Week ahead June 6 to 12

Weave a photo collage with IS183 at their monthly Arts Night Out or meet the artists behind “Women and Their Olive Trees,” an art exhibit by four Israeli women artists, two Jewish and two Muslim, at the Berkshire Museum — or check out the Clark Art Institute’s summer show, “Splendor, Myth and Vision,” as paintings from the Prado come to the U.S. for the first time. Summer art is warming up.

Come out on a mild summer evening and you’ll find downtowns filling up with entertainment from folk music and bluegrass to comedy and antique cars. For summer calendars through Labor Day, take a look at the BTW Summer Magazine.

 

Monday June 6

 

Art

Berkshire Museum — Opening Reception for “Women and Their Olive Trees — A Story of Coexistence and Shared Society,” art exhibit, 5 p.m. with Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. Pittsfield.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — “Meet the Artists: The Women of the Olive Tree Project,” talk with four Israeli women artists, two Jewish and two Muslim, visiting the Berkshires along with a public exhibition of their paintings at the Berkshire Museum on June 6 and 7. 10:45 a.m. at  Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

 

History

Stephentown Historical Society — “Steam Automobiles,” Christopher Coon, 7:30 p.m., Stephentown  Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road,  Stephentown, N.Y. Free. (518) 733-0010.

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company — “Diva Moments,” Christine Biano honors iconic women from Barbra to Celine to Britney in Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, 8 p.m. Stage II, Pittsfield.

 

Tuesday June 7

Art

Hevreh — Celebration with the Women of the Olive Tree Project with four Israeli women artists, two Jewish and two Muslim, visiting the Berkshires along with a public exhibition of their paintings at the Berkshire Museum on June 6 and 7. Dessert reception 7:30 p.m. free and open to all women in the community, Great Barrington.

Ventfort Hall — Clark Art Institute Curatorial Assistant Genevieve Hulley on museum’s summer show, “Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado,” 4 p.m. tea and talk. Lenox.

 

Books and Writers

Marble House Project — Artseed readings by poet Gary J. Whitehead, third collection “A Glossary of Chickens” by Princeton University Press, and poet Peter Kline, former Amy Clampitt House and James Merrill House fellow, 6 p.m., free. Dorset, Vt.

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — “Between the Television and the Fridge: Russian Public Life After Socialism,” Professor Olga Shevchenko of Williams College on new currents of public sentiment in Russia, 5:30 p.m. Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester Vt.

 

Music

Manchester Music Festival — Palaver Strings concert, musician-led string orchestra with former Manchester Music Festival Young Artist Alumni, 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Manchester, Vt.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Presto Change-o,” three generations of illusionists meet real magic, 7:30 p.m. Stage II, Pittsfield.

 

Wednesday June 8

 

Books and Writers

Bascom Lodge — Creative residents Poet Karen Chase reads from “FDR on His Houseboat: The Larooco Log, 1924-1926,” and Paul Graubard presents paintings inspired by Greek myths and constellations, 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — “Why Canada? The History of Canada and Its Relationship with the U.S.,” Professor Emeritus John Hyde of Williams College, 5:30 p.m. Bennington Museum, 75 Main St, Bennington, Vt.

 

Music

Concert at Windsor Lake — Free concert on the shore 6:30 to 8 p.m. Kayaking, canoeing, swimming and fishing allowed. Bradley Street and Kemp Ave., North Adams. explorenorthadams.com

 

Outdoors

Great Barrington Greenways — Guided birding at River Walk with Great Barrington Land Conservancy, 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 — Bird Walk 7 a.m., free. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Presto Change-o,” three generations of illusionists meet real magic, 7:30 p.m. Stage II, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group — Laugh Lounge live comedy at the Garage, 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Living Room Theatre — “Men of Tortuga”  by Jason Wells, a dangerous comedy, 7:30 p.m., Park-McCullough House, One Park St., North Bennington, Vt.

Oldcastle Theatre — “39 Steps,” 150 characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, secret agents and romance, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

 

Thursday June 9

 

About Town

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

Park McCullough House — Croquet season opening meeting, 6 p.m. Teams enter for 10 weeks of play on the lawn. 1 Park St., North Bennington.

 

Art

Hancock Shaker Village — “Living Designs and Shared Values: Highlights from the Jane P. Fitzpatrick Quilt Collection,” opening 4 to 6 p.m., exhibit of antique American quiltsin the hallways and bedrooms of the historic 1830 Brick Dwelling. Unknown women created a bold legacy in fabric of design, color, nature, and community. Gift from the Fitzpatrick family. Pittsfield.

 

Music

Dewey Hall — Cocek! Brass Band, 5-piece ensemble from Boston, performs orriginal compositions influenced by Eastern European and New Orleans dance songs, Afrobeat, Klezmer, Reggae and Western classical music, 8 p.m., 91 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. deweyhall.com

Hevreh — Jazz Reflections with The Barrington Jazz Ensemble, 4 p.m., selections from the Great American Songbook from Kern and Berlin to Gershwin, Rogers, Arlen and Porter. Great Barrington.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Presto Change-o,” three generations of illusionists meet real magic, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Stage II, Pittsfield.

The Bookstore — Berkshire Town Players perform Hawthorne, 7 p.m. Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox.

Living Room Theatre — “Men of Tortuga”  by Jason Wells, a dangerous comedy, 7:30 p.m., Park-McCullough House, One Park St., North Bennington, Vt.

Oldcastle Theatre — “39 Steps,” 150 characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, secret agents and romance, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

 

Friday June 10

Art

Arts Alive in the Hilltowns — “Shedding Some Light,” original watercolors and oils by Artist Natalie Stafford, opening 7 to 9 p.m., free. Cummington Community House, Main Street Cummington. 413-238-0192

IS183 Art School — “PhotoWeave” Arts Night Out 7 to 9 p.m. Bring photographs or images to cut and weave into new shapes. All welcome. BYOB, 21 and over at Citizens’ Hall, Stockbridge.

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Norman Rockwell in Detail,” 1:30 p.m., explore his humor and visual storytelling. Stockbridge.

 

Books & Writing

The Bookstore — James Schlett reads from “A Not Too Greatly Changed Eden,” Philosophers in the Adirondacks, non-fiction, 7 p.m. Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox.

Northshire Bookstore — Elisha Cooper, “Falling: A Daughter, a Father, and a Journey Back,” 7 p.m. Manchester, Vt.

WordXWord — Poetry slam and open mic 7 p.m. hosted by Melissa Quirk Cairns, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. Free. wXw365.org

 

Music

Arrowhead — Brass concert: Music from the Plays of Shakespeare 5 p.m., free. Herman Melville’s historic house. Pittsfield.

Barrington Stage Company —Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know but Should, 8 p.m., Main Stage, Pittsfield.

Guthrie Center — Oakes & Smith, folk singer / songwriter duo, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6. Great Barrington.

Meetinghouse concert — Three Quarter North, folk and bluegrass, 8 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church, Bennington, Vt.

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — “Wild Thing 5k/10k Trail Race Practice Series-Run the 10k Route” 8 to 11 a.m., free. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Presto Change-o,” three generations of illusionists meet real magic, 7:30 p.m. Stage II, Pittsfield.

Living Room Theatre — “Men of Tortuga”  by Jason Wells, a dangerous comedy, 7:30 p.m., Park-McCullough House, One Park St., North Bennington, Vt.

Oldcastle Theatre — “39 Steps,” 150 characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, secret agents and romance, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson, red-state vs. blue-state comedy inspired by Shakespeare, 3 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

 

Saturday June 11

 

About Town

Antique and Classic Car Show — Vermont celebrates 30 years antique and classic cars, food vendors and flea market, all day. Tailgate competition and best of 1940s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Car corral, poker run, parade down Main Street 4 p.m. Free. Dorr Field at Dorr Farm, Manchester, Vt. 802-362-6313, 202-362-2100. manchestercarshow.com

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

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

Columbia County Historical Society — First Columbians benefit with live music and dinner, 100th birthday gala, 5 to 11 p.m. James Vanderpoel House, 16 Broad St., Kinderhook, N.Y. cchsny.org

Cultural Chaos — Cottage Street festival with music, performances, makers and food. Easthampton. easthamptoncityarts.com

North Adams — Running with the Law 5k or 1-mile walk to benefit PopCares, Inc., 9 a.m. downtown. explorenorthadams.com

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Opening for “Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado” exhibition, 28 old masters, 24 never shown before in the U.S., 3 p.m. with free talk. Williamstown.

Monterey Library — “A Parliament of Owls, A Conspiracy of Ravens: David Bacharach Sculpture,” artist’s talk 6 p.m. free. Monterey.

 

Books and Writers

Northshire Bookstore — Anthony J. Mazzocchi, “Kinhaven musicians,” 7 p.m. Manchester, Vt.

Sandisfield Arts Center — An Appreciation of Poetry with Val Coleman, lively history of verse, 4 p.m. Sandisfield.

 

Conversations

Northshire Bookstore — Dr. Esther Sternberg on ‘Healing Spaces, The Science of Place and Wellbeing,” and “The Balance Within” at Southern Vermont Arts Center, 5 p.m. Manchester, Vt.

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.

 

Family

Berkshire Museum — Imagination Playground, 10 a.m. to noon, get creative with the big, blue blocks. Pittsfield.

Berkshire South — Regional Community Center family dance afternoon 2 to 3:30 p.m., K-5 students dress for a party with milk and cookies. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. berkshiresouth.org

 

History

Bidwell House — “Home Medicine from Herbal Gardens,” traditional herbs in Museum’s heirloom garden, with Wake Robin Botanicals, 11 a.m. Monterey.

North Adams Historical Society — Hoosac Tunnel talk 2 p.m. with Cliff Schexnayder, PE, author of the recently published “Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel: Baldwin, Crocker, Doane, Shanley,” North Adams Public Library. 413-664-4700

Stockbridge Library — Cemetery Walk: “Courageous Crusaders: Women’s Rights, Freedom from Slavery, and Modernizing the Law,” 4 p.m. Stockbridge Cemetery, Main St 413-298-5501

 

Music

Barrington Stage Company —Songs by Ridiculously Talendted Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know but Should, 8 p.m., Main Stage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Music School — High School Senior YeeJin Yuk solo piano recital 4 p.m. at Music on Main. First Congregational Church, 4 Main St., Stockbridge.

Berkshire Strings — Jam session 3 to 5 p.m. in folk, Americana, bluegrass and contradance music, all ages and instruments welcome. Free. Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School or, in good weather, outside at French Park, 65 Prospect Lake Road, North Egremont. berkshiresummerstrings.com

Close Encounters with Music — “Music that Shook the World,” 20th-century music that caused riots and revolutions, from Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” to Debussy’s Impressionsim and jazz, George Antheil and Fernand Leger and Latin American music with passages from Stravinsky and Antheil’s memoirs, with Michael Chertock on piano and Yehonatan Berick on violin, 6 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

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

Mass MoCA — The National: Benefit concert for Hawthorne Valley and Mass MoCA, 7 p.m. Drinks with The National, 5 p.m. North Adams.

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Chainsaw Skills for Women, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. workshop for beginner chainsaw operators looking to gain greater confidence with these powerful machines; no experience necessary. Canoe trips 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. with guided talk about the river, wildlife and history. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield.

Bennington Battle Monument — Fight For Air Climb with the American Lung Association, registration 8:30 a.m., climb begins 10 a.m. Vermont Days: All State Historic Sites and State Parks are admission free. Bennington, Vt.

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Talk and book signing with Jan Johnsen, ‘Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces,” 10 a.m. Stockbridge.

Great Barrington Greenways — Three Mile Hill tree ID hike 1 p.m. looking for birds and wildflowers with MassParksGreat Barrington Land Conservancy and Berkshire Natural Resources, free. Bring water and a snack. Trailhead at Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

HooRWA — Wetlands Identification walk and talk on fringes of a field, forest and stream, 10 a.m. at Upper Linear Park trailhead at tennis court behind Greylock Insurance Agency on Route 2. Williamstown. Register 413-458-2742

Mass Audubon — Birding expedition 6 a.m., Post Farm Marsh Lenox. Berkshire Summits Hiking series, Race Brook Falls and Mount Race 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mount Washington State Forest, Great Barrington. Register 413-637-0320

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — “Presto Change-o,” three generations of illusionists meet real magic, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Stage II, Pittsfield.

Living Room Theatre — “Men of Tortuga”  by Jason Wells, a dangerous comedy, 7:30 p.m., Park-McCullough House, One Park St., North Bennington, Vt.

Oldcastle Theatre — “39 Steps,” 150 characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, secret agents and romance, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

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

 

Sunday June 12

 

About Town

Antique and Classic Car Show — Vermont celebrates 30 years antique and classic cars, food vendors and flea market, all day. Tailgate competition and best of 1940s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Car corral, poker run. Free. Dorr Field at Dorr Farm, Manchester, Vt. 802-362-6313, 202-362-2100. manchestercarshow.com

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.

Generation Block Party — Railroad Street Youth Project hosts an intergenerational celebration of successful youth from many programs. Youth Recognition Ceremony, food prepared by the culinary apprentices, a pop-up sidewalk art show, and community input on the new Du Bois mural design, 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Alley by Rubiners. 3v3 basketball, a skate jam, live music and more games 3 to 8 p.m. at the skate park behind the Drop-In Center. Free and all welcome. 413-528-2475, rsyp.org

 

Art

Chesterwood — “One of the Greatest Interests of His Life: Daniel Chester French and the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” with Dr. Thayer Tolles, the Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 4 pm. Stockbridge.

The Mount — SculptureNow opens 2016 show in the grounds, tour 3:30 p.m. and reception 5 p.m. on the terrace. Lenox.

 

Books & Writing

The Bookstore — Claudia Gold reads from “The Silenced Child,” non-fiction, 4 p.m. Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox.

WordXWord — “In the Dark” story slam hosted by James Burden, 3 p.m. hosted by Melissa Quirk Cairns, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, 444 North St., Pittsfield. Free. wXw365.org

 

Dance

Clark Art Institute — “The Art of Flamenco,” talk and flamenco demonstration by Belén Maya and José Luis, 3 p.m. Williamstown.

 

History

Bascom Lodge — “Historic Buildings of Pittsfield,” talk and images 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Bennington Battle Monument — Tribute to Revolutionary War conflict. Vermont Days: All state historic sites and State Parks are admission free. Bennington, Vt.

 

Music

Berkshire Children’s Chorus — 25th anniversary concert 4 p.m. First Congregational Church of Lee, 25 Park Place, Lee.

Music from Salem — Emerging Artsits Concert, viola seminar, 4 p.m. Works by Debussy, Bloch, Copland, Telemann, and New York conductor and composer Victoria Bond’s “Woven.” Mainstage, Hubbard Hall. Cambridge, N.Y.

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Fern Walk and Botanical Drawing Workshop 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with ecologist and botanical artist Elizabeth Farnsworth. Canoe trips 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. with guided talk about the river, wildlife and history. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield.

Berkshire Knapsackers — Kayak Ashmere Lake, with lunch. Rain cancels. Leaders Dotty Taft, 413-743-0384, and Jan Chague, 413-637-1818, 413-441-9971.

Bryant Homestead — Morning bird walk on the Rivulet Trail with naturalist John Green, 8 a.m. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington.

Hildene — Community day: Robert and Mary Lincoln’s historic house, farm, Pullman car, visitors center and 12 miles of trails open free, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Picnics welcome. Tree peonies bloom in the garden in early June. Manchester, Vt.

 

Theater

Oldcastle Theatre — “39 Steps,” 150 characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, secret agents and romance, 2 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company — “The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson, red-state vs. blue-state comedy inspired by Shakespeare, 3 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

 

IS183 will host an informal Arts Night Out on Friday in Stockbridge. Photo courtesy of IS183.

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