Berkshire calendar Oct. 30 to Nov. 5

Dancing with light, cooking with southern warmth and squash, singing madrigals … the Berkshire Calendar Oct. 30 to Nov. 5 is bright with sketches, poetry, music and thought. On Sunday at the Clark Art Institute, to celebrate the opening of The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, Jody Sperling will perform a work based on modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller (1862-1928)’s work inspired by the Impressionists’ effort to capture light, color, and movement. (Photograph above by Gregory Cary, courtesy of the Clark Art Institute.)

 

Monday Oct. 30

 

Film

Bennington College — Indigenous Oromo Movies during a Time of Political Crisis in Ethiopia, 7 p.m. Professors Teferi Niggusie Tafa and Steven W. Thomas will describe their work and their experiences researching Oromo filmmaking in Ethiopia. 1 College drive, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-4267, bennington.edu

 

Tuesday Oct. 31

 

Art

Bennington College — Visual Arts Lecture with Stephanie Dinkins, transdisciplinary artist and an associate professor at Stony Brook University who teaches digital art and interactive media, 7 p.m. 1 College drive, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-4267, bennington.edu

Clark Art Institute — Christopher Heuer: Arctic Ink, 5:30 p.m. When a mysterious cache of sixteenth-century Netherlandish engravings was found in the Arctic circle in 1870, many questions arise. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Williams College Museum of Art — The Presence of Absence Close Look Tour, Contemplate the weird, the eerie, and all the ways objects haunt us with Kevin Murphy, senior curator of American art, 4 p.m. free. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. wcmawilliams.edu

 

Halloween

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

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

 

Wednesday Nov. 1

 

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: Mai Der Vang, 7 p.m. Mai Der Vang is the author of Afterland (Graywolf Press, 2017), which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, LA Review of Books, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. As an editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle, she is co-editor of How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. Tishman Lecture Hall, 1 College drive, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-4267, bennington.edu

 

Conversations

Manchester Community Library — First Wednesdays talk The Voyage of the St. Louis and American Immigration Policy, Keene State College professor Paul Vincent will share the story of the May 1939 voyage and the plight of the refugees aboard in a talk at Manchester’s First Congregational Church. Reception and photo exhibit related to the talk  5 to 6:30 p.m. at the library. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2607, mclvt.org

Williams College — Cops and Rent-A-Cops: Public and Private Provision of Security with Associate Professor Sarah Jacobson, 4 p.m., Griffin Hall 6, free. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Thursday Nov. 2

 

Art

Mass MoCA — Artist talk with Elizabeth King, 5 p.m. King traces her deep research into the history of figurative sculpture from early automatons and puppets to her own meticulously crafted, movable figures. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Williams college Museum of Art — Student gallery guides dive in and create their own tours: Art + Gesture, Isabelle Devereaux asks what movement reveals, 6:30 p.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writers

The Bookstore — Derek Gentile presents Baseball’s Best 1,000 Revised: Rankings of the Skills, the Achievements, and the Performance of the Greatest Players of All Time, 5:30 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Bringing Heritage to Life in the Berkshires, with Dan Bolognani, executive director of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area. Free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Professor Melanie Mowinski: We The People: How Art Has Been and Can Be Engaged With Activist and Political Causes. Can art be created from social or political ideas? Is all political art merely propaganda? What makes a work political? What does artistic work that is topical, informed, and critical look like? After an examination of artists who respond to current events including issues related to equal rights, women’s rights, and equality/justice, Mowinski will present The 50 Card Project, her current year-long project that is directly inspired by liberty and justice for all. Noon. Church Street, North Adams. Free and all welcome. 413-662-5224, mcla.edu

 

Music

Williams College — Amernet String Ensemble, commissioned works from many of today’s leading composers and advocates for neglected works of the past, 8 p.m. Brooks Rogers Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Theater

Oldcastle Theatre — Gemini: Family evening of magic, puppets and ventriloquism, 8 p.m., 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. oldcastletheatre.org

 

Friday Nov. 3

 

Art

First Fridays Artswalk

he Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., will present artworks by the Soldier On’s Veterans Community Arts Initiative for the month of November. 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. Ater party at the Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave. North and South Streets, Pittsfield. firstfridaysartswalk.com

 

Books and Writers

The Bookstore — Lynne Vanderpot, Ph.D. Psychiatric Medication and Spirituality: An Unforeseen Relationship, 3 p.m. Challenging an exclusively medical approach to mental health and illness, this book considers the impact psychiatric drugs can have on spirituality. In the last 30 years, a dramatic rise in medication as a treatment for mental illness has occurred in tandem with increasing numbers of people entering treatment with a spiritually-oriented understanding of their suffering. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Conversations

Bennington College

Planet Formation Through Radio Eyes, 1 p.m. with Dr. Meredith Hughes, visiting from Wesleyan University in Dickinson 232. Jazz Religion: Religious interpretation and contemporary issues, 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

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Abigail Pogrebin, , author of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, in which she chronicles her mission to research, observe, and write about every Jewish holiday on the calendar – without skipping one festival or fast, 10:45 a.m. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. 413-442-4360, ext. 10

 

Family

Berkshire Museum — Free Community Pajama Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wear favorite pajamas and get comfortable for a cozy night of storytelling as authors, artists, educators, and community members will join in the celebration of Family Literacy Month. Hear adults and kids reading aloud, go for a story walk, and choose a book to take home. Free and open to the community. 39 South St., Pittsfield. berkshiremuseum.org

Clark Art Institute — New parents and their infnats warmly welcome for a gallery talk at 10:15 a.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Thompson Square Duo, 8 p.m. The duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, international Country music stars, has topped the radio charts across the Unites States, Canada and Australia.14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-854-9609, mahaiwe.org

Williams College — The Harmonious Song: A Cappella works on voicing praise and love, Concert Choir and Chamber Choir conducted by Brad Wells, including a performance of contemporary Spanish composer Bernat Vivancos’s Aeternam, and 16th century Italian and contemporary American madrigals, complex miniature works convey the intense emotions love. Chapin Hall, 8 p.m., free. 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 — Gemini: Family evening of magic, puppets and ventriloquism, 8 p.m. 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 p.m. with a talk to follow on Sexual Politics: Women’s Bodies in Political Life with Asma Abbas, Associate Professor of Politics and Philosophy at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. wamtheatre.com

 

Saturday Nov. 4

 

Art

Berkshire Museum — Artist’s Talk with Morgan Bulkeley about his work and career in the galleries with his exhibition, Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash. Learn about the meanings, motivations, and processes behind the paintings, sculpture, and video on view. 1 p.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. berkshiremuseum.org

Berkshire South  Regional Community Center — Second annual arts and crafts festial 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with baked goods and artisans. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. 413-528-2810, berkshiresouth.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

 

Conversations

Hancock Shaker Village — Food for Thought: Dinner with Southern Living Magazine chef and editor-at-large Virginia Willis, celebrity chef at last year’s Kentucky Derby and author of Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome, who incorporates foodways of the Kentucky Shakers as she reimagines Shaker cooking, taking advantage of Hancock’s garden produce, 6 to 9 p.m. 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

37th Annual Schumacher talks — Winona LaDuke, activist, community economist, two-time Green Party candidate for Vice President, and member of the Ojibwe Nation of the Anishinaabe peoples, gives the keynote at 1 p.m., with a panel led by Nwamaka Agbo, the Innovation Fellow at the Movement Strategy Center in Oakland, Calif. Mahaiwe Performing Arts center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-854-9609, mahaiwe.org

Stockbridge Library — Shades of Stockbridge, 5 to 7 p.m. History comes alive as the ghosts of past Stockbridge residents congregate, played by volunteers, invite living, breathing residents, for an evening of historical gossip and spirited discussion. Early authors Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Rachel Field will return, as well as industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, original settler Abigail Williams Sergeant and photographer Anson Clark, and more. 46 Main St., Stockbridte. 413-298-5501, stockbridgelibrary.org.

 

Music

Hubbard Hall — The McKrell Brothers, 7 p.m. Singer/Songwriter Kevin McKrell has toured extensively in both the US and Ireland with his unique celtic bluegrass sound. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Mass MoCA — The Weepies, 8 p.m. Husband-wife folk-pop duo on the Boston folk scene. Benjamin Jaffe’s HoneyHoney opens. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Sandisfield Arts Center — Guitarist Joel Brown in concert: his career has led him to record with the London Symphony, to Carnegie Hall with soprano Dawn Upshaw, recital performances with Frederica von Stade, New York’s Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of The Lincoln Center, the Tanglewood Festival, the Chamber Music Festival at Saratoga, Music in the Mountains in British Columbia and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8 p.m. 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield. 413-258-4100, sandisfieldartscenter.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Full Moon Hot Toddy Hike 7 to 9 p.m. Short hike up Hurlburt’s Hill to watch the moonrise with warm Toddies and a blazing fire. Meet at the Visitor’s Center at 7. Bartholomew’s Cobble, Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013; thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Dewey Hall — Aglet Theatre Company presents The Cocktail Hour, 1:30 and 7 p.m. John, a playwright, returns to his family’s home, bringing his new play in which they are his central characters. 91 Main St., Sheffield. 413-229-2357, deweyhall.org

Hubbard Hall — The Mystery of Edwin Drood conversation, 11 a.m. about the play based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel: Meet with the director and cast and join a discussion about playing multiple characters, what it’s like to create a theater within a theater, and how working with the playwright can affect the artistic process. Free. Battenkill Books, 15 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.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 Nov. 5

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec opening, 1 to 4 p.m. Exhibit of prints and drawings from the 1860s to the 1890s inclucing drawings by Claude Monet, color woodcuts by Paul Gauguin, etchings by Édouard Manet, pastels by Edgar Degas, and color lithographs by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Laborers, performers, and racehorses in settings that vary from the French countryside and far-flung islands to Parisian cafés and dancehalls. Free admission to the galleries, activities; performance and talk @ 1 PM with New York dancer Jody Sperling, based on modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller (1862-1928)’s work inspired by the Impressionists’ effort to capture light, color, and movement. Talk on the new exhibit at 3 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Conversation

Stephentown Historical Society — Phyllis Chapman will present Notorious! Shady Ladies from 19th Century America and appear as Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for President of the United States, 2 p.m. Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, N.Y. 518-733-0010.

Temple Anshe Amunim — A Gift from the Enemy author Enrico Lamet th speak on his memoir of escape in war-time Italy, fleeing Vienna, Austria with his parents in 1938 at the age of eight, landing in Italy just as the Nazis marched across the borders and living in exilein the mountain village of Ospedaletto outside Naples. 11 a.m., free. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. 413-442-5910, ansheanumim.org

 

Theater

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

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