Week ahead July 11 to 17

Bang on a Can in the Mass MoCA galleries and free folk music at the Clark Art Institute, music jams and garden tours, Tennessee Williams on stage and  free concerts with classical students … we’re hiting the height of the summer.

 

Monday July 11

 

About Town

Dalton Circus — Zerbini Family Circus, performers, camels, dogs and horses, 5 and 7:30 p.m. benefits Dalton Lions Club at Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9. Tickets at Dalton CRA, Dalton General Store, Greenridge Variety, Harry’s, Val’s Variety and more. 413-842-5212

 

Art

Spencertown Academy — “Capturing Color: Contemporary Pastels” with Joe Baker, Frank Federico, David Francis, Susan M. Story and Marlene Wiedenbaum, opening reception 4 to 6 p.m. Spencertown, N.Y.

 

Books and Writing

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — “A Stop at The Red Apple Restaurant,” book talk, 10:45 a.m. at Congregation Knesset Israel, Pittsfield. Free.

The Mount — Monday book talks: Biographer Jay Parini on his most recent book, “Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal,” 4 p.m. Lenox.

 

Dance

Performance Space 21 — Dances for a Variable Population workshop 8:30 a.m. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Family

Berkshire Athenaeum — Kevin O’Keefe, one-man circus, 2 p.m. Pittsfield.

 

Film

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival — “Projections of America” and “The Cummington Story,” 4 p.m. “On the Map,” 8 p.m. Festival’s 30th year. Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St., Lenox.

 

Music

Berkshire Summer Strings — Community Singing, worksongs, sea shanties, rounds and madrigals from around the world free, 9 a.m. Community fiddle jam session 4 p.m.; all ages and instruments welcome, sheet music available. All free. French Park Pavilion, North Egremont berkshiresummerstrings.com

BU Tanglewood Institute — Faculty Recital, Jennifer Bill, saxophone, 7 p.m. Free. Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox.

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

Performance Space 21 — Summer Sing with David Smith, director of Concerts in the Village, on different choral works, 7 to 9 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

Summer Noontime Concert — Akiko Kobayashi, violin; music of Bach and Telemann. Noon. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 35 Park St, Williamstown. 413-458-8131

Williamstown Theatre Festival — Pigpen Theatre Co.: Plugged In, a concert of contemporary folk, 7:30 p.m. Main Stage, ’62 Center, Williamstown.

 

Outdoors

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

 

Theater

Berkshire Theatre Group — Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” 7 p.m., Main Stage; “Fiorello!” Pulitzer and Tony awardwinning musical based on Mayor LaGuardia’s battle against Tammany Hall, 7 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. “Little Shop of Horrors,” Ashman and Menken musical with a mysterious plant, 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

 

Tuesday July 12

 

About Town

Dalton Circus — Zerbini Family Circus, performers, camels, dogs and horses, 5 and 7:30 p.m. benefits Dalton Lions Club at Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9. Tickets at Dalton CRA, Dalton General Store, Greenridge Variety, Harry’s, Val’s Variety and more. 413-842-5212

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — “The GMALL Debate: The motion before this meeting is that Populism leads to the decay of democracy,” a genuine debate based on the format used since 1823 by the Oxford Union of Oxford University in England, 5:30 p.m. Manchester Community Library, Manchester Vt.

Ventfort Hall —  Eighth-generation Saratogian, author and teacher Hollis Palmer, in period costume, on social history from 1856 to 1906 of his home town, “See and Be Seen: Saratoga in the Victorian Era,” 4 p.m. tea and talk. Lenox.

 

Dance

Performance Space 21 — Dances for a Variable Population workshop 8:30 a.m. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Family

Milne Library — Willinet Special Effects workshop 9:30 a.m. to noon at Willinet Studios on Spring Street. Williamstown.

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, “Almost Famous,” 8:30 p.m., Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film about touring with rock stars in the 1970s. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Music

Berkshire Summer Strings — Community Singing, worksongs, sea shanties, rounds and madrigals from around the world free, 9 a.m. Community fiddle jam session 4 p.m.; all ages and instruments welcome, sheet music available. All free. French Park Pavilion, North Egremont berkshiresummerstrings.com

The Bookstore — John Davidson, “Verse,” reciting singing and telling Stories, 7 p.m. Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox.

BU Tanglewood Institute — Faculty Recital, BSO Brass Quintet, 6 p.m. Free. Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox.

Clark Art Institute — Across the Pond, 6 p.m., free concert. Williamstown.

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

Eagles Band — Broadway show tunes, music from TV, movies, patriotic favorites and marches, free concert 7 p.m. in Springside Park, 874 North St., Pittsfield.

Marble House Project — Artseed vocal performance by Rebecca Ringle performer at the Met, Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood, opera, concert and art song repertoire, 6 p.m., free. Dorset, Vt.

Park McCullough House — New Morse Code, contemporary classical duo, 7 p.m. 1 Park St., North Bennington.

Tanglewood — Emerson String Quartet 40th anniversary celebration, Haydn, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Outdoors

HooRWA — Stand Up Paddle Board demo at put-in at the north end of Cheshire Reservoir, 6 p.m. Register 413-743-5900

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Kimberly Akimbo,” Debra Jo Rupp as a teenager with a rare aging illness, 7:30 p.m. Stage II, Pittsfield.

Becket Arts Center — Talk with Julianne Boyd, artistic director of Barrington Stage Company, on “Producing a Season,” 7:30 p.m. Route 8, Becket.

Berkshire Theatre Group — Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” 7 p.m., Main Stage; “Fiorello!” Pulitzer and Tony awardwinning musical based on Mayor LaGuardia’s battle against Tammany Hall, 2 and 7 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. “Little Shop of Horrors,” Ashman and Menken musical with a mysterious plant, 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Dorset Theatre Festival — New Play reading series: “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen in a new commissioned translation by Royston Coppenger, with acclaimed director John Gould Rubin, 7 p.m. Dorset, Vt. 802-867-2223.

Shakespeare & Company — “Merchant of Venice” 7:30 p.m. “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson, red-state vs. blue-state comedy inspired by Shakespeare, 8:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Temple Anshe Amunim — “The Corrupting Influence of Materialism” workshop on Arthur Miller’s “The Price” (1968) and David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1983) 10 a.m. with Barbara Waldinger, professor of theater at Queens College in NYC. Pittsfield.

Weston Playhouse — “Man of La Mancha,” 7:30 p.m. Tony-winning musical based on “The Adventures of Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes. MainStage, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “The Rose Tattoo,” Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer and Tony-winning comedy: a widow revives and rejoins the world, 7:30 p.m., MainStage. Talkbacks with company and guests. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Wednesday July 13

 

Art

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

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

 

Books and 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

Green Mountain Academy — “Humanity in the Modern World: Refugee Crisis,” Susan Weiss on her time in Lesbos, Greece, to document the crisis and in Berlin, 5:30 p.m. Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester Vt.

Hevreh — Rabbi Neal Borovitz, “Zionism and American Reform Jews from 1885 to the Present,” 11:45 a.m. Great Barrington.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, “Solo Echo,” Brahms sonatas by Kidd Pivot, and William Forsythe’s “N.N.N.N.,” 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. Hubbard Street 2 in “Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure,” a young girl explores a world of vinyl records, film and shadow puppetry, 4:15 p.m. in Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: DanceTheYard, 6:15 p.m., free. Becket.

Performance Space 21 — Dances for a Variable Population workshop 8:30 a.m. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Family

Hubbard Hall — Live Raptors 6:30 p.m., Summer Library Program, free. Cambridge, N.Y.

Milne Library — Willinet Special Effects workshop 9:30 a.m. to noon at Willinet Studios on Spring Street. Williamstown.

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

 

Music

Berkshire Summer Strings — Community Singing, worksongs, sea shanties, rounds and madrigals from around the world free, 9 a.m. Community fiddle jam session 4 p.m.; all ages and instruments welcome, sheet music available. All free. French Park Pavilion, 65 Prospect Lake Road, North Egremont berkshiresummerstrings.com

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.

Mass MoCA — Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 2016, musicians and composers collaborate. Gallery recitals most days, fellows 1:30 p.m. and faculty 4:30 p.m., July 13 to 30. massmoca.org/bang

Tanglewood — Emerson String Quartet 40th anniversary celebration with soprano Renée Fleming, Brahms, Wellesz and Berg, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Outdoors

Bascom Lodge — Hiking in the Berkshires, talk with naturalist Lauren Stevens, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Great Barrington Land Conservancy — Guided birding at Great Barrington River Walk, 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. More than 75 species seen here including bald eagle, great blue heron, kingfisher, and flocks of cedar waxwing. Bring binoculars and field guides. Du Bois River Garden Park, Great Barrington.

Mass Audubon — Evening at the Beaver Ponds, walk and talk 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 — “Kimberly Akimbo,” Debra Jo Rupp as a teenager with a rare aging illness, 7:30 p.m. Stage II, 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 — Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” 7 p.m., Main Stage; “Fiorello!” Pulitzer and Tony awardwinning musical based on Mayor LaGuardia’s battle against Tammany Hall, 7 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. “Little Shop of Horrors,” Ashman and Menken musical with a mysterious plant, 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Dear Elizabeth” by Sarah Ruhl, chronicling the 30-year friendship of American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Hubbard Hall — “Othello,” summer touring Shakespeare, performances at 7 p.m. Free. Salem Art Works, Salem, N.Y.

Oldcastle Theatre — “Big River,” musical based on adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — Backstage walk 10:30 a.m., “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson, red-state vs. blue-state comedy inspired by Shakespeare, 3 p.m. “Ugly Lies the Bone” by Lindsey Ferrentino, a woman returning from three tours in Afghanistan, 8:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Weston Playhouse — “Man of La Mancha,” 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tony-winning musical based on “The Adventures of Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes. MainStage, Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “The Rose Tattoo,” Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer and Tony-winning comedy: a widow revives and rejoins the world, 7:30 p.m., MainStage. “The Chinese Room,” sci-fi thriller by Michael West, a visionary in artificial intelligence tries to preserve his wife’s memory, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Thursday July 14

 

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

Community Access to the Arts — “I Am a Part of Art,” painting, drawing, collage created by CATA artists with disabilities opens 7 p.m., Free. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave. Pittsfield. 413-528-5485

Flying Cloud Institute — Art-Science Show opens 4 to 6 p.m., student paintings, photographs, ceramics, cyanotypes, film and robots New Marlborough Meeting House, 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road, New Marlborough.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — “Tales of a Judaic Artisit: Weavings, Wanderings and Wonders with Wendy A. Rabinowitz,” talk 10:45 a.m. at Congregation Knesset Israel, Pittsfield. Free.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — “Art, Power and, Politics: Nudes from the Prado,” 7 p.m., free talk on summer show at Clark Art Institute. Great Barrington.

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World,” summer reception for group show of realists, abstractionists and illustrators, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., remarks at 6:30. Stockbridge.

Williams College Museum of Art — “Museum: The Gathering,” immersive performance 4 p.m. with David Gurçay-Morris, Williams assistant professor in theater; “No Hook, Finger Crook: Finger Crocheting” with artist Seth Koen, 5:30 p.m. Williamstown.

 

Books and Writing

Berkshire Athenaeum — Summer book sale with books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, puzzles and games, members night (join at the door) 4 to 8 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480.

The Mount — Le Café Français 8:30 a.m. Lenox.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, “Solo Echo,” Brahms sonatas by Kidd Pivot, and William Forsythe’s “N.N.N.N.,” 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. Hubbard Street 2 in “Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure,” a young girl explores a world of vinyl records, film and shadow puppetry, 2:15 and 4:15 p.m. in Doris Duke Theatre. Class with Boston Ballet faculty Kevin Jenkins 4 p.m. Inside / Out: Kevin Jenkins, 6:15 p.m., free. Becket.

Performance Space 21 — Dances for a Variable Population workshop 8:30 a.m. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Family

Milne Library — Willinet Special Effects workshop 9:30 a.m. to noon at Willinet Studios on Spring Street. Williamstown.

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

 

Food

Marble House Project — Fishing in the Garden, seasonal vegetables from the MHP garden with wild salmon, dinner demonstration with wine pairing. Dorset, Vt. Register marblehouseproject.org

 

Music

Berkshire Strings — Folk, Americana, bluegrass and contradance concert for a week of music jams and concerts with Ari and Mia Friedman, Jordan Tice and Aldo Lavaggi, Eric Martin and Bennett Konesni to the team this year. at 7:30 p.m., place TBA in Egremont or Great Barrington. Community Singing, 9 a.m., and community fiddle jam session 4 p.m., free, French Park Pavilion, 65 Prospect Lake Road, North Egremont berkshiresummerstrings.com

BU Tanglewood Institute — Faculty Recital, Penelope Bitzas, mezzo-soprano, 7 p.m. with pianist Shiela Kibbe, Greek-American Recital: songs by American and Greek composers. Free. Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox.

Manchester Music Festival — Flirting with Fusion, 7:30 p.m. with special guests Susannah Loewy, flute and Laura Molinelli, guitar and vocals, works by Gabriel Lena Frank, Dora Pejacevic, Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Sato Matsui, dedicated to female business owners of Manchester Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vt.

Mass MoCA — Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 2016, musicians and composers collaborate. Gallery recitals most days, fellows 1:30 p.m. and faculty 4:30 p.m., July 13 to 30. massmoca.org/bang

Music from Salem — Open rehearsal for “The Unbroken Message…,” works by Luigi Boccherini, Thomas Oboe Lee and Ernest Chausson, 4 p.m., free. Brown Farm, 154 Priest Road, Salem, N.Y. “Célébrez le Jour de la Bastille en Provence” party and benefit dinner with music and silent auction, 6 p.m., 105 McKie Road, Cambridge, 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.

Summer Sonatina — Piano and voice students perform 7 p.m., free. Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vt.

Tanglewood — The Knights with Alex Sopp, flute; Christina Courtin, vocalist; Gabriel Kahane, electric guitar, piano, and voice, perform The Times, They Are A-Changin’ Haydn, Kahane, Haggart / Baudud, Cat Stephens / P.P. Arnold, the Troggs, Bob Dylan, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Route 183, Lenox.

 

Outdoor

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Evolution of a Landscape: Tour the garden of Lee Link with horticulturalist Bridget Lynch. 10 a.m. Sharon, Conn.

Hildene —  Eco Tour of the Dene with Hildene’s horticulturist, education director and Dene Farm manager on wetlands, meadows, invasive plants, local ecology and birds including bobolinks and other pollinators, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Rain date July 21. Manchester, Vt. 802-367-7960 to register.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Kimberly Akimbo,” Debra Jo Rupp as a teenager with a rare aging illness, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Stage II, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” 7 p.m., Main Stage; “Fiorello!” Pulitzer and Tony awardwinning musical based on Mayor LaGuardia’s battle against Tammany Hall, 7 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. “Little Shop of Horrors,” Ashman and Menken musical with a mysterious plant, 2 and 7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Chester Theatre — “Oh God” by Anat Gov, a therapist meets the Lord despairing of humankind, 2 p.m. with talkback and 8 p.m. Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Dear Elizabeth” by Sarah Ruhl, chronicling the 30-year friendship of American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Hubbard Hall — “Othello,” summer touring Shakespeare, performances at 7 p.m. Free. The Geori, Shushan, N.Y.

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

Oldcastle Theatre — “Big River,” musical based on adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — “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 — “Towards Zero,” Superintendent Battle’s holiday becomes a mystery, 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Walking the Dog Theater — “Shakespeare’s Supernaturals,” faeries, witches, magic and mysteries, 7 p.m. Hawthorne Valley School, 330 County Route 21C, Ghent, N.Y.

WAM Theatre — Stars in the Orchard benefit midsummer party 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with music, live entertainment and auction, Hilltop Orchards, Route 295, Canaan, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — “Man of La Mancha,” 7:30 p.m. Tony-winning musical based on “The Adventures of Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes, MainStage. “Forever,” Pulitzer finalist Dael Orlandersmith: in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, by the graves of Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison a daughter inherits from her mother, 7:30 p.m., OtherStage. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “The Rose Tattoo,” Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer and Tony-winning comedy: a widow revives and rejoins the world, 2 and 7:30 p.m., MainStage. “The Chinese Room,” sci-fi thriller by Michael West, a visionary in artificial intelligence tries to preserve his wife’s memory, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage. “Orpheus in the Berkshires,” 7:30 p.m., Greylock Works production by Lucy Thurber a new spin on the myth, set in Western Massachusetts: A teenage girl sets out to save her hometown, 75 Berkshire residents perform alongside Festival actors, free. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Friday July 15

 

About Town

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

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

Manchester Streetfest — Live music  and entertainment, street food, children’s activities 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Manchester, Vt. 802-362-5333

North Adams — Eagle Street Beach Party: tons of sand is trucked in to create a beach more than 3 hours away from the nearest ocean, 3:30 to 10 p.m. Family-friendly party in the afternoon, artmaking with DownStreet Art, adult fiesta in the evening with margaritas, volleyball and more. explorenorthadams.com

Southern Vermont Arts Center — SolarFest, New England renewable energy festival with live music on two stages, singer / songwriter showcase, theater in the woods and more. Manchester, Vt. solarfest.org

 

Art

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

Books and Writing

Berkshire Athenaeum — Summer book sale with books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, puzzles and games, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480.

 

Dance

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

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, “Solo Echo,” Brahms sonatas by Kidd Pivot, and William Forsythe’s “N.N.N.N.,” 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. Hubbard Street 2 in “Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure,” a young girl explores a world of vinyl records, film and shadow puppetry, 2:15 and 4:15 p.m. in Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out: SOLE Defined percussive dance led by Cirque de Soleil’s Ryan K. Johnson, “Motaps” Motown hits, sand dancing, tap, stepping and body percussion, 6:15 p.m., and PillowTalk, “Ann Hutchinson Guest’s Dancing Life,” 5 p.m., both free. Becket.

Performance Space 21 — Dances for a Variable Population workshop 8:30 a.m. Chatham, N.Y.

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

 

Family

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

Performance Space 21 — KidSchtick 1 p.m., Zukerman, Rothman and friends bring wacky skits and shticks for laughs. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

Film

Outdoor Movie — “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” begins at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.), Clapp Park, Pittsfield.

 

Music

Berkshire Summer Strings — Community concert of traditional music 5:30 p.m. Community Singing, worksongs, sea shanties, rounds and madrigals from around the world free, 9 a.m. Community fiddle jam session 4 p.m.;  all ages and instruments welcome, sheet music available. All free. French Park Pavilion, 65 Prospect Lake Road, North Egremont berkshiresummerstrings.com

BU Tanglewood Institute — Student Recital 2:30 p.m. with BUTI Young Artists Wind Ensemble Free. Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox.

Guthrie Center — Steve Katz, blues-rock, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA — Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 2016, musicians and composers collaborate. Gallery recitals most days, fellows 1:30 p.m. and faculty 4:30 p.m., July 13 to 30. massmoca.org/bang

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., Ozawa Hall; BSO with Pinchas Zukerman, cond. and violin, all-Mozart program, 8 p.m. in the Shed. Route 183, Lenox.

Temple Anshe Amunim — “Shabbat at Tanglewood” 7 p.m., welcome the Sabbath on the lawn with potluck picnic, Tanglewood Music Center, 297 West St., Lenox.

 

Outdoors

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

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan romp, 8 p.m., Main Stage; “Kimberly Akimbo,” Debra Jo Rupp as a teenager with a rare aging illness, 7:30 p.m. Stage II, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” 8 p.m., Main Stage; “Fiorello!” Pulitzer and Tony awardwinning musical based on Mayor LaGuardia’s battle against Tammany Hall, 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. “Little Shop of Horrors,” Ashman and Menken musical with a mysterious plant, 8 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Chester Theatre — “Oh God” by Anat Gov, a therapist meets the Lord despairing of humankind, 2 p.m.  with cast conversation. Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Dear Elizabeth” by Sarah Ruhl, chronicling the 30-year friendship of American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Hubbard Hall — “Othello,” summer touring Shakespeare, performances at 7 p.m. Free. in Wood Park, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

Oldcastle Theatre — “Big River,” musical based on adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Performance Space 21 — “Summer Shtick: An Evening of Comic Mayhem!” Comedy and music with Nancy Rothman, Robert Zukerman and friends, 8 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

Shakespeare & Company — Riotious Youth 10 a.m., “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson, red-state vs. blue-state comedy inspired by Shakespeare, 3 p.m., “Emperor on the Moon” by Aphra Behn’s Restoration comedy 5:30 p.m., “Merchant of Venice” 7:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Theater Barn — “Towards Zero,” Superintendent Battle’s holiday becomes a mystery, 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Walking the Dog Theater — “Shakespeare’s Supernaturals,” faeries, witches, magic and mysteries, 7 p.m. Hawthorne Valley School, 330 County Route 21C, Ghent, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — “Man of La Mancha,” 7:30 p.m. Tony-winning musical based on “The Adventures of Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes, MainStage. “Forever,” Pulitzer finalist Dael Orlandersmith: in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, by the graves of Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison a daughter inherits from her mother, 7:30 p.m., OtherStage. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — Fridays@3 new play reading: “Where Storms Are Born” by playwright-in-residence Harrison David Rivers. “The Rose Tattoo,” Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer and Tony-winning comedy: a widow revives and rejoins the world, 8 p.m., MainStage. “The Chinese Room,” sci-fi thriller by Michael West, a visionary in artificial intelligence tries to preserve his wife’s memory, 8 p.m., Nikos Stage. “Orpheus in the Berkshires,” 7:30 p.m., Greylock Works production by Lucy Thurber a new spin on the myth, set in Western Massachusetts: A teenage girl sets out to save her hometown, 75 Berkshire residents perform alongside Festival actors, free. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Saturday July 16

 

About Town

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

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

Bryant Homestead — “Bryant Day,” celebrate William Cullen Bryant’s birthday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with  Agriculture in the Hilltowns theme, talk with Brian Donahue, Old Growth Forest Walk, Contradancing with The Muddy Roads String Band, historic Quilt show and raffle, tours of the Homestead, local historic societies and agricultural product displays at historic house of 19th-century poet and journalist. Cummington.

Sheepdog Trial and Farm Festival — Annual two day event with some of the Northeast’s best border collies in timed trials, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farm festival with family-friendly farm activities, vendors and local foods. Merck Forest and Farmland Center, Rupert, Vt. merckforest.org

Salem Art Works — Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron and Salem Art Works free educational brunch on Alzheimer’s Awarenes. 19 Cary Lane, Salem, N.Y. salemartorks.org

Southern Vermont Arts Center — SolarFest, New England renewable energy festival with live music on two stages, singer / songwriter showcase, theater in the woods and more. Manchester, Vt. solarfest.org

 

Art

Becket Arts Center — Art exhibit with mixed-media artist Esther Budnick, painter and collage artist Nina Evans and photographer Pat Gilhooley opens, 2 p.m. Becket.

Berkshire Woodworker’s Guild — Annual show of work by local artists and artisans, from end tables to armoirs, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge.

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

Norman Rockwell Museum — Centennial Celebration: Norman Rockwell Models Reunion Day 1 to 5 p.m. 100th-year anniversary of Rockwell’s first Saturday Evening Post cover honors  who appear in favorite Rockwell magazine and calendar illustrations. Stockbridge.

Salem Art Works — Artists in residence open studios to share work in progress. Anagama / Train unloading of large wood kiln, conversation with firers and potters. 19 Cary Lane, Salem, N.Y. salemartorks.org

Sandisfield Arts Center — “After the Fall: The Conservation of Tullio Lombardo’s ‘Adam,’ ” 4 p.m. Sandisfield.

Books and Writing

Berkshire Athenaeum — Summer book sale with books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, puzzles and games, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9480.

North Adams Library — Writing workshop and circle with Millie Calesky 10 a.m. to noon,  encouragoing writers of all kinds to break through barriers. North Adams.

 

Conversations

Hevreh — “An Orthodox Rabbi walked into a Reform Synagogue,” Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton with Rabbi Yonah Berman. Great Barrington

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, “Solo Echo,” Brahms sonatas by Kidd Pivot, and William Forsythe’s “N.N.N.N.,” 2 and 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. Hubbard Street 2 in “Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure,” a young girl explores a world of vinyl records, film and shadow puppetry, 11:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. in Doris Duke Theatre. Inside / Out:School at Jacob’s Pillow contemporary, 6:15 p.m., and PillowTalk: ‘Curriculum in Motion” on future of Pillow school programs, 4 p.m., both free. Becket.

Lenox Contradance — Music by SF Bay area “Uncle Farmer,” Irish and New England sound, Ben Schreiber fiddle and Michael Sokolovsky guitar and calling by Susan Petrick from Calif., dance to live music, 7:45 to 11 p.m. Beginners welcome early, no experience or partner needed. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox.

 

Family

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

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

Hancock Shaker Village — “Spirit Houses and Woodland Wonders,” summer show opens with family activities, miniature spirit houses made out of twigs, pebbles, pine cones and things found on the Farm and Forest Trail. Pittsfield.

Mass MoCA — Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 2016, Kids Can Too event 11:30 a.m. Gallery recitals most days, fellows 1:30 p.m. and faculty 4:30 p.m., July 13 to 30. massmoca.org/bang

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

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — “Sunset Boulevard,” 1950s film noir shows Hollywood behind the scenes, 7 p.m.14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

 

Music

Berkshire Jazz — The Laszlo Gardonay Quartet. Award-winning pianist from Boston makes his first Berkshires performance in 20 years. 8 p.m., place TBA. berkshirejazz.org

BU Tanglewood Institute — Young artists piano program 11 a.m., free, 2 p.m. West Street Theatre, 45 West St. Orchestral Concert with Young Artists Orchestra and conductor Lawrence Loh, Wagner, Brahms and Shostakovich, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox.

Guthrie Center — Grand Slambovians, “Hillbilly-Pink Floyd,” 8 p.m. Doors open at 6. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA — The Triplets of Belleville: Le Hot Jazz, Le Tour, 8:30 p.m. Courtyard C or Hunter Center. Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 2016. Gallery recitals most days, fellows 1:30 p.m. and faculty 4:30 p.m., July 13 to 30. massmoca.org/bang

Mohawk Trail Concerts — Andrew Garland, baritone and Estela Olevksy on piano perform Schumann’s Dichterliebe song cycle, Cole Porter and others, 7:30 p.m., Charlemont.

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.

Summer Sonatina — Piano and voice students perform 1:30 p.m., free. Bennington, Vt. 802-442-9197

Tanglewood — BSO rehearsal 10:30 a.m. and concert with Christoph von Dohnányi, cond., and Renée Fleming, soprano: Ives, Strauss and Tchaikovsky, 8 p.m. in the Shed. Route 183, Lenox.

Tannery Pond Concerts — Pianist Stephen Hough plays Schubert, Franck, Liszt and his own work, 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.

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

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

HooRWA — Warm-up for the Hoosic River Ride: 30-mile bike trip on secondary roads in Bennington and Hoosick Falls. Meet at the Hoosac School, Route 103 and N.Y. Route 7, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. 413-458-8534

Mass Audubon — Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds, 8:30 a.m. Meets at Upper and Lower Goose Ponds, Lee. Register 413-637-0320

Mount Greylock — Henry David Thoreau Hike on Bellows Pipe Trail with Lauren Stevens of HooRWA and DCR Visitor Services Director Jude Stull, reading relevant passages from “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.” 3 miles to summit or 6 miles round-trip. Meet 10 a.m. at Notch Road gate. 413-458-3154

Pittsfield Garden Tour — 20th annual self-guided tour presented by the Pittsfield Garden Tour Committee. Retrospective of 8 of most popular and loved gardens from the last two decades in various parts of Pittsfield. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., directions on registration. Tickets at Carr Hardware, Crown Jewelers, Berkshire Mountain Bakery & Pizza Cafe, Ginger & Dory and Different Drummer in Pittsfield and at The Bookstore in Lenox. Tour headquarters will be on the lawn across from Park Square on Bank Row opens 9 a.m. 413-443-1832.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Pirates of Penzance,” Gilbert and Sullivan romp, 8 p.m., Main Stage; “Kimberly Akimbo,” Debra Jo Rupp as a teenager with a rare aging illness, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Stage II, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” 2 and 8 p.m., Main Stage; “Fiorello!” Pulitzer and Tony awardwinning musical based on Mayor LaGuardia’s battle against Tammany Hall, 2 and 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge. “Little Shop of Horrors,” Ashman and Menken musical with a mysterious plant, 2 and 8 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Chester Theatre — “Oh God” by Anat Gov, a therapist meets the Lord despairing of humankind, 8 p.m. with talkback. Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Dear Elizabeth” by Sarah Ruhl, chronicling the 30-year friendship of American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. 7:30 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

Hubbard Hall — “Othello,” summer touring Shakespeare, performances at 7 p.m. Free. in the Commons, Greenwich, N.Y.

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

Oldcastle Theatre — “Big River,” musical based on adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Performance Space 21 — “Summer Shtick: An Evening of Comic Mayhem!” Comedy and music with Nancy Rothman, Robert Zukerman and friends, 8 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

Shakespeare & Company — Backstage walk 10:30 a.m., “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson, red-state vs. blue-state comedy inspired by Shakespeare 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.

Theater Barn — “Towards Zero,” Superintendent Battle’s holiday becomes a mystery, 4 and 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Walking the Dog Theater — “Shakespeare’s Supernaturals,” faeries, witches, magic and mysteries, 2 and 7 p.m. Hawthorne Valley School, 330 County Route 21C, Ghent, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — “Man of La Mancha,” 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tony-winning musical based on “The Adventures of Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes, MainStage. “Forever,” Pulitzer finalist Dael Orlandersmith: in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, by the graves of Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison a daughter inherits from her mother, 7:30 p.m., OtherStage. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “The Rose Tattoo,” Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer and Tony-winning comedy: a widow revives and rejoins the world, 3:30 and 8 p.m., MainStage. “The Chinese Room,” sci-fi thriller by Michael West, a visionary in artificial intelligence tries to preserve his wife’s memory, 3:30 and 8 p.m., Nikos Stage. “Orpheus in the Berkshires,” 7:30 p.m., Greylock Works production by Lucy Thurber a new spin on the myth, set in Western Massachusetts: A teenage girl sets out to save her hometown, 75 Berkshire residents perform alongside Festival actors, free. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Sunday July 17

 

About Town

Bascom Lodge — Legal Issues for Artists with Paul Rapp, quick and entertaining overview with Q&A, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

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.

Polish Picnic — Polish and American food available (hot and frozen) from kielbasa to kapusta, golumbki and pierogi, also hot suasages, fried dough, beer and wine and more. Dancing to live music with the Rymanowski Brothers of Albany, N.Y. Games, children’s activities, raffles.  noon to 6 p.m., free. St. Joseph Church, Pittsfield.

Sheepdog Trial and Farm Festival — Annual two day event with some of the Northeast’s best border collies in timed trials, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farm festival with family-friendly farm activities, vendors and local foods. Merck Forest and Farmland Center, Rupert, Vt. merckforest.org

 

Art

Berkshire Woodworker’s Guild — Annual show of work by local artists and artisans, from end tables to armoirs, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge.

 

Conversations

The Bookstore — Ron Kaplan presents “The Jewish Olympics: The History of The Maccabiah,” 4 p.m. Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox.

 

Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival — Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, “Solo Echo,” Brahms sonatas by Kidd Pivot, and William Forsythe’s “N.N.N.N.,” 8 p.m. in Ted Shawn Theatre. Hubbard Street 2 in “Mariko’s Magical Mix: A Dance Adventure,” a young girl explores a world of vinyl records, film and shadow puppetry, 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. in Doris Duke Theatre. Becket.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — “Paul Taylor: Dancemaker,” documentary film on choreographer and company, 3 p.m.14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

 

Family

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.

Hancock Shaker Village — “Spirit Houses and Woodland Wonders,” summer show opens with family activities, miniature spirit houses made out of twigs, pebbles, pine cones and things found on the Farm and Forest Trail. Pittsfield.

 

Film

Images Cinema — Family flicks under the stars: “Inside Out” begins at sundown (c. 8:15 p.m.) on Morgan Lawn, Spring Street, Williamstown.

 

History

Naumkeag — “The Choates Return to Naumkeag — Nicholas Platt and Diplomacy in China,” 2 p.m. US Ambassador to China in 1973, the first year that the U.S. had diplomats resident in Beijing, Mabel Choate’s grand-nephew Nicholas Platt will recount stories and show his Super-8 movies of setting up America’s first resident diplomatic office in the PRC. Stockbridge

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — Fyvush Finkel, Emmy award-wining stage and screen performer with comedy and song and life stories, along with his sons, 7 p.m. at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Stage II, Pittsfield.

BU Tanglewood Institute — Wind Ensemble Concert with Young Artists Wind Ensemble and conductor David J. Martins, 2:30 p.m., works by Dahl, Dukas, Harbison, McTee, Nelson, Newman and Salfelder, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood. Faculty recital with Young Artists Vocal Program Faculty 7 p.m., free,Trinity Church, 88 Walker St. Lenox.

Mass MoCA — Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 2016. Gallery recitals most days, fellows 1:30 p.m. and faculty 4:30 p.m., July 13 to 30. massmoca.org/bang

Mohawk Trail Concerts — Andrew Garland, baritone and Estela Olevksy on piano perform Schumann’s Dichterliebe song cycle, Cole Porter and others, 3 p.m., Charlemont.

Music from Salem — “The Unbroken Message…,”  4 p.m., works by Luigi Boccherini, Thomas Oboe Lee and Ernest Chausson, with Calvin Wiersma on violin, Lila Brown on viola, Kari Ravnan on cello, Peggy Pearson on oboe and Nina Tichman on piano. Pay-what-you-can, all welcome. Hubbard Hall. Cambridge, N.Y.

Sevenars Concerts — Greenwood Chamber Players with Christina Jennings, flute; Jesse Holstein, violin; Matthew Dane and Ron Gorevic, violas; Volcy Pelletier, cello perform Kuhlao and Ginastera, 4 p.m. The Academy, Route 112 and Ireland Street, South Worthington. 413-238-5854, sevenars.org

Tanglewood — BSO with Gustavo Gimeno, cond., and Yuja Wang, piano: Prokofiev, Ravel, Gershwin and Stravinsky, 2:30 p.m. in the Shed. Route 183, Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — The Skivvies perform comic songs stripped down (literally), 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.

Garden Conservancy Open Days — Garden tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Canaan, New Lebanon and Spencertown, N.Y. “Digging Deeper: Bringing Back Natural Landscapes” walk and talk 2:30 p.m. in the garden of Linda Horn, 5015 County Route 7, Spencertown, N.Y., 888-842-2442, opendaysprogram.org

Pittsfield Garden Tour — 20th annual self-guided tour presented by the Pittsfield Garden Tour Committee. Retrospective of 8 of most popular and loved gardens from the last two decades in various parts of Pittsfield. noon to 4 p.m., directions on registration. Tickets at Carr Hardware, Crown Jewelers, Berkshire Mountain Bakery & Pizza Cafe, Ginger & Dory and Different Drummer in Pittsfield and at The Bookstore in Lenox. Tour headquarters will be on the lawn across from Park Square on Bank Row opens 11 a.m. 413-443-1832.

 

Theater

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

Chester Theatre — “Oh God” by Anat Gov, a therapist meets the Lord despairing of humankind, 2 p.m. with panel discussion. Chester.

Dorset Theatre Festival — “Dear Elizabeth” by Sarah Ruhl, chronicling the 30-year friendship of American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. 2 p.m. Dorset, Vt.

The Mount — “Twelfth Night,” Shakespearean comedy, 4:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company actors outdoors 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Oldcastle Theatre — “Big River,” musical based on adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 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 8:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Theater Barn — “Towards Zero,” Superintendent Battle’s holiday becomes a mystery, 2 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Walking the Dog Theater — “Shakespeare’s Supernaturals,” faeries, witches, magic and mysteries, 2 p.m. Hawthorne Valley School, 330 County Route 21C, Ghent, N.Y.

Weston Playhouse — “Forever,” Pulitzer finalist Dael Orlandersmith: in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, by the graves of Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison a daughter inherits from her mother, 3 p.m., OtherStage. Weston, Vt.

Williamstown Theatre Festival — “The Rose Tattoo,” Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer and Tony-winning comedy: a widow revives and rejoins the world, 2 p.m., MainStage. “The Chinese Room,” sci-fi thriller by Michael West, a visionary in artificial intelligence tries to preserve his wife’s memory, 2 and 7 p.m., Nikos Stage. “Orpheus in the Berkshires,” 5 p.m., Greylock Works production by Lucy Thurber a new spin on the myth, set in Western Massachusetts: A teenage girl sets out to save her hometown, 75 Berkshire residents perform alongside Festival actors, free. ’62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

 

Photo at the top: Music fellows and faculty with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute perform free concerts in Lenox through August. Photo courtesy of BUTI

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