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Arts & Culture Calendar: Aug. 16 to Aug. 22, 2018


Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Thursday, 16 Literary Arts

Author Talk: “Death of an Altar Boy”: 6:15 to 8 p.m. E.J. Fleming reviews his explosive book “Death of an Altar Boy: The Unsolved Murder of Danny Croteau and the Culture of Abuse in the Catholic Church.” Free. East Springfield Neighborhood Council Building, 1437 Carew St., Springfield. 413-263-6840. rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org.

Music

Belchertown Community Band: 7 p.m. Free. Town Common, Park Street, Belchertown. belchertowncommunityband@gmail.com.

Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers: 8 p.m. Called “one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene” by Living Blues Magazine. $8 in advance; $12 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Florence Music on the Porch Series: 6:30 p.m. Featuring #Doubledoseofdave. Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St., Florence.

Greenfield Coop Concerts: 6 to 8 p.m. Featuring Roland LaPierre; Orlen, Gabriel & Avery; and Small Change. Free. Energy Park, 50 Miles St., Greenfield. pattex@crocker.com.

The Rightly So: 8 to 11 p.m. Free. Theodores,’ 201 Worthington St., Springfield.

festivals & Fairs

5th Annual Community Picnic and Festival: 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free activities, food, live music, book sale and more. Free. Mason Square Branch Library, 765 State St., Springfield. 413-263-6853. ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org.

Potpourri

Tweens & Teens DIY Comics Club: 6:30 to 8 p.m. All materials provided. Bring your current projects from home or work on something new. Free. Lilly Library, 19 Meadow St., Northampton. shertel-fernandez@cwmars.org.

Friday, 17Dance

Amherst International Folkdancing: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Line, circle and couple dances from the Balkans, Middle East and Eastern Europe. No partner needed. See www.amherstfolkdancing.org for locations. $3 to $10 sliding scale contribution. Various Amherst locations. 413-549-6748. eva@amherstfolkdancing.org.

Swing Dance Lesson: 7 to 8 p.m. Lesson with Emily Fox, followed by a Butterfly Swing Band performance starting at 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Gateway CIty Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 802-345-3769. jolo143gmail.com.

Contra Dance: 8 to 11 p.m. Calling and music by David Kaynor and friends, playing fiddle, piano and more. No partner or experience necessary. $5 to $10 sliding scale admission. Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. guidingstargrange.org/events.

Music

Amherst Community Band — A Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Music by and associated with Leonard Bernstein, in the 100th anniversary of his birth. Free. Sweetser Park, Lessey Street, Amherst. 413-345-2945. ann@amherstdowntown.com.

Balkun Brothers with Electrio: 9 p.m. Balkun Brothers plays a heavy hitting, new-age brand of psychedelic rock, blues and jam-funk. Electrio plays alternative/progressive/jazz fusion. $8 in advance; $12 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Boogaloo Brass Band: 6 to 9 p.m. Free. The Deck at Union Station, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton.

Culomba: 7 to 9 p.m. Culomba, a Boston-based vocal quartet, presents an evening of vocal music from Georgia, Corsica, the Balkans and American folk traditions. $5 to $25 sliding scale suggested donation. APE Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton. 413-775-3729. lysander.jaffe@gmail.com.

Lonesome Brothers: 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Lonesome Brothers perform the final concert in the 2018 Field of Dreams series. Country swagger, wistful folk and breezy rock. Inside if rain. Free. Westhampton Public Library Field, 1 North Road, Westhampton. 413-527-5386. cwmars@gmail.com.

Food Truck Fridays: 5 to 8 p.m. Family friendly activities, food and music. Admission free; food prices vary by truck. Town Common, Park Street, Belchertown. 781-696-1287. btownculturalcouncil@gmail.com.

Frank Serafino: 7 to 11 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

Front Porch Jam: 5 to 8 p.m. Bring your favorite instrument and jam into the evening, outside the farm stand’s front porch. Free. Simple Gifts Farm, 1089 North Pleasant St., North Amherst. 413-230-3262. farmstand@simplegiftsfarmcsa.com.

Jim Eagan and Dennis Avery: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Vocals, finger-picking style guitar and dobro. Original songs and covers. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Joy on Fire/Polluter: 9 p.m. Joy on Fire plays punk jazz. Polluter plays modern rock with splashes of jazz, R&B, spoken word poetry and more. $5 in advance; $10 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Mambo Trio: 7 to 10 p.m. The classic Latin jazz trio of piano (Dan DeWalt), bass (Wes Brown) and congas (Julian Gerstin). Free. The Lounge at Duo Restaurant, 4 High St., Brattleboro, Vt. julian@juliangerstin.com.

Northampton Summer Concert Series: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Showcase of Signature Sounds artists. Free. Pulaski Park, 240 Main St., Northampton.

Sgt. Scag, Almost Almost, Sonic Libido, PWRUP: 8 p.m. to midnight. Connecticut ’90s ska/rock legends Sgt. Scag. For ages 18 and up. $7. 13th Floor Music Lounge, 99 Main St., Florence. 413-586-5705. 13thfloorlounge@gmail.com.

Strangled Darlings: 7 to 11 p.m. $8. The Hive Co Working Space, Hannah Grimes Center, 25 Roxbury St., Keene, N.H. www.machinaarts.org.

Alash Ensemble: 8 p.m. A trio of Tuvan throat singers. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-257-0124, ext. 101. www.brattleboromuseum.org.

Film

“Evolution of Organic” Documentary: 7 to 9 p.m. Movie starts at 7:30; free music by vocal jazz ensemble Swing Set begins at 7. Stay after and meet filmmaker Mark Kitchell. $4 to $6. Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 413-231-2211. mrnim@aol.com.

Festivals & Fairs

101st Annual Heath Fair: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Three days of food, fun, demonstrations, children’s games, music and attractions. Go to heathfair.org for a full schedule of events. $6 to $8; free for children ages 9 and under. Heath Fairgrounds, 9 Hosmer Road, Heath. info@heathfair.org.

Montague Old Home Days: 6 to 8 p.m. Games, booths and a performance by Karen’s Dance Studio. Town Common, 4 North St., Montague Center.

Potpourri

Kids’ Canal Walk: 10 to 11 a.m. Family visual scavenger hunt along the Holyoke Canal. Free. Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke. 413-534-1723. holyoke.heritage@state.ma.us.

Saturday, 18 Dance

Salsa Night with McCoy & DJ Roger: 10 p.m. Salsa in Pulaski Park After Party. Join McCoy Jamison and DJ Roger Jr. for a night of Latin dancing. $10. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Monadnock Tri-State Dance: 7 to 11 p.m. Live music by Borrowed Time. Pot luck supper at 5:30; bring a dish to share. $8 to $10. ELMM Community Center, 21 Durkee St., Winchester, N.H. 603-357-0794.

Music

Salsa in Pulaski Park: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Bringing communities together with Latin dance and the culture it creates. Free. Pulaski Park, 240 Main St., Northampton. 347-398-1259. raucoin2474@gmail.com.

“A Perfect Spot of Tea” Featuring Andrew Burris Jenkins: 2:30 p.m. Burris Jenkins, jazz and meditation guitarist. $12. Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum, 130 River Drive, Hadley. 413-584-4699. pphmuseumassistant@gmail.com.

AEIOUkes: 10 a.m. to noon. Community ukulele club meets to sing together and practice playing. New members of all levels and listeners welcome. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org.

Brattleboro Pub Sing: 3 to 5 p.m. Pub songs, work songs, sea shanties, traditional, etc. Led by Tony Barrand and Amanda Witman. Free. McNeill’s Brewery, 90 Elliot St., Brattleboro, Vt. brattleboropubsing@gmail.com.

Date Night: 8:30 to 11 p.m. Bring a date or just come by yourself and enjoy the music of Date Night — with musical influences in pop, R&B, rock, acoustic and jazz. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra: 6 to 8 p.m. Ukes and harmonies on originals and covers from this mother-daughter duo, Bernice Lewis and her daughter Mariah Colorado. Free. Bread Euphoria Bakery & Cafe, 206 Main St., Haydenville. 413-268-7757. hilaryemersonlay@gmail.com.

Sean Santanello: 7 to 11 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

Tony Bernardo: 6 to 9 p.m. Free. The Deck at Union Station, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton.

When Pluto Was a Planet: 8 p.m. When Pluto Was a Planet album release show. Plus Matt Byrde, oldsouls, Lives of Crime $10 in advance; $13 at the door. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com.

“Boston Piano Kid” Bradley James: 7 to 9 p.m. Part of the Tool Town Live concert series. Free. Refreshments including hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks and dessert bars will be on sale. Uptown Common, near 1500 Main St., Athol. Moves to Memorial Hall, 584 Main St. in Athol, in the event of rain.

The Stone Line: 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Come enjoy Josh Hill, Jen Spingla, Jason Duda and Doug McCloud for a hootenanny with folk music and dancing. Free. Deja Brew Café & Pub, 57 Lockes Village Road, Wendell.

Comedy

Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: 3 to 4 p.m. Get your family-friendly funnies in this interactive, high-energy improv comedy show on the third Saturday of each month. $5 to $10. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. scott@happiervalley.com.

Theater

“Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike”: 7:30 p.m. Staged reading of Christopher Durang’s award-winning comedy. $8. Actors Theatre Playhouse, intersection of Brook and Main streets, West Chesterfield, N.H. 877-666 -1855. atplayhouse.org.

Film

“Evolution of Organic” Documentary: 7 to 9 p.m. Movie at 7:30; jazz, Celtic and Bulgarian tunes by Dan Lederer at 7. Stay and talk with the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association following the screening. See Friday’s listing.

Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinée: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Screening “Dreamgirls.” Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 413-259-3223. ryanj@joneslibrary.org.

Art

“Art on High”: Thomas Cole’s Sublime Summit & More: 1:30 to 2 p.m. The Mount Holyoke Summit House’s views have inspired artists since the 1800s.This talk will feature the art of the range and the valley below. Free. Skinner State Park, 10 Skinner Park Road, Hadley. 413-586-0350. holyoke.range@state.ma.us.

Festivals & Fairs

101st Annual Heath Fair: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

North Orange Village Fair: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. From 7:30 to 10: breakfast of pancakes, sausage and juice at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully. From 11 to 1: lunch of hot dogs, baked beans, desserts and beverages at the church. 1 to 2: The Farley String Band at Goddard Park. Crafts, baked goods, homemade candy, fresh produce and raffles at the park. Goddard Park, 4 Creamery Hill Road, North Orange.

Montague Old Home Days: 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mug race, tag sale, quilt display, games, entertainment and parade. Town Common, 4 North St., Montague Center.

Potpourri

Kids’ Fishing Clinic: 3 to 4 p.m. Tully Lake Campground, 25 Doane Hill Road, Royalston. 978-249-4957. jschanz@thetrustees.org.

Morning Canal Walk: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Guided historical tour along the Holyoke Canal system. Free. Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke. 413-534-1723. holyoke.heritage@state.ma.us.

Summer Solar Oven: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Drop in to make your own solar oven using a box, foil and plastic wrap, then try it out by cooking a s’more. For ages 5 and up. Free. Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg. 413-268-7472. kmit@cwmars.org.

Fairy House Day on Avenue A: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come find miniature fairy villages in the lovely landscapes of the planters in downtown Turners Falls. Spinner Park, intersection of Avenue A and 4th Street, Turners Falls. 413-320-9106. Thelovelightsisters@gmail.com.

Sunday, 19Music

“A Diggable Marketplace”: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Dig records, crafts, books, art, hand-crafted jewelry. Brass Buckle tacos, DJs spinning all day, bands in the evening. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Banish Misfortune, Traditional Irish Music: 5 to 8 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.

Classical & Renaissance Harp: 3 to 4:30 p.m. The Deerfield Concert Series continues featuring Piper Pichette, harpist, who will perform classical and Renaissance-inspired works for solo harp. $5 to 10. Memorial Hall Museum, 8 Memorial St., Deerfield. 413-774-3768, ext. 800. tneumann@deerfield.history.museum.

Evelyn Harris and the Stomp Box Trio: 2 to 4 p.m. American blues, gospel and soul. $15. The Tabernacle at Laurel Park, 1 The Circle, Northampton. briana9823@gmail.com.

Gong Meditation with Mantra: 7 to 8:30 p.m. No experience necessary. $12 suggested donation. Setu Yoga & Meditation Retreat Center, 241 Quails Hill Road, Brattleboro, Vt. emilymurphykaur@gmail.com.

Irish Music Night in the Wheelhouse: 7 to 10 p.m. Every third Sunday. Not an open session for performers. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Lisa Martin Band: 4 to 7 p.m. Free. The Deck at Union Station, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. larhoades@gmail.com.

The Ne’re Do-Wells: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Historians and musicians Dennis Picard, Stan Svec and Stephen Svec bring back songs from 1680 to 1880. Free. Historic North Chester Chapel and Meeting House, North Chester Road, Chester. 413-238-3100. karenkaminskimarchetto@kw.com.

Stand Up to Cancer Benefit Concert: 7 p.m. Featuring Jim Egan, with the 56 String Duo. $12. Ashfield Community Hall, 521 Main St., Ashfield. robertmarkey.com.

Music on the Porch: 2 to 4 p.m. Music by Marty Picard and Legacy. Bring a lawn chair. Refreshments served. Donations accepted. Orange Historical Society, 41 North Main St., Orange.

Sevenars Music Festival: 4 p.m. With pianist Rorianne Schrade. Suggested $20 donations. Refreshments served. Sevenars Academy, 115 Ireland St., Worthington.

Benefit Concert, Silent Auction: 3 p.m. Internationally renowned instrumentalists Jaime Laredo and Lucy Chapman, violin; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Merry Peckham and Sharon Robinson, cello; and James Winn, flute, will share the stage with Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, who has written a poem to commemorate the Christ Church’s 200th anniversary. Christ Church, intersection of Route 5 and Melendy Hill Road, Guilford, Vt.

Kotoko Brass and Ras Moon: 6 to 11 p.m. African music. Plus Peace & Rhythm DJs and record, craft and art vendors. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield.

Theater

“Try and Get Some Sleep Now”: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Playwright and actor Mitch Giannunzio performs a staged reading of his play about a chance encounter gone terribly wrong during a New York City power outage. Free. Includes after party summer celebration with food and drinks. North Hall, 40 Searle Road, Huntington. 413-667-5543.

Art

Pots & Puzzles: Noon to 5 p.m. Fabric artist Carlene Raper and potter Teta Hilsdon team up for an open house and sale of Raper’s puzzles, quilts and pillows, and Hilsdon’s dinnerware. Refreshments available. 62 Spruce St., Brattleboro, Vt. tetahilsdon@gmail.com.

Festivals & Fairs

101st Annual Heath Fair: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Montague Old Home Days: 10 a.m. Worship service and music. 4 North St., Montague Center.

Potpourri

Ice Cream Social: Noon to 4 p.m. Part of the Hilltown Farmers Market. To raise money for the Colrain Elementary School’s fifth and sixth grade trip to Washington, D.C. All Things Maple will offer fried dough, and Jesse Berry’s Ride’N Dine food truck will offer hot prepared foods. Lefty’s Garden farm stand, 1 Coombs Hill Road, Colrain.

Montague Elks Summer Party and Car Show: 2 to 7 p.m. Classic cars and motorcycles, raffles, food, beer and a performance by the Reprobate Blues Band. 1 Elks Ave., Turners Falls. 413-863-2521.

Monday, 20 Literary Arts

Great Books Discussion Group: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meets the third Monday of each month. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. hcethatsme@gmail.com.

Music

Amherst Jazz Orchestra: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Amherst Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Ethel Lee. Free. Union Station Grand Ballroom, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-253-1607. info@amherstjazzorchestra.com.

Plainfield Concerts at 7: 7 to 9:30 p.m. All-Rachmaninoff program with soprano Junko Watanabe and pianist Chiao-Wen Cheng. Free, but donations are accepted. Plainfield Congregational Church, 356 West Main St., Plainfield. 413-634-0025, plainfieldconcertsat7.com. spearsonbooks@gmail.com.

Michelle Malone: 7 p.m. Malone’s music is informed by blues, roadhouse rock ’n’ roll and Georgia soul. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton.

Tuesday, 21 Music

Chicken Barbecue and Amherst Community Band Concert: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15 dinner, free concert starting at 6. Call for reservations. South Congregational Church, 1066 South East St., South Amherst. 413-253-2977. office@staff.amherstsouthchurch.org.

Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Hartford, Conn./New York City-based trumpeter Josh Bruneau 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.

Potpourri

Drop-In Activity: Beaver Dam Challenge: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Take on the challenge of building a miniature beaver dam using objects collected in nature. Free. Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke. 413-534-1723. holyoke.heritage@state.ma.us.

Morning Canal Walk: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Guided historical tour along the Holyoke Canal system. Free. Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center, 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke. 4135341723. holyoke.heritage@state.ma.us.

Wednesday, 22 Dance

Q CHA CHA! — Queer Wednesdays at The Deuce: 7 to 10 p.m. Learn to dance in an LGBTQA+ friendly environment. Lead? Follow? Whatever makes you happy! Lesson with Emily Fox at 7, social dancing to the tunes of DJ Iohann Rashi Vega from 8 to 10. $7. The Deuce, 50 Conz St., Northampton. 413-586-3315. efsignup@comcast.net.

Literary Arts

Author Talk: “Death of an Altar Boy”: 6:15 to 8 p.m. E.J. Fleming reviews his explosive book “Death of an Altar Boy: The Unsolved Murder of Danny Croteau and the Culture of Abuse in the Catholic Church.” Free. Sixteen Acres Branch Library, 1187 Parker St., Springfield. 413-263-6858. rwilson@springfieldlibrary.org.

Music

House of Hamill Featuring Brian Buchanan and Rose Baldino: 7 p.m. House of Hamill features Brian Buchanan (Enter the Haggis) and Rose Baldino (Burning Bridget Cleary). The band’s music is described as “Radiohead meets Riverdance.” $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. 413-586-8686.

Irish Slow Session: 6:30 to 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. DeCice Hall at The Marian Center, 1365 Northampton St., Holyoke. lvirishslowsession@aol.com.

Music Storytime with Mr. Liam: 11 to 11:30 a.m. Join local musician Liam Hurley for half an hour of music and stories for ages 1½ to 6. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1010. sjohnson@forbeslibrary.org.

Open Mic at The Harp: 7 to 10 p.m. Free. The Harp Irish Pub, 163 Sunderland Road, North Amherst. dalereynolds@live.com.

Orchestra in the Orchard: 6 to 8 p.m. Orchestra in the Orchard series. Bring picnic, lawn chairs. Raspberry pie for sale. No pets. Rain may cancel. Free. Small Ones Farm, 416 Bay Road, South Amherst. 413-253-6788. smallonesfarm@att.net.

Southampton Summer Concerts: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Conant Park Pavilion, 38 East St., Southampton. debdamico@charter.net.

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

Film

“The Gilded Cage: Northampton’s Last Water-Powered Elevator”: 7 to 8 p.m. Documentary filmmaker Stan Sherer explores the history of the ornate water-powered elevator at 25 Main St. and the community it created. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1013. artmusic@forbeslibrary.org.