Berkshire Calendar July 31 to Aug. 6

August comes in with fireworks over Tanglewood and folk music over the New York border — with blacksmiths at Hancock Shaker Village, horse pulls and homemade bred at the Adams Agricultural Fair and spoken word and poetry around Pittsfield … The Berkshire calendar July 31 to Aug. 6 is alive and humming.

 

Monday July 31

Art

Clark Art Institute — Film: The Picasso Summer, 7 p.m., a young couple try to meet the artist, screenplay written by famed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury with Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux. Daily gallery talks 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. Williamstown

 

Books and Writers

The Mastheads — Roundtable: Lawrence Buell speaks on Ecocriticism and transcendentalism, 5:30 p.m., Hotel on North, Pittsfield

The Mount — Award-winning author Randall Fuller will discuss his latest book, The Book that Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation, 4 p.m. Lenox

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — Bye Bye Birdie, a rock star turns a small town upside down. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield.

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Nobody Does It Like Me … The Music of Cy Coleman, 8 p.m. Straight from Broadway’s Wicked, the multiple Emmy and Tony nominated Michele Lee spotlights the music of Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Barnum and City of Angels). 7 p.m. Pittsfield

Boston University Tanglewood Institute —  Young Artists Orchestra Faculty, BUTI Faculty Recital, 7 p.m., free. Trinity Church, Lenox

 

Tuesday Aug. 1

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Piece by Piece: Cubist Portraits, 1 p.m., look at things from a different angle to create a unique work of cubist art. Daily gallery talks. Williamstown

Marble House Project — Conversation with Mimi Hoang, a principal, and Eric Bungeco-founding Principal, of Brooklyn based nARCHITECTS; screening by Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suibt, new images that challenge popular understandings of history and culture, 6 p.m. ArtSeed presentations with artists in residence, Marble House, Dorset, Vt. Wine over Marble reception 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Marble West Inn, Dorset, Vt.

 

Books and Writers

The Mount — Award-winning author Randall Fuller will discuss his latest book, The Book that Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation, 11 a.m. Lenox

 

Community

Arrowhead — Herman Melville’s birthday celebration and Old Salts Day, free admission sailors and seamen, Pittsfield

Ventfort Hall — Keeping Up with the Vanderbilts: Architectural Rivalries, on William Henry Vanderbilt’s four sons and four daughters, 4 p.m. Lenox

 

Family

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Music Man, a con artist prompts an Iowa town to start a marching band, 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

The Mount — Books & Blooms, Children and their families are welcome to gather in the Italian Garden for story time and crafts. 10 a.m., free, Lenox

 

Film

PS21 — The Immigrant, Marion Cotillard plays a Polish woman trying to free her sister from Ellis Island’s infirmary, 8:30 p.m. Free Movie Tuesdays, Chatham, N.Y.

 

Music

Green Mountain Academy — Entrepreneurship in Classical Music, 5:30 p.m., Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, Vt.

Tanglewood — Tanglewood on Parade: Daytime activities with BUTI Young Artists chamber music 2:30 p.m. and young artists orchestra and chorus 4 p.m., performances and games. BSO and Boston Pops with TMC orchestra: Copland Fanfare for the Common Man, Kodaly, Mendelssohn, Rogers and Hart, John Williams and Tchaikovsky 1812 overture with cannon: Charles Dutoit, Moritz Gnann, Keith Lockhart, Bramwell Tovey, and John Williams, cond., Garrick Ohlsson on piano and sporano Dawn Upshaw, 8 p.m., Shed, Fireworks to follow. Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Taking Steps, comedy, 7 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Bershire Theatre Group — Arsenic and Old Lace, classic comedy of genteel murder, 7 p.m., Mainstage. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, delving into human loneliness, 7 p.m., Unicorn Theatre. Stockbridge

Double Edge Theatre — We The People: performance intersects art, culture, and democracy and the paradoxes, the stories, the dreams that make up a human being, a community, a society, outdoors in pastures and gardens of the farm surrounded by music and flight, 8 p.m. Ashfield. doubleedgetheatre.org

The Mount — Shakespeare & Company performs A Midsummer Night’s Dream outside, 6 p.m. Lenox

Shakespeare & Company — Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in the face of resolve, 2 p.m. Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Temple Anshe Amunim — The Face of Evil theater talks on two plays, Paddy Chayefsky’s The Tenth Man, an American update of Ansky’s The Dybbuk, a classic of the Yiddish theatre, and Watch on the Rhine, Lillian Hellman’s World War II play probing how deeply Fascism can penetrate people’s hearts and minds, 10 a.m. Pittsfield

Weston Playhouse — Tenderly,  musical about the life and times of Rosemary Clooney, 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, Halley Feiffer’s world premiere contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center, with law talk at 1:15. Williamstown.

 

Wednesday Aug. 2

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Brought to Light: Works on Paper program on rarely exhibited works, 1 p.m. Daily gallery talks. Williamstown

Manchester Community Library —  Grandma Moses, American Modern?: Moses and the Narrative(s) of Modern Art, illustrated talk by Bennington Museum curator Jamie Franklin, 7 p.m., free. Manchester, Vt.

 

Books and Writers

The Mount — Wharton on Wednesdays, Edith Wharton’s short stories series read by professional actors on the terrace, 5 p.m. Ghost Tour of the most haunted parts of the estate, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

WordXWord Festival — WXW Poetry sCrawl, a free multi-stop poetry stroll through the Upstreet Cultural District, starts at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 6 p.m. and ends at the Whitney Center for the Arts with the WXW Poetry bRawl, 8 p.m., opening reception and poetic games including head-to-head haiku, rap battle, insta-collabs, open to sCrawl poets and anyone in the room who wants to give it a go. Pittsfield

 

Conversation

Temple Anshe Amunim — The Dreyfus Affair: In Paris, 1894, army officer Alfred Dreyfus is convicted of treason and imprisoned on Devil’s Island for life, but the evidence is spotty, and the question rises, was he framed because he was a Jew? The Dreyfus Affair shook French society to its foundations with world-wide repercussions. 11:30 a.m., Pittsfield

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Doug Varone & Dancers, ReComposed inspired by expressionist painter Joan Mitchell, Boats Leaving set to music by Arvo Pärt and Doug Varone solo Nocturnes, 8 p.m. Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Dearest Home, solos and duets that embody love and longing 8:15 p.m. Inside/Out: Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, contemporary ballet, 6:15 p.m., free. Becket

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — Bye Bye Birdie, a rock star turns a small town upside down. 2 and 7 p.m. Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Music Man, a con artist prompts an Iowa town to start a marching band, 2 and 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

 

Music

Bennington Chamber Music Conference — Witold Lutosławski: String Quartet, Carl Nielsen: Wind Quintet, 8 p.m. Free. Bennington College, Bennington, Vt.

Boston University Tanglewood Institute —  Young Artists Piano Program, BUTI Student Recital, 7 p.m., free. Trinity Church, Lenox

Windsor Lake concert — Bang on a Can, musicians from contemporary music festival at Mass MoCA, 6:30 p.m. free. Windsor Lake, North Adams

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Berkshire residents free day 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Taking Steps, comedy, 2 and 7 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Bershire Theatre Group — Arsenic and Old Lace, classic comedy of genteel murder, 2 and 7 p.m., Mainstage. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, delving into human loneliness, 7 p.m., Unicorn Theatre. Stockbridge

Chester Theatre — Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan: When a boy’s mother attempts suicide, he starts a list to convince her to stay, 8 p.m. Chester

Double Edge Theatre — We The People: performance intersects art, culture, and democracy and the paradoxes, the stories, the dreams that make up a human being, a community, a society, outdoors in pastures and gardens of the farm surrounded by music and flight, 8 p.m. Ashfield. doubleedgetheatre.org

Oldcastle Theatre — Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius, sisters confront each other over a rare stamp, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in the face of resolve, 7:30 p.m. Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 3 p.m. Lenox

Weston Playhouse — Tenderly,  musical about the life and times of Rosemary Clooney, 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, Halley Feiffer’s world premiere contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center. Williamstown.

 

Thursday Aug. 3

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Off the Wall: Soak Stain, canvas wall hanging inspired by the work of abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler, 1 to 4 p.m. Daily gallery talks. Williamstown

Norman Rockwell Museum — Inventing America: Andy, Edie and the Sedgwicks of Stockbridge, 5:30 p.m., Edie Sedgwick was an American heiress, actress and fashion model known as one of Andy Warhol’s superstars. Stockbridge

Williams College Museum of Art — Object Not Found: A roving reading of original works by local writers that imagine the lives of objects no longer present in the museum’s collection, 5 p.m. Extracurriculars: Drinks, snacks and serendipity on the patio, 6 to 8 p.m. Williamstown

 

Books and Writers

Arrowhead — Marathon reading of Moby-Dick through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pittsfield

The Mount — Le Café Français, les conversations et les croissants on The Mount’s Terrace, 8:30 a.m. Literary Roundtable discussion of Edith Wharton’s literary legacy, 3:30 p.m., Lenox

WordXWord Festival — Intersection, spoken word, poetry and performance explore what makes truth relative and more than a little bit slippery, 8 p.m. May involve mature content. Free, Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield

 

Community

Hemmings Cruise-In — Family-friendly car gatherings open to all years, all makes and models, 5:30 to 8 p.m. 222 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Doug Varone & Dancers, ReComposed inspired by expressionist painter Joan Mitchell, Boats Leaving set to music by Arvo Pärt and Doug Varone solo Nocturnes, 8 p.m. Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Dearest Home, solos and duets that embody love and longing, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m. Inside/Out: METdance, choreographers: work inspired by Hurricane Katrina by Camille A. Brown, Clean-Cut American Stage Show and Snow Playground, 6:15 p.m., free. Becket

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — Bye Bye Birdie, a rock star turns a small town upside down. 2 and 7 p.m. Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Music Man, a con artist prompts an Iowa town to start a marching band, 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

 

Music

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival — Pre-Fest Day: Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market and FRFF present Tastings and Farm Market 2 to 7 p.m. and Lounge Stage 5 to 11 p.m. in the Dance Tent. 44 County Road 7D, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Mass MoCA — Beer garden in the Chalet, Karaoke with Bang on a Can, 10 p.m. in artist Dean Baldwin’s riverside beer garden and conversation with visiting artists. Bar opens at 5:30 p.m. North Adams

Naumkeag — Live music by regional bands with cocktails in the gardens of the Choate Family Gilded Age Cottage, 5 to 8 p.m. Stockbridge

Tanglewood — Schubert’s Summer Journey, Program 3: Schubert with Colin Jacobsen world premiere, with Emanuel Ax, piano; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano 8 p.m. Ozawa Hall, Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Taking Steps, comedy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. This, comedy on a circle of friends backing  their way into middle age, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab — Some Old Black Man: a professor moves his 82-year-old, doggedly independent, blue collar southern father into his Harlem penthouse, 8 p.m., Saint James Place, Great Barrington

Bershire Theatre Group — Arsenic and Old Lace, classic comedy of genteel murder, 7 p.m., Mainstage. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, delving into human loneliness, 7 p.m., Unicorn Theatre. Stockbridge

Chester Theatre — Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan: When a boy’s mother attempts suicide, he starts a list to convince her to stay, 2 with talkback and 8 p.m. Chester

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, musical comedy: An Elvis impersonator takes on a drag act, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Double Edge Theatre — We The People: performance intersects art, culture, and democracy and the paradoxes, the stories, the dreams that make up a human being, a community, a society, outdoors in pastures and gardens of the farm surrounded by music and flight, 8 p.m. Ashfield. doubleedgetheatre.org

The Mount — Shakespeare & Company performs A Midsummer Night’s Dream outside, 6 p.m. Lenox

Oldcastle Theatre — Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius, sisters confront each other over a rare stamp, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Park-McCullough House — Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker and performed by Living Room Theatre, 7:30 p.m. North Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in the face of resolve, 2 p.m. Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Shakespeare in the Park — Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s comedy of misplaced passion and mistaken identities, 8 p.m., free. First Street Common,  Pittsfield

Theatre Barn — Nunsense, musical comedy, 8 p.m. the Little Sisters of Hoboken are trying to raise money to benefit sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God) … New Lebanon

Weston Playhouse — The Music Man, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Tenderly, musical about Rosemary Clooney, 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — A Legendary Romance, new musical by Geoff Morrow and Timothy Prager, a forgotten filmmaker must approve a version of his abandoned masterpiece, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, Halley Feiffer’s world premiere contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center, Williamstown.

 

Friday Aug. 4

 

Art

Chesterwood — Walking tour of Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture, commissioned new artworks and adapted works by 15 artists, 2 p.m. Stockbridge

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, Shire City Sanctuary and more than a dozen popup locations and galleries. Tour leaves from the Intermodal Center at 5. Ater party at the Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave. North and South Streets, Pittsfield. firstfridaysartswalk.com

Frelinghuysen Morris House and Studio — Plein air painting demonstration with artist Walter Pasko, 11 a.m. Lenox

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — Karen Chase Artwork with opening reception 5 to 8 p.m. Pittsfield

Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival — 39th annual celebration with 200 juried fine art and craft exhibitors, foods and artisan spirits. Live music on the Festival Stage includes Cosby & Tom acoustic folk, Bucky O’Hare blues Bondville Boys hard-edged bluegrass, also roaming entertainers. Vermont Arts Exchange arts bus traveling art studio. Food trucks and vendors including sweet and savory crepes, Island Homemade Vt. Ice Cream, Vermont Botanical Beverages, espresso and lattes, craft beer. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camelot Village. Bennington Arts Weekend with homebrew competition, gallery events and entertainment downtown. Bennington, Vt.

 

Books and Writers

Arrowhead — Marathon reading of Moby-Dick through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pittsfield

WordXWord Festival — Excuse Me While I Kiss The Sky: Poets Pick At The Guitar, in harmony with the Berkshire Museum’s exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, WxW has invited and challenged poets, representing a wide range of styles and an even wider range of ages, to use iconic guitar solos as prompts or jumping off points for original poetry/spoken word, 8 p.m. Free. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield

 

Community

Adams Agricultural Fair — Animals, food, rides and entertainment 6 to 10 p.m., with Sara the fiddler at 6, Truck Pull at 6, Children’s Pedal Tractor Contest 6:30 p.m., Straight Up dance and music 7 p.m. Austrian Haflingers, wood craft, spinning, wood turning, Northern Berkshire Beekeepers, antique engines, antique tractors, games and exhibits. Bowe Field, Adams

Bennington First Friday — Street festival with live music, gallery tour, artwalk 5 to 8 p.m. and shops open until 8 p.m. Chocolate bingo at Village Chocolate Shoppe 6 to 8. Downtown Bennington, Vt.

Knesset Israel — Hannah and Her Sons: The power of Religious Resistance, by David Kraemer, professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, 11 a.m. at Shakespeare & Company, Lenox

Temple Anshe Amunim — Sabbath of Study, finding modern relevance in ancient texts with historical notes, philosophical insights and science, 5:30 p.m. All welcome. Pittsfield

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Doug Varone & Dancers, ReComposed inspired by expressionist painter Joan Mitchell, Boats Leaving set to music by Arvo Pärt and Doug Varone solo Nocturnes, 8 p.m. Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Dearest Home, solos and duets that embody love and longing, 8:15 p.m. PillowTalk: Exquisite Corps, chain love letter to dance, 5 p.m., free. Inside/Out: Inlet Dance Theatre including This Could Hurt inspired by Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers, 6:15 p.m., free. Becket

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Tom Gold Dance, company founded by former New York City Ballet soloist Tom Gold, new program including the local premiere of Tom Gold’s Counterpoint, 8 p.m. Great Barrington

PS21 — Chatham Dance Festival: Parsons Dance, company in residence at PS21, 8 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — Bye Bye Birdie, a rock star turns a small town upside down. 7 p.m. Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Music Man, a con artist prompts an Iowa town to start a marching band, 72 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

PS21 — Parsons Dance family program, 1 p.m., free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Food

Shire City Sanctuary — Community dinner: Chef Mariana Bergtold will serve a summer meal with locally sourced fruits, vegetables and more, specialty beverages and dessert, all plant-based, 6 to 8 p.m. Pittsfield

 

Music

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival — Folk icons and emerging artists from Sawyer Fredericks to Abbie Gardner, Annie Wenz, Brother Son, David Massengill, Joe Crookson, Tempest and the Storycafters: continuous music on two outdoor stages, workshops, dance tent, Children’s tent and activities, food and craft vendors, music jams and camping. 44 County Road 7D, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Guthrie Center — Vishten, Acadian rhythms and melody, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

The Mount — Music After Hours, live on the terrace: Andy Wrba and the Berkshire Jazz Collective, 5 to 8 p.m., free. Lenox

Tanglewood — UnderScore Friday, Hans Graf conducts Chopin and Rachmaninoff with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, with comments from a BSO musician, 8 p.m., Shed. Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Taking Steps, comedy, 2 and 8 p.m., Mainstage. This, comedy on a circle of friends backing their way into middle age, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield

Berkshire Playwrights Lab — Some Old Black Man: a professor moves his 82-year-old, doggedly independent, blue collar southern father into his Harlem penthouse, 8 p.m., Saint James Place, Great Barrington

Bershire Theatre Group — Arsenic and Old Lace, classic comedy of genteel murder, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, delving into human loneliness, 8 p.m., Unicorn Theatre. Stockbridge

Chester Theatre — Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan: When a boy’s mother attempts suicide, he starts a list to convince her to stay, 2 p.m. with cast conversation, Chester

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, musical comedy: An Elvis impersonator takes on a drag act, 7:30 p.m. with opening reception, Dorset, Vt.

Double Edge Theatre — We The People: performance intersects art, culture, and democracy and the paradoxes, the stories, the dreams that make up a human being, a community, a society, outdoors in pastures and gardens of the farm surrounded by music and flight, 8 p.m. Ashfield. doubleedgetheatre.org

Oldcastle Theatre — Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius, sisters confront each other over a rare stamp, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Park-McCullough House — Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker and performed by Living Room Theatre, 7:30 p.m. North Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in the face of resolve, 7:30 p.m. Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 3 p.m. Backstage tour 10:30 a.m. Lenox

Shakespeare in the Park — Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s comedy of misplaced passion and mistaken identities, 8 p.m., free. First Street Common,  Pittsfield

Theatre Barn — Nunsense, musical comedy, 8 p.m. the Little Sisters of Hoboken are trying to raise money to benefit sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God) … New Lebanon

Weston Playhouse — The Music Man, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Tenderly, musical about Rosemary Clooney, 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — A Legendary Romance, new musical by Geoff Morrow and Timothy Prager, a forgotten filmmaker must approve a version of his abandoned masterpiece, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, Halley Feiffer’s world premiere contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, 8 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center. Fridays @ 3 reading o Matt Gould’s Lempicka, Clark Art Institute. Late Night @ the Log. Williamstown.

 

Saturday Aug. 5

 

Art

Hancock Shaker Village — Age of Iron: Heavy Metal is alive and forging as New England black­smiths converge on the Village for a weekend of antics ranging from harpooning to Minecraft. Pittsfield

Sandisfield Arts Center —  Ann Marie Light, artist with Cooper Union and Housatonic Valley Art League: solo show of paintings, opening reception 2 p.m., Sandisfield.

Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival — 39th annual celebration with 200 juried fine art and craft exhibitors, foods and artisan spirits. Live music on the Festival Stage includes Cosby & Tom acoustic folk, Bucky O’Hare blues Bondville Boys hard-edged bluegrass, also roaming entertainers. Vermont Arts Exchange arts bus traveling art studio. Food trucks and vendors including sweet and savory crepes, Island Homemade Vt. Ice Cream, Vermont Botanical Beverages, espresso and lattes, craft beer. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Camelot Village. Bennington Arts Weekend with homebrew competition, gallery events and entertainment downtown. Bennington, Vt.

 

Books and Writers

Arrowhead — Marathon reading of Moby-Dick through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pittsfield

WordXWord Festival — Individual Poetry Slam, a preliminary round in multiple venues and a set of semis, four finalists are identified for a two-round competition, free, may involve mature content, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. at The Whit, Dottie’s and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield

 

Community

Adams Agricultural Fair — Animals, food, rides and entertainment. Judging of Adult Sheep and Goats 10 a.m., youth cattle, horse pull 11 a.m., Jennifer Trainer Thompson 11:15 a.m., pups in the air performance 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., sheep shearing 12:30 p.m., truck pull, story hour, Bits and Pieces dance music 7 to 10 p.m. Austrian Haflingers, Adams police K9 dog, wood craft, spinning, wood turning, Northern Berkshire Beekeepers, antique engines, antique tractors, games and exhibits. Bowe Field, Adams

Mount Washington Church Fair — Mount Washington Antiques Roadshow with Charles Flint until 1:30 p.m.; silent auction of works of art and local services. Local artists and artisans, mountain-made jams, granola and baked goods; games and a clown for the kids; white elephant tent; live music by Sandy and Sandy; fashion resale shop; native plants and flowers, fine jewelry; logo tees and caps; raffles; salad bar, fresh grilled food and home-baked blueberry cream pie. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Church of Christ, Mount Washington

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Doug Varone & Dancers, ReComposed inspired by expressionist painter Joan Mitchell, Boats Leaving set to music by Arvo Pärt and Doug Varone solo Nocturnes, 8 p.m. Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Dearest Home, solos and duets that embody love and longing, 8:15 p.m. PillowTalk: Perspectives on Men in Dance, 4 p.m., with the Pillow’s annual Weekend OUT celebration, choreographers Kyle Abraham and Doug Varone discuss shifting dynamics of gay men in dance, free. Inside/Out: School at Jacob’s Pillow Musical Theatre Dance with live music, 6:15 p.m., free. Becket

OMI International Arts Center — Dance Omi: dance residents show works created in collaboration with site-specific performance events, 2 p.m. Free. Fields Sculpture Park, Ghent, N.Y.

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — Bye Bye Birdie, a rock star turns a small town upside down. 2 p.m. Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Narrated train rides on Hoosac Valley Line at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Music Man, a con artist prompts an Iowa town to start a marching band, 2 and 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

Norman Rockwell Museum — Uncle Andy’s Cats and Other Pet Stories, storytelling, art making, and talks with James Warhola, the illustrator of more than two dozen children’s picture books, 1 to 4 p.m.. Stockbridge

 

History

Bidwell House Museum — Garden Party to benefit the museum. Live music by the O-Tones, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction, 4 to 7 p.m. Monterey

Stockbridge Library — Cemetery Walk: Church Street: Home of the Famous and Memorable, 4 p.m. at Stockbridge Cemetery, Main Street, Stockbridge

 

Music

Bennington Chamber Music Conference — Franz Joseph Haydn: Divertimento; Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet, 8 p.m. Free. Bennington College, Bennington, Vt

Boston University Tanglewood Institute — Young Artists Piano Program, BUTI Student Recital, 11 a.m., free. West Street Theatre, 45 West St., Lenox

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival — Folk icons and emerging artists from Sawyer Fredericks to Abbie Gardner, Annie Wenz, Brother Son, David Massengill, Joe Crookson, Tempest and the Storycafters: continuous music on two outdoor stages, workshops, dance tent. Children’s tent and activities, food and craft vendors, music jams and camping. 44 County Road 7D, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Guthrie Center — Folk rhythms and melody, 8 p.m. Troubador music series. Great Barrington

Mass MoCA — Bang on a Can Marathon and festival closer includes works from Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Vanessa Lann, Julia Wolfe, Jeffrey Brooks and more, 4 to 10 p.m. North Adams

Merck Forest and Farmand Center — Bluegrass concert with Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing, 6 p.m. Bring a picnic supper to enjoy on the west-facing meadow above the saphouse. Rupert, Vt.

The Mount — Music After Hours, live on the terrace: Struttin’ with Wanda Houston, 5 to 8 p.m., free. Lenox

Southern Vermont Arts Center — Married to Broadway, Ron Sharpe & Barbara Russell, who both played lead roles in Les Mis, 7:30 p.m. Manchester, Vt.

Tanglewood — Mendelssohn’s Incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream (complete; theatrical adaptation by Bill Barclay) BSO with Hans Graf cond., Chopin and Mendelssohn with pianist Garrick Ohlsson; Carson Elrod, actor (Felix Mendelssohn), Karen MacDonald, actor (Titania) and Will Lyman, actor (Oberon); Kiera Duffy, soprano, Abigail Fischer, mezzo, and BUTI chorus, 8 p.m., Shed. BUTI Young Artists Chorus: Corigliano, Dove, Esenvalds, Gjeilo, Harris, Larsen, Lauridsen, arr. Quick, Rahman, Spencer and Vayghan Williams, 2:30 p.m., Ozawa Hall. Mozart and Schumann Saturday Morning Rehearsal 10:30 a.m., Shed. Lenox

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Housatonic River guided canoe trip, look for great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and more. This trips goes down and up stream.  9 a.m. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield

Mass Audubon — Berkshire Summit Hike, join naturalist and avid hiker Dale Abrams for 7-mile hike to the open summit of Alander Mountain and north along the South Taconic Trail, 9 a.m. Mount Washington State Forest

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Taking Steps, comedy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. This, comedy on a circle of friends backing their way into middle age, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield

Berkshire Playwrights Lab — Some Old Black Man: a professor moves his 82-year-old, doggedly independent, blue collar southern father into his Harlem penthouse, 3 and 8 p.m., Saint James Place, Great Barrington

Bershire Theatre Group — Arsenic and Old Lace, classic comedy of genteel murder, 2 and 8 p.m., Mainstage. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, delving into human loneliness, 2 and 8 p.m., Unicorn Theatre. Stockbridge

Chester Theatre — Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan: When a boy’s mother attempts suicide, he starts a list to convince her to stay, 8 p.m. with talkback, Chester

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, musical comedy: An Elvis impersonator takes on a drag act, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Double Edge Theatre — We The People: performance intersects art, culture, and democracy and the paradoxes, the stories, the dreams that make up a human being, a community, a society, outdoors in pastures and gardens of the farm surrounded by music and flight, 8 p.m. Ashfield. doubleedgetheatre.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Long Island Comedy presents Berkshire Comedy Festival, live stand-up with Paul Anthony, Andy Pitz, Rich Walker and Carie Karavas, veterans of New York comedy, Letterman, Late Late Show and more, 8 p.m. Great Barrington

The Mount — Shakespeare & Company performs A Midsummer Night’s Dream outside, 11 a.m. Lenox

Park-McCullough House — Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker and performed by Living Room Theatre, 7:30 p.m. North Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in the face of resolve, 7:30 p.m. Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Shakespeare in the Park — Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s comedy of misplaced passion and mistaken identities, 8 p.m., free. Pre-show Serenades by The Whitney Center for the Arts, 7:15, picnics welcome. First Street Common,  Pittsfield

Theatre Barn — Nunsense, musical comedy, 4 and 8 p.m. the Little Sisters of Hoboken are trying to raise money to benefit sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God) … New Lebanon

Weston Playhouse — The Music Man, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. Tenderly, musical about Rosemary Clooney, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — A Legendary Romance, new musical by Geoff Morrow and Timothy Prager, a forgotten filmmaker must approve a version of his abandoned masterpiece, 3:30 and 8 p.m., Mainstage. Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, Halley Feiffer’s world premiere contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, 3:30 and 8 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center. Late Night @ the Log. Williamstown.

 

Sunday Aug. 6

 

Art

Hancock Shaker Village — Age of Iron: Heavy Metal is alive and forging as New England black­smiths converge on the Village for a weekend of antics ranging from harpooning to Minecraft. Pittsfield

Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival — 39th annual celebration with 200 juried fine art and craft exhibitors, foods and artisan spirits. Live music on the Festival Stage includes Cosby & Tom acoustic folk, Bucky O’Hare blues Bondville Boys hard-edged bluegrass, also roaming entertainers. Vermont Arts Exchange arts bus traveling art studio. Food trucks and vendors including sweet and savory crepes, Island Homemade Vt. Ice Cream, Vermont Botanical Beverages, espresso and lattes, craft beer. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camelot Village. Bennington Arts Weekend with homebrew competition, gallery events and entertainment downtown. Bennington, Vt.

 

Books and Writers

Arrowhead — Annual hike up Monument Mountain to commemorate Herman Melville’s meeting with Nathaniel Hawthorne, 9 a.m. Marathon reading of Moby-Dick through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Pittsfield

The Mount — Backstairs tour: Learn about the daily routines of the men and women who ran The Mount behind the scenes, Q&A session and mimosas on the terrace. 10:30 a.m., Lenox

 

Community

Adams Agricultural Fair — Animals, food, rides and entertainment. Judging of Adult cattle 10 a.m., youth sheep and goats, ox pull 11 a.m., JBirds of Prey Program with Tom Riccardi at noon, pups in the air performance 11:30 a.m, Rumors Band live music 1 to 4 p.m., demolition derby, awards ceremony 5 p.m. Austrian Haflingers, wood craft, spinning, wood turning, Northern Berkshire Beekeepers, antique engines, antique tractors, games and exhibits. Bowe Field, Adams

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Doug Varone & Dancers, ReComposed inspired by expressionist painter Joan Mitchell, Boats Leaving set to music by Arvo Pärt and Doug Varone solo Nocturnes, 2 p.m. Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Dearest Home, solos and duets that embody love and longing, 2:15 p.m. Master Class with Kyle Abraham, 10 a.m. Sunday Film Event: Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer on leading man Marcelo Gomes with American Ballet Theatre, 4:30 p.m. Becket

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — Bye Bye Birdie, a rock star turns a small town upside down. 2 p.m. Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Narrated train rides on Hoosac Valley Line at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Music Man, a con artist prompts an Iowa town to start a marching band, 2 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — A song cycle by Danny Ursetti and Lauren Taslitz,

Things We Think, But Don’t Dare Say, 8 p.m. upcoming musical theatre artists series. Pittsfield

Boston University Tanglewood Institute — Young Artists Harp Program,  11 a.m., and Young Artists Composition Program, 6:30 p.m., both free. West Street Theatre, 45 West St., Lenox

Clark Art Institute — Francesca Shanks and Joe Aidonidis with baritone ukulele, keyboards and hard-hitting lyrics in Crystal Clear: An Acoustic Concert Series, 1 to 3 p.m. on Stone Hill, free. Williamstown

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival — Folk icons and emerging artists from Sawyer Fredericks to Abbie Gardner, Annie Wenz, Brother Son, David Massengill, Joe Crookson, Tempest and the Storycafters: continuous music on two outdoor stages, workshops, dance tent. Children’s tent and activities, food and craft vendors, music jams and camping. 44 County Road 7D, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Michael Feinstein performs the Great American Songbook, 7 p.m. Great Barrington

Sevenars Concerts — Composer and pianist Jerry Noble, jazz clarinetist Bob Sparkman and cellist Christopher James, performing Elgar’s Concerto Op. 85, 4 p.m. Worthington

Tanglewood — BSO with Christoph von Dohnányi, cond., Mozart and Schumann with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, 2:30 p.m., Shed. TMC chamber music, 10 a.m., Ozawa Hall. Lenox

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Housatonic River guided canoe trip, look for great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and more. This trips goes down and up stream.  9 a.m. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield

Bascom Lodge — Greylock Glen, talk on the history of this flank of the mountain, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Green Mountain Academy — The Ever-Changing Forest – Dynamics, Resiliency and Adaptation, 9 a.m., Merck Forest and Farmland Center, Rupert, Vt.

Mass Audubon — Guided Canoe Trip through Housatonic Valley Wildlife Management Area, watching for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats and signs of beavers, 8:30 a.m., New Lenox Road, Lenox. Loon Moon Canoe Trip, 7:30 p.m. Listen and look for herons, loons, beavers, owls and other wildlife, explore the coves and inlets and go ashore to share snacks. Buckley Dunton Lake in October Mountain State Forest

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — This, comedy on a circle of friends backing their way into middle age, 3 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield

Berkshire Playwrights Lab — Some Old Black Man: a professor moves his 82-year-old, doggedly independent, blue collar southern father into his Harlem penthouse, 3 p.m., Saint James Place, Great Barrington

Chester Theatre — Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan: When a boy’s mother attempts suicide, he starts a list to convince her to stay, 2 p.m. with panel discussion, Chester

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, musical comedy: An Elvis impersonator takes on a drag act, 2 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Double Edge Theatre — We The People: performance intersects art, culture, and democracy and the paradoxes, the stories, the dreams that make up a human being, a community, a society, outdoors in pastures and gardens of the farm surrounded by music and flight, 8 p.m. Ashfield. doubleedgetheatre.org

Oldcastle Theatre — Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius, sisters confront each other over a rare stamp, 2 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in the face of resolve, 2 p.m. Intimate Apparel, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Shakespeare in the Park — Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s comedy of misplaced passion and mistaken identities, 8 p.m., free. Pre-show Serenades by The Whitney Center for the Arts, 7:15, picnics welcome. First Street Common,  Pittsfield

Theatre Barn — Nunsense, musical comedy, 2 p.m. the Little Sisters of Hoboken are trying to raise money to benefit sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God) … New Lebanon,  N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — The Music Man, 3 p.m., Mainstage. Tenderly, musical about Rosemary Clooney, 3 p.m., Otherstages, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — A Legendary Romance, new musical by Geoff Morrow and Timothy Prager, a forgotten filmmaker must approve a version of his abandoned masterpiece, 2 and 7 p.m., Mainstage with lawn talk at 1:15. Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, Halley Feiffer’s world premiere contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, 2 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center. Williamstown.

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