Weekend ahead from Antigone to ragas

For a fall Saturday, this weekend is taking fire in all directions, from Antigone in Ferguson to ragas in Brooklyn and acoustic music in rural America, cider making and live dance music on flute and piano. (See the calendar for the full week’s events.) Here are some bright highlights …

Williams college ’62 Center will open its 2017-2018 season with Antigone in Ferguson, a new work directed by Bryan Doerries and composed by Phil Woodmore — a radical and unlikely staging of Sophocles’s classic tragedy, conceived in response to the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Antigone’s themes of integrity and human folly, set down in the fifth century BCE, resonate through the ages, illuminating the recent clash between public authorities and American citizens as they call for justice in police brutality cases. At the end of the performance there will be a community discussion at 8 p.m. (MainStage, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu)

Percussionist Sameer Gupta and his band, logtime friends and musicians from the collective Brooklyn Raga Massive, will perform at Mass MoCA at 8 p.m. in a blend of styles from classical Indian ragas to modern jazz . They are celebrating their new album, A Circle Has No Beginnings. Gupta will perform on drum set and tabla, a South Asian paired drum, with Jay Gandhi on bamboo bansuri flute, jazz pianist Marc Cary — an elder who started his career working with jazz icon Betty Carter — on keyboard, and Rasheen Carter on bass. Bang on a Can favorite and North Adams resident Todd Reynolds opens. (87 Marshall St., North Adams. massmoca.org)

At Hancock Shaker Village, nationally known singer / songwriter Dar Williams comes to visit for the fist fall Food for Thought dinner at 6 p.m. HSV will serve beer, bourbon and barbecue, and Williams will talk about her years of travelling the country, performing at folk festivals and coffee shops, in concert halls and colleges. In her new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities One Coffee Shop, Dog Run and Open-Mike Night at a Time, she asks why some towns thrive while others fade. She will talk about her book and her journeys and play a few tunes after dinner. (1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. hancockshakervillage.org)

Hopkins Forest will celebrate the changing of the seasons and the beauty of the woods in its annual fall festival, noon to 3 p.m. with music, apple butter and cider production, refreshments, a canopy walkway, an active honey bee hive, children’s activities including a crafts table and traditional shake-splitting and a cross-cut saw competition. (413-597-4353.)

Lenox Contra Dance is inviting all comers to a free evening dance 7:30 to 11 p.m. with Spare Parts, a favorite local band to light up the hall: Liz Stell on flute, Eric Buddington on fiddle, and Bill Matthiesen on keyboard. Local caller Jon Greene will teach and call dances. The evening is free and all dances taught, no experience or partner needed. (Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. lenoxcontradance.org)

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