Thursday, Aug. 1

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

Summer Lecture and Performance Series, events relating to art exhibits. Thursday evenings in July and August. Stockbridge.

Williams College Museum of Art

Class of 1956 Director Christina Olsen explores the galleries: Art and aperitif al fresco, 4 to 8 p.m. Williamstown.

 

COMMUNITY

Adams Agricultural Fair

Third Battle of the Bands. Animal showss, horse pulls, rides by Belanger Bros, Austrian Haflingers, bee keepers, spinner, antique engines, children's games, two-man cross-cut saw contest, exhibit hall and many more events. Bowe Field, Route 8, Adams. www.adamsfair.com.

Adams Cruz Night

Cruz Night on Center Street, Adams, 6 to 9 p.m. Concert on the Adams Town Common, 7 p.m., free. Visit www.celebrateadams.com.

Becket Arts Center

Intergenerational African and Caribbean drum and song jam with Aimee Gelinas, 6 p.m. Drums and lyrics provided. Register: aimee@gaiaroots.com. Becket.

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

3e étage, étoiles, soloists and dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, 8 p.m. Bodytraffic, L.A. company will perform varied program including music of Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz greats, 8:15 p.m. Free Inside/Out Performance: Atamira Dance Company, New Zealand's leading Maori contemporary dance company, 6:15 p.m. Becket.


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KID STUFF

Barrington Stage

"Little Mermaid" youth show, 2 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Just So Stories," animal fables by Rudyard Kipling, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. outdoors at Neil Ellenoff Stage, Stockbridge.

 

MUSIC

Mass MoCA

Bang on a Can summer festival through Aug. 4, recitals in the galleries 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. with faculty and fellows, evening concerts with all-stars. North Adams.

Tanglewood

Mark Morris Dance Group with Tanglewood Music Center Fellows and Mark Morris, choreographer and director; Christine Van Loon and Allen Moyer, costume designers; James F. Ingalls, lighting designer; Robert Bordo and Allen Moyer, scenic designers: Purcell "Dido and Aeneas" and Britten, "Curlew River," Fully-staged productions, sung in English, 7:30 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, Lenox.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Southern Comfort," transgendered man and trans girlfriend in Georgia, new work from the Musical Theatre Lab, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "The Chosen," adaptation of Chaim Potok novel about two boys from two different Jewish communities in Brooklyn, N.Y., 8 p.m. Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Fringe

"Fufu and oreos," improvised one-woman show on a young Nigerian-American woman navigating her own cultural identity, mental health and faith," 7 p.m., ‘Pick your own price opening night.' "The Ape Woman," rock opera based on true story of sideshow sensation Julia Pastrana, 9 p.m. Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 8 p.m., after a passionate chance meeting, the two married travelers decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. "The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 2 and 8 p.m., Phyllis, a college professor, her partner Joyce, a high school teacher, and Joyce's adult son, Jared, host Frank, a guest artist at "Body Awareness Week." Chester.

Mass Live Arts

"Inflatable Frankenstein," James Whale's classic films and the tragic life of novelist Mary Shelley 8 p.m. by New York ensemble Radiohole. Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Mill City Productions

Summer cabaret and musical revue, 8 p.m. Building 4, Western Gateway Heritage State Park, North Adams. www.millcityproductions.org.

The Mount

"Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights' Dream," 6 p.m. Shakespeare & Company returns to The Mount with Northeast Regional Tour. Bring seating and blanket, 90-minute performance outside in the Dell. Lenox.

Shakespeare & Company

"Love's Labour's Lost," 2 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Chilren," Olympia Dukakis in Bertold Brecht drama set in 30 Years War, 7:30 p.m "None but the Lonely Heart," drama and live music, the story of Tchaikovsky and Madame von Meck, 8:30 p.m. with Ensemble for the Romantic Century. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"The Taffetas," musical, 8 p.m. Tour of fabulous 50's with four singing sisters in a tribute to Patti Page, The McGuire Sisters and the Chordettes. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"Johnny Baseball," 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown. "The Bridges of Madison County," Preview. Musical stage adaptation of the best-selling novel about an Italian woman married to an American soldier in rural Iowa, who falls in love with a loner and artist, whose photography at National Geographic shields him from committment and connection. 7:30 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown.

 

Friday, Aug. 2

ART

Becket Arts Center

"Unearthing Elements from the Natural World: Outside and Inside Traditional Landscape Invitational" 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. African & Caribbean Drum & Song Jam with Aimee Gelinas, 6:30 p.m. (413) 623-6635 to register, 7 Brooker Hill Rd and Rt. 8, Becket.

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

Adams Agricultural Fair

Cruise in, classic cars, jeeps, antique fire engines, popular Knife Thrower and music by ECHO. Animal showss, horse pulls, rides by Belanger Bros, Austrian Haflingers, bee keepers, spinner, antique engines, children's games, two-man cross-cut saw contest, exhibit hall and many more events. Bowe Field, Route 8, Adams. www.adamsfair.com.

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

3e étage, étoiles, soloists and dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, 8 p.m. Bodytraffic, L.A. company will perform varied program including music of Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz greats, 8:15 p.m. Free Inside/Out Performance: Eidolon Ballet, celebrates Leadbelly, legendary American folk singer and self-proclaimed "King of the 12-string guitar," and Hawaiian slack-key guitar music, 6:15 p.m. Free PillowTalk: Premier Man of Troisieme Étage with choreographer, director and Paris Opera Ballet dancer Samuel Murez, 5 p.m. Becket.

Performance Space 21

Monica Bill Barnes and Company: "Luster and Suddenly Summer Somewhere," 8 p.m. celebrate individuality, humor. Chatham, N.Y.

 

FILM

Adams

Movie night, "Secretariat," starts at dusk, free, Adams Town Hall Lawn. www.celebrateadams.com.

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage

"Little Mermaid" youth show, 2 and 7 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Just So Stories," animal fables by Rudyard Kipling, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. outdoors at Neil Ellenoff Stage, Stockbridge.

Performance Space 21

"Exploring Nature with The Columbia Land Conservancy," 11 a.m. in PS21's apple orchard. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Free Fun Friday with Magic Tree House -- program and related activities celebrating Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House bestselling children's book series, time TBA. Tickets are free. Great Barrington.

 

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Berkshire Music School two-day Cabaret Intensive Workshop for adults with Sherri James Buxton and Bob Shepherd, with public performance and guest coaches. 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 442-1411.

Eagles Band

Selections celebrating Verdi's and Wagner's 200th birthdays, the 70th anniversary of "Oklahoma" and music from American composers with a couple of native Brits, Bob Hope and James Bond. Free concert, 7:30 p.m. Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St., Lee.

Guthrie Center

Singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson, 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire

Mattan Klein, jazz/world flutist, and Seeds of Sun, a leading Israeli Jazz Ensemble in North America, blending music written in Israel in a jazz and world music setting with original Israeli Jazz, performs during Shabbat, free, 7:30 p.m. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Bang on a Can summer festival through Aug. 4, recitals in the galleries 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. with faculty and fellows, evening concerts with all-stars. North Adams.

Tanglewood

Prelude Concert with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. "This Week at Tanglewood" panel discussion with moderator Martin Bookspan and guest artists, 7:15 p.m.; Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Memorial Concert with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Stéphane Denève, conductor, Lars Vogt on piano, and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor: Strauss "Death and Transfiguration," Beethoven "Piano Concerto No. 4" and Poulenc "Stabat Mater, for soprano, chorus, and orchestra," 8:30 p.m. in the Shed. Lenox.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Chosen," adaptation of Chaim Potok novel, 2 and 8 p.m. Mainstage. "Southern Comfort," 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Fringe

"On est déshabillé," (one is dishevelled), 5 p.m. an absurdist clown solo show by a one woman -- and her stick. Part warrior, part creature, part housewife. ‘Pick your own price opening night.' "The Ape Woman," rock opera based on true story of sideshow sensation Julia Pastrana, 7 p.m. "Fufu and oreos," improvised one-woman show on a young Nigerian-American woman navigating her own cultural identity, mental health and faith," 9 p.m. Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 8 p.m., after a passionate chance meeting, the two married travelers decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. "The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 8 p.m., Phyllis, a college professor, her partner Joyce, a high school teacher, and Joyce's adult son, Jared, host Frank, a guest artist at "Body Awareness Week." Chester.

Mass Live Arts

"Inflatable Frankenstein," James Whale's classic films and the tragic life of novelist Mary Shelley 8 p.m. by New York ensemble Radiohole. Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Mill City Productions

Summer cabaret and musical revue, 8 p.m. Building 4, Western Gateway Heritage State Park, North Adams. www.millcityproductions.org.

Shakespeare & Company

"Les Faux Pas," Molière adaptation, 5:30 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Children," 7:30 p.m. "None but the Lonely Heart," drama and live music, the story of Tchaikovsky and Madame von Meck, 8:30 p.m. with Ensemble for the Romantic Century. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"The Taffetas," musical, 8 p.m. Tour of fabulous 50's with four singing sisters in a tribute to Patti Page, The McGuire Sisters and the Chordettes. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Fridays@3, 3 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown. "The Bridges of Madison County," Family night, 8 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "Johnny Baseball," 8 p.m., Nikos Stage.

 

Saturday, Aug. 3

COMMUNITY

Adams Agricultural Fair

Judging of sheep, cattle, goats, horse pull and crowning of Prince and Princess. Jeep obstacle course (new), Hill Billy Garden Tractor drag race, Johnny Magician, Birds of Prey with Tom Ricardi, antique tractor pull and music at night by PB and J. Animal shows, horse pulls, rides by Belanger Bros, Austrian Haflingers, bee keepers, spinner, antique engines, children's games, two-man cross-cut saw contest, exhibit hall and many more events. Bowe Field, Route 8, Adams. www.adamsfair.com.

Bidwell House Museum

"The Twenties in the Berkshires" Garden Party: Live music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auction at Fiddletop Estate. Party benefits the historic 1750s Bidwell House Museum. 4-7 p.m., Wellman Road, Monterey. (413) 528-6888.

Lee craft fair and festival

First Congregational Church of Lee's 13th annual craft fair, held outdoors rain or shine in the Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Park Place, Route 20, Lee. www.ucc-lee.org, (413) 243-1033.

Mount Washington Church Fair

Arts and crafts mountain-made by residents, some acclaimed artisans and artists: "The Mountain Cooks" recipe book, hand-stitched crib quilt with children's animal drawings from the late Cile Van Deusen, menagerie of handmade felted animals, handmade knitwear, homemade baked goods, felted costume jewelry, gently used clothing and linens, hay rides, plants and flowers, local memorabilia, games, live music and freshly made food from just-picked, local ingredients. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, Church of Christ, East St. and Cross Road, Mount Washington. Admission is free. Raffle prizes include vouchers for dinners for two to local restaurants and truckloads of gravel and wood.

Otis Cultural Council

"Spicy Summer Celebration," Trio Candela, a three-piece Latin American and Caribbean band performs, with special guest musicians (www.tamarackhollow.com). Latin food available from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., music begins 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Free. Knox Trail Inn, Rte. 23, East Otis. (413) 269-4400.

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

3e étage, étoiles, soloists and dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, 2 and 8 p.m. Bodytraffic, L.A. company will perform varied program including music of Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz greats, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m. Free Inside/Out Performance: School at Jacob's Pillow Jazz/Musical Theatre Program 6:15 p.m. Free PillowTalk: Documenting Diaghilev and Pavlova, with Jane Pritchard of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, 4 p.m. Becket.

Performance Space 21

Monica Bill Barnes and Company: "Luster and Suddenly Summer Somewhere," 8 p.m. celebrate individuality, humor. Chatham, N.Y.

 

HISTORY

Arrowhead

Melville scholar Dr. Robert Wallace will present a MassHumanities program on Frederick Douglass and then speak about the intersections of Melville and Douglass. Free. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Hancock Shaker Village

Age of Iron Weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blacksmiths, representing Berkshire, Connecticut, the Capital District, and New England Blacksmith Guilds will showcase their art and artisanship with both historical and contemporary demonstrations. Ironwork craftsmanship dating from the 17th to the 21st century, Japanese hardware, tool making, engraving, and Viking and Shaker forging. Exhibitors in period costume. Scavenger hunt for children. Pittsfield.

Sandisfield Arts Center

"Sandisfield Public Schools," 10 a.m. Local historian Ron Bernard tells story of public schools from 1762 to 1999. Sandisfield.

Stockbridge Library

2013 Cemetery Tour: "Unmarked, Unknown, Forgotten; A Tour of Unmarked Graves," 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.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace

Andrea Stone will present her book, "Lucy Stone: Speaking Out for Equality,"on pioneer for woman's suffrage. 3 p.m. Adams.

 

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage

"Little Mermaid" youth show, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

 

MUSIC

Berkshire Choral Festival

Sweet Honey in the Rock in an evening of blues, spirituals, gospel, and more, 7:30 p.m. with Springfield Symphony and the 150-voice Festival Choir conducted by Philip Brunelle, Founder and Artistic Director of VocalEssence. Free talk about the works at 6:15 p.m. Berkshire School, Sheffield. (413) 229-1999.

Berkshire Music School

Berkshire Music School two-day Cabaret Intensive Workshop for adults with Sherri James Buxton and Bob Shepherd, with public performance and guest coaches. 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 442-1411.

Guthrie Center

Singer/songwriter Ellis Paul, 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Bang on a Can marathon, 4 p.m., contemporary music festival, North Adams.

Music & More

Young Artists: Xuerong, Zhao, pianist, plays Beethoven and Prokofiev, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." 4:30 p.m. at the Meeting House, New Marlborough.

Omi International Arts Center

Music Omi: Open performance, 5 p.m. Ghent, N.Y.

Tanglewood

Pre-Rehearsal Talk at 9:30 a.m.; rehearsal for Saturday program at 10:30 a.m.; Boston Symphony Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, conductor ; Lang Lang, piano; Tanglewood Festival Chorus with John Oliver, conductor: Ravel "Pavane for a Dead Princess" and "Daphnis et Chloé (complete)," Beethoven "Piano Concerto No. 1," 8:30 p.m. in the Shed, Lenox.

 

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

Fly-casting Workshop with Fred Moran. Learn the forward cast and the roll cast for accuracy, outdoors, 3 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River, Lenox, 8:30 a.m. Leisurely paddle takes through the George Darey Wildlife Management Area. Learn about the natural history of the waterway. Run by Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries, Lenox.

Bryant Homestead

Bryant's Big Trees Hike, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn about the Homestead through the eyes of the trees and hear stories of the land. Two mile moderate round-trip hike. 10 a.m. to noon. Co-sponsored by Tamarack Hollow. Cummington. www.thetrustees.org.

Notchview

Star Gazing: Astronomers from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center train their telescopes on planets, moons, stars, galaxies. Visitor Center is open for bathrooms and drinks. Begins at dusk, free. Route 9, Windsor. www.thetrustees.org

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Southern Comfort," 4 and 8 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "The Chosen," adaptation of Chaim Potok novel, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Cast of "Southern Comfort" perform an evening of songs, 10:30 p.m., Mr. Finn's Cabaret. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Fringe

Free community workshop, 1:30 p.m. Fringe artists teach performance. "Fufu and oreos," improvised one-woman show on a young Nigerian-American woman navigating her own cultural identity, mental health and faith," 5 p.m. "On est déshabillé," (one is dishevelled), 7 p.m. an absurdist clown solo show by a one woman -- and her stick. "The Ape Woman," rock opera based on true story of sideshow sensation Julia Pastrana, 9 p.m. Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 8 p.m., after a passionate chance meeting, the two married travelers decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. "The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

BTG performance workshop

"Die Vampire, Die" workshop, 2 p.m., with Obie-winning bookwriter Hunter Bell (for for the original Broadway musical [title of show]) at 1Berkshire's Central Station Building, 66 Allen St. Pittsfield.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 8 p.m., Phyllis, a college professor, her partner Joyce, a high school teacher, and Joyce's adult son, Jared, host Frank, a guest artist at "Body Awareness Week." Chester.

Mass Live Arts

"Inflatable Frankenstein," James Whale's classic films and the tragic life of novelist Mary Shelley 8 p.m. by New York ensemble Radiohole. Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Mill City Productions

Summer cabaret and musical revue, 2 and 8 p.m. Building 4, Western Gateway Heritage State Park, North Adams. www.millcityproductions.org.

The Mount

"Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights' Dream," 12:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company returns to The Mount with Northeast Regional Tour. Bring seating and blanket, 90-minute performance outside in the Dell. Lenox.

Shakespeare & Company

Behind-the-scenes tour, 10:30 a.m. "Mother Courage and Her Children," 2 p.m. "Master Class," 3 p.m. "None but the Lonely Heart," 3 p.m. "Les Faux Pas," 5:30 p.m. "Love's Labour's Lost," 7:30 p.m "Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"The Taffetas," musical, 4 and 8 p.m. Tour of fabulous 50's with four singing sisters in a tribute to Patti Page, The McGuire Sisters and the Chordettes. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"Johnny Baseball," 3:30 p.m., 8 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown. "The Bridges of Madison County," Opening Night, 8 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown.

 

Sunday, Aug. 4

ART

Clark Art Institute

"Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place," 3 p.m. Thomas Denenberg, director of the Shelburne Museum, free talk on Winslow's paintings of the rocks and waves of Prouts Neck, Maine, and modernist vision of the coast. Free. Williamstown.

 

COMMUNITY

Adams Agricultural Fair

emolition derby at 2 p.m. Judging of cattle, sheep and goats, ox pull, sheep dog demos, knife thrower, Breziel Eastman Band. Animal shows, horse pulls, rides by Belanger Bros, Austrian Haflingers, bee keepers, spinner, antique engines, children's games, two-man cross-cut saw contest, exhibit hall and many more events. Bowe Field, Route 8, Adams. www.adamsfair.com.

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

3e étage, étoiles, soloists and dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, 2 p.m. Bodytraffic, L.A. company will perform varied program including music of Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz greats, 2:15 p.m.Master class: Bodytraffic. Becket.

 

HISTORY

Arrowhead

The annual Mounument Mountain Hike, commemorating the meeting of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. Meet 9:30 a.m. at the Monument Mountain parking lot on Route 7, Great Barrington. In collaboration with the Trustees of Reservations.

Hancock Shaker Village

Age of Iron Weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blacksmiths, representing Berkshire, Connecticut, the Capital District, and New England Blacksmith Guilds will showcase their art and artisanship with both historical and contemporary demonstrations. Ironwork craftsmanship dating from the 17th to the 21st century, Japanese hardware, tool making, engraving, and Viking and Shaker forging. Exhibitors in period costume. Scavenger hunt for children. Pittsfield.

 

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage

"Little Mermaid" youth show, 3 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

 

MUSIC

Mass MoCA

Bang on a Can summer festival, recitals in the galleries 4:30 p.m. with faculty and fellows, evening concerts with all-stars. North Adams.

Sevenars Concerts

Manchester Music Festival Trio: Trios by Rebecca Clarke and other trio masters: Adam Neiman, piano; Joana Genova, violin; Sophie Shao, cello, 4 to 6 p.m. Admission by suggested donation, refreshments included. Worthington.

Tanglewood

Boston Symphony Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, conductor, and Yo-Yo Ma, cello: Stravinsky "Fireworks" and "The Rite of Spring" and Dvorak "Cello Concerto," 2:30 p.m. in the Shed. Esperanza Spalding and Radio Music Society, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Lenox.

Temple Anshe Amunim

Gertrude and Benjamin Wolfe Cantorial Concert: An evening of Jewish music with Cantor Elias Rosemberg Accompanied by David Sparr, 7 p.m. Pre-concert Supper at 5:30 p.m. Concert is free to the Berkshire Community. Pittsfield.

 

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew's Cobble

Canoe trip down the Housatonic, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays to Sept. 8. Sheffield. (413) 229-8600.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Canoeing Buckley Dunton Lake, Becket, 9 a.m. Explore the coves and inlets of this beautiful pond, go ashore to eat a snack, see the boreal plant communities, and watch for signs of porcupines and moose. Run by Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries, Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Southern Comfort," 3 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Fringe

"The Ape Woman," rock opera based on true story of sideshow sensation Julia Pastrana, 5 p.m. "Fufu and oreos," improvised one-woman show on a young Nigerian-American woman navigating her own cultural identity, mental health and faith," 7 p.m. "On est déshabillé," (one is dishevelled), 9 p.m. an absurdist clown solo show by a one woman -- and her stick. Great Barrington.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 2 p.m., Phyllis, a college professor, her partner Joyce, a high school teacher, and Joyce's adult son, Jared, host Frank, a guest artist at "Body Awareness Week." Chester.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Rita Rudner, New York Times-bestselling author and comedian, 7 p.m. Award-winning television personality, screenwriter, playwright, Broadway dancer and actress known for her epigrammatic one-liners has been named Las Vegas Comedian Of The Year nine years in a row. Great Barrington.

Mill City Productions

Summer cabaret and musical revue, 2 p.m. Building 4, Western Gateway Heritage State Park, North Adams. www.millcityproductions.org.

Shakespeare & Company

Author talk with Dr. Carol Gilligan and Jonathan Gilligan, "Pearl," 10:30 a.m. "Love's Labour's Lost," 2 p.m. "Heroes," 3 p.m. "Master Class," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"The Taffetas," musical, 8 p.m. Tour of fabulous 50's with four singing sisters in a tribute to Patti Page, The McGuire Sisters and the Chordettes. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williams Theatre Lab

An open first rehearsal of the "Final Project" of the 2013 Lab. Informal reading begins four--week development of the piece and will allow the public an insight into rehearsal, directorial and design process. 7:30 p.m., ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"Bridges of Madison County," 2 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown.

 

Monday, Aug. 5

ART

Becket Arts Center

"The Art of Creating a Sumptuous Salad," with Susan Sellew, Rawson Brook Farm, Monterey, and Adrienne Metcalf and Josh Schwartzbach, Peace Haven Project, Becket. 7:30 p.m. Free. Dessert & Coffee 7 p.m., $5. "Camp Imagination: Dig In!" Young people ages five to seven and eight-13. A fun-filled week of exploratory hands-on activities. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Becket Washington School, 12 Maple Street, Becket. (413) 623-6635.

 

COMMUNITY

Congregation Knesset Israel

"What's New in Jewish Bioethics?" three-part talk, 10 a.m., 70 Kemble St. at Shakespeare & Company, Lenox.

 

FILM

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival

American and International Jewish films, 4 and 8 p.m. Lenox Memorial High School.

Performance Space 21

Make ‘Em Laugh Film Festival: "Sleeper," Woody Allen futuristic comedy, Keystone Cops meet Flash Gordon, 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

HISTORY

Stephentown Historical

"The Knickerbocker Mansion: a talk by Stana Iseman," 7:30 p.m., Stephentown Historical Society's Heritage Center, Garfield Road (County Route 26), Stephentown, N.Y. Learn about this Colonial family and their home. Ca. 1780 mansion in Schaghticoke, N.Y., has been restored from semi-ruin to its original glory. Free. Handicapped accessible. (518) 733-0010.

 

KID STUFF

Williamstown Library

Storyteller Rona Leventhal in "Hot Diggity Dog: Stories to Rattle Your Bones!" 3 p.m. Routes 2 and 7, Williamstown. (413) 458-5369.

THEATER

Berkshire Fringe

Early evening soiré to benefit emerging artists, 5 p.m. Apprentice company performs show developed in two weeks. "On est déshabillé," (one is dishevelled), 7 p.m. an absurdist clown solo show by a one woman -- and her stick. "The Ape Woman," rock opera based on true story of sideshow sensation Julia Pastrana, 9 p.m. Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 8 p.m., after a passionate chance meeting, the two married travelers decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. "The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

"Pearl," Opera based on "The Scarlet Letter" and the later life of Hester Prynne's daughter. Benefit performance for Actor Training Scholarship Program, 7:30 p.m. Creative team to talk about expansion of score and libretto. Lenox.

WRITING

The Mount

"The Voice is All: Rethinking Kerouac," author's talk and tea with Joyce Johnson, 4 p.m. In her biography of Beat poet Jack Kerouac, Johnson sheds new light on his journey from boyhood to cultural icon. Drawing from their love affair, as well as Kerouac's letters and diaries, Johnson peels away the layers of the legend to reveal the real man beneath. Lenox.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 6

FILM

Performance Space 21

Make ‘Em Laugh Film Festival: "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russe, 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

HISTORY

Ventfort Hall

Cornelia Brooke Gilder, historian, lecturer, "Vulgar or Enchanting? Ogden Codman Looks at Lenox." Architect with exquisite taste but no scruples. Lenox.

 

KID STUFF

Becket Arts Center

"Camp Imagination: Dig In!" Young people ages five to seven and eight-13. A fun-filled week of exploratory hands-on activities. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 7 Brooker Hill Rd., Becket. (413) 623-6635.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Free family program on the theme "Can You Dig It?" at Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 p.m., Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 442-1411.

Clark Art Institute

Concertante Chamber Players , string sextet committed to providing a wide breadth of chamber music to diverse audiences around the world, 6 p.m.: Elgar Serenade in E minor, Opus 20; the Dvorak Sextet in A Major, Opus 48; and Brahms Sextet in G Major, Opus 36. Williamstown.

Eagles Band

Eagles Big Band under the direction of band leader and arranger Dick Carmel, free concert of repertoire of the Big Band era, 7 p.m. Springside Park, Pittsfield.

Tanglewood

Tanglewood on Parade with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra -- Stéphane Denève, Charles Dutoit, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams, conductors -- Program to include Borodin "Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor" and Tchaikovsky "1812 Overture." Fireworks to follow the concert. 8:30 p.m. in the Shed, Lenox.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Southern Comfort," 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 8 p.m., after a passionate chance meeting, the two married travelers decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. "The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

The Mount

"Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights' Dream," 6 p.m. Shakespeare & Company returns to The Mount with Northeast Regional Tour. Bring seating and blanket, 90-minute performance outside in the Dell. Lenox.

Shakespeare & Company

Tuesday talk with the cast of "Mother Courage and Her Children," 5 p.m.; "Mother Courage and Her Children," 7:30 p.m. Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," with talkback, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown.

 

WRITING

Tuesday project

WordXWord Writers Room word-related events including storytelling and the presentation of visiting nationally recognized writers and spoken word artists , Tuesdays weekly. 8 p.m., yBar, 391 North St., Pittsfield. wxw365.com.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 7

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

O Vertigo Dance based in Montreal, 8 p.m., "La Vie Qui Bat" with music by the Quebec Contemporary Music Society. Jessica Lang Dance, 8:15 p.m., "i.n.k." with video art by Japanese-born visual artist Shinichi Maruyama. Free Inside/Out Performance: Ephrat Asherie Dance, 6:15 p.m. Becket.

 

FILM

Performance Space 21

Make ‘Em Laugh Film Festival: "Mr. Bean: The Movie," Rowan Atkinson, 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

HISTORY

Congregation Knesset Israel

"Maimonides and His World," three-part talk, 10 a.m., 70 Kemble St. at Shakespeare & Company, Lenox.

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire

Our Rabbis Teach: lunchtime series on mysticism, social justice, health and healing and more, free, 11:45 a.m., 270 State Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-6378.

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage

"Little Mermaid" youth show, 2 and 7 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Becket Arts Center

"Camp Imagination: Dig In!" Young people ages five to seven and eight-13. A fun-filled week of exploratory hands-on activities. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 7 Brooker Hill Rd., Becket. (413) 623-6635.

MUSIC

Bascom Lodge

Music with Mike Martin & Friends. Ukulele, original tunes, covers and a lot of improvisation. 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

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

Whiskey City, 6:30 p.m. Main Street, Lenox. (413) 637-3646.

Tanglewood

Christian Zacharias, piano: Beethoven "Sonata No. 12 in A-flat," "Sonata No. 10 in G," Schubert, "Moments musicaux," Schumann, "Kreisleriana," 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, Lenox.

 

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Evening at the Beaver Ponds, 6:30 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

"Southern Comfort," 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Staged Reading of new play, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 7 p.m., after a passionate chance meeting, the two married travelers decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. "The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 7 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 8 p.m., Phyllis, a college professor, her partner Joyce, a high school teacher, and Joyce's adult son, Jared, host Frank, a guest artist at "Body Awareness Week." Chester.

Shakespeare & Company

Behind-the-scenes tour, 10:30 a.m. "Master Class," 3 p.m. Studio series, new works: "The Waiting Room" by Lisa Loomer, 5 p.m. "Les Faux Pas," 5:30 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Children," 7:30 p.m. "Heroe," 8:30 p.m. with Q&A. Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," 7:30 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "Blood Play," Preview. A darkly comic thriller of post-war verve and pre-adolescent disquiet, "Blood Play" brings New York's critically lauded The Debate Society to the Festival stage. 7:30 p.m., NIkos Stage, Williamstown.