Sunday Oct 22 @ 10:00 AM
Community Open House
Yiddish Book Center – Join us for a day of activities and events for the whole family, featuring The Sarah Rose Lazarus Family Concert with the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble, a gallery talk by Mark Podwal, tours, and more. Schedule: 11 a.m. | Gallery Talk: "Reimagined: 45 Years of My Jewish Art," with Mark Podwal Artist Mark Podwal, whose work is on exhibit at the Center, will talk about his monograph Reimagined: 45 Years of My Jewish Art. 11:30 a.m.--1 p.m. | Print Shop Demonstrations Join us for a discussion and demonstration on the Yiddish printing equipment in the Center's reproduction Yiddish print shop exhibit. Make a print of your name in Yiddish! 11:45 a.m. | Tour Join us on a 45-minute tour of the world's first Yiddish museum. 1:15 p.m. | Talk: Aaron Lansky The Yiddish Book Center’s founder and president offers an update on the latest at the Center. 2 p.m. | The Sarah Rose Lazarus Family Concert: Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble, based in the Pioneer Valley and led by multi-instrumentalist Brian Bender, performs traditional and original freylekhs, bulgars, horas, terkishers, and Yiddish songs for dancing and listening. For more information, please visit
    Sunday Oct 22 @ 10:30 AM
Drawing to Look Closely
Smith College Museum of Art – Drawing to Look Closely—A figure drawing workshop in the Sharrer exhibition Katy Schneider, artist/guest instructor Join artist Katy Schneider to learn or polish sketching and drawing skills and participate in a facilitated discussion and drawing exercises designed to encourage careful looking at Honoré Sharrer’s work. Explore gesture, proportion, perspective and volume while working from a nude model as well as Sharrer's paintings. No experience necessary | open to all levels | all materials provided SCMA members: $5 | non-members: $15 Space limited | register: or 413.585.2777 Learn more: Image: Lynne Graves for SCMA
    Sunday Oct 22 @ 11:00 AM
Atkins Scarecrow Workshops (LAST DAY)
Atkins Farms Country Market – Atkins Scarecrow Workshops WEEKENDS FROM 11AM - 4PM Sept. 30th through October 22nd $18.99 + tax Build your own life-size and lovable scarecrow. Everything is included, just bring your imagination.
    Sunday Oct 22 @ 1:00 PM
Colored Travelers, Book Celebration with Elizabeth Pryor
The David Ruggles Center for History and Education – A conversation between Ousmane Power-Greene and Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor Americans have long regarded the freedom of travel a central tenet of citizenship. Yet, in the United States, freedom of movement has historically been a right reserved for whites. In this book, Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor shows that African Americans fought obstructions to their mobility over 100 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. These were “colored travelers,” activists who relied on steamships, stagecoaches, and railroads to expand their networks and to fight slavery and racism. They refused to ride in "Jim Crow" railroad cars, fought for the right to hold a U.S. passport (and citizenship), and during their transatlantic voyages, demonstrated their radical abolitionism. By focusing on the myriad strategies of black protest, including the assertions of gendered freedom and citizenship, this book tells the story of how the basic act of traveling emerged as a front line in the battle for African American equal rights before the Civil War. Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor is a history professor at Smith College. Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor specializes in 19th-century U.S. history and race. Before teaching at Smith, she was a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the UCLA School of Law, where she studied the intersections of race, gender and citizenship before the Civil War. Pryor's specific research and teaching interests include an examination of U.S. citizenship from the early national period through the passage of the 15th Amendment. She is most fascinated by the people and themes that are least likely to appear in the “master narrative” of U.S. history.
    Sunday Oct 22 @ 1:30 PM
Intro to Short Fiction: Generative Writing (with Kate Senecal)
Northampton Center for the Arts – This two-hour fiction writing workshop is for writers who have a short story or novel dying to come to life but don’t know where to start. We’ll cover the basic elements of fiction (characterization, plot, conflict, narrative structure, pacing, etc.) through brief craft lessons, discussing short readings, and trying our hands at several in-class writing exercises. You’ll also leave with tips and strategies about how to get started on new pieces of writing and what to try when you’re really feeling stuck! Open to writers of all levels. This workshop is made possible by the Eli Nemetz Todd Memorial Fund.? ?KATE SENECAL? received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2013. She is the co-director of Words Are Power: An Empowerment Writing Workshop for Girls, a fiction workshop facilitator for Writers for Recovery, and the director of Evolve Tutoring in Western Massachusetts. Her short fiction has been published in The Laurel Review , The Foundling Review, and in where she is now the fiction editor.
    Sunday Oct 22 @ 2:00 PM
Mutts Gone Nuts
CityStage & Symphony Hall – Two Shows! Sunday, 2PM & 7PM Mutts Gone Nuts - Disorderly duo, Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes: incredible high flying frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and of course, the one and only . . . Sammie the Talking Dog! Expect the unexpected, as canines and comedy collide in a smash hit performance, that’s leaving audiences everywhere howling for more. From shelters to showbiz, these amazing mutts unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action-packed, comedy dog spectacular, featuring some of the world’s most talented 4-legged performers. Deemed ‘A Must See’ by the Washington Post, the dogs are sure to steal your heart, and then your socks! Members: $22 & $18 Tickets: $25 & $20
    Sunday Oct 22 @ 3:00 PM
Night Shift
Sonny's Place – “?Nightshift is a dynamic ’60s, ’70s and ’80s cover band made up of five of Connecticut’s most well known and experienced musicians. They only play the most popular songs, the most FUN songs and the most danceable songs that audiences of all ages LOVE to dance to and sing along with!”
    Sunday Oct 22 @ 5:30 PM
Missions Night
MERCYhouse – We welcome you to join us for our second annual MERCYhouse Missions Night on Sunday evening, October 22nd at 5:30pm for dessert and stories from several of the people who went out from MH this past year to demonstrate and proclaim the good news about Jesus among the nations. MH was privileged to support these missionaries with finances and prayer and now we get to celebrate the things that God did through their ministry.
    Sunday Oct 22 @ 8:00 PM
Charles Neville with Khalif Neville & Co. at Gateway City Arts
Gateway City Arts – Charles Neville, The Neville Brother most known for his pursuit of Eastern spiritual knowledge is also the family's keeper of the horn. His brothers affectionately refer to him as "The Horn Man." His saxophone won him a Grammy in 1989 for his haunting rendition of "Healing Chant" on the Yellow Moon CD. But the instrument's history goes way back with five decades of musical experience, long predating the formation of the family band in 1977. Now living in Western Mass he plays with his sons, Khalif and Talyn passing down the age old tradition onto the next generation. Khalif's musical heritage runs deep; born into the first family of New Orleans music, the Nevilles have long been recognized as ambassadors for the city’s distinctive style of funk, soul and R&B. Khalif spent the first few years of his life steeping in the Crescent City's cultural gumbo, then moved to Western Massachusetts where he began voraciously studying music with his father, Charles Neville. Now in his early twenties, Khalif has earned his stripes as an accomplished pianist, composer, lyricist, and torch bearer of the New Orleans tradition. Talyn Neville, the youngest of the second generation of Neville's makes up for his age in both height and musical maturity. Having studied drums with valley native since he was six years old, his music has already taken him as far as Hawaii and gained him respect from musicians of all ages, it is safe to say he is on the right trajectory.
    Monday Oct 23 @ 7:00 PM
Nerd Nite at the Academy
Academy of Music Theatre – Nerd Nite Noho comes to the Academy of Music stage! Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 90 cities across the globe during which folks give fun-yet-informative presentations – while the audience drinks along. Presenters Gary Felder and Brokk Toggerson will cover themes related to the work of Albert Einstein as connective tissue and food for thought around our November Season Series performance of Jack Fry’s one-man show, Einstein! Come schmooze, have a drink and talk science! GARY FELDER is a professor of Physics at Smith College. He holds a PhD in theoretical cosmology and has done research in the field for 20 years. He’s given many public presentations on the topic, including SciTech Cafe, appearances on the Bill Newman show, and talks at elementary schools, high schools, summer camps, retirement communities, and more. “The Big Bang and Beyond“ Einstein’s theory of relativity presented a radically new idea of what space and time are, which in turn led to the development of the Big Bang Theory of the history of the universe. Gary briefly explain how the theory of relativity led to the Big Bang Theory, what that theory says about the history of the universe, and a few of the current open questions and areas of research in cosmology. BROKK TOGGERSON is a physicist who did his Ph.D. at CERN’s LHC and is now a physics teacher at UMass Amherst. “The Black Holes of Scientific Knowledge” Sometimes it seems that scientists (and physicists in particular) have essentially everything figured out. Sure we are still working on a few really hard problems, but other than that it can seem that there are just details to be cleaned up. Turns out, there are some fairly significant things that we still do not really understand! Questions like, “what is nothing?” don’t really have satisfactory answers. In this talk, we will explore some stuff, both grand and every day, that we do not know.
    Tuesday Oct 24 @ 12:00 PM
Webinar: Diversity & Inclusion: Where Do We Start?
Bay Path University – In this webinar, Amer Ahmed, Farzana Nayani & Shakti Butler, will share strategies for helping your organization be more inclusive and collaborative. Research has shown that learning to embrace and maximize diversity in the workplace has a positive impact on an organization’s culture, productivity, employee satisfaction and the bottom line. But how to navigate your organization’s approach can be tricky. You may be on the road to diversifying your staff, but how can you begin to be truly inclusive of all your talent? Learn from others’ experiences to avoid challenges. As always, our webinar format will allow attendees to address issues from both an employee and management perspective. So, bring your questions and we look forward to your input!
    Tuesday Oct 24 @ 5:00 PM
Mall-O-Ween sponsored by MedExpress Urgent Care
Eastfield Mall – Join us for a mall-wide trick or treat beginning at 5 pm through 60 merchant participants and more than 20 community partners! The Costume Contest begins at 6 pm in Center Court and features a panel of celebrity judges, including State Representatives Jose Tosado and Angelo Puppulo!
    Tuesday Oct 24 @ 7:00 PM
Countering Domestic Violence Panel
Bay Path University – What is domestic violence? How does it start? Does it always happen male to female? Does it cross economic lines? How does violence in the home affect children? Do all cultures agree with the American definition of what is or isn’t domestic violence? How does one spot it? What are the resources for families or friends locally? This panel of experts will talk, story tell and guide us in what we can each do to recognize and counter domestic violence. Local resource listings will be on hand. This event is free but registration is requested.
    Wednesday Oct 25 @ 1:00 PM
Amherst Survival Center – Join us for another great JOBS FAIR! With the support of the Franklin Hampshire Career Center, we have a dozen employers -- representing a variety of workplaces -- who will be attending and they are hiring! They include: UMass Auxillary Services; Cooley Dickinson Health Care; Center for Human Development; Amherst College; Walmart Hadley; UPS; Packaging Corporation of America; Amherst Regional Public Schools; Whole Foods Market; Big Y World Class Market; Comprehensive Home Healthcare; and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service - Belmont Ave Sprfld, MA
    Wednesday Oct 25 @ 3:15 PM
Girls Who Code - After School Program
Miss Hall's School – For girls in grades 6, 7, or 8 who love to learn about computer science, solve problems, and build friendships and sisterhood with other girls who code! The Girls Who Code program is being offered at Miss Hall's School on Wednesdays from October 25 through April 25 after school from 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM. There is no cost! To register, visit the link for "tickets" or email the program organizer, Dr. Chris Himes at
    Wednesday Oct 25 @ 5:00 PM
Young Patrons Circle: Contemporary Conversations
Springfield Museums – Learn more about this exclusive group of dedicated young professionals between the ages of 21-45 years old who are championing the power of arts and culture. The evening will include light refreshments and a tour of the Modern and Contemporary Gallery in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Artist Just Radiant Rebecca McMann will speak about her exhibit "Radiant Abstractions." This event is FREE, but please RSVP by October 23. For more information, call 413-314-6462 or email Learn more about Young Patron's Circle:
    Wednesday Oct 25 @ 6:00 PM
Songs of Love, Resistance and Hope with The Laura Wetzler Band
Westfield State University – On October 25, Westfield State University welcomes Laura Wetzler Music for Songs of Resistance, Hope & Love: Music of Jews from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe & the Americas. The concert and discussion will take place in Auditorium 127 in the Catherine Dower Center for the Performing and Fine Arts. The concert will celebrate wildly diverse music from communities in Uganda, Yemen, Ethiopia, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Eastern Europe and more, as well as songs from homegrown U.S. social justice movements. Laura Wetzler is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, & ethnic folklorist who tours internationally in over 100 concerts & lectures each year. She sings original story songs, worldbeat Jewish music from Africa, Asia, Europe & the Americas, and soulful renditions of The Great American Songbook. For more information about Laura Wetzler, visit
    Wednesday Oct 25 @ 6:00 PM
FREE Parent Workshop, "Routines, Rituals & Transitions"
South Berkshire Kids – Our FREE Parent Workshop will be presented by Scott Noyes who always brings us a wealth of knowledge on parenting subjects. This topic is on Routines, Rituals & Transitions. Bedtime hassles, homework blues, and dinnertime struggles are issues this Workshop will cover. Whether we are smoothing out the edges on "who had it first" or working with the challenge of a full-blown temper tantrum, there are times when every parent could use a few fresh ideas! Childcare is available, but does fill up quickly. Give us a call at 413-464-5095 or email
    Wednesday Oct 25 @ 6:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Forbes Library – A club to talk and create all-things-zine! Also : a place to draw, write, or engage with other innovative folks in a casual and open atmosphere. Meeting at Forbes Library on the second floor in the Arts and Music Department.
    Wednesday Oct 25 @ 7:00 PM
Dar Williams at The Iron Horse Music Hall
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Dar Williams has been called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker. She’s released ten studio albums and authored four books including her latest, “What I Found In A Thousand Towns,” to be eleased in September. Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the '90s. Williams’ growth as an individual over her two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist, touring along the way with such distinguished peers as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin among others. Dar's most recent album, Emerald, “deals as bluntly as ever with the shadowy, subtle corners of humanity” according to Rolling Stone, and was recorded with friends such as Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, Jim Lauderdale, the Milk Carton Kids, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche, the Hooters and others in various studios across the U.S. It is a sparkling collection of new original material, inspired collaborations and some surprising covers such as B.A.D.’s “Johnny Appleseed” making this album one of her best yet. "Dar Williams, one of America's very best singer-songwriters… Her songs are beautiful. Some are like finely crafted short stories. They are, variously, devastatingly moving, tenderly funny, subtle without being in any way inaccessible, and utterly fresh—not a cliché or a clunker in her entire songbook." -The New Yorker