PRIME Happenings February 08
Feb. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, Exit Seven Players "All My Sons." The Exit Seven Players of Ludlow announced that they will be presenting the classic American drama "All My Sons" on Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and on Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. All performances will be held at the Exit Seven Theater, 37 Chestnut St., Ludlow. The play is set in late August 1946 and is concerned with the fortunes of the Keller and Deever families. Tickets are $15 for preferred seating (first three-four rows of the theater), $12 reserved and $10 for seniors and children (12 and under). For more info visit www.exit7players.com. The theater can be reached at 583-4301.
Feb. 9, Mozart and Mendelssohn, 8 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Hall. Mozart: Cosi fan tute Overture; Mozart: Symphony No. 29, A Major, K201 (186a); Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, A Major (Italian) Revised 1834 version. Ticket info: M-F, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.,; 781-4129.
Feb. 10, Live Concert "From Broadway to the Met," Commonwealth Opera of Western Massachusetts presents a collections of favorites, including selections from shows such as "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Camelot" at 3 p.m. (snow date following Sunday), at Trinity United Methodist Church at Forest Park, Springfield. Admission: $20 general seating. Reservations/info: 587-0067; www.commonwealthopera.org.
Feb. 10, 16th Annual Husbands and Wives Valentines Covenant Banquet, 4-8 p.m., Clarion Hotel, 1080 Riverdale Rd., West Springfield. Donation: $75 per couple. Includes full buffet, 8x10 picture of couple and more. All deposits must be in as soon as possible as seating is limited. Semi-formal attire is appropriate. For reservations or more info call 781-6535.
Feb. 10-24, February Film Festival. The National Yiddish Book Center, located on the campus of Hampshire College, 1021 West St., Amherst will present a February Film Festival of classic Jewish stories on the silver screen Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6. Feb. 10, Film: Gentleman's Agreement. Gregory Peck stars as Phil Green, a gentile who writes a magazine story about anti-Semitism in America. Feb. 17, Film: The Garden of the Finzi Continis. This exquisite film about an aristocratic Italian-Jewish family during World War II won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1971. Feb. 24, Films: Goodbye, Columbus. Based on a novella by Philip Roth, this 1969 box office hit is a biting look at upwardly mobile Jewish life in the suburbs. For more info call 256-4900, email, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.yiddishbookcenter.org.
Feb. 10, Jerry Noble and Friends Jazz, featuring Jerry Noble, piano, music department faculty members and guest artists. Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, 3 p.m.; free.
Feb. 14-16, MFA Dance Concert at Smith College. Featuring original choreography and performances by second-year graduate students in the Smith Dance program. New and innovative works will be presented by Vanessa Anspaugh, Aretha Aoki, Maura Donohue, and Meredith Lyons. Theatre 14, 8 p.m. at Smith College. Tickets: $9/adult; $5/student. Info: 585-ARTS.
Feb. 16, Pork Chop Dinner at First Congregational Church of Sunderland, 6 p.m. Chapel next to the church, Junction Rte. 47 and 116, center of Sunderland. Menu: appetizer, pork chops, cranberry stuffing, coleslaw, carrots, scalloped potatoes, applesauce, beverage and dessert. Adults, $9; child under eight, $4. Reservations: 665-2890.
Feb. 16, Harlem Quartet. Music In Deerfield and the Smith College Music Department announce the series debut of the Harlem Quartet, performing at Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. Music Students can purchase an advance ticket for $5, which includes "Concert Conversations." "Concert Conversations," explorations of the music and performers hosted by John Montanari and featuring the evening's musicians will take place at 7 p.m. in Earle Hall prior to all Sweeney Concert Hall performances. Tickets purchased in advance are $25 and $30 for adults and $9 for children/undergraduate students. At the door, tickets are $32 for adults and $10, children/undergraduate students. Venues are handicapped accessible. Tickets may be ordered at 774-4200; on the web at www.musicindeerfield.org, or by mail, Box 736, Greenfield 01302.
Feb. 16, Love Notes at Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College, 7:30 p.m. The Amherst Club's annual Valentine benefit for community service agencies. Emcees State Senator Stan Rosenberg and State Rep. Ellen Story. On stage: baritone Matthew Meers with Broadway melodies, soprano Junko Watanabe with popular arias, young classical pianist Yan Yu, plus a brass quintet playing favorite love songs. Followed by the Gypsy Wranglers playing at a champagne and hors d'oeuvres "Meet the Artists" reception. Tickets at Hastings in downtown Amherst, or by calling 253-5179. Remaining tickets at the door; $20 for the show alone; $35 for show and reception; $50 includes reserved seating.
Feb. 16, Harlem Quartet, at Sweeney Recital Hall at Smith College. Comprising First-Place Laureates of the Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino string players, the Harlem will offer repertoire ranging from the traditional (Joaquin Turirna's "La oraci n del torero" and Ravel's Quartet in F major) to the jazzy sounds of selections by Wyton Marsalis (from "At the Octoroon Balls") and Billy Strayhorn (Take the "A" Train). Advance tickets for concerts are $25 and $30. Children/students tickets are $9. At the door are $32 adults and $10 children/students. Info: call Music In Deerfield at 774-4200; online at www.musicindeerfield.org , or by mail, Box 736 Greenfield, MA 01302.
Feb. 22, CityStage Second Annual Casino Royale, 7 p.m.-midnight. All proceeds from the evening's event will benefit the downtown organization as part of its annual fundraising efforts. Tickets are $75 each and the evening includes hors d'oeuvres, $200 in gaming "money," cash bar, great prizes for everyone and free parking. Additional "money" may also be purchased at a 4:1 ratio. Black Jack, Casino War, Roulette, Craps and a Wheel of Chance. Top prizes include a $2,000 travel voucher, a trip for two to Las Vegas, and at a trip for two to Atlantic City. Tickets may be purchased by calling the CityStage box office at 788-7033.
Feb. 24, Concert in Celebration of the Career of Monica Jakuc Elsie Irwin Sweeney professor of music, Monica Jakuc, piano, with members of the music department faculty. Sweeney Concert Hall, 4 p.m.; free.
Feb. 28 and 29, Mar. 1, Five College Faculty Dance Concert to showcase the best in dance from the Five Colleges. The Smith College Department of Dance is pleased to host this year's concert. Theatre 14, 8 p.m. at Smith College. Tickets: $9/adult; $5/student. Info: 585-ARTS.
Feb. 28 and 29, March 1, 5-8, A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner. Directed by Simone Gianfrancesco '08. Kushner's powerful 1991 drama follows a group of left-leaning artists and political activists struggling to preserve themselves in 1930s Berlin as the Weimer Republic is collapsing and Hitler's Nazi-led party is rising to power. Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, 8 p.m. at Smith College. Tickets: $9/adult; $5/student. Info: 585-ARTS.
Mar. 4, Italian Language Lessons. The Italian Cultural Center is sponsoring Italian Language Classes for Beginners I, II and Intermediate Levels beginning Mar. 4 at 56 Margaret St., Springfield. Parking in Mt. Carmel Church and school parking lot. Classes are eight weeks, 6-8 p.m. Registration: $75 with textbook; and $85 for new student. Send checks to ICC, 130 Maple St., Suite 127, Springfield 01103 before Feb. 25. Indicate class level. Questions: call 537-3757 or 732-6569 and leave a message.