Week ahead Berkshire calendar Jan. 16 to 22

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will begin the week with tributes, film,  music and reflections. The photo above, an image of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington. This photograph appears in the ‘Reflecting on Race’ exhibit at the Chatham Bookstore. Photo courtesy of the Chatham Bookstore.

 

Monday Jan. 16

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Chatham Bookstore — Reflecting on Race: Photography Invitational, show opens today, through March 31. Inspired by a series of books of photographs of African-American life published by Giles and the newly opened Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, “Double Exposure,” an exhibit covering similar topics including personal views of history, family, childhood, occupations, and portraits of people and daily life. 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-3005, chathambookstore.com

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Screening of ‘Selma’ in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, British-American historical drama based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. 10:45 a.m. with lunch. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, reservations 413-442-2200, jewishberkshires.org

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service — BCC will partner with Habitat for Humanity, Harvest Table, and other community partners for a national day of service dedicated to improving our communities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St. Pittsfield. Free and all are welcome. Register rbroch@berkshirecc.edu, 413-236-2177

Norman Rockwell Museum — Rockwell’s Stand on Civil Rights, 2 p.m. In the 1960s, Rockwell documented social issues and his belief in American ideals. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

Williams College — Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of events, all free and open to all. Williams students, MCLA students and members of the Berkshire community participate in service projects, 9 a.m. to noon. At noon in Griffin Hall, room 2, screening of Martin Luther King’s controversial speech, “Beyond Vietnam — A Time to Break Silence” with lunch. From 1 to 3 p.m., in Paresky Auditorium, screening of the movie Selma. I in Baxter Hall in Paresky, students of Steven Miller, associate professor of mathematics, will build a LEGO recreation of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. From 2 to 5 p.m., Lee Snack Bar will provide free hot chocolate, sundaes, and a build-your-own cupcake bar. From 3:30 to 5 p.m., student speakers, a presentation from Sisterhood, performances from Sankofa and Gospel Choir, as well as opening remarks from Shawna Patterson, Director of the Davis Center. Campus-wide themed dinner at Whitmans’s Dining Hall from 5 to 7 p.m., with a fundraiser for the Berkshire County NAACP. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Art

Makers Mill — Figure drawing collective 7 to 9 p.m. at community maker space. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakersmill.org

 

Wednesday Jan. 18

 

Music

The Egg — An Evening with Pat Metheny with bassist Linda Oh, pianist Gwilym Simcock and drummer Antonio Sanchez, 7:30 p.m. One of the day’s most popular, eclectic and innovative guitarists, Pat Metheny has won 20 Grammy Awards in 12 different categories. Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

 

Thursday Jan. 19

 

Art

Intuitive Painting — “My Vision for 2017,” 6 to 8 p.m. workshop in thoughtful and playful self-expression. Community Center, Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St., Lee. viktoriaseavey.com

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — The Changing Landscape of Media in the Berkshires, talk with newsman David Scribner, 10:45 a.m. with lunch. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, reservations 413-442-2200, jewishberkshires.org

 

Friday Jan. 20

Music

Berkshire Music School — Blue Jazz at Music@theTaft, 7 p.m. Dave Bartley and friends. Wine and beer available for purchase. Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-442-1411, berkshiremusicschool.org

 

Saturday Jan. 21

Books and Writing

Mason Library — Demystifying Poetry Part I, a workshope for writers & readers with Jayne Benjulian, author of Five Sextillion Atoms, 10:30 a.m. to noon. How do we read poetry? Why does it seem more complicated to read than ordinary prose? Read compelling poems, talk about some of the characteristics of poetry and begin a poem. 231 Main St., Great Barrington. 413-528-2403, gblibraries.org

 

Community

Berkshire Women’s March — Free community event in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Streaming the rally live, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and connecting with Berkshire representatives in Washington, D.C., via Facebook Live and Twitter, with art exhibit and a variation on the spontaneous interactive art project in the New York City subways in the weeks since the presidential election: all are invited to finish two statements — “I support…” and “I will…” — on Post-it notes, displayed in the Colonial lobby that day and travelling in the coming weeks and months. #WhyIMarch photo booth, signs welcome. That’s A Wrap Café in Pittsfield and The Colonial Bar will serve lunch. Rock the Constitution readings from founding documents and original writing created especially for this event by local writers 1 to 2 p.m., curated by Jayne Benjulian. Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. womensmarch.com/sisters

 

Family

Berkshire Carousel — Children’s art program with Shaun Kennedy, 11:30 a.m., third Saturdays monthly. 50 Center St., Pittsfield. 413-499-0457.

 

Food

Bennington Farmers Market — Winter market with fresh greens, baked goods, dairy products, meats, specialty food, crafts and more 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on first and third Saturdays monthly at the First Baptist Church, 600 Main St., Bennington, Vt. benningtonfarmersmarket.org

 

Music

Clark Art Institute — Rómeo et Juliet, 12:55 p.m. Met Opera Live in HD returns to the big screen with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in Gounod’s adaptation of Shakespeare. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

The Egg — Gaelic Storm, 8 p.m., one of the world’s foremost Celtic fusion bands. Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Rómeo et Juliet, 1 p.m. Met Opera Live in HD returns to the big screen with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in Gounod’s adaptation of Shakespeare. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Outdoors

Berkhire Botanical Garden — Author Tovah Martin Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. for “The Begonia Winter Survival Guide,” how to keep them healthy, and techniques for propagation, with begonia cuttings. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge.  413 298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary — Winter Wonderland: Lenox Mountain Snowshoe / Hike 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. Berkshire Sanctuaries, 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Third Annual Winter Carnival of New Work in the heart of winter, 7:30 p.m. Plays and monologues created with the community, focused on issues of farming and our connection to the land and nature here in our region. Partnering with the Agricultural Stewardship Association and Young Playwrights’ Theater of Washington, D.C., to create and share this new work. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Sunday Jan. 22

 

Conversations

Lenox Library — Rabbi David Weiner, “Christians and Jews,” 4 p.m. Distinguished Lecture Series 2016-17, free. 18 Main St., Lenox. lenoxlib.org

 

Dance

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Sleeping Beauty 1 p.m. Bolshoi Ballet in HD Live in HD on the big screen. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Music

Paramount Theatre — Vermont Symphony Orchestra with Katherine Winterstein, violin. Beethoven’s penultimate symphony and work by American composer Christopher Theofanidis, Dreamtime Ancestors, based on the Australian aboriginal idea that everyone is connected through past, present, and future. Each movement is preceded by a short reading. Samuel Barber’s iconic violin concerto. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0570, paramountvt.org

Troy Music Hall — The High School Choral Festival, 5 p.m. Local High School Choirs will share the stage with APM after a showcase of individual performances. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Third Annual Winter Carnival of New Work in the heart of winter, 2 p.m. Plays and monologues created with the community, focused on issues of farming and our connection to the land and nature here in our region. Partnering with the Agricultural Stewardship Association and Young Playwrights’ Theater of Washington, D.C., to create and share this new work. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

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