Berkshire Calendar April 10 to 16

As Passover, Easter and spring take hold in the Berkshire Calendar April 10 to 16, conversations revolve around the land, renewal, the strength of words and the meetings of peoples and ways of living.

In the photo above,  indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan of the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert reflects on his first contact with Western culture, in Australian artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth’s Collisions.

The Martu lived largely untouched by Western culture until the 1960s, and Nyarri’s first contact with Western culture came in the 1950s, when he witnessed first hand, and with no context, an atomic test. Nyarri offers us a view of what he saw and shares his perspective on the Martu way to care for the planet. Photo by Piers Mussared, courtesy of Lynette Wallworth.

 

Monday April 10

Best wishes for a happy Pesach (Passover)!

 

Community

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Federation First Night Community Passover Seder, 6:30 p.m., all welcome. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. jewishberkshires.org

 

Food

Berkshire South Community Center — Community supper, 5 to 6 p.m. served by Berkshire chefs. Free. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810, berkshiresouth.org

 

Theater

The Egg — Welcome to Night Vale, 8 p.m., twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

 

Tuesday April 11

 

Art

Williams College — Lynette Wallworth: Collisions, 7:30 p.m. Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist known for her immersive multimedia installations, which focus on the interactivity between humans and the natural world, including Coral: Rekindling Venus, an examination of the ecologically threatened biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef, and Evolution of Fearlessness, an intimate portrait of 10 refugee women. Her most recent work is Collisions, a virtual reality investigation into the first contact between an indigenous Australian tribe and the momentous impact of Western expansion. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Books and Writing

Bloomsday in Williamstown — Gunter Grass’s “The Tin Drum,” weekly reading aloud through the novel in the Breon Mitchell translation, 7 p.m. at the Log. 78 Spring St., Williamstown.

Williams College — Poet Nathaniel Mackey and writer John R. Keene will read excerpts from their poetry and prose fiction 6 p.m. in Weston Hall Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Nathaniel Mackey is the author of six books of poetry, including Blue Fasa; and an ongoing prose work, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate; two books of criticism and Strick: Song of the Andoumboulou 16-25, a recording of poems with music. Keene is a published poet, fiction writer, essayist, critic, and translator. His most recent books include the short fiction collection Counternarratives, which received a 2016 American Book Award, a 2016 Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and, in March 2017, the UK’s inaugural Republic of Consciousness Prize. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Community

Temple Anshe Amunim — Second Night Passover Seder with poetry and music and community dinner, celebrating the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt and expolring the story’s meaning today. All welcome. 53 Lois St., North Adams. RSVP 413-663-5830, cbiweb.org

Temple Anshe Amunim — Second Night Passover Seder, 5:30 p.m. with story and song and community dinner, celebrating the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt and the hopes for all to be free from oppression in the present times. All welcome. 26 Broad Street in Pittsfield. RSVP 413-442-5910, ansheamunim.org

 

Conversations

Williams College — Professor Edward Larson ’74 will present “The Legend and Legacy of the Scopes Trial,” in which teacher John Scopes was taken to court in 1925 in Dayton, Tenn., for teaching the theory of evolution in violation of state law. 4:15 p.m. Larson will compare  factual and fictional accounts of this trial and consider it as a contest between science and religion and a defense of intellectual freedom. This event follows the special screening of the classic film Inherit the Wind on Monday at Images Cinema. Wege Auditorium, science Quad, off Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Wednesday April 12

Music

Williams College — Midweek music, lunchtime informal concert sampler, traditional and unexpected, with iinstructors and students and impromptu talks, 12:15 p.m. Chapin Hall. Prof. Timothy Rommen Professor of Music and Africana Studies and Undergraduate Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, author of “Tools for Un-islanding? The Creole Geographies of Dominica’s Popular Music,” Class of 1960 Lecture,  Bernhard Music Center, 4:15 p.m. 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Canoe Meadows — Woodcock’s Sky Dance, 7 p.m. Love is in the air as the sun sets  and wet meadows and fields become the American woodcock’s “runway” for a beautiful aerial courtship display. Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries — Spring birding: Join Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries caretaker on a walk past beaver wetlands and through the woods, 8 a.m., to look for tanagers, warblers, orioles and more during the spring migration and nesting season. 472 West Dugway Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Thursday April 13

 

Art

IS183 Art School — Understanding Glazing in Ceramics, 6 p.m. Ceramic artist Jeff Zamek will introduce some of the mysteries and complexities of glazes. Citizen’s Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-5252, is183.org

Mass MoCA — Free day for North Adams residents. 87 Marshall St., North Adams, 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Williams College Musueum of Art — Better Together: Curating as Socially-Engaged Practice with Sarah Schultz — What does it mean to “curate the social”? on the role of social interaction and creative participation in contemporary museums, 7 p.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Community

Berkshire Athenaeum — Fall in Love with 3D Printing, 3 p.m. Make seasonal designs in two-part workshop. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

 

Conversations

The Mount — Les Enfants de l’Yser of World War I, 3 p.m., free. Belgian best-selling author Anne Provoost will share the harrowing story of World War I refugee children, their families, and the kind strangers who rescued them. Provoost’s research on this historical moment uncovered a link to her own grandmother, Anna Vandewalle. Vandewalle came into the care of The Children of Flanders Rescue Committee, the charity initiative of Edith Wharton. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. edithwharton.org

Williams College — Energy Use in the Developing World: Perspectives from Kenya and India, ith Catherine Wolfram is the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. 8 p.m. Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Dr., Williamstown. 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

 

Music

Iron Horse — Adam Ezra Group 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

 

Theater

Troy Music Hall — Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste – DADA PEOPLE with Yasushi Yakamura and Clarence Penn, 7:30 p.m. Improvisation and compositional ideas stemming from the surrealist and Dada artists. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

 

Friday April 14

 

Art

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Photography Group 3 to 5 p.m. Group meets every three weeks at various Trustees properties in the Berkshires for location-based lab on a different technical aspect of photography including depth-of-field, the exposure triangle, image composition, white balance, lens selection, filters, in-camera effect and more. BYOC. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3016, thetrustees.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Norman Rockwell in Detail, explore his visual storytelling, 1:30 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Conversations

Williams College — Climate Change and Economic Policy in the Developing World, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Developing countries, which already face many economic pressures, must now contend with the risks and uncertainties posed by climate change. U.S. Climate Policy under Trump, 2 p.m., with Michael Gerrard, environmental advocate, internationally known environmental lawyer, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law  at Columbia University and a member of the faculties of the Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute. His passion was born in response to the industrial air and water pollution in his hometown of Charleston, West Virginia, one of the major chemical manufacturing centers of North America. Griffin Hall Room 3, 844 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Music

The Linda — Richard Schindell, singer / songwriter living in Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York’s Hudson Valley, whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, and evoke worlds, 8 p.m. 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. thelinda.org

 

Outdoors

Canoe Meadows — Spring birding, 8 p.m. Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

Williams College — Milham Planetarium shows, sky tours and talks 8 p.m. Astronomy students at the college with the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, showing retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, the Southern Hemisphere’s sky, comets, artificial satellites and more. Hopkins Observatory, Route 2, 413-597-2188, williams.edu

 

Saturday April 15

 

Art

Williams College Musueum of Art — Student Choice, roving tour of the museum with student gallery guides highlighting favorite works, bringing new perspectives from their diverse areas of study that include biology, theater, and art history, 11 a.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writing

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — The Art of Storytelling: A Workshop with Sheela Clary, 1:30 p.m. Series of workshops on character, predicament and plot. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: Fueling the Creative Fires, 1:30 p.m. Writing workshop with monthly writing prompt, part of an ongoing series. South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road, Great Barrington. berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Music by Pete’s Posse – Peter Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo, melodica and vocals), Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, viola, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals) and Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, foot percussion and vocals) with caller Will Mentor. Beginner instruction at 7:45 p.m. and dancing 8 to 11, all dances taught, no experience or partner needed. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. 413-528-4007, lenoxcontradance.org

Mass MoCA — Lava, a Godessey, 3 p.m. — dancers swing from trapezes, hang upside-down, and catapult through the air. They climb up ropes, land in nets, and jump through hoops. And they fuse dance, theater, and acrobatics into one wild show, Earth mother dance: a language of towering human pyramids, acrobatic wrestling and subtle physicality in the company’s new piece, a survival story that vaults the audience from a patriarchal present into a rainbow-colored feminist future. 87 Marshall St., North Adams, 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Family

Hancock Shaker Village — Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm opens. Mark Stewart, a world-class multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, and instrument designer who has performed with musicians ranging from Paul Simon to Sting, will play opening day with songs and pieces from different traditions at 11 a.m. Meet live lambs, calves, chicks, piglets, kid goats and more with farm tours and family activities. Days of Youth: The Lives of Shaker Children: New exhibit explores the experiences of children at Shaker villages from Maine to Kentucky. Farm Year: New Works by Susan Merrill on display in the Poultry House Gallery. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188. hancockshakervillage.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Saturday Morning Cartoons, 10 a.m. to noon, Hanna-Barbera’s classic animations with favorite characters from Tom and Jerry, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

History

Naumkeag — The Three Lives of Naumkeag:House tours 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. See the “cottage” at the height of the Gilded Age, learn how the family lived during their summers here in the Berkshires. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239 (weekdays), 413-298-8138 (weekends). thetrustees.org

 

Music

Close Encounters with Music — The Art of the String Quartet, 6 p.m. The Escher String Quartet, which has has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia, performs Mendelssohn, Bartok, Beethoven. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Iron Horse — Shakedown-New England’s Grateful Dead Tribute Band 10 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

 

Outdoors

Notchview — Star Gazing with Arunah Hill Science and Nature Center, dusk to late evening. Telescopes and interpretation to view stars and planets. Come and go any time. Route 9, Windsor. 413-684-4535

 

Sunday April 16

Happy Easter!

 

Family

Hancock Shaker Village — Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm opens. Old-fashioned egg hunt at 12:30 p.m. on the historic grounds and a Mimosa Easter Sunday lunch in the new Seeds Market Cafe with farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg.  Book-signing with Hancock Shaker Village President Jennifer Trainer Thompson, author of The Fresh Egg Cookbook, 2 p.m. Meet live lambs, calves, chicks, piglets, kid goats and more with farm tours and family activities. Days of Youth: The Lives of Shaker Children: New exhibit explores the experiences of children at Shaker villages from Maine to Kentucky. Farm Year: New Works by Susan Merrill on display in the Poultry House Gallery. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188. hancockshakervillage.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Wild Flower Festival as the spring wildflowers open. Guided walks and events to celebrate spring ephemerals — trillium, spring beauty, trout lilies, bloodroot, blue cohosh, wild columbine and more. Tours 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. to see spring wildflowers in unique environment. Native plant sale, Art from Nature craft projects for all ages. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, thetrustees.org

 

History

Naumkeag — The Three Lives of Naumkeag:House tours 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. See the “cottage” at the height of the Gilded Age, learn how the family lived during their summers here in the Berkshires. Also garden tour, “backstairs” tour, a tour designed for younger visitors, architecture and landscape design and Gilded Age in the Berkshires. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239 (weekdays), 413-298-8138 (weekends). thetrustees.org

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