Week ahead March 7 to 13 — Comedy and fantasy

Monday, March 7

 

Books & Writing

Bennington College — “Publishing the World: Words without Borders,” 4:10 p.m. Susan Harris, editorial director of Words without Borders and coeditor with Ilya Kaminsky of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry — founder of the Hydra imprint of literature in translation, she published Imre Kertész and Herta Müller before their Nobel Prizes in literature. CAPA symposium,1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

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

Williams College — Robert Hass, acclaimed poet, U.S. Poet Laureate, translator, reads 7 p.m. Griffin Hall 3, 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

Hoffmann Bird Club — “The Secondary Market for Bird Feathers: What Happens When Birds Don’t Want Them Anymore?” Dr. Daniel Shustack, Environmental Studies Faculty from MCLA, speaks 7 p.m. at Berkshire Life Insurance, 700 South St. Pittsfield.

 

Tuesday, March 8

 

Art

Bennington College — Art talk 7:30 p.m. with Jennifer Schmidt, multi-media artist living in Brooklyn, N.Y., who works with print media, graphic design and sound to create site-specific installations, video and performances, also faculty within the Print area and Graduate Program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Tishman Hall, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Film

Berkshire Athenaeum — Attorney Paul Rapp discusses “Women in Gold,” Helen Mirren film on Maria Altman’s efforts to recover stolen paintings after World War II, 6 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, Mass. 413-449-9480, pittsfieldlibrary.org

 

Conversations

Williams College ’62 Center  — Panel with director Joshua Frankel, choreographer Will Rawls, Lecturer in Environmental Studies Sarah Gardner, and Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in Anthropology and Environmental Studies Natalie Vena on “A Marvelous Order,” 8 p.m., with music by Judd Greenstein, choreography by Will Rawls and libretto by Pulitzer-Prizewinning poet Tracy K. Smith. The most powerful and visionary builder in New York City history is confronted by a groundbreaking urban theorist leading a revolt against his plan to demolish her neighborhood. 7 p.m. Dodd House, Williams College, Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

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

 

Wednesday, March 9

 

Books

Bennington College — Poetry reading with Orlando White, author of “Letters” and “Bone Light.” Tishman Hall, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Film

Images Cinema — “The Dream of Shahrazad,” 7 p.m. Free. Documentary locates political expression before, during and after the Egyptian revolution – and also within recent times in Turkey and Lebanon. Social Change film series with Williams College. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. williams.edu, 413-458-5612, imagescinema.org

Williams College — Tournées/Williams College French Film Festival 7 p.m. “La religieuse (The Nun),” Guillaume Nicloux’s adaptation of Denis Diderot’s late-18th-century anticlerical novel, a young woman learns that she is an illegitimate child and must atone for her mother’s sins. Paresky center auditorium off Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Dance

Hubbard Hall — Annual Irish Dance Ceili, traditional Irish dancing, 7 p.m. Squares, slip jigs, hornpipes, reels and more, all taught; watch or join in. Free. Cambridge Central School, 24 Park St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

 

Music

Williams College — British polymath and composer Stephen Hough on piano and British cellist Steven Isserlis on cello, 8 p.m. in Bernhard Music Building. 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 10

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Youth art month activity, the original #selfie, 3 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Williams College Museum of Art —“Not Theories but Revelations: The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer,” human and animal concealment, opening celebration 6 p.m. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive (off Route 2), Williams College, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Athenaeum — Spring book sale, books, CDs, DVDs and more. Preview night for members 4 to 8 p.m. (join at the door). 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-8940, pittsfieldlibrary.org

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Writing workshop in non-traditional prose, looking at writing by Lydia Davis, Selah Saterstrom, and Kim Gek Lin Short with Nell McCabe, 3 p.m. Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield. berkshirewomenwriters.org

Williams College — “The Frank, the Friendly and the Fictional: Speech in the Fragments of Lucilius’ Satires,” 7 p.m. Cathy Keane, Associate Professor, Department of Classics at St. Louis’ Washington University will discuss Roman poets of verse satire. Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Conversations

Bennington College — “Cold Climate Heat Pump” workshop 7 p.m. — HEAT Squad, Efficiency Vermont, and Green Mountain Power as they discuss how heat pumps can lower energy bills. CAPA symposium, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Film

Mass MoCA — “Love Marriage in Kabul,” 7:30 p.m. Mahboba Rawi wants to help an orphan and his lover. “Love Is Complicated” film series, Q&A with filmmaker. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Williams College — Morgan Maguire, professor of computer science, speaks on “Virtual Reality: The Actuality of Total Cinema,” 4:15 p.m. Wege Auditorium, 47 Lab Campus Drive, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Music

Colonial Theatre — The Receiver, brothers Casey and Jesse Cooper on keyboard, bass, drum and vocals in the Garage, 8 p.m. 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

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

Weston Playhouse — Weston 101 series talk 7 p.m. on “Round and Round the Garden,” play in Weston’s summer 2016 lineup, Burr & Burton Academy, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-824-8167 x104 or pgoodeve@westonplayhouse.org.

Williams College ’62 Center — Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,” 7:30 p.m. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Friday, March 11

 

Art

IS183 — Arts Night Out, informal artmaking in the studios for adults (BYOB), “Word Collage,” 7 to 9 p.m., Citizens Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-5252, is183.org

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Athenaeum — Spring book sale, books, CDs, DVDs and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission free). 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-8940, pittsfieldlibrary.org

The Bookstore — William Belcher reads from “Lay Down Your Weary Tune,” 7 p.m. Free. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — Knosh and Knowledge sith Sonia Pilcer, 10:45 a.m. Author of six novels, including The Holocaust Kid, an autobiographical novel inspired by her family’s experience. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. 413-442-4360, jewishberkshires.org

 

Music

Paramount Theatre — Pink Martini in concert, 8 p.m., with multilingual repertoire prformed on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

Vermont Arts Exchange — Basement Music Series  with the Cash Registers, 8 p.m. Pittsburg Hardcore. Immune Friction to open. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartsxchange.com

Williams College ’62 Center — Alex Ross, New Yorker music critic, speaks 4:15 p.m. Ross has covered field from the Metropolitan Opera to the downtown avant-garde, and has also contributed essays on pop music, literature, twentieth-century history, and gay life. His first book, “The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century,” won a National Book Critics Circle award and the Guardian First Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Williams Chamber Players perform Bach and compositions by allen Shawn, 8 p.m. Bernhard Music Center, 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

Theater

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

Mass MoCA — High Mud Comedy Festival from Television comedy writer and executive producer of The Bob Newhart Show Jay Tarses, headlining deadpan comedian Tig Notaro, hosted by NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg, with Brooklyn- and Hollywood-based Sean Patton, absurdist Dave Hill and Berkshire-based Thomas Lewis, Seth Brown and Mark Jagiello. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Williams College ’62 Center — Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,” 7:30 p.m. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Saturday, March 12

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Vincent Van Gogh: A Portrait by the Postman Roulin,” 5:30 p.m. One-man performance captures the legendary artist. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

OMI International Arts Center — Hyperpianist Denman Maroney performs 7 p.m. in collaboration with Anne Lindberg’s “fold and unfold,” drawings and fiber sculptures on view through March 13. 1405 N.Y. County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y. artomi.org

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Athenaeum — Spring book sale, books, CDs, DVDs and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission free). 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-8940, pittsfieldlibrary.org

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Festival 2016 opening weekend. Writing workshops 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Songwriting concert and talk with Mississippi songwriter Kate Campbell, 7:30 p.m. Eastover Resort, 430 East St., Lenox. Schedule at  berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

Film

Project Native Film Festival — Launch of festival, first full day of free films about people and the earth, like “The Accidental Environmentalist,” “American Lawn,” “Bluebird Man,” “A Dam Problem” and more. Two films with Q&A: “Joanna Macy and the Great Turning”; “The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community,” 7 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Full schedule at projectnative.org.

 

Food

Berkshire Museum — Learner’s Lab: Maple Sugaring 10 a.m., learn to collect and process sap to make syrup with Holiday Brook Farm. 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. 413-447-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Pittsfield Farmers Market — Local farmers and artisans 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — pasture-raised meats, eggs, cheese, vegetables, breads, baked goods, coffee, wine, art and more. Pittsfield Farmers Market partners with Boys & Girls Club at the club Lighthouse, 16 Melville St., Pittsfield. farmersmarketpittsfield.org

 

History

Columbia County Historical Society — “A Tale of Two Houses,”  Bronson an Vanderpoel, 4 p.m. Part of CCHS 100th anniversary celebration, The School / Jack Shainman Gallery, 25 Broad St., Kinderhook, N.Y. Free. 518-758-9265, cchsny.org

 

Kids

Berkshire Museum — Imaginaiton Playground, play with big blue blocks, 10 a.m. to noon. 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. 413-447-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

Clark Art Institute — Start with Art preschool artmaking and activities 10 a.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Music

Berkshire Bach Society — Bach’s Birthday Supper Party 4 to 6 p.m., Café Adam, 420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. berkshirebach.org

Hubbard Hall — Local singer-songwriter Bob Warren, 8 p.m. 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Vermont Arts Exchange — Basement Music Series returns: Peter Mulvey, wry and hard-edged Americana, 8 p.m. Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5549, vtartsxchange.com

Williams College ’62 Center — Composer Judd Greenstein and director Joshua Frankel, “A Marvelous Order,” 8 p.m., with choreography by Will Rawls and libretto by Pulitzer-Prizewinning poet Tracy K. Smith. The most powerful and visionary builder in New York City history is confronted by a groundbreaking urban theorist leading a revolt against his plan to demolish her neighborhood. Q&A to follow. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — “Can I Grow It Here, Now — and How?” workshop on planting challanges in changing climate, 10 a.m. with Kim Tripp, director emeritus of Smith College Botanical Garden and New York Botanical Garden. “Ready, Set, Grow,” seed-starting workshop with Maureen Sullivan of Left Field Farm in Middlefield, Mass., 1 p.m. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org

Hildene — Bird walk 8 a.m. with Vermont Bird and Sky Watch, free. 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 — Animal tracks and signs, Lime Kiln Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 a.m. Silver Street, Sheffield, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.orga

Williamstown Rural Lands — Antique work sled restoration, living history workday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., free. 671 Cold Spring Road, Route 7, Williamstown. 413-458-2429, wrlf.org

 

Theater

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

Mass MoCA — High Mud Comedy Festival from Television comedy writer and executive producer of The Bob Newhart Show Jay Tarses, headlining deadpan comedian Tig Notaro, hosted by NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg, with Brooklyn- and Hollywood-based Sean Patton, absurdist Dave Hill and Berkshire-based Thomas Lewis, Seth Brown and Mark Jagiello. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Williams College ’62 Center — Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,” 7:30 p.m. 1000 Main St., Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Sunday, March 13

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Festival 2016 opening weekend. Writing workshops; Every Woman Has a Story to Tell spoken word performance 10 a.m. to noon; fantasy and childrens book writers mother and daughter Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple speak on The Family Business, 1:30 p.m. Eastover Resort, 430 East St., Lenox. Schedule at  berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

Dance

Paramount Theatre — Paul Taylor II, dance company performs with live music from Orchestra St. Luke’s, 3 p.m. 30 Center St., Rutland, Vt. 802-775-0903,  paramountvt.org

 

Film

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Bolshoi Ballet: “Spartacus,” broadcast live in HD, 1 p.m. Pre-show talk with Jacob’s Pillow scholar-in-residence Brian Schaefer, 12:40 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Project Native Film Festival — Launch of festival, first full day of free films about people and the earth, like “The Accidental Environmentalist,” “American Lawn,” “Bluebird Man,” “A Dam Problem” and more. Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington. Full schedule at projectnative.org.

 

Food

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

 

Music

Oldcastle Theatre — L’Ensemble in residence, France and Far Afield concert series begins with French Bouquet, music by Ravel, Chausson, Franck and Allen Shawn, 3 p.m. 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt. 802-447-0564, oldcastletheatre.org

Sage City Symphony — Young composers of Bennington College and a new composition, The Horsemen, by Marjorie Rooen, music teacher at Mount Anthony Union High School. 4 p.m. Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA, Bennington College, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. sagecitysymphony.org

Ventfort Hall — Shamrock tea and music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with guitar and fiddle duo Rocks and Water, 3:30 p.m. Museum of the Gilded Age, 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, GildedAge.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Smartphone photography 2 to 4 p.m. Snowshoe Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., snowshoe rentals and cocoa. Trustees of reservations property, Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

 

Theater

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

Double Edge Theatre — Open Training one day workshop with the theater ensemble, 11 a.m. Performing for all levels, with dinner and tour. 948 Conway Road, Ashfield, Mass. 413-628-0277, doubleedgetheatre.org

 

Photo at the top: Tig Notaro will perform at the High Mud Comedy Festival at Mass MoCA. Photo by Ruthie Wyatt, Courtesy of Mass MoCA

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