Week ahead Aug. 28 to Sept. 5

The Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival returns this weekend with alliums and live music, as Labor Day weekend brings in canoe trips, county fairs and the Spencertown Academy’s annual festival of books …

 

Monday Aug. 29

 

Books and Writers

The Mount — Monday book talks: Simon Winchester on his recent book, “Pacific: A Biography of the Pacific Ocean,” 4 p.m. Lenox

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — The Marcy and Zina Show, acclaimed songwriters Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, 8 p.m. at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Stage II, Pittsfield.

Summer Noontime Concert — Nora Krohn, viola; Jad Bernardo, piano. Music of Rebecca Clarke, Paul Hindemith, Avro Part, noon. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Williamstown.

 

Outdoors

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

 

Tuesday Aug. 30

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — “Forecasting the 2016 Presidential Election: Who Will Win, and Why?” Middlebury Professor Matthew J. Dickinson on the 2016 presidential race, 5:30 p.m. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Vt.

Ventfort Hall — Author and screenwriter David Jaher on Mrs. Mina Crandon, 1924 story of mystery and rivalry, “The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction and Houdini in the Spirit World,” 4 p.m. tea and talk. Lenox.

 

Dance

Marble House Project — Artseed dance performance by Coco Karol followed by open studios with multi-disciplinary artist Kyle Peets, conceptuial and mosaic artist Samantha Holmes and visual artist Gowry Savoor, environmental sculpture, works on paper and the Indian art of Rangoli, 6 p.m., free. Dorset, Vt.

Performance Space 21 — Parsons Dance workshop with the Company 1 p.m. for students ages 13 to 18, Chatham, N.Y.

 

Family

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, “Paris Is Burning,” 8:30 p.m., a chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Tribes,” a young deaf man stands up to his hearing family, 7 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 — Berkshire Opera Festival’s “Madama Butterfly” 7:30 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

Shakespeare & Company — “Or,” by Liz Duffy Adams, one night with 1660s poet, spy and playwright Aphra Behn 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.

Weston Playhouse — “All My Sons,” Arthur Miller’s Tony awardwinning play, a father confronts the past, 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.

 

Wednesday Aug. 31

 

About Town

Columbia County Fair — Animals, fair fare, agricultural showcase, pageant, petting zoo, firefighters parade, Columbia’s Got Talent, tractor pull, local bounty cooking contest, motorcycle stunts, canine cabaret, rides and midway, noon to 11 p.m. Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.

 

Art

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

 

Books and Writers

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.

 

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.

 

Family

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

Performance Space 21 — Parsons Dance workshop with the Company 10 a.m. for students ages 13 to 18, Chatham, N.Y.

 

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

Green Mountain Academy — “Soulful Jazz: The Relationship Between Jazz Vocalists and Piano Accompanists” Eugene Uman, Director of the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro, and Vocalist Wanda Houston will choose from their wide repertoire of jazz standards and walk listeners through their processes in real time, 5:30 p.m. Bennington Museum, Bennington Vt.

 

Outdoors

Bascom Lodge — Project Pangaea update on effort to extend the Appalachian Trail from Maine through Canada and Greenland to Scandinavia and Europe, ending in Morocco. Talk 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

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.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Tribes,” a young deaf man stands up to his hearing family, 2 and 7 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.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” Lanie Robertson’s look at jazz legend Billie Holliday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Backstage walk 10:30 a.m., “Or,” by Liz Duffy Adams, one night with 1660s poet, spy and playwright Aphra Behn 2 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.

Weston Playhouse — “All My Sons,” Arthur Miller’s Tony awardwinning play, a father confronts the past, 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.

 

Thursday Sept. 1

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Historic property walk 2 p.m. to Linwood House (1859 Berkshire Cottage), Rockwell’s studio and “Build a Better Baby Carriage” outdoor exhibit. Stockbridge.

 

About Town

Columbia County Fair — Animals, fair fare, agricultural showcase, pageant, petting zoo, firefighters parade, Columbia’s Got Talent, tractor pull, local bounty cooking contest, motorcycle stunts, canine cabaret, rides and midway, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.

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

 

Books and Writers

The Mount — A Poetry Reading with Community Access to the Arts, 5 p.m. Le Café Français 8:30 a.m. Lenox.

 

Conversations

Hevreh — “Handicapping the Presidential Election,” 3 p.m. panel on the the electoral history, demographics, character, and influences of key states, looking toward the U.S. president in November. Great Barrington.

 

Dance

Performance Space 21 — Parsons Dance workshop with the Company 10 a.m. for students ages 13 to 18, Chatham, N.Y.

 

Music

Tanglewood — Popular music series: NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! comedy news quiz program live with Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis, 8 p.m. in the Shed. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Nationally recognized floral artist Ariella Chezar leads a tour of her cut-flower farm, Zonneveld, 10 a.m. in Columbia County, N.Y. Register with the botanical garden 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, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Stage II, Pittsfield.

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.

Theater Barn — “The Wedding Singer” musical comedy, the life of the party’s fiancée leaves, 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — “All My Sons,” Arthur Miller’s Tony awardwinning play, a father confronts the past, 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.

 

Friday Sept. 2

 

About Town

First Friday — Street festival with live music, gallery tour, artwalk 5 to 8 p.m. and shops open until 8 p.m. Downtown Bennington, Vt. betterbennington.com

Columbia County Fair — Animals, fair fare, agricultural showcase, pageant, petting zoo, firefighters parade, Columbia’s Got Talent, tractor pull, local bounty cooking contest, motorcycle stunts, canine cabaret, rides and midway, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.

Hevreh — Hot Shabbat 6 p.m. with picnic dinner, games and music. All welcome. Great Barrington.

 

Art

First Fridays Artswalk — More than a dozen shows with more than 20 artists in the Upstreet Cultural District, openings 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., free. After-party 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., free. Downtown Pittsfield 413-443-6501, FirstFridaysArtswalk.com

Norman Rockwell Museum — Meet Rockwell’s Models 3 p.m., find out what it was like to pose for an illustrator. Stockbridge.

 

Dance

Performance Space 21 — Parsons Dance, 8 p.m. “Almah” by Kate Skarpetowska, developed in residency here last summer. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Film

Norman Rockwell Museum — “American Graffiti” film and Q&A 5:30 p.m. George Lucas’ college friends’ last night in 1962. Stockbridge.

 

Music

Guthrie Center — Vishten, Prince Edward Island  trio blending Celtic, French and Cajun sound, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6. Great Barrington.

Tanglewood — Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart, cond., and the B-52s, 8 p.m. in the Shed. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Tribes,” a young deaf man stands up to his hearing family, 2 and 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 — Berkshire Opera Festival’s “Madama Butterfly” 7:30 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield

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 Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart,” Charles Chaplin film masterpiece “The Great Dictator” and Germany’s attempts to prevent the movie from being made, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Theater Barn — “The Wedding Singer” musical comedy, the life of the party’s fiancée leaves, 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — “All My Sons,” Arthur Miller’s Tony awardwinning play, a father confronts the past, 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.

 

Saturday Sept. 3

 

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.

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.

Columbia County Fair — Animals, fair fare, agricultural showcase, pageant, petting zoo, firefighters parade, Columbia’s Got Talent, tractor pull, local bounty cooking contest, motorcycle stunts, canine cabaret, rides and midway, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.

Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival — Garlic lovers unite with live music and food and crafts from hundreds of vendors, from pizza to peanuts to fudge to ice cream, many kinds of garlic, cooking demonstrations, samplings and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Camelot Village, Route 9, Bennington, Vt. lovegarlic.com

 

Art

Salem Art Works — Workshops in blacksmithing, glassblowing and welding for teens and adults. 19 Cary Lane, Salem, N.Y. salemartorks.org.

Sandisfield Arts Center — Michelle Arnot, “Shodou: Traveling along the Long Path of Writing,” solo show of Japanese Calligraphy, opening 2 to 4 p.m. Sandisfield.

Books and Writing

Spencertown Academy — Festival of Books, 11th annual extravaganza of all things literary, including a giant used book sale and readings, book signings and children’s programs, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Spencertown, N.Y.

 

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

Performance Space 21 — Parsons Dance, 8 p.m. “Almah” by Kate Skarpetowska, developed in residency here last summer. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Family

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

 

History

Stockbridge Library — Cemetery Walk: “Stockbridge Schools: Smart From the Start,” 4 p.m. Cemetery on Main Street, Stockbridge. 413-298-5501

 

Music

Clark Art Institute — Sense of Place through Music, 2 p.m., free concert by Leading players of The Orchestra Now and Juilliard, terrace at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill. Williamstown.

Guthrie Center — Berkshire Ramblers, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA — Everton Blender, Reggae dance party, straight from Jamaica, 8 p.m., Courtyard C or Hunter Center. North Adams

Tanglewood — Boston Pops swing orchestra with Keith Lockhart, cond., “Dancing under the Stars” 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.

Mass Audubon — Canoe Trip along the Housatonic River, 8:30 a.m. Meets at New Lenox Road, Lenox. Berkshire Summits Hiking series: Lenox Mountain, 9 a.m., Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox. Register 413-637-0320

 

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.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” Lanie Robertson’s look at jazz legend Billie Holliday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Oldcastle Theatre — “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart,” Charles Chaplin film masterpiece “The Great Dictator” and Germany’s attempts to prevent the movie from being made, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Theater Barn — “The Wedding Singer” musical comedy, the life of the party’s fiancée leaves, 4 and 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — “All My Sons,” Arthur Miller’s Tony awardwinning play, a father confronts the past, 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.

 

Sunday Sept. 4

 

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.

Columbia County Fair — Lonestar country music concert 7 p.m. Animals, fair fare, agricultural showcase, pageant, petting zoo, firefighters parade, Columbia’s Got Talent, tractor pull, local bounty cooking contest, motorcycle stunts, canine cabaret, rides and midway, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.

Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival — Garlic lovers unite with live music and food and crafts from hundreds of vendors, from pizza to peanuts to fudge to ice cream, many kinds of garlic, cooking demonstrations, samplings and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Camelot Village, Route 9, Bennington, Vt. lovegarlic.com

 

Art

Salem Art Works — Workshops in blacksmithing, glassblowing and welding for teens and adults. 19 Cary Lane, Salem, N.Y. salemartorks.org.

 

Books and Writing

Spencertown Academy — Festival of Books, 11th annual extravaganza of all things literary, including a giant used book sale and readings, book signings and children’s programs, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Spencertown, N.Y.

 

Music

Bascom Lodge — Marafanyi Drum, Lara Gonzalez and Yael Shacham original songs and spoken word with traditional West African rhythm and dance, 6 p.m., free. 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

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Labor Day Canoe Campout 2 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday. Family campout and paddle from the covered bridge down to Bartholomew’s Cobble for a campfire, stories and s’mores. Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013

 

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, 3 p.m., Stage II, Pittsfield.

Oldcastle Theatre — “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart,” Charles Chaplin film masterpiece “The Great Dictator” and Germany’s attempts to prevent the movie from being made, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Theater Barn — “The Wedding Singer” musical comedy, the life of the party’s fiancée leaves, 2 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — “All My Sons,” Arthur Miller’s Tony awardwinning play, a father confronts the past, 3 p.m., MainStage. “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.

 

Monday Sept. 5

 

About Town

Berkshire Scenic Railway North Adams — Hoosac Valley Service Narrated train rides between North Adams and Adams 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams.

Columbia County Fair — Animals, fair fare, agricultural showcase, pageant, petting zoo, firefighters parade, Columbia’s Got Talent, tractor pull, local bounty cooking contest, motorcycle stunts, canine cabaret, rides and midway, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fairgrounds, Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.

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