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2024 Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture | Rohkl Auerbach’s Warsaw Testament with Samuel Kassow

Yiddish Book Center 1021 West St., Amherst, MA, United States

The annual Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture will be delivered by Samuel Kassow in conjunction with the publication of his translation of Rohkl Auerbach’s Warsaw Testament (White Goat Press). Auerbach was a journalist, literary critic, and one of only three surviving members of the Oyneg Shabes, historian Emanuel Ringelbum’s top-secret group of archivists in the Warsaw Ghetto. Upon immigrating to Israel in 1950 she founded the witness testimony division Yad Vashem and played a foundational role in the development of Holocaust memory. Warsaw Testament, a memoir based on her wartime writings both in the ghetto and on the Aryan side of the occupied city,

Free

Song Swap at the Store at Five Corners

The Store at Five Corners 4 New Ashford Rd, Willliamstown, MA, United States

Join us the second Thursday of each month at 7PM for our 'Song Swap' This event occurs every 2nd Thursday of the month and is a gathering for music enthusiasts of all skill levels. Whether you're a songwriter sharing your own compositions or a music lover bringing your favorite tunes, we welcome your contributions. If you prefer to simply enjoy the music, that's great too! Come and be part of our supportive and creative community. Pro tip - Come early and hang out and enjoy some delicious food from the Store.  

Free

The Wailin’ Jennys at the Academy of Music Theatre (Northampton, MA)

DSP Shows Presents:The Wailin’ JennysMay 9, 2024Academy of Music Theatre | Northampton, MAThe Wailin Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Moody and Mehta along with New York-based Masse continue to create some of the most exciting music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical

The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come

Yiddish Book Center 1021 West St., Amherst, MA, United States

Join us for a reading of The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come, followed by a brief hands-on examination of early 20th century Yiddish children’s illustrated books. Families are then invited to explore the Center’s new exhibition, Yiddish: A Global Culture, with a family guide featuring the Center’s mascot, Tsiggy the Goat. Kids can search for exhibit highlights and add stickers to their guides as they explore. Programs are presented free on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. This event is being presented as part of the 2024 Mass Kids Literature Festival.

Free

The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come

Yiddish Book Center 1021 West St., Amherst, MA, United States

Join us for a reading of The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come, followed by a brief hands-on examination of early 20th century Yiddish children’s illustrated books. Families are then invited to explore the Center’s new exhibition, Yiddish: A Global Culture, with a family guide featuring the Center’s mascot, Tsiggy the Goat. Kids can search for exhibit highlights and add stickers to their guides as they explore. Programs are presented free on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. This event is being presented as part of the 2024 Mass Kids Literature Festival.

Free

Traditional Music Jam at the Store at Five Corners

The Store at Five Corners 4 New Ashford Rd, Willliamstown, MA, United States

Bring your acoustic instruments and join in, or just bring your ears. Traditional tunes jam including Jigs, Reels, Waltzes, Rags and more ! All skill levels welcome. Fiddles, Mandolins, Bodhrans, Guitars, Banjos, Ukuleles, Harmonicas, whistles and any other instruments ARE welcome.

Free

Close Encounters With Music Presents: Cafe Vienna – “Nervous Splendor”

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA, US

This program takes a cross-section of Viennese musical modes—from operetta to waltz, Beethoven’s Piano Trio which spins on a popular song by Weigl, to Schubert’s sublime testament to his beloved métier, “An die Musik.” And of course, the quintessential café music of Fritz Kreisler, “Caprice Viennois.” In charm, verve, and artistic sophistication, Vienna’s past is unsurpassed.

$28 – $52

VIRTUAL BOOK TALK | Frume Halpern’s Blessed Hands with Translator Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

Yiddish Book Center 1021 West St., Amherst, MA, United States

Join us for a free virtual talk with poet and translator Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, who will be discussing his newly released translation of Frume Halpern’s short story collection Blessed Hands (Frayed Edge Press). He will be joined by Lisa Newman, the Yiddish Book Center’s director of publishing and public programs and the director of White Goat Press, the Yiddish Book Center’s imprint, for a short conversation and Q&A. After the presentation with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub, participants are invited to stay online for small-group discussions facilitated by Yiddish Book Center staff as part of the Great Jewish Books Club. The program is presented as

Free

My Mother Had Two Faces: An Evening of Theatre featuring one woman show

Northampton Center for the Arts 33 Hawley Street

My Mother Had Two Faces: Reflections on Beauty Aging and Acceptance, written and performed by Karin Trachtenberg, is coming to the Northampton Center for the Arts on Thursday, May 23rd @7pm. Presented by the Mothers Institute for Collaboration and Art as part of their month-long MICAfest, this evening of theatre will also include a staged reading of “An Evening with Phineas” by MICA founder Lyza Fennell. My Mother Had Two Faces is an autobiographical one woman dramatic comedy that dares to expose what lies beneath the mask of the perfect mother. Discovering her mother’s diaries after her passing, Karin, the heroine, begins to examine the history

$25