Berkshire Calendar June 12 to 18

The Berkshire Calendar June 12 to 18 is launching into full summer. Gateway Jazz brings three days of music to downtown Lee, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival opens its 85th season in Becket. Hancock Shaker Village welcomes Don Flemons to perform in its new music series …

And internationally beloved singer / songwriters will perform together at Tanglewood: Mary Chapin Carpenter, above, will unite with Joan Baez and the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. (Photo by Aaron Farrington, courtesy of Mary Chapin Carpenter)

 

Monday June 12

 

Outdoors

Vermont Days — All Vermont State Historic Sites and State Parks are admission free, including Bennington Battle Monument, Woodford State Park, Molly Stark State Park and Emerald Lake State Park. vtstateparks.com

 

Theater

Dorset Theatre Festival — New Play Reading with Mona Mansour, author of the Vagrant trilogy and winner of the Whiting Award, 7 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

 

Tuesday June 13

 

Art

Marble House Project — Screening with Lisbon cinematographer Salome Lamas and Open Studio with Tehran-based photographer and videographer Ooldouz Alaei Novin, 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.

 

Conversation

Green Mountain Academy — Understanding Vladimir Putin with, Professor Julie Cassiday of Williams College, 5:30 p.m., Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, Vt.

Lenox Library —  Ken Markel reading from his book How to Catch a Nazi, 6 p.m., Lenox

Ventfort Hall — Tea and talk: Grandpa was a Groomsman and Grandma was a Housemaid, Two British Servants in America, with Steven Pullen, on William and Mary Pullen, who worked for three of America’s wealthiest families and trained a race horse that defied expectations, winning 23 world records 4 p.m. Lenox

 

Music

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire — Steve Katz, founding member of the legendary bands Blood, Sweat & Tears, and The Blues Project, on Blood, Sweat, and My Rock n’ Roll Years, 7 p.m. Great Barrington

 

Wednesday June 14

 

Books and Writers

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire — New Narratives in Modern Israeli Fiction, 11:45 a.m., short stories or poetry from S.Y. Agnon and Devorah Baron to Etgar Keret and Sayed Kashua. Free. Great Barrington

 

Film

Manchester Community Library — Greatest Generation Film Series: In the Good Old Summertime, 2 p.m., free. Manchester, Vt.

 

History

Bennington Battle Monument — Flag Day – Why the Red White and Blue, with flag history presentations and flag-making activities, 2 to 4 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Temple Anshe Amunim — Hospitality Then and Now with Ruth Breindel, noon: In the ancient world, guests were honored, and inns grew in popularity but were not always safe; in the Middle Ages, travelling nobility stayed in monasteries …  and today? Pittsfield

 

Music

Berkshire Music School — Berkshire Music School Recital from the studio of Amy Renak, piano, 6:15 p.m., Pittsfield

Windsor Lake concert — Gaia Roots, drumming and world music, 6:30 p.m., free. Windsor Lake, North Adams

 

Outdoors

Bascom Lodge — The Great American Eclipse talk, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Mass Audubon — Evening at the Beaver Ponds, join Sanctuaries caretaker on a walk to beaver wetlands, 7:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, Lenox

 

Theater

Bershire Theatre Group — Million Dollar Quartet, Tony Award-winning jukebox musical with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. 7 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge

 

Thursday June 15

 

Art

IS183 — Ceramicist Ben Evans on geometry and structure in architectural themes, working on the wheel and rethinking the 360 view of a piece, 6 p.m. Stockbridge

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — Award-winning critic Lee Siegel joins writer Kate Bolick to discuss his new book, The Draw: A Memoir, 5 p.m. Lenox

Northshire Bookstore — Author James Kunstler reads from A Safe and Happy Place, 6 p.m. free. Manchester, Vt.

 

Community

Third Thursday — Family-friendly festival with theme of health and Green Mile road race, live music, local food, craft vendors, street performers, pop-up performances with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and more, 5 to 8 p.m. Free. North and South Streets, Pittsfield. discoverpittsfield.org

Park-McCullough House — Croquet first night of play with potluck at 6 p.m. and tournament at 6:30, free. North Bennington, Vt.

Ventfort Hall — Living History: A Summer Afternoon with Mrs. Sarah Morgan, actor Anne Undeland serves a sumptuous tea and reveals her plans for a fancy dinner in the dining room and ball in the Great Hall, 4 p.m. Lenox

 

Music

Berkshire Gateway Jazz — Music festival with Jazz in the Park concerts, food vendors, art, downtown celebration, Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place, Lee. berkshiresjazz.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — The Birds, 7:30 p.m. Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s adaptation inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s story and Alfred Hitchcock’s film. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

Bershire Theatre Group — Million Dollar Quartet, Tony Award-winning jukebox musical with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. 7 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge

 

Friday June 16

 

Art

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Photo Club location-based lab, focusing on aspects of photography including depth-of-field, the exposure triangle, image composition, white balance, lens selection, filters and effects, 3 p.m. BYOC (camera) Wheatogue Road, Sheffield

Mass MoCA — Carl Hancock Rux returns to perform in Nick Cave’s expansive installation Until, with an evening of spoken word and poetry  created in response to the exhibition, 8 p.m. North Adams

 

Books and Writers

Northshire Bookstore — Author Linda Greenlaw reads from Sliver Hitch, 7 p.m. free. Manchester, Vt.

Steepletop — Hiking Steepletop 10 a.m., tour of Pulitzer prizewinning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay’s property with a selection of Millay’s nature poetry inspired here. House tour follows at 12:30 p.m. Austerlitz, N.Y.

 

Community

Lenox Library —  Past, Present and Future, celebration of the town’s 250th year to see first-hand what the Library was, is and could be, with music, dancing, refreshments and surprises, 6 p.m., Lenox

 

Music

Berkshire Gateway Jazz — Music festival with Ella Swing with the Vermont Jazz Center Orchestra and Wanda Houston, 8 p.m. Jazz in the Park concerts, food vendors, art, downtown celebration, Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place, Lee. berkshiresjazz.org

Guthrie Center — Outside the Wire, rock, prog and metal from the high deserts of Albuquerque, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

Hancock Shaker Village — Shaker Barn Music: Grammy winner Dom Flemons, co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, Southern traditional, string band, fife and drum, and jug band music, 7 p.m., doors open at 6. Pittsfield

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — The Birds, 7:30 p.m. Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s adaptation inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s story and Alfred Hitchcock’s film. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

Bershire Theatre Group — Million Dollar Quartet, Tony Award-winning jukebox musical with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge

Shakespeare & Company — Amy Herzog’s 4,000 miles: Annette Miller is a lifelong rebel in Greenwich Village takes in her grandson, who has just suffered a deep loss. 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Town Players of Pittsfield — Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. 8 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield

 

Saturday June 17

 

Art

Chesterwood — Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, commissioned new artworks and adapted works by 15 artists, walking tour with curator Sharon Bates, 11 a.m. Stockbridge

Norman Rockwell Museum — Tea, Talk and Booksigning, Painting America’s Portrait: How Illustrators Created America in World War I, with Author James C. Thompson 2 p.m. Stockbridge

 

Books and Writing

Arrowhead — Berkshire day, free admission for locals, all day to historic house where Herman Melville wrote Moby-Dick. Pittsfield

Northshire Bookstore — Jonathan Goldsmith (Dos Equis’s “Most Interesting Man on Earth” reads from Stay Interesting, 7 p.m. free. Manchester, Vt.

 

Community

Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival — Celebrate the Summer Solstice from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Family-friendly green festival of creativity, learning, and stewardship of the Earth. Come in costume, help build the Faerie Village, decorate wings, and meet the Queen and Court. Storytelling, bagpipes, piuppet theatre, artisans, pedal float, dragon fire pit, music, dance, artisans, creative activities and food. Bowe Field, Adams

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon — Community picnic to celebrate the beginning of the summer season at the North Family historic site, the opening of the exhibition Break Every Yoke, 6 p.m., free. New Lebanon, N.Y

Stockbridge Library — William Selke Memorial Lecture with Dr. Mea S. Cook, Associate Professor of Geosciences at Williams College, 4 p.m., free. Stockbridge

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — 85th Season opening: Miami City Ballet, collaboration by New York City Ballet dancer Sara Mearns and international hip-hop duo Wang Ramirez, and a world premiere by Bruce Wells, special pop-up performances and after-party, 5 p.m. Becket

Lenox Contradance — Dancing to live music by Fleeting Moments – Eric Boodman and Emily Troll on fiddle, Jon Cannon on guitar with caller Sarah VanNorstrand, all dances taught, no partner or experience needed, 7:45 to 11 p.m. Community Center, Lenox

 

Family

Berkshire Museum — Imagination Playground: Kids get creative with the big, blue blocks in an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication and collaboration. 10 a.m., 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 — David Grover in concert of originals and classics, free, 11 a.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

Mass MoCA — Mil’s Trills: Voice and bass and electric ukulele and keys and drums, kid-friendly music Led by Amelia Robinson, 2 p.m. Also opening celebration of Cavernous: The Inner Life of Courage, in Kidspace 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. North Adams.

 

Film

Images Cinema — Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure with an introduction by Williams College Professor of Physics William Wootters, asking Does The Past Actually Exist? 2 p.m., Williamstown

 

History

Bidwell House Museum — Archaeology on Bidwell Grounds with Professor Eric Johnson, Director of Archaeological Services at UMass, Amherst, on investigation at the 1760s homestead, 10 a.m. Monterey

Columbia County Historical Society — Celebrate dedication of historical marker naming Ichabod Crane and Jesse Merwin, honoring Washington Irving’s “Sleepy Hollow” character ‘Ichabod Crane’—who was patterned after Jesse Merwin, the original Kinderhook Schoolteacher who taught at the earlier one-room school here noon to 4 p.m. 2589 Route 9H Kinderhook, N.Y.

 

Music

Aston Magna — Music for Forbidden Dances, including sarabands, chaconas and tangos, with Hector del Curto, bandoneon, and Aston Magna musicians. Music by Arañes, Bach, Bertali, Merula, Purcell, Corelli and Rodriquez. 6 p.m., Saint James Place, Great Barrington

Berkshire Gateway Jazz — Music festival with The New Black Eagle Jazz Band, with special guest Duke Robillard, 8 p.m. Jazz in the Park concerts, food vendors, art, downtown celebration, Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place, Lee. berkshiresjazz.org

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ‘69, reunites Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Grateful Dead alumni, and other musical luminaries from The Summer of Love’s legendary musicians. 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

Guthrie Center — Billy Keane, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

Salem Art Works — Music on the Hill, music and pizza series with panoramic views, food by the Hungry Traveler and local craft beer by R&S Taylor, live music by the Rustic Riders at 5 p.m. Salem, N.Y.

Tanglewood — Four Voice tour: Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, folk perform together celebrating their long friendship. 7 p.m. Shed, Lenox

Tannery Pond Concerts — Zora String Quartet, 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Housatonic River guided canoe trip, look for great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and more, 9 a.m. Bartholomew’s Cobble — Volunteer Stewardship Day, light trail spring cleanup and invasive garlic mustard plant removal, 9 a.m. to noon, bring water, snacks, layers and tick protection. Wheatogue Road, SheffieldWheatogue Road, Sheffield

Berkshire Knapsackers — Hike the Taconic Crest Trail from Route 2 in Petersburg, NY to Pownal, Vt. Bring lunch, snacks and water. 413-499-0428

Hildene — Bird walk 7 a.m. with Vermont Bird and Sky Watch, free. Manchester, Vt.

Flying Deer Nature Center — Family Day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Mass Audubon — Birding the Berkshires: Explore the boreal and mixed forest along Jones Nose ridge near the summit to look and listen for birds including blackpoll warbler and Swainson’s thrush. This is a strenuous hike over steep terrain. Bring binoculars and trail snacks. 7:30 a.m., Mount Greylock, Adams

Spencertown Academy Arts Center — 13th annual Hidden Gardens and benefit: garden columnist Ron Kujawski speaks, 9 a.m.; self-guided tours of private gardens in Ghent, Spencertown and Hillsdale, and to the gardens of Edna St. Vincent Millay at Steepletop in Austerlitz, N.Y., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden Market on the Green, more than 20 vendors of plants, home and garden furnishings, birdhouses, antiques, garden books and garden advice, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Spencertown, N.Y.

Williamstown Rural Lands — Hike from the summit of Mount Greylock to the Roaring Brook trailhead, meet at WRLF at Sheep Hill, 9 a.m. Williamstown

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — The Birds, 7:30 p.m. Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s adaptation inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s story and Alfred Hitchcock’s film. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

Bershire Theatre Group — Million Dollar Quartet, Tony Award-winning jukebox musical with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. 2 and 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge

Shakespeare & Company — Amy Herzog’s 4,000 miles: Annette Miller is a lifelong rebel in Greenwich Village takes in her grandson, who has just suffered a deep loss. 7:30 p.m. Lenox

Town Players of Pittsfield — Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. 8 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield

 

Sunday June 18

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Fatherhood Illustrated: A look at Norman Rockwell’s work that relates to fatherhood, and the work of Norman Rockwell’s three sons, 1:30 p.m. Stockbridge

 

Family

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Father’s Day Barbecue, 6 p.m. at the top of Hurlburt’s Hill, picnic style, with live music and field games. Bring a picnic blanket, a kite. Register ahead. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield

Clark Art Institute — Summer Family Day: Creative Encounters, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family activities celebrate summer art exhibits by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Pablo Picasso and Helen Frankenthaler with art-making, entertainment and activities on the Fernández Terrace. Explore the museum and the grounds while enjoying performances including Latin Grammy Award-winner Mister G. DIY Cubist sculpture garden and colorful face paint. Make Father’s Day gifts or hang out in the Billiards Room with a giant chess set and beer tasting. Williamstown

Naumkeag — Fathers Free for Fathers Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fathers get in free all day to explore Mabel Choate’s Gilded Age house and gardens, water stares and more. Stockbridge

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Leslie Kritzer’s Back Again, cabaret with more stories of her life ​on and off Broadway and show tunes. 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Pittsfield

Berkshire Gateway Jazz — Music festival with Jazz in the Park concerts, food vendors, art, downtown celebration, Lee Congregational Church, 25 Park Place, Lee. berkshiresjazz.org

Tanglewood — Jaws in Concert, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops perform the Academy Award-winning score along with the film, 8 p.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

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — The Birds, 3 p.m. Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s adaptation inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s story and Alfred Hitchcock’s film. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

Berkshire Theatre Group — Travels with a Masked Man, solo performance based on John Hadden’s book, Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me, 2 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

Shakespeare & Company — Amy Herzog’s 4,000 miles: Annette Miller is a lifelong rebel in Greenwich Village takes in her grandson, who has just suffered a deep loss. 3 p.m. Lenox

Town Players of Pittsfield — Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, 2 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield

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