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Arts & Culture Calendar: Sept. 20 to Sept. 26, 2018


Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Thursday, 20 Dance

Beginning Ballet: 4 to 5 p.m. Trial ballet class for children ages 6 to 8 with Katherine Bervera. Free. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. 413-992-7821. academyofballetarts@hotmail.com.

Literary Arts

Emily Arsenault and Daniel Hales Reading: 6:30 p.m. Arsenault and Hales will read from and discuss their latest books: “The Last Thing I Told You” and “Run Story,” respectively. Boswell’s Books, 10 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls.

“Doughnuts and Death: A Baker’s Dozen of Emily Dickinson’s Most Depressing Poems”: 6:45 p.m. Part of the Amherst Poetry Festival. West Cemetery, Triangle Street, Amherst.

Music

“An Evening of Nuclear Blues”: 7 p.m. Speakers will discuss nuclear waste and environmental justice. Live music by The Wildcat O’Halloran Band with Bob Stannard on harp and Court Dorsey as emcee. Free. $5 to 50 suggested donation. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Paper Castles, Footings: 9:30 p.m. Local indie rock bands. $5 in advance; $10 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Charlie Hunter Trio: 7 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton.

Sarah Louise, Anthony Pasquarosa and Jen Gelineau: 9 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $10. The Root Cellar, 10 Fiske Ave., Greenfield. rootcellarbar.com.

Seventh Annual “Celebrate Amherst” Block Party: 5 to 9 p.m. A street festival with acrobats, a DJ, live music, demonstrations, street food and activities. Free. North Pleasant Street, Amherst Center. 413-345-2945. ann@amherstdowntown.com.

Holyoke Veterans Lunch Program Anniversary: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free for veterans; free-will offering from non-veterans. St. Paul’s Church, 485 Appleton St., Holyoke. 413-537-3119. ginanelson5@gmail.com.

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

“A Beethoven Cycle: The Complete Piano Sonatas I”: 8 p.m. Jiayan Sun will explore Beethoven’s masterworks chronologically in a series of eight recitals during the 2018-19 season. Recital I: Sonatas 1 to 4. Sweeney Concert Hall in Sage Hall, 51 College Lane, Northampton. artsinfo@smith.edu.

Fumi Tomita: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. UMass Amherst Music and Dance presents a faculty concert titled “A Night of Hard Bop” by Fumi Tomita, jazz bass. Free. Bezanson Recital Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-577-2154. mlonghi@umass.edu.

Theater

“Johnny Guitar”: 7:30 p.m. Madcap musical by Nicholas Van Hoogstraten, Martin Silvestri and Joel Higgins is based on the legendary Joan Crawford cult Western from the 1950s. $24 to $33. Majestic Theater, 131 Elm St., West Springfield. majestictheater.com.

“Annie”: 7 p.m. An Arena Civic Theatre production, directed by Megan Healey. $12 to $18. Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-233-4368. arenacivictheatre.org.

Art

Art Forum: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Visual artist Rosalyn Driscoll will discuss concepts that relate to Rebecca Muller’s work. Free. Gallery A3, 28 Amity St., Amherst. 413-256-4250. a3.gallerya3@gmail.com.

Film

“Wild Nights With Emily” Screening: 8:30 p.m. Followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Madeleine Olnek and museum Executive Director Jane Wald. Opening night feature of the Amherst Poetry Festival. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Outside at the Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St., Amherst.

Friday, 21 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 www.amherstfolkdancing.org for location. $3 to $10 sliding scale. Various Amherst locations. 413-549-6748. eva@amherstfolkdancing.org.

Contra Dance: 8 to 11 p.m. No experience necessary. $5 to 10. Guiding Star Grange Hall, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. davidkaynor@mac.com.

Drum & Dance Fridays: 8 to 11 p.m. Kind of like a hybrid between a boogie and a drum circle. $5 to $10; free for children ages 9 and under. Karuna Yoga, 25 Main St., Northampton. 413-658-7011. jasper@dancespree.org.

Literary Arts

The Astro Poets: 8 p.m. Joint reading by Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov. Part of the Amherst Poetry Festival. Bassett Planetarium, 165 South Pleasant St., Amherst.

Poetry Discussion Group with Professor Chris Benfey: Noon to 2 p.m. Discussion inspired by Emily Dickinson’s 1879 exchange with her childhood friend Helen Hunt Jackson. $15. Robert Frost Library, 61 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst.

Music

1200 Horsehairs: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Cello quartet. Free. All proceeds benefit Berkshire Children & Families. Edwards Church of Northampton, 297 Main St., Northampton. 413-584-5500. info@edwardschurchnorthampton.org.

Black Uhuru with Onesty & Dave Noonan’s Green Island: 7 p.m. One of the most recognized and prolific Jamaican reggae band for more than 50 years. Derrick “Duckie” Simpson is founder and leader. $22 in advance; $28 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Cold River Ranters Concert: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Cold River Ranters provide the American-rootsy feel of traditional acoustic instruments. By donation. The Rabbit Hole, 77 High St., Keene, N.H. 603-355-7095. cold.river.ranters@gmail.com.

The Edd: 8 p.m. to midnight. $10 to $15. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-579-9960. leslie@stonechurchvt.com.

Winterpills: 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 day of show. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton.

Flathead Rodeo: 8 to 11:30 p.m. Free. The Harp Irish Pub, 163 Sunderland Road, Amherst. flatheadrodeoband@gmail.com.

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

Immortal Jellyfish and No Lens: 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Reggae from No Lens and Immortal Jellyfish’s funk jams will have you dancin’ the night away. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Party of 2: 7 to 11 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

Theater

“Our Town”: 7 p.m. The quintessential New England play. $12 for night shows; $6 for the matinee. Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. 413-625-9413. shelburnejackieb@gmail.com.

Northampton Playwrights Lab Presents “Play by Play”: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Third festival of readings of new plays performed by local professional actors with inaugural performances in the Arts Trust building’s FlexSpace. $10 suggested donation. Northampton Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. pioneervalleytheatre@gmail.com.

“Annie”: 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“The Father”: 7:30 p.m. $8 to $15. Florian Zeller’s internationally acclaimed drama. Actors Theatre Playhouse, 21 Main St., West Chesterfield, N.H. 877-666-1855. atplayhouse.org.

“Johnny Guitar”: 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Art

Friday Art Wind Down: 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Play with a large, eclectic variety of art materials for your creative leisure. $10 to $30 hourly sliding scale. The Nest at First Churches, 11 Center St., Northampton. 413-348-2385. artandsoul.wm@gmail.com.

Film

Out! For Reel LGBT Films Presents “Snapshots”: 6 to 9:30 p.m. A screening of award-winning film “Snapshots,” starring Piper Laurie and directed by Melanie Mayron. Opening program features local LGBTQ leaders and singing sensation Evelyn Harris. Social hour from 6 to 7. $8 to $11. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. info@outforreel.net.

Festivals & Fairs

Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Featuring various plays and an open mic Puppet Cabaret. Visit puppetsinthegreenmountains.com for a full schedule of events and locations in and around Brattleboro and Putney, Vt.

Potpourri

“Conversations with a Psychic”: 7 to 8 p.m. A look at the Tarot in a way you’ve not seen it before. $15. Florence Community Center, 140 Pine St., Florence. 413-923-1673. pcraigbrowning@gmail.com.

Saturday, 22 Dance

Greenfield Greendance: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Freestyle boogie: no shoes, no alcohol, no rules! 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.

Tango Beginner Boot Camp: 2 to 5 p.m. Learn tango basics along with fundamentals for social dancing, partnership and musicality. $70 for 6 hours of lessons. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. 732-877-6810.

Literary Arts

Poetry Reading: 10:30 a.m. to noon. Featuring Eliza Gouverneur, Mark Hart and Jennifer Wallace. Presented in conjunction with the Amherst Poetry Festival. Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 413-259-3223. ryanj@joneslibrary.org.

The No-No Project: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Hope & Feathers Framing and Printing, 319 Main St., Amherst. 860-214-6214. jasonm@attackbearpress.com.

Music

15th Annual Recovery Jam Sober Music Festival: Noon to 8 p.m. Performances by Voices Carry, Ghost Train, Changin’ Lanes, David Bazin’s Mojo Ride, The Leeds and The Glenwood Mills Band. $10 to $15; free for ages 17 and under. Camp KeeWanee, 1 Health Camp Road, Greenfield. 413-772-9150. rp.sic@yahoo.com.

The Sea The Sea: 7:30 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 day of show. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton.

Ukulele-in-a-Day Workshop: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A one-day quick-start workshop for beginners. Taught by Lisa McCormick. Learn how to tune, how to strum, proper positioning, easy chords and how to make smooth chord transitions. Ukuleles available to rent for the day or purchase. Take-home handbook included. $125. Family discounts available. Brattleboro Music Center, 79 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro, Vt. bit.ly/UkeDay.

Phantom Erratic #15: 9 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $10. The Root Cellar, 10 Fiske Ave., Greenfield. rootcellarbar.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.

The Mark Nomad Band: 8 to 9:30 p.m. A scintillating mix of blues and rock originals, along with some noteworthy classics. Free. Luthier’s Co-op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton. marknomad@charter.net.

The Edd: 8 p.m. to midnight. See Friday’s listing.

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

One Part Luck: 6 to 8 p.m. Original songs in tight, two-part harmony, backed up with acoustic guitar, bass, banjo, harmonica and various percussive devices. Free. Bread Euphoria Bakery and Cafe, 206 Main St., Haydenville. 413-268-7757. hilaryemersonlay@gmail.com.

Opening Night Gala Concert: 7:30 to 10 p.m. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 75th anniversary season. $22 to $65. Symphony Hall, 34 Court St., Springfield. 413-733-0636. bpetano@springfieldsymphony.org.

Ragged Blue: 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Bluegrass with a hint of Celtic. Great harmonies and banjo flair. Joined by Jim Armenti of The Lonesome Brothers and “Downtown Joe” Blumenthal. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

River Rhapsody: 6:30 p.m. Local band focusing on work by adult contemporary songwriters and original work by band members. $8 in advance; $12 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

CD Release Party: 7 to 11 p.m. For indie soul rock songstress Shanta Paloma’s new album, “Heartworm,” produced by Easthampton’s Sonelab Studios. $5. Sonelab Studios and Abandoned Building Brewery, 142 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-337-7313. shantapaloma@gmail.com.

Hip-Hop Showcase Hosted by Crazefaze: Class starts at 6 p.m., showcase at 7:30. Local all-female hip-hop dance crew hosts a class and performances by local acts Wiki Good, Jarv, Karen’s Dance Studio, Funk Box, Ace Legion, Mass Breaker, Sariah Allende and Vicelinepon. $10. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Mama’s Marmalade: 7:30 p.m. From the blues to old-time, from gypsy jazz to bluegrass. Kicking off the Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse’s 34th season. $6 to $15. Old Town Hall, 6 Center St., Wendell. 978-544-5557. wendellfullmoon.org.

Theater

“Our Town”: 7 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Annie”: 2 and 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Northampton Playwrights Lab Presents “Play by Play”: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“The Father”: 7:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Johnny Guitar”: 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Art

“Saturdoozy”: 6 to 10 p.m. An arts-focused children’s night out with dancing, games, crafts, karaoke, face painting, a movie and pizza. Register at studio4noho.com. $20 to $30. STUDIO4, 25 Main St., Suite 444, Northampton. 413-570-4491. jenscdt@gmail.com.

“Narrative Art Matters”: 1:30 p.m. Led by illustrator Alice A. Carter. To elaborate on the centuries-old tradition of visual storytelling. Free with museum admission. Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge.

Festivals & Fairs

Homestead Harvest Festival: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. $5 to $10. Bryant Homestead, 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. 413-200-7262. cdavis@thetrustees.org.

Old Fashioned Church Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A hilltown tradition returns. Raffle items, including an African blanket. Baked goods, jewelry, crafts, plants, vegetables, soup and sandwiches. Free. Haydenville Congregational Church, 143 Main St., Haydenville. 413-268-9344. office@haydenvillechurch.org.

Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Keene International Festival: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the greater Keene community. Activities include African drumming, a German hammering competition, Haitian dominoes, Greek pebble games, Indian carom board, cricket, soccer, arts and crafts, music, folk dancing and re-enactments of 18th- and 19th-century life. Free admission. Jonathan Daniels School, 227 Maple Ave., Keene, N.H. jalexander@sau29.org.

Amherst Poetry Festival: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Including a poetry writing workshop, readings by local poets and a Late Night Garden Party featuring Kimaya Diggs. See www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestival for a list of locations and full event schedule.

Potpourri

Westhampton Chocolate Tasting: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is required. For ages 14 and up. Free. Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton. 413-527-5386. westhampton@cwmars.org.

Fungi Kingdom Mushroom Festival: 1 to 5 p.m. Learn about native mushrooms with talks, woodland walks, mushroom-growing demonstrations, art, mushroom photography and children’s activities. Free. Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton. 413-584-3009. arcadia@massaudubon.org.

Morning Canal Walk: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Historical tour of downtown Holyoke along the picturesque canal system. Free. Holyoke Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke. 413-534-1723. holyoke.heritage@state.ma.us.

Family StoryWalk with Dawn Marvin Ward: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Designed for pre-readers and families. A family walk and indoor natural history touch-table. Registration required. Free. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St., Amherst. 413-256-6006. info@hitchcockcenter.org.

Sheep & Shawl’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local fiber arts vendors, demonstrations, knitting help and a 10 percent off sale. Sheep & Shawl, 265 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield. 413-397-3680. liz@sheepandshawl.com.

Harvest Supper and Howard D. Barnes Memorial Pie Auction: 6:30 p.m. Following a hearty New England boiled dinner, former Sen. Stan Rosenberg will entertain during the auctioning of homemade pies. For tickets contact Chris Gould at 413-253-9162. Pelham Historical Complex, 376 Amherst Road, Pelham.

Ninth Annual Cool Rides Car Show: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and farm tractors, plus food, a bounce house and face painting. Top 25 awards and a people’s choice winner. Guided tours of the school from 10 a.m. to noon. Rain or shine. Free. Franklin County Technical School, 82 Industrial Blvd., Turners Falls. 413-863-9561, ext. 129. jnoel@fcts.us.

“Journey of a Wooden Boat”: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Alix and Steve are working on a wooden boat that they plan on sailing around the world. The two will be installing the majority of the boat’s 80 frames over two days. 291 Batchelor St., Granby.

Variety Show and Silent Auction Fundraiser: 7 p.m. Benefits the Wilder Homestead barn restoration project. $5 to $10. Buckland Community Hall, Upper Street, Buckland. bucklandmasshistory.org.

“A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms”: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Learn about brooms and broom making. See the crop of broom corn, sweep with a handmade broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you. History Workshop Building, Old Main Street, Deerfield.

Open Hearth Cooking: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet the workhorse of the colonial kitchen: the pumpkin. Hearth cooks will be making a variety of dishes with heirloom pumpkins. Visitor Center at Hall Tavern, Old Main Street, Deerfield.

Book Making: 10:30 a.m. to noon. With Sheila Damkoehler. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Sunday, 23 Dance

Tango Beginner Boot Camp: 2 to 5 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Literary Arts

Poetry Reading: 3 to 4:30 p.m. The first reading of the 2018-19 series begins with a reading that features poets Ellen Doré Watson and Rafael Campo. A Q&A session follows. Co-sponsored by the Jones Library and jubilat. Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 413-259-3223. ryanj@joneslibrary.org.

Music

Amanda Welch Sitar Concert: 7:30 p.m. Welch has been studying with leading Indian sitarist Pandit Rabindra Goswami since studying in Sarnath under Smith College’s exchange program. Free. Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall, 144 Green St., Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.

Amherst Symphony Orchestra: 3 p.m. A showcase of 20th-century concert music from Mexico. $5 to $10; free for Five College students. Buckley Recital Hall, 53 College St., Amherst. 413-542-2195. concerts@amherst.edu. amherstsymphonyorchestra.com.

Full Moon Community Sing: 6 to 8 p.m. With Mary Witt of The O-Tones. Bring blankets or picnics. Free. Forbes Library lawn, 20 West St., Northampton.

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.

Grand Tango with Ethan Lazarus & Carl Algermissen: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Known for their original arrangements of tango music, this special performance includes hits mixed along with tango, Jewish and klezmer music. $8 to $10. Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Amherst. 413-256-4900. programs@yiddishbookcenter.org.

Mandolin New England: 2 to 3 p.m. A performance of Schubert and Mozart by Mandolin New England. By donation. Porter-Phelps-Huntington House Museum, 130 River Drive, Hadley. 413-584-4699. pphmuseumassistant@gmail.com.

Ukulele Strum Along: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Easy songs and laid back instruction. Sign up required to borrow a ukulele by calling 413-259-3096. Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 413-259-3223. ryanj@joneslibrary.org.

JEFF the Brotherhood: 9 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $9 in advance; $12 at the door. The Root Cellar, 10 Fiske Ave., Greenfield. rootcellarbar.com.

Heart Centered Kirtan: 10 a.m. With Libby Volckening (harmonium/vox), James Robinson (guitar/vox) and Anna Sobel (percussion). Donations welcome. First Parish Unitarian, 72 Main St., Northfield.

Theater

Northampton Playwrights Lab Presents “Play by Play”: 2 to 3 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Johnny Guitar”: 2 and 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“Annie”: 2 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Festivals & Fairs

Hungry Ghost Bread Festival: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artists, food, music, a puppet parade, outdoor pizza and local bread. Free. Hungry Ghost, 62 State St., Northampton. 413-582-9009. somehungryghost@yahoo.com.

Northampton Carnival: Noon to 4 p.m. A carnival celebrating the Northampton Public Schools. No entry fee, though tickets are required for games and attractions. John F. Kennedy Middle School, 100 Bridge Road, Florence. schoollocalnorthampton@gmail.com.

Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Potpourri

Pollination Celebration Day: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate pollinators with events and activities for the whole family. Tickets at hitchcockcenter.org. $4 to $8. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West St., Amherst. 413-256-6006. info@hitchcockcenter.org.

Labyrinth Walk: 3 to 4:30 p.m. A meditative practice offering clarity, peace and healing. Free. Edwards Church of Northampton, 297 Main St., Northampton. 413-584-5500. info@edwardschurchnorthampton.org.

Sheep & Shawl’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration: Noon to 4 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

“Journey of a Wooden Boat”: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Paper Trail Talk and Walk: 1 p.m. Exploring the history of four paper mills with Department of Conservation and Recreation staff and local historians. Q&A, then walk, weather permitting. Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Monday, 24 Dance

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. amherstecd.org. robinhayden.o@gmail.com.

Literary Arts

Open Fiction Book Group Reads “Lincoln in the Bardo”: 6 to 7 p.m. The Open Fiction Book Group reads one paperback novel a month and its discussions are led by local author Chrysler Szarlan. Free. Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St., South Hadley. 413-534-7307. web@odysseybks.com.

Soul-Centered Writing: 5 to 6:30 p.m. A deeper writing process for soul expression. By donation. Doors of Light, 91 Long Hill Road, Leverett. 413-687-7748. insacredlife@yahoo.com.

Music

Jeff Holmes Big Band Featuring Dawning Holmes: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Seventeen-piece big band with vocals presents a special themed evening: “Yacht Rock Live” featuring the music of Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Toto, Box Scaggs and more. Free. 121 Club at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton. dawna@fathomarts.com.

John Bottomley: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance presents a faculty concert by John Bottomley, tuba, and Nikki Stoia, piano. Free. Bezanson Recital Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-577-2154. music@music.umass.edu.

Art

Teen Arts Program: Paper Airplanes and Pizza: 3 to 4 p.m. Teens only. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1010. ehill@forbeslibrary.org.

Potpourri

“Calling Out Sexual Harassment Before it Had a Name”: 4 to 6 p.m. Alix Kates Shulman was a leader of the Women’s Liberation Movement and a member of CORE, New York Radical Women, and other feminist groups. Free. Carroll Room, Campus Center, 100 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.

Tuesday, 25 Literary Arts

Fifth Annual Author Showcase: 6 to 8 p.m. Featuring Straw Dog Writers Guild members with works published in the past year. With refreshments. Free. South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal St., South Hadley. admin@strawdogwriters.org.

Poetry Reading by Ada Limón: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Limón’s latest collection, “The Carrying,” was named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by National Public Radio. Free. Weinstein Auditorium, 5 Chapin Drive, Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.

September Book Club: 1 p.m. The September Book Club selection is “Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje. New and occasional members welcome. Free. Edwards Public Library, 30 East St., Southampton. 413-527-9480. jdouglass@cwmars.org.

Music

Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. New York City-based baritone saxophonist Claire Daly 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.

Comedy

Comedy in the Wheelhouse: 8 p.m. Local comic Jon Ross hosts a showcase of the Pioneer Valley’s best comedic talent. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. hawksandreed.com.

Film

“Blackout in Puerto Rico” Screening and Discussion: 6:15 to 8 p.m. Free. Springfield City Library — Brightwood Branch, 359 Plainfield St., Springfield. 413-263-6805. hhodis@springfieldlibrary.org.

Art

Slate Painting Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Join art teacher Leslie di Curcio Marra and learn how to create your own decorative art on slate. Space is limited. Free. Edwards Public Library, 30 East St., Southampton. 413-527-9480. jdouglass@cwmars.org.

Potpourri

Morning Canal Walk: 10 to 11:30 a.m. See Saturday’s listing.

“Keeping Time”: Improvisation with Stephen Nachmanovitch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Mead is teaming up with Amherst College’s first-year seminar “Thinking Through Improvisation,” to bring Stephen Nachmanovitch to campus. Nachmanovitch, author of “Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art,” argues that improvisation and creativity are important tools for everyone. Free. Mead Art Museum, 41 Quadrangle Drive, Amherst. 413-542-5651. damodeo13@amherst.edu.

Vidya Rao Vocal Performance/Lecture: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Rao explores the court of a Shi’i ruler in 19th-century India whose patronage of arts and music left a legacy on Islam. Free. Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall, 144 Green St., Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.

Wednesday, 26 Dance

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

Literary Arts

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

“Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives”: 7 p.m. With Elizabeth Searle, Leslie Lawrence, Leslea Newman and Suzanne Strempek Shea. Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main St., Northampton. 413-586-4235. broadsidebooks.com.

Fiction Reading: Monique Truong: 8 to 9 p.m. Truong, author of “The Book of Salt,” will read from her work. Refreshments to follow. Free. Amherst Books, 8 Main St., Amherst. 413-542-8200. crnewman@amherst.edu.

Music

All Ages Open Mic Night with Host F. Alex Johnson: 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Brew Practitioners, 36 Main St., Florence. 413-584-2444. info@colorwaymusic.com.

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

Romie de Guise-Langlois: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. UMass Amherst Music and Dance presents a faculty concert by Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet, and Nadine Shank, piano. Free. Bezanson Recital Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-577-2154. mlonghi@umass.edu.

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

Cabaret Concert: 2 to 3 p.m. Singer Mary Jo Maichack of Holyoke to perform songs from the Great American Songbook. Free. JGS Lifecare, 770 Converse St., Longmeadow.

Theater

“Johnny Guitar”: 7 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Art

Drop-in Art Buffet: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Craft projects change monthly. Materials provided. Free. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton. 413-527-1031. slevine@ewmlibrary.org.

Potpourri

Presidential Colloquium: Nancy Weiss Malkiel ‘65: 4 to 6 p.m. Princeton historian Weiss Malkiel will present a presidential colloquium titled “‘Keep the Damned Women Out’: The Struggle for Coeducation.” Free. Carroll Room, Campus Center, 100 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.

“Forests and Me”: 6 to 8 p.m. All ages perform original poetry, songs and stories celebrating forest communities. Sign up at Greenfield Community Television. Free. GCTV Lobby, 393 Main St., Greenfield. 413-522-7505. eadams333@gmail.com.