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PRIME Happenings December 07

Through Dec. 9, "Wicked", announces lottery for $25 seats, at The Bushnell in Hartford. A day-of-performance lottery for a select number of orchestra seats per performance will be held daily for "Wicked." Each day, two and one-half hours prior to show times 5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs and Sun. evenings; 5:30 p.m. Fri and Sat. evenings. People who present themselves at The Bushnell box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum and then 30 minutes later, names will be drawn for a select number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. Participants must be in line two and one-half hours prior to the curtain to enter the lottery (two hours prior for weekend matinees), and present at the time of the drawing. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Dec. 4-31, Stephanie Vignone: Paintings, at Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South St. Arts Night Out Reception: Dec. 14, 5-7 p.m. Stephan Vignone received her B.A. from Trinity College in 1979. Info: 584-7327 or Dec. 5-8, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel. Zindel's award-winning play centers on the lives of a single mother and her two teenage daughters and how they each cope with the hardship, broken dreams, and disappointments that envelop them. Dec. 5-8 at 8 p.m. and also Dec. 8 and 9 at 2 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at Smith College, Northampton. Tickets: $8 general and $5 student/seniors. Dec. 6-20, Falcetti's Acoustic Caf , 95 Elm St. (at I-91 Exit 48, in Kohl's Plaza), presents Thursday evening performances with the following area musicians scheduled for Dec. Free admission. Dec. 6: Isaac Young Quartet jazz; 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13: Prescription America original alternative/indy rock, and Hap Hazard guitarist/vocalist: 7-8:45 p.m. Dec. 20, Dec. 27: Holiday break. Coffees and refreshments available. For info: call 860-745-3737 or visit Dec. 7-16, Holiday Galleries Feature Original Art. The Monson Arts Council's House of Art, 200 Main St., will be filled with area artists offering a selection of unique gifts for the holidays. The Holiday Galleries will be open: Fridays, Dec. 7, 14 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, 15 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 9, 16: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, Liza Leizman Dance Company: Mind of Winter, 7:30 p.m. at Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South St. Tickets: $10/adults; $5/children under 10. Child-friendly. Children are welcome and are offered comfortable seats on colorful pillows in the front row. The performance usually about an hour, is followed by a reception. Info: 584-7327 or Dec. 8, Artists Reception at Gallery 137, 137 Main St., Indian Orchard. Open Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Featuring local, national, and international artists. A wonderful indoor artisans's festival showcasing work in metal, wood, glass, paper and fiber. Info: 543-6994. Dec. 8, All You Can Eat Country Breakfast. At the Sunderland Congregational Church, 7-10 a.m. Menu includes pancakes with maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, home fries and beverage. Tickets are $7/adults and $4/children. Dec. 8 and 9, Antique and Modern Firearms Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Better Living Center, Eastern States Exposition grounds, West Springfield. Child (ages under 12), free with parent/guardian; adult: $8. Antiques and collectible firearms, custom and utility knives, militaria, ammunition and related items. Special guest, Theodore J. Van Kirk, navigator and last surviving member of the the crew of the Enola Gay. Dec. 15, Florence Congregational Church Pot Roast Supper. Serving at 6 p.m. Pot roast, salad bar, vegetables, gourmet breads, coffee, desserts. Reservations: call 413-584-1325 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free will offering. Dec. 20, Ballroom Dancing, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Good Life Center, 1600 East Columbus Ave., Springfield. The Springfield Department of Elder Affairs hosts monthly ballroom dances. Music by Richie Mitnick. Dances are only $7 per person. Refreshments and dinner are served to fill your appetite. And singles are always welcome. Important (Parking): Park at the end of Court Street in the GAR parking lot or use on street parking. For more info call 750-2873. Dec. 23, Jack Benny's "To Be Or Not To Be," 2 p.m. The National Yiddish Book Center, located on the campus of Hampshire College, 1021 West St., Amherst, will present the 1942 film production. Tickets are $5 (99 minutes). The classic comedy "To Be Or Not To Be" stars Jack Benny and Carole Lombard as a husband and wife acting team who perform with a Warsaw company. After a dashing Polish pilot falls for Lombard, he then leaves for England where he meets a mysterious man who will soon return to Poland. Could he be a Nazi spy? In a wacky series of events, Benny, Lombard, and the company assume clever disguises to outwit the Germans and foil their plot. For more info call 256-4900, email or visit Dec. 30, Mel Brooks' "To Be Or Not To Be," 2 p.m. The National Yiddish Book Center, located on the campus of Hampshire College, 1021 West St., Amherst, will present the 1983 film production. Tickets are $5 (107 minutes). "To Be Or Not To Be" is the remake of the 1942 comedy about a husband and wife acting team in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Starring Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, the film sticks almost entirely to the original screenplay. For more info call 256-4900, email or visit