Berkshire calendar Sept. 18 to 24

Grammy-winning bluegrass in Lenox? A festival of fire over the border in New York? Nationally acclaimed poet Donika Kelly at Bard College at Simon’s Rock? The Berkshire calendar Sept. 18 to 24 welcomes in the fall with live music and celebrations.

Pittsfield brings Third Thursday with salsa and pop-up  dancing from Jacob’s Pillow and the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes benefit for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. And the Clark Art Institute fills with music in honor of abstract artist Helen Frankenthaler …

 

Monday Sept. 18

 

Film

Images Cinema — Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe/ Vor der Morgenröte, 7 p.m. Story of the Austrian writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. Zweig was one of the most famous writers of his time, but as a Jewish intellectual he struggled to find the right stance towards the events in Nazi Germany. Driven to emigrate to South America at the peak of his worldwide fame, Zweig fell into despair at the sight of Europe’s downfall. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — The Sturgeon Queens, a documentary about the legendary Lower East Side lox and herring emporium, Russ and Daughters. On the 100th anniversary of the store, the film chronicles how four generations of a Jewish immigrant family created and built it into a thriving New York institution. 10:45 a.m., free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield

 

Conversations

Williams College — In honor of Constitution Day, Wayne Hammond, Chapin Librarian, will lead “A Conversation on the Constitution” 4 p.m. in the Chapin Gallery. Free and all welcome. Williamstown. specialcollections.williams.edu

 

Tuesday Sept. 19

 

Conversations

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — 230th anniversary of the enactment of the United Stated Constitution, Freedom of the Press in an Age of Crisis: talk by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg, president of New England Newspapers, Inc., 4:30, free and all welcome. Murdock Hall room 218, Church St., North Adams. mcla.edu

 

Dance

Marble House Project — Dance by Xan Burley and Alex Springer, creative and life partners, is inherently and essentially collaborative. Since 2008, their cohesive efforts have taken shape as dance theatre for the stage and camera, interdisciplinary work, site-specific performance, durational exhibition, and community engagement. ArtSeed presentation with artist in residence. Dorset, Vt.

 

Wednesday Sept. 20

 

Conversations

Manchester Community Library — “The Examined Life,” 2 p.m., philosophy scholar Susanne Claxton explores the famous proclamation from Socrates and how to put it into practice. First Wednesdays talks from the GNAT-TV archives. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, Vt. 802-362-2607. mclvt.org

 

Music

Southern Vermont Arts Center — Sean Kelly and The Samples, 7 p.m. Manchester, Vt.  svac.org

 

Thursday Sept. 21

 

Books and Writers

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Donika Kelly reads from her work, 7 p.m. Donika Kelly’s debut collection Bestiary was selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and long-listed for the National Book Award. Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

 

Community

Third Thursday — Family-friendly festival with Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, bagpipes, Rock On, salsa dancing, drumming and live music, local food, craft vendors, street performers and more. Demos on the pottery wheel, art tent and Outdoor Chalk Art Gallery. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. North and South Streets, Pittsfield. discoverpittsfield.org

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Clean Water: What Will it Take To Clean the Waters of Vermont? Public Policy Forum with David Mears, Former Vermont Commissioner for DEC; Chris Bray, Vermont State Senator; Jim Sullivan, Director of the Bennington County Regional Commission; David Bond, Bennington College, 7 p.m. CAPA Symposium, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Manchester Community Library — The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, free public screening, 6:30 p.m. Julie Freebern, a Music Educator at Burr and Burton Academy, specializing in vocals and instrumentals, and pianist, composer, and sound designer Geoffrey Gee, Upper School Music Director at Long Trail School, will led a discussion following the film.138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, Vt. 802-362-2607. mclvt.org

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

Outdoors

One World Conservation Center — Ceate a nature journal 7 p.m. with John C. Pitcher, artist and naturalist from Dorset, Vt. 802-447-7419, oneworldconservationcenter.org

Theater

Berkshire Theatre Group — Jordan Carlos, 7:30 p.m. Stand-up comic and television personality, best known for his work as a writer and on-air contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Colbert Report, MTV’s Guy Code, Girl Code and Guy Court. The Garage, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444; berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Friday Sept. 22

 

Art

Salem Art Works — 11th annual Festival of Fire, through Sept. 24: Kiln building at the Wood-Fired Kilns 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Open studio at the Glass Shop & Sand Barn 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Amedeo Salamoni keynote speech at the Wood Fired Kilns 5 p.m. and Kiln firing at the Wood-Fired Kilns at 6. Performance pour with Kenneth Patrick Payne at the Pond, 8 p.m. Drop-in workshop at the White Tent 6 to 10. Salem, N.Y. 518-854-7674.

 

Community

Hancock Shaker Village — Quilt Days exhibit of historic and handmade quilts, quilt consignment shop, fabric and raffle. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Class Inequalities in India and China in Neoliberal Times, 7 p.m., with Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. CAPA Symposium, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Music

Dewey Hall — Easy Ridin’ Papas, 7:30 p.m.: Will Conklin on trumpet, cornet, ukulele, vocals and whistling, and Adam Brown on parlor and resonator guitars and vocals, northern jazz meets southern and country traditions: country blues, jazz and country standards, western swing, southern gospel and jug band, 91 Main St., Sheffield, 413-429-1176, oldtonemusicfestival.com

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

Stockbridge Library — Berkshire Chamber Players concert, 6 p.m. Lou Harrison’s Suite for Cello and Harp, with harpist Elizabeth Morse and cellist Ronald Feldman. Halvorsen’s arrangement of Handel’s Passacaglia for Violin and Viola by Robyn Quinnett and Charlotte Malin, also  Dvorak’s Terzetto in C, Op. 74 for 2 Violins and Viola with Natalie Kress. Saint-Saens’ Fantaisie for Violin and Harp and close with another Dvorak composition, String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, ‘American Quartet.’ 46 Main St., Stockbridge.

 

Theater

Theatre Barn — Lucky Me, comedy, Sarah’s apartment is a mess, and her overprotective father is suspicious of the TSA agent next door who brings her home from the emergency room on New Year’s Eve … 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

 

Saturday Sept. 23

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Celebration of the life and work of contemporary artist Helen Frankenthaler: Abstract Expressions: An American Musical Exhibit, 1 to 6 p.m., music of American composers whose works are rarely heard, with composer, conductor, and violinist David Fulmer, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and members of Ensemble Connect, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute; Helen Frankenthaler’s Creative Process, panel of guest speakers including artist Clifford Ross and Jay A. Clarke, curator of No Rules., 3:30 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-0524, clarkart.edu

Salem Art Works — 11th annual Festival of Fire, through Sept. 24: Philip Vinson along with Chuck Wells & Devon Cole, keynote speech and demonstration at the Glass Shop 9 10 10:30 a.m.; inauguration of new Blacksmithing facility: Jordan LaMothe, local artist, SAW workshop alumnus and a recent champion on the History Channel’s Forged in Fire, will give a bladesmithing demonstration to christen the shop. 10:30 a.m. to noon; Glass Olympics at the Glass Shop & production pour with guest furnaces 2 to 6 p.m.; Kiln firing last stoke & shut down at the Wood-Fired Kilns 6 p.m.; Kenneth Payne keynote speaker under the White Tent 8 p.m.; Music by Let’s be Leonard and record spinning with Zac Ward at Barn 9 p.m. to midnight. Salem, N.Y. 518-854-7674

 

Community

Hancock Shaker Village — 20th annual Country Fair: Live music and artisans, chicken races and tethered hot air balloon rides. Hot sauce contest, local food. The Singing School will perform Shaker shape note singing, and new Shaker Barn Music series will open its fall season with R&B, jazz and folk singer / songwriter Milton. Also Quilt Days exhibit of historic and handmade quilts, quilt consignment shop, fabric and raffle. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

Lenox Apple Squeeze — 38th annual downtown festival. Grammy-winning musicians and local bands on three stages, art and craft fair with more than 200 vendors, local food and apple treats of all kinds, children’s activities, celebration with local shops and restaurants and more. After Dark celebration with local bars. Downtown Lenox. 413-636-3646, lenox.org

Marble House Project — Chef in residence Marente van der Valk serves a Farm to Table dinner. Local harvested and foraged ingredients will be central to this fresh, multi-course meal inspired by the four elements. 6 p.m., Dorset, Vt.

 

Conversations

Sandisfield Arts Center — A Story of Fascism presented by Val Coleman, 4 p.m. Fascism — is it the uber-drama of Nazi Germany or is it an ancient sickness that infected all of history? 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield. sandisfieldartscenter.org

 

Music

Berkshire Museum — A Night of Mystical Music with Dr. Randy Weston, 7 p.m. Music inspired by Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, father of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, founder of Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, N.Y.. Weston speaks with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, moderated by Fatima Hafiz-Muid. Pir Zia, the son of Abode founder Pir Vilayat and grandson of Hazrat Inayat Khan, will join in long-distance. 39 South St., Pittsfield. berkshiremuseum.org

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

Music & More — Pianist Xeurong Zhao, 4:30, p.m. Pianist performing with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Festival and solo recitals in Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall offers selections from Ligeti, Debussy, and Beethoven. Meetinghouse, 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road, New Marlborough. 413-229-2785, newmarlborough.org

Williams College — Cellist Ronald Feldman together with pianist Doris Stevenson, works by Chaconne,, Beethoven, American composer Lou Harrisonwith  harpist Elizabeth Morse, John Williams’ “Eó Rossa” from “The Five Sacred Trees” and Chopin, 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Free and all welcome. Route 2, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Notchview — Star Gazing with Trustees of Reservations and Arunah Hill Science and Nature Center, dusk until late evening. Telescopes and interpretation to view stars and planets. Route 9, Windsor

 

Theater

Mahaiwe Performing arts Center — London’s National Theatre in HD: Yerma, 7 p.m. Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Sunday Sept. 24

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Celebration of the life and work of contemporary artist Helen Frankenthaler: Abstract Expressions: An American Musical Exhibit, 1 to 6 p.m., music of American composers whose works are rarely heard, with composer, conductor, and violinist David Fulmer, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and members of Ensemble Connect, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. In Collaboration with Helen Frankenthaler,talk by Thomas Krens, director emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and former director of the Williams College Museum of Art, an inside look at the Clark’s 1980 exhibition Helen Frankenthaler Prints: 1961–1979, which he curated with Helen Frankenthaler when she was artist in residence at Williams College. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-0524, clarkart.edu

Salem Art Works — 11th annual Festival of Fire, Salem, N.Y. 9 am / Divest molds at the Foundry Pit 9 a.m. Kiln unloading at the Wood-Fired Kilns, 3 p.m.Salem, N.Y. 518-854-7674

 

Community

Hancock Shaker Village — 20th annual Country Fair: Live music and artisans, chicken races and tethered hot air balloon rides. Hot sauce contest, local food. Live music by Whiskey Treaty Roadshow. Also Quilt Days SEPT 22 TO 24, exhibit of historic and handmade quilts, quilt consignment shop, fabric and raffle. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

Lenox Apple Squeeze — 38th annual downtown festival. Grammy-winning musicians and local bands on three stages, art and craft fair with more than 200 vendors, local food and apple treats of all kinds, children’s activities, celebration with local shops and restaurants and more. Downtown Lenox. 413-636-3646, lenox.org

 

Conversations

Writing Fire — Book Launch hosted by Jana Laiz and Jennifer Browdy 3 p.m. with readings from contributors, including Sharon Coleman, Anni Crofut, Barbara Dean, Susie Kaufman, Barbara Newman and Hilde Weisert at St. James Place in Great Barrington. 413-281-7015

 

Music

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Walden Chamber Players, 3 p.m., “Waltzes” by Fred Lerdahl for string trio and double bass, and music by Schubert, Milhaud and Beethoven in a combination of string trio and double bass in McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

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

 

Outdoors

Housatonic Heritage — Outdoor and history walks, paddles, explorations: Guided walks in the region all day, from birding at Washington Mountain to old mills and urban trails to cemetery tours and Shaker sites. Full schedule at housatonicheritage.org

 

At the top: Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928–2011), Cedar Hill, 1983. Ten-color woodcut from thirteen woodblocks on light pink handmade paper, 20 1/4 x 24 3/4 in. Helen Frankenthaler Foundation 
© 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Crown Point Press, Oakland, CA . Image courtesy of the Clark Art Institute

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