Berkshire Calendar March 20 to 26

Film at the Crandell Theatre and women reshaping the world at Northshire Bookstore, Mavis Staples bringing gospel, spirituals, rock and blues to Mass MoCA and Maya Angelou on screen at MCLA … the Berkshire calendar March 20 to 26 is charged with performances. From writers in residence at the Mount to journalists taking a stand against fake news, people are taking a stand here this week.

In the photo above, Ruksana appears on the film set of Girl Rising in Kolkata, India. Northshire Bookstore will hold a reading and talk with journalist Tanya Lee Stone on her book about Girl Rising and its programs to give girls around the world access to education. (Photo by Kiran Reddy, courtesy of Girl Rising)

 

Monday March 20

 

Community

Clark Art Institute — Meet Me at the Clark program for adults with Alzheimer’s, 2 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.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

 

Music

Iron Horse — Joshua Davis, Sarah Potenza, 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

 

Tuesday March 21

 

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

Bennington College — Michael Bisio Accortet, 8 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Iron Horse — David Lindley, melodic string playing in albums by Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Ry Cooder and many more, 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Parlor Room — Cash’d Out, 7 p.m. Johnny cash tribute band, Douglas Benson vocals, Kevin Manuel guitar, George Bernardo drums, and Stephen Rey bass 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

 

Wednesday March 22

 

Books and Writers

Bennington College — Translation and Autobiography: Augustine, Rousseau, Solzhenitsyn, a talk by Peter Constantine, a literary translator and editor, and the director of the Literary Translation Program at the University of Connecticut. 7 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Writer and journalist Dolores Barclay, former arts editor of The Associated Press (AP) after covering city hall, federal and criminal courts and the police beat for the New York City bureau, and adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, speaks on Truth on the Battlefield: The War against Fake News, 11 a.m. Murdock Hall’s Sammer Dennis Room 218, Church Street, North Adams. mcla.edu

The Mount — Writers in the House: A Conversation, 3 p.m. An afternoon with the 2017 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence: Christene Barberich, global editor in chief and co-founder of Refinery29; Donna M. Lucey, author of Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age; and Vanessa Manko, author of The Invention of Exile. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111, edithwharton.org

Northshire Bookstore — Award-winning author, journalist, and teacher from Champlain College Tanya Lee Stone presents her book Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time, 4 p.m. a global campaign for girls’ education, film and book examining barriers to education in depth — early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty — and showing how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities. 4896 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Film

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” first feature documentary film on Angelou – an author, poet and civil rights activist – includes interviews with her, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton and more in Global Film Series, 6:30 p.m., free, in Murdock Hall room 218, Church Street, North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Music

Iron Horse — Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies, former lead singer for Newfoundland’s Great Big Sea, and Donovan Woods, 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

 

Thursday March 23

 

Art

Williams College Museum of Art — Insider look at new projects with local wines and cheeses in the Reading Room, People’s Library project and curators lead mini-tours through Lex & Love: Meleko Mokgosi, Robert Rauschenbeg: Autobiography, and the Anxiety of Influence. 5 p.m. wcma.williams.edu

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Elizabeth Freeman’s Walk to Freedom, with historical interpreter Ann-Elizabeth Barnes, 10:45 a.m. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. Kosher lunch at noon, 41-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Green Living talk, From House Sparrows to Mute Swans: The Invasive Birds of Massachusetts by Andrew Vitz, the state ornithologist for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, 7 p.m. Series on Science and Management of Invasive Species. Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121, Church Street, North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Film

Oldcastle Theatre — Film series: McCabe and Mrs. Miller, the American West as a muddy frontier filled with hustlers, opportunists, and corporate sharks, 7 p.m. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. bennington.com

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — On The Stage Series: Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds, 7:30 p.m. In the Azores, Dana Louise, daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America,forged the beginnings of her sound, practicing among the archipelago’s lava rocks and dragon trees. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Friday March 24

Conversations

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Dr. Elizabeth Hartung, assistant professor in the Mathematics Department, Brown Bag Lecture Series, 3 p.m., Bowman Hall room 121. Church St., North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Music

Calvin Theatre — Ms. Lisa Fischer, highlighted in the Oscar-winning documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” and Grand Baton with Seth Glier, 8 p.m. 19 King St., Northampton. iheg.com

The Linda — Moondance, Van Morrison tribute concert, 8 p.m. Co-op. 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. thelinda.org

Parlor Room — Session Americana, 8 p.m., rock band in a tea cup or folk band in a whiskey bottle. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Fiddler on the Roof with Cambridge Central School, musical set in the village of Anatevka, where Tevye, Golde, and their five daughters struggle to preserve tradition while trying to find their own place in a rapidly changing world. 7 p.m. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Saturday March 25

 

Art

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Winter Photography in the Woods, 2 p.m. Winter light sets off shapes and shadows with a chiaroscuro warmth. With a fine art photographer as your guide, walk the trails at Bartholomew’s Cobble and capture that light with your film or digital camera. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, thetrustees.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — The Yellow Bowl Project: Exploring Freedom, 5:30 p.m. During World War II, the U.S. government opened ten concentration camps to incarcerate 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who had been forcibly removed from the West Coast. In 2015, Setsuko Sato Winchester, a Japanese-American, former NPR journalist, and ceramicist, began a journey to visit all the remains of these camps, most of them now in desolate ruins. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

Shire City Sanctuary — Screen printing class, 9 a.m. to noon. Silkscreen basics, stencil cutting and more, and make a print to take home. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

 

Community

Flying Deer Nature Center — Dance party and benefit with Berkshire Bateria, “Shake Your Tail” 7 to 10 p.m. withrefreshments and signature Flying Deer cocktail. Community Center, 65 Walker St. Lenox. 518-794-6687, flyingdeernaturecenter.org

 

Conversations

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: Sap Rising, 1:30 p.m. Writing workshop with monthly writing prompt, part of an ongoing series. South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road, Great Barrington. berkshirewomenwriters.org

Chatham Bookstore — Michael Fabricant and Stephen Brier bring Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education, 5 to 7 p.m. Professors at the City University of New York in conversation with Thomas Chulak from the bookstore, Q&A. 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-3005, chathambookstore.com

 

Family

Berkshire Museum — Kitchen Ka-Boom! science fun and experiments, all kid-safe and can be recreated using items found in almost any kitchen, 11 a.m. to noon. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

 

Film

Crandell Theatre — Chatham Film Club and WMHT co-host free screening of “Newton,” documentary on Dec. 14, 2012, when a disturbed young man committed a horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., and took the lives of 20 elementary school children and six teachers. noon. 48 Main Street in Chatham, N.Y. crandelltheatre.org

 

Food

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

Vt. 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. vermontmaple.org

 

Music

Clark Art Institute — Mozart’s Idomeneo, 12:55 p.m. The Met: Live in HD with Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director James Levine. 225 South St., Williamstown, 413-458-2303; clarkart.edu

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Mozart’s Idomeneo, 1 p.m. The Met: Live in HD with Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director James Levine. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Mass MoCA — Mavis Staples, 8 p.m. One of the great alchemists of American music, crossing genre lines like no musician since perhaps Ray Charles, and weaving her voice into gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip-hop, from her time in the legendary Staples Singers to her Grammy-winning 2010 collaboration with Jeff Tweedy, You’re Not Alone, to her recently released Livin’ on a High Note. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Oldcastle Theatre — Yoshiko Sato and Christopher Lewis, past and present Bennington professors of music, perform Beethoven Sonatas, 3 p.m. Free. 331 Main St., bennington, Vt. 802-447-1267, oldcastletheatre.org

Parlor Room — Pamela Means, 7 p.m., songwriter with a supple voice and raw, energetic guitar. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

Vermont Art Exchange — Billy Wylder (band), doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8.

Fred Kosak (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Cilla Bonnie (bass, vocals), Michael Reese (drums, banjo, vocals), Rob Flax (fiddle and vocals) and Avi Salloway (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica) has taught around the world, performed from Carnegie Hall to the Lincoln Center and toured the U.S., performing with Jack Johnson and Pete Seeger and supporting the legendary Taj Mahal. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartxchange.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

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Fiddler on the Roof with Cambridge Central School, musical set in the village of Anatevka, where Tevye, Golde, and their five daughters struggle to preserve tradition while trying to find their own place in a rapidly changing world. 7 p.m. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Sunday March 26

Art

Clark Art Institute — Professor of History of Art Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania, free lecture on ukiyo-e (“images of the floating world”) prints, 3 p.m. Also 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

 

Books and Writers

Northshire Bookstore — Kelly Jensen will present Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, 11 a.m. 44 writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Coffee, tea and cookies. 4896 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Stockbridge Library — Serving officer, private practitioner and law professor Eugene R. Fidell on his book, Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction, on the military judicial system and the strengths and weaknesses of military legal regimes around the world, including the response to sexual assault in the armed forces, the challenges of protecting judicial independence, and the effect of social media and modern technology. 4 p.m. 46 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5501, stockbridgelibrary.org

 

Dance

The Egg — New York Theatre Ballet Sleeping Beauty, 3 p.m., 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

 

Film

Crandell Theatre — Chatham Film Club screens “Junction 48,” noon. Israeli film starring the Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar playing Kareem, an aspiring musician from a mixed-population Israeli city where he faces regular discrimination and experiences a political awakening — an Arab’s-eye view of contemporary life in Israel. 48 Main Street in Chatham, N.Y. crandelltheatre.org

 

Food

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

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

Vt. 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. vermontmaple.org

 

Music

Cantilena Chamber Choir — Music of Bach, Brahms and more. Bach’s Cantata #4 Christ Lag in Todesbanden and the double choir motet Ich lasse dich nicht and their corresponding works the Brahms motets O Heiland Reiss die Himmel auf and his Opus 29 no 1 and 2 Est ist das Heil uns Kommen her, motet Ay Que Dolor by Juan Cererols that predates the opening of the Bach St. Matthew Passion, and rarely heard works of composers Robert Pearsall and 16th century Portuguese composer Manuel Cardosa, 3 p.m. Saint James Place, the former St. James Episcopal Church, 352 Main St., Great Barrington. 518-791-0185, cantilenachoir.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Steep Canyon Rangers with guest Noam Pikelny, 7 p.m. North Carolina bluegrass quintet Steep Canyon Rangers, the band backing banjo front man Steven Martin on tour for years, earning a 2013 Grammy win for Best Bluegrass Album, Nobody Knows You. Preeminent banjoist Noam Pikelny is a 3-time Grammy Award Nominee. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Fiddler on the Roof with Cambridge Central School, musical set in the village of Anatevka, where Tevye, Golde, and their five daughters struggle to preserve tradition while trying to find their own place in a rapidly changing world. 2 p.m. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

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