Berkshires Week & Shires of Vermont

Thursday, May 29

ART

MCLA Gallery 51

Julia Mandle and Gayle Wells Mandle, "Teetering." May 29 to June 22. Re ception tonight at 6 North Adams.

Monterey Library

Knox Gallery exhibits "Julie Shapiro: Recent Work," Aug. 29 to Sept. 27. Open ing reception 7 p.m. 452 Main Road, Monterey, (413) 528-3795. FILM

Berkshire Independent Film Festival

Opening Night Gala and film "May in the Summer," directed and written by Cherien Dabis 6 p.m., at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Opening night party under the BIFF tent. Filmmakers and 75 of the latest in independent feature, documentary, short and family films from some 18 countries. Through June 1 in Great Barrington and May 31 and June 1 in Pittsfield. biffma.org

MUSIC

Vermont Arts Exchange

Bennington College Student Concert on the Basement Stage, 6:30 p.m., free. Bennington.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Other Place," 7:30 p.m., St. Ger main Stage, Pittsfield. Post-show talk.

Friday, May 30

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Jewish Federation

"Shabbat Across the Berkshires" 7:30 p.m. Open-hearted celebration, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Museum

"Butterflies Preview Party" -- live But terfly Pavilion, interactive stations, and light refreshments. 5:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

Marathon OLLI talk

"Urban Terrorism and the Boston Marathon Bombings" Edward Davis III, former commissioner of the Boston Police Department. Q & A. Free. 6 p.m. The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

FILM

Berkshire Independent Film Festival

Opening night in Pittsfield at the Beacon with "The Trip to Italy." Opening night party 5:30 p.m. and "Next Great Filmmaker Award" Schedule biffma.org

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Troubador series, music at site of Alice's Restaurant, 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

OUTDOORS

Hoffmann Bird Club

Summer birds in the Tyringham Valley, 7 a.m. (413) 884-4961

Canoe Meadows

Guided bird walk, 7-9 a.m. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Other Place," St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

The Ghent Playhouse

John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," the classic saga of displaced heartland Americans during the Dust Bowl Depression. 8 p.m., Ghent, N.Y.

Shakespeare and Company

Preview: "Shakespeare's Will," 7:30 p.m., Lenox.

Saturday, May 31

ART

Monterey Library

Knox Gallery exhibit: Paula Shalan: "Shades of Black" (ceramics) through May 31. Artist talk 10 a.m. 452 Main Road, Monterey, (413) 528-3795.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Museum

"Butterflies" -- live Butterfly Pavilion opens with native and exotic species. Contemporary and historic art, objects and artifacts from cultures around the world. "Kitchen Ka-Boom" fun science experiments, all kid-safe, using items found in almost any kitchen. Pittsfield.

Learn to Row

Berkshire Rowing and Sculling Soci ety's annual Learn to Row event. Re ser va tions strongly recommended: (413) 442-7769. Two sessions: 8-9:45 a.m. and 10-11:45 a.m. Free. Bur bank Park's north beach, Lake Onota, Pittsfield.

Ventfort Hall

Delaney Moran, Young Scholars Program, "Never Looking at Your Face, Only at Your Feet: Race relations at the Savoy Ballroom: 1926 -1958" talk and tea, 3:30 p.m. Lenox.

West Stockbridge Library

Eric Wilska of the Bookloft on "The Changing Landscape of Publishing and Book Retailing," 7 p.m. Town Hall, 21 State Line Road/Route 102, West Stockbridge.

FILM

Berkshire Independent Film Festival

Screening and Q&A with "The Battered Bastards," only independent baseball team in America, Mahaiwe at 7 p.m. Ballpark dinner. Schedule biffma.org

HISTORY

Bryant Homestead

Open house at William Cullen Bryant Homestead, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free tours. Abolitionists role' in Civil War and ending slavery, talk 2 p.m. with Professor Manisha Sinha on the abolitionist movement. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington.

Hancock Shaker Village

"The Shakers: Models for Modern ism," 4 p.m. Illustrated talk with Jean M. Burks, senior curator, Shelburne Museum. Pittsfield.

Home Sweet Home

Open House Day at The Trustees of Reservations historic homes, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Naumkeag, the Mission House, Ashley House, Folly at Field Farm and the Bryant Homestead.

MUSIC

Abode of the Message

Amir Vahab, celebrated composer and vocalist of Sufi music, songs of the ancient lands of Persia, Turkey, Azeri and beyond. Meditation Hall, 7 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Guthrie Center

Kate Taylor, folk music at site of Alice's Restaurant, 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

Vermont Arts Exchange

Basement Music Series presents, Heather Maloney, 8 p.m. Bennington.

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

Opening Day Festivities. American In dian teepee raising, drumming, mountain blessing and music, noon to 4 p.m. Free. Mount Greylock.

Hildene

Take a Walk on the Wild Side. Hildine, in collaboration with Transition Town Manchester, will host a Wild Edible Talk and Walk with author and naturalist Russ Cohen, author of "Wild Plants I Have Known ... and Eaten." 1-4:30 p.m., check in at the Welcome Center.. Registration, call (802) 367-7960.

Hoffmann Bird Club

Green Mountain National Forest day trip to Vermont. Explore Kelly Stand Road, Somerset Reservoir and Grout Pond areas. Roadside birding and light hiking. 6:30 a.m. Bring Lunch. (413) 655-0112

Norfolk

Keeping a Nature Journal Workshop with Artist Leslie Watkins. Private Property. Focus on Peonies. 3-5 p.m., information contact Lawrence at (413) 229-8316.

Notchview

Stargazing, dusk to 11 p.m. Astron omers from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center train their telescopes on planets, moons, stars, and galaxies. Free. Route 9, Wiindsor. (413) 684-0148.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Other Place," 4 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

The Ghent Playhouse

John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," 8 p.m., Ghent, N.Y.

Shakespeare and Company

"Shakespeare's Will," 7:30 p.m., Lenox.

Sunday, June 1

COMMUNITY

Church on the Hill

Sharing a community meal at 10:30 a.m. as a sacred feast with poetry, stories, prayers and music by Vikki True and the Homegrown Boys. Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox.

FILM

Berkshire Independent Film Festival

BIFF's closing night in Great Barring ton with "The Trip to Italy," 7 p.m. at the Mahaiwe. Closing night party at Castle Stret Café. Schedule biffma.org

The Mount

Screening of "Edith Wharton: The Sense of Harmony" with filmmaker Elizabeth Lennard, 3 p.m. documentary includes interviews, rare documents and archival footage. BIFF event. Lenox.

MUSIC

Bascom Lodge

Music by Beeline Ramblers, singer/ songwriters of lyrical music, 6 p.m. Free. Mount Greylock.

Barrington Stage Company

"Bringin' Down the House," a soul-stirring journey, starring Wanda Houston. 8 p.m., Mr. Finn's Cabaret, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Lyric

Choral Festival of Psalms by the 100-voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus and Blafield Children's Chorus 3 p.m. Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Marjorie Dix. Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood at 3 p.m. BerkshireLyricInfo.org

Celebration of Jewish Music

"Jewish Romanticism: A Queen, Korngold, Copland and Klezmer," 3 p.m. Clarinetist Paul Green and friends, Grammy-nominated mezzo soprano D'Anna Fortunato. "Vashti, or the Whole Megillah" by David Schiff. Jewish songs of love by Erich Korngold, Hebrew and Yiddish tunes. Berkshire Music School, Pittsfield.

OUTDOORS

Hoffmann Bird Club

October Mountain bird walk, 6 a.m. Annual trip to October Mountain State Forest. (413) 884-4961.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Other Place," a psychological thrill er, 3 p.m., St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

The Ghent Playhouse

John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," the classic saga of displaced heartland Americans during the Dust Bowl Depression. 2 p.m., Ghent, N.Y.

Shakespeare and Company

"Shakespeare's Will," the uncharted and tumultuous life of Anne Hathaway -- Shakespeare's enigmatic wife, 3 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Monday, June 2

COMMUNITY

Congregation Ahavath Sholom

Mysticism Forum M4M: "A Glimpse Behind the Veil," Spiritual leader Barbara Cohen. 7-8:30 p.m., Great Barrington.

Stephentown Historical Society

"The Great Stone Barn Project: Past, Present, Future," talk on Mount Lebanon Shaker restoration, 7:30 p.m. Heritage Center, Route 26, Steph entown, N.Y.

Tuesday, June 3

COMMUNITY

Lenox Library

First Tuesday Book Group discusses "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. 6:30 p.m., free. Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Other Place," a psychological thrill er, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.

Wednesday, June 4

COMMUNITY

Dalton Fair

Mike Fanelli's Traveling Amusement Park. Midway 6 p.m. American Legion Field, North Street, Route 9, Dalton.

MUSIC

Bascom Lodge

Mike Martin ukulele, 6 p.m. Free. Mount Greylock

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Other Place," a psychological thriller, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.