Berkshire Calendar May 30 to June 4

The Berkshire calendar May 30 to June 4 is tipping into summer with a Pulitzer  prizewinning writer Geraldine Brooks in concert to King David, theater at Shakespeare & Company and Barrington Stage, and art openings across Pittsfield.

The Berkshire International Film Festival comes in this weekend with a visit from academy Awardwinning actor Christopher Plummer and three days of filmmakers, documentaries and conversations in Pittsfield and Great Barrington — including A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud, acclaimed actor Karen Allen’s directing debut, based on the story by Carson McCullers. (Image courtesy of BIFF)

 

Tuesday May 30

 

Books and Writers

Arrowhead — Ann-Elizabeth Barnes book signing for The Rev. Samuel Harrison, 6 p.m. at the historic house where Herman Melville wrote Moby-Dick, Pittsfield

 

Music

Green Mountain Academy — Conducting an Orchestra talk with Ariel Rudiakov of Taconic Music, 5:30 p.m., Manchester Community Library, Manchester, Vt.

Marble House Project — Music by composer Alex Stephenson, 6 p.m. ArtSeed presentations with artists in residence, Marble House, Dorset, Vt. Wine over Marble reception 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Marble West Inn.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Kuntsler, 7:30 p.m. on the lawyer and civil rights activist who defended the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

 

Wednesday May 31

 

Community

Dalton Fair — Rides, amusemensts and food, Legion Field in Dalton

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Spring Birding, 7 a.m. Join Sanctuaries caretaker on a walk past beaver wetlands and through the woods to look for tanagers, warblers, orioles and more during the spring migration and nesting season. Evening at the Beaver Ponds 7:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, Lenox

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Kuntsler, 7:30 p.m. on the lawyer and civil rights activist who defended the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. 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.

 

Thursday June 1

 

Community

Dalton Fair — Rides, amusemensts and food, Legion Field in Dalton

Green Mountain Academy — Where Do We Go From Here? talk with former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, 5:30 p.m., Manchester Community Library, Manchester, Vt.

Sgt. Pepper Day at Town Hall — It was 50 years ago today celebration with Dr. Jeremy Yudkin and presented by the Lenox Library Association and the Town of Lenox, 7 to 10 p.m., part of 250th anniversary of the founding of Lenox. lenoxlib.org

 

Film 

Berkshire International Film Festival — Opening 6 p.m. with “Step!” chronicling the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team in inner-city Baltimore. Q&A with producer Steven Cantor. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. biffma.org

 

Food

Marble House Project — Emilie Baltz and Alicia Walter will prepare a family-style meal: The Entertainer and Wife. Culinary Artist-in-Residence program, chefs explore art, sustainability and community. Marble West Inn, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-0400

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Joel Waggoner Barrington to Broadway in upcoming musical theatre artists series 9:30 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Pittsfield

Berkshire Music School — Recital for Adults Only, 5:30 p.m. with adult students from various studios. Wine, coffee and desserts served. Pittsfield

Dreamaway Lodge — Live music with The Woodsheep Band, 8 to 10 p.m. and dining with locally grown and sourced food at former speakeasy, Becket

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Kuntsler, 7:30 p.m. on the lawyer and civil rights activist who defended the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. Pittsfield

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.

 

Friday June 2

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Art Graduate Symposium, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art Class of 2017 presentations, free. Williamstown

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, Shire City Sanctuary and more than a dozen popup locations and galleries. Tour leaves from the Intermodal Center at 5. Ater party at the Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave. North and South Streets, Pittsfield. firstfridaysartswalk.com

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — Face Them exhibit to gather artist intelligence through several mediums, topic images of today facing issues from animal cruelty to global warming, gun control, human trafficking and population explosion with curator and collage artist Barbara Arpante, printamaker and photographer Peggy Braun, writer Roselle Chartock, naturalist and writer Thom Smith, National geographic photorapher John Stanmeyer,and Pulitzer Prize Winning and Boston Globe Photographer Craig Walker and more, opening 5 to 8 p.m. Pittsfield

Norman Rockwell Museum — Meet Rockwell’s Models: Find out what it was like to pose for the iconic illustrator, 3 p.m. Stockbridge

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — Philip Baruth reads from Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes 7 p.m., free. Manchester, Vt.

 

Community

Bennington College — NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks wspeaks at 82nd commencement dinner, 7 p.m., Commons Lawn. Bennington, Vt.

Dalton Fair — Rides, amusemensts and food, fireworks at night. Legion Field in Dalton

 

Film

Berkshire International Film Festival — Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Hotel on North and presentation of the 8th Annual “Next Great Filmmaker Award” and the screening of The Trip to Spain with the filmmakers, 7:30 p.m. at the Beacon Cinema, 57 North St., Pittsfield. Full day of films at the Beacon, Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington, and Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. biffma.org

 

Food

Shire City Sanctuary — Community dinner: Chef Mariana Bergtold will serve a full Indonesian meal: Mango curry, and corn bakwan fried in batter with hot and sweet chili sauce; Bubur Biji Ketapang, a sweet potato dumpling; Gado-Gado, steamed young beets and turnips with peanut sauce and more, all plant-based, 6 to 8 p.m. Pittsfield

 

History

Columbia County Historical Society — Fyfes and Drumms of Olde Saratoga Colonial Re-Enactments, folk and martial music, actors in 18th-century military uniforms will re-enact the muster of French and Indian conflicts, the American Revolution and the Civil War eras on the back lawn of the James Vanderpoel House. 16 Broad St., Kinderhook, N.Y.

 

Music

Dreamaway Lodge — Live music with Roosevelt Dime, 8 to 10 p.m. and dining with locally grown and sourced food at former speakeasy, Becket

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Kuntsler, 7:30 p.m. on the lawyer and civil rights activist who defended the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement. 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.

Shakespeare & Company — Amy Herzog’s 4,000 miles: Annette Miller is a lifelong rebel in Greenwich Village takes in her grandson, who has just suffered a deep loss. 7:30 p.m. Lenox

 

Saturday, June 3

 

Art

Arrowhead — Michael Melle installs fairy straw sculptures on the grounds, Pittsfield

Clark Art Institute — Picasso and Alma-Tadema, Opening Celebrationfor two major exhibitions: Picasso | Encounters and Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design, gala 7 p.m. and after party 8:30 p.m. with DJ Intell Hayesfield. Tickets available for the after party only. Williamstown

Lenox Library —  Adrienne Miesmer and Susie Crofut, art show of watercolors and ceramics in the Welles Gallery, opening 4 to 7 p.m., Lenox

Mass MoCA — R.O.P.E. World performance in Chicago-based artist Nick Cave’s “Until” installation with found objects, a meditation on racism and a performance space for dance, music, theater, pop art, spoken word and community forums. North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum — Painting Like Rockwell, illustrator/painter Dan Howe explores, explains, and demonstrates Norman Rockwell’s process, 3 p.m., Stockbridge

Sandisfield Arts Center —  Sibyl Perry solo show, landscape paintings and imaginative scenes, opening reception 2 p.m. Sandisfield.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center — Art from Farm to Table opens, invitational multimedia exhibit by 15 regional artists with landscapes, buildings, farm life, flowers, vegetables, insects and animals. Spencertown, N.Y.

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — Ellen Tadd reads from The Infinite View: A Guidebook for Life on Earth, 7 p.m. free. Manchester, Vt.

 

Community

Berkshire Theatre Group — Berkshire Dance Party and Cabaret, local performance artists and talent and dancing with DJ BFG celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month, a party for all to celebrate diversity 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

Dalton Fair — Rides, amusemensts and food, fireworks at night. Legion Field in Dalton

 

Family

Mass Audubon — Family Fun Day, nature exploration activities, live-animal presentations, music, and nature arts and crafts. Free admission. Snacks and food available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, Lenox

Williamstown Library — Fairy Tale story time, 1 p.m., free, Williamstown

 

Film

Berkshire International Film Festival — Dinner 5 p.m. at St. James Place. Tribute to actor Christopher Plummer, who will speak 6:30 p.m. and screening of The Exception at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. the Full day of films at the Mahaiwe, the Beacon Cinema, 57 North St., Pittsfield, and Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington, and biffma.org

 

Food

Hancock Shaker Village — Food For Thought: Dinner with Mary Evelyn Tucker,  a Yale pioneer in the field of religion and ecology, and author of Journey of the Universe, tells the story of the universe from a new perspective, includes 3-course meal prepared by farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg, wine, and a signed book, 6 p.m. Pittsfield

 

History

Columbia County Historical Society — Fyfes and Drumms of Olde Saratoga Colonial Re-Enactments, folk and martial music, actors in 18th-century military uniforms will re-enact the muster of French and Indian conflicts, the American Revolution and the Civil War eras on the back lawn of the James Vanderpoel House. 16 Broad St., Kinderhook, N.Y.

Stockbridge Library — Cemetery Walk: Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Stockbridge Mills. 4 p.m. at Stockbridge Cemetery, Main Street, Stockbridge

 

Music

Berkshire Museum — Learner’s Lab: Ukulele Crash Course with Francesca Shanks, Berkshire writer and musician, no ukulele experience necessary. Also Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World exhibit explores the science, sound, and cultural impact of the guitar. Pittsfield

Berkshire Music School — Sherri James Buxton and Friends celebrating BMS Cabaret Workshop 15th anniversary, followed by a champagne reception, 7:30 p.m. Student recital from the studio of Charles Marshall, piano.  2 p.m., Pittsfield

Cantilena Chamber Choir — King David in Words and Music, 7:30 p.m., Pulitzer Prizewinning author Geraldine Brooks will read from her international best-selling novel, The Secret Chord, about the life of King David, as the choir sings music for chorus and full orchestra: Handel Oratorio Saul, the Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest, music by Salamone Rossi, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Honegger (from King David) and When David Heard by Eric Whitacre.Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox. 518-791-0185, cantilenachoir.org

Dreamaway Lodge — Live music with Heather Maloney, 8 to 10 p.m. and dining with locally grown and sourced food at former speakeasy, Becket

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Fern Walk and Botanical Drawing Workshop with ecologist and botanical artist Elizabeth Farnsworth, 9:30 a.m. Housatonic River guided canoe trip, look for great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and more. This trips goes down and up stream.  9 a.m. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Big Leaf Magnolias and Friends walk and talk, expanding choices for cold-climate gardens, 10:30 a.m. Stockbridge

Berkshire Knapsackers — Hike the Ashley Hill trail to the summit of Mount Frissell and Mount Brace. 518-756-388

Hildene — Celebration of Peonies: Traditionally the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June when thousands of peonies bloom in Robert Lincoln’s historic Formal Garden, many of them from the original 1907 plants. Manchester, Vt.

Hoffmann Bird Club — Birding in the Southern Berkshires 7:30 a.m., meet at the Wild Bird Store on Route 7 in Great Barrington, 413-528-4355

Great Barrington River Walk — National Trails Day: Hikes, paddle, history walk, children’s activity 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and community potluck picnic, at 12:30 p.m. Meet at the Du Bois River Garden Park. Free

Merck Forest and Farmand Center — Thoreau Cabin Re-Creation Project roof shingling, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. Rupert, Vt.

Tamarack Hollow — Big trees and Stories of the land at Bryant Homestead, 10 a.m. to noon. Cummington

 

Theater

Ashfield Town Spectacle — Kaleidoscope of history, art, and spectacle: Double Edge Theatre explores how active participation defines the intersection of art, culture and democracy in townwide performances, Culture Fair 1 to 9 p.m. Free. Map and schedule at the event. doubleedgetheatre.org

Barrington Stage Company — Conversation with Karin Kunstler: An up-close portrait of her father, William Kunstler, 1 p.m., free. Kuntsler, 3 and 7:30 p.m. on the lawyer and civil rights activist who defended the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement, 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.

Shakespeare & Company — Amy Herzog’s 4,000 miles: Annette Miller is a lifelong rebel in Greenwich Village takes in her grandson, who has just suffered a deep loss. 7:30 p.m. Lenox

 

Sunday, June 4

 

Art

Arrowhead — Michael Melle program on making straw statues 1 to 3 p.m. and fairy straw sculptures on the grounds, Pittsfield

Clark Art Institute — Orchestrating Elegance: Alma-Tadema and Design talk with co-curators Kathleen Morris and Alexis Goodin speak about the summer exhibition that reunites the components of Henry Gurdon Marquand’s music room, a famous interior of the Gilded Age, 3 p.m. Alma-Tadema exhibit and Picasso / Encounters open today. Williamstown

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore — B. G. Firmani reads from Time’s a Thief, novel set in 1980s New York, 3 p.m. in Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox

Temple Anshe Amunim — Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Secret Chord, a novel about the life of the Biblical King David, speaks at brunch, 10 a.m. Pittsfield

 

Community

Dalton Fair — Rides, amusemensts and food, Legion Field in Dalton

 

Film

Berkshire International Film Festival — Talk with Paul Krugman 2 p.m. at the Mahaiwe and Closing Night screening of Lucky 7 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Films at the Mahaiwe, the Beacon Cinema, 57 North St., Pittsfield, and Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington, and biffma.org

 

Food

Hildene — Making Rhubarb Conserve: Hot Water Bath Canning 101, workshop from the plant to the finished Mason jar, 1 to 3 p.m. Manchester, Vt.

 

History

Columbia County Historical Society — Fyfes and Drumms of Olde Saratoga Colonial Re-Enactments, folk and martial music, actors in 18th-century military uniforms will re-enact the muster of French and Indian conflicts, the American Revolution and the Civil War eras on the back lawn of the James Vanderpoel House. 16 Broad St., Kinderhook, N.Y.

North Adams Historical Society —Family talk on Fort Masssachusetts in observance of the 270th Anniversary of the Rebuilding of the Fort in 1747, 1 p.m. at the Site off State Road, North Adams

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — You Don’t Own Me: The Fearless Females of the 1960s, 8 p.m. Carole Bufford performs music made famous by Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner, Carol King ​and​ ​more. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Pittsfield

Dreamaway Lodge — Live music with Emily Dix Thomas, 8 to 10 p.m. and dining with locally grown and sourced food at former speakeasy, Becket

Music from Salem — Viola Seminar concert with students from California, Virginia, NY, North Carolina, China, Costa Rica and Peru, performing selections from sonatas and chamber music by Brahms, Ravel, Beethoven, Fauré, Britten, Schumann, Martinu, Cage, WF Bach, Martinu, Bridge and Kodaly 4 p.m., Hubbard Hall, Cambridge, N.Y.

Park-McCullough House — Katie Beck and Jasper Jimenez opera recital, 1 p.m. free. North Bennington, Vt.

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Chainsaw skills for women workshop 8:30 a.m. for beginners. Housatonic River guided canoe trip, look for great blue herons, otters, beavers, diving spiders and more. This trips goes down and up stream.  9 a.m. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield

Bascom Lodge — Birds of the Berkshires talk, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock

Bidwell House — Birding in Your backyard walk with Hoffmann Bird Club, DCR Service Forestry and Berkshire Natural Resources Council, looking for birds of the upland forest in 200 acres of hemlock-hardwood forest. Wear sturdy shoes; bring water and a snack. Monterey

Hildene — Celebration of Peonies: Traditionally the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June when thousands of peonies bloom in Robert Lincoln’s historic Formal Garden, many of them from the original 1907 plants. Manchester, Vt.

Hoffmann Bird Club — Birding in Springside Park, songbirds and sparrows 7:30 a.m., meet at the playground off North Street, Pittsfield. 413-442-6327

Hoosic River Watershed — Gently rolling walk around Harmon Pond, Meet at Margaret Lindley Park off Route 7, 10 a.m. Williamstown, 413-458-8023

Merck Forest and Farmand Center — Thoreau Cabin Re-Creation Project roof shingling, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. Rupert, Vt.

 

Theater

Ashfield Town Spectacle — Kaleidoscope of history, art, and spectacle: Double Edge Theatre explores how active participation defines the intersection of art, culture and democracy in townwide performances, Culture Fair 1 to 9 p.m. with parade at 7 p.m. and finale at Ashfield Lake. Free. Map and schedule at the event. doubleedgetheatre.org

Barrington Stage Company — Kuntsler, 3 p.m. on the lawyer and civil rights activist who defended the Chicago Seven, inmates involved in the Attica prison riots, and members of the American Indian Movement, 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.

WAM Theatre — The Droll, Fresh Takes Play Reading, 3:30 p.m., No. Six Depot Roastery & Café, West Stockbridge

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