Week ahead Oct. 17 to 23

Novelist, poet and activist Wendell Berry, winner of the National Humanities Medal, and his lifelong friend Wes Jackson, co-founder of the Land Institute, will speak at the Mahaiwe on Saturday about the 50-Year Farm Bill and their work to support rural communities. Harvest and Halloween are converging this week with pumpkins, haunted hayrides and storytelling.

In the photo at the top, afternoon light touches the corn tassles at Hancock Shaker Village. Photo by Susan Geller

 

Monday Oct. 17

 

Conversations

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Myth or meaning? Media & U.S. Elections, 5 p.m. Deena Guzder, news producer at the national, independent award-winning news program Democracy Now! Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. 413-644-4400, simons-rock.edu

 

History

Columbia County Historical Society — Fellow of American Decorative Arts at Yale University Art Gallery Caryne Eskeridge on 18th century Albany cabinetmaker Thomas Spencer, 6 p.m. 16 Broad St., Kinderhook, N.Y. 518-758-9265, cchsny.org

 

Tuesday Oct. 18

 

Art

Clark Art Institute — Avinoam Shalem, When Nature Becomes Ideology, talk 5:30 p.m. on the ruined landscapes of Palestine after 1947. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Books

Lenox Library — Diane Saxton: Peregrine Island, 5:30 p.m. Journalist for Vanity Fair, the Huffington Post and more presents her first novel, Peregrine Island, about a family haunted by the investigation of an old painting. Presented with The Bookstore. 18 Main St., Lenox, 413-637-0197, lenoxlib.org

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — ‘After Scalia: His Legacy and the Impact of His Departure,’ 5:30 p.m. with Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre. Burr and Burton AcademyHunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

 

Music

Bennington College — Visiting faculty member Sergei Tcherepnin presents his eclectic work in performance, composition and sound installation, 8 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Wednesday Oct. 19

 

Music

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Tristan und Isolde, Met Opera Live in HD, noon. Great Barrington, 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Theater

Arrowhead — Melville on the Light Side: A Tuneless Review in the Red Barn, talking about Melville’s work and playing scenes from five of his novels, two short stories and a dozen poems, 7 p.m. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-1793. mobydick.org

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. 20

 

Dance

Williams College — Dancers from the New York City Ballet with mixed program reflecting issues of race and gender, 8 p.m. including August Bournonville’s La Sylphide, Lev Ivanov’s Swan Lake, modern excerpts from George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Christopher Wheeldon. Q&A with director of dance Sandra Burton. MainStage ’62 Center, 1000 Main St. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Halloween

Naumkeag — Pumpkin Trail 5 to 7:30 p.m. Pumpkin-lit garden paths and storytelling with nocturnal creatures; flashlights, costumes and all ages welcome. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — The Havana Cuba All-Stars: Performing “Cuban Nights,” 8 p.m. Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians perform Cuban music, acoustic and traditional tunes and originals. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield.413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Outdoors

Green Mountain Academy — ‘The Long Trail: A Vermont Treasure,’ 5:30 p.m. with H. Lee Allen, Professor Emeritus of North Carolina State University. Burr and Burton Academy Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

 

Theater

Arrowhead — Melville on the Light Side: A Tuneless Review in the Red Barn, talking about Melville’s work and playing scenes from five of his novels, two short stories and a dozen poems, 7 p.m. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-1793. mobydick.org

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

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Mike Daisey: The Trump Card, 8 p.m. Monologist compared to Mark Twian and Orson Welles takes on Donald Trump and contemporary politics. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.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. 21

 

Community

Berkshire Carousel — Pumpkin Festival with hay rides, face painting and more. Open hours noon to 5 p.m. 50 Center St., Pittsfield. 413-499-0457, berkshirecarousel.com

 

Dance

Clark Art Institute — Jennifer Homans, founder and director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, and New York City Ballet dancers in conversation 7 p.m. at the home of Edgar Degas’ Little Dancer. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Halloween

Naumkeag — Pumpkin Trail 5 to 7:30 p.m. Pumpkin-lit garden paths and storytelling with nocturnal creatures; flashlights, costumes and all ages welcome. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

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

Meetinghouse Café — Low Lily in concert, 8 p.m. United Universalist Church, 108 School St., Bennington, Vt. uubennington.org

Williams College — Berkshire Symphony, 8 p.m., The Americans: music by Kaska, Ives and Bernstein, 8 p.m. free. Chapin Hall, 62 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. 413-597-2127, music.williams.edu

 

Theater

Arrowhead — Melville on the Light Side: A Tuneless Review in the Red Barn, talking about Melville’s work and playing scenes from five of his novels, two short stories and a dozen poems, 7 p.m. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-1793. mobydick.org

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 — Storytelling and comedy night 7:30 to 9 p.m. 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

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, 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. 22

 

Art

Makers Mill — Mixing Media #2 workshop: Simple stencils and stamp pads, 10 a.m. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakerspace.com

 

Community

Berkshire Carousel — Pumpkin Festival with hay rides, face painting and more. Open hours noon to 5 p.m. 50 Center St., Pittsfield. 413-499-0457, berkshirecarousel.com

MasquerAID Party — Berkshire Family YMCA Celebration of 130th anniversary and joining of Pittsfield and North Adams branches with food from Mazzeo’s and live music by Rev Tor Band and T-Bone Daddy. 5:30 p.m. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Conversations

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Schumacher Center presents novelist, poet and activist Wendell Berry, winner of the National Humanities Medal, and his lifelong friend Wes Jackson, co-founder of the Land Institute, 7 p.m., to speak on 50-Year Farm Bill and their work to support rural communities. Reception and lamb roast 5 p.m. behind Town Hall with Fire Roasted Catering and the Prairie Whale. Talk at 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org, centerforneweconomics.org

 

Dance

Mass MoCA — ‘Post Tree,’ 3 p.m. Choreographer Carolyn Schoerner and artist and musician James Hoff perform new work in the galleries with Sarah Crowner’s Beetle in the Leaves.1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Film

FilmColumbia — Kickoff and benefit for 17th annual festival of independent and international films presented by the Chatham Film Club with a screening of ‘Howards End’ and tribute to director James Ivory, hosted by Jack Shear. Festival Oct. 24 to 30. Chatham, N.Y. filmcolumbia.org

 

Food

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Cheese-making workshop 9 a.m. and Farmhouse Cider-making 11:30 a.m. Route 183 and Route 102, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.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

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

The Mount — Trick or Treat? 7 p.m.: An Evening of Stories with Speak Up. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, edithwharton.org

Naumkeag — Pumpkin Trail 5 to 7:30 p.m. Pumpkin-lit garden paths and storytelling with nocturnal creatures; flashlights, costumes and all ages welcome. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

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 — Don Giovanni, Met Opera Live in HD, 1 p.m. Pre-broadcast talk 11:30 a.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Sandisfield Arts Center — Winds in the Wilderness Players, 4 p.m. Commissions and arrangements from from Renaissance to contemporary, classical, jazz and world music for flute, oboe, guitar, bass, violin, viola, cello, viola da gamba, harpsichord, Chinese pipa and voice. 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, 413-258-4100, sandisfieldartscenter.org

Spectrum Playhouse — Broadway cabaret series, ‘The Boradway Villains’ 7 p.m. with Jessica and Matt Passetto, musical theater. 20 Franklin St., Lee. 413-394-5023, spectrumplayhouse.org

 

Outdoors

Clark Art Institute — Stone Hill Tree Hike 1 p.m., horticulturist and Grounds Manager Matthew Noyes leads a moderate hike to identify trees by leaves, bark, leaf buds, structure and texture. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Mass Audubon — Birding the Berkshires, 7 a.m. Field trip to lakes and towns to look for migrating waterfowl. Cider and doughnuts. Volunteer day for gardens, trails, boardwalks and more 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

Notchview — Starry Night: Planets, Stars and more, 8 p.m. Arunah Hill Science Center explores the night sky. Route 9, Windsor. 413-532-1651, ext. 3110, thetrustees.org

Williamstown Rural Lands — Chestnut Trail Hike, 9:30 a.m. Head up Pine Cobble through oak-pine forest. Foundation. Meets at Sheep Hill. 671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. 413-458-2494, wrlf.org

 

Theater

Arrowhead — Melville on the Light Side: A Tuneless Review in the Red Barn, talking about Melville’s work and playing scenes from five of his novels, two short stories and a dozen poems, 7 p.m. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-1793. mobydick.org

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

Green Mountain Academy — ‘National Theatre Live: Frankenstein,’ 3 p.m. live in HD directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Riley Center for the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.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

Mass MoCA — Time No Line, 8 p.m. Theater artist John Kelly presents a solo work-in-progress based on personal journal entries about the East Village of the 1980s, gender performance, the culture wars and queer history with movement, projections, song and spoken word. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Spectrum Playhouse — Broadway cabaret series 7 p.m. with Matt and Jessica Passetto, musical theater. 20 Franklin St., Lee. 413-394-5023, spectrumplayhouse.org

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. 23

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Writing about Kids and Young Adults workshop with Ali Benjamin, author of the 2015 New York Times bestseller ‘The Thing about Jellyfish,’ 3 to 5 p.m. berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

Community

Berkshire Carousel — Pumpkin Festival with hay rides, face painting and more. Open hours noon to 5 p.m. 50 Center St., Pittsfield. 413-499-0457, berkshirecarousel.com

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

 

Conversations

Lenox Library — A Good Death, 4 p.m.: Dr. Deborah Alecson considers the end of life in a death-phobic culture. Part of Distinguished Lecture Series. 18 Main St., Lenox, 413-637-0197, lenoxlib.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

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

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

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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