ART

MCLA Gallery 51

"Persistence of Spirit," an exhibition of paintings by three prominent Haitian artists, Philippe Dodard, Gontron Durocher and Ronald Mevs. Opening 5-7 p.m. Free. Show through Feb. 23, 51 Main St., North Adams. www.mcla.edu/gallery51 FILM

Mass MoCA

"20 Feet from Stardom," 7:30 p.m., North Adams.

MUSIC

UMASS Department of Music

The 1st Visit: New England Jazz Ensemble. Music by J.W. Holmes. 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall. Box Office (413) 545-2511. Amherst.

THEATRE

Clark Art Institute

National Theatre Live broadcasts the Donmar Warehouse's production of Shakespeare's tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, "Coriolanus," with Tom Hiddlestone and Mark Gatiss. Directed by Josie Rourke. 2 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown. (413) 458-2303.

Friday, Jan. 31

COMMUNITY

EPOCH

Town Hall meeting with state Sen. Ben Downing. Downing will give key updates on the state of key issues facing constituents and field questions. 10 a.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. Information or to RSVP: (413) 499-1992.

LECTURE

Northshire Bookstore

Ben Killam, "Out on a Limb: What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition.


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Mark Twain House & Museum

Author Jeffrey Richardson, will discuss "COLT: The Revolver of the American West," and the connections to Hartford. 7 p.m. in the Mark Twain House Museum Center. Reception at 6 p.m. Free. 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn. (860) 247-0998 or www.marktwainhouse.org.

MUSIC

UMass Department of Music

U.S. Coast Guard Band Chamber Ensemble. R. Wyman, K. Watkins and J. Baroody, conductors; J.P. Miller, guest conductor. 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall. Box Office (413) 545-2511. Amherst.

Vermont Arts Exchange

Morning Breadth, 7 p.m., 29 Sage St., North Bennington, Vt. brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006.

OUTDOORS

Taconic Hiking Club

Perry's Peak, a short winter snowshoe outing. Spot cars up on Lebanon Mountain, begin at the Richmond Cemetery and head north to Scottie's Lookout and then 2,070-foot Perry's Peak. Winter gear is required, bad driving cancels. 4 miles. Route 41 to U.S. Route 20, Richmond.

THEATRE

Hubbard Hall

"Parallel Lives," 8 p.m., 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. (518) 677-2495.

Saturday, Feb. 1

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

Painting workshop, "The Art of Fantasy," with Illustrator Ruth Sanderson. Explore mood, composition, and narrative in oil painting with picture book artist Ruth Sanderson. Bring along a photograph of a figure and landscape as reference. Advance registration required, (413) 931-2252. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

The Big E

Great Barrington Kennel Club Dog Show, the Better Living Center, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. Information: (413) 737-2443.

National Women in Sports Day

Annual celebration at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Free clinics for girls (grades 3-8) and adult women. Lunch included. Registrer athletics
.mcla.edu/ngwsd (413) 662-5403.

DANCE

Mass MoCA

Western Swing Dance Party with the Brain Cloud. Join in on the boot-stomping ranch dance when the New York sextet The Brain Cloud brings its brand of gypsy jazz dipped in Big Band swing. 8 p.m., Hunter Center, North Adams.

MUSIC

Oldcastle Theatre

Evita Cobo, 7:30 p.m., 331 Main St., Bennington. Vt. (802) 447-0564, www.oldcastle.org

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsacker

Snowsnoe/hike on the Dome Trail to the summit of the Dome, an elevation gain of 1,715 feet.  Leader Mary Vadney, (518) 756-3881. Pownal, Vt.

Taconic Hiking Club

Beginner Snowshoe, Hand Hollow Conservation Area. Relatively flat 2- to 3-mile circuit of a Columbia Land Conservancy property. If snow isn't sufficient, another locale will be considered. Meet at Schodack Park and Ride at 9:45 a.m. or Hand Hollow at 10 a.m. Contact Sharon for details at sboqc@mindspring.com or (413) 674-0042. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Notchview Reservation

Winter Trails Day,10 a.m.-3 p.m., Route 9, Windsor. A special half-price trail fee will be offered along with free workshops, clinics. www.notchview.org or (413) 684-0148.

Project Native

Snowshoe clinic. Learn about wildlife tracking and animal winter survival strategies. Demo snowshoes provided. Pre-registration is requested; 24 hour advance reservation required for loan of snowshoes. info@gbtrails.org or (413) 274-3433.

THEATRE

Hubbard Hall

"Parallel Lives," 8 p.m., 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.. (518) 677-2495.

Sunday, Feb. 2

COMMUNITY

The Big E

Great Barrington Kennel Club Dog Show, Better Living Center, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. Information: (413) 737-2443.

THEATRE

Hubbard Hall

"Parallel Lives," 2 p.m., 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. (518) 677-2495.

Monday, Feb. 3

FILM

"The Healthcare Movie"

7 P.M., at the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham N.Y., across from Pitt Hall Road and Powell House. Free. Refreshments. Moderated discussion will follow. (518) 766-2992.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

ART

Berkshire Athenaeum

Digitally fabricated artwork on 3-D printing machines, presented by Philip Webster, 7 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 499-9480.

Union College

Panel discussion, "Living with Creativity and Mindfulness," 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Mandeville Gallery, Nott Memorial, Schenectady, N.Y. www.
muse.union.edu/mandeville

OUTDOORS

Taconic Hiking Club

Snowshoe Hopkins Forest, both the Upper and Lower Loops for 4 miles, crossing the middle and north branch of Birch Brook. Start at Rosenburg Center. Snowsnoes and/or micro spikes may be required. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Routes 4 and 43 Park and Ride in Defreestville or at 10:30 a.m. at the Rosenburg Center. Gretchen Gedroiz, ggedroiz@gmail.com or (413) 463-1210.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

COMMUNITY

Self-examination talk

How self-examination contributes to a richer life, philosophy scholar Susanne Claxtonin, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, Manchester, Vt. Free and open to the public.

Union College

Zen meditation with Artist Sheila Ross. 12:45-1:45 p.m. Schenectady, N.Y. www.muse.union.edu/mandeville

OUTDOORS

Taconic Hiking Club

Cross-country skiing, Notchview Reservation. Warming hut with gear storage space makes it nice to loop back to. Intermediate trails in the woods and through open fields which can be warm or cold and windy. Sharon Bonk at sboq@mindspring.com or (413) 674-0042. Windsor.