Looking ahead through the coming weekend, fall events catch my eye …
First Fridays Artswalk — Art shows will open throughout downtown Pittsfield from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, including “South,” an exhibit of Clemens Kalischer’s photography at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave. Kalischer took these photographs while traveling through the southern states in the 1940s and 1950s; as a photojournalist he has worked with Time, Newsweek, Orion, Ploughshares, the New York Times and many more and has exhibited worldwide, and his work appeared in “The Family of Man”, a collaboration of Carl Sandburg and Edward Steichen. The Whitney Center for the Arts on Wendell Ave. will open “Soft Shoe Boom” — a group show of original work in all media inspired by the Tap Shoe, ending with an “UnSilent Auction” of all the exhibited artwork to benefit They Dance For Rain in Nairobi, Kenya — and host the Afterwalk Dance party starting at 8 p.m. firstfridaysartswalk.com
Berkshire Fringe Festival — At the Artswalk The Hands Free will perform in the new Fringe concert series at Shire City Sanctuary, 40 Melville St., at 7 p.m. Friday. The acoustic quartet includes James Moore on guitar and banjo, Nathan Koci on accordion, Eleonore Oppenheim bass and Caroline Shaw, Pulitzer prize-winning composer and Roomful of Teeth musician, on violin. They blend, jazz and classical traditions with original compositions and improvisations. berkshirefringe.org
Vermont open studio weekend — Artists and artisans across Bennington and the state will open their studios on Saturday and Sunday, including Epoch 18 artisans in Manchester, Ray Finan Furniture Studio in Arlington, Form and Function Pottery in Bennington and Readsboro Glassworks. Find the full schedule and map here, vermontcrafts.com.
Naumkeag — The Trustees of Reservations will hold a Cider Press evening celebration 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the historic Berkshire Cottage estate of the Choate family, with hot cider, mulled cider, hard cider, cider cocktails, fresh cider, games and live music by the Easy Riding Papas at 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. thetrustees.org
Fall Foliage Festival — The 60th anniversary parade will step off at 1 p.m. Sunday, moving up Route 8 to Main Street and Ashland Street, and the annual Fall Foliage Festival weekend will kick off with the children’s parade at 5:30 p.m. Friday on Main Street in North Adams. Saturday begins with the weekly North Adams Farmers Market at St. Anthony park and a Fall Foliage Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Holden St., with tag sales and bazaars and a dog parade downtown and the Fall Foliage Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at 515 Curran Highway. Find the full schedule here, fallfoliageparade.com.
And what else is coming?
Berkshire Museum — Square Dance with Cliff Brodeur and the Square One Band, 7 to 10 p.m. Beer from Fort Hill Brewery, food available. 39 South St., Pittsfield. berkshiremuseum.org
Berkshire Community College — “In my shoes” inspired by women in prison, performed by women who spent time in York Correctional Institution, with spoken word, song, and dance, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Boland Theatre, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.
The Mount — Touchstones talk with Kate Bolick and Jenny Nordberg, author of “The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. edithwharton.org
Williams College ’62 Center — Kimerer LaMothe, “Dance Matters” talk and workshop 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. Author of “Why We Dance” (Columbia 2015), dancer, philosopher, and scholar of religion makes the case that dancing is a vital art. 62center.williams.edu
Clark Art Institute — Free Day on Sunday. Family events, hike up Stone Hill and learn about artist Thomas Schütte and his “Crystal” artwork. Make a box with mirrored tiles and contribute to a group project. Free. 225 South St., Williamstown. clarkart.edu
Chesterwood — Meet artist-in-residence Casey Krawczyk in the studio 1 to 4 p.m. Friday. Drawing weekend three-day workshop with Krawczyk Friday to Sunday. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. chesterwood.org
Berkshire Athenaeum — Too Human in concert, Roger Bruno and Ellen Schwartz sing jazzy, bluesy standards from the American song book, free, 7 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.
Mass MoCA — Henry Butler 8 p.m. Saturday, master of New Orleans piano, blend of jazz, Caribbean, pop, blues, and R&B. Classic NoLA drinks served by Small Batch America. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. massmoca.org
Bascom Lodge — Fire Cider and Red Apple Butchers will give a presentation about local and sustainable food, 6 p.m. Sunday, free at the summit of Mount Greylock.
Star-gazing in Egremont — Appalachian Trail Conservancy staff and Williams College astrophysics student, Sarah Stevenson lead an evening of hands-on learning for all ages, midnight on Saturday, free. Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Kellogg Conservation Center, 62 Undermountain Road/Route 41, South Egremont.
Housatonic Heritage — From the Becket quarry to the Keystone Arches Whistler’s father designed to Hawthorne and Thoreau’s paths through Lenox, guides lead free walks and talks walks Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find the full schedule here, heritage-hikes.org
Barrington Stage Company — “Veils” opens 7 p.m. Thursday. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Wednesday. When Intisar, an African American Muslim student, arrives in Cairo for a year abroad, her liberal Egyptian roommate, Samar, asks her to help create a controversial blog debating the practice of wearing veils., until political unrest threatens their friendship. 30 Union St., Pittsfield. barringtonstageco.org
Berkshire Theatre Group — “The Homecoming,” Harold Pinter, 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Philosophy teacher, Teddy, played by David Barlow, brings his wife of six years, Ruth, to his childhood home in North London to meet his family after a long estrangement. Unicorn Theater, 6 East St., Stockbridge. berkshiretheatregroup.org
Shakespeare & Company — “An Iliad” previews begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Contemporary adaptation of Homer’s classic exploration of war, rage and loss. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. shakespeare.org