Week ahead April 11 to 17

Lambs, chicks, kid goats, calves … baby animals return to Hancock Shaker Village this week. Bartholomew’s Cobble will launch a new wildflower festival, while MCLA takes a look at circuses and big cats, Close Encounters hosts a Fiddler off the Roof, Shire City Sanctuary brings live jazz and swing dancing, and new exhibits and spaces open at Mass MoCA and the Berkshire Museum …

 

Monday, April 11

 

Music

 

Williams College — Anne Robert performs on violin, sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms and Franck, 8 p.m. Bernhard Music Building, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Theater

 

MCLA — Jennifer Miller and Clare Dolan, “A Vaudvillian Opera and Its Discontents,” live show 7 p.m. with canastoria, escape acts, sideshow phenomena and a human cabinet of curiosities in the Sullivan Lounge in the Ansler Campus Center. Free. mcla.edu

 

Tuesday, April 12

 

Books & Writing

Bloomsday in Williamstown — “Don Quixote” reading the classic comedy aloud chapter by chapter, week by week, 7:30 p.m. at the Log, 78 Spring St., Williamstown. bloomsdayinwilliamstown@gmail.com

 

Art

Hancock Shaker Village — Susan Merrill’s “Colors and Camouflage” show of paintings opens.1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Mass MoCA — Artist Nick Cave will preview “Until,” an exhibition and performance space opening here in Oct. 2016, at 5 p.m. and speak about art’s power to talk about and move people to think about race, class and identity. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Conversations

Williams College — Udo Schuklenk, professor of philosophy and Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, gives Weiss Lecture on Medicine and Medical Ethics at 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. Library teas series with Susan Engel, senior lecturer in psychology and author of “The Hungry Mind: Origins of Curiosity in Childhood,” 4 p.m. talk and Q&A in the Stetson Reading Room, Sawyer Library, free. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Music

Paramount Theatre — The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, official chorus, 7:30 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

Williams College — Anne Robert master class on violin, 4:14 p.m. Bernhard Music Building, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Wednesday, April 13

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — “How Do Images Think,” Emmanuel Alloa is Assistant Professor for Philosophy at the University St. Gallen, 5:30 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. clarkart.edu

Columbia County Council on the Arts — “Essence of Color” exhibit opens, 1 to 5 p.m.  209 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. 518-671-6213. artscolumbia.org

 

Conversations

Northshire Bookstore — Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility evening of networking, free. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Film

Manchester Community Library — “Harvey,” classic film with Jimmie Stewart, 2 p.m. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-549-4577, mclvt.org

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” broadcast live in HD from Metropolitan Opera, 1 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Williams College — Midweek music, traditional and unexpected student performances, 12:15 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Thursday, April 14

 

Conversations

Berkshire Jewish Federation — Stephanie Abrams, nationally syndicated radio travel talk show host, about her visit to the Tennessee town where the Holocaust-themed documentary Paper Clips was filmed, 10:45 a.m. Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, jewishberkshires.org

MCLA — Green Living talk with ecologist and conservation scientist Jennie Miller on Large Wild Cats, 4:15 p.m., Sullivan Lounge, Church Street, North Adams. mcla.edu

Williams College — “American catch: How we lost — and how we might regain — our local seafood,” 8 p.m. with Paul Greenberg, author of “Four Fish” and “American Catch.” Paresky Auditurium, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Music

Guthrie Center — Hootenany, music jam 8 p.m., doors open at 7. 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington. 413-538-1955, guthriecenter.org

Paramount Theatre — “Stomp,” international percussion sensation with eerything but traditional instruments, 8 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” witchcraft frenzy in puritanical Salem, 8 p.m. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Friday, April 15

 

Books and Writers

The Bookstore — Richard Berlin, author of “Practice,” reads his poetry, 7 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

Manchester Community Library — Poetry Salon, local writers invited to share work, 6:30 p.m. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-549-4577, mclvt.org

Northshire Bookstore Manchester — Elizabeth Thomas Marshall, “Dreaming of Lions: My Life in the Wild Places,” on her time in the Kalahari Desert with the Ju/Wa Bushmen, 7 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

Northshire Bookstore Saratoga — Kate DiCamillo, Newberry medalist and former national ambassador for young people’s literature, speaks 6 p.m., Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 518-682-4200, northshire.com

 

Dance

Shire City Sanctuary — Swing dance, free lessons 7 to 8 p.m. and dancing 8 to 11 p.m. with live music from Lucky 5 jazz band, 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.org

 

Music

Massry Center for the Arts — Terrance Simien, Grammy-winning Zydeco and American roots music, 7:30 p.m. College of St. Rose, 432 Western Ave., Albany, N.Y. 800-637-8556, strose.edu

Paramount Theatre — “Stomp,” international percussion sensation with eerything but traditional instruments, 8 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

Williams College — Voice master class with visiting artists Eya Ensemble, 4:15 p.m. in Bernhard Music Building, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Bird walk looking for spring newcomers, 8 a.m., Canoe Meadows sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Opening night dinner 6 p.m. and Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” witchcraft frenzy in puritanical Salem, 8 p.m. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Saturday, April 16

 

Art

Columbia County Council on the Arts — “Essence of Color” exhibit opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. 209 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. 518-671-6213. artscolumbia.org

Hancock Shaker Village — “Heaven on Earth: A Shaker Introduction” and Carol Kinzel’s “Views of the Village” shows open.1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Mass MoCA — Sarah Crowner, “Beetle in the Leaves” exhibit opens today and “The Space Between” opens in stairwells, covered bridges, sunlit niches, brick-lined courtyards and cracks in the pavement. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Mid-Century Modern: Home Furnishings in the Post-War Era,” 5 p.m. with Charles Sable , Henry Ford Museum Curator of Decorative Arts, on domestic style in the Post-War 1940s and 1950s. Route 183, Stockbridge. nrm.org

 

Community

Berkshire Museum — Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation re-opens after renovations: Mindball brain (uses EEG biofeedback sensors to track the players’ Alpha and Theta brain waves sending the ball across the table and into their opponent’s goal, interactive app i-Innovate, video displays, interactive activities, original artwork and new displays and objects from the Museum’s permanent collection. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

North Adams Museum of History and Science — Wendy Champney 2 to 4 p.m. with her new book, “The Forgotten Ledge of Fort Massachusetts” which highlights the importance of St. Francis Indian Ledge. Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Route 8, North Adams. 413-664-4700, northadamshistory.org

Williams College — 2016 William Sloane Coffin prize for passionate public speaking, Williams students speak on spirituality and social justice, 7 p.m. First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Live music by the Alan Thompson band with Alan Thompson on piano, Colin McCoy on Fiddle and Josh Pisano on percussion, 7:45 to 11 p.m. with caller Jon Greene. All dances taught; no partners needed. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. 413-528-4007, lenoxcontradance.org

 

Food

Bennington Farmers Market — Winter market with fresh greens, baked goods, dairy products, meats, specialty food, crafts and more 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on first and third Saturdays monthly, through April at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St., Bennington, Vt. benningtonfarmersmarket.org

 

History

Naumkeag: Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele opens for weekend house tours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trustees of Reservations property, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3008. thetrustees.org.

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux,” broadcast live in HD from Metropolitan Opera, 1 p.m. Scott Eyerly’s pre-opera talk, 11 a.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Mass MoCA — 11-piece Debo Band expands upon the repertoire of Ethiopia’s golden era of Afro-pop, 8 p.m. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Massry Center for the Arts — Camerata Season Finale, classical chamber music 7:30 p.m., free. College of St. Rose, 432 Western Ave., Albany, N.Y. 800-637-8556, strose.edu

OMI International Arts Center — The Ukuladies, Music Omi alums perform contemporary ukulele in the studio, Letter S Road and N.Y. County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y. artomi.org

Paramount Theatre — Ziyu Shen, violist, in concert 8 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

Vermont Arts Exchange — Basement Music Series: Wild Reeds, 8 p.m. Folk / rock / country harmony. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartsxchange.com

Williams College — Eya Ensemble, Washington D.C. vocal group specilizing in medieval music for women’s voices, 8 p.m., free. Chapin Hall. Good Question a cappella group’s 21st anniversary reunion concert, 8 p.m., Goodrich Hall. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Spring wildflower festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours on 329 acres near the Housatonic River, quartzite and marble outcrops with 800 species of plants and unusual variety of ferns. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Dr. Brian Fallon, Director of the Center for Neuroinflammatory Disorders and Biobehavioral Medicine at Columbia University, speaks on the state of Lyme disease prevention and research, 10 a.m. Free. “Spanish in the Garden,” lively bilingual workshop with Tom Ingersoll for all levels and speakers, 12:30 p.m. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Baby animals on the Shaker farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and touch lambs, chicks, calves, piglets … 1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Hildene — “The Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape” series, talk about soil with horticulturist Andrea Luchini, 10 a.m. Robert Todd Lincoln family mansion, historic home of the son of Abraham Lincoln, Hildene Farm with herd of goats, Pullman car Sunbeam and about 12 miles of trails. 1005 Hildene Road, off Route 7A, Manchester, Vt. 802-362-1788, hildene.org

Mass Audubon — Gardening organically and community gardens registration, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” witchcraft frenzy in puritanical Salem, 2 and 8 p.m. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Sunday, April 17

 

Books

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — “Through the Looking Glass,” staged reading of writings from Berkshire women, 3 p.m. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

The Bookstore — Robert Kelly, author of “The Hexagon” and “A Voice Full of Cities,” poetry and essays, will read at 3 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

History

Dorset Farmers Market — Vegetables and fruits, home baked breads and pastries, artisan cheeses and wines, grass-fed meat and poultry, free-range eggs, canned condiments and pickled produce, specialty goods, hot foods, Vermont crafts, and live, local music. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at J.K. Adams, 1430 Route 30, Dorset, Vt. 802-353-9656, dorsetfarmersmarket.com

Naumkeag: Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele opens for weekend house tours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trustees of Reservations property, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3008. thetrustees.org.

 

Music

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — The Faculty Concert Series presents The Wilderness Players, 3 p.m.: Judith Dansker on oboe, Sharon Powers on flute, John Myers on guitar, and Pete Toigo on double bass, program of works by European and Latin American composers including Marin Marais, Claude Debussy, Alberto Ginastera, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Fernando Sor, and by John Myers. Kellogg Music Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

Clark Art Institute — Performing Artists in Residence at the Clark Art Institute present “Pärt, Saint-Saëns, and Mendelssohn: Masterworks for Piano, Violin, and Cello”: Co-artistic directors Edward Arron, cello, and Jeewon Park, piano, join violinist and Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra David Chan, 3 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. clarkart.edu

Close Encounters with Music — Fiddler Off the Roof, Jewish music through cultures and centuries —works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Bloch, and Max Bruch, with Klezmer and more, 3 p.m., with  14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Spring wildflower festival 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours on 329 acres near the Housatonic River, quartzite and marble outcrops with 800 species of plants and unusual variety of ferns. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Baby animals on the Shaker farm, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet and touch lambs, chicks, calves, piglets … 1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

 

Theater

Hubbard Hall — Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” witchcraft frenzy in puritanical Salem, 2 p.m. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

WAM Theatre — Staged reading series, “The Last Wife,” Kate Hennig’s look at Katherine Parr and Henry VIII. 6 Depot Cafe Roastery and Café, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge, Mass. 413-274-8122, wamtheatre.com

 

Photo at the top: New lambs greet visitors and each other at Hancock Shaker Village in the annual month-long festival of baby animals, which begins this weekend. Photo by Susan Geller.

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