Berkshire Calendar Nov. 28 to Dec. 3

Holiday Walks are in full swing — downtowns are alight, carolers are warming up, and the early-dark evenings are full of light and sound in The Berkshire Calendar Nov. 28 to Dec. 3. In the photo above, two spectators wait on Spring Street for the annual Reindog Parade. (Photo courtesy of Williamstown Chamber of Commerce)

 

Tuesday Nov. 28

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Artist talk with Santa Fe-based Cannupa Hanska Luger, the artist behind the ‘mirror shield project’ for protectors of Standing Rock, ND, where he was born. Luger creates socially conscious work telling the stories of Indigenous communities confronting “21st century imperatives, mediations and destructivity.” 7 p.m. in Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Williams College — The Equal Justice Initiative creates the country’s first national memorial to the victims of lynching: Deborah Rothschild, consulting curator to the Equal Justice Initiative and former senior curator at the Williams College Museum of Art, speaks on the origin and evolution of Bryan Stevenson’s ambitious, multi-layered memorial on 6 acres of land in Montgomery, Alabama to the victims of lynching. The monument is designed to bring attention to a neglected part of American history: the era of racial terror during which close to four thousand African Americans in the South were lynched in brutal acts of violence.Williams Community Reads event, free and all welcome. 7 p.m., Paresky Center, Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Wednesday Nov. 29

 

Conversations

Williams College — The Births, Lives, and Deaths of Corporations in Late Imperial Russia with associate professor of economics Steven Nafziger, 4 p.m. in  Griffin Hall 6, free. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Global Film Series: Fire at Sea, 6:30 p.m., was nominated for an Academy award for Best Documentary Feature, a 2016 Italian documentary film directed by Gianfranco Rosi, who intended to heighten awareness of migrants. Filmed off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, the film’s main characters include a 12-year-old boy from a local fishing family and a doctor who treats the migrants upon their arrival. Murdoch Hall 218, Church Street, North Adams. Free. mcla.edu

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — Garrison Keillor with Robin & Linda Williams, 7:30 p.m. Singer songwriters Robin and Linda Williams blend bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

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. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington

Williams College — Midweek music, noon. Bring lunch for a musical sampler, a mixture of traditional fare with exciting accents of the unexpected. Free in Thompson Chapel. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Thursday Nov. 30

Art

Mass MoCA — Screening and Artist’s Talk 5 p.m. Watch and discuss Are you really my friend? with artist Tanja Hollander and filmmaker Robin Greenspun. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111; massmoca.org

MCLA Gallery 51 — Annual 99cent Art Show opens, 5 to 7 p.m., with work from local artists in time for the holidays through DEC 29. Ceramics, jewelry, paintings, prints, book arts, photography, fibers and much more. All work will be priced between 99 cents and $99.99. 51 Main St., North Adams. mcla.edu

Williams college Museum of Art — Student gallery guides dive in and create their own tours: Art + Home, Junior Political Science major Mitch Morris looks for family and center, 6:30 p.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writers

Bennington College — Bennington Translates | Imagining Arabic Literature Beyond Politics, translator Elisabeth Jaquette on how to read Arabic literature on its own terms 7 p.m. CAPA Symposium. Transgender in Early Modern France? The Intriguing Case of The Abbé de Choisy; A talk by Lewis Seifert, Professor of French Studies at Brown University. 7 p.m. in the Dean Carriage Barn. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Film

Images Cinema — Screening of the silent film Steamboat Bill Jr. starring Buster Keaton, with live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton to celebrate the Cinema’s 101st Birthday, 8 p.m. 50 Spring Street, Williamstown. imagescinema.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — Ain’t Wastin’ Time: A Berkshire Tribute to Gregg Allman, a founding member and lead singer of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, with Rev Tor’s Steal Your Peach Band & Friends, 7:30 p.m.An all star lineup of regional and local artists gather to celebrate the life, spirit and music of the legendary Gregg Allman, hosted by Rev Tor’s Steal Your Peach Band. Guest performances by Sara Lee & Abe Guthrie, Beau Sasser of Kung Fu, memebers of Rev Tor Band, Jun Durkin of Deep Banana Blackout, Gina Coleman, Ed Moran, Dan Broad, Ben Kohn, Jason Webster and more. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Williams College — Williams Brass Ensemble explores the wide breadth of music and expression available to brass instruments 7 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Friday Dec. 1

 

Holidays

First Fridays Artswalk — A dozen art shows with more than two dozen accomplished regional artists open 5 to 8 p.m. with free walking tour from the Intermodal center at 5. Third annual Holiday Wreath Art Auction at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, live auction will begin at 6:30 to benefit the Pittsfield Food Pantries. NUarts Studios holiday show, ornament and gift-tag-making and student art show. Fifth Annual Whimsy at the Whitney Center for the Arts and more. Downtown Pittsfield. firstfridaysartswalk.com

Making Spirits Bright — Tree Lighting in Lilac Park, 6 p.m. with Santa arriving on a Lenox Fire Truck, caroling and refreshments at the Community Center. Begins holiday weekend in Downtown Lenox. Santa Pub Crawl 8 to 11 p.m. lenoxchamber.org

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas — 28th annual three-day celebration opens with holiday readings at Stockbridge Library, 5 p.m., 46 Main St., Stockbridge 413-298-5200; stockbridgechamber.org

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Jazz Religion: Religious Feminism, 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

 

Food

North Adams Winter Farmers Market — Monthly indoor market offers farm and limited artisan goods from over a dozen vendors who accept CC/Debit and SNAP/EBT benefits (SNAP/EBT benefits are doubled while funding lasts) and several vendors also participate in the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 87 Main St. at The Green, North Adams. explorenorthadams.com

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 10 a.m. 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. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Tartuffe, a satire aimed at religious hypocrisy, 8 p.m. One of French playwright Moliere’s most famous comedies, set here in a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous world with a sinister and outlandishly puritanical central character. Venable Hall, 375 Church Street, North Adams

 

Saturday Dec. 2

 

Holidays

Albany Berkshire Ballet — The Nutcracker: Holiday classic choreographed by ABB Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo, with lavish sets and scenery designed by theater and movie set designer Carl Sprague, a Stockbridge native, and costumes designed by Rita Watson and Victile Donahue, will include young local dance students in special children’s roles alongside the professional dancers of the ABB. This year’s company includes dancers from around the United States, as well as International, 2:30 and 6 p.m. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Tinseliner Express historic and holdiay train rides on the Hoosac Valley Line with a visit from the man dressed in red himself. One hour round trip, and riders will be able to disembark in North Adams for hot cocoa and a campfire before the return ride to Adams. All trains depart from the Depot in Adams at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. hoosacvalleytrainride.com

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Holiday Marketplace and Gallery of Wreaths: Decorations and holiday trimmings including garlands, flowering plants, swags, centerpieces and gifts made by a select group of local craftspeople. New this year, an expanded Gallery of Wreaths n both the Garden’s Education Center and the newly renovated Center House’s Leonhardt Galleries. Part of Stockbridge Christmas weekend, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge. berkshirebotanical.org

Christmas at Naumkeag — Doors open at the Choate family’s Gilded Age historic home for self-guided tours, museum shop, hot mulled wine and egg nog. Part of Stockbridge Christmas weekend, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3016; thetrustees.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Hancock Holidays with wreaths on doors, lights in the village 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children’s holiday craft workshop with complimentary cocoa, 11 to 3. Meander along the Farm and Forest Trail and learn about the Shakers in the 19th century Brick Dwelling on tours of the building at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Candlelit Evening with New England traditions, live music, storytelling, festive food, candlelight and caroling: a lantern-lit tour through the Village to the historic 1910 barn for live music, then meet the calves, goats, lambs, pigs, rams, miniature donkeys and chickens, and end up in the Brick Dwelling for a holiday reading, followed by appetizers, cocktails, and punch for the kids, 4 to 6 p.m. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Handmade Holiday Festival — Alchemy Initiative’s ninth annual marketplace of art, craft and artisanal food returns to with color and whimsy, from locally roasted coffee and ceramics to masked whales and knitted tropical frogs, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton. alchemyinitiative.org

Images Cinema — Elf, a holiday walk tradition, screenings 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

Making Spirits Bright — Lenox Holiday Stroll 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with entertainment in the streets and shops, holiday party at Nejaime’s, Lenox Holiday Tour noon to 4 p.m. at the Birchwood Inn, Blantyre, Brook Farm Inn, Garden Gables Inn, Church on the Hill, Kemble Inn, Rookwood Inn, The Summer White House Inn and Ventfort Hall on holiday weekend in Downtown Lenox. lenoxchamber.org

Northshire Bookstore — Cake auction and Baking presentation and Cake Auction to Benefit the Book Angels Program: Martin Philip, the head baker from King Arthur Flour, speaks on his new book Breaking Bread at 3:30 p.m. Fifth Annual Cake Auction begins at 5 p.m., a wine and cheese reception where there will be bidding for donated, book-themed cakes. The Book Angel Program, now in its 24th year, gives books at the holidays to children who might otherwise not have access to them. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

One World Conservation Center — Holiday wreath making workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with natural materials: vines, greens, berries, pine cones and more. Gather with music, cocoa and cookies; the center will provide materials, but bring clippers and decorations. Some work may include being outside, so dress for the weather. Register by Nov. 30. 413 Route 7, Bennington, Vt.802-447-7419, oneworldconservationcenter.org

Sheffield Festival of Holidays — 18th Annual marketplace of art, craft and food: Hand-crafted products by local artisans, from leatherwork to fiber art to baskets to glass, with new work throughout the holidays. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sheffield Historical Society, Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. 413-229-2694, sheffieldhistory.weebly.com

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas — 28th annual celebration with downtown entertainment, holiday house tour 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through decorated houses, music, story time at the library at 11 a.m., more than 100 carolers on the porch of the Red Lion Inn at 6 p.m., luminary walk and Berkshire Lyric on concert at the First Congregational Church at 7:30. Downtown Stockbridge. 413-298-5200; stockbridgechamber.org

Williamstown Holiday Walk — The annual event known for the Reindog parade, caroling a cappella groups, luminaries along the main streets, an annual penny social, holiday film at Images Cinema, showcase of miniature trees for Habitat for Humanity, horse and carriage rides and more. Spring and Water streets, downtown Williamstown. williamstownchamber.com

 

Dance

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Bolshoi Ballet in HD: Taming of the Shrew, 1 p.m. Baptista struggles to marry off his tempestuous daughter Katharina, who denies that any man could possibly be her match. 12:40 PM talk by Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-residence Brian Schaefer. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Theater

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. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Tartuffe, a satire aimed at religious hypocrisy, 2 and 8 p.m. One of French playwright Moliere’s most famous comedies, set here in a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous world with a sinister and outlandishly puritanical central character. Venable Hall, 375 Church Street, North Adams

 

Sunday Dec. 3

 

Holidays

Albany Berkshire Ballet — The Nutcracker: Holiday classic choreographed by ABB Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo, with lavish sets and scenery designed by theater and movie set designer Carl Sprague, a Stockbridge native, and costumes designed by Rita Watson and Victile Donahue, will include young local dance students in special children’s roles alongside the professional dancers of the ABB. This year’s company includes dancers from around the United States, as well as International, 2:30 and 6 p.m. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Holiday Marketplace and Gallery of Wreaths: Decorations and holiday trimmings including garlands, flowering plants, swags, centerpieces and gifts made by a select group of local craftspeople. New this year, an expanded Gallery of Wreaths n both the Garden’s Education Center and the newly renovated Center House’s Leonhardt Galleries. Part of Stockbridge Christmas weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge. berkshirebotanical.org

Berkshire Scenic Railway — Tinseliner Express historic and holdiay train rides on the Hoosac Valley Line with a visit from the man dressed in red himself. One hour round trip, and riders will be able to disembark in North Adams for hot cocoa and a campfire before the return ride to Adams. All trains depart from the Depot in Adams at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. hoosacvalleytrainride.com

Festival of Holidays — 18th Annual marketplace of art, craft and food: Hand-crafted products by local artisans, from leatherwork to fiber art to baskets to glass, with new work throughout the holidays. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sheffield Historical Society, Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. 413-229-2694, sheffieldhistory.weebly.com

Hancock Shaker Village — Hancock Holidays with wreaths on doors, lights in the village 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children’s holiday craft workshop with complimentary cocoa, 11 to 3. See heritage calves and other animals in the barnyard. Meander along the Farm and Forest Trail, ski or snowshoe (weather permitting), learn about the Shakers and see their beautifully-designed objects in the 19th century Brick Dwelling on tours of the building at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Swag-making workshop 1 to 3 p.m. creating a wreath with fresh greenery and natural decorations. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Handmade Holiday Festival — Alchemy Initiative’s ninth annual marketplace of art, craft and artisanal food returns to with color and whimsy, from locally roasted coffee and ceramics to masked whales and knitted tropical frogs, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton. alchemyinitiative.org

Making Spirits Bright — Lenox Holiday Tour noon to 4 p.m. at the Birchwood Inn, Blantyre, Brook Farm Inn, Garden Gables Inn, Church on the Hill, Kemble Inn, Rookwood Inn, The Summer White House Inn and Ventfort Hall, with carol concert at Trinity Church at 3, on holiday weekend in Downtown Lenox. lenoxchamber.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas with the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas concert accompanied by an array of talented musicians – and their entire family – in a Cape Breton Christmas celebration, 7 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington

413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas — 28th annual celebration: Norman Rockwell’s Main Street at Christmas scene re-created with more than 50 vintage automobiles, lighted windows, entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, Londontown carolers and school choirs, holiday’s art at Santa’s workshop offered by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Christmas Café by Red Lion Inn. Downtown Stockbridge. 413-298-5200; stockbridgechamber.org

Williamstown Holiday Craft Fair — Annual art and artisanal marketplace with regional woodworkers, jewelry, silversmithing, ceramics, quilted wall-hangings, silver pins like tiny dancers, soap scented like chocolate oatmeal stout and more. Williamstown Elementary School, School Street, Williamstown.

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — War of the Dictionaries: The Invention of the Modern Dictionary, 4 p.m. Peter Sokolowski — Editor at Large at Merriam-Webster, blogger, podcaster, and speaker on language, and named among TIME’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013 —speaks on a moment that changed the way dictionaries are made. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. edithwharton.org

 

Music

Cantilena Chamber Choir — The World’s Greatest Christmas Carols, traditional carols and new settings of old favorites by American composers, Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols, a medley of Christmas Spirituals arranged by Chanticleer and favorite carol settings by John Rutter, Eric Barnum and Paul Halley and more, with Allyn Burrows, Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company, as narrator, and premiere of the Lenox Suite for piano, violin and choir by Moshe Knoll and Juilliard pre-college division professor Laura Goldberg as a tribute to Lenox’s 250th anniversary, and a carol sing-along, 3 p.m., Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox. cantilenachoir.org

 

Theater

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

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