Arts & Culture Calendar for May 10 to May 16, 2018

Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Thursday, 10 Dance

Scottish Country Dance Class: 7 to 9:30 p.m. $6 to $8. Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St., Florence. 413-527-3407. schmittcle@aol.com.


“Unbounded”: 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. Adventure-travel documentary following a young crew of four as they hike and pack-raft for four months into the infinite region known as Patagonia. $11. Cinemark at Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell St., Hadley. 774-402-0757. abrogno@qmail.qcc.edu.

Literary Arts

“Bone and Seed: Nurturant Truths in 5 Voices”: 9 a.m. to noon. Two wisdom circles formed based on the writings of five women. Dialogue, reflection, ritual and creative expression. Sliding scale. Florence Civic Center and First Churches, 140 Pine St., Studio 1, Florence, and 129 Main St., Northampton. 413-348-2385. artandsoul.wm@gmail.com.

“Compass Roads” Reading: 7 to 9 p.m. Straw Dog Writers Guild and Levellers Press present “Compass Roads: Poems about the Pioneer Valley,” edited by Jane Yolen. Hear poets read selections. Free. Montague Book Mill, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. admin@strawdogwriters.org.


Katherine First and Kitchen Party: 8:30 to 11 p.m. Fiddle-led quartet plays and sings Celtic, Cape Breton and Appalachian tunes. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Lush Honey/DishSoap: 9 p.m. Both local bands, Lush Honey plays progressive funk and DishSoap plays a potpourri of funk, rock, soul and reggae. $5 advance;$10 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com

“Reanimate the Baystate”: The Capitulators, Mark Schwaber: 9:30 to midnight. Every Thursday at the Sierra Grille. Always three bands. $3. 41 Strong St., Northampton. rrobinson1980@gmail.com.


“The Glass Menagerie”: 7:30 to 9 p.m. $13 to $15. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. info@shootthemoontheater.com.


Northampton Comics Club: 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels. Intended for elementary, tween and teen readers, and artists. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbes.org.

Friday, 11MUSIC

An Evening with The Mother Pluckers: 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Mother Pluckers (Rosemary Caine, Ann Walaszek and Corki Demers) play songs from Ireland on Irish harps plus guitar and mandolin. Free. White Square Books, 86 Cottage St., Easthampton. 413-203-1717. whitesquarebooks@gmail.com

Baltic Sun: 9:30 to midnight. All original indie rock. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. voobooking@gmail.com.

“Hu: Sound of Soul”: 6 to 7 p.m. Every second Friday. People of all beliefs are welcome. bit.ly/2I1S38g Free. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton, 413-584-5327. dorothyb@crocker.com.

People Like You and Bluebird Orchestra: 8 to 11 p.m. $7 to $10. Juxtaposing vaudevillian gypsy folk granola punk mischief and psychedelic alternative rock madness with curious lyrical content and bizarre pop sensibilities, the sound is charismatic, inspired, a bit haunting, kooky and captivating. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt.

Richard Dubuc with Santo Tomasine: 7 to 9 p.m. Dubuc is a songwriter who has been called “The Bob Dylan of Northampton.” Tomasine, on guitar, has performed and recorded with many local heroes. Free. Thirsty Mind Cafe, 23 College St., South Hadley. radubuc@gmail.com.

The Terryiffics: 7 to 9 p.m. The Terryriffics will perform on the big bandstand at Butterfield Park, 83 East River St. in Orange as Friendly Town Live, the free all-ages concert series, continues. If rain is in the forecast, the concert will be held in the Orange Town Hall at 6 Prospect St. The band performs the best rock, jazz, blues, country, pop and other music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, right up to the present day, plus exciting original arrangements and songs. Hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks, glow sticks and more will be on sale.

Ukulele Jam: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Intermediate ukulele jam meets weekly. A few ukuleles available to borrow. Goodwin Memorial, 50 Middle St., Hadley. 413-584-7451. luna.hadley@gmail.com.

The Ukulele Scramble: 7 to 9 p.m. Robin Hoffman and Richard Perlmutter mix songs from the Renaissance to rock era, writing new humorous lyrics to classic songs performed on ukuleles. $6 to $12. Children are free. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-863-3221.

UU Arts Night Out: 7 to 9 p.m. Bobby D presents a night of folk music featuring Bobby D, Caleb Wetherbee, and Dawn and Jeff. Free. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, 220 Main St., Northampton. 413-527-1900. periodyssey1876@gmail.com.

The Wailers: 8:30 p.m. Legendary Bob Marley band, The Wailers, is steered by founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and original guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey. $30 to $40. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St, Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

“Young Fogies & Old Whippersnappers”: 10 a.m. Folksinger and storyteller Tim Van Egmond will perform for an intergenerational audience. Will celebrate the wit, wisdom and spirit of seniors, and their special connection with youngsters. His tales, songs, riddles and poems will range from the rib-tickling, to the spine-tingling, to the heart-warming. Swift River School, 201 Wendell Road, New Salem.


Arts Night Out: Funktionlust Improv Performance: 6 to 7:45 p.m. In its 13th year, NHS’s improv troupe Funktionlust will make history at Historic Northampton & entertain you with their wit, spontaneity & enthusiasm. Free. Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Northampton. 413-584-6011. info@historicnorthampton.org.

“Cinderella”: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Belchertown High School Drama Club and the Belchertown Youth Singers presenting Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. $8 to $17. Belchertown High School, 142 Springfield Road, Belchertown. scomstock@belchertownps.org.

“The Glass Menagerie”: See Thursday’s listing.

“James and the Giant Peach Jr.”: 7 p.m. Based on the classic tale written by Roald Dahl, directed by Katrina Spenceman with Hallie Flower and Danielle Sessler. $10 to $13. New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat St. in Brattleboro, Vt. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org or in person at the NEYT box office.

“Red Bike and Mothering Her Memories”: 7:30 p.m. Plays by Caridad Svich and Zoe Rose Kriegler Wenk. Free. Hallie Flangan Studio Theater, Smith College, Northampton. smith.edu/smitharts.

Gateway Fringe Fundraising Performance: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents the two shows going to the August 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival: “The Red Guitar” and “Do It Now: Manual Override.” $18. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke.


Free Second Friday: 4 to 8 p.m. Art making for all, inspired by works on view. Guided conversation exploring an art object. Museum Shop open and light refreshments. Free. Smith College Museum of Art, Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton. artmuseum@smith.edu.


Emily Rosenfeld Annual Trunk Show: 5 to 8 p.m. Annual trunk show with local jeweler Emily Rosenfeld. Free. Pinch, 179 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-4509. info@pinchgoods.com.

Open Sew: 5 to 9 p.m. Work on any sewing project you like. Bring your machine, your basic sewing supplies and your project of choice. $10. Big Top Quilts, 62 Briggs St., Easthampton. 413-230-0771. audrey@bigtopquilts.com.

Saturday, 12


More Improv, More Better Showcase and Jam: 10 to 11 p.m. An open improv jam, with a showcase performance by an up-and-coming improv team. $3 to $5 suggested donation. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. scott@happiervalley.com.


Traditional Morris and Garland Dance Performance: 12:30 to 5 p.m. Three Morris dancing teams perform: 12:30 to 1:30 at Look Park, 300 North Main St., Florence; 3 p.m. at Conway Center; 4 p.m. at Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls. Free. 413-586-7602. camp@cdss.org.

Literary Arts

“Diving Deep: Poetic Craft, Form and Emotion”: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This workshop, lead by poet Gail Thomas, will illustrate how to use poetic craft as a means of diving more deeply. Open to poets and prose writers. Free. Lilly Library, 19 Meadow St., Northampton. admin@strawdogwriters.org.


AEIOUkes: 10 a.m. to noon. A community ukulele club who meets regularly to sing together and to improve our playing. For uke enthusiasts of all levels and experiences. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbes.org.

Amandla Chorus 30th Anniversary Concert: 7 p.m. Songs in Spanish, Zulu, English, Japanese, Urdu, Ladino and Sotho. Guest artists include musicians Eshu Bumpus and Dan Tinen, as well as poet Margaret O’Connor. $10 to $12, with no one turned away for lack of funds. All Souls Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield Tickets available at World Eye Bookshop or at the door.

Chico Pinheiro Quartet: 8 p.m. Brazilian jazz super-group performing originals and bossa/samba classics at the Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Unit 222, Brattleboro, Vt. Tickets available online at www.vtjazz.org, by email at ginger@vtjazz.org, by phone 802-254-9088, ext.1, in person at In The Moment, Main St., Brattleboro.

“Faire!”: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Ed the Wizard, Lauren Mills, dolls by Anna Brahms and Mill River Madrigals. Free. Meekins, 2 Williams St., Williamsburg.

Fat Bradley/Luke DeRoy Trio: 8:30 p.m. Celebrate Hawks & Reed’s first anniversary with a free show of local powerhouse bands. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

The frost heaves and hales, with The True Jacqueline, The Ambiguities: 8 p.m. Greenfield indie rock band releases their new six-song EP with guest performers. A free download of the album is included. $6 advance; $10 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Premiere of Concerto for Guitar Orchestra by Peter Blanchette. $12 to $15. Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, Northampton. brownpapertickets.com.

“Made in Vermont”: 7:30 p.m. Concert performed by the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus. Eighty women, directed by Becky Graber and accompanied by Cathy Martin on piano, will sing songs about Vermont or composed or arranged by Vermonters. $10 to $20. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door.

The Nite Caps: 9:30 to midnight. Honky-tonk dance band plays classic roots country music and western swing. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Scott Meyers and Christa Joy: 8 to 10 p.m. Meyers’ songs are spare, lovely, bittersweet and hopeful. Joy’s songs tell dreamlike, personable stories with a honey-toned voice. $10. Montague Bookmill, 440 Greenfield Road, Montague. ctesongs@gmail.com.

Shokazoba Funkestra: 9 p.m. to midnight. From jazz, to funk, to an addicting West African beat. $5. Deja Brew, 57A Lockes Village Road, Wendell.


Serious Play Fringe Fundraising Performance: 8 to 10 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Cinderella”: 3 to 5:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“The Glass Menagerie”: 7:30 to 9 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Happier Valley Comedy Show: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Happier Valley Comedy presents a new, completely improvised show on the second Saturday of every month. Join the fun. $13. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. scott@happiervalley.com.

“James and the Giant Peach Jr,”: 2 and 7 p.m. See Friday listing.

Spotlight Theater Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Performances from area high schools including: PVPA, Easthampton, South Hadley, Northampton, West Springfield and Lenox. $5 to $10. Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, 15 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley. 413-552-1580, ext. 226. lcappello@pvpa.org.


Arcadia Family Bird Fun: 8 to 10 a.m. Birding for families with children ages 10 and up. Lesson, plus outdoor practice. The focus is spring migrant birds. Binoculars, please. $5 to $8. Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton. 413-584-3009. arcadia@massaudubon.org.

Emily Rosenfeld Annual Trunk Show: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Pioneer Valley Roller Derby Double Header: 4 to 7 p.m. PVRD continues its 12th season with a doubleheader featuring the Western Mass Destruction and the Quabbin Missile Crisis. $5 to $10. Children under 6 free. The Bunker, 296 Nonotuck St., Florence. pvrd.prcoordinator@gmail.com.

Second Saturday Science: 10 to 11 a.m. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore interesting topics in nature. Registration appreciated. Free. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St., Amherst. hitchcockcenter.org.

Sunday, 13Comedy

Sunday Funday Comedy Open Mic: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Stand-up comedy open mic every Sunday at Bishop’s Lounge hosted by Laura Fattaruso. Sign up starts at 7. Free. Bishop’s Lounge, 41 Strong Ave., Northampton. fattaruso@gmail.com.


The Bolshoi Ballet: “Giselle”: 12:55 to 3:15 p.m. High-definition screening of performance by the Bolshoi Ballet. $9 to $20. Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst. amherstcinema.org.

New Films from Germany: “The Invisibles”: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In June 1943, as the Nazis declared the Reich “judenfrei,” thousands of Jews were living in hiding or under false identities in Berlin. Regular admission. Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St., Amherst. amherstcinema.org.


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.

Evening of Celtic Music and Stories: 7 to 9 p.m. Jamie Laval, master fiddler, performs unforgettable tunes and recreates the beautiful atmosphere of Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-341-3317. jamielavalmusicoffice@gmail.com.

Fanfare Brass Choir Music Concert: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Fanfare Brass Choir presents musical performance of power and finesse. The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St., Greenfield. 413-686-5027. tbn8@aol.com.

Kirtan with Dave Russell: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call-and-response singing of simple Sanskrit chants from gentle (like being hugged) to totally rocking. $12 to $20 donation recommended, but not required. The Yoga Sanctuary, Thornes Market, 150 Main St., Northampton. 413-374-0789. dave@daverussellkirtan.com.

“Made in Vermont”: 4 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

“Music and Verse in a Sacred Space”: 4 to 5 p.m. A spring concert to benefit Enlace de Familias in Holyoke, a resource and triage center for people displaced from Puerto Rico by the devastation of Hurricane Maria. The organization is working on its “mattress effort” to supply mattresses for people who are ready to move out of their temporary housing and shelters. Dr. Thomas Pousont will be directing the Deerfield Academy Chorus and the Deerfield Cappella performing works of Bach, Handl and Faure. Event alternates between readings of poetry and musical offerings. No admission fee. First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., Deerfield.

Valley Piano Teachers’ Association Student Recital: 1 to 5 p.m. Benefit for Amherst Survival Center. Free. Donation of nonperishable food sought. Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst, 151 President’s Drive, Amherst. 413-253-7855. bmmiller.music@gmail.com.

“The Cirque”: 1 to 8 p.m. Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, Triple Wheel of Death, Human Slingshot, contortionist, showgirls in the air, aerialist from Mongolia, more. $12.50 to $40. Mullins Center, 200 Commonwealth Ave., Amherst. thecirque.com. gbceventcal@gmail.com.


“James and the Giant Peach Jr,”: 2 p.m. See Friday listing.


Mother’s Day Fern & Wildflower Walk: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Spring wildflowers and ferns near waterfall. Led by Randy Stone, Pioneer Valley Fern Society. Some uneven or muddy ground. Free. Rain cancels.Chard Pond, Falls Road, Sunderland. pioneervalleyfernsociety@gmail.com.

Monday, 14COMEDY

“We Made a Thing: A Tiny Audience Show”: 9 to 9:45 p.m.A weekly, casual “tiny audience” improv show featuring Pam Victor and Scott Braidman. Free. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton. info@happiervalley.com.


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


Jeff Holmes Big Band, Featuring Dawning Holmes: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free. 121 Club at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St,. Easthampton.


Local History Trivia: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Test your skills with local history trivia. Come with a team or join one when you get here. Westhampton Public, 1 North Road, Westhampton. 413-527-5386. westhampton@cwmars.org.

Tuesday, 15 FILM

Film & Discussion Series: “Imperial Dreams”: 7 to 9 p.m. A young father and reformed gangster returns home from jail eager to care for his son. Discussion follows. Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 413-259-3223. ryanj@jones.org.

Literary Arts

Third Tuesday Greenfield Word: 7 p.m. Doors open. 7:15 is open mic; 8:30, the featured writers. $1 to $5 sliding scale donation admission. 9 Mill St., Greenfield.


Drumming with Ellen Clegg: 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Discover the impressive and inspiring healing power of drumming for ourselves and our community. Improv 6 to 6:45, Rhythms and Techniques 6:45 to 7:15. $65 for six weeks or $14 per drop in. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Elm St., Northampton. 413-824-8813. ellen@ellenclegg.com.

Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. New York City-based saxophonist and flutist Don Braden 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.

Wednesday, 16Dance

Creacion Latin Big Band: 7 p.m. 20-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.


“Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten”: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Documentary about The Clash front man. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbes.org.

Literary Arts

“Compass Roads” Reading: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Straw Dog Writers Guild and Levellers Press present “Compass Roads: Poems about the Pioneer Valley,” Jane Yolen, ed. Poets read new poems from the book. Free. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St., South Hadley. admin@strawdogwriters.org.

Howard Bryant: 7 p.m. The author will present his new book, “The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.” Bryant looks at how black athletes today are refusing to “shut up and play” and are helping to change what patriotism looks like on the sports field. Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-4235. www.broadsidebooks.com.


All Ages Open Mic Night With Host F. Alex Johnson: 7 to 10 p.m. Award-winning guitarist F Alex Johnson hosts this weekly open mic featuring some of the best talent in the Pioneer Valley. Free. Brew Practitioners, 36 Main St., Florence. 413-584-2444. info@colorwaymusic.com.

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

Little Roots Music Classes: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Little Roots is a hands-on interactive music program for children ages 3 months to 5 years old and their adults. $150 for 10-week series or $18 drop-in. Yoga Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 255, Easthampton. 3364079074. littlerootsmusic@gmail.com.

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

Third World/The Alchemystics: 8:30 p.m. Third World is one of the longest-lived reggae bands of all time. The Alchemystics blend reggae, hip-hop, soul and rock. $25 advance; $30 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St, Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Wednesday Tunes Series: Andrew Biagiarelli: 7 to 9 p.m. The Wednesday Tunes Series features free live music by local western Massachusetts musicians on select Wednesdays. 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. hawksandreed.com.