Week ahead Aug. 8 to 14

Eli ‘Paperboy Reed’ performs free soul music in Pittsfield tonight — and WordxWord comes back this week the annual festival of spoken word, poetry and storytelling. Lincoln’s words come alive at Chesterwood, and Touchstones talks bring a New York Times film critic to the Mount. The Berkshires are pulsing this week, from Emmanuel Ax at Tanglewood to the Rock, Rattle and Drum Powwow in Bennington …

In the photo at the top, Becket Arts Center will host ‘Visiting India, Myanmar and Bhutan,’ a talk with nationally recognized Berkshire photographers Sally Eagle and Dan Mead on Tuesday in Becket. Photo by Sally Eagle and Dan Mead, courtesy of The Becket Arts Center

 

Monday Aug. 8

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — Monday book talks: Charlotte Gordon on “Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelly,” 4 p.m. Lenox.

 

Film

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival — “Je Suis Charlie,” 4 p.m. “ Very Semi-Serious,” 8 p.m. Festival’s 30th year. Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St., Lenox.

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Broadway and Beyond 8 p.m., Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley celebrate life and love, Main Stage. Pittsfield.

BU Tanglewood Institute — Student Recitals, Young Artists Vocal Program 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Trinity Church. Young Artists Piano Program, 7:30 p.m., Ventfort Hall. Free. Lenox.

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 — Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, soul music with the Easy Riding Papas opening: Live music concerts for all ages, 6 p.m., free. Pittsfield Common. shirecitysessions.com

Summer Noontime Concert — Michael Strauss, viola; Scott Bailey, piano; music of Robert Schumann and Ernest Bloch, noon. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 35 Park St, Williamstown. 413-458-8131

Tanglewood — Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra with TMC Conducting Fellows, Dawn Upshaw, soprano, Sanford Sylvan, baritone, and TMC Vocal Fellows and Nicholas Muni, stage director: Weill’s “The Seven Deadly Sins” and Shostakovich, 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.

Weston PlayhouseInaugural annual event recognizes an artist of national importance, celebrating the life and career of actor and long-time Weston company member Christopher Lloyd, who will be there. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “Inside Joke” comedy with Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” 7:30 p.m. MainStage, ’62 Center. Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Tuesday Aug. 9

Art

Becket Arts Center — “Visiting India, Myanmar and Bhutan,” talk with nationally recognized photographers Sally Eagle and Dan Mead, 7:30 p.m. Route 8, Becket.

 

Books & Writing

WordXWord — Annual spoken word festival: Writing workshop with Eve Ewing, 3 p.m. at Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. WXW Poetry sCrawl downstown, starts 5:30 p.m. at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., and Youth Feature night with Eve Ewing, Safia Elhillo and Jayson P. Smith 7:30 p.m. at Berkshire Museum. Pittsfield. Free. wXw365.org

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — “The Life of Solomon Northup,” R. Paul McCarty, executive director of the Old Fort House, on Northrup in the Fort Edward area and his kidnapping from Saratoga Springs, 5:30 p.m. Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester Vt.

Ventfort Hall — Architectural historian, top-rated guide by Travel and Leisure and adjunct professor at New York University, Frances Morrone, “When Incandescence Met Iridescence: Edison and Tiffany,” 4 p.m. tea and talk. Lenox.

 

Dance

Marble House Project — Artseed dance Performance by Wendy Rein and Ryan Smith of RAWdance, an award-winning company known for transforming theaters and public spaces, 6 p.m., free. Dorset, Vt.

 

Family

Berkshire Athenaeum — David Garrity, magician, 1 p.m. Pittsfield.

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, “Paul Taylor Creative Domain” 8:30 p.m., cinematographer Tom Hurwitz on Paul Taylor with his dancers. Executive Producer Robert Aberlin will introduce the film. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Music

BU Tanglewood Institute — Student Recitals, chamber music with students in the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra, 6 p.m. Free. Trinity church. Lenox.

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

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan romp, 7 p.m., Main Stage. 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., “Ugly Lies the Bone” by Lindsey Ferrentino, a woman returning from three tours in Afghanistan 8:30 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. 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. Talkback with company and guests. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Wednesday Aug. 10

About Town

North Adams — 20th Annual Downtown Celebration 5:30 to 9 p.m. outdoor festival andcommunity expo with vendors, food, music, performances and more, artmaking with DownStreet Art, Main Street and Downtown North Adams. explorenorthadams.com

 

Art

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

Columbia County Historical Society — Plein Air painters from Columbia County Council for the Arts at Lukyas Van Alen House and Ichabod Crane School, all day. 2589 Route 9H, Kinderhook, N.Y. cchsny.org

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

 

Books & Writing

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.

WordXWord — Annual spoken word festival with poetry, storytelling, performances, writing workshops Writing workshop with Safia Elhillo, 3 p.m. at Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. bSpoke! / Cadavre Exquis, Berkshire poets present a multi-voice collaboration, 5:30 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. Poetry slam finals 7:30 p.m. at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge. Free. wXw365.org

 

Conversations

Chesterwood — “Lincoln Speaks” narrated by Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer with readings from the writings of Abraham Lincoln in Daniel Chester French’s studio. 4 p.m., Stockbridge.

Green Mountain Academy — “What is Art? Tolstoy and the Legacy of the Great Russian Novel,” Tolstoy’s 1897 essay asks what place beauty, feelings and morals have in artwork. Why did Tolstoy reject the beauty of his own fiction? What does his moral resolve mean for his work? 5:30 p.m. Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vt.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Dorrance Dance, tap director at the Pillow School, “ETM:Double Down” with Nicholas Van Young’s electronic music, 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. “Monument” by Adam H. Weinart, revival of iconic works by legends of modern dance, Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: RawDance excerpts from Double Exposure, 6:15 p.m., free. Becket.

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — “The Wiz TYA,” soulful musical Wizard of Oz, 2 and 7 p.m., Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

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

 

Film

Manchester Community Library — Classic comedy, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel in “His Girl Friday,” 2 p.m. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. mclvt.org

Music

Bascom Lodge — Berkshire Highlanders annual concert on the mountaintop, free. 6 p.m., Summit of Mount Greylock.

BU Tanglewood Institute — Student Recitals, chamber music with students in the BUTI Young Artists Orchestra, 6 p.m. Free. Trinity church. Lenox.

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

Hubbard Hall — Hubbard Hall Opera Theater: “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini, 7 p.m. Cambridge, N.Y.

Eagles Band — Broadway show tunes, music from TV, movies, patriotic favorites and marches, free concert 7 p.m. Kimball Farms, 235 Walker St., Lenox

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 — Boston Symphony Chamber Players with Jeremy Flower, computer and piano: works by Flower, Françaix, Beethoven and Spohr, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Evening at the Beaver Ponds, walk and talk 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.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan romp, 2 and 7 p.m., Main Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab — Staged reading series, live performances of new work, 7:30 p.m. Free. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington.

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.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “The Way of the World,” premiere by Theresa Rebeck, contemporary retelling of William Congreve’s 18th-century drama, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Chester Theatre — “Sister Play” by John Kolvenbach, sisters on Cape Cod meet a stranger, 8 p.m. Chester.

Living Room Theatre — “Playing with Fire” by August Strindberg and “Overruled” by George Bernard Shaw, comic one-acts, 7:30 p.m., Park-McCullough House, One Park St., North Bennington, 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 — Backstage walk 10:30 a.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., “Or,” by Liz Duffy Adams, one night with 1660s poet, spy and playwright Aphra Behn 7:30 p.m., “Cry Havoc” by Stephan Wolfert, who tells the story of his military experience in Shakespeare’s words and his own 8:30 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. 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.

 

Thursday Aug. 11

 

About Town

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

 

Art

Columbia County Historical Society — Plein Air painters from Columbia County Council for the Arts at Lukyas Van Alen House and Ichabod Crane School, all day. 2589 Route 9H, Kinderhook, N.Y. cchsny.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — “A Tribute to Elvis Presley and Early Rock and Roll

with Elvis Impersonator Joe Borelli, 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 — “Markets and Museums: the Economics of Aesthetics” with Stephen Sheppard, professor of Economics at Williams College, 4 p.m.; “Dance Class: Salsa!” 5:30 p.m. Williamstown.

 

Books & Writing

The Mount — “Touchstones: In Conversation with A.O. Scott,” cultural critic and journalist Kate Bolick with New York Times film critic on his book, “Better Living Through Criticism,” 5:30 p.m. Le Café Français 8:30 a.m. Lenox.

WordXWord — Annual spoken word festival with poetry, storytelling, performances, writing workshops. Teen and young adult workshops 1 to 4 p.m. at Whitney Center for the Arts. Outspoken Youth Poetry Slam 5 p.m. at the Lichtenstein, 28Renne Ave., Pittsfield. #Kahoots: two minds / two voices with guest feature by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, 7:30 p.m. at the Whitney Center. Free. wXw365.org

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Dorrance Dance, tap director at the Pillow School, “ETM:Double Down” with Nicholas Van Young’s electronic music, 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. “Monument” by Adam H. Weinart, revival of iconic works by legends of modern dance, Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: Soul Steps, African-American step dance, 6:15 p.m., free. Becket.

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — “The Wiz TYA,” soulful musical Wizard of Oz, 2 and 7 p.m., Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

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

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

Music from Salem — Children’s workshop with MfS musicians 1 p.m. Historic Salem courthouse, 58 E. Broadway, Salem, N.Y.

 

Music

Manchester Music Festival — Voices Together! An Orchestral Experience, Stefan Milenkovich, violin, with the Manchester Festival Orchestra and Manchester Community Chorus, works by Mozart, Dvorak, Brahms and Barber7:30 p.m., Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vt.

Music from Salem —  Open rehearsal for ““The Great Arch of Unimagined Bridges,” with works by pieces by Schubert, Prokofiev, Dvorak, and Glazunov, 4 p.m., free. Brown Farm, 154 Priest Road, Salem, N.Y.

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.

 

Outdoors

Vermont Challenge 2016 — 5th annual cycling tour of New England, routes for low-key and adept riders, all day. Southern and Central Vermont over four days including a signature Gran, Medio and Piccolo Fondo for all riders on Saturday. vtchallenge.com

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan romp, 8 p.m., Main Stage. 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 — “Sister Play” by John Kolvenbach, sisters on Cape Cod meet a stranger, 2 p.m. with talkback and 8 p.m. Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “The Way of the World,” premiere by Theresa Rebeck, contemporary retelling of William Congreve’s 18th-century drama, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Living Room Theatre — “Playing with Fire” by August Strindberg and “Overruled” by George Bernard Shaw, comic one-acts, 7:30 p.m., Park-McCullough House, One Park St., North Bennington, 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 — “Merchant of Venice” 2 p.m., “Two Gentlemen of verona,” 7:30 p.m. “Cry Havoc” by Stephan Wolfert, who tells the story of his military experience in Shakespeare’s words and his own 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.

Williams College Summer Theatre Lab — 12th season, Williams students work with visiting artists and returning alumni professionals to develop new work, guest artists include alumni Michael Winther ’85, Eben Hoffer ’10 and Cate McCrea ’13; actor Josiah Bania (IRONBOUND), director Andrew Neisler, and Off-Broadway theater company ArsNova. Open Lab Weekend with  workshop production of Caroline McGraw’s “Believeland” and work created throughout the summer. 

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, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Friday Aug. 12

 

About Town

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

Berkshire Scenic Railway North Adams — Friday night Cabaret train with local entertainers Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsey. Train leaves 6 p.m. from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams. Schedule at hoosacvalleytrainride.com

Bennington Battle Day — Downtown festivities celebrating 1777 Battle of Bennington victory in Revolutionary War. Bennington, Vt. betterbenninton.com.

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.

Columbia County Historical Society — Plein Air painters from Columbia County Council for the Arts at Lukyas Van Alen House and Ichabod Crane School, all day. 2589 Route 9H, Kinderhook, N.Y. cchsny.org

Sheffield Antiques Show — 2016 show of antiques vendors from silver to sideboards, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mount Everett High School 491 Berkshire School Road, Sheffield.

 

Art

Berkshire Crafts Fair — 43rd annual juried festival of master artisans from Camifornia to Florida to Maine in contemporary and traditional jewelry, furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. indoors at Monument Mountain Regional High School, Route 7, Great Barrington. berkshirecraftsfair.org

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio — Painting demonstration with local artist Scott Taylor, 11 a.m. Historic art deco house of ’20s artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. Lenox

IS183 Art School — “Stab Binding” Arts Night Out 7 to 9 p.m. Japanese book binding technique using scraps of different weights, textures and colors cut to the same size. All welcome. BYOB, 21 and over at Citizens’ Hall, Stockbridge.

 

Books & Writing

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — N.Y. Times Writer Joseph Berger, “Displaced Persons: Holocaust Survivors and the Paradoxical Lives They  Built in America,” 10:45 a.m. (reservations for lunch), Hevreh, Great Barrington.

Northshire Bookstore — Robin MacArthur reads from “Half Wild,” 7 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. northshire.com

WordXWord — Annual spoken word festival with poetry, storytelling, performances: Writing workshop with Jayson P. Smith, 3 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts. Story slam finals 6 p.m. at the Lichtenstein. “The Ragged Edge of Truth” with feature poets and regional voices, 8 p.m. at Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Free. wXw365.org

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Dorrance Dance, tap director at the Pillow School, “ETM:Double Down” with Nicholas Van Young’s electronic music, 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. “Monument” by Adam H. Weinart, revival of iconic works by legends of modern dance, Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: FJK Dance ballet and ballroom 6:15 p.m., and PillowTalk: “LoisGreenfield: Moving Still” on photography and exhibit 4 p.m., both free. Becket.

Performance Space 21 — Rioult Dance N.Y., 8 p.m. Choreographer Pascal Rioult’s unexpected interpretations of great musical scores. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — “The Wiz TYA,” soulful musical Wizard of Oz, 7 p.m., Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

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

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Family Fridays, programs in the garden, birds of prey 11 a.m. with wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi. Stockbridge.

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.

Naumkeag — Free Fun Friday, family-friendly activities at the Gilded Age mansion and in the gardens, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. highlandstreet.org. Free. Stockbridge.

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

 

Film

Norman Rockwell Museum — Friday Night at the Movies series, John Ford’s “Just Pals” 5:30 p.m. with Q&A, Stockbridge.

Music

BU Tanglewood Institute — Opera scenes with students in the Young Artists Vocal Program, 6 p.m. Free. West Street Theatre, Lenox.

Chesterwood — Chesterfest, Americana music outdoors 5:30 p.m. with local barbecue and beer available, Stockbridge. 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge.

The Egg — Maura O’Connell and Karan Casey, 7:30 p.m. in Rhythm International series. 1 Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. theegg.org

Guthrie Center — Folk singer / songwriting Eli Catlin, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6. Great Barrington.

Hubbard Hall — Hubbard Hall Opera Theater: “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini, 7 p.m. Cambridge, N.Y.

Meetinghouse Cafe — Oakes and Smith, Berkshire folk duo in concert, 8 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,  108 School St., Bennington, Vt.

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 p.m. in Ozawa Hall and concert with Charles Dutoit, cond., and Emanuel Ax, piano: Mozart, Debussy and Ravel, 8 p.m. in the Shed. Route 183, Lenox.

Vermont Arts Exchange — The Show Ponies, old-time bluegrass with a twist, 7:30 p.m. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. vtartxchange.org

 

Outdoors

Vermont Challenge 2016 — 5th annual cycling tour of New England, routes for low-key and adept riders, all day. Southern and Central Vermont over four days including a signature Gran, Medio and Piccolo Fondo for all riders on Saturday. vtchallenge.com

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan romp, 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 — “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 — “Sister Play” by John Kolvenbach, sisters on Cape Cod meet a stranger, 2 p.m with cast conversation. Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “The Way of the World,” premiere by Theresa Rebeck, contemporary retelling of William Congreve’s 18th-century drama, 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Living Room Theatre — “Playing with Fire” by August Strindberg and “Overruled” by George Bernard Shaw, comic one-acts, 7:30 p.m., Park-McCullough House, One Park St., North Bennington, 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 — Riotous Youth 10 a.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., “Two Gentlemen of Verona” 7:30 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.

Williams College Summer Theatre Lab — 12th season, Williams students work with visiting artists and returning alumni professionals to develop new work, guest artists include alumni Michael Winther ’85, Eben Hoffer ’10 and Cate McCrea ’13; actor Josiah Bania (IRONBOUND), director Andrew Neisler, and Off-Broadway theater company ArsNova. Open Lab Weekend with  workshop production of Caroline McGraw’s “Believeland” and work created throughout the summer. 

Williamstown Theatre Festival — Backstage tour 6 p.m. “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. 13

 

About Town

Bennington Battle Day — Downtown festivities celebrating 1777 Battle of Bennington victory in Revolutionary War. Bennington, Vt. betterbenninton.com.

Bennington Battle Monument — Celebration of the Battle of Bennington with living history encampment, drill presentations, musket and artillery demonstrations, exhibits and activities for children hourly. Authentic cannons on display and fired periodically. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free. 11th annual 5K race that starts and ends at the Monument with the firing of a cannon. half-mile Kids fun Run. Registration opens 8 a.m. and race at 9:30. Bennington, Vt.

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.

Bidwell House — Adonijah Bidwell’s 300th Birthday Bash, benefit for the 1750s museum with silent and live auction, 4 to 7 p.m. Monterey.

Marble House Project — Feast under the Stars benefit gala, multiple courses and wine pairings to benefit sustainable agriculture program, 5:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Norman’s Attic — More than 60 New England artisans with woven items, pottery, art, jewelry, china, linens, antiques, dried flowers, home made jams, knitwear 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Route 7A, Food court  at St. James’ Episcopal Church, celebration of artist Norman Rockwell and his family’s hometown from 1939 to 1953, Arlington, Vt.

Rock, Rattle and Drum  — 11th annual powwow, “The 11th Hour,” American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and cultural festivities 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grand Entry at 1 p.m. Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North St., Bennington, Vt.

Sheffield Antiques Show — 2016 show of antiques vendors from silver to sideboards, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Everett High School 491 Berkshire School Road, Sheffield.

 

Art

Becket Arts Center — BAC Members Art Show opens 2 p.m. with local artists’ work, Route 8, Becket.

Berkshire Crafts Fair — 43rd annual juried festival of master artisans from Camifornia to Florida to Maine in contemporary and traditional jewelry, furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. indoors at Monument Mountain Regional High School, Route 7, Great Barrington. berkshirecraftsfair.org

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

Columbia County Historical Society — Plein Air painters from Columbia County Council for the Arts at Lukyas Van Alen House and Ichabod Crane School, all day. 2589 Route 9H, Kinderhook, N.Y. cchsny.org

IS183 Art School — IS183 Art School Summer Art Show and open house, artists in adult classes and in the open studios display work, reception 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Art School’s 25th Anniversary Celebration at Citizens’ Hall, Stockbridge.

 

Books & Writing

WordXWord — Annual spoken word festival with poetry, storytelling, performances, writing workshops. Festival finale with featured poets, 8 p.m. at Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Free. wXw365.org

 

Conversations

Northshire Bookstore —“How to Communicate like a Buddhist,” Cynthia Kane, 7 p.m.  Children’s scavenger hunt, 2 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. northshire.com

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 — Dorrance Dance, tap director at the Pillow School, “ETM:Double Down” with Nicholas Van Young’s electronic music, 2 and 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. “Monument” by Adam H. Weinart, revival of iconic works by legends of modern dance, Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: School at Jacob’s Pillow music theater, 2:15 and 6:15 p.m., and PillowTalk: “Dancing Data” 4 p.m., both free. Becket.

Performance Space 21 — Rioult Dance N.Y., 8 p.m. Choreographer Pascal Rioult’s unexpected interpretations of great musical scores. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — “The Wiz TYA,” soulful musical Wizard of Oz, 72 p.m., Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

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

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

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Uncle Andy’s Cats and Other Pet Stories” 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  with James Warhola, the illustrator of more than two dozen children’s picture book, including “Uncle Andy’s” and “Uncle Andy’s Cats,” nephew of famed Pop artist, Andy Warhol. Storytelling, art making and talks. Stockbridge.

 

Film

Sandisfield Arts Center — “From Madness to Music” documentary and discussion 2 p.m. by Music in Common (MiC). Sandisfield.

 

Music

BarnTone — Eric Taylor, Texas songwriter for Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith and more, leads a songwriting workshop 1 to 3 p.m. at the Williams Inn (registraiton required) and performs at 7:30 p.m. Route 7, Williamstown.

BU Tanglewood Institute — Orchestral Concert with Young Artists Orchestra 2:30 p.m. with Ken-David Masur, cond., works by Enesco, Gershwin, Brahams, Ozawa Hall, Lenox. Student recital with Young Artists Piano Program , 11 a.m., and Opera scenes with students in the Young Artists Vocal Program, 6:30 p.m., free. West Street Theatre, Lenox.

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

Hubbard Hall — Hubbard Hall Opera Theater: “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini, 7 p.m. Cambridge, N.Y.

Mass MoCA — Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, soul 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.

Tanglewood — BSO rehearsal 10:30 a.m.; John Williams Film Night with Boston Pops, John Williams and Richard Kaufman, cond., 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.

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Grow Show, annual celebration of flowers, fuits and vegetables with contests and family activities, organized with members of the Lenox Garden Club. Stockbridge.

Clark Art Institute — Sensing Place Hike: Thoreau walk, 10:30 a.m., free. Meet at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill. Williamstown.

HooRWA — Hoosic River Ride: Biking on secondary roads by pastures and streams in Berkshires and Taconics, rides from 30 to 100 miles and a gentle family ride with bicycle mechanics, aid stations and picnic. the association’s annual benefit. Meet 8 a.m. at the Hoosac School in Hoosick Falls, Route 103 and N.Y. Route 7, N.Y. 413-458-2742

Mass Audubon — Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds, 8:30 a.m. Meets at Upper and Lower Goose Ponds, Lee. “Native Plantings for Home Gardens” 10 a.m., free. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox. Register 413-637-0320

Vermont Challenge 2016 — 5th annual cycling tour of New England, routes for low-key and adept riders, all day. Southern and Central Vermont over four days including a signature Gran, Medio and Piccolo Fondo for all riders on Saturday. vtchallenge.com

 

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; “Pirates of Penzance,” 8 p.m., Main Stage, 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, 8 p.m., Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre — “Sister Play” by John Kolvenbach, sisters on Cape Cod meet a stranger, 2 and 8 p.m. with talkback. Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “The Way of the World,” premiere by Theresa Rebeck, contemporary retelling of William Congreve’s 18th-century drama, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Living Room Theatre — “Playing with Fire” by August Strindberg and “Overruled” by George Bernard Shaw, comic one-acts, 7:30 p.m., Park-McCullough House, One Park St., North Bennington, Vt.

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, 7:30 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., “Or,” by Liz Duffy Adams, one night with 1660s poet, spy and playwright Aphra Behn 7:30 p.m., “Cry Havoc” by Stephan Wolfert, who tells the story of his military experience in Shakespeare’s words and his own 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.

Williams College Summer Theatre Lab — 12th season, Williams students work with visiting artists and returning alumni professionals to develop new work, guest artists include alumni Michael Winther ’85, Eben Hoffer ’10 and Cate McCrea ’13; actor Josiah Bania (IRONBOUND), director Andrew Neisler, and Off-Broadway theater company ArsNova. Open Lab Weekend with  workshop production of Caroline McGraw’s “Believeland” and work created throughout the summer. 

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. 14 

 

About Town

Bennington Battle Day — Downtown festivities celebrating 1777 Battle of Bennington victory in Revolutionary War. Downtown Parade. Bennington, Vt. betterbenninton.com.

Bennington Battle Monument — Celebration of the Battle of Bennington with living history encampment, drill presentations, musket and artillery demonstrations, exhibits and activities for children hourly. Authentic cannons on display and fired periodically. Fife and drum corps on the lawn by the Seth Warner Mount Independence Fife and Drum Corps from Mount Independence, Vt., and Marquis of Granby Jr. Ancient Fyfe & Drum Corps from Granby, Conn. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free. 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.

Rock, Rattle and Drum  — 11th annual powwow, “The 11th Hour,” American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and cultural festivities 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grand Entry at 1 p.m. Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North St., Bennington, Vt.

Sheffield Antiques Show — 2016 show of antiques vendors from silver to sideboards, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Everett High School 491 Berkshire School Road, Sheffield.

 

Art

Berkshire Crafts Fair — 43rd annual juried festival of master artisans from Camifornia to Florida to Maine in contemporary and traditional jewelry, furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. indoors at Monument Mountain Regional High School, Route 7, Great Barrington. berkshirecraftsfair.org

The Mount — Artist-led tour of SculptureNow 2016 show in the grounds, 11:30 a.m. Lenox.

 

Books and Writers

The Bookstore — Peter J. Daly and John F. Myslinski read from “Strange Gods,” a novel, 3 p.m. Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox.

 

Conversations

Weston Playhouse — An Evening with David E. Sanger, New York Times’ National Security Correspondent in “A Raucous Election. A World Afire,” talk and Q&A with dessert reception. Weston, Vt.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Master class with Adam H. Weinert, 10 a.m. Film “Tap World” on contemporary tap around the world, 4:30 p.m. Dorrance Dance, tap director at the Pillow School, “ETM:Double Down” with Nicholas Van Young’s electronic music, 2 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. “Monument” by Adam H. Weinart, revival of iconic works by legends of modern dance, 2:15 p.m. in Doris Duke Theatre. Becket.

 

Family

Barrington Stage Company — “The Wiz TYA,” soulful musical Wizard of Oz, 2 p.m., Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

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

Clark Art Institute — “arts Alive,” characters from the paintings as living statues, Grammy-nominated guitarist Jose Lezcano at 1 p.m. Family art making, activities, and performances in celebration of “Splendor, Myth, and Vision” show 1 to 4 p.m., activites free. Williamstown.

 

Music

Eagles Band — Broadway show tunes, music from TV, movies, patriotic favorites and marches, free concert 2 p.m. Hinsdale Fire House, 95 Maple St., Hinsdale

Music from Salem — “The Great Arch of Unimagined Bridges,” 4 p.m. with works by pieces by Schubert, Prokofiev, Dvorak, and Glazunov. Pay what you can, all welcome. Hubbard Hall. Cambridge, N.Y.

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

OMI International Arts Center — Music Omi Improvises in the Café, newly arrived residents, musicians and composers from all over the globe, 3 p.m. free. Ghent. N.Y.

Sevenars Concerts — Jazz improvizations with Jerry Noble, piano; Bob Sparkman, clarinet; Joel Pitchon, violin; Volcy Pelletier, cello; Christopher James, guitar and cello, 4 p.m. The Academy, Route 112 and Ireland Street, South Worthington. 413-238-5854, sevenars.org

Tanglewood — BSO with David Afkham, cond., and Igor Levit, piano: Beethoven and Schumann, 2:30 p.m. in the Shed. Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Memorial Concert. Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret: Australian Chamber Orchestra with Barry Humphries — Australia’s greatest entertainer, best known to audiences around the world as Dame Edna Everage — with Richard Tognetti, director and violin, and Meow Meow, cabaret artist, performing music of Berlin’s Weimar Republic (1920s-1930s) including jazz, cabaret, tango, and Broadway musical style, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. 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.

Bascom Lodge — John Wheeler, local wild mushroom enthusiast and founding member of the Berkshire Mycological Society, free. 6 p.m., Summit of Mount Greylock.

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Grow Show, annual celebration of flowers, fuits and vegetables with contests and family activities, organized with members of the Lenox Garden Club. Stockbridge.

Tour de Trustees properties — Form up a peloton and ride between some of our most beautiful properties in the Hilltowns. Glendale Falls, Bear Swamp, Chesterfield Gorge, Bryant Homestead, Notchview, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch included. Sets out from Notchview, Old Route 9, Windsor. 413-532-1651, ext. 3110

Vermont Challenge 2016 — 5th annual cycling tour of New England, routes for low-key and adept riders, all day. Southern and Central Vermont over four days. vtchallenge.com

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Broadway Bounty Hunter” conversation with Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams talk about writing a show together, 1 p.m., “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 — “Sister Play” by John Kolvenbach, sisters on Cape Cod meet a stranger, 2 p.m. Chester.

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

The Mount — “Twelfth Night,” Shakespearean comedy, 4:30 p.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, 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., “Ugly Lies the Bone” by Lindsey Ferrentino, a woman returning from three tours in Afghanistan 3 p.m., “Merchant of Venice” 7:30 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.

Weston Playhouse — “Mama Mia!” musical with Abba music, a girl on a Greek island wants to know her real father, 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.

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 and 7 p.m., Nikos Stage. Lawn talks before Sunday matinee with artists, guests and staff. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

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