Berkshire Museum

Kids will have plenty to keep them busy during vacation week at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.

Following from a successful summer run on the outdoor stage at the Mount, the Berkshire Theatre Group will present "Pinocchio," a family-friendly production for all ages filled with action and excitement at the museum from Monday to Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. daily.

The performance brings to life the beloved tale of a wooden puppet whose nose grows when he tells a lie, and whose dreams of becoming a real boy set him off on a journey full of adventures on his path to realizing his wish.

On Tuesday at 1 p.m. the museum will host a return visit by the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem, N.Y. featuring a special up-close appearance by ten year old Arctic Gray Wolf and wildlife ambassador, Atka. Learn about these much misunderstood predators and their role in helping maintain a healthy ecosystem of the United States.

Tickets to each event are $15 for adults and $8 for children, and include museum admission. Purchase a play and wolf ticket together in advance and save $5 on adult and $3 on child tickets. Ages 3 and under get infree. Information: www.berkshiremuseum.org, (413) 443-7171.

Colonial Theatre


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If Fido or Fifi extending a paw or rolling over on command makes you smile, just wait till the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater takes to the stage of the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. with a cast of more than two dozen performing dogs and cats, all rescued from animal shelters.

Millions of television viewers have enjoyed the antics of these talented critters on late night talk shows and "America's Got Talent." Now Berkshire audiences can watch Gregory Popovich's European-style live act accompanied by acrobats, jugglers and a menagerie that includes 8 white doves, 4 geese and a pair of parrots.

Popovich hails from a family of Russian circus performers and dog trainers, honing his skills with his mother's act at an early age. He has performed in 20 countries and is in his fourth season in Las Vegas.

Representatives from the Berkshire Humane Society and Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter will be on hand with information about local pet adoption opportunities.

Tickets are $15. Information and box office: www
.berkshiretheatregroup.org (413) 997-4444.

Oscar-nominated shorts

When Oscar season rolls around each year, film fans look forward to watching programs of nominated short films that individually are unlikely to be seen in regular cinemas.

Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts will screen at Images Cinema in Williamstown on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and also at the Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema from Friday, Feb. 15 to Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., and at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18.

In "Head Over Heels" from the UK, a long-married couple who live separate lives -- one on the floor and the other on the ceiling -- find their worlds literally turned upside down when they try to rekindle their relationship.

"Adam and Dog" is set in the first days of creation in a lushly rendered Garden of Eden, revealing the origins of the inseparable bond between man and canine.

"Fresh Guacamole" demonstrates how to turn everyday objects into everyone's favorite dip, while "Paperman," a (mostly) black and white throwback to a simpler animation style, sees a young office worker try to get the attention of the girl of his dreams in the next skyscraper over with just a pile of papers to help him.

While the program is not specifically aimed at children, younger audiences may also enjoy the creative animations on offer. Television tot Maggie Simpson is the star of "The Longest Daycare," where she comes to the rescue of some beleaguered butterflies.

As always, parents know their children best.

Tickets at both venues are $5. Information: www.imagescinema.org, (413) 458-5612; www.berkshiremuseum.org, (413) 443-7171.