Berkshire calendar Aug. 7 to 13

Conversations are thriving this week — Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Clark Art Institute, and portraits from John Singer Sargent to the Ashcan School at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Jonathan Epstein will perform British playwright David Hare’s 1997 trip to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem at Shakespeare & Company. The Berkshire Calendar Aug. 7 to 13 is as full of voices as a Montmartre café.

At The Mount, Laura Claridge will lead a conversation about Blanche Knopf, who founded Alfred A. Knopf with her husband in 1915. Blance backed a range of writers, from Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance to from Raymond Chandler’s noir detectives in L.A. to Willa Cather on the prairie. Claridge will focus on her long friendship with the cynic, comic and crusader Henry Louis Mencken.
He was a longtime journalist for the Baltimore Sun, a defender of free speech, free thinking and a free press — he would undoubtedly have something to say about politics today, in a few well-chosen words.

Violinist Joshua Bell, above, will perform Schubert and Mozart, including Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, at Tanglewood (Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco, courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra), and the Contemporary Music Festival will celebrate David Lang’s Just, Marcos Balter’s Chambers, Thomas Adès Court Studies from The Tempest, a Nico Muhly festival commission and Donnacha Dennehy’s Surface Tension, among many others.

 

Monday Aug. 7

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Film: Basquiat, 7 p.m., A biopic of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s short life, the film chronicles the rise and fall of Basquiat (Jeffery Wright) as he takes his place within the New York art scene after being discovered by Andy Warhol (David Bowie). Daily gallery talks 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. Williamstown

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — Biographer Laura Claridge will discuss her book, The Lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf and her Unlikely Friendship with H. L. Mencken, 4 p.m. Lenox

 

Music

Boston University Tanglewood Institute —  Art Song Recital, Young Artists Vocal Program, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., all free. Trinity Church, Lenox

Tanglewood — TMC Vocal Chamber Music, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall, Lenox

 

Theater

Bershire Theatre Group — Arsenic and Old Lace, classic comedy of genteel murder, 7 p.m., Mainstage. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, delving into human loneliness, 7 p.m., Unicorn Theatre. Stockbridge

 

Tuesday Aug. 8

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Piece by Piece: Cubist Portraits, 1 p.m., look at things from a different angle to create a unique work of cubist art. Daily gallery talks. Williamstown

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — Biographer Laura Claridge will discuss her book, The Lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf and her Unlikely Friendship with H. L. Mencken, 11 a.m. Lenox

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — World War II in Japanese Memory, 5:30 p.m., Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, Vt.

Ventfort Hall — The Plaza: New York’s Legendary Hotel, with architectural historian Frances Morrone 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, Lenox

 

Film

PS21 — Avalon, a Polish-Jewish family comes to the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th Century, directed by Barry Levinson as a valentine to his immigrant grandparents, 8:30 p.m. Free Movie Tuesdays, Chatham, N.Y.

 

Music

Boston University Tanglewood Institute — Chamber Music Recital, Young Artists Orchestra, 6 p.m., free. Church on the Hill, Lenox

Marble House Project — Performance by composer and pianist Christopher Doddard and reading with literary and science fiction writer Dominica Phetteplace, 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.

Tanglewood — Schubert’s Summer Journey, Program 4, with Garrick Ohlsson, piano, Schubert and Scriabin, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall, Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — This, comedy on a circle of friends backing their way into middle age, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Bershire Theatre Group — Arsenic and Old Lace, classic comedy of genteel murder, 7 p.m., Mainstage. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, delving into human loneliness, 7 p.m., Unicorn Theatre. Stockbridge

Dorset Theatre Festival — New Play Reading with Lauren Yee, author of King of the Yees, Ching Chong Chinaman, The Hatmaker’s Wife, Hookman, Samsara and more, 7 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

The Mount — Shakespeare & Company performs A Midsummer Night’s Dream outside, 6 p.m. Lenox

Shakespeare & Company — Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

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

Weston Playhouse — The Music Man, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — A Legendary Romance, new musical by Geoff Morrow and Timothy Prager, a forgotten filmmaker must approve a version of his abandoned masterpiece, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. ’62 Center. Williamstown.

 

Wednesday Aug. 9

 

Art

Bascom Lodge — Landscapes for the People, photography presentation and book signing, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Chesterwood — Staged Reading of “Lincoln Speaks” with Harold Holzer and guests in Daniel Chester French’s Studio and Studio Piazza, 5 p.m. Stockbridge

Clark Art Institute — Brought to Light: Works on Paper program on rarely exhibited works, 1 p.m. Daily gallery talks. Williamstown

Norman Rockwell Museum — Curatorial Conversations on Rockwell and Warhol; Uncle Andy’s and Other Stories, and Learning from the Masters, 1:30 p.m. Stockbridge

Williams College Museum of Art — Summer seminar, Thank You For Being Late by Thomas Friedman, noon: lemonade and a lunchtime chat on books submitted to People’s Library in response to the question, What book is helping you understand the world right now? Williamstown

 

Books and Writers

The Mount — Forty Years with Villa I Tatti, 11 a.m. on the Florentine villa where Bernard Berenson spent the first half of the 20th century entertaining the intellectuals of the day, and current home of The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, with Susan Roberts, Chair of the Villa I Tatti Council, 11 a.m.. 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

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Camille A. Brown and her company, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, identity as a black woman in urban American culture, with live music, 8 p.m. dendy/donovan projects’ Elvis Everywhere, 8:15 p.m. Inside/Out: DASH Ensemble, modern dance, hip-hop and physical theater 6:15 p.m., free. Becket

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — Bye Bye Birdie, a rock star turns a small town upside down. 2 and 7 p.m. Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield

 

Film

Manchester Community Library —  Gilda (1946 film noir), 2 p.m., free. Manchester, Vt.

 

Music

Bennington Chamber Music Conference — Bohuslav Martinů: Nonet, Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet, 8 p.m. Free. Bennington College, Bennington, Vt.

Boston University Tanglewood Institute — Chamber Music Recital, Young Artists Orchestra, 6 p.m. free. Trinity Church, Lenox

Tanglewood — The Handel and Haydn Society, Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen with Antonia Christophers, narrator; Robin Blaze, countertenor; Matthew Brook, bass-baritone; Sarah Brailey, Margot Rood, and Sonja DuToit Tengblad, sopranos; Jonas Budris and Stefan Reed, tenors; Woodrow Bynum, baritone, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall, Lenox

Windsor Lake concert — JP Murphy, traditional Celtic tunes, 6:30 p.m. free. Windsor Lake, North Adams

 

Outdoors

Hildene — Pollinator Haven: Rethinking Your Lawnscape, workshop with Andrea Luchini and Diane Newton on native pollinators, the perils they face and what to do to enhance their numbers, exploring Hildene’s grounds and gardens to observe native pollinators and see how the simple principles of pollinator conservation can be implemented in any landscape. 5 p.m. Manchester, Vt.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — This, comedy on a circle of friends backing their way into middle age, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Bershire Theatre Group — Arsenic and Old Lace, classic comedy of genteel murder, 2 and 7 p.m., Mainstage. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, delving into human loneliness, 7 p.m., Unicorn Theatre. Stockbridge

Chester Theatre — Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan: When a boy’s mother attempts suicide, he starts a list to convince her to stay, 8 p.m. Chester

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, musical comedy: An Elvis impersonator takes on a drag act, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Hubbard Hall — Opera: L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), 7 p.m. Cambridge, N.Y.

Shakespeare & Company — Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Weston Playhouse — The Music Man, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Mainstage, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — A Legendary Romance, new musical by Geoff Morrow and Timothy Prager, a forgotten filmmaker must approve a version of his abandoned masterpiece, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Actually, two college first-years face intimacy and responsibility, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center. Williamstown.

 

Thursday Aug. 10

 

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

Norman Rockwell Museum — Coming of Age: American Portraits from Copley to Warhol, 5:30 p.m., art historian Maureen Hickey on early American artists, 19th-century masters from John Singer Sargent to Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer, Ashcan painters John Sloan, Robert Henri and George Bellows, and celebrity culture inspired by Andy Warhol. Stockbridge

Williams College Museum of Art — The Osmothèque, Christopher Draghi and Robert Dobay, Perfumers and Founders of Source Adage NYC, inspired by the scent library housed in Versailles, lead a multi-sensory tour transforming works in the collection into scents, 5 p.m. Extracurriculars: Drinks, snacks and serendipity on the patio, 6 to 8 p.m. Williamstown

 

Books and Writers

The Bookstore — Ellen Meeropol reads from Kinship of Clover, a botany major looking for a way to listen to the plants and stave off their extinction 3 p.m. Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox

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

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Camille A. Brown and her company, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, identity as a black woman in urban American culture, with live music, 8 p.m. dendy/donovan projects’ Elvis Everywhere, 8:15 p.m. Ballet Barre class with Kevin Thomas, 4 p.m. Inside/Out: Collage Dance Collective performs Testament by Complexions and more 6:15 p.m., free. Becket

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — Bye Bye Birdie, a rock star turns a small town upside down. 2 and 7 p.m. Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield.

 

History

Park-McCullough House — Croquet potluck, 6 p.m. and tournament at 6:30, free. North Bennington, Vt.

Ventfort Hall — Living History: Queen Victoria hosts a regal Victorian tea, as actor Sally Mummey brings to life the woman whose 63-year reign defined an era, 4 p.m. Lenox

 

Music

Boston University Tanglewood Institute —  Chamber Music Recital, Young Artists Orchestra, 6 p.m. free. Trinity Church, Lenox

Mass MoCA — Beer garden in the Chalet, Dirty Birds with Francesca Shanks in artist Dean Baldwin’s riverside beer garden and conversation with visiting artists. Bar opens at 5:30 p.m., events around 8. North Adams

Music from Salem — Open rehearsal of the upcoming concert: Whatever a sun will always sing: Mendelssohn, Antonio Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons, Antonin Dvorak, 4 p.m., free. Brown Farm, 154 Priest Road, Salem, N.Y.

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

Tanglewood — Festival of Contemporary Music with curators Kathryn Bates, Jacob Greenberg and Nadia Sirota; Phyllis Chen’s Chimers, Sofia Gubaidulina’s Meditation, Harrison Birtwistle’s selection from Orpheus Elegies, Anthony Cheung, Natan Davis, George Lewis’ Anthem, 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall, Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. This, comedy on a circle of friends backing their way into middle age, 3 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield

Berkshire Playwrights Lab — Some Old Black Man: a professor moves his 82-year-old, doggedly independent, blue collar southern father into his Harlem penthouse, 8 p.m., Saint James Place, Great Barrington

Bershire Theatre Group — Arsenic and Old Lace, classic comedy of genteel murder, 7 p.m., Mainstage. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, delving into human loneliness, 7 p.m., Unicorn Theatre. Stockbridge

Chester Theatre — Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan: When a boy’s mother attempts suicide, he starts a list to convince her to stay, 2 with talkback and 8 p.m. Chester

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, musical comedy: An Elvis impersonator takes on a drag act, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

The Mount — Shakespeare & Company performs A Midsummer Night’s Dream outside, 6 p.m. Lenox

Park-McCullough House — Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker and performed by Living Room Theatre, 7:30 p.m. North Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — The Tempest, Shakespeare’s drama of shipwreck and survival, 5:30 p.m. Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Theatre Barn — Godspell, 1976 Broadway musical bringing the New Testament to life with messages of love and tolerance, 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — The Music Man, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Buyer and Cellar, an unemployed actor becomes sales clerk at Barbra Streisand’s basement mall, 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — A Legendary Romance, new musical by Geoff Morrow and Timothy Prager, a forgotten filmmaker must approve a version of his abandoned masterpiece, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Actually, two college first-years face intimacy and responsibility, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center. Late-Night Cabaret @ The Log, 10:30 p.m. Williamstown.

 

Friday Aug. 11

 

Art

Berkshire Crafts Fair — 44th annual juried show, 89 national artists in contemporary and traditional jewelry, to furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monument Mountain Regional High School, Route 7, Great Barrington

Chesterwood — Walking tour of Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture, commissioned new artworks and adapted works by 15 artists, 2 p.m. Stockbridge

Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio — Plein air painting demonstration with acrylic artist Scott Taylor, 11 a.m. Lenox

 

Community

Bennington Battle Day — Weekend celebration commemorating the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington; ice cream buffet at Village Chocolate Shoppe. Bennington, Vt.

Sheffield Antiques Show — Oldest continuously running antiques show in Massachusetts with ceramics and porcelain, books, jewelry. vintage quilts, paintings and prints, furniture, arts and crafts, lighting and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mount Everett High School, 491 Berkshire School Road, Sheffield

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Camille A. Brown and her company, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, identity as a black woman in urban American culture, with live music, 8 p.m. dendy/donovan projects’ Elvis Everywhere, 8:15 p.m. PillowTalk: Staging Dance with Camille A. Brown and Mark Dendy, 5 p.m., free. Inside/Out: Études by classical Bharatanatyam dancer Preeti Vasudevan and Amar Ramasar, principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, 6:15 p.m., free. Becket

PS21 — Chatham Dance Festival: Caleb Teicher and Company, tap, jazz, and modern dance, 8 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — Bye Bye Birdie, a rock star turns a small town upside down. 7 p.m. Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Animals in August workshops, demonstrations and talks: Birds of Prey, 10 a.m. Stockbridge

PS21 — Caleb Teicher and his dancers, family program, 1 p.m., free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Film

Sandisfield Arts Center — Friday night at the movies, 7 p.m. free. Sandisfield

 

Food

Hancock Shaker Village — Food For Thought: Dinner with Pulitzer prizewinning author and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert includes 3-course meal prepared by farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg, wine, and a signed book, 6 p.m. Pittsfield

 

Music

Boston University Tanglewood Institute — Opera Scenes, Young Artists Vocal Program, 6:30 p.m., both free. West Street Theatre, 45 West St., Lenox

Guthrie Center — Matt Nakoa, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

The Mount — Music After Hours, live on the terrace: Jon Suters and friends, 5 to 8 p.m., free. Lenox

Tanglewood — BSO with Giancarlo Guerrero cond. Dvořák, Brahms and Stravinsky with violinist Gill Shaham and cellist Alisa Weilerstein, 8 p.m., Shed. Festival of Contemporary Music with curators Kathryn Bates, Jacob Greenberg and Nadia Sirota: Kui Dong world premiere, Terry Riley G Song, Rene Orth’s Stripped, Jack Body’s Flurry, Ben Johnson, Moritz Eggert’s Croatoan II, Lei Liang’s Gobi Canticle, 2:30 p.m. Ozawa Hall, Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. This, comedy on a circle of friends backing their way into middle age, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield

Berkshire Playwrights Lab — Some Old Black Man: a professor moves his 82-year-old, doggedly independent, blue collar southern father into his Harlem penthouse, 8 p.m., Saint James Place, Great Barrington

Bershire Theatre Group — Arsenic and Old Lace, classic comedy of genteel murder, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, delving into human loneliness, 8 p.m., Unicorn Theatre. Stockbridge

Chester Theatre — Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan: When a boy’s mother attempts suicide, he starts a list to convince her to stay, 2 p.m. with cast conversation, Chester

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, musical comedy: An Elvis impersonator takes on a drag act, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Hubbard Hall — Opera: L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), 7 p.m. Cambridge, N.Y.

Park-McCullough House — Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker and performed by Living Room Theatre, 7:30 p.m. North Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Via Dolorosa one-man performance of  British playwright David Hare’s 1997 visit to Israel and Gaza, 8:30 p.m. The Tempest, Shakespeare’s drama of shipwreck and survival, 5:30 p.m. Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Theatre Barn — Godspell, 1976 Broadway musical bringing the New Testament to life with messages of love and tolerance, 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — The Music Man, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Buyer and Cellar, an unemployed actor becomes sales clerk at Barbra Streisand’s basement mall, 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — A Legendary Romance, new musical by Geoff Morrow and Timothy Prager, a forgotten filmmaker must approve a version of his abandoned masterpiece, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Actually, two college first-years face intimacy and responsibility, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. Backstage tour, 6 p.m. ’62 Center. Fridays @ 3 reading of Ethan Lipton’s Overjoyed, Clark Art Institute. Late-Night Cabaret @ The Log, 10:30 p.m. Williamstown.

 

Saturday Aug. 12

 

Art

Berkshire Crafts Fair — 44th annual juried show, 89 national artists in contemporary and traditional jewelry, to furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monument Mountain Regional High School, Route 7, Great Barrington

Salem Art Works — Pop Up Exhibitions, artists in residence open their studios to share their work in progress, 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Salem, N.Y

 

Community

Bennington Battle Monument — Celebration of the Battle of Bennington with cannons, soldiers and ceremonies: Living History Encampment with drill presentations, musket and artillery demonstrations, exhibits and activities for children, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cannons on display and fired periodically. Aannual Battle Day 5K road race, 9:30 a.m. Free. Bennington, Vt.

Sheffield Antiques Show — Oldest continuously running antiques show in Massachusetts with ceramics and porcelain, books, jewelry. vintage quilts, paintings and prints, furniture, arts and crafts, lighting and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mount Everett High School, 491 Berkshire School Road, Sheffield

 

Dance

Dewey Hall — Swing Dance, lesson at 8 p.m. and live music at 9. Sheffield.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Camille A. Brown and her company, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, identity as a black woman in urban American culture, with live music, 2 and 8 p.m. dendy/donovan projects’ Elvis Everywhere, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m. PillowTalk: A Salute to Barton Mumaw, 4 p.m., free. Inside/Out: School at Jacob’s Pillow: Jazz/Musical Theatre, 6:15 p.m., free with live music. Becket

PS21 — Chatham Dance Festival: Caleb Teicher and Company, tap, jazz, and modern dance, 8 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

Southern Vermont Arts Center — American Ballet Theatre and Friends, 7:30 p.m. Manchester, Vt.

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — Bye Bye Birdie, a rock star turns a small town upside down. 2 p.m. Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Animals in August workshops and talks: Fairy Houses, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stockbridge

Berkshire Museum — Pop-Up Play Day, children can build and rebuild with the big, blue blocks of Imagination Playground, 10 a.m. to noon, Pittsfield

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

 

Music

Bennington Chamber Music Conference — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet, Michael Head: Trio, Harold Meltzer: Piano Quartet, 8 p.m. Free. Bennington College, Bennington, Vt.

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Cabaret Train with live music by Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay, departs 7 p.m. from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams

Boston University Tanglewood Institute — Opera Scenes, Young Artists Vocal Program, 6:30 p.m., both free. West Street Theatre, 45 West St., Lenox

Guthrie Center — Chris Smither, blues roots, Louisiana picking, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

Mass MoCA — My Morning Jacket, Louisville quintet from psychedelic to soul to classic rock 7:30 p.m. North Adams

The Mount — Music After Hours, live on the terrace: Jason Ennis and Natalia Bernal, 5 to 8 p.m., free. Lenox

OMI International Arts Center — Music Omi Improvises in the Café, 3 p.m. Residents will perform “guerilla” collaborations in groupings randomly selected by the audience. Free. Ghent, N.Y.

Sounds and Tones — DIY Berkshire record label hosts outdoor concert at Colegrove Park, 2 to 5 p.m., North Adams

Steepletop — The Millay Tapes: Katie Barbato in Concert, Philadelphia singer, songwriter and musician honors Pulitzer prizewinning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in 12 original songs, 2 p.m. Austerlitz, N.Y.

Stockbridge Sinfonia — Schubert and Khachaturian, John Davies in the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, 2 p.m. free. Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge

Tanglewood — BSO with Christoph von Dohnányi cond., Anderson’s Incantesimi, Brahms and Beethoven with violinist Nikolaj Znaider, 8 p.m., Shed. Prelude Concert, Caroline Shaw’s Blueprint, Amy Williams Abstracted Art 1 and 2, Julian Anderson’s Van Gogh Blue, 6 p.m., Ozawa Hall.  Mozart and Schubert, Saturday Morning Rehearsal 10:30 a.m., Shed. BUTI Young Artists Orchestra: Bizet, Honnegger, Lutoslawski, Sait-Saens, 2:30 p.m., Ozawa Hall. Lenox

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Housatonic River guided canoed] 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

Berkshire Botanical Garden — The Grow Show, annual friendly competition, everyone invited to enter home garden favorites, from vegetables and flowers to fanciful arrangements in categories for children, adults, and seniors. 1 to 5 p.m. Contained Exuberance, annual exhibition of decorative container gardens created by designers, opens 9 to 5 p.m. Stockbridge

Hoosic River Ride — Day of iking on secondary roads by pastures and streams in the beauty of the Berkshires and Taconics: Bicycle mechanics, aid stations and picnics  Biking distances vary from 8 to 100 miles. Hoosic River Watershed Association, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hoosac School, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. bikereg.com

Mass Audubon — Song of the Forest: Explore the science and art of interpreting Bird Language, a universal communication pattern found in nature, with Flying Deer nature center, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for birders, naturalists and nature-loving families. Kids group will learn, practice and explore bird language on its own. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Merck Forest and Farmand Center — Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing, 8 p.m., Bring a blanket. Rupert, Vt.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. This, comedy on a circle of friends backing their way into middle age, 3 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield

Berkshire Playwrights Lab — Some Old Black Man: a professor moves his 82-year-old, doggedly independent, blue collar southern father into his Harlem penthouse, 3 and 8 p.m., Saint James Place, Great Barrington

Bershire Theatre Group — Arsenic and Old Lace, classic comedy of genteel murder, 2 and 8 p.m., Mainstage. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, delving into human loneliness, 2 and 8 p.m., Unicorn Theatre. Stockbridge

Chester Theatre — Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan: When a boy’s mother attempts suicide, he starts a list to convince her to stay, 8 p.m. with talkback, Chester

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, musical comedy: An Elvis impersonator takes on a drag act, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Hubbard Hall — Opera: L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), 7 p.m. Cambridge, N.Y.

The Mount — Shakespeare & Company performs A Midsummer Night’s Dream outside, 11 a.m. Lenox

Park-McCullough House — Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker and performed by Living Room Theatre, 7:30 p.m. North Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — T.S. Eliot and His Love of Shakespeare, Allyn Burrows plays the poet with internationally-acclaimed violinist, composer  Michi Wiancko, 8:30 p.m. The Tempest, Shakespeare’s drama of shipwreck and survival, 5:30 p.m. Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Backstage tour 10:30 a.m. Lenox

Theatre Barn — Godspell, 1976 Broadway musical bringing the New Testament to life with messages of love and tolerance, 4 and 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — The Music Man, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Buyer and Cellar, an unemployed actor becomes sales clerk at Barbra Streisand’s basement mall, 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — A Legendary Romance, new musical by Geoff Morrow and Timothy Prager, a forgotten filmmaker must approve a version of his abandoned masterpiece, 3:30 and 8 p.m., Mainstage. Actually, two college first-years face intimacy and responsibility, 3:30 and 8 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center. Late-Night Cabaret @ The Log, 10:30 p.m. Williamstown.

 

Sunday Aug. 13

 

Art

Berkshire Crafts Fair — 44th annual juried show, 89 national artists in contemporary and traditional jewelry, to furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monument Mountain Regional High School, Route 7, Great Barrington

The Mount — SculptureNow artist-led guided tour of this year’s exhibition of large scale contemporary sculpture on the Mount’s grounds, 1:30 p.m., Lenox

 

Books and Writers

The Mount — Backstairs tour: SculptureNow artist-led guided tour of this year’s exhibition of large scale contemporary sculpture on the Mount’s grounds, 1:30 p.m., Lenox

Steepletop — Hiking Steepletop 10 a.m., tour of Pulitzer prizewinning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s property with a selection of Millay’s nature poetry inspired here. House tour follows at 12:30 p.m. Austerlitz, N.Y.

 

Community

Bennington Battle Monument — Celebration of the Battle of Bennington with cannons, soldiers and ceremonies: Living History Encampment with drill presentations, musket and artillery demonstrations, exhibits and activities for children, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cannons on display and fired periodically. Free. Bennington, Vt.

Bennington Battle Day Parade — Annual commemoration of the Battle of Bennington and downtown celebration, noon. Bennington, Vt.

Weston Playhouse — New York Times’ National Security Correspondent David E. Sanger speaks on Decoding the Trump Administration, 8 p.m. Weston, Vt.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Camille A. Brown and her company, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, identity as a black woman in urban American culture, with live music, 2 p.m. dendy/donovan projects’ Elvis Everywhere, 2:15 p.m. Master Class with dendy/donovan projects, 10 a.m., Becket Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, performed outdoors 1 and 4 p.m. free at thye Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

 

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

 

Music

Stockbridge Sinfonia — Schubert and Khachaturian, John Davies in the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, 7 p.m. free. Lenox Memorial Middle School, Lenox

Knesset Israel — Tribute to Peter, Paul and Mary with Temple Anshe Amunim: Socially conscious 1960’s American folk music modeled by Woody Guthrie and the Weavers, traveled to the Greenwich Village-based trio of Peter, Paul and Mary; local musicians and vocalists renew the theme of Tikkun Olam, To Repair the World, with an evening of  songs from The Times They are A-Changin to Blowin’ in the Wind, 7 p.m. Dessert and coffee follow. 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield

Music from Salem — Whatever a sun will always sing: Felix Mendelssohn String Quintet, Antonio Vivaldi Winter from The Four Seasons, Antonin Dvorak Serenade for Strings, with Jae Cosmos Lee, Helen Hyun Jeong Lee, David Do, & Rohan Gregory, violins; Lila Brown & John Batchelder, violas; Byron Hogan & William Laney, cellos; and bass, 4 p.m., Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, N.Y.

Sevenars Concerts — Rorianne Schrade, piano, performs a preview of her upcoming recital at Carnegiel Hall including Mozart, Beethoven, Pärt, Liadov, Scriabin, Glazunov, Kapustin, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky, 4 p.m. Worthington

Tanglewood — BSO with Lahav Shani cond., Mozart and Schubert including Overture to The Marriage of Figaro with violinist Joshua Bell, 2:30 p.m., Shed. Festival of Contemporary Music with curators Kathryn Bates, Jacob Greenberg and Nadia Sirota: David Lang’s Just, Marcos Balter’s Chambers, Thomas Adès Court Studies from The Tempest, Nico Muhly festival commission, Donnacha Dennehy’s Surface Tension, 10 a.m., Ozawa Hall. TMC chamber music: Fred Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, Christian Wolff’s Changing the System, Louis Andriessen Workers Union, 8 p.m., Ozawa Hall. Lenox

 

Outdoors

Bascom Lodge — Mushrooms of the Berkshires, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Berkshire Botanical Garden — The Grow Show, annual friendly competition, everyone invited to enter home garden favorites, from vegetables and flowers to fanciful arrangements in categories for children, adults, and seniors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stockbridge

Mass Audubon — Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds: Explore the coves and marshes in search of eagles, herons, ravens and songbirds, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Directions given with registration.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Company, Sondheim musical looks at marriage and intimacy, 5 p.m., Mainstage. This, comedy on a circle of friends backing their way into middle age, 3 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield

Berkshire Playwrights Lab — Some Old Black Man: a professor moves his 82-year-old, doggedly independent, blue collar southern father into his Harlem penthouse, 8 p.m., Saint James Place, Great Barrington

Chester Theatre — Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan: When a boy’s mother attempts suicide, he starts a list to convince her to stay, 2 p.m. Chester

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, musical comedy: An Elvis impersonator takes on a drag act, 2 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — The Tempest, Shakespeare’s drama of shipwreck and survival, 5:30 p.m. Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 3 p.m. Lenox

Theatre Barn — Godspell, 1976 Broadway musical bringing the New Testament to life with messages of love and tolerance, 2 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — The Music Man, 3 p.m., Mainstage. Buyer and Cellar, an unemployed actor becomes sales clerk at Barbra Streisand’s basement mall, 3 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — A Legendary Romance, new musical by Geoff Morrow and Timothy Prager, a forgotten filmmaker must approve a version of his abandoned masterpiece, 2 p.m., Mainstage. Actually, two college first-years face intimacy and responsibility, 2 and 7 p.m., Nikos Stage, with lawn talk at 1:15.  Community Works, Once Upon a Time in the Berkshires, Lucy Thurber’s new word developed with local performers and conversations, 7 p.m., MainStage, free. ’62 Center, Williamstown.

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