Week ahead May 11-15

Wednesday, May 11

 

Book

Bennington College — Poetry reading with Charles Simic, 7 p.m. Simic, writer of many collections of poems including “The Lunatic,” published in April, is a Pulitzer Prize and Griffin Prize winner and National Poet Laureate. Tishman Hall, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Film

Manchester Community Library — “Mildred,” film noir classic about Mildred Pierce. 2 p.m. 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2607, mclvt.org

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Strauss’s “Elektra,” 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. Small Jazz Ensembles perform 7 p.m. in Bernhard Music Building, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Hoffmann bird club — Morning walk along the Ashuwillticook Trail looking for migrants in a variety of habitats. Meet 7 a.m. at Allendale Shopping Center on Cheshire Road, Route 8, Pittsfield. Leaders Ed Neumuth, 413-884-4961, or Gael Hurley, 413-281-1017

Mass Audubon — Bird walk 7 a.m., Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox, Mass. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Colonial Theatre — Laugh Lounge series: Kevin Meaney, veteran of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with David Letterman at the Garage, 8 p.m. 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Town Players — Staged reading of “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters, directed by John Trainor, 7 p.m. Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Free. townplayers.org

WAM Theatre — Girls Ensemble presents “Miss Labelled,” 7:30 p.m. Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin st., Lee. wamtheatre.com

 

Thursday, May 12

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — An evening with writer and litigator Roberta Kaplan, author of “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA,” as she and Edie Windsor take  on the “Defense of Marriage act” after Windsor’s partner of 40 years, Thea Spyer, has died. Kaplan shares her own story. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. northshire.com

 

Music

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

Troy City Music Hall — Flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra 7:30 p.m. 30 Second St., Troy, N.Y. 518-273-8945, troymusichall.org

Williams College — Williams Jazz Ensemble performs 7 p.m. in Bernhard Music Building, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Watercolors and wildflowers workshop noon to 4 p.m. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013. thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Bennington College — “Sitcom” episodic performances students have written, rehearsed and prodeced in a week and a half, 10 p.m. DownCaf, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

The Mount — Sally-Jane Heit, “Everything Old Is New,” 7 p.m. benefit musical performance for the Mount, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-511-5111, edithwharton.org

 

Friday, May 13

 

Art

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

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — Vermont Author Joe Mazur  on his new book, “Fluke,” 7 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. northshire.com

WordXWord — Poetry Slam and Open Mic hosted by Melissa Quirk Cairns, 7 p.m. at Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield Free. wXw365.org

 

Film

HAYC3 — “The Princess Bride” classic comedy shown under the stars, 7 p.m. at Hoosick Armory Youth Center and Community Coalition, 80 Church St., Hoosick Falls, N.Y. 518-686-9050, hayc3.org

 

History

Naumkeag: Spring Clean inside and out 9 a.m. to noon, free volunteer day at Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele. Trustees of Reservations property, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3008. thetrustees.org

 

Music

Williams College — Wind ensemble performs Berkshire Inspirations, new commissioned work by professor Zachary Wadsworth, Ben Kaufman ’16, Jason Huffman and others, 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Williamstown, Mass. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Hoffmann bird club —  Birdathon / Century Run — Join a team and continue the tradition, and support Mass Audubon’s annual Birdathon to benefit our local sanctuary. Coordinators: Jonathan Pierce, 413-281-2398, and Gael Hurley, 413-281-1017

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

 

Theater

Berkshire Community College — “Avenue Q,” irreverant musical for the first Sesame Street generation looking for life after college — with puppets. 8 p.m. 1350 West St., Pittsfield, Mass. berkshirecc.edu

 

Saturday, May 14

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — Jeanne Birdsall, author of the Penderwicks series, on “The Penderwicks in Spring,” and award-winning children’s author Susan Hill Long on “The Magic Mirror,” 2 p.m. “A Thinking Person’s Guide to America’s National Parks,” Rolf Diamant and Nora J. Mitchell, 7 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. northshire.com

 

History

Mission House — Family fire-building from scratch workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. House and gardens from original Stockbridge Mission, gardens and Mohican Museum. 19 Main St., Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org.

The Mount — Historic Gilded-Age home of Pulitzer prizewinning novelist Edith Wharton opens for the summer season with tours of the house, exhibits, gardens and grounds. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-511-5111, edithwharton.org

Naumkeag — Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele, 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

Bennington County Choral Society — 20th century choral masterpieces: Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein. 802-442-8829, bccsmusic.wordpress.com

Berkshire Jazz — Phil Woods Memorial Concert, NEA Jazz Master’s quintet, with Grace Kelly on alto saxophone, Brian Lynch on trumpet, Bill Mays on piano, Steve Gilmore on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums, 8 p.m. at Barrington Stage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield, Mass. berkshirejazz.org

Cantilena Chamber Choir — Tanglewood Music center’s 75th anniversary concert, 7:30 p.m. Music for chorus and orchestra by composers who were Tanglewood Composition fellows — Psalms by Lukas Foss, Winter Light by Michael Gandolfi, Acrostic Song by David del Tredici, Mechthild von Magdeburg by Thomas Oboe Lee and early choral works by Elliot Carter, Kenneth Lampl’s Jerusalem and a premiere of a new work for chorus and strings.7:30 p.m., Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox. 518-791-0185, cantilenachoir.org

Close Encounters with Music — Art of the String Quartet, 6 p.m. Dover String Quartet performs Beethove, Dvorak and Alan Berg. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Williams College — Student Symphony, 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Hildene — Bird walk with Vermont Bird and Sky Watch, 8 a.m., 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

Hoffmann bird club — Birdathon / Century Run — Join a team and continue the tradition, and support Mass Audubon’s annual Birdathon to benefit our local sanctuary. Coordinators: Jonathan Pierce, 413-281-2398, and Gael Hurley, 413-281-1017

Mass Audubon — Bird walk looking for spring newcomers, 7 a.m., Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Sheffield. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Berkshire Community College — “Avenue Q,” irreverant musical for the first Sesame Street generation looking for life after college — with puppets. 8 p.m. 1350 West St., Pittsfield, Mass. berkshirecc.edu

 

Sunday, May 15

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Interim Curator of Paintings and Sculpture Lara Yeager-Crasselt discusses her book “Michael Sweerts (1618–1664): Shaping the Artist and the Academy in Rome and Brussels” 3 p.m., free, and book sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. clarkart.edu

 

Books and Writing

WordXWord — “Seizing the Moment” Story Slam hosted by James Burden, 3 p.m. at Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield Free. wXw365.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

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Harney & Sons Fine Teas, tea tasting at Castle Street Café, 1:30 p.m.with Michael Harney, followed by HD Broadcast of London’s National Theatre’s “The Audience” at 3 p.m. next door at 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

History

Hildene — Lincoln essay competition winners lunch. Celebration of the peonies: Tree peonies traditionally bloom in the garden. 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

Naumkeag — Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele, 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

 

Theater

Berkshire Community College — “Avenue Q,” irreverant musical for the first Sesame Street generation looking for life after college — with puppets. 2 p.m. 1350 West St., Pittsfield, Mass. berkshirecc.edu

WAM Theatre — Staged reading series, “Photograph 51,” based on the story of physicist Rosalind Franklin, a key — and forgotten — discoverer of the DNA double helix. 6 Depot Cafe Roastery and Café, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge, Mass. 413-274-8122, wamtheatre.com

 

Photo at the top: Berkshire Jazz will offer a tribute to the late alto saxophonist Phil Woods, with the NEA Jazz Master’s quintet, with Brian Lynch (trumpet), Bill Mays (piano), Steve Gilmore (bass) and Bill Goodwin (drums), along with Woods’ protégé Grace Kelly on alto saxophone. Photo courtesy of Berkshire Jazz

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