Berkshire Calendar Oct. 2 to 8

The height of fall brings music and writers, harvest festivals and wide-ranging conversations, as the Berkshire Calendar Oct. 2 to 8 reflects on the past and the present. The Pittsfield CityJazz Festival returns with a week and more of concerts leading up to a tribute for Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday. (Photo courtesy of Pittsfield CityJazz.)

 

Monday Oct. 2


Community

Williams College — Antigone in the Library: Selections of the library’s holdings relating to the works of Sophocles, which have been recorded on papyrus, parchment and paper and performed many times on the Williams campus. On view through Oct. 9. Sawyer Library, Williamstown. Williams.edu

 

Conversations

Williams College —  Who Governs Now? Political Influence in an Era of High Inequality: Paul Pierson, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, will speak on growing economic inequality and why political influence has become much more unequal. 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 6. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Images Cinema — Center of My World/ Die Mitte der Welt, 7 p.m. Love is at the center of Phil’s world, and it’s really screwing things up for him … Austrian film series closes with a film based on the young-adult book The Center of the World by German author Andreas Steinhöfel, Austrian director Jakob M. Erwa explores the challenges of family relations, love, and friendship and all the emotions that accompany discovering new territory. When confronted with his past and present, will Phil fight or take flight? In German with English subtitles. Presented with Williams College. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

 

Tuesday Oct. 3

 

Art

Williams College Museum of Art — Pink Art Close Look Tour, 4 p.m. Curatorial Assistant Jessie Sentivan moderates a conversation with Professor of Computer Science Duane Bailey and Mellon Digital Projects Manager Chad Weinard about the cultural, psychological, and digital associations of the color pink. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writers

Arrowhead — Poor Herman, 7 p.m. Finale of three ‘Herman’ plays, reading  of Elizabeth Doss’ play about Melville at Arrowhead. Doss is Herman Melville’s great-great-great-grand-daughter. Five women play Herman Melville. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-443-1793, mobydick.org

Williams College — Fiction Reading by Leopoldine Core, born and raised in New York’s East Village, winner of the 2015 Whiting Award for fiction, her fiction and poetry have appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Open City, PEN America and Apology Magazine, among others. She is the author of the poetry collection Veronica Bench. Free. Griffin Hall room 3, Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Stockbridge Library — Film series: The Color Purple (1985), 5 p.m. Free. 46 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-5501, stockbridgelibrary.org

 

Music

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — The Orchestra Now: Haydn and Frankenstein — Works by Haydn, Sibelius, and Heinz Karl Gruber, a short dramatic work, a pan-demonium and a symphony with baritone Nathaniel Sullivan, a winner of the Bard College Conservatory 2016 Concerto Competition. 7:30 p.m. Daniel Arts Center, McConnell Theater. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

 

Wednesday Oct. 4

 

Conversations

Williams College — Dementia, Denial, and the Healing Power of Story, 5 p.m., talk by Dana Walrath, Tedx speaker and author of Aliceheimers (Graphic memoir) and Like Water on Stone, featured in the NY Times NPR, and Brooklyn Museum of Art. Hopkins Hall, Rogers Room, williamstown williams.edu

Williams College ’62 Center — A Summer of Protest: Race Relations in the U.S., 7 p.m. Open forum where faculty and community members will talk about current events: Kai M. Green, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Jacqueline M. Hidalgo, Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion; Joy James, Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Humanities and Professor of Political Science; Tyler Jackson Rogers, Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in American Studies. ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance, Mainstage, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Williams College — Screening of Containment and discussion with filmmaker Dr. Peter Galison, professor of the history of science and of physics at Harvard University on the Cold War’s aftermath: ’hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands.’ 7 p.m.  Bronfman Science Center, Wege Auditorium, Route 2 Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Evening at the Beaver Ponds 5:30 p.m. Gentle walk to the pond and beaver lodge to look for beavers and other wildlife. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Gaslight, the classic story of a man slowly driving his wife toward insanity by sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions, 7 p.m. 30 Union St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888; barringtonstageco.org

 

Thursday Oct. 5

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Clark After Hours: As In Nature, 7 to 9 p.m. Explore the work of Abstract Expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler and Stone Hill in the light of the full moon with live music by Pittsfield singer-songwriter Dane Christopher. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Williams College Museum of Art — Season celebration at 5:30 p.m. with curators, artists and spark talks on fall exhibits: The Presence of Absence, Medieval Art and Artifacts from Byzantine icons to 15th century bronze bell and ivory carvings in a newly renovated gallery; Pink Art; Barbara Takenaga; The Anxiety of Influence: European and American Art, 1689–1913; Object Lab, Leisure Library and Reading Room, and Sol LeWitt. 15 Lawrence Hall drive, Williamstown. 413-597-2429, wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writers

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Deborah Eisenberg short stories, 7 p.m. Deborah Eisenberg reads her work: author of four collections of short stories; her Collected Stories won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award. Professor of Writing at Columbia University. Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.org

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Community Reading 2017: Jana Laiz’ Weeping Under This Same Moon. Community talk with Laiz, 7 p.m. Church Street Center, North Adams. Free and all welcome. 413-662-5224, mcla.edu

Williams College — Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture, 7 p.m. Mehammed Mack will give a talk on his recently published book, considering French culture and its assumptions about sexual and gender expression, both gay and straight. Mack is Assistant Professor of French Studies at Smith College. Sawyer Library, Mabie Room. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

Williams College Bookstore — Kathline Carr will read from her new book, Miraculum Monstrum, an illustrated, speculative hybrid narrative on the life and work of a fictional female artist with wings, 7 p.m. 81 Spring St., Williamstown

 

Conversations

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Faculty Brown Bag lectures: Dr. Deborah Foss: What Contributes to Student Success at MCLA? Based on sabbatical work in spring 2017,  from two perspectives – students who withdraw from MCLA and those who stay. Noon. Church Street, North Adams. Free and all welcome. 413-662-5224, mcla.edu

Williams College — The Need for Reflection in a Hot-Take Culture: Talk with  Stephanie A. Miner, the 53rd Mayor of the City of Syracuse, N.Y., the first woman elected Mayor of Syracuse and the first woman to lead one of New York’s Big 5 cities. 4 p.m., Schapiro Hall Room 129. Speculative Lineages, talk Pavithra Prasad, California State University-Northridge, on Afro-Indian Internationalism Beyond DuBois’s Dark Princess. Event sponsored by WGSS, English, Dance, Dively, Lecture Committee, Theatre, Africana Studies, and Asian Studies. 4:30 p.m. Hopkins Hall 2, Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

Williams Reads — What Psychology Can Tell Us About Criminal Justice: Laura Smalarz, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will discuss the role of social biases in the criminal justice system and share some of her recent research on the effects of criminal stereotypes on legal judgments. Sponsored by Williams Reads, which aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. This year’s common read is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. 7 p.m. Williams College, Griffin Hall, Room 3, Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Gaslight, the classic story of a man slowly driving his wife toward insanity by sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions, 7 p.m. 30 Union St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888; barringtonstageco.org

 

Friday Oct. 6

 

Art

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. After party at the Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave. North and South Streets, Pittsfield. firstfridaysartswalk.com

 

History

The Mount — Ghost tour of the most haunted parts of the estate, 5:45 and 7 p.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, edithwharton.org

 

Music

Hancock Shaker Village — From Venezuela via the Kennedy Center and NPR, Betsayda Machado is bringing her Afro-soul harmonies, performing in tambor, a spirit-shaking percussion and vocal energy said to make dancers float. 7 p.m. 1910 Barn, 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. hancockshakervillage.org

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival — Jazz crawl concerts nightly through downtown Pittsfield. Full schedule berkshiresjazz.org

Williams College — Zivanai Masango and Pachedu, 8 p.m. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Zivanai Masango is an icon of Afropop, with rich and heartfelt vocals, well-crafted songwriting, airtight rhythms, and master musicianship on the guitar. Chapin 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

Barrington Stage Company — Gaslight, the classic story of a man slowly driving his wife toward insanity by sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions, 8 p.m. 30 Union St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888; barringtonstageco.org

Berkshire Theatre Group — Lost Lake, 7 p.m. Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner David Auburn, follows the story of Veronica and Hogan, imperfect strangers tangled up in each other’s lives. Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Shakespeare & Company — God of Carnage, 7:30 p.m. In Yasmina Reza’s play, two sets of parents meet to settle their sons’ schoolyard tangle. 70 Kemble st., Lenox. 413-637-3353, shakespeare.org

 

Saturday Oct. 7

 

Art

Berkshire Museum —  Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash opening reception 5:50 to 7:30 p.m., a solo exhibition of paintings and sculptures by a Berkshire artist from drawings and watercolors created in 1967 and 1968 to a recent series of gouache on paper pieces of a vivid array of birds.  30 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Field Farm — Fall Foliage and Mid-Century Architecture Tour: The Folly at Field Farm, 1 p.m. Fall foliage walk around Field Farm followed by a tour of The Folly, a Modernist building with an organic design, original furniture and artwork purchased by the Bloedel family. Hear stories about the Bloedels and their art collection. Sloan Road (Off routes 7 and 43), Williamstown. 413-458-3135, thetrustees.org

Mass MoCA — Los Angeles artist Liz Glynn’s The Archaeology of Another Possible Future opens in Building 5, a sprawling sculptural experience of sight, sensation, sound and scent with catwalks 18 feet above the floor, examining an abstracted world. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists Guild — Open studios tour 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery and other works by local artists. Full schedule at rwsag.org

 

Books and Writers

Clark Art Institute — The Samurai of Seville, 2 p.m. Berkshires author John J. Healey introduces his historical novel with Williams College professors Eiko Maruko Siniawer and Soledad Fox Maura. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Community

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Plant and bulb sale, jewelry, hay rides and haunted house, live music, games and crafts, more than 100 regional artisan food and craft vendors, and drop-in workshops on topics relating to gardening, harvest and farm to table activities. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge.berkshirebotanical.org

Chatham OctoberFeast — Main Street lined with picnic tables where visitors can sample freshly prepared foods and locally produced beverages, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Two stages of live music: one outside Chatham Brewing with Brian LaPointe, Eli’s Gin, and Side Show Willie and one by the Clocktower with 2 Blue and Abby Lappen. Chili contest benefiting Columbia Pathways to Recovery (CPR). Chatham Brewery pours their own lager and other favoritesincluding a cask of Barrel Aged Dopplebock. Chatham, N.Y. VisitChathamNY.com.

 

Dance

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Paul Taylor Dance Company 8 p.m. performs Roses (1985), a tribute to love and relationships in various stages; Continuum, an abstract work about finding peace in a hostile environment, set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons recomposed by Max Richter (2017); Arden Court (1981) set to baroque music. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-854-9609, mahaiwe.org

 

Family

Clark Art Institute — Old Masters Rock: How to Look at Art with Children, 11 a.m. Maria-Christina Sayn-Wittgenstein Nottebohm speaks on how to talk with children about 50 artworks from the last 700 years. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Music

Aston Magna — Bach: Father, Son & Their Peers, 7 p.m. Chamber music with J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, Handel and Buxtehude; talk at 6. Saint James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington. astonmagna.org

Clark Art Institute — Met Live in HD: Norma, 12:55 p.m. Bellini’s bel canto tragedy starring Sondra Radvanovsky. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Norma: Met Opera live in HD, 1 p.m. Bellini’s bel canto tragedy. Pre-show talk at 11:30 a.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-854-9609, mahaiwe.org

Mass MoCA — Ani Cordero, 8 p.m. Brooklyn-based Puerto Rican singer songwriter and storyteller ranges from feminism to immigration to friendships and relationships, with her quartet. Jota Sete Duo opens, including Williamstown native Jason Ennis. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival — Jazz crawl concerts nightly through downtown Pittsfield. Full schedule berkshiresjazz.org

Sandisfield Arts Center — Saskia Laroo, one of the few women trumpet stylists, and Warren Byrd perform an evening of jazz with guest percussionist Jocelyn Pleasant, 8 p.m. with works by Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Thelonius Monk, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Route 57 and 5 Hammertown Road, 413-258-4100 sandisfieldartscenter.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Chainsaw Skills for Women: Level 1, 8:30 a.m. Full-day class with hands-on chainsaw use covering protective equipment, anatomy of a chainsaw, basic mantenance, cleaning, sharpening and more. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Gaslight, the classic story of a man slowly driving his wife toward insanity by sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions, 8 p.m. 30 Union St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888; barringtonstageco.org

Berkshire Theatre Group — Lost Lake, 2 and 7 p.m. Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner David Auburn, follows the story of Veronica and Hogan, imperfect strangers tangled up in each other’s lives. Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Shakespeare & Company — God of Carnage, 3 and 7:30 p.m. In Yasmina Reza’s play, two sets of parents meet to settle their sons’ schoolyard tangle. 70 Kemble st., Lenox. 413-637-3353, shakespeare.org

 

Sunday Oct. 8

 

Community

Austerlitz Historical Society — 21st annual Autumn in Austerlitz, early 19th century crafters and wares, sheep-shearing, border collies, live music, singing, cider press, quilt raffle, silent auction, demonstrations, entertainment & crafts for children, an assortment of vendors, and a variety of sumptuous hot and cold food, including homemade soup, bread and baked goods. Old Austerlitz, 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz, N.Y. 518-392-0062, oldausterlitz.org

 

Dance

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Paul Taylor Dance Company 2 p.m., performs Roses (1985), a tribute to love and relationships in various stages; Continuum, an abstract work about finding peace in a hostile environment, set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons recomposed by Max Richter (2017); Arden Court (1981) set to baroque music. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-854-9609, mahaiwe.org

 

Music

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival — Jazz crawl concerts nightly through downtown Pittsfield. Full schedule berkshiresjazz.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Fall Foliage Wagon Rides 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Horse-drawn rides around the  big field begin @ 10 with stories about the local American Indians and white settlers as well as the natural history of the property. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

Hoosic River Watershed Association — Pownal Bike Ride, 9:45 a.m. Fall foliage recreational bicycle tour led by Lauren Stevens. The ride is just shy of 40 miles, with about 2,000 feet elevation gain. Bring beverages and snacks. Meets at the former Mack Molding parking lot off of Rt. 346 in Pownal, Vt. 413-458-2742, hoorwa.org

Mission House — Along the Stockbridge Mohican Trail, 2 p.m. Rick Wilcox, a life-long Stockbridge resident and honorary Mohican, will talk about the the early Stockbridge Mohicans and Muncie Indians who lived in what is now Stockbridge. He’ll tell of their lives here, how they were gradually forced out by European settlers, and about his mapping research to find their homes in the village they shared with colonists. 19 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-3236, ext. 3016, thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — Gaslight, the classic story of a man slowly driving his wife toward insanity by sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions, 3 p.m. 30 Union St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888; barringtonstageco.org

Berkshire Theatre Group — Lost Lake, 2 p.m. Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner David Auburn, follows the story of Veronica and Hogan, imperfect strangers tangled up in each other’s lives. Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Clark Art Institute — London National Theatre live in HD: Obsession, 2:30 p.m. Jude Law stars as Gino, a magnetically handsome drifter, who meets husband and wife Giuseppe and Giovanna and begins an affair. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303; clarkart.edu

Shakespeare & Company — God of Carnage, 3 p.m. In Yasmina Reza’s play, two sets of parents meet to settle their sons’ schoolyard tangle. 70 Kemble st., Lenox. 413-637-3353, shakespeare.org

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