Peter Yarrow, singer / songwriter of Peter, Paul and Mary, strums his guitar.

Berkshire calendar May 1 to 7

Cinco de Mayo, step dance, Booktopia, staged readings … the Berkshire calendar May 1 to 7 is basking in sunlight.

The photo at the top shows Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) who wrote “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala,” who will perform Friday at the Iron Horse.

 

Monday May 1

 

Conversations

Bennington College — SCT Colloquium Presents: Ronnie Janoff-Bulman, faculty emeritus in psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, researching different moral perspectives and author of Shattered Assumptions: Towards a New Psychology of Trauma. 7 p.m. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.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

MCLA — Jazz Band-Jazz Choir-Studio Recital, 7 p.m. Church Street, North Adams. 413-662-5123, mcla.ticketleap.co

 

Tuesday May 2

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Clark Fellow Ajay Sinha presents An Indian Dancer in American Photographs, a story of transcultural attractions in a set of more than a hundred photographs of the Indian dancer Ram Gopal, taken by the American photographer Carl Van Vechten in New York City in 1938, 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.

 

Wednesday May 3

 

Books and Writers

Bennington College — Poetry Reading: Amanda Nadelberg and Robyn Schiff, 7 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Music

Parlor Room — Mary Gauthier, 7 p.m., Nashville singer / songwriter. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.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. Chinese Music Ensemble 7 p.m., performs traditional and contemporary pieces, with instruments including the zheng, erhu, yangqin, and zhongruan, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries — Berkshire free admission, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Locals get in free on first Wednesdays to trails and beaver ponds at Mass Audubon property. 472 West Dugway Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Thursday May 4

 

Music

Troy Music Hall — The Wailin’ Jennys return to the Hall, three distinct voices blending together. 7:30 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

 

Theater

Williams College — ‘August: Osage County,’ 7:30 p.m. Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted? It is possible to stop moral downfall and pursue happiness instead? Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family gathering to discover how far apart they’ve grown. Directed by Omar Sangare. Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

 

Friday May 5

 

Art

First Fridays Artswalk — Upstreet art openings 5 to 8 p.m. Regional artists hold receptions for monthly shows at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, the Berkshire Museum and more than a dozen popup locations and galleries. Tour leaves from the Intermodal Center, 5 p.m. Celebration at the Whitney Center for the Arts. 42 Wendell Ave. North and South Streets, Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum — Focus On Rockwell: Meet Rockwell’s Models, 3 p.m. Find out what it was like to pose for the iconic illustrator. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Books and Writers

Northshire Bookstore — Booktopia 2017: Where Authors and Readers Meet, 10 a.m. onward, with opening night at The Celebration Barn at The Inn at Manchester. Eight writers with workshops, sessions and Q&A 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Dance

The Egg — Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, 8 p.m. 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Williams College — Sankofa performs on the MainStage, 8 p.m., Williams College’s step team, founded by two women students in 1996. The now co-ed team performs stepping, a percussive dance form created by black fraternities in the mid-1900s that is influenced by military drill, South African gumboot, West African dance, and hip-hop. The word Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana; in English it means stepping forward while looking back. 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu

 

Food

Shire City Sanctuary — Cinco de Mayo community dinner with Mariana Bergtold, former chef of the Dancing Vegan, 6 to 8 p.m. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

 

Music

Iron Horse — An intimate night with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) who wrote “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala,” 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Williams College — Anna DeLoi ’18, afternoon of harp music with winner of the 2015 Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition, 4 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. Williams Concert Choir and Williams Chamber Choir, Johannes Brahms’s musical cathedral Ein deutsches Requiem (German Requiem), for choir, orchestra and soloists.  8 p.m. Chapin Hall, 62 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

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

 

Theater

Williams College — ‘August: Osage County,’ 7:30 p.m. Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted? It is possible to stop moral downfall and pursue happiness instead? Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family gathering to discover how far apart they’ve grown. Directed by Omar Sangare. Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

 

Saturday May 6

 

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

 

Books and Writers

Northshire Bookstore — Booktopia 2017: Where Authors and Readers Meet, eight writers with workshops, sessions and Q&A until 9 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Community

Vermont Green Up Day — More than 20,000 people volunteer annually in picking up more than 40,000 bags of trash annually, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bennington Area, Bennington, Vt. greenupvermont.org

Temple Anshe Amunim — L’Chaim Israel!, 6 p.m. Israeli wine and food tasting in celebration of Israel’s Independence, all welcome. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10. jewishberkshires.org

 

Dance

Williams College — Sankofa performs on the MainStage, 8 p.m., Williams College’s step team, founded by two women students in 1996. The now co-ed team performs stepping, a percussive dance form created by black fraternities in the mid-1900s that is influenced by military drill, South African gumboot, West African dance, and hip-hop. The word Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana; in English it means stepping forward while looking back. 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu

 

Music

Bennington College — Sunfest, Bennington’s annual music festival filled with music, art and activity. Commons Lawn, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

The Egg — Enter the Haggis, Celtic-rock sound and instrumentation of bagpipes blazing over a powerhouse rhythm section, 8 p.m. 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Iron Horse — Karla Bonoff, four-decade career on her own and writing hits for Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Linda Ronstadt. 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

The Linda — Garland Jeffreys, 8 p.m., classic rock, roots, folk musician with a new album, 14 Steps to Harlem, and a feature documentary in progress, 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. thelinda.org

Mass MoCA — My Bubba, nordic duo compared to Simon and Garfunkel, 8 p.m. 87 Marshall St., North Adams, 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Troy Music Hall — Albany Pro Musica presents: The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace APM’s Masterworks Chorus, the Orchestra Pro Musica and the Capital District Youth Chorale, 7:30 p.m. EMPAC, 111 8th  St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

Williams College — Pianist Nathaniel Vilas ’17, a winner of the Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition in 2016 and appeared as piano soloist with the orchestra, 1 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Theater

Williams College — ‘August: Osage County,’ 7:30 p.m. Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted? It is possible to stop moral downfall and pursue happiness instead? Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family gathering to discover how far apart they’ve grown. Directed by Omar Sangare. Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown 413-597-2425, 62center.williams.edu

 

Sunday May 7

Theater

WAM Theatre — “Really” by Jackie Sibblies Drury: Fresh Takes Play Reading 3:30 p.m. No. 6 Depot Roastery & Cafe, 6 Depot Street, West Stockbridge. wamtheatre.com

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