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  • PHOTO COURTESY OF DJANGO IN JUNE<br/>Gypsy jazz guitarist Gonzalo Bergara

Life with father

“A Parenting Story,” a one-man show that takes a humorous look at parenting, will be presented Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst.

Bill Campbell draws on his 35 years as a professional comedian and a father of three to present a touching, funny and compelling tale. Within a simple living room setting, Campbell’s Everyman character uses the advent of his 25th Father’s Day to take the audience on a tour from babies to grandparenting.

Free and open to the public. For information, call Janet Ryan at 259-3223.

Gypsy jazz

Django in June, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will present two Gypsy jazz performances, based on the musical style made famous by Django Reinhardt.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., Adrien Moignard and Gonzalo Bergara will perform at the Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton.

Moignard and Bergara met in 2008, when each was performing at Django in June. In 2012 they recorded a CD, “Clasico,” and are returning to this year’s festival to perform together. To watch a video of Moignard and Bergara performing work from their “Clasico” CD, visit this story at www.gazettenet.com.

On Saturday, also at 7:30 at the Academy of Music, guitarist, violinist, clarinetist and vocalist Tcha Limberger and Robin Nolan will perform.

Limberger was born in Belgium into one of the great lineages of Gypsy jazz. Nolan is an Amsterdam-based guitarist, who was a featured performer at the very first Django in June.

Tickets cost $24 in advance; $28 at the door. For information about the festival, visit www.DjangoinJune.com. To reserve tickets, call 584-9032, ext. 105, or visit www.academyofmusictheatre.com.

Who’s that lady?

A staged Reading of Edward Albee’s play “The Lady from Dubuque” will be presented Sunday at 2 p.m. at North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington.

Playwright Mitch Giannunzio, who directed the reading, calls the play that debuted on Broadway in 1980 both funny and disturbing.

“People will argue for hours afterward, ‘Who IS the Lady from Dubuque?’ ” he said.

In addition to Giannunzio, the cast of professional actors includes Margery Shaw, Jeremy Bobb, Stephanie Carlson, Djola Branner, Sandra Blaney, Lisa Abend and Kenneth Tigar. Stage directions will be read by Alma Negro.

Admission to the play is free.

An optional wine, cheese and desert fundraising party with live jazz will take place after the reading. Admission to the party is $30. For information, call 667-5543, or visit www.northhallhuntington.org.

Dixieland jazz

Music on Main at the First Congregational Church of Amherst, 165 Main St., will present a free concert Saturday at 1 p.m. at the church.

Music will be provided by Dixieland Stomp, a six-piece dixieland band.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the concert will move indoors to the church sanctuary.

Homemade strawberry shortcake and lemonade will be available for purchase.

For information, call 253-3456.

Imaginary town

Trio de Pumpkintown (Tim Eriksen, vocals; Peter Irvine, percussion; Zoe Darrow, fiddle) perform what they call “hardcore Americana” Wednesday at the Wednesday Folk Traditions program at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive in Hadley.

The group blends Yankee, African, Native American, Irish, Scottish and German musical heritage as the musicians of the imaginary early New England town, Pumpkintown.

Admission costs $10; $2 for children 16 and under. For information, call 584-4699 or visit www.pphmuseum.org.

Jazz shares

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concludes its first season with its 10th concert, The Makaya McCraven Quartet, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State St., Springfield.

McCraven grew up in the Pioneer Valley, where he founded the band Cold Duck Complex. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he played jazz with the University Jazz Orchestra and earned three Downbeat students awards.

Since then, he’s released albums, toured in the Northeast and internationally, and recorded with jazz greats such as Bobby Broom, Archie Shepp, and Charles Neville.

Wednesday’s ensemble includes McCraven (drums), Greg Ward (alto saxophone), Justin Thomas (vibraphone) and Junius Paul (bass).

Tickets cost $15. Tickets or shares may be purchased online at www.jazzshares.org, or at the door. For information, call 732-8428 or visit the website.

Theater director honored

The Massachusetts Cultural Council recently awarded a Gold Star to Pelham resident Cynthia Naughton, founding director of the Pelham Players Summer Theatre, for her production of “Once Upon a Leprechaun,” the group’s 10th-anniversary production.

Naughton teaches music and theater at Smith College’s Campus School in Northampton and has served as music director for the musical productions of the Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater.

In producing “Once Upon a Leprechaun,” she brought together children with varied acting experience, as well as their parents and volunteers, for six weeks of rehearsal, set building and costume making.

The MCC Gold Star awards were established in 2001 to recognize exemplary cultural programs funded by local cultural councils throughout the state. Naughton received one of five awards.

Carle receives grant

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst has received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Grant Support Innovative Museum-School Partnership to implement a Picture Book Art Works program at the Maurice A. Donahue School in Holyoke.

Over the 2013-2014 academic year, Carle officials plan to bring nationally acclaimed artists to the Donahue School to engage in interactive classroom visits, art-making sessions and puppet show creation and performance, among other activities. Field trips to the Carle and an exhibition of student work at the museum will also occur. For, call 658-1100 or visit www.carlemuseum.org.

Call for First Night performers

First Night Northampton is accepting applications from performers who want to participate in the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Northampton, on Dec. 31, 2013.

A downloadable PDF application is available at www.firstnightnorthampton.org, or one can be requested by sending an email to ncfa@nohoarts.org. Email requests should include a name and telephone contact. The application deadline is Aug. 30. The Northampton Center for the Arts has been running the New Year’s event for the past 28 years. For information, call 584-7327.

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