In the week ahead

Looking at the week ahead, as I sift the week’s story ideas and events, these catch my eye …

Downstreet Art — North Adams’ monthly downtown arts celebration will return Thursday evening, Sept. 24, with art, music, performances — and news. Press Gallery will announce a transformation. The former gallery will become a home for the new exPRESS art space collaboration between Williamstown Film Festival’s Wind-Up Fest (coing in midOctober), a new IS183 Art Education Space, MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the latest Press initiative, “Press on the Move,” a printing press mounted on a wheeled cart. People from these organizations will talk about their plans at a reception from 6 to 9 p.m., free and open to all.

Writers Omi — Writers, translators, and poets in residence at Writers Omi this fall will give a free night of readings by international voices, 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Omi Visitors Center, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y. A barbecue dinner will follow. The 18 fellows in this year’s program span the country and the globe, from Chad to Bardelona to Turky to Croatia … Sayuri Okamoto, a writer and translator of “Dear Monster: The Naked Poetry of Gozo Yoshimasu”; Tal Nitzán, an award-winning Israeli poet, writer and a translator of Hispanic literature …

“American West” — Canyon country, thunderstorms on the horizon, wind farms, ranch hands … Two companion shows will open Saturday at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. The travelling exhibition “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” will join “Go West,” a new exhibit organized by the Museum’s staff.

‘Enrique’s Journey‘ — At 17, a boy from Honduras travels to America looking for his mother — a trip many thousands of children make every year and many will not survive. Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer-prizewinning journalist and author of “Enrique’s Journey,” will speak at Williams College on at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Nazario has written for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times on hunger, drug addiction and immigration, and she returned to Honduras in 2014 to report for The New York Times on the crisis over the detention of unaccompanied immigrant children.
“His mother never returns,” she writes, “and that decides Enrique’s fate. As a teenager — indeed, still a child—he will set out for the United States on his own to search for her. Virtually unnoticed, he will become one of an estimated 48,000 children who enter the United States from Central America and Mexico each year, illegally and without either of their parents. Roughly two-thirds of them will make it past the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.”

And what else? Here are a few more in brief  …


Hancock Shaker Village — Annual Country Fair Saturday and Sunday, Quilter’s Day Friday. Two-day Fall festival with food trucks, crafts and farmers marke, chicken races and games, antique tractors and farm equipment. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum — Aging in America forum, 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Route 183, Stockbridge.



Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Orchestra Now newly-formed orchestra with pianist Anna Polonsky, works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Arthur Greene piano 3 p.m. Sunday. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Tannery Pond Concert — Aleksey Semenenko on violin and Inna Firsova on piano, 6 p.m. Saturday. Darrow School, Route 20, New Lebanon,



Berkshire Theatre Group — Comedy at the Garage, Sean Donnelly 8 p.m. Wednesday. Paula Poundstone comedy 8 p.m. Saturday. Colonial Theater, 111 South St., Pittsfield.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Rita Rudner comedy 8 p.m. Saturday, Fairview Hospital gala. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — Bridgeman / Packer Dance, “Truck” 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, free at Downstreet Art. Holden and Main St., North Adams.

The Mount — Touchstones talks with Kate Bolick and Meghan Daum, 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Oldcastle Theatre — “Lion in Winter” opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Route 9, Bennington, Vt.

’62 Center — Ohad Naharin and Batsheva dance, innovative choreography, 8 p.m. Saturday.

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