Kathleen Mellen’s best bets
THAT JOLLY GOOD SPIRIT
Holiday cheer and charity seemlessly merge again this year with the Valley Festival Brass Choir’s annual concert, to be held Sunday at 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Amherst, 165 Main St. For 17 years, these folks have tuned up their tubas (or other brass instruments) to perform holiday favorites and lead a carol sing-along — all to benefit the Amherst Survival Center. Admission is free, but donations are, of course, welcome.
ANOTHER GOOD BET
Theater students at Northampton High School present two one-act plays — Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound” and “The Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang — today and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the school’s brand-new black box theater. As an added treat, today’s show includes a fundraising performance by the school’s improv troupes, Funktionlust and The Unusuals, with proceeds going to the Northampton Survival Center. $5 at the door.