Arts & Culture Calendar for Week of Feb. 22 to 28

  • Local singer-songwriter Kris Delmhorst will perform a darkly hopeful new collection of songs at The Parlor Room in Northampton on Saturday at 7 p.m. Joe Navas photo

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Thursday, 22 Literary Arts

Harry Potter Book Club: 3 to 5 p.m. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Book Club will meet and talk about books, learn charms and spells. Register by calling 413-772-1544. Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield. 413-772-1544, ext. 5105. bbullock@greenfield-ma.gov.

Lisa Brooks Reading: 5 and 7 p.m. Lisa Brooks, author of “Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War,” will host a book signing at World Eye Bookshop, 134 Main St., at 5, followed by discussion at Stinchfield Hall, College Drive, Greenfield Community College at 7. Both in Greenfield. 413-773-9818. nolumbekaproject@gmail.com.


Brain Habits, Sinking, Tiny Hueman, The Basement Cats: 9 p.m. Local indie rock bands live in the Perch. $5 in advance, $10 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Luke Baillargeon: 6 to 8 p.m. Live Italian music. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

Mark Nomad & “Harmonica” Steve: 7 p.m. Mark and Steve play classic blues infused with original tunes. $10 advance, $12 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

The Message: 7:30 p.m. Music inspired by iconic bands in jazz history. $10 to $35. Bowker Auditorium, 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst. 413-545-2511. facbox@umass.edu.

Open Mic Night: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Free. The Taproom Hadley, 1 Mill Valley Road, Suite C, Hadley. 618-889-4831. Joe@thetaproomhadley.com.

Thursday Experiment: 7:30 to 10 p.m. A monthly series showcasing premiere practitioners of improvisation and experimental music. Curated by Bonnie Kane. $5 suggested donation. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com.


Green Living Seminar: 5:30 p.m. “Innovative Strategies for Facilitating and Monitoring Fish Movement and Migration,” by Dr. Alex Haro, fish passage engineering section leader at the United States Geologic Survey (USGS). Free. Room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams. 413-662-5303.

Friday, 23 Dance

“On the Horizon”: 8 to 9 p.m. Continues Feb. 24. Performances by Kathy Couch, Mary Beth Booker, Madison Palffy, Molly McBride, Elena Marione and Lauren Horn. Curated by Peter Schmitz. $5 to $10. A.P.E., 33 Hawley Street, Northampton. 413-586-5553. lisathompson@apearts.org.

Queer Dance Party: 9 p.m. Dance party at 9, cabaret at 10. $5 to $10. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro.


Black Lake: It all Starts in the Mind Growing Like a Diamond: 6 to 8 p.m. Black Lake’s collaborative art and music are consistently about nature, especially urban nature, and consciousness. Free. Readywipe, 532 Main St., Studio 306, Holyoke. 413-552-3475. susannah@readywipegallery.com.

#doubledoseofdave: 6 to 8:30 p.m. An evening of keyboards, basses, beer and duets of recognizable songs. Free. Abandoned Building Brewery, 142 Pleasant St., Unit 103A, Easthampton.

Flathead Rodeo Celebrates Johnny Cash’s Birthday: 8 to 11:30 p.m. A musical mélange of Johnny Cash tunes, roots and rockabilly classics. Free. The Harp Irish Pub, 163 Sunderland Road, Amherst.

Ricky Ford Quartet: 7:30 p.m. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Ricky Ford, John Kordalewski, Jerome Harris and Barry Altschul. $15. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. jazzshares.org.

Rob Mahar CD Release Party: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Music Under The Grow Lights” concert celebrating the launch of Rob Mahar’s new CD! Family-friendly. Food and drinks available. Free. Mill 180 Park, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-977-1538. art@susannawhite.com.

Szlachetka: 7 p.m. Album release party for Los Angeles-based solo artist Matthew Szlachetka, a rock and roll/Americana singer-songwriter. $15 to $18. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-341-3317. info@signaturesounds.com.

Winter String Jamboree: 7 p.m. An evening to enjoy local string music, arts and in-house crafted cocktails. $20 to $25. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

All Folked Up: 7 p.m. Featuring music by Lonely Whale, Michael Orlen and Bruce King. Free. Thirsty Mind Coffee and Wine Bar, 23 College St., Suite 6, South Hadley.

Lonesome Brothers: 8:30 to 11 p.m. Jim Armenti and Ray Mason. Original roots rock. No cover, but tips appreciated. Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282, Wendell Road, Shutesbury.


The Wolves: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Continues Feb. 24 and March 1 through 3. A portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. $5 to $10. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, 122 Green St., Northampton. 413-585-3220, smith.edu/smitharts. artsinfo@smith.edu.


Homeschool Wilderness Skills Programs: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children will learn ice safety, hypothermia prevention, quinzee building and tracking. $55 to $70. Fifty percent tuition due upon registration. Larch Conservation Area, 525 South Pleasant St., Amherst. 413-340-1161. frank@earthworkprograms.com.

Winter Playground at Retreat Farm: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continues Feb. 24. Family snowshoe walks, campfires, face painting, storytellers and farm animals. Visit retreatfarm.org for daily schedule of events. $6 to $8. Free for children under 2. Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Square, Brattleboro. 802-490-2270. info@retreatfarm.org.

Saturday, 24 dance

Melha Shriners’ Last Dance: 6 p.m. to midnight. The Shriners’ final dance before moving to a new location. Social hour at 6 p.m.; dinner of pasta, meatballs, salad and rolls at 7 p.m.; followed by dancing to music by DJ Rene Vadnais until midnight. Chances to win 50/50 raffle prizes. $15. Melha Shrine Center, 133 Longhill St., Springfield. 413-736-3647.


10th Annual Beatles Open Mic Benefit: 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Benefit for the Northampton Community Music Center. Free. $10 suggested donation for NCMC Scholarship Fund. 13th Floor Music Lounge, 99 Main St., Florence. Performances also at the Northampton Community Music Center, 139 South St., Northampton. dasterndastern@yahoo.com.

Bennie and the Jets: 5 to 10:30 p.m. An Elton John tribute band. $45, includes a six-course dinner, parking, gratuity, tax and show. Teresa’s Restaurant, 315 Palmer Road, Ware. 413-967-7601. jrsglobalentertainment@gmail.com.

Flathead Rodeo: 8 to 11:30 p.m. Roots, rock and roll, and rockabilly music. Free. TNT Pizza Sports Barr & Grill, 548 South St., Holyoke, MA, Holyoke. 413-536-1100.

Johhny Fireseed and the Junkyard Dogs: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Johnny Fireseed and the Junkyard Dogs performs a family music show with an upbeat eco-message on instruments made entirely from recycled items. $8. Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, 90 Wyman Way, Keene. 603-358-2168. boxoffice@keene.edu.

Kris Delmhorst: 7 p.m. A darkly hopeful new collection of songs. $18 to $22. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-341-3317. info@signaturesounds.com.

Open Mic Invitational Featuring Toms Dews and Ralph Carson: 8 to 10 p.m. Two singer-songwriters from the Pioneer Valley are featured on the last Saturday of each month. Free. The Harp Irish Pub, 163 Sunderland Road, North Amherst. dalereynolds@live.com.

The Perceptionists Featuring Mr. Lif and Akrobatik: Legendary hip hop group from Boston. $15 to $20. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Rusted Shame: 9 p.m. to midnight: Free. Whiskerz Pub, 75 Cottage St., Easthampton. 413-320-6269. shamerusted@gmail.com.

Sinkane: 8 p.m. Ahmed Gallab makes music that is joyful and generous, with a razor-sharp message about community and social justice. $10 to $26. MASS MoCa, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111. info@massmoca.org.

Tom Knight Puppet Show: 11 a.m. to noon. Puppeteer Tom Knight performs original songs and skits. $8 to 10. Northampton Community Music Center, 139 South St., Northampton. 413-585-0001. sam@ncmc.net.

UMass Chamber Choir & Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble: 8 p.m. The UMass Chamber Choir & Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble, conducted by Tony Thornton, present Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil.” $10 to $20. Our Lady of the Valley Church, 33 Adams St., Easthampton. 413- 545-2511. music@music.umass.edu.

Pinedrop EP Release Party: 8 p.m. Pinedrop, a four-piece band from Brattleboro, offers Americana sound intertwined with folk and bluegrass. With special guest The Big Empty. $5 to $8. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro.

Festivals & fairs

Fire & Ice: 5 to 8 p.m. Annual sledding and bonfire event. Enjoy dinner, roasted marshmallows and hot cocoa by the fire. $5 suggested donation per person, or $15 per family. Red Gate Farm, 4 Norman Road, Ashfield. 413-625-9503. jake@redgatefarm.org.

Greater Easthampton St. Patrick’s Parade Party: 5:30 to 9 p.m. $6 to $25. Pulaski Club, 79 Maple St., Easthampton. 413-527-4108. johnfrancis1111@gmail.com.


Nature Walk for Caregivers and Toddlers: 10 to 11 a.m. The one-hour hike allows children, birth to 5 years old, to gently discover the natural world and gives caregivers the skills to explore on their own. $5 to $7 for adults, children free. Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton. 413-584-3009. arcadia@massaudubon.org.

Monte Belmonte’s 40th Birthday Bacchanalia: 6:30 p.m. Part variety show, part roast. Wine tasting starting at 6:30, show at 7:30. Featuring author Mo Willems, Congressman Jim McGovern, National Book Award winner Jeanne Birdsall, Zara Bode of The Sweetback Sisters, broadway makeup designer Joe Dulude II, gospel singer Mikey Sweet, comedian Jennifer Myszkowski, and house band And The Kids. $10 to $15. Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Sunday, 25 music

Banish Misfortune, Traditional Irish Music: 3 to 6 p.m. Traditional Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, polkas, airs, songs and craic. Free. Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court, Northampton. 413-586-4997. davemeuser@msn.com.

Edith & Bennett/FIELD HOLLER: 7 p.m. Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni are work-song scholars who play old-time fiddle and banjo music, Swedish dance tunes, historic ballads and hollers. $12 to $15. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-341-3317. info@signaturesounds.com.

Eli Catlin: 3 to 6 p.m. Eli Catlin melds blues, folk, country and American primitive styles. Free. New City Brewery, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. khalif@laudable.productions.

Sage Chamber Music Society: Jiayan Sun: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Reflections on Sonata. Music by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Béla Bartók, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ferruccio Busoni, Leoš Janáček, and Maurice Ravel. Free. Sweeney Concert Hall, 122 Green St., Northampton. artsinfo@smith.edu.

Footings: 8 p.m. Featuring music by New Hampshire songwriter Eric Gagne, Elisabeth Fuchsia on viola, Rick Maguire on drums, and vocals from both Candace Clement and Jordan Holtz. $7. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro.


Sunday Afternoon Live!: 2 p.m. Northampton Arts Council presents annual variety show. Advance: $6 to $11. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. northamptonartscouncil.org.

festivals & fairs

Tibetan New Year Celebration: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Food, performances, exhibits and presentations. $7. Student Union Ballroom, UMass Amherst.


“I Know a Man...Ashley Bryan” Film Screening: 1 to 3 p.m. A film by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly about a 94-year-old creative wonder. $9 to $22, or free with museum admission. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 W Bay Road, Amherst. 413-559-6300. sandys@carlemuseum.org.

Screening of “Composed”: 4 to 6 p.m. The UMass Department of Music and Dance presents a screening of the documentary film “Composed” about dealing with performance anxiety. Free. Bezanson Recital Hall, 151 President’s Drive, Amherst. 413-577-2154. mlonghi@umass.edu.

Screening of “There Are Jews Here”: 2 to 3:30 p.m. $4 to $8. Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Amherst. 413-256-4900. programs@yiddishbookcenter.org.


Purim at the Carle Museum Art Studio: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Get ready for Purim at the Carle, creating wearable art and costumes. Especially for children ages 3-6. $10. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 W Bay Road, Amherst. 413-584-6622. ameltzer@landergrinspoon.org.

Cell Phones and Visual Arts: 3 to 4 p.m. Russell Steven Powell, a Hatfield author of five books, will discuss the impact of cell phone cameras on visual arts. Free. Robert Floyd Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., Southampton. 413-529-2635. floyd@floydgallery.com.

Hands and Hearts to Cloth: 2 to 4 p.m. Mary Boehmer and Bambi Miller trace the role local women played in the Underground Railroad. Free. Salmon Falls Gallery, 1 Ashfield St. Unit 9, Shelburne Falls. 413-625-9833. salmonfalls@megaplanet.com.


Wildlife Rehabilitation: 10 a.m. Tom Ricardi will talk about his work with birds. First Congregational Church of Sunderland, 91 South Main St., Sunderland. 413-367-9645.

Purim-Shpiel: The Whole Megillah!: 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Music, masks, mischief and miracles spring to life in this merry celebration of Purim plays. $10 recommended donation. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., Amherst. 413-256-0160. kerenrhodes@jcamherst.org.

Monday, 26 dance

Monday English Country Dance: 7 p.m. Social dances from 17-21st centuries danced to live music. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. Wear soft-soled shoes. $7 to $10. Munson Library, 1046 Southeast St., Amherst. amherstcd.org.

literary arts

Fiction Reading: Hermione Hoby: 8 to 9 p.m. Hermione Hoby, author of the “Stranger of the Week” column at The Awl, will read from her debut novel, “Neon in Daylight.” Free. Amherst Books, 8 Main St., Amherst. 413-542-8200. crnewman@amherst.edu.

Poetry Reading by Red Pine: 7 p.m. Bill Porter, whose pen-name is Red Pine, translates Chinese texts, primarily Taoist and Buddhist, including poetry and sūtras. Free. Poetry Center, Wright Hall, 5 Chapin Drive, Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.


Jeff Holmes Big Band Featuring Dawning Holmes: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Seventeen-piece big band plays leaders arrangements and compositions with vocalist Dawning Holmes. Jazz, blues and soul. Free. The 121 Club at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton. jwholmes@umass.edu, dawna@fathomarts.com.


“Only When I Dance” Screening: 4 p.m. Documentary tells the story of Silva and Isabela Coracy from the favelas of Rio, who pursue their dreams of becoming professional ballet dancers. Free. Seeyle 106, Smith College, Northampton.

“Walden”: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A new documentary short film about the enduring legacy of Henry David Thoreau’s work, including his book “Walden.” Discussion follows. Free. Westhampton Public Library, 1 N Rd, Westhampton. 413-628-4485. hltoutreach@thetrustees.org.


Mornings on the Farm: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Weekly program guides children up to 4 through the wonders of life on a farm. $10 to $20. Red Gate Farm, 4 Norman Road, Ashfield. 413-625-9503. jake@redgatefarm.org.

Sunderland Playgroup: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Drop-in playgroup for children up to 5. Sunderland Elementary School, Sunderland. 413-665-1151.

#TimesUp on Period Stigma: Why Menstrual Equity Matters: 4 p.m. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, leading menstrual advocate and author of “Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity,” will share her firsthand account of how and why periods have become a prominent political cause, and what’s next for this agenda. Campus Center 102, 100 Elm St., Smith College, Northampton.

Raising Hell at Your Desk: Translating Isaac Babel: 4:30 p.m. Literary translator Boris Dralyuk will discuss his translations of Isaac Babel’s inventive short stories written in the 1920s. Seelye 201, 2 Seelye Drive, Smith College, Northampton.

Tuesday, 27 dance

Night Club 2 Step, Foxtrot, West Coast Swing: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Two classes on each style. No experience required; no partner necessary. $75 for 6 classes. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust Street, Northampton. 413-587-1414 ext. 3530. ltiley@smithtec.org.

literary arts

Maya Joshi: The Life and Work of Rahul Sankrityayan: 5 p.m. Maya Joshi traces the life and work of Rahul Sankrityayan, a polymath born in India. Free. Seelye 201, 2 Seelye Drive, Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.


Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Boston-based tap dancer and choreographer Sean Fielder will be the guest soloist with the Green Street Trio followed by an open jazz jam session. $5. City Sports Grille, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton. paulphiliparslanian@gmail.com.

Symphony Band: American Epitaphs and Tributes: 7:30 p.m. Concert exploring the different ways composers have immortalized American historical figures and events through sound. $5 to $10. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass Amherst, Amherst. 413-545-2511, fineartscenter.com. music@music.umass.edu.


Detective Sent-Tout: The Case of the Adverb: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Keene State College Theatre and Dance Department presents a new theatrical puppet production by KSC Theatre Professor Céline Perron. Also Feb. 28. $6 to $10. Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, 90 Wyman Way, Keene. 603-358-2168. boxoffice@keene.edu.


Bodies in Earth: Postwar Japanese Ceramics, Photography and Installation Art: 5 p.m. Professor Bert Winther-Tamaki will give a lecture on photographers, ceramicists and installation artists in Japan in the 50s to 70s. Free. Smith College Museum of Art, Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton. artmuseum@smith.edu.

Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth: 6 to 8 p.m. Free seven-week program for children ages 10 to 14 and families. Dinner and childcare available. Free. White Brook Middle School, 200 Park St., Easthampton. 413-207-5725. cbriggs@epsd.us.

Wednesday, 28 dance

Creacion Latin Big Band: 7 p.m. Twenty-piece big band with Frances Rahaim plays salsa, cha cha, boogaloo, merengue, cumbia, son and bolero. Open dance floor. Every first and third Wednesday. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Five College Faculty Dance: Collective Tissue: 8 to 10 p.m. Five College Dance, in collaboration with Hampshire College Dance, presents an evening of dance featuring contributions from across all five campuses. $5 to $10. Hampshire College, 893 West St., Amherst. 413-559-6622. jwalker@fivecolleges.edu.

literary arts

Creative Writing Workshops: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Workshops held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for 10 weeks. Beginners and seasoned writers welcome. First visit is free. $25 to $45. Main Street Writers, 664 Main St., Suite 60, Amherst. 413-221-4652. mainstreetwriters@gmail.com.


UMass Faculty Concert: The Schubert Cycles I: 7:30 p.m. Faculty concert by William Hite, tenor, with Jeewon Park, piano. The program will feature Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. Free. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst, Amherst. 413-577-2154. music@music.umass.edu.

Music in the Noon Hour: 3 to 5 p.m. Paradise Wind Quintet, performing Suite Miniature by Poldowski (Irene Wieniawska), and more. Free. Sweeney Concert Hall, 144 Green St., Northampton. artsinfo@smith.edu.

Wheelhouse Karaoke: 8 p.m. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Brattleboro Women’s Chorus: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Chorus starts its spring session rehearsals with songs about Vermont and songs by Vermont composers, including several by Chorus Director Becky Graber. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St., Brattleboro. A second rehearsal on March 1, 10 a.m. to noon., Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-254-8994.


Screening of “13th”: 7 p.m. Documentary explores the history of race and the criminal justice system in the United States. Discussion follows. Free. Town Hall Auditorium, 41 Pelham Road, Belchertown. belchertownvoices4justice.org.

Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival: 7:30 to 10 p.m. 25th annual festival. Free. UMass Amherst Flavin Family Auditorium (SOM 137), 121 President’s Drive, Amherst. 413-545-2341. shimpach@umass.edu.

“Young Voices for the Planet” Screening: 6:30 p.m. A film about youth actions in defense of livable communities, presented by Greening Greenfield and the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. Screening followed by discussion. Free. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St., Greenfield.


Homeschool Halfdays: 9 a.m. to noon. A weekly, hands-on learning-through-farming experience for homeschoolers. $20 per half day, $200 full session. Red Gate Farm, 4 Norman Road, Ashfield. 413-625-9503. jake@redgatefarm.org.