Berkshire calendar Nov. 13 to 19

From madrigals to mountains to memoir, people are moving and thinking in the Berkshire calendar Nov. 13 to 19. At Williams College, the Center for Environmental Studies is celebrating its 50th anniversary with hikes, talks and a look into the past and future.

At Bard College of Simon’s Rock, Ian Spencer Bell, Visiting Artist in Dance, will perform Marrow, a work in dance, poetry and memoir, recalling growing up gay in rural Virginia and pondering ideas of home.

In the Southern Berkshires, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Linda Greenhouse, who for decades covered the U.S. Supreme Court for The New York Times, will speak on her new book, Just a Journalist: On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between.

And in Manchester, Vt., Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, will talk withAnne Galloway, founder and editor of VTDigger.org, about  ILSR’s in-depth study of Amazon and what the company’s growing dominance means for Vermont’s small businesses, jobs, and communities.

 

Monday Nov. 13

 

Film

Images Cinema — Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, starring Thomas Sung, Vera Sung, Neil Barofsky, Jill Sung. Abacus, a small family-run bank, becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community, in a five-year legal battle. 7 p.m., Free. Members of the Sung family, including Heather Sung (Williams ’91), will join Professor of Economics Gerald Caprio for an onstage discussion immediately following the screening. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

 

Music

Williams College — Blue Heron, 8 p.m. Live performance with original source materials and historical performance practices, including 15th-century English and Franco-Flemish polyphony, Spanish music between 1500 and 1600, and neglected early 16th-century English music. Chapin Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Tuesday Nov. 14

 

Art

MCLA Gallery 51 —Roundtable discussion Setsuko Winchester’s Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project, a solo exhibition, the first show of the entire series of photographs created for the project, which documents site-based installations of 120 yellow tea bowls to represent the forced removal of 120,000 Japanese-Americans to 10 internment camps in the American West during World War II: The talk which will explore the themes of the exhibition, and focus on the parallels between the executive order signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942 and recent immigration orders signed by President Donald Trump, 7 p.m. Murdock Hall, in the Sammer Dennis Room (218), Church St. North Adams. Free. mcla.edu

 

Community

Northshire Bookstore — Amazon’s Stealth Invasion of Vermont: Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, in Conversation With Anne Galloway, founder and editor of VTDigger.org, 6:30 p.m. on findings of ILSR’s in-depth study of Amazon and what the company’s growing dominance means for Vermont’s small businesses, jobs, and communities. As part of the discussion, she’ll talk about how policymakers can address Amazon’s market power and impacts, and what citizens can do to support a more diverse, equitable, and locally rooted economy, even when they’re shopping online. Mitchell’s perspective and research on Amazon have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic and more. Northshire Brewery will be on-site selling their beers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Music

Williams College — Professor Jessie Ann Owens of UC Davis talk, From Madrigal to Mass in the 16th Century on Orlando di Lasso’s mass based on a madrigal by Cipriano de Rore about the pain of unhappy love: Why would a Renaissance composer writing a mass, the most solemn ritual of Christian worship, choose to use a secular madrigal as the model? Free at 4:15 p.m. in Room 30 of the Bernhard Music Center, Chapin Hall drive off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Wednesday Nov. 15

 

Art

Peru Library — Second Annual Silent Auction and Art Sale, paintings, antique and vintage lithographs, limited edition prints, antique/vintage books and more, all will benefit the library. Auction continues through Nov. 18 during library hours, 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 6 W. Main Rd. / Route 143 near North Road, Peru. perulibrary@gmail.com, 413-655-8650.

 

Film

Manchester Community Library — For this year’s Agricultural Literacy Week, NOFA-VT presents a new film, Vermont Farm Kids: Rooted in the Land, produced by Maria Reade and filmed by James Chandler, 6 p.m., with Q & A to follow and refreshments. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, Vt 802-362-2607, mclvt.org

 

Music

Bennington College — Bennington Composers Concert: Compositions by former faculty and distinguished alumni including Tina Davidson ’76, Louis Calabro, Vivian Fine, Betsy Jolas ’46, Lionel Nowak, Alison Nowak ’70, Marta Ptaszynska, Pril Smiley ’65, and Joan Tower ’61, performed by four current students, alumna soprano Megan Schubert, flutist Laurel Maurer, cellist Nathaniel Parke, soprano Kerry Ryer-Parke, percussionists Michael Wimberly and Jay Sager, and pianists Joan Forsyth, Yoshiko Sato, and Allen Shawn. Free and open to all, 7 p.m. in Deane Carriage Barn, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Thursday Nov. 16

 

Holidays

Hancock Shaker Village — Wreath ’N Sip, design and create a wreath with natural elements to take home, registration includes materials and wine, 7 to 9 p.m. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

 

Art

Williams college Museum of Art — Student gallery guides dive in and create their own tours: Art + Enantiomers, Sophomore Chemistry major Erica Gibble looks at fine details, 6:30 p.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writers

Northshire Bookstore — Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the #1 international Welcome to Night Vale podcast, present It Devours! A Welcome to Night Vale Novel, a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, 7 p.m. Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 518-682-4200, northshire.com

 

Conversations

Bennington College — The Peace Petition and the Academic Purge in Turkey, panel discussion with two academics, E. Ahmet Tonak, and Burcu Yasemin Seyben, who were among the 1,128 signatories of the Peace Petition will tell their own stories while explaining the current situation of academics both in Turkey and abroad, 7 p.m. CAPA Symposium. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Manchester Community Library — Something as simple as using the wrong type of insulation can lead to moldy and rotting walls. Local architect Alan Benoit will explain the major elements of Building Science and common renovation pitfalls. 6:30 p.m. Free. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, Vt 802-362-2607, mclvt.org

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Jeffrey Toobin, a high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, author of bestsellers The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court and The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court, will give the annual Michael S and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, 7 p.m. Free and all welcome. Church Street Center, North Adams. 413-662-5224, mcla.edu

Williams College — Center for Environmental Studies 50th anniversary talks: Achieving Environmental Goals in the Time of Trump: The Role of the Not-for-Profit, Business, and Foundation Sectors. Ned Sullivan ’76, President, Scenic Hudson, with remarks by Joseph Cotter ’81, Founder and CEO, National Resources, Inc. and Lindi von Mutius ’03, director of Program Management, Environmental Defense Fund. Facilitated by Professor Henry Art, 4 p.m. in Griffin Hall 3. The Future of Environmentalism in a Fractured Country with attorney Reed Zars ’77, with a practice bringing public interest law suits under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and other federal statutes, successfully concluding environmental cases against Texaco, Conoco, PacifiCorp, Southern California Edison, Tennessee Valley Authority, Lehigh Cement, Public Service Company of New Mexico, Salt River Project, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and more. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, 8 p.m. free. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Dance

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Ian Spencer Bell, Visiting Artist in Dance, performs Marrow, a work in dance, poetry and memoir, recalling growing up gay in rural Virginia and pondering ideas of home; in a new ensemble work with two members of his group, Gary Champi and longtime-collaborator Joshua Tuason, who performed with Bell on the Inside Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow, trios, duets, and solos unfold as Bell discusses a romantic relationship with another dancer. 7 p.m. with a conversation to follow, Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.org

 

Film

Berkshire Jewish Federation — A Trumpet at the Walls of Jericho: The Untold Story of Samuel Harrison, a 19th-century visionary who escaped slavery and lived in Pittsfield and fought prejudice, slavery, and war. Screening 10:45 a.m. at Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, jewishberkshires.org

 

Music

Bennington College — Visiting faculty Brian Chase, drummer and experimental musician from the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s, performs with drummer Kid Million, 7 p.m. in the Dean Carriage Barn. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Making More Plants: Propagating Woody Plants with Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, Conn. 3 p.m. 5 East Stockbridge Lee Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3936, berkshirebotancialgarden.org

One World Conservation Center — Farm to Table benefit and talk begins 4:30 p.m., three-course meal and silent auction 5:30 to 7 and talk by  Studio Hill Farm on Using carbon in soil to make less work, benefits the OWCC Education Fund. 413 Route 7, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-7419. oneworldconservationcenter.org

 

Theater

Bennington College — East Coast Curriculum, a modern day riff on Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde with a liberal arts college theme, a play about love, sex, politics, feminism, class, friendship, family and the fear, ecstasy, and absurdity of being young. 8 p.m. in VAPA (arts center). 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Shakespeare & Company — Fall Festival Of Shakespeare: Hundreds of teenagers from 10 different high schools perform plays from MacBeth to Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles to Julius Caesar and As You Like It to Hamlet in the 29th annual tradition, a four-day celebration at at the Tina Packer Playhouse. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. full schedule at shakespeare.org

Williams College — The Wolves, 7:30 p.m. Sarah DeLappe’s play directed by Artist-in-Residence Shayok Misha Chowdhury: In suburban America, a girls’ soccer team moves from teenagers to women. MainStage,’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu

 

Friday Nov. 17

 

Art

Chatham Bookstore — Georgia Landman’s Soul of our Soil photography inspired by farms in Columbia County, N.Y.: Solo show opens 5 to 7 p.m. and runs through Jan. 21. 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-3005, chathambookstore.com

 

Books and Writers

Northshire Bookstore — Roads Taken: An Evening of Vermont Poets, Vermont’s Poet Laureate Chard deNiord, Sydney Lea, Dennis Nurkse, Karin Gotshall, Jay Parini, and Bianca Stone read in celebration of their new anthology, 6 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Jazz Religion: Religion, Social Media and the Power of Discourse, 12:15 p.m. open to the Bennington College community based on Harvard’s Religious Literacy course. 1 College drive, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-4267, bennington.edu

Williams College — Center for Environmental Studies 50th anniversary celebration weekend: Sunrise Hike, Taconic Crest Trail Geology and History with Henry Art, David Dethier, Drew Jones, meet in Williams Inn lobby, 7 a.m. Breakfast at the inn 8 to 9 a.m. Log Lunch noon to 1 p.m. with Melissa Kemp ’10 on Islands in the Anthropocene: Insights from the Past at The Log, 78 Spring St. The Evolution of Environmental Studies: The First 50 Years of CES, Dialog with former directors Tom Jorling, Bill Moomaw, Roger Bolton, Hank Art, Karen Merrill. Facilitated by Professor Ralph Bradburd at the Log, 2-3:30 p.m. Confronting Climate Change, a CES documentary film with interviews with distinguished visitors to campus during 2016-17, including James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Van Jones, Mark Tercek and others, interviewed by Elizabeth Kolbert, 4 p.m. with talkback following at 5 at Images Cinema, 50 Spring St. Cocktail Hour, Center for Environmental Studies, Class of 1966 Environmental Center, 5:15-6:15 p.m. What is the Future of Environmental Studies at Williams? informal conversation over coffee and dessert with Environmental Studies professors Nicolas Howe, Pia Kohler and Laura Martin, 7:30 p.m. Williamstown, williams.edu

 

Dance

Williams College — Pachedu, 8 p.m. Dance Department presents Pachedu, meaning ‘among ourselves’ in the language of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, including CoDa, Kusika, Sankofa, and The Zambezi Marimba Band, performing repertoire and new works in progress. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown . 62center.williams.edu

 

Holiday

Berkshire Museum — Whimsical, Wonderful Festival of Trees  opens 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., more than 100 trees decorated with imagination and tales of fantasy and whimsy, strange juxtapositions and marvelous scenes, and a quizzical, fanciful treasure hunt for hidden objects, through Jan. 7. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash, a career retrospective that includes paintings, sculpture, and a site-specific installation. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

 

Music

Clark Art Institute — Performing artists in residence, 7 p.m. Chamber music with cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park: Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Schumann and more. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Hip Hop Theatre with Open Thought Productions, 7 p.m. Culmination of a four day school residency featuring students from Monument Valley Regional Middle School, Mount Everett Regional Middle School and St. Mary’s School performing with the professional dancers from Open Thought Productions. Using music, dance, FreeStyle, Hip Hop and improvisational theater 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Williams College — Berkshire Symphony presents Pastorale d’ete by Arthur Honneger, Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with guest artist Yevgeny Kutik, Walter Piston’s Serenata and George Gershwin’s American in Paris, 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall, with a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Theater

Bennington College — East Coast Curriculum, a modern day riff on Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde with a liberal arts college theme, a play about love, sex, politics, feminism, class, friendship, family and the fear, ecstasy, and absurdity of being young. 8 p.m. in VAPA (arts center). 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Hubbard Hall — The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 7:30 p.m. new version of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Rupert Holmes, based on Dickens’ last, unfinished novel and murder mystery. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Shakespeare & Company — Fall Festival Of Shakespeare: Hundreds of teenagers from 10 different high schools perform plays from MacBeth to Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles to Julius Caesar and As You Like It to Hamlet in the 29th annual tradition, a four-day celebration at at the Tina Packer Playhouse. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. full schedule at shakespeare.org

Williams College — The Wolves, 7:30 p.m. Sarah DeLappe’s play directed by Artist-in-Residence Shayok Misha Chowdhury: In suburban America, a girls’ soccer team moves from teenagers to women. MainStage,’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu

 

Saturday Nov. 18

 

Holiday

Bidwell House — Colonial Thanksgiving Party, 11th annual fall benefit, 4 to 7 p p.m. with festive décor of Reverend Adonijah Bidwell’s Georgian Saltbox, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. 100 Art School Road, Monterey. 413-528-6888, bidwellhousemuseum.org

GreylockWorks — Festive: A Celebration of Local Food and Design, marketplace of makers including Jackie Sedlock, Tom Kenny, Crisp, smARTWORKS, Parsons School of Design, Berkshire chef Brian Alberg, School for Style, Chelsea Green Publishing, Mount Williams Handmade, Lazy Bear Tea, No. 6 Depot Coffee, jewelry, metalwork, artisanal food and more than 50 of the region’s best artisans, food crafters, local farmers, fermenters and indie-music performers, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 508 State Road, Route 2, North Adams. greylockworks.com

Northshire Bookstore — A Hound’s Holiday by Kim Spensley and Heather Bellanca, what happens when a Victorian-era family heads out in the sleigh for a family gathering and has to leave the family dog at home, 4 p.m. reading with hot cocoa, traditional fiddling by musician Steve Spensley and sing along. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Art

Peru Library — Second Annual Silent Auction and Art Sale, paintings, antique and vintage lithographs, limited edition prints, antique/vintage books and more, all will benefit the library. Auction continues through Nov. 18 during library hours, 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 6 W. Main Rd. / Route 143 near North Road, Peru. perulibrary@gmail.com, 413-655-8650

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Dignity, Compassion, and Action: Georgetown freshman Saria Samakie, who endured three years of civil war and survived three kidnappings in Syria—including being held by government forces when he was 15 years old, will speak on his experiences, 7 p.m. CAPA Symposium. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Northshire Bookstore — Philip Ackerman-Leist presents A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement, 7 p.m. Mals, Italy, has long been known as the breadbasket of the Tyrol, but recently the town became known for something else entirely, when an unlikely group of activists and a forward-thinking mayor came together to ban pesticides by a referendum vote, making it the first place on Earth to accomplish this feat. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Stockbridge Library — Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Linda Greenhouse, who for decades covered the U.S. Supreme Court for The New York Times, speaks on her new book, Just a Journalist: On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between. Just a few years ago, the mainstream press was wrestling with whether labeling waterboarding as torture violated important norms of neutrality and objectivity. Now, major American newspapers regularly call the president of the United States a liar. Clearly, something has changed as the old rules of “balance” and “two sides to every story” have lost their grip. Is the change for the better? Will it last? 4 p.m. 46 Main st., Stockbridge. 413-298-5501, stockbridgelibrary.org

Williams College — Center for Environmental Studies 50th anniversary celebration weekend: Breakfast at the Williams Inn 8 to 9 a.m. Hopkins Forest Hike: The past 50 years and the next 50? With David Dethier, Henry Art, Drew Jones, 9 a.m., meet at Williams Inn front lobby. Career Center Presents How’d YOU Get There? Brunch & Career Conversation with Alumni Working in Environmental Careers for Change, 11 to 12:30 with Danielle Deane ’97, Director, Inclusive Clean Economy, Nathan Cumming Foundation; Katherine Birnie ’00, Director of Markets, Ecosystem Investment Partners; Lindi von Mutius’03, Director Program Management, Environmental Defense Fund; Alice Heller Nelson’10, Staff Geologist, Environmental Resource Management; led by Sarah Gardner, Associate Director, Center for Environmental Studies. Weston Hall Great Room. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Live music by Bethany Waickman guitar, mandolin and banjo by Glen Loper, and fiddler Dave Langford with a caller from Vermont, Luke Donforth 7:45 intro session, dancing 8 to 11 p.m., beginners warmly welcomed, no partner or experience needed. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. 413-528-4007, lenoxcontradance.org

Mass MoCA — Mateo López and Maya Zbib, 8 p.m. Australian choreographer Lee Serle, Colombian visual artist Mateo López, and Lebanese theater director Maya Zbib sculpture piece co-presented with Jacob’s Pillow. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Williams College — Pachedu, 8 p.m. Dance Department presents Pachedu, meaning ‘among ourselves’ in the language of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, including CoDa, Kusika, Sankofa, and The Zambezi Marimba Band, performing repertoire and new works in progress. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown . 62center.williams.edu

 

Family

Berkshire Theatre Group — David Grover Children’s Concert, Berkshire musician who has taken the stage with Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Doc Watson performing original tunes and more with his daughter Jessica on bass 11 a.m. free at The Garage, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444. berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Music

Clark Art Institute — The Exterminating Angel, 12:55 p.m. Thomas Adès premieres his opera, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film. 225 South St., Williamstown . 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — The Arlo Guthrie Family Show, 8 p.m. Arlo Guthrie and family’s Re:Generation tour with Abe and Sarah Lee Guthrie. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-854-9609, mahaiwe.org

 

Outdoors

Notchview — Pre-season kickoff, 7 to 9 p.m. Chili and ski movies: Hang out with friends in the lodge, watch old ski films and get ready for the ski season ahead. BYOB. Free. Route 9, Windsor. 413-532-1631, ext. 3110; thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Bennington College — East Coast Curriculum, a modern day riff on Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde with a liberal arts college theme, a play about love, sex, politics, feminism, class, friendship, family and the fear, ecstasy, and absurdity of being young. 8 p.m. in VAPA (arts center). 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Hubbard Hall — The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 2 and 7:30 p.m. new version of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Rupert Holmes, based on Dickens’ last, unfinished novel and murder mystery. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. Opening Night Dinner 5:30 p.m. in the Round House Bakery Café:spread of Tavern Cheddar, Pickles/Chutneys, Native Apples, Queen Victoria’s Chicken Pot Pie, Lemon/herb dressed Salad, and for dessert, Pumpkin Pudding with Spiced Fruit in Port. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Shakespeare & Company — Fall Festival Of Shakespeare: Hundreds of teenagers from 10 different high schools perform plays from MacBeth to Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles to Julius Caesar and As You Like It to Hamlet in the 29th annual tradition, a four-day celebration at at the Tina Packer Playhouse. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. full schedule at shakespeare.org

Williams College — The Wolves, 7:30 p.m. Sarah DeLappe’s play directed by Artist-in-Residence Shayok Misha Chowdhury: In suburban America, a girls’ soccer team moves from teenagers to women. MainStage,’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu

 

Sunday Nov. 19

 

Books and Writers

The Bookstore — Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Linda Greenhouse, who for decades covered the U.S. Supreme Court for The New York Times, speaks on her new book, Just a Journalist: On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between: ust a few years ago, the mainstream press was wrestling with whether labeling waterboarding as torture violated important norms of neutrality and objectivity. Now, major American newspapers regularly call the president of the United States a liar. Clearly, something has changed as the old rules of “balance” and “two sides to every story” have lost their grip. Is the change for the better? Will it last? 3 p.m., free. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox, 413-637-3390. bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Ars Center — Adès’ The Exterminating Angel 1 p.m. The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Buñuel film. Pre-show talk at 11:30 a.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington

St. John Episcopal Church — Messiah Sing-Along: Vocal soloists Kerry Ryter-Parke, soprano; Tiffany Sun, alto; Keith Pfrommer, tenor; and Keith Kibler, bass, lead the Christmas section and Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s Messiah. All are invited to sing the choruses – bring a vocal score (and the church will have some on hand). Listeners are welcome too. Jimmy Bergin will conduct an orchestra of local professionals, Williams students and members of the Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra, 1 p.m. 35 Park St., Williamstown. 413-458-8144

 

Theater

Bennington College — East Coast Curriculum, a modern day riff on Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde with a liberal arts college theme, a play about love, sex, politics, feminism, class, friendship, family and the fear, ecstasy, and absurdity of being young. 8 p.m. in VAPA (arts center). 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Hubbard Hall — The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 2 p.m. new version of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Rupert Holmes, based on Dickens’ last, unfinished novel and murder mystery. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Shakespeare & Company — Fall Festival Of Shakespeare: Hundreds of teenagers from 10 different high schools perform plays from MacBeth to Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles to Julius Caesar and As You Like It to Hamlet in the 29th annual tradition, a four-day celebration at at the Tina Packer Playhouse. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. full schedule at shakespeare.org

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