Arts and community calendar for the Berkshires and Southern Vermont


Thursday, March 20


Cheshire Community Center

Demonstration of basic cake decorating techniques, presented by professional pastry chef Susanna Thomas. 6:30 p.m., Cheshire. FILM

The Linda

Food for Thought: "God Loves Uganda." Food samples provided by Honest Weight Food Co-op. Performance by musician Jack Empie and an open panel discussion after the film. 7 p.m., 339 Central Ave., Albany, N.Y,


Williams College

Williams Brass Ensemble, 7 p.m. in the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.



Harlequin theater club presents "Avenue Q" 8 p.m. at Venable Theatre, off Church St., North Adams.

Friday, March 21


Berkshire Museum

The 2014 Berkshire Award ceremony. Event will include award presentation, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres. 5:30 p.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield.

Cameron House Assisted Living

Storytelling, "Thor & Odin Battle the Giants" with Odds Bodkin. 3 p.m., 109 Housatonic St., Lenox. (413) 637-3100


St. John's Episcopal Church

Tenores de Aterue on their Spring 2014 Tour. 7:30 p.m., 36 Park St., Williamstown.



Harlequin theater club presents "Avenue Q," 8 p.m., at Venable Theatre, off Church St., North Adams.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts

Circle Theatre Players presents "Fiddler on the Roof." (518) 674-2007 or 8 p.m., 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY.

Shakespeare & Company

"Private Lives" 7 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Saturday, March 22


CCCA Gallery

Opening reception for the Not Necessarily Black & White CCA Photography Show. 5-7 p.m., 209 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y.


The Big E

Mass. 4-H Blue Ribbon Calf Sale, located in Mallary West. Times and updates visit or call (413) 737-2443. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield.

Northshire Bookstore

Thomas Moore with his book, "A Religion of One's Own" 7 p.m., Manchester, Vt. (802) 362-2200.

Ventfort Hall

A "Passport Wine & Food Tasting" to benefit both Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum and Berkshire Carousel, Inc. A world-wide selection of wines and accompanying food will be offered, sponsored by Kelly's Package Store of Dalton. Advance tickets can be purchased through Kelly's Package Store, (413) 684-0870 or by calling Ventfort Hall at (413) 637-3206. 4 to 7 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox.


Canaan Town Hall

Chatham Neighbors for Peace will screen "Gasland Part 2" with a discussion following the film, moderated by climate change activist Bard Schoenfeld. Free, 3 p.m., 1647 County Route 5, Canaan, NY.


Berkshire Music School

Student recital from the studio of Bonnie McCubbin, violin, voice, and piano. 1:30 p.m., Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 442-1411.

Hudson Opera House

"Chopin & Chardonnay," featuring legendary pianist Morey Hall in concert, and four vintage wines, selected from the cellars of Hudson Wine Merchants. The evening benefits the Capital Campaign for the Hudson Area Library. Tickets are available by contacting Cayla Consaga at (518) 828-1792 or 6 p.m., 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY.


Close Encounters with Music presents The Linden String Quartet performing a passionate, lyrical and utterly winning program, Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence. Tickets are available through the Mahaiwe box office (413) 528-0100 or Close Encounters with Music (800) 843-0778. 6 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Betty, the legendary all-girl-pop-rockers performing in conjunction with Darren Waterston's installation Uncertain Beauty. 8 p.m., Club B-10, North Adams.

Mocha Maya's

Ethereal Renaissance pop singer Kristen Hoffman performing in support of her current single, "Ghosts" 7:30 p.m., Shelburne Falls.

Oldcastle Theatre

The final winter concert of L'Ensemble presents Ida Faiella in "I Love a Piano." 7 p.m., 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

Union College

Artemis Quartet, a German ensemble considered to be one of the leading string quartets in the world today. 8 p.m., Schenectady, NY.



Nordic ski lessons for all Ages, Route 9, Windsor. Trustees of Reservations.



Harlequin theater club presents "Avenue Q," 8 p.m., at Venable Theatre, off Church St., North Adams.

Sand Lake Center for the Arts

Circle Theatre Players presents "Fiddler on the Roof" based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, (518) 674-2007 or 8 p.m., 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY.

Shakespeare & Company

Private Lives" 7 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Sunday, March 23


Mead's Maple Syrup

Annual Maple Syrup event. Follow Winter as he takes participants through the whole process, from his vast woods of sugar maples to his sugar house and wood-fired evaporator. At the end of the tour is eating pancakes. Directions: (413) 528-9697 ext. 10. Canaan, Conn.


Lenox Library

"Local Government: Making the System Work for You" with Mass Sen, Benjamin Downing, Mass Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, and chair of the Lenox Board of Selectman David Roche. Free, 4 p.m., 18 Main St., Lenox. (413) 637-2630.

Stockbridge Congregational Church

Lecture and visit from Rev. Jim Antal, conference minister and president of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Antal's lecture, "Shaped by Hope in a Climate Crisis World" will begin at 1:30 p.m., and he will preach for regular worship at 10 a.m. Free and open to the public. 4 West Main St., Stockbridge.


Lenox Memorial High School

"Kick the Winter Blues, A Musical Afternoon with Oscar" presented by Berkshire Lyric. The annual pop concert and fundraiser features Academy Award-winning songs to be sung by all three Berkshire Lyric choruses. A reception and silent auction will follow. Tickets: 3 p.m., Lenox.


Berkshire Knapsacker

Hike to either Tunxis Trail or People's Forest. Leader Jill Oneglia, (860) 309-4244, Barkhamsted, CT.


Nordic ski lessons for all ages, Windsor.


Sand Lake Center for the Arts

Circle Theatre Players presents "Fiddler on the Roof" based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Joseph Stein. Tickets call (518) 674-2007 or 2:30 p.m., 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY.

Shakespeare & Company

Private Lives" 2 p.m. 70 Kemble St., Lenox.

Monday, March 24


Berkshire Grown

March Maple Dinner to benefit Berkshire Grown and its project, Share the Bounty. Five-course meal curated by Jeffery Thompson, executive chef at Wheatleigh in Lenox, with Berkshire chefs. Live auction of a wine dinner for eight at Wheatleigh. Hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. Dinner follows at 7 p.m. Cranwell Resort 55 Lee Road, Route 20, Lenox. Reservations: (413) 528-0041.

Tuesday, March 25


Berkshire Athenaeum

Cinema of Law, Season 8 featuring "The Rainmaker" with an introduction by Attorney Buffy Lord. 6 p.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


UMASS Amherst

Faculty Recital featuring Christopher Krueger on flute and Salvatore Macchia on contrabass. 8 p.m., Bezanson Recital Hall, Amherst.

March 26


Mark Twain Museum

BOOK/MARK, an electrifying conversation between two biographers: W. Bernard Carlson, author of ‘Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age,' and Leonard DeGraaf, author of ‘Edison and the Rise of Innovation.' Reservations (860) 280-3130. 7 p.m., 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, Conn.


The Colonial Theatre

Rick Springfield: Stripped Down. In addition to playing unplugged versions of many of his memorable tunes, Springfield will share stories about the songs and his life during the performances and do a Q&A session with fans after the performance. Tickets contact the Colonial Ticket Office by calling (413) 997-4444. 7:30 p.m., 111 South St., Pittsfield.


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