Berkshire calendar May 8 to 14

On Mother’s Day week, the Berkshire calendar May 8 to 14 is filling with deft, warm, strong women.

National Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will read her work at Bennington College on Wednesday, and Williams College will welcome Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who has written Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women World Wide and A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, with her husband, New York Times reporter and columnist Nicholas Kristof.

Mary Ann McSweeney Quartet will perform the Urban Fado Project, original jazz interpretations of Portuguese music themes, compositions she has written in Brooklyn, N.Y., based on Fado, music that originated in Portugal in the 1800s and is alive there now in alleys, clubs and concert halls.

And the 40th Annual Women’s Running Race , believed to be the second oldest all women’s race in the country, will benefits women’s services throughout Berkshire County.

In the photo at the top, dancers from Ballet Hispanico perform. Ballet Hispanico will host a Latin dance party at Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Photo by  Paula Lobo, courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow.

 

Monday May 8

 

Conversations

Bennington College — SCT Colloquium Presents: Giovanna DiChiro — Embodied Ecologies, with Professor of Environmental Studies at Swarthmore College, teaching intersections of environmental science and policy, with a focus on social and economic disparities and human rights, 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

 

Tuesday May 9

 

Art

Bennington College — Marisa Jahn, artist, multimedia designer and teacher, ounder of Studio REV-, a nonprofit organization whose public art projects and tools impact the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, women, and youth, 7 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Marble House Project — Performance by Amanda Szeglowski and Reading by Emma Heaney,  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, Dorset, Vt.

 

Music

Bennington College — Tony Lu and Nat Parke, works by Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, 8 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington, Vt.

 

Wednesday May 10

 

Art

Painting and photography — Susan Geller: Berkshire Photography and Rick Costello: Paintings of the Universe opening with piano accompaniment by Mary Katherine Eade, wine and conversation, free. Show through June 30. Melbourne Place, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Pulitzer Prize winner and US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, 7 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Williams College — Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will speak, Making a Difference moderated discussion and Q&A, 7 p.m., free. author of best-selling books Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women World Wide and A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, written with her husband, New York Times reporter and columnist Nicholas Kristof: WuDunn began her career as a journalist and foreign correspondent covering both business and news with The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times in Tokyo. She was the first Asian-American journalist hired at The New York Times. She also reported from North Korea, Burma, and the Philippines. In 1990, she and Kristof won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. WuDunn became the first Asian-American journalist to win a Pulitzer, and she and Kristof became the first married couple to win the prize as well. Griffin Hall Room 3. Williamstown.

 

Music

Bennington College — World Percussion Ensemble and Drums of Fire Class Concert, an evening of percussion music from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, North America, and West Africa with World Percussion Ensemble.  7:30 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn, Fireplace Room, Bennington.

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. Small Jazz Ensembles, 7 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Thursday May 11

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — The Family Gene: The Story of a Pittsfield-Family’s Rare Disease and Fight for Life, 10:45 a.m. with Joselin Linder on the medical mystery of her father, Pittsfield native William “Billy” Linder, looking back through the family tree to the 1930s and Pittsfield’s first Orthodox rabbi. Linder is a regular contributor to the New York Post, and her work has appeared on This American Life, Morning Edition and Life of the Law. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield. 413-442-2200

 

Music

Bennington College — Joseph Alpar and his mother, Brenda (Corman) Alpar ’62, perform music of the Middle East, as well as Sephardic and Turkish Jewish Music, as part of the Carriage Barn Concert Series. 8 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington, Vt.

Dreamaway Lodge — Folk music with dinner, Mikey Sweet acoustic rock and blues, 5 to 9 p.m. Becket, thedreamawaylodge.com

Iron Horse — Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner & folk icon Tom Paxton teams up with the Grammy winning singer/songwriter duo The Don Juans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner, 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Williams College — Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble, 7 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Friday May 12

 

Art

IS183 Art School — Arts Night Out, 7 to 9 p.m., informal evening in the studios, Heavy Metal Moma: jewelry-making before Mothers Day with bronze, copper or silver. 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

Williams College Museum of Art — Senior Studio Exhibition Reception 7 p.m. As contemporary as it gets, senior studio art students design and produce an exhibition of their work in the final semester of their college careers. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Knosh & Knowledge hosts Ruth Abram, founder of New York City’s Tenement Museum and Behold! New Lebanon, 10:45 a.m. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield. 413-442-2200

 

Film

Western Mass. Film and Media Exchange — Day of hands-on workshops and networking opportunities for filmmakers, photographers, students, small businesses and non-profit organization, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, One Monarch Place, Springfield. 413-528-4223, berkshirefilm.org

 

Music

Dreamaway Lodge — Live acoustic music with dinner, Dave Dersham, 5 to 9 p.m. Becket, thedreamawaylodge.com

The Egg — Adrian Belew Power Trio with  guitarist who tured with Frank Zappa, 8 p.m. 1 Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Iron Horse — The Stone Coyotes, 7 p.m. 20 Center St., Northampton. iheg.com

Troy Music Hall — Kingston Trio, folk icons, 7:30 p.m. 30 2nd St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-0038, troymusichall.org

Williams College — Williams Wind Ensemble 8 p.m. Rhapsody in Blue Shades Guest composer/conductor, Frank Ticheli (Blue Shades), and pianist Yoni Levyatov (Rhapsody in Blue) join us for a program influencedby jazz, rock, and popular music, Chapin Hall. Bassists who study with Avery Sharpe showcase their mastery of the low frequencies, 4 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. 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

Bennington College — Bennington Plays: A Festival of Original Work, La Vie en Rose” and “The Nicosia Sisters,” 7 p.m. An exploration of memory, trauma, and identity, this play tells the story of a 20-something college student whose long-dormant past is reawakened. VAPA Theatre, Bennington, Vt.

 

Saturday May 13

 

Art

Mass MoCA — Free day for North Adams residents. 87 Marshall St., North Adams, 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Books and Writing

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Pipelines, Politics and Prose: Getting Personal About Our Planet with Jennifer Browdy, writing workshop to benefit the No Fracked Gas in Mass campaign, a program of The Beat News, 10:30 a.m., Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield. Kickstart Your Writing Project with Jana Laiz, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Arrowhead Museum, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

The Bookstore and Get Lit Wine Bar — Fly Baby: The Story of an American Girl, memoir by world alpine ski champion Kimberley Jochl, born in Lee, reading 3 p.m.. 11 Housatonic Street, Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

The Mount — Edith Wharton’s Gilded-Age house, gardens and grounds open for the season with tours and more. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111, edithwharton.org

 

Community

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — 118th Commencement 11 a.m. keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), a leader of the Civil Rights Movement who, as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups to organize the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service. Honorary degrees also to Anne W. Crowley ’77, a corporate executive and communications strategist andsenior advisor to former New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, and David E. Phelps, president and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium, Church st., North Adams. mcla.edu

Shire City Sanctuary — Latin Dance Party with Ballet Hispanico, Jacob’s Pillow presents a night of Salsa, bachata and merengue with Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro and the stars of Ballet Hispánico to live music by Los Hacheros. Dance lessons 7 to 8 p.m. and dance party 8 to 10 p.m. 40 Melville St. Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

 

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 talk, 2 p.m. An Evening with Bob Singer, a noted animation artist known for his work on sThe Flintstones, Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, Droopy, Tom and Jerry, The Jetsons, The Smurfs, Superfriends, Richie Rich and more. 5:30 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

Northshire Bookstore — Anne of Green Gables Celebration: Moms, daughters and kindred spirits of all sorts celebrate the launch of Netflix’s series adaptation Anne with an E, 2 to 5 p.m. with gifts and photo ops. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt.

 

Mother’s Day

Ventfort Hall — 1900 to 1925: Revolutionary Fashion talk and  Victorian Mother’s Day tea with fashion historian and Adams vintage clothing shop owner Lynda Meyer, on a time when art, technology, a tragic world war and woman’s suffrage created not only a new look in fashion, but new roles and aspirations, 3:30 p.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

 

Music

Berkshires Jazz — Mary Ann McSweeney Quartet, cabaret concert of “Urban Fado” Project: Original jazz interpretations of Portuguese music themes, 8 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield

Dreamaway Lodge — Live acoustic music with dinner, Nationally acclaimed folk singer / songwriter Bernice Lewis, 5 to 9 p.m. Becket, thedreamawaylodge.com

Williams College — Piano Studio Recital of of classical works 2 p.m. Stephen Ai ’18 performs classical works for the piano, 4:30 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Theater

Bennington College — Bennington Plays: A Festival of Original Work, La Vie en Rose” and “The Nicosia Sisters,” 7 p.m. An exploration of memory, trauma, and identity, this play tells the story of a 20-something college student whose long-dormant past is reawakened. VAPA Theatre, Bennington, Vt.

CATA — Everyday People, annual performance and gala celebrating the artistry of people with disabilities, 5 p.m. reception and 6 p.m. performance, Tina Packer Playhouse, Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-528-5485

 

Sunday May 14

 

Community

40th Annual Women’s Running Race — All-female running event believed to be the second oldest all women’s race in the country, benefits women’s services throughout Berkshire County. 5K at 9 a.m. and 1Mile Race at 10, Berkshire Community College, Patterson Field House, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield berkshirerunningcenter-com.3dcartstores.com/40th-Annual-Womens-Running-Race_p_58.html, 413-344-4472.

 

Conversations

Temple Anshe Amunim — The Family Gene: The Story of a Pittsfield-Family’s Rare Disease and Fight for Life, conversation and brunch 10 a.m. with Joselin Linder on the medical mystery of her father, Pittsfield native William “Billy” Linder, looking back through the family tree to the 1930s and Pittsfield’s first Orthodox rabbi. Linder is a regular contributor to the New York Post, and her work has appeared on This American Life, Morning Edition and Life of the Law. Free. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. 413-442-5910, ansheanumim.org

Close Encounters with Music — Lawyer, best-selling author and cultural historian Linda Hirshman, author of Get to work: A Manifesto For Women of the World, Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex; a dual biography of Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sisters in Law, to speak 3 p.m. The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. cewm.org

 

Family

Norman Rockwell Museum — An Afternoon with The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, and Hanna-Barbera Writer Glenn Leopold, 2 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Mother’s Day

William Cullen Bryant Homestead — Mother’s Day tea with pastries, scones, sandwiches, tours of the historic house and Bryant’s poetry read aloud in the library, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Cummington 413-532-1631, ext. 3110, thetrustees.org

 

Music

Dreamaway Lodge — Live acoustic music with dinner, Lexi Weege and the Wondertwins, 5 to 9 p.m. Becket, thedreamawaylodge.com

Williams College — Madeline Seidman ’17, mezzo-soprano 3 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center. Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Theater

Bennington College — Bennington Plays: A Festival of Original Work, La Vie en Rose” and “The Nicosia Sisters,” 7 p.m. An exploration of memory, trauma, and identity, this play tells the story of a 20-something college student whose long-dormant past is reawakened. VAPA Theatre, Bennington, Vt.

CATA — Everyday People, annual performance and gala celebrating the artistry of people with disabilities, 1 p.m., Tina Packer Playhouse, Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-528-5485

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