Berkshire calendar June 5 to 11

Outdoor sculpture, community days, music for and by unstintingly confident women, and Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” written in a Nazi prisoner of war camp … the Berkshire Calendar June 5 to 11 is running as high as the rivers after the rain.

Tonight, Eric Yves Garcia, above, will perform at Barrington Stage on June 5 in Keeper of the Keys, a musical tribute to greas like Hoagy Carmichael and Nat ‘King’ Cole. (Photo courtesy of Eric Yves Garcia and Barrington Stage Company).

 

Monday June 5

 

Food

Marble House Project — Emilie Baltz and Alicia Walter will prepare a family-style meal: The Caregiver and Mother. Culinary Artist-in-Residence program, chefs explore art, sustainability and community. Marble West Inn, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-0400

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Keepers of the Keys, 8 p.m. Eric Yves Garcia recalls the days when Nat ‘King’ Cole, Hoagy Carmichael and Bobby Short were the stars of cabaret. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Pittsfield

 

Tuesday June 6

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — Professor Matthew J. Dickinson of Middlebury College on the importance of a president’s advisors, 5:30 p.m., Manchester Community Library, Manchester, Vt.

Ventfort Hall — Tea and talk: Opulent Emporiums, the Gilded Age of Department Stores, Paris in the 1850s, with retail and restaurant historian Jan Whitaker, 4 p.m. Lenox

 

Dance

Marble House Project — Performance by choreographer and scientist Beth Gracyzk, 6 p.m., Marble House, Dorset, Vt. Wine over Marble reception 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Marble West Inn, Dorset, Vt.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Kuntsler, 7:30 p.m. on the lawyer and civil rights activist. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

 

Wednesday June 7

 

Music

Windsor Lake concert — Misty Blues, 6:30 p.m. homage to the older blues made popular by the bold and brassy women of its time, classic rock and folk, Free weekly outdoor concert series. Windsor Lake, North Adams

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Kuntsler, 7:30 p.m. on the lawyer and civil rights activist. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

 

Thursday June 8

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — John Grisham to celebrate his 30th book, Camino Island, signing 1 to 5 p.m., presentation at 5. free. Manchester, Vt.

 

Community

Hemmings Cruise-In — Family-friendly car gatherings open to all years, all makes and models, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Benefits research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. 222 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

Park-McCullough House — Croquet opening night for 10 weeks of summer games, 6 p.m. free. North Bennington, Vt.

 

Food

Marble House Project — Emilie Baltz and Alicia Walter will prepare a future family-style meal. Culinary Artist-in-Residence program, chefs explore art, sustainability and community. Dorset, Vt.

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Loon Moon Canoe Trip, 8 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 — Kuntsler, 7:30 p.m. on the lawyer and civil rights activist. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Tarnation of Russell Colvin, written and performed by Oliver Wadsworth, based on a local unsolved murder case of 1812, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — Leslie Odom Jr., winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical Hamilton, performs in staged reading of Safe Space, by Alan Fox, 7 p.m., with a sneak peek of the upcoming WTF season. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown.

 

Friday June 9

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Rockwell in Detail 1:30 p.m., explore Norman Rockwell’s storytelling and adventures in illustration with Curator of Education Tom Daly, Stockbridge

River Art Project — Paintings by Bart Elsbach, Mary Sipp Green, Stephen Hannock, Scott Prior and Jim Schantz, inspired by the Housatonic River. Opening 6 to 8:30 p.m. Show through Sept. 4 with programs on clean air and water. Stockbridge Station gallery, Route 7, Stockbridge

 

Community

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon — The Feminine Mystic: American Prophetesses and the Politics of Religious Experience, marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, three-day conference with a keynote by poet, writer and feminist icon Eileen Myles. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. Schedule at simons-rock.edu

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

 

Film

Sandisfield Arts Center — Friday night at the movies, 7 p.m. free. Sandisfield

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should… narrated by William Finn, 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Pittsfield

Guthrie Center — Nationally acclaimed singer / songwriter John Gorka with Amilia K. Spicer, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

Meetinghouse Cafe — Duo Eamon, traditional Irish, Quebeçois and New England music on fiddle and guitar, 8 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Churh, Bennington, Vt.

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Hot Toddy Full Moon Hike on Hurlburt’s Hill and rest around a camp fire, 7 p.m. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield

Hoffmann Bird Club — Birding 5 p.m. and picnic 6 p.m. at Pleasant Valley, Main courses (including a vegan option) and beverages are provided. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Lenox

Notchview — Full Strawberry Moon Hike with naturalist and Tamarack Hollow Director Aimee Gelinas through Boreal Spruce-Fir forests ending at Sawmill Field for the full moon rising to the east, 7 p.m. Route 9, Windsor

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Kuntsler, 7:30 p.m. on the lawyer and civil rights activist. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

Berkshire Playwrights Lab — 10th anniversary celebration, gala benefit, party and performance of some of the best BPL short plays, 7 p.m., Saint James Place, Great Barrington

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Tarnation of Russell Colvin, written and performed by Oliver Wadsworth, based on a local unsolved murder case of 1812, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

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

 

Saturday June 10

 

Art

Chesterwood — Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood curated by Sharon Bates, commissioned new artworks and adapted works by 15 artists including Roberley Bell, Roger Bisbing, Isidro Blasco, Colin C. Boyd, Matt Crane, Couglas Culhane, Brian Kane and Michael Oatman, Matt LaFleur, Portia Munson, Derek Parker, Amy Podmore, Chrissy Scolaro, Amelia Toelke and Deborah Zlotsky. Stockbridge

Monterey Library — Nancy Johnson, Repsychled: Sculpture and Assemblage opening 6 p.m. Monterey

Norman Rockwell Museum — 2017 Legends Gala and Studio 54 Party: Rockwell, Warhol, and The American Century exhibit links two artists who embraced populism, shaped national identity and opened new ways of seeing in 20th century America. James Warhola: Uncle Andy and Other Stories, exhibit of work by contemporary illustrator influenced by his uncle, Andy Warhol. 6 to 11 p.m., Stockbridge

Salem Art Works — Pop Up Exhibitions, artists in residence open their studios to share their work in progress, 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Salem, N.Y.

 

Books and Writing

Bookloft — The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills, reading with Leslie Sharpe, 2 p.m. Plaza off Route 7, Great Barrington

Northshire Bookstore — Holly Fitzgerald reads from Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre de Dios, 7 p.m. free. Manchester, Vt.

Steepletop — Millay Variations; a Performance by Vassar College, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poetry, plays and letters to her lovers, family, and friends, in words and song. Austerlitz, N.Y.

 

Community

Columbia County Historical Society — First Columbians, honoring Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse Luykas Van Alen House on the Van Alen House lawn, dinner, silent auction and live music by Stone Soup trio, 6 to 10:30 p.m. 2589 Route 9H Kinderhook, N.Y.

Dewey Hall — Swing Dance, lesson at 8 p.m. and live music at 9. Sheffield.

Lenox Rhubarb Festival — Rhubarb pancake breakfast starts at 9:30 a.m.. Sweet and savory rhubarb creations from local vendors for sale: pies, cupcakes, cookies, sauce, jams, preserves, juice, soda, ice cream and sorbet. Sample rhubarb chili 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Lenox restaurant chefs. Also rhubarb plants, fresh rhubarb and rhubarb recipe booklets for sale. Rhubarb foods and merchandise at shops and restaurants until 3 p.m.. Rain or shine, free. Main St. and throughout Lenox. 413-247-4822, lenoxrhubarbfestrival.com

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon — The Feminine Mystic: American Prophetesses and the Politics of Religious Experience, marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, three-day conference with a keynote by poet, writer and feminist icon Eileen Myles. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. Schedule at simons-rock.edu

 

Dance

Hubbard Hall — Year-end Dance Showcase: Can’t Stop the Feeling, performances from ballet, bollywood, hip hop, Irish step, jazz, lyrical and tap, 4 and 7 p.m. Cambridge, N.Y.

 

Family

Bartholomew’s Cobble — My Side of the Mountain, 4 p.m. In Jean Craighead George’s story, Sam Gribley leaves his parents New York City home and survives in the forest. In the Cobble’s hollowed out cottonwood tree, read aloud, play games and make snacks. Kids get in free. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield

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

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Community day with free dance classes taught by local and regional dance artists, children’s activities and tours, and performances on the Inside/Out stage by Berkshire County and regional studios and companies, noon to 3 p.m. Free. Becket

Marble House Project — Performance by choreographer and scientist Beth Gracyzk, 6 p.m. ArtSeed presentations with artists in residence, Dorset, Vt.

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should… narrated by William Finn, 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Pittsfield

Berkshire Music School — Music Sharing. A concert of musical sharings by students participating in the BCArc-Berkshire Music School program. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m., Pittsfield

Berkshire Theatre Group — US Stones Benefit Concert for UCP 7:30 p.m. American Rolling Stones Tribute Band with Doug Baird and Mark Alan as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and Chris Curatolo as Ron Wood. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

Close Encounters With Music — Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman with Renana Gutman and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano; Peter Zazofsky, violin, and Danielle Talamantes, Metropolitan Opera soprano, 6 p.m. Clara Schumann, Fannie Mendelssohn, Germaine Tailleferre, Maria Theresia von Paradis, Ethel Smythe, Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, Marianna Martinez and Augusta Holmès (120-some songs) … works by women, with a commissioned quilt of miniatures by composers Thea Musgrave, Tamar Muskal, Joan Tower, and Judith Zaimont, musical portraits of suffragists and other women of valor — Smythe, Emma Lazarus, Sojourner Truth and Candace Wheeler. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

Common Folk Collective — Cactus Attack and Luke Tobin at Colegrove Park 2 to 5 p.m. NAMA Prom party at the Elks Lodge at 8. North Adams

Dewey Hall — Berkshire Strings jam session with Southern and Northeastern fiddle music, contradance tunes and waltzes, 3 to 5 p.m., Sheffield

Guthrie Center — Cole Quest and The City Pickers, dobro and harmonica, 8 p.m. Troubador folk music series. Great Barrington

Sandisfield Arts Center — Under Milk Wood by poet Dylan Thomas, set in a small Welsh village, performed by the Sandisfield Players, 7 p.m. Sandisfield

Spencertown Academy Arts Center — Teresa Broadwell Sextet celebrates the music of Nat King Cole, 7 p.m. Spencertown, N.Y.

 

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

Clark Art Institute — Landscape Walk, Horticulturist and Clark Grounds Manager Matthew Noyes leads a journey in tree identification, exploring 1,000 newly planted trees and the “upside-down” maple trees transplanted from Mass MoCA, 11 a.m. Williamstown

Hoffmann Bird Club — Birding Steepletop 7:30 a.m., half-day tour of 1,200-acre Steepletop Reserve in New Marlboro. Meet at 648 New Marlboro-Monterey Road, 413-499-0596

Mass Audubon — Birding the Berkshires, look and listen for marsh birds such as the American bittern, Virginia rail, sora, common gallinule and marsh wren. This is an easy to moderate hike. Bring binoculars and trail snacks. 6 to 9 a.m. Post Marsh Farm in Lenox

Naumkeag — Fuschias, not just a hanging plant, 2 p.m., talk about the unusual varieties gracing the gardens of Naumkeag. Also house tours daily. Stockbridge

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Kuntsler, 3 and 7:30 p.m. on the lawyer and civil rights activist. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

Dorset Theatre Festival — The Tarnation of Russell Colvin, written and performed by Oliver Wadsworth, based on a local unsolved murder case of 1812, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

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

 

Sunday June 11

 

Art

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

Clark Art Institute — Picasso’s Creative Collaborations talk, 3 p.m. Pablo Picasso worked frequently with the printers who pulled the images off his copper plates, foundries that cast his bronzes, publishers who commissioned and sold his prints and bronzes, and ceramicists who threw the pots he later completed. Williamstown

The Mount — SculptureNow opening with guided tour of 2017 outdoor sculpture show and artists reception on the terrace, 3:30 to 7 p.m. Lenox

 

Community

Berkshire Craft Beer Festival — Beer tasting, live music with high energy country, Phish tribute and Jack Waldheim band,  Chug Run 5K to support the Fenn Street Community Development Corporation and other Pittsfield area nonprofit organizations, food vendors. Co-founded by Jim Bronson and Matt Mottor, race at 12:15 p.m., festival begins at 1. Pittsfield Common, First Street, Pittsfield. berkshirebeerfest.com

Hildene — Community Day, explore Robert Lincoln’s historic home and gardens free all day, with Pullman car Sunbeam, the goat dairy at Hildene Farm, the floating boardwalk and Dene farm and miles of scenic woodland and meadow walking trails, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Manchester, Vt.

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon — The Feminine Mystic: American Prophetesses and the Politics of Religious Experience, marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, three-day conference with a keynote by poet, writer and feminist icon Eileen Myles. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. Schedule at simons-rock.edu

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

 

Family

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

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — London’s National Theatre in HD: Peter Pan, 3 p.m., Great Barrington

 

Food

Marble House Project — Culinary workshop with chef in residence: Future Family Culinary Workshop with Emilie Baltz and Alicia Walter 2 to 5 p.m., re-imagining mixed media and ingredients to create recipes, services and vessels that honor the next generation, Marble House, Dorset, Vt.

 

Music

Arrowhead — Jazzbones Concert in the barn, 7 p.m., free. Pittsfield

Berkshire Theatre Group — Bobby Sweet CD Release Party 7 p.m. with singer / songwriter and guitarist who has shared the bill with top country and folk artists Vince Gill, Martin Sexton, Pete Seeger. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

Celebration of Jewish Music — Connectivity in Chamber Music: Paul Green, Robert Scherr, Doris Stevenson, Joel Pitchon and Nathaniel Parke, present Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” written in a Nazi prisoner of war camp, and “The House I Live In,” a plea for tolerance made famous by Frank Sinatra, 3 p.m. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Great Barrington

Music from Salem — Cello Seminar concert, 12 cellists playing music of Bach, Gabrielli, Telemann, cutting-edge contemporary unaccompanied music, Julius Eastman’s Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc set to Dreyer’s 1928 film with ten celli, 4 p.m., Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, N.Y.

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Knapsackers — Hike Jug End to the Elbow Trail, the Appalachian Trail; meets at Berkshire School, Sheffield. 413-717-1547

Hoffmann Bird Club — Mount Greylock Birds and Breakfast 6 a.m., Meet at the Greylock Visitor’s Center, hike followed by breakfast at Bascom Lodge. 413-884-4961

 

Theater

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

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