Author Talk: Have I Got a Story for You with Ezra Glinter
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Ezra Glinter has combed through the Forward’s archives to find the best stories published during the newspaper’s 120-year history, digging up such varied works as wartime novellas, avant-garde fiction, and satirical sketches about immigrant life in New York. Glinter’s introductions to the thematic sections and short biographies of the contributors provide insight into the concerns of not only the writers but also their avid readers. The collection has been rendered into English by today’s best Yiddish translators, who capture the sound of the authors and the subtleties of nuance and context.

Co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center. This author talk is part of Literatour, a yearlong celebration of Jewish books presented by the Springfield Jewish Community Center.

Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibition @ Downtown Amherst
Dec 7 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Amherst Arts Night Plus is a free cultural event held in venues around downtown Amherst, MA. Each first Thursday of every month, the Museum hosts an open mic and features visual artists and contemporary poets.

Happier Family Comedy Show @ The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Founded in 2015, Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Their Happier Family Comedy Show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation.

Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

FILM | “Body and Soul: An American Bridge” @ Yiddish Book Center
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The early performance history of the jazz standard “Body and Soul.” Composed by Johnny Green in 1929, the song was introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer Libby Holman; trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong ushered the song into the jazz canon the following year.

USA, 2016, 58 mins., directed by Robert Philipson, English. 

Every Day Art Program: Project Paint! @ The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Dec 19 @ 4:14 pm – 5:14 pm

Experiment with paint to create your own monoprint.