Berkshires Week & Shires of Vermont

Thursday, March 6

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

"Take Good Care!" community writing workshop, led by Janet Reich Elsbach, 5:30 p.m., Mason Library, 231 Main St, Great Barrington. Sessions on March 13 and 20. Free, seewhocares@gmail.com. "Balancing the Personal and the Poli tical," panel discussion with Carol Ascher, Laurie Lisle and Marnie Mueller, 7 p.m., Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Route 183, Lenox. "The Belly Monologues," workshop led by Grace Rossman, 7 p.m., Student Union, Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. For women only.

Green Living

Dean Cycon, founder of Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Company, 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall at MCLA, North Adams. www.mcla.edu/greenliving

Tricks of the Trade

‘Creative Economy Education and Training' talk with Blair Benjaming of Assets for Artists and Mass MoCA, Hope Sullivan, director of IS183, Diane Pearlman of Berkshire Film & Media Commission, and Christine Condaris, MCLA professor of music. MCLA's Gallery 51, 51 Main St., North Adams. FILM

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Tournees French Film Festival: La Grot te des Reves Perdus (Cave of For gotten Dreams) 7 p.m., Lecture Center. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.


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OUTDOORS

New Lebanon Library

John Senger to conduct a workshop on vegetable gardening. Starting plants from seed, how to select plants, equipment and soil. 6:30 p.m., 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, NY.

Friday, March 7

ART

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

"Forty Shades of Green: Celebrating Ireland & Irish Culture." Opens today, noon to 5 p.m. 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Model Citizens Find out what it was like to pose for America's favorite illustrator. 2:30 p.m., Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

"Here on Earth: Poetry and Song," by Rosemary Starace and JoAnne Spies, 7 p.m., Six Depot Roas tery and Café, 6 Depot St. West Stockbridge.

Northshire Bookstore

In-store seminar with Bruce Piasecki, "Doing More with Less: The New Way to Wealth." 5-7 p.m. with a book signing and reception. 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. (518) 682-4200.

MUSIC

Billstock

Williamstown music festival with 12 local bands, music starts 7 p.m. at the old Methodist Church at 777 Main St. Gentlemen Art Thieves, Good Good, Jane Hudson, Jen Crowell, Joe Sparta and the Sneak Attack, Mommy heads, Oxenofthesun, Skylab, The Devil in the Delta, The Grizzlies, the Jeff Daniels Project. billstock.wordpress.com

Mahaiwe

The Mounument Mountain Regional High School Band and Jazz Ensemble, present the 31st Annual Pops Concert with guest artist Livingston Taylor. 8 p.m., Great Barrington.

UMASS Amherst

The 32nd Annual New England Sax ophone Symposium. Free. Amherst.

Williams College

Williams College Department of Music presents Williams Chamber Players, 8 p.m., in the Brooks-Rogers Recital, Williamstown.

THEATRE

The Colonial Theatre

Nationally acclaimed comedienne, Loni Love, brings her stand-up tour to Berkshire County. 8 p.m. Tickets: (413) 997-4444 or visit www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. 111 South St., Pittsfield.

Dorset Players

‘I Am My Own Wife' by Doug Wright, performed by Tom Ferguson 7:30 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse, Dorset. (802) 867-5777, dorsetplayers.org

Hubbard Hall

"King Lear," 8 p.m. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. (518) 677-2495

Saturday, March 8

ART

Bard College at Simon's Rock

‘The Earth is Our Mothers,' Wendy A. Rabinowitz. Opening 4 to 6 p.m. Daniel Arts Center. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Lenox Library

A 50-year retrospective exhibit of natural science illustrations by Lenox artists Jack Sadoway. View the exhibit and join Jack's family in a celebration of his life. 1-3 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox.

Mass MoCA

In his first major museum exhibition on the East Coast, painter Darren Waterston reimagines James McNeill Whistler's decorative masterpiece, ‘Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (1876-77),' in an installation, ‘Filthy Lucre' -- the centerpiece of his exhibition, "Uncertain Beauty," which will open today. massmoca.org

Red Lion Inn

"By Herself: Woman's Self-Repre sentation in Twentieth Century Art," on rt history, feminism, and psychoanalytic thought: how women use and represent their own bodies. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (413) 298-4773. Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

"Writing About Place: How Place Can Save You, Your Writing, and the World," workshop led by Jessica Treat, 10:30 a.m., Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield. Second half of the Writing About Place workshop in the more urban setting of Pittsfield. "Essay Writing with Purpose," adult workshop led by Anastasia Stanmeyer, 2 to 4 p.m., Otis Public Library, 48 North Main Rd, Otis. Sharework and receive feedback. Free. Space is limited "Rumors," reading by Stephanie Abrams, 2 p.m., Barnes & No ble, 555 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield. "The Earth is Our Mothers," a one-woman exhibition of weavings and mixed-media assemblages by Wendy A. Rabinowitz. Opening reception and artist's talk 4 to 6 p.m., Hillman-Jackson Gallery, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. "The Heroine's Journey: Tales of Love, Despair, Faith and Forgiveness," performance by Amber Chand, 7 p.m., Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Berkshirewomenwriters.org

Berkshire Museum

"India, Myanmar and Bhutan -- Three unique cultures," Dan Mead and Sally Eagle of MeadEagle Photos share images and stories from their travels, 10:30 a.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. berkshiremuseum.org

Spring Festival

Chinese Amer ican Student Organ ization (CASO) at Williams College will hold a spring festival for Chinese New Yearfrom 5 to 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church to benefit International Medical Corps and help the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan.Performances and activities -- a lion dance performance, the Far Ephs Movement (Chinese a cappella), Speak Free (spoken word poetry), a student playing a traditional Chinese instrument called the er hu, a fashion show and a raffle -- along with Chinese food catered by local restaurants.

MUSIC

Berkshire Community College

Memory Lane presents "Musical Memories with a Doo-wop Beat," a variety show to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis. Music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, rock and roll, country, and comedy. 7:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

Billstock

Williamstown music festival with 12 local bands, music starts 7 p.m. at the old Methodist Church at 777 Main St. Gentlemen Art Thieves, Good Good, Jane Hudson, Jen Crowell, Joe Sparta and the Sneak Attack, Mommy heads, Oxenofthesun, Skylab, The Devil in the Delta, The Grizzlies, the Jeff Daniels Project. billstock.wordpress.com

Mahaiwe

Cowboy Junkies, a Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock band. 8 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Tickets call (413) 528-0100.

Mountain Dulcimer

Christian Huet and Susan Trump, performers at Mountain Dulcimer Music Festival, perform at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Methodist Church, 15 Ridge Place, Latham, N.Y. dulcimerassociationofalbany.com

Sheep Hill WRLF

Wintergreen in cncert to celebrate new album, 2 p.m., 671 Cold Spring Road, Route 7, Williamstown. Free. wintergreentrio.com, wrlf.org

UMASS Amherst

The 32nd Annual New England Sax ophone Symposium. Free. Amherst.

Williams College

Williams College Department of Music presents a Student Recital with Elaina Pullano, 4 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Taconic Hiking Club

Leader's Choice Cross Country Skiing. Contact Sharon for details at sboqc@mindspring.com.

THEATRE

Dorset Players

‘I Am My Own Wife' by Doug Wright, performed by Tom Ferguson 7:30 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse, Dorset. (802) 867-5777, dorsetplayers.org

Hubbard Hall

"King Lear," 8 p.m. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. (518) 677-2495

MCLA

Staged reading of "Dancing Les sons," the new romantic comedy by playwright Mark St. Germain, directed by Barrington Stage Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. 7 p.m., MCLA's Church Street Center, North Adams.

Sunday, March 9

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

International Women's Day 2014: On the Side of Justice: Argen tinian Jewish family members Raquel Partnoy, Alicia Partnoy, and Ruth Irupé Sanabria. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, 2 p.m. Berkshirewomenwriters.org

Bookloft

Douglass Whynott reads from ‘The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup,' 4 p.m. Barrington Plaza, 332 Stockbridge Road / Route 7, Great Barrington. (413) 528-1521

MUSIC

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Thesis concert by Ceilidh Blood, 3 p.m. Kellogg Music Center, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Community College

Memory Lane presents "Musical Memories with a Doo-wop Beat," a variety show to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis. Music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, rock and roll, country, and comedy. 2 p.m., Pittsfield.

UMASS Amherst

The 32nd Annual Jazz Showcase, 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Amherst. Free.

THEATER

Dorset Players

‘I Am My Own Wife' by Doug Wright, performed by Tom Ferguson 2 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse, Dorset. (802) 867-5777, dorsetplayers.org

Hubbard Hall

"King Lear," 2 p.m. 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. (518) 677-2495

Monday, March 10

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Meeting On the Bridge, reading and discussion hosted by Gwendolyn VanSant with Multicultural BRIDGE and Kate Abbott, editor of Berkshires Week and Shires of Vermont, On the Bridge columnists for The Berkshire Eagle, Mason Library, 231 Main St., Great Barrington, 7 p.m. Berkshirewomenwriters.org

KIDS STUFF

Sheep Hill

Weekly nature classes for preschoolers, with Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. 10-11 a.m., Williamstown.

MUSIC

Para mount Theatre

Six-time Grammy Award-winning Irish folk group The Chieftains at 8 p.m. Monday, March 10, at 30 Center St., Rutland. paramountvt.org

Tuesday, March 11

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

"Nature Journaling," a workshop led by Karen Lindquist, director of the Bushnell-Sage Library, Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main St., Sheffield, 3:30 p.m. For writers of all ages. A Date with Your Creative Self workshop, led by dance/movement therapist Annabelle Coote, Movement Matters, 30 Elm Court, 1st floor, Great Barrington, 7:30 p.m. No prior writing, arts, or movement experience necessary.

FILM

Berkshire Athenaeum

Cinema of Law, Season 8, continues with "Class Action" starring Gene Hackman, introduced by Attorney David W. Murphy. 6 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Bennington College

Deane Carriage Barn Series, Eugene Friesen, cellist 8:30-10:30 p.m., Deane Carriage Barn, (802) 440-4510 (ext. 4510) on campus or apappas
@bennington.edu.

UMASS Amherst

Wind Ensemble. Megan Cooney, conductor; James Patrick Miller, music director. 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Amherst.

Wednesday, March 12

COMMUNITY

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Race Task Force: Immigration in the Berkshires, 7 p.m., 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

"A Celebration of Young Women Writers," reading hosted by Carmen-Maria Mandley. The Elayne P. Bernstein Theater, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, 7 p.m. Tickets $5 for students, seniors and military; $10 for general public, available through the Shakespeare & Company box office: wwwshakespeare.org or 413-637-3353. "Writing from Life -- Writing for Life" workshop led by Signe Schaefer, Rudolph Steiner School, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington, 7 p.m. Berkshirewomenwriters.org

Mark Twain House & Museum

"The Trouble Begins at 5:30" with noted Twain Scholar Susan K. Harris. Harris will concentrate on Twain's contentious views on war, imperialism and the Philippines. 5 p.m. 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn.

Southern Vermont College

Thondup Tsering, a community organizer from Amherst and owner of the Lhasa Cafe in Northampton, will offer a presentation, "Kid 382," at 6:30 p.m. in Hunter Hall's Greenberg Atrium. Free.

MUSIC

UMASS Amherst

University Orchestra with Tian Nui Ng, guest conductor. 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Amherst.