Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Dance fundraiser for Mi Tierra workers; ‘A Romantic Evening’ at UMass
BEST FOOT FORWARD
After the fire that obliterated a row of businesses in Hadley last year, the community came to the aid of owners and workers with fundraisers and other assistance. The generosity continues Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Amherst Regional Middle School when dance troupes perform in a benefit for workers from the Mexican restaurant, Mi Tierra, one of the burned-out businesses. The Iroko Nuevo Afro-Cuban Performance Group, Grupo Folklorico Tradiciones, Cayena, and three troupes from Amherst Regional High School perform. Then the audience gets a chance to kick up its heels during a dance party with DJ Ahmed Gonzalez. Individuals $7-$10; families $12-$15, at the door.
ANOTHER GOOD BET
Spend “A Romantic Evening” Jan. 28 with UMass and Smith College music professors as they perform music by Robert Schumann. 8 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst. fac.umass.edu/musicanddance