Week ahead Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Happy Halloween!

 

Monday Oct. 31

 

Conversations

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Scott Manning Stevens, Syracuse University Associate Professor in Native American Studies, 5 p.m. talk in “Who the People” lecture series. Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. 413-644-4400, simons-rock.edu

 

Film

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — The Birds (1963), 9 p.m. Halloween movie: Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, 413-528-0100

 

Halloween

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

Naumkeag — Haunted House 7 to 10 p.m.: Specters and phantoms in the carriage house. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

Vermont Arts Exchange — Annual Halloween Parade, 4 p.m.  beginning at the  VAE, 48 Main St., North Bennington. 802-442-5549, vtartexchange.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

 

Tuesday Nov. 1

 

Conversations

Clark Art Institute — Art after Democracy, 5:30 p.m. Six scholars and artists consider art and politics in an informal gathering. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Green Mountain Academy — ‘Key Economic Policy Challenges: Combating Asset Bubbles and the Threat of Deflation,’ 5:30 p.m. with conomist Nick Sargen, Long Trail School, 1045 Kirby Hollow Rd, Dorset Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

Williams College — Of Freedom, Fascists, and FDR: Ben Shahn’s Frescos for the New Deal, 4:30 p.m.: Dr. Diana Linden, award-winning author of ‘Ben Shahn’s New Deal Murals: Jewish Identity in the American Scene’ and visual essayist for ‘City of Promises: The History of Jews in New York.’ Griffin Hall Room 7, 844 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Wednesday Nov. 2

 

Books and Writing

Milne Library — Eva Grudin and Eric Joseph read ‘Save the Last Dance,’ 6:30 p.m., an epistolary novel following the reunion for high school sweethearts 50 years later. 1095 Main St., Route 2, Williamstown. 413-458-5269

 

Music

Bennington College — Pianists Christopher Lewis and Yoshiko Sato continue their concert series devoted to performances of the complete Piano Sonatas of Ludwig Van Beethoven. 8 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

First Wednesdays — Pianist Michael Arnowitt will perform and discuss the work of Frederic Chopin, 7 p.m., hosted by Manchester Community Libraryat Manchester’s First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-549-4577, mclvt.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — Don Giovanni, Met Opera Live in HD, 1 p.m. Great Barrington, 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

Williams College — Apple Hill String Quartet: Traditional and contemporary work by a 21st-century group known for teaching, commissions, premieres and their Playing for Peace program; recent premieres include ‘Traces’ by Syrian composer Kareem Roustom, commissioned by Apple Hill, Dartmouth College, and Arizona State University, with Israeli pianist Sally Pinkas and Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh. Concert 8 p.m. and master class 4:15 p.m., free, Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. 413-597-2127, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Mass Audubon — Berkshire residents get in free, first Wednesdays. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Thursday Nov. 3

 

Art

Williams College Museum of Art —Close Look: curator Elizabeth Gallerani walks through ‘Not Set in Stone: Architectural Fragments from the Collections,’ 4 p.m., and talks about the objects’ origins, including a Williams College secret society. 15 Lawrence Hall drive, Williamstown 413-597-2429, wcma.williams.edu

 

Community

Diwali Festival of Lights — Celebration of India’s holiday 6 to 8:30 p.m. with food from Karavelli Regional Cuisine, books from Northshire Bookstore and screening of Emmy award-winning documentary ‘Tashi and the Monk’ at 7 p.m. Mela Artisans, 4566 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 800-437-3700, northshire.com

MCLA — Cokie Roberts, Emmy awardwinning political commentator for ABC News and NPR with more than 40 years in broadcasting, speaks 7 p.m. Amsler Campus Center gymnasium. Church St., North Adams. mcla.edu

Stockbridge Cemetery — Luminaries: Exploring Stockbridge Cemetery 5 p.m. Halloween tour of the graves of local figures with cider and doughnut reception on the lawn by the bell tower and Old Town Hall. Main Street, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100; nrm.org

Williams College — Jonathan Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University’s Center for Ethics, will speak 7:30 p.m. on “Earth, Water, Fire: Classic Jewish Sources on Stewardship,” Griffin Hall, room 3. Free. Route 2, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Books and Writing

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Poetry & Fiction Series: Okey Ndibe, 7 p.m. Novelist and author of Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc. reads from his new memoir, Never Look an American in the Eye. Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. 413-644-4400; simons-rock.edu

 

Theater

Williams College — ‘The Maids’ by Jean Genet 7:30 p.m., Cap & Bells student performance, Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Friday Nov. 4

 

Art

First Fridays Artswalk — Regional artists hold receptions for 5 to 8 p.m. ‘Othering,’ Berkshire Art Association’s (BAA) biennial juried show opening at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts; Joe Goodwin at Hotel on North; Tammara Leminen at the Whitney Center for the Arts; Keith Emerling at Bagels Too and shows at the Berkshire Museum, Shire City Sanctuary and more than a dozen popup locations and galleries. Tours leave from the Intermodal Center. Celebration at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. North and South Streets, Pittsfield.

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — Berkshire Art Association opens ‘Othering’ juried exhibition reflecting on experiences of exclusion, 5 to 8 p.m. as part of Artswalk. Show through Nov. 26. 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. 413-499-9348, discoverpittsfield.com

Norman Rockwell Museum — Meet Rockwell’s Models 3 p.m. and find out what it was like to pose for him. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100; nrm.org

Shire City Sanctuary — Art opening in the gallery 5 to 8 p.m. 40 Melville St., Pittsfield. 413-236-9600, shirecitysanctuary.com

 

Community

Clark Art Institute — New parents gallery talk 10:15 a.m., infants welcome for an informal gathering. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Conversations

Northshire Bookstore — Through a Naturalist’s Eyes with Michael Caduto, 7 p.m. talk on New England landscape. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 800-437-3700, northshire.com

Williams College — Earth, Water, Fire: Classic Jewish Sources on Stewardship 7:30 p.m. with Jonathan Crane, scholar of bioethics and Jewish thought at Emory University’s Center for Ethics. Griffin Hall room 3, 844 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Family

Berkshire Museum — Pajama Night 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., storytelling and family readig, free with guest readers and community leaders. Free books to take home. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

 

Film

Norman Rockwell Museum — ‘At Long Last Love’ 5:30 p.m.: a studio film editor secretly re-cut this classic starring Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd in Peter Bogdanovich’s tribute to the musicals of the 1930s, with 18 songs by Cole Porter. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100; nrm.org

Williams College — Screening of ‘The Age of Consequences,’ new documentary on impacts of the changing climate, resource scarcity, migration and conflict and their effects on U.S. and global stability. 7 p.m. Thompson Chemistry Building. Free. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Music

Eagles Band — 80th anniversary free community concert 7 p.m. with Big Band and Wind Symphony. Colonial Theatre, 111 South st., Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, eaglescommunityband.org

Hubbard Hall — CCS Drama Club and Hubbard Hall Youth Chorale fall cabaret 7 p.m. with classics of the Golden Age and Tony-awardwinning hits. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Williams College — Toshi Reagon: Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, 8 p.m. 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. MainStage  at the ’62 Center with Q&A. Williams Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, ‘The Sacred,’ a cappella fall concert of Hindemith, Mendelssohn, Randall Thompson as well as contemporary composers, 8 p.m. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Theater

Williams College — ‘The Maids’ by Jean Genet 7:30 p.m., Cap & Bells student performance, Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Saturday Nov. 5

 

Art

Art OMI — David Horvitz presents a new work created for display on Freya Powell’s ‘Active Turn: Home’ steel zoetrope. OMI International Arts Center 1405 N.Y. County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y. artomi.org

Makers Mill — Mixing Media #3 workshop: Newspaper blackout and poetic inquiry, 10 a.m., artistic challenges with text. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakerspace.com

Williams College Museum of Art — Student Choice tours 1 p.m. — students in many disciplines highlight favorite works in the galleries from David Zink Yi solo show, ‘State of Obedience’ works in many media,’Ritual Series’ by Michale Singer, ‘The Anxiety of Influence: European and American Art 1689-1913,’ ‘Not Set in Stone: Architectural Fragments from the Collections,’ Object Lab and Sol LeWitt: On the Wall. 15 Lawrence Hall drive, Williamstown 413-597-2429, wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore — Laurie Stone reads from ‘My Life as an Animal,’ stories, 3 p.m. Stone is a longtime writer for the Village Voice (1974-1999), she has been theater critic for The Nation and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Community

Wedding Flea Market — Bride-to-be Wedding Flea, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Newlyweds offer wedding decor, linens, favors, candles, signage, dresses and more, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester. 802-549-4577, mclvt.org

 

Conversations

Berkshire Natural History Conference — Regional naturalists on their work with raptors, salamanders, geology, bats, saw-whet owls, botany, pollination and more. 9 a.m., MCLA, Church Street, North Adams. 413-236-2127; berkshirecc.edu/news-events/bnhc.php

Northshire Bookstore — Reading the Bible with Rene Girard: Conversations with Steven E. Berry, 7 p.m. on the French historian, literary critic and philosopher of social science who brought the Bible into conversation with anthropology. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 800-437-3700, northshire.com

Ventfort Hall — Suffragists and Anti-Suffragists, 3:30 p.m. Tea and talk with Colleen Janz, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Museum in Adams, on the fears many women held 100 years ago regarding the vote. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

 

Family

Norman Rockwell Museum — Preview talk on fall show ‘Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning,’ tribute to the inventors of cartoons from 1958 through the 1980s — The Yogi Bear Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo and more — 4 p.m. with Jerry Beck, author of the Hanna-Barbera Treasury. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100; nrm.org

Northshire Bookstore — The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel, cookies and fun with Natasha Lowe, 11 a.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 800-437-3700, northshire.com

Spectrum Playhouse — Dr. Marmalade’s puppet show 11 a.m. free. 20 Franklin St., Lee. 413-394-5023, spectrumplayhouse.org

 

Food

Sandisfield Arts Center — My Mom Is Italian, 10 a.m.: Cooking with Linda and Jo, a two-generation workshop. 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield. 413-258-4100, sandisfieldartscenter.org

 

Music

Hubbard Hall — CCS Drama Club and Hubbard Hall Youth Chorale fall cabaret 7 p.m. with classics of the Golden Age and Tony-awardwinning hits. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Mass MoCA — Big Thief, 8 p.m.,  Brooklyn N.Y. acoustic rock with songwriter Adrianne Lenker. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Spencertown Academy — Classical concert by Dan Shulman, Kaori Washiyama, and Nathaniel Parke, 7:30 p.m. Works by Mozart and Schubert for piano, violin, and cello, and by Tartini, Prokofiev and Schumann. 790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. 518-329-3693, spencertownacademy.org

Williams College — Violinist Joanna Kurkowicz and pianist Doris Stevenson in concert, Mystical Voices of Eastern Europe, works by Chatchaturian, Kulenty, Penderecki, Barkauskas, Gubaidulina, Szymanowski, Silvestrov, Auerbach, Prokofiev. 8 p.m., free. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown 413-597-2127, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Enemies with Benefits: Are Some Non-native Weeds Friends? workshop on ups and downs of some invasives, 1 p.m. Route 183 and Route 102, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org.

 

Theater

Aglet Theatre — ‘Red Hot Patriot.’ Dewey Memorial Hall, 91 Main St., Sheffield. 860-435-9628, aglettheatre.net

Williams College — ‘The Maids’ by Jean Genet 7:30 p.m., Cap & Bells student performance, Adams Memorial Theatre, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Sunday Nov. 6

Art

Mission House — Basket Making Workshop, noon. Create a berry basket from white pine, spruce, arrowwood and red osier harvested locally. Route 7, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239, ext. 3016, thetrustees.org

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore —Colin Harrington, ‘Asking Me to See: Seven Poems of Japan,’ poems, 3 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Conversations

Stephentown Historical Society — Dana Tarr, “Wings Over Stephentown:  Restoring and Flying a Stinson Flying Station Wagon,” 2 p.m. with aerial photos. Tarr, a retired auto restorer and mechanic, bought his 1949 Stinson airplane in parts about three years ago. 4 Staples Road, County Route 26, Stephentown, N.Y. 518-733-0010.

 

Family

Norman Rockwell Museum — Preview talk on fall show ‘Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning,’ tribute to the inventors of cartoons from 1958 through the 1980s — The Yogi Bear Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo and more — 1 p.m. on toy collecting. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100; nrm.org

 

Food

Williamstown Rural Lands — Farm to table dinner to benefit WRLF, 5:30 p.m.with fare from local farms. Grammercy Bistro, 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-458-2494, wrlf.org, grammercybistro.com

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Moose in the Woods 2 p.m. Walk and talk to learn about large neighbors. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

Hoffmann Bird Club — 71st Bartlett Hendricks Memorial Waterfowl Census, 7 a.m. Join the exporation of Berkshire lakes and wetlands. Bring lunch and a scope. Meet at Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-236-4502, hoffmannbirdclub.org

 

In the photo at the top, Jack-o-lanterns glow for Halloween. Photo by Kate Abbott

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