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Arts & Culture Calendar: Dec. 6 to Dec. 12, 2018


Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Thursday, 6

Dance

Tango Class and Practica: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Beginners and fundamentals at 6, developing sequences at 7, and practica at 8. $5 to $25. Northampton Center for the Arts, 5 Strong Ave., Suite 202, Northampton. 413-549-3722. wow@henrylappen.com.

Bare Bones Dance Concert: 8 p.m. Dances choreographed, danced and produced by Smith College undergraduate students. $1. Scott Dance Studio, 63 Belmont Ave., Northampton.

Literary Arts

Visiting Writers Series Hosts Gina Apostol: 8 to 10 p.m. Apostol is the author of four novels, most recently, “Insurrecto,” about a road trip into the heart of Duterte’s Philippines. Free. UMass Amherst’s Memorial Hall, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst. 413-545-0643. bmcglynn@english.umass.edu.

Music

The Barr Brothers: 8 p.m. A folk quartet founded in Montreal, consisting of Andrew and Brad Barr, Sarah Page and Andres Vial. $20 to $25. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke.

FlavaEvolution: 8 p.m. In addition to its wide repertoire, FlavaEvolution will also be performing holiday classics. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com.

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

Mark Nomad and “Harmonica” Steve: 7 p.m. Classic blues infused with original tunes by Mr. Nomad. $10 in advance; $12 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra — Poems and Folk Songs: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Featuring Concerto Competition winner Shion Kubota, flute, with Charles Griffes’ Poem for Flute and Orchestra. Netta Hadari conducts. Free. Mount Holyoke College’s Abbey Chapel, 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2306. cwrobles@mtholyoke.edu.

Threesies: 7 p.m. $10 to $13. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-341-3317. info@signaturesounds.com.

Theater

“The House of Bernarda Alba”: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5 to $8. Mount Holyoke College’s Rooke Theatre, 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2834. bbunyan@mtholyoke.edu.

“When Last We Flew”: 7 p.m. $10 to $26. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton.

“Far Away” by Caryl Churchill: 7:30 p.m. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theater, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, 122 Green St., Northampton.

“What of the Night?”: 7:30 p.m. By María Irene Fornés. Directed by Vishnupad Barve. $5 to $15. Curtain Theater, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst.

Comedy

Theme Thursday Comedy: NSFW: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Comedian Irene Bremis headlines. Hosted by Tim Lovett. $10. 13th Floor Music Lounge, 99 Main St., Florence. comedyasaweapon@gmail.com.

Potpourri

Mr. Potter’s 19th Century Magic Show: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Robert Olson will recreate the magic of 19th-century magician Richard Potter. $10. Deerfield Community Center, 84 Old Main St., Deerfield. 413-775-7179. jorvis@historic-deerfield.org.

Friday, 7Dance

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

Bare Bones Dance Concert: 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

ConcorDance: 5 to 7 p.m. Amherst Ballet teams up with the UMass Contemporary Art Museum for an evening of dance performance, art and complimentary refreshments. Free. University Museum of Contemporary Art, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-549-1555. info@amherstballet.org.

“The Nutcracker”: 4 and 7 p.m. Annual performances by the Pioneer Valley Ballet. Tickets for the Sensory and Family Safe presentation at 4 cost $20. Tickets for the Celebration Performance at 7 are $35 to $50 and include a complimentary glass of champagne for ticket holders ages 21 and over, as well as pre-show and intermission entertainment. Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. aomtheatre.com.

Music

CO2: 7 to 11 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

David Bartley’s House Party: 7 to 9 p.m. Blues and jazz. Guests are welcome to sit in, sing a few or take a solo. Free. Brew Practitioners, 36 Main St., Florence. dbartley123@gmail.com.

Drew Paton’s 1940s Hit Parade: 7 to 9 p.m. A musical and visual trip down memory lane. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

“Joyeux Noel”: 7:30 p.m. French holiday music. Free. Christ Church, Route 5, Guilford, Vt.

First Friday Concert at Coho: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Experience the wit and heart of singer-songwriter and folk legend Bill Staines. $10 to $20. Pioneer Valley Cohousing, 120 Pulpit HIll Road, North Amherst. firstfridayconcerts.com.

Hallas Cowboys: 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Post-nuclear urban camp songs. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Sequentia: 8 to 9:30 p.m. The Sequentia trio performs an evening of songs as they would have been enjoyed by monastic intellectuals around the turn of the first millennium. $12 to $28. Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall at Arms Music Center, 53 College St., Amherst. 413-542-2195. concerts@amherst.edu.

Simon White with Hillary Chase: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free. Deja Brew Café & Pub, 57 Lockes Village Road, Wendell.

Ryan Leddick: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Perking ears and turning heads with his soulful melodies and acoustic-inspired rock. Free. Chester Common Table, 30 Main St., Chester. chestercommontable@gmail.com.

16th Annual Big Band Gala Scholarship Fundraiser: 8 p.m. Four affiliates of the Artie Shaw Orchestra will join VJC’s big band to perform music made famous by the legendary clarinetist. $25 to $50. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Unit 222, Brattleboro, Vt. vtjazz.org.

“An Informal Holiday Concert”: 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Performers include soloists from the chorus; Elizabeth Orchulek, clarinet; Henry Gaida, accompanist; and Margery Heins, conductor. Greenfield Community College Main Lobby, 1 College Drive, Greenfield.

Shokazoba with I-Ganic Sound System: 9 p.m. A horn-driven funk powerhouse plays top quality, high-energy music. $8 in advance; $10 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

UMass Wind Ensemble and Concert Band: 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10; free for students. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst.

Theater

“Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration”: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Welcome Yule celebrates the return of the light with a festive family show filled with music, dance, songs and stories to drive the dark away. $12 to $15; free for children under 5. Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-665-3206. jmason@gmail.com.

“Fuente Ovejuna”: 7 to 9 p.m. A drama about popular and institutional power, and its uses and abuses. Featuring the directorial debut at PVPA of theater teacher Jennifer Onopa. $3 to $10. Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, 15 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley. 413-552-1580. lcappello@pvpa.org.

“The House of Bernarda Alba”: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“What of the Night?”: 7:30 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

NHS Improv Benefit for Jewish Family Services: 7 to 9 p.m. $5. Northampton High School, 380 Elm St., Northampton. Heidi_haas@comcast.net.

“When Last We Flew”: 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Film

“Julie and Julia”: 7 p.m. Meryl Streep portrays Julia Child. Music by Dick Moulding precedes the screening. $4 to $6. Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 413-231-2311. mrnim@aol.com.

Art

18th Annual Lucy Fagella Pottery Open Studio: 4 to 8 p.m. Lucy Fagella Pottery, 86 Leyden Road, Greenfield. lucyfagella@gmail.com.

Shutesbury Holiday Shop: 6 to 9 p.m. An array of affordable handcrafted creations from 40 local artisans. Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury. 413-259-1474. shutesburyholidayshop@gmail.com.

Potpourri

Greenfield Holiday Pop-Up Market: 4 to 8 p.m. Featuring local artisans, music, food and beverages. Part of JingleFest. Pushkin Gallery, 4 Federal St., Greenfield.

65th Annual Girl Scout Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale: 4 to 8 p.m. Credit cards are acceptable. Refreshments provided by Slip and Slide Café. Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 7 Church St., Greenfield.

Saturday, 8Dance

Greenfield Greendance: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Freestyle boogie. Try it for 30 minutes free. $5 to $10; free for children ages 9 and under. The Episcopal Church of St. James and Andrew, 71 Federal St., Greenfield. 413-658-7011. jasper@dancespree.org.

Hatchery Winter Dance Showcase: 7 to 9 p.m. Work by Jasmine Hearn and Nate Odell. Dances by children, for everyone. $10 to $15. STUDIO4, 25 Main St., Fourth Floor, Northampton. 413-695-1799. jenscdt@gmail.com.

Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Live music by Rachel and the Western Partners. Refreshments served. $8 to $10. ELMM Community Center, 21 Durkee St., Winchester, N.H. 603-357-0794.

“The Nutcracker”: 1 and 4:30 p.m. $20 to $43. See Friday’s listing.

Literary Arts

Book Signing with Local Authors: 4 to 6 p.m. With authors Dina Polizzi, Paul Jacobs, Jennifer Swender, Dina Stander, Dale Monette and Ziporah Hildebrandt. Part of the Shutesbury Holiday Shop. Free. Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury. 413-259-1474. shutesburyholidayshop@gmail.com. shutesburyholiday.wixsite.com/holidayshop.

Special Storytime with Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple: 2 p.m. $6 to $22.50 museum admission. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. 413-559-6300. workstudy@carlemuseum.org.

Music

Sweet Beyond Witness: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sweet Beyond Witness showcases Eliot Cardinaux with new classical piano, poetry and experimental film blended. $15. Anchor House of Artists Experimental Performance Arena, 518 Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-588-4337. artists@anchorhouseartists.org.

Wendell Community Chorus Holiday Concert: 7 p.m. $7 to $10 suggested donation. Wendell Town Hall, 9 Morse Village Road, Wendell

“Joyeux Noel”: 4 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

1220 Band: 7 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

AEIOUkes: 10 a.m. to noon. A 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.

Holidazed and Confused: 8 to 11 p.m. Holidazed and Confused with neo-punk rock bands Shepard’s Pie and Missy Bly. $5. The Ashfield Lake House, 141 Buckland Road, Ashfield. lejugers@gmail.com.

Lilith of the Valley: 8 p.m. Women on Fire featuring Sister Jawbone, Lexi Weege and the Wondertwins, DishSoap and Lush Honey. Female-fronted ensembles hailing from western Massachusetts. $7 in advance; $10 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

The Deep C Divers: 9 p.m. to midnight. Free. Deja Brew Café & Pub, 57 Lockes Village Road, Wendell.

The Northeast Thunder Tour with Old Flame, Basement Cats and Merrill Shepard: 8 p.m. $8. Poor Richard’s, 116 School St., Chicopee. 413-374-7671. valleymusicshowcase@gmail.com.

“Rise Up for Irida”: 7:30 p.m. Cabaret performance with music from “Hamilton” and more. Fundraiser for Irida Kakhtiranova, an immigrant fighting deportation. $10 to $25. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St., Northampton. 413-695-6082. kmellen18@gmail.com.

Christmas Vespers Program by Pioneer Valley Brass: 5:30 p.m. Free. First Parish Unitarian Church, 2 Main St., Hubbardston.

Rob Maher & Matthew Thornton: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Songwriter Rob Maher and cellist Matthew Thornton craft their unique brand of introspective alt-folk through thoughtful arrangements. Free. Bread Euphoria Bakery & Cafe, 206 Main St., Haydenville. 413-268-7757. hilaryemersonlay@gmail.com.

Valley Jazz Voices: 8 p.m. A rich and diverse repertoire of swing, bebop, cool, Brazilian and pop-inspired jazz arrangements. Andrea Niki opens. $10. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke.

Boxcar Lilies Reunion Show: 7 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton.

Theater

“Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration”: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Fuente Ovejuna”: 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“The House of Bernarda Alba”: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“What of the Night?”: 7:30 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Bon Appetit Burlesque’s Winter Wonderland IX: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Burlesque performers from New England and beyond bring body-positive acts to the stage in the last winter-themed show before the final show in March. For ages 18 and up. $15. Club V, 18 Meadow St., Florence. 413-570-0169. houseofhors@gmail.com.

“A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play”: 7 p.m. $10 to $35. Centennial House, 94 Main St., Northfield.

“Far Away” by Caryl Churchill: 7:30 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Comedy

The Ha-Has and Friends: Family Show “Up Past Bedtime”: 7 to 9 p.m. $13. Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Valley Road, Hadley. info@happiervalley.com.

Film

“Julie and Julia”: 7 p.m. Traditional Irish music by Michael & Al precedes the screening. See Friday’s listing.

Art

18th Annual Lucy Fagella Pottery Open Studio: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Shutesbury Holiday Shop: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Frank and Francine Ozereko Open Studio and Holiday Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prints and drawings. Frank and Francine Ozereko Studio, 5 Amherst Road, Pelham. 413-695-0505. francinetozereko@gmail.com.

Open Studio — Affordable Art for the Holidays: Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Altar Artist Home Studio, 53 Main St., Conway. 413-369-9985. phyllislabanowski@comcast.net.

Open Studio and Holiday Sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Janna Ugone & Co., 1 Cottage St. , Unit 325, Easthampton. 413-527-5530. customerservice@jannaugone.com.

Paragon Open Studios: Noon to 8 p.m. More than 20 participating studios. Paragon Arts and Industry Building, 150 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-527-1330. maggienowinski@gmail.com.

Small Works Gallery Opening Reception: 5 p.m. Free. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com.

Holiday Store and Art Exhibit: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments and music. Leverett Crafts & Arts, Barnes Gallery, 13 Montague Road, Leverett. 413-548-9070. leverettcraftsandarts@gmail.com.

Festivals & Fairs

Mustard Seed Medical Mission Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Elks Lodge No. 997, 17 Spring St., Florence. 413-387-7042. attyaudet@gmail.com.

’Tis the Season Holiday Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jewelry, wreaths, photography, abstract paintings, confections, soaps and much more. Free. American Legion Hall, 63 Riverside Drive, Florence. lizhamilton@live.com.

Winter Fair at Hilltown Charter School: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring book sales and craft-making. Hilltown Charter School, 1 Industrial Parkway, Easthampton. 413-529-7178. darthen@hilltowncharter.org.

Leyden Craft and Vendor Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Leyden Town Hall and United Methodist Church,16 West Leyden Road, Leyden. 413-336-6248. em_el_issa@yahoo.com.

“A Special Day in Northfield”: 10 a.m. Horse drawn wagon rides, bonfires, seasonal foods, music, children’s crafts and more. Visit visitnorthfieldarea.com for a full schedule. Venues across Northfield.

Potpourri

Santa’s Workshop: Noon to 3 p.m. Santa arrives at 12:30, juggling and magic by Steve Corning at 1. Pictures with Santa, snacks and children’s crafts. $5 per child; free for adults. Deerfield Elementary School, 21 Pleasant St., South Deerfield. 413-665-1400. suea@town.deerfield.ma.us.

Winter Celebration: 10 a.m. to noon. Make paper snowflakes and marshmallow snow people, and decorate gingerbread cookies. Free. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton. 413-527-1031. mcranshaw@ewmlibrary.org.

Greenfield Holiday Pop-Up Market: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

65th Annual Girl Scout Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale: 9 a.m. to noon. See Friday’s listing.

Drag Brunch with Hors and Friends: 11:45 a.m. Lip syncs, high-energy dance numbers, feats of acrobatics, comedic routines and more. $30 includes brunch and show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

Sunday, 9Dance

Hatchery Winter Dance Showcase: 3 to 5 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

“Light the Night: A Chanukah Celebration”: 4 p.m. Music and dancing with the Wholesale Klezmer Band, plus food, candle-making and candle-lighting in celebration of Chanukah. $5 to $10. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

“The Nutcracker”: 1 and 4:30 p.m. $20 to $43. See Friday’s listing.

Literary Arts

Gallery of Readers Series: 4 to 6 p.m. Featuring Suzane Smith and Christopher Sparks. Free. Smith College’s Seeyle Hall, Room 106, 10 Elm St., Northampton. 413-584-7080. caroledelstein@galleryofreaders.org.

Poetry Critique Meetup: 1 to 3 p.m. Limited to 10 participants. Register in advance. $5. Northampton Center for the Arts, 5 Strong Ave., Suite 202, Northampton. admin@strawdogwriters.org.

Storytime with Ryan T. Higgins: 2 p.m. Join Higgins as he shares another hilarious story about Bruce, the bear who just can’t seem to catch a break. $6 to $22.50 museum admission. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. workstudy@carlemuseum.org.

Music

A Joyful Heart: 3 to 5 p.m. Donations accepted. Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke. 413-256-1760. emilygeorgialewis@gmail.com.

Christmas in Colrain: 2 p.m. Traditional and popular Christmas tunes. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate. First Baptist Church, Foundry Village Road, Colrain.

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.

Concerts on the Canal: Tres Doulx: 3 p.m. Free. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com.

Holiday Brass Concert and Carol Sing: 6 to 8 p.m. Donations help Not Bread Alone. First Congregational Church, 165 Main St., Amherst 413-315-3440. dickmatteson05@gmail.com.

Holiday Concert: 4 to 6 p.m. The Southampton Community Chorus and the Childrens’ Chorus will team up to perform a diverse program of traditional, classical and folk holiday music. $8. Southampton Congregational Church, Route 10, Southampton. 413-527-3305. johnfrancis1111@gmail.com.

Keene Chorale Winter Concert: 2 to 3:30 p.m. $5 to $20. St. Bernard Church, 185 Main St., Keene, N.H. 603-313-9854. bhongisto@earthlink.net.

Leverett Community Chorus Benefit Concert: 5 to 6:30 p.m. To benefit Cancer Connection. $10 suggested donation. Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., Amherst. 413-367-9761. annieluigie@gmail.com.

Michael Sheridan: Music for the Season: 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke. 413-322-5660. zulkiewiczb@holyoke.org.

UMass Vocal Jazz Ensemble: 1 p.m. Directed by Catherine Jensen-Hole. $5 to $10; free for UMass students. Bezanson Recital Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst.

Theater

“Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration”: 2 to 4 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“The House of Bernarda Alba”: 2 to 4 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play”: 2 p.m. at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St. in Greenfield, and 7 p.m. at The Deerfield Inn, 81 Old Main St., Deerfield.

“When Last We Flew”: 2 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“What of the Night?”: 2 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Film

“The Dybbuk”: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Filmed in Poland in 1937, this film brought together the best talents of Polish Jewry — script writers, composers, choreographers, set designers and actors. $4 to $8. Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Amherst. 413-256-4900. programs@yiddishbookcenter.org.

Art

18th Annual Lucy Fagella Pottery Open Studio: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Shutesbury Holiday Shop: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Frank and Francine Ozereko Open Studio and Holiday Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Open Studio — Affordable Art for the Holidays: Noon to 5 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Holiday Store and Art Exhibit: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Potpourri

Greenfield Holiday Pop-Up Market: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Virtual Tour — Inside the Strathmore Paper Mill”: 1 to 2 p.m. A slideshow tour with local history buff Ed Gregory that will show what natural forces can do to a once-thriving paper company. Free. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Monday, 10Dance

English Country Dancing: 7 to 9:30 p.m. No partner needed. Bring soft-soled shoes. Live music. $8 to $10. Munson Library, 1046 Southeast St., South Amherst. robinhayden.o@gmail.com. amherstecd.org.

Literary Arts

Creative Writing Classes for Adults 55 and Older: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $76.50 to $90. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. workstudy@carlemuseum.org.

Poetry Discussion Group: Participants Reading: 7 to 8:30 p.m. All voices are honored: first-time readers and life-long devotees. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org.

Soul Centered Writing Group: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Spiritual writing group for all faiths. By donation. Doors of Light, 91 Long Hill Road, Leverett. 413-687-7748. insacredlife@yahoo.com.

Music

Jeff Holmes Big Band with Dawning Holmes: 7:30 to 10 p.m. The 17-piece Jeff Holmes Big Band performs annual festive holiday fare: jazz , blues, soul, pop and more, with featured vocals by Dawning Holmes. Free. 121 Club, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton.

Ryley Walker: 8 p.m. $12 in advance; $14 day of show. The Root Cellar, 10 Fiske Ave., Greenfield.

UMass Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Morihiko Nakahara. $5 to $10. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-545-42511. mlonghi@umass.edu.

Tuesday, 11Music

Holiday Choral Festival: 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Donations accepted for NCMC’s Scholarship Fund. Northampton Community Music Center, 139 South St., Northampton. 413-585-0001. sam@ncmc.net.

Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. New York City-based saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky 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.

UMass Chapel Jazz & Jazz Lab Ensembles: 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of David Sporny, Brian Martin and Owen Ross. $5 to $10. Bowker Auditorium, 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst. 413-545-2511. music@music.umass.edu.

Kirtan Benefit: 8 p.m. For the Northampton Survival Center and Wendell Good Neighbors food pantries. $25 suggested donation. Karuna Center for Yoga & Healing Arts, 25 Main St., Third Floor, Northampton.

Comedy

Comedy in the Wheelhouse with Host Jon Ross: 8 p.m. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

Wednesday, 12Dance

Salsa Wednesdays with McCoy and DJ Roger Jr.: 8 p.m. Dance instruction from 8 to 9, followed by Latin dance night. $3 cover; $10 dance lesson and cover. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

Literary Arts

Creative Writing Workshops with Main Street Writers: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beginners and seasoned writers welcome. $25 to $45 per week. Main Street Writers, 664 Main St., Suite 60, Amherst. 413-221-4652. mainstreetwriters@gmail.com.

Music

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.

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

Shout Lulu: 8 to 10 p.m. Old-timey stringed instrumentals. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Wednesday Tunes Series: Grey Heron: 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com.

Wheelhouse Karaoke: 8 p.m. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

Theater

Ghost Light Theater’s Monthly Play Reading: 7 to 10:30 p.m. A monthly play reading of changing material, often written by local writers. Actors perform/read materials live. $5 suggested donation. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com.

Film

Resistance Film Series: “The Great White Hoax”: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org.