Berkshire calendar April 17 to 23

From Earth day to love stories to Lakou Mizik — a Multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, performing at Williams College in the Ernest Brown World Music Series — the Berkshire calendar April 17 to 23 warms up, with music, story and art.

The photo at the top shows a painting by Meleko Mokgosi, an artist in Botswana and a Williams College alum in the class of ’07: In his Democratic Intuition project at the Williams College Museum of Art, Mokgosi investigates  contradictions in democracy. (Photo by Kate Abbott)

 

Monday April 17

Conversations

Williams College — Back to the future? Insights into future climate change from warm climate intervals of the past, 4:15 p.m. 105 Clark Hall, 947 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Community

Clark Art Institute — Meet Me at the Clark program for adults with Alzheimer’s, 2 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Family

Norman Rockwell Museum — Draw! Draw! Draw! vacation activities with illustrator Patrick O’Donnell, 1 to 4 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.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

 

Tuesday April 18

 

Art

Bennington College — Brooke Anderson ’84, executive director of Prospect New Orleans. 7 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Clark Art Institute — Clark Fellow Tamara Sears presents Wilderness Urbanisms: Architecture, Landscape, and Travel in Southern Asia, 5:30 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.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.

 

Conversations

Williams College — Founding Fathers in the Age of Trump with Joseph Ellis,  Pulitzer Prizewinner for Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation and National Book Awardwinner for American Sphinx, a biography of Thomas Jefferson, and Richard Brookiser, American journalist, biographer and historian, senior editor of National Review and author of 11 books, including James Madison; Alexander Hamilton, American; and Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington 7:30 p.m. Griffin Hall Room 3, 844 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Family

Norman Rockwell Museum — Draw! Draw! Draw! vacation activities with illustrator Patrick O’Donnell, 1 to 4 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Wednesday April 19

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — North/South Drawing Day, drawing in galleries, self portrait studio or figure drawing workshop, 1 to 4 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Williams College Musueum of Art — Close Look: Object Lab, Williams Botany students share how their experiences studying plants in the field transformed the way they look at works of art, and Neuroscience students, 4 p.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Conversations

Williams College — Talk by Sandy Grande, associate professor of Education and Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Connecticut College, 4:30 p.m., Room 129, Schapiro Hall, 24 Hopkins Hall Drive. Economics Department Seminar with visiting assistant Professor Yabin Wang, 4 p.m. Griffin Hall Room 6, 844 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Family

Berkshire Athenaeum — Children’s Movie: Zootopia 6 p.m. drinks and snacks included 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Draw! Draw! Draw! vacation activities with illustrator Patrick O’Donnell, 1 to 4 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Music

Bennington College — Devesh and Veena Chandra perform classical music of North India with innovation and sitar, 8 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Iron Horse — Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones, Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles 7 p.m. Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and self-described barroom guitarist. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Pearl Street — Pigeons Playing Ping Pong with Aqueous 8 p.m., 10 Pearl St., Northampton. 413-586-8686, iheg.com

Williams College — Lakou Mizik, 8 p.m. Multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world. Ernest Brown World Music Series. Free. Chapin Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

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 20

 

Conversations

Williams College — Bill McKibben: Outside the Comfort Zone, 8 p.m. Author and environmentalist: his 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, a former staff writer for the New Yorker, and writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic and Rolling Stone. Goodrich Hall 863 Main St, Williams College, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Family

Norman Rockwell Museum — Draw! Draw! Draw! vacation activities with illustrator Patrick O’Donnell, 1 to 4 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Music

Iron Horse — John Pizzarelli 7 p.m. jazz. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Troy Music Hall — Black Violin, blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music, 7:30 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

 

Friday April 21

 

Books and Writers

Williams College — Reading for Pleasure: Romance Fiction in the International Marketplace, 4 to 6:30 p.m. screening of Love Between the Covers followed by Q&A with director Laurie Kahn, author Eloisa James (Mary Bly), and author/publisher Radclyffe (Len Barot). Free and open to all. Conference through April 23 with free, public events. Images Cinema, 50 Spring St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Dance

Williams College — Kusika and the Zambezi Marimba Band, 8 p.m. Dance, music and storytelling from the countries of Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Haiti, celebrating 30 years at Williams and saluting the Kusikans and the mentor/artists who are part of the journey. Zambezi, in its 24th year, performs live traditional music from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Africa in general. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

 

Family

Norman Rockwell Museum — Draw! Draw! Draw! vacation activities with illustrator Patrick O’Donnell, 1 to 4 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Night of The Comet, 7:30 p.m. Romance, Soul & Rock N’ Roll and Berkshire Olde Tyme Review perform familiar songs to benefit Berkshire Theatre Group’s BTG PLAYS!, BTG’s year-round education program. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

The Egg — Barenaked Ladies 8 p.m. Together for nearly three decades, Toronto rockers Jim Creeggan on vocals, bass, Ed Robertson on lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, Kevin Hearn on vocals, guitar, keyboards, accordian, and Tyler Stewart on vocals, drums. 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

The Linda — Willie Nile, singer / songwriter and Independent Music Award-winner, 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 22

 

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

Williams College — Reading for Pleasure: Romance Fiction in the International Marketplace, conference 8 a.m. to 4:14 p.m., panels on Theories of Pleasure, New Subjeccts and Audiences and New Media Platforms and the Global Marketplace, free and open to all, Brooks-Rogers auditorium, 54 Chapin Hall Drive. Book signing with Patience Bloom, Allison Case, Sonali Dev, Eloisa James, Radclyffe, Katy Regnery and Sarah Wendell, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Water Street Books, 26 Water St. Both free and open to all. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Dance

Williams College — Kusika and the Zambezi Marimba Band, 8 p.m. Dance, music and storytelling from the countries of Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Haiti, celebrating 30 years at Williams and saluting the Kusikans and the mentor/artists who are part of the journey. Zambezi, in its 24th year, performs live traditional music from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Africa in general. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

 

Earth Day

Earth Day ABC clothing sale — A Better Community spring sale ofwarm-weather clothing, shoes etc. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spring and summer wear, sandals, flip-flops and more on sale to benefit local community organizations. First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown. 412-458-4273

Great Barrington Riverwalk — Trail opening workday: Help prepare the river walk to re-open for the spring. Downtown Great Barrington along the Housatonic River. gbriverwalk.org

Mass Audubon — Volunteer Day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuariesprepares for spring. Introduction to organic gardening with registration for their community garden from 1:30 to 3 p.m. 472 West Dugway Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

Williamstown Rural Lands — Spring Bird Walk, 8 a.m. Look for spring migrants at Cole Field with executive director Leslie Reed-Evans. Bring binoculars and wear shoes that can get wet or muddy. Williams College, Williamstown. 413-458-2494, wrlf.org

 

Family

Norman Rockwell Museum — The Flintstones: Anatomy of a Pop Culture Classic An Evening with Arlen Schumer, look back at the idiosyncratic history of The Flintstones, television’s first prime-time animated program, 5:30 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Night of The Comet, 7:30 p.m. Romance, Soul & Rock N’ Roll and Berkshire Olde Tyme Review perform familiar songs to benefit Berkshire Theatre Group’s BTG PLAYS!, BTG’s year-round education program. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Clark Art Institute — Eugene Onegin, 12:55 p.m. The Met: Live in HD with Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s verse novel. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Iron Horse — An Evening With Melissa Ferrick 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

The Linda — Bumper Jacksons, 8 p.m., painting America’s story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers with new sounds from forgotten 78s, 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. thelinda.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Eugene Onegin, 1 p.m. The Met: Live in HD with Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s verse novel. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Vermont Art Exchange — Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, 7 p.m., show at 8. Hot jazz, ragtime and blues of the 1920. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartxchange.org

Williams College — Kurt Pfrommer ’18, tenor. Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive. The Williams Gospel Choir celebrates a love of gospel music with the entire community, 4 p.m., Chapin Hall, 62 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

 

Sunday April 23

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Lara Yeager-Crasselt introduces the exhibition Looking North and South: European Prints and Drawings, 1500–1650, highlighting Dutch, Flemish, German, and Italian prints and drawings from the Clark’s permanent collection, 3 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Books and Writers

Williams College — Reading for Pleasure: Romance Fiction in the International Marketplace, conference with Transnational Romance panel on Chinese fanfic of Jane Austen, Russian Romance, Muslim and Turkish perspectives, 9 to 11 a.m. Free. Brooks Rogers, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Community

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Community Yom HaShoah Remembrance, 1 to 3 p.m. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

 

Conversations

Lenox Library — Lenox Library Director Amy Lafave on the newly published book Images of America: Lenox. 18 Main St., Lenox. lenoxlib.org

 

Dance

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — A Hero of Our Time (Encore), 1 p.m. Bolshoi Ballet in HD (on screen): Pechorin, a disillusioned and careless young officer, embarks on a journey across the mountains of the Caucasus. Pre-show talk at 12:40 p.m. by Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-residence Brian Schaefer, a co-presentation with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Music

The Egg — Home Free Live in Concert, 7:30 p.m. 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

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