Berkshire Calendar Feb. 27 to March 5

Toshi Reagon and the Blues Project come to the ’62 Center with tap icons Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick K. Grant — Bill T. Jones performs his own choreography at Mass MoCA as part of Nick Cave’s art installation, Until — and in the region Ronald K. Brown and Evidence perform in Albany to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. The Berkshire Calendar Feb. 27 to March 5 is alive with world-class dance.

In the photo at the top, members of Dorrance Dance perform. (Photo by Christopher Duggan, courtesy of the ’62 Center.)

 

Monday Feb. 27

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Sage-ing: Creating a Legacy of Wisdom 10:45 a.m., free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. Kosher lunch at noon, 41-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

 

Film

Berkshire Museum — Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Live Action, Little Cinema, 7 p.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Images Cinema — Qu’Allah bénisse la France! (May Allah Bless France!), 7 p.m. The directorial debut of French hip hop musician Abd al Malik, based on his memoir, which was first published in 2004. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org, cfllc.williams.edu

 

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 Feb. 28

 

Art

MCLA — #MyBlackIsBeautiful Student Art Show, 6:15 p.m. in the Campus Center Achievement Lounge. Church Street, North Adams. mcla.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.

Lenox Library — Touch the Air: William Jay Smith (1918-2015) America’s 19th Poet Laureate, collaborated with composer Alice Spatz and filmmaker Eric Shepherd during the last years of his life to create a mixed media program of five of his poems. 6 p.m. 18 Main St., Lenox, lenoxlib.org

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Eugenics and Were Afraid to Ask”, Dr. Scott Tenenbaum of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute will talk about the history of the eugenics movement, as well as its implications for our current genomic age and how this could impact our society, 5:30 p.m. Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

Williams College — The Queer Academy in Russia, 2:45 p.m. Alexander Kondakov, assistant professor at European University at St. Petersburg, Researcher at Centre for Independent Social Research, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Social Policy Studies at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, author of international publications on law and homosexuality, human rights organizations and sexual citizenship in Russia, will draw on his personal experiences of teaching queer theory in a Russian university. Schapiro Hall, Room 129, 24 Hopkins Hall Drive. Global Studies Colloquium,William Bialek of Princeton University, More perfect than we imagined:  A physicist’s view of life, 7 p.m., Thompson Physics, Wege Auditorium. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Food

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Berkshire Hills Hadassah’s Chef of the Month, learn from Chef George of Aegean Breeze how to make spanakopita and a flambé style of sheep cheese, 11 a.m. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. Kosher lunch at noon, 41-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

 

Wednesday March 1

 

Conversations

Williams College — Weiss Lecture on Medicine and Medical Ethics, 7 p.m. with S. Matthew Liao, Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics; Director for The Center for Bioethics; Affiliated Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies; Division of Medical Ethics, School of Medicine; and Global Public Health at New York University. Griffin Hall, 6 844 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Clark Art Institute — Only Yesterday, 6 p.m. City girl Taeko visits country relatives and wonders if she’s been true to the dreams of her childhood self. Free Anime Wednesdays film series. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Music

Bennington College — Alleluia Chorale Winter Concert with Gabriel Ferreras ’19, ensemble created for the Music at the Museum performance at the Bennington Museum last term presents its second public performance, 7:30 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak, 1 p.m. The Met: Encore in HD with Kristine Opolais in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, and Mary Zimmerman in Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Troy Music Hall — Guitar phenomenon Tommy Emmanuel with special guest Joe Robinson, 7:30 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

 

Outdoors

Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries — Berkshire free admission, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Locals get in free on first Wednesdays to trails and beaver ponds at Mass Audubon property. 472 West Dugway Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

MCLA — Fine and Performing Arts presents Riot by The Wardrobe Ensemble, a true story set in a lamp-lit, flat-pack universe bursting with violence, chaos and multiple characters, directed by Sara Katzoff. 8 p.m. Church Street, North Adams. 413-662-5123, mcla.ticketleap.com

 

Thursday March 2

 

Art

Williams College Musueum of Art — Close Look: Accession Number, 4 p.m. Walk through the exhibition with WCMA Director Christina Olsen and Art History Graduate Student Kerry Bickford. 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Community

Berkshire Athenaeum — Share Your Story: Berkshire Immigrant Stories Project, 6 p.m. Berkshire Community College, Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities are gathering stories of recent local immigrants (1965 and later) and their children and grandchildren through an online exhibit and archive called “Your Story, Our Story,” developed by the Tenement Museum of New York. Workshop free and open to all. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

 

Conversations

 

Bennington College — Yvonne Rainer, one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater (1962), with dances and films seen throughout the U.S. and Europe, speaks at 7 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Qes Efraim Zion Lawi on the Ethiopian Jewish Community of Karmiel, Israel, 10:45 a.m., free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. Kosher lunch at noon, 41-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

Williams College ’62 Center — Breaking the Glass Grid, 5 p.m. Panel on Gender Bias Across Today’s Performing Arts Industries with Liza Johnson, Alexis Soloski, Basil Kreimendahl, and others — leading contemporary artists and critics to discuss how and why women’s stories are still not being heard in the industries of theatre, film, and television, which typically employ more than twice as many male directors, playwrights/screenwriters, and producers as female ones. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

Williams College — Luana Maroja, Associate Professor of Biology will present “It is Just Not Cricket – Adventures at Species Boundaries.” Faculty Lecture Series, 4:15 p.m. Thompson Chemistry, Wege Auditorium. The Photographic Heritage of Jews and Armenians in Framing Genocide: Armenians were overwhelmingly the professional photographers of the Ottoman Empire, and Jews were disproportionately engaged in photography in Eastern, Central, and Western Europe, challenging prevailing discourses on the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, with Michael Berkowitz is Professor of modern Jewish history at University College London, 4:15 p.m, Griffin Hall Room 6, 844 Main St. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Oldcastle Theatre — Film series: Brewster McCloud, 7 p.m., a boy living in a nuclear fallout shelter in the Houston Astrodome becomes becomes the object of a police investigation. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. bennington.com

 

Music

Iron Horse — Sharon Shannon, 7 p.m. 2009 Meteor Award winner, Irish accordionist & fiddler whose debut was the best-selling album of traditional Irish music ever released there. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Parlor Room — Shira with Home Body, 7 p.m. Born in Israel, living in Brooklyn, Shira is a songwriter, producer, poet and visual artist. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

Williams College — Professor and composer Tania León, 8 p.m. Class of 1960 free lecture with Tania León, a vital personality on today’s music scene, in demand as composer and conductor. León’s opera Scourge of Hyacinths, with León conducting, based on a radio play by Nobel Prize-winner Wole Soyinka, was commissioned in 1994 by the Munich Biennale, where it won the BMW Prize as best new opera. She is a Professor at Brooklyn College. Bernhard Music Center 30, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Theater

MCLA — Fine and Performing Arts presents Riot by The Wardrobe Ensemble, a true story set in a lamp-lit, flat-pack universe bursting with violence, chaos and multiple characters, directed by Sara Katzoff. 8 p.m. Church Street, North Adams. 413-662-5123, mcla.ticketleap.com

 

Friday March 3

 

Art

First Fridays Artswalk — Upstreet art openings 5 to 8 p.m. Closing reception for 10×10 Chairity: Take a Seat! 5 to 8 p.m. at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge with artist talks at 7, and bidding in the Silent Auction will end at 8. Berkshire Art Association (BAA) College Fellowship Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, work of Berkshire County residents who are art majors at any college in the country and art majors at any Berkshire college. Brothership Window, 141 North St., group show organized by Lucie Castaldo in celebration of Women’s History Month. Regional artists hold receptions for monthly shows at the Berkshire Museum and more than a dozen popup locations and galleries. Tour leaves from the Intermodal Center, 5 p.m. Celebration at the Whitney Center for the Arts. 42 Wendell Ave. North and South Streets, Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum — Focus On Rockwell: Meet Rockwell’s Models, 3 p.m. Find out what it was like to pose for the iconic illustrator. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

Ventfort Hall — Andrew DeVries Fine at International to rebuild after a fire, with wine, craft beer and hor d’oeuvres, including Chocolate Springs Café, Berkshire Brewing Company and Joe Nejaime of Nejaimes Wine Cellars, silent auction with donations from Photographer Paul Rocheleau, Weaver Steve Ziglar, the Berkshire Museum, and Berkshire Community College’s OLLI  and more, and 24 framed DeVries sketches, remnants of the fire, saved by one of the firefighters. 6 to 9 p.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3646

 

Community

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire — Tisch Shabbat, Share Stories from Your Bubbe’s Abuela’s, Nonna’s or Grandma’s Kitchen, 6 p.m. Celebrate with song and story, remembering the power of a communal table, and the learning, sharing, and love  when a group of people sit together. All are welcome. 270 State Road, Great Barrington. hevreh.org

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Sacred Words: A Conversation about the Sacred Writings of Quran and Torah, with Cantor Robert Scherr, recently retired as Jewish chaplain at Williams College, and Sharif Rosen, who serves as the college’s chaplain for Muslim students, 10:45 a.m., free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. Kosher lunch at noon, 41-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

Temple Anshe Amunim — Shabbat and Dinner, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Shabbat service open to the community presented by the youth group with lasagna dinner to follow. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. jewishberkshires.org

 

Dance

Williams College — Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, 8 p.m. The Blues Project, a collaboration between Dorrance Dance, led by the extraordinary choreographer Michelle Dorrance and award-winning musician and composer Toshi Reagon, with Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, some of today’s finest tap artists, whose percussion speaks to music performed live by Reagon and her band. ’62 Center Main Stage, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

The Egg — Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, 8 p.m., Afro-Cuban inspired Why You Follow, On Earth Together – a celebration of the music of Stevie Wonder — and March set to a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Traditional African dance with contemporary choreography that invites audiences to share in their celebration of community and the resilience of the human spirit. 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

 

Family

Clark Art Institute — Gallery talk for new parents and infants, 10:15 a.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Film

Images Cinema — Fresh Fest 2017: Forgotten Farms documentary 7 p.m., New England has lost more than 10,000 dairy farms in the past 50 years; about 2,000 farms remain. Collectively, they tend 1.2 million acres of farmland and produce almost all of the milk consumed in New England. Screening and presentation with director Dave Simonds and producer Sarah Gardner, reception at the Log. Film festival through March 5. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

 

Food

Shire City Sanctuary — Community dinner: Spring rolls, Pad Thai, spicy eggplant and more with Mariana Bergtold, former chef of the Danding Vegan, 6 to 8 p.m. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

 

Music

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — The Orchestra Now, 7:30 p.m. Tchaikovsky, Messiaen, and Glinka. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

Berkshire Symphony — Stars and Planets: Music of Holst – The Planets, and the Bach Double Concerto 8 p.m with guest pianists Peter Serkin and Ana Polonsky. Free. Chapin Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

Parlor Room — Jon Carroll, songwriter and former member of Grammmy-winning band Starland, 8 p.m. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

 

Outdoors

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

MCLA — Fine and Performing Arts presents Riot by The Wardrobe Ensemble, a true story set in a lamp-lit, flat-pack universe bursting with violence, chaos and multiple characters, directed by Sara Katzoff. 8 p.m. Church Street, North Adams. 413-662-5123, mcla.ticketleap.com

 

Saturday March 4

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Dinner and the Show, special Japanese menu and evening in Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection with a talk by exhibition curator Jay Clarke. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Mass MoCA — Elizabeth King: Radical Small: New installation opens combining sculpture and video with moveable half-scale human figures and stop-motion animation. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Painting Like Rockwell, illustrator/painter Dan Howe explores, explains, and demonstrates Norman Rockwell’s process. 3 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

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 Writers

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz, 1:30 p.m. Jumper cables for a stalled short story, bellows to blow life back into a biography … creative writing prompts and a safe space for expression. The Egremont Village Inn, 17 Main St., South Egremont. berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

Dance

Bennington College — Workshop in Chinese Classical Dance, ancient Chinese dances with opera dances and traditional martial arts, 1 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Mass MoCA — Bill T. Jones performs with Nick Cave’s ‘Until,’ 8 p.m. Co-presented with Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Bill T. Jones performing in Nick Cave’s expansive installation: The iconic choreographer will present a solo work created in response to the exhibition. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Family

Berkshire Museum — WeeMuse: Art Lab, create art with a Kitchen Ka-Boom science approach, offering kids the chance to learn and explore. 11 a.m. to noon. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

 

Film

Images Cinema — Fresh Fest 2017: A Small Good Thing, Berkshire documentary on happiness and health in connection with land, community and the body, 2:30 p.m. Peter and the Farm, documentary on Vermont farmer, 4:30 p.m. Film festival through March 5. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

 

Music

Berkshire Symphony — Family Concert with Ephs Out Loud, 2 p.m., free. Chapin Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

The Linda — Lee Rehs, passionate R&B and Pop vocalist whose voice was birthed in the confines of a refugee camp in Thailand. 6 p.m. Black Tie Event, Catered Dinner, Live Band, DJ, Guest Performances. 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. thelinda.org

Iron Horse — The THE BAND Band: A Tribute to Bob Dylan & The Band. Join us for a special celebration and tribute to The Band and their mentor and long-time collaborator, Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan, 7 p.m. Madaila, a Burlington, Vt., psych-pop combo, 10 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Parlor Room — River Whyless, 8 p.m. Asheville, N.C. band and songwriters, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Perennials: The Best Of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,10 a.m. Author, gardener and plant expert David Culp shares his advice on selecting perennials for Northeast gardens. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. berkshirebotanical.org

Notchview — Bread and jam classic, 10 a.m. Informal annual race series sponsored by the Berkshire Trail Nordic Ski Club. Route 9, Windsor. 413-628-4485, thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Clark Art Institute — Saint Joan Encore, 12:30 p.m. National Theatre of London presents Saint Joan in HD on the big screen, Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Green Mountain Academy — National Theatre Live: Saint Joan, 3 p.m. Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Center for the Arts, Manchester Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

MCLA — Fine and Performing Arts presents Riot by The Wardrobe Ensemble, a true story set in a lamp-lit, flat-pack universe bursting with violence, chaos and multiple characters, directed by Sara Katzoff. 2 and 8 p.m. Church Street, North Adams. 413-662-5123, mcla.ticketleap.com

Weston Playhouse — Concert reading of Zack Zadek’s Deathless, 8 p.m., winner of the company’s 11th annual New Musical Award, the road trip of a grieving family in the face of the development of a pill that can prevent natural death. westonplayhouse.org

 

Sunday March 5

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Embracing an Inner World: opening lecture for An Inner World: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting, curator Lara Yeager-Crasselt explores the innovations in genre painting that emerged in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic, 3 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Dance

Berkshire South Community Center — Sunday tea dance, 2:15 to 4:45 p.m. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810, berkshiresouth.org

 

Family

IS183 Art School — Studio Adventure, 1 to 3 p.m. Create 3D constructions using wood, beads and recycled materials and discover printing, from simple stamp making to mono-prints. Citizen’s Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-5252, is183.org

 

Film

Clark Art Institute — Exhibition on Screen: I, Claude Monet, 3 p.m. From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at one of the world’s favorite artists – through his own words. Letters and other private writings reveal new insight into the man who painted the picture that gave birth to Impressionism. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Images Cinema — Fresh Fest 2017:Seed: The Untold Story, documentary on seed keeprs and agrichemical companies, 12:30 p.m. Film festival through March 5. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

 

Music

The Egg — St. Paul & The Broken Bones, 60s soul fire, 8 p.m., 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Parlor Room — Parlor Session No. 5: Mike Compton & Joe Newberry, masters of old-time mandolin and banjo/guitar dig deep into early country music and blues, 7 p.m. Hot soup and pie, and an all-comers’ jam. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

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