Week ahead Berkshire calendar Jan. 23 to 29

Bluegrass or a darkly comic demon barber, Chris Bohjalian reading from his new novel, Harlem Renaissance poets set to jazz, laughter around the fireplace at the Egremont barn or in a Gilded-Age living room … or two … late January is filling up fast. Here’s the Berkshire calendar for Jan. 23 to 29.

In the photo at the top, folk musician and singer / songwriter Kris Kristofferson, known for classics like Me and Bobby McGee, takes the stage. He will perform Tuesday night at the Egg in Albany, N.Y. Courtesy photo by J. Atkins

 

Monday Jan. 23

 

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

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Write Your History two-day workshop on  writing memoirs and family histories with Kitty Axelson-Berry, the president of Modern Memoirs Publishing, Inc. 10:45 a.m. with lunch. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, jewishberkshires.org

 

Tuesday Jan. 24

 

Community

1Berkshire — Berkshire Starts Creative Economy Live, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2015 Creative Resources Conference, a day of speakers and resources for artists, creative businesses, and cultural nonprofits with Keynote Speaker Cathy Edwards, Executive Director of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Mass MoCA, 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-499-1600, 1berkshire.com

 

Music

The Egg — Kris Kristofferson, 7:30 p.m., singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson – performing classics such as “Me & Bobby McGee”, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”, “Help Me Make it Through the Night” and more Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Williams College — Williams Opera Workshop presents Sweeney Todd — the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, semi-staged production of the work by Stephen Sondheim ’50, 7 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Free. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Wednesday Jan. 25

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — James Rollins, The Seventh Plague, 6 p.m. Scientific intrigue and historical mystery reveals an ancient threat hidden within the pages of the Bible. 4869 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Film

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire — “Reel Theology,” a cinematic exploration of belief with Rabbi Jodie Gordon: Stranger than Fiction (2006), 11:45 a.m. Feel free to bring lunch. 270 State Road, Great Barrington. hevreh.org

 

Thursday Jan. 26

 

Art

MCLA Gallery 51 — “OFA ATU: A Fisherman’s Tale of Two Communities,” an exhibition by artist Josh Ostraff, a visiting professor at MCLA, opening 5 to 7 p.m., free. Show through Feb. 19. Gallery 51, 51 Main St., North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — Chris Bohjalian, The Sleepwalkers, 6 p.m. Best-selling and acclaimed novelist reads from his new book. When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst, and her daughter, Lianna, sets out to find her. 4869 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Conversations

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Berkshire Magazine, Multicultural BRIDGE, and Bard College at Simon’s Rock will host a talk on “Social Justice: Ethics, Writing, and Reporting for Social Change.,” 7 p.m., Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Elizabeth Freeman’s Walk to Freedom: Ann-Elizabeth Barnes, an historic site interpreter, presents the story of the woman from Ashley Falls who changed history when she successfully sued for her freedom in 1781 based on the newly ratified Massachusetts Constitution that stated “all men are created free and equal.” Based on her case, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts banned slavery, eighty years before the Civil War. 10:45 a.m. with lunch. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, reservations 413-442-2200, jewishberkshires.org

Manchester Community Library — Architect Alan Benoit’s Sustainable Living Series:
“Net Zero Homes,” 6:30 p.m. on reducing or eliminating heating and electrical bills with insulation, air sealing, heating system and renewables. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2607, mclvt.org.

MCLA Green Living — Series of talks on invasive species: How One National Wildlife Refuge Approaches Invasive Plant Challenges, 7 p.m., free, with Cynthia Boettner, who has been with the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, for more than 18 years. Center for Science and Innovation, room 121, North Adams. 413-662-5301, mcla.edu

 

Music

The Egremont Barn — Open mic night. 7 to 10 p.m. Egremont Village Inn, Route 41, Egremont. 413-528-1570, theegremontbarn.com

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance,” in celebration of the lives of great three African American poets as seen through the eyes of renowned painter and muralist Aaron Douglas, 7 p.m. chamber music by The Core Ensemble on cello, piano and percussion, with Dracyn Blount as Aaron Douglas, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. Score by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Jelly Roll Morton, and composers of classical music, George Walker and Jeffrey Mumford. Free and open to all. Church Street Center, North Adams. mcla.edu

Troy Music Hall — NOW Ensemble + San Fermin, 7:30 p.m. Composers Ellis Ludwig-Leone & Mark Dancigers collaborate on an evening of music. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

 

Friday Jan. 27

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — Leisure & Lust, a Theatrical Performance in Two Acts by Sara Farrington, 7 p.m.  a psychological journey through poverty and affluence. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111, edithwharton.org

Northshire Bookstore — Kate Hennessy, writer and the youngest of Dorothy Day’s grandchildren, 7 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Dance

The Egg — Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company 7:30 p.m. Albany’s modern dance company embarks on a new venture with The College of Saint Roseoriginal dance with live music performed by student and faculty ensembles St. Rose’s Massry Center, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

 

Music

Paramount Theatre — An acoustic evening singer-songwriters, Lyle Lovett (“If I Had a Boat,” “She’s No Lady”) and John Hiatt (“Have a Little Faith in Me,” “Thing Called Love”), trading off songs and stories that have made them innovative voices in music, 8 p.m.. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0570, paramountvt.org

Troy Music Hall — 1964: The Tribute, Beatles show 7:30 p.m. 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, 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

 

Saturday Jan. 28

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — ‘The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch,’ film at 3 p.m. Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with art lovers now more than ever? Where did his unconventional creations come from? 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-0524, clarkart.edu

 

Books and Writing

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir with Jennifer Browdy: Dreaming Deep, 1:30 p.m. South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road, Great Barrington.

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

The Mount — Leisure & Lust, a Theatrical Performance in Two Acts by Sara Farrington, 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.  a psychological journey through poverty and affluence. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111, edithwharton.org

 

Comedy

The Egremont Barn — Comedy Night with Shawn Hollenbach and Chris Coucette, hosted by Jenny Rubin. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Egremont Village Inn, Route 41, Egremont. 413-528-1570, theegremontbarn.com

Ventfort Hall — “Don’t Wine If You Are Murdered!” Comical Mystery Theater Tour 6 p.m. Helena Handbasket is hosting a Wine Tasting with world-famous Wine Connoisseur U. Paul McCork, who seems to have made some enemies … 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, @gildedage.org.

 

Dance

Hubbard Hall — Dance Flurry contradance workshop 2 to 4 p.m. to get ready for the eclectic, feel-good festival of traditional social dance and music in the Capital Region. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Family

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire —  Tot Shabbat 9 a.m. with storytelling and music and conversation about about equality and what it means to be a good friend. All welcome. 270 State Road, Great Barrington. hevreh.org

Temple Anshe Amunim — Family-friendly Shabbat with a congregational brunch. Students and parents will lead the congregation in song, and short readings in Hebrew and English. All are welcome. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. RSVP 413-442-5910, AnsheAmunim.org

 

Music

Berkshire Museum — Winter Journey, a concert of classical music with Tenor Eduardo Ortiz and pianist Andrew D’Antonio, 2 p.m. Winterreise by Franz Schubert and Winter Words by Benjamin Britten. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171 ext. 360, berkshiremuseum.org

The Egg — Zeppelin Complete 8 p.m. Original members of the international touring Zeppelin tribute Hammer of the Gods, with New York City studio musicians. Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Vermont Arts Exchange — The Ghost of Paul Revere, folk, bluegrass and close harmonies, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7. Masonic Hall, Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549 vtartxchange.org

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — “Growing Fragrant Plants Indoors” workshop by White Flower Farm nursery manager Barbara Pierson. 10 a.m. to noon. “Growing Succulents, Agave and Aeoniums” taught by plantsman Rob Gennari, owner of Glendale Botanicals, 1 to 3 p.m. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413 298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary — Wildlife CSI: Understanding Animal Tracks & Signs, time TBA. 568 Silver St., Sheffield. 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

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — No Man’s Land, 7 p.m. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart broadcast live in HD from London’s National Theatre on the big screen in Harold Pinter’s power game between two aging writers. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Sunday Jan. 29

Art

Clark Art Institute — Camera-free Images: Cyanotyes workshop 12:30 p.m. with Lucie Castaldo and Cecilia Hirsch of IS183 Art School, Compose and expose images and the visit the galleries for historical context and inspiration. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-298-5252, ext. 100. IS183.org

Manchester Community Library — ARTSalon Series, 3 p.m. In the 1800s, Salons were traditionally offered to entertain and enlighten—presenting poetry readings or musical presentations and discussions about the arts of the times. “The Language of Art” will focus on some well-known and not so well-known works, how people “read” visual art, the vocabulary artists use and how people understand it, with Carol Berry, an artist and a retired art educator. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2607, mclvt.org

 

Books and Writing

WordXWord — Thanks for the Fish: voices against greed, 3 p.m. Poets and spoken word performers share work that reflects on — and celebrates — sharing and caring. In conjunction with “OFA ATU: A Fisherman’s Tale of Two Communities,” an exhibition by artist Josh Ostraff, a visiting professor at MCLA. May contain content appropriate for mature audiences. Free. Gallery 51, 51 Main St., North Adams. wXw365.org

 

Family

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire —  Parenting Book Club 11:45 a.m., reading Danya Ruttenberg’s Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting.” 270 State Road, Great Barrington. hevreh.org

 

Music

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — The Simon’s Rock Faculty Recital Series presents chamber music performed by the Simon’s Rock Trio: Ronald Gorevic, violin, Anne Legêne, cello, and Larry Wallach, piano. 3 p.m., Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

The Egg — Los Lobos, 7:30 p.m. Using musical molds built on the blues, rockabilly, jazz, Latin and their own Mexican-American heritage, Los Lobos is recognized as one of the world’s foremost contemporary roots-rock bands. Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

The Egremont Barn — Karaoke around the fireplace, 7 to 10 p.m. Egremont Village Inn, Route 41, Egremont. 413-528-1570, theegremontbarn.com

 

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

Town Players of Pittsfield — Staged reading of “Opus to Moonlight” by local playwright Ren Campbell, 2 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

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