Berkshire calendar Dec. 4 to 10

Make your own cookie plate or holiday centerpiece, bath salts or gentle fragrance … this week in the Berkshire calendar Dec. 4 to 10 the holidays get hands-on with ceramics and herbs and with craft festivals and carols …

 

Tuesday Dec. 5

 

Film

Images Cinema — The Last Dalai Lama? This documentary tells the story of the 14th Dalai Lama, who is full of compassion and humor in his ninth decade. 7 p.m. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

Stockbridge Library — Film series: Bridge of Spies (2002), 5 p.m. Free. 46 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5501, stockbridgelibrary.org

 

Music

Williams College — Small Jazz Ensembles presents student jazz musicians performing original works composed by ensemble members with vocalist is Sofia Smith ’18. and guest artist Jason Ennis on fretless electric bass. A jazz group directed by Avery Sharpe caps the evening. 7 p.m., free, in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, Chapin Hall Drive off Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Notchview — Race Series: 5-7K Skate Race: A fun, informal community event. No snow? Race turns into a trail running race 3:30 p.m. with Trustees of Reservations.  Route 9, Windsor. 413-684-0148; thetrustees.org

 

Wednesday, Dec. 6

 

Music

Williams College — Chinese Music Ensemble performs In a Festive Mood, a concert on instruments as the zheng, erhu, yangqin, and zhongruan, in the Chinese sizhu genre of chamber music, with Wang Guowei, former erhu soloist and concertmaster of the Shanghai Traditional Orchestra. Brooks Rogers Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Thursday Dec. 7

 

Holiday

Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night — Walk the streets with music in a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs, mp3s, and the Unsilent Night app, and played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city. People bring their own music-amplifying devices and drift peacefully through a cloud of sound which is different from every listener’s perspective. Since 1992, this 45-minute work has grown into a worldwide annual communal event that has become an essential part of many winter holiday celebrations. Phil Kline himself will join in the event. Downtown North Adams. explorenorthadams.com

 

Art

Williams college Museum of Art — Student gallery guides dive in and create their own tours: Art + Time, consider how artworks change over the years with Freshman Patrick Postec, 6:30 p.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Music

Williams College — Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble takes on works by giants of jazz in arrangements of compositions by the greats, and played by talented Williams musicians. On this evening, the WJRE is Miles Ahead, playing the Music of Miles Davis, spanning six decades of innovative jazz classics and lesser known pieces with fresh arrangements and instrumentation, 7 p.m., free, in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, Chapin Hall Drive off Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Friday Dec. 8

 

Holidays

IS183 — Arts Night Out: Festive Clay, 7 to 9 p.m. Welcome the holiday season by making ceramic items for the table and clay ornaments to celebrate the arrival of winter. 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-5252, is183.org

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Jazz Religion: Religious Fanatacism, 12:15 p.m. open to the Bennington College community based on Harvard’s Religious Literacy course. 1 College drive, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-4267, bennington.edu

 

Music

Mass MoCA — Sam Green & Kronos Quartet, a Chamber music memoir:  work-in-progress film-and-live-music meeting of the minds. Green’s A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary tells the quartet’s more than 40-year story, and they provide a live score, 8 p.m. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. massmoca.org

Williams College — Williams Wind Ensemble presents Cathedrals: a concert of Claude Debussy’s La Cathédral engloutie (The Engulfed Cathedral, American neo-classical composer Alfred Reed’s Variations on the Porazzi Theme of Wagner, Richard Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin, and Ron Nelson Morning Alleluias; Reed’s Russian Christmas Music rounds out the program with sopranos and altos from the Williams Chamber Choir. 8 p.m., free in Chapin Hall, Chapin Hall Drive off Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.ed

 

Theater

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Tartuffe, a satire aimed at religious hypocrisy, 8 p.m. One of French playwright Moliere’s most famous comedies, set here in a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous world with a sinister and outlandishly puritanical central character. Venable Hall, 375 Church Street, North Adams

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — London’s National Theatre in HD: Follies (Encore), Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinema:  New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Saturday Dec. 9

 

Holidays

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Herbal Gift Making with with local farmer and herbalist Jen Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm: Make and take home unique holiday gifts, including loose tea blends, sachets, air fresheners, bath salts and sugar scrubs, 1 to 3 p.m. 5 East Stockbridge Lee Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3936, berkshirebotancialgarden.org

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Tinseliner Express historic and holdiay train rides on the Hoosac Valley Line with a visit from the man dressed in red himself. One hour round trip, and riders will be able to disembark in North Adams for hot cocoa and a campfire before the return ride to Adams. All trains depart from the Depot in Adams at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. hoosacvalleytrainride.com

Berkshire Theatre Group — A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser, is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Eric Hill. 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Hancock Holidays with wreaths on doors, lights in the village 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children’s holiday craft workshop with complimentary cocoa, 11 to 3. Meander along the Farm and Forest Trail and learn about the Shakers in the 19th century Brick Dwelling on tours of the building at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Candlelit Evening with New England traditions, live music, storytelling, festive food, candlelight and caroling: a lantern-lit tour through the Village to the historic 1910 barn for live music, then meet the calves, goats, lambs, pigs, rams, miniature donkeys and chickens, and end up in the Brick Dwelling for a holiday reading, followed by appetizers, cocktails, and punch for the kids, 4 to 6 p.m. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Holiday Shindy — Shire City Sanctuary’s 11th annual marketplace of art, crafts and food fills the sanctuary with screen printers, ceramicists, woodworkers, toymakers, printers, jewelers, apothecaries, clothing designers, upcyclers, farmers and more, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Notre Dame church, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. holidayshindy.com

Hubbard Hall — 22nd Annual Holiday Breakfast, a traditional celebration of Holidays Around the World Continues with food, dance, and music from a variety of cultures, 9 and 11 a.m. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Festival of Holidays — 18th Annual marketplace of art, craft and food: Hand-crafted products by local artisans, from leatherwork to fiber art to baskets to glass, with new work throughout the holidays. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sheffield Historical Society, Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. 413-229-2694, sheffieldhistory.weebly.com

Great Barrington Holiday Stroll — Annual downtown celebration 2 to 8 p.m. with raffles, storytelling, live music; stroll begins at 4 p.m. with live shop windows, hayrides, wreath-making, games and crafts, bonfire, letters to Santa and more. Character parade with Santa at 4:30,Menorah and tree lighting at 6:50 and fireworks at 7:15. Concert by Berkshire Children’s Chorus at 7:45. Downtown Great Barrington. southernberkshirechamber.com

Lessons and Carols — Choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, congregational singing of carols, and the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story, 4 p.m. carols by Victoria, Paulus, Warlock, and a new arrangement by Brad Wells, with harpist Anna DeLoi ’18, organist Edwin Lawrence and the Williams College Handbell Choir. Free. All encouraged to bring bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food for local emergency food pantries. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williams College, Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

Notchview Christmas Tree Sale —  Cut your own Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir or Spruce grown on the property while supporting stewardship and conservation at Notchview. Stop in the lodge for complimentary hot cocoa. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Route 9, Windsor. 413-200-7262, thetrustees.org

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Roleplay Dungeons & Dragons, storytelling game afternoon as part of Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi. Tour wit the artist through  a retrospective exhibit of Tony DiTerlizzi’s fantasty, sci-fi, whimsical illustrations from his multi-million bestselling book series The Spiderwick Chronicles and images of fantasy creatures from fairies to trolls to goblins, 1 to 4 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Dance

Dewey Hall — Second Saturday Swing Dance at Dewey Hall with live music: Lesson at 7:30, Live music starts at 8:30. No partner necessary, beginners welcome, refreshments available. 91 Main St., Sheffield

 

Family

Berkshire Theatre Group — David Grover Children’s Concert, Berkshire musician who has taken the stage with Arol Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Doc Watson performing original tunes and more with his daughter Jessica on bass 11 a.m. free at The Garage, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444. berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Film

Mass MoCA — Sundance Theatre Lab, 8 p.m. Sundance Institute returns with its two-week residency and a showing of work in progress. 87 Marshall St., North Adams 413-662-2111; massmoca.org

 

Food

Pittsfield Indoor Farmers Market — Locally made, grown and roasted fare from Assembly Coffee Roasters to Balderdash Cellars, Cricket Creek Farm, Mountain Girl Farm, Smokey Divas, Square Roots Farm, Things That Work, Trusted Roots Farm, Windy Ridge Farm and more. 9 a.m. Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First Street, next to The Common.

 

Music

Close Encounters with Music — Souvenir de Florence: An Italian Holiday Celebration with Tchaikovsky`s Souvenir de Florence; Chrysanthemums, the only chamber music Puccini ever wrote; works by the Venetian Vivaldi; Hugo Wolf`s Italian Serenade, and a Verdi string quartet, performed by the Amernet String Quartet: Misha Vitenson, violin; Franz Felkl, violin; Michael Klotz, viola; Jason Calloway, cello; with Xiao-Dong Wang, viola; Yehuda Hanani, cello, 6 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Bark And Buds: Winter Identification Of Trees And Shrubs with Brad Roeller is a private landscape garden supervisor for Altamont Estate in New York, 10 a.m. Bring a bag lunch and dress for limited outdoor fieldwork. 5 East Stockbridge Lee Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3936, berkshirebotancialgarden.org

 

Theater

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Tartuffe, a satire aimed at religious hypocrisy, 2 and 8 p.m. One of French playwright Moliere’s most famous comedies, set here in a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous world with a sinister and outlandishly puritanical central character. Talk Back with the cast and creatives to follow. Venable Hall, 375 Church Street, North Adams

 

Sunday Dec. 10

 

Holidays

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Tinseliner Express historic and holdiay train rides on the Hoosac Valley Line with a visit from the man dressed in red himself. One hour round trip, and riders will be able to disembark in North Adams for hot cocoa and a campfire before the return ride to Adams. All trains depart from the Depot in Adams at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. hoosacvalleytrainride.com

Berkshire Theatre Group — A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser, is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Eric Hill. 2 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org

Festival of Holidays — 18th Annual marketplace of art, craft and food: Hand-crafted products by local artisans, from leatherwork to fiber art to baskets to glass, with new work throughout the holidays. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sheffield Historical Society, Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. 413-229-2694, sheffieldhistory.weebly.com

Hancock Shaker Village — Hancock Holidays with wreaths on doors, lights in the village 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children’s holiday craft workshop with complimentary cocoa, 11 to 3. See heritage calves and other animals in the barnyard. Meander along the Farm and Forest Trail, ski or snowshoe, learn about the Shakers in the 19th century Brick Dwelling on tours of the building at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Holiday centerpiece workshop 1 to 3 p.m. creating combine a mixture of fresh, fragrant evergreens with herbs, berries, pine cones and other natural objects. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Holiday Shindy — Shire City Sanctuary’s 11th annual marketplace of art, crafts and food fills the sanctuary with screen printers, ceramicists, woodworkers, toymakers, printers, jewelers, apothecaries, clothing designers, upcyclers, farmers and more, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Notre Dame church, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. holidayshindy.com

Hubbard Hall — The McKrells’ Christmas Show: Kevin McKrell returns with storytelling and music in Celtic and bluegrass song-style, 4 p.m. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

IS183 — Family Sunday in the Studio: Clay & Cookies with Jared Gelormino, make a cookie platter from slab clay, learning basic handbuilding techniques, and decorate your piece using stamps, marks and glazes. The platter will be ready for pick-up about 10 days after the workshop.  1 to 4 p.m., 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-5252, is183.org

Lessons and Carols — Choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, congregational singing of carols, and the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story, 4 p.m. carols by Victoria, Paulus, Warlock, and a new arrangement by Brad Wells, with harpist Anna DeLoi ’18, organist Edwin Lawrence and the Williams College Handbell Choir. Free. All encouraged to bring bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food for local emergency food pantries. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williams College, Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

Mahaiwe — Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show, 7 p.m. Songs from the Talkin’ Christmas! album as well as the band’s previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, Go Tell It on the Mountain, along with Blind Boys’ Gospel classics, with the Preservation Hall Legacy Horns from New Orleans. The Blind Boys have won five Grammy Awards and appeared  on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy® Awards telecast, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and were co-stars in the Broadway musical The Gospel At Colonus with Morgan Freeman. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Tree Lighting — Carol singing and refreshments South Williamstown Community Association 5 to 7 p.m. at Store at Five Corners Sunday. Holiday Open House next door at the Williamstown Historical Museum starting at 3:30 for a tour and music by Singing School. Routes 7 and 43, Williamstown.

 

Theater

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Tartuffe, a satire aimed at religious hypocrisy, 2 p.m. One of French playwright Moliere’s most famous comedies, set here in a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous world with a sinister and outlandishly puritanical central character. Critical Response Session, 6 p.m. Venable Hall, 375 Church Street, North Adams

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