Click photo to enlarge
Pittsfield’s monthly Artswalk kicks off Friday evening.
Thursday June 6, 2013

Thursday

June 6

ART

Becket Arts Center

"Travel the Watershed," Westfield River Wild & Scenic. "We Are the Future." Both Free, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., 7 Brooker Hill Road, Becket, (413) 623-6635.

Bennington Museum

‘Tom Fels: Cyanotypes from the Arbor Series’ exhibit opens -- photography experimenting with large cyanotypes. Bennington, Vt.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Botanical Garden

"Amazing Trees," their importance in landscape, 9 to 11 a.m., routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3926.

Dalton Fair

Mark Fanelli’s Traveling Amusement Park, Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9, Dalton. Midway opens 6 p.m. MUSIC

Steepletop

"Beauty Intolerable," composer Sheila Silver new music inspired by 15 poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay, 6 p.m., with Lauren Flanigan and Tyne Daly, First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, N.Y. www.millay.org.

OUTDOORS

Mission House

Tours of Fletcher Steele’s Colonial Revival Gardens 19 Main St., Stockbridge.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

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

Berkshire Theatre Group

Comedian Jim Breuer, 8 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Friday

June 7

ART

First Fridays Artswalk

Free monthly event with dozens of artists’ work on display in more than 20 shows in downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, 5 to 8 p.m., (413) 443-6501, discoverpittsfield

.com/firstfridaysartswalk.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Meet Rockwell’s Models," 2:30 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Community College

Fifth annual Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture, "An Evening with David Brinkley: Walter Cronkite and His Era," 6 p.m. Free. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. (413) 236 -2190

Dalton Fair

Mark Fanelli’s Traveling Amusement Park, Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9, Dalton. Midway opens 6 p.m. Fireworks. Advance ride tickets Dalton CRA, Greenridge Variety, Dalton General Store, members of Fire department and Lions Club.

HISTORY

Bennington Museum

"Southwestern Vermont and the Civil War, Bennington Boys (and Ladies Too): The Local Civil War Experience," second segment of Civil War exhibit explores the role that local men and woman played in the war and the impact it had on their lives. Show opens today, Bennington, Vt.

MUSIC

Cantilena Chamber Choir

American Psalms and Spirituals, 7 p.m. Psalm 90 by Charles Ives, spirituals by Alice Parker, Moses Hogan and arrangements of Deep River, Ride up in the Chariot, Wade in the Water. New works by American Composers Ola Gjeilo and Morten Lauridsen. Church of St. James, Chatham, N.Y.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

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

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Sixth-season multimedia gala; new, one-act plays by Rick Dresser, Gary Malone, Anna Ziegler and others, 7:30 p.m., Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

Theater Party

Congregation Knesset Israel hosts three-course salmon dinner, 5:30 p.m., and continues to Barrington Stage for "Bashir Lazhar," followed by talk-back. On A Roll Cafe, 75 North St, Pittsfield.

Rites of Passage

Performance involving 75 local people ages 1 to 90 takes place inside a house, each room representing a different stage of initiation in women’s lives from girlhood through elderhood. Audience will walk through this living museum of art, movement, film, music. Dance-play with music from a mini all-female brass band. 7 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. www.rogueangeltheatre.com

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," 8:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-1199.

Saturday

June 8

ART

Clark Art Institute

Summer Clambake, 6:30 p.m. Openings of "Winslow Homer" and "George Inness" Gala. Williamstown.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Making of a Classic." opening 6 p.m. Commentary at 7 p.m. Gala dinner at 8 p.m. Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Family Fun Day -- live animal demonstrations, talks, guided walks,crafts, food, music, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox. Free

Dalton Fair

Traveling Amusement Park, Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9, Dalton. Midway opens at noon. Fireworks.

OLLI Open House

Art show and silent auction. OLLI artists, reception, 2 to 5 p.m. Free. at Lenox Library, Lenox. (413) 236 - 2190

Springside Park

National Get Outdoors Day Festival, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. live music throughout the day, a park-wide scavenger hunt across 237 acres, guided trail hikes, whiffle ball, softball, basketball, organized play, plein air painting, gardening demonstrations, a sculpture trail, a group dog walk, hoola hooping. North Street, Pittsfield. (413) 347-3812, SpringsideNow@gmail.com

Ventfort Hall

"Today’s Fashion for Today’s Doll," Doll-fashion couturiers Nancy Gleason and Diane Roosa, 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

FILM

Images Cinema

Screenings for Williams College’s reunion weekend, featuring "Bazkashi Boys," 3:30 p.m.; "ParaNorman," in 3D, 6:30 p.m., and "The Muppets," 8:30 p.m., Spring Street, Williamstown.

HISTORY

Stockbridge Library

2013 cemetery tour: "Where Do I Get That? Stockbridge Work and Business, 1875," 4 p.m. learn about Stockbridge’s famous and infamous citizens, influential and ordinary residents, founding families and recent arrivals. Stockbridge cemetery, accross from Town Hall offices. (413) 298-5501.

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

Tonya Pinkins in "Hurricane Ethel: The Life an Times of Ethel Waters," from poverty to Broadway to Hollywood, 9:30 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Music School

Recital by piano students of Charles Marshall, 1 to 3 p.m., Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 442-1411.

Close Encounters

"Close Encounters with Music" featuring "Nordic Lights," Grieg Revival with Tina Packer, narrator of readings from Hans Christan Anderson and Henrik Ibsen; Mischa Bouvier, baritone; Ara Gregorian, violin; Adam Neiman, piano. 6 p.m., Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lenox.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Singer/songwriter Bernice Lewis with the Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra, 8 p.m. Sandisfield.

Tannery Pond concerts

Piano-cello concert with Sebastian Bäverstam and Yannick Rafalimanana: Schubert, Puccini and Beethoven, 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

OUTDOORS

Field Farm

Folly open house: Join members of the Field Farm committee for a season-opening celebration and guided tours of The Folly and Pond Trail, noon to 2 p.m. Tours of Folly at Field Farm, post-modernist home and American Modern style Guest House, Saturdays at Noon and 1 p.m., 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown. Trustees of Reservations.

Master gardeners

Western Mass Master Gardeners workshop: Dividing and transplanting perennials, 10 a.m. demonstration gardens behind Springside House, Springside Park, off upper North Street, Pittsfield. Free, rain or shine. (413) 743-5193.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

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

Berkshire Theatre Group

Eighth annual Richie duPont Award Event 8 p.m. at Firefly, 71 Church St. Lenox. (413-) 448-8084, ext. 14.

Rites of Passage

Performance involving 75 local people ages 1 to 90 takes place inside a house, each room representing a different stage of initiation in women’s lives from girlhood through elderhood. Audience will walk through this living museum of art, movement, film, music, stories, and "rituals" of routine domestic gestures. Dance-play with music from a mini all-female brass band. 7 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. www.rogueangeltheatre.com.

Shakespeare & Company

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

Temple Anshe Amunim

"Boss," tragi-comic re-creation of the final gasp of Afghanistan’s Jewish community -- once a thriving population whose future now rests with two men. Ned Goldreyer, will attend for a post-performance Q&A. Pittsfield.

WRITING

Berkshire Athenaeum

Introductory Writers’ Workshops presented with Berkshire Writers Room: Writing with music, writing with art, memoir writing and Publishing a Chapbook. Also authors’ table. Free. 2 to 5 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield

Berkshire Botanical Garden

"Tasting Terroir: A Story of Earth, Wine and Human Hope," wine tasting, book signing and talk, 4 p.m., routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3926.

Magic Fluke

Book launch for "Thomas & Autumn," by Jana Laiz and Melody Lea Lamb, noon to 3, Sheffield.

Sunday

June 9

ART

Clark Art Institute

‘Winslow Homer, Sterling Clark and His Institute,’ 3 p.m. Opening of ‘Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History,’ curator Marc Simpson gives a free talk. Williamstown.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Family day to celebrate "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Making of a Classic." 1 to 4 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Cycling Classic

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting and ending in Lenox. (917) 699-4566

Dalton Fair

Mark Fanelli’s Traveling Amusement Park, Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9, Dalton. Midways opens at noon.

The Mount

Free community day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the house, explore the gardens and trails, bring a picnic and enjoy the surroundings. Scavenger hunts, story times, and other activities throughout the day. Food and beverage for purchase. Lenox.

Topia Arts Center

Swing Dancing on Pleasant Street with live music, 2 to 5 p.m.,10 Pleasant St., Adams, in front of Topia Inn. Street will be temporarily closed to traffic. Free and open to all.

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

Tonya Pinkins in "Hurricane Ethel: The Life an Times of Ethel Waters," 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Lyric Theatre

50th Anniversary gala concert with Berkshire Lyric Chorus, Ubi Caritas and Blafield Children’s Chorus, 3 p.m. with Met Opera soprano Maureen O’Flynn, Berkshire Lyric founder Robert Blafield and Artisitic Director Jack Brown. Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, Lenox. (413) 298-5365, www.BerkshireLyricInfo.org.

Banjo Roots and Branches

5 p.m., talk/demonstration on history and styles of the banjo with Steve Reilly. Roe Jan Library, Route 22, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Internationally celebrated young violinist Yevgeny Kutik, pianist Gabriella Makuc, and soprano Katie Weiser, 4 p.m. Sandisfield.

Skinner Memorial Chapel

David Chalmers, organist, works of Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Vierne, 2 p.m., United Congregational Church of Holyoke, (413) 532-1483.

THEATER

Rites of Passage

Performance on different stages of initiation in women’s lives from girlhood through elderhood. 7 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. www.rogueangeltheatre.com.

Shakespeare & Company

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

WRITING

Poetry reading

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reads from "Waiting to Unfold," poetry written in the first year of her son’s life. Congregation Beth Israel, North Adams.

Monday

June 10

ART

Bascom Lodge

Artist Talk, 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

FILM

Congregation Knesset Israel

"Great Hollywood entertainers" talk on Al Jolson, 7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

THEATER

Rites of Passage

Performance involving 75 local people ages 1 to 90 on different stages of initiation in women’s lives from girlhood through elderhood. Audience walks through living museum of art, movement, film, music, stories and rituals. Dance-play with music from a mini all-female brass band. 7 p.m. Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. www.rogueangeltheatre.com

Tuesday

June 11

COMMUNITY

Town Players Meeting

Town Players of Pittsfield annual membership meeting, 7 p.m., Whitney Center, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

WRITING

Tuesday project

WordXWord Story Slam Prelim, 8 p.m., yBar, 391 North St., Pittsfield. wxw365.com.

Wednesday

June 12

MUSIC

Concerts at Windsor Lake

Free live music, 6:30 p.m. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket: Concessions available. 200 Bradley St., North Adams. Full schedule at www.northadams-ma.gov, (413) 664-6180.

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

Illustrated talk, "In the Footsteps of the Leather Man" -- During the 1800s a mysterious wanderer hiked Westchester County, N.Y., western Connecticut and the Berkshires. Speaking very little, he communicated his needs primarily with hand gestures. Dressed in his leather suit, he became known as "the Leather Man." 6 p.m., free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Evening at the Beaver Ponds, 7:30 p.m. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change the landscape 80 years after their reintroduction. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical -- three sailors on shore leave in "New York, New York," includes Coney Islan Ballet, 7 p.m. Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

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