Thursday, January 10

THEATER

Town Players

Dramatic reading of contemporary play, "Smudge," 7 p.m., Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Friday

January 11

ART

Kemble Inn

Talk with sculptor Andrew DeVries on the lifelong influence his love of dance has had on his career, 7 p.m., 2 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-4113.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Norman Rockwell: Humorous Tales and Little Known Facts," 2:30 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.

LECTURE

Sheffield Historical Society

Local historian Bernard Drew on Henry Knox's achievement with the Knox Trail as it involves Sheffield, 7:30 p.m., Town Green, Route 7, Dewey Hall, Sheffield, (413) 229-2694.

LITERARY

N. Chatham Library

Memoir writing workshop with Marion Roach Smith, author of "The Memoir Project," second of three-part series, 10 to noon, Route 203, Main St., North Chatham, N.Y., (518) 766-3211.

MUSIC

EPOCH

Jazz pianist Ethan Stone, songs from the ‘20s through the ‘50s, 3 p.m., EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield, (413) 499-1992.

Pioneer Valley Cappella

"O magnum mysterium," first performance of season, 7:30 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, Hadley; pioneervalleycappella.



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Williams College

I/0 Festival "The BOX -- music by living composers," house band performs world premieres by David Kechley, Ileana Perez Velazquez and Jeff Roberts, 8 p.m.; "After Hours," 11 p.m., ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, CenterStage, Williamstown.

Saturday

January 12

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Comics in the Classroom," educators' symposium to explore curriculum-based connections to comics and creative teaching applications, 10 to 4, Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.

COMMUNITY

Arrowhead

Herman Melville's historic house, where "Moby-Dick" was written, open today and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with tours on the hour. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. mobydick.org or (413) 442-1793, ext. 10.

FILM

Clark Art Institute

"The Bridge on the River Kwai," 1957 saga of British POWs in Burma during World War II, part of the "Widescreen Wonders" film series, 2 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

LECTURES

Ventfort Hall

Tea and Talk: "The Real Downton Abbey" with Curt DiCamillo, 3 p.m., Lecture at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, 197 East St., Lenox, and High Tea to follow at Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker Street, Lenox. (413) 637-3206, www.GildedAge.org.

Western Gateway

"Empire of the Sun," on some of the most amazing places in the solar system, 3 p.m., Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Route 8, North Adams, (413) 663-6312.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Open house to meet faculty, sample a music class for young children and try instruments in Instrument Petting Zoo, 10 to noon, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 442-1411.

Skinner Memorial Chapel

Thomas Pandolfi, pianist, 2 p.m., United Congregational Church of Holyoke, corner of Appleton, Route 141, and Maple streets, Holyoke, (413) 532-1483.

Williams College

I/0 Festival, "Out of the Box - Syntax of Snow," 2 p.m.; IOTA Ensemble and special guests, New York-based Contemporaneous, 8 p.m., ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance, CenterStage, Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

October Mountain State Forest, follow Appalachian Trail to loop around various trails and roads, call for more Ron Rousseau, (413) 443-5401.

Merck Forest & Farmland Center

Scenic ride around mountaintop farm in a horse-drawn sleigh. Morning or afternoon guided snowshoe. Explore the beautiful, wintry, working landscape, and to stop by the Sap House fire pit to warm up chilly hands. 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vt., www.merckforest.org, or (802) 394-7836.

Notchview

Winter Trails Day, special half-price trail fee all day; free cross-country ski lessons for beginners at 10:30 and 1:30; waxing clinic at 11 a.m.; ski fit testing station from 11:30 to 1:30, and Winter Woods snowshoe hike at 11:30 a.m., Route 9, Windsor, (413) 684-0148.

Sunday

January 13

COMMUNITY

Arrowhead

Herman Melville's historic house, where "Moby-Dick" was written, open to the public for tours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with tours on the hour. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. mobydick.org or (413) 442-1793, ext. 10.

Martin Luther King events

Workshopon ‘Racial Mindfulness,' 3 p.m. in O'Connell room in Thompson Chapel. This workshop will explore race and racism through meditation exercises, breathing techniques, and contemplation. A discussion of the historical role of contemplative practice in liberation movements follows. Williams Labyrinth will be open between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The labyrinth is an ancient, non-sectarian devise for walking meditation located in the Fellowship Hall at the First Congregational Church. Camilo Viveiros, a New England activist, will lead workshop, ‘From Activism 2 Organizing' in Griffin Hall, room 3, 4 p.m., to teach techniques to mobilize people around social issues. www.williams.edu.

DANCE

Berkshire Museum

"The Sleeping Beauty," 2 p.m., Little Cinema, 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

FILM

Clark Art Institute

"Barrymore," part of series, "Broadway Comes to the Berkshires," 3 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

LECTURE

Sage College

"Impact of Mass Incarceration on People of Color," with Alice Green, of the Capital District Humanist Society, 1:15 p.m., refreshments at 12:30 p.m., Room 224, Campus Center, Sage Colleges Albany Campus, New Scotland Avenue, at Academy Road, Albany, N.Y., (518) 533-2666.

Stockbridge Library

Sunday Speaker Series presents "The Pellicular Burlesque" at 4 p.m. with Co-Founders of the Chicago Albumen Works. 46 Main St., Stockbridge.

MUSIC

Pioneer Valley Cappella

"O magnum mysterium," first performance of season, 3 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, Northampton; pioneervalleycappella.org.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Snowshoe or hike Boulders, Gulf Road, Dalton, on several trails including Wizard Glen, call for more information: Jan Chague, (413) 637-1818.

Monday

January 14

COMMUNITY

Martin Luther King events

Social change media project in Baxter Hall in the Paresky Center, 9 a.m. Film screening of "Citizen King," slideshow of activists and scholars of social movements. Labyrinth open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chaplain Rick Spalding will offer thoughts at noon about using the labyrinth as a way of reflecting on commitment and solidarity, struggle and hope. The labyrinth will also be open on Tuesday. ‘Leadership Studies & Social Responsibility' class open to the public, 10 a.m.. Guest speaker Hedrick Smith ‘55 will discuss whether a new middle class grassroots leadership will emerge to ‘reclaim the American dream' in Thompson Chemistry Lab, room 202. Gallery discussion of art that commemorates King's legacy, Williams College Museum of Art, 1:15 p.m. Museum open 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dialogue, ‘Civil But Disobedient' 3 p.m. in Paresky Center, with college's chaplains: Rick Spalding, Bilal Ansari, and Gary Caster. Excerpts from King's ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail' included. Moment of silenceat 4 p.m., followed by essays. www.williams.edu

Tuesday

January 15

COMMUNITY

Pittsfield Green Drinks

Gathering at 5:15 p.m. with herpetologist Tom Tyning at 6:30 p.m., Mad Jack's BBQ, 295 North St., Pittsfield; (413) 230-7321.

DANCE

Berkshire Museum

"The Sleeping Beauty," 7 p.m., Little Cinema, 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Wednesday

January 16

MUSIC

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Berlioz's "Les Troyens," noon, Met live in HD. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-0100, www.mahaiwe.org.