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Arts & Culture Calendar: Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, 2018


Thursday, November 01, 2018
Thursday, 1

Dance

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. dansstep1950@gmail.com.

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.

Literary Arts

“The Black Cats of Amherst: A World War I Ambulance Unit”: 7 to 8 p.m. Author Jim Hamilton will describe the exploits of this World War I ambulance unit using contemporary photographs, diary accounts and letters. Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 413-259-3097. specialcollections@joneslibrary.org.

Fall Creative Writing Workshops: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Beginners and seasoned writers welcome. $25 to $45 weekly sliding scale. Main Street Writers, 664 Main St., Suite 60, Amherst. 413-221-4652. mainstreetwriters@gmail.com.

Megan Peak Poetry Reading: 3 to 4:30 p.m. A Q&A with Peak, author of “Girldom,” which won the 2018 Perugia Press Prize, will follow the reading. Arno Maris Art Gallery, 577 Western Ave., Westfield.

The Collected Poets Series: 7 p.m. Featuring Megan Peak and Jennifer Wallace. Mocha Maya’s, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls.

Music

A Beautiful Future and Pat & Tex: 7 to 9:30 p.m. A Beautiful Future, featuring Kate O’Connor, Rico Spence and Charlie Shew, shares an evening with Pat & Tex and Avery & White. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. pattex@crocker.com.

Chris James Jenkins: 5 to 7 p.m. A tenor with a killer falsetto, Jenkins brings soul-stirring songwriting and intriguing acoustic style to his performances. Free. Fort Hill Brewery, 30 Fort Hill Road, Easthampton. 413-325-5097. cjenkins08@gmail.com.

Falltown String Band: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Roots rock, folk, country, bluegrass and blues. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

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

Mary Witt & Alisa Amador: 6 to 8 p.m. $8. Iconica Social Club, 1 Amber Lane, Northampton.

Linda Hirschhorn Singing Workshop: 5:30 to 9:15 p.m. Dinner at 5:30, workshops from 6:15 to 9:15. Leading up to performances on Friday and Saturday. $75 for three workshops; $50 for two. Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, 151 Greenleaf St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-257-1959. susanpiday314@gmail.com.

Theater

“God’s Issue” by David Green: 8 to 10 p.m. Amherst College Theater and Dance presents “God’s Issue,” a senior honors project in playwriting and directing. Free. 200 South Pleasant St., Amherst. srivers@amherst.edu.

“Snowflakes or Rare White People”: 7:30 p.m. Directed by Gabriel Harrell. $5 to $15. Rand Theater, Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Drive, UMass Amherst.

Potpourri

The Mending Cafe: 10 a.m. to noon. A modern version of a Quilting Bee. Create stories through fabric and then together, create a Story Cloth. No sewing experience needed. $20 to $40 sliding scale. The Nest at First Churches, 11 Center St., Northampton. 413-348-2385. artandsoul.wm@gmail.com.

“Re-Membering: Making Recuerdos (Mementos)”: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Recuerdos are small crafted mementos of remembrance. Use an eclectic variety of materials to make your own. Donations requested. Lyman Hall, First Churches, 11 Center St., Northampton. 413-348-3285.
artandsoul.wm@gmail.com.

“The Power of Partnerships: Research Evidence and Strategies for Success”: 4 p.m. With speaking Susan Sheridan, professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska — Lincoln. Free. Commonwealth Honors College Room 160E, 157 Commonwealth Ave., UMass Amherst.

Friday, 2 Dance

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 sliding scale. Various Amherst locations. 413-549-6748. eva@amherstfolkdancing.org.

Literary Arts

Symposium: Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” at 200: 4 p.m. Scholars, artists and writers bring a wide range of provocative perspectives to the investigation of Shelley’s novel and its continuing impact today. Free. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, 5 Chapin Drive, Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.

“History Bites Lunchtime Lecture: How V-Mail Won World War II”: 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Local retired educator Tom Weiner will draw from his book “Photographed Letters on Wings: How V-Mail Helped Win WWII” to tell the little-known story of the 1.5 billion letters sent to and from England and America during World War II. Free. Amherst Historical Society and Museum, 67 Amity St., Amherst. amhersthistory.org.

Perugia Press Poetry Party: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Featuring poet Megan Peak and a screening of an eight-minute documentary by local filmmaker Kate Way about Perugia Press, its poets, and the power of women’s voices and poetry. Iconica Social Club, 1 Amber Lane, Northampton.

Music

7 Mile Line: 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Bluegrass band from Conway. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Bruce Mandel: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Lyrically driven acoustic music built upon a diverse sonic landscape. Free. Chester Common Table, 30 Main St., Chester. chestercommontable@gmail.com.

Drew Paton’s 1940’s 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.

Buddy McEarns: 6 to 9 p.m. Union Station, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton.

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

Pamela Means: 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 at the door. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton.

Seth Glier with Matt Nakoa: 8 p.m. Grammy-nominated, folk-pop singer-songwriter from Shelburne. $15 in advance; $26 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Soule Monde: 8 to 11 p.m. $12 to $15. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-579-9960. leslie@stonechurchvt.com.

Valley Light Opera Presents “The Gondoliers”: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Set in Venice and Spain with Gilbert’s classic wit and Sullivan’s soaring music. Full orchestra, sumptuous costumes/set and family-friendly humor. $15 to $30. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. info@vlo.org.

“The 9th Dimension”: 7 p.m. Composed, performed and directed by Samuel Croff III. Free. Buckley Recital Hall, 53 College St., Amherst.

Emerging Artist Jazz Festival: 7 to 9 p.m. During Friday’s Gallery Walk, listen to high school and college-age groups at various Brattleboro, Vt. venues. Visit vtjazz.org for a full schedule.

The Equalites: 9 to 11:30 p.m. Reggae. Free. Deja Brew Café & Pub, 57 Lockes Village Road, Wendell.

Theater

“God’s Issue” by David Green: 8 to 10 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“Shapeless” — A Senior Theater Thesis Production: 7 to 9 p.m. PVPA seniors Lila Templin and Mary Ahlstrom team up for a thesis collaboration. A story of an unlikely couple navigating their way to the alter. $3 to $10. Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, 15 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley. 413-552-1580. lcappello@pvpa.org.

Shoot the Moon Theater’s “Frankenstein”: 7:30 to 9 p.m. $12. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-254-9276. jmoyse@hotmail.com.

“The Nature of Forgetting”: 8 p.m. The story of a father struggling with dementia. $10 to $35. Bowker Auditorium at Stockbridge Hall, 100 Holdsworth Way, UMass Amherst. 413- 545- 2511. facbox@umass.edu.

“Snowflakes or Rare White People”: 7:30 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Comedy

A Night of Improv with NHS and UMass: 7 to 9 p.m. $5. Northampton High School Auditorium, 380 Elm St., Northampton. Heidi_haas@comcast.net.

Film

Brattleboro Film Festival: 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Visit brattleborofilmfestival.org for a full line-up. Up to $10. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. brattfilmfest@gmail.com.

“Farmer of the Year”: 7 to 9 p.m. After selling his farm, an aging farmer struggles to maintain his youth by traveling across the country with his granddaughter in a 1973 RV. Former Plainfield residents bring their award-winning feature film to Plainfield, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers $10. Plainfield Congregational Church, 356 West Main St., Plainfield. 413-230-6862. kathy@yellowhousefilms.com.

“Chocolat”: 7 p.m. Juliette Binoche stars as a mysterious woman who wins a battle for the soul of a small French village using chocolate as the ultimate spiritual weapon. Folk and folk blues music by Jim Eagan starts at 7; film starts at 7:30. $4 to $6. Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls.

Festivals & Fairs

24th Annual Franklin County CiderDays: 6:30 to 11 p.m. Events across Franklin County. Visit ciderdays.org for a full schedule.

Potpourri

Alex Sepkus Jewelry Show: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. dmg (Don Muller Gallery Inc.), 40 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-1119. info@dmgnoho.com.

Saturday, 3Dance

“Arm in Arm: Artists United Against Gun Violence”: 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., Springfield. 413-737-5311.

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. Benefiting the Recovery Learning Community. The Episcopal Church of St. James and Andrew, 71 Federal St., Greenfield. 413-658-7011. jasper@dancespree.org.

“HUT”: 8 to 10 p.m. Three artists, three genres, three short sets. Performers: Jasmine Hearn, Jay Weingarten and Mike Bullock. $10. STUDIO4, 25 Main St., Suite 444, Northampton. 413-695-1799. jenscdt@gmail.com.

Pioneer Valley Ballet Open Studios: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rehearsing for the 40th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” Free. Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Suite 155, Easthampton. pvb@pioneervalleyballet.org.

Literary Arts

Community Conversations: Racial Justice Reading Discussion: 1:30 to 3 p.m. A discussion of four articles on the theme of racial justice. Articles linked on the library’s calendar website. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org.

Ladybug Festival: 1 to 3 p.m. Storytelling and hands-on activities for children ages 3 to 10. Vote for your favorite Ladybug book of the year. Free. Keene Public Library, 60 Winter St., Keene, N.H. 603-352-0157. akraemer@ci.keene.nh.us.

“From Apple Trees to Cider, Please — An Apple Story Hour”: 1 to 2 p.m. Read the picture book “From Apple Trees to Cider, Please,” by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky. For children ages 4 to 8. Plus activities and crafts about apples. Free. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Symposium: Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” at 200: 4 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Toto the Tornado Kitten”: 11 a.m. Jonathan Hall will read his book and introduce you to Toto. Free. Edwards Public Library, 30 East St., Southampton. 413-527-9480. jdouglass@cwmars.org.

Song & Story Swap with Guest Jerry Bryant: 7 p.m. History theme in the opening round. Held on the first Saturday of each month. $10 suggested donation. The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst.

Music

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

Emerging Artist Jazz Festival: 1 to 10:30 p.m. Hear college showcases and headliner bands at multiple Brattleboro, Vt. locations, including New York’s King Klave and Sonic Asylum. Visit vtjazz.org for a full schedule.

Joni Mitchell Tribute: 8 to 11 p.m. Featuring the Ellen Cogen Ensemble and Mary Witt of The O-Tones. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke.

The Reprobate Blues Band: 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Free. Deja Brew Café & Pub, 57 Lockes Village Road, Wendell.

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

Dark and Passionate 2.0: Crimson Canary: 7 to 8 p.m. A little flamenco music and lots of classic vocals in six languages. Free. Luthier’s Co-op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton. lonniechu@gmail.com.

Hilltown Hoedown: 4 to 11 p.m. Good eats and music by The Pistoleros, Flathead Rodeo, Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, The Nightcaps and the Mark Snow Band. $15 in advance; $17 day of show. Free for children. Shutesbury Athletic Club, 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury. 413-259-1474. shutesburyac.com.

Kid Gulliver: 9:30 p.m. to midnight. A power pop band from Boston. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Rock 201: 8 to 11:30 p.m. A high-energy classic rock band. $4. Wheelerville Community Club, 698 East Main St., Orange. 978-544-3960. wheelervillecc@gmail.com.

Boogaloo Brass Band: 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-341-3161.

The Mammals & Sean Rowe: 7 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 day of show. The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Muddy Roads: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Featuring fiddle, banjo and guitar, the band’s style includes the delicate old time sound, rags, Irish, swing and original tunes. Free. Bread Euphoria Bakery & Cafe, 206 Main St., Haydenville. 413-268-7757. hilaryemersonlay@gmail.com.

Roots Of Creation with Rhythm Incorporated: 9 p.m. Roots of Creation is a Billboard- and radio chart-topping, award-winning, reggae-rock sensation. Rhythm Incorporated plays reggae, funk and hip-hop. $13 in advance; $17 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Steinberg Duo Play Mozart, Beethoven & Schumann: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $10 to $30; free for children. Congregation Ahavas Achim (Keene Synagogue), 84 Hastings Ave., Keene, N.H. 716-226-9968. mail@ashuelotconcerts.org.

Valley Light Opera Presents “The Gondoliers”: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Upstate with Peppermint Endurance Co.: 8 to 11 p.m. $20 to $25. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-579-9960. leslie@stonechurchvt.com.

Theater

The Northampton 24-Hour Theater Project: 7 and 9 p.m. Five playwrights, five directors and several actors create and perform five brand new 10-minute plays in 24 hours. $18 in advance; $20 at the door. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. 413-584-7327. ncfa@nohoarts.com.

“Chocolat”: 7 p.m. Folk-rock duo The Prestons performs at 7; film starts at 7:30. See Friday’s listing.

“God’s Issue” by David Green: 8 to 10 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“Shapeless” — A Senior Theater Thesis Production: 7 to 9 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Shoot the Moon Theater’s “Frankenstein”: 7:30 to 9 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Snowflakes or Rare White People”: 2 and 7:30 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Tech Theatre Workshop: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students in grades six to 12 learn about the elements used to put on a stage production. $55. MoCo Arts, 40 Roxbury St., Keene, N.H. 603-357-2100. info@moco.org.

Comedy

“Saturday Night’s Main Event”: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Four up-and-coming comedians. Hosted by Tim Lovett. $10. 13th Floor Music Lounge, 99 Main St., Florence. comedyasaweapon@gmail.com.

Film

Experience Music at United Presents “The Kid”: 7 to 10 p.m. Screening of the silent film “The Kid,” accompanied by live music by Peter Krasinski. $5 to $10. United Congregational Church of Holyoke, 300 Appleton St., Holyoke. 413-532-1483. jillian.silver@hotmail.com.

Brattleboro Film Festival: 1 to 10:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Art

New Parents Paint and Sip: Noon to 2 p.m. Learn about resources for local parents and relax while making art with other parents. Free pizza. Child care provided. Register online. Free. Springfield City Library — Mason Square Branch, 765 State St., Springfield. 413-263-6853.
ckelley@springfieldlibrary.org.

Festivals & Fairs

ChibiCon 2018: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A celebration of anime and comics. Free. Springfield City Library — Central Library, 220 State St., Springfield. 413-263-6840. shodge-wetherebe@springfieldlibrary.org.

Fall Fair: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring handmade crafts, gift and quilt raffles, house items, baked goods and more. Christopher Heights Assisted Living Community, 50 Village Hill Road, Northampton. 413-584-0701. dgodek@christopherheights.com.

Fall Festival: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy tables full of crafts, food and baked goods, plus a raffle and games for children. Free. First Congregational Church of Southampton, 212 College Highway, Southampton. 413-527-1173. churchoffice@shcong.org.

Wesley’s Annual Fall Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homemade pies, quilts, country store, craft vendors, Grandma’s Attic, jewelry and scarves, lunch and a silent auction. Free. Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 North Maple St., Hadley. 413-549-1550. Office@wesleyfamily.org.

Yuletide Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Basket raffle, bake sale and homemade crafts. Free. Stone House Museum, 20 Maple St., Belchertown. 413-230-2022. sallyshattuck@charter.net.

Fall Fest: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Baked goods, crafts, coffee and pastries, attic treasures, hot dogs and hamburgers, baked potatoes and games of tombola. Bethany Lutheran Church, Cheney Street, Orange.

24th Annual Franklin County CiderDays: 8 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Potpourri

Diwali Celebration with Bharat Babies: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join publishing house Bharat Babies for a fun-filled day of programs celebrating Diwali. $6 to $22.50 museum admission. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. workstudy@
carlemuseum.org.

Eastworks Open Studios: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 50 studios and businesses participating. Free. Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-527-1000. marketing@eastworks.com.

Alex Sepkus Jewelry Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Pop Up Portraits: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Danielle Tait Photography. $25 per portrait, with 20 percent benefiting Safe Passage. Eastworks, Studio 230, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-248-7427. info@danielletaitphotography.com.

WGBY Kids Fan Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live characters, music and dancing, PBS KIDS-themed costumes and activities, ice cream and more. $5 to $10. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 Hall of Fame Ave., Springfield. 413-781-2801. goldmixon@wgby.org.

“Wisdom from the Indigenous Elders”: 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. With speaker Lessert Moore of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, and traditional native storyteller Grandmother Nancy Andry of Algonquin and French heritage. Child care is available. Free. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St., Greenfield. email@racialjusticerising.org.

Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Supper: 5 p.m. Spaghetti, salad and apple crisp. $4 to $8; free for children ages 10 and under. St. Mary’s Parish Center, corner of Cheney and West Myrtle streets, Orange.

Sunday, 4Literary Arts

Poetry Reading: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Local poets recite favorite poems or short fiction in 10-minute spots. Open mic for the audience. Refreshments and raffle. For ages 18 and up. Free. Springfield City Library — Central Library, 220 State St., Springfield. 413-263-6828. mjaquith@springfieldlibrary.org.

Music

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.

Sage Chamber Music Society: 3 to 5 p.m. Works by J.S. Bach, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Robert Schumann. Free. Sweeney Concert Hall, 144 Green St., Northampton. 413-585-2787. artsinfo@smith.edu.

Gabriela Montero on Piano: 3 p.m. Part of the Music at Amherst Chamber Series. $12 to $28. Buckley Recital Hall, 53 College St., Amherst.

UMass Chamber Choir 40th Anniversary Concert: 4 to 6 p.m. Featuring the UMass Chamber Choir and alumni. $5 to $10; free for UMass students. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, UMass Amherst. 413-545-2511. mlonghi@umass.edu.

Valley Light Opera Presents “The Gondoliers”: 2 to 5 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Autumn Music and Verse in a Sacred Space”: 3 to 4 p.m. Choruses, instrumentalists and soloists from the Deerfield Academy and the choir, and Choral Scholars of the First Church of Deerfield, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Pousont, will be performing works by Bach. With poetry by Don Junkins. First Church of Deerfield, Main Street, Old Deerfield.

Film

Brattleboro Film Festival: 1 to 10:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Festivals & Fairs

ChibiCon 2018: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

24th Annual Franklin County CiderDays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Potpourri

Eastworks Open Studios: Noon to 5 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Pop Up Portraits: Noon to 5 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Monday, 5Dance

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 Class 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.

Kevin Goodan Poetry Reading: 7 to 8 p.m. UMass MFA alumnus returns to the Pioneer Valley to read from “Anaphora,” his fifth collection of poetry. Free. Amherst Books, 8 Main St., Amherst. 413-320-5009.
kimburwick@gmail.com.

Poetry Discussion Group: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Focusing on the poetry of poet Matt Donovan, who is giving a reading at Smith College on Nov. 13. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org.

Puerto Rican Writing: The Common’s Community Reception: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Writers and translators Ana Teresa Toro, Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón, María José Giménez and María Luisa Arroyo Cruzado discuss their work. Meal provided. Free. Wistariahurst, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke. 413-542-5453. emily@thecommononline.org.

Music

Brass of UMass: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A concert of chamber music by ensembles from the UMass Music & Dance brass studios. Free. Bezanson Recital Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, UMass Amherst. 413-577-2154. mlonghi@umass.edu.

Film

Brattleboro Film Festival: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Potpourri

Living Building Tour: 4 to 5 p.m. View a building with net-zero energy and water, composting toilets and more. Register at hitchcockcenter.org. Free. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St., Amherst. 413-256-6006. info@hitchcockcenter.org.

Soup & Game Night: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Fundraiser to support the Amandla Chorus’ “Songs With People in Jail” project. Soup, bread, a bake sale and raffle. Donations accepted. Hope & Olive, 44 Hope St., Greenfield.

Tuesday, 6Literary Arts

“All Hamptons Read” Book Discussion: 7 to 8 p.m. A discussion on “Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge” by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. Free. Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton. 413-527-5386. westhampton@cwmars.org.

The Common’s Issue 16 Launch: 7 to 9 p.m. Conversation and wine reception with authors and translators from The Common’s new issue, including a portfolio of work from Puerto Rican writers. Free. The Powerhouse, East Drive, Amherst College. 413-542-5453. emily@thecommononline.org.

Exploring Diversity in Picture Books: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will explore diversity in picture books and discuss ways to foster a child’s critical engagement with such books. $34 to $40. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst.
workstudy@carlemuseum.org.

Exploring Prints with Children: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Explore printmaking and how to adapt it to your art-making space. $34 to $40. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. workstudy@carlemuseum.org.

Music

Front Country: 7 p.m. What started as a group of friends playing bluegrass has morphed into a touring powerhouse of sound, transcending their humble stringband roots. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton.

Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saxophonist/composer Jason Robinson 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 Opus One Chamber Orchestra: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A faculty-student collaboration presented by UMass Music & Dance. $5 to $10; free for UMass students. Bezanson Recital Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, UMass Amherst. 413-545-2511. mlonghi@umass.edu.

Film

Brattleboro Film Festival: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Art

16th Annual Miller Lecture: 5 p.m. Anne Lafont, professor at L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, will speak about gender, art and race during the Enlightenment. Free. Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall, 5 Chapin Drive, Northampton. 413-585-2760. artmuseum@smith.edu.

Wednesday, 7Dance

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

Salsa Wednesdays with McCoy and DJ Roger Jr.: 8 p.m. 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. hawksandreed.com.

Literary Arts

Bill Newman Reading: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Newman presents his new book of brief essays, “Life on the Co-op Plan” — warm, lucid pieces about his student days. Free. Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-4235. roxie@broadsidebooks.com.

Fall Creative Writing Workshops: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Cameron Awkward-Rich Poetry Reading: 8 to 9 p.m. Free. Amherst Books, 8 Main St., Amherst. 413-542-8200.
crnewman@amherst.edu.

“Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature”: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. With speaker Ruth Ozeki, an award-winning author, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest whose acclaimed novels integrate issues of science, technology, philosophy and pop culture. Free. 103 Converse Hall, Amherst College. 413-542-2181. lballou@amherst.edu.

Speaker Sisterhood Greenfield: 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Build speaking skill and confidence with communication coach Carlyn Saltman and other motivated women. First and third Wednesdays. $30 per month with a three-month commitment; first session is free. Held at a member’s home in Greenfield; call or email for the address. 413-522-0789. carlyn@carlynsaltman.com.

Music

Emily Elbert, Not My Sister and Francesca Blanchard: 7 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton.

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

Shelley Hirsch: 8 p.m. A vocalist, composer and storyteller whose works have been featured on five continents. $7 to $15. Old Chapel, 144 Hicks Way, UMass Amherst. 413-545-2511. facbox@umass.edu.

Ukulele Strum Along: 7 to 8 p.m. Strum with Julie Stepanek for an hour of tips, technique and music. Bring your own ukulele or call the library to reserve one. Free. Clapp Memorial Library, 19 South Main St., Belchertown. 413-323-0417. smccormick@cwmars.org.

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

Film

Brattleboro Film Festival: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community Presents “The Departure”: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Explore how to offer meaningful support for people struggling, while still taking care of ourselves. Free. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. RSVP not required, but appreciated to info@westernmassrlc.org.

Art

Community Engagement for Artists Workshop: 5:30 to 8 p.m. For artists wanting to create public art/social change art projects with communities. Learn about best practices and art projects. Free. Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State St., Springfield. 413-545-2360. RSVP to aes@acad.umass.edu.

Potpourri

“A Must See”: 11 a.m. A collaged photo series of real life tragedies juxtaposed with movie review quotes and other works. Artwork by Akinbo Akinnuoye. Free. Living Art Studio, 219 Main St., Northampton.