The Norman Rockwell Museum will host a family day -- ‘Trains!’ -- from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Children and families can explore trains and rail
The Norman Rockwell Museum will host a family day -- ‘Trains!’ -- from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Children and families can explore trains and rail travel with a book signing by artist Wendell Minor, presentations by Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, and Larry Lowenthal, and music from Gordon Titcomb. Information: www.nrm.org (Wendell Minor / Norman Rockwell Museum)

Correction: Berkshire Concert Choir has postponed Saturday's event. This calendar has been amended to reflect this change.

Dvorak's Mass in D, "Songs of Nature" and "Goin' Home" and more, 7:30 p.m. First Church of Christ in Pittsfield, Congregational, 27 East St. (413) 442-6120

Thursday

Nov. 21

 

ART

WCMA

Williams College Museum of Art hosts WCMA at Night 5 to 9 p.m. with Williams Reads, focusing on Diane Abu-Jaber's novel, ‘Crescent.' Poetry, performance, intercultural encounyters, flash assemblages, Crescent Café with Arab music and ‘Now Dig This!' art exhibit. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, off Route 2, Williamstown. wcma.williams.edu

COMMUNITY

IS183

"Considering Adoption" info session with Berkshire Children and Families will inform families about the adoption process in Massachusetts. 6:30 p.m., 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge. Information visit berkshirechildren.org or call (413) 584-5690 ext. 117.

Pittsfield Country Club

Berkshire Children and Families Annual Meeting, with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal as keynote speaker, discussing federal policies impacting child and family services. 5:30 p.m., 639 South St., Pittsfield. Reservations (413) 448-8281 ext. 14.

Williamstown Chamber


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Williamstown Chamber of Commerce to hold annual meeting, 5:30 p.m., at Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, with tours of the new building. (413) 458-9077, williamstownchamber.com

 

FILM

EMPAC at RPI

‘In the Mood for Love,' Won Kar-wai's film of unfulfilled relationships and fallible memory, 7:30 p.m. Part of ‘A Door Ajar' film series. Rensselaer Polytechic Institute, Troy, N.Y. (518) 276-3921, empac.rpi.edu

MUSIC

The Colonial Theatre

Three Dog Night, legendary music icons that are celebrating their 4th decade of popular music. 8 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield. Tickets call the box office at (413) 997-4444.

Warm up the Winter

Deborah Zecher presents "Warm Up the Winter: A Benefit for Local Fuel Assistance" with a capella group Quintessentia, Joe Rose, Joshua Zecher-Ross and the Wanda Houston Band. All proceeds will be distributed by Construct, Inc. 7 p.m., Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-0100.

 

THEATER

'Twelfth Night'

MCLA performing arts presents Edwardian rendition of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," 8 p.m. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams. www.mcla.edu

 

Friday

Nov. 22

 

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Museum

The annual Festival of Trees 2013: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow opens with a Festive Preview party. A family friendly evening of fun, good food, and entertainment, among the twinkling holiday trees in the galleries.

Bushnell-Sage Library

Fresco Painting Workshop featuring noted fresco conservator and art educator Alma Ortolan. Open to members and non-members of the league. Kicks off with a lecture at 6 p.m. Information call (413) 229-5951. Sheffield.

Hancock Shaker Village

Holiday Sale at the Hancock Shaker Village Museum Store. Stock up on gifts at the annual holiday sale, featuring shaker oval boxes, prints and posters, dishes, books, and other treasures, sold at discount prices. This is the only sale on oval boxes all season long. 34 Lebanon Mountain Road, Hancock. (413) 443-0188.

 

DANCE

Williams College ‘62 Center

All Ensembles Performance at Williams College Dance Department, 8 p.m. CoDa, INISH, Kusika and the Zambesi Marimba Band. 1000 Main St., Williams College, Williamstown. 62center.williams.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

St. John's Episcopal Church

Pioneer Valley Cappella celebrates St. Cecilia's Day with "Moments in Time," featuring works by Purcell, Buxtehude, and Charpentier. Free with donation, 8 p.m., Northampton. Information visit pioneervalleycappella.org.

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents Berkshire Symphony at 8 p.m. Torke, Ravel and Brahms. Pre-concert talk, 7:15. Chapin Hall, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

THEATER

Capital Repertory Theatre

Preview show of "A Christmas Carol," 8 p.m., 111 North Pearl St., Albany, NY. (518) 445-7469 for tickets.

'Twelfth Night'

MCLA performing arts presents Edwardian rendition of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," 8 p.m. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams. www.mcla.edu

WAM Theater

"Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight" written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. Preview performance. 12 & 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

 

WRITING

Writers Read

Emily Pulfer-Terino and Derek Gentile, poetry and prose, 5:30 p.m. Monthly series, 40 Main St., Lee.

 

Saturday

Nov. 23

 

COMMUNITY

Hancock Shaker Village

Holiday Sale at the Hancock Shaker Village Museum Store. Stock up on gifts at the annual holiday sale, featuring shaker oval boxes, prints and posters, dishes, books, and other treasures, sold at discount prices. This is the only sale on oval boxes all season long. 34 Lebanon Mountain Road, Hancock. (413) 443-0188.

Holiday Fair

Hartsbrook School Holiday Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gingerbreah houses, puppet shows, magicians, musicians, crafts and food. 193 Bay Road, Hadley. www.hartsbrook.org/holidayfair

Holiday Farmers' Market

Berkshire Grown's 5th Annual Holiday Farmers' Market features locally grown and produced foods, including fruits and vegetables, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry, bread, pies, pickles, jams, and more. Admission is free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington.

Marathon reading

"The City of Dreaming Books" by Walter Moers, marathon reading of fantastic tale of a quest for a lost manuscript, begins at 2 p.m. Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St., Hudson, N.Y. (518) 822-1050, basilicahudson.com

Wine and chocolate

Tasting at Vredegris Tea & chocolate Bar in Hudson, N.Y. 5 to 7 p.m. 135 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. (518) 828-3139

 

DANCE

Williams College ‘62 Center

All Ensembles Performance at Williams College Dance Department, 8 p.m. CoDa, INISH, Kusika and the Zambesi Marimba Band. 1000 Main St., Williams College, Williamstown. 62center.williams.edu

 

FILM

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

London's National Theatre in HD featuring "Macbeth," starring Kenneth Branagh in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade. 2 p.m.; "Twenty Feet from Stardom," a documentary film about the lives of backup singers, 7 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

 

KID STUFF

Berkshire Co-op Market

KIDS CAN COOK: Twice Baked Delicata Squash with Toasted Seeds, a delicious version of a traditional Thanksgiving receipt.10 a.m., 42 Bridge St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-9697 ext. 39.

Berkshire Museum

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

Mass MoCA

Milkshake, a band on a mission to create great rock music for kids. Led by singer Lisa Matthews and guitarist Mikel Ghel. Vintage pop. 11:30 a.m., Hunter Center, North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Trains! Children and families can explore trains and the wonder of rail travel. The day includes a book signing by artist Wendell Minor, presentations by Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, and Larry Lowenthal. Music from author/musician Gordon Titcomb. 1-4 p.m. Route 183, Stockbridge. www.nrm.org

 

MUSIC

Bennington choral

Bennington County Choral Society, under Music Director Edwin Lawrence, presents its fall concert program, "Raise the Song," a celebration of the bounty and introspection associated with the autumnal months and years end. 7:30, tickets at the door. Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street, Bennington, Vt.

Pioneer Valley Cappella

Celebration of St. Cecilia's Day with "Moments in Time," works by Purcell, Buxtehude, and Charpentier. Free with donation, 8 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, South Hadley. Information visit pioneervalleycappella.org.

Shakespeare & Company

Oakes and Smith CD Release Concert, "First Flight." 8 p.m. at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. Information call (413) 637-3353 or visit www.oakesandsmith.net.

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Gospel Choir, 8 p.m. ‘There Is a Mane' concert, gospel hits including ‘Ride On,' ‘Lift Him Up' and ‘Riverside.' Chapin Hall, Williamstown. music.williams.edu

 

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Mountain Meadows or Hopkins Forest, both about 5 miles with moderate difficulty. Williamstown. Information contact Barb Murdock at (413) 458-9300.

 

THEATER

Capital Repertory Theatre

Preview show of "A Christmas Carol," 3 & 8 p.m., 111 North Pearl St., Albany, NY. (518) 445-7469 for tickets.

'Twelfth Night'

MCLA performing arts presents Edwardian rendition of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," 2 and 8 p.m. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams. www.mcla.edu

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

 

WRITING

Hudson Opera House

Join four regional authors at HOH as they discuss their new books and give insights about modern country living, home, garden and lifestyle. Featuring Jane Garmey, Joan Osofsky, and Dennis Wedlick & Alan Barlis. 5 p.m., 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY.

 

Sunday

Nov. 24

COMMUNITY

Hancock Shaker Village

Holiday Sale at the Hancock Shaker Village Museum Store. Stock up on gifts at the annual holiday sale, featuring shaker oval boxes, prints and posters, dishes, books, and other treasures, sold at discount prices. This is the only sale on oval boxes all season long. 34 Lebanon Mountain Road, Hancock. (413) 443-0188.

Holiday Farmers' Market

Berkshire Grown's 5th Annual Holiday Farmers' Market features locally grown and produced foods, including fruits and vegetables, cheese, eggs, meat, poultry, bread, pies, pickles, jams, and more. Admission is free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williams College Field House, 82 Latham St., Williamstown.

Practicing Democracy

Donald L. Robinson, author of "Town Meeting: Practicing Democracy in Rural New England," to spek, 4 p.m. Stockbridge Library, Main Street. www.stockbridgelibrary.org

 

MUSIC

United Congregational Church of Holyoke

The Mount Holyoke College Symphony Orchestra featuring Ng Tian Hui, Conductor, Larry Schipull, Organ, and Elizabeth Baxter, Soprano. Reception following the concert. 4 p.m., Skinner Memorial Chapel, on the corner of Appleton (Route 141) and Maple Streets, Holyoke.

Second Congregational Church

Bennington County Choral Society, under Music Director Edwin Lawrence, presents its fall concert program, "Raise the Song," a celebration of the bounty and introspection associated with the autumnal months and years end. 7:30, tickets at the door. Hillside Street, Bennington, VT.

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents The Williams Jazz Sextet, 2 p.m., Williamstown.

 

THEATER

Capital Repertory Theatre

Preview show of "A Christmas Carol," 2 p.m., 111 North Pearl St., Albany, NY. (518) 445-7469 for tickets.

WAM Theater

"Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight" written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. 2 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

Town Players

Staged readings of plays by Irish playwrights, ‘The Jest of Hahalaba' by Lord Dunsany and Lady Gregory's ‘Spreading the News,' 2 p.m. Whitney Center, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

 

Monday

Nov. 25

 

MUSIC

Mission Bar and Tapas

Final performance of "Finding Your Voice: A Singing Workshop for Teens." Located at Upper North Street, 6 p.m. Freewill donation at the door, order food from the menu. Call (413) 442-1411 for information.

 

Tuesday

Nov. 26

COMMUNITY

YBar

WordXWord's Story Slam: Lost in Translation/Misadventures in Understanding. Storytellers share their theme-related stories in a fast-paced format similar to the popular Moth Radio program. 8 p.m., 391 North St., Pittsfield.

 

MUSIC

Berkshire Athenaeum

Pittsfield High School Chamber Orchestra directed by Alla Zernitskaya, will play a divertimento by Mozart and music from both the "Phantom of the Opera" and "The Wizard of Oz." Students from both Pittsfield High School and Herberg Middle school will perform. 7 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

 

THEATER

Capital Repertory Theatre

Opening night of "A Christmas Carol," 7:30 p.m., 111 North Pearl St., Albany, NY. (518) 445-7469 for tickets.

 

Wednesday

Nov. 27

COMMUNITY

North Adams Tree Lighting

Tree lighting ceremony at Monument Square on Main Street and Hometown Holidays kickoff, 5 p.m. Drury High School band to perform holiday melodies and carols, antique Mack fire truck with Santa and Mrs. Claus, gifts and goodie bags. Downtown celebration to 8 p.n. North Adams.