Week ahead May 31 to June 5

Magic and music, theater and art … the summer season is well underway as the musical premiere “Presto Change-o” opens its run at Barrington Stage Company. (The photo above shows Broadway veteran Larry Wolpe as Sheldon, by Scott Barrow.) For summer calendars through Labor Day, see the BTW Summer 2016 digital magazine.

 

Tuesday May 31

 

Conversations

Flying Cloud — Youth STEM Summit 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., students share findings from their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math research with other students through hands-on workshops. Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Green Mountain Academy — “Judaism: An Explanation,” Rabbi Michael Cohen on the evolution of 4,000 years of faith, 5:30 p.m., Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

 

Dance

Marble House Project — Artseed dance performance by Rosie Trump, choreographer and dance filmmaker, 6 p.m., free. Dorset, Vt.

 

Music

Stockbridge Library — Annual meeting and program by members of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians Tribal Council, 6:30 p.m., free and all welcome. Stockbridge. 413-298-5501

 

Theater

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

 

Wednesday June 1

 

About Town

Dalton Fair — Rides, midway, Mark Fanelli’s Traveling Amusement Park, community food and game booths, 6 p.m. til closing. Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center — Students from the Conway School of Landscape Design will present on the 225-acre site, main approach, Visitor Center, Sap House and farm complex, a look at the potential uses of this area. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Place TBD. Rupert, Vt.

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — “In the Footsteps of Fra Angelico: Savonarola and the Florentine Millennial Dream,” 5:30 p.m., free lecture by Francis Oakley. Williamstown.

Manchester Community Library — “The Wyeths: First Family of American Art,” 7 p.m. First Wednesdays talk with Shelburne Museum director Thomas Deneberg. First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-549-4577, mclvt.org

 

Books & Writing

Bennington College — Literature evening with student readings 7 p.m., Franklin, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt.

 

Music

Bascom Lodge — Quintessential all-male Berkshire a cappella group 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Bird Walk 7 a.m., free. Free day for Berkshire residents 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

Milne Library — Kickoff party for croquet tourney June 8 to July 27 on the library lawn. Teams of four (entry fee) compete over 8 weeks. Mallets required but experience is not. Routes 2 and 7, Williamstown. Register at the library, milnelibrary.org

 

Theater

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

 

Thursday June 2

 

About Town

Dalton Fair — Rides, midway, Mark Fanelli’s Traveling Amusement Park, community food and game booths, 6 p.m. til closing. Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9.

 

Film

Berkshire International Film Festival — 11th annual weekend celebration, 70 independent feature, documentary, short and family films from some 26 countries, opening night pass-holders party 5 p.m. in the BIFF tent, screening of “Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” and Q&A with Yo-Yo Ma 7 p.m. at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. biffma.org

Mason Library — Film Showing: “Divide in Concord” 7 p.m., tale of banning bottled water in small town America. 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — Hotel California: A salute to the Eagles, 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Celebration of Jewish Music — Sephardic Songs, Andre Previn and more, chamber music concert with world-renowned Sephardic singer Sarah Aroeste, 7:30 p.m. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 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.

Clark Art Institute — Williamstown Theatre Festival reading of “The Roommate” by . Epatha Merkerson and Deirdre O’Connell, 2:30 p.m., free. Talk with Mandy Greenfield, artistic director of WTF, about the process of work on new plays. Williamstown.

 

Friday June 3

 

About Town

 

Dalton Fair — Rides, midway, Mark Fanelli’s Traveling Amusement Park, community food and game booths, 6 p.m. til closing. Fireworks at night. Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9.

 

Art

Berkshire Botanical Garden — “Benched: Come Take a Seat in the Garden” opens, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., display of 25 to 30 benches by local artists and artisans including Berkshire woodworkers guild. Stockbridge.

First Fridays Artswalk — More than a dozen shows with more than 20 artists in the Upstreet Cultural District, openings 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., free. After-party 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., free. Downtown Pittsfield 413-443-6501, FirstFridaysArtswalk.com

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — “I Am More Than Who You Think I Am,” photographs with local women facing housing instability opens 5 to 8 p.m. at Artswalk. Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum — Meet Rockwell’s Models 3 p.m., find out what it was like to pose for an illustrator. Stockbridge.

Salem Art Works — Harry Orlyk, landscape and abstract oil paintings opening 2 to 4 p.m. Free. 19 Cary Lane, Salem, N.Y. salemartorks.org

 

Books & Writing

Chatham Bookstore — Art exhibit, ”Lazy Summer Days,” oil paintings by Annalee Johnson opening 5 to 7 p.m. Free with refreshments. 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-3005, chathambookstore.com

Conversations

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires — “The Jewish People versus the Assyrians Kings,” 10:45 a.m. (reservations for lunch). Hevreh, Great Barrington.

 

Film

Berkshire International Film Festival — 11th annual weekend celebration, 70 independent feature, documentary, short and family films from some 26 countries. Pittsfield opening night party 5 p.m. at Hotel on North with the Next Great Filmmaker Award. “Life, Animated,”a boy finds a pathway to language in found Disney, 7 p.m. at Beacon Cinema. Films at Triplex in Great Barrington. Full schedule biffma.org

Quaker films — “Aogiri” (Phoenix in Japanese) 6 p.m. potluck and 7 p.m. film about a lone surviving tree after nuclear bombing at Hiroshima. Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y. oldchathamquakers.org

 

History

Columbia County Historical Society — Fyfes and Drums of Olde Saratoga Colonre-enactments of 18th-century, Revolutionary War and Civil War musters. 100th anniversary summer. James Vanderpoel House, 16 Broad St., Kinderhook, N.Y. cchsny.org

 

Music

Bennington College — Graduation concert 3 p.m., Greenwall Auditorium, 1 Bennington College Drive, Bennington, Vt.

Berkshire Theatre Group — South Shore Trio 3 p.m., Berkshire Dance Party and Cabaret 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

The Bookstore — Joel Sturz acoustic guitar, 7 p.m. Get Lit Wine Bar, Lenox.

Guthrie Center — Catie Curtis, folk-rock, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6. Great Barrington.

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — “Wild Thing 5k/10k Trail Race Practice Series-Walk the Course” 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.

Ghent Playhouse — “The Imaginary Invalid,” classic Molière comedy, 8 p.m. Ghent, N.Y.

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.

Spectrum Playhouse — Carol Burnett and Ed Sullivan remembered in live variety show, “Saturday Night Liv” comedy with Liv Cummings, 7:30 p.m. 20 Franklin St. Lee.

 

Saturday June 4

 

About Town

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.

Dalton Fair — Rides, midway, Mark Fanelli’s Traveling Amusement Park, community food and game booths. Wristbands noon to 5 p.m., open noon til closing. Fireworks at night. Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9.

 

Art

Sandisfield Arts Center — Trevor Hunter solo art show, opening reception 2 to 4 p.m. Sandisfield.

 

Books & Writing

Bidwell House —Arts skills and fire-building: Learn to make willow charcoal, quill pens, and inks from nuts and berries. Journaling and drawing. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monterey.

Chatham Bookstore — David Black reads from “Fast Shuffle,” a novel, 5 to 7 p.m. Free with refreshments. 27 Main St., Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-3005, chathambookstore.com

Northshire Bookstore — Julia Reed’s “South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long,” Manchester, Vt.

Spencertown Academy — Poetry reading by Benjamin Kukoff, “What This Country Needs” from Brighton Beach as the child of Russian immigrants to L.A. to the Hudson Valley, 4 p.m. free. Spencertown, N.Y.

 

Family

Berkshire Museum — WeeMuse Art Lab, Saturday, 11 a.m., art-making activities with a science twist. Pittsfield.

Mass Audubon — Family Fun Day with puppeteer Deborah Costine, traditional New England fiddler George Wilson, birds of prey, origami creatures, bug zoo, bird and salamander walks, beekeeping talk and more 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all free. Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries, Lenox.

OMI International Arts Center — Children’s workshop 10 a.m. to noon for ages 4 to 12 with themes from Fields Sculpture Park. Ghent. N.Y.

 

Film

Berkshire International Film Festival — 11th annual weekend celebration, 70 independent feature, documentary, short and family films from some 26 countries. “Art and Heart: The World of Isaiah Sheffer,” 10:30 a.m.; “Year by the Sea,” 12:30 p.m., with conversations with director Alexander Janko, writer Joan Anderson, actor Karen Allen and cast. “Forgotten Farms” screening 1:45 p.m. with Berkshire Grown. “Silent Running” 4 p.m. Doug Trumbull sci-fi, all at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Tribute to guest and Academy Award-winning actor Bruce Dern with BIFF achievement award. Films at Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield, Triplex in Great Barrington. Full schedule biffma.org

 

History

Columbia County Historical Society — Fyfes and Drums of Olde Saratoga Colonre-enactments of 18th-century, Revolutionary War and Civil War musters, noon to 1 p.m. 100th anniversary summer. James Vanderpoel House, 16 Broad St., Kinderhook, N.Y. cchsny.org

Merwin House — Historic New England house, 1875 summer retreat for William and Elizabeth Dane, with Stockbridge Room, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hourly tours, free. Stockbridge.

 

Music

Berkshire Bach Society — James Bagwell conducting Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” 6 p.m.

First Congregational Church, 251 Main St., Great Barrington.

Berkshire Music School — Recital from the studio of Charles Marshall, piano, 1:30 p.m.  Free. Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

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

Ramsdell Library — Tap and Blues, rhythm tap dancer Stefanie Weber and delta blueswoman Robin O’Herin, 1 p.m. 1087 Main St., Housatonic.

Sandisfield Arts Center — The Music of George Shearing and Beyond, with the James Argiro Quintet, 8 p.m. Sandisfield.

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Canoe trips 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. with guided talk about the river, wildlife and history. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield.

Berkshire Botanical Garden — “Follow Your Nose,” fragrant plants workshop with Andy Brand of Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, Conn., 1 p.m. Stockbridge.

Bondville Fair — Horse pull competition 11 a.m. Rain date June 5. Fairgrounds off Route 30, Bondville, Vt. bondvillefair.org

Garden Conservancy Open Days — Garden tours in Ancram, Claverack, Copake Falls, Hudson, and West Taghkanic, N.Y., rain or shine. “Digging Deeper: Succulent Love with Katherine Tracey” talk 11 a.m., Roe Jan Historical Society Museum, 8 Miles Road, Copake Falls, N.Y. 888-842-2442, opendaysprogram.org

HooRWA — Tour de Pownal bike ride with Lauren stevens,18 miles with views of the Vermont landscape and Hoosic River on Route 7, North Pownal Road, Route 346, CR 95 and Indian Massacre Road (part gravel). Meet 10 a.m. at the former Mack Molding parking lot off of Route 346 in Pownal by 10:00 a.m. Register 413-458-3154

Mass Audubon — Family Fun Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center — Game of Logging: Chain Saw Safety Training Level 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rupert, Vt. Register woodlandtraining.com.

Notchview — Starry Night: Planets, Stars, and the Dark Night, 8 to 10 p.m. Explore the sky with volunteers from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center, create a telescope and learn about the solar system in the Visitor Center. Rain or heavy cloud cover cancels. Route 9, Windsor.

Tamarack Hollow — Big Trees and Stories of the Land: Hike the Rivulet trail with Naturalist Aimee Gelinas, 10 a.m. at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington.

 

Theater

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

Ghent Playhouse — “The Imaginary Invalid,” classic Molière comedy, 8 p.m. Ghent, N.Y.

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

Spectrum Playhouse — Carol Burnett and Ed Sullivan remembered in live variety show, “Saturday Night Liv” comedy with Liv Cummings, 7:30 p.m. 20 Franklin St. Lee.

 

Sunday June 5

 

About Town

Dalton Fair — Rides, midway, Mark Fanelli’s Traveling Amusement Park, community food and game booths. Fireman’s Muster 1 p.m. Wristbands noon to 5 p.m., open noon til closing. Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9. Dalton.

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.

North Adams — Zumba: Dancing in the Streets 2 to 6 p.m. benefit festival for PopCares with food, beer, craft vendors, hot dog eating contest, corn hole tourney, DJ and lots of Zumba. north Main Street, downtown. explorenorthadams.com

 

Books and Writing

The Mount — “Inspired by Edith,” novelists Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford  on Edith Wharton’s influence in the 21st century, 4 p.m. Lenox.

Family

Boys and Girls Club — Teddy Bear Picnic, with storytelling, face painting, games, art and mini-golf, hot dogs and hamburgers for purchase, bring blanket and lunch, noon to 3 p.m. with bears at Camp Russell. Richmond. 413-448-8258

Fishing Derby — 22nd annual community event with Berkshire South Regional Community Center for youth up to age 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., free. Lake Mansfield, Great Barrington.

 

Film

Berkshire International Film Festival — 11th annual weekend celebration, 70 independent feature, documentary, short and family films from some 26 countries. Documentary “De Palma” on filmmaker Brian De Palma with co-directors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. Children’s films 9:30 a.m., “Becoming Mike Nichols” conversation with filmmaker 11 a.m., “Racing Extinction” on rare animals 1 p.m., “How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things Climate Can’t Change,” 3 p.m. and panel to follow with director Josh Fox, Ben Barber and Rosemary Wessel, founder of No Fracked Gas in Mass, all at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Films at Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield, Triplex in Great Barrington. Full schedule biffma.org

Berkshire Museum — “Renoir: Revered and Reviled,” film, 2 p.m., documentary about the artist, Pittsfield.

 

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.

Celebration of Jewish Music — Traditional favorites and contemporary klezmer music and Yiddish theater tunes with Paul Green on clarinet and Klezmer East: Alan Gold, Charles Tokarz and Bill Chapman, 3 p.m. Temple Anshe Amunim, Pittsfield.

Music from Salem — Emerging Artsits Concert, cello seminar, 4 p.m. Bach to contemporary. Mainstage, Hubbard Hall. Cambridge, N.Y.

 

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.

Bascom Lodge — “Birds of Mount Greylock” talk with Ed Neumuth, president of the Hoffmann Bird Club, 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Mass Audubon — Lime Kiln Farm Sanctuary through the Seasons Series: Amphibious Exploration of the Pond 9 a.m., free. Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Sheffield.

Merck Forest and Farmland Center — Game of Logging: Chain Saw Safety Training Level 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rupert, Vt. Register woodlandtraining.com.

Notchview — Birding by song, 6 to 10 a.m. early morning walk with Ed Neumuth, birding expert and president of the Hoffman Bird Club Route 9, Windsor.

 

Theater

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

Ghent Playhouse — “The Imaginary Invalid,” classic Molière comedy, 2 p.m. Ghent, N.Y.

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.

 

Photo at the top: Broadway veteran Larry Wolpe stars as Sheldon in Barrington Stage Company’s musical premiere, ‘Presto Change-o.’ Photo by Scott Barrow, courtesy of Barrington Stage Company

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