Week Ahead Sept. 26 to Oct. 2

Fall is coming in with cider pressing at Naumkeag and the Foliage Parade in North Adams over the weekend and with comedy, dance, fiction and free folk music. In the photo at the top by Susan Geller, apple season is here, and pick-your-own and cider pressing have begun at local orchards.

Calendars update here every Monday. For a look ahead, you can find calendar through Thanksgiving in the BTW Fall Magazine.

 

Monday Sept. 26

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Forgotten History: Four Unknown Jewish Men and How They Changed History, presentation with David Rutstein, 10:45 a.m.. Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, ext. 10, jewishberkshires.org

 

Music

Bennington College — Guitarist-composer Mary Halvorson and Grammy-nominated bassist-composer Stephan Crump, 8 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Tuesday Sept. 27

 

Art

Bennington College — Visual Arts Lecture Series: Brooklyn-based artist and filmmaker Eve Sussman ’84 and her partner, Simon Lee, 7 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — “Have We Reached the End of Growth?”, 5:30 p.m. with economist Peter Radford Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

 

Dance

Marble House Project — Artseed performance, dance by Brooklyn N.Y. artist Laura Peterson, 6 p.m., free. Artists in residence present their work. Dorset, Vt. 1161 Dorset West Road, marblehouseproject.org

 

Film

Manchester Commmunity Library — ‘Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War’ 6:30 p.m. screening and discussion on Waitsill and Martha Sharp, a minister and his wife from Wellesley who crossed the Atlantic to help Jews and refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-549-4577, mclvt.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — Ace Frehley with SIMO, 8 p.m. Founding member of KISS, solo artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Williams College — Class of 1960s music talk, Louis Armstrong in Context: What Made Him Stand Out? 4:15 p.m. with professor Lewis Porter of Rutgers University. Free. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown 413-597-2127, music.williams.edu

 

Wednesday Sept. 28

 

Conversations

Williams College — Van Jones: Jobs Not Jails, 7:30 p.m. CNN political contributor, green jobs advisor to President Barack Obama (2009), social leader and Yale-educated attorney, author of New York Times bestselling books ‘The Green Collar Economy’ and ‘Rebuild the Dream.’ Mainstage, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Bird walk 8 a.m. past wetlands and through woods. Coffee from Barrington Coffee Roasters (bring a mug). Evening at the Beaver Ponds walk and talk 5:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. Grasslands bird management for bluebirds, meadowlarks, bobolinks and more, 5 p.m., Canoe Meadows, Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Thursday Sept. 29

 

Art

DownStreet Art — Art openings, live music and entertainment 5 to 8 p.m. with participatory art projects and revelry. Main and Eagle streets and around Downtown North Adams. downstreetart.org

MCLA Gallery 51 — ‘Secrets too beautiful to keep’ opening 5 to 8 p.m. Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly’s interdisciplinary exhibition exploring vulnerability, metaphor, absurdist humor and personal history across a 14-year friendship. Part of Downstreet Art. 51 Main St., North Adams. 413-662-5253, mcla.edu/bcrc

Southern Vermont Arts Center — Studio Uncorked: Apple Season, 7 p.m. with Anharad Llewelyn. 930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive, Manchester, Vt. 802-362-1405, svac.org

 

Books and Writing

MCLA — ‘Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,’ Community Read panel on MIT professor Sherry Turkle’s book, 7 p.m. Church Street, North Adams. mcla.edu

Northshire Bookstore — Thomas Flynn presents Bikeman: An Epic Poem and a 15th anniversary reflection on September 11, 6 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Williams College — Fiction reading by Margaret Malone, author of the story collection ‘People Like You,’ 4 p.m. Griffin Hall room 3, 844 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Community

Green Mountain Academy — ‘Jefferson’s Legacy,’ 5:30 p.m. with Sydney Stokes, Jr., Founder and Chairman of The Jefferson Legacy Foundation, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

Naumkeag at Night — Cocktails in the gardens with local bands and live music, 5 to 8 p.m. at the historic Choate family house 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239 est. 3008, thetrustees.org

Williams College Museum of Art — How is Climate Change Affecting You? Discussion 4 p.m. with curator Sonnet Coggins as part of Ghana ThinkTank, Carmen Montoya and Christopher Robbins collaborating with the community to launch a year-long examination of climate change. 15 Lawrence Hall drive, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘Love Letters,’ A.R. Gurney’s story of a 50-year correspondence between childhood friends, 7:30 p.m. with talkback 9:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

WAM Theatre — ‘The Bakelite Masterpiece’ with David Adkins and Corinna May, 7 p.m.: An artist on trial for selling a long-lost Vermeer to a Nazi leader tries to prove it was his own forgery. BTG Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-997-4444; wamtheatre.com

 

Friday Sept. 30

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Conversation with neuroscientist and professor of opthamology Susana Martinez-Conde, 4 p.m., on gaze, perceptio and observation with insights from Rubens and other Old Masters. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore — Cassandra Cleghorn reads from ‘Four Weathercocks,’ poetry, 5:30 p.m. and performs  fiddle and guitar music of Ireland, New England and Quebed with poet Jeffrey Levine, her husband, who will read his own work. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

Northshire Bookstore — Archer Mayor, ‘Presumption of Guilt’ 7 p.m. a Joe Gunther mystery involving a 40-year-old skeleton found at a decommissioned nuclear energy site. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Community

Berkshire Carousel — A Day at the Races: The Berkshire Downs 7 to 10 p.m. benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Carousel with carousel horse races, hat contest, raffles, buffet, beeer and wine tasting, mint juleps and entertainment. 50 Center St., Pittsfield. 413-499-0457, berkshirecarousel.com

Fall Foliage Festival — Weeklong events leading up to the annual Fall Foliage Parade on Oct. 1 in North Adams. fallfoliageparade.com

Manchester Commmunity Library — Singles 55Plus evening with ice cream social and word games, 6 p.m.138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-549-4577, mclvt.org

 

Music

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Pipes on the Hill 7 to 9 p.m., bag pipe concrtwith a roaring bonfire. Picnics welcome. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

Williams College — Tendai Muparutsa free faculty recital 8 p.m. with a faculty and student group that infuses Afro-soundscapes with finger picking guitar and soulful imagination on a journey into popular music of Zimbabwe and parts Africa. All music composed and arranged by Tendai Muparutsa, Artist in Residence at Williams in African Music Performance, Lecturer in Music and Director of Zambezi andCo-Director of Kusika. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown 413-597-2127, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Finding and removing invasive plants, workshop 1 p.m. Route 183 and Route 102, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘Love Letters,’ A.R. Gurney’s story of a 50-year correspondence between childhood friends, 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

WAM Theatre — ‘The Bakelite Masterpiece’ with David Adkins and Corinna May, 7 p.m.: An artist on trial for selling a long-lost Vermeer to a Nazi leader tries to prove it was his own forgery. BTG Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-997-4444; wamtheatre.com

 

Saturday Oct. 1

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — ‘Sensing Place’ symposium 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. exploring questions of place in art, literature, cultural geography, philosophy and technology with Mark C. Taylor, professor of religion at Columbia University, and Henry Art, professor of biology and environmental science at Williams College. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Books

The Bookstore — The Adventures of Etienne, 3 p.m. Sherry Steiner presents flash fiction. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Community

Behold New Lebanon — Townwide museum with programs including local foods and preserving, farming, historic buildings, music and art. Visitors Center, Old Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-720-7265, beholdnewlebanon.org

Berktoberfest — 9th Annual Pittsfield beer festival noon to 6 p.m. with local food from Flavours of Malaysia, Hot Tomatoes, Lucia’s Latin Kitchen, Otto’s Breakfast & Deli and Berkshire Bakes; local music and battling knights to support the Elizabeth Freeman Center and Moments House. McKay Street Lot, Pittsfield. 413-464-9110, beerfests.com

Fall Foliage Parade — Fall Foliage Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main St. Annual Dog Parade steps off 10:30 a.m. from Veterans Memorial Park. explorenorthadams.com

Naumkeag — Cider Press 4 to 8 p.m. Celebrate the 100-year-old apple orchard, turn the vintage cider press, games and live music. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239 est. 3008, thetrustees.org

 

Conversations

Hoosac Valley Service — Berkshire Scenic Railway arrated train rides between North Adams and Adams 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. All trains will depart from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams; approximately one hour round trip, 8 miles round trip. hoosacvsalleytrainride.com

Northshire Bookstore — Tony and Emmy awardwinning actor Jane Alexander 7 p.m. in live interview with WAMC’s Joe Donahue on her new book ‘Wild Things, Wild Places’ and the changing world of wildlife and efforts across the globe to preserve creatures and places where they live. Southern Vermont Natural History Museum presents Vermont Wildlife 6 p.m. with live animals and Q&A. Maple Street School, Manchester, Vt. 800-437-3700, 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Sandisfield Arts Center — Forum on American History, Culture and Politics, 4 p.m.: Is the Republic in danger? Does American Democracy have a future? Bill Cohn and Val Coleman moderate a conversation on campaigns, compromise and the Constitution. 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield. 413-258-4100, sandisfieldartscenter.org

 

Dance

Chatham Contradance — Live music by the Russet Trio with Luke Danforth calling. Waltzing at 7:30 p.m., contras at 8. All dances taught, no partners or experience needed. Morris Memorial Hall, 21 Park Row, Chatham, N.Y. 845-901-5100, cococontra.org

Williams College — H.T. Chen and Dancers in residency exploring new work South of Gold Mountain, based on oral histories of Chinese people in the Southern states before World War II. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu

 

Family

Spectrum Playhouse — Nutshellapalooza 11 a.m. with original music, puppets, clownerie, Taco Caramba the pirate parrot, the Ductionary and the Snoof. 20 Franklin St., Lee. 413-394-5023, spectrumplayhouse.org

 

Halloween

13 Nights at Jiminy — Haunted resort and tour of Jericho Valley’s haunted past with giant swing, zip ride and more. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. 37 Corey Road, Hancock. 13nightsatjiminy.com

 

Music

Clark Art Institute — The Four Nationsl Ensemble, ‘Nocturne for the Kings of Spain,’ an evening of baroque music, 7:30 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Colonial Theatre — Memories of Patsy 7:30 p.m., Patsy Cline tribute show with classics from Walkin’ After Midnight to San Antonio Rose. 111 South St., Pittsfield, 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

The Egremont Barn — Roy Zimmerman, 7 and 9 p.m. music and comedy compared to Tom Lehrer. 47 Route 23, Egremont. 413-528-1570, theegremontbarn.com

Music & More — Clarinetist Paul Green 4:30 p.m., klezmer and jazz concert. Meetinghouse, 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road, New Marlborough

Spencertown Academy — Jazz concert by The Quartet 8 p.m. with flute, wind and Gamelan musician Stuary Quimby, pianist Tony Kieraldo, bassist Terence Murren and drummer Peter O’Brien. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. spencertownacademy.org

Vermont Arts Exchange — The Horse’s Mouth in concert 8 p.m., compared to Tom Waits and Frank Zappa. Brooklyn native Tavo Carbone on voice, guitar and piano met his bandmates at Bennington College years ago: Heather Sommerlad on violin and voice, Matt Scott on bass and voice, Michael Chinworth on piano, accordion and voice , JJ Beck on drums, piano, accordion and glockenspiel and Sam Clement on guitar and voice. Openers the DuPont Brothers, Burlington indie-folk duo. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St. Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartexchange.org

Williams College — Charlotte Dobbs in concert, 8 p.m. Soprano who has performed classical and contemporary music from the New York Philharmonic and VOX to Italian opera. Free. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown 413-597-2127, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Art and Science of Pickling workshop 1 p.m. Combining perennials workshop 10 a.m. Route 183 and Route 102, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org.

Bidwell House — Royal Hemlock Trail hike in the steps of the early settlers, guided walk with Housatonic Heritage, 10 a.m. 100 Art School Road, Monterey. 413-528-6888, bidwellhousemuseum.org

Clark Art Institute — Trailblazer Run, 8 a.m.: 5K run on trails over and around Stone Hill. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Hoffmann Bird Club — Half-day trip to the Meadows, Hadley/Northampton area, in search of migrant sparrows and hawks. Meet 7:30 a.m. at Allendale Shopping Center, Cheshire Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-6327, hoffmannbirdclub.org

Housatonic Heritage Walks — Guided walks, hikes, local history from ironworks to Shakers, behind-the-scenes tour at Tanglewood and presentations on topics from beekeeping to minerals throughout the Housatonic River area from Salisbury, Conn., to Hancock. Full schedule and locations: 860-435-9505, housatonicheritage.org

Mass Audubon — Berkshire Summit Hike up Lenox Mountain, 9:30 a.m., looking for wildlife, trees and shrubs. Three-mile round-trip leaves from Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Aglet Theatre — ‘The Velocity of Autumn’ by Eric Coble, a mother and son and Molotov cocktails, 7:30 p.m. reading and discussion. Dewey Memorial Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield. 860-435-9628, aglettheatre.net

Mass MoCA — High Mud Presents Jena Friedman, 8 p.m. Comedian and filmmaker who has worked as a field producer with the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and written for the Late Show with David Letterman. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Sandisfield Arts Center — An Evening with Alison Larkin, 8 p.m.: International comedian, actor and author of The English American will talk about life on two continents and how to brew a decent cup of tea. 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield. 413-258-4100, sandisfieldartscenter.org

WAM Theatre — ‘The Bakelite Masterpiece’ with David Adkins and Corinna May, 7 p.m.: An artist on trial for selling a long-lost Vermeer to a Nazi leader tries to prove it was his own forgery. BTG Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-997-4444; wamtheatre.com

 

Sunday Oct. 2

 

Community

Bennington First Friday — Downtown festival 5 to 8 p.m. with live music and entertainment, local shops open late, art openings. 802-442-5758, betterbennington.com

Fall Foliage Parade — 61st annual parade and fall festival with the theme of National Park Service’s 100th anniversary and Massachusetts Senator Benjamin Downing as Grand Marshall. Steps off 1 p.m. from Curran Memorial Highway to Main Street and Ashland Street, North Adams. 1berkshire.com

Hoosac Valley Service — Berkshire Scenic Railway arrated train rides between North Adams and Adams 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. All trains will depart from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams; approximately one hour round trip, 8 miles round trip. hoosacvsalleytrainride.com

 

Family

Clark Art Institute — Kite Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Williams College tradition revives with a free celebration on Stone Hill, music by the Williams College Percussion Ensemble, drumming with Otha Day, eco art and an open mic. Picnics and kites are welcome. Part of “Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill” exhibit. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303; clarkart.edu

 

Halloween

13 Nights at Jiminy — Haunted resort and tour of Jericho Valley’s haunted past with giant swing, zip ride and more. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. 37 Corey Road, Hancock. 13nightsatjiminy.com

 

Music

Bascom Lodge — Dublin Porter performs 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams. 917-680-0079, bascomlodge.net

Leavitt Amp Concert Series — Caitlin Canty performs 2 p.m. Alto singer / songwriter and Vermont native now based in Nashville. Free concert in Colegrave Park, North Adams. 413-662-5320, leavittampnorthadams.com

 

Outdoors

Great Barrington Land Conservancy — Run for the Hills 5K / 10K race and 1K Kids Fun Run 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. to benefit the conservancy, farm perservation, land conservation and community trails. Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. runreg.com/6029, runforthehillsgb.com

Housatonic Heritage Walks — Guided walks, hikes, local history from ironworks to Shakers, behind-the-scenes tour at Tanglewood and presentations on topics from beekeeping to minerals throughout the Housatonic River area from Salisbury, Conn., to Hancock. Full schedule and locations: 860-435-9505, housatonicheritage.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘Love Letters,’ A.R. Gurney’s story of a 50-year correspondence between childhood friends, 3 p.m. St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

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