Berkshire calendar Oct. 23 to 29

Ghost stories, fall train rides and hanuted houses celebrate the run up to Halloween in the Berkshire Calendar Oct. 23 to 29, as the county offers tributes to beloved Berkshire poet Michelle Gillett with a reading of her posthumous new collection and a celebration of the legend that was Woody’s Roadhouse …

 

Monday Oct. 23

 

Conversations

Williams College — Global Climate Change Policy in the Age of Trump: What Can an Economist Possibly Have to Say About Climate Change? talk with Robert Stavins, professor of energy & economic development at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program and the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, 7:30 p.m  Paresky Center Auditorium, Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

FilmColumbia 2017 — 18th annual celebration through Oct. 29. The Russians Are Coming, true story of a young volunteer trying to save his German village, noon. The Wound, filmed in south Africa’s Xhosa territory as boys become men, 2 p.m. A Fantastic Woman, a waitress in Santiago aspires to become a singer, 4 p.m. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, rock n’ roll, chants, drumming and strumming from both sides of the U.S. / Canadian border, 6 p.m. The Current War, fued between Edison and Westinghouse, 8:30 p.m. Shorts, animation and more. Crandell Theatre and Morriss Memorial in Chatham, N.Y. filmcolumbia.org

 

Tuesday Oct. 24

 

Books and Writers

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Poet Monica Youn, 7 p.m. Monica Youn, author of Blackacre, finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award and the PEN Open Book Award and longlisted for the National Book Award. Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.org

Williams College Bookstore — Meet and greet with David Cleveland, signing copies of his latest book, Times’s Betrayal, a family saga from the battle of Antietam to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and a son’s search for his father, a CIA agent who disappeared in the early 1950s. 4 to 7 p.m., free. 81 Spring St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

FilmColumbia 2017 — 18th annual celebration through Oct. 29. Wind Seed: An engineer examining the highway between Bengaluru and Mumbai picks up a guy selling bootleg DVDs including films by Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch, noon. The Nile Hill Incident: Egyptian film noir, set in Cairo before the protests in early 2011, when a woman singer is murdered at the Hilton, 2 p.m. The Young Karl Marx: Raoul Peck,Haitian-born director of the James Baldwin documentary I am Not Your Negro, returns with the relationship between two young Germans, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 4:30 p.m. Last Flag Flying: three men bring the body of one of their sons home from Iraq, where he was killed in the first days of the fighting, based on a novel by Darryl Ponicsan, 8 p.m.  Crandell Theatre and Morriss Memorial in Chatham, N.Y. filmcolumbia.org

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Global Film Series: 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim and Vanessa Lopez, 6:30 p.m., which explores who has the right to be an American citizen. Written and directed by documentary filmmaker Anne Galisky, ’14’ tells the story of three American families. Descendants of Dred and Harriet Scott, as well as those of Wong Kim Ark, tell the stories of how their ancestors fought all the way to the Supreme Court. Rosario Lopez and her daughter Vanessa are both activists in the immigrant rights youth movement. Murdoch Hall 218, Church Street, North Adams. Free. mcla.edu

 

Wednesday Oct. 25

 

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

 

Books and Writers

Bennington College — Poetry Reading: Kaveh Akbar, 7 p.m. Kaveh Akbar founded and edits Divedapper, where he interviews major voices in contemporary poetry. His poems have appeared in Poetry, APR, Guernica, PBS NewsHour, Boston Review, and elsewhere. Along with Gabrielle Calvocoressi, francine j. harris, and Jonathan Farmer, he is part of the monthly poetry podcast All Up in Your Ears. Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College drive, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-4267, bennington.edu

 

Film

FilmColumbia 2017 — 18th annual celebration through Oct. 29. 1945, a coda of sorts to Son of Saul, a Hungarian film about the Holocaust set at the end of the genocide, noon. Chavela: Chavela Vargas, one of Mexico’s most beloved performers, singing “rancheras” songs of lost love, was always open about her love for women, among them Frida Kahlo, 2 p.m. Beats Per Minute: Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes this year, a dramatization of ACT UP’s aggressive actions in 1990’s Paris and a love story about Nathan, an HIV-negative newcomer, and Sean, HIV-positive and a veteran of the fight against AIDS, 4:30 p.m. Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool: Based on a memoir by actor Peter Turner, tells the story of his love affair with the aging Hollywood legend Gloria Grahame, 8 p.m. Shorts, animation and more. Crandell Theatre and Morriss Memorial in Chatham, N.Y. filmcolumbia.org

 

Music

Bennington College — Academy Award Winning Film composer and musician John McDowell will present excerpts from the Academy Award winning documentary Born Into Brothels, which received Winner of Best Musical Score at the Bend Film Festival., 7 p.m. 1 College drive, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-4267, bennington.edu

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Met Live in HD: Die Zauberflöte, 1 p.m. Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Tony Award winner Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece. Pre-show talk at 11:30 AM.14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-854-9609, mahaiwe.org

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 Oct. 26

 

Art

Bennington College — Visual Arts Lecture with Ellen Gallagher on her conceptually and materially complex mixed media works, Tishman Lecture Hall, 7 p.m. 1 College drive, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-4267, bennington.edu

Mass MoCA — Artist talk with Wes Sam-Bruce, 5 p.m. Watch Wes Sam-Bruce’s film The Wonder Sound; then discuss the artistic process with the Kidspace exhibiting artist. (But this evening’s for adults.) 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

MCLA Gallery 51 — 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. MCLA faculty and students will share selections from an interdisciplinary collection of essays to be published in association with the exhibition, 6 p.m. 51 Main St., North Adams. Free. mcla.edu

Williams College Museum of Art — Reads & Records: coffee, tea, and vinyl recordings set the mood for socializing and study, 7 p.m. Settle into the Reading Room, bring a book or borrow one from the People’s Library. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. wcmawilliams.edu

 

Conversations

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Dr. Bessel van der Kolk: The Body Keeps the Score Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma, 7 p.m. talk on one of  the largest public health issues in America: the efffects of abuse and neglect on the thinking and behavior of children. This can profoundly affect their capacity to learn and become productive and collaborative members of society. Dr. van der Kolk will explore a range of approaches that have been shown to be able to reverse the effects of traumatic experiences on mind, brain and body, including yoga, theater and neurofeedback. Free. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Joanna Ballantine, Trustees of Reservations Vice President of the Western Region overseeing some of the state’s iconic properties: Stevens-Coolidge Place, the Old Manse, Fruitlands Museum, Powisset and Chestnut Hill Farms, Farandnear, Doyle, Tully Lake Campground, Naumkeag, Notchview, Field Farm, Monument Mountain and Bartholomew’s Cobble, a national natural landmark. Annual Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture, 7 p.m. Murdock Hall, Sammer Dennis Room (218), Church street, North Adams. Free and all welcome. 413-662-5224, mcla.edu

Williams College — Dr. Monique Morris, award-winning author and social justice scholar with nearly three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice, speaks: Social Justice is a Verb! Working the Margins to Advance an Equity Agenda, 7 p.m. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

FilmColumbia 2017 — 18th annual celebration through Oct. 29. Dog Days: The neglected human cost of China’s great leap forward, an exotic dancer travels to Shanghai to find her son, noon. Let Yourself Go: Dr. Elia Venezia, an uptight Freudian psychoanalyst, meets Claudia, a personal trainer whose private life is as scrambled as an egg, 2:30 p.m. The Ballad of Lefty Brown: old-fashioned Western, Bill Pullman has lived his life in the shadow of lawman Peter Fonda, 5 p.m. Happy End: Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant play daughter and father in a darkly comic sequel to Amour, 8 p.m. Shorts, animation and more. Crandell Theatre and Morriss Memorial in Chatham, N.Y. filmcolumbia.org

 

Friday Oct. 27

 

Art

Sohn Fine Art Gallery — Into The Woods, a group exhibition of photography and mixed media by John Atchley, Valda Bailey and John Clarke: Workshop on iPhone Photography: Creative Apps and Workflow, Oct. 27 to 29. 69 Church St., Lenox. sohnfineart.com

 

Community

Bennington College — Jazz Religion: The canon with religion, 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

 

Film

FilmColumbia 2017 — 18th annual celebration through Oct. 29. Andrey Zvyagintsev looks into the conflicted soul of Putin’s Russia, as a middle-class couple are divorcing acrimoniously, noon. The Rape of Recy Taylor: Documentary uses interviews and clips to recreate the story of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old mother who was abducted and raped 73 years ago in Abbeville, Alabama; Taylor was black, and her six young rapists were white, and when all white jury and acquitted them the NAACP in Montgomery sent its best investigator, Rosa Parks, to Abbeville, laying the groundwork of the Civil Rights Movement, 3 p.m. Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death, Helen Whitney’s documentary on dying, ranging from practitioners of cryonics to a woman who runs a crematorium, the well and the ill, the religious and the skeptics, 5 p.m. The Liesure Seeker: Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland take a road trip from Boston to the Ernest Hemingway home in Key West, 8 p.m. Shorts, animation and more. Crandell Theatre and Morriss Memorial in Chatham, N.Y. filmcolumbia.org

 

Halloween

Hancock Shaker Village — Haunted Hancock after-hours tour through the darkening Village withtales of ghostly sightings; learn about the Shakers’ role in the spiritualist movement andlook out for spirit sightings. 6 p.m. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Hubbard Hall — Whispering Bones — An Evening of Spooky Storytelling, 7:30 p.m., annual benefit and evening of spooky stories returns just in time for Halloween. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Images Cinema — Suspiria, 40th anniversary showing: One dark night, an American dancer arrives at a baroque European ballet academy, where she is greeted with students fleeing in a panic, secretive headmistresses and a series of murders and supernatural occurrences, 11:30 p.m., Free. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

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

Naumkeag — Haunted House 7 to 9 p.m.: The ghost of the Choate’s gardener has set a course through the Carriage House. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013; thetrustees.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ’69: The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ‘69 reunites Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Grateful Dead alumni, and other musical luminaries from The Summer of Love. 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444,; berkshiretheatregroup.org

Dream Away Lodge — Live acoustic folk music, Misty Blues Band, 8 p.m. 1342 County Road, Becket. 413-623-8725, thedreamawaylodge.com

MCLA Design Lab — Adrian Aardvark, a curious four-piece band offering a unique brand of rock and roll with energy, costumes, theatrics, introspective lyrics and solid grooves. Local band Forks of Buffalo will open. All proceeds from the show will go to hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico, through the charity United for Puerto Rico. 7 p.m. 49 Main St., North Adams.

Williams College — Williams Chamber Players: Bass-Baritone Keith Kibler in a selection of songs inspired by the poetry of Heinrich Heine and set to music by Franz Schubert, Schwanengesang. Doris Stevenson collaborates on piano. Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time (1941) with Joanna Kurkowicz, violin; Paul Green, clarinet; Nathaniel Parke, cello; and Doris Stevenson, piano. Schubert String Trio Movement in B flat Major D 471 featuring Muneko Otani, violin; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Ronald Feldman, cello. 8 p.m., free, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Route 2, Williamstown. 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

Oldcastle Theatre — Comedy Night, 8 p.m. Starring J.J. Rammirez of HBO, Comedy Central with host Missy Allan of Spike and Lifetime, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. oldcastletheatre.org

WAM Theatre — The Last Wife, Kate Hennig’s contemporary take on Katherine Parr, final partner of Henry VIII. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. wamtheatre.com

Williams College — Netta Yerushalmy: Paramodernities, 8 p.m. Multidisciplinary project of lecture-performances or dance-experiments including tributes to Bob Fosse, Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey. Work-in-progress, co-commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow Dance and was created in part during a Jacob’s Pillow Dance Creative Development Residency. MainStage,’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu

 

Saturday Oct. 28

 

Books and Writers

Norman Rockwell Museum — Coming About: Honoring Poet Michelle Gillett, 5:30 p.m. Tribute to a gifted writer and friend to many in the Berkshires who died in 2016, an evening of readings of Gillett’s most current work, Coming About, published by Four Way Books in 2017. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

Ventfort Hall — The Ambulance Drivers, 3:30 p.m. James McGrath Morris speaks on Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War: two aspiring writers forge a friendship and write some of America’s greatest novels, giving voice to a Lost Generation. 104 Walker St., Lenox, gildedage.org

 

Community

Norman Rockwell Museum — Family day honors first responcers. K-9 officer demonstration on the grounds,  drawing demonstration based on Norman Rockwell’s The Runaway and photo ops; police cars, fire trucks and an ambulance on view, food from the East Chatham Food Company, with representatives from the Stockbridge and Great Barrington Police and Fire Departments, South Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Service and East Chatham Fire Department. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge. nrm.org

 

Dance

Dewey Hall — Sheffield Contra Dance with Cedar Stanistreet, 7 p.m. 91 Main St., Sheffield. 413-229-2357, deweyhall.org

Mass MoCA — Big Dance Theater: 17C, Obie Award-winning ensemble spins through the 17th-century diaries of Samuel Pepys, weaving music, dance, video and text, 8 p.m. Co-presented with Jacob’s Pillow Dance. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Film

FilmColumbia 2017 — 18th annual celebration through Oct. 29. The Florida Project: On a stretch of highway just outside of Disney World, six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) live week to week at a budget motel, noon. In the Fade: tense revenge thriller, 2:30 p.m. Call Me By Your Name: In the Lombardy countryside of 1983, Luca Guadagnino and co-writer James Ivory chart the romantic confusions of 17-year-old Elio Perlman after he meets 24-year-old Oliver, his father’s summer intern, 5 p.m. Sneak Preview: Debut film with an Oscar-worthy lead, 8:30 p.m. Shorts, animation and more. Crandell Theatre and Morriss Memorial in Chatham, N.Y. filmcolumbia.org

 

Halloween

Fall Foliage Train Rides — Berkshire Scenic Railway narrated rides on the Hoosac Valley Line, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. Departing from 98 Crowley St. North Adams. 413-637-2210, HoosacValleyTrainRide.com

Hancock Shaker Village — Halloween at Hancock: Come in costume for trick-or-treating throughout the Village.  Visit the Brick Dwelling for ghost stories and fortune telling.  Enjoy face painting & balloon art (fees apply), make-n-take slime, bobbing for doughnuts, and pumpkin decorating.  Hear spooky stories in the barn. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Hubbard Hall — Hall-o-ween Monster Mash Ball, 7:30 p.m., costumes encouraged, family event with treats from cider to pumpkin bread. Benefits the Hubbard Hall Dance Costume Fund. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Images Cinema — Suspiria, 40th anniversary showing: One dark night, an American dancer arrives at a baroque European ballet academy, where she is greeted with students fleeing in a panic, secretive headmistresses and a series of murders and supernatural occurrences, 11:30 p.m., Free. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Greene Films presents The Year of the Haunted House, 3 p.m., based on an actual haunted house in Great Barrington created 20 years ago by a group of neighborhood kids and an engineer dad. presented with an introduction by the filmmaker, Matt Greene-DeLanghe (one of the former neighborhood kids) and followed by a Q&A with the director, actors, and a few crew members, some of whom were involved in the original haunted house. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

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

Naumkeag — Haunted House 7 to 9 p.m.: The ghost of the Choate’s gardener has set a course through the Carriage House. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013; thetrustees.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — Woody’s Road House Reunion II, 7:30 p.m. Take a trip back to the legendary Washington, Massachusetts music hall, Woody’s Roadhouse. The place where bands like The Cars, The Outlaws, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, NRBQ, Foghat, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band, Fat, Shenandoah, The David Bromberg Band and many others rocked the house for nearly 30 years. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Dream Away Lodge — Live acoustic folk music, Bernice Lewis, 8 p.m. 1342 County Road, Becket. 413-623-8725, thedreamawaylodge.com

Williams College — Zambezi Marimba Band, 8 p.m. danceable music that radiates joy and verve. Led by Tendai Muparutsa, the Zambezi Marimba Band was founded in 1992 and is inspired by traditional Zimbabwean marimba music as well as contemporary African styles. Free and all welcome. Chapin Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Canoe Meadows Volunteer Day 12:30 to 4 p.m. Help care for the community gardens and wildlife sanctuary. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects, including meadow restoration and fall garden clean up. Tools, gloves, and refreshments provided. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Homes Road, Pittsfield. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Oldcastle Theatre — Comedy Night, 8 p.m. Starring J.J. Rammirez of HBO, Comedy Central with host Missy Allan of Spike and Lifetime, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. oldcastletheatre.org

WAM Theatre — The Last Wife, Kate Hennig’s contemporary take on Katherine Parr, final partner of Henry VIII. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. wamtheatre.com

 

Sunday Oct. 29

 

Community

Manchester Community Library — Learn about Daisy Turner’s Kin 4 p.m. at the Library. Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a multigenerational African-American saga spanning two centuries, played out across three continents. Vermont Reads event. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-267, mclvt.org

 

Film

FilmColumbia 2017 — 18th annual celebration. The Other Side of Hope: Aki Kaurismäki film won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, with a buoyant story of migrants, illegal aliens, a mid-life crisis, Japanese tourists, a stray dog Jimi Hendrix and the world’s worst restaurant, noon. Faces Places: Lively 88-year-old filmmaker/artist/photographerAgnès Varda’s road trip across France with a young photographer, 2 p.m.  Three Billboards Outside Missouri: A bereaved mother against the town Police Chiefe, 4:30 p.m. Maurice: James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves, Denholm Elliott, Ben Kingsley and Simon Callow in E.M. Forster’s Edwardian love story in an era when homosexuality was illegal, 7 p.m. Shorts, animation and more. Crandell Theatre and Morriss Memorial in Chatham, N.Y. filmcolumbia.org

 

Halloween

Fall Foliage Train Rides — Berkshire Scenic Railway narrated rides on the Hoosac Valley Line, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. Departing from 98 Crowley St. North Adams. 413-637-2210, HoosacValleyTrainRide.com

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), 4 p.m. double feature in partnership with the Great Barrington Historical Society and its Growing Up in the ’50s exhibit. Vertigo (1958) screens afterward at 7 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

The Mount — Put in the Mood for Ghosts, 5 p.m. Professional storyteller Tom Lee, a frequent guest artist for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will tell traditional ghost stories from England and Edith Wharton’s tales. Backstairs Tour 10:30 a.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111, edithwharton.org

 

Music

Dream Away Lodge — Live acoustic folk music, Niall Connolly, 8 p.m. 1342 County Road, Becket. 413-623-8725, thedreamawaylodge.com

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