Thursday August 30, 2012

Thursday

August 30

ART

MCLA Gallery 51

Recent work by sculptor and Mass MoCA's director of fabrication and art installation, Richard Criddle. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Show runs to Sept. 23. North Adams.

COMMUNITY

Columbia County Fair

Blues, rock and country bands daily, amusement rides and entertainment; Racing pigs, Two-by-Two Zoo, demolition derbies, monster tractor pull. Chatham, N.Y.

FILM

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail," movie night as part of "Buried Trea sures: Perspectives on Pyle," series on Howard Pyle's artworks, 5:30 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge.

KID STUFF

PianoKids

Piano lessons with computers for ages 6-10, free tryouts for fall classes, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Berkshire Music School, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; reservations required: (413) 637-1168 or pianokids100@gmail.com.

Robbins-Zust Marionettes

"Jack and the Beanstalk," 11 and 2, St. Paul's Church, Main Street, Stock bridge, (413) 822-0663.

LECTURE

Lee Library

Berkshire author Susan Dworkin on "The Old Mezzo," a play about artistic freedom and responsibility, 7 p.m., J. Peter Scolforo Gallery, at the library, 100 Main St., Lee; www.leelibrary.org.

LITERARY

Berkshire Athenaeum

Poetry slam workshop led by Maurice "Soul fighter" Taylor, 6:30 p.m., 1 Wen dell Ave., Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Steepletop

"The Edna Project" concert with Liz Queler and Seth Farber and "Rene sance: The Poems," 7:30 p.m. with Johnna Mur ray and company. Austerlitz, N.Y.

OUTDOORS

Mass Audubon

Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River, meet 8:30 a.m. at Decker Boat Launch, Lenox. "The Quest for the Eastern Cougar." 7:30 to 9 p.m., Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

Naumkeag

Garden tours, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. More than 10 acres of landscaped grounds with seven formal gardens, including "Blue Steps amid White Paper Birches," the Art Deco design by Fletcher Steele. Stockbridge.

THEATER

Arrowhead

"Melville's Women," an original play by Voices Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m., 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, (413) 442-1793, ext. 10 or (413) 442-1928.

Barrington Stage Company

"The Black Suits," 3 and 7:30 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Homestead Crossing," young lovers shelter with an older couple, 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

"Parasite Drag," dark comedy be tween divided brothers, 3 p.m.; "Satchmo at the Waldorf," one-man show celebrates Louis Armstrong, 7:30 p.m.; "Cassandra Speaks," portrayal of iconic journalist Dorothy Thompson," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum," 8 p.m. 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus meet laugh-aloud classic Vaudeville. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

"Clara," world premiere by Mary Guzzy, 7 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

Friday

August 31

COMMUNITY

Abode of the Message

"Living the Mystic Path" Labor Day week-end retreat begins 6 p.m. Music, movement, meditation, interactive exercises, and contemplation techniques. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Columbia County Fair

Bucky Covington on the main stage; blues, rock and country bands daily, amusement rides and entertainment; Racing pigs, Two-by-Two Zoo, demolition derbies. Chatham, N.Y.

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole, troubador folk series. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 8. Great Barrington.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Heather Fisch presents "Blue Venice" (a high-flown lickspittle swindle opera), 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Roomful of Teeth with Missy Mazzoli, 8 p.m. Vocal ensemble performs with sought-after young composer. 1040 North Adams, (413) 662-2111.

THEATER

Arrowhead

"Melville's Women," an original play by Voices Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m., 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, (413) 442-1793, ext. 10 or (413) 442-1928.

Barrington Stage Company

"The Black Suits," 7:30 p.m., Stage 2, Linden Street; "Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don't Know, But Should...," 8 p.m., Mainstage, Union Street, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Homestead Crossing," young lovers shelter with an older couple, 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

"Cassandra Speaks," 3 p.m.; "Satchmo at the Waldorf," 7:30 p.m.; "The Allergist's Wife," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum," 8 p.m. 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus meet laugh-aloud classic Vaudeville. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

"Clara," world premiere by Mary Guzzy, 4 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

WORKSHOP

The Mount

Garden photography workshop with Rich Pomerantz, 8 a.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, (413) 551-5100.

Saturday

Sept. 1

ART

Chesterwood

September sculptor-in-Residence Law rence Noble, studio hours TBD, at the house and studio of Daniel Chester French, Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Abode of the Message

"Living the Mystic Path," music, movement, meditation, interactive exercises, and contemplation techniques. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Columbia County Fair

Blues, rock and country bands daily, amusement rides and entertainment; Racing pigs, Two-by-Two Zoo, demolition derbies, monster tractor pull. Chatham, N.Y.

Farm Tour

Et Cetera Farm in Ghent, N.Y., tour led by Berkshire Co-op Market, family-owned, certified organic fruit and vegetable farm, noon to 1, meet at farm, 936 County Route 21, Ghent, N.Y.; sign up: (413_ 528-9697.

Historic Walking Tour

Free guided walking tours of historic downtown Pittsfield, directed by RSVP volunteers & Pittsfield historians, meet at Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, 10 a.m. Register with RSVP, (413) 499-9319.

Spencertown Academy

"Festival of Books: A Celebration of Books and Reading," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a giant used book sale and children's events. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y., (518) 392-3693.

DANCE

PS/21

Parsons Dance performs new works, "Round My World" and "A Stray's Lullaby," and others, 8 p.m., amd Master class, 11 a.m., 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y., (518) 392-6121.

HISTORY

Bidwell House Museum

History talk with author Eric Rutkow telling the story of the role that New England trees played in bringing about American independence, based on his new book "American Canopy: Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation," 10 a.m., 100 Art School Road, Monterey, (413) 528-6888.

Hancock Shaker Village

Return and Learn: A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA, 2 p.m. Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Lucy Kaplansky, troubador folk series. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 8. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Brazilian Big Beat Dance Party with Nation Beat, 8 p.m. Original 21st-century fusion of maracatu drumming and New Orleans rhythms on stage and on the dance floor. 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, (413) 662-2111.

Music & More

"Bach's Musical Offering and Other Music From the Court of Frederick the Great" with Christopher Krueger, bar oque flute; Daniel Stepner, baroque violin; Jane Starkman, baroque violin and viola; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; John Gibbons, harpsichord. 4:30 p.m. Free pre-concert talk, 3:30, and post-concert reception at the Meeting House Gallery. Meeting House, Route 57, New Marlborough.

Steepletop

"The Edna Project" concert with Liz Queler and Seth Farber and "Ren esance: The Poems," 7:30 p.m. with Johnna Murray and company. In the Berkshires, place TBA.

Tannery Pond Concerts

Todd Palmer, clarinet; Elizabeth Futral, soprano; Ran Dank, piano, 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

THEATER

Arrowhead

"Melville's Women," an original play by Voices Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m., 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, (413) 442-1793, ext. 10 or (413) 442-1928.

Barrington Stage Company

"The Black Suits," 4 and 8 p.m., Stage 2, Linden Street; "Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don't Know, But Should...," 8 p.m., Mainstage, Union Street, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Homestead Crossing," young lovers shelter with an older couple, 2 and 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

Behind the scenes tour, 10:30; "Satch mo at the Waldorf," 2 and 7:30 p.m.; "The Allergist's Wife," 3 p.m.; "Shake speare Looking East," with co-founder Kristin Linklater and flautist Martin Gonschorek, 5 p.m., Tina Packer Play house; "Parasite Drag," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum," 4 and 8 p.m. 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus meet laugh-aloud classic Vaudeville. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

"Clara," world premiere by Mary Guzzy, 4 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. I(413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

Sunday

Sept. 2

COMMUNITY

Abode of the Message

"Living the Mystic Path," music, movement, meditation, interactive exercises, and contemplation techniques. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Chabad of the Berkshires

Reading and book signing by Sandra E. Rapoport, author of "Biblical Seductions: Six Stories Retold through Talmud and Midrash," 7:30 p.m. RSVP (413) 499-9899, 450 South St., Pittsfield.

Columbia County Fair

Diamond Rio on the main stage; blues, rock and country bands daily, amusement rides and entertainment; Racing pigs, Two-by-Two Zoo, demolition derbies, monster tractor pull. Chatham, N.Y.

Garlic and Herb Festival

17th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: more than 100 vendors, dozens of entertainers, childrens games and activities, a full assortment of food vendors, garlic demonstrations and beer garden.Camelot Village, Route 9W, Bennington, Vt.

Spencertown Academy

"Festival of Books: A Celebration of Books and Reading," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a giant used book sale and children's events. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y., (518) 392-3693.

Temple Anshe Amunim

Trash to Treasures Tag Sale 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Household items, jewelry, Judaica, books, collectibles and more. Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

The Berkshire Ramblers, troubador folk series. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show begins at 7. Great Barrington.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Black Suits," 3 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

Author event with Daniel Klein, 10:30 a.m.; "Satchmo at the Waldorf," 2 p.m.; "Parasite Drag," 3 p.m.; "Cas sandra Speaks," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum," 2 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

"Clara," world premiere by Mary Guzzy, 10 a.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

Monday

Sept. 3

COMMUNITY

Abode of the Message

"Living the Mystic Path," music, movement, meditation, interactive exercises, and contemplation techniques. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Spencertown Academy

"Festival of Books: A Celebration of Books and Reading," 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free readings by nationally known and local authors, used book sale and children's events. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y., (518) 392-3693.

Tuesday

Sept. 4

LITERARY ACTIVITIES

Writers' Round Table

Read your works in progress to get friendly feedback, leadership rotates, meets 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Large Print area on main floor, Lenox Library, 16 Main St.; coordinator, (413) 637-1900.

MUSIC

Gospel Gang

Contemporary Christian and gospel choir and band, rehearsals for upcoming events, singers and musicians of all ages welcome, no audition required, 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, (413) 445-5918.

Wednesday

Sept. 5

MUSIC

Cantilena Chamber Choir

Call for singers with vocal training, good sight-reading skills and choral experience, rehearsals 7 to 9:30 p.m., (first rehearsal tonight), Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox, (518) 791-0185.

OUTDOORS

Mass Audubon

Evening at the Beaver Ponds, 6 p.m. Search for beavers and other kinds of wildlife that are attracted by the series of ponds that the beavers have
created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change our landscape. Pleas ant Valley Wildlife Sanc tuary, Lenox.

THEATER

The Mount

"Wharton on Wed nesdays," 5 p.m.: Professional actors present readings of Wharton's works on the terrace. Lenox, (413) 551-5115.