Project Native will present the third annual Environmental Film Festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Triplex Cinema on Railroad Street in
Project Native will present the third annual Environmental Film Festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Triplex Cinema on Railroad Street in Great Barrington, (413) 274-3433. (Courtesy of Project Native)

• Thursday, April 4

FILM

Mass MoCA

‘Buzkashi!' on the polo-like sport that pits ancient values of honor and integrity against ego-driven hunger for power, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Lounge, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, (413) 662-2111.

LECTURES

Berkshire Athenaeum

Book discussion, "Dog Sense," with author, local dog trainer, Gloria McClay, 7 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 499-9480.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

"The Perennial Gardener," for first-time and intermediate gardeners, covers all aspects of gardening, 10 to noon, corner of routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3926.

Clark Art Institute

"The Four Seasons," with Michael Cassin, director of Clark's Center for Education, presented by Osher Life Long Learning Institute and Clark Art Institute, 1 to 2:30 p.m., auditorium, 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 236-2190.

Green Living

‘Revitalizing Downtown' seminar, 5:30 p.m., with Russell Preston, design director at Principle Group, and by Cindy Delpapa and Lauren Stevens of Hoosic River Revival (HRR). Murdock Hall room 218, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Information: www.mcla.edu/green
living, (413) 662-5303.


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LITERARY

Poetry at Bennington

Monica Youn will discuss her work as both an attorney and a poet, noon. CAPA Symposium, Bennington College, Bennington, Vt. (802) 440-4376.

Water St. Books

Author M. Henderson Ellis on his new novel, "Keeping Bedlam at Bay at the Prague Cafe," book signing to follow, 6:30 p.m., 26 Water St., Williamstown, (413) 458-8071.

MUSIC

Williams College

Master class featuring Duo Sureno, 4:15 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall; Williamstown.

 

THEATER

Monument Mountain

"Anything Goes," 1987 Beaumont version, 7:30 p.m., Kathleen E. McDermott Auditorium, Monument Mountain Regional High School, Great Barrington.; tickets available at the school or night of show.

Wahconah Regional High

"Legally Blonde," musical by the Apollonian Players, 7 p.m., Windsor Road, Dalton; tickets at O'Laughlin's Pharmacy in Dalton or at the door.

• Friday, April 5

ART

Berkshire Museum

Exhibit opening for "Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection," with objects from the museum's 50,000 artworks, specimens and artifacts, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Clark Art Institute

College night: exhibition tours, behind-the-scenes museum careers roundtable and tours of the research library, 6 to 8 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

First Fridays Artswalk

Opening of art exhibits throughout downtown: 2013 BAA Fellowship Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., artswalk is from 5 to 8 p.m., features opening of ‘Wedding Rings and More,' prints by Myron ‘Schiffer at Unusual, Crawford Square, and at Marketplace Cafe, ‘A Tribute to the Pharaohs,' photographs by Jack Poore, 5 to 7 p.m., North Street, Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Meet Rockwell's Models," find out what it was like to pose for Norman Rockwell. 2:30 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.

 

COMMUNITY

Williams College

Williams College President Adam Falk will moderate a panel honoring former president John E. Sawyer ‘39 and the ways he transformed the college, 7:30 p.m. with three educational leaders: Vassar College President Catharine Bond Hill ‘76; Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. ‘60, longtime Williams professor and former provost who served as president of Carlton College; and Francis C. Oakley, Williams president emeritus. Part of a two-day celebration called Daring Change. Reception in Paresky Center at 9 p.m. Williamstown. www.williams.edu.

 

DANCE

Kusika and Zambezi Marimba Band

Kusika and the Zambezi Marimba Band's Spring Dance Concert, 8 p.m. ‘Pavement! Pavement!' examines and identifies voices of trans national liberation movements. Guest jazz musicians The Antoine Roney Trio join the ensemble. Mainstage, ‘62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

FILM

Dalton Free Library

"Friday Films," four-part series on Planet Earth, 1:30 p.m., Main Street, Dalton.

MUSIC

Berkshire Community College

"Beatlemania," to benefit the Pittsfield High School band, 7:30 p.m., Robert Boland Theater at BCC, West Street, Pittsfield, (800) 316-8559.

Institute for Musical Arts

"The Art and Spirit of Drumming," weekend workshop with master teacher of hand drumming, Ubaka Hill, starts Fri. at 8 p.m. through Sun., 3 p.m., Goshen, (413) 268-3074.

Williams College

Duo Sureno, 8 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.

 

OUTDOORS

Canoe Meadows

Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, 8 to 10 a.m. Holmes Road, Pittsfield. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. Registration not required.

THEATER

Monument Mountain

"Anything Goes," 7:30 p.m., Monument Mountain Regional High School, Great Barrington.

Shakespeare & Company

"A Midsummer Night's Dream," Northeast Regional Tour, 70 Kemble St., Lenox; (413) 637-1199.

Wahconah Regional High

"Legally Blonde," 7:30 p.m., Windsor Road, Dalton; tickets at O'Laughlin's Pharmacy in Dalton or at the door.

• Saturday, April 6

ART

Clark Art Institute

"This Is a Portrait If I Say So," public conversation and curatorial roundtable on exhibition by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery that will examine the rise and evolution of symbolic, abstact and conceptual portraiture in American art, 5:30 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

Mass MoCA

"3-2-1! 3 Exhibitions, 2 Parties, 1 Dinner & Auction," three exhibition opening cocktail party from 5 to 7 p.m.; benefit dinner, 7 p.m., Building 5 Gallery, and dance party with DJ King Khan, 8:30 p.m., 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, (413) 662-2111.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Unsettled Masses: Transportation in American Art During the 1930s and 1940s," with Emily Schiller, Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University, 5:30 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.

COMMUNITY

Antiques Show

EPOCH version of "The Antiques Road Show," with antiques dealers Charles Flint and Scott Martin, those attending may bring one item to be evaluated, 1:30 p.m., EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield, (413) 499-1992.

Hancock Shaker Village

Appliquéd Quilting, 10 a.m. Basic quilting skills classes and instruction for beginners, drop-in quilting sessions for experienced quilters. Focus on wall-quilts inspired by Shaker Gift Drawings, including Tree of Life, apple basket, and floral wreath motifs. Hancock Shaker Village, Routes 20 an 41, Pittsfield.

 

DANCE

Contradance

Old-time music by Still the Homegrown Band, with musical guests Lorraine and Bennett Hammond, calling by Fern Bradley, 7 p.m. All dances taught, no partner necessary, left feet welcome. Cornwall Town Hall in Cornwall, Conn. (860) 672- 6101.

Kusika, Zambezi Marimba Band

Spring Dance Concert, 8 p.m. ‘Pavement! Pavement! Guest jazz musicians The Antoine Roney Trio, Mainstage, ‘62 Center, Williams College, Williamstown.

LECTURES

Western Gateway

"Gobekli Tepe ... Silent Stones," on the hilltop sanctuary erected on a mountain ridge in southeastern Turkey, 3 p.m., Route 8, North Adams, (413) 663-6312.

LITERARY

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

David Sedaris, best-selling humorist, 8 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

 

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Marathon annual fundraiser to raise funds for BMS education programs. Nearly 200 students perform for pledges. Bake sale and music shop, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fee and open to all, Berkshire Music School Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Dewey Hall

Dewey Hall Folk Music Series presents Thea Hopkins, Boston-based singer/songwriter, 7:30 p.m., 91 Main St., Sheffield, www.DeweyHall.com.

Institute for Musical Arts

Concert with master teacher of hand drumming, Ubaka Hill, and friends, 8 p.m., Goshen, (413) 268-3074.

 

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike 5 miles on Phelps Trail leading to Taconic Crest Trail, south to junction of Mills Hollow Trail; information: Dotty Taft, (413) 743-0384.

BNRC hikes

BNRC's Housatonic Flats Reserve on Route 7, 10 a.m. Newly-protected floodplain forest close to the river that has shaped Berkshire County. www.bnrc.net/events.

BNRC hikes: Clam River

Forest Stewardship Series, 1 p.m. Learn how BNRC and other landowners are creating habitat for the threatened New England cottontail. If site is not active, hikers will visit the cottontail project at the privately-owned Hidden Pond property in Otis. www.bnrc.net/events.

THEATER

Monument Mountain

"Anything Goes," 7:30 p.m., Monument Mountain Regional High School, Great Barrington.

Shakespeare & Company

"Shakespeare and the Language That Shaped A World," opening at 1 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-3353.

Wahconah Regional High

"Legally Blonde," 2 and 7:30 p.m., Windsor Road, Dalton; tickets at O'Laughlin's Pharmacy in Dalton.

• Sunday, April 7

ART

Clark Art Institute

‘Moving Pictures: Thomas Edison and American Art in Paris,' with art historian Nancy Mowll Mathews, Eugenie Prendergast Senior Curator at Williams College Museum of Art, 3 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

FILM

Project Native

Third annual Environmental Film Festival, featuring kids' films at 10 a.m., environmental films for ages 4 to 10, followed by free films continuing until 10 p.m., Triplex Cinema, Railroad Street, Great Barrington, (413) 274-3433.

MUSIC

Berkshire Lyric

Annual "Kick the Winter Blues" concert, "A Musical Journey to 1963," celebration of Berkshire Lyric's 50th anniversary, with special guest David Grover, 3 p.m., Lenox Memorial High School, East Street, Lenox.

Berkshire Music School

Marathon annual fundraiser to raise funds for BMS education programs. Nearly 200 students perform for pledges. Bake sale and music shop, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee and open to all, Berkshire Music School Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Brass band concert

Berkshire Music School presents the New England Brass Band in Concert, 4 p.m. New England Brass Band, a 30-piece brass and percussion ensemble founded in 1988, adheres to the instrumentation of the "British Brass Band" tradition. Zion Lutheran Church, First and Fenn, Pittsfield. (413) 442-1411.

Colonial Theatre

Jimmy Sturr, "The King of Polka," 2 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

EPOCH

Sweet Adelines, female barbershop group, 3:30 p.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield, (413) 499-1992.

Green Mountain Christian Center

"Children of the World" international children's choir, comprised of orphaned and disadvantaged children from several different countries, 6:30 p.m., 440 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

United Congregational

Springfield Youth Orchestra, 3 p.m., United Congregational Church of Holyoke, corner of Appleton (Route 141) and Maple streets, Holyoke, (413) 532-1483.

THEATER

Monument Mountain

"Anything Goes," 1987 Beaumont version, 2:30 p.m., Monument Mountain Regional High School, Great Barrington.

 

• Monday, April 8

FILM

Images Cinema

"We want to be free! East Germans rise up, 1953" film at 7 p.m. After Images post-film discussion with director Freya Klier. Free Admission to celebrate Images Cinema's 15th birthday. For each Friday in April, Images Cinema will have free birthday cake available with purchase of a ticket. 50 Spring St., Williamstown. www.imagescinema.org.

• Tuesday, April 9

LECTURE

Berkshire Athenaeum

"Brown Bag Lecture" featuring "Financial Planning for Retirement: Session 1," with Jon Meczywor of Balance Rock Investment Group, noon to 1 p.m., Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield.

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.

Writers Room

Tuesday evening reading series: Monthly moth-style story slam with prompt ‘Lost and Found.' 8 p.m., 30/30 poetry challenge online through April. yBar, 391 North St., Pittsfield. Free. http://wxw365.org

 

MUSIC

Tuesday Club

Classical concert by Kids 4 Harmony's advanced ensemble from Morningside School, featuring students aged 7-10 performing classical selections, 4 p.m., First Congregational Church, Main Street, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3361.

 

THEATER

Playwright Mentoring Project

Teens create an original performance piece based on their own stories, with Barrington Stage Company the Wednesday Evening Pittsfield Group performs ‘The Robbery,' 7 p.m., St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

• Wednesday, April 10

MUSIC

Williams College

"MidWeekMusic," music series, students and faculty, 12:15 p.m., Chapin Hall stage, Williamstown.

 

OUTDOORS

BNRC hikes

Becket Quarry, 10 a.m. Explore this 300+ acre forest and historic quarry saved from industrial development by the Becket Land Trust. www.bnrc.net/events

Mass Audubon

‘Polar Adventures in Spitzbergen' with Gail Platz, naturalist and photographer, 7 p.m. Platz, who grew up

at Pleasant Valley Sanctuary when her father was the director, shares her recent experiences in arctic Norway's Spitzbergan Island, a land of ice, arctic foxes, colonial nesting seabirds, and of course polar bears. Suitable for children 10 to 18 years. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

 

THEATER

Playwright Mentoring Project

Teens create an original performance piece based on their own stories, with Barrington Stage Company the Wednesday Evening Pittsfield Group performs "The Robbery," 7 p.m., St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.