Berkshires Week and the Shires of Vermont

Thursday, April 10

ART

Mass MoCA

"The Politics of Tibetan Art." Nepali-born artist Ang Tsherin Sherpa will discuss the Tibetan-Chinese conflict as represented in Tibetan Buddhist culture, art, and imagery. Reception to follow. 5 p.m., Club B-10. North Adams. COMMUNITY

Berkshire Community College

"Power and its Power" forum: explore how your personal development eqals power. 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., South County Center, Room S-7. Professor Juli anna Spalholz leads a literary panel discussion, "Writer’s Talk." 12:15-1:15 p.m., Pittsfield.

Southern Vermont College

"An Invitation to Poetry" lecture with Mag gie Dietz, Favorite Poem Project Director at Southern Vermont College’s Everett Theater, 2:25 p.m. "A Community Reads Favorite Poems" poetry reading, 7 p.m. at Everett Theater. Bennington.

FILM

Mass MoCA

"The Light in Her Eyes," a film exploring conservative Muslim preacher Houda al-Habash’s Qur’an school for girls in Damascus. 7:30 p.m. in Club B-10. Q&A to follow with filmmaker Julia Meltzer. North Adams.

THEATRE

Shakespeare & Company

"Romeo and Juliet," 70 Kemble St., Lenox. shakespeare.org

Friday, April 11

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Humorous Tales and Little-Known Facts." with Curator of Education Tom Daly. 2:30 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge.

DANCE

Williams College

Contemporary Dance Ensemble re-imagines dance on the campus by fostering collaboration across artistic and academic disciplines. 8 p.m.,’62 Center, 1000 Main St., Williamstown.

HISTORY

Dewey Hall

"Charcoal Making on Mt. Washing ton," history of the local charcoal industry. Refreshments. Free. 7:30 p.m., 91 Main St., Sheffield. (413) 229-2694.

MUSIC

Meetinghouse Cafe

Contemporary and traditional folk music duo Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangson, with Lou and Peter Berry man, 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Uni versalist Church, School Street in Bennington.

Whitney Center for the Arts

"Our Time," NYC Cabaret singer and pianist Ron Ramsay and Berkshire vocal artist Samantha Talora. 7:30 p.m., 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Also Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (413) 212-4459.

Williams College

Borromeo String Quartet, 8 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall Williams town.

OUTDOORS

Canoe Meadows

Bird walks, sponsored by Mass Audubon, with instructor Noreen Mole, 8-10 a.m., Pittsfield.

THEATRE

Shea Theater

A New Renaissance Players production of "WOLF! Trial of the Big Bad Wolf." Directed by Jillian Morgan, created by the New Renaissance Players. 7:30 p.m., 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Also Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 12

COMMUNITY

Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Racing Against Racism. Run and/or swim, benefit to combat racism and promote social justice. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kilpatrick Athletic Center, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

"Northeast Wildflowers to Brighten Your Spring Garden." Learn about the importance of native wildflowers and how to bring them into the garden setting. 10 a.m. to noon, corner of Routes 102 & 183, Stockbridge.

The Mount

Writing workshop, "What’s Your Story? Steps to Self-Publication for Young Authors," with local writer Nik Davies. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. EdithWharton.org.

Ventfort Hall

Two Slavic Easter egg-decorating work shops, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Advance registration suggested, (413) 637-3206. 104 Walker St., Lenox.

DANCE

IS183

Red Hot annual dinner, dance party, and auction. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and dancing will be from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring music by Dave Leonard of JTD Productions. Stockbridge.

LECTURE

Williams College

Political activist and scholar Angela Davis, "Leadership in the 21st Cen tury." Her talk will focus on activism and developing a social consciousness. 6:30 p.m., in Chapin Hall, Williamstown.

MUSIC

Bard College at Simon’s Rock

South Berkshire Concerts’ Frederick Reynolds Memorial Concert. Boston-based pianist Stephen Porter performs "Late Style," works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and Schu bert. 8-10 p.m., McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Banda Magda with Athens-born accordionist and musical polymath Magda Gi an nikou. 8 p.m., Club B-10. North Adams.

Vermont Arts Exchange

Singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard at Basement Music Series. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Sage Street Mill, Bennington.

OUTDOORS

Hoffman Bird Club

A leisurely morning walk looking for birds in Williamstown and South Williamstown. Meet at Field Farm on Sloan Road, South Williamstown. Information: Carrie at (413) 664-2004.

Sunday, April 13

THEATRE

WAM Theater

Fresh Takes, a play-reading series presents "Blue Stockings" by Jessica Swale, directed by Kelly Galvin. 3 p.m., at the gallery space at No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge.

Monday, April 14

ART

Bennington College

Art forum with Lukas Ligeti, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the CAPA Symposium, Bennington, Vt.

FILM

Williams College

"The Slanted Screen," in celebration of Asian/American Heritage Month. 7 p.m., Williamstown.

OUTDOORS

Bennington College

Environmental Change and Infectious Disease Speaker Series, "Amphibi an Population Declines: Com plex Causes and Consequences for Global Am phib ian Biodiversity Loss." CAPA Sym posium, 1 to 2 p.m., Bennington, Vt..

Tuesday, April 15

COMMUNITY

Live UNITED Celebration

Berkshire United Way community celebration with Dr. Jennifer Michaels, medical director at the Brien Center. 7:45-9:30 a.m. at Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

LECTURE

Williams College

Bates College Professor James Parakilas to present "Inner Need/ Social Bonds: The Double Life We Lead in Music." 4:15 p.m., at the Bernhard Music Center Room 30, Williamstown.

MUSIC

Bennington College

Lukas Ligeti, a composer and percussionist whose work incorporates elements of jazz, contemporary classical and various world music. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington, Vt.

Wednesday, April 16

COMMUNITY

Bennington College

Poet Spencer Reece’s debut collection of poetry, "The Clerk’s Tale," 7-8 p.m. Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington, Vt.