Berkshire calendar March 27 to April 2

Four Freedoms will come alive this week, in music at the new St. James concert space in Great Barrington — and in action in Pittsfield. The Berkshire calendar March 27 to April 2 is standing up, speaking out — and keeping a beat.

On Saturday, the Four Freedoms Coalition will offer ways to make a difference on local, state and national issues, with Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, diversity coach Shirley Edgerton, Pittsfield City Councilors John Krol and Donna Todd Rivers and more. The day will begin with an address by Congressman Richard Neal at 9:30 a.m., and end with a session with State Senator Adam Hinds at 3:45 p.m. — all are welcome to come for any or all.

Spoken Word will open National poetry month, and comedy — and dance. In the image above, one of the leading traditional/contemporary dance and music groups in Ghana, West Africa, will perform in Bennington, Vt., with drums, gyils (West African xylophones), voices and explosive dance. Photo courtesy of Vermont Arts Exchange.

 

Monday March 27

 

Books and Writers

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Molly McCully Brown will read 4 p.m. from her first book of poetry, which just received a rave review in the NY Times. Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. mollymccullybrown.com

 

Conversation

Williamstown and North Adams libraries — Public forum Fact or Fabrication in Today’s News, nonpartisan conversation, 7 p.m.  Panel on the state of media literacy; ways to improve it and the role schools and libraries can play. Williamstown Youth Center.

 

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

Bennington College — Master musicians Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma perform modal music of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. 8 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — The Songs We Cherish, Joel Blumert will perform songs of Gershwin, Gus Kahn, Fats Waller and others, 10:45 a.m. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. Kosher lunch at noon, 41-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

 

Tuesday March 28

 

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.

 

Conversations

Lenox Library — Dr. Joseph Cardillo on Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life, 6 p.m. with The Bookstore. 18 Main St., Lenox. lenoxlib.org

 

Wednesday March 29

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Heather Christle & Zachary Schomburg, 7 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Conversations

Bennington College — SCT Colloquium Presents: Simon Feldman, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department at Connecticut College, on The Authentic Self, 7 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Left vs Right: The Battle for Israel’s Soul 7 p.m. Is Israel locked in a tragic dispute between two peoples claiming the same land – or a global conflict between Western democracy and Islamist terrorism? Is partition into two states the only way to ensure Israel’s survival – or is it the surest path to ever-increasing bloodshed? Jonathan S. Tobin, senior online editor and chief political blogger of Commentary Magazine, and J. J. Goldberg, editor-at-large of the Forward newspaper and former U.S. bureau chief of the Israeli news magazine The Jerusalem Report. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. Kosher lunch at noon, 41-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

Oldcastle Theatre — Southern Vermont College presents  “The Art and Science of Medical Music” by author/musician Andrew Schulman, Dr. Marvin McMillen, MD, and guest Eric Despard, as well as a showing of the documentary, “Andrew & Wendy,” 7 p.m., the story of a New York Upper West Side man in a coma, and his wife, who plays play Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” on his ipod for him. Schulman is the former resident musician in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital in New York City and medical musician at New York University’s Langone Medical Center and Berkshire Medical Center. Dr. McMillen is a trauma surgeon at Berkshire Medical Center and formerly of Beth Israel where Schulman was a patient. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-681-2889

OLLI Spring Open House — Sneak preview of spring classes exploring everything from Berkshire wildflowers and the Kingdom of Nepal to criminal justice and the history of Lenox, 10 a.m. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-236-2190, BerkshireOLLI.org

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Mozart’s Idomeneo, 1 p.m. The Met: Encore 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

Parlor Room — The stash Band with The Brothers Brothers, 7 p.m., genre-bending bluegrass and darker Appalachian and klezmer. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

 

Thursday March 30

 

Books and Writers

The Bookloft — Poetry Night, 6 p.m. Bring original work or share a favorite writer, poetry, spoken word, short fiction or nonfiction. Monthly on last Thursdays. 332 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. thebookloft.com

 

Conversations

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Food security in insecure times: T7 p.m. Join Mark Winne, author of Closing the Food Gap and Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas, for a conversation about changing the food system. As a writer on food issues, Winne’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Nation, Sierra, Orion, and Yes! Magazine.  84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

 

Film

Oldcastle Theatre — Film series: Nashville, 1975 American satirical musical comedy-drama set in the country music and gospel music businesses, 7 p.m. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. bennington.com

 

Theatre

WAM Theatre — Emelie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Lauren Gunderson’s exploration of Emelie Du Châtelet, a physicist, mathematician and highly regarded scientist in her own right in 18th-century France. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. wamtheatre.com

 

Friday March 31

 

Community

Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires — Annual Club Gala, 6 to 11 p.m. Country Club, 639 South St., Pittsfield. 413-448-8258

 

Conversation

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Uncommon Journeys series: linguist John McWhorter, whose latest book is “Words on the Move,” 7 p.m. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. mollymccullybrown.com

Northshire Bookstore —  In honor of International Women’s Day, a delegation of Women Ambassadors from the United Nations, led by H.E. Mrs. Chulamanee Chartsuwan, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Thailand, will join in talks at the Northshire Book Store, in Bennington, at Bennington College,  and in Rutland, with a visit to the Vermont Farmers Food Center.6 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.co

 

Music

Calvin Theatre — The Zombies: The Odessey and Oracle 50th Anniversary Tour, 8 p.m. 19 King St., Northampton. iheg.com

The Egg — SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis and Original Compositions, 7:30 p.m., Pilobolus Dance Theatre, 8 p.m. 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Iron Horse — Richard Shindell, folk singer / songwriter releases new album, Careless, with signature acoustic guitar, 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com 

Troy Music Hall — Brubeck Brothers Quartet, 7:30 p.m., melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Troy Chromatics Concert. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

 

Theatre

Mass MoCA — High Mud Comedy Festival with Aparna Nancherla and Erin Markey, a two-day laugh-fest with national and local stand-up performers hosted by Dave Hill. Films, tours, joke cam, workshops and late-night gigs at local venues including Desperados and the Freight Yard Pub. 87 Marshall St., North Adams, 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

WAM Theatre — Emelie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Lauren Gunderson’s exploration of Emelie Du Châtelet, a physicist, mathematician and highly regarded scientist in her own right in 18th-century France. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. wamtheatre.com

 

Saturday April 1

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Painting Like Rockwell, illustrator/painter Dan Howe explores, explains, and demonstrates Norman Rockwell’s process. 3 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

Williamstown Library — Marilyn Cavallari show of oil paintings opens 1 to 3:30 p.m. 413-458-5369

 

Books and Writing

Marble House Project — Literature & Revolution: Readings and Performances by the MFA Candidates from Pratt Institute’s Graduate Writing Program, celebrating commitment to public service, political activism and radical thinking, 5 p.m. 1161 Dorset West Road, Dorset, Vt. marblehouseproject.org

Northshire Bookstore — Celebration of Poetry and the Arts with local author Vicki Bowden and readings by poets will be reading from their poetry collections. Joyce Thomas, Charlie Rossiter, Terry Hauptman, Claire North, Dede Cummings, Megan Buchanan, James Crews, and Marshall Witten, 6:30 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

WordxWord — No Fools Poetry Slam/Spoken Word by poets 14-24, 7 p.m. Free. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. Poetry Slam Workshop For Middle School poets, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Family Resource Center, 480 West St., Pittsfield. wxw365.org

 

Community

Chocolate Seder — Exploring the story of the Exodus using chocolate in place of the traditional Passover foods, 4 p.m. Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St. Pittsfield. 413-442-5910, ansheamunim.org

Four Freedoms Coalition — ABCs of Advocacy: From calling legislators to running for office, ways to make a difference on local, state and national issues. Free non-partisan workshops called Act Now: Civic Participation for everyone. Address by Congressman Richard Neal at 9:30 a.m., ends with a session with State Senator Adam Hinds at 3:45 p.m., come for any or all. Volunteer instructors include Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, diversity coach Shirley Edgerton, Pittsfield City Councilors John Krol and Donna Todd Rivers.4FreedomsCoalition.org

 

Dance

Saakumu Drum and Dance Troupe — One of the leading traditional/contemporary dance and music groups in Ghana, West Africa, founded by Bernard Woma, presents stories passed down through many generations, with drums, gyils (West African xylophones), voices and explosive dance. 7 p.m. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. Co-sponsored by Vermont Arts Exchange. 802-442-5549, vtartxchange.org

 

Music

Crescendo — Crescendo Chorus and vocal ensemble, The Berkshire Children’s Chorus, Soloists and Instrumental Ensemble present “Paintings in Song: Visions by Norman Rockwell,” World Premiere of a commissioned multimedia work by John Myers with projection of animated images by Norman Rockwell, and “Americana” Choral Arrangements by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, in collaboration with The Norman Rockwell Museum, 3 and 7 p.m. Saint James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington. worldclassmusic.org

Iron Horse — Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, with The Bottle Rockets 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

The Linda — Tift Merritt, 8 p.m. country and soul, host of public radio broadcast and podcast “The Spark,” 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. thelinda.org

Pearl Street — Madaila, Burlington, Vt., psych-pop combo who’ve been doing a monthly residency at the Iron Horse, with Ne-Hi and LuxDeluxe, 8 p.m., 10 Pearl St., Northampton. 413-586-8686, iheg.com

 

Theatre

The Egg — Golden Dragon Acrobats, 7:30 p.m., 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Mass MoCA — High Mud Comedy Festival with headliner Phoebe Robinson of the podcast 2 Dope Queens and Jordan Carlos, a two-day laugh-fest with national and local stand-up performers hosted by Dave Hill. Films, tours, joke cam, workshops and late-night gigs at local venues including Desperados and the Freight Yard Pub. 87 Marshall St., North Adams, 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

WAM Theatre — Emelie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Lauren Gunderson’s exploration of Emelie Du Châtelet, a physicist, mathematician and highly regarded scientist in her own right in 18th-century France. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. wamtheatre.com

 

Sunday April 2

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Clark Art Institute — First Sunday Free: Any Way, Shape, or Form, Sculpture gallery talks at 1:30 and 3 p.m., hands-on armature and sculpture in  Open Studio 1 to 4 p.m. 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

 

Community

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Berkshire Jewish Community Good Deeds Day, 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers from around the world join in a day of service. Kindred Living at Laurel Lake, 600 Laurel St., Lee. 413-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

Manchester Community Library — The Azores, travel talk with Alan and Nancy Benoit, Cindy Waters and Curt Merrow, on volcanic craters, blue lakes, thermal springs, dark sand beaches 4 p.m., free. Equinox Village, 49 Maple St. in Manchester Center, Vt. 802-362-2607, mclvt.org

 

Dance

Berkshire South Community Center — Sunday tea dance, 2:15 to 4:45 p.m. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810, berkshiresouth.org

 

Family

IS183 — Family Clay Days, 1 to 3 p.m. Children and adults create together in the studio, hand building a bowl with clay using slab construction and glazes. Citizen’s Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-5252, is183.org

 

Music

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — South Berkshire Concert Series: Violist Stephanie Griffin and  pianist Cheryl Seltzer, works for viola and piano, including “Sonata para Viola y Piano (2015)” written especially for these performers by the distinguished Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra, the “Arpeggione” Sonata by Schubert, and works by Wolpe, Mamlok, Babbitt, and Griffin herself 3 p.m., Kellogg Music Center. 413-528-7212, simons-rock.edu

Clark Art Institute — 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. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Crescendo — Crescendo Chorus and vocal ensemble, The Berkshire Children’s Chorus, Soloists and Instrumental Ensemble present “Paintings in Song: Visions by Norman Rockwell,” World Premiere of a commissioned multimedia work by John Myers with projection of animated images by Norman Rockwell, and “Americana” Choral Arrangements by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, in collaboration with The Norman Rockwell Museum, 4 p.m. Mattison Hall, Kent, Conn. worldclassmusic.org

 

Theatre

WAM Theatre — Emelie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, 2 p.m. Lauren Gunderson’s exploration of Emelie Du Châtelet, a physicist, mathematician and highly regarded scientist in her own right in 18th-century France. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. wamtheatre.com

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