Week ahead March 28 to April 3

Monday, March 28

 

Books & Writing

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

 

Conversations

Bennington College — Society, culture and thought colloquium with Skye Bender-deMoll, 7 p.m. CAPA symposium, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — More Questions than Answers with State Senator Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield, 10:45 a.m., free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, jewishberkshires.org

 

Tuesday, March 29

 

Conversations

Bennington College — “The Yes Men,” 7:30 p.m. with Andy Bichlbaum. Armed with quick wit and thrift store suits, the Yes Men impersonate big-time corporate criminals to draw attention to their crimes against humanity and the environment. Tishman Hall, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Film

Berkshire Athenaeum — “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 6 p.m., film based on Harper Lee’s classic novel about a Southern white lawyer defending an innocent black man, with Berkshire Law Library and Berkshire Bar Association. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, Mass. 413-449-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

 

Wednesday, March 30

 

Film

Berkshire Museum —  “Soul of a Banquet” 2 p.m. on Cecelia Chiang, restauranteur who pioneered the Mandarin in San Francisco and changed American cuisine. Film series to celebrate Women’s History Month. 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. 413-447-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

 

Theater

Colonial Theatre — Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre, comedy, juggling and performing animals with Moscow Circus member Gregory Popovich, 7 p.m. 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Thursday, March 31

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Youth artmaking activity, string theory: woven wall hangings, 3 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Carol Asher, author of “A Call from Spooner Street,” on “The Difficulty and Importance of Forgiving,” 10:45 a.m., free. Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-4360, jewishberkshires.org

 

Music

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

MCLA — Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi, 7:30 p.m. MCLA Presents! concert series, Church Street Center, Church Street, North Adams. mcla.edu

Paramount Theatre — “Million Dollar Quartet,” musical recalls recording session with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, 7:30 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903, paramountvt.org

 

Friday, April 1

 

Music

Clark Art Institute — Irish bagpiper Paddy Keenan, known for his wild and free style, performs in a cabaret, 7:30 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Bird walk looking for spring newcomers, 8 a.m., Canoe Meadows sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Dorset Players — 13th annual One Act Festival, includes “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, “Electric Roses” by David Howard, “Visitors from Forest Hills” by Neil Simon and “In the Footsteps of Doves” by Robert Anderson. 7:30 p.m. Community theater at Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-5770, dorsetplayers.org

Double Edge Theatre — Grenland Friteater, one of Norway’s oldest independent theaters, presents Geddy Aniksdal’s “My Life as a Man,” an autobiographical excursion into Aniksdal’s Norwegian working class origin, which then becomes her working class characters, 7:30 p.m. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, Mass. 413-628-0277, doubleedgetheatre.org

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

 

Saturday, April 2

 

Art

Berkshire Museum — “Liminal Artifacts,” abstract paintings by Joe Goodwin, opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

 

Dance

OMI International Arts Center — Gabrielle Revlock (USA) and Aleksandr Frolov (RU), Dance OMI alums, perform “Show No Show” These alumni have been invited to return and perform this work in the Studio Barn, Letter S Road and N.Y. County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y. artomi.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 Southern Vermont and New York State. For full schedule, see vermontmaple.org and nysmaple.com.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center —  Maple celebration pancake breakfast, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with farm-raised bacon and syrup from the farm sugarbush. 3270 Vt. Route Rupert, Vt. 315, 802-394-7836, merckforest.org

 

History

Naumkeag — Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele opens for weekend house tours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trustees of Reservations property, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3008. thetrustees.org.

 

Music

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

Mass MoCA — Grammy-nominated soul-rock singer Ruby Amanfu in concert, 8 p.m. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Vermont Arts Exchange — Basement Music Series: Session Americana, 8 p.m. Bosto folk / rock collective. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartsxchange.com

 

Outdoors

Hildene — “The Battenkill Valley: Reading the Natural Landscape” series, talk about forests 10 a.m. with forester Alan Calfee. 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

 

Theater

Aglet Theatre Company — “Stella and Lou,” staged reading 7:30 p.m. Dewey Memorial Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield. 860-435-6928, aglettheatre.net

Dorset Players — 13th annual One Act Festival, includes “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, “Electric Roses” by David Howard, “Visitors from Forest Hills” by Neil Simon and “In the Footsteps of Doves” by Robert Anderson. 7:30 p.m. Community theater at Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-5770, dorsetplayers.org

Double Edge Theatre — Grenland Friteater, one of Norway’s oldest independent theaters, presents Mr Vik’s “Mr. Fumblebody,” an homage to the great silent movie comedians Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin and early Jaques Tati with slapstick and improvisation, 2 p.m., and Geddy Aniksdal’s “My Life as a Man,” an autobiographical excursion into Aniksdal’s Norwegian working class origin, which then becomes her working class characters, 7:30 p.m. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, Mass. 413-628-0277, doubleedgetheatre.org

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

 

Sunday, April 3

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Drawing day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with sketch books and gallery talks. Free admission on first Sundays monthly to May. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Books and Writers

The Mount — “First Steps into Storytelling,” workshop with Speak Up producer, Moth champion and grand champion storyteller Matthew Dicks, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-511-5111, edithwharton.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

Merck Forest and Farmland Center —  Maple celebration pancake breakfast, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with farm-raised bacon and syrup from the farm sugarbush. 3270 Vt. Route Rupert, Vt. 315, 802-394-7836, merckforest.org

Maple Weekend — Tastings, tours and open houses at sugar shacks across Southern Vermont and New York State. For full schedule, see vermontmaple.org and nysmaple.com.

 

History

Naumkeag: Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele opens for weekend house tours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trustees of Reservations property, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3008. thetrustees.org.

 

Music

Manchester Music Festival — Michael Rudiakov Music Academy Spring recital, 3 p.m. Violin, viola and cello students of Joana Genova, Deanna Baasch, Vesela French and Jared Shapiro at the First Congregational Church, 42 Dillingham Ave., Manchester, Vt. mmfvt.org

Troy City Music Hall — A City of Immigrants, an homage to the cultural heritage of the capital region with the musicians of Ma’alwyck, Capital District Youth Choir and Saratoga Nacre Dance Company, 4 p.m. 30 Second St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — “Outstanding Americn Gardens” talk with garden writer Page Dickey, 2 p.m. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

 

Theater

Dorset Players — 13th annual One Act Festival, includes “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, “Electric Roses” by David Howard, “Visitors from Forest Hills” by Neil Simon and “In the Footsteps of Doves” by Robert Anderson. 3 p.m. Community theater at Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-5770, dorsetplayers.org

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

Paramount Theatre — Second City comedy tour, 7:30 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

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