Berkshires Week and Shires of Vermont

Thursday, Feb. 20

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

School Vacation Week Workshops: Fact or Fiction? Every Picture Tells a Story. Explore how the art of Norman Rockwell, Ruth Sanderson, and Wendell Minor tell stories in pictures, and create artworks in mixed media. 1 to 5 p.m., Stockbridge. COMMUNITY

The Big E

"A Day Away in the Past," Children's Program, located in the Storrowton Village Museum; Springfield Sports men's Show, located in the Better Living Center, Young Building. Times and updates: TheBigE.com or (413) 737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

FILM

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Tournees French Film Festival: La Danse: Le Ballet de L'Opera de Paris/ La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet. 7 p.m., Lecture Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

"When I Walk," the second of five films in the "God is Where?" series, 7:30 p.m., Club B-10, followed by a Q and A with filmmaker Jason DaSilva. Tickets: Mass MoCA box office, Marshall Street, North Adams; (413) 662-2111, ext.1 during box office hours or at massmoca.org.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

"Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns in concert, 1 p.m., at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. www.berkshiremuseum.org or (413) 443-7171.

OUTDOORS

Hilltop Orchards

Paintball Biathlon. Ski or snowshoe on a loop around the orchard, stopping to shoot paintballs at targets. The loop is easy-moderate and no experience is needed to use snowshoes. Safety instructions and paintball equipment will be provided. Warm up inside by the fire with hot chocolate. 11 a.m., 508 Canaan Road, Route 295, Richmond. (413) 698-3301.

SEMINAR

Mass. College of Liberal Arts

"Green Living" seminar on "Cultivating a Sustainable Food System" with a lecture on "The Environmental History of Milk" by Kendra Smith-Howard, an assistant professor of history at SUNY-Albany, 5:30 p.m., in Murdock Hall room 218. Free. www.mcla.edu or (413) 662-5303.

Friday, Feb. 21

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

School Vacation Week Workshops: Fact or Fiction? Every Picture Tells a Story. Explore how the art of Norman Rockwell, Ruth Sanderson, and Wendell Minor tell stories in pictures, and create artworks in mixed media. 1 to 5 p.m., Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

The Big E

Springfield Sportsmen's Show, located in the Better Living Center, Young Building. Times and updates: The BigE.com or call (413) 737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Crowne Plaza

The 10x10 Comedy Show with headliner Mike Vecchione and a full list of regional comics. 8 p.m., 1 West St., Pittsfield.

Equinox Terrace

Warm away the Vermont cold with a Mar di Gras party. Enjoy refreshments, don a mask, collect beads and hear live Dixieland jazz from the New Steel Pier Band. Free, RSVP by call (802) 362-5141. 2 p.m., 324 Equinox Terrace Road, Manchester Center

The Yoga Place

Nataraja: Bennington Dance Commun ity Gathering. Local dance community will be provided with electric music, and dancers are welcome to help create an all-inclusive and tight-knit dance community. 7:30 p.m., 532 Main St., Benn ington. Information (720) 298-7910.

MUSIC

UMASS Amherst

"Street Scene" by Kurt Weill, Elmer Rice & Langston Hughes. Riveting artistic hybrid of musical theater, opera & spoken-word poetry. 8 p.m., Rand Theater, Amherst.

Williams College

Faculty Recital with Joana Genova, violin. 8 p.m. in the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Hilltop Orchards

Paintball Biathlon. Ski or snowshoe on a loop around the orchard, stopping to shoot paintballs at targets. The loop is easy-moderate and no experience is needed to use snowshoes. Safety instructions and paintball equipment will be provided. Warm up inside by the fire with hot chocolate. 11 a.m., 508 Canaan Road, Route 295, Richmond. (413) 698-3301.

THEATRE

The Colonial Theatre

Lightwire Theatre, "DiNO-Light," 2 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20; ticket Office at 111 South St., Pittsfield; (413) 997-4444 to www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.

Mixed Company Theater

"DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike." Ticket proceeds benefit the 10th Annual Berk shire Fringe. 7 p.m., 37 Rossetter St., Great Barrington. (413) 320-4175.

Saturday, Feb. 22

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Botanical Garden

"Gingko: The Tree That Time Forgot" with Sir Peter Crane. 11 a.m. Registration is required by calling (413) 298-3926. 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge.

The Big E

Springfield Sportsmen's Show, located in the Better Living Center, Young Building. For times and updates visit TheBigE.com or call (413) 737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Crowne Plaza

The 10x10 Comedy Show with headliner Adrienne Iapalucci and a full list of regional comics. 8 p.m., 1 West St., Pittsfield.

Hudson Opera House

Book Reading and Signing: "Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving & Leaving New York" featuring essayists Sari Botton, Chloe Caldwell, and Rebecca Wolff. Free and open to the public. 5 p.m., 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY. (518) 822-1438. www.hudsonoperahouse.org.

Mass MoCA

Roger Clark Miller: A Night of Surrealist Games. Miller brings mind-bending games developed in the 1920s that supplement a new philosophy of surrealism. 8 p.m., Club B-10, North Adams.

DANCE

The Egg

Aszure Barton & Artists. Barton's movement is joyful, exuberant, sassy, playful and quirky, and thrillingly unpredictable. 8 p.m., Albany, NY. (518) 473-1845.

FILM

Images Cinema

Oscar Nominated Shorts. Features Doc umentaries at 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m., and Animation at 2:30 p.m. 50 Spring St., Williamstown.

Little Cinema

Dance documentary, "Move," featuring Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, 2:30 p.m. $7.50, $5 for museum members and Jacob's Pillow members. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. www.berkshiremuseum.org or (413) 443-7171.

MUSIC

Close Encounters with Music

Mid-Winter Fireside Concert, 6 pm., Ventfort Hall, Lenox.

Williams College

Visiting Arts Cappella Pratensis, 8 p.m., Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williamstown.

Southern Vermont Art Center

"Jazz in the Classics," 3 p.m., Southern Vermont Art Center's Yester House, West Road, Manchester. Tickets: $40; mmfvt.org or (802) 362-1956

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsacker

Snowshoe about 5 miles on the Boulder, Tannery, Ledge and Tamarack trails starting at Lee Campground, taking advantage of some interesting hills and dales. For information call Leader Pat Plue at (413) 997-2120. October Mountain, Lee.

Taconic Hiking Club

Ski Notchview, a Massachusetts Trustees Reservation with 3000 acres and 17 kilometers of groomed ski trails. You decide how much you want to ski. Information contact Susan at (413) 766-4170. Windsor.

Williamstown Rural Land Foundation

Celebrate waning winter and maple season with activities such as animal tracking and a winter ecology hike, and sledding and snowshoeing on the hill. In side the farmhouse will be maple treats. 2-4 p.m., Sheep Hill on Cold Spring Road, Williamstown. (413) 458-2494.

THEATRE

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Pulse Ensemble Theatre's "W.E.B. Du Bois: A Man for All Times," 7 p.m. Free. To reserve tickets: (413) 528-0100 . Tickets will not be available online.

Mixed Company Theater

"DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike." Ticket proceeds benefit the 10th Annual Berkshire Fringe. 7 p.m., 37 Rossetter St., Great Barrington. Tickets or information call (413) 320-4175.

Sunday, Feb. 23

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Cover Story: Fashions, Furnishings, and The Saturday Evening Post." Join curator Joyce K. Schiller as she unravels clues found in the covers of "The Saturday Evening Post" and explore the meaning ascribed to clothing and to ever-changing fashion trends through out the decades. Tea and treats will be served. 2 p.m., Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

The Big E

Springfield Sportsmen's Show, located in the Better Living Center, Young Building. Times and updates: TheBigE.com or (413) 737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Hudson Opera House

Community Forum: Education Op tions in the Hudson Area. Author and educator Michael Strong will lead a discussion about educational options in the Hudson area,. Panel discussion to follow. Free. 2-4 p.m., 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY. (518) 822-1438. www.hudsonoperahouse.org.

FILM

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Tournees French Film Festival: L'epine Dans le Coeur/The Thorn in the Heart. 4 p.m. in the Lecture Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

MUSIC

UMASS Amherst

"Street Scene" by Kurt Weill, Elmer Rice & Langston Hughes. Riveting artistic hybrid of musical theater, opera & spoken-word poetry. 2 p.m., Rand Theater, Amherst.

Williams College

Cappella Pratensis Master Class, 3 p.m., Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsacker

Snowshoe to Berry Pond for a 7.5 mile loop. Information contact Leader Sue Snyder at (413) 281-3303. Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield.

THEATRE

Mixed Company Theater

"DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike." Ticket proceeds benefit the 10th Annual Berkshire Fringe. 2 p.m., 37 Rossetter St., Great Barrington. Tickets or information call (413) 320-4175.

Monday, Feb. 24

FILM

Images Cinema

French Film Festival 2014 featuring Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone (2012). Free, 7 p.m., Williamstown.

LECTURE

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Seminar 2 Lecture: Wesley Brown, adjunct faculty in literature: "The Machiavellian Impulse in The Tempest." 3:30 p.m., McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

DISCUSSION

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

Tricks of the Trade series: "New Paradigms in the World of Art," 6 p.m. 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. Free; pre-registration required, Jen Crowell, jennifer.crowell@mcla.edu or (413) 663-5253. www.mcla.edu/tricksofthetrade

LECTURE

Mark Twain House & Museum

Panel discussion of the book, "Confronting Urban Legacy: Redis covering Hartford and New England's Forgotten Cities." 5:30 p.m., 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn. Book sale and signing will follow. (860) 247-0998 or www.marktwainhouse.com.

MUSIC

Williams College

Berkshire Symphony Soloist Recital, 4:15 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Taconic Hiking Club

Leader's Choice, contact Dale for details, (413) 273-4262.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

LECTURE

Bard College at Simon's Rock

2014 Dubois Lecture, 7 p.m., McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

"Sackett Brook Restoration -- What Comes Next?" Gayle Tardif-Raser, education coordinator, Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries, 7 to 8 p.m. 472 West Mountain Road, Lenox. Free. Appropriate for ages 10 and older. Registration is required; (413) 637-0320 or www.massaudubon.org

MUSIC

UMASS Amherst

"Street Scene" by Kurt Weill, Elmer Rice & Langston Hughes. Riveting artistic hybrid of musical theater, opera & spoken-word poetry. 8 p.m., Rand Theater, Amherst.