Week ahead Oct. 11 to 16

Crisp days, bright trees, jazz and original songs over piano chords meet this week with contemporary art.

In the photo above, Nick cave’s ‘Until’ — a gleaming installation of found objects addressing recent events, gun violence and the lives and deaths of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown — will open at Mass MoCA on Oct. 15, and a concert will follow by internationally known singer / songwriter Benjamin Clementine. Image courtesy of Mass MoCA.

 

 

Tuesday Oct. 11

Art

Bennington College — Visual Arts Lecture Series: Mariam Ghani, artist, writer, filmmaker and teacher with widely exhibited research-based practice spanning video, installation, photography, performance and text. 7 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Conversations

Columbia County Historical Society — Dutch Food and Ceramics: Historian and author Ruth Piwonka will present a program on Dutch kitchens, kitchen artifacts and activities, 7 p.m. 16 Broad St., Kinderhook, N.Y. 518-758-9265, cchsny.org

 

Music

Marble House Project — Artseed performance by Boston-based songwriter and string player Sam Moss, original and interpreted folk songs and instrumental guitar; 6 p.m., free. Open studios follow with poet, essayist and performance artist LeVan D. Hawkins; Danish performance artist Jette Ellgaard; filmmaker Emma Piper-Burket. Artists in residence present their work. 1161 Dorset West Road, Dorset, Vt. marblehouseproject.org

 

Wednesday Oct. 12

 

Art

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — Introduction to the Public Art Process workshop 5:30 p.m. 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. discoverpittsfield.com

 

Books and Writing

Bennington College — Literature Evenings: New literature faculty member Brando Skyhorse, author of ’The Madonnas of Echo Park’ and ‘Take This Man: A Memoir’ will read, 7 p.m. Franklin, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu.

 

Conversations

Williams College — Mark Tercek on Global Conservation, 7:30 p.m. President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organization, and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Images Cinema — ‘The Hand that Feeds,’ 7 p.m., documentary on a popular bakery café in theUpper East Side where undocumented immigrant workers face harsh conditions and Mahoma López leads a dangerous effort to make a change. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. 413-458-1039, imagescinema.org

 

Music

Williams College — Song workshop with singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon, 5 p.m. — she will return Nov. 4 to present Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, a new opera with Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, adapted from post-apocalyptic novel about a young woman in futuristic Los Angeles. Directing studio, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Growing Garlic workshop 10 a.m. Route 183 and Route 102, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org.

Mass Audubon — Evening at the Beaver Ponds walk and talk 6 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘Camping with Henry and Tom,’ 7 p.m. In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Wilson G. Harding head into the Maryland woods. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

 

Thursday Oct. 13

 

Art

Williams College — Michelle Smith, leading photography scholar at Art Institute of Chicago, speaks in her book in progress, ‘Photographic Returns,’ 4:30 p.m. Schapiro Hall, 24 Hopkins Hall Drive, Williamstown 413-597-2127, music.williams.edu

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Everly Brothers Experience by the Bird Dogs, 8 p.m. Tribute to the country-rock duo that inspired the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Buddy Holly. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Williams College — Workshop with singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon, 1 p.m. with assistant professt of Africana Studies Rashida Bragg’s AFR 314 Groovin’ the Written Word and professor Robert Baker-White’s Intro to Theatre — Reagon will return Nov. 4 to present Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, a new opera adapted from post-apocalyptic novel. ’62 Center, 1000 Main St. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘Camping with Henry and Tom,’ 7 p.m. with talkback at 9. In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Wilson G. Harding head into the Maryland woods. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

WAM Theatre — ‘The Bakelite Masterpiece’ with David Adkins and Corinna May, 7 p.m.: An artist on trial for selling a long-lost Vermeer to a Nazi leader tries to prove it was his own forgery. BTG Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-997-4444; wamtheatre.com

 

Friday Oct. 14

 

Art

IS183 — Arts Night Out 7 p.m.: Tintype portraits with Bill Wright, 19th-century technique sith silver-coated plates. Citizen’s Hall, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-5252, is183.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — Norman Rockwell in Detail, 1:30 p.m. Explore Rockwell’s storytelling and adventures in illustration. Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore — Five Sextillion Atoms, 7 p.m. Jayne Benjulian reads poetry. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox, 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Community

Berkshire Drum and Dance Fest — West African Drum and Dance 7 p.m. with more than 75 drumming artists to benefit the Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center’s year round environmental education and 32 acres of highland boreal forest in Windsor. Koussevitsky Arts Center, Berkshire Community College, 1350 West. St. Pittsfield tamarackhollownatureandculturalcenter.org

Cirque du Hope Gala — Berkshire County Kids’ Place benefit 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. with dinner, music, dancing, community awards, silent auction and more. Crowne Plaza, 1 West St., Pittsfield. 413-499-2800, discoverpittsfield.com

Local Living Economies — Three-day summit to tap creative life in the Hudson, Berkshire and Pioneer region. Inn at Shaker Mill Farm, New Lebanon, N.Y. 541-708-1074, nelivingecon.weebly.com

 

Conversations

Sheffield Historical Society — From Field and Forest, 7:30 p.m. talk: Harvesting and preserving the bounty of the season. Dewey Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield. 413-229-2694, sheffieldhistory.weebly.com

 

Halloween

Haunted Hayride — Purgatory Road annual ride, ‘Beware the Plague’  7 to 10 p.m. to benefit teen suidice prevention programming and NAMI Berkshire County. Not recommended for children under 12. 190 Cleveland Road, Dalton. facebook.com/purgatory.rd.haunted

13 Nights at Jiminy — Haunted resort and tour of Jericho Valley’s haunted past with giant swing, zip ride and more. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. 37 Corey Road, Hancock. 13nightsatjiminy.com

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, 8 p.m. One of the founders of folk, mentored by Woody Guthrie, performs with guitar. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival — Headline weekend with saxophonist Scott Robinson, 8 p.m. at Flavours of Malaysia, 75 North St. (entrance on McKay St.) Exhibit of work by award-winning photojournalist Ken Franckling, author of ‘Jazz in the Key of Light,’ at The Whit, 42 Wendell Ave. BerkshiresJazz.org

Spectrum Playhouse — Berkshire Voice 7 p.m., music talent competition. 20 Franklin St., Lee. 413-394-5023, spectrumplayhouse.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘Camping with Henry and Tom,’ 8 p.m. In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Wilson G. Harding head into the Maryland woods. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

The Egremont Barn — ‘The Year of Magical Thinking,’ 8 p.m. Television actress Linda Purl in novelist, essayist and nonfiction writer Joan Didion’s adaptation of Didion’s National Book Award-winning work on the time after her husband died. 47 Route 23, Egremont. 413-528-1570, theegremontbarn.com

Ghent Playhouse — ‘The 39 Steps,’ comedy based on John Buchan’s 1915 spy thriller with four actors in dozens of roles, 8 p.m. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 800-838-3006, ghentplayhouse.org

Hubbard Hall — ‘Peter and the Starcatcher,’ 7:30 p.m. Peter Pan before he became Peter Pan. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Oldcastle Theatre — “The Ride Down Mount Morgan,” new Arthur Miller play — a poet turned insurance tycoon crashes his car in the snow, and the hospital summons his daughter … and two wives, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Town Players — ‘Other Desert Cities,’ 8 p.m. Fully staged production by Jon Robin Baitz. Wyeth family fights to keep old skeletons buried. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-443-9279, townplayers.org

Ventfort Hall — The Adventure of the Speckled Band, 7 p.m. Sherlock Holmes mystery dramatized from 1930s radio play by East Haddam Stage Co. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

WAM Theatre — ‘The Bakelite Masterpiece’ with David Adkins and Corinna May, 7 p.m.: An artist on trial for selling a long-lost Vermeer to a Nazi leader tries to prove it was his own forgery. BTG Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-997-4444; wamtheatre.com

 

Saturday Oct. 15

 

Art

Bennington Museum — Celebrating Milton Avery exhibit with community day, children’s activities and free admission all day. Artist Leslie Parke celebrates her show, ‘Particle / Wave,’ in the Regional Artists Gallery 3 p.m. Free. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

Mass MoCA — Nick Cave: Until opening 5:30 to 7 p.m. Artist celebrated for wearable Soundsuits turns a football-field-sized gallery into an installation with found objects, creating a meditation on racism and a performance space for dance, music, theater, pop art, spoken word, community forums and debates and more. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111; massmoca.org

 

Community

Behold New Lebanon — Townwide museum with programs including local foods and preserving, farming, historic buildings, music and art. Visitors Center, Old Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-720-7265, beholdnewlebanon.org

Bizarre Bazaar — Annual art and craft sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with more than 75 New England vendors: photography, prints, bake sale and raffles to benefit the Gladys Allen Brigham Center’s youth programming. 165 East St., Pittsfield, 413-442-5174, ext. 12, discoverpittsfield.com

Columbia County Historical Society — Birthday party and annual meeting with live music, cocktails and cake, 5 p.m. The Secret Gardener, 250 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. 518-758-9265, cchsny.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Workshop weekend: Food for Thought includes oval boxes, weaving towels, home-brewed beer, cheesemaking 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

Hoosac Valley Service — Berkshire Scenic Railway arrated train rides between North Adams and Adams 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. Legends Train with story of the Hoosac Tunnel, local ghost stories and walking tour of South view cemetery at dusk, 5:30 p.m. All trains will depart from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams; approximately one hour round trip, 8 miles round trip. hoosacvsalleytrainride.com

Local Living Economies — Three-day summit to tap creative life in the Hudson, Berkshire and Pioneer region. Inn at Shaker Mill Farm, New Lebanon, N.Y. 541-708-1074, nelivingecon.weebly.com

Pittsfield Harvest Festival — Community celebration in place of Third Thursday begins 9 a.m. at the final outdoor farmers market of the season. Live music 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eggs, cheeses, meats, breads, vegetables, baked goods, coffee and wine and more, artisans and food vendors. Pittsfield Common on Route 7. farmersmarketpittsfield.org

Ventfort Hall — Jewelry Appraisal Day 1 to 5 p.m.: Walter and Samantha Larson, the gemologist and a buyer at McII, offer their knowlege. 104 Walker St., Lenox 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Live music by the Russet Trio with aldo Lavaggi on fiddle, Peter Madsen on guitar and percussion and Eric Buddington on fiddle with caller Ron Blechner, 7:45 to 11 p.m. Intro for beginners at the start, all dances taught, no partners or experience needed. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. 413-528-4007, lenoxcontradance.org

 

Halloween

Haunted Hayride — Purgatory Road annual ride, ‘Beware the Plague’  7 to 10 p.m. to benefit teen suidice prevention programming and NAMI Berkshire County. Not recommended for children under 12. 190 Cleveland Road, Dalton. facebook.com/purgatory.rd.haunted

13 Nights at Jiminy — Haunted resort and tour of Jericho Valley’s haunted past with giant swing, zip ride and more. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. 37 Corey Road, Hancock. 13nightsatjiminy.com

 

Music

Clark Art Institute — Williams College A Cappella 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Ephlats co-ed group performs in the morning and Springstreeters all-male group in the afternoon. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Close Encounters with Music — Chamber Orchestra Kremlin performs Haydn, Chaikovsky and Shostakovich, 6 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Mass MoCA — Benjamin Clementine, London-based singer-songwriter, poet and pianist compared to Nina Simone and Edith Piaf, 8:30 p.m. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111; massmoca.org

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival — The Karrin Allyson Trio 7:30 p.m. Vocalist Karrin Allyson performs from the Great American Songbook of Gershwin and Porter to the Great American Jazzbook with her trio appears and America’s Big Band, the U.S. Army’s 19-piece Jazz Ambassadors. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

Sandisfield Arts Center — Easy Ridin’ Papas, 8 p.m. Will Conklin on trumpet/cornet, vocals and kazoo, and Adam Brown on vocals and parlor, arch top and resonator guitars, with country blues, jazz, western swing, southern gospel and jugband and originals on vintage instruments. 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield. 413-258-4100, sandisfieldartscenter.org

Spectrum Playhouse — Berkshire Voice 7 p.m., music talent competition. 20 Franklin St., Lee. 413-394-5023, spectrumplayhouse.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Smartphone Photography, 2 p.m. Nature images workshop on the trails. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

Mass Audubon — Art in the Barn 1 to 3 p.m. Opening for statewide wildlife and nature photography contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors. Exhibit through Oct. 30. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘Camping with Henry and Tom,’ 2 and 8 p.m. In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Wilson G. Harding head into the Maryland woods. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

Ghent Playhouse — ‘The 39 Steps,’ comedy based on John Buchan’s 1915 spy thriller with four actors in dozens of roles, 8 p.m. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 800-838-3006, ghentplayhouse.org

Hubbard Hall — ‘Peter and the Starcatcher,’ 7:30 p.m. Peter Pan before he became Peter Pan. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Oldcastle Theatre — “The Ride Down Mount Morgan,” new Arthur Miller play — a poet turned insurance tycoon crashes his car in the snow, and the hospital summons his daughter … and two wives, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Town Players — ‘Other Desert Cities,’ 8 p.m. Fully staged production by Jon Robin Baitz. Wyeth family fights to keep old skeletons buried. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-443-9279, townplayers.org

WAM Theatre — ‘The Bakelite Masterpiece’ with David Adkins and Corinna May, 2 and 7 p.m.: An artist on trial for selling a long-lost Vermeer to a Nazi leader tries to prove it was his own forgery. BTG Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-997-4444; wamtheatre.com

 

Sunday Oct. 16

 

Art

Bennington Museum — ‘The Hidden Norman Rockwell,’ Bennington Historical Society meeting and talk, 2 p.m. Free. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

 

Community

Hoosac Valley Service — Berkshire Scenic Railway arrated train rides between North Adams and Adams 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. All trains will depart from 98 Crowley Ave., North Adams; approximately one hour round trip, 8 miles round trip. hoosacvsalleytrainride.com

Local Living Economies — Three-day summit to tap creative life in the Hudson, Berkshire and Pioneer region. Inn at Shaker Mill Farm, New Lebanon, N.Y. 541-708-1074, nelivingecon.weebly.com

 

Halloween

Houghton Mansion — Ghost tours 6 p.m. Looking for local spirits. 172 Church St., North Adams. 413-663-3486, houghtonmansionghosttours.org

 

Music

Bascom Lodge — Jazz dinner 7 to 9 p.m. with Wes Brown Trio and Jill Connolly. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams. 917-680-0079, bascomlodge.net

Clark Art Institute — Performing Artists in Residence, 3 p.m. Chamber music under the direction of cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park, with clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois. Beethoven, Bernstein, De Falla, Glinka, and Piazzolla. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Leavitt Amp Concert Series — Seratones 2 p.m., Rock quartet in concert, free. Colegrave Park, North Adams. 413-662-5320, leavittampnorthadams.com

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Chainsaw Skills for Women workshop for beginners, 8:30 a.m. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘Camping with Henry and Tom,’ 3 p.m. In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Wilson G. Harding head into the Maryland woods. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

The Egremont Barn — ‘The Year of Magical Thinking,’ 8 p.m. Television actress Linda Purl in novelist, essayist and nonfiction writer Joan Didion’s adaptation of Didion’s National Book Award-winning work on the time after her husband died. 47 Route 23, Egremont. 413-528-1570, theegremontbarn.com

Ghent Playhouse — ‘The 39 Steps,’ comedy based on John Buchan’s 1915 spy thriller with four actors in dozens of roles, 2 p.m. 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y. 800-838-3006, ghentplayhouse.org

Hubbard Hall — ‘Peter and the Starcatcher,’ 2 p.m. Peter Pan before he became Peter Pan. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Oldcastle Theatre — “The Ride Down Mount Morgan,” new Arthur Miller play — a poet turned insurance tycoon crashes his car in the snow, and the hospital summons his daughter … and two wives, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Town Players — ‘Other Desert Cities,’ 2 p.m. Fully staged production by Jon Robin Baitz. Wyeth family fights to keep old skeletons buried. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. 413-443-9279, townplayers.org

WAM Theatre — ‘The Bakelite Masterpiece’ with David Adkins and Corinna May, 2 p.m.: An artist on trial for selling a long-lost Vermeer to a Nazi leader tries to prove it was his own forgery. BTG Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-997-4444; wamtheatre.com

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