December 13

ART

Clark Art Institute

"Looking at Lunchtime," with Viktora Vilk, collections interpretation project manager at the Clark, on Winslow Homer's painting, "Two Guides," 12:30 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

IS183

Learning Through Arts showcase for Pittsfield and Taconic High School Students, presented by IS183 Art School, 5 p.m. at The Garage, Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield.

FILM

Berkshire Museum

"The Story of Film: An Odyssey," 15-part love letter to the movies, "Cinema Today and the Future," (2000s), 7 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Unitarian Church

"Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)," story of Christmas Eve 1914 when during WWI, German and Allied soldiers came together out of their trenches to sing, 7:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Bennington Museum

"Festival of Trees Around the World," 16th annual event, trees on display through Dec. 30, 10 to 5, 75 Main St., Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571.

Berkshire Community College

Holiday concert with BCC Chorale and the dance and choreography classes, 12:15 p.m., K110, Koussevitzky Arts Center, West Street, Pittsfield.


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Berkshire Museum Festival

"Festival of Trees" in the galleries, more than 100 trees celebrating "myths and magic" through Jan. 2. Museum hours Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. www.berkshiremuseum.org, (413) 443-7171.

'Hometown Holidays'

Includes Santa coming to town for visits and photos, entertainment, store specials and holiday activities, 5 to 8 p.m., downtown North Adams.

Red Lion Inn

"Christmas at the Inn," with Mary Verdi, dinner at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Main Street, Stockbridge; tickets: (413) 298-5545.

Spencertown Holiday Shop

Spencertown Academy Arts Center's Handmade Holiday Pop-up Shop, curated annual sale -- handcrafted organic soaps, handmade baskets, woodcrafts, textiles, jewelry, ceramics -- through Dec. 23, Thursdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 790 State Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y. www.spencertownacademy.org, (518) 392-3693.

MUSIC

Mass MoCA

Jazz with Roy Nathanson and Sotto Voce, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Band improvises with vocals, beat-boxing, instruments, and spoken word to create an unusual jazz sound. A skilled storyteller as well, Nathanson will weave into the performance his memories of his youth in 1960s Brooklyn. www.massmoca.org.

Friday

December 14

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

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

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Holiday jazz

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Holiday Celebration benefit at the Berkshire Museum, 5 to 8 p.m. with Festival of Trees, music by the Andy Wrba Jazz Trio. (413) 443-6501, www.downtownpittsfield.com.

THEATER

Shakespeare & Company

"King John" by the conservatory actors, 7 p.m. "The Santaland Diaries," by David Sedaris, 7:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Talent Show

Community Resources for People with Autism, adolescents on the autism spectrum, 7 p.m., Spectrum Playhouse, 40 Main St., Lee.

Saturday

December 15

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Museum

"Kitchen Ka-Boom," kid-safe science experiments, 11 a.m., tickets available at the front desk beginning at 10 a.m. day of event, 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

DANCE

Berkshire Ballroom

Holiday social ballroom dance, lesson 7 p.m., dance from 7:45 to 10:30 p.m., music with Bob Englert, Masonic Hall, 116 South St., Pittsfield.

Pittsfield Squares

"Seasons Greetings," with caller Cliff Brodeur and cuer Esther Mindlin, mainstream level with plus tip, 7:30 to 10 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

FILM

Images Cinema

"Tales of the Night 3D," French animation, part of the "International Family Series," 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., 50 Spring St., Williamstown, www.imagescinema.org.

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Becket Arts Center

Holiday shop in the Mullen House galleries, across the street from BA,) on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Cards, gifts, jewelry, ornaments, textiles. Route 8, Becket. www.becketartscenter.org.

Festival for the Holidays

Sheffield Historical Societyholiday marketplace -- hand-blown glass jewelry, pottery, leather goods, basketry, carved items, felted woolens, and wooden items, note cards and books -- also hand-crafted jams, jellies, preserves. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old Stone Store, on the green, Sheffield.

Holiday Farmers Market

Berkshire Grown's annual holiday gathering with live music. Farmers and food producers in the region offer produce, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry, bread, pies and other baked goods, and preserves, including pickles and jams.10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School in Great Barrington. Admissin is free.

Western Gateway

"Wassail! A History of Songs & Carols of Christmas," exploration of hidden stories behind many of our Christmas carols, 3 p.m., Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Route 8, North Adams, (413) 663-6312.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Co-op Market

"Kids Can Cook," workshop on making homemade rugelach, 10 a.m., Great Barrington, (413) 528-9697, ext. 13.

LITERARY

Red Lion Inn

Book reading and signing with four local authors, Sarah Sedgwick Ginocchio, Susan Geller and Susan Merrill and Pat Pope, 1 to 3 p.m., Main Street, Stockbridge, (413) 298-5545,

MUSIC

Clark Art Institute

"The Met: Live in HD," presents Verdi's "Aida," ancient Egyptian drama, 12:55 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Tolland State Forest, hike 8 miles along Farmington River up through CCC camp and along Otis Reservoir, Gilmore Trail and Sawmill Trail; (413) 448-8359.

THEATER

Colonial Theatre

"A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, 2 and 7:30 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Shakespeare & Company

"King John" 1 and 7 p.m. "The Santaland Diaries," by David Sedaris, 7:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Starry Night Theater

"Vincent," one-man play about artist Vincent van Gogh, 8 p.m., Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-8888.

Sunday

December 16

DANCE

Berkshire Museum

"The Nutcracker," performed by the Bolshoi Ballet, 2 p.m., Little Cinema, 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Berkshire Concert Choir

"Awake My Soul and Sing," with a work of Randall Thompson, "A Feast of Praise," and world premiere of a recently commissioned Allen Pote piece, 3 p.m., First Church of Christ Congregational, 27 East St., on Park Square, Pittsfield, (413) 442-6120.

Festival for the Holidays

Marketplace of Berkshire artisans, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Stone Store, Route 7 Sheffield. (413) 229-2694

Gospel Gang

"Gospel Christmas," Christian / gospel choir performing with the Messengers, men's gospel quartet, 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield.

Hanukkah family concert

David Grover, 2 p.m. Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., Pittsfield. Free and open to all.

Holiday Farmers Market

Berkshire Grown's annual holiday gathering with live music. Farmers and food producers in the region offer produce, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry, bread, pies and other baked goods, and preserves, including pickles and jams.10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Williams College Towne Field House in Williamstown. Admissin is free. berkshiregrown.org/holiday-farmers-markets-2012, (413) 528-0041. .

Monastery of the Visitation

Ceremony of lessons and carols presented by Sisters of the Visitation, 3 p.m., 14 Beach Road, Tyringham, (413) 243-3995.

MUSIC

Starving Artist Cafe

Sunday Musical Brunch featuring bluegrass, jazz, funk and classical music, 10 to 1, 40 Main St., Lee.

THEATER

Colonial Theatre

"A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, 2 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Shakespeare & Company

"The Santaland Diaries," by David Sedaris, 2 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Starry Night Theater

"Vincent," one-man play about artist Vincent van Gogh, 4 p.m., Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-8888.

Monday

December 17

Tuesday

December 18

Wednesday

December 19

THEATER

Starry Night Theater

"Vincent," one-man play about artist Vincent van Gogh, 7 p.m., Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-8888.