Thursday May 9, 2013

Thursday

May 9

FILM

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

"NPR's Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me," HD broadcast of the popular news quiz show, 7 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

LITERARY

Berkshire Athenaeum

Book talk with Peter Spiers, author of "Master Class," on strategies for living longer, stronger and happier, a "Boom! Next Chapter" event, 7 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 499-9480.

THEATER

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music," comedy set in Medieval times by Daniel Klein, 7:30 p.m., Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, (413) 997-4444.

Friday

May 10

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

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

COMMUNITY

Sheffield Historical Society

"WWII Honored Dead," with Greig Siedor on the six Sheffield men who died while in military service during World War II, 7:30 p.m., on the green, Sheffield; www.sheffieldhistory.org.

DANCE

EMPAC

"It's going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend," Lisbeth Gruwez. Belgian-based choreographer and dancer Lisbeth Gruwetz transforms a recorded speech by ultraconservative American televangelist Jimmy Swaggart into a disturbing gesture and dance form. 8 p.m., Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.

MUSIC

Eagles Hall

Tommy T & Black Velvet, with special guest appearance by Will Losaw, Berkshire County's very own "Johnny Cash," to benefit Berkshire County Relay for Life, 7:30 p.m., Curran Highway, North Adams, (413) 443-1230.

Institute for Musical Arts

Weekend retreat with singer/songwriter Tret Fure, workshop on "The Marriage of Music and Lyric: Songwriting Building Blocks," begins Friday at 8 p.m. through Sunday at 6 p.m., Goshen, (413) 268-3074.

Williams College

Williams College Wind Ensemble, 8 p.m., Chapin Hall, Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Botanical Garden

36th annual Plant Sale, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stockbridge.

Canoe Meadows

Guided Bird Walk 7 a.m. to look for migrant birds, especially wood-warblers, at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield.

Springside Greenhouse

Annual plant sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annuals, unusual container gardens, herb and vegetable plants as well as hand-painted birdhouses. 874 North St., Pittsfield.

THEATER

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music," comedy set in Medieval times by Daniel Klein, 7:30 p.m., Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, (413) 997-4444.

Rites of Passage

Red Gala to benefit June performance, 8 p.m. Performances, Balkan Brass Music, silent and live auction, wine and chocolate. Whitney Center for the Arts: 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield. (413) 429-5530.

Saturday

May 11

ART

Becket Arts Center

"Like no other: Sense of place" Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, School of Fine Arts, Arts Management Program student produced and curated arts event. 12 p.m. Becket Arts Center, 7 Brooker Hill Rd., Becket (413) 623-6635.

Hancock Shaker Village

Appliquéd Quilting Workshop: "Making the Quilt Sandwich, Hand Quilting, and Adding Binding" 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Focus on wall-quilts inspired by Shaker Gift Drawings, including Tree of Life, apple basket, and floral wreath. Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"R.O. Blechman: The Inquiring Line," members opening event, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.

Sandisfield Arts Center

"A pieced history of American quilts," Lorraine German will look at American textiles as they influenced American quilting. 10 a.m., Sandisfield.

DANCE

Ventfort Hall

Pre-Mother's Day pink tea and ballet, with the American Dance Institute Ensemble, Victorian tea to follow, 3:30 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

FiLM

United Congregational

Silent film featuring "Steamboat Bill Jr.," with Buster Keaton, organ music by Peter Krasinski, 7 p.m., United Congregational Church of Holyoke, corner of Appleton and Maple streets, Holyoke, (413) 532-1483.

HISTORY

Mohican seminar

The Native American Institute of the Hudson River Valley hosts a Seminar on Mohican History in Stockbridge, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., guest speakers discussing aspects of the Stockbridge Munsee; lunch and afternoon historic site visits . Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St., Stockbridge. Information: Native American Institute, 228 Spring Lake Road, Red Hook N.Y., (715) 793-3970 or (518) 369-8116.

Williamstown Historical Museum

House tour on Southworth Street and Moorland streets, 1 to 5 p.m., to benefit the museum. Tickets at Williams Inn, Where'd You Get That, Goff's Sports, Wild Oats market and the Williamstown Historical Museum.

MUSIC

Williams College

Williams Student Symphony, 8 p.m., Chapin Hall. Piano Recital, 5 p.m. Violin recital, 6:30 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Williamstown. music.williams.edu.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Botanical Garden

36th annual Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thousands ofplants, crafts, food. Stockbridge.

Berkshire Knapsackers

Wildflower hike in Bartholomew's Cobble; Nancy King, (413) 644-8873.

Garden Conservancy

Open Days Program and plant sale: Tour the private garden of Margaret Roach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,99 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, N.Y. (888)842-2442.

Hancock Shaker Village

Backyard Beehive Workshop with Joe Moncecchi, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Learn about the benefits and inner workings of beekeeping, and go home with a hive and a complimentary jar of honey. Pittsfield.

Springside Greenhouse

Annual plant sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annuals, unusual container gardens, herb and vegetable plants as well as hand-painted birdhouses. 874 North St., Pittsfield.

THEATER

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music," comedy set in Medieval times by Daniel Klein, 7:30 p.m., Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, (413) 997-4444.

Sunday

May 12

MUSIC

Berkshire Museum

Screening of "Nabucco," with Placido Domingo, 2 p.m., Little Cinema, 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Institute for Musical Arts

Songwriter Tret Fure and friends, 4 p.m., Goshen, (413) 268-3074.

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew's Cobble

Mother's Day with wildflowers, guided walk, 10 to noon, Weatogue Road, Sheffield, (4130 229-8600.

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike 6.7 miles on Macedonia Ridge Trail in Kent. Conn. (860) 309-4244.

Hoffmann Bird Club

Spring migrants and rails, meet at 7 a.m., Price Chopper parking lot, Route 7, Lenox; (413) 281-1017.

Stockbridge Library

R.M. Hungate presents photographs of Polar bears from Manitoba. 4 p.m. Main Street, Stockbridge. (413) 298-5501

THEATER

CATA Gala

20th anniversary gala and performances of Community Access to the Arts, cocktails and photo retrospective, 1 p.m.; performance, Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 528-5485.

Monday

May 13

ART

Watercolor class

Michel Paul Richard, landscape, ocean-scape or city-scape, 1 to 3 p.m. Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. (413) 442-4360, ext. 15.

LITERARY

The Mount

"Gilded Age," reading with author Claire McMillan, 4 p.m. A modern Edith Wharton heroine revives rivalries, raises eyebrows and reveals vulnerabilities. Free. Lenox.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Final class/performance of Berkshire Music School Jazz Ensemble, 5:30 p.m., Baba Louie's Pizza Company, 34 Depot St., Pittsfield, and final performance/class of Cabaret Workshop, 7 p.m., Gateways Inn and Restaurant, 51 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 442-1411.

Williams College music

Vocal studio recital, 4 p.m., and Cello stuio recital, 6 p.m. Chapin Hall Stage, Williamstown. music.williams.edu.

Tuesday

May 14

COMMUNITY

Chabad of Berkshires

"How to achieve happiness ," Shavuot talk with New York psychologist Miriam Yerushalmi, 8 p.m. Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Berkshire Museum

Screening of "Nabucco," 7 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

LITERARY

'Bloomsday' Reading

In honor of Bloomsday 2013, chapter-by-chapter reading of James Joyce's masterpiece, "Ulysses," 7:30 p.m.,
221 Ide Road, Williamstown.

Wednesday

May 15

COMMUNITY

Chabad of Berkshires

Ten Commandments reading, luncheon and ice cream party to celebrate Shavuot, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Threats to free speech, talk with David Yerushalmi, Co-founder and Senior Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center, 1:30 p.m. Pittsfield. Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Berkshire Museum

Taconic High School Chorus 6 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Williams College music

Clarinet choir concert, 4 p.m., and jaz guitar studio recital, 7 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College, Williamstown. music.williams.edu.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Evening at the Beaver Ponds, 7 p.m. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, Lenox.