Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Feb. 25 - March 2

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Last modified: Thursday, February 25, 2016
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Thursday 25


CARNEGIE LIBRARY, Avenue A, Turners Falls: Music and Movement with Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson. 10 a.m. Thursdays through February. For more information call 863-3214.

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ■ Writers’ Lunch, noon to 2 p.m. the library’s meeting room will be open each Monday through Thursday for Writers’ Lunch. This is a self-directed free writing time. Bring your own lunch and beverage. For more details, contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544.

NEW SALEM LIBRARY, New Salem: “Fiction & Fashion,” a delightful “show and tell” on the clothing of Regency England as reflected in Jane Austen’s fiction presented by Kandie Carle. 7 p.m.


BACK PORCH FESTIVAL opens. 7 p.m. An evening with Laura Cantrell, noted country singer, writer and radio host. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. $15 advance, $18 at the door. Festival continues Friday. For tickets and schedule, go to www.signaturesoundspresents.com

OPEN MIC at the Marina Restaurant, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. 7 to 10 p.m. Kevin Parry hosts. Free. Participating musicians receive 50 percent off their meal. For information and to sign up, call 802-257-7563. www.kevinparrymusic.com

THE MAGIC TRIANGLE JAZZ SERIES begins its season with a performance by the Matt Wilson Quartet. 8 p.m. Fine Arts Center at UMass, Amherst. Tickets $12 general public, $7 students. 800-999-UMAS.

THE ROBERT CRAY BAND in concert. 8 p.m. Calvin Theater, 19 King St., Northampton. Tickets $28.50, $38.50. www.iheg.com.


“CABARET” performed by Deerfield Academy students. 7 p.m. Hess Center for the Performing Arts on the Academy campus, Deerfield. Repeats Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. “Cabaret” takes place from 1929 to 1930, a time when Berlin, in the midst of a Post-World War I economic depression, is transitioning from an underground, avant-garde cultural epicenter to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the rise of the Nazi Party Into this world enters Cliff, a struggling American writer searching for inspiration. On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the seedy Kit Kat Klub and meets Sally, a vivacious cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Not appropriate for children under 10. Tickets are free, but required for admission and available at dawinter2016.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

Friday 26


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. You need not bring a partner. Live music first Fridays of the month. Some teaching. Beginners welcome. Donation. 549-6748. www.amherstfolkdancing.org


ARMS LIBRARY, 50 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Kathy O’Rourke will read from her new book, “What I’ve Seen: Animal, Nature and Ranger Tales.” O’Rourke will read stories and poems from her book about working as a ranger and naturalist while living at National Parks and on Mt. Greylock. 625-0306

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ■ “Mother Goose on the Loose,” 10 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. In the LeVanway Room. ■ Writers’ 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 space to work.

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: ■ Preschool Story Time begins 11 a.m. Head of Youth Services Kelly Daniels Baker will lead 45 minutes of fun that includes theme-based stories, songs, finger plays and crafts. For children ages 3 to 5 and their families. Free. Through Fall.


BACK PORCH FESTIVAL continues at 8 p.m. at Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton with Los Lobos and Suitcase Junket. Tickets $39, $49. Also, Honky-Tonk Happy Hour featuring The Roy Sludge Trio, 5 to 7 p.m. at The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. Free. www.signaturesoundpresents.com

BOBBY BONES & THE RAGING IDIOTS concert spectacular at the Calvin Theater, 19 King St., Northampton. 8 p.m. Love and Theft opens. Tickets $25, $50 VIP. www.iheg.com


FRANKLIN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION presents its second annual Silent Art Auction. 6 to 8 p.m. Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield. Local art, music by guitarist Seamus Hawks, Red Sox ticket raffle and cash bar. Proceeds benefit the Thomas W. Merrigan Memorial Scholarship Fund which helps Franklin County youth attend college. For more information go to www.franklincountybar.org or email fcbar@franklincountybar.org.


“CABARET” continues. See Thursday’s listing.

Saturday 27


MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: 8 p.m. Birdsong at Morning (folk pop) with guest Francesca Blanchard (singer/songwriter). Please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com


NEW SALEM LIBRARY, New Salem: 1 to 2 p.m. Springfield Symphony Orchestra Musical Petting Zoo.

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: ■ Saturday Playgroup. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. For babies, toddlers and children 0 to 5 and their caregivers. Informal play, interactive literacy activities and conversations with other families. Free. ■ 2 p.m. Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, will give a talk about the future of renewable energy in Massachusetts.

WHATELY LIBRARY, 202 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately. 10:30 a.m. Dr. Seuss Storyopolis. Thing 1 and Thing 2 are excited to say, it’s time to celebrate a special birthday. Stories, skits and fun. Meet the Cat in the Hat. Special Dr. Seuss story celebration.


WORLD EYE BOOKSHOP, 156 Main St., Greenfield: Jean-Claude van Itallie, author of “Tea with Demons Games of Transformation.” 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. An adventure into a new genre — 49 self-development games for the reader to play. Van Itallie has transformed an old farm in Western Mass. where he’s lived for decades into the Shantigar Foundation for Theater/Meditation/Healing.Music

BACK PORCH FESTIVAL continues: 5 to 7 p.m. Honky Tonk Happy Hour (band TBA). The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 7 p.m. Backporch Bluegrass Night featuring The Steep Canyon Rangers, Peter Rowan and Mandolin Orange. Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. $22, $28. www.signaturesoundspresents.com.

CARAVAN OF THIEVES perform acoustic swing and alt gypsy jazz. 7:30 p.m. Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, downtown Putney, Vt. Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. $20 advance, $24 at the door. 802-387-0102. www.nextstagearts.org.

THE DOUG HEWITT GROUP will perform songs from his hit CD “Roots In the Sky” plus jazz covers. 8 p.m. Sam’s Cafe, 235 Main St., Northampton. Free. 587-2677.

GLOBALFEST ON THE ROAD: Creole Carnival. 8 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass, Amherst. Driving music of the Creole culture. What started as an annual showcase in New York has grown into an international brand, building audiences for world music with stages at SXSW, Bonnaroo and beyond. Tickets $35, $30, $20; Five College, GCC and 17 and under $10.

“LOVE SONGS THROUGH THE DECADES” concert. 4 p.m. First Parish of Northfield, Main and Parker Streets, Northfield. Sanctuary, a duo of singer/guitarist Gayle Craig and pianist/singer Mark Ellis, will present a concert of classic and modern love songs from the classics of the 30s and 40s, to the pop ballads of today. $10 donation suggested. Free parking.

PETER SEEGER SING-ALONG: 7 p.m. Ashfield Congregational Church, 429 Main St., Ashfield. A bevy of folksingers who lead the music Seeger loved will provide a free sing-along. Song leaders include: Lui Collins, Ben Grosscup, Annie Hassett, Charlie King, Sue Kranz, Yosl Kurland, Jay Mankita, Sarah Pirtle, Elias Setgeman, Ben Tousley, Tom Yoemans and Kate Stevens, pastor of the church. All ages welcome. Wheelchair accessible at the front door. For more information, call 625-2355, pirtle22@hotmail.com


BLACK HISTORY MONTH: MUSIC AND DIVERSITY II: 4 to 6 p.m. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Lecture by New York spoken word poet Bob McNeil: From Africa to Hip Hop. This program celebrates music from Africa to American hip hop. Through essays, poems, stories and quotes the audience is going to hear the history of musc.” 9 p.m. at the Rendezvous, Third Street, Turners Falls: Reception: Call and Response: Portraits of Influential African American Blues and Jazz Musicians. Performance by Jazz singer Kim Kalestri from New York City. Suggested donation $5 to $10.

CAMERON’S WINERY, Main Street, Northfield: 5 to 9 p.m. Wine and Canvas to benefit Northfield PTO.

COMMEMORATION OF THE 1704 RAID ON DEERFIELD: The battle that originally took place in the fields north of town will be reenacted at 2 p.m. on Deerfield Academy’s athletic fields at the end of Albany Road. An MC will provide commentary about the battle. The Indian House Children’s Museum, up the main street from the Old Deerfield common, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Hands-on activities include candle-dipping, colonial clothing to try on, colonial toys and games, and a chance to try carding and spinning wool. Historic reenactors will be on hand to answer questions and for more discussion. At 10:30 a.m., “Through Enemy Eyes,” a discussion by French and Native American reenactors of their perspectives about why the raid occurred, their goals, how they were involved and what the cultural differences were between the various groups involved. Bement School Barn and Arts Wing, across from Indian House. The discussion will take place Sunday at 12:30 p.m. At 11:45 a.m., “Captive Voices” at the Bement School Barn and Arts Wing. Deerfield historians will present first-person narratives of two girls captured during the 1704 raid who remained in Canada. Memorial Hall Museum, #8 Memorial St., Old Deerfield will be open today from 12:30 to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. for viewing only the 1704 related exhibits on the second floor. Admission to all events and Memorial Hall Museum and Indian House is free. 774-7476 Ext. 33 or lmanring@deerfield.history.museum

GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Build a Blue Bird House— Help the blue birds in your neighborhood get ready for spring nesting by building a birdhouse with specifications just for them. To register call 863-3221. Free.

THE JOY & GRIT OF LIVING CREATIVELY: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Forbes Library Community Room, 20 West St., Northampton Meet your life and livelihood challenges by getting rooted in creative possibility and the resourceful you! With Salena Levi, Transformation Life Coach. Free. www.soulalignmentservies.com.

NORTHAMPTON VINYL RECORD FAIR, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Union Station’s Grand Ballroom, 125 Pleasant St., Northampton. Local and regional record dealers from New Jersey to Maine will bring out thousands of vinyl records and CDs for sale. Early admission from 9 to 11 a.m. $5. Free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Food and drink available. DJs will be spinning vinyl all day.


“CABARET” concludes. See Thursday’s listing.

Sunday 28


MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls: Long Journey. Folk. 2 p.m. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, info@mochamayas.com.


BRATTLEBORO CONTRA DANCE will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro, Vt., across from the downtown fire station. Caller will be Dugan Murphy. He will be accompanied by the band Hey Day featuring Shirley White, fiddle; Jonathan Larkin, accordion, Amy Larkin and George White, guitar playing Irish-Cajun Swamp Contra music. $10 adults; $8 college students with ID, and $5 youth through high school. 802-258-1723, www.brattcontra.org.


LAURET SAVOY will read from her new book, “Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape.” 2 p.m. Leverett Library. “Trace” explores how this country’s still unfolding history marks a person as well as the land.


BANISH MISFORTUNE performs traditional Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, airs, polkas, songs and craig. 3 to 6 p.m. Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court, Northampton. 584-9903. Free. Every Sunday.

THE BACK PORCH FESTIVAL concludes: Back Porch radio live! 9 a.m. to noon. A three hour broadcast of the Back Porch radio show featuring special musical guests. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 7 p.m. Twisted Pine, Max Wareham and Morning Bugle and guests. The Parlor Room. $15 advance, $18 at the door, $8 students. www.signaturesoundspresents.com.

THE GOSPEL OF SACRED MUSIC, a community gospel sing led by Evelyn Harris. 4 p.m. North Hadley Congregational Church, 243 River Drive, Hadley. Refreshments follow.

STRING DAY Fine Arts Center Music Wing, UMass, Amherst. 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Chamber and orchestra music reading, rehearsals, masterclasses, African drumming, Irish fiddling, buying an instrument, discussion about college application progress, and culminating concert. For Pre-college string students, their parents and teachers. $35. To register go to umass.edu/stringday or email stringdayumass@gmail.com.

THE VALLEY WINDS present a concert titled “Give Us this Day: Life, Death and Resurrection.” 4 p.m. Greenfield High School auditorium, 21 Barr Avenue,, Greenfield. Featuring works by Maslanka, Bedford, Whitacre, Hovhannes and more. Free; donations accepted.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH: MUSIC AND DIVERSITY II: 4 p.m. Brick House Community Resource Center, Turners Falls. Documentary, “The Mike Brown Rebellion) (2014, 63 minutes). Free. www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.

COMMEMORATION OF THE 1704 RAID ON DEERFIELD concludes: 2 p.m. Professor Kevin Sweeney of Amherst College presents a lecture, “Raiding Captive Taking along the New England and New York Borders (1688-1748). (See below) and Saturday’s listing.

FROM FLAX TO LINEN: Michelle Parrish will speak at Sheep & Shawl, 265 Greenfield Road, Tibetan Plaza, South Deerfield, from 1 to 3 p.m. She will explain the steps involved in growing and processing flax, sharing some of her research into different varieties of fiber flax. Parrish is a weaver, natural dyer, and spinner who has been growing flax for more than 10 years. www.sheepandshawl.com, 397-3680.

HISTORIC DEERFIELD WINTER LECTURE SERIES, “In Harm’s Way: Conflict and Captivity Before the French and Indian War” continues. “Raiding and Captive Taking along the New England and New York Borders 1688-1748” presented by Kevin Sweeney, Professor of American Studies and History, Amherst College. 2 p.m. Deerfield Community Center, Old Deerfield Free. 775-7214, info@historic-deerfield.org

THE REALLY BIG SHOW featuring the best local talent. 2 p.m. Academy of Music Theater, 274 Main St. Northampton. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Steve Westfield of the Pajama Slave Dancers hots the Gong Show with music from the Really Big Show orchestra led by Jim Armenti. Appearances from NCTV’s Fools Be Known, The School of Contemporary Dance & Thought, Peter Blanchette of the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra, fiddler Zoe Darrow and a variety of surprise performers. Celebrity judge panel features comedian Pam Victor, Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper, 93.9 the River radio personality Monte Belmonte.Advance: $10 adults; $8 seniors 65 and older and veterans; $5 children 12 and under. At the door: $12 adults, $10 seniors 65 and older and veterans, $7 children 12 and under.

Monday 29


GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ■ Writers Lunch, noon to 2 p.m. In the LeVanway meeting room. Monday through Thursday. Self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through lunch. Bring your own lunch and beverage. For more details, contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544. ■ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet workspace are invited to the library’s LeVanway Meeting Room. ■ Afterschool Read-Aloud. 4 to 5 p.m. Children’s Librarian Kay or guest reader will read picture books, folk tales or passages from favorite chapter books in a theme each week, with sing-along songs and some puppetry to go along with the theme. Every Monday. www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org

MONTAGUE CENTER LIBRARY: 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Adult coloring group. Outside the Lines is a monthly adult coloring group at the he library. Supplies available, but feel free to bring your own.

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: ■ The Knitting Circle, a free knitting club, meets every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Lane Reading Room. This group is open to people of all ages and skill levels. Each week members meet to receive free knitting lessons, get help with difficult patterns, share ideas for projects, learn new skills and chat while they work. The group often works on charity projects, including knitting and donating hats for babies to Cooley Dickinson Hospital. For more information, call 665-2642. ■.

WHEELER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 49 East Main St., Orange. ■ Mother Goose on the Loose, Storytime Mondays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For children birth to age 4 and their families. Make music, learn rhymes and sing songs.

Tuesday 1


CARNEGIE LIBRARY, Avenue A, Turners Falls: ■ 10 to 11 a.m. Morning Play Group. Drop in for some informal play and connect with other adults/families. ■ 3:30 p.m., Craft Time on Tuesdays. Stories, crafts and snacks for children of all ages with Angela. 863-3214.

DICKINSON MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 115 Main St., Northfield. 6:30 p.m. Craft a Colorful Home. Kristin Nicholas, local homesteader/artist/writer/teacher and color expert, will teach patrons how to brighten up our dark New England winter with interior color design. She will demonstrate how to utilize color through selection (of paints, for example) and creation, drawing on her expertise as a painter, potter, weaver, stitcher and general crafty person. Snow date March 8. 498-2455.

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St. Greenfield: ■ Mother Goose on the Loose. 10 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. Kay reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts new to very young children. Each session is 45 minutes, with half an hour of structured activity and about 15 minutes of visiting time. No sign-up required. Free. ■ The library’s meeting room will be open Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. for a Writers’ Lunch. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for details. ■ Movie Night at the Library. 6 p.m. “The Princess Bride.”

SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: ■ All ages Chess Club. 6 to 7 p.m. This all ages club starts from square one, so beginners and more advanced players are all welcome. Club leader Andy Morris-Friedman will guide you as you learn how to play the game, different techniques and strategies and how to use all of your pieces to your best advantage. The club will study famous games and will help you discover new ways to improve your play. Children in Grade 3 and below must be accompanied by an adult. 665-2642. ■ Play Writing Workshop for teens and adults. 6 p.m. Local play writer Dale Murphy will teach participants the best techniques for writing plays. Free.

WHEELER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 49 East Main St., Orange. Rise and Romp Storytime. 11 to 11:45 a.m. For children at birth through preschool and their families. Listen to stories, learn fingerplays and make a craft. Program ends with informal playtime. 978-544-2495. www.orangelib.org


WRITERS’ NIGHT OUT: 7 p.m. the Basement, 21 Center St., Northampton. Open mike: put your name in the hat until 7:10. Reading begins at 7:15 p.m. Followed by featured reader Sarah Sousa. After that, time to schmooze, drink, make merry and find out what’s happening in the local writing world.


JAZZ SHOWCASE presented by the UMass Department of Music and Dance. 7:30 p.m. Bowker Auditorium, UMass, Amherst. Featuring guitarist Chico Pinheiro and four other virtuoso Brazilian jazz musicians playing the Reunion Project. $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public; free for UMass music majors and minors. 545-2511.


CAMERON’S WINERY, Main Street, Northfield: 8 Week Belly Dance and Wine Class. 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday 2


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.


CARNEGIE LIBRARY, 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls: ■ Story Time, which includes thematic stories, projects and snacks. Every Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. For young children and their parents and caregivers. ■ Homeschool Science at 1:15 p.m. Weekly hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities and experiments for children of all ages with their families with Angela. 863-3214.

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ■ Writers’ Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. Self-directed free writing time. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for details. ■ Chess Club. 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Meet up with other chess players in the main library. The last Wednesday of the month will feature a speed chess tournament. ■ 6 p.m. First Wednesday Speaker Series: Jeff Lord, “I See You Have Studied Your Agrippa.” Jeff Lord and Jeff Goodhind’s presentation on the various sword fighting forms mentioned in the book and film, “The Princess Bride.” Free.

NEW SALEM LIBRARY, New Salem: Teen and Tween News. Wednesdays 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Try out the new 3D pen. For more information call 978-544-6334.

WHEELER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 49 East Main St., Orange. Rise and Romp Storytime. 11 to 11:45 a.m. For children at birth through preschool and their families. Listen to stories, learn fingerplays and make a craft. Program ends with informal playtime. 978-544-2495. www.orangelib.org


BOSTON UNIVERSITY FACULTY in concert. 8:15 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass, Amherst. $3 UMass students; $5 other students, seniors and children; $10 general public. 545-2511.


BERKSHIRE PIZZERIA, 72 Main St., Charlemont: Weekly open mic from 7 to 9 p.m. Musicians, poets, entertainers of all kinds welcome. Interested performers should contact 337-5501 or ben@berkshirepizzeria.com for details. Walk-ins welcome.