Week Ahead Sept. 12 to 18

FreshGrass with live music, outdoor concerts and fiddles under the upside down trees, Festival Latino dancers at Lee Founders Weekend — this weekend is a big one as the fall season gets underway. In the photo at the top, musicians from Old crow Medicine Show perform at Mass MoCA.

 

Monday Sept. 12

 

Conversations

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Affective Statecraft and the Politics of Fear, 5 p.m. Zoe Samudzi, Sociology PhD at UCLA-SF in “Who the People” lecture series. Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. 413-644-4400, simons-rock.edu

Stephentown Historical Society — Remembering School Daze, share memories 7:30 p.m., Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road, Stephentown, N.Y. 518-733-0010

Williams College — Journalist and New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert on her Pulitzer-prizewinning book ‘The Sixth Extinction,’ 8 p.m. Mainstage, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Images Cinema — ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ philosopher René Descartes and Queen Kristina in Stockholm, Sweden, in his last months. 5:30 p.m. with filmmaker Meike Bal. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. 413-458-1039, imagescinema.org

 

Tuesday Sept. 13

 

Conversations

Williams College — The Persistence of Global Terrorism: A Faculty Panel Discussion, 2:45 p.m. Baghdad. Brussels. Istanbul. Paris. Kabul. Ouagadougou. Dhaka. Orlando. Incidents of terrorist violence have seemingly become more common in many parts of the world. How can we understand its persistence and political significance? Magnus Bernhardsson (History), Amal Eqeiq (Arabic Studies), and Galen Jackson (Leadership Studies) Global Studies Colloquium. Schow Science Library 41 Lab Campus Drive, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Music

Marble House Project — Artseed performance, ‘Weft,’ by composer Galen Bremer and choreographer Zoe Rabinowitz, 6 p.m., free. Artists in residence present their work. 1161 Dorset West Road, Dorset, Vt. marblehouseproject.org

 

Outdoors

Hancock Shaker Village — Berkshires to Boston Bike Tour starts here 10 a.m. with training rides up Mount Greylock before five-day trip across the state. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

 

Wednesday Sept. 14

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast” gallery walk 3 p.m. for exhibit on controversial 19th-century cartoonist whose powerful images shaped several presidential elections. Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Conversations

Williams College — David Simon, Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer and creator of the HBO drama The Wire, 7:30 p.m. Mainstage, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Film

Manchester Commmunity Library — Sorry, Wrong Number, film noir mystery classic, 2 p.m.138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester, Vt. 802-549-4577, mclvt.org

 

Food

Northshire Bookstore — Louise Miller on the City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, 6 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Outdoors

Bascom Lodge — Boreal forest slideshow and summit walk 6 p.m. with Aimee Gelinas of Tamarack Hollow, free. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams. 917-680-0079, bascomlodge.net

Mass Audubon — Bird walk 8 a.m. past wetlands and through woods. Coffee from Barrington Coffee Roasters (bring a mug). Evening at the Beaver Ponds walk and talk 6 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

Naumkeag — Workshop in the cuttings garden 10 a.m. on caring for flowers in season. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239 est. 3008, thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘American Son,’ a black mother and white father face a crisis when their son vanishes. 7 p.m. Main stage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

 

Thursday Sept. 15

 

Art

Williams College Museum of Art — Meet Ghana ThinkTank, Carmen Montoya and Christopher Robbins talk 7 p.m. about a collaboration with the community to launch a year-long examination of climate change. 15 Lawrence Hall drive, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writing

The Bookstore — Liz Goldman reads from Breaking and Entering (sermons), 7 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox, 413-637-3390, bookstoreinlenox.com

 

Community

Founders Weekend — Town’s 239th birthday weekend begins with a historic cemetery tour 5 p.m. with Lee Historical Society, Fairmount Cemetery, Greylock Street, Lee. leefoundersweekend.com

 

Conversations

Williams College — Professor Trachette Jackson, University of Michigan, on recent and unprecedented progress in the biosciences and issues in health and disease. 7:30 p.m. Thompson Chemistry, Wege Auditorium, 47 Lab Campus Drive, Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Family

Berkshire Museum — Something Scary exhibit opens 5 to 8 p.m. Family-friendly wacky exploration of fears and phobias with a shadow wall, torture chamber, séance and Ouija board, witch’s broom, mad scientist’s library and spooky specimens. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171; berkhiremuseum.org

 

Music

Naumkeag at Night — Cocktails in the gardens with local bands and live music, 5 to 8 p.m. at the historic Choate family house 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239 est. 3008, thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘American Son,’ a black mother and white father face a crisis when their son vanishes. 7 p.m. Main stage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

 

Friday Sept. 16

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — Meg Little Reilly, former Treasury spokesperson under President Barack Obama, on her debut novel, ‘We Are Unprepared,’ 7 p.m. A young couple faces a storm and a crisis in a Vermont town. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Community

Founders Weekend — Taste of Lee 5 to 8 p.m., Main Street closed to traffic and lined with food, music by Robin O’Herin, Housatonic Philharmonic and Moonshine Holler 4 to 8 p.m., vendors and contests, and street artisans and craft fair with jewelry, woodwork, paper art, wind chimes and more. CreativeLEE XVI local art exhibit opening 3 to 5 p.m. at Lee Library, 100 Main St. Housatonic Valley Association presents river creatures 3 to 5 p.m. on the library lawn. Children’s Tennis Clinic on Main St. Children’s Carnival games and activities 5 to 8 p.m. at Carr Hardware. Lee High Class of 1966 50th reunion, Locker Room Sports Pub, 9:30 p.m. leefoundersweekend.com

 

Conversations

Williams College — Constitution Day: Wayne Hammond, librarian at Chapin Library, speaks on Creating the Constitution, 4 p.m. Free. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Halloween

The Mount — Ghost Tours 5:45 and 7 p.m.: Haunted history of Edith Wharton’s Gilded-Age mansion. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, edithwharton.org

 

Music

Mass MoCA — FreshGrass Festival, contemporary bluegrass with rock, country and folk tones, lineup includes Glen Hansard, the Devil Makes Three, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Old Salt Union, and Freshscores silent films with original scores. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111; massmoca.org

Spectrum Playhouse — Stage and screen actor John Davidson performs as soinger/songwriter on Saturday Night Liv with Liv Cummins, 7:30 p.m. Part of Founders Weekend. 20 Franklin St., Lee. 413-394-5023, spectrumplayhouse.org

Williams College — Harpist Edmar Castaneda in concert, 8 p.m. Born in Bogata, Columbia, he came to the U.S. as a teenager and has earned international acclaim. Free. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown 413-597-2127, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Full moon hot toddy hike up Hurlbut Hill in the dark (bring flashlights), 8 p.m. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

Mass Audubon — Bird walk past wetlands, meadows and woodland 8 a.m. to look for fall migrants, especially wood warblers. Canoe Meadows, Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

Naumkeag — Science of cardboard gardening workshop 4 p.m. on extending space, caring for topsoil and recycling. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3239 est. 3008, thetrustees.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘American Son,’ a black mother and white father face a crisis when their son vanishes. 8 p.m. Main stage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

The Egremont Barn — Thickly Settled comedy with Jessica Kirson, 7:30 p.m. Comedy Central veteran, “best female comic” by MAC in New York and “Best standup Comedian in New York” by Nightlife. 47 Route 23, Egremont. 413-528-1570, theegremontbarn.com

Oldcastle Theatre — “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart,” Charles Chaplin film masterpiece “The Great Dictator” and Germany’s attempts to prevent the movie from being made, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Theater Barn — “The Cocktail Hour,” a playwright returns home after writing a show about his family, 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8989, thetheaterbarn.org

 

Saturday Sept. 17

 

Art

Art OMI — Late into Night visual art, writers, musicians and dancers present installations and performances 5 to 9 p.m. to benefit OMI International Arts Center, 1405 N.Y. County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y. artomi.org

Clark Art Institute — The Myth of the Perfect Body: Love Yours, daylong workshop and conversation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

Makers Mill — Mixing Media: Collaged surfaces, Creating a Studio Practice workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 73 Main St., North Adams. 413-749-2073, northadamsmakerspace.com

 

Community

Arrowhead — Iron Ore to Orioles walk and talk with Mass Audubon and Housatonic Heritage, 9 a.m. to noon. Fairy houses on the lawn 10 a.m. to noon. Berkshire County Historical Society ice cream social noon to 2 p.m. with lawn games. Trails, heritage breed chickens and tours of the house where Herman melville wrote ‘Moby-Dick.’ 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-1793. mobydick.org

Bennington College — CAPA Symposium 2 p.m. with The Women’s Community Justice Project (WCJP), five agencies that provide housing and services to women who have had an involvement in the criminal justice system. Panel and Q&A. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

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

Berkshire Stonewall — ‘Why Isn’t There Anything to Do for People Like Me?’ conversation for LGBTQ locals between 20 and 50 (between the Live Out Loud Young Project and Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County) with Oskar Hallig, Jason Verchot and Ed Sederbaum, 1 to 3 p.m. Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield. berkshirestonewall.org

Bennington Quiltfest — New quilts, demonstrations, Under the Bedclothes talk at 1 p.m., raffle, challenge quilts, vendors, café, consignment boutique, people’s choice awards and demonstrations. Award-winning New England quilter Pat Delaney. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Road, Bennington, Vt.

Blue Rider — 25-year celebration and benefit 6 to 10 p.m. with live music and dancing, silent and live auctions, local artisanal food and signature drinks for Egremont stable with vaulting and therapy programs. Chesterwood, 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-3579, chesterwood.org

Columbia County Historical Society — Dutch Farming Heritage Trail Run 9 a.m. 4-mile scenic run on the trail, route 9, Kinderhook, N.Y. 518-758-9265, cchsny.org

Elizabeth Freeman Day — Celebration of Elizabeth ‘Mumbet’ Freeman, who successfully sued for her freedom and got slavery declared unconstitutional in Masssachusetts more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation, 1 to 4 p.m. Ashley House, 117 Cooper Hill Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

Founders Weekend — 5K Road Race 8:15 a.m. at Lee High School. Hometown parade with vintage cars and trucks, bands, dancers, floats and clowns 10 a.m. with Grand Marshall Lee Fire Chief Alan B. Sparks. Festival Latino 2 to 8 p.m. in Church Park with food, music and dance. Street artisans and craft fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main St. with jewelry, woodwork, paper art, wind chimes and more. CreativeLEE XVI local art exhibit at Lee Library, 100 Main St. Bowey the Clown 11:30 a.m. at the athletic field. Big Green Egg cooking contest with local restaurants 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., music, food and children’s activities downtown/ leefoundersweekend.com

Intersection Austerlitz — Costumes and Culture: Designs for Live 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with fashion, historic clothing and talks, tours, workshops, exhibits and more at Old Austerlitz, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop off Route 22 in Austerlitz and Spencertown Academy, Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. 518-392-0062, oldausterlitz.org

K-9 Karnival — Canine competitions — highest flying, fastest swimming and more, including worldclass competitors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ozzie’s Steak and Eggs with Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic and Beantown Dockdogs, food, vendors and raffles. 26 Maple St., Hinsdale. dockdogs.com

Ventfort Hall — Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg of Austria, an internationally recognized authority on Fabergé, silver and gold and Russian art, will speak on the imperial jeweler to the Tsars 6 p.m. with Russian dinner and concert of Russian folk music by Elina Karokhina, balalaika virtuoso, and Mikhail Smirnov, guitarist and singer. Gala benefit for the museum’s renovations to make the second floor accessible. 104 Walker St., Lenox. 413-637-3206, gildedage.org

Williams College — Memorial gathering for history professor Leslie Brown, 4 p.m. Among many recognitions and achievements, she and Anne Valk, her life partner, co-authored Living with Jim Crow: African American Women and Memories of the Jim Crow South in 2010 which won the Oral History Association’s Biennial Book Award. Mainstage, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Live music by Eric Buddington on fiddle, Chris Jacoby on guitar and mandolin and Kate Barnes on keyboard with caller Bob Isaacs, 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

 

Film

Crandell Theatre — ‘Thank You for Your Service’ documentary on war trauma and the polocies surrounding it, noon. Presented by the Chatham Film Club. 48 Main St., Chatham, N.Y. 518-392-3331, filmcolumbia.org

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center — ‘The Philadelphia Story,’ comedy classic with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, 7 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100, mahaiwe.org

 

Music

Berkshire Theatre Group — And The Kids, Western Mass. indie band, 8 p.m. The garage @ The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St. Pittsfield. 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org

The Egremont Barn — Karaoke 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. 47 Route 23, Egremont. 413-528-1570, theegremontbarn.com

Spectrum Playhouse — Stage and screen actor John Davidson performs as soinger/songwriter on Saturday Night Liv with Liv Cummins, 7:30 p.m. Part of Founders Day Weekend. 20 Franklin St., Lee. 413-394-5023, spectrumplayhouse.org

Hubbard Hall — Art Lande and Bruce Williamson Jazz Concert 7 p.m. Grammy-nominated internationally known pianist, composer, improviser and drummer and New Yorkmusician and composer on the music faculty at Bennington College. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 518-677-2495, hubbardhall.org

Mass MoCA — FreshGrass Festival, contemporary bluegrass with blues, rock, country and folk tones, lineup includes Old Crow Medicine Show, Aoife O’Donovan, Ruthie Foster, the Grass’d Waltz with Alison Brown and Friends, Mr. Sun, Sierra Hull, Rana Santacruz, Mile Twelve, Zoe and Cloyd, Berklee American Roots Music Program, workshops and Freshscores silent films with original scores. Food vendors, music jams and entertainment. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111; massmoca.org

Music and More — Pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs the Harold Lewin Memorial Concert, 4:30 p.m. Meeting House, 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road, New Marlborough. 413-229-2785, newmarlborough.org

Park McCullough House — Bennington Baroque in concert 7 p.m. with Mat Langlois on baroque flute, Sandra Mangsen on harpsichord, music from 18th-century Germany by Bach, Franz Benda, J.J. Quantz and J. Samitz. Free. 1 park St., North Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5441, parkmccullough.org

Tannery Pond Concerts — Axel Strauss on violin and Ilya Poletaev on piano with Yo-Yo Ma Silk road cellist Yegor Dyachkov playing Beethoven’s Trio in E-lat major, Fauré and Tanayev, 6 p.m. Historic tannery at the Darrow School, Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 888-820-1696, tannerypondconcerts.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Guided canoe trips at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Full moon canoe trip 9 p.m. to see nocturnal creatures on the banks and learn about the river, wildlife and history. (If skies are cloudy, night trip may run on Friday.) Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Amy Goldman Fowler speaks on heirloom vegetables and signs ‘Heirloom Harvest,’ her book with daguerrotype photographs, 10 a.m. Growing Giant Pumpkins workshop 1 p.m. with Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery. Route 183 and Route 102, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.org.

Bidwell House — Centuries of Stone Walls guided walk with Housatonic Heritage, 10 a.m. free. 100 Art School Road, Monterey. 413-528-6888, bidwellhousemuseum.org

Hoffmann Bird Club — Blueberry Hill hawkwatch and potluck picnic 9 a.m. Bring a dish to share, a scope and chair. 413-684-1808 or 413-464-2238. Rain date Sept. 18. hoffmannbirdclub.org

Housatonic Heritage Walks — Guided walks, hikes, local history from ironworks to Shakers, behind-the-scenes tour at Tanglewood and presentations on topics from beekeeping to minerals throughout the Housatonic River area from Salisbury, Conn., to Hancock. Full schedule and locations: 860-435-9505, housatonicheritage.org

Flying Deer Nature Center — Immersion program for adults, first monthly program with naturalists, hands-on activities and wilderness skills from hide tanning, friction fire and basket weaving to permaculture, for people with any level of experience. 5 Abode Road, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-6687, flyingdeernaturecenter.org

Mass Audubon — From Iron Ore to Orioles walk 9 a.m. exploring the history of the land. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. Birding the Berkshieres field trip 11 a.m. at Mount Everett State Reservation, Mount Washington. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

Sandisfield Arts Center —Berkshire Natural Resrouces Council leads a hike at Clam River Reserve including an 18th-century foundation, hemlock forest the river and the ruins of an 18th-century mill, 10 a.m. with a talk at the center. 5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield. 413-258-4100, sandisfieldartscenter.org

Williamstown Rural Lands — Hike and talk on Stone Hill, 9:30 a.m. at Clark Art Institute, as part of “Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill” exhibit in the Lunder Center. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘American Son,’ a black mother and white father face a crisis when their son vanishes. 8 p.m. Main stage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

Oldcastle Theatre — “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart,” Charles Chaplin film masterpiece “The Great Dictator” and Germany’s attempts to prevent the movie from being made, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Theater Barn — “The Cocktail Hour,” a playwright returns home after writing a show about his family, 8 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8989, thetheaterbarn.org

 

Sunday Sept. 18

 

Books and Writers

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Finding Your Mountaintop: Writing Your Way to Clarity retreat 2 to 5 p.m. at Bascom Lodge, summit of Mount Greylock. berkshirewomenwriters.org

Robert Frost Stone House — Mark Richardson talk 2 p.m. on ‘The Letters of Robert Frost Volume II’ (Harvard University Press, 2016), including letters written here. 121 Route 7A, Shaftsbury, Vt. 802-447-6200, frostfriends.org/stonehouse

 

Community

Bennington Quiltfest — New quilts, demonstrations, Red talk at 1 p.m., raffle, challenge quilts, vendors, café, consignment boutique, people’s choice awards and demonstrations. Award-winning New England quilter Pat Delaney. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Road, Bennington, Vt.

Founders Weekend — Pancake breakfast 8 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s School, 25th anniversary brunch at Locker Room Sports Pub, Duck Derby at St. Mary’s, tennis tournament and more. leefoundersweekend.com

K-9 Karnival — Canine competitions — highest flying, fastest swimming and more, including worldclass competitors. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ozzie’s Steak and Eggs with Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic and Beantown Dockdogs, food, vendors and raffles. 26 Maple St., Hinsdale. dockdogs.com

Park McCullough House — Looking at the Land, 4 p.m. talks with Jordana Dym, director of documentary studies program at Skidmore College, and Eileen Scully, professor of history at Bennington College, on historical representation, media and technologies, oral and written stories and history specific to place and community. With Bennington Historical Society. Free. 1 park St., North Bennington, Vt. 802-442-5441, parkmccullough.org

 

Halloween

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

 

Music

Leavitt Amp Concert Series — M Shangahi, 2 p.m., Brooklyn N.Y. folk collective, bluegrass and originals with a rock twist. free. Colegrave Park, North Adams. 413-662-5320, leavittampnorthadams.com

Mass MoCA — FreshGrass Festival, contemporary bluegrass with blues, jazz, rock, country and folk tones, lineup includes Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Rosanne Cash, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Alison Brown, Stephane Wrembel, John Reischman and the Jaybird, Parsonfield, workshops and Freshscores silent films with original scores. Food vendors, music jams and entertainment. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111; massmoca.org

South Mountain Music Festival — Dover String Quartet 3 p.m. Routes 7 and 20, Pittsfield. 413-442-2106, southmountainconcerts.org

 

Outdoors

Bartholomew’s Cobble — Canoe trips 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with guided talk about the river, wildlife and history. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

Bascom Lodge — Virtual tour of the autumn night sky with Amherst astronomy association, 6 p.m., free. Jazz dinner available to follow with Wes Brown Trio and Jill Connolly. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams. 917-680-0079, bascomlodge.net

Housatonic Heritage Walks — Guided walks, hikes, local history from ironworks to Shakers, behind-the-scenes tour at Tanglewood and presentations on topics from beekeeping to minerals throughout the Housatonic River area from Salisbury, Conn., to Hancock. Full schedule and locations: 860-435-9505, housatonicheritage.org

Josh Billings Runaground — 40th Josh Billings Triathlon, relay race 27-mile bike from Great Barrington to Lenox, 5-mile paddle (canoe, kayak or SUP) around Stockbridge Bowl and 6-mile run around the Bowl to Tanglewood. Josh ‘Bash’ follows the race with music, food vendors, awards and free Kid’s Race at 2 p.m. 413-344-7919, joshbillings.com

Mass Audubon — Canoe trip along the Housatonic to look for frogs, herons, muskrat, beaver and more, 8:30 a.m. Leaves from New Lenox Road, Lenox. 413-637-0320, massaudubon.org

 

Theater

Barrington Stage Company — ‘American Son,’ a black mother and white father face a crisis when their son vanishes. 5 p.m. Main stage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org

Oldcastle Theatre — “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart,” Charles Chaplin film masterpiece “The Great Dictator” and Germany’s attempts to prevent the movie from being made, 7:30 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Theater Barn — “The Cocktail Hour,” a playwright returns home after writing a show about his family, 2 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-794-8989, thetheaterbarn.org

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