Wednesday September 12, 2012

Berkshires Week Calendar Sept. 13

Thursday, September 13

MUSIC

Berkshire Athenaeum

"A Celebration of Song," with Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno, and Bryan Rizzuto, 7 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Friday, September 14

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Norman Rockwell: Humorous Tales and Little Known Facts," celebrate Rockwell's unique brand of humor with museum curator of education, Tom Daly, 2:30 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.

COMMUNITY

The Big E

"Be a Kid for a Day" and "Military Appreciation Day," featuring U.S. Freestyle Motocross National Championship Series, 7:30 p.m., Stars of the Peking Acrobats, 11, 1 and 6:30; Bill Medley, 3 and 8 p.m.; Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, (413) 737-2443.

Book Sale

Sponsored by Friends of the Lanesborough Public Library, preview night from 5 to 7 p.m., community room, Town Hall, Route 7, Lanesborough.

FILM

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

"The Manchurian Candidate," part of "Movies at the Mahaiwe" series, 7 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

LITERARY

The Mount

Berkshire WordFest 2012, literary festival, featuring 20 internationally acclaimed writers in panels, interviews and public conversations, tonight features "Literary Laughs," 5 to 6:15 p.


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m., The Stables, 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox, (413) 551-5111.

THEATER

Shakespeare & Company

"Satchmo at the Waldorf," one-man show celebrates Louis Armstrong, 7:30 p.m., Kemble Street, Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Theater Barn

"The Little Dog Laughed," comedy, 8 p.m., 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., (518) 794-8989.

Saturday, September 15

ART

'Artscape'

90-minute tour of public outdoor exhibition with Craig Langlois, artist/educator, 1 p.m., leaves from Pittsfield Visitor Center at the Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield.

COMMUNITY

The Big E

"4-H Day" and "FFA Day," featuring U.S. Freestyle Motocross National Championship Series, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Stars of the Peking Acrobats, 11, 1 and 6:30; Bill Medley, 3 and 8 p.m.; Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, (413) 737-2443.

Book Sale

Sponsored by Friends of the Lanesborough Public Library, preview night from 9 to 1, community room, Town Hall, Route 7, Lanesborough.

Hancock Shaker Village

"Return & Learn: Honey Extraction," demonstration of process of collecting and extracting honey made by the village's bees, 2 p.m., Route 20, Pittsfield, (413) 443-0188.

'HillcrestFest'

Second annual event for children and families, featuring David Grover, hosted by Hillcrest Educational Centers, 11 to 3, 788 South St., Pittsfield; www.hillcrestec.org.

Quiltfest 2012

Bennington Quiltfest 2012, presented by The Quiet Valley Quilters' Guild, Mount Anthony Middle School, 747 East Road, Bennington, Vt., (802) 823-4631.

Ventfort Hall Gala

"Hats Off to the Dames," Gilded Age gala to benefit the purchase of "Les Petites Dames de Mode ("The Little Ladies of Fashion") collection, event will honor Cornelia Brooke Gilder, one of Ventfort Hall's longest-serving volunteers, 6 to 11 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

DANCE

Pittsfield Squares

With mystery caller and cuer, mainstream level dance with plus tip, 7:30 to 10 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

LITERARY

The Mount

Berkshire WordFest 2012, literary festival, featuring 20 internationally acclaimed writers in panels, interviews and public conversations, includes readings by Berkshire poets and writers, 10 to 5, The Terrace; conversations with writers beginning at 10 a.m., The Glen, The Stables, 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox, (413) 551-5111.

MUSIC

Blafield Children's Chorus

Weekly rehearsals resume for new season, new children ages 6-13 welcome, 10 a.m., Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium, Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield; (413) 298-5365 or www.BerkshireLyricInfo.org.

'Music & More'

Boston Classical Trio, Berkshire debut, works of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven's "Ghost" Trio, on instruments of the period, 4:30 p.m., free preconcert talk at 4 p.m., Meeting House, Route 57, New Marlborough, (413) 229-2785.

OUTDOORS

Hoffmann Bird Club

Blueberry Hill Hawk Watch in West Granby, look for raptors and migrating passerines, 7:30 a.m., meet at Price Chopper parking lot, Pittsfield-Lenox Road, Lenox, to carpool; information: Tom Begley, (413) 655-0112 or AT8395@aol.com.

Hoosic River Revival

Guided historical walk along Hoosic River, 45 minutes to an hour, meet at City Hall parking lot, 11 a.m., North Adams.

THEATER

Shakespeare & Company

"Satchmo at the Waldorf," one-man show celebrates Louis Armstrong, 7:30 p.m., Kemble Street, Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Theater Barn

"The Little Dog Laughed," comedy, 8 p.m., 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., (518) 794-8989.

WORKSHOP

Bidwell House

Furniture restoration workshop with restorer Graham Dean of Great Barrington on the do's and don'ts of furniture restoration, 10 a.m., 100 Art School Road, Monterey, (413) 528-6888.

Sunday, September 16

COMMUNITY

The Big E

"Storrowtown Day" and "Salute to Girl Scouting," featuring U.S. Freestyle Motocross National Championship Series, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Stars of the Peking Acrobats, 11, 1 and 6:30; Bill Medley, 3 and 8 p.m.; Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, (413) 737-2443.

Quiltfest 2012

Bennington Quiltfest 2012, presented by The Quiet Valley Quilters' Guild, Mount Anthony Middle School, 747 East Road, Bennington, Vt., (802) 823-4631.

LITERARY

The Mount

Berkshire WordFest 2012, literary festival, featuring 20 internationally acclaimed writers in panels, interviews and public conversations, includes "Books and Bagels," 9 to 10 a.m., TheTerrace; readings by Berkshire poets and writers, 10 to 5, The Terrace; conversations with writers beginning at 10 a.m., The Glen, The Stables, 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox, (413) 551-5111.

THEATER

Shakespeare & Company

"Satchmo at the Waldorf," one-man show celebrates Louis Armstrong, closing at 2 p.m., Kemble Street, Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Theater Barn

"The Little Dog Laughed," comedy, 2 p.m., 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., (518) 794-8989.

Monday, September 17

COMMUNITY

The Big E

"Salute to West Springfield," featuring Stars of the Peking Acrobats, 11, 1 and 6:30; Eddie Holman, 3 and 8 p.m., Court of Honor Stage; Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, (413) 737-2443.

MUSIC

Berkshire Lyric Chorus

Weekly rehearsals resume for new season, new singers welcome, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield; (413) 298-5365 or www.BerkshireLyricInfo.org.

Hilltown Choral Society

Rehearsals leading up to Dec. 1 and 2 holiday concerts, new singers of all ages welcome, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Worthington Historical Society building, intersection of routes 143 and 112, Worthington Town Center, (413) 499-7320.

Tuesday, September 18

COMMUNITY

The Big E

"Rhode Island Day" and "Salute to Holyoke," featuring Stars of the Peking Acrobats, 11, 1 and 6:30; Eddie Holman, 3 and 8 p.m., Court of Honor Stage; Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, (413) 737-2443.

MUSIC

Crowne Plaza

Concert to benefit Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, with special guest appearance by Charles Neville; Annie Guthrie to open; featured act is BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Cajun-style music, 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., main ballroom, West Street, Pittsfield, (413) 442-3181.

Wednesday, September 19

COMMUNITY

The Big E

"Connecticut Day," featuring Stars of the Peking Acrobats, 11, 1 and 6:30; Eddie Holman, 3 and 8 p.m., Court of Honor Stage; Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, (413) 737-2443.

KID STUFF

Norman Rockwell Museum

"International Talk Like a Pirate Day," wear pirate gear and talk like a pirate, in celebration of Howard Pyle exhibit, half-price admission, Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.

MUSIC

Berkshire Concert Choir

Rehearsal to prepare for Dec. 16 performance of Randall Thompson's "A Feast of Praise," and world premiere of recently commissioned Allen Pote piece, singers of all ages welcome, no audition required, 7 to 9 p.m., Fellowship Hall, First Church of Christ, Congregational, Pittsfield, (413) 442-6120.