Berkshire calendar Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

Diana Ross, the monumental star of Motown and R&B, and Melissa Etheridge, double-platinum rock music icon, come to Tanglewood in end-of-summer concerts. Country Grammy awardwinner Travis Tritt plays the Columbia County Fair. Brenda Wimberley, Sereca Henderson, Poetic X, Bob Faust and Nick Cave himself celebrate Nick Cave’s gleaming maze of an installation at Mass MoCA. The Berkshire calendar Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 is charging full speed ahead.

Bennington’s annual alium festival will return this weekend with live music and unexpected flavors, from garlic pop corn and garlic ice cream to garlic fudge. And the annual Festival of Books at the Spencertown Academy will gather novelists Elinor Lipman and Louie Cronin, poet Rebecca Morgan Frank and more, along with a massive book sale.

In the image at the top, Christopher K. Morgan’s Pōhaku, an evening-length solo dance performance, will incorporate his story into the larger story of Hawaii’s native people, 8 p.m. Saturday at Perfomance Space 21 in Chatham, N.Y. (Photo courtesy of PS21)

 

Monday Aug. 28

 

Books and Writers

The Mount — Harvard professor John Stauffer will discuss his recent book, Picturing Fredrick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American, 4 p.m. Lenox

 

Family

The Mount — Books & Blooms, Children and their families are welcome to gather in the Italian Garden for story time and crafts. 10 a.m., free

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — An Evening with Andrea McArdle, celebrating he Great American Songbook, Broadway and contemporary music, 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Pittsfield

Shakespeare & Company — Backstage tour 10:30 a.m. Lenox

 

Tuesday Aug. 29

 

Art

Marble House Project — Performance by Slinko, projects from a market square in Marrakech to the Eastern Ukraine to a small town in Maine, and screening with animated filmmaker Gina Kamentsky, 6 p.m. ArtSeed presentations with artists in residence, Marble House, Dorset, Vt. Wine over Marble reception 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Marble West Inn, Dorset, Vt.

 

Books and Writers

The Mount — Harvard professor John Stauffer will discuss his recent book, Picturing Fredrick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American, 11 a.m. Lenox

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — Bioethics in Literature, fiction breaking taboos, 5:30 p.m., Manchester Community Library, Manchester, Vt.

Ventfort Hall — Tea and talk: Master Restorer Frank MacGruer on antique furniture: Use, Care and Restoration, 4 p.m. Lenox

 

Film

PS21 — The Namesake, based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, a family of Indian immigrants caught between traditional Indian values and American culture, 8:30 p.m. Free Movie Tuesdays, Chatham, N.Y

 

Music

Tanglewood — Sting — rock icon on 57th and 9th Tour, 8 p.m., Shed, Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 7 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — Berkshire Opera Festival Presents: Ariadne auf Naxos, high art and lowbrow comedy collide when a wealthy patron asks a theatre troup to combine two forms of entertainment. 7:30 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company — The Tempest, Shakespeare’s drama of shipwreck and survival, 5 p.m. Edith Wharton Comedies, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life, 3 p.m. Lenox

Temple Anshe Amunim — Scene Study Acting Class, prepare and perform readings of scenes and monologues, 10 a.m., Pittsfield

Weston Playhouse — Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s classic, the Tyrone family battles to uncover and bury a lifetime of secrets, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Buyer and Cellar, 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

 

Wednesday Aug. 30

 

Art

Bascom Lodge — Austin Thomas, artist talk, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Clark Art Institute — Orchestrating Elegance book club, Oscar Wilde’s Portrait of Dorian Gray, 7 p.m. Brought to Light: Works on Paper program on rarely exhibited works, 1 p.m. Daily gallery talks. Williamstown

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — Wharton on Wednesdays, Edith Wharton’s short stories series read by professional actors on the terrace, 5 p.m. Ghost Tour of the most haunted parts of the estate, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

 

Community

Columbia County Fair — 177th annual festival presented by the Columbia County Agricultural Society with animals, exhibitions, rides and food. Routes 66 and 203, Chatham, N.Y.

 

Music

Tanglewood — Diana Ross, consummate performer as well as one of the most iconic female singers of all time and one of the most prominent women in popular music history and pop culture of the late 20th century, 7 p.m., Shed, Lenox

Windsor Lake concert — Matchstick Architects, 6:30 p.m. free. Windsor Lake, North Adams

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Evening at the Beaver Ponds, join Sanctuaries caretaker on a walk to beaver wetlands, 7 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Dorset Theatre Festival — David Mamet’s American Buffalo, Treat Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, misfits plot the theft of a rare coin collection, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Oldcastle Theatre — A Comedy of Tenors, preparing for opera in Paris, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — The Tempest, Shakespeare’s drama of shipwreck and survival, 5 p.m. Edith Wharton Comedies, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life, 3 p.m. Lenox

Weston Playhouse — Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s classic, the Tyrone family battles to uncover and bury a lifetime of secrets, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Buyer and Cellar, 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

 

Thursday Aug. 31

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Off the Wall: Soak Stain, canvas wall hanging inspired by the work of abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler, 1 to 4 p.m. Daily gallery talks. Williamstown

Downstreet Art — Downtown celebration of art openings and community, with a focus on public, participatory art. New projects, performances and murals, pop-up parks and sidewalk paintings, in 10th season. 3 Second Stories opening reception at MCLA Gallery 51, 5 to 7 p.m. Main Street and downtown North Adams, 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Movie Under the Stars at Colegrove Park at dusk. downstreetart.org

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — Le Café Français, les conversations et les croissants on The Mount’s Terrace, 8:30 a.m. Literary Roundtable discussion of Edith Wharton’s literary legacy, 3:30 p.m., Lenox

Northshire Bookstore — Robert Madrygin reads from The Solace of Trees, 6 p.m. free. Manchester, Vt.

 

Community

Columbia County Fair — 177th annual festival presented by the Columbia County Agricultural Society with animals, exhibitions, rides and food. Routes 66 and 203, Chatham, N.Y.

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — Scenic and Cultural Treasures of Scotland, 5:30 p.m., Manchester Community Library, Manchester, Vt.

 

Music

Berkshire Club Kid — 2017 Summer Wrap Party and Revolution Karaoke Lounge Evening with KJ Spizz along with karaoke impresarios Ken DeLoreto, Michael Allen Lowe and Pops Peterson, 7 p.m. to benefit Mass Creative, Stonover Farm Barn, Lenox

Naumkeag — Live music by regional bands with cocktails in the gardens of the Choate Family Gilded Age Cottage, 5 to 8 p.m. Stockbridge

Norman Rockwell Museum — Art Music: An Acapella Evening with Quintessential, 5:30 p.m., music by The Kinks, David Bowie, Lou Reed, John Lennon. Stockbridge

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Dorset Theatre Festival — David Mamet’s American Buffalo, Treat Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, misfits plot the theft of a rare coin collection, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Oldcastle Theatre — A Comedy of Tenors, preparing for opera in Paris, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — The Tempest, Shakespeare’s drama of shipwreck and survival, 5 p.m. Edith Wharton Comedies, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life, 3 p.m. Lenox

Theatre Barn — Guys and Dolls, Frank Loesser’s musical comedy finds love and mayhem around the oldest established permenant floating crap game in New York, 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s classic, the Tyrone family battles to uncover and bury a lifetime of secrets, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Buyer and Cellar, 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

 

Friday Sept. 1

 

Art

First Fridays Artswalk — Upstreet art openings 5 to 8 p.m.: Regional artists hold receptions for monthly shows at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, the Berkshire Museum, Shire City Sanctuary and more than a dozen popup locations and galleries. Tour leaves from the Intermodal Center at 5. Ater party at the Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave. North and South Streets, Pittsfield. firstfridaysartswalk.com

Norman Rockwell Museum — Meet Rockwell’s Models, find out what it was like to pose for the illustrator from local models who worked with him, 3 p.m. Stockbridge

 

Community

Bennington First Friday — Street festival with live music, gallery tour, artwalk 5 to 8 p.m. and shops open until 8 p.m. 15th-anniversary galal at Village Chocolate Shoppe 6 to 8, free. Downtown Bennington, Vt.

Columbia County Fair — 177th annual festival presented by the Columbia County Agricultural Society with animals, exhibitions, rides and food. Routes 66 and 203, Chatham, N.Y.

Temple Anshe Amunim — Sabbath of Study, finding modern relevance in ancient texts with historical notes, philosophical insights and science, 5:30 p.m. All welcome. Pittsfield

 

Family

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Narrated train rides on Hoosac Valley Line at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams

 

Food

Shire City Sanctuary — Community dinner: Chef Mariana Bergtold will serve a summer meal with locally sourced fruits, vegetables and more, specialty beverages and dessert, all plant-based, 6 to 8 p.m. Pittsfield

 

Music

Guthrie Center — Harpeth Rising, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

Mass MoCA — Brenda Wimberley, Sereca Henderson, Poetic X, Bob Faust and Nick Cave perform in Chicago-based artist Nick Cave’s “Until” installation with found objects, a meditation on racism and a performance space for dance, music, theater, pop art, spoken word and community forums. North Adams.

Tanglewood — Avett Brothers, American folk-rock band from Concord, North Carolina, 7 p.m., Shed, Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 2 and 8 p.m., Mainstage. Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — Berkshire Opera Festival Presents: Ariadne auf Naxos, high art and lowbrow comedy collide when a wealthy patron asks a theatre troup to combine two forms of entertainment. 7:30 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Dorset Theatre Festival — David Mamet’s American Buffalo, Treat Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, misfits plot the theft of a rare coin collection, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Oldcastle Theatre — A Comedy of Tenors, preparing for opera in Paris, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — The Tempest, Shakespeare’s drama of shipwreck and survival, 5 p.m. Edith Wharton Comedies, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life, 3 p.m. Lenox

Theatre Barn — Guys and Dolls, Frank Loesser’s musical comedy finds love and mayhem around the oldest established permenant floating crap game in New York, 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s classic, the Tyrone family battles to uncover and bury a lifetime of secrets, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Buyer and Cellar, 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

 

Saturday Sept. 2

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Narrated Painting and Drawing demonstrations of Rockwell’s process for creating a painted image, 1:30 p.m. Stockbridge

Otis Arts Festival — 10th Annual celebration with artists, craftspeople, music entertainment by Sandy and Sandy, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., free. Otis Cultural Council event at Farmington River Elementary School, Route 8, Otis

Sandisfield Arts Center —  Setsuko Winchester, photographs from the Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project, crossing 16,000 miles of the U.S. to some of the most remote parts of the country, where 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were once imprisoned during World War II: will be part of the Photography Exhibition for the 75th Anniversary of FDR’s signing of Executive Order 9066 at the FDR Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, opening 2 p.m. and talk by the artist at 3. 5 Hammertown Road (off Route 57), Sandisfield

 

Books and Writing

Spencertown Academy Arts Center — 12th annual Festival of Books extravaganza of all things literary, including a giant used book sale and readings, book signings and a children’s program. Programs include novelists Elinor Lipman and Louie Cronin, poet Rebecca Morgan Frank and more. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spencertown, N.Y.

 

Community

Bennington Garlic and Herb Festival — Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic fudge, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations, food vendors from popcorn to wood-fired pizza, beer and wine Garden under the tent with live music, children’s activities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camelot Village, Bennington, Vt.

Columbia County Fair — 177th annual festival presented by the Columbia County Agricultural Society with animals, exhibitions, rides and food. Routes 66 and 203, Chatham, N.Y.

 

Dance

PS21 — Christopher K. Morgan’s Pōhaku, evening-length solo dance performance incorporates choreographer’s story into the larger story of Hawaii’s native people, 8 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Family

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Narrated train rides on Hoosac Valley Line at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams

 

History

Stockbridge Library — Cemetery Walk: Final Words, Lasting Images, Headstone Meanings and Messages, 4 p.m. at Stockbridge Cemetery, Main Street, Stockbridge

 

Music

Guthrie Center — Guy Davis, inspired by old-style blues, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

Mass MoCA — Underground System with Underground Horns, collective of Fela Kuti-worshipping rabble-rousers and rhythm-makers based in Brooklyn and fronted by flautist and chanteuse Domenica Fossati hosts a dance party that will temporarily transform the museum into a Lagos nightclub, with six-piece Afro-Bhangra ensemble, 8 p.m. Farewell to artist Nick Cave’s “Until” installation. North Adams

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Housatonic River guided canoe trip, look for great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and more. This trips goes down and up stream.  9 a.m. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield

Mass Audubon — Berkshire Summit Hike, join naturalist and avid hiker Dale Abrams for a moderately strenuous hike to the Ledges and Overbrook Trail through northern hardwood and hemlock forest, 9 a.m. Lenox Mountain

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, 3 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Dorset Theatre Festival — David Mamet’s American Buffalo, Treat Williams and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, misfits plot the theft of a rare coin collection, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Oldcastle Theatre — A Comedy of Tenors, preparing for opera in Paris, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — The Tempest, Shakespeare’s drama of shipwreck and survival, 5 p.m. Edith Wharton Comedies, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Theatre Barn — Guys and Dolls, Frank Loesser’s musical comedy finds love and mayhem around the oldest established permenant floating crap game in New York, 4 and 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s classic, the Tyrone family battles to uncover and bury a lifetime of secrets, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Buyer and Cellar, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

 

Sunday Sept. 3

 

Books and Writing

Spencertown Academy Arts Center — 12th annual Festival of Books extravaganza of all things literary, including a giant used book sale and readings, book signings and a children’s program. Programs include novelists Elinor Lipman and Louie Cronin, poet Rebecca Morgan Frank and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spencertown, N.Y.

 

Community

Bennington Garlic and Herb Festival — Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic fudge, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, with planting and braiding and cooking demonstrations, food vendors from popcorn to wood-fired pizza, beer and wine Garden under the tent with live music, children’s activities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camelot Village, Bennington, Vt.

Columbia County Fair — Country music artist Travis Tritt, influenced by Southern rock, blues and gospel, headline concert on the mainstage, at 7 p.m. 177th annual festival presented by the Columbia County Agricultural Society with animals, exhibitions, rides and food. Routes 66 and 203, Chatham, N.Y.

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Joe Iconis and Family take over 8 p.m. Musical mavericks on the Mainstage, Pittsfield

Bascom Lodge — Marafanyi, West African dance and drum, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Guthrie Center — Berkshire Ramblers, annual season closing concert, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

Tanglewood — The Boston Pops with Grammy and Oscar award-winning American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, 2:30 p.m., Shed, Lenox

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Housatonic River guided canoe trip, look for great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and more. This trips goes down and up stream.  9 a.m. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, 3 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Oldcastle Theatre — A Comedy of Tenors, preparing for opera in Paris, 2 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — The Tempest, Shakespeare’s drama of shipwreck and survival, 5 p.m. Edith Wharton Comedies, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life, 3 p.m. Lenox

Theatre Barn — Guys and Dolls, Frank Loesser’s musical comedy finds love and mayhem around the oldest established permenant floating crap game in New York, 2 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill’s classic, the Tyrone family battles to uncover and bury a lifetime of secrets, 3 p.m., Mainstage. Buyer and Cellar, 3 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

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