Thursday, June 6

ART

Becket Arts Center

"Travel the Watershed," Westfield River Wild & Scenic display project. Artists selected to paint 6 traveling display cases. "We Are the Future." Both Free, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., 7 Brooker Hill Road, Becket, (413) 623-6635.

Bennington Museum

"Tom Fels: Cyanotypes from the Arbor Series" exhibit opens -- photography experimenting with large cyanotypes, an early process of great simplicity and unique color (cyan), around a single subject, a tree and its shadows on Fels' house. Bennington, Vt.

COMMUNITY

Dalton Fair

Mark Fanelli's Traveling Amusement Park, Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9, Dalton. Midways opens 6 p.m. Advance ride tickets Dalton CRA, Greenridge Variety, Dalton General Store, members of Fire department and Lions Club.

 

MUSIC

Steepletop

"Beauty Intolerable," Sheila Silver new music inspired by 15 poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay, 6 p.m., with Lauren Flanigan and Tyne Daly, First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, N.Y. www.millay.org

OUTDOORS

Mission House


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Tours of the Fletcher Steele-designed Colonial Revival Gardens at Mission House with a Horticulturalist from The Trustees of Reservations, Thursdays at 2 p.m. all summer. 19 Main St., Stockbridge.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," an Algerian political refugee becomes sustitute and mentor to a class at a Montreal school after the sudden death of a teacher, 4 and 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Comedian Jim Breuer, 8 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

 

Friday, June 7

ART

First Fridays Artswalk

Free monthly event with dozens of artists' work on display in more than 20 shows in downtown Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District, 5 to 8 p.m., (413) 443-6501, discoverpittsfield.com/firstfridaysartswalk.

 

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Community College

Fifth Annual Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture, "An Evening with David Brinkley: Walter Cronkite and His Era," 6 p.m. Free. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. (413) 236 -2190

Dalton Fair

Mark Fanelli's Traveling Amusement Park, Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9, Dalton. Midways opens 6 p.m. Fireworks. Advance ride tickets Dalton CRA, Greenridge Variety, Dalton General Store, members of Fire department and Lions Club.

 

HISTORY

Bennington Museum

"Southwestern Vermont and the Civil War, Bennington Boys (and Ladies Too): The Local Civil War Experience," second segment of Civil War exhibit explores the role that local men and woman played in the war and the impact it had on their lives. Show opens today, Bennington, Vt.

 

MUSIC

Cantilena Chamber Choir

American Psalms and Spirituals, 7 p.m. Psalm 90 by Charles Ives, spirituals by Alice Parker, Moses Hogan and arrangements of Deep River, Ride up in the Chariot, Wade in the Water. New works by American Composers Ola Gjeilo and Morten Lauridsen. Church of St. James, Chatham, N.Y.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Sixth Season Multi-Media Gala Celebration, a benefit evening of new, one-act plays written exclusively for the Berkshire Playwrights Lab by Rick Dresser, Gary Malone, Anna Ziegler and others. 7:30 p.m., Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington.

Theater Party

Congregation Knesset Israel hosts three-course salmon dinner, 5:30 p.m., and continues to Barrington Stage's St Germaine Stage for a 7:30 performance of "Bashir Lazhar," followed by talk-back with cast. On A Roll Cafe, 75 North St, Pittsfield.

Rites of Passage

Performance involving 75 local people age 1 to 90 takes place inside a house, each room representing a different stage of initiation in women's lives from girlhood through elderhood. Audience will walk through this living museum of art, movement, film, music, stories, and "rituals" of routine domestic gestures. Dance-play with music from a mini all-female brass band. 7 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. www.rogueangeltheatre.com

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

Saturday, June 8

ART

Clark Art Institute

Summer Clambake, 6:30 p.m. All-American clambake celebrates two great American artists with the openings of "Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History" and "George Inness: Gifts from Frank and Katherine Martucci." Gala evening of food, fun, and music will begin the Clark's summer season. Williamstown.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Making of a Classic." opening 6 p.m. Commentary on exhibit celebrating 75th anniversary of Walt Disney's first feature-length animated film. The Walt Disney Family Museum with The Walt Disney Company's Animation Research Library cshow film development told through the original drawings and paintings, animation cells, props, costumes and clips. Gala dinner at 8 p.m. Stockbridge.

 

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Family Fun Day -- live animal demonstrations, talks, guided walks, hands-on craft activities, food, music and puppetry, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox. Free and open to all.

Dalton Fair

Mark Fanelli's Traveling Amusement Park, Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9, Dalton. Midways opens at noon. Fireworks. Advance ride tickets Dalton CRA, Greenridge Variety, Dalton General Store, members of Fire department and Lions Club.

OLLI Open House

Art show and silent auction. OLLI artists, wine and horsd'oeuvres reception, 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute event at Lenox Library, Lenox. (413) 236 - 2190

Springside Park

National Get Outdoors Day Festival, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. live music throughout the day, a park-wide scavenger hunt across 237 acres, guided trail hikes, whiffle ball, softball, basketball, organized play, plein air painting, gardening demonstrations, a sculpture trail, a group dog walk, hoola hooping, relay races, face-painters. North Street, Pittsfield. (413) 347-3812, SpringsideNow@gmail.com

 

HISTORY

Stockbridge Library

2013 Cemetery Tour: "Where Do I Get That? Stockbridge Work and Business, 1875," 4 p.m. learn about Stockbridge's famous and infamous citizens, influential and ordinary residents, founding families and recent arrivals. Stockbridge cemetery, accross from Town Hall offices. (413) 298-5501.

 

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

Tonya Pinkins in Hurricane Ethel: The Life an Times of Ethel Waters, from povert to Broadway to Hollywood, 9:30 p.m. Mr. Finn's Cabaret, Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, Pittsfield.

Close Encounters

Close Encounters with Music -- Nordic Lights: Grieg Revival with Tina Packer, narrator of readings from Hans Christan Anderson and Henrik Ibsen; Mischa Bouvier, baritone; Ara Gregorian, violin; Adam Neiman, piano. 6 p.m., Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Singer/songwriter Bernice Lewis with the Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra, 8 p.m. Sandisfield.

Tannery Pond concerts

Piano-cello concert with Sebastian Bäverstam and Yannick Rafalimanana: Schubert, Puccini and Beethoven, 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

 

OUTDOORS

Field Farm

Folly Open House: Join members of the Field Farm committee for a season-opening celebration and guided tours of The Folly and Pond Trail, noon to 2 p.m. Tours of Folly at Field Farm, post-modernist home and American Modern style Guest House, Saturdays at Noon and 1 p.m., 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown. Trustees of Reservations.

Master gardeners

Western Mass Master Gardeners workshop: Dividing and transplanting perennials, 10 a.m. demonstration gardens behind Springside House, Springside Park, off upper North Street, Pittsfield. Free, rain or shine. (413) 743-5193.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 4 and 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Eighth Annual Richie duPont Award Event 8 p.m. at Firefly, 71 Church St. Lenox. (413-) 448-8084, ext. 14.

Rites of Passage

Performance involving 75 local people age 1 to 90 takes place inside a house, each room representing a different stage of initiation in women's lives from girlhood through elderhood. Audience will walk through this living museum of art, movement, film, music, stories, and "rituals" of routine domestic gestures. Dance-play with music from a mini all-female brass band. 7 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. www.rogueangeltheatre.com.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 3 and 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Temple Anshe Amunim

"Boss" tragi-comic recreation of the final gasp of Afghanistan's Jewish community -- once a thriving population whose future now rests with two men. Ned Goldreyer, will attend for a post-performance Q&A. Pittsfield.

 

WRITING

Berkshire Athenaeum

Introductory Writers' Workshops presentedwith Berkshire Writers Room: Writing with music, writing with art, memoir writing and Publishing a Chapbook. Also authors' table. Free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield

 

Sunday, June 9

ART

Clark Art Institute

"Winslow Homer, Sterling Clark, and His Institute," 3 p.m. Marking the opening of "Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History" -- 200 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and etchings and rarely seen wood engravings from 1857 to 1904 -- exhibition curator Marc Simpson delivers a free lecture on Sterling Clark's extensive Winslow Homer collection, surveying the works and examining the career of the renowned painter, watercolorist, and printmaker. Free. Williamstown.

 

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Cycling Classic

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting and ending in Lenox. (917) 699-4566

Dalton Fair

Mark Fanelli's Traveling Amusement Park, Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9, Dalton. Midways opens at noon. Advance ride tickets Dalton CRA, Greenridge Variety, Dalton General Store, members of Fire department and Lions Club.

The Mount

Free community day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the house, explore the gardens and trails, bring a picnic and enjoy the surroundings. Scavenger hunts, story times, and other activities throughout the day. Food and beverage for purchase. Lenox.

Topia Arts Center

Swing Dancing on Pleasant Street with live music, 2 to 5 p.m., Sundays June 2 to Sept. 1, 10 Pleasant St., Adams, in front of Topia Inn. Street will be temporarily closed to traffic. Free and open to all.

 

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

Tonya Pinkins in Hurricane Ethel: The Life an Times of Ethel Waters, from povert to Broadway to Hollywood, 8 p.m. Mr. Finn's Cabaret, Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Lyric Theatre

50th Anniversary gala concert with 90-voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus, Ubi Caritas and Blafield Children's Chorus, 3 p.m. with Met Opera soprano Maureen O'Flynn, Berkshire Lyric founder Robert Blafield and Artisitic Director Jack Brown. Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall, Lenox. (413) 298-5365, www.BerkshireLyricInfo.org.

Performance Space 21

"Banjo Roots and Branches" 5 p.m., talk/demonstration on the history and styles of the banjo with Steve Reilly. Co-presented Roe Jan Library, Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Internationally celebrated young violinist Yevgeny Kutik, pianist Gabriella Makuc, and soprano Katie Weiser, 4 p.m. Sandisfield.

 

THEATER

Rites of Passage

Performance involving 75 local people age 1 to 90 takes place inside a house, each room representing a different stage of initiation in women's lives from girlhood through elderhood. Audience will walk through this living museum of art, movement, film, music, stories, and "rituals" of routine domestic gestures. Dance-play with music from a mini all-female brass band. 7 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. www.rogueangeltheatre.com.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 3 p.m. Lenox.

 

WRITING

Poetry reading

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reads from "Waiting to Unfold," poetry written during the first year of her son's life, chronicling the wonder and the delight along with the pain of learning to nurse, the exhaustion of sleep deprivation, and the way through postpartum depression. Congregation Beth Israel, North Adams.

 

Monday, June 10

ART

Bascom Lodge

Artist Talk, 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

 

FILM

Congregation Knesset Israel

"Great Hollywood entertainers" talk on Al Jolson with film clips, 7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

 

THEATER

Rites of Passage

Performance involving 75 local people age 1 to 90 takes place inside a house, each room representing a different stage of initiation in women's lives from girlhood through elderhood. Audience will walk through this living museum of art, movement, film, music, stories, and "rituals" of routine domestic gestures. Dance-play with music from a mini all-female brass band. 7 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. www.rogueangeltheatre.com

 

Tuesday, June 11

WRITING

Tuesday project

WordXWord Story Slam Prelim, 8 p.m., yBar, 391 North St., Pittsfield. wxw365.com.

 

Wednesday, June 12

MUSIC

Concerts at Windsor Lake

Free live music, 6:30 p.m. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket: Concessions available. 200 Bradley St., North Adams. Full schedule at www.northadams-ma.gov, (413) 664-6180.

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

Illustrated talk, "In the Footsteps of the Leather Man" -- During the 1800s a mysterious wanderer hiked Westchester County, N.Y., western Connecticut and the Berkshires. Speaking very little, he communicated his needs primarily with hand gestures. Dressed in his leather suit, he became known as "the Leather Man." 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Evening at the Beaver Ponds, 7:30 p.m. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change the landscape 80 years after their reintroduction. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical -- three sailors on shore leave in "New York, New York," includes Coney Islan Ballet, 7 p.m. Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.