub.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton. 7 p.m. The Commander Cody Band. Stewart James and The Memphis Flyers open. $15, $20. www.iheg.com.

PEARL STREET CLUBROOM, 10 Pearl St., Northampton: 8:30 p.m. Blackalicious. Blue Collar and Sol Nova and Masla opens. $17, $20 opens. www.iheg.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Friends with Benefits. Rock/indie. 9:30 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Rocking Christmas Party. 9 p.m. to closing. Sponsored by Ice Stars for Wounded Warriors. DJ Rocking Rodney Herzig. Dress to impress. Get your picture taken with Santa. Raffles and prizes throughout the night. Proceeds to benefit children of Wounded Warriors. Bruins vs. Vancouver at 10 p.m. Saturday night madness with Tyler downstairs in Taylor’s Tavern. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. 413-773-8313.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Pamela Means. 8 p.m. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

WENDELL FULL MOON COFFEEHOUSE at Wendell Town Hall, 6 Center St., Wendell. 7:30 p.m. A rollicking night of tinsel ’n’ twang with The Twangbusters. Jumpin’ jukejoint boogie, blues and bop. The show starts at 7:30 with an open mic; The Twangbusters at 8 p.m. Sliding scale donation $7 to $15. Cash only at the door. Coffee and non- alcoholic beverages available for purchase and dessert-o-rama. 978-544-5557. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D5.

Dance

MONADNOCK TRI-STATE DANCE CLUB at Elmm Hall, Durkee Street off Parker, Winchester, N.H. 7 to 11 p.m. Music by Borrowed Time.

“THE NUTCRACKER” continues. See Friday’s listing.

SQUARE DANCE for all ages sponsored. 7 to 10 p.m. Chesterfield Community Center, Chesterfield. Music by the Falltown String Band. Catchy calls by Bob Livingston. Bring something for the raffle table and a goodie to share. For questions about weather cancellation, call Nan Clark at 296-4743.

TOPHILL MUSIC CONTRADANCE PARTY, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Clew Bay — Alden Robinson fiddle, Owen Marshall guitar and harmonium, Peter Siegel mandolin and electric guitar, Stuart Kenney upright bass and five-string banjo, and Matthew Kenney on percussion. The caller, Nils Fredland, say organizers, may also pull out a trombone to add to the mix. $10. www.guidingstargrange.org/

Music

HOLIDAY CONCERT: The 75-member Greenfield Harmony Community Chorus’ annual holiday concert. 7:30 p.m. Wesley Methodist Church, 98 Maple St., Hadley. Led by Mary Cay Brass, the chorus is a multi-generational chorus that performs an eclectic mix of community-based music from many cultural and musical traditions. $14, $10 seniors and students. 802-869-4000 or www.marycaybrass.com.

THE PARLOR ROOM at Signature Sounds, 32 Masonic St, Northampton. Appalachian Still, 8 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 413-665-4036. www.parlorroommusic.com

THE PIONEER VALLEY BRASS will be performing two free public concerts of holiday music this weekend, sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana as memorials to that church, which was forced to Leave North Dana for the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir. The first program, the 753rd in the series, will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Congregational Church of Orange. The second, and last for the Christmas season, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Greenfield. Members of the Brass include Dick Tandy, trumpet; Jim Engele, horn; Davis McKee, tuba; Jeri Bannister, trombone, and Curt Coolidge, trumpet.

PIONEER CONSORT will perform the annual “New England Noel,” a holiday concert featuring music from its “Noel” holiday disc and “World View” CD and some new arrangements. All Souls Church, Hope and Main streets, Greenfield. 7:30 p.m. $10 donation at the door suggested. For more information, 772-0328. www.pioneerconsort.com.

PIONEER VALLEY SYMPHONY’S youth orchestra presents its first concert. 7 p.m. Greenfield Middle School, Federal Street, Greenfield. The PVS Youth Orchestra members come from public and private schools all over the Pioneer Valley including Four Winds, Gill; Fort River, Amherst; Amherst Regional High School, Greenfield High School, Frontier Regional, Smith College Campus School, Math & Science Academy of Greenfield, Greenfield Middle School, The Hartsbrook School, Hadley, Deerfield Elementary, Hatfield Elementary, Smith Academy, Pioneer Valley Regional and several home-school students from the region. They will be joined by members of the Bement School orchestra. Free.

RAY MASON will perform at the Black Sheep, 79 Main St., Amherst. 6 to 8 p.m. No cover; tips appreciated. 253-3442, www.blacksheepdeli.com.

RECITAL CHORUS directed by Margery Heins. 7:30 p.m. Trinity Church, Shelburne Falls. The chorus made up of students from grades 2 to 12, college students and community singers, will present traditional carols and seasonal music including rounds, spirituals, songs for Chanukah, and choral works from the Renaissance to the present, including music by Caccini, Handel, Mozart, Schubert and Lau. Music will be sung in several languages. Donations by cash or check will be received at the door to benefit the Hilltown Churches Food Pantry.

RUSSELL KABACK. Sam’s Pizzeria and Cafe, 235 Main St. Northampton. 8 p.m. Greenfield singer-songwriter plays original soul and folk. Free. 413-587-2677. russellkaback.com

STAR IN THE EAST: A Concert of Christmas Music. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Montague Bookmill, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. Tim Eriksen and The Trio de Pumpkintown present an evening of Christmas music. They bring a fresh acoustic sound to seasonal standards and sing-along classics as well as rarely heard but stunning songs from the shape note music repertoire and other early American sources. $12 advance, $15 at the door. Children 12 and under free at the 7 p.m. show only. For tickets: www.eventbrite.com/org.

Potpourri

A SPECIAL DAY IN NORTHFIELD: A holiday celebration featuring shopping, history, music, theater and outdoor recreation. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Northfield. “Follow the Music” is the theme. 9 a.m., Bill Shontz, children’s performer and recording artist will provide a free concert at the Northfield Elementary School; 10 a.m., Swedish Fiddlers at Dala Bird Gift Shop and Northfield Coffee and Books; 11 a.m., humorist and songwriter Rick Harris and Ed Hogan, local musician, at Northfield Mt. Antiques. Noon, Joe Graveline, musician and singer performs at Fairview Gardens; noon, members of PVRHS Band will herald the arrival of Santa Claus at Green Trees Gallery. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Hogan accompanies Mrs. Claus’ storytelling at Centennial House Bed & Breakfast; Phil Watson and Friends fiddle on Mim’s Market porch while children decorate free holiday cookies inside; 2 p.m., wind ensemble of the Pioneer Valley Symphony perform holiday favorites at Green Trees Gallery; 3 p.m., Rick Harris performs at The Gallery followed at 4 by Swan Singers. Festivities end with a Soup and Dessert Supper at the Gallery at 5 p.m. Free parking behind the gallery. For more information, call the Centennial House Bed and Breakfast at 498-5921.

GREENFIELD WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET at Greenfield High School, 1 Lenox St., Greenfield. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors selling a wide range of locally grown and produced food. From greens to root vegetables, meat, maple syrup and other stables, handmade local artisan gifts. Credit cards and SNAP/EBT accepted.

HAPPIER VALLEY COMEDY SHOW: 8 p.m. Arts Block Cafe, 289 Main St., Greenfield. All-new comedy show featuring improv comedians The Ha-Ha’s and Girls Night Out with comedians from Boston, New York City and the Pioneer Valley. $13 at the door; $10 in advance online at www.theartsblock.com. 774-0150.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD “Heritage Holiday” series of activities continues. See Thursday’s listing.

SKI, SNOWBOARD & SKATE SALE concludes, see Thursday’s listing.

SUE MCFARLAND, weaver and felt maker, will host open hours at her studio at 86 Main St., Conway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continues Sunday and Dec. 21 and 22. Featured work from other local artists will be for sale in the Pop Up Shop in the storefront adjacent to the studio. Bench jeweler Emily Cavin of Silver Spiral Designs; porcelain and stoneware work featuring animal imagery created by Megan Hart, acrylic paintings and prints by Fran Goldsher. Closing reception Dec. 22, 1 to 3 p.m.

“WELCOME YULE” continues. See Friday’s listing.

Theater

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” continues. See Friday’s listing.

THE ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS, starring Santa. PaintBox Theater, Northampton High School, 380 Elm St., Northampton. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Repeats Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

It is just days before Christmas and Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves are throwing a party. Santa, with the help of the audience and elves, is going to bring to life three little known stories: “How Santa Met His Elves,” “Why Santa Climbs Down Chimneys” and “How Santa Knows Who Has Been Good and Bad.” Each story is shared with lots and lots of audience participation, say organizers. During intermission Mrs. Claus will lead the audience in a sing-along of popular Christmas songs. Later in the show, Mrs. C, with the help of the audience and the North Pole crew, will stage the Christmas classic “’Twas The Night Before Christmas.” The grand finale is a lip-synch performance of Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” with Santa and Mrs. C. on keyboards and the elves on vocals. PaintBox Theatre is a theater of improvisation and imagination for the whole family. Single tickets: $10. Groups (14 or more) $7. Tickets will be available at the door or online at BrownPaperTickets.com. PaintBoxTheatre.com

“FRUITCAKES” continues. See Friday’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 Verdi’s “Falstaff.” An undisputed master of Verdi’s final comic masterpiece, James Levine conducts Robert Carsen’s acclaimed production, the first new Met “Falstaff” since 1964. $22 adults, $11 students. Tickets available at Mocha Maya’s and Boswells’ Books in Shelburne Falls, and World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and at the door. 625-3052.

“OLIVER!” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

Sunday 15

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. NFL Sunday Ticket, every game on 14 HDTVs. Patriots at Dolphins at 1 p.m. Munchie Bar, BTU wheel, Pats Cash, Bud Light specials, giveaways and more. 863-2882.

DEJA BREW CAFE & PUB,

57A Lockes Village Road

Wendell. John Sheldon, Up Close & Personal, 8 to 10 p.m. Experience the amazing talent of John Sheldon on guitar. No cover. 978-544-2739

www.dejabrewpub.com.

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton: 7 p.m. Nor’easter Noel featuring Lisa Martin, Lara Herscovitch, Marc Douglas Berardo and Open Book. $10, $13. www.iheg.com.

THE PEOPLE’S PINT, 24 Federal St., Greenfield: Irish Music Session. 773-0333, www.thepeoplespint.com.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Voo Annual Christmas Spectacular. Community songfest. 6 p.m. 863-2866, the voo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL Sunday Ticket is on at Taylor’s. Patriots vs. Dolphins at 1 p.m. Watch all teams on 11 50-inch HDTVs with Kathy in the Sports Bar opening at noon and Erinn downstairs in the Tavern. Bruins vs. Toronto at 7 p.m. Free pool all night with Big Dan in the sports bar 413-773-8313.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 2:30 p.m. 90 Mile Portage. A collaboration between Minnesota singer/songwriter Jamie Kallestad and Massachusetts pianist/composer Ben Cosgrove. Promoters say predict an engaging fusion of the two members’ disparate musical style. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.

Dance

“THE NUTCRACKER” concludes. See Friday’s listing.

Literary

CELEBRATE THE SEASON: Read holiday classics at Meekins Library, Williamsburg. 4 to 6 p.m. The first reading will be Malka Penn’s folktale-like Hanukkah story “The Miracle of Potato Latkes,” the warm-hearted tale of a kind woman who shares her last potato with a stranger. The second will be Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” Come read or listen and enjoy holiday treats and warm drinks. Bring food for the Williamsburg COA Pantry, a warm coat for the Hilltown Survival Center or something special for animals at the Dakin Shelter. 268-7472, www.meekins-library.org.

Mara Bright, author, memoir launch/reading 4 p.m., at the Wendell Free Library, 7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell. A former Wendell resident and writer’s group facilitator, Bright has a new memoir, “The Constant Heart,” about to be published by Levellers Press in Amherst. Her memoir explores a woman’s relationship to the men she partners with, as she learns to be more truly herself, say organizers.

Music

CHRISTMAS IN COLRAIN CONCERT: 2 p.m. Colrain Baptist Church, Foundry Village Road, Colrain. Featuring local performers: Blessed Sacrament Handbell Choir from Greenfield; Dennis Ainsworth and family; Lisa and Kevin Hollister and family and many other familiar talents. Donations will go toward the food pantry. Free refreshments. For more information, call Joan McQuade at 624-8818.

MUSIC FOR A WINTER’S EVENING: 4 p.m. First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., Deerfield. The Deerfield Academy Visual and Performing Arts Department presents a program featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria; Vivaldi’s Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4 (“Winter” from the Four Seasons”); and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah performed by the Deerfield Choral Society, the Deerfield Academy Orchestra and guest musicians. Free. 213-435-9570.

THE PIONEER VALLEY BRASS, concert in Greenfield. See Saturday’s listing.

HOLIDAY HORNS CONCERT, Royalston Town Hall, 7 p.m., free. Quatro Cor, a French horn quartet that includes Rebecca Krause-Hardie, Jean Jeffries, Christine Mortensen, and Margot Rowland, will present holiday music, stories, and information. After the performance, there will be seasonal refreshments provided by

the Friends of the Phinehas S. Newton Library and time for discussion. www.royalstonlibrary.org

or call the library at 978-249-3572

Theater

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” continues. See Friday’s listing.

“FRUITCAKES” concludes. See Friday’s listing.

“OLIVER!” concludes. See Thursday’s listing.

Potpourri

CHEF MARTY will lead a cooking class on how to make Chinese chicken soup that uses a combination of Chinese herbal super-foods to make a delicious and powerful immune system health booster to strengthen through the cold and flue season. 2 to 5 p.m. Masonic Building, 7 Main St., Shelburne Falls. $25. Discounted fee for seniors 60 and over and FCC members $15. To register, call 625-2800, www.thelittlecookingschool.com.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Heritage Holiday continues. See Thursday’s listing.

SUE MAINFRAMES weaver and felt maker open studio continues. See Saturday’s listing.

“TEA AND TRAINS:” Look Memorial Park, Northampton, will offer afternoon tea in the Garden House, decorated for the holidays in a Victorian theme with snow villages and working model trains. 2 to 3 p.m. $6 per person. For reservations, call 584-5457. Repeats Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m.

WELCOME YULE concludes. See Friday’s listing.

Monday 16

Clubs

BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Closed due to staff Christmas Party. 863-2882.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 78 Third St., Turners Falls: Bingo! 8 p.m. Free. 863-2866, thevoo.net.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. NFL football: Ravens vs. Lions at 8:30 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Free pool all night in the sports bar. County music with host Kathy and her candy bowl. Monday Madness with Big Dan in the Sports Bar. 413-773-8313.

Coffeehouse

MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Monday Night football featuring Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions. 8:30 p.m. Admission free. Please tip the bartenders. 625-6292.

Film

“NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION” will be shown at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton. 1:30 p.m.

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. 772-1544 ext. 5, www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org. ∎ Writer’s Lunch. The library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. Self-directed free writing time. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more details. Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Reliable WiFi and a quiet workspace. Free.

Potpourri

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Heritage Holiday continues. See Thursday’s listing.

Tuesday 17

Clubs

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

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

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield: Patriots tickets giveaway. Bruins vs. Calgary at 7 p.m. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Trivia at 7 p.m. Open Beer Pong tournament with Megan starts at 9 p.m. 773-8313.

Libraries

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. ∎ Preschool story hour and craft time fun. Meet other people with small children and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts with Sally Ahearn. 10 to 11 a.m. 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. Self-directed free writing time open to any writer looking for a place to work through lunch. ∎ A creative nonfiction writing group led by Joannah Whitney meets in the LeVanway Room on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Open to anyone on a drop-in basis with no registration required. Whitney will present prompts for participants to write from for timed periods and writers are encouraged to share their work. She has led several writing groups at the library, including memoir and poetry groups and the ongoing Writers’ Lunch Workshop. Participants should call ahead during inclement weather.

Literary

GREENFIELD WORD: The Third Tuesday of the month. Spoken Word Greenfield, 9 Mill St., Greenfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. Open mike at 7:30. $1 to $5 sliding scale cover. Open mike will be five minute slots. 10 open slots.

Potpourri

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Heritage Holiday continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“TEA AND TRAINS” concludes. See Sunday’s listing.

Theater

“HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” at Majestic Theater, West Springfield. Through Dec. 23. Dec. 17, 7 p.m.; Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 20, 8 p.m.; Dec. 21, 2 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 23, 7 p.m. Family-friendly show featuring Pioneer Valley-based performers. Similar in style to nostalgic holiday specials of years past headlined by Andy Williams and Perry Como, the show will be hosted by singer Ray Guillemette Jr. Tickets $21, $23 adults, $10 children 10 and under. Call the box office at 474-7797.

Wednesday 18

Clubs

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

IRON HORSE, 20 Center St., Northampton. 7 p.m. Burlesque-Pades Holiday Spectacular. $15, $18. www.iheg.

TAYLOR’S TAVERN, 238 Main St., Greenfield. Watch 11 50-inch HDTVs. Restaurant Appreciation Night. Come in wearing your work shirt or show a pay sub and receive a special prize from Big Dan in the Sports Bar. Free pool for Bar/Restaurant employees. Sign up for complimentary prizes and giveaways. 413-773-8313.

Dance

LINE DANCING at the Moose Lodge, 20 School St., Greenfield. (Editor’s note: These classes will not be held Christmas Day or on New Year’s.) 7 to 10 p.m. Beginner to intermediate. Ring the doorbell for admittance. $5 per session. Beginner lessons at 7 p.m. Intermediate at 8. For more information, call Pat at 665-4260, jokellogg@aol.com.

Library

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Noon to 2 p.m. Writer’s Lunch. Self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through lunch. ∎ Chess Club. 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Meet up with other chess players in the meeting room.

Music

MID-WEEK MUSIC, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church

399 Main St., Greenfield. Baker-Seelig Duo performing Brahms’ Sonata in G. 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Final concert of the fall season. The series returns in March. Free, but donations to support the series are welcome. 413-773-5018. www.uugreenfield.org

Potpourri

HISTORIC DEERFIELD: Heritage Holiday continues. See Thursday’s listing.

“HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” continues. See Tuesday’s listing.

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