Chalk It To Me, Baby // SATURDAY

Greenfield’s 9th annual chalkfest is taking place Saturday, 3-6 p.m., in downtown’s Court House Plaza. Unlike many chalkfests Greenfield’s is open to everyone — not just selected pros — and has a lot of room for kids’ art. There’s something exciting about seeing art that will be swept away by the elements too soon. So, get there before it rains. In addition to chalk art there will be food, a bounce house, and face painting.

— Dave Eisenstadter

Yellow Sofa Open Mic // THURSDAY

Whether it’s someone dressed as Willy Wonka singing “The Candy Man” and throwing bite-sized chocolate bars to the audience or an anti-Trump hip-hop poem, you never know what you’ll see at an open mic. Both of these acts actually performed at the Thirsty Mind’s Yellow Sofa Open Mic recently. The Yellow Sofa Open Mic was once a fixture in downtown Northampton, but moved to South Hadley in 2012. For the past four years, singer-songwriter Scott Cadwallader has hosted. Come for the London Fog, stay for the good music. Thirsty Mind, 23 College St., South Hadley, 6:30, p.m. sign-up; 7 p.m., show starts. Free.

— Chris Goudreau

Wormtown Music  Festival // FRI-SUN

The 19th annual Wormtown Music Festival in Greenfield, presented by Wormtown Trading Company, is full of good vibing musical talent. Looking at the schedule for the three-day event, the time slots for the bands playing are between an hour and two hours each, which is awesome compared to your normal 30-45 minute set at a smaller venue. Outer Stylie, The Greys, Bella’s Bartok, The Alchemystics, Danny Pease and The Regulators, and Pink Talking Fish are just a few of the bands attendees will get to experience. Day passes are $65, weekend pass is $150. Camp Kee-Wanee, Greenfield, more info at

— Jennifer Levesque


There will be two opportunities to take in some radical knowledge this night: a lecture by an ex-Muslim extremist and a workshop on how to use video to expose abuse. I can’t recommend one over the other, so I’m going with both. From Radicalization to Reform — A Conversation with Former Muslim Extremist Mubin Shaikh is 7-9 p.m. at Flywheel Arts Collective, 43 Main St., Easthampton ( Pioneer Valley Witness — See It, Film It, Change It is offered by the Truth School and is geared toward Valley activists. It will be held at the Springfield Public Library, 359 Plainfield St., Springfield (238-1280). Both events are free.

— Kristin Palpini

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