Berkshire Calendar Sept. 25 to Oct. 1

Antigone in Ferguson sets Sophocles in contemporary America, in the center of current events, at Williams College. Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny Garrett and his quartet perform jazz and blues. A magic lantern show illuminates Downstreet Art. Berkshire artist Morgan Bulkeley brings 50 years of whimsical and fantastical artwork to the Berkshire Museum. And the Fall Foliate parade greets the new season.

The Berkshire Calendar Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 slides into fall with theater and Housatonic Herigate walks and apple butter at the Hopkins Forest fall festival …

 

Monday Sept. 25

 

Art

Chesterwood — Modeling the Self-Portrait in Clay with Amy Podmore and IS183 Art School, 1 to 4 p.m. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3579; chesterwood.org

 

Film

Images Cinema — Haymatloz, 7 p.m., German and Turkish with English subtitles, tells the stories of five German Jewish academics who emigrated to Turkey in the 1930s, to be welcomed with open arms. After 1933 a considerable number of German intellectuals emigrated to Turkey at the invitation of Atatürk and went on to definitively shape teaching and instruction in Turkish universities. Turkish-born filmmaker Önsöz accompanies the descendants of these German exiles and sheds light on a memorable piece of history whose meaning is still felt to this day, as these renowned Germans played a substantial role in the Europeanization of Turkey. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. imagescinema.org

 

Tuesday Sept. 26

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Victoria Rovine, a Fellow in the Research and Academic Program, on Cloth and Colonialism: France, French West Africa, and the Construction of Cultures, 5:30 p.m., free. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Film

Berkshire Museum — Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, 5 p.m. film looking into a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death.  Free and open to the community. A discussion will follow the screening. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

 

Thursday Sept. 28

 

Art

DownStreet Art — Monthly downtown art celebration with a Halloween–themed magic lantern show: The American Magic-Lantern Theatre brings an authentic 1890s visual extravaganza projected on a full-sized screen with live performance, animated comedy and songs and a live showman and singer/pianist. Also Pennie Taylor’s home-nature museum, a community performance inspired by Alaa Awad’s mural Justice, and musical performances under the Mohawk Marquee including House Sparrow, Chad Tarves and 8 Foot River and some freestyle rap by Seth Brown. 5 to 8 p.m. PRESS pop-up sale, eco-loom weaving with Makers Mill, treats for sale from Serenitea Café and original artworks created by the Common Folk Artist Collective. Setsuko Winchester’s Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowl Project opens in Gallery 51, bringing attention to the 120,000 Japanese-Americans assigned to internments camps during World War II. New exhibitions also t Outside Gallery and Ferrin Contemporary. downstreetart.org

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Puppets and Art Appropriation During World War II, conversation about art appropriation during World War II with David Lane, co-director of The New England Puppet Intensive, 10:45 a.m. Free Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — Royal writer Sally Bedell Smith discusses her New York Times best-selling biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, 4 p.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, edithwharton.org

 

Family

The Bookstore — Hats of Faith by Medeia Cohan and Sarah Walsh, children’s board book dedicated to the shared custom of head covering, from the turban to the Hijab, Rata Hat, Patka, Tichel, Chunni, Topi, Kippah and Head Wrap. 5:30 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Music

Williams College — Kenny Garrett Quintet in concert, 8 p.m. Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Kenny Garrett is known for his versatility in jazz, blues, and R&B MainStage of the ‘62 Center for Theater and Dance. Free and all welcome. 1000 Main St., Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Theater

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

Williams college ’62 Center — Joining In: Participatory Performance and Social Activism panel discussion on Antigone in Ferguson, directed by Bryan Doerries and composed by Phil Woodmore, a radical and unlikely staging of Sophocles’s classic tragedy, conceived in response to the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. directing Studio, 5 p.m., free. 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu

 

Friday Sept. 29

 

Art

Berkshire Museum —  Morgan Bulkeley: Nature Culture Clash opens, 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.  39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

 

Family

Fall Foliage Festival  — Children’s parade 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. Downtown North Adams, explorenorthadams.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

Dream Away Lodge — Live acoustic folk music, Bunny’s a Swine, 8 p.m. 1342 County Road, Becket. 413-623-8725, thedreamawaylodge.com

 

Theater

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

Oldcastle Theatre — Neil Simon’s comedy Broadway Bound, 7:30 p.m. Simon and his brother Danny try to make their start as comedy writers while their parents’ marriage dissolves. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt., 802-447-1267, oldcastletheatre.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 Sept. 30

Art

Chesterwood — Artist talk for Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture show, Amelia Tolke at 11:30 a.m. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3579, chesterwood.org

William Cullen Bryant Homestead — Hilltown Paint Out 10 am. to 3 p.m.: Plein air painters of all levels are invited to paint the scenic landscapes at The William Cullen Bryant Homestead. All work produced by registered participants of the paint out will be on display at the Bryant Homestead during the month of October. Cummington. 413-532-1631, ext. 3110, thetrustees.org

 

Books and Writing

The Bookloft — Michelle Cuevas Book Party celebrating two new children’s books, The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole and Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow. 3 to 5 p.m. 332 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

 

Community

Fall Foliage Festival  — Street festival and Fall Foliage Brew N’ Chew, 2 to 6 p.m.with a dog parade at 11 a.m. Downtown North Adams, explorenorthadams.com

Hopkins Forest fall festival — Celebrate the changing of the seasons and the bounty of our wooded environments with music, apple butter and cider production, refreshments, a canopy walkway, an active honey bee hive, and children’s activities including a crafts table. There will also be hands-on activities including traditional shake-splitting and a cross-cut saw competition. noon to 3 p.m. 413-597-4353.

Welcome Contra Dance — Spare Parts, a favorite local band will light up the hall: Liz Stell on flute, Eric Buddington on fiddle, and Bill Matthiesen on keyboard, and local caller Jon Greene will teach and call dances. Free, all dances taught, no experience or partner needed. 7:30 to 11 p.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. lenoxcontradance.org

 

Family

The Bookloft — Michelle Cuevas Book Party celebrating two new children’s books, The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole and Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow. 3 to 5 p.m. 332 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

 

Film

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 7 p.m. Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the 1969 Western classic directed by George Roy Hill. Outlawed robbers, the two antiheros flee to Bolivia in search of a better criminal career. Katharine Ross co-stars as the Sundance Kid’s lover, Etta Place. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — Live from Laurel Canyon: Songs and Stories of American Folk Rock, 8 p.m. music from The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Carole King, James Taylor, The Mamas & the Papas, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Brown, Jim Morrison, Neil Young and more. 111 South St., Pittsfield. berkshiretheatregroup.org

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

Hancock Shaker Village — Food for Thought with Dar Williams, 6 p.m.: Beer, bourbon and barbecue at 6 p.m. with a nationally known singer / songwriter who has travelled the country, performing at folk festivals and coffee shops, in concert halls and colleges. In her new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities One Coffee Shop, Dog Run and Open-Mike Night at a Time, Williams asks why some towns thrive while others fade. She will talk about her book and her journeys and play a few tunes after dinner.
1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. hancockshakervillage.org

Mass MoCA — Percussionist Sameer Gupta and his band perform a blend of styles from classical Indian ragas to modern jazz to celebrate their new album, A Circle Has No Beginnings, 8 p.m.  Gupta will perform on drum set and tabla, a South Asian paired drum, with Jay Gandhi on bamboo bansuri flute, jazz pianist Marc Cary — an elder who started his career working with jazz icon Betty Carter — on keyboard, and Rasheen Carter on bass. Bang on a Can favorite and North Adams resident Todd Reynolds opens. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. massmoca.org

 

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

One World Conservation Center — Vermont Land Trust 40th Anniversary Celebration, talk and interpretive nature walk at the Norman and Selma Greenberg Conservation Reserve, looking at improvements and plans for the future, 10 a.m. to noon. 413 Vt. Route 7 South, Bennington, Vt. 802-262-1222, oneworldconservationcenter.org

 

Theater

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

Oldcastle Theatre — Neil Simon’s comedy Broadway Bound, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Simon and his brother Danny try to make their start as comedy writers while their parents’ marriage dissolves. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt., 802-447-1267, oldcastletheatre.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

Williams college ’62 Center — Antigone in Ferguson, directed by Bryan Doerries and composed by Phil Woodmore, a radical and unlikely staging of Sophocles’s classic tragedy, conceived in response to the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Antigone’s themes of integrity and human folly, set down in the fifth century BCE, resonate through the ages, illuminating the recent clash between public authorities and American citizens as they call for justice in police brutality cases. At the end of the performance there will be a community discussion.8 p.m., MainStage, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu

 

Sunday Oct. 1

 

Community

Bee Friendly Talk and Garden Tour — Come learn about meadows and how they sustain pollinators throughout the year, with a walking tour of the research meadow at Hopkins Forest led by Williams College professor Joan Edwards, 1 p.m. Then tour eight local gardens from 2 to 4 p.m. and see what they have done to appeal to pollinators. Gardens are marked by signs in Jamieson Heights and on Church, Linden and Maple streets and at 450 Hopper Road (drive-by location only), 236, Sweetbrook Road and 300 New Ashford Road and at Caretaker Farm, 1210 Hancock Road.

Fall Foliage Festival  — Annual parade and fall celebration with marching bands and live music. Downtown North Adams, explorenorthadams.com

Temple Anshe Amunim — Celebration of the harvest season with the building of an outdoor sukkah, an outdoor room latticed and covered with foliage so the evening sky shows through. Decorating at 11 a.m. with pizza, cider and doughnuts, all welcome. 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. 413-442-5910

 

Conversations

Berkshire Museum — Challenging Stigma: Examining the Language Surrounding Mental Illnesses, panel discussion presented by the City of Pittsfield’s Human Rights Commission, 2 to 4 p.m. Why does society stigmatize certain individuals, groups, and conditions? How is stigma used to marginalize and silence difference and dissent? What impact does this use of stigma have on people living with mental illnesses? What can we do to challenge stigma in our community? Free and open to the community. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

 

Music

Dream Away Lodge — Live acoustic folk music, Ian O’Neil, 8 p.m. 1342 County Road, Becket. 413-623-8725, thedreamawaylodge.com

Mahaiwe Performance Center — Wynonna & The Big Noise, 7 p.m. Roots & Revival Tour: Five-time Grammy winner known for Country hits like Mama He’s Crazy,Why Not Me, and Grandpa, Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-854-9609, mahaiwe.org

South Mountain Concerts — Emerson String Quartet, 3 p.m. South Mountain concert hall, route 7, Pittsfield.

 

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

William Cullen Bryant Homestead — Woods and Words: Rivulet Trail Walk, noon to 1:15 p.m., tour begins in the historic house where visitors learn of Bryant’s incredible friendship with Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole, with one of Fruitland’s Hudson River School paintings on display. Cummington. 413-532-1631, ext. 3110, thetrustees.org

 

Theater

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

Oldcastle Theatre — Neil Simon’s comedy Broadway Bound, 2 p.m. Simon and his brother Danny try to make their start as comedy writers while their parents’ marriage dissolves. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt., 802-447-1267, oldcastletheatre.org

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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