The Capitol Steps will perform musical political comedy at Cranwell Resort in Lenox through Sunday.
The Capitol Steps will perform musical political comedy at Cranwell Resort in Lenox through Sunday. (Courtesy of the Capital Steps)

Thursday

Aug. 29

ART

Berkshire Museum

Paper plane challenge, 1 p.m. Program complements "PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material," contemporary works of art by more than 30 artists, all fashioned from paper, as well as a wide array of objects and artifacts that show the uses of paper in industry, science, fashion, and technology; 39 South St., Pittsfield.(413) 443-7171.

Downstreet Art

Art openings and receptions citywide. Nick & Jake, exploring their own marriage through sculpture, performance art, video, theater and drawing to challenge "the American Dream," Gallery 51. Rich Remsberg, local archivist, video artist and researcher, 53 Main St. Georgia Milla and Giordano Biondi, artist duo from Melbourne, Austrialia, exhibition developed in Turkey, in ile on the Black Sea. Music and entertainment, 6 p.m. Downtown North Adams.

Williams College Museum of Art

Art and aparatif al fresco: Peek behind the scenes at prints freshly pulled from storage, 4 to 8 p.m. Williamstown. COMMUNITY

Columbia County Fair

Animals, contests, horse pulls and pig race, music an entertainment, midway rides and food with 173-year-old Columbia County Agricultural Society. Painted Pony Rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derby. www.columbiafair.com.

Naumkeag

Gilded-Age country estate will be open to tour the house and gardens from 5 to 8 p.m.; talk about the life of servants during the Gilded-Age, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, (413) 298-8138.

HISTORY

Mission House

Tours of the Fletcher Steele-designed Colonial Revival Gardens at Mission House with a Horticulturalist from The Trustees of Reservations, Thursdays at 2 p.m. 19 Main St., Stockbridge.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

Kitchen Ka-Boom, 11 a.m. Kid-safe science experiments. Museum Adventures (ages 2-4) 11 a.m.. Pittsfield.

Naumkeag

Children's Tour of Naumkeag: Explore the rooms through the eyes of those who lived here. 2 p.m. Croquet on the Lawn for children and their families, 3 p.m. Stockbridge.

MUSIC

Adams

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

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway meet in L.A., new work by Mark St. Germain, 4 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Anna Christie" by Eugene O'Neill, 8 p.m. a young woman abandoned by her father meets him as an adult. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Capitol Steps

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

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," Tom Stoppard's translation of Gerald Sibleras' comedy about three World War I veterans, 3 p.m. "Love's Labours Lost," 7:30 p.m. "Beauty Queen of Leeane," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Young Frankenstein," musical, 8 p.m. Mel Brookes' classic comedy with "Transylvania Mania" New Lebanon, N.Y.

Town Players

Staged reading of "Defiled or The Convenience of a Short Haired Dog," 7 p.m., Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 499-9480.

Friday

Aug. 30

ART

Music & More

Ivitational show opening 5 to 7 p.m., Meeting House, New Marlborough.

COMMUNITY

ChefX Series

Dinner at Stone Hill Center by Chef Dan Smith of John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant, 6 p.m., behind-the-scenes programs 5 p.m. Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown.

Columbia County Fair

Painted Pony Rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derby. www.columbiafair.com.

DANCE

Performance Space 21

Parsons Dance, Nascimento Novo, In the End and Caught. 8 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

HISTORY

Richmond Historical Society

Talk on period New England houses, 7 p.m., Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road, Richmond.

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

"Songs by ridiculously talented composers and lyricists you probably don't know but should" with Tony award-winner William Finn, 8 p.m. Mainstage, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Bard College at Simon's Rock

"Leap Year" 7 p.m. Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Barrington Stage Company

"Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Anna Christie" by Eugene O'Neill, 8 p.m. Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Capitol Steps

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

Shakespeare & Company

Dibble Dance: "Sway," choreographed to music of Keppie Coutts, Bob Dylan and Dean Martin, 7:30 p.m., "Beauty Queen of Leeane," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Young Frankenstein," musical, 8 p.m. Mel Brookes' comedy, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Upstreet Barbers

"Kaufman's Barber Shop," 8 p.m. 442 North St., Pittsfield.

Ventfort Hall

Summer Play "Morgan O'Yuki: Geisha of the Gilded Age," 4 p.m., Lenox.

Saturday

Aug. 31

ART

Chesterwood

"Portraits, Landscapes and Place" opening reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Photography exhibit presented by Sohn Fine Art and Chesterwood. Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Columbia County Fair

Animals, contests, horse pulls and pig race, music an entertainment, midway rides and food with 173-year-old Columbia County Agricultural Society. Painted Pony Rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derby. www.columbiafair.com.

Lee Congregational Church

Summer sanctuary tours from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from June through August. "Trompe l'oeil" (fool-the-eye) stenciling. Romanesque architecture, tallest wooden frame steeple in New England. Benefits Historic Preservation Fund of the church. 25 Park Place, Lee. (413) 464-8308.

DANCE

Performance Space 21

Parsons Dance, Nascimento Novo, In the End and Caught. 8 p.m.; Master Class, 11 a.m., 2980 Route 66, Chatham, N.Y., (518) 392-6121.

HISTORY

Bidwell House Museum

History Talk: The Men Who United the States. Author Simon Winchester previewing his next book -- on explorers, road builders, railroaders, the telegraph. 10 a.m. at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham.

Mission House

Mohican Museum and free self-guided walking tour of Mohican sites. Guided museum 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed the Colonial Revival gardens: 100 herbs, perennials and annuals that had culinary or medicinal value. 19 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3239.

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., behind-the-scenes look at the world of servants and workers in the Gilded Age. Stockbridge.

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

"Songs by ridiculously talented composers and lyricists you probably don't know but should" with Tony award-winner William Finn, 8 p.m. Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Eagles Band

Eagles Big Band under the direction of band leader and arranger Dick Carmel, music from the Big Band era of band leaders like Ellington and Tommy Dorsey, 2 p.m., Epoch Assisted Living, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Guthrie Center

Berkshire Ramblers, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

"A Tribe Called Red" Dance Party, 8 p.m. North Adams.

Music & More

"Shall We Gather at the River?" Sampling of Connecticut Yankee composer Charles Ives' repertoire of vocal and instrumental works. Deborah Rentz-Moore, mezzo soprano; Donald Berman, piano; Daniel Stepner, violin. 4:30 p.m., free pre-concert talk at 3:30. Meeting House, New Marlborough.

Music Mountain

Shanghai String Quartet with Haochen Zhang, piano, at 6:30 p.m., 225 Music Mountain Road, Falls Village, Conn. (860) 824-7126.

OUTDOORS

Ashintully Gardens

Trail through sheltering Berkshires valley to outdoor sculpture and gardens nourished by a stream. 1-5 p.m. Free. Sodem Road, Tyringham.

Field Farm

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.

Tamarack Hollow

Clear and blaze trails at nature and culture center in Windsor, 10 a.m., with Naturalist Aimee Gelinas, aimee@gaiaroots.com. Food provided. www.tamarackhollow.com.

THEATER

Bard College at Simon's Rock

"Leap Year" 2:30 and 7 p.m. Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Barrington Stage Company

"Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," 4 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Anna Christie" by Eugene O'Neill, 2 and 8 p.m. a young woman abandoned by her father meets him as an adult. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Capitol Steps

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

Shakespeare & Company

Behind-the-scenes tour, 10:30 a.m. Dibble Dance: "Sway," choreographed to music of Keppie Coutts, Bob Dylan and Dean Martin, 2 p.m., "Beauty Queen of Leeane," 3 p.m. "Love's Labours Lost," 7:30 p.m. "Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Young Frankenstein," musical, 4 and 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

Summer Play "Morgan O'Yuki: Geisha of the Gilded Age," 4 p.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox.

WRITING

Spencertown Academy

Festival of Books, including a giant used book sale and readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y.

Sunday

Sept. 1

COMMUNITY

Columbia County Fair

Animals, contests, horse pulls and pig race, music, midway rides. 173-year-old Columbia County Agricultural Society fair. Painted Pony Rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derby. www.columbiafair.com.

DANCE

Topia Arts Center

Swing Dancing on Pleasant Street with live music, noon to 2 p.m., Sundays June 2 to Sept. 1, 10 Pleasant St., Adams, in front of Topia Inn. Street will be temporarily closed to traffic. Free and open to all.

HISTORY

Mission House

Mohican Museum and free self-guided walking tour of Mohican sites. Guided museum 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed the Colonial Revival gardens: 100 herbs, perennials and annuals that had culinary or medicinal value. 19 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3239.

Quaker Meeting House

Built in 1782 by the East Hoosuck Meeting of the Society of Friends, place of worship of the family of Susan B. Anthony. Free tours: Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., July 7 to Oct. 13. Maple Street Cemetery, Adams. www.adamshistorical.us.

MUSIC

Music Mountain

Shanghai String Quartet with Haochen Zhang, piano, at 3 p.m., 225 Music Mountain Road, Falls Village, Conn. (860) 824-7126.

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew's Cobble

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

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River, Lenox, 8:30 a.m. Run by Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries, Lenox.

THEATER

Bard College at Simon's Rock

"Leap Year" presented by Shakespeare & Company, 7 p.m. Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Barrington Stage Company

"Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," 3 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "Dancing Lessons" with Mark St. Germain, preview of new work, at the Mainstage, 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

Capitol Steps

Political comedy in song, 3 p.m., Route 20, Lenox. (413) 881-1636.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," Tom Stoppard's translation of Gerald Sibleras' comedy about three World War I veterans restive in a retirement home, 3 p.m. "Love's Labours Lost," 7:30 p.m. "Beauty Queen of Leeane," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Young Frankenstein," musical, 2 p.m. Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Upstreet Barbers

"Kaufman's Barber Shop," 8 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 442 North St., Pittsfield.

WRITING

Spencertown Academy

Festival of Books, annual extravaganza of all things literary, including a giant used book sale and readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y.

Monday

Sept. 2

COMMUNITY

Columbia County Fair

Horse pulls and pig race, music an midway rides and food with 173-year-old Columbia County Agricultural Society. www.columbiafair.com.

WRITING

Spencertown Academy

Festival of Books, giant used book sale and readings by nationally known and local authors. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y.

Wednesday

Sept. 4

HISTORY

Bascom Lodge

"A Brief History of the Charcoal Industry: Charcoal production on Mount Greylock, its history and impact." Explore the process of wood distillation, the influence on ecology and industry, and what charcoal is used for today. 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.