Week ahead March 14 to 20

Monday, March 14

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — “Reading like a Writer: An Examination of ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier,” 10 a.m., Lee Library, 100 Main St., Lee, Mass. Writers in the House discussion with The Mount’s 2016 Writers-in-Residence, Koren Zailckas, Yvonne Puig, and Claire McMillan, 3:30 p.m. at The Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. No, I Don’t Have Any Children, group reading 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Great Barrington, Mass. Full schedule at berkshirewomenwriters.org

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

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Librarian, poet and biblophile Hugh Black speaks on Henry Roth, author of “Call It Sleep,” 1934, a major achievement but quickly forgotten. Depression-era novel of immigration republished in 1964 and is now regarded as a masterpiece of Jewish American literature. 10:45 a.m., free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, jewishberkshires.org

 

Music

Troy City Music Hall — Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra with conductor Dmitry Yablonsky and cellist Danielle Akta, 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

 

Tuesday, March 15

 

Art

Williams College Museum of Art —“Not Theories but Revelations: The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer,” human and animal concealment, curator’s insights, noon. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive (off Route 2), Williams College, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — “Getting into Trouble and Getting Out of It,” 10 a.m. workshop on memoir, and “Telling Truth and Beauty” writing and performance workshop 1:30 p.m. at Berkshire Community College, 343 Main St., Great Barrington. “Bulldog Rewriting” workshop 4 p.m. at Mason Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington. In Words Out Words Women’s Own Words open mic 7 p.m. at Deb Kauffman’s Artspace, 137 Front St., Housatonic. Full schedule at  berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

Conversations

Williams College — “The Arab Caliphate Remade: Writing the Vizir Culture from Iran to the Red Sea,” 4:15 p.m. Professor of African Languages and Literatures Samuel England will consider the caliph’s dynamic historical identity in Classical Arabic. Sawyer Library Marble Room, 40 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Film

Berkshire Athenaeum — “The Stolen Spirits of Haida Gwaii,” 6 p.m. with Berkshire Law Library and Berkshire Bar Association. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, Mass. 413-449-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.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

Merck Forest and Farmland Center — Green Mountain Club snowshoe hike, 9:30 a.m. 3270 Vt. Route Rupert, Vt. 315, 802-394-7836, merckforest.org

 

Wednesday, March 16

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — Mad for Mac cocktail party, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hotel on North, Pittsfield. Retro soiree celebrating the opening of an exhibit on the art of an original Mad Man, Mac Connor. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — “Bad Guys we Love to Hate,” writing workshop on villains, 10 a.m., and “Being Equal Doesn’t Mean Being the Same,” on successful women in busness, 1:30 p.m.,  Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. Voice Triumphant writing workshop, No. 6 Depot, 3:30 p.m., West Stockbridge, Mass. Storytelling in the Sacred Circle, workshop 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 4 Main St., Stockbridge. Full schedule at  berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

Conversations

Williams College — “The Enigma of Diversity: The Language of Race and the Limits of Racial Justice,” 7 p.m. with cultural sociologist Ellen Berrey. Griffin Hall room 3, Route 2, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Film

Berkshire Museum — “20 Feet from Stardom,” true story of the backup singers to some of America’s musical legends. 2 p.m. Film series to celebrate Women’s History Month. 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. 413-447-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Williams College — Tournées/Williams College French Film Festival 7 p.m. “L’Apollonide, souvenirs de la maison close (House of Pleasures)” — Director Bertrand Bonello explores the lives of sex workers then and now. Paresky center auditorium off Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — 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

Williams College — Midweek music, traditional and unexpected student performances, 12:15 p.m. in Chapin Hall. 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

 

Thursday, March 17

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Youth art month activity, Live Wire 3-D sculpture, 3 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — “Travelling Mindset” workshop 10 a.m. at The Magc Fluke Company ukulele shop, 292 South Main St., Sheffield. “Crossing the Line” LGBTQ memoir workshop 3 p.m. at Mason Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington. Book launch for “A Short Course in Happiness after Grief,” 7:30 p.m. at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, 57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, Mass. Full schedule at  berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

Conversations

Williams College — Justin Crowe, associate professor of political science, “Constitutionalizing the American Vice State,” 4:15 p.m. Wege Auditorium, 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

Williams College — Brass Ensemble “Brass Bash 2016,” 7 p.m., works for solo and chamber ensemble. Bernhard Music Building, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, 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

 

Friday, March 18

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Heirloom Meals Recipe Project, workshop 10 a.m. at Boulderwood Farm, Stockbridge; “Peanut Peregrinations and Other Tales of Food Travel,” 1:30 p.m., Stanmeyer Gallery and Shaker Dam Coffeehouse, 2 Main St., West Stockbridge. Ophelia Rising writing and spoken word workshop for young women, 3:30 p.m, West Stockbridge Public Library, 21 State Line Road. Monument Girls Write On, reading 7 p.m. at West Stockbridge Historial Society, 9 Main St. Full schedule at berkshirewomenwriters.org

The Bookstore — Ashley Mayne reads from “Tiger” (a novel), and Tamas Panitz from “Uncreated Mirror” (poetry), 7 p.m. Free. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Music

Meetinghouse Concert — Annie and the Hedonists, female blues artists of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s — Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holliday, Rosetta Sharpe, Blue Lu Parker, Ella Fitzgerald and more.8 p.m. 108 School St., Bennington, Vt., uubennington.org

Paramount Theatre — Brewhaha Comedy Club with Vermont beer from Switchbacks and laughs, 7 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

Troy City Music Hall — The Weight, 5 musical brothers perform songs of The Band, 8 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

Ghent Playhouse — “Boeing, Boeing,” romantic farce, 8 p.m. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 518-392-6264, ghentplayhouse.org

WAM Theatre — “Special” workshop production / play in development created and performed by Rachel Siegel, one-woman show about a woman pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome, 7 p.m. Will benefit Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, Whole Children and CATA. Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge, Mass. 413-274-8122, wamtheatre.com

 

Saturday, March 19

 

Art

OMI International Arts Center — Opening reception for paintings by Suzanne Kühn, free and all welcome. 1405 N.Y. County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y. artomi.org

Ventfort Hall: Slavic Easter Egg decorating workshop at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. with Tjasa Sprague. Museum of the Gilded Age, 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, GildedAge.org

 

Books and Writing

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Closing weekend, “Living the Food Life” brunch talk with memoirist, novelist, food writer and former Gourmet Magazine editor with Ruth Reichl, 11 a.m. “Finding Our Voices, Telling Our Stories,” panel 1:30 p.m. Women Writers of a Certain Age reading, 3:30 p.m. Hotel on North, 297 North St., Pittsfield, Mass. Full schedule at  berkshirewomenwriters.org

Berkshire Theatre Group  — “Special,” new play written and performed by Rachel Siegel, about a mother raising a child with special needs, 7:30 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. Benefits Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, berkshirewomenwriters.org

The Bookstore — “Animals Are Us” — Jan Conn: “Edge Effects” (Poetry) Jessica Treat: “Meat Eaters and Plant Eaters” (Stories), and Kathline Carr, “Miraculum Monstrum” (Art and Poetry), 2 p.m. Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Community

HAYC3 — Hoosical Furnishings, community event 7 p.m. at Hoosick Armory Youth Center and Community Coalition, 80 Church St., Hoosick Falls, N.Y. 518-686-9050, hayc3.org

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Live music by Shindy with Randy Miller on fiddle, Roger Kahle on guitar and Ross Kahle on whistle and bodhran with caller Dave Eisenstadter, 7:45 to 11 p.m. All dances taught; no partners needed. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. 413-528-4007, lenoxcontradance.org

 

Film

Mass MoCA — Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco, art historian and curator James Merle Thomas (his partner in Quindar), performer and composer Nick Hallett, and guitarist William Tyler blend intergalactic sonic waves with folk fingerpicking and Fred Engelberg film, 8 p.m. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.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

Maple Weekend — Tastings, tours and open houses at sugar shacks across the Berkshires and New york State. For full schedules, see massmaple.org and nysmaple.com

Taste of Vermont — Annual event highlighting local restaurants, bakeries, delis, amateur and professional and chefs, 7 to 9 p.m. with Tracey Medeiros, writer of “The Farmhouse Kitchen: A Guide To Eating Local” column for Edible Green Mountains Magazine. Stratton Mountain, Stratton,Vt. 802-297-2097, strattonfoundation.org

 

Kids

Battenkill Books — Story hour with Anne Hunter reading her book, “Cricket Song,” 11 a.m. Cambridge, N.Y., 518-677-2515, battenkillbooks.com

 

Music

Berkshire Lyric — Kick the Winter Blues concert, “Ireland in Song: Music from the Emerald Isle,” 7 p.m. Lenox Town Hall auditorium, 6 Walker St., Lenox. 413-499-0258, berkshirelyric.org

Close Encounters with Music — Acronym 12-string orchestra presents J.S. Bach and Sons, Legitimate and Otherwise, 1 p.m. — Oboe Concerto by Carl Philippe Emanuel, Cello Concerto by Johann Christian, P.D.Q. Bach (a.k.a. Peter Schickele) in a concerto for “Four Handed Viola,” and Brandenburg Concerto No. 314. Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Vermont Arts Exchange — Basement Music Series: Chris Bergson, 8 p.m. New York street poet with blues tones, Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartsxchange.com

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Bonsai workshop with Bonsai specialist Glen Lord of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, 10 a.m. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

Berkshire Knapsackers — Greylock Glen, snowshoe or hike 3 miles north on the Bellows Pipe Trail to the Bellows Pipe Shelter and the Red Bucket Trail. Bring fluids, snacks, lunch. 413-743-0384, berkshireknapsackers.org

Hildene — “The Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape” series, talk about water, 10 a.m. with geologist Steve Revell. Apple tree pruning workshop at noon. 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 — Winter Tree ID workshop, 10 a.m. Bluebird nest box building workshop, 1:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

Notchview — Maple Moon ski and snowshoe by moonlight 7 to 9 p.m. with spiked maple cocktails and herbal tonics, treats, hot cider and tea. Trustees of Reservations property at 83 Old Route 9, Windsor. 413-684-0148, xcskimass.com, thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Ghent Playhouse — “Boeing, Boeing,” romantic farce, 8 p.m. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 518-392-6264, ghentplayhouse.org

WAM Theatre — “Special” workshop production / play in development created and performed by Rachel Siegel, one-woman show about a woman pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome, 8 p.m. Will benefit Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, Whole Children and CATA. Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge, Mass. 413-274-8122, wamtheatre.com

 

Sunday, March 20

 

Community

St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Better Bennington holiday celebration with Kegs & Eggs benefit beginning at 10 a.m. and J.C.s Tavern to benefit Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless, downtown procession with bagpipes, live music and festivities. Bennington, Vt. betterbennington.com

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Closing weekend, “Writing Women’s Lives,” 11 a.m. “Preparing for Print,” 1:30 p.m.; writer and actor Alison Larkin presents a festive tea party with the English American, 3:30 p.m. Hotel on North, 297 North St., Pittsfield, Mass. Full schedule at  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

Maple Weekend — Tastings, tours and open houses at sugar shacks across the Berkshires and New york State. For full schedules, see massmaple.org and nysmaple.com

 

Music

Berkshire Lyric — Kick the Winter Blues concert, “Ireland in Song: Music from the Emerald Isle,” 3 p.m. Lenox Town Hall auditorium, 6 Walker St., Lenox. 413-499-0258, berkshirelyric.org

Guthrie Center — Circle of Sound, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring a drum, a bowl, or your own voice to join in the making of Sound, or just come to meditate on joy, acceptance and compassion. 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington. 413-538-1955, guthriecenter.org

Massry Center for the Arts — Guitar Foundation of America concert with Ekachai Jearakul,  classical guitarist, 7:30 p.m. College of St. Rose, 432 Western Ave., Albany, N.Y. 800-637-8556, strose.edu

Music from Salem — “The Petrified Forest,” Rhonda Rider, cello, with slides, 4 p.m. Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-232-2347, musicfromsalem.com

Paramount Theatre — Vermont Symphony Orchestra with bella Hristova, violin,  Dvorak, David Ludvig and Beethoven, 3 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Family birding 10 a.m. to noon. Learn birds by sight and sound. Trustees of reservations property, Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

Berkshire Knapsackers — Taconic Crest Trail, likely a snowshoe hike, 7 miles from Madden Road to Robinson Hollow. Bring lunch, snacks and water. 413-443-9562 berkshireknapsackers.org

 

Theater

Ghent Playhouse — “Boeing, Boeing,” romantic farce, 2 p.m. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 518-392-6264, ghentplayhouse.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Martin McDonough in “Hangmen,” broadcast live in HD from London National Theatre, 3 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Troy City Music Hall — David Cross, stand-up comedy, 8 p.m. 30 Second St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

WAM Theatre — “Special” workshop production / play in development created and performed by Rachel Siegel, one-woman show about a woman pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome, 2 p.m. Will benefit Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, Whole Children and CATA. Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge, Mass. 413-274-8122, wamtheatre.com

 

Photo at the top: A wood-burning stove fuels a sap house. Maple growers are boiling down syrup across the Berkshires. Photo by Susan Geller

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