Berkshire calendar May 15 to 21

Theaters are opening for the summer,  Third Thursday will fill downtown Pittsfield with music, IS183 Art School is setting up the lights for their annual dance party, seedlings are sprouting for Berkshire Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale, farmers markets are returning and the bobolinks are back …  in the Berkshire calendar May 15 to 21, summer is coming in!

In the photo at the top, Zumba picks up the beat at the downtown circle in Pittsfield. Photo by Susan Geller.

 

Monday May 15

 

Conversations

Bennington College — SCT Colloquium Presents: Melissa Cardoza, feminist, activist, artist, author in Honduras, on Anti-Colonialism, 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

Manchester Community Library — Free film screening and interactive discussion of The Local Motive, an exploration of Vermont’s Farm to Plate food system, with farm-fresh refreshments, 6 p.m. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, Vt. 802-362-2607

 

Tuesday May 16

 

Art

Marble House Project — Open Studios with Janna Dyk, Devin Farrand, Daniel Greenberg, Ariel Herwitz and Tobaron Waxman, 6 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

 

Music

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. Williams Clarinet Choir performs chamber music from solo works to transpositions and arrangements, 5 p.m., and Guitar Studio Recital 7 p.m. with blues and jazz classics, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Wednesday May 17

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Met Opera Live in HD: Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Encore, conducted by Music Director James Levine, 12:30 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. mahaiwe.org

 

Thursday May 18

 

Community

Third Thursday — Family-friendly festival with focus on youth: Live music, local food, craft vendors, street performers and more, 5 to 8 p.m. Free. North and South Streets, Pittsfield. discoverpittsfield.org

 

Music

Iron Horse — The Everly Brothers Experience presented by The Bird Dogs, 7 p.m. The Zmed Brothers, Dylan and Zachary, celebrate the bond that made the harmonies of Don & Phil special. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Kuntsler,” 7:30 p.m. BSC veteran Jeff McCarthy as the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil rights activist whose best-known clients include the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

 

Friday May 19

 

Music

Iron Horse — Vance Gilbert, 7 p.m. Folk, rock singer / songwriter with depth and humor. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — annual Plants-and-Answers Plant Sale: organically grown and locally sourced herb and vegetable starts, thousands of woody and herbaceous plants will be displayed by habitat including plants for sunny areas, beds and borders, dry areas, plants for the woodland edge, and woodland plants, as well as annuals, tropicals and vines picked by the Garden’s horticulturists; staff and volunteers offer advice. Food by Blueberry Hill Café of New Lebanon, N.Y., silent auction with rare plants, arrangements of succulents, gift certificates from local businesses, and art. Tag sale with Lenox Garden Club of garden-themed items and books. Members preview 9 to 11 a.m. and open to all 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. berkshirebotanical.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Kuntsler,” 7:30 p.m. BSC veteran Jeff McCarthy as the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil rights activist whose best-known clients include the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

Oldcastle Theatre — Shipwrecked, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies asks how far a traveler will blur the line between fact and fiction, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

 

Saturday May 20

 

Art

IS183 Art School — The Factory Gala: mash-up mixes the foiled flair of Warhol’s pop art, Lucille Ball on the assembly line, Factory Records punk rock mohawks, spikes, and leather along with the everlasting Charlie’s Chocolate Factory to celebrate and support art-making in the Berkshires doors open at 6 p.m. with with drinks and auction preview, dinner at 7 p.m. by by Peter Platt of Old Inn on the Green, prismatic dance floor 8:30 p.m. with music by J-Wolf and projections by Joe Wheaton. Stationery Factory, Dalton. is183.org

Southern Vermont Arts Center — Vermont Glass Guild show opens 4 to 6 p.m. Manchester, Vt.

 

Books and Writing

OMI International Arts Center — Writers Omi, international writers and translators in residence at Writers Omi will read from their works, 5 p.m, with a barbeque feast and reception with the writers. Ghent, N.Y.

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Music by Alan Thomson Trio: Shirley White om fiddle, Josh Pisano on percussion and Alan Thomson on piano, with caller Steve Zakon-Anderson. 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

 

Music

Berkshire Bach Society — Bach on Parade spring concert with voices, strings and keys: Mendelssohn Glee Club, String Quartet and Soloists, some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most beloved works, choral and chamber music, vocal, string and keyboard solos, 7:30 p.m. St. James Place, Great Barrington

The Egg — Carl Palmer, drummer’s drummer who anchored the legendary Emerson, Lake & Palmer, as well Asia, Atomic Rooster and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. 8 p.m. 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Iron Horse — Cash Is King: A Tribute to Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Three With period costumes, between-song banter, and a spot on take on Cash classics, Brian Chicoine and Vicky St. Pierre play Johnny Cash and June Carter. 7 p.m. Folk, rock singer / songwriter with depth and humor. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Parlor Room — John Davidson, 7 p.m., Broadway performer and talk show host. 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-923-2800, signaturesoundspresents.com

Tannery Pond Concerts — Alon Goldstein and the Fine Arts Quartet with Alexander Bickard (double bass) rediscovered these brilliant arrangements by Ignaz Lachner of Mozart’s 23rd and 24th piano concerti, 5 p.m. Mount Lebanon Shaker Village and Darrow School, 110 Darrow Road, New Lebanon, N.Y. 888-820-1696, tannerypondconcerts.org

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — annual Plants-and-Answers Plant Sale: organically grown and locally sourced herb and vegetable starts, thousands of woody and herbaceous plants will be displayed by habitat including plants for sunny areas, beds and borders, dry areas, plants for the woodland edge, and woodland plants, as well as annuals, tropicals and vines picked by the Garden’s horticulturists; staff and volunteers offer advice. Food by Blueberry Hill Café of New Lebanon, N.Y., silent auction with rare plants, arrangements of succulents, gift certificates from local businesses, and art. Tag sale with Lenox Garden Club of garden-themed items and books. Members preview 9 to 5 p.m. Free. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. berkshirebotanical.org

Williamstown Rural Lands  — Bird walk at Caretaker Farm, a diverse bird population and community supported and organic farm, 7:15 a.m. at Caretaker Farm, Hancock Road, free. Williamstown

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Kuntsler,” 7:30 p.m. BSC veteran Jeff McCarthy as the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil rights activist whose best-known clients include the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — Dylan Thomas’ Play for Voices, Under Milk Wood, 7 p.m. Sandisfield Players performs the poet’s play set in a small Welsh fishing village. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s comedy, broadcast from The Old Vic theatre in London, the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. 7 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. mahaiwe.org

Oldcastle Theatre — Shipwrecked, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies asks how far a traveler will blur the line between fact and fiction, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

 

Sunday May 21

 

Books and Writing

William Cullen Bryant Homestead —  David Spector will discuss the bobolink, a grassland bird and a favorite of William Cullen Bryant, Emily Dickinson and many other poets: Bobolink poems, Bobolink biology, and a walk to see and hear some of the descendants of the bobolinks celebrated by Bryant, 2 p.m. Cummington

WordxWord — WordxWord spoken word event inspired by The Mastheads authors: WordXWord is challenging 10 poets to create original work using quotes pulled from the belly of a whale, to be performed July 11 at Arrowhead. Walk the Plank blind draw for  prompts, 2 p.m., Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, Pittsfield

 

Music

Berkshire Bach Society — Johann-esq Home Concert and Benefit, 3 p.m. with Soovin Kim (violin) and Gloria Chien (piano) performing music of Bach (naturally), Mozart and Prokofiev.Hillsdale, N.Y. berkshirebach.org

Sage City Symphony — Final concert of the 2016-2017 season Concert at 4 p.m.  Shostakovitch symphony and Primal Waves, a commission by Bruce Hobson. Free. Visual and Performing Arts Center (VAPA), Bennington College, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. sagecitysymphony.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Kuntsler,” 3 p.m. BSC veteran Jeff McCarthy as the self-described “radical lawyer” and civil rights activist whose best-known clients include the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield

Oldcastle Theatre — Shipwrecked, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies asks how far a traveler will blur the line between fact and fiction, 2 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

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