Week ahead Aug. 15 to 21

Live music to a silent Sherlock Holmes, a night walk under the moon, street dance evolving from Jamaican bruk-up style … the late summer nights are full.

In the photo at the top a Berkshire Scenic Railway conductor waits for the train. Historic train rides run on the Hoosac Valley line between North Adams and Adams on weekends. Courtesy photo by Susan Geller

 

Monday Aug. 15

 

Books and Writers

The Bookstore — Aaron Thier reads from “Mr. Eternity,” a novel about an immortal sailor who travels through the Americans across 1,000 years, 7 p.m. 11 Housatonic St. Lenox. bookstoreinlenox.com

The Mount — Monday book talks: Biographer Kate Clifford Larson discusses her recent book, “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter.,” 4 p.m. Lenox.

 

Family

Berkshire Athenaeum — Robert Riviest, mime, 1 p.m. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — “Beauty and the Beast,” community performance, 7 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

 

Film

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival — “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy,” 4 p.m., “The Great Dictator,” 8 p.m. Festival’s 30th year. Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St., Lenox.

 

Music

Manchester Music Festival — Young Artists concert, chamber music with students and faculty 7 p.m. at Riley Center for the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, Vt.

Shire City Sessions — Live music concerts for all ages, 6 p.m., free. Pittsfield Common. shirecitysessions.com

Summer Noontime Concert — David Haughey, cello; Zach Harmon, percussion. Improvisations, noon. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Williamstown.

Tanglewood — Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, cond., TMC Conducting Fellows and Gil Shaham, violin: Kodály, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Outdoors

Naumkeag — Yoga in the gardens, 9 a.m. Stockbridge.

 

Theater

Berkshire Theatre Group — “Constellations,” from first encounter to possible lifelong love, 7 p.m. at the Unicorn Theatre and “The Stone Witch” by Sherman Bitterman, struggling young writer sent to help a reclusive children’s book author, 7 p.m., Main Stage, Stockbridge.

 

Tuesday Aug. 16

 

Art

Becket Arts Center — “Now and Zen, Chaos Theory and Art,” talk with Philip Philip Pryjma, curator of Saint Francis Gallery, 7:30 p.m. Route 8, Becket.

Ventfort Hall — “Swagger: Portraits of Power” with Kathryn Calley Galitz, associate museum educator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, on works by Ingres, Copley, Sargent and others. 4 p.m. tea and talk. Lenox.

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — “Yesterday’s Cuba: A Historical Context to Our Close Neighbor” with Professor Emeritus Mark Szuchman, 5:30 p.m. Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester Vt.

 

Family

Berkshire Athenaeum — Sports film with popcorn, 2 p.m. Pittsfield.

Milne Library — Pinto Bella Hoops (all ages), fun with hula hoops, 2 p.m., free. Routes 2 and 7, Williamstown. milnelibrary.org

The Mount — Books and Blooms children’s story hour in the garden, 10 a.m. Lenox.

Norman Rockwell Museum — Summer Sketch Club for ages 7 and up, 10 a.m. Bring a sketch pad. Stockbridge.

 

Film

Performance Space 21 — Music and Dance film series, “Labyrinth,” 8:30 p.m., 1986 British/American fantasy film starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, directed by Jim Henson, and produced by George Lucas. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

History

Bennington Battle Monument — Bennington Battle Day: All State Historic Sites are admission free. Bennington, Vt.

 

Music

Concert on the Green — Live blues, rock, bluegrass or folk music 6 to 8 p.m. Manchester’s Town Green, Manchester, Vt.

Eagles Band — Broadway show tunes, music from TV, movies, patriotic favorites and marches, free concert 7 p.m. Commons’ Performance Pavilion, 100 First St., Pittsfield

Marble House Project — Artseed talk and musical performance by Zach Sheets, flutist, composer, and chamber musician, 6 p.m., free. Dorset, Vt.

 

Outdoors

Williamstown Rural Lands — 30th anniversary celebration hike on the Sara Tenney Trail, hike meets at 9:30 a.m. WRLF headquarters on Route 7, Williamstown.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Broadway Bounty Hunter,” Annie Golden (starring as herself) as a bounty hunter after a South American Drug Lord, musical with R&B and Funk, 7:30 p.m., Stage II, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — “Constellations,” from first encounter to possible lifelong love, 7 p.m. at the Unicorn Theatre and “The Stone Witch” by Sherman Bitterman, struggling young writer sent to help a reclusive children’s book author, 7 p.m., Main Stage, Stockbridge.

The Mount — “Twelfth Night,” Shakespearean comedy, 6 p.m. Shakespeare & Company actors outdoors 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Shakespeare & Company — Artistic Insights talk 5 p.m., “Merchant of Venice” 7:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Temple Anshe Amunim — “Scene Study,” perform from well-known plays 10 a.m. with Barbara Waldinger, professor of theater at Queens College in NYC. Pittsfield.

Weston Playhouse — “Mama Mia!” musical with Abba music, a girl on a Greek island wants to know her real father, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. “Murder for Two,” a small-town cop investigates the death of a novelist, two actors playing 13 roles and two pianos, 7:30 p.m., OtherStage. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “An American Daughter” by Wendy Wasserstein, a woman tapped for U.S. Surgeon General faces her past, 7:30 p.m. MainStage. “And No More Shall We Part” by Tom Holloway, Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek, a loving couple face the wife’s terminal illness, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. Talkbacks with company and guests. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Wednesday Aug. 17

 

Art

Berkshire Botanical Garden — En Plein Air watercolor workshop 10 a.m. Stockbridge.

Clark Art Institute — Drop-in figure drawing class, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Williamstown.

 

Books and Writing

Arrowhead — Michael Shelden on his book “Melville in Love,” 6 p.m. and book sale at Herman Melville’s historic house, free. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. berkshirehistory.org

The Mount — Wharton on Wednesdays, short stories read by professional actors, 5 p.m. on the terrace. Ghost Tour of the house and grounds, 7:30 p.m. Lenox.

Northshire Bookstore — Anam Thubten reads from “Embracing Each Moment,” 6 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. northshire.com

 

Conversations

Hevreh — Rabbi Jodie Gordon: “Feminism, Theology, and Prayer,” 11:45 a.m., from the tkhines of 17th century women, to the radical feminist reimagining of the Passover Maggid (story), with writing and art. Great Barrington.

OLLI University Day — Talks with the American Institute for Economic Research and Adam Segal, “The Hacked World Order,” 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. AEIR headquarters, Great Barrington. Open to all. berkshireolli.org

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival —Flexn, electrifying street dance evolving from Jamaican bruk-up style with Brooklyn native Reggie Gray and director Peter Sellars, 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. Pam Tanowitz Dance, “Heaven on One’s Head” and “the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces,” unpredictable rhythms and romantic ballet with live FLUX quartet, 8:15 p.m. Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: Kilowatt Dance Theatre, swing-era jazz, 6:15 p.m., free. Becket.

 

Family

Berkshire Theatre Group — “Beauty and the Beast,” community performance, 2 and 7 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Creating Together” for ages 4 and up with adults, 10 a.m. Stockbridge.

 

Music

Concert at Windsor Lake — Free concert on the shore 6:30 to 8 p.m. Kayaking, canoeing, swimming and fishing allowed. Bradley Street and Kemp Ave., North Adams. explorenorthadams.com

Live on the Lake — Free concert with Live 95.9 WBEC FM and Greylock Federal Credit Union, 6 to 8 p.m., Burbank Park, Onota Lake, Pittsfield.

Tanglewood — Gil Shaham, violin: J.S. Bach, Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Outdoors

 Bascom Lodge — “Greylock in Time and Space,” with Mount Greylock ranger Jude Scull, free. 6 p.m., Summit of Mount Greylock.

Tamarack Hollow — Full “Sturgeon” Moon Beaver Natural History and Ecology Canoe 6 to 10 p.m. Mass Audubon sanctuary’s Mill River at dusk to get glimpses of the beaver. Easthampton.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Broadway Bounty Hunter,” Annie Golden (starring as herself) as a bounty hunter after a South American Drug Lord, musical with R&B and Funk, 7:30 p.m., Stage II, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — “Constellations,” from first encounter to possible lifelong love, 7 p.m. at the Unicorn Theatre and “The Stone Witch” by Sherman Bitterman, struggling young writer sent to help a reclusive children’s book author, 7 p.m., Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Hubbard Hall — Hubbard Hall Opera Theater: “La Pizza con Funghi” by Seymour Barab, 7 p.m. Freight Depot, Cambridge, N.Y.

Oldcastle Theatre — “The City of Conversation,” 1979 in Washington, when adversaries on the Senate floor talked to each other, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Backstage walk 10:30 a.m., “Merchant of Venice” 2 p.m., “Emperor on the Moon” by Aphra Behn’s Restoration comedy 5:30 p.m., “Or,” by Liz Duffy Adams, one night with 1660s poet, spy and playwright Aphra Behn 7:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Weston Playhouse — “Mama Mia!” musical with Abba music, a girl on a Greek island wants to know her real father, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. “Murder for Two,” a small-town cop investigates the death of a novelist, two actors playing 13 roles and two pianos, 7:30 p.m., OtherStage. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “An American Daughter” by Wendy Wasserstein, a woman tapped for U.S. Surgeon General faces her past, 7:30 p.m. MainStage. “And No More Shall We Part” by Tom Holloway, Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek, a loving couple face the wife’s terminal illness, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — “Evening with Birds and Bats” 6:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Naumkeag — Art of Cut Flowers, 10 a.m. in the cutting garden, learn about the flowers growing in season, and how to cut, care for and grow them with Naumkeag horticulturalist Eric Ruquist. Stockbridge.

 

Thursday Aug. 18

 

About Town

Hemmings Cruise-In — New England informal car show 5:30 to 8 p.m., family friendly car gatherings open to all years, all makes and models. Rain cancels, Bennington, Vt. 800-227-4373

Mass MoCA — The Chalet, artist Dean Baldwin’s riverside beer garden with music and local brews, 5:30 p.m. ’til late. North Adams

Third Thursday — Street festival: Trucks from bulldozers to police cars and fire engines, 5 to 8 p.m. with live music, performances, food and community. North Street closed to traffic from West to Linden streets. Downtown Pittsfield.

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — “From Atcheson, Tokeka to Altoids: Corporate Art Collecting in America,” 5:30 p.m. Historic property walks 2 p.m. to Linwood House (1859 Berkshire Cottage), Rockwell’s studio and “Build a Better Baby Carriage” outdoor exhibit. Stockbridge.

Williams College Museum of Art — “Aesthetics of Evolution: Natural and Sexual Selection in the Era of Abbott Handerson Thayer” with Luana Maroja, assistant professor of Biology at Williams College, 4 p.m.; “WTF X WCMA: The Dinner Party” 6 p.m. with Williamstown Theatre Festival actors. Williamstown.

 

Books and Writers

The Mount — “Touchstones,” cultural critic and journalist Kate Bolick in conversaiton with Katie Roiphe about her new book, “The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End,” 5:30 p.m. Le Café Français 8:30 a.m. Lenox.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival —Flexn, electrifying street dance evolving from Jamaican bruk-up style with Brooklyn native Reggie Gray and director Peter Sellars, 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. Pam Tanowitz Dance, “Heaven on One’s Head” and “the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces,” unpredictable rhythms and romantic ballet with live FLUX quartet, 8:15 p.m. Doris Duke Theatre. Class with Elisabeth Motley, 4 p.m.; and Inside / Out: Elisabeth Motley, 6:15 p.m., free. Becket.

 

Family

Berkshire Theatre Group — “Beauty and the Beast,” community performance, 2 and 7 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

 

Food

Marble House Project — Culinary workshop: Improvisational Cooking, explore the garden and help harvest the evening’s meal — then prepare it. Dorset, Vt. Register marblehouseproject.org

 

Music

Dalton CRA — Malibu Brothers with Vinnie Brandi Concert on the Memorial Lawn, 6 to 8 p.m. 400 Main St., Dalton. Rain date July 22. 413-684-0260, dalton cra.org

Hubbard Hall — Hubbard Hall Opera Theater: “La Pizza con Funghi” by Seymour Barab, 7 p.m. Freight Depot. “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini, 7 p.m. Cambridge, N.Y.

Manchester Music Festival — Season Finale, A Night at the Opera, Rising Stars from the Metropolitan Opera along with Caren Levine will perform arias, duets and ensemble pieces 7:30 p.m. at Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vt.

Party in the Park — Free concert 6 to 8 p.m. with WUPE FM and WNAW 1230AM Greylock Federal Credit Union, Noel Field behind the Steeplecats baseball diamond, in North Adams.

Tanglewood — Charles Dutoit, 2016 Koussevitzky artist, with violinist Chantal Juillet and Chamber Actors Ensemble, program to include Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Outdoors

Clark Art Institute — Sensing Place Hike: Full moon sensory hike on Stone Hill, 7 p.m, free. Meet at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill. Williamstown.

One World Conservation Center — What Every Woodland Owner Should Know talk, social hour 5 p.m. and presentation at 6. 413 Route 7, Bennington. Vt.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Tribes,” a young deaf man stands up to his hearing family, 8 p.m., Main Stage; “Broadway Bounty Hunter,” Annie Golden (starring as herself) as a bounty hunter after a South American Drug Lord, musical with R&B and Funk, 7:30 p.m., Stage II, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — “Constellations,” from first encounter to possible lifelong love, 2 and 7 p.m. at the Unicorn Theatre and “The Stone Witch” by Sherman Bitterman, struggling young writer sent to help a reclusive children’s book author, 7 p.m., Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre — “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall, Dr. Martin Luther King encounters a hotel maid on April 3, 1968. 2 p.m. with talkback and 8 p.m. Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” Lanie Robertson’s look at jazz legend Billie Holliday, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Oldcastle Theatre — “The City of Conversation,” 1979 in Washington, when adversaries on the Senate floor talked to each other, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — “Or,” by Liz Duffy Adams, one night with 1660s poet, spy and playwright Aphra Behn 2 p.m., Shakespeare & Young Company 5 p.m., “Two Gentlemen of Verona” 7:30 p.m., “Sotto Voce” by Nilo Cruz, a Jewish-Cuban man seeks out a woman separated from her lover years before during World War II 8:30 p.m.,  70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Theater Barn — “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!” musical weaving in Allan Sherman’s song parodies 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — “Mama Mia!” musical with Abba music, a girl on a Greek island wants to know her real father, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. “Murder for Two,” a small-town cop investigates the death of a novelist, two actors playing 13 roles and two pianos, 7:30 p.m., OtherStage. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “An American Daughter” by Wendy Wasserstein, a woman tapped for U.S. Surgeon General faces her past, 2 and 7:30 p.m. MainStage. “And No More Shall We Part” by Tom Holloway, Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek, a loving couple face the wife’s terminal illness, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Friday Aug. 19

 

About Town

Becket Arts Center — Yoga 8:30 a.m. Route 8, Becket.

Clark Art Institute — Tapas bar 3 to 7 p.m., on the theme of “Splendor, Myth, and Vision” exhibit of art from the Prado, Williamstown.

Dalton CRA — Crane Paper Sale, fine stationery and specialty papers produced by Crane and Co. of Dalton, benefits Dalton Community Recreation Association and Dalton Youth Center programming. 400 Main St., Dalton. 413-684-0260, dalton cra.org

Green Mountain Academy — “A Night in Old Havana” benefit dinner and auction with live music by High Definition Band, 6:30 p.m. Cuban-inspired menu, island dress encouraged. 802-867-0111.

 

Art

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio — Artist Sally Tiska Rice demonstrates her watercolor technique, 11 a.m. Historic art deco house of ’20s artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. Lenox

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore — Joe Berger reads from “The Pious Ones,” on the world of Hasicid Jews, nonfiction, 7 p.m. Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox.

Lenox Library — Annual book sale with paperbacks and hardcovers, special interest and collections, CDs, LPs, DVDs, sheet music and more, also artwork: original paintings, prints and photographs, grand opening 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and free admission 2 to 6, Lenox.

Northshire Bookstore — Joseph Cardillo reads from “Body Intelligence,” 7 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. northshire.com

 

Conversations

JTS in the Berkshires — “Heresy and Community: The Case of Baruch Spinoza” presented by Dr. Benjamin Gampel, 11 a.m. Bernstein Theater at Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-445-4872, ext.16

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Flexn, electrifying street dance evolving from Jamaican bruk-up style with Brooklyn native Reggie Gray and director Peter Sellars, 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. Pam Tanowitz Dance, “Heaven on One’s Head” and “the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces,” unpredictable rhythms and romantic ballet with live FLUX quartet, 8:15 p.m. Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: Loren, Royse & Co in “Spun,” physical comedy and Cyr wheel, 6:15 p.m., and PillowTalk: The Art of Social Justice with Flexn, both free. Becket.

Performance Space 21 — Chase Brock Experience, 8 p.m., high-energy, witty and upbeat Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company. Chatham, N.Y.

Shire City Sanctuary — Swing dance with live music by Lucky 5 String Band, lesson 7 p.m. and dance begins at 8. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield.

 

Family

Becket Arts Center — Families Dance Together program 5 p.m. at Jacob’s Pillow, Becket.

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Family Fridays, programs in the garden, Caterpillar Lab 11 a.m. with Keene, N.H., butterfly and moth experts. Stockbridge.

Berkshire Museum — Kindergarten Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., activities and information for children about to enter kindergarten. Free and open to the community. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — “Beauty and the Beast,” community performance, 7 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Free Fun Friday: David Grover and his gang concert 10 a.m. and “Mary Poppins” film on the big screen 1 p.m., free. p.m.14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Mission House — Mohican Story Hour 3 p.m., stories about the Stockbridge American Indians and their way of life. Stockbridge.

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Kids create” hands-on art for ages 3 to 6, 10:30 a.m. Stockbridge.

 

History

Bennington Battle Monument — Monument Stairs: “Stepping Up,” 412 steps inside the Monument open with guided tours and Revolutionary War history. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

 

Music

Chesterwood — Chesterfest, Americana music outdoors 5:30 p.m. with local barbecue and beer available, Stockbridge.

Guthrie Center — Tenzin Chopak & Rockwood Ferry, folk harmonies and original songs, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6. Great Barrington.

Hevreh — Tanglewood Shabbat, 7 p.m. gathering on the lawn before the evening concert. Route 183, Lenox.

Mass MoCA — Roomful of Teeth, Grammy-winning vocal titans, 8 p.m., Hunter Center. North Adams

The Mount — Music After Hours, guest musicians may include the Benny Sharoni Quartet and the Wanda Houston Band free concert on the terrace 5 to 8 p.m. Lenox.

Tanglewood — BSO prelude concert with Dejan Lazić, piano, 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. BSO concert with Charles Dutoit, cond.; Menahem Pressler, piano; Simona Saturova, soprano, Marianna Pizzolato, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Polenzani, tenor; Riccardo Zanellato, bass; and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” Mozart and Rossini, 8 p.m. in the Shed. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Full moon canoe trip 9 to 10:30 p.m. to see the life of the river at night. Rain date Saturday. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield.

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Cocktails in Great Gardens: summer party in the garden of Jack Hyland and Larry Wente, Millerton, N.Y. Register for directions.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Tribes,” a young deaf man stands up to his hearing family, 8 p.m., Main Stage; “Broadway Bounty Hunter,” Annie Golden (starring as herself) as a bounty hunter after a South American Drug Lord, musical with R&B and Funk, 7:30 p.m., Stage II, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — “Constellations,” from first encounter to possible lifelong love, 8 p.m. at the Unicorn Theatre and “The Stone Witch” by Sherman Bitterman, struggling young writer sent to help a reclusive children’s book author, 8 p.m., Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre — “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall, Dr. Martin Luther King encounters a hotel maid on April 3, 1968. 2 p.m. with cast conversation. Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” Lanie Robertson’s look at jazz legend Billie Holliday, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Oldcastle Theatre — “The City of Conversation,” 1979 in Washington, when adversaries on the Senate floor talked to each other, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Shakespeare & Young Company 5 p.m., “Two Gentlemen of Verona” 7:30 p.m., “Ugly Lies the Bone” by Lindsey Ferrentino, a woman returning from three tours in Afghanistan 8:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Theater Barn — “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!” musical weaving in Allan Sherman’s song parodies 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — “Mama Mia!” musical with Abba music, a girl on a Greek island wants to know her real father, 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. “Murder for Two,” a small-town cop investigates the death of a novelist, two actors playing 13 roles and two pianos, 7:30 p.m., OtherStage. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — Fridays@3 new play reading: “Cutie & Bear.” “An American Daughter” by Wendy Wasserstein, a woman tapped for U.S. Surgeon General faces her past, 8 p.m. MainStage. “And No More Shall We Part” by Tom Holloway, Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek, a loving couple face the wife’s terminal illness, 8 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Saturday Aug. 20

 

About Town

Behold New Lebanon — Townwide museum with programs including nature walks, cooking and food, the speedway, auctioneering, farming, local history, homesteading, art, music and more. Visitors Center, Old Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Bennington Battle Monument — 125th Anniversary of the opening of the Monument, steps will be open for guided tours, birthday party 8 to 6 p.m. and monument and shop open until 8. Bennington, Vt.

Berkshire Scenic Railway North Adams — Train Rides return to the Berkshires — BSRM’s Hoosac Valley Service Narrated train rides between North Adams and Adams 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams.

Berkshire County 4-H Fair — 76th annual youth fair with hall exhibits, livestock, food, activities and more. Opens 9 a.m., 4-H Fairgrounds, Utility Drive, Pittsfield. 413-448-8285, mass4h.org

Bike and Fly — Great Barrington Rotary event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Great Barrington Airport, Route 71, Great Barrington. 413-528-4284

Dalton CRA — Crane Paper Sale, fine stationery and specialty papers produced by Crane and Co. of Dalton, benefits Dalton Community Recreation Association and Dalton Youth Center programming. 400 Main St., Dalton. 413-684-0260, dalton cra.org

Greek Fest — Greek food, pastries, music and dancing, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 73 Bradford St., Pittsfield. 413-442-8113, christisrisen.com

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Plein Air drawing at Thomas Schütte: Crystal installation on Stone Hill, 1 to 4 p.m., free. Williamstown.

Monterey Library — “Rediscovered and Reconsidered: Anne Shatas and William Carlson, Sculpture and Ceramics” artists’ talk 6 p.m., reception 6:30 to 8. free. Monterey.

Salem Art Works — Music on the Hill 4 to 8 p.m., family-friendly event with local food and music in Cary Hill Sculpture Park with wood-fired pizza, craft beers and bluegrass, 5 p.m. Salem, N.Y.

Stockbridge Summer Arts and Crafts Show — 25th annual juried show of more than 80 artisans and crafters, from paintings to ceramics, fiber to glass blowing, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. grounds of the Stockbridge Town Offices and Bidwell Park, 50 Main St., Free. Stockbridge.

 

Books and Writers

The Bookstore — Anna Ornstein reads from “My Mother’s Eyes,” autobiography of a Holocaust survivor, 4 p.m. Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox.

Lenox Library — Annual book sale with paperbacks and hardcovers, special interest and collections, CDs, LPs, DVDs, sheet music and more, also artwork: original paintings, prints and photographs,10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lenox.

Northshire Bookstore — Writing workshop with James Crews, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. John Elder, “Picking up the Flute, 7 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. northshire.com

 

Conversations

Temple Anshe Amunim — “Torah Plus: Exploring Jewish Text and Culture,” 9:30 a.m., stories from Rabbinic and Medieval times through Sept. 3. All welcome. Pittsfield.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival —Flexn, electrifying street dance evolving from Jamaican bruk-up style with Brooklyn native Reggie Gray and director Peter Sellars, 2 and 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. Pam Tanowitz Dance, “Heaven on One’s Head” and “the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces,” unpredictable rhythms and romantic ballet with live FLUX quartet, 2:15 and 8:15 at Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: School at Jacob’s Pillow musical theatre, 6:15 p.m., and PillowTalk: “Battling Inequality in the Arts,” 4 p.m., both free. Becket.

Lenox Contradance — Music by Spare Parts, Liz Stell flute, Bill Matthiesen keyboard, Eric Buddington fiddle, Mark Murphy bass and Calling by Quena Crain of Vt., dance to live music, 7:45 to 11 p.m. Beginners welcome early, no experience or partner needed. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Tom gold Dance, “Poetic Episodes” 8 p.m. reimagining work of Poet Laureate Charles Simic to Bach, Lady Gaga, Rachmaninoff. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. mahaiwe.org

Performance Space 21 — Chase Brock Experience, 8 p.m., high-energy, witty and upbeat Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company. Chatham, N.Y. Choreographer Chase Brock talk on “Making a Dance” 3:30 p.m. at Chatham Public Library, free, 11 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham. N.Y.

 

Family

Berkshire Museum — Imagination Playground, 10 a.m. to noon, get creative with the big, blue blocks. Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171 or berkshiremuseum.org.

Great Barrington Bandstand — David Grover in concert, 10 a.m. behind Town Hall, Great Barrington.

 

Food

Naumkeag — “Teas from the Garden,” 2 p.m., learn about herbs and flowers that make delicious and healthful teas and tisanes and how to grow them. Taste tisanes created by a local herbalist and create a blend. Stockbridge.

 

History

Bidwell House — Paper Pilgrims: Letter Writing and Communication in Early America. Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College history professor, 10 a.m. Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham.

North Adams Historical Society — 270th anniversary of the 1746 siege of Fort Massachusetts: Tribute 1 p.m. at St. Francis Indian Ledge on Mass. Ave. with speakers, music — the Fort Massachusetts Suite composed for the 75th anniversary of the Drury Band and “Chester,” the unofficial anthem of the colonies — and dedication of a statue of a St. François/Abenaki Indian. Film, models, diary excerpts from Chaplain Rev. John Norton, an eye witness, in Barracks room replica at North Adams Museum of Science and History, Western Gateway Heritage State Park Building 5A. North Adams. 413-664-4700

North Adams Library — Tours of historic mansion, 1 p.m., history of the library as a private house. 74 Church St. Street, North Adams.

 

Music

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the legacy of Jim Crow” with Vermont Public Radio’s jazz expert Reuben Jackson, free. Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, Vt. 802-867-2223

Guthrie Center — Lucy Kaplansky, folk singer / songwriter, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6. Great Barrington.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Buckwehat Zydeco, Louisiana music, 8 p.m.14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA — “Sherlock Jr.” with live score by the BQE Project, silent classic with live music, 8 p.m., Courtyard C or Hunter Center. North Adams

The Mount — Music After Hours, guest musicians may include the Benny Sharoni Quartet and the Wanda Houston Band free concert on the terrace 5 to 8 p.m. Lenox.

Southern Vermont Arts Center — “The Ever Unfolding Present,” music and dance by keyboardist Geoffrey Gee and movement artist Kimerer LaMothe,” 7 p.m. Manchester, Vt.

Stockbridge Sinfonia — Community concert 2 p.m. at Norman Rockwell Museum, Route 183, Stockbridge.

Tanglewood — BSO rehearsal 10:30 a.m. and concert, Verdi’s “Aida” acts I and II, Andris Nelsons, cond., and cast to include Kristine Opolais, soprano (Aida), Violeta Urmana, mezzo-soprano (Amneris), Andrea Carè, tenor (Radames),,Alfred Nigro, tenor (Messenger), Morris Robinson, bass (The King), Kwangchul Youn, bass (Ramfis) and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, 8 p.m. in the Shed. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Canoe trips 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. with guided talk about the river, wildlife and history. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield.

Farmer Olympics — Greased ‘pig’ rodeo, moo juice squeeze, gourd toss, wheelbarrow race, hay bale stack and more, family-friendly conests and fun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the Greenagers, rain date Aug. 21. Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield.

Garden Conservancy Open Days — Garden tours in Copake Falls, Hudson and Valatie, N.Y. 888-842-2442, opendaysprogram.org

Hildene — Summer Bird Walk: Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders survey wild birds, 7 a.m., free. Manchester, Vt.

Tamarack Hollow — Highland “Ghost-Town” Berry Foraging Trek at the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center and the Notchview Smithers Woodland Preserve, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cellar holes, stone wells, witness trees, wild edible plants and trees concluding with high bush blueberry foraging. Windsor.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Tribes,” a young deaf man stands up to his hearing family, 8 p.m., Main Stage; “Broadway Bounty Hunter,” Annie Golden (starring as herself) as a bounty hunter after a South American Drug Lord, musical with R&B and Funk, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Stage II, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — “Constellations,” from first encounter to possible lifelong love, 2 and 8 p.m. at the Unicorn Theatre and “The Stone Witch” by Sherman Bitterman, struggling young writer sent to help a reclusive children’s book author, 2 and 8 p.m., Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre — “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall, Dr. Martin Luther King encounters a hotel maid on April 3, 1968. 8 p.m. with talkback. Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” Lanie Robertson’s look at jazz legend Billie Holliday, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Hubbard Hall — Hubbard Hall Opera Theater: “La Pizza con Funghi” by Seymour Barab, 7 p.m. Freight Depot. “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini, 2 p.m. Cambridge, N.Y.

The Mount — “Twelfth Night,” Shakespearean comedy, 11 a.m. Shakespeare & Company actors outdoors 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Oldcastle Theatre — “The City of Conversation,” 1979 in Washington, when adversaries on the Senate floor talked to each other, 2 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — “Two Gentlemen of Verona” 2 p.m., “Ugly Lies the Bone” by Lindsey Ferrentino, a woman returning from three tours in Afghanistan 3 p.m., “Emperor on the Moon” by Aphra Behn’s Restoration comedy 5:30 p.m.,“Merchant of Venice” 7:30 p.m., “Sotto Voce” by Nilo Cruz, a Jewish-Cuban man seeks out a woman separated from her lover years before during World War II 8:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Theater Barn — “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!” musical weaving in Allan Sherman’s song parodies 4 and 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — “Mama Mia!” musical with Abba music, a girl on a Greek island wants to know her real father, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Mainstage. “Murder for Two,” a small-town cop investigates the death of a novelist, two actors playing 13 roles and two pianos, 2 and 7:30 p.m., OtherStage. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “An American Daughter” by Wendy Wasserstein, a woman tapped for U.S. Surgeon General faces her past, 3:30 and 8 p.m. MainStage. “And No More Shall We Part” by Tom Holloway, Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek, a loving couple face the wife’s terminal illness, 3:30 and 8 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Sunday Aug. 21

 

About Town

Berkshire Scenic Railway North Adams — Train Rides return to the Berkshires — BSRM’s Hoosac Valley Service Narrated train rides between North Adams and Adams 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams.

Dalton CRA — Crane Paper Sale, fine stationery and specialty papers produced by Crane and Co. of Dalton, benefits Dalton Community Recreation Association and Dalton Youth Center programming. 400 Main St., Dalton. 413-684-0260, dalton cra.org

Greek Fest — Greek food, pastries, music and dancing, noon to 6 p.m. St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 73 Bradford St., Pittsfield. 413-442-8113, christisrisen.com

 

Art

Stockbridge Summer Arts and Crafts Show — 25th annual juried show of more than 80 artisans and crafters, from paintings to ceramics, fiber to glass blowing, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. grounds of the Stockbridge Town Offices and Bidwell Park, 50 Main St., Free. Stockbridge.

 

Books

The Bookstore — Frederick Pollack, “A Poverty of Words,” poetry, 4 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. bookstoreinlenox.com

Lenox Library — Annual book sale with paperbacks and hardcovers, special interest and collections, CDs, LPs, DVDs, sheet music and more, also artwork: original paintings, prints and photographs,10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lenox.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Flexn, electrifying street dance evolving from Jamaican bruk-up style with Brooklyn native Reggie Gray and director Peter Sellars, 2 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. Pam Tanowitz Dance, “Heaven on One’s Head” and “the story progresses as if in a dream of glittering surfaces,” unpredictable rhythms and romantic ballet with live FLUX quartet, 2:15 p.m. Doris Duke Theatre. A Jazz Happening, musical theater program show and live music, 5 p.m. Becket.

 

Family

Clark Art Institute — Boston Circus Guilt to perform, 1 to 4 p.m. Family art making, activities, and performances in celebration of “Splendor, Myth, and Vision” show 1 to 4 p.m., activites free. Williamstown.

 

Film

Hevreh — Hevreh goes to the movies: “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort,” on one of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, family-owned and operated for more than 100 years. 10:30 a.m., Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Branagh Theatre’s “Romeo and Juliet” broadcast live in HD, 1 p.m.14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

 

History

Old Austerlitz — Annual meeting and presentation with Austerlitz Historical Society, 2 p.m., free. Route 22, Austerlitz, N.Y. oldausterlitz.org

 

Music

Bascom Lodge — Oakes and Smith acoustic folk and pop, free. 6 p.m., Summit of Mount Greylock.

North Adams — Levitt AMP North Adams concert series 3 p.m., outdoor performance with vendors, food, music and more Colegrove Park, North Adams. explorenorthadams.com

Stockbridge Sinfonia — Community concert 2 p.m. at Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St., Lenox.

Tanglewood — BSO with Andris Nelsons, cond., Robert Sheena, English horn

Dejan Lazić, piano: Berlioz overture to “Béatrice et Bénédict,Tsontakis “Sonnets,” Saint-Saëns and Prokofiev, 2:30 p.m. in the Shed. Route 183, Lenox.

Temple Anshe Amunim — “Tikkun Olam: To Repair the World — A Tribute to American Icon Pete Seeger,” 7 p.m., an evening of song with folk musicians and the audience, dessert and coffee. Pittsfield

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Canoe trips 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. with guided talk about the river, wildlife and history. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield.

Flying Deer Nature Center — “Song of the Forest Workshop” programs for adults and for kids 6-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. 518-794-6687, flyingdeernaturecenter.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Different Methods of Communication in Deaf Culture,” conversation with members of the deaf community on lip-reading and signing, 2 p.m., “Tribes,” a young deaf man stands up to his hearing family, 5 p.m., Main Stage; “Broadway Bounty Hunter,” Annie Golden (starring as herself) as a bounty hunter after a South American Drug Lord, musical with R&B and Funk, 3 p.m., Stage II, Pittsfield.

Chester Theatre — “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall, Dr. Martin Luther King encounters a hotel maid on April 3, 1968. 2 p.m. with panel discussion. Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” Lanie Robertson’s look at jazz legend Billie Holliday, 2 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Hubbard Hall — Hubbard Hall Opera Theater: “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini, 2 p.m. Cambridge, N.Y.

Shakespeare & Company — “Merchant of Venice” 2 p.m.,“Sotto Voce” by Nilo Cruz, a Jewish-Cuban man seeks out a woman separated from her lover years before during World War II 3 p.m., “Ugly Lies the Bone” by Lindsey Ferrentino, a woman returning from three tours in Afghanistan 8:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Theater Barn — “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!” musical weaving in Allan Sherman’s song parodies 2 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

WAM Theatre — Fresh Takes play reading, “Samsara,” 3 p.m. No. 6 Depot, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge.

Weston Playhouse — “Murder for Two,” a small-town cop investigates the death of a novelist, two actors playing 13 roles and two pianos, 3 p.m., OtherStage. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “An American Daughter” by Wendy Wasserstein, a woman tapped for U.S. Surgeon General faces her past, 2 p.m. MainStage. “And No More Shall We Part” by Tom Holloway, Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek, a loving couple face the wife’s terminal illness, 2 p.m., Nikos Stage. Lawn talks before Sunday matinee with artists, guests and staff. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

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