Thursday June 28, 2012

Tanglewood

As part of the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays program, Tanglewood -- the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the past 75 years -- will open the gates to its Lenox estate from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday for a free Family Fun Fest packed with engaging activities.

Budding young musicians can try out orchestral instruments in the Instrument Playground, make music-themed crafts at the Kids Cor ner, and enjoy a family-friendly performance by talented fellows of the Tangle wood Music Cen ter Orchestra.

Learn more about the history of the festival with a scavenger hunt through the expansive grounds, with prizes offered to families who complete the trail. Admission and all activities are free, and pre-registration is recommended through the website.

Be sure to return often during the season to take advantage of free lawn tickets for ages 17 and under, "Watch and Play" programs for kids before selected Sunday afternoon concerts, and the annual Family Concert on Aug. 25, as well as free closed rehearsals every Friday morning for year-round local families. Information and registration: www.tanglewood.org/familyfun
fest, (413) 637-5393.

Jacob's Pillow

You don't need to be a dedicated dancer or wear special clothing to get in on the dance action at Jacob's Pillow. At the legendary Becket dance festival, now celebrating its 80th anniversary, everyone is en couraged to dance at the annual free Community Dance Day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Tour the property, view photographic exhibits, and take part in beginner-level workshops in yoga, Tai Chi and Zumba, then try out modern dance routines and grab a partner for some energetic swing dancing. Young and old can dance together in a creative intergenerational class, and little ones can enjoy fun and dance games in the historic Pillow Tea Garden, along with hands-on activities created especially for them.

On the Inside/Out stage, experience live open-air performances by Capital District-based Claire Jacob-Zysman and Dancers and the dynamic Bamidele Dancers and Drum mers, a Western Mass achusetts group known for sharing the rich culture of Africa and the African diaspora around the world -- all at no cost.

After Community Day ends, stay around for ticketed performances in the Pillow theaters by the dance company Mor phoses at 2 p.m. -- with interwoven film and an original score by Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer David Lang -- and Kidd Pivot at 2:15 p.m., returning by popular demand for a second season with "Dark Matters," a "mystery thriller" blending dance, drama, humor, fantasy and puppetry. Tickets range from $38 to $59.

At 4:30 p.m., there's a chance to view the stereoscopic 3-D live action and animated dance film "Lost Action: Trace" by Mouve ment Perpétuel. Tickets cost $10. Infor mation: www.jacobspillow
.org, (413) 243-0745.

Berkshire Museum

For more than a century, this distinguished Pittsfield edifice has housed relics that reflect the rich natural, historic and artistic heritage of the Berkshire Region, from the Hudson School of painting to the toys of Alexander Calder. It also has pursued its mission to represent local artists, inventors and technology on the cutting edge of modern innovation of their times, from past to the present day.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., master Berkshire craftsman and glass artist Tom Patti will receive recognition for the installation of a major new site-specific work commissioned by the museum -- a work that will greet visitors as they enter the building.

Patti's public works fill spaces with glowing color and geometric shapes at venues from a North Carolina university to a New York City apartment complex. They illuminate the journeys of passengers at a Queens transportation hub, and even use the outside wall of a Miami parking garage as a giant light-embossed canvas that changes with the passage of the sun.

Tom Patti Opening Day kicks off at 10 a.m. with remarks by museum Executive Director Van Shields, followed by a talk at 11 a.m. by Patti, a noon book signing of Patti's 30-year career retrospective, "Tom Patti: Illuminating the Invisible" by William Warmus and Donald Kuspit, and cake and lemonade at 1 p.m. The exhibit "Echoes in Space," outlining the creative process of the commission, will be on view in the museum's upstairs gallery.

Admission to the museum is free for everyone for the day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Infor mation: www.berkshiremuseum
.org, (413) 443-7171.