Thursday

Nov. 7

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Athenaeum

Book sale, members night 5 to 8 p.m. (join at the door). 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 499-9480.

First United Methodist Church

Giving Thanks 2013 Benefit Concert and Dinner for Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. Performances by the Jack Waldheim Band, the Irish group Dublin Porter and JoAnne Redding. Special introduction by local writer and storyteller Kevin O'Hara. Dinner, 4:30-5:30 p.m. and concert 6-7 p.m. Raffles include 500 gallons of home heating oil donated by Mirabito Energy Products. 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield.

Tricks of the Trade

‘The art of creating your website' workshop, 6 p.m., to help artists represent themselves online. Citizens Hall, IS183, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge. (413) 298-5252, www.is183.org.

FILM

Berkshire Museum

‘Dipso,' directed by Theodore Collatos and shot on location in Berkshire County. 7 p.m. Misadventures of a stand-up comedian. 39 South St., Pittsfield.

LITERARY

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Poetry & Fiction Reading Series: Ann Lauterbach, the author of eight collections of poetry including the National Book Award finalist "Or to Begin Again." 7:30 p.m., Great Barrington.

Writers Institute

American Shakespeare Center performance of ‘Othello,' 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus, University of Albany.albany.edu

THEATER

WAM Theater

"Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight" written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. Preview performance. 7:30 p.m. Located at the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. Tickets call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.WAMTheatre.com

Friday

Nov. 8

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

Humorous Tales and Little Known Facts: explore Norman Rockwell's adventures in illustration, with Curator of Education Tom Daly, 2:30 p.m., Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Athenaeum

Book sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 499-9480.

First United Methodist Church

Giving Thanks 2013 Benefit Concert and Dinner for Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. Performances by the Jack Waldheim Band, the Irish group Dublin Porter and JoAnne Redding. Special introduction by local writer and storyteller Kevin O'Hara. Dinner, 4:30-5:30 p.m. and concert 6-7 p.m. Raffles include 500 gallons of home heating oil donated by Mirabito Energy Products. 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield.

Lenox Square Dance

Community hoedown, 7 to 10 p.m.Live music by Moonshine Holler, all ages and levels welcome. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 281-7336.

FILM

Berkshire Museum

Dipso, directed by Theodore Collatos and shot on location in Berkshire County. 7 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Writers Institute

‘Russian Ark,' film spans 300 years of Russian history, 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Ave., Albany, N.Y. albany.edu

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

The Colonial Theatre

Gordon Lightfoot, 8 p.m. Tickets call the Box Office at (413) 997-4444. 111 South St., Pittsfield.

Mass MoCA

Don Edwards, 8 p.m. Cowboy ballads and blues, songs and stories with musician and historian. and Hunter Center, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. (413) 662-2111 ext. 1 massmoca.org.

THEATER

Shakespeare & Company

"Accomplice," a daring and sexy thrilling British comedy that is one twisted knot of tension, 7:30 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox. (413) 637-3353.

WAM Theater

"Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight" written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. Preview performance. 7:30 p.m. Located at the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. Tickets call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.WAMTheatre.com

Whitney Center for the Arts

"Sing, Sing, Sing!", a tuneful Cabaret presented by the Town Players of Pittsfield. 7:30 p.m., (413) 443-9279. 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Saturday

Nov. 9

ART

Berkshire Museum

Opening event: Radical Traditionalism, paintings by artists Janet Rickus and Colin Brant and Exquisite Illusion: Paintings by Warner Friedman and Assemlages by Michael Zelehoski, curated by Van Shields. Conversations with Curators, moderated by gallerist Geoffrey Young, 5:15-6 p.m. Opening Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Free. 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Meet the Artists

Berkshire Artists reception: Peg and Frank Biscotti, jewelers; Janet McKinstry, textiles; Steve Donaldson, photographs; Stephanie Abrams, travel writing; Riverbrook artists, 4 to 6 p.m. Red Lion Inn, Main Street, Stockbridge.(413) 298-5545, www.redlioninn.com.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Opening: Wendell Minor's America. Celebrate illustrator Wendell Minor's four-decade career, highlighting his 25th anniversary as the country's preeminent illustrator of historical picture books. Remarks from the artist and author/collaborator David McCullough, with a book signing to follow. 6 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP by November 4 at (413) 931-2264. Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Athenaeum

Book sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 499-9480.

Dalton CRA 90th anniversary

Doug Crane to speak, 6 p.m., with historical photographs and building tour about Crane & Co. and W. Murray Crane, who gave the funds to build the CRA. Activities, 7 p.m.: Family swim, mini exercise classes, fitness center and raquetball courts open. Refreshments. Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., Dalton. www.daltoncra.org

First United Methodist Church

Giving Thanks 2013 Benefit Concert and Dinner for Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. Performances by the Jack Waldheim Band, the Irish group Dublin Porter and JoAnne Redding. Special introduction by local writer and storyteller Kevin O'Hara. Dinner, 4:30-5:30 p.m. and concert 6-7 p.m. Raffles include 500 gallons of home heating oil donated by Mirabito Energy Products. 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield.

OMI

Cafe Omi Harvest Dinner. Members and friends are invited to a special evening featuring delicious food from the Cafe cooks and good conversation with special guest, artist Jane Dickson. RSVP necessary. 7 p.m., 1405 County Route 22, Ghent NY. (518) 392-4747.

Stockbridge Library

Commemoration of Veterans Day with Aaron Elson, author of ‘The Armored Fist: The 712th Tank Battalion in World War II,' and son of a veteran of a tank battalion, 1 p.m. Main Street, Stockbridge, (413) 298-5501, www.stockbridgelibrary.com.

FILM

Berkshire Museum

Dipso, directed by Theodore Collatos and shot on location in Berkshire County. 7 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Clark Art Institute

The MET: Live in HD presents Puccini's "Tosca." Patricia Racette stars in the title role of the jealous diva, oppostie Roberto Alagna as her lover Cavaradossi. 12:55 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

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

MUSIC

Clark Art Institute

‘Tosca' at the Met live in HD 12:55 p.m. 225 South St., Williamstown.(413) 458-0524, clarkart.edu.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Francine Segan Lecture: Opera Lover's Cookbook, a talk about the fascinating role of food in opera. 6:30 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Box Office (413) 528-0100.

Mass MoCA

Javelin, a boom box-wielding duo that's groovy and abstract. 8 p.m. in Club B-10. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. (413) 662-2111.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Seven Sisters Hike. The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail stretches across the ridge-line and is a fabulous way to see the Pioneer Valley from a unique perspective as well as taking in a beautiful, leisurely hike from one end to the next. Holyoke. Information call Maureen Daley at (413) 728-5162.

Bird Banding

Observe handheld birds captured with mist nets, banded and released. 10 a.m. to noon, Berkshire Sancutaries, 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. www.massaudubon.org.

Hoffman Bird Club Field Trips

NW CT Waterfowl Census. Meet at Bartholomew's Cobble. Bring lunch and a scope. Meet at 8 a.m., trip ends at 2 p.m. Co-leaders: Kate Ryan (413) 528-4355 and Rene Wendell (413) 229-6600.

THEATER

Sandisfield Arts Center

Thornton Wilder's ‘Our Town,' directed by international baritone Ben Luxon, 8 p.m.

Shakespeare & Company

"Accomplice," 2 & 7:30 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox. (413) 637-3353.

WAM Theater

"Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight" written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. 7:30 p.m. Located at the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. Tickets call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.WAMTheatre.com

Whitney Center for the Arts

"Sing, Sing, Sing!", a tuneful Cabaret presented by the Town Players of Pittsfield. 7:30 p.m. In the gallery, ‘Fibrous' exhibition opens 4 to 7 p.m. 13 artists in media from quilts to paper. (413) 443-9279. 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

WRITING

Hudson Opera House

Flash Fiction Writing Intensive with Laurie Stone; one day workshop in which participants will move through writing exercises and experiments to produce fiction between 300 and 500 words. Limited space available, register by November 6. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 325 Warren St., Hudson NY. (518) 822-1438.

Sunday

Nov. 10

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

The Art of Collaboration. Learn about the nature of artistic collaboration with illustrator Wendell Minor and author David McCullough. Continental brunch and book signing to follow. Limited seating, RSVP requested at (413) 931-2221. 11 a.m., Stockbridge.

OMI

Artist Talk: Jane Dickson. Cider and donuts will be served. 2 p.m., 1405 County Route 22, Ghent NY. (518) 392-4747.

COMMUNITY

Multicultural Bridge

Social Justice in Action talks showcase Bridge efforts and programs in the county. Mary Bearle, director of teaching and learning at BHRSD, and Peter Dillon, superintendent of BHRSD, speak on education, 13:30 p.m. at the Norris Household. Rev. Shiras, pastor of Lenox Church on the Hill, and Penny Curry, director of outreach of Grace Episcopal Church and coordinator of Gideon's Garden, to speak on faith communities, 3 p.m. at Berkshire South. RSVP (413) 394-4029. www.multiculturalbridge.org.

Stockbridge Library

Richard Kirsch, senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, on ‘Fighting for Our Health: the epic battle to make healthcare a right in the United States, 4 p.m. Main Street, Stockbridge. (413) 298-5501, www.stockbridgelibrary.org.

FILM

Berkshire Museum

Dipso, directed by Theodore Collatos and shot on location in Berkshire County. 7 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Mahaiwe

The Last Waltz -- Music in Common and the Rev Tour Band re-create the Band's classic concert, 7:30 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100, musicincommon.org.

MCLA Presents

Craig Harris, jazz trombonist, and his band, Nation of Imagination, presents new work in ‘50 Years after the Fire,' a concert with the MCLA Allegrettos, recalling key events of the Civil Rights Movement. 6 p.m. Benefits Margaret A. Hart scholarship fund. Church Street Center, North Adams. www.mcla.edu/presents

Mount

Close Encounters with Music presents Charles Caine, costume designer for the Metrpolitan Opera, 4 p.m. with refreshments by chocolate springs. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. (800) 843-0778, www.cewm.org.

THEATER

The Mount

Footlights at the Met: A Peek Behind the Curtain. International costume designer Charles Caine will offer a "behind-the-scenes" look at the Met. Presentation features costumes and memorabilia of historic theatrical fashions. 4 p.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Shakespeare & Company

"Accomplice," 2 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox. (413) 637-3353.

WAM Theater

"Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight" written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. 7:30 p.m. Located at the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. Tickets call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.WAMTheatre.com

Whitney Center for the Arts

"Sing, Sing, Sing!", a tuneful Cabaret presented by the Town Players of Pittsfield. 2 p.m., reservations call (413) 443-9279. 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Monday

Nov. 11

FILM

Berkshire Museum

Dipso, directed by Theodore Collatos and shot on location in Berkshire County. 1:30 & 7 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Tuesday

Nov. 12

COMMUNITY

YBar

Open mic for poetry and spoken word, hosted by WordXWord, 8 p.m. Sign-ups begin 7:30 p.m. 391 North St., Pittsfield. Information visit wXw365.org.

Wednesday

Nov. 13

ART

Clark Art Institute

Conversation with Julie Ault, an artist best known for her work with the collective Group Material, discusses her practice and current projects with RAP Associate Director David Breslin. 5:30 p.m. in the Clark's auditorium. 225 South St., Williamstown.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Athenaeum

"A Caregiver's Guide for the Holidays," a lecture by Robert Dean. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. 7 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Green Drinks

Leslie Reed-Evans to speak on Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, drinks start at 5:30 p.m., talk at 6:15. Freight Yard Pub, Route 8, North Adams. (413) 230-7321.

Mark Twain House

Talk on Rev. Joseph Hopkins Twitchell, chaplain in the army during the Civil Wat and Mark Twain's friend, 5 p.m. Free. 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn. (860) 247-0998.

MCLA

The third Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture with Andrew Young, diplomat, politician and activist from Georgia, 7 p.m., MCLA Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium. North Adams. (413) 662-5391.

MUSIC

Williams College

Momenta String Quartet, contemporary chamber music, 8 p.m. Williams College Department of music presents MidWeek Music, 12:15 p.m. and Williamstown.