Thursday, Jan. 23

COMMUNITY

EPOCH

Author Kathleen Cleary to discuss non-willed items. Cleary, who specializes in coaching adult children to support aging parents, will lead a question and answer after a presentation on the transfer of non-titled property. Free and open to the public. Wine and cheese will be offered to guests. RSVP: (413) 499-1992. 4:30 p.m. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

The Mount

"Society, Scandal, and Double Standards: A Reading and Discussion of New Year's Day" with Francesca Segal in the Drawing Room on the eve of Wharton's 152nd birthday. 6 p.m., Lenox. EdithWharton.org or (413) 551-5100.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"A Nation Divided: Getting Past the Impasse," the latest in the Four Freedoms Forum, which examines the idea of finding common ground in today's political climate. Program for adults. 2:30 p.m., Stockbridge.

Northshire Bookstore

Gary Paul Nabhan, "Growing Food in Hotter, Drier Land: Desert Farmers on Adptng to Climate Uncertainty," reading and discussion, 7 p.m., with world expert on agricultural traditions of arid lands. 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (518) 682-4200.

MCLA Presents!

"The Chronicles of Rose: A Serial Puppet Drama," 6 p.m., 107 Main St., North Adams. (413) 664-8718, www.mcla.edu/presents.

MUSIC

Williams College

Singer/songwriters Joe Crookston, Bernice Lewis, and special guest Lucy Davis will perform at Goodrich Hall, 7:30 p.m., at Williams College, Williamstown.

Friday, Jan. 24

MUSIC

Dewey Hall

Berkshire Songwriters in the Round concert series: Justin Hillman, Ryan Foss, John Clarke from Bell Engine, and host Todd Mack. Tickets available at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Sheffield.

The Linda

Garland Jeffreys, a confessional singer-songwriter. 8 p.m., 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y. Tickets: thelinda.org.

Williams College

Singer/songwriters Joe Crookston and Bernice Lewis offer a master class on songwriting, 10 a.m. to noon, Makepeace Lounge, Greylock Dining Commons, Williams College, Williamstown.

Saturday, Jan. 25

ART

IS183

Free Motion Quilting, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, for beginning and intrmediate quilters. Movement lab, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Little Red Schoolhouse, Routes 7 and 43, Williamstown. www.is183.org

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Athenaeum

Tom Tyning to present "Snakes: Biology, Conservation and Stories." An afternoon of free, family entertainment sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. 2 p.m., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Museum

Opening of the new exhibition, "Berkshire Collects," showcasing Berkshire County residents' passionate pursuit of every imaginable kind of object from rare motorcycles to wind-up toys, exotic insects, vintage guitars, and more. With more than 40 collectors sharing their treasures, the exhibit is a salute to the long and diverse tradition of collecting that built the Berkshire Museum 110 years ago. 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171, www.berkshiremuseum.org

The Mount

"Fifty Shades of Lily: Wharton, Art, and Popular Culture," with Wharton scholar Emily Orlando. Orlando will discuss the secret to Wharton's enduring popularity, making connections to contemporary culture, art, and even Lady Gaga. 3 p.m., Lenox. Reservations: EdithWharton.org or (413) 551-5110.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Educators Symposium: "True Stories: Non-Fiction Children's Books in the Classroom." Explore the world of non-fiction picture books and the Common Core-ready resources available to help educators. Illustrators Wendell Minor and David Macaulay, author Florence Minor, and other specialists in the field, will offer curriculum connections to non-fiction children's literature. Tours of "Wendell Minor's America" and a book signing are included. Lunch and snacks provided. Registration: (413) 931-2252. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stockbridge.

TEDx Talks

Williams College will host TEDx WilliamsCollege, faculty and student talks and films, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. CenterStage of the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance. A reception will follow in the CenterStage lobby. Free. Tickets required; space is limited. tedx.williams.edu/ticket-info. Williams will broadcast the talks online after the conference, tedx.williams.edu.

Ventfort Hall

Tea and Talk: "Living the Fast Life and the English Country House," a visual presentation given by architechtual historian Curt DuCamillo. 3:30 p.m., Lenox.

The Big E

Amherst Railroad Hobby Show, Better Living Center, Young & Stroh Buildings, Mallary Complex. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. TheBigE.com.

WinterFest

Montessori School of the Berkshires open house with scavenger hunt, refreshments, 9 a.m. to noon. 21 Patterson Road, Lenox Dale. BerkshireMontessori.org.

Northshire Bookstore

Steve Sheinkin, "The Port Chicgo 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights," 3 p.m. Story of African-American teenagers assigned to load ammunition at a segregated military base in World War II. 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (518) 682-4200.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Contemporary Music Recital. 1:30 p.m., Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Free. (413) 442-1411.

Mass MoCA

The Stepkids in a show of psychedelic, energy-wired music. 8 p.m. at Club B-10, North Adams.

Oldcastle Theatre Sonny and Perley, 7;30 p.m., 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Field Farm, Williamstown. Hike or snowshoe through this Trustees of Reservations property, Sloane Road (at the Five Corners). Carl Filios, (413) 442-8984. Williamstown.

Taconic Hiking Club

The 29th Annual Winter Festival at Grafton Lakes State Park. Full day of outdoor winter activities including a X-C skiing trek or snowshoe hike sponsored by the Taconic Hiking Club. Volunteers needed for the THC information booth at the main building. (413) 279-1155. Grafton, N.Y.

Sunday, Jan. 26

COMMUNITY

The Big E

Amherst Railroad Hobby Show, Better Living Center, Young & Stroh Buildings, Mallary Complex. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. TheBigE.com.

KID STUFF

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia performs adaptations of children's books "Swimmy," "Frederick" and "Inch by Inch," 2 p.m. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

MUSIC

EPOCH

Hot Coffee, Cool Jazz. Enjoy hot coffee, cappuccinos and lattes from Coffee Concepts while the Limb Shakers play swing-era jazz. 2-3:30 p.m., free and open to the public. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. (413) 499-1992.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Snowshoe the Boulders in Dalton on several of the trails including Wizard Glen. Jan Chague, (413) 637-1818 or jg_chague@hotmail.com.

THEATER

Whitney Center for the Arts

Town Players of Pittsfield presents a staged reading of "Anna's Brooklyn Promise" by D.K Oklahoma, 2 p.m. A widow takes a chance in life. 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Monday, Jan. 27

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

"Finding Your Voice: Singing Workshop for Teens," 10-week session with Sherri James Buxton and Bob Shepherd. 4:45-6:15 p.m., Taft Recital Hall, Pittsfield.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Athenaeum

The first installment of The Very Interesting Lecture Series: Parallel Universes. Presented by Florian Ptak, current theories of the cosmos, 7 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 499-9480.

Intellectual Property

Patricia Nelson will give a seminar on the subject of copyright law in the digital age on GNAT-TV, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Studio of the public access station, Sunderland, Vt., five miles south of Manchester on Route 7A. (802) 362-7070.

MUSIC

UMASS Amherst

Faculty Recital with Elizabeth Chang on violin and Steven Beck on piano. Bach, Sessions, Stravinsky. 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall, 273 East Fine Arts Center, Amherst.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

COMMUNITY

Northshire Bookstore

"Off the Shelf" with acclaimed playright Eve Ensler, 7 p.m., Maple Street School, 322 Maple St., Manchester Center, Vt. (802) 362-2200, northshire.com

MUSIC

Williams College

Final performance, showcasing students from Winter Study Program classes, "The Contemporary Singer/Songwriter," 7:30 p.m. Goodrich Hall, Williams College, Williamstown. williams.edu