Berkshire Calendar Nov. 6 to 12

From Irish novelist Colum McCann to Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan’s Indian classical music, from engineer, physician and NASA astronaut Mae Jemison to fantasy artist Tony DiTerlizzi, the Berkshire Calendar Nov. 6 to 12 is filling with visitors, storytellers, music and stars … (Photo at the top by Susan Geller)

 

Monday Nov. 6

 

Conversations

Berkshire Jewish Federation — Building Bridges Between Israel and Local Communities: Sivan Gvili and Ziv Lavi, Israeli Young Emissaries, speak on building partnership communities in the US and Israel. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield, 10:45 a.m. 413-442-4360, ext. 10, jewishberkshires.org

 

Film

Manchester Community Library — Academy Award winning film, Mighty Times: The Children’s March at the Library.  The film tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham, Alabama braved fire hoses and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees., 6:30 p.m. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-267, mclvt.org

 

Music

Williams College — Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan, 8 p.m. Master of Indian Classical Song, visiting artist and vocalist in concert, known for his rich repertoire of rare ragas and compositions. Brooks Rogers Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Tuesday Nov. 7

 

Art

Williams College Museum of Art — Active Ingredients: Prompts, Props, Performance, a gallery-based exhibition and a series of performances casting props and sculptures as performers that prompt audience actions and interactions. 4 p.m., free. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — Book Launch for Bill McKibben, for his novel Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance, 6 p.m. Vern Barclay is in hiding, using his radio show to urge Vermont to secede from the United States; he is a lifelong Vermonter and concerned citizen, and now also a fugitive from the law. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Film

Stockbridge Library — Film series: Catch Me if You Can (2002), 5 p.m. Free. 46 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5501, stockbridgelibrary.org

 

Music

Bennington College — Joan Forsyth, Bennington Faculty and Tony Lu ’18 perform a concert with all Brahms programs played on two pianos, 8 p.m. in the Dean Carriage Barn. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Wednesday Nov. 8

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Gentle yoga with Mary Edgerton of Night Sky Yoga, four-part class or drop-in: focuses on a work in the Clark’s collection to explore visualization techniques and meditation, reducing stress and encouraging a greater sense of peaceful well-being.  225 South Street in Williamstown, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Hands on presentation and demonstration with Letterpress printer Amos Kennedy Jr.: At age 40, Kennedy left his comfortable, middle-class life for a printing press and a pair of overalls, life, liberty, peanuts, and a meager yearly income, and cranked out a new declaration of independence. Free at 2 p.m. in Bowman Hall room 303 , MCLA campus, Church St., North Adams. mcla.edu

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

 

Community

Osher Lifetime Learning Institute — OLLI University Day on Criminal Justice Reform with tate Senator Adam Hinds; Ben Forman, research director at MassINC; Christine Rudd, the Director of Roca in Springfield; Berkshire County Sheriff Tom Bowler; and Kate Byrne from the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative in Albany. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. 413-236-2190, olli@Berkshirecc.edu

 

Film

Berkshire Theatre Group — Warren Miller’s Line of Descent, 7:30 p.m. Film follows skiing icons from New Zealand to the French alps, Norway to Canada to the Rockies. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org

Images Cinema — 13th, documentary 2016 documentary looks at the prison system, the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. 7 p.m. Presented with Williams College, free. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

Manchester Community Library —  1941 classic musical on the birth of the blues: As a child, Jeff Lambert (Bing Crosby) hangs out in New Orleans’ Basin Street, playing hot swing on his clarinet instead of the classics his father prefers. He’s inspired by an African-American group there and sets out to form a jazz band of his own with cornetist Memphis (Brian Donlevy), singer Betty Lou Cobb (Mary Martin) and trombonist Jack Teagarden (of the Original Dixieland Jazz Group, after which the story is patterned). 2 p.m. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-267, mclvt.org

 

Music

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. 9

 

Art

Williams college Museum of Art — Student gallery guides dive in and create their own tours: Art + Systems, history major CJ Salapare ’20 looks for cycles and circles, 6:30 p.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writers

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Novelist Colum McCann, 11 p.m. Colum McCann won the National Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Prize for Let The Great World Spin. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and co-founder of the non-profit global story exchange organization Narrative 4. Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.org

 

Conversations

Bennington College — The ABCs of Immigration with Brooke Mead, executive director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center in Pittsfield, on overview of immigration laws, procedures, and terminology; immigration remedies for survivors of domestic violence and other crimes; and national and statewide immigration news and advocacy, 6:30 p.m. CAPA Symposium. Self and Collective Care, conversation each month on topics ranging from white privilege to storytelling as a means of creating community, noon to 1 p.m. in DownCaf 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Berkshire Jewish Federation — Cellblock Visions: Set Free in the Penitentiary, Phyllis Kornfeld speaks on her work creating art with people in prisons, 10:45 a.m. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield, 413-442-4360, ext. 10, jewishberkshires.org

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Letterpress printer Amos Kennedy Jr., poet Holly Wren Spaulding and Leora Kahn, executive director and founder of PROOF: Media for Social Justice, will discuss how art may be created from social and political ideas, free at 5 p.m. in Bowman Hall room 319, and hands-on presentation and demonstration with Kennedy, free at 1 p.m. in Bowman Hall room 303 on the MCLA campus, Church St., North Adams. mcla.edu

Williams College — Mae Jemison, engineer, physician and NASA astronaut, will present STEM: The Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, 7 p.m. in the MainStage, ’62 Center. A reception will follow. Jemison became the first woman of color in the world to go into space when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. She has served  six years as a NASA astronaut and founded The Jemison Group to develop science and technology programs including a project to use satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and another to use solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries. She now leads The 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a revolutionary initiative to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star within the next century.  Kris Kirby, professor of psychology, speaks on Weighing Future Consequences: The Discounting Theory of Impulsive Choices, 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium. Export Markets and Labor Reallocation in a Low-Income Country, Nina Pavcnik, Professor of Economics at Dartmouth, speaks 4 p.m. in Griffin Hall 6, free. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Manchester Community Library — Veterans Day screening of PBS’ USO: For the Troops, which conveys the fast pace and complex logistics of a modern United Services Organizations tour and the importance of the organization that keeps America’s service members connected to family, home and country. Free and open to all, 6:30 p.m. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-267, mclvt.org

 

Theater

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Shakespeare’s Henry V directed by Aimée Michel with an all student cast, 7:30 p.m., Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.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. 10

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore — Peter Gizzi: Archeophonics, poetry exploring speech, emotion and philosophical inquiry, and Michael Schiavo reading fro, the meditative poem The Mad Song, 5:30 p.m. Gizzi is author of seven collections of poetry including Threshold Songs and In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011, and The Outernationale. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

Northshire Bookstore — Thomas Moore presents Ageless Soul, 6 p.m. A dynamic way to reimagine aging, by the bestselling author of Care of the Soul. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Community

Naumkeag — Live Action Clue at Naumkeag, 7 to 9 p.m. An evening of murderous fun based on the classic board game. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Jazz Religion: The Exodus story, 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 — Kris Kirby, professor of psychology, speaks on Resolving the Paradox of Self-control, how people learn to anticipate their own impulsive choices and can make use of strategies to try to prevent those choices. 4:15 p.m. with a catered reception following the talk in Wege Auditorium. Off Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Dance

Bennington College — Dance concert: Bennington College Dance presents new works, 8 p.m. in VAPA (arts center). 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Music

Berkshire Bach Society — Cantata Concert with Myron Lutzke, cellist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, soprano Sherezade Panthaki and St. Luke’s flautist Elizabeth Mann in the cantatas that Bach appears to have scored specifically to showcase soprano and transverse flute, 7:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., Great Barrington. berkshirebach.org

West Stockbridge Historical Society — Concert with Jeremy Kittel Trio, 2 p.m. Old Town Hall, West Stockbridge. weststockbridgehistory.org

Williams College — Patricia Shands, clarinet; Sally Pinkas, piano, 8 p.m. History of the modern clarinet from Brahms to Williams faculty member Ileana Perez Velazquez, including Little Suite by Krenek, Sonatine by Raphael, and Alban Berg’s Vier Stuecke. Brooks Rogers Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Williams College — Motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the temperatures and colors of stars, neighboring galaxies, myths and constellations, the Southern Hemisphere’s sky, comets … A fall planetarium show explores the night sky in a  8 p.m. Astronomy students will host free shows for the public on Fridays through Dec. 1 with the the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector. Milham Planetarium in the Old Hopkins Observatory, Route 2, Williamstown. 413-597-2188, mcr4@williams.edu

 

Theater

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Shakespeare’s Henry V directed by Aimée Michel with an all student cast, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.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. 11

 

Holiday

Holiday Handcraft Fair — 45th annual celebration with puppet shows, hayrides, face painting, candle dipping and gifts to make and give: Silent Auction, Berkshire Country Store and the cafe Little People’s Shop, where children fourth grade and younger can choose gifts for family and friends, Community Afghan warm handmade items, gently used books, toys, clothing and home goods, puppet play A Visit to Snow Mother, children’s craft room, maple sugar cotton candy, cake walk with live musicians, and the Pocket Lord and Lady. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-4015, gbrss.org

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi. Retrospective exhibit of Tony DiTerlizzi’s fantasty, sci-fi, whimsical illustrations from his multi-million bestselling book series The Spiderwick Chronicles and images of fantasy creatures from fairies to trolls to goblins. A (ticketed) conversation with Tony DiTerlizzi begins the program at4:30 p.m.: The artist discuss his career and the power of the imagination with exhibition curator Jesse Kowalski. Opening reception and remarks follow, 6 to 8 p.m. Fantastical dress is encouraged (without antennae or masks). 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

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

Southern Vermont Arts Center — Winter Member Show Opening Reception 2 to 4 p.m. with landscapes, still-lifes, abstracts and portraits, through Saturday, Dec. 30. Winter landscapes also on display from the SVAC Permanent Collection including works by Luigi Lucioni, Jay Hall Connaway, Brian Sweetland, Aldro Hibbard, and Virginia Webb. 930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive, Manchester, Vt. 802-367-1405, svac.org

Upstream Art — A Pop-Up Event at Beaver Mill: Meet the artists, ask questions and find unique works of art from the artists who create them — prints, handmade books, hats, photography, sculpture, drawings, collage, puppets and more — from Valerie Carrigan, Scout King, John Ryan, Peter Dudek, Rosemary Kress, Chris Mullen, Linda Finney, David Zaig, Max Spitzer, David Lachman, Lara Gonzalez, Anne Roecklein, Derek Parker & Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beaver Mill artist studios, 189 Beaver Street/ Studio #202, North Adams.

 

Books and Writing

Chatham Bookstore — Al Roker with Children’s Book on Extreme Weather: Tornadoes, Typhoons, and Other Weather Phenomena, 3 p.m. Free. 27 Main St., Chatham, NY. 518-392-3005, chathambookstore.com

Northshire Bookstore — Chef and Author Presentation with Matt Jennings and Eric Warnstedt Homegrown: Cooking from New England Roots, 6:30 p.m. wine, beverages, and tasty bites to celebrate this cookbook in conversation with chefs, Matt Jennings, owner of Townsman in Boston, and Eric Warnstedt, owner of Hen of the Wood in Waterbury and Burlington, Vt. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Northshire Bookstore Saragota — Emmy Award-Winner Matthew Weiner, the creator, writer and director of the television series Mad Men, presents his debut novel, Heather, the Totality, partially written at Yaddo, the world-renowned artists retreat in Saratoga Springs. Elaina Richardson, President of Yaddo, will interview Weiner live on stage, 7:30 p.m. Gannett Auditorium at Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 518-682-4200, northshire.com

 

Community

Northshire Bookstore — Cookie Bake-off Competition for home bakers and cookbook presentation to Benefit the Community Food Cupboard, 1 to 4 p.m.: Sample the entries and vote on favorites from 1 to 3. Official judges taste, discuss and determine their winners. Gail Sokol presents her new book, Baking With Success, at 3.4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Naumkeag — Live Action Clue at Naumkeag, 7 to 9 p.m. An evening of murderous fun based on the classic board game. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

Ventfort Hall —  Meet the three sisters who captivated Founding Father Alexander Hamilton: Actor and historian Leslie Goddard, in costume, will appear as Eliza, Angelica and Peggy Schuyler in Hamilton’s Women, a living history program, at 3:30 pm. A Victorian tea will follow. 104 Walker St., Lenox, 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

 

Dance

Bennington College — Dance concert: Bennington College Dance presents new works, 8 p.m. in VAPA (arts center). 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Dewey Hall — Second Saturday Swing Dance at Dewey Hall with live music by Chops Sauerkraut and Krewtons, who have been playing hard edged Rockabilly, Honky Tonk and Garage Rock since the early part of this millennium: Lesson at 7:30, Live music starts at 8:30. No partner necessary, beginners welcome, refreshments available. 91 Main St., Sheffield

 

Music

Clark Art Institute — Performing Artists in Residence fall concert with Laura Frautschi and Jennifer Frautschi on violin, Mark Holloway on viola, Edward Arron on cello and Jeewon Park on piano, 7 p.m. Mendelssohn, Variations concertantes for Cello and Piano, Op. 17; Shostakovich Duets for Two Violins and Piano and Piano Quintet in g minor; Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major. 225 South St., Williamstown. clarkart.edu

Williams College — Gospel Choir, concert celebrating historic significance of gospel and the special role it continues to play in the lives of people from all over the world. Free, 4 p.m. Chamber Orchestra of Williams performs Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins by J.S. Bach with Jeffrey Pearson ’20 and Ben Mygatt ’20, violins, and Biber’s Battalia and Pärt’s Collage sur B-A-C-H, 8 p.m. Both free in Chapin Hall Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Chainsaw Skills for Women, Level 2, 8:30 a.m. This workshop will build off of Chiansaw Skills-Level 1: Students will learn how to sucessfully fell and limb standing trees. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013; thetrustees.org

Flying Deer Nature Center — Bow Drill–Making Workshop for teens and adults with Programs Director, Devin Franklin, creating their own bow drill for friction fire–making: learn how to identify premium tree species for creating the four parts of a bow drill set, the bow, hand hold, spindle and fire board, then harvest a chunk of wood from the forest and shave it into the working parts of a bow drill, using safe, effective carving techniques, and practice the ancient art of friction fire–making, using your new bow drill to light a spark and then create a coal. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 5 Abode Road, New Lebanon, N.Y.  518-794-6687, FlyingDeerNatureCenter.org

Notchview — Star Gazing with the  Trustees of Reservations and Arunah Hill Science and Nature Center, with telescopes and interpretation to view stars and planets, dusk to late evening. Dress warmly; cloud cover or rain will cancel the event. Route 9, Windsor. 413-658-4131, thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Shakespeare’s Henry V directed by Aimée Michel with an all student cast, 7:30 p.m., Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.org

Mass MoCA — Maeve in America podcast, 8 p.m. Irish immigrant and acclaimed comedian Maeve Higgins is ready to change the conversation around immigration with a series of stories and interviews. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.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. 12

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi. Tour with the artist through  a retrospective exhibit of Tony DiTerlizzi’s fantasty, sci-fi, whimsical illustrations from his multi-million bestselling book series The Spiderwick Chronicles and images of fantasy creatures from fairies to trolls to goblins, 1 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — The Mount Book Club: The House of Mirth, 4 p.m. guided discussion of Edith Wharton’s 1905 best-selling novel. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, edithwharton.org

WordxWord — Politics of Identity: Poetry of Inclusion and Exclusion, a program of work by poets spanning ages and styles — Who gets to belong? Who gets to decide? Poets answer this challenge from whatever direction they choose, and the program may contain explicit material. 3 p.m. along with Setsuko Winchester’s Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowl Project free at the MCLA’s Gallery 51, 51 Main St., North Adams.

 

Music

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — South Berkshire Concert: Sarah Cunningham and Richard Egarr, two leading figures in the early music world, both on the faculty of the Juilliard 415 program, perform an all-Bach program including the three sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord, transcriptions of an organ trio and a solo flute partita, and some excerpts from the Well-Tempered Clavier for solo harpsichord, 3 p.m., free. Kellogg Music Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.org

Clark Art Institute — Four Nations Concert: Gainsborough’s music, 3 p.m. The Four Nations Ensemble presents music based on the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough. Pascale Beaudin, soprano; Kathie Stewart, flute; Olivier Brault and Adriane Post, violin; Kyle Miller, viola; Jaap TerLinden, viol; Loretta O’Sullivan, cello; and Andrew Appel, harpsichord. English tea follows at 4 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Close Encounters with Music — How do operas express the political and cultural ideas of their age? How do story lines, harmonies and musical motifs reflect the composer’s view of the changing relations among art, politics, and society? Conversations with … talk, with Mitchell Cohen, author of The Politics of Opera — A History from Monteverdi to Mozart, Princeton Press, 3 p.m. St. James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington. 800-843-0778, cewm.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, 7 p.m. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, a 16-time Grammy Award winner and a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player, who won a 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-854-9609, mahaiwe.org

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Rooted in Place, annual ecological symposium with keynote speaker James Hitchmough on learning from Meadows along with Michael Nadeau, Jessica Walliser, and Tradd Cotter, for a day-long program focused on managing the landscape sustainably, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Berkshire School, Sheffield. berkshirebotanical.org

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