Thursday, June 20

ART

Downstreet Art

DownStreet Art Kick-off, 7:30 p.m -- reading of Frederick Douglass' Fourth of July Address, co-presented by city of North Adams and Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, Main Street Stage, Main Street, North Adams. Art exhibits open at galleries citywide. "Other Hudson Chapter Two," work by artists from the New York Hudson Valley, Denis Herbert. Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn at Gallery 51. Beehive Collective at 53 Main St., public andparticipatory art. Geoffrey Booras and David Kaufmann, false technologies, 18 Holden St. Music and entertainment, 6 p.m. Downtown North Adams. Lift Ev'ry Voice event.

Frelinghuysen Morris House

"Exploring Shapes" -- opening of summer show -- isolating shape and form as a way of starting a conversation about abstract Painting. Visitors will be able to use interactive exhibits using IPADS and/or cardboard shapes in the Studio at the end of the tour. Home of abstract artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen with frescoes, sculptures and murals, their work and their collection. Lenox.

 

COMMUNITY

Third Thursday

"Play Ball!" free, family-friendly street festival 5 to 8 p.m. Baseball themed activites and live music on several stages in partnership with the Pittsfield Suns. Pittsfield. discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays


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DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Dance Theatre of Harlem, 8 p.m. -- legendary ballet company presents classic and new work that spans several eras of dance in America, including George Balanchine's 1957 masterwork "Agon." Free Inside/Out Performance: Oyo Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble, 6:15 p.m. Lift Ev'ry Voice Event Becket.

MUSIC

Lift Ev'ry Voice

World Music Dance Party on Main Street with Nomadic Massive: open-minded Hip-Hop with live instrumentation, samples, and a wide array of vocal styles. MCLA event as par of Downstreet, North Adams.

OUTDOORS

The Mount

"Don't Stress Out! Tips for Gardeners," 9 a.m. to noon. morning with garden expert Kerry Mendez as she presents: "Gold Medal Perennials, Flowering Shrubs, and Annuals for Gardens in the Northeast" and "Simplifying Gardens to Fit Changing Lifestyles," continental breakfast and garden tour. Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," a young activist brings home a political hacker, 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, with post-show discussion. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical -- three sailors on shore leave in "New York, New York," includes Coney Island Ballet, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a fully staged production of Anna Ziegler's "Life Science," directed by Joe Cacaci. This new play explores the lives of four contemporary high school seniors who make out, break up, discuss their plans for the future and debate the role that being Jewish plays in their budding sense of themselves. 8 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

New Stage

"Maybe You Will Marry a Red Haired Woman," Rudi Bach brings the words of Tony Hoagland to life in a performance filled with humor and pathos. Upstairs Live at the Triplex, 8 p.m.Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-8885, www.thetriplex.com.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," Tom Stoppard's translation of Gerald Sibleras' comedy about three World War I veterans restive in a retirement home, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

WRITING

Bennington College

Writing Seminars Faculty and Guests Reading Series, 7:30 p.m. Free. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College campus. (802) 440-4452 for more information.

 

Friday, June 21

ART

Becket Arts Center

Artist Reception: "Coming of Age: Photographic Collages by Sandra Matthews" and "Shifting Perspectives: Linda Siska" pottery, Free. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Becket.

 

COMMUNITY

Summer Solstice

Community Celebration in North Becket Village, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. BAC, the Mullen House Educational Center and the Becket Athenaeum celebrate the longest day. Paint a Dream Flag with Crispina ffrench to stretch across the lawns. Dance to the Latin Beat of Trio Candela and guest Spicy Latin Dance Party. Bring a dish for community potluck. Wine and Beer bar, silent auction. Free admission. Becket Athenaeum, 3367 Main St. Becket.

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Dance Theatre of Harlem, 8 p.m. -- legendary ballet company presents classic and new work that spans several eras of dance in America, including George Balanchine's 1957 masterwork "Agon." Free Pillow Talk, "What's online?" 5 p.m. Free Inside/Out performance, "inDance," 6:15 p.m. Hari Krishnan performs a Bharatanatyam solo; Paul Charbonneau, Benjamin Landsberg, and Hiroshi Miyamoto perform from a postmodern, pan-Asian work. Becket.

MUSIC

Boston Early Music

Festival presents Handel's "Almira," 7 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA / WILCO

Solid Sound III: A Music and Arts Festival by WILCO. Two headlining shows by festival founders Wilco. The Chicago sextet will perform tonight. Three-day line-up includes singer /songwriter Neko Case, indie-rock heroes Yo La Tengo, jazz adventurists Medeski, Martin and Wood, low-fi Low and a reunited Dream Syndicate, the full band's first North American concert in 25 years. North Adams, solidsoundfestival.com.

Tanglewood

Melissa Etheridge Live, 7 p.m. Iconic rock singer and gay and lesbian activist in concert. Shed, Lenox.

 

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Cocktails in Great Gardens: home of Susan Rothschild and Don Freedman, 5 to 7 p.m. See a private garden, 1391 Barnum St., Sheffield. Reservations (413) 298-3926.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Insect Safari: Explore the sanctuary's varied habitats with binoculars and harmless nets, 10 a.m. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

Spencertown Academy

Twilight in the Garden cocktail party to benefit the academy, 6 p.m. at the Ghent home of Renee Iacone and Steve Clearman adjacent to the bucolic Kinderhook Farm.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 2 and 8 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a fully staged production of Anna Ziegler's "Life Science," 8 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Oldcastle Theatre

"Other People's Money," 8 p.m. Wall Street investor battles longtime owner over an aging New England manufacturing company. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

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

 

WRITING

Bennington College

Writing Seminars Faculty and Guests Reading Series, 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College campus. (802) 440-4452 for more information.

The Mount

"Who's Afraid of James Joyce," 5 p.m. Karen R. Lawrence, President of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, will demystify the writings of Irish novelist James Joyce, who revolutionized 20th-century fiction. Lawrence is a past president of the International James Joyce Foundation. Lenox.

 

Saturday, June 22

ART

Chesterwood

Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2013 opens: 35th anniversary show brings 26 artists' work to the grounds. Glenn Harper, editor of Sculpture magazine, is the guest juror. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Stockbridge.

IS183 art school

Emerging Artist Showcase opening, 4 p.m. Opening reception for annual IS183 student art exhibition, celebrating IS183's adult students and studio participants in media including painting, drawing, collage, photography, ceramics, experimental animation and poetry. Show June 17 to Aug. 25. Citizens' Hall, Stockbridge.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Doodle Day: Family activities 1 to 4 p.m. celebrate of the art of spontaneous drawing inspired by the works on view in "R.O. Blechman: The Inquiring Line." Tours, performances and workshops. Stockbridge.

Sandisfield Arts Center

The magnificent and tortured Van Gogh, a talk by Carol Berry, artist and art educator. 10 a.m., Sandisfield.

 

COMMUNITY

Otis Cultural Council

Otis Cultural Council and Otis Community Day present New Orleans Swing and Supper to the music of Charles Neville and Skeletones Big Band. Bring a picnic supper at 6 p.m. Concert at dancing goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, Free. Izaak Walton Pavillion, North Main Road, Route 8, and Tannery Road, Otis. (413) 269-6273.

Summer Solstice Contra Dance

Music by Set Americain plus a guest caller. Community sing-in 4:30-6 p.m., potluck supper 6- 7 p.m., family dance 7- 8 p.m., contras, circles and squares 8-11 p.m. Dewey Hall in Sheffield, (860) 672-6101

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Dance Theatre of Harlem, 2 and 8 p.m. -- legendary ballet company presents classic and new work that spans several eras of dance in America, including George Balanchine's 1957 masterwork "Agon." Free Pillow Talk: Dance Theatre of Harlem Onscreen, celebration of films, 4 p.m. Free Inside/Out Performance: The School at Jacob's Pillow Ballet, 6:25 p.m. Becket.

 

HISTORY

Stockbridge Library

"Tea with Abigail," living history presentation: Several ladies of 18th and 19th century Stockbridge will stop by the library to visit with the original grande dame of the town, Abigail Williams. Tea and cookies for all. 2 p.m. at the library, Stockbridge.

 

MUSIC

Aston Magna music festival

Music of Johann Sebastian Bach for harpsichord and violin, all six sonatas for violin and harpsichord. Violinist Daniel Stepner and keyboardist Peter Sykes. 6 p.m., Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington. Pre-concert lecture before all concerts, and "Meet the Artists" afterward.

Boston Early Music

Festival presents Handel's "Almira," 7 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA / WILCO

Solid Sound III: A Music and Arts Festival by WILCO. Two headlining shows by festival founders Wilco. The Chicago sextet will perform tonight. Three-day line-up includes singer /songwriter Neko Case, indie-rock heroes Yo La Tengo, jazz adventurists Medeski, Martin and Wood, low-fi Low and a reunited Dream Syndicate, the full band's first North American concert in 25 years. North Adams, solidsoundfestival.com.

Performance Space 21

"West African Kora Concert: Zal Idrissa Sissokho and Buntalo," 7:30 p.m. Zal Sissokho on kora and voice, David Mobio, keyboard, Guy Langue, bass, Ehui Thomas Niamke, drums. Chatham, N.Y.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Release the Penguins, four longtime jazz musicians, 8 p.m. Sandisfield.

Tanglewood

The Boston Pops: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, 8.30 p.m. Shed with Warren Haynes and Keith Lockhart, conductor. Lenox.

Tannery Pond concerts

Tannery artistic director Christian Steiner plays a Dohnányi Quintet with Soovin Kim and Jessica Lee (violin), Ed Arron (cello) and Maurycy Banaszek (viola). Selection of Bartók's Duos for violin and viola and Kodály's Duo for violin and cello. New Lebanon, N.Y.

 

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Sanctuaries

"Chirps, Cheeps, and Warbles -- Birding by ear," 9 a.m. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike about 11 miles on the South Taconic Crest Trail from the Catamount trailhead up Mt Fray, by Prospect Hill and around Dugway Hill, going down the Cedar Brook Trail, up Alander Mountain, and down the Robert Brook Trail. (413) 443-4501.

Project Native

Bug and butterfly safari, 9:30 a.m. Overview of Project Native and the Butterfly House. Walk to find and collect eggs, caterpillars and butterflies to relocate into the Butterfly House. Tricks for finding eggs and caterpillars. Identify host plants and ecologically harvest food for caterpillars in the Butterfly House. All ages are welcome. Free, Housatonic.

Spencertown Academy

Ninth annual celebration of the art of the garden. Hidden Gardens Tour and line-up of events. "Creating Gardens in the Hudson Valley: A Naturalistic Approach to Landscape Design" talk by Duncan Brine principal landscape designer at GardenLarge and a landscape design instructor at the New York Botanical Garden. Hidden Gardens weekend's Garden Market on the Green, open-air marketplace of specialty plants and garden treasures. White Elephant tent with garden items donated by Academy members and friends: gently used garden furniture, garden tools, pots, and garden books. Spencertown, N.Y.

Tamarack Hollow

Clear and blaze trails at nature and culture center in Windsor with Naturalist Aimee Gelinas, aimee@gaiaroots.com. Food provided. www.tamarackhollow.com.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

2013 Gala, Fabulous ‘40s, 4 p.m. "Muckrakers," a young activist brings home a political hacker, 4 and 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a fully staged production of Anna Ziegler's "Life Science," 9:30 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Oldcastle Theatre

"Other People's Money," 2 and 8 p.m. Wall Street investor battles longtime owner over an aging New England manufacturing company. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

Master Class," 3 p.m. "Love's Labours Lost," Shakespearean romantic comedy, 7:30 p.m. "Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

WRITING

Fiction reading

Local radio personality Stephanie Abrams will read from her novel, "Rumors," 2 p.m. The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. www.bookstoreinlenox.com.

Millay poets reading

Public readings of new poetry by eight poets developed at Steepletop, home of Ena St. Vincent Millay, in winter poetry workshop, 6 p.m., Roe-Jan Library, Hillsdale, N.Y.

 

Sunday, June 23

COMMUNITY

Strawberry Festival

Strawberry shortcake, sundaes, pies, jams and jellies to benefit the Stephentown Historical Society,11 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the tent at The Berry Patch, Route 22, Stephentown, N.Y. Celebrating beautiful local berries. Date is dependent on crop, (518) 733-6070.

 

HISTORY

Temple Anshe Amunim

Janice Rothschild Blumberg luncheon and lecture, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Writer, historian and former president of the Southern Jewish Historical Society tells the extraordinary story of her great-grandfather, Rabbi "Alphabet" Browne. From the post-Civil War Reconstruction era until his death at the onset of the Depression, Rabbi Browne was a controversial rabbi, journalist, attorney and political activist -- publishing the South's first Jewish-interest newspaper, successfully defending an elderly immigrant wrongfully convicted of murder, serving as an honorary pallbearer for President Grant, bullying Presidents McKinley, Roosevelt and Taft to establish a Jewish chaplaincy for the military, honored by Sultan Abdul Hamid of the Ottoman Empire and discussing Europe's "Jewish problem" with Pope Leo XIII. Pittsfield.

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Dance Theatre of Harlem, 2 p.m. -- legendary ballet company presents classic and new work that spans several eras of dance in America, including George Balanchine's 1957 masterwork "Agon." Becket.

MUSIC

Boston Early Music

Festival presents Handel's "Almira," 2:30 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

"The Multifaceted Jewish Experience: Different Genres, Different Languages, Different Nationalities -- A Chamber Music Concert," 3 p.m. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-6378

Mass MoCA / WILCO

Solid Sound III: A Music and Arts Festival by WILCO. Three-day line-up includes singer /songwriter Neko Case, indie-rock heroes Yo La Tengo, jazz adventurists Medeski, Martin and Wood, low-fi Low and a reunited Dream Syndicate, the full band's first North American concert in 25 years. North Adams, solidsoundfestival.com.

Performance Space 21

"Chandler Travis Philharmonic" community lawn dance concert, 6 p.m. Dixieland, R&B, 1960s Rock, and more. A nine-piece ensemble from Boston, horn, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion and singing valet. Chatham, N.Y.

Tanglewood

Folk legends Joan Baez and Indigo Girls in the Shed, 2:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Leisurely paddle through the George Darey Wildlife

Management Area. Learn about the natural history of the waterway. Lenox.

Lee Garden Tour

Lee Garden Club and Chamber Beautification Committee tour, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Benefits the Hanging Flower Basket Project in downtown Lee. Ticketsat the Lee Chamber Information Booth and at Karen Keenan Gift Shop at 69 Main St., Lee.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," 3 p.m. St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 5 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a fully staged production of Anna Ziegler's "Life Science," 2 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Oldcastle Theatre

"Other People's Money," 2 p.m. Wall Street investor battles longtime owner over an aging New England manufacturing company. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," 3 p.m. "Love's Labours Lost," Shakespearean romantic comedy, 7:30 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. Book Loft, Route 7, Great Barrington.

 

Monday, June 24

COMMUNITY

Adams

7th Annual George Coope Memorial Road Race -- 2k kids' run, 5K and 10K run and 1-mile walk, 8:30 a.m., Mill Street Fair Grounds, Mill Street, Adams. www.celebrateadams.com.

 

FILM

Congregation Knesset Israel

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

 

Tuesday, June 25

FILM

Performance Space 21

"Give Me the Banjo," documentary filmmaker Marc Fields follows quintessential American musical instrument from its African roots to contemporary jazz and into the 21st century, 8:30 p.m., free. Chatham, N.Y.

HISTORY

History talk

Janice Rothschild Blumberg, past president of the Southern Jewish Historical Society, will read from and talk about her book, "Prophet in a Time of Priests: Rabbi ‘Alphabet' Browne," 5 p.m. The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. www.bookstoreinlenox.com.

Ventfort Hall

Curt DiCamillo, architectural historian, on "Jewels of Scandal and Desire, British Jewelry Collections and Country Houses," Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 7 p.m., Mainstage. "Muckrakers," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The Lion in Winter," Christmas 1183 -- King Henry II, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and their sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, play political chess, 8 p.m. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

WRITING

Tuesday project

Mahogany Browne, featured writer will read, 8 p.m., yBar, 391 North St., Pittsfield. wxw365.com.

 

Wednesday, June 26

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Compagnie Käfig, 8 p.m. -- influential French hip-hop choreographer Mourad Merzouki and all-male cast of self-taught hip-hop dancers from Brazil. Leo, 8:15 p.m., fantastical production from Berlin. Free Inside/Out Performance: Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dances for a Variable Population, 6:15 p.m. Becket.

 

MUSIC

Concerts at Windsor Lake

Free live music, 6:30 p.m. Concessions available. 200 Bradley St., North Adams. www.northadams-ma.gov, (413) 664-6180.

Lilac Park concerts

Andy Kelly Trio, 6:30 p.m. Main Street, Lenox. (413) 637-3646.

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

"Innovation in Wind Power" discussion, Stanley Kowalski from FloDesign will present recent innovations in rapidly evolving green technology. 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 2 and 7 p.m., Mainstage. "Muckrakers," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a fully staged production of Anna Ziegler's "Life Science," 8 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The Lion in Winter," 7 p.m. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre

"Arms on Fire," a young singer in search of a career break who meets a factory worker living in New York's Hell's Kitchen. 8 p.m., Chester.

Shakespeare & Company

"Les Faux Pas," saucy Molière adaptation, 5:30 p.m. "Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"Animal Crackers" preview. New interpretation of hit Marx Brothers Broadway musical and classic film. Wirth mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick. 7:30 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "American Hero" preview. World premiere play by Bess Wohl. Hilarious and surreal tale of the struggle for optimism in tough times, the power of sandwiches, and the American Dream. 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown.

 

WRITING

Chabad

"Love and Language" with Ruth Sidranksy, author of memoir "In Silence," story of a hearing girl born to deaf parents, 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

Lift Ev'ry Voice

Performances by world-reknowned poet Nikki Giovanni, winner of the Langston Hughes medal among many honors, will perform her own work. Time and place TBA. Part of summer-long festival of music, performance, dance and more celebrating African-American life, culture, history and community, strength and creativity in the Berkshires. www.liftevryvoice.org.