Third Thursday will fill North Street in Pittsfield tonight with entertainers, late-summer fare, live music and high spirits.
Third Thursday will fill North Street in Pittsfield tonight with entertainers, late-summer fare, live music and high spirits. (Eagle file)

Thursday

Sept. 19

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Museum

Free and open to all Berkshire County residents, 5 to 8 p.m Third Thursday.

Berkshire Wordfest

Poetry on the Terrace, a Wordfest event: Charles Coe, Jessica Fisher, David Giannini, Mark Hart, Owen Lewis, and Ellen Doré Watson, 5:30 p.m. Free. Informal book swap. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. www.EdithWharton.org, (413) 551-5100.

Naumkeag at night

Grounds and grand house after hours, 5 to 8 p.m. Wine and sunset, learn about the Choate family, and tour the restored gardens. Wine and beer courtesy of Nejaime's Wine Cellar. Live Jazz on the Lawn by Allen Livermore Jazz Trio. Stockbridge. www.thetrustees.org.

Third Thursday

Third Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, to Benefit Elizabeth Freeman Center. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. on the corner of North Street and Park Square. Walkers encouraged to wear the flashiest shoes as they walk. Evening celebrates Italy, Newpoli group from Boston will play traditional southern Italian folks songs. Berkshire Museum will be free and open to all Berkshire County residents, 5 to 8 p.m.

OUTDOORS

Hancock Shaker Village

240-mile Berkshires to Boston Bicycle Tour presented by MassBike leaves from the museum and meanders through the Connecticut River Valley. www.berkshirestoboston.com

THEATER

Town Players Of Pittsfield

Staged reading of ‘A Case of Anxiety' by Mark Harvey Levine, at 5:30 and 7 P.M. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Friday

Sept. 20

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Wordfest

Literary death match: high-energy compeittion of eadings and responses, 7 p.m. Lenox. www.EdithWharton.org.

Stoneware Collectors' Group

Meeting 4 p.m. Talk: "New Jersey's Gold Coast: The Clay Beds of Cheesequake." Bennington Museum, Route 9.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

"Museum Adventures" songs, stories, scavenger hunts, for children 18 months to 3 years. 11 to 11:30 a.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

MUSIC

Berkshire Hills Chorus

Sweet Adelines International concert 7 p.m., barbershop a cappella in four-part harmony, at the Mount Greylock State Reservation Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough. Free.

FreshGrass Festival

Bluegrass weekend with Devil Makes Three, Sam Bush, The Deadly Gentlemen, Sarah Jarosz, Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush and more, through Sunday. MASS MoCA stages in North Adams. www.massmoca.org.

Spectrum Playhouse

Lee Idol: Come see local budding performers sing in front of a panel of three judges, 5 p.m. 20 Franklin St., Lee. (413) 394-5023, www.spectrumplayhouse.org

OUTDOORS

Canoe Meadows

Bird walk 8 a.m. with Noreen Mole, Hoffmann Bird Club Past President. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

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

Theater Barn

"Better Late" December-December-December romance by Emmy winner Larry Gelbart. 8 p.m., 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, NY. (518) 794-8989 thru Sept. 22.

Saturday

Sept. 21

ART

Berkshire Museum

BeMused: Conversation with the Curator, 11 a.m. Tour the exhibition ‘PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material' with curator Maria Mingalone. Origami Plus: Celebrate paper with the timeless paper folding art form known as origami as well as other innovative paper folding techniques. Each week features new designs and skills. 2 p.m. Free with Museum admission. 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Clark Art Institute

Three new shows open in the galleries at Stone Hill Center -- ‘Sacred and Profane: Four Hundred Years of Religious and Mythological Paintings,' ‘Face Time: Portraits and Figures in Paintings and Sculpture' and ‘Land, Sea, and Sky: The Natural World in Art 1600-1900,' all works from the collection. www.clarkart.edu

MCLA Gallery 51

‘A Marriage: I (Suburbia),' an exhibition/performance work by newly married Nick Vaughan and JakeMargolin, looks at what it means to be a young, same-sex, married couple. Weekend performances include Vaughan and Margolin completely spray painting each other, 4 p.m. Free. 51 Main St., North Adams.

COMMUNITY

Arrowhead

"I would prefer not to" Keep This -- Tailgate tag sale, flea market and craft fair, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Charles Flint of Charles Flint Fine Art and Antiques will appraise, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ernie The Hotdog man will be there too. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Wordfest

Reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mark Strand, National Poet Laureate, 4 p.m., free. High school invitational poetry workshopreading, 1 p.m. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. www.EdithWharton.org, (413) 551-5100. Free tour, 10:30 a.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. (413) 623-2068.

Berkshire Co-op Market

KIids can cook: Apple Cider Donuts , 10 a.m. made with coconut flour. Apple tasting activity about local apples in the area. 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington (413) 528-9697, www.berkshire.coop

Bidwell House Museum

‘Bee-Hunting on Bidwell Grounds': Learn how farmers historically captured honey bees, and how you can too. Michael White will explain how to hunt for a bee colony and lead a guided walk on the Bidwell grounds in search of pollinators, 10 a.m. ‘From Hinterland to Homestead,' Rob Hoogs on a walk to experience two centuries of settlement at the historic Bidwell homestead and explore the Boston-Albany Post Road,1 p.m. Both free.100 Art School Road, Monterey www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.

Home brew

"An Introduction to the Art of Home Brewing" with Steve D'Ambrosio, 2 p.m., Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 499-9480.

Stoneware Collectors' Group

Gathering and sale on the grounds of Camelot Village Bennington, Vt. www.madriverantiques.com.

What's out there River Walk

What's Out There Weekend Berkshires events, 3 p.m. -- River Walk joins more than 30 tours of the region's landscape legacy. Meet at the W.E.B. Du Bois River Garden Park at Church and River Streets, Great Barrington. www.gbriverwalk.org

What's Out There Springside

Hebert Arboretum will host activities as part of What's Out There Weekend, a series of free tours of locations throughout the Berkshires in collaboration with The Cultural Landscape Foundation and Berkshire Synergy Projec 10 a.m. to noon Bluebird Restoration Workshop; 1 to 4 p.m. Hebert Arboretem self-guided walking tour; 2 p.m. Explore Elmhurst and The Vincent J. Hebert Arboretum at Springside Park Hike. Springside Park, Route 7, Pittsfield. Weekend includes tours at more than two dozen cultural landscapes.

DANCE

Lenox Contradance

Live music by Alan Thomson's Little Big Band, caller Katy Heine,8-11:30, new dancers come at 8. Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St. www.lenoxcontradance.org, (413) 528-4007.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

"Chow Time"in aquarium, 12:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

MUSIC

Berkshire Bach Society

The Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., performing Mozart Clarinet Quintet, Beethoven Septet, and Bach. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, wwww.mahaiwe.org.

FreshGrass Festival

Bluegrass weekend with Devil Makes Three, Sam Bush, The Deadly Gentlemen, Sarah Jarosz, Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush and more, through Sunday. MASS MoCA stages in North Adams. www.massmoca.org.

The Big E

Symphonic Sounds of Elvis feat. Maestro Joe Guercio, 7:30 p.m., xfinity arena; Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Hillsdale Grange

Clarion Concerts of Columbia County Celebrates the 32nd Season of Leaf Peeper Concerts with "Presenting Half the Catalyst String Quartet," 7:30 p.m., Route 22, North Hillsdale.

Joseph FireCrow

Stockbridge Land Trusthosts Joseph FireCrow, one of the top three American Indian flute players in the world, at the Sally Begley Property at 30 Yale Hill Road in Stockbridge at 11 a.m., at annual meeting. Talk on American Indian culture by Barbara Allen, Curator of the Stockbridge Library's Museum & Archives. Free. (413) 329-1067.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Castle St., Great Barrington. Tickets (413) 528-9277.

Music & More

Apollo Trio, 4:30 p.m., program of piano trios by Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Schubert. Route 57, New Marlborough Meeting House.

Spectrum Playhouse

Lee Idol: Come see local budding performers sing in front of a panel of three judges, 5 p.m. 20 Franklin St., Lee. (413) 394-5023, www.spectrumplayhouse.org

Tannery Pond Concerts

The Brentano String Quartet, playing Beethoven, Debussy and Mendelssohn, 6 p.m., grounds of Mount Lebanon Shaker Village and Darrow School, New Lebanon, N.Y.

OUTDOORS

Hancock Shaker Village

Two trail races: a marathon (26.2 miles) and a 50-mile ultra-marathon will start and finish at the Round Stone Barn, and will use trails in the Pittsfield State Forest which borders the Village to the north. Routes 20 and 41, Pittsfield. www.ultrasignup.com

Heritage Walks

The 12th Annual "Heritage Walks Weekends" more than 60 free guided tours offered throughout Berkshire County and Litchfield County. Walks schedule can be found at heritage-hikes.org.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway meet in L.A., new work by Mark St. Germain, 7:30 p.m.; "Love & Take Out," with guest star Heather Mac Rae, 9:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

‘Accomplice,' comic and elusive thriller in which nothing is as it seems, 7:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Better Late" December-December-December romance by Emmy winner Larry Gelbart. 8 p.m., 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, NY. (518) 794-8989

Sunday

Sept. 22

ART

Becket Arts Center

"Nouveau Brut" party for fall show, 2 to 4 p.m., during noon to 4 autumnal equinox party. Route 8, Becket.

MCLA Gallery 51

‘A Marriage: I (Suburbia),' an exhibition/performance work by newly married Nick Vaughan and JakeMargolin, looks at what it means to be a young, same-sex, married couple. Weekend performances include the complete reading of the famed Supreme Court case on gay marriage, "Perry versus Schwarzeneger," by 25 students.11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 51 Main St., North Adams.

COMMUNITY

BerkShares anniversary

Region's local currency celebrates seventh anniversary at 7:30 pm. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington.

MUSIC

Bascom Lodge

‘Wind and Rain: An Evening of Poetry and Song' -- celebrate the elements on Mount Greylock in an evening of songs, poems and stories with poet Rosemary Starace and singer-songwriter JoAnne Spies, with, Shawn Stevens, Mohican storyteller and musician. Guitar, dulcimer, rattles, flute and chimes. (413) 743-1591.

The Big E

Randy Houser, 7:30 p.m., 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

FreshGrass Festival

Bluegrass weekend with Devil Makes Three, Sam Bush, The Deadly Gentlemen, Sarah Jarosz, Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush and more, through Sunday. MASS MoCA stages in North Adams. www.massmoca.org.

South Mountain

Pianist Menahem Pressler, 3 p.m. in the South Mountain Concert Hall located on Routes 7 and 20, Pittsfield.

Spectrum Playhouse

Open Mic Night osted by local musician Robin O'Herin, 7 p.m. 20 Franklin St., Lee. (413) 394-5023, www.spectrumplayhouse.org

Stockbridge Festival Chorus

Rehearsals for annual concert begin with a potluck at noon at the church for all singers, new singers welcome. (413) 243-6076 or werdenroad@aol.com.

OUTDOORS

Heritage Walks

The 12th Annual "Heritage Walks Weekends" will feature more than 60 free guided tours offered throughout Berkshire County and Litchfield County. Walks schedule can be found at heritage-hikes.org.

The Mount

What's Out There - a walking tour and talk exploring the landscape of the property, 3-4:30 p.m., Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway meet in L.A., new work by Mark St. Germain, 7:30 p.m.; "Love & Take Out" with guest star Heather Mac Rae, 9:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

‘Accomplice,' comic and elusive thriller in which nothing is as it seems, 2 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Better Late" December-December-December romance by Emmy winner Larry Gelbart, 2 p.m., 654 Route 20, New Lebanon, NY. (518) 794-8989.

Monday

Sept. 23

FILM

Bennington College

"Reflections of Our Lives Through Dance,"documentary with discussion to follow, 7 p.m., VAPA Kinoteca, Bennington College, Bennington, V.T.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Adult Cabaret Workshops, Sherri James Buxton, 7:30 and 7:45 - 9:15 p.m. Registration call (413) 442-1411.

Tuesday

Sept. 24

ART

Clark Art Institute

"Feedback: Notes on Behavioral Turn," featuring Judith Rodenbeck, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Sarah Lawrence College, 5:30 p.m. at the Stone Hill Center, Williamstown.

MUSIC

Bennington College

The Carriage Barn Series presents a performance by Yoshiko Sato and Allen Shawn, 8 p.m., Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington, V.T.

Wednesday

Sept. 25

COMMUNITY

Banned Book Week

‘Banned!' 7 to 9 p.m. On Banned Books Week, join Conn. Center for the Book, Syllable Reading Series, and the Mark Twain House & Museum as we dive deeper into the meaning of the word ‘banned.' An evening of writers reading original pieces. Mark Twain House & Museum Auditorium, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn. www.cthumanities.org

Hancock Shaker Village

Dave Carlon and Jack Sobon's Timber Framing: A Traditional Approach workshop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., until September 29. To register call (800) 817-1137 or visit hancockshakervillage.org

IS183 Art School

Conversations on Creativity -- a discussion between the artists Tom O'Neil and Pedro de Movellan, 6 p.m. Free event is a prelude to the Fall, 2013, continuation of IS183's Support Group for artists. Citizens' Hall, at 13 Willard Hill Road in Stockbridge. (413) 298-5252, ext. 100, www.is183.org

THEATER

Bascom Lodge

Preview of WAM Theatre's "Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight" by Lauren Gunderson, 6 p.m., Summit of Mount Greylock.

MUSIC

Ventfort Hall

Folk music and localcraft beer on the porch: Billy Keane and The Misdemeanor Outlaws. The Pittsfield based band has shared the stage with such acts as James Taylor, Jackie Greene, Barefoot Truth and has played venues from Boston, to New York. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206, GildedAge.org