Berkshire calendar Jan. 30 to Feb. 5

Comedy and climate change, calligraphy and constellations — this week performers and films take on timely issues, and free days and community events at the Clark Art Institute, Mass MoCA and the Norman Rockwell Museum bring hands-on art, music and performance to the galleries.

In the photo at the top, two politically opposed young women shape their lives along with the political future of Tunisia, the sole country to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings as a functional democracy, in  A Revolution in Four Seasons,’ a documentary film screening Thursday at Mass MoCA. Photo courtesy of  A Revolution in Four Seasons.’

 

Monday Jan. 30

 

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. 31

 

Music

The Egg — Greensky Bluegrass, 7 p.m. acoustic stomp of a string band with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll. Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

 

Wednesday Feb. 1

 

Conversations

Berkshire Athenaeum — The Electoral College, 7 p.m. James Arpante, adjunct instructor of Business,History and Government at Berkshire Community College, free talk. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

First Wednesdays Talk — All About Eve, Dartmouth professor of religion Susan Ackerman considers both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Adam and Eve story and how recent scholarship on women and the Bible pushes us to rethink our common assumptions about Eve, 7 p.m. Vermont humanities talk, 7 p.m., free. First Congregational Church of Manchester, 3624 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2607, vermonthumanities.org

 

Music

Williams College — Corinna Campbell, faculty talk, 4:15 p.m. in Bernhard Muic Center. Free. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary — Mass Audubon property with trails, ponds and boardwalks. Free admission for Berkshire residents 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on first Wednesdays. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. Berkshire Sanctuaries, 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Thursday Feb. 2

 

Art

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

 

Film

Mass MoCA — A Revolution in Four Seasons, 7:30 p.m. Two politically opposed young women shape their lives along with the political future of Tunisia, the sole country to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings as a functional democracy. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — Remember When Rock Was Young, 7 p.m. Musical journey celebrates the decades of chart-topping hits of Sir Elton John, including “Benny and the Jets,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” and “Crocodile Rock.” The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Friday Feb. 3

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Clark After Hours, 7 p.m. A night out in the spirit of Setsubun, a Japanese celebration of ending winter and good luck in the coming spring. Learn more about Japanese ceramics while enjoying private evening access to special exhibition Japanese Impressions, then channel the art of “golden joinery” to create your own kintsugi collage. Also Gallery talk for new parents and infants, 10:15 a.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

First Fridays Artswalk — Upstreet art openings 5 to 8 p.m. Regional artists hold receptions for monthly shows at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, the Berkshire Museum and more than a dozen popup locations and galleries. Signs from regional Women’s Marchers on view at Shire City Sanctuary. Tour leaves from the Intermodal Center at 5. After party celebration at the Whitney Center for the Arts. 42 Wendell Ave. North and South Streets, Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum — Meet Rockwell’s Models, 3 p.m. Find out what it was like to pose for the Saturday Evening Post and other illustrations. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Conversations

MCLA — Campus Conversation on Race, 3 p.m., Campus Center’s Sullivan Lounge. Church Street, North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Food

Shire City Sanctuary — Community dinner with Mariana Bergtold, former chef of the Danding Vegan, 6 to 8 p.m. Latin menu: slasa, guacamole, con queso and corn, plantain fritters, Spanish rice and beans, picarones (Peruvian Biegnets) and more. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

 

Music

Williams College — Williams Chamber Players perform Brahms, Clara chumann, Thea Musgrave and the college’s Zachary Wadsworth, 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Building. Free. Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

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

Williams College — Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, 8 p.m. Fringe First Award Winner Baba Brinkman, the world’s first and only “peer reviewed rapper,” bringing science to the masses with his unique brand of hip-hop comedy, breaks down the politics, economics, and science of global warming, following its surprising twists from the carbon cycle to the energy economy. MainStage,’62 Center, 1000 Main St, Williams College, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Saturday Feb. 4

 

Art

Mass MoCA — Annual Free Day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Art-making, gallery, tours and pop-up performances, elevator music (played live), and Nick Cave in the big gallery. Tours run throughout the day, dance performances in the galleries and late-night show at 8 p.m. in the Hunter Center. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — 31st annual Berkshire County High School Art Show opens 2 to 4 p.m. Paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, digital art and more. ainting Like Rockwell, 1:30 p.m.: Illustrator/painter Dan Howe explores, explains, and demonstrates Norman Rockwell’s process for creating a painted image.9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Books and Writing

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

Northshire Bookstore — Emily Fridlund, History of Wolves, 7 p.m. 14-year-old Linda, living isolated in Minnesota, first novel. 4869 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Dance

Chatham Contradance — Anna Rain calls with music by The Russet Trio, all dances taught. waltzing/couples dancing at 7:30, contra dancing begins at 8:00 pm. Bring a friend or come alone, no partners necessary. Morris Memorial Hall, 21 park Row, Chatham, N.Y. cococontra.org

The Egg — Palissimo Company 7:30 p.m. both human and humane, this interdisciplinary company’s works merge the abstract aspects of dance with the nonlinear qualities of theatre UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

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

 

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

Shire City Sanctuary — What’s Cooking monthly workshop: Sweets and Treats with Mariana Bergtold, former chef of the Danding Vegan, 3 to 5 p.m. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

 

Music

Mass MoCA — Steven Bernstein’s Universal Melody Brass Band, 8 p.m., arrangements of Sly and the Family Stone, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Allen Toussaint, The Band, and more, with a wicked horn section. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Outdoors

Notchview — Brew Moon Ski and Snowshoe, 7 p.m. Moonlight snowshoe and ski on a self-guided woodland adventure with beer and wine tasting and treats at the visitors center. Route 9, Windsor. 413-628-4485, thetrustees.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

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Amadeus 7 p.m. A young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrives as a child prodigy in Vienna. London National Theatre live in HD on the big screen. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, 413-528-0100; mahaiwe.org

 

Sunday Feb. 5

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — First Sundays Free: Different Strokes, noon to 3 p.m. Ann Kremers, professional calligrapher, demonstrates the art form; visitors create their own piece of hand-lettered art from 1 to 4. Shodo talk and demonstration 1 to 2:30 p.m., Japanese calligrapher Masako Inkyo presents a demonstration of the art of shodo using landscape images from works on view in the exhibition. Professor Shinko Kagaya of the Japanese Studies Department at Williams College will introduce the artist. At 2:30 p.m. Inkyo will lead a workshop on basic calligraphy strokes and Japanese characters.  225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Conversations

MCLA Black History Month — Annual Student Leadership Conference, “Social Justice/Diversity Session Track,” with keynote speaker AJ Adams, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center. Church Street, North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Dance

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Bolshoi Ballet in HD Swan Lake in an encore performance of Swan Lake in HD 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Film

Clark art Institute — Kwaidan, 1:30 p.m. Masaki Kobayashi adapts four ghost stories, opening the free Sunday afternoon film series. Films in Japanese with English subtitles.  225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Outdoors

Hoffmann Bird Club — Breakfast and Winter Birds, 7:30 a.m. Ozzie’s Restaurant, Maple St., Hinsdale. for breakfast and then look for wintering birds around Hinsdale and nearby towns. Mostly roadside birding. 413-281-2398, 413-655-0112, hoffmannbirdclub.org

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