Thursday July 26, 2012

Thursday

July 26

ART

Downstreet Art

Free community celebration. Wide variety of visual and performing art events. Galleries, restaurants and stores stay open late, 6 to 9 p.m. Downtown North Adams. (413) 664-8718.

MCLA Gallery 51

Sean Riley : "I'll Meet You In the Middle of the Air," opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Riley's latest fabric works act as monuments and memorials, commemorating the passing of time that adds up to a life lived. Quilt series and new embroidered works on denim led to a series of drawings and paintings. Show runs to Aug. 26. North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Black Pearl" movie night, 5:30 p.m. "Buried Treasures: Perspectives on Pyle" series: Howard Pyle's artwork serve as the inspiration for performances that brings his dynamic images to life. Stockbridge.

Williams College Museum of Art

Gallery Talk: "Asco: Elite of the Obscure, 1972-1987," 2 p.m. with Kathryn Price, Curator of Special Pro jects. Creating art by any means necessary -- often using their bodies and guerilla tactics -- Asco merged activism and performance and, in doing so, pushed the boundaries of what Chicano art might encompass. Williamstown. COMMUNITY

Congregation Knesset Israel

"Israeli Literature: Past and Present" with professor Justin Cammy, director of Smith College's Jewish Studies De partment, 10 to 11:30 a.


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DANCE

Jacobs Pillow

Bill T. Jones, new work inspired by John Cage, 8 p.m.; Jessica Lang, lyrical ballet company debut, 8:15 p.m.; free performance on Inside/Out stage, 6:30 p.m., Pillow tour 5:30 p.m. Becket.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Paul Taylor Dance Company performs "Aureole," "Troilus and Cressida (re duced)," "The Uncommitted," and "Mercuric Tid ings," 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage Company

"Beauty and the Beast," 2 and 7 p.m., Youth Theatre, at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

The Mount

"Pinocchio" by Berkshire Theatre Group, 7 p.m., Lenox.

MUSIC

Adams Concert

Local musicians live 7 p.m., arts and crafts exhibit, 5:30 p.m. to dusk. Adams Town Common. Free

Tanglewood

Gerhard Oppitz, piano, 8 p.m., Ozawa Hall. Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The North Pool," 7:30 p.m., Stage 2; "All My Sons," 8 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Fringe

"Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods," 7 p.m.: Pick Your Own Price opening night. "Dark: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike," 9 p.m.: One family tries to survive in a mountaintop cabin. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"A Thousand Clowns," a boy and his comedian uncle fight to stay together, 8 p.m. Main Stage, Stockbridge. "A Class Act," musical looks behind the scenes, 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre Company

"The Swan," by Elizabeth Egloff, a recounting of the adventures of Dora Hand, a Nebraska prairie woman whose life is turned upside-down by a swan that crashes into her window, 2 and 8 p.m. Chester.

Clark Art Institute

"Frankenstein," 4 p.m. Williamstown.

Shakespeare & Company

"The Allergist's Wife," 3 p.m. "The Tempest" with Olympia Dukakis, preview 7:30 p.m.; "Cassandra Speaks," 8:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Five Course Love," 8 p.m., Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"Far from Heaven," 7:30 p.m., Main Stage; "Elephant Man," from a desperate existence in a Victorian freak show to the toast of London high society, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, ‘62 Center, Main Street; "Valley of Fear," 7 p.m., Poker Flats field; Cabaret, 10:30 p.m. in Goodrich Hall, Williams College, Williamstown.

Friday

July 27

COMMUNITY

Sandisfield 250th summer

Sandisfield celebrates its anniversary all weekend. Historical Encampment with the Lebanon Militia at Carr Field, Route 57. "Rascals & Others" Play at the Sandisfield Arts Center, 7 p.m. www.sandisfield.info

Williamstown Rural Lands

Ice Cream Social and Summer open house at Sheep Hill, 2 to 4 p.m.: crafts and activities for children, a guided hike, and local ice cream served with seasonal fruits. Williamstown.

ART

Becket Arts Center

Linda Clayton, oils, and Charles Steinhacker, photographs: Gallery artists reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Exhibit open Friday to Monday, noon to 4 p.m., through Aug. 13. Becket.

DANCE

Jacobs Pillow

Arts Educator Weekend begins. Bill T. Jones, new work inspired by John Cage, 8 p.m.; Jessica Lang, lyrical ballet company debut, 8:15 p.m.; free performance on Inside/Out stage, 6:30 p.m. and free Pillowtalk 5 p.m., Becket.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Paul Taylor Dance Company performs "Gossamer Gallants," "Syzygy" and "Esplanade," 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

FILM

Adams Movie Night

"The Smurfs," movie starts at dusk. Adams Town Hall lawn. Free.

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage Company

"Beauty and the Beast," 7 p.m., Youth Theatre, at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

The Mount

"Pinocchio" by Berkshire Theatre Group, 4 p.m., Lenox.

MUSIC

Eagles Band

Concert at Spectrum Playhouse, 7 p.m. 20 Franklin St., Lee.

Mohawk Trail Concerts

Works from Moravia, America, France, Asia and Bohemia, 7 p.m. Dvorak: John Cage, Chausson and Griffe. Anne Koscielny and Estela Olevsky, piano; Eileen Ruby, mezzo-soprano; the Bahn Quartet: Alicia Casey, Benjamin Van Vliet, violin; Hannah Van der Swaagh, viola; and Nicole Fizznoglia, cello. Charlemont.

Spencertown Academy

Twilight Chamber Music: Columbia Chamber Players, 6 p.m. Concert with Lincoln Mayorga (piano), Maria Ferrante (soprano), and Akal Dev Sharonne (flute). Spencertown, N.Y.

Tanglewood

Prelude Concert, 6 p.m., Ozawa Hall; panel discussion with Martin Bookspan and guest artists, 7:15 p.m., Shed; Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Wind Ensemble, 8 p.m., Ozawa Hall; The Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Memorial Concert, 8:30 p.m., Shed. Lenox.

OUTDOORS

Mass Audubon

"Twilight World of Bats," 7 p.m. Join René Laubach to learn about bats. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"All My Sons," 2 and 8 p.m., Main stage; "The North Pool," 7:30 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Fringe

"Riot: An Epic Tale of Greed, Lust and Cheap Sofas," 6 p.m: Pick Your Own Price Opening Night. "Dark: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike," 7:30 p.m. "Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods," 9 p.m. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"A Thousand Clowns," 8 p.m. Main Stage, Stockbridge. ‘A Class Act,' 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre Company

"The Swan," 8 p.m. Chester.

Shakespeare & Company

Riotous Youth, kids and teens preform with Shakespeare exuberance, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon; "Cassandra Speaks," 3 p.m.; "The Tempest," opening, 7:30 p.m.; "Parasite Drag," 8:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Five Course Love," 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"Far from Heaven," 8 p.m., Main Stage; "Elephant Man," 8 p.m., Nikos Stage; Fridays@3, new play readings, 3 p.m. on Nikos Stage; "Valley of Fear,"7 p.m., Poker Flats field; cabaret, 11 p.m. in Goodrich Hall, Williams College, Williamstown.

Saturday

July 28

ART

Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

Visit eight nationally recognized potters at their studios, with guest artists, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hilltowns. Detailed map at www.hilltown6.com.

Otis Arts Festival

More than 50 artists, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ceramics, jewelry, photography, oil and water paintings, local artisan products, and varied quilted and fiber works. Farm ington River Elementary School, 555 Main Road, Route 8. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Moonshine Holler Free Admission. (413) 269-0220.

Spencertown Academy

"The Collector's Eye: New Work," A gallery exhibition of seven emerging photographers selected by Cathy M. Kaplan, opening with artists, 4 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Spencertown, N.Y.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Fête des Fleurs benefit summer garden party with theme: "Garden on Fire," 5 to 7:30 p.m. Stockbridge.

Sandisfield 250th summer

Historical Encampment with the Lebanon Militia, and Country Fair with crafts, food and children's activities; opening ceremony with dignitaries and color guard at 9:30 a.m. Housatonic Philharmonic bluegrass, 2:30 p.m.; Carr Field, Route 57. Clam River Ramble with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, 10 a.m.; meet at the Sandisfield Town Hall Annex. Fire Department barbeque and dance, 5 p.m. at the American Legion Pavilion, Route 8. www.sandisfield.info.

West Stockbridge Library

Summer Book Sale, pre-buying from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and regular hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission. West Stockbridge Town Hall, 21 State Line Road, Route 102, West Stockbridge.

DANCE

Jacobs Pillow

Arts Educator Weekend. Bill T. Jones, new work, 2 and 8 p.m.; Jessica Lang, lyrical ballet company debut, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m.; contemporary dancers from Jacobs Pillow school give free performance on In side/Out stage, 6:30 p.m.; free Pillowtalk at 4 p.m. and tour 5:30 p.m. Becket.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Paul Taylor Dance Company performs "Gossamer Gallants," "Syzygy" and "Esplanade" at 3 p.m. -- "Aureole," "Troilus and Cressida (reduced)," "The Uncommitted," and "Mercuric Tidings" at 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

PS/21

Jamal Jackson Dance Company performs, 8 p.m., Chatham, N.Y.

HISTORY

Bidwell House Museum

Talk: "Colonial English: Old Words and New in 18th Century Massachusetts," how the language of the settlers reflects their rural culture and the social changes of the 1700s. 10 a.m. at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham.

Hancock Shaker Village

Return and Learn: Bascom Lodge -- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, 2 p.m. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield.

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage Company

"Beauty and the Beast," 2 and 7 p.m., Youth Theatre, at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

The Mount

"Pinocchio" by Berkshire Theatre Group, 4 p.m., Lenox.

MUSIC

Bennington Chamber Music

Free concert, works by Haydn, Maurice Emmanuel, Charles Martin Loeffler and Andrew Norman, 8 p.m., Greenwall Auditorium at Bennington College, Bennington, Vt.

Berkshire Choral Festival

David Hayes, The Philadelphia Orchestra; The Opera Company of Phil adelphia; music director, The Phil adelphia Singers -- Opera Scenes: Puccini, La Rondine Act II (Italian); Bizet, Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) Act I (French); Verdi, Aida Act II (Italian), Sheffield.

Guthrie Center

Harpeth Rising: banjo, fiddle, cello and hand drums blend bluegrass, folk and classical, troubador folk series. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 8. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Bang on a Can Marathon with Steve Reich, 4 to 10 p.m. Legendary composer returns for a six-hour innovative concert and gathering of music lovers. More than 50 musicians and composers from around the world offer diverse musical offerings. North Adams.

Mohawk Trail Concerts

Works from Moravia, America, France, Asia and Bohemia, 7:30 p.m. Dvorak: John Cage, Chausson and Griffe. Anne Koscielny and Estela Olevsky, piano; Eileen Ruby, mezzo-soprano; the Bahn Quartet: Alicia Casey, Benjamin Van Vliet, violin; Hannah Van der Swaagh, viola; and Nicole Fizznoglia, cello. Charlemont.

Tanglewood

Pre-rehearsal talk, 9:30 a.m., Shed; rehearsal, 10:30 a.m., Shed; Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra, 2:30 p.m., Ozawa Hall; Prelude Concert, 6 p.m., Ozawa Hall; BSO with Charles Dutoit, conductor and Susan Graham, Paul Groves, Sir Willard White and Christopher Feigum, 8:30 p.m., Shed. Lenox.

OUTDOORS

Boreal Forest Ecology Hike

Learn about the unique plants, trees, ferns and wildlife of Massachusetts Boreal Forests found only at higher elevations in the western end of the state on two to three-mile hike, some bush wacking, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Windsor and adjoining conservation lands. (413) 584-3009, www.tamarackhollow.com.

Field Farm

Guided hikes, 1 and 2 p.m. Trails past fields. Pair of Modernist homes with 300 acres of open fields, woods and wetlands. Sloan Road near five corners, Williamstown.

THEATER

Adams Visitor Center

Main Street Stage presents "King Stag." King Deramo's search for a queen is complicated by betrayal, mistaken identity, comedy, love and magic in this family-friendly show that features stilts, masks, puppets, music and more. 6 p.m. (Rain date: July 29, 6 p.m.)

Barrington Stage Company

"The North Pool," 4 and 8 p.m., Stage 2; "All My Sons," 8 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Fringe

Free community workshop with Dan Bernitt, creator of "Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods," 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.; "Dark: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike," 7:30 p.m.; "Riot: An Epic Tale of Greed, Lust and Cheap Sofas," 9 p.m. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"A Thousand Clowns," 2 and 8 p.m. Main Stage, Stockbridge. "A Class Act," 2 and 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre Company

"The Swan," 8 p.m. Chester.

Shakespeare & Company

"The Tempest," 2 p.m.; "Cassandra Speaks," 3 p.m.; "Tartuffe," Molière comedy, 6:30 p.m.; "King Lear" 7:30 p.m.; "Parasite Drag," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Five Course Love," 4 and 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"Far from Heaven," 3:30 and 8 p.m., Main Stage; "Elephant Man," 3:30 and 8 p.m., Nikos Stage; Cabaret, 11 p.m. in Goodrich Hall, Williamstown.

Sunday

July 29

ART

Clark Art Institute

"Unearthed and Notions of Ethnic Identity in Medieval China," free lecture by Christopher Nugent, associate professor of Chinese at Williams College. 3 p.m., Williamstown.

Community Access to Arts

"I Am a Part of Art," poetry reading and opening reception for CATA's annual art show, 2 to 4 p.m., free. Welles Gallery, Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox.

Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

Visit eight nationally recognized potters at their studios, with guest artists, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hilltowns. Detailed map at www.hilltown6.com.

COMMUNITY

Sandisfield 250th summer

Historical Encampment with the Lebanon Militia, and Country Fair with crafts, food and children's activities, sack races, pie-eating contest, three-legged race, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classic Car Show, Yankee Street Rods, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carr Field, Route 57. www.sandisfield.info

Susan B. Anthony Pedal and Plod

Traditional biathlon event, starts 8:30 a.m., Adams Town Common.

Williamstown Summer Sundays

Downtown street fair, 2 to 10 p.m., www.summersundayswilliamstown.com.

DANCE

Jacobs Pillow

Arts Educator Weekend. Master class 10 a.m.; Bill T. Jones, new work inspired by John Cage, 2 p.m.; Jessica Lang, lyrical ballet company debut, 2:15 p.m.; film 4:30 p.m., Becket.

PS/21

Jamal Jackson Dance Company performs, 2 p.m., Chatham, N.Y.

FILM

Images Cinema

"Sound of Music," film outdoors at sundown, top of Spring Street, Wil liamstown. Free. 8 p.m. In case of rain, movies move to Images, 50 Spring St. www.imagescinema.org.

MUSIC

Sevenars concerts

Christopher James, cello, 4 p.m., with pianist Robelyn Schrade James. Worthington.

Tanglewood

Chamber Music, 10 a.m., Ozawa Hall; Watch and Play, 1 p.m., Chamber Music Hall; BSO with Charles Dutoit, conductor and Emanuel Ax, piano, 2:30 p.m., Shed. Lenox.

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage Company

"Beauty and the Beast," 2 p.m., Youth Theatre, at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

Aimee Gelinas, Native Nature Slide show and Summit Stroll at Mount Greylock, free talk, 6 p.m. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The North Pool," 3 p.m., Stage 2; "All My Sons," 5 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Fringe

"Riot: An Epic Tale of Greed, Lust and Cheap Sofas," 4 p.m. "Dark: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike," 6 p.m.; Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods," 8 p.m. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Chester Theatre Company

"The Swan," 2 p.m. Chester.

Mettawee River Theatre Company

"Communications from a Cockroach: Archy and the Under Side," free outdoor family performance, 8 p.m. Pettingill Field, Cummington. www.mettawee.org.

Shakespeare & Company

Author event with Elizabeth Tierney, 10:30 a.m.; "King Lear," 2 p.m.; "Parasite Drag," 3 p.m.; "Tartuffe," 4 p.m.; "The Tempest," 7:30 p.m.; "The Allergist's Wife," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Five Course Love," 2 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williams College Summer Theatre Lab

"Trade Practices," new theater piece created by Williams alum 7:30 p.m. CenterStage, ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"Far from Heaven," 2 p.m., Main Stage; "Elephant Man," 2 p.m., Nikos Stage, ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

WRITING

Arrowhead

Join Melville scholar Dr. Wyn Kelley for a morning of Melville and conversation, 10 a.m. Pittsfield.

Monday

July 30

ART

Bascom Lodge

Matt Belanger artist talk, free, 6 p.m. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams.

Becket Arts Center

"An Intimate Look at the Lincoln Memorial," 7:30 p.m. off Route 8, Becket.

COMMUNITY

Susan B. Anthony Street Fair

6 to 9 p.m., Park Street, Adams. Rain date: July 31.

FILM

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival

26th annual season of American and International films and talks with film-makers, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lenox.

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage Company

"Beauty and the Beast," 2 p.m., Youth Theatre, at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Berkshire Fringe

:30 Live! Free music series, 7 p.m. highlighting sonic innovators from the North east. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Colonial Theatre

Musical Monday, 2 p.m. Spotlight on shows from the American Musical canon. Members of the BTG Acting Apprentice Company sing through full musicals. Pittsfield.

St. John's Episcopal

Summer Noontime Concert series: cellist Perri Morris and pianist Scott Bailey, music by Mendelssohn, Grutzmacher and Bach. Free. 35 Park St. Williamstown.

Tanglewood

TMC Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, conductor, 8 p.m., Ozawa Hall. Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Hello, Gorgeous!" Leslie Kritzer sings Julie Styne, 7 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Fringe

"Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods," 8 p.m. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"A Class Act," 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Tuesday

July 31

ART

Williams College Museum of Art

Gallery Talk, "Beyond the River Styx: The Afterlife of the Ancients," 2 p.m. See objects rarely on view -- including a mummified hand from Egypt. Williamstown.

COMMUNITY

Chabad of the Berkshires

Talk by Howard Kaufman, former CEO and President of KB Toys. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP at (413) 499-9899. 450 South St., Pittsfield.

Ventfort Hall

Tea and Talk, Jeremy Goodwin: "The Heiress & The Art Critic: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Bernard Berenson," followed by a Victorian Tea, 4 p.m. $16 non-member, $14 member. Lenox.

KID STUFF

The Mount

"Pinocchio" by Berkshire Theatre Group, 4 p.m., Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"All My Sons," 7 p.m., Mainstage; "The North Pool," 7:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

‘A Class Act,' 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

"Cassandra Speaks," 3 p.m.; Tuesday talk on "The Tempest," 5 p.m.; "The Tempest," 7:30 p.m.; "Parasite Drag," 8:30 p.m.; Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"Elephant Man," 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

Wednesday

August 1

DANCE

Jacobs Pillow

Royal Winnipeg, versatile and lush,
8 p.m.; Jonah Bokaer X David Hallberg, top choreographer and dancer combine, 8:15 p.m.; free performance on Inside/Out stage, 6:30 p.m., Becket.

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage Company

"Beauty and the Beast," 7 p.m., Youth Theatre, at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

The Mount

"Pinocchio" by Berkshire Theatre Group, 4 p.m., Lenox.

MUSIC

Bennington Chamber Music

Free concert, works by Haydn, Darius Milhaud and Dvorak, 8 p.m., Ben nington College, Bennington, Vt.

Berkshire Fringe

:30 Live! Free music series, 6 p.m. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Concerts at Windsor Lake

Pack a picnic. Concessions available. 7 p.m. Bradley Street and Kemp Avenue, North Adams. (413) 664-6180. Free.

Tanglewood

Concert, 8 p.m., Ozawa Hall. Lenox.

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

Talk about landscaping for wildlife, birds. free, 6 p.m. Mount Greylock, Adams.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"All My Sons," 2 and 7 p.m., Mainstage; "The North Pool," 7:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Fringe

"Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods," 7 p.m.; "Dark: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike," 9 p.m., Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Edith," President Wilson's wife holds the country together in 1919, 7 p.m. Main Stage, Stockbridge. "A Class Act," musical looks behind the scenes, 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre Company

Preview: "Running," by Arlene Hutton, New England premiere, 8 p.m. Chester.

Shakespeare & Company

"The Tempest," 2 p.m.; Studio series reading of "Loose Knit," 5 p.m.; "King Lear" with Q&A, 7:30 p.m.; "Cas sandra Speaks," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"A Month in the Country," by Ivan Turgenev, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage; "Elephant Man," 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

WRITING

Arrowhead

Herman Melville's 193rd birthday -- celebrate with cake and stories, 1 p.m. Re-create "the most famous hike in literary history," 5 to 9:30 p.m. -- the hike up Monument Mountain, where Melville and Hawthorne first met. Meet at the Monument Mountain Parking lot on Route 7. Free and open to the public. Pittsfield.

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire

"Modern Jewish Short Stories," talk about tales by by Sholom Aleichem, S.Y. Agnon, Isaac Babel, Hava Shapiro, and others, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 270 State Road, Great Barrington.