Thursday December 20, 2012

Thursday

December 20

FILM

WAMC

"Happy," part of "Food for Thought: An evening of socially relevant cinema" documentary film series, the ultimate movie about human beings at their best, reception at 6 p.m., film at 7 p.m., The Linda, WAMC's performing arts studio, corner of Central Avenue and Quail Street, Albany, N.Y., www.wamc.org.

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Bennington Museum

"Festival of Trees Around the World," 16th annual event, trees on display through Dec. 30, 10 to 5, 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.

Berkshire Museum Festival

"Festival of Trees" in the galleries, more than 100 trees celebrating "myths and magic" through Jan. 2. Museum hours Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. www.berkshiremuseum.org, (413) 443-7171.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Norman Rockwell: Home for the Holidays," exhibit of his holiday drawings, paintings and props through Jan. 21. Route 183, Stockbridge. www.nrm.org.

Spencertown Holiday Shop

Spencertown Academy Arts Center's Handmade Holiday Pop-up Shop, curated annual sale -- handcrafted organic soaps, handmade baskets, woodcrafts, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and food made by Columbia County and Berkshire residents -- runs through Dec. 23, Thursdays to Sundays, 10 a.


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m. to 5 p.m. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. www.spencertownacademy.org, (518) 392-3693.

Sweet Brook Craft Fair

Holiday craft fair and Chinese raffle, 10 to 3, Route 7, Williamstown.

Ventfort Hall

1893 mansion lavishly decorated for a Gilded Age Christmas, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

LITERARY

The Bookstore

Poetry reading with Peter Gizzi and Bernadette Mayer, also music by singer/ songwriter Tom Gizzi, 7 p.m., 11 Housatonic St., Lenox, (413) 637-3390.

THEATER

Colonial Theatre

"A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, 7:30 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Starry Night Theater

"Vincent," one-man play about artist Vincent van Gogh, 7 p.m., Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-8888.

Friday

December 21

HAPPY SOLSTICE!

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Bennington Museum

"Festival of Trees Around the World," 16th annual event, trees on display through Dec. 30, 10 to 5; also, "Afterglow" holiday dance party, with "Best of the Fest," awards for public's favorite tree vignettes, 8 to 11 p.m., 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.

Berkshire Museum Festival

"Festival of Trees" in the galleries, more than 100 trees celebrating "myths and magic" through Jan. 2. Museum hours Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. www.berkshiremuseum.org, (413) 443-7171.

Festival for the Holidays

Sheffield Historical Society's 13th annual event with holiday items and gifts -- hand-blown glass jewelry, pottery, leather goods, basketry, carved items, felted woolens, and wooden items, note cards and books -- also hand-crafted jams, jellies, preserves. 5 to 8 p.m., Old Stone Store, on the green, Sheffield.

First United Methodist

Live nativity reenactment with sheep from Hancock Shaker Village, 6 p.m., 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield, (413) 499-0866.

Spencertown Holiday Shop

Spencertown Academy Handmade Holiday Pop-up Shop, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. www.spencertown
academy.org, (518) 392-3693.

Ventfort Hall

1893 mansion lavishly decorated for a Gilded Age Christmas, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

MUSIC

WAMC

West Point Band's Jazz Knights, free holiday performance, 7 p.m., The Linda, WAMC's performing arts studio, corner of Central Avenue and Quail Street, Albany, N.Y., www.wamc.org.

OUTDOORS

Solstice hike

Greet the longest night at sunset, 4 to 6 p.m. Bartholomew's Cobble, Wheatoge Road, Sheffield. (413) 229-8600

THEATER

Colonial Theatre

"A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, 7:30 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Shakespeare & Company

"The Santaland Diaries," by David Sedaris, 7:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Starry Night Theater

"Vincent," one-man play about artist Vincent van Gogh, 8 p.m., Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-8888.

Saturday

December 22

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Becket Arts Center

Holiday shop in the Mullen House galleries, across the street from 8A, from noon to 4 p.m. Cards, gifts, jewelry, ornaments, textiles. Route 8, Becket. www.becketartscenter.org.

Bennington Museum

"Festival of Trees Around the World," 16th annual event, trees on display through Dec. 30, 10 to 5, 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.

Berkshire Museum Festival

"Festival of Trees" in the galleries, more than 100 trees celebrating "myths and magic" through Jan. 2. Museum hours Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. www.berkshiremuseum.org, (413) 443-7171.

Eagles Concert

Eagles Brass Ensemble, free holiday concert, 1 p.m., Berkshire Mall, Route 8, Lanesborough.

Festival for the Holidays

Sheffield Historical Society's 13th annual event with holiday items and gifts -- hand-blown glass jewelry, pottery, leather goods, basketry, carved items, felted woolens, and wooden items, note cards and books -- also hand-crafted jams, jellies, preserves. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Stone Store, on the green, Sheffield.

The Garage

Visit with Santa and Terry A La Berry, 11:30 to 1, Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Spencertown Holiday Shop

Spencertown Academy Arts Center's Handmade Holiday Pop-up Shop, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. www.spencertownacademy.org, (518) 392-3693.

Ventfort Hall

1893 mansiondecorated for a Gilded Age Christmas. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

LECTURE

Western Gateway

"Kaput! ... 2012 Post Apocalypse," illustrated lecture on Apocalypse predictions, 3 p.m., 115 State St., No. 4, North Adams, (413) 663-6312.

THEATER

Colonial Theatre

"A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, 2 and 7:30 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Shakespeare & Company

"The Santaland Diaries," by David Sedaris, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Starry Night Theater

"Vincent," one-man play about artist Vincent van Gogh, 4 & 8 p.m., Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-8888.

Sunday

December 23

DANCE

Berkshire Museum

"The Nutcracker," presented by Royal Ballet, 2 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Bennington Museum

"Festival of Trees Around the World," 16th annual event, trees on display through Dec. 30, 10 to 5, 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.

Berkshire Museum Festival

"Festival of Trees" in the galleries, more than 100 trees celebrating "myths and magic" through Jan. 2. Museum hours Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. www.berkshiremuseum.org, (413) 443-7171.

Festival for the Holidays

Sheffield Historical Society's 13th annual event with holiday items and gifts -- hand-blown glass jewelry, pottery, leather goods, basketry, carved items, felted woolens, and wooden items, note cards and books, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Stone Store, on the green, Sheffield.

Spencertown Holiday Shop

Spencertown Academy Arts Center's Handmade Holiday Pop-up Shop runs through Dec. 23, Thursdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. www.spencertown
academy.org, (518) 392-3693.

Ventfort Hall

1893 mansion lavishly decorated for a Gilded Age Christmas, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

THEATER

Colonial Theatre

"A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, 2 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Shakespeare & Company

"The Santaland Diaries," by David Sedaris, 2 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Starry Night Theater

"Vincent," one-man play about artist Vincent van Gogh, 4 p.m., 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-8888.

Monday

December 24

Tuesday

December 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday

December 26

HAPPY KWANZAA!

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Bennington Museum

"Festival of Trees Around the World," 16th annual event, trees on display through Dec. 30, 10 to 5, 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.

Berkshire Museum Festival

"Festival of Trees" in the galleries, more than 100 trees celebrating "myths and magic" through Jan. 2. Museum hours Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. www.berkshiremuseum.org, (413) 443-7171.

Ventfort Hall

1893 mansion lavishly decorated for a Gilded Age Christmas, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

KID STUFF

Berkshire South

Post-holiday concert with Terry A La Berry and Friends, 11:30 a.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Lee Library

"Curious George Storytime," includes story, craft and video, free "Curious George" book for each child attending, 10:30 a.m., Lee Library; registration: (413) 243-0385.

Mass MoCA

December Break Art Workshops, hands-on workshops relating to exhibitions in Kidspace and main galleries, 9 to 11 a.m., 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, (413) 664-4481, ext. 8131.

Nature art

Vacation nature art for kids, three-day program from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with pain, clay, feathers, paper. Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 499-0692.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Comic Creations!" design your own comic books inspired by work of comic book master Alex Ross, 1 to 5 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

Starry Night Theater Company presents "Vincent," Leonard Nimony's tribute to Van Gogh, 7 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Union Street, Pittsfield. barringtonstageco.org.

Shakespeare & Company

David Sedaris' "Santaland Diaries," 7:30 p.m. Confessions of a Macy's elf. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. (413) 637-3353.

Ventfort Hall

"Paris 1890 -- Unlaced!" with actress Anne Undeland, 7 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.