Dinaw Mengestu, novelist and journalist, will read from his novels at 7:30 tonight at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington. Mengestu has
Dinaw Mengestu, novelist and journalist, will read from his novels at 7:30 tonight at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington. Mengestu has written for Rolling Stone on the war in Darfur and for the Wall Street Journal and Harper’s among other publications. He teaches at Georgetown University and has written two novels, ‘The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears’ and ‘How to Read the Air.’ (Associated Press)

Thursday

Sept. 26

COMMUNITY

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

MCLA ‘Creating Equality'

Evening of music and spoken word with writer and musician James McBride, 7:30 p.m. McBride will read excerpts from his latest book, "The Good Lord Bird," on abolitionist John Brown. Begins "Creating Equality" series. Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium in the MCLA Church Street Center, North Adams. www.mcla.edu

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 music with David Reed. Stockbridge. www.thetrustees.org.

MUSIC

The Bennington Center for the Arts

Cordis, an ensemble built upon a mix of cello, piano, cimbalom and percussion, will kick off their fall tour in Bennington. The program will include many of their own compositions as well as pieces by well-known composers such as Phillip Glass and Igor Stravinsky. Information or tickets go to www.



TheBennington.org or call (802) 442-7158.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Clybourne Park," a provocative and wickedly funny play about race, real estate, and American values, 7 p.m., Boyd-Quinson Mainstage." 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.

Clark Art Institute

"Othello," presented as part of the fifth season of National Theatre Live broadcasts. Othello, newly married to Desdemona, is appointed a leader in a military operation to defend Cyprus from the Turks. 2 p.m., Williamstown. Tickets visit clarkart.edu or call (413) 458-0524.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

London's National Theatre in HD "Othello," 7 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Box Office (413) 528-0100.

WRITERS

New York State Writers Institute

Gilbert King, Niskayuna native and Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction author. Seminar at 4:15 p.m., reading at 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus, Albany, NY.

Friday

Sept. 27

ART

Clark Art Institute

"Piero della Francesca's Madonna Enthroned with Four Angels: The Spiritual Perspective of Her Heavenly Palace," 5:30 p.m. with Samuel Edgerton. Williamstown.

Mass MoCA

September opening of a new building at the south end of the MASS MoCA campus, devoted to the work of Anselm Kiefer. To celebrate a new collaboration between Mass MoCA and the Hall Art Foundation, museum admission will be free to the public. Daily hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams.

COMMUNITY

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

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

Williams Music

Faculty Recital with Ronald Feldman, cello, 8 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

The Big E

Kix Brooks, known for his Country music success as half of the Brooks & Dun duo; 7:30 p.m. at the xfinity arena, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. 

OUTDOORS

Canoe Meadows

Bird walk, look for fall migrants, wood-warblers, with Noreen Mole, Hoffmann Bird Club past president, 10 a.m. Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Clybourne Park," a provocative and wickedly funny play about race, real estate, and American values, 8 p.m., Boyd-Quinson Mainstage." 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.

Shakespeare & Company

"Accomplice," a daring and sexy thrilling British comedy that is one twisted knot of tension, directed by Stephen Rothman. 7:30 p.m. at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office (413) 637-3353.

Saturday

Sept. 28

ART

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.

Clark Symposium: Science, Ethics, and the Transformations of Art in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries, with Herbert L. Kessler and Richard Newhauser, 9:30 a.m., Williamstown. www.clarkart.edu

COMMUNITY

ABC Clothing Sale

Annual giant sale of name brand, gently used clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes, 9 am to 2 pm, First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown. At 2 p.m., buy a large bag for $20 and fill it with what is left. Benefit Greylock A Better Chance.

Bidwell House Museum

"Building a Traditional New England Stone Wall," Monterey native Roger Tyron, a stone wall builder and a landscaper will give a workshop and hands-on demonstration from 10 a.m. to noon. Information or to register call (413) 528-6888. 100 Art School Road, Monterey, www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.

Chesterwood

Book signing, talk with Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams, authors of ‘Love Where You Live: At Home in the Country,' 4:30 p.m. The Meadowlark, Daniel Chester French's second studio, 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge. (413) 298-3579, ext. 25216. Chesterwood.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

Husdon Valley Opera House

Gala Veinte! The 20th Annual HOH Gala featuring Paul Carlon & Grupo Los Santos. This festive event is the Opera House's primary fundraiser and features live music and dancing with Grupo Los Santos, as well as several surprise appearances. 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY.

Lenox Apple Squeeze

Handmade crafts, sculptures, and original art works fill the streets along with handmade jewelry, textiles, wood carvings, leather goods, and hand woven clothing. Enjoy food, wine, beer, and delicacies along with apples and all imaginable apple recipes as you stroll through the Historic Village of Lenox. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown Lenox. For information call (413) 637-3646.

Ventfort Hall Mansion

NBC Reporter Bill Dedman will unravel his story "The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark" during a special Tea and Talk at 4 p.m. The speaker will be on hand to autograph copies of his book. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door; information call (4130 637-3206 or info@gildedage.org.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Co-op Market

DIY Kids: Do It Yourself Tooth Care Products. Kids will learn how to make their own toothpaste and mouthwash, 3:30 p.m., 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington. Information (413) 528-9697 ext. 13.

Berkshire Museum

Kitchen Ka-Boom, 11:100 a.m., "Chow Time"in aquarium, 12:30 p.m., Paper Plane Challenge, 2 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

MUSIC

The Big E

Austin Mahone, 7;30 p.m., at the xfinity arena, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Arlo Guthrie, 8:00 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Tickets (413) 528-9277.

Music and More

"Anything Goes! Karen Akers Sings Cole Porter" with Tony-award winning singer Karen Akers at the Meeting House followed by a gala wine tasting by Domaney's of Great Barrington. 4:30 p.m., 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Road Tickets at the door or (413) 229-2785.

Sanctuary for Independent Media

The third annual StoryHarvest celebration, with performances by international jazz star in the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, singer/songwriter Nawal, plus local gospel artists, and free community potluck BBQ. 1 to 5 p.m., Freedom Square, 39 Fifth Ave., North Troy, NY.

OUTDOORS

Canoe Meadows

Small Fish and Invertebrates with leader Gayle Tardif-Raser. Discussion about cold water streams, their value, and their inhabitants. Appropriate for families with children ages 5 and up. 12:30-2 p.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield. (413) 637-0320 for information.

Field Farm

Richard Hamilton, geologist and teacher, interpretive hike in the Caves lot. Talk on the geologic history leading to the formation of the caves. 1 p.m. at the trail parking area on Sloan Road, Williamstown. (413) 684-0148, www.thetrustees.org

Hoffmann Bird Club

Two-hour BBYB walk for birders with limited experience, explore Richmond Pond on the Richmond/Pittsfield Town Line searching for woodland species and waterfowl, 8 a.m. Meet at Bartlett Orchard's parking lot on Swamp Road in Richmond. Dress for a cool morning. (413) 655-8594 orMamonks@verizon.net. Free and all welcome.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Clybourne Park," a provocative and wickedly funny play about race, real estate, and American values, 8 p.m., Boyd-Quinson Mainstage." Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway meet in L.A., new work by Mark St. Germain, 4 $ 7:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

"Accomplice," a daring and sexy thrilling British comedy that is one twisted knot of tension, directed by Stephen Rothman. 7:30 p.m. at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office (413) 637-3353.

Sunday

Sept. 29

COMMUNITY

Bascom Lodge

"The Universe and the Anthropic Principle" with Bill Minardi. This presentation covers the basic facts about the universe and the question of whether our universe is a coincidence or "designed." Lobby, 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Bryant Homestead

Open for free tours 1 to 3 p.m., Wistaria Chamber Music Society concert, 3 p.m. All of The Trustees historic homes will be open free to the public. 207 Bryant Road, off of Route 112, Cummington.www.thetrustees.org.

'Foreigh Policy Challenges'

‘Anticipating the Unexpected,' 46th annual talk, 7:30 p.m. Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Washington D.C. Council on Foreign Relations, teaches U.S. Foreign Policy at Georgetown University and is a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council which directs the activities of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Free and all welcome. Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., Pittsfield.

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

Sanctuary for Independent Media

"Dollarocracy," award-winning authors media scholar Bob McChesney and journalist John Nichols discuss their new book Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. 7 p.m., Troy, N.Y.

MUSIC

The Big E

The Beach Boys, 7:30 p.m., at the xfinity arena, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Clark Art Institute

Harpsichord Concert: Victor Hill presents a program of Johan Sebastian Bach pieces. 3 p.m., Williamstown. Free.

South Mountain

Wu Han, piano; David Finckel, cello; and Philip Setzer, violin, 3 p.m. in the South Mountain Concert Hall located on Routes 7 and 20, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Clybourne Park," a provocative and wickedly funny play about race, real estate, and American values, 3 p.m., Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

London's National Theatre in HD "Othello," (encore broadcast) 3 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Box Office (413) 528-0100.

Shakespeare & Company

"Accomplice," a daring and sexy thrilling British comedy that is one twisted knot of tension, directed by Stephen Rothman. 2 p.m. at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Box Office (413) 637-3353.

Monday

Sept. 30

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Student Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Andy Wrba starts up, with several public performances. Registration for this 20 week session call (413) 442-1411.

Tuesday

Oct. 1

ART

Le Petit Musee Wild Sage

Sherry Steiner; "18 Drawings From the WoodHouse Series."11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 333 North St., Pittsfield. (413) 447-7000.

FILM

Berkshire Athenaeum

Director Nancy Kelly will introduce the screening of "Downside Up," her documentary about the recovery of North Adams. 7 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Free. (413) 499-9480.

LECTURE

Clark Art Institute

"Campo Urbano, September 21, 1969," with Clark Fellow Romy Golan, 5:30 p.m., Williamstown.

Wednesday

Oct. 2

LECTURE

Bascom Lodge

Virtual Tour of the New England Sky and an introduction to amateur astronomy groups, with Kevin Collins of the Amherst Astronomy Association. If the sky is clear there will be a short observing session outside after dinner, dress warm. Lobby, 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.