Culture To Do


For many of us, live performances are among the things we have missed the most during the past year, and we've been waiting for the day when our local artists could return to the stage. It's therefore great news to see some venues now offering limited public events. We'll continue to provide information about programming, events and concerts that will bring you inspiration and diversion — either from your couch OR out and about.

Art for the Soul Gallery in Tower Square, Springfield
Reception Sunday, Nov. 28, 4 – 8 p.m.

Streaming Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.

The overture to Giacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville opens a program connected to the concept of time. Contemporary composer Mary D. Watkins’s achingly beautiful Soul of Remembrance encapsulates through music a journey through the dark times of our history and ends with a resolute optimism for the future. The concert concludes with Franz Schubert’s revolutionary Symphony No. 9, In C Major, "The Great."

Friday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m.

The spectacular architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds of the Quadrangle will sparkle and shimmer against a dazzling outdoor lighting display. This festive holiday celebration features entertainment by Vinny the Bubble Guy and visits to the Under the Sea gingerbread exhibition. This event is free and open to the public — museum admission is not required.

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Thursday, Nov. 25

Preserve your own unique oral history with a loved one and transform the holidays into a time of intergenerational sharing by participating in StoryCorps’ The Great Thanksgiving Listen. This annual tradition encourages young people — and people of all ages — to create an oral history of our times by recording an interview with an elder, mentor, friend, or someone they admire.

Academy of Music, Northampton
Sunday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.

The Valley Winds is an elite wind ensemble of Pioneer Valley musicians committed to exploring new musical languages and engaging and inspiring the next generations of musicians. Musical Tapas will present a tasty collection of old favorites and world premieres for brass and woodwinds, including “Brancaleone,” a new work by Brazilian composer Jayme Vignoli, winner of The Valley Winds 2021 International Composition Competition.

Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.
Livestreamed from Robyn Newhouse Hall at the Community Music School of Springfield, the concert will feature the Springfield Youth Sinfonia, conducted by Marsha Hassett, and the Springfield Youth Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Lam. The two groups of young musicians will explore the music of Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Dvořák and other composers.

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Guy Mintus

Nov 18, 2021

Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity
Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.

Israeli pianist, composer, vocalist and educator Guy Mintus is a trained concert pianist with the energy of a rock-star and a jazz musician’s sense of adventure who’s unafraid to throw into the mix his native Middle Eastern scales and rhythms. Coming from a mixed heritage of Iraqi, Moroccan & Polish Jews, his music is a meeting point between different rivers of inspiration flowing freely into each other.

MASS MoCA, North Adams
Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

Composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra’s Fragility Etudes explores humanity’s interdependence with the natural environment through a world of sound. One of SPIN’s “100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music,” Ibarra brings together six musicians — including Cibo Matto co-founder Yuka C. Honda and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe in a dynamic score of overlapping rhythms experienced in the round.

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Holyoke High School
Thursday, Nov. 18 – Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

Low Budget High School Play, written and directed HHS by Performing & Media Arts student Alysha Izquierdo, is a multimedia tongue-in-cheek comedy that centers around a student theater group trying to produce their first play without help or funding. This hilarious play is all too relatable for anyone that has ever been involved in high school theater. Will the group quit, or will they persevere through the ridiculous problems they are faced with?

Tillis Performance Hall, Bromery Center for the Arts, UMass Amherst
Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Christian Sands, Billy Taylor Jazz Artist-in-Residence, is one of the most exciting young jazz musicians today, enjoying a remarkable career trajectory, touring and recording with Christian McBride’s Inside Straight and Trio, and collaborating with the likes of Gregory Porter and Ulysses Owens. Playing selections from his stunning new album, Be Water, Sands takes inspiration from water’s tranquility and power in gorgeous and thrilling compositions.

Livestreaming Thursday, Nov. 18 – Sunday, Nov. 21

The annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare is a residency program at 10 high schools in Massachusetts and neighboring New York which deeply engages students through personally meaningful, educationally rigorous and dramatically compelling experiences of Shakespeare's classical dramas. Students from multiple schools work collaboratively, exploring Shakespeare’s words, unpacking the humor and the heartbreak, the intensity and humanity of these unparalleled plays.

BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity, Florence
Saturday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.

With free improvisations and an homage to Israeli songwriting masters, the Gilad Hekselman Trio plays with sound in unique ways, enveloping psychedelic elements with vibrant changes to traditional musical themes. A night out with The Gilad Hekselman Trio makes for an unforgettable evening of essential listening for jazz guitar fans.

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Saturday, Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Make-It Springfield is a multicultural place that, invites creativity, invention and artistic experimentation through dialogue, collaboration and the sharing of skills and ideas. Discover the arts and crafts of Make-It Fair vendors, find unique gifts, and enjoy food and music.

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Thursday, Nov. 11

To celebrate Veterans Day, Old Sturbridge Village will present special activities celebrating the nation’s military history. Listen to fife and drum music, watch musket and cannon demonstrations, and see how American military uniforms have changed over the past 200 years. All active, veteran and retired members of the military and their families (up to 6 people) receive free admission on Veterans Day.

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Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7

The 27th Annual CiderDays will celebrate all things cider, apples and orchards with the 2021 CiderDays Cider Trail, featuring local orchards and cideries that you can drive to in the safety of your own car. Some venues on the trail will have special offerings just for CiderDays.

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BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity, Florence
Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.

Check out BOMBYX, the brand concert new venue in Florence. The Wildmans come from the hills of Floyd, Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian mountain music tradition. From campsite jamming at festivals and fiddler's conventions and college-level music education comes the foundation for musical exploration that reflects the growth and passion of these talented musicians.

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Academy of Music, Northampton
Nov. 6, 7, 12, 13, 14

Enjoy a hilarious production of Pirates of Penzance with Thom Griffin as the Major General, Matt Roehrig as the Pirate King, Rory Mason as Mabel and Travis Benoit as Frederic. Founded in 1975 by a group of Gilbert and Sullivan devotees, the Valley Light Opera presents a fully-staged opera annually in the fall at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

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The Clark, Williamstown
New exhibit opens Saturday, Nov. 6

Quiero Volver/ I want to return...
Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. on Zoom

Doctora Xingona's music, poetry, performances, films, and gatherings center on transcendence, kinship, and the co-liberation and nourishment of queer, nonbinary, and trans artists of color. Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera is a multisensory performance altar that features Doctora Xingona's original music and poemscript for ensemble. An afternoon workshop is also available.

The Stone Church, Brattleboro, Vermont
Friday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Dustbowl Revival pushes the boundaries of what American roots music can be. After throwing five of their own virtual “Sway-At-Home” festivals, they are excited to emerge from a pandemic touring hiatus. After spending years on the road, wowing crowds from Denmark to China, Dustbowl Revival never stopped making their joyful, booty-shaking soul songs and cut-to-heart folk-rock ballads that lift up their audiences.

Paper City Clothing Company, Holyoke
Opening Friday, Nov. 5 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Paper City Clothing Company, in collaboration with Justin Beatty, host a group exhibition featuring the work of six talented visual artists— Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz (Inuk), Hailey-Jade Araujo (Chippewa), Justin Beatty (Ojibwe, Saponi, African-American), Casey Figueroa (Indigenous, Irish, & Mexican), Nayana Lafond (Anishinaabe, Abenaki & Mi'kmaq), Anthony Melting Tallow, Bo'taan'niis, [Flying Chief] (Blackfoot).

Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs, Connecticut
Friday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.

As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences' hearts and minds. For their 50th anniversary celebration, Pilobolus questions its own "givens," turns its traditions sideways, and brings its past into the future — in a thoroughly engaging new way. This celebration includes the high-voltage Megawatt, signature shadow works, and a few concepts that have never been seen before.

Bombyx Center for Culture and Equity, Florence
Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.

When Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap take the stage, an incomparable experience awaits. Drawing from a vast repertoire spanning the greatest periods and genres in music, the jazz duo crafts masterful performances and delivers captivating storytelling. Catch their performance at the new Bombyx Center for Culture and Equity in Florence.

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Wednesdays – Sundays, through Oct. 31, from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Explore Sturbridge Village after hours where you will find Halloween delights — from bats and bonfires to cauldrons and candy, from ghosts and guitars to horror and spooky drama. Take your entire family, as there is something for every age around every corner.

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Historic Deerfield
Sunday, October 31 at 11 a.m.

Take a trip to Historic Deerfield to learn about the life and times of Solomon Ashley, one of the gravestone carvers who worked in Deerfield in the late 18th century. The tour will feature biographical information about Ashley and details about some of the unique and beautiful gravestones that he carved that are in the Old Burying Ground.

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Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst
Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs, Connecticut
Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Now entering their 47th season, the Takács Quartet has more than established themselves as artists of extraordinary work. With Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes on violin, András Fejér on cello, and Grammy Award-winning Richard O'Neill on viola, this group is a Jorgensen audience favorite. Expect a magical evening with works by Haydn, Coleridge-Taylor, and Schubert.

Eli Keszler at MASS MoCA
Saturday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m.

Avant-garde percussionist, composer, and artist Eli Keszler’s live performances often incorporate his sound installations and blur the boundaries between composition and improvisation. From intricate and eerie to dazzling chaos, this virtuosic percussionist brings surreal sound to life on the MASS MoCA stage.

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The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD
In Local Cinemas Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir. The first opera by a Black composer presented on the Met stage, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown co-direct. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside soprano Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta.