Thursday August 30, 2012

Arrowhead

Herman Melville's historic house, where he wrote "Moby-Dick" and other works. "The Genius of Place: Land scape and Inspiration" explores Melville's real and imagined world: An exhibit on Polynesia and Sailor Art. Melville-inspired paintings, sketches, photographs, carvings and shadow-box miniatures, through Oct. 10. Museum hours 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pittsfield. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. (413) 442-1793, www.mobydick.org.

Artscape

Public outdoor art exhibit with Moby-Dick theme, part of year-long celebration of Herman Melville -- inclides a large representation of Melville's pen; twin octopi flying from a light pole; a figure of Moby-Dick itself, in the planter on Bank Row; "Sail" of New England fieldstone, steel and limestone; "Great White Whale" made of white granite; a bronze bust of "Ahab"; and a "Breach ing Whale" made of welded steel. Downtown Pittsfield including Dunham Mall in front of City Hall, Bank Row, Park Square, and city planters and medians along the city streetscape.

Becket Arts Center

Poetry, fiction and nonfiction readings throughout the summer. Exhibits open Friday to Monday, noon to 4 p.m. 7 Brooker Hill Road, North Becket Village. (413) 623-6635. www.becket artscenter.org.

Bennington Museum

"Rockwell Kent's ‘Egypt': Shadow and Light in Vermont," through Oct. 30. Nationally known writer and artist Rockwell Kent, who famously illustrated "Moby-Dick," lived and worked in Arlington, Vt., between 1919 and 1925 on a property he called "Egypt." Ground breaking new exhibition reflects on Kent's time in Southwestern Vermont. Kent examined the human connection to the natural world through travel, writing, illustrations, prints, oil paintings. Museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.

Call Me Melville Festival

Community festival through Oct. 8 celebrating Herman Melville, his works and his life in the Berkshires through a wide variety of programming, including an online chapter-a-day read-along of "Moby-Dick," theater on the grounds of Melville's historic homestead, juried contemporary art inspired by Melville, and music, history and more at Arrowhead, throughout downtown Pittsfield and beyond. discoverpittsfield.org.

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Bryant Homestead

Boyhood home and later summer retreat of American poet, abolitionist, conservationist and editor William Cullen Bryant. Rivulet Trail to old-growth trees, fields and sugarbush. and a trickling stream immortalized by Bryant's 1823 poem. Free. Grounds open year-round for hiking, picnics and sight-seeing. Cummington. Trustees of Reservations, (413) 298-3239, ext. 3000, www.thetrustees.org.

Mass MoCA

"Invisible Cities," real and fantastic, inspired by internationally acclaimed Italian novelist and short-story writer Italo Calvino's book. Museum hours daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 87 Marshall St., North Adams. (413) 662-2111, www.massmoca.org.

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The Mount

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton's house and grounds. Whar ton Salon presents "The Innermost Room," adapted from Wharton's memoir, "A Backward Glance," through Aug. 26. "Wharton on Wednesdays," professional actors perform dramatic readings of Wharton's short stories, 5 p.m., through Sept. 5. Monday talks with and about writers, through Aug. 27, 4 p.m. Exhibits: "A Beautiful Construction: Edith Wharton at The Mount," "Dra matic License" on film adaptations of Wharton's writing, and "Edith Wharton and the First World War" on her life and work in France behind the front lines. House and grounds pen daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox. (413) 551-5111, www.edith
wharton.org.

Berkshire WordFest at the Mount, Sept. 14 to 16, will bring together acclaimed writers and passionate readers for talks, readings, conversations, and discovery. www.BerkshireWordFest.org.

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Norman Rockwell Museum

"Howard Pyle," illustrations, to Oct. 28: illustrator's best known and rarely seen paintings, drawings, prints and arch ival materials shed light on the artist's career as a painter and storyteller in a changing world at the cusp of the 20th century. "Buried Treasures: Perspec tives on Pyle," Thursday series of performances and talks through Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. Rockwell's studio open to October. Museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Route 183, Stockbridge; (413) 298, 4100, ext. 220 or www.nrm.org.

Robert Frost Stone House

"Robert Frost: The Poetry of Trees" exhibit explores the imagery and symbolism of trees from anciet Greece to the 20th century and Frost's use of trees in his poetry. "Sunday Afternoons with Frost" free talks at the house where Frost lived and wrote "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening." Museum open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to October. South Shaftsbury, Vt.

Sheffield Library

"Poetry read around," share poetry aloud from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Bring original poems or favorites by other poets, and join in a circle to read and hear poetry, Saturday and Sept. 22. 48 Main St., Sheffield. (413) 229-7004.

Spencertown Academy

"Festival of Books: A Celebration of Books and Reading," Sept. 1 to 3. Annual extravaganza of all things literary, free readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a giant used book sale and children's events. 790 State Route 203, Spencer town, N.Y. (518) 392-3693, www.
spencertownacademy.org.

Steepletop

Home of Pulitzer prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Open to Oct. 15. Friday to Sunday, house tours, garden tours and "Renascence" exhibit. Open every day except Wednesday. 436 East Hill Road off Route 22, Austerlitz, N.Y. (518) 392-3362.

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Emily Dickinson Museum

"Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A Nineteenth-Century Children's Circus," Saturday, July 14, noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. May 30 to Sept. 2, summer hours Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 280 Main St. Amherst, (413) 542-8429, www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org.

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W.E.B. DuBois Center

The Du Bois Center at Great Bar rington's new Museum of Civil Rights Pioneers. Hours: weekends, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 684 Main St., Great Barrington; www.DuBoisCenterGB.org.

W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite

Boyhood home of the internationally acclaimed Civil Rights leader, scholar, activist and writer known for "Souls of Black Folk" and other works. Open for self-guided tours in daylight hours. On Route 23, just west of Route 71. www.duboishomesite.org.

-- Berkshire Eagle Staff