Thursday

June 20

ART

Frelinghuysen Morris House

"Exploring Shapes" -- opening of summer show -- isolating shape and form as a way of starting a conversation about abstract Painting. Visitors will be able to use interactive exhibits using IPADS and/or cardboard shapes in the Studio at the end of the tour. Home of abstract artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen with frescoes, sculptures and murals, Lenox. COMMUNITY

Third Thursday

"Play Ball!" free, family-friendly street festival 5 to 8 p.m. Baseball themed activites and live music on several stages in partnership with the Pittsfield Suns. Pittsfield. discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Dance Theatre of Harlem, 8 p.m. -- legendary ballet company presents classic and new work that spans several eras of dance in America, including George Balanchine's 1957 masterwork "Agon." Free Inside/Out Performance: Oyo Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble, 6:15 p.m. Lift Ev'ry Voice Event Becket.

MUSIC

Lift Ev'ry Voice

World Music Dance Party on Main Street with Nomadic Massive: open-minded Hip-Hop with live instrumentation, samples, and a wide array of vocal styles. MCLA event as par of Downstreet, North Adams.

OUTDOORS

The Mount

"Don't Stress Out! Tips for Gardeners," 9 a.m. to noon. garden expert Kerry Mendez presents "Gold Medal Perennials, Flowering Shrubs, and Annuals for Gardens in the Northeast" and "Simplifying Gardens," breakfast and garden tour. Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," a young activist brings home a political hacker, 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, with post-show discussion. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Anna Ziegler's "Life Science," new play explores the lives of four contemporary high school seniors, 8 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

New Stage

"Maybe You Will Marry a Red Haired Woman," Rudi Bach brings Tony Hoagland to life. 8 p.m. Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-8885.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," Tom Stoppard's translation of Gerald Sibleras' comedy about three World War I veterans restive in a retirement home, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Town Players

Reading of "CIndy and Julie" by Bruce Kane, 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

WRITING

Bennington College

Writing Seminars Faculty and Guests Reading Series, 7:30 p.m. Free. Deane Carriage Barn. (802) 440-4452.

Berkshire Writers Room

"Writing Through Art" workshop, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Lichtenstein Center, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 842-5014.

Friday

June 21

ART

Becket Arts Center

Artist Reception: "Coming of Age: Photographic Collages by Sandra Matthews" and "Shifting Perspectives: Linda Siska" pottery, Free. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Becket.

COMMUNITY

Summer Solstice

Community Celebration in North Becket Village, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. BAC, the Mullen House Educational Center and the Becket Athenaeum celebrate the longest day. Paint a Dream Flag with Crispina ffrench to stretch across the lawns. Dance to the Latin Beat of Trio Candela and guest Spicy Latin Dance Party. Bring a dish for community potluck. Wine and Beer bar, silent auction. Free admission. Becket Athenaeum, 3367 Main St. Becket.

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Dance Theatre of Harlem, 8 p.m. -- legendary ballet company presents classic and new work that spans several eras of dance in America, including George Balanchine's 1957 masterwork "Agon." Free Pillow Talk, "What's online?" 5 p.m. Free Inside/Out performance, "inDance," 6:15 p.m. Hari Krishnan performs a Bharatanatyam solo; Paul Charbonneau, Benjamin Landsberg, and Hiroshi Miyamoto perform from a postmodern, pan-Asian work. Becket.

MUSIC

Mass MoCA / WILCO

Solid Sound III: A Music and Arts Festival by WILCO. Two headlining shows by festival founders Wilco. The Chicago sextet will perform tonight. Three-day line-up includes singer /songwriter Neko Case, indie-rock heroes Yo La Tengo, jazz adventurists Medeski, Martin and Wood, low-fi Low and a reunited Dream Syndicate, the full band's first North American concert in 25 years. North Adams, solidsound
festival.com.

Tanglewood

Melissa Etheridge Live, 7 p.m. Iconic rock singer and gay and lesbian activist in concert. Shed, Lenox.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Cocktails in Great Gardens: home of Susan Rothschild and Don Freedman, 5 to 7 p.m. See a private garden, 1391 Barnum St., Sheffield. Reservations (413) 298-3926.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Insect Safari: Explore the sanctuary's varied habitats with binoculars and harmless nets, 10 a.m. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

Spencertown Academy

Twilight in the Garden cocktail party to benefit the academy, 6 p.m. at the Ghent home of Renee Iacone and Steve Clearman adjacent to the bucolic Kinderhook Farm.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 2 and 8 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Anna Ziegler's "Life Science," 8 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Oldcastle Theatre

"Other People's Money," 8 p.m. Wall Street investor battles longtime owner over an aging New England manufacturing company. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

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

WRITING

Bennington College

Writing Seminars Faculty and Guests Reading Series, 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Deane Carriage Barn. (802) 440-4452.

The Mount

"Who's Afraid of James Joyce," 5 p.m. Karen R. Lawrence, President of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, will demystify the writings of theIrish novelist. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Saturday

June 22

ART

Chesterwood

Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2013 opens: 35th anniversary show brings 26 artists' work to the grounds. Glenn Harper, editor of Sculpture magazine, is the guest juror. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Stockbridge.

IS183 art school

Emerging Artist Showcase opening, 4 p.m. Opening reception for annual IS183 student art exhibition, celebrating IS183's adult students and studio participants in media including painting, drawing, collage, photography, ceramics, experimental animation and poetry. Show June 17 to Aug. 25. Citizens' Hall, Stockbridge.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Doodle Day," family activities 1 to 4 p.m. celebrate of the art of spontaneous drawing inspired by the works on view in "R.O. Blechman: The Inquiring Line." Tours, performances and workshops. Stockbridge.

Sandisfield Arts Center

The magnificent and tortured Van Gogh, a talk by Carol Berry, artist and art educator. 10 a.m., Sandisfield.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Co-op Market

Summer Solstice Celebration, includes community flea market, local and healthy food options, clothing swap and music, noon to 4, Memorial Field, Great Barrington.

Otis Cultural Council

Otis Cultural Council and Otis Community Day present New Orleans Swing and Supper to the music of Charles Neville and Skeletones Big Band. Bring a picnic supper at 6 p.m. Concert at dancing goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, Free. Izaak Walton Pavillion, North Main Road, Route 8, and Tannery Road, Otis. (413) 269-6273.

Summer Solstice Contra Dance

Music by Set Americain plus a guest caller. Community sing-in 4:30-6 p.m., potluck supper 6- 7 p.m., family dance 7- 8 p.m., contras, circles and squares 8-11 p.m. Dewey Hall in Sheffield, (860) 672-6101

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Dance Theatre of Harlem, 2 and 8 p.m. -- legendary ballet company presents classic and new work. Free Pillow Talk: Dance Theatre of Harlem Onscreen, 4 p.m. Free Inside/ Out Performance: The School at Jacob's Pillow Ballet, 6:25 p.m. Becket.

HISTORY

Stockbridge Library

"Tea with Abigail," living history presentation: Several ladies of 18th and 19th century Stockbridge will stop by the library to visit with the original grande dame of the town, Abigail Williams. Tea and cookies for all. 2 p.m. at the library, Stockbridge.

KID STUFF

Science Program

"Science in Pittsfield Parks," for all ages to learn why keeping parks clean matters, 10 to noon, Dorothy Amos Park, Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Aston Magna

Music of Johann Sebastian Bach for harpsichord and violin, all six sonatas for violin and harpsichord. Violinist Daniel Stepner and keyboardist Peter Sykes. 6 p.m., Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington. Pre-concert lecture and "Meet the Artists."

Boston Early Music

Handel's "Almira," fully-staged Baroque opera, 7 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington.

Performance Space 21

West African Kora Concert: Zal Idrissa Sissokho and Buntalo, 7:30 p.m. Zal Sissokho on kora and voice, David Mobio, keyboard, Guy Langue, bass, Ehui Thomas Niamke, drums. 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Release the Penguins, four longtime jazz musicians, 8 p.m. Sandisfield.

Tanglewood

The Boston Pops: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, 8.30 p.m. Shed with Warren Haynes and Keith Lockhart, conductor. Lenox.

Tannery Pond

Tannery artistic director Christian Steiner plays a Dohnányi Quintet with Soovin Kim and Jessica Lee (violin), Ed Arron (cello) and Maurycy Banaszek (viola). Selection of Bartók's Duos for violin and viola and Kodály's Duo for violin and cello. New Lebanon, N.Y.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Sanctuaries

"Chirps, Cheeps, and Warbles -- Birding by ear," 9 a.m. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike about 11 miles on the South Taconic Crest Trail from the Catamount trailhead up Mt Fray, by Prospect Hill and around Dugway Hill, going down the Cedar Brook Trail, up Alander Mountain, and down the Robert Brook Trail. (413) 443-4501.

Project Native

Bug and butterfly safari, 9:30 a.m. Overview of Project Native and the Butterfly House. Walk to find and collect eggs, caterpillars and butterflies to relocate into the Butterfly House. All ages are welcome. Free, Housatonic.

Spencertown Academy

Ninth annual celebration of the art of the garden. Hidden Gardens Tour and line-up of events. "Creating Gardens in the Hudson Valley: A Naturalistic Approach to Landscape Design" talk by Duncan Brine principal landscape designer at GardenLarge and a landscape design instructor at the New York Botanical Garden. Hidden Gardens weekend's Garden Market on the Green, open-air marketplace of specialty plants and garden treasures. Spencertown, N.Y.

Tamarack Hollow

Clear and blaze trails at nature and culture center in Windsor, aimee@gaiaroots.com. Food provided. www.tama
rackhollow.com.

Wahconah Park

Clean up West branch of Housatonic River in Pittsfield, 9 to 1, meet at parking lot, Wahconah Park, Pittsfield, (413) 230-7321.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

2013 Gala, Fabulous ‘40s, 4 p.m. "Muckrakers," a young activist brings home a political hacker, 4 and 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Anna Ziegler's "Life Science," 9:30 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Oldcastle Theatre

"Other People's Money," 2 and 8 p.m. Wall Street investor battles longtime owner over an aging New England manufacturing company. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," 3 p.m. "Love's Labours Lost," 7:30 p.m. "Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

WRITING

Fiction reading

Local radio personality Stephanie Abrams will read from her novel, "Rumors," 2 p.m. The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. www.bookstoreinlenox.com.

Millay poets reading

Public readings of new poetry by eight poets developed at Steepletop, home of Ena St. Vincent Millay, in winter poetry workshop, 6 p.m., Roe-Jan Library, Hillsdale, N.Y.

Sunday

June 23

COMMUNITY

Strawberry Festival

Strawberry shortcake, sundaes, pies, jams and jellies to benefit the Stephentown Historical Society,11 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the tent at The Berry Patch, Route 22, Stephentown, N.Y. Celebrating beautiful local berries. Date depends on crop, (518) 733-6070.

HISTORY

Temple Anshe Amunim

Janice Rothschild Blumberg luncheon and lecture, writer, historian and former president of the Southern Jewish Historical Society tells the story of her great-grandfather, Rabbi "Alphabet" Browne, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 26 Broad St., Pittsfield.

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Dance Theatre of Harlem, 2 p.m. -- legendary ballet company presents classic and new work including George Balanchine's 1957 masterwork "Agon." Becket.

MUSIC

Boston Early Music

Handel's "Almira," fully-staged Baroque opera, 2:30 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

"The Multifaceted Jewish Experience: Different Genres, Different Languages, Different Nationalities -- A Chamber Music Concert," 3 p.m. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-6378

Mass MoCA / WILCO

Solid Sound III: A Music and Arts Festival by WILCO. Three-day line-up includes singer /songwriter Neko Case, indie-rock heroes Yo La Tengo, jazz adventurists Medeski, Martin and Wood, low-fi Low and a reunited Dream Syndicate, the full band's first North American concert in 25 years. North Adams, solidsoundfestival.com.

Performance Space 21

Chandler Travis Philharmonic, community lawn dance concert, 6 p.m. Dixieland, R&B, 1960s Rock, and more. A nine-piece ensemble from Boston, horn, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion and singing valet. Chatham, N.Y.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Leisurely paddle through the George Darey Wildlife Management Area. Learn about the natural history of the waterway. Lenox.

Garden Tours

"Gardens, Farms & Grounds of Lee and Becket," self-guided tour of six properties from noon to 4 p.m. Ticket information: (413) 243-0852. Lee Chamber of Commerce, 3 Park Place, Lee.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," 3 p.m. St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 5 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Anna Ziegler's "Life Science," 2 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Oldcastle Theatre

"Other People's Money," 2 p.m. Wall Street investor battles longtime owner over an aging New England manufacturing company. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," 3 p.m.; "Love's Labours Lost," Shakespearean romantic comedy, 7:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Town Players

"The Man from Earth" by Jerome Bixby, staged reading, 3 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

WRITING

Poetry reading

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reads from "Waiting to Unfold," poetry written during the first year of her son's life, chronicling the wonder along with the pain. 6 p.m., Book Loft, 332 Stockbridge Road, Route 7, Great Barrington.

Monday

June 24

COMMUNITY

Ghost Tour

Haunted parts of The Mount, 7:30 p.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, (413) 551-5111.

FILM

Congregation Knesset Israel

"Great Hollywood entertainers" talk on Eddie Cantor, 7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Tuesday

June 25

FILM

Performance Space 21

"Give Me the Banjo," documentary filmmaker Marc Fields follows quintessential American musical instrument from its African roots to contemporary jazz and into the 21st century, 8:30 p.m., free. Chatham, N.Y.

HISTORY

History talk

Janice Rothschild Blumberg, past president of the Southern Jewish Historical Society, will read from and talk about her book, "Prophet in a Time of Priests: Rabbi ‘Alphabet' Browne," 5 p.m. The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. www.bookstoreinlenox.com.

Ventfort Hall

Curt DiCamillo, architectural historian, on "Jewels of Scandal and Desire, British Jewelry Collections and Country Houses," 4 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 7 p.m., Mainstage. "Muckrakers," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Tom Stoppard translation. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Town Players

Staged reading of "Mr. Madoff Meets the Crawfish Queen," 6:30 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

WRITING

Tuesday project

Mahogany Browne, featured writer will read, 8 p.m., yBar, 391 North St., Pittsfield. wxw365.com.

Wednesday

June 26

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Compagnie Käfig, 8 p.m. -- influential French hip-hop choreographer Mourad Merzouki and all-male cast of self-taught hip-hop dancers from Brazil. Leo, 8:15 p.m., fantastical production from Berlin. Free Inside/Out Performance: Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dances for a Variable Population, 6:15 p.m. Becket.

MUSIC

Concerts at Windsor Lake

Free live music, 6:30 p.m. 200 Bradley St., North Adams. www.northadams-ma.gov.

Lilac Park concerts

Andy Kelly Trio, 6:30 p.m. Main Street, Lenox. (413) 637-3646.

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

"Innovation in Wind Power" discussion, recent innovations in rapidly evolving green technology. 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 2 and 7 p.m., Mainstage. "Muckrakers," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a fully staged production of Anna Ziegler's "Life Science," 8 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The Lion in Winter," 7 p.m. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre

"Arms on Fire," a young singer in search of a career break who meets a factory worker living in New York's Hell's Kitchen. 8 p.m., Chester.

Shakespeare & Company

"Les Faux Pas," saucy Molière adaptation, 5:30 p.m. "Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Town Players

Auditions for "A Bad Year for Tomatoes," written by John Patrick, 6 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"American Hero" preview. World premiere play by Bess Wohl, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown.

WRITING

Berkshire Athenaeum

Rare book event with Paul Muller-Reed, rare book dealer and auctioneer, bring one book to be evaluated, 1 to 3 p.m., auditorium, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Chabad

"Love and Language" with Ruth Sidranksy, author of memoir "In Silence," story of a hearing girl born to deaf parents, 7 p.m. Pittsfield.