Week ahead August 1 to 7

Forges are lit, film festivals are rolling, and music sounds indoors and out — from Craig Harris’ celebration of contemporary American Indian musicians in ‘Heartbeat, Warble and the Electric Powwow’ to Wild West Jewish Cowboy Clowns at Temple Anshe Amunim to Spanish flair and klezmer with Manchester Music Festival …

In the photo at the top, a smith works hot metal at the Bidwell House in Monterey. Photo by Walter J. Engels / Courtesy of Bidwell House

 

Monday Aug. 1

 

Books and Writers

Arrowhead — Old Salts Day at Arrowhead: any sailor, mariner, marine may visit free. Herman Melville’s historic house. Pittsfield.

The Mount — Monday book talks: Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Howard Blum discusses his most recent book, “The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure and Betrayal,” 4 p.m. Lenox.

 

Film

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival — “Brundibar Revisited,” 4 p.m. “Sabena Hijacking: My Version,” 8 p.m. Festival’s 30th year. Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St., Lenox.

Performance Space 21 —  Film Festival, “Construct It!” about buildings and designers, “Unfinished Spaces” 8:30 p.m. about Cuba’s ambitious National Art Schools project, neglected, nearly forgotten, then rediscovered as a masterpiece. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

History

Stephentown Historical Society — “Planters and Plain Politics: How Van Buren Changed Party Politics,” a talk by James McKay of Lindenwald, 7:30 p.m., Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road,  Stephentown, N.Y. Free. (518) 733-0010.

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — “The Lilias White Effect,” blues and Broadway, 8 p.m. at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Stage II, Pittsfield.

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 — Andrew King, piano; music of J.S. Bach and Robert Schumann, noon. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 35 Park St, Williamstown. 413-458-8131

 

Outdoors

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

 

Theater

Berkshire Theatre Group — “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. 2

 

Art

Marble House Project — Artseed reading by Erin Morgan Gilbert, writer, translator and Bennington MFA, followed by open studios with visual artists Christopher McNulty, Lien Truong and Dempsey Rice 6 p.m., free. Dorset, Vt.

Naumkeag — “Plein Air in Style” with a live model dressed in the period costume of 125 years ago, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3016

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — “Populism in the 2016 Election: Where Does It Come From and What Will Be Its Impact?” on belief in the power of regular people, 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.

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 —  Film Festival, “Construct It!” about buildings and designers, “Bauhaus in America,” 1995 documentaryexplores impact of Bauhaus on American architecture and design, 8:30 p.m. Introduced by filmmaker Judith Pearlman. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Music

BU Tanglewood Institute — Student Performances, Tanglewood on Parade, chamber music 2:30 p.m. and Young Artists Orchestra and Chorus, Koussevitzky Music Shed, Paul Haas and Katie Woolf, cond., 4 p.m. Tanglewood, Lenox.

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

Tanglewood — Tanglewood on Parade: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra with Stéphane Denève, Giancarlo Guerrero, and John Williams, cond., perform Ravel, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with cannon and more, 8 p.m. in the Shed. Fireworks to follow. Route 183, Lenox.

Ventfort Hall — “The Making of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly: Berkshire Opera Festival” with general director Jonathon Loy and artistic director and conductor Brian Garman, 4 p.m. tea and talk. Lenox.

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Large and Small: Two Gardens, field study of Maywood Garden and the garden of Peter Wooster in the Litchfield hills in Bridgewater and Roxbury, Conn. Meets at 10 a.m. at Maywood.

 

Theater 

Barrington Stage Company — “Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan romp, 7 p.m., Main Stage; “Peerless” by Jiehae Park, twins will stop at nothing to get into college, 7:30 p.m., Stage II, Pittsfield.

Becket Arts Center — “Theatre at Its Very Best,” talk with Obie awardwinning actor John Douglas Thompson, 7:30 p.m. Route 8, Becket.

Berkshire Theatre Group — “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., “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.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “Poster Boy,” a musical inspired by the real suicide of a gay college student, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. Talkback with company and guests. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Wednesday Aug. 3

 

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.

Manchester Community Library — “From Rembrandt to Vincent Van Gogh and Beyond” with author and art educator Carol Berry, 7 p.m. Free. Manchester, Vt.

 

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

Temple Anshe Amunim — “Khosn Cowboy Mazl Tov: Wild West Jewish Cowboy Clowns in Music, Rodeos and Animation” 11:30 a.m. with Aaron Manela, from Tin Pan Alley and magic lanterns, to silent movies, Vaudeville, baseball games and circuses. Pittsfield.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Compagnie Hervé Koubi, “What the Day Owes to the Night,” French-Algerian choreographer and all-male company of we dancers from Algeria and Burkina Faso, capoiera, martial arts, hip hop and contemporary dance, 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. New York Theatre Ballet, Antony Tudor’s “Dark Elegies” to Mahler and “Song Before Spring”  to Philip Glass with live steel drum ensemble, 8:15 p.m. in Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: Francine  E. Ott / The Walk, hip hop, house, modern and African 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 — Bob Otto, New England percussion band, 1 p.m. Pittsfield.

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

 

Film

Performance Space 21 —  Film Festival, “Construct It!” about buildings and designers, “Metropolis,” 1927, in a futuristic city sharply divided, the city’s mastermind’s son falls in love with a working class prophet. 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Music

Bascom Lodge — Creative resident Amelia de Neergaard presents her work, free. 6 p.m., Summit of Mount Greylock.

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.

Mason Library — Craig Harris: Heartbeat, Warble and the Electric Powwow, 4:30 p.m. reading, music and new book drawing on more than one hundred interviews with musicians, producers, ethnographers, and record-label owners,writers and musicians. Despite centuries of suppression and oppression, American Indian music survives today as a profound cultural force. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

Tanglewood — Nelson Freire, piano: J.S. Bach, Beethoven, shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Chopin, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Bird Walk 8 a.m., free. Evening with Birds and Bats 7 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; “Peerless” by Jiehae Park, twins will stop at nothing to get into college, 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.

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

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., “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.

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. “Poster Boy,” a musical inspired by the real suicide of a gay college student, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, ’62 Center. “Baby Wants Candy,” long-running improvisational musical comedy 8 p.m., Goodrich Hall, 880 Main St., Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Thursday Aug. 4

 

About Town

Great Barrington car show —  Firefighters Antique Car Show, downtown Great Barrington. Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, 413-528-4284.

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

Manchester Sidewalk Sales — Weekend of bargains at outlets and retailers, downtown Manchester, Vt.

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

Norman Rockwell Museum — 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 — “After Images: Photography and Its Shifting Stories,” Emilie Boone, Mellon Curatorial Fellow, 4 p.m. “Athletics and Aesthetics: Mini-Golf” putt on the patio 5:30 p.m. Williamstown.

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — Slate Presents: Cultural Gabfest  Le Café literary live show, Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner on Wharton and her legacy, 7 p.m. Le Café Français 8:30 a.m. Lenox.

 

Conversations

Hevreh — Dr. Bonnie Saks, therapist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of South Florida in Tampa, on “Sex and the Senior,” 3 p.m. on intimacy in the silver and golden years. Great Barrington.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Compagnie Hervé Koubi, “What the Day Owes to the Night,” French-Algerian choreographer and all-male company of we dancers from Algeria and Burkina Faso, capoiera, martial arts, hip hop and contemporary dance, 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. New York Theatre Ballet, Antony Tudor’s “Dark Elegies” to Mahler and “Song Before Spring”  to Philip Glass with live steel drum ensemble, 8:15 p.m. in Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: Kate Wallich and the YC, 6:15 p.m., Free. Becket.

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Rockwell Suites with the Albany Berkshire Ballet,” 5:30 p.m. Work premiered for the museum’s grand opening in 1993, choreographed by artistic director Madeline Cantarella Culpo, bringing art to life. Stockbridge.

 

Family

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

 

Film

Performance Space 21 —  Film Festival, “Construct It!” about buildings and designers, “Eames: The Architect and the Painter,” 8:30 p.m., on husband-and-wife team Charles and Ray Eames, influential industrial designers. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Food

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival — Copake Hillsdale Farmers Market presents pre-festival tastings and farm market 2 to 7 p.m. with local foods, distilleries, wineries, breweries and farmers. 44 County Road 7D, Hillsdale, N.Y. FalconRidgeFolk.com

Hevreh — Israeli Cooking with Julie Gale, owner and chef at the Kitchen Table Cooking School, noon. Great Barrington.

Marble House Project —  Culinary workshop: make ravioli and gluten free chestnut pasta paired with two quick garden-inspired sauces, ending with a meal and wine pairing. Dorset, Vt. Register marblehouseproject.org

 

Music

Manchester Music Festival — Around the World with Music, 7:30 p.m., Spanish flair to klezmer, works by Joaquin Turina, Aaron Copeland, Ralph Vaughn Williams, William Kroll, David Krakauer and more with Joana Genova and Heather Braun, violins; Kathryn Lockwood and Ariel Rudiakov, violas; Alexis Gerlach, cello with guests Michael Brown, piano and Yousif Sheronick, percussion. 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 — Daniil Trifonov, piano: J.S. Bach, Liszt and Rachmaninoff, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan romp, 8 p.m., Main Stage; “Peerless” by Jiehae Park, twins will stop at nothing to get into college, 3 and 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.

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.

Shakespeare & Company — “Cry Havoc” by Stephan Wolfert, who tells the story of his military experience in Shakespeare’s words and his own 3 p.m., “Two Gentlemen of Verona” Shakespeare comedy 7:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Shakespeare in the Park — “The Tempest,” 8 p.m., outdoors on First Street Common, Pittsfield.

Theater Barn — “Forever Plaid,” ’50s musical with barbershop quartet melodies 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. 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. “Poster Boy,” a musical inspired by the real suicide of a gay college student, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, ’62 Center. “Baby Wants Candy,” long-running improvisational musical comedy 8 p.m., Goodrich Hall, 880 Main St., Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Friday Aug. 5

About Town

Adams Agricultural Fair — Truck pull 6 p.m., pedal tractor contest 6:30, Bits and Pieces Dance 7 p.m., midway, rides, animals, live entertainment, games, demonstrations and exhibits, antique tractors, beekeepers, spinning, wood-turning and more to 10 p.m. Bowe Field, off Route 8, Adams. Adams-Agricultural-Fair.org

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.

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

Manchester Sidewalk Sales — Weekend of bargains at outlets and retailers, downtown Manchester, Vt.

 

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

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

Housatonic Valley Art League — Annual Members’ Show with Berkshire artists, opening 5 to 7 p.m. 107 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — “Jazz” paintings, photographs and sculpture curated by Marguerite Bride and Lee Everett opens 5 to 8 p.m. at Artswalk. Pittsfield.

Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival — Juried fine art and artisans, specialty foods and spirits, food trucks and local breweries, music and live entertainment 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Part of Bennington Arts Weekend, art, performances and more at local museums, galleries and theaters, Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, Vt.

 

Books and Writers

The Bookstore — Vivian Werner, “A Richard Wright Story,” autobiography and storytelling, 7 p.m. Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Compagnie Hervé Koubi, “What the Day Owes to the Night,” French-Algerian choreographer and all-male company of we dancers from Algeria and Burkina Faso, capoiera, martial arts, hip hop and contemporary dance, 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. New York Theatre Ballet, Antony Tudor’s “Dark Elegies” to Mahler and “Song Before Spring”  to Philip Glass with live steel drum ensemble, 8:15 p.m. in Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: Preeti Vasudevan & Thresh Performing arts Collaborative, Indian and modern dance, 6:15 p.m., and PillowTalk: Making Dances for Stage and Screen, 5 p.m., both free. Becket.

 

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.

Hancock Shaker Village — Free Fun Friday, activities and family events with free admission all day. Pittsfield.

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.

Performance Space 21 —  Rioult Dance N.Y. Workshop performance 1 p.m., program of modern dance pieces inspired by choreographer Pascal Rioult. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Film

Performance Space 21 —  Film Festival, “Construct It!” about buildings and designers, “My Architect,” 8:30 p.m., Director Nathaniel Kahn on his father, renowned architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Music

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

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival — Grayak, Great Bear, Green Mountain Playboys, Hoopoe, Patty Larkin and many more, noon to 2 a.m. Folk music and dance, children’s activities, Dodds Farm, 44 County Road 7D, Hillsdale, N.Y. FalconRidgeFolk.com

Guthrie Center — Brother Sun, folk ensemble with jazz and zydeco, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6. Great Barrington.

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 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. BSO with Giancarlo Guerrero, cond., and Yefim Bronfman, piano: Dvorak, Liszt, Mahler and Brahms, 8 p.m. in the Shed. UnderScore Friday concert. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan romp, 2 and 8 p.m., Main Stage; “Peerless” by Jiehae Park, twins will stop at nothing to get into college, 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 — “Two Gentlemen of Verona” Shakespeare comedy 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., “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.

Shakespeare in the Park — “The Tempest,” 8 p.m., outdoors on First Street Common, Pittsfield.

Theater Barn — “Forever Plaid,” ’50s musical with barbershop quartet melodies 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. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — Fridays@3 new play reading: “Huzzah.” “An American Daughter” by Wendy Wasserstein, a woman tapped for U.S. Surgeon General faces her past, 8 p.m. MainStage. “Poster Boy,” a musical inspired by the real suicide of a gay college student, 8 p.m., Nikos Stage, ’62 Center. “Baby Wants Candy,” long-running improvisational musical comedy 8 p.m., Goodrich Hall, 880 Main St., Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Saturday Aug. 6

 

About Town

Adams Agricultural Fair — Sheep, goats and cattle judging 10 a.m., master gardners, horse pull 11 a.m., Pups in the Air, sheep shearing 12:30 p.m., truck pull, Shyne concert 7 p.m., games, demonstrations and exhibits, antique tractors, beekeepers, spinning, wood-turning and more, midway, rides, animals, live entertainment to 10 p.m. Bowe Field, off Route 8, Adams. Adams-Agricultural-Fair.org

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.

Community Tag Sale — Stephentown Historical Society event with wide range of vendors 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gardner’s Field, 15879 Route 22, Stephentown, N.Y.

Hancock Shaker Village — Age of Iron meets Age of Wood, weekend devoted to two essential Shaker trade crafts with blacksmithing and woodworking demonstrations, HSV visiting artisans from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Shaker stool workshop and ash cat-head basket workshop 10 a.m. Turn on the water turbine. Talks on tool sharpening, wood identification and more. Pittsfield.

Manchester Sidewalk Sales — Weekend of bargains at outlets and retailers, downtown Manchester, Vt.

Merwin House — Wicket Good Fun at Merwin, croquet games and U.S. Croquet Association on hand to teach, mallets and balls provided, noon to 4 p.m. 14 Main St., Stockbridge. Free. House open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for hourly tours. 860-928-4074

Mount Washington Church Fair — Annual celebration for more than 75 years with blueberries, “Mountain Cookery” recipes, silent auction, antiques appraisals 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., quilt raffle, art, crafts, pet shop treats, gently used fashions, fresh flowers, food, games, live entertainmentand more.10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Rain or shine, Church of Christ, East Street and Cross Road, Mount. Washington.

 

Art

Bryant Homestead — “Plein Air Painting at Bryant,” local landscape artist Paula Gottlieb on summer landscape, perspective, color, and composition 1 to 5 p.m. at historic house of William Cullen Bryant,19th-century poet and journalist. Cummington.

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

Craft Fair and Festival — 16th annual juried show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., free admission. First Congregational Church of Lee, 25 Park Place, Lee.

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Van Der Zee to Rockwell and Beyond: Art and Civil Rights,” an evening with Maurice “Pops” Peterson 5 p.m., artist has re-imagined Rockwell to reflect the realities of 21st century life. One-day workshop for teens 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on panoramic drawing from the Renaissance to IMAX. Stockbridge.

OMI International Arts Center — Dance Omi Showing in The Fields 2 to 4 p.m., diverse group of dancers-in-residence from all over the world share site-specific performances, free. Ghent. N.Y.

Sandisfield Arts Center — In the Gallery: Joe Baker: “Paintings and Pastels,” show opening 2 to 4 p.m. Sandisfield.

Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival — Juried fine art and artisans, specialty foods and spirits, food trucks and local breweries, music and live entertainment 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Part of Bennington Arts Weekend, art, performances and more at local museums, galleries and theaters, Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, Vt.

 

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 — Compagnie Hervé Koubi, “What the Day Owes to the Night,” French-Algerian choreographer and all-male company of we dancers from Algeria and Burkina Faso, capoiera, martial arts, hip hop and contemporary dance, 2 and 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. New York Theatre Ballet, Antony Tudor’s “Dark Elegies” to Mahler and “Song Before Spring”  to Philip Glass with live steel drum ensemble, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m. in Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: Jacob’s Pillow School musical theater, 6:15 p.m., and PillowTalk: “The Art of Grace” with Pulitzer prizewinning Washington Post dance critic Sarah Kaufman, 4 p.m., both free. Becket.

 

Family

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

Berkshire Museum — WeeMuse Art Lab, 11 a.m., art-making activities with a science twist. Pittsfield.

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

OMI International Arts Center — Children’s workshop 10 a.m. to noon for ages 4 to 12 with themes from Fields Sculpture Park. Ghent. N.Y.

 

Film

Performance Space 21 —  Film Festival, “Construct It!” about buildings and designers, “Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center,” 8:30 p.m., Writer and director Bob Eisenhardt intoduces the film on the 14-year project. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Food

Naumkeag — “All the Tea in China,” 2 p.m. Third-generation tea-maker Michael Harney hosts tasting of different types of black, green and white teas and special blends created in his Connecticut-based boutique. Stockbridge.

 

History

Stockbridge Library — Cemetery Walk: “The Red Lion Inn: Stagecoach Stop, Community Center,” 4 p.m. Cemetery on Main Street, Stockbridge. 413-298-5501

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Mtc Musical Shorts, Musical Theatre Conservatory ensemble performs short musicals by emerging writers, 10 p.m. at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Stage II, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Choral Festival — Stephen Paulus, “To Be Certain of the Dawn,” and Bernstein, “Chichester Psalms,” with conductor Kathy Saltzman Romey of Minnesota Chorale and Oregon Bach Festival, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Open dress rehearsal 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and talk 6:15 p.m. Berkshire School, Sheffield.

Berkshire Jazz — Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, jazz/blues artist brings her quintet directly from the Springfield Jazz Festival, 8 p.m., place TBA. Berkshirejazz.org

BU Tanglewood Institute — Student Recital with Young Artists Piano Program, 11 a.m., West Street Theatre, 45 West St. 50th Anniversary Concert with students, faculty, and alumni from BUTI’s Young Artists Programs, 2:30 p.m., Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival — Annika Bennett, Eric Schwartz and Freebo, Gina Forsyth, Sarah Potenza, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes, Nerissa & Katryna Nields Annie Wenz, Beth Molaro, Brother Sun, Buddy System, Falcon Ridge House Band, The Gaslight Tinkers, George Marshall, Heather Maloney, Ivy Vine Player, Jim and Madeline Christensen, Kathryn Wedderburn, Mike and Ruthy Band, Patti O’Brien Melita, Paul Rosenberg, Peter Mulvey, Pete’s Posse, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix, Slambovian Circus of Dreams, SONiA disappear fear, Storycrafters, Vance Gilbert and more 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Folk music and dance, children’s activities, Dodds Farm, 44 County Road 7D, Hillsdale, N.Y. FalconRidgeFolk.com

Guthrie Center — John Gorka, folk singer / songwriter with acoustic integrity, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA — Mariachi Flor de Toloache, South of the Border Swing, 8 p.m., Dré Pavilion or Club B10. 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.

Sandisfield Arts Center — Evening of 20th Century American Songs and Dinner, 6 p.m., from a stroll down Tin Pan Alley to a “Walk in the Woods,” more than 100 years of great and popular American Song. Sandisfield.

Southern Vermont Arts Center — Phantom Leading Ladies, Mary D’Arcy, Karen Culliver and Teri Bibb, stars from Broadway and National Tour who performed as Christine Daee in “Phantom of the Opera,” 7 p.m. Manchester, Vt.

Tanglewood — BSO rehearsal 10:30 a.m. and concert with Giancarlo Guerrero, cond., and Daniil Trifonov, piano: Adams’ Harmonielehre, Chopin an Strauss, 8 p.m. in the Shed. Route 183, Lenox

Tannery Pond Concerts — Miro Quartet, Brahms and Beethoven, 8 p.m. Darrow School, New Lebanon, N.Y.

 

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 — Epimediums, ground cover from China, 1 p.m., co-sponsored wiht North American Rock Garden Society. Stockbridge.

Bidwell House — “Wigwams and Shelter-Building,” learn to build a shelter with supplies from the forest floor. 11 p.m. Monterey.

Gear Up for Lyme — Ride up Mount Equinox, part of the Bike Up Mountain Point Series, benefits Lyme disease and local charities. Manchester, Vt.

Mass Audubon — Canoe Trip along the Housatonic River, 8:30 a.m. Meets at New Lenox Road, Lenox. Berkshire Summits Hiking series, Alander Mountain 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mount Washington State Forest, Great Barrington. Register 413-637-0320

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan romp, 8 p.m., Main Stage; “Peerless” by Jiehae Park, twins will stop at nothing to get into college, 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 — “Sister Play” by John Kolvenbach, sisters on Cape Cod meet a stranger, 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, 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.

Theater Barn — “Forever Plaid,” ’50s musical with barbershop quartet melodies 4 and 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

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., “Cry Havoc” by Stephan Wolfert, who tells the story of his military experience in Shakespeare’s words and his own 3 p.m., “Emperor on the Moon” by Aphra Behn’s Restoration comedy 5:30 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.

Shakespeare in the Park — “The Tempest,” 8 p.m., outdoors on First Street Common, Pittsfield.

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, 3:30 and 8 p.m. MainStage. “Poster Boy,” a musical inspired by the real suicide of a gay college student, 3:30 and 8 p.m., Nikos Stage, ’62 Center. Lawn talks before Sunday matinee with artists, guests and staff.  “Baby Wants Candy,” long-running improvisational musical comedy 2 and 8 p.m., Goodrich Hall, 880 Main St., Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Sunday Aug. 7

 

About Town

Adams Agricultural Fair — Sheep, goats and cattle judging 10 a.m., ox pull 11 a.m., Pups in the Air, birds of prey at noon, sheep shearing 1 p.m., demolition derby, games, demonstrations and exhibits, antique tractors, beekeepers, spinning, wood-turning and more, midway, rides, animals, live entertainment to 10 p.m. Bowe Field, off Route 8, Adams. Adams-Agricultural-Fair.org

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.

Hancock Shaker Village — Age of Iron meets Age of Wood, weekend devoted to two essential Shaker trade crafts. Artist Rob Hite, whose sculpture is on site, demonstrates his creative process. Blacksmithing and woodworking demonstrations, HSV visiting artisans from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Swallowtail bookmark workshop 1 to 3 p.m. Turn on the water turbine. Talks on tool sharpening, wood identification and more. Pittsfield.

Manchester Sidewalk Sales — Weekend of bargains at outlets and retailers, downtown Manchester, Vt.

 

Art

Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival — Juried fine art and artisans, specialty foods and spirits, food trucks and local breweries, music and live entertainment 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Part of Bennington Arts Weekend, art, performances and more at local museums, galleries and theaters, Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, Vt.

 

Books and Writers

Arrowhead — Melville Day: Special bus tour of the Melville Trail, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pittsfield.

Robert Frost Stone House Museum — “Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost” programs, “Robert Frost as a Renaissance Man: New Revelations in his poem ‘New Hampshire,’” with Donald Sheehy’s close readings of an often overlooked long poem written in the kitchen of the Stone House Museum. 2 p.m. Shaftsbury, Vt.

 

Conversations

Hevreh — Great Ideas Talk with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, 10:30 a.m. Great Barrington.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Master class with New York Theatre Ballet, 10 a.m. Compagnie Hervé Koubi, “What the Day Owes to the Night,” French-Algerian choreographer and all-male company of we dancers from Algeria and Burkina Faso, capoiera, martial arts, hip hop and contemporary dance, 2 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. New York Theatre Ballet, Antony Tudor’s “Dark Elegies” to Mahler and “Song Before Spring”  to Philip Glass with live steel drum ensemble, 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.

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

 

Film

Performance Space 21 —  Film Festival, “Construct It!” about buildings and designers, “Playtime” 8:30 p.m., Jacques Tati’s attempt to answer the question: in the midst of an increasingly impersonal world, how do we keep our humanity? Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Mtc Musical Shorts, Musical Theatre Conservatory ensemble performs short musicals by emerging writers, 8 p.m. at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Stage II, Pittsfield.

Bascom Lodge — Rakish Paddy, foot-stomping Celtic music, free. 6 p.m., Summit of Mount Greylock.

BU Tanglewood Institute — Student Recitals, Young Artists Harp Program 11 a.m., West Street Theatre, 45 West St.; Young Artists Vocal Program 3 p.m., Trinity Church. New Music recital with young artists composition program, 5:30 p.m. West St. Theatre. Free. Lenox.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival — The Felice Brothers, Matt Nakoa, Metropolitan Klezmer, Tom Rush and many more, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Folk music and dance, children’s activities, Dodds Farm, 44 County Road 7D, Hillsdale, N.Y. FalconRidgeFolk.com

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — An evening with Kelli O’Hara, Broadsay’s golden girl, 7 p.m.14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Sevenars Concerts — George Bowerman, piano, 4 p.m. The Academy, Route 112 and Ireland Street, South Worthington. 413-238-5854, sevenars.org

Tanglewood — BSO concert with Moritz Gnann, cond., and Nelson Freire, piano: Mozart and Mahler, 2:30 p.m.; and Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma 8 p.m. in the Shed. UnderScore Friday concert. Route 183, Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — Jull Kargman’s Meta Metal, novelist and television creator brings head-banging comedy, 7:30 p.m. at the Log, 78 Main St., Williamstown.

 

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 — Lime Kiln Farm Sanctuary through the Seasons series: “Butterflies and Dragonflies of the Pond and Meadows,” 9 a.m., free. Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Sheffield.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan romp, 5 p.m., Main Stage. Pittsfield.

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

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

The Mount — “Twelfth Night,” Shakespearean comedy, 4:30 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 — “Merchant of Venice” 2 p.m., “Ugly Lies the Bone” by Lindsey Ferrentino, a woman returning from three tours in Afghanistan 3 p.m. “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” 7:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Shakespeare in the Park — “The Tempest,” 8 p.m., outdoors on First Street Common, Pittsfield.

Theater Barn — “Forever Plaid,” ’50s musical with barbershop quartet melodies 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. 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 p.m. MainStage. “Poster Boy,” a musical inspired by the real suicide of a gay college student, 2 p.m., Nikos Stage, ’62 Center. “Baby Wants Candy,” long-running improvisational musical comedy 2 p.m., Goodrich Hall, 880 Main St., Williams College, Williamstown.

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