Berkshire Calendar March 13 to 19

Comedy and homebrew, Irish music and farm films, art openings at Mass MoCA, WCMA and the Norman Rockwell Museum (and a newly opened show of 17th-century Dutch art at the Clark) — snow or no snow, the Berkshire Calendar March 13 to 19 is warming up around here. Maple weekend will see open houses, tours and tastings at sugar shacks across Massachusetts and New York State.

 

In the photo at the top, fiddler Kevin Burke will perform a concert for St. Patrick’s Day at the Parlor Room in Northampton. (Courtesy photo by Cindy Funk.)

 

Monday March 13

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — “The Process of Aging,” 10:45 a.m. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. Kosher lunch at noon, 41-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

Williams College — Do Black Politicians Matter? Trevon Logan, Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University, will present an Economics Class of 1960 Scholars seminar, 4 p.m. Griffin Hall Room 6, 844 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Food

Berkshire South Community Center — Community supper, 5 to 6 p.m. served by Berkshire chefs. Free. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810, berkshiresouth.org

 

Tuesday March 14

 

Art

Bennington College — Eric Gottesman photographs, writes, makes videos, teaches and uses art as a vehicle to engage people in critical conversations about the social structures that surround them and him, 7 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Clark Art Institute — Clark Fellow Ivan Gerát presents “Image, Narrative, and Mentality: Recent Perspectives in Approaching Medieval Pictorial Legends.” 5:30 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Books and Writing

Bloomsday in Williamstown — Gunter Grass’s “The Tin Drum,” weekly reading aloud through the novel in the Breon Mitchell translation, 7 p.m. at the Log. 78 Spring St., Williamstown.

 

Music

The Egg — The High Kings, Ireland’s Folk Band of the year, traditional and original Celtic music, 7:30 p.m., 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Parlor Room — Kevin Burke, 7 p.m. fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for more than 30 years, performing with Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

 

Wednesday March 15

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Translating the Local: A Century and a Half of Ethnic Media in the United States, a talk by Esther Allen, an associate professor in the Ph.D. Programs in French and in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY), and at Baruch College, CUNY. 7 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Berkshire Athenaeum — 3D Let’s Print, workshop 3 p.m. Free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

 

Music

Iron Horse — Solas, 7 p.m. popular, influential, and exciting U.S. Celtic band. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — La Traviata, 1 p.m. The Met: Encore in HD with Sonya Yoncheva as one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, and Carmen Giannattasio with Plácido Domingo as Germont. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Williams College — Midweek music, lunchtime informal concert sampler, traditional and unexpected, with iinstructors and students and impromptu talks, 12:15 p.m. Chapin Hall, 62 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Thursday March 16

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Looking and Lunching: Here Comes the General, noon. Kathleen Morris, director of collections and exhibitions and curator of decorative arts, on a case of works memorializing George Washington. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Williams College Museum of Art — Celebrate our spring exhibitions with us! Lex and Love, Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography, and Accession Number. 5 p.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Woodworth Speaker: Brian Donahue from Brandeis University, 7 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Williams College — Frederick Strauch, Associate Professor of Physics will present “Testing Reality with Quantum Physics.” Faculty Lecture Series, 4:15 p.m. Thompson Chemistry, Wege Auditorium. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Community

Berkshire Athenaeum — Fall in Love with 3D Printing, 3 p.m. Make seasonal designs before the holiday in two-part workshop. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

 

Film

The Linda — Do Not Resist, documentary on the state of policing in America from Fergusson onward, from families who have lost loved ones to police training to ride-alongs to congressional hearings, 7 p.m. Food for Thought: evening of film, discussion and samples from Honest Weight Co-op. 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. thelinda.org

Oldcastle Theatre — Film series: Kansas City, a kidnapping goes down in 1934 Kansas City: Blondie O’Hara’s  petty thief husband Johnny is taken by gangster “Seldom Seen,” 7 p.m. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. bennington.com

 

Theater

Berkshire Theatre Group — Laugh Lounge: Kyle Ayers, 7:30 p.m. Comedian, writer, actor, living in New York City, a Just For Laughs “New Face Comedian” in 2015 who has written for the Roasts on Comedy Central and Friar’s Club Roasts. Kyle has written for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BBC, Wired, Post Grad Problems, Buzzfeed. The garage, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Outdoors

Williamstown Rural Lands — Low Impact Lawn Care with Dianne Olsen, recently retired Cornell Cooperative Extension, 7 p.m. 671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. 413-458-2494, wrlf.org

 

Friday March 17

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Woodworth Speaker: Brian Donahue from Brandeis University presents a science workshop, 1 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Music

Iron Horse — Big Bad Bollocks in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Show, 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Mass MoCA — Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, 8 p.m. Five Massachusetts singer-songwriters — Greg Smith, David Tanklefsky, Billy Keane, Chris Merenda, and Tory Hanna — ring in St. Patrick’s Day  with a celebration of brotherhood, spirits and foot-stomping folk rock. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Saturday March 18

 

Art

Mass MoCA — New works reception, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Celebration of Steffani Jemison’s Plant You Now, Dig You Later, using language and literacy in black history to explore narration, abstraction, citizenship, education and the archive; Tanja Hollander: Are you really my friend? — an exploration of intimacy in the digital age; and Elizabeth King: Radical Small. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Norman Rockwell Musuem — Reimagining the Four Freedoms opens: Student Artworks from Region 6 Capital Eastern District, New York, inspired by Rockwell’s Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship and Freedom from Want.  9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Music by The Guiding Star Ramblers – Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle), Marko Packard (flute and guitar), and Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin (accordion and piano) with caller Katy Heine. Beginner instruction at 7:45 p.m. and dancing 8 to 11, all dances taught, no experience or partner needed. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. 413-528-4007, lenoxcontradance.org

 

Family

Berkshire Museum — Imagination Playground, be creative with big, blue blocks, 10 a.m. to noon. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Saturday Morning Cartoons, 10 a.m. to noon, Hanna-Barbera’s classic animations with favorite characters from Tom and Jerry, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Food

Wings and Winter Homebrew Festival — Restaurants submit wings, home brewers showcase 100 styles of beer, ale, cider and wine noon to 4 p.m. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. bennington.com

Mass. Maple Weekend — Sugar houses and maple producers give open hosues across the state with talks, walks in the sugar bush, tastings and demonstrations. Maple cream, popcorn, candy, baked goods and more. massmaple.org

New York Maple Weekend — Sugar houses and maple producers at 160 farms and museums give open hosues across the state with talks, walks in the sugar bush, tastings and demonstrations. Maple cream, popcorn, candy, baked goods and more. New York State Maple Producers Association, nysmaple.com

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years, 8 p.m. Songwriter Jimmy Webb has had chart-topping hits over the last 50 years, from country to pop to disco, with hits such as “Honey Come Back,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston” and more. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Clark Art Institute — Duo Yumeno, New York-based koto/shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki, site-specific program inspired by the exhibition Japanese Impressions, 3 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Close Encounters with Music — Beethoven Journey — Early, Middle and Late, 6 p.m. Early Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, a middle-period Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, and the “Archduke” Trio with pianist Michael Brown, winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.  413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Norman Rockwell: Paintings in Song, composer John Myers, Crescendo artistic director Christine Gevert and documentary producer Rich Bradway talk about nine musical works inspired by the art of Norman Rockwell, 5:30 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

Parlor Room — Dan Bern, 8 p.m. inger songwriter, guitarist, novelist and painter. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

Troy Music Hall — Lunasa, internationally acclaimed traditional Irish instrumental group, 7:30 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

 

Outdoors

Bryant House — Maple Days at the Old Homestead, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Explore Bryant’s sugar bush and learn about early American sugaring with guided walks, a talk on the history of maple sugaring and outdoor sugaring demonstrations. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. Trustees of Reservations, 413-628-4485, thetrustees.org.

Peasant Valley Sanctuaries — Bare Naked Beauty: Woody Plants in Winter , 10 a.m. Learn to recognize the forms of oaks, maples, shrubs and more. Bluebird Nest Box Building Workshop @ 1 p.m. 472 West Dugway Road, Lenox 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Sunday March 19

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Block printing, 1:30 p.m. Ongoing workshop with IS183 in relief printing popular around the world. 225 South St., Williamstown, 413-458-2303; clarkart.edu

 

Conversations

Lenox Library — Lenox at 250, Session II, with Cornelia Gilder and Richard Jackson (The Gilded Age), David Roche (1940-1970), Olga Weiss (The Music Inn). Lenox. 18 Main St., Lenox. lenoxlib.org

Temple Anshe Amunim — Parent Workshop: Talking to School aged Children on Post Election Worries, 7 p.m. musical, family-friendly Shabbat service at Temple, all welcome. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. jewishberkshires.org

 

Dance

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Bolshoi Ballet in HD, 1 p.m. The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet (on screen) perform Hans Van Manen’s Frank Bridge’s Variations, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons with music by Benjamin Britten, Max Richter, Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonid Desyatnikov Choreography: Hans Van Manen, Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Alexei Ratmansky. Pre-show talk at 12:40 p.m. by Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-residence Brian Schaefer, a co-presentation with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Film

Crandell Theatre — Farm Film Fest 9, films that focus on farms, farming, and farming issues, 1 to 4 p.m. with Meet Your Maker Reception at the People’s Pub. Free, non-perishable food items accepted for Chatham’s Silent Food Pantry. Event cosponsored by the Chatham Agricultural Partnership, Columbia Land Conservancy, and the Chatham Film Club. 48 Main St., Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-3331, chathamkeepfarming.org/FarmFilmFest.html

 

Food

Mass. Maple Weekend — Sugar houses and maple producers give open hosues across the state with talks, walks in the sugar bush, tastings and demonstrations. Maple cream, popcorn, candy, baked goods and more. massmaple.org

New York Maple Weekend — Sugar houses and maple producers at 160 farms and museums give open hosues across the state with talks, walks in the sugar bush, tastings and demonstrations. Maple cream, popcorn, candy, baked goods and more. New York State Maple Producers Association, nysmaple.com

 

Music

Bennington College — Composer Evan Williams presents  acoustic and electronic music including collaborations with visiting pianist Sarah Puckett and dancer Stuart Shugg, and the world premiere of his new electronic score to Georges Méliès 1904 silent film, The Impossible Voyage, 8 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Parlor Room — Parlor Session No. 7: The Murphy Beds and Jeremiah McLane/Timothy Cummings CD Release: Wind Among The Reeds, double header, 7 p.m. Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary, traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings travel as Wheezer & Squeezer, a Vermont-based accordion and bagpipe duo. Hot soup and pie, and an all-comers’ jam. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

Sage City Symphony — Annual Youth Concert 4 p.m. Short compositions by local high school students, Poulenc Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and Griffes Poem for Flute and Orchestra performed by Bennington College students, and  The Martyrs second movement, The Seven Seals of a new composition for orchestra by Marjorie Rooen, music teacher at Mount Anthony Union High School. Free. Visual and Performing Arts Center (VAPA), Bennington College, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. sagecitysymphony.org

Troy Music Hall — Barbara Nissman, piano: Hommage to Prokofiev, Bartok and Ginastera and Franz Liszt, 3 p.m. Troy Chromatics Concert. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

 

Theater

Clark Art Institute — Amadeus, 1 p.m. National Theatre Live in HD presents Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) as Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

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