First lady of Massachusetts Diane Patrick will speak Saturday in ‘R2W Talks: Interviews with Powerful Women,’ as part of the Berkshire Festival
First lady of Massachusetts Diane Patrick will speak Saturday in ‘R2W Talks: Interviews with Powerful Women,’ as part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Sheila Keator, Joanna L. Krotz and Evelyn Resh will also join radio host Serene Mastrianni at 1 p.m. for a series of intense interviews, at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington. (Eagle file)

Thursday, March 14

FILM

Unitarian Universalist

"Genetic Roulette -- The Gamble of Our Lives," documentary on how genetically modified organisms are linked to disorders such as allergies, autism and cancer, sponsored by Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice, 7:30 p.m., 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

LECTURES

Clark Art Institute

"Looking at Lunchtime," discussion of Vincent van Gogh's "Terrace in the Luxembourg Gardens," with curatorial research assistant Alexis Goodin, 12:30 p.m.; and "The Four Seasons," presented by Osher Life Long Learning Institute and Clark Art Institute, with Michael Cassin, director of Clark's Center for Education in the Visual Arts, 1 to 2:30 p.m., auditorium, 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

MUSIC

Berkshire Athenaeum

Celtic music with Jeff Snow, 7 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Williams College

"Brass Bash," with Williams Brass Ensemble and artist associate Nathan Botts, 7 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.

THEATER

Colonial Theatre

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Musical Parody," musical satire of the best-selling book, 8 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Friday, March 15

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Museum


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Berkshire Award to be presented to three honorees who have made significant contributions to creating, keeping and promoting artistic, historical and natural heritage in the Berkshires, part of museum's 110th anniversary celebration, 5:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

FILM

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," screening presented by WAM Theatre and Sisters for Peace in conjunction with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, on the women and girls who live under difficult circumstances and are fighting to change them, 7 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

MUSIC

EPOCH at Melbourne

Chris Scott and Woody Printz perform acoustic bluegrass, Irish and old-time country music, 3 p.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield, (413) 499-1992.

THEATER

Arrowhead

"Evaline Speaks -- An Evening with Evaline Kimball, A Living History," performed by WindRose Morris, 7 p.m., 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, (413) 442-1793 or www.mobydick.org.

Colonial Theatre

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Musical Parody," musical satire of the best-selling book, 8 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Shakespeare & Company

"The Liar," adapted from PIerre Corneille's classic farce by David Ives, 7 p.m., Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Saturday, March 16

ART

Clark Art Institute

"Art HIstory and Materility," community conversation to culminate the colloquium of the same name, 5:30 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

 

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Botanical Garden

"Gardening is for the Birds," 10 a.m., and "Ethnobotany: How People Use Plants," 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3926.

Hope Project dinner

Dinner and concert with jazz pianist Armen Donelian to benefit the Hope Project, which supports many poor Indian women through skills training such as sewing, work opportunities, and milk for their children. Abode of The Message, New Lebanon, N.Y.

DANCE

Berkshire Ballroom

St. Patty's Day Ballroom Social Dance with music by Bob Englert, rumba dance lesson at 7 p.m., dancing until 10:30 p.m., Masonic Hall, 116 South St., Pittsfield.

Lenox Contradance

Music by Flare Eire, caller is Jim Fownes, 8 to 11: 30 p.m., new dancers welcome at 8 p.m., Lenox Community Center, Walker Street; www.lenoxcontradance.org.

Pittsfield Squares

"Beginners' Ball," all dances are mainstream level, 7:30 to 10 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

FILM

Images Cinema

International Family Series "Party Mix," collection of short children's films from around the world, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Spring Street, Williamstown; imagescinema.org.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Ridley Scott's "Thelma and Louise," part of the "Mahaiwe Movie of the Month," 7 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

 

KID STUFF

Berkshire Athenaeum

"A Beach Party Event," summer-inspired event featuring a summer video, story, craft activity and snack, 10:30 to noon, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 499-9480.

Mason Library

"Special Effects & Magic: The Beginning," screenings of very short films by George Melies, special effects pioneer, 10 to 1:30, followed by "Special Effects Today," with Eugene Mamut of Animagic, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 231 Main St., Great Barrington.

LECTURES & READINGS

Novelist reads

Stockbridge native and bestselling author Tara Conklin reads from her first published novel, "House Girl," 2 p.m. The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. www.taraconklin.com

Western Gateway

"Spring Equinox Lecture ... Sundials," on the history, science and art of humankind's first and most ancient scientific instrument, 3 p.m., Route 8, North Adams, (413) 663-6312.

 

MUSIC

Mass MoCA

Balkan Beat Box, Mediterranean-inflected, globalized electronica sound, 8 p.m., Hunter Center, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, (413) 662-2111.

Metropolitan Opera

Zandonai's "Francesca da Rimini," part of Metropollitan Opera "Live in HD" series, noon, pre-broadcast lecture by Scott Eyerly at 10 a.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100; and at noon at Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

ST. PATRICK'S ACTIVITIES

Dalton United Methodist

"Cluck of the Irish," chicken pot pie dinner, biscuits, salad, dessert and beverage, 5 to 7 p.m., 755 Main St., Dalton; $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, 5 and under free; (413) 684-0521.

Dewey Hall

Dewey Hall Folk Concert series with Wildcat Creek, Irish, Celtic and Scottish folk music, 7:30 p.m., 91 Main St., Sheffield, www.DeweyHall.com.

Elks Lodge

51st annual St. Patrick's Day dinner dance with Berkshire County Irish American Club, corned beef dinner and Irish ballad group The Dossers, 5:30 p.m., Union Street, PIttsfield, (413) 770-7512.

Ventfort Hall

Irish fiddle music by classically trained violinist/fiddler Eileen Markland, Celtic, classical and bluegrass music, 3 p.m., followed by a Shamrock tea, 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

THEATER

Arrowhead

"Evaline Speaks -- An Evening with Evaline Kimball, A Living History," performed by WindRose Morris, 7 p.m., 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, (413) 442-1793 or www.mobydick.org.

Colonial Theatre

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Musical Parody," 8 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Shakespeare & Company

"The Liar," 7 p.m., Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Sunday, March 17

LECTURE

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Talk and slide show presentation by Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator Brian Selznick, followed by screening of "Hugo," 2 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

Orphan Trains in Vermont

Discussion on the transportation of orphans, abandoned or homeless children, between 1852 and 1929, to homes throughout the country. 2 p.m. Bennington Historical Society program at Bennington Museum. www.benningtonmuseum.org, (802) 447-1571.

 

LITERARY

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Author/illustrator Brian Selznick on his award winning book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," 2 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

 

MUSIC

Dalton United Methodist

"Sing Praise to the Lord" series featuring The Messengers from United Methodist Church of Lenox, 3 p.m., 755 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0521.

THEATER

Shakespeare & Company

"The Liar," adapted from PIerre Corneille's classic farce by David Ives, 2 p.m., Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Monday, March 18

COMMUNITY

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Roger Berkowitz from the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, Annandale, will speak on philosophers John Locke and Réné Rousseau, 4 p.m. McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington.

March Maple Dinner

Five-course dinner with local chefs and auction Benefits Berkshire Grown and Share the Bounty, which buys shares in local farms for food pantries. (413) 528-0041, berkshiregrown.org.

 

MUSIC

Berkshire Hillsmen

Men's barbershop harmony chorus meeting,all are welcome, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Richmond Town Hall; (413) 298-4773 or (518) 821-4172.

Berkshire Lyric Chorus

Rehearsals for April 7 "Kick the Winter Blues, A Musical Journey to 1963" pop concert, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield; www.BerkshireLyricInfo.org.

Drum/Bugle Corps

Pittsfield Red Knights Drum and Bugle Corps practice, 6 to 8 p.m., Pilgrim Memorial Church, Wahconah Street, Pittsfield. (413) 281-1216 or (413) 822-5235.

Eagles Band Rehearsals

Wind Symphony rehearsal, 7 to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. (413) 499-2071.

Tuesday, March 19

COMMUNITY

Pittsfield Green Drinks

Gathering of people interested in conservation and environmental issues, sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team, 5:15 p.m., followed by short presentation at 6:30 p.m., with Ed Stockman on labeling of genetically modified foods, Mad Jack's BBQ, 295 North St., Pittsfield, (413) 230-7321.

Tuesday Club

Tuesday Club of Stockbridge to present Cris Raymond and "The Real Tanglewood Tales," on her 32 years backstgage as a dresser to the stars, 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 4 Main St., Stockbridge, (413) 298-3361.

FILM

Berkshire Athenaeum

"Over Looked Suspect," part of "Cinema of Law" series, documentary introduced by Albert Harper, Esq., president of the Forensic Science Consortium in Pittsfield, 6 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Artists on Global Stage

Daniel Arts Center Guest Artists Series/The Artist on the Global Stage presents: ‘Girl Model screening & conversation with the filmmakers' 7 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock, McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington.

LITERARY

'Bloomsday' Reading

In honor of Bloomsday 2013, annual reading of James Joyce's masterpiece, "Ulysses," every Tuesday until June 16, bring your own book and beverage, 7:30 p.m., 221 Ide Road, Williamstown.

 

Wednesday, March 20

FILM

Tournées French Film Festival

‘Le Gamin au Vélo / The Kid with a Bike,' 7 p.m. Lecture Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington.

 

LECTURE

Mark Twain House

Talk in conjunction with the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center by Debby Applegate, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Henry Ward Beecher, "The Most Famous Man in America," 7 p.m. Beecher, brother of Stowe and friend of Twain, was an iconic figure of the Gilded Age -- a man of great achievement, but tarnished in an adultery scandal. 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn. (860) 247-0998, www.marktwainhouse.org.