Arts & Culture Calendar: Jan. 24 to Jan. 30, 2019

Published: 1/23/2019 1:20:20 PM
Thursday, 24


Scottish Country Dance Class: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Invigorating Scottish social dancing requiring only pep and soft soled shoes. Instruction 7 to 8:30, then tea, followed by social dancing until 9:30. $6 to $8. Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St., Florence. 413-527-3407.

Literary Arts

The Poetry Lounge: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Inhabit one already-written poem through contemplative reading, then respond to what inspires you through expressive art creativity. $15 to $30. First Churches, 11 Center St., Northampton. 413-348-2385.


Bluegrass Jam: 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Upbeat weekly jam welcomes all pickers and music lovers, too. Free. The O’s, 330 Amherst Road, Sunderland. 413-527-4157.

DJ Gold: 8 p.m. Music, dancing, drinks. Hip-hop, dance, oldies and more. $3 suggested donation. The Wheelhouse, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150.

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

Music in the Morning: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Five-week children’s music series. Live interactive music by musician/educator Marcy Gregoire with Hilary Lake. Puppets, costumes, instruments and more. $5 per child ages 1 and up; adults and infants free. $20 for all five weeks. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center Ballroom, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150.

WMSC Songwriter Showcase: 7 to 10 p.m. With Janet Ryan, Abaigeal Russell, Carol Bartlett, Ray Mann, Chris Otis Larsen and Sparkie Allison. Free. Nadim’s Grill, 1390 Main St., Springfield.


Beginner Adult Oil Painting Class: 6 to 8 p.m. Techniques will include aerial perspective, color and value, drawing and perspective, glaze and underpainting. $10 suggested donation. Heartfulness Meditation Center, 267 Amherst Road, Sunderland. 413-210-8018.


Experiments in Paper Marbling: 6 to 8 p.m. Join Carle educators to make papers perfect for your next creative project or gift. $21.25 to $25. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst.

Friday, 25Dance

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 for location. $3 to $10. Various Amherst locations. 413-549-6748.

Cameron McKinney Master Class: 10 a.m. to noon. Kizuna Dance, Nagare technique, combining contemporary hip-hop and floorwork with Butoh. $12 to $15. Northampton Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. 413-695-1799.

“REFLECT/RESPOND: A Limón Dance Legacy Concert”: 7:30 p.m. Members of the renowned Limón Dance Company and UMass/Five College Dance perform masterworks by Jose Limón, plus a new work by David Dorfman. $5 to $20; free for UMass students. UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-545-2511.

SCDT Artist in Residence Performance: 7 to 8 p.m. Rythea Lee, Loren Horn and Emma Brown. $10. The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, 25 Main St., Suite 444, Northampton. 413-695-1799.


Blue Jazz Rides Again: 7 to 9 p.m. Swinging and smoking blues and jazz. Free. Village Church, 32 Main St., Cummington.

Colorway and Ray Mason: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Award-winning guitarist F. Alex Johnson’s rock trio, Colorway, plays a full 90-minute set at 8. Ray Mason plays solo from 7 to 8. Free. Luthier’s Co-op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton. 413 527-6627.

Kotoko Brass and Celebration Brass Band: 8 to 11 p.m. $12 to $15. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-579-9960.

Piper Hopkins Quartet: 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-341-3161.

Music Under the Grow Lights: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free live music every Friday night, all types/styles. Free. Mill 180 Park, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-977-1538.

Tone.Wolf: 7 to 11 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800.

Vundabar with The Nude Party and Carinae: 8:30 p.m. Indie bands from Boston, Boone, N.C. and Hadley, respectively. $13 in advance; $16 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center Ballroom, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150.

Winter Warmer Concert: 7 to 9 p.m. Singing and instrumental groups and soloists. Benefits the Easthampton Community Center. Donations requested. Williston Northampton School’s Phillips Stevens Chapel, 45 Park St., Easthampton. 413-529-3927.


Improv JAM Theatre Workshop: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Explore the world of improv using games and scene work. For children in grades six to 12. $20. MoCo Arts, 40 Roxbury St., Keene, N.H. 603-357-2100.

“Urinetown”: 7 to 9:30 p.m. $3 to $15. Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, 15 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley. 413-552-1580.


Josie’s Magical Flute & Guests: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Improv comedy. With special guest Laura Patrick of The Ha-Ha’s, and Happier Valley Comedy’s sell-out group, Not in Charge. $5 in advance; $7 at the door. The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-648-7432.


Ms. Magazine Editor Kathy Spillar: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Spillar, Ms. Magazine editor and co-founder of the Feminist Majority Foundation, with an introduction by President Kathleen McCartney. Free. Smith College Campus center’s Carroll Room, 100 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2190.

Saturday, 26 Dance

SCDT Artist in Residence Performance: 7 to 8 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Literary Arts

Winter Reading: 4 to 6 p.m. The Belchertown Cultural Council and Straw Dog Writers Guild present seven Belchertown authors who will read from their published and new work. Free. Belchertown United Church of Christ Parish Hall, 18 Park St., Belchertown.

Book Talk with Heidi Stemple and Jane Yolen: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Yolen and Stemple will talk about their two favorite subjects: books and birds. Free. Meekins Library, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg. 413-268-7472.

First Book Friendiversary: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate books with Elephant, Piggie and a host of other museum friends. Free. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. 413-559-6300.


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. Preceded by a beginner ukulele lesson from 9 to 10. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012.

Cabin Fever Party with Johnny Memphis Band and Dad Come Home: 7 to 10:30 a.m. Roadhouse rock ’n’ roll. $5. Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury.

Deadgrass: 8 to 11:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670.

Independent Label Mixer: 8 p.m. Hip-hop performance competition. Presented by Rule Ya Label, hosted by Raff Theruler, headlined by Bougie. $15. The Wheelhouse, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150.

Wildcat O’Halloran: 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-341-3161.

Made Men: 7 to 11 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800.

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares: The Makanda Project Featuring Michael Gregory: 7:30 p.m. The Boston-based Makanda Project comes west with special guest, former Pioneer Valley resident, guitarist and composer Michael Gregory. $15. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-320-1089.

Ray Mason: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A staple of the Pioneer Valley music scene, Mason and his road-worn 1965 Silvertone guitar have been tirelessly touring since 1982. Free. Bread Euphoria Bakery & Cafe, 206 Main St., Haydenville. 413-268-7757.


“Urinetown”: 7 to 9:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.


Happier Valley World Open Cup Grand Prix Series Derby Bowl Championship: 7 to 9 p.m. In this competitive comedy show, two teams of improvisers face off for glory and laughter. Followed by an improv jam. $13. Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Valley Road, Hadley.

The YoYo Show: 2 to 2:30 p.m. With John Higby. Free. Mill 180 Park, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-977-1538.


“A Plastic Ocean” Screening: 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton.

“The Phenomenon Bruno Groening” Screening: Noon to 6 p.m. Documentary about Groening, who helped thousands find healing on the spiritual path. Free; donations appreciated. 305 Kendade Hall at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley. 413-531-6677.


Winter Wonderland — Artist Studio Sessions: 1 to 3 p.m. Create your own masterpiece, all materials provided. $35 to $40. 47 Main St., Williamsburg.


Sketching in the Greenhouse at Mount Holyoke College: 1 to 3 p.m. Join the Naturalists’ Club at the Mount Holyoke College Greenhouse for plant observation, nature journaling and sketching. Register in advance. Free. Mount Holyoke College’s Talcott Greenhouse, Lower Lake Road, South Hadley. 413-218-7742.

Western Mass Humanists: 2 to 4 p.m. A meet-up discussion group for local humanists, agnostics and atheists. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012.

Sunday, 27 Dance

Danse Café: 4 to 6 p.m. Come listen, play and dance. Live French and Breton music. Circles, lines and couples dances. Hors d’oeuvres potluck and cash bar. $7 to $12. South Deerfield Polish American Club, 46 Main St., South Deerfield. 413-548-9330.

Bodies in Motion Festival: Cameron McKinney, Meredith Bove and Hatchery: 5 to 6:30 p.m. New works in performance by New York City-based McKinney, SCDT’s Hatchery, and local dancer and choreographer Bove. $10 to $15. Northampton Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. 413-586-5553.

Literary Arts

Straw Dog Writers’ Literary Rendezvous: 3 to 5 p.m. Featured poet Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of four collections. If you want to read, put your name in the hat before 3:15. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls.


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.

Stephane Wrembel Trio: 7 p.m. Wrembel is touring in support of his recent release, “The Django Experiment IV,” in tribute to Django Reinhardt. $15 to $25. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-341-3317.

Jo Sallins and Jordan Johnson’s “No Ordinary Piano Duo”: 1 p.m. $5 to $10. Falcetti Music, 1755 Boston Road, Springfield. 413-262-2950.

Quabbin Valley Pro Musica Winter Concert: 3 p.m. Choral gems from the classical tradition. Directed by Geoffrey Hudson. $10 to $15; free for ages 12 and under. Central Congregational Church, 93 South Main St., Orange.


41st Annual Monadnock Bridal Show: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Meet over 50 of the area’s wedding professionals. $5. Courtyard by Marriott, 75 Railroad St., Keene, N.H. 603-357-2933.

Monday, 28


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.

Literary Arts

Great Books Club: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Focusing on “The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012.

Monday Mystery Book Discussion: 7 to 8 p.m. Discussing “Locked In” by Marcia Muller. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012.


Jeff Holmes Big Band with Dawning Holmes: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Seventeen-piece big band plays leaders’ arrangements and compositions. With vocalist Dawning Holmes. Jazz, soul, blues and beyond. Free. The 121 Club at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton.


Far Out Film Discussion: “White God”: 7 to 9 p.m. A movie discussion that runs like a book club. Watch at home and come to talk. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012.


Moms with Mugs Parents’ Group: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Drop-in group for mothers. Free child care provided. Every Monday. Free. St. John’s Corner House, 469 Main St., Ashfield. 413-650-3640.

Tuesday, 29Music

Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Hartford-based saxophonist Kris Allen 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.

Dustbowl Revival: 7 p.m. $20. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton.

Musica Franklin Community Night: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Mini concert by Ben Wetherbee and Musica Franklin students, followed by a community meal. Wetherbee specializes in Appalachian and old-time fiddle tunes. Free. Leyden Woods Apartments’ Community Room, 24 Leyden Woods Lane, Greenfield.


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


Best Costume Film Series: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Four-week film series of past winners of the “Best Costume Design” Oscar award. Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 413-259-3223.


Snowshoeing for Seniors: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guided snowshoeing outing for seniors ages 60 and up. Beginners welcome. Equipment provided or bring your own. Advance registration required. Free. DAR State Forest, 78 Cape St., Goshen. 413-584-2052.

Kundalini Yoga: 9 to 10:15 a.m. Open to all experience levels. Bring a yoga mat, blanket or sheepskin; some mats and blankets available. Dress in layers. $15 drop-in; $60 for five sessions. Some scholarships available. Khalsa Healing Arts Center, 189 Long Plain Road, Leverett. 413-548-9841.

Wednesday, 30


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.

Literary Arts

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


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

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


“Expressing Your View”: 7 to 8:30 p.m. This visual presentation explores the search for self in how we see the landscape and express emotional connection to place through photographs. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012.

Weaving Wednesday: 4 to 7 p.m. Stop by to try out a Structo loom that’s over 100 years old. A great project for developing hand-eye coordination, and easy enough for toddlers. Free. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton. 413-527-1031.

’80s Musical Bingo Nite: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. DJ Trumpy from Hits 94.3 will provide music. Attendees are welcome to dress in ’80s attire. Prizes for best ’80s attire, best ’80s hair and most knowledgeable of ’80s trivia, as well as after each round of Bingo. $25 covers admission cost and four games. Proceeds benefit the Amherst Survival Center. Upstairs at High Horse, 24 North Pleasant St., Amherst.


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