Week ahead Berkshire calendar Jan. 9 to 15

Nationally acclaimed writers converge in Bennington, new music soars at Williams College, concerts and talks celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., and Leo Koettke, in the photo above, will perform one-man-band stripped-down folk with Keller Williams at the Paramount Theatre (photo by Dmileson). The Berkshire calendar Jan. 9 to 15 is far-reaching even in this quiet time of year.

 

Monday Jan. 9

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — MFA in Writing Program readings with visiting writers: Major Jackson, author of four collections of poetry: Roll Deep, Holding Company, Hoops, and Leaving Saturn, and novelist and short wtory writer Stuart Nadler, author of “Wise Men.”  1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Film

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire — A Walk on the Moon, 1999 drama starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber, Anna Paquin and Tovah Feldshuh, set against the backdrop of the Woodstock festival of 1969 and the moon landing of that year, in a Catskills bungalow colony. Lane earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. Film 5 p.m. and discussion 7 p.m. 270 State Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-6378, hevreh.org

 

Wednesday Jan. 11

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — MFA in Writing Program readings with visiting writers: Alice Mattison, author of critically acclaimed works of fiction including ” When We Argued All Night,” a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and Bob Shacochis, whose latest novel, “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Thursday Jan. 12

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — MFA in Writing Program readings with visiting writers: Jill McCorkle, author four story collections and six novels, five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books, and winner of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and Lynne Sharon Schwartz, author of 23 books, including novels, short-story collections, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, and translations, which have eared her National Book Award and PEN Award nominations and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires —  In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, “Who was Festus Campbell?” — Bernard A. Drew, author, senior associate editor of The Lakeville Journal newspapers and writer of 500 Our Berkshires speaks about a Berkshire man of strong faith who owned land, who created business opportunities, who was determined to thrive on his own terms in the late 19th century, celebrating the African American history of Berkshire County. 10:45 a.m. with lunch. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, jewishberkshires.org

One World Conservation Center — The Valley We Live In talk, “Your Garden, Weather and Climate- What will the Future Bring?” with Alan Baker on techniques and tools to help mitigate the extremes of nature with a warming planet. Bring questions, ideas and possible solutions. 7 p.m. at 413 Route 7 South, Bennington, Vt. oneworldconservationcenter.org

Williams College — Former Vermont governor and chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Howard Dean will speak on political leadership, 7:30 p.m. Dean was governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003, serving five two-year terms. He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president in 2004, and then served as chair of the DNC from 2005 to 201o, and he  pioneered Internet-based fundraising and grassroots organizing. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Berkshire International Film Festival — Screening of ‘Brave New Jersey,’ a comedy set in a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles’ legendary 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, which led millions of listeners to believe the U.S. was being invaded by Martians. Q&A by screenwriter by Berkshire resident, filmmaker and writer, Michael Dowling and actor Evan Jonigkeit. 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. film. Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington. biffma.org

 

Music

Williams College — I/O New Music Festival: four days of contemporary music. I/O Ensemble 8 p.m., CenterStage. 10:30 p.m. After  Hours with Rothko Chapel and Experimental Jazz. All events free. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St, Williams College, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Friday Jan. 13

 

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

Bennington College — MFA in Writing Program readings with visiting writers: Joan Wickersham, whose most recent book, The News from Spain (Knopf) was named one of the year’s best fiction picks by National Public Radio, Kirkus Reviews and The San Francisco Chronicle, and her memoir The Suicide Index (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was a National Book Award finalist, and Justin Torres, whose first novel, “We the Animals,” won an Indies Choice Book Awards and was a Publishing Triangle Award finalist and a NAACP Image Award nominee. His stories and essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, Granta, The Guardian, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and Tin House and have been featured on NPR.  1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Sheffield Historical Society — “Remarkable Women of New England: The War years 1754 –1787” by Carole Owens with book signing, 7:30 p.m., Dewey Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield. 413-229-2694, sheffieldshistoricalsociety.org

 

Music

Paramount Theatre — Keller Williams, one-man band, stripped down folk with Leo Kottke, guitarist known for a fingerpicking style of blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies, 8 p.m., with humorous monologues and vocal and instrumental selections on 6- and 12- string guitars. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0570, paramountvt.org

Williams College — I/O New Music Festival: four days of contemporary music. Afternoon workshops and master classes. Guest ensemble TAK in concert, ‘Currents,’ 8 p.m. at CenterStage. All events free. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St, Williams College, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Pleasant Valley Sanctuary — Full Moon Owl and Wildlife Prowl, 6:30 p.m. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. Berkshire Sanctuaries, 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Saturday Jan. 14

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — MFA in Writing Program January 2017 Residency, Jan. 5 to Jan. 15. MFA writing students with readings and visiting writers. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Northshire Bookstore — Julia Alvarez and Sabra Field (children’s book) Where Do They Go, 4 p.m. An illustrated poem for children gently addresses the emotional side of death: “When somebody dies, where do they go? / Do they go where the wind goes when it blows? …” 4869 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Ventfort Hall — No technological change was more disruptive to the rural way of life in Lenox than the motor car. Historian and author Cornelia Brooke Gilder speaks on the battle that followed, with a Victorian tea will follow the talk. 3:30 p.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org.

 

Community

Berkshire Grown — Winter Farmers Market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locally grown and produced food from cheese to honey, live music, lunch fare and children’s activities. Monument Valley Middle School, Route 7, Great Barrington. 413-528-0041, berkshiregrown.org

Mason Library — Tiny House Talk & Tour 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Lia Douillet on how she designed and built her own tiny house. 231 Main St., Great Barrington. 413-528-2403, gblibraries.org

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

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

 

Music

Vermont Arts Exchange — Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse, with opener Beard and Glasses: doors open at 7 p.m., Beard and Glasses at 7:30 and Kat Wright at 8. Basement Music Series, Masonic Hall, downtown Bennington. 800-838-3006, vtartxchange.org

Williams College — I/O New Music Festival: four days of contemporary music. Tom Johnon’s ‘Nine Bells,’ 1 p.m. and IOTA Ensemble 8 p.m. at CenterStage. All events free. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St, Williams College, Williamstown. 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

 

Theater

Clark Art Institute — No Man’s Land, 1 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. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Sunday Jan. 15

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — MFA in Writing Program January 2017 Residency, Jan. 5 to Jan. 15. MFA writing students with readings and visiting writers. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Music

Cantilena Chamber Choir — Martin Luther King concert of Spirituals 3 p.m. Psalms and Spirituals open sing wth the Zion AME Church Choir, director Paul Keele and and community activist Shirley Edgerton. cantilenachoir.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Verdi’s Nabucco, 1 p.m. Met Opera Live in HD returns to the big screen with Placido Domingo under the direction of James Levine. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Meetinghouse Concert — Fiddler, guitarist, songwriter and song collector Rani Arbo and singer/songwriter Greg Ryan, 3 p.m. UU Fellowship, 108 School St., Bennington, Vt. 802-440-9816, uubennington.org

Williams College — I/O New Music Festival: four days of contemporary music.Afternoon workshops and master classes. I/Out Loud, kids mak music with Eph Out Loud, 1 p.m. and Out of the Box Drumming 2:30 p.m. at Clark Art Institute. All events free. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu, 413-597-3146, music.williams.edu

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