Week ahead Feb. 29 to March 6

Spring bulbs at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, blues and jazz and French film, Vermont novelist Chris Bohjalian at Oldcastle Theatre, a story out of Namibia on the ’62 Center stage, Mondo Bizarro at Double Edge Theatre … we have a rich collection of events this week, many of them surprising and full of color.

 

Monday, Feb. 29

 

Books & Writing

Bennington College — Reading by Dacia Maraini, 7 p.m. — Italian novelist, playwright, essayist, and activist, author of more than 50 books, including international bestseller “The Silent Duchess,” which received one of Italy’s highest literary honors, the Premio Campiello. Tishman Hall, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Bloomsday in Williamstown — “Don Quixote” reading the classic comedy aloud chapter by chapter, week by week, 7:30 p.m. at the Log, 78 Spring St., Williamstown. bloomsdayinwilliamstown@gmail.com

 

Film

Berkshire Museum — Oscar-nominated short films: Animations 1:30 and 7 p.m. — “Bear Story,” “Prologue,” “Sanjay’s Super Team,” “World of Tomorrow,” “We Can’t Live without Cosmos”. Little Cinema. 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. 413-447-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Images Cinema — Tournées/Williams College French Film Festival begins at 6:15 p.m. with Fabienne Kanor, writer and filmmaker, presenting her short film, “La noiraude,” exploring the sense of longing and belonging of a second-generation black Parisian woman who parses her French Caribbean identity. “Bande de filles (Girlhood), 7 p.m., explores the construction of feminine identity, social pressure, restrictions and taboos in contemporary France. 7 p.m., free. “In / dependence: Capturing Women in (New) French Cinema” series with Williams College. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. williams.edu, 413-458-5612, imagescinema.org

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Spring bulb show — tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more in the greenhouse. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

 

Tuesday, March 1

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — “Undoing the Past: Recuperated Document and Uncertain History,” 5:30 p.m. on archiving Theodore J. Kaczynski’s journals. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Conversations

Williams College — “Marcher le Monde / Walking the World” with journalist and writer Fabienne Kanor, 6 p.m., “retracing the paths of undocumented migrants and exiles in order to tell their stories.” Griffin Hall room 3, Route 2, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Music

Williams College — Professor David Metzer explores 20th and 21st-century music from classical to jazz to pop, 4:15 p.m. Bernhard Music Building, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, off Route 2, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Spring bulb show — tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more in the greenhouse. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

 

Wednesday, March 2

 

Community

Manchester Community Library — In the centenary year of the Pulitzer Prize, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and member of two Pulitzer-winning investigative teams, looks at the future of investigative reporting. First Wednesdays talk 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St., Manchester. 802-362-2607

 

Film

Berkshire Museum — “A Ballerina’s Tale,” the story of Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theatre, 2 p.m. — 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. 413-447-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Mason Library — Film on Cesar Chavez, 6 p.m. Duty to family vs. commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers, free. 231 Main St., Great Barrington. 413-528-2403, gblibraries

Williams College — Tournées/Williams College French Film Festival 7 p.m.,  Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution/ Alphaville de Jean-Luc Godard with French film scholar and critic, Sally Shafto, free. Blend of science fiction, pulp characters and surrealist poetry when intergalactic hero Lemmy Caution sets out on a mission to kill the inventor of fascist computer Alpha 60. Paresky center auditorium off Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Spring bulb show — tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more in the greenhouse. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

 

Thursday, March 3

Art

Clark Art Institute — Youth art month activity, make a thumbnail sketchbook, 3 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Williams College Museum of Art — Tour WCMA with students, 4:30 p.m. WCMA at Night: Cheryl Pope 5 to 8 p.m.: interactive installations, performance and sculpture, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive (off Route 2), Williams College, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

Williams College — Professor of Art Laylah Ali, “Relieving the Tedium: On my Attempts to Overthrow a Small Government and More Reflections from my Time as an Artist,” 4:15 p.m. Wege Auditorium, off Route 2, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Books

Oldcastle Theatre — Evening with Chris Bojalian, best-selling Vermont novelist and autho of more than 18 books including “The Guest Room,” a story of human trafficking and courageous women. Discussion, dessert, reception and book singing 7 p.m. to benefit the Bennington Free Library. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-447-0564, oldcastletheatre.org

 

Conversations

Williams College — “In Darwin’s Footsteps: Witnessing the Origin of a New Species in the Galapagos,” with Pulitzer-prizewinning writer Jonathan Weiner, 7:30 p.m. Griffin Hall room 7, Route 2, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Music

Guthrie Center — Hootenany, music jam 8 p.m., doors open at 7. 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington. 413-538-1955, guthriecenter.org

Troy City Music Hall — David Brosa, Israeli singer / songwriter, 7:30 p.m. 30 Second St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Spring bulb show — tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more in the greenhouse. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

 

Theater

Double Edge Theatre — Mondo Bizarro, theater ensemble creating original work, shares stories and songs from recent work in New Orleans, 6 p.m. Dinner served 5 to 8 p.m. Elmer’s Store, 396 Main St., Ashfield, Mass. 413-628-0277, doubleedgetheatre.org

Paramount Theatre — “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee, 7:30 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

Williams College ’62 Center —  “Cap & Bells,“ We Are Proud to Present A Presentation About The Herero of Namibia, Formerly Know As Southwest Africa, From The German Sudwestafrika, Between The Years 1884-1915” by Jackie Sibblies Drury, 7:30 p.m. Actors tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. 62center.williams.edu

 

Friday, March 4

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — New parents gallery talk, infants welcome, 10:15 a.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Community

Berkshire Museum — Fourth Berkshire Awards, 5:30 p.m. — annual recognition of people making contributions in our wider community, this year to Jane Burke, Sandra Burton and Don Quinn Kelley, and Lola Jaffe. 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. 413-447-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

 

Music

Berkshire Music School — Sarah Kors CD party to benefit the school,7:30 p.m. 30 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, 413-442-1411, berkshiremusicschool.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Monument Mountain Regional High School 33rd annual Band Pops Concert, 8 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Williams College — Composer and essayist Nico Muhly: “Roots and Pulses Theory in Practice,” 4 p.m. Muhly has written two full-scale operas, one a commission by the Metropolitan Opera, and music for the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, Paris Opéra Ballet, the Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall and many artists. Berkshire Symphony performs Mozart, 8 p.m. with Vassili Primakov on piano. Chapin Hall, off Route 2, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Spring bulb show — tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more in the greenhouse. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

 

Theater

Dorset Players — Woody Allen’s “Play It Again Sam,” a depressed film critic patterns himself on Humphrey Bogart, time TBA. Community theater at Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-5770, dorsetplayers.org

Paramount Theatre — “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee, 7:30 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

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

Williams College ’62 Center —  “Cap & Bells,“ We Are Proud to Present A Presentation About The Herero of Namibia, Formerly Know As Southwest Africa, From The German Sudwestafrika, Between The Years 1884-1915” by Jackie Sibblies Drury, 7:30 p.m. Actors tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. 62center.williams.edu

 

Saturday, March 5

 

Art

Columbia County Council on the Arts — “First Impressions” show with Inky Editions, fine art and edition prints includng monoprints, woodcuts, engravings, intaglio, collographs and lithography, reception 5 to7 p.m. 209 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. 518-671-6213. artscolumbia.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — “The Teachings of Harvey Dunn,” artist talk with George Fernandez, assistant professor and visual communications chair at SUNY Albany, 5:30 p.m. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Books & Writers

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — “She Said,” a spoken word performance by Ursula Rucker, poet, writer and mother, 8:30 p.m. Bard College of Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. berkshirewomenwriters.org

Ventfort Hall: “Snow Crash: Lenox’s True Story of Ethan Frome,” talk with Cornelia Gilder, 3:30 p.m., about the real sledding accident that inspired the novel. Victorian tea to follow. Museum of the Gilded Age, 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, GildedAge.org

 

Conversations

Berkshire Athenaeum — “50 Murders” forum, Retired Pittsfield Police Captain John O’Neil shares 40 years of stories, 2 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, Mass. 413-449-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

 

Film

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — “From Madness to Music,” documentary on nonprofit Music in Common that began as a music jam to honor journalist Daniel Pearl at his death and works with youth around the world, 7 p.m. Q&A with filmmaker Lynette Najimy, Music in Common executive diretor Todd Mac and State Representative Smitty Pignatelli. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Mass MoCA — Ken Winokur of Alloy Orchestra with live music project, “Psychedelic Cinema,” 8 p.m., revitalizing cult filmmaker Ken Brown’s Super 8 films from the late 1960s, used as light shows for Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, and Sly Stone. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Project Native Film Festival — Launch of festival, first full day of free films about people and the earth, like “The Accidental Environmentalist,” “American Lawn,” “Bluebird Man,” “A Dam Problem” and more. Village Commons, 19 College St., South Hadley, Mass. Festival continues March 12 and 13 in Great Barrington. Full schedule at projectnative.org.

 

Food

Bennington Farmers Market — Winter market with fresh greens, baked goods, dairy products, meats, specialty food, crafts and more 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on first and third Saturdays monthly, through April at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St., Bennington, Vt. benningtonfarmersmarket.org

 

Kids

Bennington Free Library — Local children’s author Anne Hunter reads from her book, “Cricket’s Song,” 11 a.m. 101 Silver St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-9051, benningtonfreelibrary.org

Berkshire Co-op Market — Kids Can Cook: Lasagne Rolls, 10:30 a.m. (with hearty root vegetables). 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington. 413-528-9697, berkshire.coop

 

Music

Double Edge Theatre — Internationally acclaimed Anchiskhati choir from the Republic of Georgia offers an afternoon of singing, teaching folk and sacred sings in Georgian polyphony, workshop 3 to 5 p.m. Concert 7:30 p.m. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, Mass. 413-628-0277, doubleedgetheatre.org

Hubbard Hall — Blues & Brews, live jazz, blues and chili dinner to benefit the theater, 7 p.m. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Scott Eyerly talk on “Manon Lescaut” opera 11 a.m. and Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” broadcast live in HD from Metropolitan Opera, 1 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Massry Center for the Arts — Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Grammy-winning banjo, 7:30 p.m. College of St. Rose, 432 Western Ave., Albany, N.Y. 800-637-8556, strose.edu

Troy City Music Hall — Neko Case, singer / songwriter, 7:30 p.m. 30 Second St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

Williams College — Berkshire Symphony family concert 2 p.m. with Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Chapin Hall. Joana Genova, violin performance 4 p.m. in Bernhard Music Building. Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — “One Garden: Three Perspectives” discussion with plantsmen Ed Bowen of Opus Nursery and John Gwynne and Mikel Folcarelli of Sakonnet Garden in Little Compton, R.I., 1 p.m. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

Berkshire Knapsackers — Thunderbolt Ski Race Outing, Mount Greylock, Adams, Mass. Combination of Snowshoeing and Ski race festivities on the Thunderbolt and various trails depending on conditions. Meet at Greylock Glen Parking area, Gould Road. 413-281-3303, berkshireknapsackers.org

Hildene — “The Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape” series, talk about geology and evolution of the land, 10 a.m. with Dave Curtis from Burr & Burton Academy. Robert Todd Lincoln family mansion, historic home of the son of Abraham Lincoln, Hildene Farm with herd of goats, Pullman car Sunbeam and about 12 miles of trails. 1005 Hildene Road, off Route 7A, Manchester, Vt. 802-362-1788, hildene.org

Mass Audubon — Family snowshoe hike, time TBA. Canoe Meadows Sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

Merck Forest and Farmland Center — Pruning workshop 9 a.m. Splint chair seat workshop, 10 a.m. 3270 Vt. Route Rupert, Vt. 315, 802-394-7836, merckforest.org

Williamstown Rural Lands — Animal tracking with naturalist Dan Yacobellis, family walk 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in-depth program noon to 4 p.m. with forest walk in search ot more ellusive creatures. Nature center with fields, pond and gentle trails. 671 Cold Spring Road, Route 7, Williamstown. 413-458-2429, wrlf.org

 

Theater

Dorset Players — Woody Allen’s “Play It Again Sam,” a depressed film critic patterns himself on Humphrey Bogart, time TBA. Community theater at Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-5770, dorsetplayers.org

Paramount Theatre — “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee, 7:30 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

Williams College ’62 Center —  Cap & Bells,“We Are Proud to Present A Presentation About The Herero of Namibia, Formerly Know As Southwest Africa, From The German Sudwestafrika, Between The Years 1884-1915” by Jackie Sibblies Drury, 7:30 p.m. Actors tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. 62center.williams.edu

 

Sunday, March 6

 

Books and Writers

The Bookstore — John Hadden reads from “Conversations with a Maske Man — My Father, the CIA and Me,” 3 p.m. Free. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Film

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — “Profiled,” documentary on racial profiling directed by Kathleen Foster, 7 p.m. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College atSimon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass. berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

Food

Dorset Farmers Market — Vegetables and fruits, home baked breads and pastries, artisan cheeses and wines, grass-fed meat and poultry, free-range eggs, canned condiments and pickled produce, specialty goods, hot foods, Vermont crafts, and live, local music. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at J.K. Adams, 1430 Route 30, Dorset, Vt. 802-353-9656, dorsetfarmersmarket.com

 

Music

Berkshire Music School — Annual faculty recital by BCC/BMS faculty members, BMS trio: Rahima Hohlstein, piano; Beth Craig, cello; and Norman Thibodeau, flute. 4 p.m. Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, 413-442-1411, berkshiremusicschool.org

Paramount Theatre — Celtic Nights: Spirit of Freedom, telling the story of Irish independence through Irish music, 7 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Snowshoe Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., snowshoe rentals and cocoa. Trustees of reservations property, Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

Notchview — Outdoor winter photography workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nordic skiing, snowshoing, cross-country skiing on groomed trails, visitors Center with masonry heater and cafe, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Trustees of Reservations property at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor. 413-684-0148, xcskimass.com, thetrustees.org

Hubbard Hall — Curiosity forum with mycologist Sue Van Hook on mushroom mycelium — engineered wood, compostable packaging made from fungi, 2 p.m. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Theater

Dorset Players — Woody Allen’s “Play It Again Sam,” a depressed film critic patterns himself on Humphrey Bogart, time TBA. Community theater at Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-5770, dorsetplayers.org

 

Photo at top: Mondo Bizarro will perform at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield. Photo courtesy of Double Edge Theatre.

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