43 Community Highlights: Classical Guitar to Ragtime. Beaver Moon to Surrealism.

Have you ever prowled for owls? Here’s your chance! Owls are setting up their winter and spring breeding territories and now is a great time to set out at night to find them by their hoots and night calls. On Saturday evening, Nov 21, Dan Ziomek, local birder and naturalist, will lead an Owl Prowl! Learn about the different calls of native owls species and set out to locate them in the autumn night in a variety of habitats!

Classical Guitar to Ragtime. Engineering to Dinosaurs. Beaver Moon to Surrealism… These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week!

Peruse our list below and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured community highlights this week: Do you have (or know) a child who loves to tinker and create? Check out the ARPS-Jones Library Makerspace on Saturday, November 21, 2pm-3:30pm, where kids can try out robotics kits, 3D printing, littleBits circuitry components, die-cut shape makers, LEGOs, and an assortment of craft supplies. An adult facilitator will be present to help participants explore new materials, but the session is, by design, very open-ended, and everyone is welcome to pursue her/his own interests and ideas! Intended for ages 8-13. Pre-registration requested. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)


Nature StudiesDance StudiesLocal FoodCreative-Free PlayColonial HistoryMindfulnessParent/Educator WorkshopsLocal HistoryPaleontologyMusic StudiesSTEMNative American StudiesSeed SavingArt StudiesCulinary ArtsRace IssuesTheaterActivismAnimal StudiesFolk DanceThanksgiving DayBlack Friday


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Nature Studies

NATIVE TREE ECOLOGY
Saturday, November 21, 10am-1pm
Contrary to popular opinion, you can actually see the trees AND the forest on the same walk! Join Bob Leverett, co-founder of the Native Tree Society, for “Trees and Forest Ecology” at the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area, to learn about our eastern woodlands. The leaves may have fallen, but trees can still be identified by their bark, their buds, their shape, and their habitat. And once identified, each species tells us something more about the history and ecology of the forest it grows in. Suitable for all ages. Dress warmly! Meet at the North Farms Road entrance, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

BOREAL SPRUCE-FIR FOREST
Saturday, November 21, 10am-1pm
Explore the Boreal Spruce-Fir Forest on a late fall hike offered by Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center. What animals live here that don’t live in the hardwood forest found at lower elevations? What adaptations do they have for living here? Bring those questions, and some of your own. Preregister: aimee@gaiaroots.com. 1515 and 1516 Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor, MA. ($)

TREE IDENTIFICATION
Sunday, November 22, 10am-1pm
Get to know the “Trees of the Connecticut River Floodplain” with Ted Watt and Nancy Goodman, naturalists and tree enthusiasts, as you take a leisurely hike along a dirt road in the flood plain near Mitch’s Marina. Identify species by their bark, shape, and habitat. Leafless trees are a different journey but not very difficult when you learn what to look for. See a wide variety of species that are adapted to this unique habitat and explore a wonderful hiking area that may be new to you. Bring binoculars (useful for high elevation “tree-ing”), snacks, and water, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Level terrain. Sponsored by the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Space is limited. Directions to meeting point will be provided upon registration. 413-256-6006. Hadley, MA. ($$ Members, $$$ Non-members)

Dance Studies

CONTACT IMPROVISATION
Sunday, November 22, 3:30pm-7pm
Every fourth Sunday of the month, the dance floor at Earthdance becomes a learning lab for Contact Improvisation, a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact. Old- and new-timers discover the form together with a class that leads into a jam. All dance levels and styles are welcome! 413-634-5678. 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA. ($$, SLIDING SCALE)

CHOREOGRAPHY
Sunday, November 22, 7pm
Monday, November 23, 1pm and 7pm
The Berkshire Museum presents Paul Taylor: Creative Domain (Unrated, 2014) in the Little Cinema. Among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement, and theme in dance for nearly 60 years. In that time, he has offered only glimpses into his creative process. This film is a rare in-depth documentation of how he creates a single dance. Through the lens of award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, we see Paul’s non-verbal communication with his dancers. Below the surface of this dance and the many works that came before, is Paul’s power of acute observation, revealing a side to his choreography that is strangely prophetic. The dominant voice is Paul’s, between the guarded and unguarded moments we see him with new eyes and new understanding. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. ($ Members, $$ Non-members)

Local Food

HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKET
Saturday, November 21, 10am-2pm
Shop locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more at the Berkshire Grown Thanksgiving Holiday Farmers’ Market at Monument Valley Middle School. Learn where your food comes from and share your experience at family dinner time. Plus, enjoy live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities. SNAP accepted. 413.528.0041. 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKET
Sunday, November 22, 10am-2pm
Shop locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more at the Berkshire Grown Thanksgiving Holiday Farmers’ Market at the Williams College Towne Field House. Learn where your food comes from and share your experience at family dinner time. Plus, enjoy live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities. SNAP accepted. 413.528.0041. 82 Latham Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKET
Sunday, November 22, 11am-4pm
Shop local at the Shelburne Falls Farmers Market at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. Local farms, artisans, crafters, and bakers will be selling their wares just in time for Thanksgiving. A Tea Cup Auction of local goods will be held, local musicians will be playing, and ready-to-eat luncheon offerings will be available throughout the day. 75 Mechanic Street, Shelburne Falls, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Creative-Free Play

PLAYSPACE
Saturday, November 21, 10am-12pm
Let your imagination run wild at the Berkshire Museum‘s Imagination Playground™, an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication, and collaboration in play. Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. Imagination Playground™ provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination. 413-443-7171. 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA. ($ Members, $$ Non-members)

Colonial History

NEW ENGLAND THANKSGIVING
Saturday, November 21, 9:30am-5pm
Sunday, November 22, 9:30am-5pm
Thursday, November 26, 9:30am-5pm
Experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving at Bounty: Thanksgiving at Old Sturbridge Village. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American food traditions and customs with special guests from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and hear the minister talk about the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village’s historic Center Meetinghouse. Learn how preparations were made for this holiday meal, and learn about wedding preparations of the 1830s, as marriages often took place on the Thanksgiving holiday. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. ($$)

Mindfulness

FAMILY GRATITUDE
Saturday, November 21, 10am-11:30am
The parent meditation group at the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley invites you to a “Family Gratitude Gathering” at Eastworks. Families will have a chance to share activities together, facilitated by members of the group, with the theme of celebrating gratitude. A snack and social time will follow. All ages welcome. 413-527-0388. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242, Easthampton, MA.

FINDING JOY
Saturday, November 21, 3pm
Happiness is already here in this moment, just waiting to be discovered! Join Forbes Library and mindfulness expert Tzivia Gover to launch her new book: Joy in Every Moment, Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life. Gover offers an inspiring treasury of small, creative ways to shift your perspective and uncover surprising bits of joy over the course of your day. Whether you’re making dinner, commuting, exercising, working at the computer, or brushing your teeth, every moment of your life offers an opportunity to uncover happiness. Short essays are accompanied by practical exercises to try and exquisite illustrations by artist Olaf Hajek. This is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to increase their daily experience of joy, including yourself. Books will be available for sale. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

MINDFULNESS THROUGH MUSIC
Sunday, November 22, 3pm
The Berkshire Environmental Action Team is gathering an amazing group of musicians to perform Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia Earth Mass at the First Church on Park Square. This environmental liturgy of contemporary music, first performed in 1982, entwines whale song, wolf howls, and more with instruments and voices in a celebration of our interconnection with the earth. Light refreshments served after the concert. 413-230-7321. 27 East Street, Pittsfield, MA. (FREE-WILL DONATION)

Parent/Educator Workshops

YOUNG SCIENTISTS
Saturday, November 21, 10am-11:30am
Children are natural scientists – full of questions and excited to learn. They love to explore, investigate, try things out, and “experiment” with what they see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. During “Young Scientists,” sponsored by the Collaborative for Education Services, you’ll learn how to foster and engage your child’s natural curiosity and get to explore together. For kids ages 1-5 and their caregivers. 413-570-3061. 39 Main Street, Hatfield, MA. (FREE)

PARENT CAFE
Monday, November 23, 6-7:30pm
Join other parents in informal conversation to share experiences, support each other through the challenges we all face, and talk (and laugh?) about the ups and downs of parenting, while you enjoy a free meal, at the “Parent Cafe,” sponsored by the Collaborative for Educational Services and held at the Belchertown Family Center. For parents of children ages birth-8. Pre-register for free childcare. 413-570-3061. 720 Franklin Street, Belchertown, MA. (FREE)

Local History

NORTHAMPTON HISTORY
Saturday, November 21, 10am
Are you currently researching local history related to Northampton? Would you like to collaborate with and learn from others doing the same? Attend the inaugural meeting of the Meadow City Historians at Historic Northampton Museum, and be part of this new group for people researching any aspect of Northampton’s history. 413-584-6011. Damon Education Center, Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

BERKSHIRE HISTORY
Saturday, November 21, 10am-4pm
Sunday, November 22, 10am-4pm
A visit to Naumkeag provides a stylish image of life and design from a golden time. This National Historic Landmark managed by the Trustees of Reservations, is host to several landscapes designed by Fletcher Steele—the father of modern American landscape design. Designed by the firm of McKim, Mead, & White, this architectural masterpiece is a Gilded Age Berkshire “cottage,” intact with original 19th- and 20th-century artwork, furnishings, decorative arts, and the personal and household items of daily life. Naumkeag served as a summer retreat for three generations of the fascinating Choate family and their staff. Hear their stories and catch a glimpse of American history. House tours depart every hour between 10:30AM – 3:30PM and are 45 minutes in length. 413-298-3239 x3016. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. ($)

NATURAL HISTORY
Sunday, November 22. 2pm
The earth beneath your feet has countless stories to tell. The composition of the soil, minerals in the hillsides, and oxbowed rivers each can teach us about the land where we make our homes if we know how to interpret their tales. Local naturalist Laurie Sanders knows how to translate these stories, and she shares her expertise to help us better understand the ways in which the interactions between people and nature have shaped present-day Northampton in Rediscovering Northampton: Local History Viewed through an Ecological Lens. This six-part lecture series ends with this final lecture, sponsored by Historic Northampton. This title of this week’s talk is Northampton’s Poor Farm and the City’s Most Accessible Conservation Area: Barrett Street Marsh. Registration required. 413-584-6011. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA. (<$ SUGGESTED DONATION)

Paleontology

DINOSAURS
Sunday, November 22, 4pm
What’s it like to be a dinosaur hunter? Find out from Paul Sereno, discoverer of dinosaurs on five continents and leader of dozens of expeditions, at the Springfield Public Forum. Blending his background as an artist with his love for science and history, Sereno’s passion carries him to the harshest and most remote corners of the world to discover new species. He’ll discuss his work in the Andes, the Sahara, India, China, and Tibet. Best for adults and older teens with an interest in paleontology. 413-732-2020. Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Music Studies

RAGTIME
Saturday, November 21, 11am
Come to the Pelham Library for a “Library Tea,” with tea and treats served at 11 and music starting at noon. Dick Moulding will be on the piano, playing ragtime and other American music of similar vintage, including works by Scott Joplin, John William “Blind” Boone, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Ernesto Nazareth, Eubie Blake, James Scott, L. V. Beethoven, Harry T. Burleigh, and others. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road, Pelham, MA. (FREE)

UKULELE
Saturday, November 21, 1pm-2pm
The Well Tempered Ukes, a trio that plays and sings mainly early music and parlor and art songs, will present an hour-long public session at the Forbes Library. They will perform selected new and old songs from their repertory, share historical and cultural information about the songs and their ukuleles, and offer tips and insights into ukulele playing and performance. 413-587-1011. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

CLASSICAL GUITAR
Saturday, November 21, 7pm
Audiences and critics alike praise Berit Strong’s distinctive and thoughtful approach to classical music. The Boston Globe called her “a colorful and commanding interpreter,” and Soundboard magazine described her as “an intense and original musical personality.” Experience her powerful performance during the ¡GUITARRA! Classical Guitar Series, sponsored by the UMass Fine Arts Center and held at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. 413-545-2511. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. ($$)

MOTOWN
Saturday, November 21, 7pm
As an African American-owned record label that achieved significant crossover success, The Motown Record Company, founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., played an important role in the racial integration of popular music. Take a trip back to when the great songs of Motown ruled the charts when Motor City Fever appears at City Stage. This amazing concert features dozens of legendary Motown hits and more performed by an incredibly talented cast who have performed with the legends themselves. The show includes hits by artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and more! Smooth vocals, tight harmonies and some great choreography straight from Detroit are what Motor City Fever is all about. 413-788-7033. One Columbus Center, 150 Bridge Street, Springfield, MA. ($$)

CLASSICAL GUITAR
Sunday, November 22, 9:30-11:30am
Do you play the guitar? Then come to the “Classical Guitar Workshop with Berit Strong,” sponsored by the UMass Fine Arts Center and held at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Audiences and critics alike praise Strong’s distinctive and thoughtful approach to classical guitar music. The Boston Globe called her “a colorful and commanding interpreter,” and Soundboard magazine described her as “an intense and original musical personality.” 413-545-4161. 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. ($$)

JEWISH MUSIC
Sunday, November 22, 2pm
The Adaskin String Trio, with clarinetist Pascal Archer and violinist Annie Trepanier, will perform two pieces, including an epic work that outlines the history of the Jewish people, at the Yiddish Book Center. The program will feature “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind,” for string quartet and klezmer clarinet, by Oswaldo Golijov. The performance will be preceded by an informative talk on the piece by Zeke Hecker, much-loved writer of the program notes for the Mohawk Trail Concerts summer concert series. Also on the program is Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. 413-256-4900, ext. 113. 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA ($$)

CHAMBER MUSIC
Sunday, November 22, 3pm
SmithArts presents Sage Chamber Music Society: Faculty and Friends, with Joel Pitchon, violin; Ronald Carbone, viola; Volcy Pelletier, cello; and Judith Gordon, piano. Special guests Marcus Thompson, violist and Director of the Boston Chamber Music Society, and Basil Reeve, former Principal Oboe of the Minnesota Orchestra. The program features the exuberant Mendelssohn Viola Quintet and the lush Bliss Oboe Quintet. 413-585-3222. Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, 144 Green Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

STEM

ENGINEERING
Saturday, November 21, 11am-1:30pm
Join us for the STEAMcraft Engineering Challenge at the Meekins Library. Build a structure at least 10 inches high using index cards. No more than 10 inches of tape can be used. Cards can be folded, stacked, etc. Can you support a stuffed animal on top of your structure? For ages 5 and up (younger children should be accompanied by an adult). 413-268-7472. Hawks-Hayden Room, 2 Williams Street (Route 9), Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

MAKERSPACE
Saturday, November 21, 2pm-3:30pm
Do you have (or know) a child who loves to tinker and create? Check out the ARPS-Jones Library Makerspace, where kids can try out robotics kits, 3D printing, littleBits circuitry components, die-cut shape makers, LEGOs, and an assortment of craft supplies. An adult facilitator will be present to help participants explore new materials, but the session is, by design, very open-ended, and everyone is welcome to pursue her/his own interests and ideas! Intended for ages 8-13. Pre-registration requested. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Native American Studies

BEAVER MOON GATHERING
Saturday, November 21, 12pm-3pm
The Annual Beaver Moon Gathering, co-sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, will be held at the Great Falls Discovery Center. A brief opening focused on “Giving Thanks” will begin at noon, followed by the keynote presentation by Billy “Iahteho:tas” Myers of the Kanien’ ke’ha (Mohawk) Bear Clan. He will talk about the challenges faced by American Indians in the 21st century while remaining connected to their nation, history, ceremony, and commitment to the environment. He will also share his experiences in activism, education, and tolerance while touring the country and issues facing many Native nations, including managing resources, alcoholism, and death rates on various reservations. Light refreshments served. 413-773-9818. The Great Hall, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION)

FILM
Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm-9:30pm
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Smith College Student Event Committee presents the comedy-drama Smoke Signals (PG-13, 1998). When released, the groundbreaking significance of the movie almost outshone its considerable strengths as a film. The contemporary road movie about two Native Americans on both a literal and figurative journey was the first feature film to be written, directed, and co-produced by American Indians. In addition, the majority of roles were portrayed by Indian actors, including the two protagonists played by Adam Beach and Evan Adams. Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, College Lane, Northampton, MA.

Seed Saving

HILLTOWN SEED SAVING NETWORK
Saturday, November 21, 12pm-3pm
Deepen your relationship with your garden and your community by saving seeds and exchanging them with your neighbors. Beginners and experienced seed savers are invited to the Hilltown Seed Exchange, sponsored by the Hilltown Seed Saving Network, at the Cummington Community House. Learn how to save seed through hands-on activities and from Solstice Seed founder Sylvia Davatz. Then, browse and help yourself to the seeds of dozens of homegrown varieties of tomatoes, beans, kale, wildflowers, and many other crops. You don’t have to bring seed to come to this event. 413-475-2692. 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (SUGGESTED DONATION <$)

Art Studies

NATURE PRINTING
Saturday, November 21, 1pm-2pm
Teaching artisan Leonore Alaniz will discuss the history and traditions of nature printing, a low-tech method to capture anatomical detail in nature, at Forbes Library. Throughout human history, and particularly since the Renaissance, nature printing has contributed to art and science. Alaniz inks foliage and imprints it onto paper and cloth. Each imprint, be it minuscule or majestic in size, is executed with sensitive dexterity. She is exhibiting in the Hosmer Gallery on the library’s second floor this month. Participants are invited to attend the gallery reception from 2:30-4:30. 413-587-1011. Community Room (Downstairs), 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

SURREALISM
Saturday, November 21, 3pm
In celebration of the publication of The Challenge of Surrealism: The Correspondence of Theodor W. Adorno and Elisabeth Lenk (Minnesota University Press), the Clark Art Institute will hold a panel discussion on the political and aesthetic history of Surrealism and its continuing relevance today. Panelists include Berlin-based philosophers Rita Bischof and Elizabeth Lenk, translator and editor Sarah H. Gillespie, and Samantha Rose Hill, the Hannah Arendt Center Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Bard College. Christian Thorne, associate professor of English at Williams College, moderates. A display from the Clark’s rare books collection of materials on Dada and Surrealism will accompany the presentation. In 1962, a politically active Elisabeth Lenk moved to Paris, joined André Breton’s Surrealist group, and persuaded Theodor W. Adorno to supervise her sociology dissertation on the Surrealists. Adorno, though critical of Surrealism, agreed. The Challenge of Surrealism presents their correspondence, written between 1962 and Adorno’s death in 1969, as well as essays authored by Lenk. The letters offer a fresh look into Adorno’s view of Surrealism and the student movements in 1960s France and Germany, while Lenk’s essays and Bischof’s introduction argue that there is a legitimate connection between Surrealism and political resistance that still holds true today. Appropriate for life-long learners and self-directed learners. 413-458-2303. Michael Conforti Pavilion, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

NEW EXHIBIT OPENING/GRAPHITE PENCIL
Tuesday, November 24, 5pm-7pm
The earliest known drawings date from 30,000 to 10,000 BCE and were found on cave walls in France and Spain, demonstrating that humans were drawing pictures long before they learned how to write. Like other art forms, drawing has evolved over time and closely paralleled the development of painting. This evolution was aided by the discovery of an enormous graphite deposit in Cumbria, England, during the 16th century. First used as a marking tool for sheep, this particular deposit of graphite was extremely pure and soft and could easily be broken into sticks, which made it a natural material for sketching. The versatility of this ancient medium will be explored in Leaving Our Mark: In Celebration of the Pencil, on display from November 24, 2015 through March 27, 2016 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. View the special exhibit, see a demonstration by sculptor Jennifer Maestre and enjoy cookies and coffee from Palazzo Cafe during this opening reception for members only. RSVP by Friday, November 20. 413-263-6800, ext. 488. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. (FREE for Members)

Culinary Arts

CHOCOLATE
Saturday, November 21, 1pm
Do you know your Ghirardelli from your Godiva? The Pelham Library will host chef Dede Wilson for a decadent afternoon of chocolate tasting. Dede takes chocolate fans on a virtual tour of cacao, from bean to bar, and then shows us how to assess chocolate with a tasting of different varieties. Ages 14 and up, please. For the best experience, eat only a light lunch before attending. Space is limited and preregistration is required. 413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road, Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Race Issues

FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
Saturday, November 21, 2:30pm
Join the Jones Library for The Story We Tell, an eye-opening tale of how deep social inequalities came to be rationalized as natural — deflecting attention from the social practices and public policies that benefited whites at the expense of others. A facilitated discussion about how this story continues to affect individuals and society today will follow the screening. This is the second event in a film and discussion series on race, based on Race: The Power of an Illusion from PBS, produced by California Newsreel. Appropriate for adults and teens. 413/259-3223. Woodbury Room, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Theater

MUSICAL
Saturday, November 21, 7pm
Sunday, November 22, 2pm
St. Michael’s Players presents Mary Poppins. When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny’s sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. Adults and children alike will be singing along to the show’s catchy and familiar songs, including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” performed by an all-local cast. 413-525-0371. St. Michael’s Community Center, 53 Somers Road, East Longmeadow, MA. ($$)

MUSICAL COMEDY
Saturday, November 21, 8pm
Sunday, November 22, 3pm
When scheming producer Max Bialystock and his timid accountant Leo Bloom aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway, they certainly didn’t expect it to become a smash hit! The antics of these two memorable characters takes center stage in The Producers, a hilarious musical that’s been deemed “gloriously offensive.” See for yourself how the power of satire can transform sensitive subject matter into side-splitting laughter! This production is presented by J-Art at the Springfield Jewish Community Center. 413-739-4715 x 332. Goldstein Auditorium, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA. ($)

TWO-WOMAN SHOW
Sunday, November 22, 3pm
The Drama Studio presents two simple plays. Memory House, by Kathleen Tolan, is a moving and familiar portrait of a contemporary parent/child relationship. This two-woman show gives us a slice of the lives of a mother and daughter who, amidst their struggle to communicate, discuss life, politics, ethics, philosophy, art, and baking. The second play, The Frog Prince, by David Mamet, offers a beautiful and surprising spin on a classic story from one of the great masters of American playwriting. Due to slightly strong language and some mature themes, parental guidance is recommended for audience members under 13. 413-739-1983. 41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA. ($$)

Activism

CULTURAL STUDIES/EDUCATION
Saturday, November 21, 2:30pm
Sunday, November 22, 1pm
Images Cinema presents He Named Me Malala (PG-13, 2015), a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl-education activist shot by the Taliban when she was 15. “Told with enough sensitivity for children and enough sophistication for adults, He Named Me Malala is the rare documentary that plays as a family film…. That Malala is a real-life teenage girl, a bookish Pakistani sister to Katniss Everdeen, is yet another welcome gift.”– LA Times. 413-458-1039. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. ($)

Animal Studies

OWL PROWL
Saturday, November 21, 8pm-10pm
Have you ever prowled for owls? Here’s your chance! Owls are setting up their winter and spring breeding territories and now is a great time to set out at night to find them by their hoots and night calls. Dan Ziomek, local birder and naturalist, will lead this program sponsored by the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Dan will guide participants to learn about the different calls of native owls species and set out to locate them in the autumn night in a variety of habitats.  Come prepared for standing quietly in the evening air (dress warmly, bring flashlight, etc.). Ages 8 and older welcome with an adult. Space is limited, please call to register. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. ($ Members, $$ Non-members)

Folk Dance

SQUARE DANCE
Saturday, November 21, 7-10pm
The Chesterfield Council on Aging sponsors a Square Dance for all ages on the third Saturday of the month at the Chesterfield Community Center. Beginners are welcome. Live music by the Falltown String Band and singing calls by Bob Livingston. Refreshments available. Bring something for the Raffle Table. 413-296-4743. 400 Main Road, Chesterfield, MA.

CONTRA DANCE
Saturday, November 21, 8pm-11:30pm
Experience the joy of contra dance, a social folk dance that resembles square dancing, hosted by Lenox Contra Dance. Bring a partner or find one at the dance! This week’s music is by Les Z Boys. A great opportunity to get to know children, adults, and elders in your community. Beginners are encouraged to attend! 413-528-4007. 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA. (< $)

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