Berkshire calendar April 26 to 30

 

Spring is humming in the Berkshire calendar April 26 to 30 with potent conversations, music and life in the hills, as independent bookstores celebrate the season and the Outspoken festival brings spoken word and poetry to Pittsfield.

In the photo at the top, new piglets rest in the straw at Hancock Shaker Village in the annual celebration of baby animals, which continues this weekend in two days of sheep shearing and demonstrations. (Photo by Susan Geller)

 

Wednesday April 26

 

Conversations

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, will deliver the 21st annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, celebrating the legacy of Great Barrington native, civil rights activist, and NAACP founding member, W.E.B. Du Bois and  the renewed visibility and voice President Brooks has brought to the NAACP. 7 p.m. in the Daniel Arts Center. Presented in partnership with the Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

Williams College — Prof. Alex Rehding, Class of 1960 Lecture, 4:15 p.m. Born and raised in the city of Hamburg, Alexander Rehding is the Fanny Peabody Professor of Music and currently the chair of the Music Department Brooks Rogers, Bernhard Music Center. Economics Department Seminar with associate professor Sarah Jacobson, 4 p.m. Griffin Hall Room 6, 844 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Music

Iron Horse — Eilen Jewell Band, Americana, with Miss Tess and the Talkbacks, 7 p.m. Poetic ballads with swinging rockers. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

 

 

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. Spring Salamander Search 5:30 p.m. 472 West Dugway Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

MCLA — Our Country’s Good, Theatre Program presents Timberlake Wertenbaker’s award-winning play based on Thomas Keneally’s best-selling book, ‘The Playmaker.’ Inspired by the letters and journals of a group of transported convicts in Australia and the British Lieutenant charged with directing them in a play. Under the specter of hanged felons, the prisoners rehearse for their lives. 8 p.m. Church Street, North Adams. 413-662-5123, mcla.ticketleap.com

 

Thursday April 27

 

Art

Williams College Museum of Art — Close Look: Artist Meleko Mokgosi in Conversation, 4 p.m. Curator of Contemporary Art Lisa Dorin and Artist Meleko Mokgosi discuss process and his exploration of history and allegory. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writers

The Bookloft — Poetry Night, 6 p.m. Bring original work or share a favorite writer, poetry, spoken word, short fiction or nonfiction. Monthly on last Thursdays. 332 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. thebookloft.com

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — “Straight Answers to Gay Questions,” 10:45 a.m. with Ed Sedarbaum, who founded Rainbow Seniors in 2015 in order to foster a community of LGBTQ seniors in the Berkshires. Ed Sedarbaum will trace the social and emotional history of LGBTQ people who were born in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, a time when, he says, they never heard a positive word about themselves. His talk will illuminate the consequences for some LGBTQ elders, including a fear of going to authority figures for assistance. Free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road. Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10

 

Film

Williams College — film screening and discussion about the refugee crisis, contemporary American politics and the work of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Filmmaker Renee Silverman will present her film, Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the World, followed by a talk by Gerrard Khan ’93, the director of U.S. Programs at the IRC. Khan will discuss the refugee crisis, contemporary American politics and the work of his organization. Paresky Auditorium. Free and all welcome. Route 2, Williamstown. refugeekidsfilm.com, williams.edu

 

Music

Pearl Street — Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, 7 p.m., 10 Pearl St., Northampton. 413-586-8686, iheg.com

Troy Music Hall — Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling, 7:30 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

Williams College —  Williams Brass Ensemble 7 p.m. explores the wide breadth of music and expression available to brass instruments. Spanning the centuries in groupings large and small. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Theater

Berkshire Theatre Group — Laugh Lounge: Emma Willmann, 7:30 p.m. One of the New York comedy scene’s fast risers, named one of the “10 Funniest Women in New York” by Time Out New York and featured in Elle Magazine, she performed at the N.Y. Comedy Cellar, became a regular on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog and has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The garage, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

MCLA — Our Country’s Good, Theatre Program presents Timberlake Wertenbaker’s award-winning play based on Thomas Keneally’s best-selling book, ‘The Playmaker.’ Inspired by the letters and journals of a group of transported convicts in Australia and the British Lieutenant charged with directing them in a play. Under the specter of hanged felons, the prisoners rehearse for their lives. 8 p.m. Church Street, North Adams. 413-662-5123, mcla.ticketleap.com

Williams College — ‘August: Osage County,’ 7:30 p.m. Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted? It is possible to stop moral downfall and pursue happiness instead? Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family gathering to discover how far apart they’ve grown. Directed by Omar Sangare. Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

 

Friday April 28

 

Art

Mass MoCA — Curator Denise Markonish speaks with artist Nick Cave and others, 6 p.m., confronting some of America’s most confounding dilemmas: gun control, gun violence, and race relations. A reception and after-hours tour of the exhibition follows. 87 Marshall St., North Adams, 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Incarceration Conference / Prison Education, 7 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — “Keeping It Local,” with Berkshire Eagle President Frederic D. Rutberg, 10:45 a.m. Judge Rutberg will talk about restoring the paper to local ownership, and the pitfalls encountered and lessons learned along the way. Free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road. Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Dr. Karen Cardozo, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, Brown Bag Lecture Series, 3 p.m., Bowman Hall room 121. Church St., North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Food

Vermont Maple Festival — 2017 All-day state celebration of the first crop of the spring. vermontmaple.org

 

History

Ventfort Hall — David Raby leads a paranormal investigation of the historic and haunted Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 7 p.m. to midnight, with a history of the lives of the people who have lived here. Benefits preservation and restoration of Ventfort Hall. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org.

 

Music

Northern Berkshire Chorale — Concert of five centuries of songs of spring from gospel to folk, 8 p.m. American and British music including Stephen Foster, Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Billings, conducted by pianist Noah Palmer. Free. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williams College, Route 2, Williamstown. nbchorale.org

Williams College — Williams Chamber Choir 4 p.m., concert includes Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien – an intimate, elaborate musical memorial that foreshadowed Johannes Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem (German Requiem). Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. Williams Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Kris Allen, premier jazz group, performing works from throughout the big band canon, 8 p.m., Chapin Hall, 62 Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College. music.williams.edu

 

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

 

Theater

Clark Art Institute — Into the Woods, Sondheim musical with Cap & Bells, Williams College’s student theatre group, 7:30 p.m. in the Clark’s auditorium. 225 South St., Williamstown. capandbells.org

MCLA — Our Country’s Good, Theatre Program presents Timberlake Wertenbaker’s award-winning play based on Thomas Keneally’s best-selling book, ‘The Playmaker.’ Inspired by the letters and journals of a group of transported convicts in Australia and the British Lieutenant charged with directing them in a play. Under the specter of hanged felons, the prisoners rehearse for their lives. 8 p.m. Church Street, North Adams. 413-662-5123, mcla.ticketleap.com

Williams College — ‘August: Osage County,’ 7:30 p.m. Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted? It is possible to stop moral downfall and pursue happiness instead? Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family gathering to discover how far apart they’ve grown. Directed by Omar Sangare. Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

 

Saturday April 29

 

Art

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail — 13th annual open studio tour of nine ceramics studios in Western Mass. in restored barns, factory buildings and small-town storefronts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Northampton/Amherst; Greenfield and the northern Valley; and the Mohawk Trail village of Shelburne Falls, with a barbecue and kiln opening on Saturday night at Snow Farm, a local craft school, and “Pottery Trail Ale,” a special beer from local brewery Lefty’s. asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com

Ventfort Hall — Resin jewelry workshop 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. using glitter, watch parts, botanicals, or bring a favorite small item to encase in resin. Make a necklace, earrings or a pin. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

Shire City Sanctuary — Screen printing class, 9 a.m. to noon. Silkscreen basics, stencil cutting and more, and make a print to take home. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — So Much Is In Bud: Cultivating Hope in an Age of Fear, 1 p.m. Unfurling Readings and an Invitation to Spirited Writing with Jennifer Browdy, Ellen Meeropol and Jana Laiz. South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road, Great Barrington. berkshirewomenwriters.org

Booksloft — Indie Bookstore Day celebration with signed copies of The Sandmeyer Reaction, free short story Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell, vinyl records of Welcome to Night Vale, a Literary Map of the U.S., signed print of Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston and more, goodie bags, giveaways and prizes., 9 a.m., 332 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

WordxWord — Outspoken / Youth Poetry Festival including free poetry slams, open mics, public performances and workshops. Locations across Pittsfield, 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. All welcome. Poems may include mature content. Schedule and updates at OutspokenYouth.com

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Incarceration Conference / Prison Education, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Family

Tamarack Hollow — Arbor Day Fest: Live music with Trio Candela w/ members of SIFER: Daniel Cohen, Aimee Gelinas, Juan Basillio-Sanchez, Chris Hairston and Harold Crews; CJ Field, Tom Corrigan, Chris Samson, Josh Pisano; drumming with Berkshire Rhythm Keepers & Youth Center Inc. Tree exhibits and activities, Boreal Forest slideshow, tree yoga, Trading Nature / Tree Craft Marketplace, locally sourced food with Ooma Tesoros and tree snacks. Mini Silent Auction with Canyon Ranch, ARh Lab Tatoo, Art by Josh Pisano, Tamarack Hollow Trading, Gaia Roots, Relishing the Jams w/ Janet, Berkshire Pulse and more. Free. 6 p.m. at The PNA 13 Victory St., Adams. tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Sheep Shearing Weekend: chat with shearer Fed DePaul as he shaves the flock.  Visit the lambs. Try wool-washing, carding, spinning, and weaving. Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm today through May 7. 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. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188. hancockshakervillage.org

 

Food

Vermont Maple Festival — 2017 All-day state celebration of the first crop of the spring. vermontmaple.org

 

Music

Berkshire Bach Society — A Concert for Organ and Trumpets: Pairing the Baroque Organ with Brass 5 p.m. with Brink Bush on organ and Eric Berlin and Richard Watson on trumpet, a rousing selection of pieces by Bach, Charpentier, Clarke, Purcell, and others. First United Methodist Church.
55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. 413-528-9555, berkshirebach.org

The Egg — The Fab Faux: Psychedelic Summer of Love, 7:30 p.m. 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

The Linda — Eilen Jewell, 8 p.m., quartet with surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly and 1960s rock, 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. thelinda.org

Williams College — Williams Percussion Ensemble, 8 p.m., master-pieces of the 20th century. Chapin Hall, 62 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Canoe Meadows — Canoe Meadows Volunteer Day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

Hoosic River Watershed Association — River Clean Up service day meets 10 a.m. for volunteer workday day along the Hoosic River. Bring hardy clothing, water and snacks. Railroad Bridge, North Adams 413-458-2742; hoorwa.org

 

Theater

Calvin Theatre — Kathleen Madigan, nationally acclaimed comedian, 8 p.m., 19 King St., Northampton. iheg.com

Clark Art Institute — Into the Woods, Sondheim musical with Cap & Bells, Williams College’s student theatre group, 7:30 p.m. in the Clark’s auditorium. 225 South St., Williamstown. capandbells.org

MCLA — Our Country’s Good, Theatre Program presents Timberlake Wertenbaker’s award-winning play based on Thomas Keneally’s best-selling book, ‘The Playmaker.’ Inspired by the letters and journals of a group of transported convicts in Australia and the British Lieutenant charged with directing them in a play. Under the specter of hanged felons, the prisoners rehearse for their lives. 2 and 8 p.m. Church Street, North Adams. 413-662-5123, mcla.ticketleap.com

Williams College — ‘August: Osage County,’ 7:30 p.m. Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted? It is possible to stop moral downfall and pursue happiness instead? Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family gathering to discover how far apart they’ve grown. Directed by Omar Sangare. Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

 

Sunday April 30

Art

Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail — 13th annual open studio tour of nine ceramics studios in Western Mass. in restored barns, factory buildings and small-town storefronts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Northampton/Amherst; Greenfield and the northern Valley; and the Mohawk Trail village of Shelburne Falls. asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com

 

WordxWord — Outspoken / Youth Poetry Festival including free poetry slams, open mics, public performances and workshops. Locations across Pittsfield. Festival Finale celebration with performances by the top finishers of the Poetry Slams and a feature set by poet Mariah Barber, author of the newly released Of Mics & Pens & Gods & Other College Coursesand a member of the Albany-based Nitty Gritty Slam Team, 2 p.m., free. Poems may include mature content. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. Full schedule and updates at OutspokenYouth.com

 

Conversations

The Mount — The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh with Author Kathryn Aalto, 3 p.m. Garden historian on the forests of south east England that inspired A.A. Milne to create the Hundred Acre Wood, an exploration of the real landscapes and moments from the books. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111, edithwharton.org

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — The State of Refugees and Immigration 2017, Liz Robbins, New York Times reporter on Immigration at noon. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-2200, jewishberkshires.org

 

Family

Hancock Shaker Village — Sheep Shearing Weekend: chat with shearer Fed DePaul as he shaves the flock.  Visit the lambs. Try wool-washing, carding, spinning, and weaving. Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm today through May 7. 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. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188. hancockshakervillage.org

 

Film

Clark Art Institute — The Artist’s Garden, 3 p.m., a new film based on the hugely popular exhibition The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, widely considered a home of American Impressionism. Exhibition on screen free film series. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303,; clarkart.edu

 

Food

Vermont Maple Festival — 2017 All-day state celebration of the first crop of the spring. vermontmaple.org

 

Music

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Alumna pianist Manon Hutton-DeWys performs a program of music for solo piano and piano with cellist Paul Wolfram, 3 p.m. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

Iron Horse — An Evening with Greg Brown, 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Williams College — Stacey Tamura ’17, piano senior recital, 1 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, Williamstown. Williams Chamber Choir 4 p.m., concert includes Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien – an intimate, elaborate musical memorial that foreshadowed Johannes Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem (German Requiem). Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Theater

Town Players of Pittsfield — Staged reading of “Panache” by Don Gordon 2 p.m., a romantic comedy brings twoworlds together when specialized license plates cross in the mail. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

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