Saturday June 29, 2013

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ART

Hoffman Pottery

Summer open house featuring new handbuilt and coiled functional ware of the Helix Collection, garden sculptures of frogs, turtles and gremlin masks by Elaine Hoffman, potter-in-residence, also plate-painting for all ages, 10 to 6, 103 Great Barrington Road, West Stockbridge, (413) 232-4346.

Inner Vision Studio

Opening reception for "Inner Vision Studio: A Décor Exhibition" featuring works by artist Karen Andrews, tailored to the interests of local interiors professionals, 1 to 5 p.m., located on the corner of Furnace and Cone Hill Road, West Stockbridge. COMMUNITY

’Anonymous’ Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous, main contact number: (413) 443-0212; Narcotics Anonymous, information on daily meeting locations and times: (413) 443-4377; Al-Anon, for family members who have a husband/wife/son/daughter, etc. who is impaired with alcohol/drugs, (413) 445-5852.

Chess Night

Presented by the "Soldier On" program, all welcome, 7 p.m., main dining room, 360 West Housatonic St., Route 20, Pittsfield. Information: Willie Ledbetter, (413) 822-8530 or 236-5644.

Church Breakfast

Pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, beverages, $6 for adults, $3 for kids under 12, free for kids under 3, 8 to 11 a.


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Church Tours

Tours of 1857 historic Lee Congregational United Church of Christ with Romanesque architecture and "trompe l’oeil" (fool-the-eye) stenciling, tallest wooden frame steeple in New England; sanctuary tours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 25 Park Place, Lee, (413) 464-8308.

Food Pantry

Sponsored by Berkshire Veterans of Soldier On, veterans and public invited, every Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m., 360 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, (413) 236-5644.

Farmers Market

Saturdays through October, 9 to 1, First Street, across from the Common, Pittsfield.

Farmers Market

Great Barrington farmers market, 9 to 1, behind Great Barrington train station, corner of Castle Street and Taconic Avenue, just behind town hall.

Green Gargoyle

Gift and thrift shop, good quality clothing from infants to adults, household items and accessories, 10 to noon, First Congregational Church of Dalton, Main Street.

Lord and Tailor

Gift and thrift shop, quality brand name clothing, gifts and collectibles, jewelry, noon to 4, South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.

DANCE

Jacob’s Pillow

Compagnie Käfig, 2 and 8 p.m. -- influential French hip-hop choreographer Mourad Merzouki and all-male cast of self-taught hip-hop dancers from Brazil. Leo, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m., fantastical production from Berlin. Free Inside/Out Performance: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Movin’ Commercial Program, 6:15 p.m., Lift Ev’ry Voice event. Free Pillow Talk: Dancing on ice, film, 4 p.m. Becket.

EXHIBITS

Art on Main

"San Miguel de Allende: A Photographic Celebration," images inspired by the mountain village in Mexico, through June 27, 271 Main St., Barnbrook Realty, Great Barrington; open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


HEALTH & FITNESS

Dalton CRA

Abs, Arms & Tush, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; flex and flow yoga, 9 to 10 a.m., 400 Main St., Dalton, (413) 684-0260.

Overeaters Anonymous

Meets from 11:30 to 12:30, Fairview Hospital, fourth floor, 29 Lewis Ave., Great Barrington.

Pilates

Pilates mat class, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Berkshire Physical Therapy, 740 Williams St., Pittsfield; registration: (413) 358-1007.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

Deep water circuit training, 8 to 9 a.m.; cardio kickboxing, 9 to 10 a.m., and performance cycle, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., North Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-7650.

Prenatal Yoga

No experience necessary, 10:30 a.m., Zaanti Yoga Studio, 449 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 496-9642.

Tai Chi Easy/Qigong

For health and relaxation, adaptable for all ages and almost any stage of health practice, free for returning soldiers, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield; information/registration: Sherilyn Mindermann, (413) 446-1791.

HISTORY

Sandisfield Arts Center

"Sandisfield Meeting Houses," local historian Ron Bernard on religious traditions from the earliest days of settlement to today,10 a.m. Sandisfield.


KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

"Kitchen Ka-Boom," 11 a.m. Kid-safe science experiments using items found in almost any kitchen. "Museum Adventures," for ages 2-4, 11 a.m., songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more in the Aquarium and galleries. Older and younger siblings are welcome. Pittsfield.

Science Program

"Science in Pittsfield Parks," for all ages to learn why keeping parks clean is so important, 10 to noon, Dorothy Amos Park, Pittsfield.

MUSEUMS

Animagic

Museum of Animation, Special Effects and Art showcases Berkshire-based talent that made blockbuster movies like "The Matrix," "X-Men" and "Chicken Run."Original models and technologies from the movies. "Create Your Own Animated Movie" workshop with award-winning special effects creator Eugene Mamut; creations will be posted on Internet. 135 Main St., Lee. By reservation, (413) 243-8095 or (413) 841-6679.

Arrowhead

Museum in the house where Herman Melville wrote "Moby-Dick," hours 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours of the house on the hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibits include "Edwin Hale Lincoln, Home City: Photographs of Pittsfield, Massachusetts," architectural and natural images, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Becket Land Trust

Historic quarry and forest featuring hundreds of artifacts and dynamic vistas, year-round outdoor quarry museum and expansive nature preserve, self-guided historic walk, open daylight hours year round, free admission, coordinating exhibits and programs at 12 Brooker Hill Road, Route 8, Becket; quarry is off Route 20, 456 Quarry Road, Becket, (413) 623-2100 or www.becketlandtrust.org.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Garden features 15 acres with 23 display beds representing over 3,000 regionally appropriate plant species, significant trees, unique shrubs and exotic botanical collections. Open year-round to visitors, corner of routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. Information: (413) 298-3926 or visit www.berkshirebotanical.org.

Berkshire Museum

"River Paintings," by Berkshire-based artist Henry Ekman Klein, through June 30; "Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection," ongoing. Art, history and natural science museum, open 10-5, Mon.-Sat., noon-5, Sun. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.Bidwell House

"River Paintings," by Berkshire-based artist Henry Ekman Klein, through June 30; "Objectify: A Look Into the Permanent Collection," ongoing. Art, history and natural science museum, open 10-5, Mon.-Sat., noon-5, Sun. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.Bidwell House

Colonial history museum with 18th and 19th-century furnishings, heirloom vegetable garden, flower gardens and 192 acres of fields, woods and trails, authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s. Open Thurs.-Mon., 11 to 4, guided tours on the hour, grounds open daily, 100 Art School Road, Monterey. Information: (413) 528-6888 or www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.

Chesterwood

Summer home of public sculptor, Daniel Chester French, sculptor of The Minute Man in Concord, and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Tours, workshops, artist demonstrations and guided tours offered daily at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30, open daily through Oct. 31. 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-3579, ext. 25216.

Clark Art Institute

Art museum and international center for research and scholarship features public and educational programs. Open Tues.-Sun. through June, 10 to 5. 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

Folly at Field Farm

A 1967 AIA award winning post-modern guest house designed by noted architect Ulrich Franzen for art collector Lawrence Bloedel. The Folly offers an interesting contrast to the 1948 Bauhaus-era Guest House at Field Farm, also on site. Both buildings were designed to interact with their natural settings; the tour compares the different architectural philosophies. Owned by The Trustees of Reservations. Tours are the second and fourth Saturdays of the month through September; members free, non-members $5/person grounds open daily free of charge; 554 Sloan Road, South Williamstown, www.thetrustees.org, (413) 458-3135.

Frelinghuysen Morris House

"Exploring Shapes," summer show featuring interactive exhibits using IPADS and/or cardboard shapes. Home of abstract artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen with frescoes, sculptures and murals, their work and their collection. Hourly guided tours Thurs.-Sun., 10 to 3. 92 Hawthorne St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-0166.

Hancock Shaker Village

Living history museum includes 18 historic buildings, heirloom medicinal and vegatable gardens, Shaker furniture, crafts, tools and clothes; also, craft and cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops. Featuring "A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA," works of photographer Noel Vicentini, on display through Oct. 27. Village is open daily from 10 to 5 for self-guided visits through Oct. 28. Route 20, Pittsfield, (413) 443-0188.

The Mount

Former home of famed writer Edith Wharton, historic house and gardens, grounds open daily May through October, 10 to 5. Tours, outdoor cafe and gift shop, special events throughout the summer, 2 Plunkett St., off Route 7, Lenox; information: www.EdithWharton.org.

Norman Rockwell Museum

World’s largest collection of original art by Norman Rockwell as well as changing exhibitions on the art of illustration, featured exhibits are "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic" and "R.O. Blechman: The Inquiring Line," open Mon.-Sun., 10 to 5; family creativity center. Information: www.nrm.org or (413) 298-4100.

Steepletop

Former historic house and garden museum of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, tours at 11:30, 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30, 436 East Hill Road, two miles in from Route 22, south of Route 203, Austerlitz, N.Y., (518) 392-3362 or www.millay.org.

Susan B. Anthony Museum

Childhood home of the legendary human rights leader, features a portrait gallery, legacy room and birthing room, open Thurs., Fri. and Sat., 10 to 4, 67 East Road, Adams; private tours: (413) 743-7121.

Ventfort Hall

Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 1893 Morgan mansion with extraordinary plaster ceilings, stained glass and hand carved wood; open daily year-round for tours; featuring "Les Petite Dames de Mode" exhibit featuring women’s fashions from 1855-1914 as well as plays, concerts, and a tea & talk series. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox. Information: (413) 637-3206 or www.GildedAge.org.

MUSIC

Aston Magna

Masterworks by J.S. Bach and French composer Marin Marais, with soprano Dominique Labelle, works by Marais and Bach, with gambist Laura Jeppesen, theorbist Catherine Lidell, baroque trumpeter Josh Cohen, and a chamber orchestra. Pre-concert lecture before all concerts, and "Meet the Artists" afterward. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

Guthrie Center

John Flynn, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

Mohawk Trail Concerts

A Tribute to Eric Grinnell: "Sonata for Strings No. 6 in D major," Rossini Quartet in E minor, Verdi "On This Island" (cycle of 4 songs to poems by Auden), Britten "English Folksong Settings" and "Selection of Songs," Poulenc. William Hite, tenor; Estela Olevsky, piano; Joel Pitchon, Masako Yanagita,violin; Ronald Gorevic, viola; Volcy Pelletier, cello; Salvatore Macchia, double bass. 7:30 p.m., Charlemont.

Performance Space 21

"Tony Trischka Territory," influential banjo player in the roots music world, 7:30 p.m. with Darol Anger, fiddle, Michael Daves, guitar. Chatham, N.Y.

Tanglewood

A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood with Garrison Keillor, live broadcast, 5:45 p.m. in the Shed, Lenox.

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew’s Cobble

Live Birds of Prey, 10 a.m. to noon. Join wildlife rehabilitator Tom Ricardi to meet hawks, owls, falcons, eagle and a turkey vulture. Ashley Falls.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds, Lee and Tyringham, 8 a.m. to noon. Explore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires’ most beautiful lakes. Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of ravens, hawks, herons, and a variety of songbirds. Run by Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries, Lenox.

Bidwell House Museum

"Tyringham Garden Tour: Walls, Water and Wonderful Gardens," museum grounds are a stop on the tour. Visit the museum’s gardens or all seven stops, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 100 Art School Road, Monterey, (413) 528-6888.

Mount Greylock

"Nice and Easy Hike," easy-paced, two-hour, one to two-mile walk geared for seniors but open to all ages, different trail featured each week, 9 a.m., call Visitor Center for location and meeting place, (413) 499-4262.

Tamarack Hollow

Old Growth Trees and spectacular views hike at Monroe State Forest, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Naturalist Aimee Gelinas, free. aimee@gaiaroots.com. www.tamarackhollow.com.

Williamstown Rural Lands

Firefly hike and campfire, 8 p.m. Nature crafts for children, s’mores and stories by the fire, and a walk through the darkening summer meadow to experience the dazzling show. Severe weather or heavy rain cancels. Williamstown.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," 4 and 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 8 p.m., Mainstage, Union Street, Pittsfield. Cabaret with "On the Town" cast, informal evening of songs, 10:30 p.m., "Mr. Finn’s Cabaret," 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a fully staged production of Anna Ziegler’s "Life Science," 8 p.m. Bard College at Simon’s Rock Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The Lion in Winter," Christmas 1183 -- King Henry II, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and their sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, play political chess, 2 and 8 p.m. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre

"Arms on Fire," a young singer in search of a career break who meets a factory worker living in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. 8 p.m., Chester.

Oldcastle Theatre

"Other People’s Money," 2 and 8 p.m. Wall Street investor battles longtime owner over an aging New England manufacturing company. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," 3 p.m. "Les Faux Pas," 5:30 p.m. "Love’s Labour’s Lost," 7:30 p.m. "Heroes," Tom Stoppard’s translation of Gerald Sibleras’ comedy about three World War I veterans in a retirement home,8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Don’t Dress For Dinner," farce, 4 an 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

TriArts Sharon Playhouse

"Spamalot," area premiere, 2 and 8 p.m., 49 Amenia Road, Route 343, Sharon, Conn.; (860) 364-7469 or www.triarts.net.

Ventfort Hall

Summer play, "Morgan O’Yuki: Geisha of the Gilded Age," 4 p.m., Walker Street, Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"Animal Crackers," 3:30 p.m., 8 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "American Hero," 3:30 p.m., 8 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown.

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ART

Hoffman Pottery

Summer open house featuring new handbuilt and coiled functional ware of the Helix Collection, garden sculptures of frogs, turtles and gremlin masks by Elaine Hoffman, potter-in-residence, also plate-painting for all ages, 10 to 6, 103 Great Barrington Road, West Stockbridge, (413) 232-4346.

COMMUNITY

Benefit Auction

Items include autographed posters and DVDs by Adam Sandler, a week in St. Thomas, antiques, art, collectibles, gift certificates and more, 11 to 3, Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., Pittsfield.

Breakfast

Offered by Pownal American Legion Post 90, 7 to 11 a.m., Route 7, Pownal, Vt.

Clark Art Institute

"Americana Family Day," 11 a.m.-4 p.m., sights and sounds of 19th-century America as painted by George Inness and Winslow Homer. With folk singers Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, pie-eating contest, fly-fishing, painting with watercolors and lawn games for children. Free. 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

Congregation Knesset Israel

Celebrity Wine Dinner, 4:30 p.m., to benefit KI, six courses paired wine as Wine Educator Brook Cobaugh of Nejaime’s Wine Cellars, talks about the wines. Alice Brock of Alice’s Restaurant (the inn was a former location of her restaurant), now an artist, will display and be selling her art. State Senator Ben Downing, State Representative William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Alan and Roselle Chartock, and Norman and Julianne Boyd of Barrington Stage. Apple Tree Inn.

Meditation Class

Introduction to meditation and relaxation practice, 4 to 5 p.m., Church on the Hill annex, 55 Main St., Lenox. Information: (413) 358-5755.

DANCE

Jacob’s Pillow

Compagnie Käfig, 2 p.m.Iinfluential French hip-hop choreographer Mourad Merzouki and all-male cast of self-taught hip-hop dancers from Brazil. Leo, 2:15 p.m., fantastical production from Berlin.Laster Class with Leo. Becket.

Swing Dance

An afternoon of lindy hop, jitterbug and fox trot, 2 to 5 p.m., Adams Visitors’ Center, (413) 743-9600.

HEALTH & FITNESS

Co-Dependent Meeting

12-step meeting every Sunday, 7 to 8 p.m., Congregational Church, Main Street, (use entrance on right of building), Dalton; information: (413) 684-2137.

Healing Rhythms

Mindful Cycling, Sculpting and Yoga, 8 to 9 a.m.; Heart-centered yoga flow, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Building 8A, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.

KID STUFF

Youth Baseball

Cal Ripken Youth Baseball League practice, for players ages 8 to 11 of all levels from Great Barrington, Monterey, Otis, Sheffield and surrounding towns, no try-outs, 2 to 3 p.m., Greene Park, Monterey; information: sgraves8@yahoo.com.

LITERARY

Annual Poetry Reading

Members of the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society poetry workshop, led by executive director, Peter Bergman, 6 p.m. The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. www.bookstoreinlenox.com.

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

Paul Green and the Jewish Jazz Project present traditional klezmer and jazz fusion, part of "Mr. Finn’s Cabaret," 8 p.m., 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

Bascom Lodge

Rakish Paddy, Celtic music, 6 p.m., summit of Mount Greylock, Adams, (413) 743-1591.

Drum/Bugle Corps

Pittsfield Red Knights Drum and Bugle Corps practice, 2 to 5 p.m., Victory Temple Church, Dewey Avenue, Pittsfield. Information: Paul Christopher, (413) 281-1216 or Betsy Halla, (413) 822-5235.


OUTDOORS

Bartholomew’s Cobble

Ornithology Walk: Family-friendly naturalist walk to learn about birds and their lives and habitats, 8:15 a.m., Sheffield.

Project Native

Bug and butterfly safari, 10 a.m. Overview of Project Native and the Butterfly House. Walk to find and collect eggs, caterpillars and butterflies to relocate into the Butterfly House. Tricks for finding eggs and caterpillars. Identify host plants and ecologically harvest food for caterpillars in the Butterfly House. All ages are welcome. Free, Housatonic.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," a young activist brings home a political hacker, 3 p.m. St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical -- three sailors on shore leave in "New York, New York," includes Coney Island Ballet, 5 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a fully staged production of Anna Ziegler’s "Life Science," 2 p.m. Bard College at Simon’s Rock Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Chester Theatre

"Arms on Fire," a young singer in search of a career break who meets a factory worker living in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. 2 p.m., Chester.

Oldcastle Theatre

"Other People’s Money," 2 p.m. Wall Street investor battles longtime owner over an aging New England manufacturing company. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Love’s Labour’s Lost," 2 p.m. "Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Don’t Dress For Dinner," farce, 2 p.m. Bernard plans for a rendezvous with his mistress, and his wife stays in town for a tryst of her own. New Lebanon, N.Y.

TriArts Sharon Playhouse

"Spamalot," area premiere, 1 and 5 p.m., 49 Amenia Road, Route 343, Sharon, Conn.; (860) 364-7469 or www.triarts.net.

Ventfort Hall

Summer play, "Morgan O’Yuki: Geisha of the Gilded Age," 10 a.m., Walker Street, Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

WAM Theatre Benefit

"Claiming Her Place," hosted by Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson, featuring a panel discussion on the challenges women face in the entertainment industry, with actors Lauren Ambrose, Michel Gill, Marin Mazzie, Linus Roache and Debra Jo Rupp, 7 p.m., Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"Animal Crackers," 2 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "American Hero," 2 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown.