Week ahead Sept. 6 to 11

A science opera with experiments from from baking-soda vinegar volcanoes to atomic orbitals? Pulitzer prizewinning novelist Richard Russo? A celebration of fermentation? These late summer days are full of variety … In the photo at the top, David Joseph and Elizabeth Aspenlieder appear in ‘The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart’ at Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington, Vt. (photo courtesy of Oldcastle).

 

Tuesday Sept. 6

 

Art

Marble House Project — Artseed performance by composer David Clay Mettens, 6 p.m., free. Dorset, Vt. 1161 Dorset West Road, marblehouseproject.org

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Artist talk 6 p.m. for ‘Trailing Off’ solo exhibit by Brooklyn N.Y. painter Robin Williams: scenes infused with references from René Magritte’s Son of Man to Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. 413-644-4400, simons-rock.edu

 

Music

Bennington College — Faculty concert with classical, jazz, improvisation and original music, 8 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Wednesday Sept. 7

 

Books and Writers

Bennington College — Reading with visiting faculty: novelist and short story writer Elisa Albert and poet Phillip Williams, 7 p.m. Franklin.1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

The Mount — Wharton on Wednesdays, 6 p.m.: Berkshire actors read Edith’s stories aloud on the terrace. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, edithwharton.org

 

Halloween

The Mount — Ghost Tours 7:30 p.m. : Haunted history of Edith Wharton’s Gilded-Age mansion. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, edithwharton.org

 

Theater

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.

 

Thursday Sept. 8

 

Art

Hancock Shaker Village — Willis Henry Shaker auction preview 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Leander Community Hall, 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

 

Books and Writers

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Joshua Cohen, author of four short-story collections and four novels including ‘Witz’ and most ‘The Book of Numbers’ and essays and reviews in The N.Y. Times Book Review, Harper’s, The London Review of Books and The New Republic. 7 p.m. in Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. 413-644-4400, simons-rock.edu

The Mount — Literary roundtable discussion 1:30 p.m. Poetry reading with community Access to the Arts 5 p.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, edithwharton.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

Oldtone Roots Music Festival — Traditional handmade acoustic music including the Easy Ridin’ Papas, Bish Bash Bluegrass Band, the Downhill Strugglers, Tuba Skinny, Two Gun Man and Mail the Horse, 3:30 to 9 p.m. Swing dance night, music workshops and farm vendors. Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 Co. Road 21, Hillsdale, N.Y. oldtonemusicfestival.com

 

Theater

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.

 

Friday Sept. 9

 

Art

Hancock Shaker Village — Willis Henry Shaker auction preview 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Leander Community Hall, 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.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 Writers

The Mount — Former National Poet Laureate Billy Collins reads from his work, 5 p.m. in annual Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, edithwharton.org

 

Food

Hancock Shaker Village — Harvest Supper. 4 p.m.: Tour of the historic Village, emphasizing the Shaker agricultural legacy, followed by a gourmet dinner in the Brick Dwelling with tastings of beer, wine, ale and spirits. 1843 West Housatonic St., Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188; hancockshakervillage.org

 

Music

Oldtone Roots Music Festival — Traditional handmade acoustic music including the Hayrollers, Moonshine Holler, Mike Compton, Danny Paisley and the Souther Grass, the Foghorn Stringband, Bradford Lee Folk and Jake Stargel, and the Two Man Gentleman Band, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with Cajun dinner at 6. Contra and Square dance, music workshops and farm vendors. Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 Co. Road 21, Hillsdale, N.Y. oldtonemusicfestival.com

Williams College — Williams Chamber Players perform “Singing Shakespeare, Legacy of Bach,” with music by J.S. Bach, Lieberman, Bartok and Mendelssohn and songs based on Shakespeare, 8 p.m., Brooks-Rogers in Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

Theater

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.

Shakespeare & Company — “Sotto Voce” by Nilo Cruz, a Jewish-Cuban man seeks out a woman separated from her lover years before during World War II, 8:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-1199, shakespeare.org

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. 10

 

Art

Field Farm — Mid-20th century sculpture and tour of post-modernist Folly designed by Williams College alumnus Ulrich Franzen for art collector Lawrence Bloedel with art from his collection, noon. Sloan Road, Williamstown. 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown, 413-458-3135, thetrustees.org

Hancock Shaker Village — Willis Henry annual Shaker auction of Shaker art, artifacts, crafts and more, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Leander Community Hall, 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield. 413-443-0188, hancockshakervillage.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast” exhibit opens with Award-Winning Political Cartoonist Steve Brodner, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with comments at 6:30 p.m. Nast’s controversial career and the powerful images shaped public opinion and several presidential elections. Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Books and Writing

Northshire Bookstore — Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Ricard Russo to speak 7 p.m. at bookstore’s 40th anniversary celebration with watercolors, comedy, local carfters and artisans and food vendors, poetry with Elizabeth Powell and Jensen Beach, mystery writer Wendy Walkerm wine and cheese talk with Adam Centamire and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4869 Main St., Manchester, Vt. 802-362-2200, northshire.com

 

Community

Behold New Lebanon — Townwide museum with programs cheesemaking, brewing beer, sausage, the speedway, foraging, fairy houses and the historic elm tree mill. Visitors Center, Old Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-720-7265, beholdnewlebanon.org

Bidwell House Museum — Methods of Food Preservation: Learn how to preserve food for winter storage, with an overview of appropriate vegetables, and drying, canning, and fermentation,11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 100 Art School Road, Monterey. 413-528-6888, bidwellhousemuseum.org

Norman Rockwell Museum — United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony, 10 a.m. to honor new United States citizens, who will take their oath surrounded by Rockwell’s paintingRoute 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

 

Film

Images Cinema — ‘Phantom Boy,’ 2:30 p.m. Leo, sick in the hospital, finds he can explore the city as a ghost and befriends an injured police officer. New film from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris — a stylish noir caper in the shadowy streets of New York. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. 413-458-1039, imagescinema.org

 

History

Sheffield Historical Society — Old Stone Store with rotating exhibits. ‘Vietnam: Through the Soldier’s Eyes’ at the 50th anniversary of the war, Sept. 10 through Oct. 16. weekends 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 159 to 161 Main St., Sheffield. Dan Raymond House Museum and Mark Dewey Research Center. 413-229-2694, sheffieldhistory.weebly.com

 

Music

Bard College at Simon’s Rock — ‘Science Fair’ opera with experiments, a love song to lab work from baking-soda vinegar volcanoes to atomic orbitals, DNA helixes and the solar system by Hai-Ting Chinn, 8 p.m. Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu

Music and More — Simon Shaheen, Palestinian-American virtuoso and composer with Israeli and American citizenship, 4:30 p.m. — Shaheen, a Catholic Arab living in New York City and founder of the Arabic ensemble Qantara,  performs with percussionist and a qanun player (hammered dulcimer): From Cairo to Andalusia, a program of traditional Egyptian and Syrian music, plus improvisations and original compositions. Shaheen founded the Near Eastern Music Ensemble. Meeting House, 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road, New Marlborough. 413-229-2785, newmarlborough.org

Oldtone Roots Music Festival — Traditional handmade acoustic music including an instrument contest, band contest and group sing, Tony Trischka and Michael Daves, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, the Farwells, Bear Minimum, Brad Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys, the Two Man Gentleman Band, Jesse Lége and Bayou Brew, and the Foghorn Stringband, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a pig roast at 6. Contra and Square dance, music workshops and farm vendors. Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 Co. Road 21, Hillsdale, N.Y. oldtonemusicfestival.com

 

Outdoors

Clark Art Institute — Hike and talk on the geologic history of Stone Hill, 10:30 a.m., as part of “Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill” exhibit in the Lunder Center. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

 

Theater

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.

Shakespeare & Company — “Sotto Voce” by Nilo Cruz, a Jewish-Cuban man seeks out a woman separated from her lover years before during World War II, 8:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-1199, shakespeare.org

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. 11 

 

Art

The Mount —Tour of Remix outdoor sculpture show with SculptureNow artists, 11:30 a.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5100, edithwharton.org

 

Community

Berkshire Fermentation Festival — Celebrating all things cultured with vendors, culture swap, book signings, live music and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Artisan Beverage Co-operative, Hosta Hill Farm, Real Pickles, Berkshire Organics, the Chef’s Shop, Berkshire Co-op Market, Guido’s and Berkshire Grown. Great Barrington Fairgrounds. berkshrieferments.com

Great Barrington Land Conservancy — GBLC Hullabaloo with live music, light fare and bar 5 to 7 p.m. along the Housatonic River behind the Riverbend Cafe, Route 7, Great Barrington. 413-528-4456, greatbarringtonlandconservancy.org

 

Film

Images Cinema — ‘Phantom Boy,’ 1 p.m. Leo, sick in the hospital, finds he can explore the city as a ghost and befriends an injured police officer. New film from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris — a stylish noir caper in the shadowy streets of New York. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. 413-458-1039, imagescinema.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 — Olive Tiger, Brooklyn N.Y. orchestral rock group with cello, violin, guitar, drums, bass and electronics, 2 p.m. Free concert in Colegrave Park, North Adams. 413-662-5320, leavittampnorthadams.com

Oldtone Roots Music Festival — Traditional handmade acoustic music including Bear Minimum, the Farwells and the Oldtone Farewell Set, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 Co. Road 21, Hillsdale, N.Y. oldtonemusicfestival.com

 

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

 

Theater

Shakespeare & Company — “Sotto Voce” by Nilo Cruz, a Jewish-Cuban man seeks out a woman separated from her lover years before during World War II, 8:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-1199, shakespeare.org

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

WAM Theatre —  ‘Grand Concourse’ by Heidi Schreck, 3 p.m. Manager of a Bronx soup kitchen challenged by a new and reckless volunteer. Part of Fresh Takes readings series at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge. 413-274-8122, wamtheatre.com

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