Thursday, May 23

ART

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Opening Reception for "Rare Earth: Garden Pots as Sculpture," 5 to 7 p.m. North Carolina Potter Mark Hewitt solo show. Also opening day for "Contained exuberance," designers create container gardens. Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Farmers' Market

Vendors and entertainment, rain or shine, 3 to 7 p .m., Harris Street, near post office, West Stockbridge.

MUSIC

Arrowhead

David Neill and Dixieland Stomp present "The Life, Times and Music of Louie Armstrong," a concert and lecture about Armstrong and his novel music. 7 p.m. free in the Barn at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. (413) 442-1793, ext. 10.

Berkshire Music School

Berkshire Music School Ensemble Mix with Bonnie McCubbin performs an original opera, 6:15 p.m. Free-will donation. Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," an Algerian political refugee becomes sustitute and mentor to a class at a Montreal school after the sudden death of a teacher, 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Linden Street, Pittsfield.

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music" set in Medieval times: an anti-Semitic king and his bright court comedian, New Stage presents at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m. Tickets (413) 997-4444.

Olcastle Theatre

"A strange disappearance of bees," 2 and 8 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

 

Friday, May 24

ART

Becket Arts Center

"We Are the Future," Becket Washington School Student Exhibit, with dessert reception supporting the BWS PTO. Exhibit is free. Spaghetti Dinner, PTO fundraiser starts at 6:30 p.m. Becket Arts Center, 7 Brooker Hill Road & Route 8, Becket. For tickets call (413) 623-8757.

 

DANCE

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Paul Taylor Dance Company to perform modern dance, 8 p.m., including "Perpetual Dawn," young people experiencing the awakening of love, new work set to concertos by Baroque composer Johann David Heinichen. Also "Cascade," "Kith and Kin,"" Lost Found Lost," and "Offenbach Overtures," 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

 

OUTDOORS

Canoe Meadows

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

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Linden Street, Pittsfield.

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music" set in Medieval times: an anti-Semitic king and his bright court comedian, New Stage presents at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m. Tickets (413) 997-4444.

Olcastle Theatre

"A strange disappearance of bees," 8 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

WRITING

Writers Read

Poets and writers reading their work. Lori Desrosiers and Dennis Barone, 5:30 p.m. Free at Good Purpose Gallery, Starving Artist Cafe, 40 Main Street, Lee. (413) 394-5045.

 

Saturday, May 25

ART

Mayfest Craft Festival

Festival of arts, crafts, activities, food and entertainment. More than 75 crafters and artisans from throughout New England with wood, pottery, glass, metal, fabric and jewelry. Food vendorson School Street -- Indian, German, Italian, and American food from fried dough to gourmet seafood, wood-fired pizza, baked potatoes and ice cream. Walloomsac Farmers Market with food demonstrations and samplings. Bennington, Vt.

Paradise City Arts Festival

Selected collection of 260 artists and fine craft makers on wood, fiber art, glass-blowing, ceramics, painting, sculpture, metalwork and more, flowering sculpture gardens, special exhibits, demonstrations and activities, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 3 County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Road at Route 9, Northampton.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Photographer Richard Migot presents a new collection of landscapes of Berkshire County, printed on metal. 3 to 5 p.m. Sandisfield.

COMMUNITY

Lenox Rhurbarb Festival

Celebrating the possibilities of rhubarb. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lenox Library.

Memorial Day marathon

Lenox Memorial Day Marathon races, 8 a.m., Tanglewood, 297 West St. Berkshire Bank memorial kids' run, 9 a.m. Lenox.

Riverfest

Annual celebration of the Hoosic hosted by the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) -- live music, live river animals, crafts and games, pony rides, live music and a riverside art exhibit, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cole Field, Williams College. Bird walk led by Leslie Reed-Evans of Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation meets at 7:30 a.m. at Ephs Pond opposite Cole Field.

Sheep and Woolcraft Fair

39th annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair -- all things sheep and all things wool: Two days of herding dog trials, vendors, competitions, children's activities, demonstrations, and workshops.Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road, south of Route 9, Cummington, www.cummingtonfair.com.

Tamarack Hollow

Trio Candela Latin Ensemble, 10 a.m., Millerton, N.Y. Farmer's Market. Free. www.tamarackhollow.com.

DANCE

Berkshire Pulse

Annual Spring Performance Celebration, 3 p.m., building and strengthening community life through diverse and accessible programming in performing, movement and creative arts. McConnell Theater, Great Barrington. berkshirepulse.com.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Paul Taylor Dance Company to perform modern dance, 8 p.m., including "Perpetual Dawn," young people experiencing the awakening of love, new work set to concertos by Baroque composer Johann David Heinichen. Also "Cascade," "Kith and Kin,"" Lost Found Lost," and "Offenbach Overtures." Great Barrington.

 

HISTORY

Bennington Museum

"Southwestern Vermont and the Civil War, The Fabulous General Ripley: Gen. Edward H. Ripley and the Capture of Richmond," two-part exhibition opens commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Bennington, Vt.

Berkshire Scenic Railway

Restored, historic New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Station that welcomed Gilded Age "cottagers" to their summer homes in the Berkshires opens season, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Model O Gauge Layout with operating accessories, lights and sounds. Guided rail yard tour: working replica block station,1890s wooden baggage car, New Haven caboose, vintage diesel-electric switcher. Locomotive cab rides available. Lenox.

Naumkeag

Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White, with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele: Chinese Gardens, Blue Steps. Apples and Pears, Upstairs and Downstairs tours Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. begining May 25, behind-the-scenes look at the world of servants and workers in the Gilded Age. Stockbridge.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace

Season opening picnic, noon to 2 p.m. Activities for children, story time, tour of the museum. Adams.

Ventfort Hall

Tjasa Sprague, an observer and advocate of fine table settings, will present a Tea and Talk on "Splendid Tables" at Mansion and Gilded Age Museum at 4 p.m. -- extravagant china, crystal and silver, salt cellars and epergnes used as centerpieces. Lenox.

 

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

Kitchen Ka-Boom, 11 a.m. Kid-safe science experiments using items found in almost any kitchen. Pittsfield.

 

MUSIC

First United Methodist

Mary Verdi and Tony Lee Thomas, to benefit Here At Home Committee, welcomes back local active soldiers from overseas duty, 7 p.m., Fenn Street, Pittsfield.

Hoffmann Bird Club

New Ashford/Mount Greylock, 7 a.m. Walk about 4 miles at a birding pace along a marsh and a wooded stream, on back roads and trails, and along limestone cliffs at the base of Mount Greylock. Territory rarely visited. Meet at JW Kelly's Real Estate, Route 7, New Ashford. (413) 458-3664, veganpeace@earthlink.net.

Mass MoCA

Aaron Neville, New Orleans R&B concert, 8 p.m., Marshall Street, North Adams, (413) 662-2111.

Tannery Pond concerts

Christopher O'Riley (From the Top), with cellist Matt Haimovitz, classical and crossover pioneer, for an all-Russian program. 6 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

 

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike 4 to 5 miles in Mountain Meadows, Williamstown. (413) 450-9300.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 4 and 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Linden Street, Pittsfield.

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music" set in Medieval times: an anti-Semitic king and his bright court comedian, New Stage presents at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m. Tickets (413) 997-4444.

Oldcastle Theatre

"A Strange Disappearance of Bees," 2 and 8 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 8:30 p.m., Kemble Street, Lenox.

 

WRITING

Arrowhead

Opening Day of the museum in the house where Herman Melville wrote "Moby-Dick," hours 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours of the house on the hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits will include "Pittsfield, 1863" images and stories of Pittsfield citizens in that iconic year; a straw sculpture by Michael Melle on the grounds. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

 

Sunday, May 26

ART

Paradise City Arts Festival

Selected collection of 260 artists and fine craft makers on wood, fiber art, glass-blowing, ceramics, painting, sculpture, metalwork and more, flowering sculpture gardens, special exhibits, demonstrations and activities, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 3 County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Road at Route 9, Northampton.

COMMUNITY

Chesterwood

Vintage Motorcar Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classic cars, live music and kid-friendly activities. Stockbridge.

Memorial Day Marathon

Lenox Memorial Day Marathon races, Tanglewood, 297 West St. Lenox.

Sheep and Woolcraft Fair

39th annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair -- all things sheep and all things wool: Two days of herding dog trials, vendors, competitions, children's activities, demonstrations, and workshops.Cummington Fairgrounds, 97 Fairgrounds Road, south of Route 9, Cummington, www.cummingtonfair.com.

 

DANCE

Berkshire Pulse

Annual Spring Performance Celebration, 3 p.m., building and strengthening community life through diverse and accessible programming in performing, movement and creative arts. McConnell Theater, Great Barrington. berkshirepulse.com.

HISTORY

Berkshire Scenic Railway

Restored, historic New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Station that welcomed Gilded Age "cottagers" to their summer homes in the Berkshires opens season, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Model O Gauge Layout with operating accessories, lights and sounds. Guided rail yard tour: working replica block station,1890s wooden baggage car, New Haven caboose, vintage diesel-electric switcher. Locomotive cab rides available. Lenox.

Bidwell House Museum

Concert and opening reception with singer-songwriter Diane Taraz will perform her "Civil War Sampler", songs from the mid-1800s, that trace the effects of the war on people of both sexes, all races and walks of life, in both North and South, as they struggled through a dark yet inspiring time. Diane tells the stories of the songs and accompanies herself on guitar and lap dulcimer. Refreshments. 3 p.m. Monterey, (413) 528-6888.

 

MUSIC

Tanglewood

"Summersound - Live at Tanglewood," artists from Northampton to New York City including Jamie Kent, Heather Maloney, Skyfactor and Billy Keane, noon, Lenox, (561) 470-7966

Ventfort Hall

Lichtenburg Trio, works of Ravel and Brahms, 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

OUTDOORS

Hoffmann Bird Club

Hilltown Ramble, 6:30 a.m. A search for migrating song birds in Windsor and Hawley Bog, Meet at Moran Wildlife Management Area, Route 8A in Windsor. (413) 684-3724, rrwood50@hotmail.com.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 3 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Linden Street, Pittsfield.

Ghent Playhouse

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman, 2 p.m., 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y., (800) 838-3006.

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music" set in Medieval times: an anti-Semitic king and his bright court comedian, New Stage presents at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 3 p.m. Tickets (413) 997-4444.

Olcastle Theatre

"A strange disappearance of bees," 2 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 3 and 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

Monday, May 27

ART

Paradise City Arts Festival

Selected collection of 260 artists and fine craft makers on wood, fiber art, glass-blowing, ceramics, painting, sculpture, metalwork and more, flowering sculpture gardens, special exhibits, demonstrations and activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3 County Fairgrounds, 54 Old Ferry Road at Route 9, Northampton.

HISTORY

Berkshire Scenic Railway

Restored, historic New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Station that welcomed Gilded Age "cottagers" to their summer homes in the Berkshires opens season, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Model O Gauge Layout with operating accessories, lights and sounds. Guided rail yard tour: working replica block station,1890s wooden baggage car, New Haven caboose, vintage diesel-electric switcher. Locomotive cab rides available. Lenox.

 

Tuesday, May 28

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 7:30 p.m. Post-show discussion. St. Germain Stage, Linden Street, Pittsfield.

 

Wednesday, May 29

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Linden Street, Pittsfield.

WRITING

The Mount

"Edith Real and Imagined," 4 p.m. Free. A panel of authors and scholars explain why Wharton is timeless. Irene Goldman-Price, author of "My Dear Governess;" novelist Jennie Fields imagines Wharton's real-life love affair in "The Age of Desire." Moderated by Alan Price, author of "The End of the Age of Innocence." Plunkett Street, Lenox.