Week ahead Nov. 14 to 20

Magnetic Fields celebrates 50 years of music, astronomers look at the stars from Notchview, dozens of students come together over Shakespeare, and conversations expand on international relations, food sustainability and a century of art. This week offers some perspective in time and space.

In the photo above, The Zambezi Marimba Band, Kusika’s African dancers, CoDa contemporary dance and Sankofa’s step dancers will present Pachedu, ‘among ourselves’ in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, at Williams College on Sunday.

 

Monday Nov. 14

 

Theater

Bennington College — ‘August: Osage County’ 8 p.m., Three generations of an Oklahoma family gather for the ultimate dysfunctional reunion. VAPA Lester Martin Theater, 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Tuesday Nov. 15

 

Art

Bennington College — Visual Arts Lecture Series: Bob Nickas, “100 Paintings in 100 Years” 7 p.m. A critic and independent curator based in New York, he has organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984, Tishman Lecture Hall 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

 

Conversations

Green Mountain Academy — ‘China Update 2016: The Increased Centrality of a Now Consumerist ‘Middle Kingdom,’’ 5:30 p.m. with John Berninghausen, Professor Emeritus at Middlebury College. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave. Manchester, Vt. 802-867-0111, greenmtnacademy.org

Williams College — Priscilla McCutcheon, associate professor of Geography and Geosciences, speaks on food sustainability, 7:30 p.m. Griffin Hall room 3, 844 Main St., Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Wednesday Nov. 16

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — “Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast,” gallery talk 3 p.m. on Political cartoonist Thomas Nast’s controversial career and the powerful images that shaped public opinion and several presidential elections. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge, 413-298-4100; nrm.org

 

Thursday Nov. 17

Art

Williams College Museum of Art — Close Look: curator Kevin Murphey walks through ’The Anxiety of Influence: European and American Art 1689-1913,’ 4 p.m. 15 Lawrence Hall drive, Williamstown 413-597-2429, wcma.williams.edu

 

Books and Writers

Arrowhead — Third annual Arrowhead poetry workshop begins. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-1793. mobydick.org

 

Theater

Shakespeare & Company — Fall Festival of Plays kicks off 6:15 and 8:30 p.m., high-energy performances of Shakespeare by local students after nine-week resedencies, 6:16 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-1199, shakespeare.org

Williams College — ‘The Shriker’ by Caryl Churchill 7:30 p.m., if the earth could speak, would it heal or assassinate? Naturalism, horror and magic realism. Williamstheatre, CenterStage, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Friday Nov. 18

 

Dance

Williams College — CoDa, Kusika, Sankofa and the Zambezi Marimba Band present Pachedu (among ourselves in the Shona language of Zimbabwe) 8 p.m. MainStage, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Holidays

Berkshire Museum — Now Playing: Festival of Trees preview party 5:30 p.m.: More than 100 trees by local organizations reflect a movie theme to benefit the museum’s educational programming. Show through New Year. 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, berkhiremuseum.org

 

Music

Mass MoCA — Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir, 8 p.m. First of two concerts, Songsmith Stephen Merritt performs his new album celebrating his 50th year with a song for each year of his life. Songs 1-25 tonight. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

 

Theater

Shakespeare & Company — Fall Festival of Plays 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., high-energy performances of Shakespeare by local students after nine-week resedencies, 6:16 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-1199, shakespeare.org

Williams College — ‘The Shriker’ by Caryl Churchill 7:30 p.m., if the earth could speak, would it heal or assassinate? Naturalism, horror and magic realism. Williamstheatre, CenterStage, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Saturday Nov. 19

 

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum — 75th anniversary celebration of Willie Gillis, Rockwell’s iconic World War II serviceman, 1 to 5 p.m. with talk 2 p.m. by James Kimble of Seton Hall University on Gillis and explorations of rationing, victory gardens, World War II cooking and the original farm to table movement, comics and cartoons, swing dancing, and games and pastimes of the war years. Artmaking, tours and contests. 9 Route 183, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, nrm.org

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

 

Dance

Lenox Contradance — Live music by Tempest with Tim Ball on fiddle, Chuck Abell on guitar and EricMetzgar on percussion with caller Jon Greene, 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

Williams College — CoDa, Kusika, Sankofa and the Zambezi Marimba Band present Pachedu (among ourselves in the Shona language of Zimbabwe) 8 p.m. MainStage, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Holidays

Bidwell House — Colonial Thanksgiving Party with live music and silent auction to benefit the museum, 4 to 7 p.m. 100 Art School Road, Monterey. 413-528-6888, bidwellhousemuseum.org

The Holiday Craft Connection — Locally made art, crafts and gifts. Lunch available at the Salvation From Hunger Snack Bar. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. United Methodist Church of Lenox. 6 Holmes Road, Lenox. 413-445-5918, lenoxumc.org

 

Music

Bennington College — Master Pak I.M. Harjito leads the Bennington Javanese gamelan class, playing an orchestra of gongs and metallophones in the serenely beautiful court tradition of karawitan, 8 p.m. Deane Carriage Barn 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu

Berkshire Concert Choir — Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. 7 p.m. Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield. 413-442-6120, berkshireconcertchoir.org

Clark Art Institute — Mozart’s Don Giovanni, 1 p.m. The Met Live in HD on the big screen. 225 South St., Williamstown. 413-458-2303; clarkart.edu

Mass MoCA — Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir, 8 p.m. Second of two concerts, Songsmith Stephen Merritt performs his new album celebrating his 50th year with a song for each year of his life. Songs 26-50 tonight. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, massmoca.org

Williams College — Williams Gospel Choir celebrates more than 30 years, 4 p.m. Berkshire Symphony, 8 p.m., Latin Impressions: Music by Copland, Ravel and Ginestera with guest artist and harpist Krysten Keches, 8 p.m. free. Chapin Hall, 62 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. 413-597-2127, music.williams.edu

 

Outdoors

Berkshire Botanical Garden — Propagating Woody Plants workshop 10 a.m. Route 183 and Route 102, Stockbridge. 413-298-3926, berkshirebotanical.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

 

Theater

Shakespeare & Company — Fall Festival of Plays 1:30, 3:30, 6:15 and 8:3 p.m., high-energy performances of Shakespeare by local students after nine-week resedencies, 6:16 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-1199, shakespeare.org

Williams College — ‘The Shriker’ by Caryl Churchill 7:30 p.m., if the earth could speak, would it heal or assassinate? Naturalism, horror and magic realism. Williamstheatre, CenterStage, ’62 Center, 1000 Main St. Williamstown. williams.edu

 

Sunday Nov. 20

 

Film

Bartholomew’s Cobble — We Still Live Here, 7 p.m.: Documentary about the Wampanoag and their contemporary cultural revival. Wheatogue Road, Sheffield. 413-298-3239, ext. 3013, thetrustees.org

 

History

Bennington Museum — ‘Growing Up in Bennington in the ’50s,’ Bennington Historical Society meeting and talk, 2 p.m. Free. 75 Main St., Route 9, Bennington, Vt. benningtonmuseum.org

 

Music

Williams College — Baroque Ensemble Rebel 3 p.m., internationally performing musicians on violin, harpsichord, viol da gamba and organ and more. Free. Master class Nov. 21 at 4:15 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown 413-597-2127, music.williams.edu

 

Theater

Shakespeare & Company — Fall Festival of Plays 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., high-energy performances of Shakespeare by local students after nine-week resedencies, 6:16 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-1199, shakespeare.org

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