Saturday July 6, 2013

Today

ART

Arts Alive of the Hilltowns

Annual Hilltown Arts Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. pottery, weaving, sculpture, music, crafts, glass, paintings, other visual arts, silent auction, arts demonstrations in Worthington in the Town Hall, church, and school and on the Green. Church Fair, Hilltown Artisans Guild, food and other local green products. Free admission and parking. staffordnatalie@gmail.com.

Berkshire Arts Festival

Featuring over 200 exhibitors of fine arts and crafts, plus musical and children’s entertainment, 10 to 6, Ski Butternut, 380 State Road/Route 23, Great Barrington.

Hancock Shaker Village

Hand-Cut Dovetail workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Steve Grasselli: The Shakers were well versed in hand joinery and used dovetails in boxes, case construction, and, of course, drawers. Learn to make either a pine candle box or a pine tray using dovetail joinery. Route 20, Pittsfield.

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.


Advertisement

Norman Rockwell Museum

20th anniversary reunion of people who modeled for photographs that Norman Rockwell used to inspire paintings and illustrations, 1 to 5 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge.

Sandisfield Arts Center

"One piece at a time," quilt artist and horse trainer Teresa Bills’ work inspired by the Sandisfield woodlands and horses, 3 to 5 p.m. Sandisfield. 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.

Bidwell House Museum

Township No. 1 Day: A community celebration of Tyringham and Monterey history. Live music by local musicians, children’s activities, baking contest, historic craft demonstrations, author talks and more. 1-4:30 p.m. Free. Monterey www.bidwellhousemuseum.org or (413) 528-6888.

Bottle/Can Drive

Sponsored by Lions Club of Pittsfield, call (413) 448-2855 for pick up or information; now accepting water bottles, ice tea and juice aluminum containers, (no Snapple); eyeglasses, cell phones and ink cartridges also accepted.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Lift Ev’ry Voice

"Daring to Dream," young adult spoken-word poets perform during gallery hours, reading of Frederick Douglass’ July 4 address and evening concert by R&B singer Bettye LaVette at 8 p.m. Mass MoCA, North Adams. www.liftevryvoice.org.

Lord and Tailor

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

Pittsfield Farmers’ Market

Pittsfield Farmers’ Market

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

Stockbridge Library

2013 Cemetery Tour: "The People Who Created Those Famous Stockbridge Sites," 4 p.m. learn about Stockbridge’s famous and infamous citizens, influential and ordinary residents, founding families and recent arrivals. Stockbridge cemetery, accross from Town Hall offices. (413) 298-5501.

DANCE

Jacob’s Pillow

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, 2 and 8 p.m. -- New York City contemporary ensemble, ancers from Brazil, Korea, France, Portugal, Romania, and across the U.S. Shantala Shivalingappa, classical south Indian dance style Kuchipudi, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m., with live music. Free Inside/Out Performance: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Movin’ Commercial Program, 6:15 p.m. Free Pillow Talk: CN U Tweet Revus? on online trends in responding to dance, 4 p.m., Becket.

EXHIBITS

Harrison Gallery

"Remembering Henry," group exhibition with Stephen Hannock, Scott Kilgour, Tom Slaughter and Ray Charles White, opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m., 39 Spring St., Williamstown, (413) 458-1700.

Housatonic Valley

Annual artists’ juried show of the Housatonic Valley Art League, opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m., on display through July 28, Dewey Hall, Sheffield.

Le Petit Musee

"Sarah Sutro: Watercolors," through July at Wild Sage, 333 North St., Pittsfield; open daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; (413) 447-7000.


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.

Healing Rhythms

Cardio strength fusion, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.; slow flow yoga, 8:45 to 10:15 a.m.; "Slow Flow Yoga," 8:45 to 10:15 a.m., and "Shake Your Soul," dance class, no prior experience necessary, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, (413) 637-2727.

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.

Yoga/Zumba

"Yoga and Zumba on Onota Lake," yoga from 9 to 10 a.m., Zumba from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., for all ages, outdoors at Burbank Park, enter at Valentine Road and Lakeway Drive, Onota Lake, Pittsfield; Rachael Plaine, (413) 822-2034.


KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

"Animals Up Close: African Serval Cat," presented by W.I.L.D. Center & Zoological Park of New England, 1 p.m.; "Chow Time," discovery program where staff feed fish, reptiles or amphibians, at 12:30, 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

David Grover Concert

David Grover and Grover’s Gang, free family concert series, 10 a.m., Great Barrington Bandstand, behind Town Hall.

Junior Rangers

Learn about pond life and fishing, for ages 11-14, bring or borrow fishing pole, 10 a.m., meet at Berry Pond, Pittsfield State Forest, Cascade Street, (413) 442-8992.

Science Program

"Science in the Parks," learn about water and the environment and why keeping our parks clean is important, for all ages, 10 to noon, Clapp Park, West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield; informaton, (413) 499-0692.

Williamstown Library

Nutshell Playhouse "Mambo and Nemonee’s Worldwide Adventure," about the Earth’s mysteries and the balance of nature. 1 p.m. Routes 2 and 7, Williamstown. (413) 458-5369.

LECTURE

Tanglewood Lecture Series

"The Creation of the World in One Symphony: Mahler’s Third," Tanglewood pre-concert lecture with Professor Jeremy Yudkin, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox.

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.

Ashley House

Site on the African American Heritage trail tells the story of Elizabeth Freeman, who sued for her freedom in 1781, helping to end slavery in Massachusetts. New outdoor exhibit on Freeman’s life and legacy, free. Guided tours Saturdays and Sundays to Sept. 1, 1 and 2 p.m. Open daily for self-guided tours. Sheffield.

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

"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

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, 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.

Mission House

Guided house tours & Munsee-Mohican exhibit, Colonial Revival gardens: Where Stockbridge began. Home of Rev. John Sergeant, missionary to the Stockbridge tribe, 1739-1749. Open Saturdays and Sundays, tours at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Stockbridge. www.thetrustees.org.

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, 1:30, 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,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 music festival

Monteverdi madrigals and Giaches de Wert. Masterful and imaginative musical settings from the 16th and early 17th century with Aston Magna’s Madrigal Singers: exploring the musical library of America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, illuminated by excerpts from his writings, music of Corelli, Mozart, J.C. Bach, Maria Cosway and Francis Hopkinson. 6 p.m., Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington. Pre-concert lecture before all concerts, and "Meet the Artists" afterward.

Bascom Lodge

Saturday Night Jazz Concert, 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Berkshire Vista

Whiskey City, 2 p.m., Bandstand Deck, Sunning Lawn, 312 Kittle Road, Hancock; information, (413) 738-5154.

Guthrie Center

"John Lennon Re-Imagined," The Nutopians, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Sing-a-Long "Grease" (1978), costume party and musical film, 7 p.m. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Bettye LaVette: Great lady of soul, singer/songwriter in concert, 8 p.m. North Adams.

Mohawk Trail Concerts

Modern Middle East and Wagner-Liszt -- Marjorie Melnick, mezzo- soprano; Estela Olevsky, piano; and duo Jalal: Kathryn Lockwood, viola, and Yousif Sheronick, percussion. Contemporary works include "Shadow & Light" by Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, "Jubb Jannin" by Yousif Sheronick, "Eternal Return" by Hafez Nazeri. 7:30 p.m., Charlemont.

Tanglewood

Pre-Rehearsal Talk, 9:30 a.m. and rehearsal, Saturday program, 10:30 a.m. Boston Symphony Orchestra with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor: Mahler Symphony No. 3 with Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Woman of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with John Oliver, conductor; PALS Children’s Chorus with Andy Icochea Icochea, conductor, 8:30 p.m., in the Shed. Lenox.

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew’s Cobble

Bartholomew’s Cobble

Saturday canoe trip, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Weatogue Road, Sheffield, (413) 229-8600.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Canoeing Buckley Dunton Lake, Becket, 9 a.m. to noon. Explore the coves and inlets of this beautiful pond, go ashore to eat a snack, see the boreal plant communities, and watch for signs of animals like porcupines and moose. Run by Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries, Lenox.

Master gardeners

Western Mass Master Gardeners workshop: Choice and placement of shrubs in the garden, 10 a.m. demonstration gardens behind Springside House, Springside Park, off upper North Street, Pittsfield. Free, rain or shine. (413) 743-5193.

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; "Wild Waterfalls," strenuous hike, wet, slippery conditions, 1 to 4 p.m., meet at Visitor Center, Lanesborough, (413) 499-4262.

Project Native

Bug and butterfly safari, 9:30 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.

Tamarack Hollow

Clear and blaze trails at nature and culture center in Windsor, 10 a.m., with Naturalist Aimee Gelinas, aimee@gaiaroots.com. Food provided. www.tamarackhollow.com.

Work Party

Appalachian Trail hiker parking improvements, West Sheffield Road improve trailhead parking, spread some gravel around parking area, and mow and cut encroaching brush on the Appalachian Trail nearby. easy access to work site, no experience required, meet at 9 a.m., Shays’ Rebellion Monument, bring lunch and water.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," 4 and 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Mr. Finn and his all-star songwriters, original songs, 9 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Pittsfield.

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 p.m. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. "Oklahoma!" Rogers & Hammerstein musical, 8 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Capitol Steps

Political comedy in song, 8 p.m., 55 Lee Road/Route 20, Lenox, (413) 881-1636 or www.cranwell.com.

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 and 8 p.m., Chester.

Performance Space 21

"Long Ago and Far Away and other short plays by David Ives," an evening of comedic short plays by contemporary American playwright of verbal dexterity, theatrical invention and quirky humor, 8 p.m. Walking the dog Theater production, Chatham, N.Y.

Sandisfield Arts Center

One-woman performance, storyteller Amber Chand will tell her own journey, 8 p.m. Raised in Uganda, she was expelled as a refugee at age 20. Sandisfield.

Shakespeare & Company

Behind the scenes tour, 10:30 a.m. "Love’s Labour’s Lost," 2 p.m. "Master Class," 3 p.m. Midsummer Night’s Meal buffet, 5 to 7 p.m. "Les Faux Pas," 5:30 p.m. "Richard II," 7:30 p.m. "Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Don’t Dress For Dinner," farce, 4 and 8 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.

Ventfort Hall

"Morgan O-Yuki: The Geisha of the Gilded Age," 4 p.m., 104 Walker St., 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.

Tomorrow

COMMUNITY

Breakfast Buffet

All-you-can-eat, take-outs available, 8 to 11 a.m., Upton Lodge of Masons, AF&AM, 120 Church St., Cheshire; $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children.

Breakfast Buffet

Including pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon and coffee, all-you-can-eat, sponsored by Mystic Lodge, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., Masonic Temple, 116 South St., Pittsfield. Donation: $6.

Pancake Breakfast

Sponsored by Tyringham Volunteer Fire Co., all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and juice, 7 to 11 a.m., Terrence Curtin Pavilion, Tyringham.

’Summer Sundays’

Local craft and food vendors, music, children’s activities, IS183 art initiative, 4 p.m. to dusk, and movie under the stars with Images Cinema. Williamstown Chamber of Commerce event through July, (413) 458-9077 or www.summersundays01267.com

DANCE

Adams Visitor Center

Swing dancing with live music, 2 to 5 p.m., Hoosac Street, Adams.

Berkshire Museum

"La Sylphide," ballet screening, 2 p.m., 39 Souith St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Jacob’s Pillow

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, 2 p.m. -- New York City contemporary ensemble, dancers from Brazil, Korea, France, Portugal, Romania, and across the U.S. Shantala Shivalingappa, classical south Indian dance style Kuchipudi, 2:15 p.m., with live music. Master class with Shantala Shivalingappa. Film "Never Stand Still," Jacob’s Pillow documentary, 4:30 p.m. Becket.

LECTURE

Martin Bookspan Talk

"My Friends: Leonard Bernstein & Aaron Copland," with legendary broadcaster of "Live from Lincoln Center," Martin Bookspan, 11:30 to 1, Gateways Inn, 51 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-2532.

MUSIC

Congregation Beth Israel

"A Summer Celebration of Jewish Music," featuring "Transposing Broadway: The Jewish Influences on the Broadway Musical," 3 p.m., 53 Lois St., North Adams, (413) 663-5830.

Tamarack Hollow

West African & Caribbean Hand Drum class for all ages at the Mount Greylock Summit, 5 p.m. www.tama rackhollow.com. Dinner available afterwards at Bascom Lodge. www.bascomlodge.net.

Tanglewood

Boston Pops Orchestra with Keith Lockhart, conductor, and country singer/songwriter Vince Gill, 2:30 p.m. in the Shed. Lenox.


OUTDOORS

Mountain Meadow Preserve

"Discovering Butterflies" walk, 1 to 3 p.m., Williamstown.

Mount Greylock

"Summit Ramble," short hike on summit of Mt. Greylock to discover landscape and ecology, for all ages, 1 and 3 p.m., meet at summit, Adams, (413) 499-4262.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 5 p.m., Mainstage. Mr. Finn and his all-star songwriters, original songs, 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Oklahoma!" Rogers & Hammerstein musical, 2 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Capitol Steps

Political comedy in song, 8 p.m., 55 Lee Road/Route 20, Lenox, (413) 881-1636 or www.cranwell.com.

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.

Jewish Federation of Berkshires

"Transposing Broadway: The Jewish Influences on the Broadway Musical" with Stuart Hecht, Professor of Theatre, Boston College, 3 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois Street, North Adams. (413) 663-5830.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

"The Audience" starring Helen Mirren, London’s National Theatre in HD, 3 p.m. Great Barrington.

Performance Space 21

"Long Ago and Far Away and other short plays by David Ives," an evening of comedic short plays by contemporary American playwright of verbal dexterity, theatrical invention and quirky humor, 8 p.m. Walking the dog Theater production, Chatham, N.Y.

Shakespeare & Company

"Richard II," 2 p.m. "Heroes," 3 p.m. "Love’s Labour’s Lost," 7:30 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.

Ventfort Hall

"Morgan O-Yuki: The Geisha of the Gilded Age," 10 a.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

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

Most of these listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. Prices vary for arts and entertainment events. Ongoing events must be updated monthly. Information must arrive at least a week before the date of publication and be sent to Mary Ellen Sondrini, Calendar, The Berkshire Eagle, P.O. Box 1171, Pittsfield 01202; emailed to news@berkshireeagle.com, or faxed to (413) 499-3419. Questions: (413) 496-6238, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5.