The Aztec Dance Group performs traditional Native American Conchera dances at the Rock, Rattle and Drum Pow Wow, which will return Saturday and Sunday at
The Aztec Dance Group performs traditional Native American Conchera dances at the Rock, Rattle and Drum Pow Wow, which will return Saturday and Sunday at Bowe Field in Adams. (Eagle file)

Thursday

Aug. 8

ART

Berkshire Crafts Fair

40th annual gathering of nationally known artists in wood, glass, ceramics, fiber arts, metalwork and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monument Mountain High School, Route 7, Great Barrington. www.berkshirecraftsfair.org.

Berkshire Museum

"Paper Plane Challenge," 1 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Snow White: A Tale of Dark and Grimm," retelling by Adam Gidwitz, 5:30 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge.

Williams College Museum of Art

"The Actors Intervene," WTF actors animate the galleries with a performance inspired by "Now Dig This!" 4 to 8 p.m. Williamstown.

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

O Vertigo Dance based in Montreal, 8 p.m., "La Vie Qui Bat" with music by the Quebec Contemporary Music Society. Jessica Lang Dance, 8:15 p.m., "i.n.k." with video art by Japanese-born visual artist Shinichi Maruyama. Free Inside/ Out Performance: lauren edson + dancers, 6:15 p.m. Becket.

FILM

Berkshire Athenaeum

"Peaceable Kingdom, The Journey Home," documentary on animal rights, 7 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Performance Space 21

"The Jerk," Steve Martin, 8:30 p.m. Free. 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.

KID STUFF

Adams Library

Zoo on the Go from Zoo in Forest Park, live animal "Diggers," 4 p.


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Barrington Stage

"Disney's Little Mermaid Jr.," 2 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Just So Stories," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. outdoors, Stockbridge. "Peter Pan," Colonial Theatre, 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Adams

Concert at Adams Town Common, live music outdoors, 7 p.m., free. www.celebrateadams.com

'Party in the Park'

Arthur Holmes Blues Band, 6 to 8 p.m., Noel Field, Route 8, North Adams.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Southern Comfort," transgendered man and trans girlfriend in Georgia, 3 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "Much Ado about Nothing," 8 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 8 p.m., Main Stage. "The Cat and the Canary," 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage. Stockbridge.

Capitol Steps

Political comedy in song, 8 p.m., Route 20, Lenox, (413) 881-1636.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 2 and 8 p.m., Acollege professor, her partner and her adult son host a guest artist. Chester.

The Mount

"Midsummer Nights' Dream," 6 p.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Shakespeare & Company

"Mother Courage and Her Children," Olympia Dukakis, 2 p.m. "Love's Labour's Lost," 7:30 p.m. "The Beauty Queen of Leeane," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"They're Playing Our Song," musical, 8 p.m. Love story. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

"Morgan O-Yuki: The Geisha of the Gilded Age," 7 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

VOICES Theater Company

‘Glory': Civil War of Pittsfield" 6 p.m., Cemetery, 203 Wahconah St., (413) 442-1793.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Main Stage. "Blood Play," 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Opening Night, Nikos Stage. Cabaret, 10:30 p.m., Goodrich Hall, Williamstown.

WRITING

Berkshire Writers Room

Self-publishing workshop, free, 6:30 p.m., Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Renne Avenue, Pittsfield; (413) 842-5014.

Temple Anshe Amunim

"A Woman of Valor: The Saga of Judith," noon talk, free. Pittsfield.

Friday

Aug. 9

COMMUNITY

Congregation Knesset Israel

Talk "Stairway to heaven," 11 a.m., free. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Sheffield Antiques Show

65th annual exhibition: Furniture, textiles, rugs, silver, china, glass, books, art, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mount Everett High School, Sheffield. (413) 229-8173.

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

O Vertigo Dance based in Montreal, 8 p.m.. Jessica Lang Dance, 8:15 p.m., Free Inside/Out Performance: The Steps Repertory Ensemble, 6:15 p.m. Free PillowTalk: Summer Shorts, dance films, 5 p.m. Becket.

FILM

Performance Space 21

"Kind Hearts and Coronets" Alec Guiness plays eight stuffy Edwardians 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

KID STUFF

Adams

Movie night, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," dusk, free, Adams Town Hall Lawn. www.celebrateadams.com.

Barrington Stage

"Disney's Little Mermaid Jr.," 2 and 7 p.m. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

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

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Just So Stories," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. outdoors, Stockbridge. "Peter Pan," Colonial Theatre, 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

Performance Space 21

Vanaver Caravan SummerDance On Tour, 1 p.m., includes flamenco to percussive/rhythm tap and clog dancing, 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

"Adult Chamber Music Play In," sight read chamber music, 3 to 5 p.m., Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 442-1411.

Guthrie Center

Harpeth Rising, classically trained quartet with banjo and fiddle plays bluegrass, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

The Mount

"Music After Hours," Richard Boukas, 5 to 8 p.m., terrace, 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Tanglewood

2013 Festival of Contemporary Music: Chamber works with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano, Jack Quartet and New Fromm Players, 2:30 p.m., Ozawa Hall. Prelude Concert with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. "This Week at Tanglewood" panel discussion with moderator Martin Bookspan and guest artists, 7:15 p.m.; Boston Symphony Orchestra with Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor, and Gil Shaham, violin, 8:30 p.m. Shed. Lenox.

Tanglewood Lecture

"Brahms' Second Symphony and the Sibelius Violin Concerto," Jeremy Yudkin, 2:30 p.m., Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox.

OUTOORS

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Twilight World of Bats, 6:30 p.m. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Southern Comfort," 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "Much Ado about Nothing," 8 p.m., Mainstage. All-star songwriters, 9 p.m. Mr. Finn's Cabaret, 10 p.m., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 8 p.m., Main Stage. "The Cat and the Canary," 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Capitol Steps

Political comedy in song, 8 p.m., Route 20, Lenox, (413) 881-1636.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 8 p.m., Chester.

Mettawee River Theatre

"Taliesen," medieval Welsh tale with giant puppets, 8 p.m., Springside Park, Pittsfield. www.mettawee.org.

Oldcastle Theatre

"The Fox on the Fairway," 8 p.m., Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

Riotous Youth, 9 and 10 a.m. "Heroes," 3 p.m. "Les Faux Pas," 5:30 p.m. "Love's Labour's Lost," 7:30 p.m."Beauty Queen of Leeane," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"They're Playing Our Song," musical, 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

"Morgan O-Yuki: The Geisha of the Gilded Age," 4 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

VOICES Theater Company

"Glory': The Civil War of Pittsfield" 6 p.m., Cemetery, 203 Wahconah St., Pittsfield, (413) 442-1793.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Fridays@3, 3 p.m., Nikos Stage. "Bridges of Madison County," 8 p.m., Main Stage. "Blood Play," 8 p.m., Nikos Stage. Cabaret, 10:30, Goodrich Hall, Williamstown.

Saturday

Aug. 10

ART

Becket Arts Center

"Unearthing Elements from the Natural World: Outside and Inside Traditional Landscape Invitational" 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. "Nutshellapalooza," family concert 11 a.m, Route 8, Becket. (413) 623-6635.

Berkshire Crafts Fair

Wood, glass, ceramics, fiber arts, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monument Mountain High School, Route 7, Great Barrington.

Chesterwood

Sculpture workshops, noon to 2 p.m. Meet artists in Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, families welcome. Stockbridge.

Hancock Shaker Village

Advanced Oval Box Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Route 20, Pittsfield.

COMMUNITY

Adams Tag Sale

Adams Town Wide Tag Sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.celebrateadams.com.

Antiques Sale

Presented by Great Barrington Historical Society, annual antiques sale and flea market, 9 to 3:30, on the lawns of the Historical Society headquarters, 817 South Main St, Route 7, Great Barrington. Rain date: Sunday.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

The Grow Show: friendly garden and outdoor photography competitions for all ages. Stockbridge.

Hancock Shaker Village

Summer Gala to support teducation and public programs. Farm-to-table dinner and concert, 5:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Rock, Rattle and Drum powwow

"Gifts of the four directions," 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., grand entry 1 p.m., with Nammy Award Winner and "Lord of the Strings" Arvel Bird, Danza Azteca Aztec Dancers, music, dance, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and family fun, live birds of prey, Bowe Field, the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds, Old Columbia Street (off of Route 8), Adams.

Sandisfield Arts Center

"The Enigma of Socialism," talk on the origins, failures and successes of a political dream, 10 a.m. With modern political antagonists yelling "Socialist!" at one another, understanding Socialism might be useful. Sandisfield.

Sheffield Antiques Show

65th annual exhibition: Dealers offering fine antique furniture, textiles, rugs, silver, china, glass, books, art and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mount Everett High School, Berkshire School Road, Sheffield. (413) 229-8173.

Williamstown Rural Lands

Pine Cobble hike, 1 p.m. at Pine Cobble Trail, Williamstown.

Zucchini Festival

10th annual celebration, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Includes pet parade, rides, races, zucchini recipe contest, decorating and weigh-off contests, live music and entertainment, free. West Stockbridge, Routes 41 and 102. www.weststockbridgetown.com (413) 232-0222.

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

O Vertigo Dance based in Montreal, 2 an 8 p.m. Jessica Lang Dance, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m., Free Inside/Out Performance: School at Jacob's Pillow Jazz/Musical Theatre, 6:15 p.m. Free PillowTalk: Dancing to Steve Reich with O Vertigo Danse artistic director Ginette Laurin, 4 p.m. Becket.

Omi International Arts Center

Dance Omi open salon -- Dance Omi Residents share individual work, 5 p.m. Ghent, N.Y.

FILM

Performance Space 21

"A Shot In the Dark," the second of the Peter Sellers hilarious Pink Panther movies, 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage

"Disney's Little Mermaid Jr.," 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Just So Stories," 11 a.m. outdoors , Stockbridge. "Peter Pan," Colonial Theatre, 2 and 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

David Grover Concert

David Grover and Grover's Gang, 10 a.m., behind Great Barrington Bandstand.

Science Program

"Science in Pittsfield Parks," learn about water and the environment, 10 to noon, Conte Community School, West Union Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-0692.

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Vance Gilbert, full-bodied folk with comic force, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

The Mount

"Music After Hours," live music on the terrace, 5 to 8 p.m., 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox.

Music & More

"Art of the Fugue": J.S. Bach's great contrapuntal cycle. Daniel Stepner, baroque violin; Sarah Darling, baroque viola; Loretta O'Sullivan, baroque cello; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; Christopher Krueger, baroque flute; Marc Schachman, baroque oboe and oboe d'amore; Andrew Schwartz, baroque bassoon. 4:30 p.m., free talk at 3:30. Meeting House, New Marlborough.

OLLI Talk

"Beyond the Baton: What Music Directors Do," by Joseph Silverstein, violinist and conductor, 10:30 a.m. Koussevitzky 111. (413) 236-2190.

Tanglewood Lecture Series

"Brahms' Tribute to Bach: Brahms' Fourth Symphony Together with Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto," with Professor Jeremy Yudkin, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox.

Tanglewood

2013 Festival of Contemporary Music: Prelude Concert with Elizabeth Keusch, soprano; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano; Stephen Drury, piano; New Fromm Players, 6 p.m., Ozawa Hall; talk at 9:30 a.m.; rehearsal for Saturday program at 10:30 a.m.; Boston Symphony Orchestra with Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor, and Yefim Bronfman, piano, 8:30 p.m., Shed. Lenox.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Botanical Garden

"Contained Exuberance" Walking Tour, 11 a.m. Stockbridge.

Bartholomew's Cobble

Family-friendly Botany Walk, 10 a.m., to explore river,wood and meadow with bald eagles, turtles, 800 species of plants. Sheffield.

Canoe Meadows

Organic gardening talk: "Herbs -- Using Your Harvest," 10 a.m. practical demonstration, Canoe Meadows Community Gardens, Pittsfield.

Hoosic River Walk

Guided walk along Hoosic River in North Adams, 11 a.m., meet at parking lot side of MASS MoCA entrance on Marshall Street; information: (413) 663-4761.

Project Native

Bug and butterfly safari, 9:30 a.m. Overview of Project Native and the Butterfly House. Free, Housatonic.

Tamarack Hollow

Carnivorous plants and wetland hike to Bog Pond at Savoy State Forest, 9 a.m. to noon, free. aimee@gaiaroots.com.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Southern Comfort," 4 and 8 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "Much Ado about Nothing," 8 p.m., Mainstage. All-star songwriters, original songs, 10:30 p.m. Mr. Finn's Cabaret, 10 p.m., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 2 and 8 p.m., Main Stage, Stockbridge. "The Cat and the Canary," 2 and 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Capitol Steps

Political comedy in song, 8 p.m., Route 20, Lenox, (413) 881-1636

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 8 p.m., Chester.

The Mount

"A Midsummer Nights' Dream," 12:30 p.m. Lenox.

Oldcastle Theatre

"The Fox on the Fairway," 2 and 8 p.m., Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

Behind the-scenes tour, 10:30 a.m. "Love's Labour's Lost," 2 p.m. "Beauty Queen of Leeane," 3 p.m. "Les Faux Pas," 5:30 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Chilren," 7:30 p.m "Master Class," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"They're Playing Our Song," musical, 4 and 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

"Morgan O-Yuki: The Geisha of the Gilded Age," 4 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

VOICES Theater Company

"'Glory': The Civil War of Pittsfield, " 6 p.m., Cemetery, 203 Wahconah St., Pittsfield, (413) 442-1928 or 442-1793.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," 3:30 p.m., 8 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "Blood Play," 3:30 p.m., 8 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown. Cabaret, 10:30 p.m., Goodrich Hall, Williamstown.

Sunday

Aug. 11

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Botanical Garden

"The Grow Show": friendly garden and outdoor photography competitions for all ages. Stockbridge.

Rock, Rattle and Drum powwow

"Gifts of the Four Directions," 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., grand entry 1 p.m., with Nammy Award Winner and "Lord of the Strings" Arvel Bird, Danza Azteca Aztec Dancers, music, dance, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and family fun, live birds of prey, Bowe Field, the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds, Old Columbia Street (off of Route 8), Adams.

Sheffield Antiques Show

65th annual exhibition: Dealers offering fine antique furniture, textiles, rugs, silver, china, glass, books, art and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Everett High School, Berkshire School Road, Sheffield. (413) 229-8173.

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

O Vertigo Dance based in Montreal, 2 p.m., Jessica Lang Dance, 2:15 p.m., "i.n.k." with video art by Japanese-born visual artist Shinichi Maruyama. "Never Stand Still" documentary about Jacob's Pillow, 4:30 p.m. Master class: Jessica Lang. Becket.

FILM

Clark Art Institute

"Great Art on Screen: ‘Munch 150'," celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch. Q&A to follow with Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark, 3 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown.

Performance Space 21

"Mon Oncle, (My Uncle)," Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Directed by Jacques Tati, 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage

"Disney's Little Mermaid Jr.," 3 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Bascom Lodge

Outdoor theater performance with the Nutshell Playhouse: original music, puppets and clownerie, 1 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Peter Pan," musical at Colonial Theatre, 2 p.m., Pittsfield.

LECTURE

The Mount

"Summering in Style," with Richard Guy Wilson, architectural historian, 4 to 5:30 p.m., 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox.

MUSIC

Eagles Band

Selections celebrating Verdi's and Wagner's 200th birthdays, the 70th anniversary of "Oklahoma" and music from American composers, 2 p.m. Pavilion, Hinsdale Fire Department, Maple Street, Hinsdale.

Jewish Federation of Berkshires

"A Celebration of Jewish Music in America," with Paul Green, Sherri James Buxton, Spiritual Leader Barbara Cohen, Rabbi Deborah Zecher, Cantor Robert Scherr, Charles Neville and Joe Rose. 7:30 p.m. Lenox High School, 197 East St., Lenox. (413) 442-4360, ext. 10.

Sevenars Concerts

Jerry Noble and Friends: Jazz, classical, and more -- Jerry Noble, piano; Bob Sparkman, clarinet; Joel Pitchon, violin; and Christopher James, cello, 4 to 6 p.m. Worthington.

Tanglewood

2013 Festival of Contemporary Music: Chamber works with Mickey Katz, cello, and TMC Fellows. Boston Symphony Orchestra with Christian Zacharias, conductor and piano, all-Beethoven program, 2:30 p.m., Shed, Lenox.

OUTDOORS

Adams Races

"Dash For Dana Road Race," 5K run and 1-mile walk starts at 8:30 a.m., Mill Street Fair Grounds, Mill Street, Adams. www.celebrateadams.com

Bartholomew's Cobble

Canoe trip down the Housatonic, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays to Sept. 8. Sheffield. (413) 229-8600

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

Conversation with Robert and Ilona Bell, Shakespearean professors at Williams College, about "Much Ado about Nothing," 3 p.m., free on the Mainstage. "Much Ado about Nothing," 5 p.m. on the Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Capitol Steps

Political comedy in song, 8 p.m., Route 20, Lenox, (413) 881-1636.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 2 p.m., Chester.

Oldcastle Theatre

"The fox on the fairway," 2 p.m., Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

Author talk with David Black, "The Extinction Event," 10:30 a.m. "Mother Courage and Her Chilren," 2 p.m. "Master Class," 3 p.m. "Love's Labours Lost," 7:30 p.m. "Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"They're Playing Our Song," musical, 2 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

"Morgan O-Yuki: The Geisha of the Gilded Age," 10 a.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," 2 p.m., Main Stage. "Blood Play," 2 p.m., Nikos Stage. Williamstown. Musical Fellowship, Free, 7 p.m., 11 p.m., Directing Studio, Williamstown.

WRITING

The Bookstore

Afternoon of prose with members of Shakespeare & Company, 3 to 4 p.m., 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.

Steepletop

Performance of Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Fatal Interview" with sonnets by Arthur Davison Ficke and poems from George Dillon's "The Flowering Stone," 4 p.m., Austerlitz, N.Y.

WordXWord Festival

WXW Story Slam Finals. Week-long festival in the downtown Upstreet Cultural District -- words spoken, written and sung, in non-traditional venues from barbershops to storefronts. Poetry readings, workshops, songwriter showcases, poetry slams, young audience events, storytelling, word-based contests, "friends-of-the-festival" events from book signings to staged readings of plays, art exhibits and scrabble tournaments. Local artists and nationally recognized authors and performers. Pittsfield.

Monday

Aug. 12

COMMUNITY

Becket Arts Center

BAC presents: Dessert Making and Tasting at Chez Nous with Pastry chef Rachel Portnoy. fee. (413) 623-6635 to register. 150 Main Street, Lee.

Congregation Knesset Israel

"What's New in Jewish Bioethics?" 10 a.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Francine Segan: "Shakespeare's Kitchen" 6:30 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

FILM

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival

‘The First Fagin,' 4 p.m., and ‘The Gatekeepers,' 8 p.m., Lenox High School, 197 East St., Lenox.

Clark Art Institute

"The Magnificent Ambersons," family epic, 3 p.m. Free. Williamstown.

Performance Space 21

"The Producers" by comic genius Mel Brooks with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Peter Pan," musical at Colonial Theatre, 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

LECTURE

Bascom Lodge

"Legal Basics for Artists and Writers," 6 p.m., free, summit of Mount Greylock, (413) 743-1591.

MUSIC

Tanglewood

2013 Festival of Contemporary Music: George Benjamin, conductor, with TMC Fellows: Benjamin "Written On Skin" at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, Lenox.

OUTOORS

Naumkeag

Star Gazing, 8 to 10 p.m. at the 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. Stockbridge.

THEATER

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The Cat and the Canary," 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Capitol Steps

Political comedy in song, 8 p.m., Route 20, Lenox, (413) 881-1636.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Musical Fellowship, Free, 7 p.m., 11 p.m., Directign Studio, Williamstown.

WRITING

The Mount

"The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age," 4 p.m. Ghost tour of the most haunted parts of the estate, 7:30 p.m., Lenox.

WordXWord Festival

Poetry Trail. Week-long festival in the downtown Upstreet Cultural District -- words spoken, written and sung, in non-traditional venues from barbershops to storefronts with local artists and nationally recognized authors and performers. Pittsfield.

Tuesday

Aug. 13

COMMUNITY

Becket Arts Center

"This Just In..." Breaking news from the cosmos. Breakthroughs in astronomy and space technology. Observatory visit is available Wednesday, Aug. 14. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., fee. (413) 623-6635.

Berkshire Museum

PechaKucha Pittsfield Night #7: Presentations on a wide variety of topics, 7 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

FILM

Performance Space 21

"This Is Spinal Tap," the film that invented the "rockumentary," 8:30 p.m., free. Chatham, N.Y.

HISTORY

Ventfort Hall

"Medievalism, mysticism and more: Architect Ralph Adams Cram," whose 53-year career included St. John the Divine in New York. Lenox.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Athenaeum

"Nicholas Nickleby," by Charles Dickens, adaptation by Hampstead Stage Company, 1 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Lilac Park

Terry A La Berry and Friends, family concert sponsored by Lenox Library, 11 a.m., Lilac Park, Lenox.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Summer Sketch Club," 10 to noon, Route 183, Stockbridge.

MUSIC

Gateways Inn

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Broadcast Booth," with Martin Bookspan, "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcaster, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 51 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-2532.

Springside Park

Phil Grover's Rock & Roll Revue, hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s, 7 p.m., Hebert Arboretum, upper North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 443-5348.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Much Ado About Nothing," 7 p.m., followed by post-show discussion, Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The Cat and the Canary," 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

The Mount

"A Midsummer Nights' Dream," 6 p.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," 3 p.m. Tuesday talk with cast of "The Beauty Queen of Leeane," 5 p.m. "Love's Labour's Lost," 7:30 p.m "The Beauty Queene of Leeane," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," with Talkback, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage. "Blood Play," with talkback, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown.

WRITING

WordXWord Festival

Poetry Trail. Week-long festival in the downtown Upstreet Cultural District -- words spoken, written and sung, in non-traditional venues from barbershops to storefronts with local artists and nationally recognized authors and performers. Pittsfield.

Wednesday

Aug. 14

COMMUNITY

North Adams Downtown Celebration

5 to 9 p.m. -- more than 150 vendors in annual street fair, performances, music, food. North Adams.

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Wendy Whelan contemporary NYC Ballet, 8 p.m. La Otra Orilla, Montreal-based ensemble merges flamenco dance, contemporary choreography, video, animation and live music, 8:15 p.m. Free Inside/Out Performance: Mystic Ballet, 6:15 p.m. Becket.

HISTORY

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire

Series on Mysticism, social justice, health, free, 11:45 a.m., 270 State Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-6378.

KID STUFF

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Creating Together: A Parent-Child Experience," 10 to 11:30 a.m., Route 183, Stockbridge.

MUSIC

Bascom Lodge

Berkshire Highlanders, bagpipe concert, 6 p.m. Free. Mount Greylock.

Guthrie Center

"Woodie Sez," David M. Lutken as Woodie Guthrie performs to benefit Guthrie Center, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

Lilac Park concerts

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

'Live on the Lake'

Arthur Holmes Blues Band, 6 to 8 p.m., Burbank Park, Onota Lake, Pittsfield.

Tanglewood

Emerson String Quartet: Haydn Britten and Beethoven at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Much Ado About Nothing," 2 and 7 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The Cat and the Canary," 7 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Capitol Steps

Political comedy in song, 8 p.m. Route 20, Lenox, (413) 881-1636.

Shakespeare & Company

Behind-the-scenes tour, 10 a.m. "Love's Labours Lost," 2 p.m. Studio series, new work:"An Impossible Life" 5 p.m. Shakespeare & Young Company 5 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Children," 7:30 p.m. "Beauty Queen of Leeane," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Temple Anshe Amunim

"Unlikely Heroes -- The True Stories of 3 Jewish Women Spies," performer Elaine Rembrandt will evoke Palestine on the threshold of the First World War, France invaded by Nazi Germany and the newborn State of Israel, noon to 3 p.m., Pittsfield.

Upstreet Barbers

"Kaufman's Barber Shop," set in 1925 upstate New York, 8 p.m. Presented with Shakespeare & Company, 442 North St., Pittsfield.

Ventfort Hall

"Morgan O-Yuki: The Geisha of the Gilded Age," 7 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

Wharton Salon

Wharton short stories, 5:30 p.m. at The Mount, Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," 7:30 p.m., Main Stage. "Blood Play," 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown.

WRITING

The Mount

"Wharton on Wednesday," Edith Wharton short stories read by professioal actors, 5 p.m., 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox.

WordXWord Festival

Poetry Slam prelims. Week-long festival in downtown Upstreet Cultural District -- words spoken, written and sung, in non-traditional venues from barbershops to storefronts. Pittsfield.