Thursday, May 30

ART

IS183 Art School

"Lift" final show, 5 p.m. exhibition and reception for "Lift" LTA program, celebrating the achievements of young artists from Taconic and Pittsfield High Schools. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. COMMUNITY

Farmers' Market

Vendors and entertainment, featuring Maple Madness Cooking Contest, food submissions made with maple syrup may be dropped off anytime before 5:45 p.m., rain or shine, 3 to 7 p .m., Harris Street, near post office, West Stockbridge.

Ralph Froio Center

"Antiquing 101," with Charles Flint, antique appraiser, a "Boom! Next Chapter" event presented by Berkshire Athenaeum, 7 p.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-9480.

FILM

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Berkshire International Film Festival opening night gala, featuring "Twenty Feet from Stardom," 6 p.m., and "Food for Thought," to be shown prior to the feature, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

Unitarian Universalist

"The Invisible War," on American female soldiers in combat being raped by fellow officers within their ranks, 7:30 p.m., 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


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KID STUFF

Naumkeag

Children's Tour of Naumkeag: Explore the rooms through the eyes of those who lived here -- Mable Choate, the Butler Osborne or Margaret the housekeeper -- and see this Gilded Age mansion in a new way. Thursdays at 2 p.m. all summer. Croquet on the Lawn for children and their families, Thursdays at 3 p.m. Stockbridge.

 

LITERARY

Adams Free Library

Presentation of book, "Jefferson's Cheshire Cheese," by local author, Kristen Demeo, "meet and greet" to follow, 6 p.m., Miller Annex room, Park Street, Adams.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," an Algerian political refugee becomes sustitute and mentor to a class at a Montreal school after the sudden death of a teacher, 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Oldcastle Theatre

"A Strange Disappearance of Bees," 2 and 8 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

Friday, May 31

 

FILM

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Berkshire International Film Festival featuring "The Spectacular Now," 6 p.m., and "Next Great Filmmaker Award," to be given prior to the feature, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 866-811-4111.

MUSIC

Colonial Theatre

Yarn, 8 p.m., The Garage, 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

EPOCH at Melbourne

Adam Bergeron, classical pianist and composer, 3 p.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield, (413) 499-1992.

OUTDOORS

Canoe Meadows

Guided Bird Walk 7 a.m. to look for migrant birds, especially wood-warblers, at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield.

Hoffmann Bird Club

Birding at several sites in the Tyringham Valley, 7 a.m. Meet at McDonalds on Route 20 in Lee. (413) 884-4961, eneumuth@gmail.com.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Linden Street, Pittsfield.

Ghent Playhouse

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman, 8 p.m., 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y., (518) 794-9091.

Oldcastle Theatre

"A Strange Disappearance of Bees," 8 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 8:30 p.m., Kemble Street, Lenox.

 

Saturday, June 1

ART

Chesterwood

Rebecca Keller, artist-in-residence, open studio hours noon to 2 p.m. Keller will create site-specific works for Daniel Chester French's family home, drawing inspiration from French's sculptures, letters and the reflections of his daughter, Margaret French Cresson. Stockbridge.

Spencertown Academy

"Beauty and the Feast," artwork by Ellen Hoverkamp, opening reception with the artist 4 to 6 p.m. gallery exhibition of scanner photography. Spencertown, N.Y.

COMMUNITY

Abode of the Message

Elements of healing as taught by Sufi Masters. Seminar and evening of Dances of Universal Peace. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y. www.theabode.org, (518) 794 8095.

Hilltown Spring Festival

Celebrate hilltowns with music on two stages 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., food, art, sustainability, family activities,Tamarack Hollow Intergenerational West African and Caribbean drum and song workshop 12:30 p.m., Maypole dance. Cummington Fairground, benefits Hilltown CDC. www.tamarackhollow.com, www.hilltowncdc.org.

Mountain View Campground

Native American exhibition featuring drumming and dancing, craft making, presentations and a "meet and greet" with author Larry Mann, 10 to 4, Otis, (413) 269-8928.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Appraiser David LeBeau will be on hand to explain that the funny looking jar you found in the attic is actually an Etruscan Tear Cup worth tens of thousands, 2 to 4 p.m. Sandisfield.

FILM

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Berkshire International Film Festival, special event screening of "Girl Rising," with panel and dinner, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 866-811-4111.

LECTURE

Ventfort Hall

"Young Scholars Program," with Liam Gennari and Andie Nugent, students from Lenox Memorial High School, presenting their papers, 3:30 p.m., followed by Victorian tea, 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

"We Made That," songs of Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, 9:30 p.m. Broaway performers sing new songs and selections from "Burnt Part Boys," "Mysteries of Harris Burdick" and new musical, "Tuck Everlasting." Mr. Finn's Cabaret, Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Sherri James Buxton with the Bob Shepherd Trio, Charles Neville and Paul Green: Concert to benefit Community Resources for People with Autism, 8 p.m. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Dewey Hall

Robby Baier, rocking soul, 7:30 p.m., 91 Main St., Sheffield; www.DeweyHall.com..

Mass MoCA

Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, 8 p.m. Alternative Cabaret, North Adams.

Williams College music

Senior Class Day Recital, 11 a.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College, Williamstown. music.williams.edu.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Rowing

Free ‘learn to row' at North Beach, Burbank Park, with Berkshire Rowing and Sculling Society, 8 and 10 a.m. Register (413) 442-7769. Berkshirerowing.com

Canoe Meadows

Organic gardening talk: "Good Bug, Bad Bug," 10 a.m. Look at the insects and diseases that attack garden plants and ways to combat them with organic remedies, Canoe Meadows Community Gardens, Pittsfield.

Hancock Shaker Village

"Backyard Poultry Workshop" with Laura "The Chicken Lady" Field, 1 to 5 p.m. Learn about starting and maintaining a backyard poultry flock, from where to buy hatchlings or hens to how to clean out the coop. Pittsfield.

Notchview

Star Gazing: Astronomers from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center train their telescopes on planets, moons, stars, galaxies. Visitor Center is open for bathrooms and drinks. Begins at dusk, free. Route 9, Windsor. www.thetrustees.org

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 4 and 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Ghent Playhouse

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman, 8 p.m., 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y., (518) 794-9091.

Oldcastle Theatre

"A strange disappearance of bees," 8 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 8:30 p.m., Kemble Street, Lenox.

 

Sunday, June 2

ART

Arrowhead

Opening reception for the exhibit "Home City: The Pittsfield Photographs of Edwin Hale Lincoln." Lincoln, a drummer boy in the Civil War, moved to Pittsfield in the 1890s. Lincoln lived in the Berkshires until his death in 1938. He photographed the natural world, the great estates of the area and much of downtown Pittsfield. From the trove of glass-plate negatives in the BHS archive, curator Al Demaio, has chosen 20 architectural photographs for the exhibit. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Chesterwood

Rebecca Keller, artist-in-residence, open studio hours noon to 2 p.m. Keller will create site-specific works for Daniel Chester French's family home, drawing inspiration from French's sculptures, letters and the reflections of his daughter, Margaret French Cresson. Stockbridge.

Clark Art Institute

"Great Art on Screen: Manet: Portraying Life," exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, captured on film, 3 p.m.. Richard Rand, Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, will introduce the film and host questions and answers. Williamstown.

Lichtenstein Center for Arts

"Artists and Galleries: Creating, Surviving and Thriving in the Berkshires," panel discussion presented by Berkshire Magazine, panel includes artists Tom Patti, Marilyn Kalish, Melanie Mowinski and Scott Taylor, and gallery owner, Lauren Clark, 4 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield. Information: (413) 528-2111, ext. 211.

Spencertown Academy

Floral scanner photography for beginners, 10 a.m. to noon, presented by Ellen Hoverkamp, who preserves, and arranges botanical cuttings and other samples of nature on the glass plate of a digital scanner. Spencertown, N.Y.

 

DANCE

Topia Arts Center

Swing Dancing on Pleasant Street with live music, 2 to 5 p.m., Sundays June 2 to Sept. 1, 10 Pleasant St., Adams, in front of Topia Inn. Street will be temporarily closed to traffic. Free and open to all.

 

FILM

Clark Art Institute

"Great Art on Film" series featuring "Manet: Portraying Life," documentary on the first major exhibition in the United Kingdom devoted to Edouard Manet spanning his entire career, 3 p.m., 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Berkshire International Film Festival, closing night presentation of "The Squid and the Whale," 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 866-811-4111.

The Mount

"PERIODS." comedy film collaborative, quirky reinterpretations of historical events and classical literature, 3 to 5 p.m. Screening co-presented with Berkshire International Film Festival and talk-back followingwith PERIODS. creators Victor Quinaz and Anna Martemucci. Lenox.

 

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

"We Made That," songs of Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, 8 p.m. Broaway performers sing new songs and selections from "Burnt Part Boys," "Mysteries of Harris Burdick" and new musical, "Tuck Everlasting." Mr. Finn's Cabaret, Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, Pittsfield.

Bascom Lodge

Traditional Irish music by Dublin Porter, 6 p.m., free, summit of Mount Greylock, Adams.

B.E.A.T. Concert

Blues/jazz/rock and soul music to benefit Berkshire Environmental Action Team, 3 p.m., FIrst Congrgational Church, 27 East St., Pittsfield, (413) 447-7351.

 

OUTDOORS

Ashintully Gardens

Yoga and Hiking Adventure, 10 a.m. Moderate hike through meadows, forests and along the Appalachian trail. Views of Tyringham Valley and soothing yoga session at Ashintully Gardens. Sodem Road, Tyringham.

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike on the Vista Trail of Mahanna Cobble, Lenox, continuing along Yokun Ridge to Bousquet Ski Area. (413) 445-5540.

Garden Conservancy

Open Days Program: Two private gardens open to the public for self-guided tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ashley Falls and Housatonic. (888)842-2442.

National Trails Day

Cellar Hole Reclamation project at Notchview Reservation in Windsor with Tamarack Hollow and Berkshire Eastern Mountain Sports, 1 p.m. aimee@gaiaroots.com, (413) 445-4967, www.tamarackhollow.com.

Tamarack Hollow

National Trails Day "Ghost town" Trek, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tamarack Hollow and Windsor State Forest. www.massaudubon.org, (413) 584-3009. www.tamarackhollow.com.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 3 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Linden Street, Pittsfield.

Ghent Playhouse

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman, 2 p.m., 6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y., (518) 794-9091.

Oldcastle Theatre

"A strange disappearance of bees," 2 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 3 p.m., Kemble Street, Lenox.

 

Monday, June 3

FILM

Powell House

"Killing Us Softly," documentary on how advertising distorts and destroys ideals of femininity, 7 p.m., Powell House Quaker Conference and Retreat Center, 524 Pitt Hall Road, off County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y., (518) 766-2992.

HISTORY

Stephentown Historical

"18th Century Woman: Her Life and Her Needlework," illustrated talk by Crewel-work expert Pamela Strousse, 7:30 p.m., free at the Stephentown Historical Society's Heritage Center, Garfield Road (County Route 26), Stephentown, N.Y. (518) 733-0010.

 

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

"Reign, Princess Rain," original opera created by students in the Ensemble Mix, 6 p.m., Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 442-1411.

WRITING

Poetry reading and talk

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reads from "Waiting to Unfold," poetry written during the first year of her son's life, chronicling the wonder and the delight along with the pain of learning to nurse, the exhaustion of sleep deprivation, and the way through postpartum depression.. Lunchtime talk sponsored by Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at Knesset Israel, Pittsfield.

 

Tuesday, June 4

ART

SculptureNow

"Confluence," contemporary outdoor sculpture incluing work by George Rickey, Jonathan Price, Richard Erdman and Tim Prentice, at The Mount in Lenox. Opens June 4.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Temple Anshe Amunim

"All the World's a Stage: the Surprising History of Jews and the Theatre" with Rabbi Josh Breindel, noon. West Side Story was originally to have been East Side Story -- a tale of forbidden love between a Jewish boy and a Catholic girl -- and musical score for Candide instructs trumpeters to blow "like a shofar." Exploration of the long association between Jews and the theatre. Pittsfield.

 

WRITING

Tuesday project

WordXWord Writers Room word-related events including storytelling and the presentation of visiting nationally recognized writers and spoken word artists , Tuesdays weekly. 8 p.m., yBar, 391 North St., Pittsfield. wxw365.com.

 

Wednesday, June 5

COMMUNITY

Dalton Fair

Mark Fanelli's Traveling Amusement Park, Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9, Dalton. Midways opens 6 p.m. Advance ride tickets Dalton CRA, Greenridge Variety, Dalton General Store, members of Fire department and Lions Club.

Ralph Froio Center

"Digital Photography: How You and Your Camera Make a Photograph," a "Brown Bag" event with Jack Sprano, presented by Berkshire Athenaeum, noon to 1, North Street, Pittsfield.

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

Beekeeping demo with the Northern Berkshire Beekeeping Association, nbba.wordpress.com, joys of beekeeping and raw honey, 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Linden Street, Pittsfield.