Indie singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, a genre-defying folksinger and activist, whose music incorporates soul, funk, jazz, electronic music and spoken word,
Indie singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, a genre-defying folksinger and activist, whose music incorporates soul, funk, jazz, electronic music and spoken word, will perform 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington. (413) 528-0100 or mahaiwe.org. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Thursday, May 1

COMMUNITY

MCLA

The Chronicles of Rose puppet workshop, the last installment of David Lane's Serial Puppet Drama. 6 p.m., 107 Main St., North Adams.

LECTURE

Berkshire Athenaeum

Informational talk by Jeff Berndtson on Organic Lawns, 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

Friday, May 2

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

Model Citizens. Find out what it was like to pose for America's favorite illustrator from Norman Rockwell's own models, who share their personal experiences. For adults. 2:30 p.m., Stockbridge.

Whitney Center for the Arts

"Respringenation," celebrating the theme of rebirth, regrowth, survival, and moving forward. 5-8 p.m., 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

COMMUNITY

Bennington Museum

The Stoneware Collectors' Group welcomes William C. Ketchum, Jr., who will present "An Overview of New York State Redware." Open to the public. 4 p.m., Bennington, VT.

BerkChique

The Berkshires' premier pop-up shop and gently-used clothing sale kicks off its third year with a preview party from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Stockbridge Town Hall. Public sale hours will continue on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stockbridge.

DANCE

One World Conservation Center

Bennington Contradance with caller Melanie Axel-Lute and music by CoinciDance. 7:30-10:30 p.m., US7 South, 1.2 miles south of the intersection of US 7 and Route 9 in Bennington. Information call (802) 447-2173.

Polish Falcon Club

Flower Blossoms! featuring the music of Champagne Jam. 7:30-10:30 p.m., 32 Belair Avenue, Pittsfield.

MUSIC

First Congregational Church

Sing for Joy to perform, as well as Vikki True, Peter Schneider, and more. 7 p.m., Lee.

The Montague Bookmill

Boston-based string band Ari & Mia, who have opened for Cheryl Wheeler and toured with Hanneke Cassel. Montague.

Trinity Church

The Cantilena Chamber Choir in concert with Cambridge Concentus will present the rarely heard Missa Christi Resurgentis by Heinrich Biber. Pre-concert lecture by Dr. Jeremy Yudkin. Lecture at 2 p.m., music at 3 p.m. Lenox.

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Jazz Ensemble. 8 p.m., Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Canoe Meadows

Bird Walks with instructor Noreen Mole. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observings changes in bird species. 7-9 a.m., Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

THEATRE

Bennington College

"How Water Behaves" written by Sherry Kramer and directed by Dina Janis. 8 p.m., located in the VAPA Lester Martin Theater. Bennington, VT. (802) 440-4547.

The Colonial Theatre

Berkshire Theatre Group presents "Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals," directed by Travis G. Daly. This special performance features ten-minute performances from this year's Berkshire County high school musicals. 7 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield.

Saturday, May 3

ART

Bennington Museum

Panel Discussion on "Outsider" Art: Reinterpreting Modern and Contemporary Self-Taught Art. 2 p.m. in the Ada Paresky Education Center, Bennington, VT.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Learning from the Masters: The Famous Artists School. Learn about this celebrated art correspondence course, which counted Norman Rockwell as an instructor. 2 p.m., for adults. Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Bennington Museum

Panel Discussion on "Outsider" Art - Reinterpreting Modern and Contemporary Self-Taught Art, moderated by curator Jamie Franklin. 2 p.m., Bennington, VT.

Casey Conference Center

"Negotiating Your Way to Land," a seminar for farmland-seekers and professionals that provide technical assistance around land access and transition. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. RSVP by visiting www.agrariantrust.org. Rensselaerville, NY.

Cemetery Tour

"Talented People You've Never Heard Of" presented by The Stockbridge Library's History Museum & Archives. 4 p.m. The tour gathers at the cemetery gate on Main Street (Route 102) in Stockbridge. Information (413) 298-5501.

Hoffman Bird Club

Annual meeting and banquet. Join club members for a brief meeting to elect officers followed by "Epic Journeys," a documentary by Migration Productions Shaun Carey. Members will receive menu and reservation details through eNews. Located at Mazzeo's Ristorante, 1015 South St., Pittsfield.

Hops and Vines

The Founders' Day event, "Speakeasy 77." Includes hearty hors d'oeuvres, signature cocktails, and dancing with DJ Karl Mullen. Also, renowned artist Stephen Hannock's one-of-a-kind print will be auctioned off to benefit scholarships at Pine Cobble School. Open to the public. 6:30 p.m., Williamstown.

Nu Arts

Collaged and Painted Flowerpot Workshop. Email Alchemy.Initiative@gmail.com to register. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 311 North St., Pittsfield.

KID STUFF

Mass MoCA

Andrew Dawson's Space Panorama. Director and choreographer Andrew Dawson presents an otherwordly family affair; a hypnotic solo recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing, using only his hands! 11:30 a.m., Club B-10, North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Art and a Movie: Monster Movie Night. Join illustrator Murray Tinkelman for a look at classic movie monsters featured in his artwork, followed by a "creature film feature" and refreshments. 5 p.m., Stockbridge.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Student Recital from the studio of Bonnie McCubbin, voice, piano and violin. 1:30 p.m., Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents Fanny Mlawer and Ilana Ellis, 3 p.m.; Sanghyun Im, 4:30 p.m.; Daniel Schreiner, 7 p.m., Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Hoffman Bird Club

Search for American Bittern, Waterthrushes, Virginia Rails, Cuckoos & more! Meet at The Creamery on Route 9 in Cummington. 7:30 a.m. Information contact leader Charles Quinlan at (413) 634-0334. Cummington.

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Pleasant Valley Cleanup Day. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects throughout the sanctuary; tools and gloves will be available for use. A pizza lunch will be provided for all volunteers. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lenox.

THEATRE

Whitney Center for the Arts

Town Players of Pittsfield presents a fully staged production of "Months on End" by Craig Pospisil. 8 p.m., 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 443-9279.

Sunday, May 4

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Museum

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires and the Unitarian Universalist Churches in Pittsfield and Great Barrington sponsor simultaneous showings of the documentary "Two Who Dared: The Ships of War" for Holocaust Rememberance Day. The film will be followed by a candle lighting ceremony as well as a question and answer session. 3-5 p.m., Pittsfield.

DANCE

Itam

Dance to the music of Champagne Jam, 7-11 p.m. at the Itam on Pontoosac Lake, Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

The World premiere of concert pieces for wind trio by BMS student Joy Robin Dronge. 2 p.m. in the Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

First Congregational Church

Berkshire Lyric presents the Young Singers Concert featuring two choruses for young people, the Blafield Children's Chorus and the Berkshire Singers, as well as this year's three winners of the 2014 Young Singers Competition. Free and open to all. Pittsfield.

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents Maia McCormick and Sarah Sanders, 3 p.m.; Woodwind Chamber Music, 5 p.m., Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Hoffman Bird Club

A 1/2 day ramble through BNRC's Steepletop Reserve in New Marlboro. Includes 1200 acres of wetlands, clearcuts, and mature forest. Waterproof boots recommended. 7:30 a.m., information contact leader Doug Bruce (413) 499-0596.

THEATRE

Whitney Center for the Arts

Town Players of Pittsfield presents a fully staged production of "Months on End" by Craig Pospisil. 2 p.m., 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 443-9279.

Monday, May 5

COMMUNITY

Crissey Farm

Annual Mayfest featuring a Cinco de Mayo theme this year, with the festive gala including delicious tastings from 22 area restaurants and wine vendors, and a lively dance performance by Berkshire Latin United. 5:30-8 p.m., Great Barrington.

MUSIC

Baba Louies

Berkshire Music School Teen Voices Performance. Free will donation. Order off the menu. Reservations and information call (413) 442-1411. 6 p.m., 34 Depot St., Pittsfield.

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents Jahanna Eidmann, 7 p.m., Williamstown.

Tuesday, May 6

LECTURE

Mass MoCA

Tricks of the Trade: Putting the Contemporary Back into the Forefront of the Cocktail Party. Join for an in-depth conversation on the future of contemporary art and art institutions. Stay afterwards for signature cocktails and conversation. 6 p.m., North Adams.

Stephentown Historical Society

"The Mohawk Trail," a talk by Lauren R. Stevens, environmentalist and writer. 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center, Garfield Road, Stephentown, NY. (518) 733-0010.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Chamber Orchestra in public performance, works by Beethoven and C.M. Von Weber. 6 p.m., 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents Patricia Ho, 4 p.m.; Violin Studio Recital, 6 p.m., Williamstown.

Wednesday, May 7

MUSIC

Willilams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents Mid Week Music, 12:15 p.m.; Violin Studio Recital, 7 p.m., Williamstown.