The first Thursday of every month is Art Walk night in Amherst. From 5 to 8 p.m. downtown galleries throw open their doors to art lovers. This Thursday, check out Stephen Gingold’s nature photography, Hillary Wilbur Ferro’s prints and paintings, and Eva Fairchild’s Carpe Diem photo exhibit. It’s all free. After, party at the Lumber Yard with live music. — Amanda Drane
Godsmack tribute band Badmagick are back at Kaptain Jimmy’s for a night of beer, cheap eats and some rockin. They also throw some Zeppelin and AC/DC into the mix for a bigger variety than just the Smack. Kaptain Jimmy’s has a huge selection of beers on draft, and their menu suits just about everyone as well, so perfect night out! 9:00 p.m., Kaptain Jimmy’s Restaurant & Distillery, 916 Suffield St, Agawam.
— Jennifer Levesque
Can the Butler do it? • This weekend
During the Civil War, an escaped slave challenges the commander of a Union fort to find a loophole in federal law that will set the slave free — and it’s pretty comical, the Majestic Theater assures us. The West Springfield stage is featuring Butler, an historical dramedy/biography, through April 3. I love that cozy theater and cafe, with its record of funny and gripping productions. I’m counting on the Majestic to deliver once more. Tickets are $23-$30. Check the website for show times. — Kristin Palpini
Orlando at Smith College • Wed. through Sat.
Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel — about a poet whose life begins as a man and ends, centuries later, as a woman — is funny, rich, and fantastical. Smith College’s stage adaptation, from the play by Sarah Ruhl, takes gender-fluid costuming and time-bending design one step further by setting the show in a traveling circus, with a cast of all Smith students. Orlando plays in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. Mar. 3, 4, and 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $5-10. Free to Smith students. — Hunter Styles