Berkshire calendar March 6 to 12

Heading towards St. Patrick’s Day, this week brings an annual parade, and many kinds of music — rock, jazz, Americana — and film from documentaries to anime.

In the photo at the top, Australian group the Ten Tenors will perform at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. (Photo courtesy of the Ten Tenors)

 

Monday March 6

 

Film

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Shakespeare, Shylock and Anti-Semitism – two part series, 10:45 a.m., free. Screening of 2004 film The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, Ralph Feinnes, Jeremy Irons, 10:45 a.m. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. Kosher lunch at noon, 41-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

 

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 7

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Framing Affect and Vision in Middle-Period China, Jeehee Hong is Gretta Chambers Chair in East Asian Art History at McGill University speaks on grief and mourning a thousand years ago, 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.

 

Conversations

Bennington College — “Gems, Minerals and Human Nature,” gem carver Michael Dyber speaks about his work, 7 p.m. VAPA Usdan Gallery, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Green Mountain Academy — Universal Boogaloo: The Invisible Mathematics of Everyday Reality”, Provost James C. White II of Southern Vermont College, 5:30 p.m. Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

 

Music

Iron Horse — Vanessa Carlton, songwriter with hit “A Thousand Miles,” and Tristen 7 p.m. Latin Night Hosted by DJ Alexavier & DJ Chico, 10 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

 

Theater

Williams College — Theater of War, a reading of Sophocles’ Ajax, an ancient Greek play about the suicide of a great and respected warrior, as a catalyst for facilitated town hall discussions about suicide, combat stress, alcohol and substance abuse, and the impact of war on families. 7:30 p.m. Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center 1000 Main St, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Wednesday March 8

Conversations

 

Bard College at Simon’s Rock —  W.E.B. DuBois Lecture: Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The DuBois Lecture celebrates the legacy of Great Barrington native and founding member of the NAACP, W.E.B DuBois. Brooks, a civil rights attorney, social justice advocate, and fourth-generation ordained minister, has recently been in the news defending the NAACP’s moratorium on charter schools, staging a sit-in to protest the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General (he was arrested with five others outside Sessions’ Alabama office), and decrying recent evidence of a resurgence of KKK activity in the present political climate. Daniel Arts Center – McConnell Theater, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

Berkshire Athenaeum — 3D Printing, 5 p.m. introduction: what it is and how it’s done, free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

Williams College — Jim Hansen: Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions, 8 p.m. with former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center 54 Chapin Hall Dr., Williamstown. williams.edu

Images Cinema — Difret, award-winning drama based on the true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights, 7 p.m. Free, presented by the Williams College Davis Center as part of their year-long Social Change Film Series 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

 

Family

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Let’s Celebrate Purim! Free Community Concert with David Grover and Grover’s Gang, 4 p.m., free and open to all. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. Kosher lunch at noon, 41-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

 

Music

Iron Horse — JD McPherson, vital American music and a voice that channels the spirit of Little Richard and James Brown, 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Pearl Street — Louis The Child, played on BBC, Triple J, and KCRW, 8 p.m., 10 Pearl St., Northampton. 413-586-8686, iheg.com

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 9

 

Books and Writers

Bennington College — Novelist, essayist, playwright and scholar Sarah Schulman gives perspective on the cultural phenomenon of blame and scapegoating, in her acclaimed work, Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair, 8 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Hugh Black will discuss James S. Shapiro’s book Shakespeare and the Jews, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, 10:45 a.m. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. Kosher lunch at noon, 41-442-2200. jewishberkshires.org

 

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

 

Conversations

Williams College — Amy Podmore, Professor of Art, will present “Finding Elsa.” Faculty Lecture Series, 4:15 p.m. Thompson Chemistry, Wege Auditorium. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

Williams College Musueum of Art — Caroline Woolard on art, urbanism, political economy, and critical design, sculptural objects and participatory platforms that promote new forms of exchange and reimagine existing power structures, including OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop, international networks that provide barter-only services, 7 p.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Film

Oldcastle Theatre — Film series: California Split, A friendship develops between Bill Denny (George Segal) and Charlie Waters (Elliott Gould) over gambling. 7 p.m. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. bennington.com

 

Music

Calvin Theatre — Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: intimate acoustic evening with Barry Kingston and Frank Manzi, 8 p.m. 19 King St., Northampton. iheg.com

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

Iron Horse — Bill Charlap Trio, premiere jazz pianist who has performed with Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis, 7 p.m. Spirit Ghost, Calico Blue with DJ Quills, 10 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Williams College — Zachary Wadsworth on “Breaking Eurydice,” 4:15 p.m. Zachary Wadsworth will present his recent composition “Eurydice” for soprano and strings, premiered last summer at the Staunton Music Festival, where he is a composer-in-residence. The composition uses fragments of imagined Renaissance music and poetry by Hilda Doolittle to break and reassemble the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Free. Bernhard Music Center Room 30, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Friday March 10

Art

IS183 Art School — Arts Night Out, 7 to 9 p.m., informal evening in the studios with curvaceous clay and coil pots. Citizen’s Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge 413-298-5252, is183.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Norman Rockwell in Detail, explore his visual storytelling, 1:30 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Community

Temple Anshe Amunim — Purim Shabbat Service and Dinner, 5:30 p.m. musical, family-friendly Shabbat service at Temple, all welcome. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. jewishberkshires.org

 

Conversations

Williams College — Investigating coastal acidification in Maine’s intertidal ecosystems, 1:30 p.m. with Michèle Lavigne of Bowdoin College, 105 Clark Hall, 947 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Bartholomew’s Cobble — “Living Downstream”- Women, Nature & Toxicity, 7 p.m. Women, Nature and Toxicity: A Women’s History Movie Night. Documentary of the life of Dr. Sandra Steingraber, a famous scientist who left her career to find the relationship between environmental toxins and cancer after her own battle with the disease. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, thetrustees.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Ten Tenors: The Power of Ten, 8 p.m. One of Australia’s most successful touring entertainment groups with six Platinum and Gold records. The Colonial Theatre. 111 South St. Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

The Linda — Alexis P. Suter band, 8 p.m., five-piece ensemble wblending blues, soul and rock with guitar, bass and percussion. 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. thelinda.org

Williams College — Williams Chamber Players, 8 p.m. Romanic Piano quartets, music of Turina and Faure. Free. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Berhdard Music Building, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Notchview — Brew Moon Ski and Snowshoe, 7 p.m. Moonlight snowshoe and ski on a self-guided woodland adventure with beer and wine tasting and treats at the visitors center. Route 9, Windsor, 413-628-4485, thetrustees.org

Williams College — Milham Planetarium shows, sky tours and talks 8 p.m. Astronomy students at the college with the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, showing retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, the Southern Hemisphere’s sky, comets, artificial satellites and more. Hopkins Observatory, Route 2, 413-597-2188, williams.edu

 

Saturday March 11

 

Art

Berkshire Museum — Learner’s Lab: Quilting, Roxi Fowler-Matson will teach quilting basics and lead a small quilting project, 10 a.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

IS183 Art School — Citizens’ Hall artists in residence 5 to 7 p.m., Meet ceramics artist Jared Gelormino and Peter Long, a painter and printmaker living and working in Housatonic, as they explore artistic traditions, styles and ideas. Citizen’s Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-5252, is183.org

Shire City Sanctuary — Introduction to sewing workshop 1 to 3 p.m. with industrial and home sewing manchines, beginers welcome. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

Williams College Musueum of Art — Student Choice, roving tour of the museum with student gallery guides highlighting favorite works, bringing new perspectives from their diverse areas of study that include biology, theater, and art history, 11 a.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writing

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Child’s Play: A Writing Workshop, 1:30 p.m. Informal writing workshop delving into childhood stories. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

Community

Pittsfield Farmers Market — Monthly indoor farmers market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with local cheese, honey, baked goods, vegetables, crafts and more. Lighthouse, Boys and Girls Club, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield. farmersmarketpittsfield.org

Shiver Me Shamrocks — Kick off St.Patrick’s Day festivities by running or walking in the fourth annual 5K Fun Run/Walk, 1 to 4 p.m. Heritage Family Credit Union, 50 West St, Rutland, Vt. bennington.com

 

Dance

Bennington College — Workshop in Chinese Classical Dance, ancient Chinese dances with opera dances and traditional martial arts, 1 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Family

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. Hanna-Barbera and the Golden Age of Television Animation, 2 p.m. with curator of exhibitions Jesse Kowalski. From Dexter’s Laboratory to The Powerpuff Girls: An Evening with Fred Seibert, 5:30 p.m. with the award-winning television and film producer who served as the last president of Hanna-Barbera from 1992 to 1996. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Film

Images Cinema — Miss Hokusai, animated film based on Katsushika O-Ei, the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches – sold under the name of her father – are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers; in thes tudio she is uninhibited, but she struggles under the influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she paints. 2 p.m., co-pressented with the Clark Art Institute. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

 

Music

The Academy of Music —  Back Porch Blue Grass Night with Sarah Jarosz, Tim O’Brien, Tony Trischka Territory, Lula Wiles, 7 p.m. 274 Main st. Northampton, 413-584-9032, aomtheatre.com

Clark Art Institute — La Traviata, 12:55 p.m. The Met: Live 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. Encore APRIL 2 @ 1 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303,; clarkart.edu

The Egg — Red Baraat, Brooklyn-based ensemble led by the dynamic percussionist Sunny Jain performs a fusion of jazz, world-beat, hip-hop, rock and funky go-go rhythms, concert to benefit the activities of the Capital Region Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, 7:30 p.m., 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

The Linda — Lucy Kaplansky, 8 p.m., country, folk and pop singer. 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. thelinda.org

Mass MoCA — Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, 8 p.m. Claiming Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, and God as his primary inspirations, the Sierra Leonean singer Janka Nabay has almost single-handedly revived the ancient tradition of Bubu, updating a form with 500-year-old roots in magic-infused folk ceremony into frenetic, hypnotic dance music with flourishes of electronica. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — La Traviata, 1 p.m. The Met: Live 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 — Takács Quartet, unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, Master class, 5 p.m. Free. Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Theater

Troy Music Hall — Marc Maron, The Too Real Tour: Stand-up comedian, creator and star of IFC’s acclaimed show Maron and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, 7:30 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

 

Sunday March 12

 

Family

IS183 Art School — Studio Adventure, 1 to 3 p.m. Create 3D constructions using wood, beads and recycled materials and discover printing, from simple stamp making to mono-prints. Citizen’s Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-5252, is183.org

Images Cinema — Miss Hokusai, animated film based on Katsushika O-Ei, the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches – sold under the name of her father – are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers; in thes tudio she is uninhibited, but she struggles under the influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she paints, noon and 8 p.m., co-pressented with the Clark Art Institute. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

St. Patrick’s Parade — Top o’ the Mornin’ Kick-Off Breakfast at JC’s, 10 a.m. Parade, Downtown Bennington, 1 to 2 p.m.: From the Fire Station to River Street, to Main Street, east to Putnam Square., and north to River Street to end by Bennington Station Restaurant. St. Patrick’s Celebration at JC’s (parade headquarters), 2 p.m. Bennington, Vt. bennington.com

 

Music

The Academy of Music —  Lori McKenna, one of Nashville’s most in-demand country songwriters with four 2017 Grammy award nominations and guest Chris Smither, 3 p.m. 274 Main st. Northampton, 413-584-9032, aomtheatre.com

Bennington College — Joan Forsyth in Concert, solo piano and chamber music with William Anderson and Angel Mendez, guitars, contemporary pieces by Stephen Chatman, Emil Awad and Robert Pollock4 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Parlor Room — Parlor Session No. 6: Back Porch Festival, 7 p.m. Jordan Tice and Horse County with Back Porch Festivation: American roots and bluegrass. Hot soup and pie, and an all-comers’ jam. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

Williams College — Takács Quartet, 3 p.m. Internationally recognized string ensemble with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor. For thirty-two years the ensemble has been in residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Free. Chapin Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Theater

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Hedda Gabler, 3 p.m. National Theatre of London presents Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) in the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber. Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon, and the relationship is already in trouble. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

WAM Theatre — 2017 Fresh Takes Play reading series: The Flora and Fauna by Alyson Mead, winner of the Arizona-based Bridge Initiative’s Women in Theatre New Work Contest. 3:30 p.m., No. 6 Depot, West Stockbridge. wamtheatre.com

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