Week ahead April 4 to 10

David Sedaris, Major Jackson, essayist Jeff Nunokawa (laughing above) … this week ranges from comedy to poetry, from the Brazilian Olympics to piano duets to ThinkFood panels to comedy.

 

Monday, April 4

 

Art

Williams College — Art installation with music and text built around testimony from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings that followed South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy, through April 17: REwind: a Cantata for Voice, Tape, and Testimony,” a multimedia production, was commissioned by, and in part created at, the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance nine years ago. Set to music and illuminated by projected text and images, the work captures the communal and individual experiences of both transgressors and victims of the atrocities of apartheid. 1000 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

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

 

Conversations

Bennington College — “Translating Catastrophe: Yiddish Translation after the Wars,” with Sarah Ponichtera, 4:10 p.m. Translator of Aaron Zeitlin’s “World on Fire,” the first Yiddish spy novel, and Project Manager of the Vilna Collections Digital Initiative, a seven year project which aims to digitize the pre-war archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Society, Culture and thought with journalist Phoebe Judge, anchor of WUNC’s Here and Now, 7 p.m. CAPA symposiums, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Stephentown Historical Society — Heidi Hill, illustrated talk, “Sustenance and Style: Dining and Food Ways of the 17th Century Dutch in the Hudson Valley,” 7:30 p.m., at the Stephentown Historical Society’s Heritage Center, 5 Staples Road, Stephentown, New York. Free. (518) 733-0010.

 

History

Columbia County Historical Society — 100th anniversary celebration for the historical society — a complex of museums, house museums, genealogical archives, research library and magazine — founded April 4, 1916. 5 Albany Ave., Kinderhook, N.Y. 518-758-9265, cchsny.org

 

Outdoors

Hoffmann Bird Club — “Changing New England Forests and the Birds Within Them” talk 7 p.m. with Morgan Tingley, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St., Pittsfield.

 

Tuesday, April 5

 

Art

Bennington College — Art talk with Mariah Garnett, 7:30 p.m. Documentary, narrative and experimental film maker getting to know people and communities beyond her experience. Tishman Hall, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Clark Art Institute — “Simon Hantaï after Pliage,” 5:30 p.m. Talk on Hungarian-French abstract painter. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Conversations

Clark Art Institute — Clark Fellow Julie Ault presents “Undoing the Past: Recuperated Document and Uncertain History” 5:30 p.m., free, on her research project, “Testing the Limits: Archiving the Private Journals of Theodore J. Kaczynski.”  225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Manchester Community Library —”A Celebration of Poetry with Major Jackson,” 7 p.m. with Northshire Bookstore. Jackson will discuss his newest collection, “Roll Deep,” and speak about the importance of poetry as it defines us as humans and serves as a record of our existence. He teaches at the University of Vermont and is the poetry editor of the Harvard Review. His first book, Leaving Saturn, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt.  802-362-2607

Williams College — Brazilian-born journalist Juliana Barbassa, talk on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Summer Games and the challenges facing Brazil as it prepares for international scrutiny, subject of her new book, “Dancing With the Devil in the City of God,” 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. Free. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Wednesday, April 6

 

Conversations

Manchester Community Library — Pope Francis’s emphasis on the poor and marginalized has energized social justice in the Catholic Church. Author Martin Weinstein, professor emeritus at William Paterson University, examines the Pope’s philosophy, the history of the church in Latin America, and the rise of liberation theology. First Wednesdays talk 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2607

Williams College — Jonathan Cannon ’67, Blaine T. Phillips Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Virginia, on his book “Environment in the Balance: The Green Movement and the Supreme Court,” 7:30 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. Free. Off Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Images Cinema — Social Change film series with Williams College, 7 p.m. Free. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. williams.edu, 413-458-5612, imagescinema.org

 

Music

Troy City Music Hall — Mnozil Brass, Yes Yes Yes — folk, classical, jazz and pop with Viennes “schmäh” (sarcastic charm), 7:30 p.m. 30 Second St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

Williams College — Visiting pianists Orion Weiss and Anna Polonsky perform 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Free. Master class 4:15 p.m. Bernhard Music Building, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Theater

Colonial Theatre — Laugh Lounge series: Storyteller, writer and actor Giulia Rozzi, MOTH GrandSLAM champion, Boston Comedy Festival finalist, writer for MTV’s Girl Code and Silent Library, 8 p.m. 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Thursday, April 7

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, “Pittsfield — A City on the Move,” 10:45 a.m., free,Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield. jewishberkshires.org

Williams College — Global Poverty Conference, “Tackling Global Poverty,” Keynote address by Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton 8 p.m. and talks today and Friday. Douglas Hofstadter, professor of cognitive science at Indiana University, will speak on the universal language of poetry at 8 p.m. in Bronfman Auditorium. Free and open to all. Science quad off Route 2, Williamstown. 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

Massry Center for the Arts — Stewart Copeland, drummer from the Police, and pianist Jon Kimura Parker, imrovisational quintet 7:30 p.m. College of St. Rose, 432 Western Ave., Albany, N.Y. 800-637-8556, strose.edu

 

Theater

MCLA — Yorick show 8 p.m. Church Street Center, North Adams. mcla.edu

Weston Playhouse — Weston 101 series talk 7 p.m. on “Murder for Two,” play in Weston’s summer 2016 lineup, Burr & Burton Academy, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-824-8167 x104 or pgoodeve@westonplayhouse.org.

 

Friday, April 8

 

Art

IS183 — Arts Night Out, informal artmaking in the studios for adults (BYOB), “Heavy Metal Play,” 7 to 9 p.m., Citizens Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-5252, is183.org

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Norton Owen, archivist at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, will speak about the festival’s history and its future in “New Beginnings at Jacob’s Pillow,” 10:45 a.m. at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. jewishberkshires.org

Northshire Bookstore — Vermont poet Jay Parini, 7 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. northshire.com

Williams College — Jeff Nunokawa: The Art of the Essay, 3 p.m. Nunokawa, a Professor of English at Princeton, is known for brilliant, singular Facebook essays, collected in the Princeton University Press volume note book.Thompson Memorial Chapel, 860 Main St. Global Poverty Conference, “Tackling Global Poverty,” talks todayacross campus. Douglas Hofstadter, professor of cognitive science at Indiana University, computer science colloquium on the discovery of the Hofstadter Butterfly at 8 p.m. in Wege Auditorium. Free and open to all. Science quad off Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Music

Spectrum Playhouse — Karaoke Night, sign-ups 6:30 p.m. and show at 7, free. 20 Franklin St., Lee.  413-394-5023, spectrumplayhouse.org

Williams College — Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars, 8 p.m. Beginning in West African refugee camps, the All-Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. Chapin Hall. 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

Bennington College — “The Danube,” 8 p.m. A young American travels to Budapest to find love and danger. VAPA Theater, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

MCLA — Yorick show 8 p.m. Church Street Center, North Adams. mcla.edu

Shakespeare & Company — “Macbeth” 10 a.m. Northeast Regional Tour at Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353, shakespeare.org

 

Saturday, April 9

 

Art

OMI International Arts Center — Artist reception 1 to 3 p.m. for “Playground” by Iran do Espírito Santo, an interactive monumental sculpture originally installed in Central Park and now coming to The Fields Sculpture Park. 1405 N.Y. County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y. artomi.org

 

Conversations

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Annual ThinkFOOD conference 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with theme Berkshire Foodways. Panels on “Grown/Made in the Berkshires,” “Feeding the Berkshires” and more, lunch with local foods. Kellogg Music Center. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

The Bookstore — Reading and book signing with George Gilder, “Why Wall street Recovers but the Economy Never Does,” 5 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390. bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Food

Pittsfield Farmers Market — Local farmers and artisans 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — pasture-raised meats, eggs, cheese, vegetables, breads, baked goods, coffee, wine, art and more. Pittsfield Farmers Market partners with Boys & Girls Club at the club Lighthouse, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield. farmersmarketpittsfield.org

 

History

Bidwell House Museum — “Remarkable Women of New England: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers: The War Years 1754 to 1787,” 4 p.m., book talk by Carole Owens, co-sponsored by the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives. Free, Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-528-6888

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.

 

Kid Stuff

Northshire Bookstore — Story time with children’s author and illustrator Anne Hunter for her new book “Cricket Song,” demonstration of illustration, 2 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. northshire.com

 

Music

Berkshire Bach Society — Brass and organ concert with Bach specialist Peter Sykes, time TBA, United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. berkshirebach.org

Bennington College — Songs and dances of eternal beauty, 7:30 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Berkshire Music School — Annual student performathon, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to benefit the school, free; come and go at will. Bake sale and music shop. Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, 413-442-1411, berkshiremusicschool.org

Mass MoCA — Taylor Mac, 4 to 10 p.m. Theater artist and singer, presents a work-in-progress performance from his 24-Decade History of Popular Music from Tin Pan Alley to disco: this concert spans 1836 to 1896. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Vermont Arts Exchange — Basement Music Series: The Citizens, 8 p.m. British rok to quiet experimental music. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartsxchange.com

Williams College ’62 Center — Kusika and the Zambezi Marimba Band, on the MainStage, 8 p.m. Dance and music from the African continent and the African Diaspora, this year with a focus on the Caribbean. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Hildene — Bird walk with Vermont Bird and Sky Watch, 8 a.m., free. 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

Hoffmann bird club — Half-day trip including Bob’s Way and Diane’s Trail, to find early spring migrants. Meet 7:30 a.m. at the Price Chopper parking lot in Great Barrington Contact. Leader Kate Ryan, 413-528-4355.

Notchview — “Starry Night: Planets, Stars, and the Dark Night,” explore planets, stars and more with volunteers from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center. Create a telescope and learn about the solar system in the Visitor Center. Rain or heavy cloud cover cancels. 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Route 9, Windsor. 413-532-1651, ext. 3110

Williamstown Rural Lands — Antique work sled restoration, living history workday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., free. Nature center with fields, pond and gentle trails. 671 Cold Spring Road, Route 7, Williamstown. 413-458-2429, wrlf.org

 

Theater

MCLA — Yorick show 8 p.m. Church Street Center, North Adams. mcla.edu

Paramount Theatre — “The Hard Problem,” a new play by Tom Stoppard, 2 p.m. A researcher at a brainscience instute questions the limits of matter and technology. Broadcast live in HD from National Theatre in London. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

 

Sunday, April 10

 

Art

Hancock Shaker Village — Reception for Susan Merrill’s “Colors and Camouflage” paintings, 4 to 6 p.m.1834 West Housatonic St. (Routes 20 and 41), Pittsfield, Mass. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires —  Artists’ Torah — using Exodus, artists transform Torah into art, presentations of fall artwork, 10 a.m., free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, jewishberkshires.org

Makers Mill — Felted green succulents, needle-felted plants workshop 10 a.m. 73 Main St., North Adams. northadamsmakersmill.org

 

Conversations

The Bookstore — Reading and book signing with Katherine Anderson, “Hospital Hill,” 4 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390. bookstoreinlenox.com

Williams College — Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, “Washington Gridlock, Gay Rights, and Jewish Roots,” 8 p.m., drawing from his memoir, “Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage,” and battles from AIDS funding in the 1980s to the financial crisis in 2008. Chapin Hall, free. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Food

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

 

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

Oldcastle Theatre — L’Ensemble in residence, France and Far Afield concert series part 2, “Pick Yourself Up” with lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Sheldon Harnick, 3 p.m. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-447-0564, oldcastletheatre.org

Williams College ’62 Center — Kusika and the Zambezi Marimba Band, on the MainStage, 2 p.m. Dance and music from the African continent and the African Diaspora, this year with a focus on the Caribbean. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Hoffmann bird club — A search for signs of spring in Berkshire County. Meet 7 a.m. at the Price Chopper parking lot on the Pittsfield/Lenox Road. Leader Jonathan Pierce, 413-281-2398

Merck Forest and Farmland Center —  Sheep shearing workshop at the farm, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring lunch. 3270 Vt. Route Rupert, Vt. 315, 802-394-7836, merckforest.org

 

Theater

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Comedian, bestselling humor writer and critic David Sedaris, 7 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Photo at the top: Jeff Nunokawa will speak on ‘The Art of the Essay’ at Williams College. Photo courtesy of Williams College

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