Berkshire Calendar Feb. 6 to 12

As Valentine’s Day approaches, concerts, improv theater and moonlight hikes are warming up — and even flowers. Berkshire Botanical Garden will hold its Annual Garden Lecture with landscape architect Thomas Woltz, who will share his design philosophy, his sense of plants and place, on Saturday at 2 p.m  at Monument Mountain Region High School in Great Barrington.

(In the photo at the top, a red rose — Rosa ‘Red Chateau’ HT, Kikuo Teranishi (1997) — blooms in theJingu Rose Garden, Uji-Nakanokiri Ise, in Mie Prefecture in Japan. Courtesy photo by Hamachidori.)

 

Monday Feb. 6

 

Art

Makers Mill — Mixing Media, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Art making workshop: Packing Tape Transfers with MCLA professor Melanie Mowinski. Also figure drawing collective on Mondays. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakersmill.org

 

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. 7

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — “How Your Morning Begins with Quantum Physics… and Vice Versa”, Union College Professor Chad Orzel, 5:30 p.m. Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

 

Wednesday Feb. 8

 

Conversations

Berkshire Athenaeum — 3D Printing, 5 p.m. introduction: what it is and how it’s done, free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

MCLA — Joanna Slater, a U.S. correspondent for The Globe and Mail, Toronto’s daily newspaper, speaks about her experiences covering the global refugee crisis, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Slater was named the 2015 Journalist of the Year at the National Newspaper Awards for her coverage of the refugee crisis, and won in the international category. Murdock Hall room 218. omen’s Center Wednesday discussion, 3 p.m., MCLA Women’s Center. Church Street, North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Film

Clark art Institute — The Tale of the Princess Kayuga, 6 p.m. Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata revisits Japan’s most famous folktale about a mysterious young princess who enthralls all who encounter her. Ultimately she must confront her fate — the punishment for her crime. Free Anime Wednesdays film series. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Images Cinema — Major! film about Miss Major, a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist for transgender civil rights, LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today and for her girls, trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s jails and prisons, 7 p.m., free. Presented with Williams College Davis Center as part of their year-long Social Change Film Series. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. magescinema.org

 

Food

Berkshire Athenaeum — Cooking Demonstration by Brandi Scalise, author of Cookie Classics Made Easy, prepares a recipe, 7 p.m. Sampling will follow. Free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

 

Music

Troy Music Hall — International Guitar Night with Gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt,, guitarist Luca Stricagnoli; Brazilian performer Chrystian Dozza and India’s ground-breaking slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, 7:30 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

Williams College — Recital for Berkshire Symphony Soloists Competition, 7 p.m. Student musicians perform for an audience before their auditions. Free. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Berhdard Music Building, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Thursday Feb. 9

 

Community

Berkshire Athenaeum — Fall in Love with 3D Printing, 3 p.m. Make seasonal designs before the holiday in two-part workshop. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

Clark Art Institute — Loving kindness meditation, 11 a.m. Certified instructors from Frog Lotus Yoga refocus mind and spirit with the practice of Loving Kindness Meditation and Hatha yoga. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Conversations

Berkshire Athenaeum — Why Forests Matter, 7 p.m. talk. How can intact dense forests reduce emissions and draw down carbon? Find ways to help create the policy shifts needed with Beth Adams, co-founder of Massachusetts Forest Rescue Campaign. Free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

Green Mountain Academy — “Bulgarian Folk Music,” Violinist Joana Genova will talk about Bulgarian folk music, known for its unique symmetrical rhythms, 5:30 p.m. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

Williams College — Nate Kornell, Associate Professor of Psychology, Productive Struggle: Using Cognitive Science to Enhance Learning. Faculty Lecture Series, 4:15 p.m. Thompson Chemistry, Wege Auditorium. Route 2, Wiliamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Mass MoCA — Ovarian Psychos, 7:30 p.m. A new generation of women of color in East Los Angeles are redefining their identity and building community through a raucous, irreverently named bicycle crew that takes to the streets to reclaim their neighborhoods. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre group — Rev Tor’s 6th Annual Dead Of Winter Jam, 8 p.m. Mid-winter celebration of the music of The Grateful Dead with local and guest artists. Tor and his band have shared the stage with members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, The Allman Brothers and The New Riders of the Purple Sage. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Troy Music Hall — SteelDrivers, 2016 Grammy Winners for Best Bluegrass Album , 7:30 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

Williams College — Mark Turner Quartet, 8 p.m. Free concert with jazz saxophonist Mark Turner. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Friday Feb. 10

 

Valentine’s Day events

Berkshire South Community Center — Parents Night Out: Sweetheart Night, 6 to 8 p.m. Kids decorate cupcakes, create a heart craft, swim and enjoy pizza and a story. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810, berkshiresouth.org

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Norman Rockwell in Detail, 1:30 p.m. Explore the artist’s visual storytelling and humor. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — Brunonia Barry, The Fifth Petal, 7 p.m. Contemporary mystery drawing on Salem history. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Community

Temple Anshe Amunim — Birthday of Trees, Family-Friendly Tu B’Shevat Shabbat Service and Seder, 5:30 p.m. with music, explorations of nature and a dinner highlighting fruits of the trees. All welcome. RSVP 413-442-5910, ansheamunim.org

 

Conversations

MCLA — Campus Conversation on Race, 3 p.m., Campus Center’s Sullivan Lounge. “Things That Go Bump in Our Past: Evolutionary Insights into How We Learn to be Afraid,” by Dr. Justin Golub, MCLA assistant professor of biology, Brown Bag Lecture Series, 3 p.m., Bowman Hall room 121. Church Street, North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Film

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

 

Music

Iron Horse — Patty Larkin, 7 p.m., folk-urban pop music with guitar wizardry and uncompromising lyrics. Bob Marley Birthday Bash with Ras Spectiv, 10 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

MCLA — Jazz Poetry Slam, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Marketplace. Church Street, North Adams. mcla.edu

Oldcastle Theatre — Gypsy Layne cabaret, doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8. Burlesque and comedy for mature audiences with the Vermont Arts Exchange. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartxchange.org

Parlor Room — Birds of Chicago, collective centered around Allison Russell and JT Nero, words and music tap deep veins of emotion, 7:30 p.m. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Full Moon Hot Toddy Hike, 7 p.m. Night walk or snowshoe (snowshoes available for rent) up Hurlbut Hill. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield, 413-298-3239, thetrustees.org

Williams College — Milham Planetarium shows, sky tours and talks 8 p.m. Astronomy students at the college with the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, showing retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, the Southern Hemisphere’s sky, comets, artificial satellites and more. Hopkins Observatory, Route 2, 413-597-2188, williams.edu

 

Saturday Feb. 11

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Student Portfolio Day, 1 to 4 p.m. Afternoon of conversation with our panel of noted professional artists and educators, who will offer observations and advice. Also Hanna-Barbera and the Golden Age of Television Animation talk, 2 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, 413-298-4100, nrm.org

Shire City Sanctuary — Introduction to sewing workshop 1 to 3 p.m. with industrial and home sewing manchines, beginers welcome. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

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 Writing

Northshire Bookstore — Story Slam and Northshire Bookstore Present an Evening of Live Storytelling, 6:30 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Conversations

Berkshire Athenaeum — Lyme Disease in 2017: Where We Are and What Still Needs to be Done, 1:30 p.m. Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires founder and main organizer Kenneth Mercure on the progress that has been made recently for Lyme patients in Massachusetts. Free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Annual Garden Lecture, 2 p.m. Acclaimed landscape architect Thomas Woltz shares his design philosophy, his sense of plantsmanship and subtle, sensitively detailed designs that take in the essence of place. Monument Mountain Region High School, Route 7, Great Barrington. berkshirebotanical.org

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Live music by a talented band: Dave Langford on fiddle, Glen Loper on mandolin and banjo, and Bethany Waickman on guitar with calling by Sue Gola.  Beginner instruction at 7:45 p.m. and dancing 8 to 11, all dances taught, no experience or partner needed. Shakespeare and Company, Studio 3, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-528-4007, lenoxcontradance.org

 

Family

Norman Rockwell Museum — Saturday Morning Cartoons, 10 a.m. to noon, Hanna-Barbera cartoons from Tom and Jerry and the Jetsons to the Flintstones and Scooby-Doo. Golden Age of Television talk 2 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

Northshire Bookstore — Charles Norris-Brown – Did Tiger Take the Rain? children’s story set in Nepal, 11 a.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Notchview — Pizza & Prowl 6 to 8 p.m. Snowshoe hike intowoods anddiscover the sights, sounds and traces of owls in their natural habitat. Afterwards, come back to the Visitor Center to hang out with friends and enjoy pizza. Route 9, Windsor. 413-628-4485, thetrustees.org

Pittsfield Farmers Market — Youth market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with young vendors. Monthly indoor farmers market with local cheese, honey, baked goods, vegetables, crafts and more. Lighthouse, Boys and Girls Club, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield. http://farmersmarketpittsfield.org

Williamstown Rural Lands — “Leave No Trace” workshop 10 a.m. to noon with Student Conservation Association in Hawley. Having fun outdoors while caring for the land. 671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. 413-459-2494, wrlf.org

 

Film

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

 

Music

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — South Berkshire Concerts presents Momenta Quartet, 8 p.m. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

Berkshire Theatre Group — Tribute to John Lennon, 7:30 p.m. Berkshire musicians and guests including David Grover, Rev Tor, Rob Sanzone and Jack Waldheim celebrate the Beatles Legend. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Calvin Theatre — Abba Mania: ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Voulez Vous’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Winner Takes It All’, ‘Super Trouper’ and many more., 8 p.m. 19 King St., Northampton. iheg.com

Iron Horse — Aztec Two-Step: The Music of Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, 7 p.m. Bad Bad Hats, Indie trio from Minneapolis whose songwriting caught the ear of Afternoon Records, 10 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Mass MoCA — Sō Percussion: A Gun Show, 8 p.m. Sō Percussion explores America’s fraught relationship with guns in this theatrically staged concert. Taking mallets to disassembled sniper rifles and assorted drums, the musicians serve as Greek chorus, commenting instrumentally on sung and spoken texts drawn from the nightmares and nostalgia of armed experiences. Obie-winning director Ain Gordon and choreographer Emily Johnson give depth to this work. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Oldcastle Theatre — Gypsy Layne cabaret, doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8. Burlesque and comedy for mature audiences with the Vermont Arts Exchange. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartxchange.org

Parlor Room — Birds of Chicago, collective centered around Allison Russell and JT Nero, words and music tap deep veins of emotion, 7:30 p.m. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

Pearl Street — Moon Hooch 9 p.m. with Honeycomb. 10 Pearl st., Northampton. 413-586-8686, iheg.com

 

Outdoors

Canoe Meadows — Mass Audubon Wildlife CSI: Understanding Animal Tracks and Signs, 10 a.m. Guided walk looking for signs of animals. Snowshoes provided. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries — Hands-on workshop to make a bat house. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. 472 West Dugway Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Green Mountain Academy — “National Theatre Live: Amadeus,” the story of the young Mozart broadcast in HD, 3 p.m., Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Center for the Arts, Manchester Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

Williams College — ‘Uncle Vanya,’ Anton Chekhov’s precisely unique and evocative vision of familial longing, strife, desire, and regret. Chekhov himself observed that “any idiot can face a crisis; it is the day-to-day living that wears us out.” 2 p.m. Elm Tree House, Mount Hope, Williamstown. 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

 

Sunday Feb. 12

 

Valentine’s Day events

The Academy of Music —  Making Up Love, 2 p.m. New Century Theatre actors perform a scripted scene line by line while Happier Valley Comedy improvisers walk into the scene for the first time, performing their parts out of thin air. 274 Main st. Northampton, 413-584-9032, aomtheatre.com

Bartholomew’s Cobble — The Secret Sex Life of Plants, 2 p.m. Valentine-inspired talk to learn about the world of reproduction in plants. Each one is a little bit different, from asexual plants to self pollinating plants. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, thetrustees.org

Clark Art Institute — Rómeo et Juliet, 1 p.m. Met Opera encore performance in HD with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in Gounod’s adaptation of Shakespeare. Valentine’s Day brunch 10 and 11:45 a.m. A cappella music in the Clark Center 11:30 a.m. with the Williams College Ephlats and 2 p.m. with the Williams College Springstreeters. Love letters, scavenger hunts and photo booth all day. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

The Mount — It Ended Badly: Breakups in History, 2 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with author Jennifer Wright and her bestselling book, Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Breakups in History (including Edith Wharton and her own misadventures in love.) 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111, edithwharton.org

Ventfort Hall — Berkshire Concert Choir, 3 p.m. “Boy Meets Girl” concert, a range of songs including Three Folk Songs by Brahms, “Estudiantina” by Paul Lacombe, “The Longest Time” and “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel, “You’re Just in Love” by Irving Berlin and “Weep O Mine Eyes” by John Bennet. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

 

Film

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

 

Music

Parlor Room — Pioneer Valley Jazz presents Harris Eisenstadt’s Old Growth Forest with Tony Malaby, saxophones, Jeb Bishop, trombone and Jason Robeke, bass. 7:30 p.m. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

Sage City Symphony — Winter Chamber Concert 4 p.m. Beethoven Symphony No.8, Op.93, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat major, K.297b for 4 winds with Sage City Symphony principals. Free. Visual and Performing Arts Center (VAPA), Bennington College, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. sagecitysymphony.org

Williams College — Recital for Berkshire Symphony Soloists Competition, 3 p.m. Student musicians perform for an audience before their auditions. Free. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Berhdard Music Building, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Theater

Troy Music Hall — NPR’s Selected Shorts with WAMC, Host Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street), Michael Cerveris (Fun Home) and Jim True-Frost (The Wire) perform moving & comical stories about lovers and strangers, 3 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

Williams College — ‘Uncle Vanya,’ Anton Chekhov’s precisely unique and evocative vision of familial longing, strife, desire, and regret. Chekhov himself observed that “any idiot can face a crisis; it is the day-to-day living that wears us out.” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Elm Tree House, Mount Hope, Williamstown. 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

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