Calendar of arts and community events in the Berkshires

Thursday April 18, 2013


April 18


Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

"Great Art in HD: Edouard Manet at the Royal Academy of the Arts London," 7 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (4130 528-0100.

WCMA at Night

‘Living between the Lines,' Performance by Kit Yan 6 p.m., workshop on slam poetry, 7:30 -- stuent photo show and activities, photo booth, food, 5 to 9 p.m. Co-presented with Williams Queer Student Union and Asian American Students in Action. Williamstown.


Adams Free Library

"Spin, Pop, Boom!" presented by Mad Science, Didgeridoo tubes, foaming hands and steaming chemical reactions, 6 p.m., 92 Park St., Adams, (413) 743-8345.

Berkshire Chilren's Theater

"Kids Love Broadway II," 11 a.m., Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Berkshire Athenaeum

"Hands-on History of the American Revolution," presented by commander, 7th Mass. Regiment, 10 a.m., 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, (413) 499-9480, ext. 5.

Berkshire South

Terry A La Berry and Friends, song and dance, noon, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.

Lenox Library

Story walk with Eric Carle's "The Tiny Seed," classic story of the life cycle of a flower, 11 to 4, 18 Main St., Lenox, (413) 637-0197.

Mass MoCA

Spring Art Detox program: Create birdhouses and seed bookmarks that can be planted, 9 to 11 a.m. North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"The Wonder of Wordless Picture Books," hands-on workshop to create a picture book, 1 to 5 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.

Pittsfield Family YMCA

"Kids in the Kitchen," child nutrition program, 292 North St., Pittsfield; (413) 499-7650, ext. 13.

W. Stockbridge Library

Storytime and craft, with book giveaway of "The Tiny Seed," by Eric Carle, 11, 21 Stateline Road, West Stockbridge, (413) 232-0300, ext. 308.


Bard at Simon's Rock

"The Unbearable Whiteness of Being a Farmer in Zimbabwe",7:30 p.m. Fisher Science Center, Alford Road, Great Barrington.


April 19


Norman Rockwell Museum

"Norman Rockwell: Humorous Tales and Little Known Facts," celebrate Rockwell's unique brand of humor with curator of education, Tom Daly, 2:30 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.


Book Sale

25th annual used book sale, silent auction, cafe and bake sale sponsored by Friends of Milne Public Library, 10 to 4, Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St., Williamstown.


Dalton Free Library

"Friday Films," four-part series on "Planet Earth," 1:30 p.m., Main Street, Dalton.


Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Children's Theater present "Kids Love Broadway II," and, "Aquarium Adventures!," reading of "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," 11 a.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Claire Teague Senior Center

Free puppet show, "Lobsters in Love," hot fudge sundaes follow performance, noon, Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Spring Art Detox programs for kis and families: Create a personalized stepping-stone to put in the yard and make a magical bubble wand with which to dance around in the sunshine, 9 to 11 a.m. Children welcome alone or with adults. Group will help prepare a healthy snack. Galleries open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"The Wonder of Wordless Picture Books," school vacation week program, hands-on workshop to create a picture book, 1 to 5 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge, (413) 298-4100.


Water St. Books

Reading and book talk with author Elizabeth Graver, "The End of the Point," book signing and reception to follow, 7 p.m., 26 Water St., Williamstown, (413) 458-8071.


The Garage

Jay Stolar, 8 p.m., Colonial Theatre, South Street, Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

Williams College

Berkshire Symphony soloist gala, student winners performing their solo works, 8 p.m., Chapin Hall; pre-concert talk, 7:15 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.

Williams Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir concert, 4 p.m., rotunda, Williams College Mu seum of Art, Williamstown.


Astronomy Night

With short presentation by astronomer Rick Costello, followed by telescope viewing of night sky, for all ages, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Welles Gallery, Lenox Library, Main Street, (413) 637-0197.

Mass Audubon

Bird Walk at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary to look for migrants, especially wood-warblers, with Noreen Mole, Hoffmann Bird Club Past President, 8 a.m. Holmes Road, Pittsfield.


Shakespeare & Company

"Shakespeare and the Language That Shaped A World," fast-paced presentation designed to introduce kids and adults to Shakespeare through his stories, characters and words, 1 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-3353.


April 20


Clark Art Institute

"Conditions of Visibility in Greek and Roman Art," colloquium and public conversation exploring conditions of visibility then and now, 5:30 p.m., Clark Cafe, 225 South St., Williamstown, (413) 458-2303.

Red Lion Inn

"Meet the Artist" reception, with jewelry designers, Peg & Frank Biscotti; textile artist, Janet McKinstry; contemporary folk artist, J.D. Logan; author, Kevin O'Hara, and singer/songwriter, Katherine Winston, 4 to 6 p.m., side parlor, Main Street, Stockbridge, (413) 298-5545.


Book Sale

25th annual used book sale, silent auction, cafe and bake sale sponsored by Friends of Milne Public Library, 10 to 4, Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St., Williamstown.

Multicultural Bridge

Birthday Bash, celebrating five year anniversary, includes dancing, music, silent auction and more, 6 p.m., Crissey Farm, Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; (413) 274-1001.

Repair Cafe

Free repairs of mendable clothing and cushions, frayed crods, computers, lamps, bicycles, chairs, vacuum cleaners and dull blades, 1 to 5 p.m., St. Stephen's Church basement, 67 East St., Pittsfield; information or to volunteer, Tom: (413) 212-8589.

Ventfort Hall

"Ghost Hunting at the Mansion," with Chicopee Paranormal Investigators, 8 p.m., 104 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 637-3206.


Lenox Contradance

Music by Arigana Highway, caller is Will Mentor, 8 to 11:30 p.m., new dancers should arrive for 8 p.m., Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox, (413) 528-4007.

Pittsfield Squares

"Pittsfield Founders' Day," with caller Cliff Brodeur and cuer Dolores Randall, mainstream level with plus tip, 7:30 to 10 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield.


Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Children's Theater present "Kids Love Broadway II," 11 a.m., and "Kitchen Ka-Boom," drop-in program featuring earth-friendly, hands-on science experiments in Dino Dig from 11 to 2, 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Zoom," family day in celebration of wordless picture books, meet illustrator Istvan Banyai at 1:30 p.m. when he shares stories and demonstrates his drawing technique; also, special gallery tour of exhibit "Istvan Banyai: Stranger in a Strange Land," 1 p.m., and performance byJoAnne Spies, 2:30 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge.


Western Gateway

"Going in CIrcles ... Circumnavigation," in honor of Earth Day, on the urge and challenge to circle the earth, 3 p.m., Route 8, North Adams, (413) 663-6312.


'Close Encounters' Series

"Grand Piano Trios," 20th century classic side by side with work of Schubert juxtaposed with Paul Schoenfield, part of "Close Encounters with Music" series, 6 p.m., Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.

Mass MoCA

Dan Deacon, electronic composer new iPhone/Android app to download for free at start of show to turn phones into a source of synchronized light and sound, 8 p.m., 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, (413) 662-2111.

Vermont Arts Exchange

Americana with Mike + Ruthy, 8 p.m., fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele and white-knuckle-tight harmony singing. Sage Street Mill, Bennington, Vt. (802) 442-5549 or

Williams College

Student recital with Holly Fisher ‘13, soprano, works of Berlioz, Poulenc, Beethoven, Schubert, Weill and others, 4 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.

Williams College Museum of Art

Williams Chamber Choir, 4 p.m., rotunda, Williamstown.


Bartholomew's Cobble

‘Amazing Spring Wildflowers,' guided walk to learn about Bishop's Cap, Nodding Trillium and Dutchman's Breeches, 10 a.m., Ashley Falls, (413) 229-8600.

Berkshire Knapsackers

Paddle Flat Brook area in West Stockbridge, Cranberry Pond, Crane Lake and Mud Pond; call for more Kathy Lee, (413) 443-9562.

Earth Day Workday

Offered by Housatonic River Walk, wear safe, protective clothing, shoes with good traction, gloves and eye protection, meet at DuBois River Garden Park at Church and River streets, by the former Searles Middle school parking lot, Great Barrington, 9 to 2, river walk tours after 2 p.m., (413) 528-3391.

Farm Tour

Berkshire Co-op Market of Great Barrington leads tour of McEnroe Farm, 2:30 p.m. Lunch available for purchase at farm cafe. 194 Coleman Station Road, Millerton, N.Y. (413) 528-9697, ext. 10.

'Genetic Roulette'

Film screenng and panel discussion, 11 a.m., on genetically moified foods, at Millerton Movie house, Millerton, N.Y. Farm tour to follow.

Hoffmann Bird Club

"Birding Beyond Your Backyard," easy walk for birders with limited experience to explore the fields and riverside at Linear Park in Williamstown, meet at 7:30 p.m., tennis courts, Linear Park Road, opposite Maple Terrace Motel, Route 2; Audrey Werner, (413) 458-4908.


Shakespeare & Company

"Shakespeare and the Language That Shaped A World," 1 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-3353.


April 21


The Mount

"Wharton at War," on Edith Wharton's experiences in France during World War II, 4 p.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, (413) 551-5111.

Stockbridge Library

Open house and reception at Museum & Archives to view newest additions, 4 p.m., Main Street, Stockbridge, (413) 298-5501.


Mahwaie Performing Arts Center

"City Lights," (NR), classic silent movie with Charlie Chaplin, "Mahaiwe Movie of the Month," 4 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100.


Bard at Simon's Rock

Senior Thesis performance: original compositions by Aaron Basch, 3 p.m., Kellogg Music Center, Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Colonial Theatre

Boston Symphony Orchestra, works of Mozart and Brahms, 2 p.m., South Street, Pittsfield, (413) 997-4444.

First United Methodist

Eagles Band spring concert, free community concert to welcome spring and celebrate their 77th year of performances in the Berkshires, 3 p.m., Fenn Street, Pittsfield, (413) 499-2071.

Trinity Church

Monteverdi's 1610 Vesper for chorus and orchestra, with the Cantilena Chamber Choir, 3 p.m., 88 Walker St., Lenox; reservations: (518) 791-0185.

Williams College

The City of Tomorrow, retro/ futurist woodwind quintet, 3 p.m., and student recital with Elise Baker ‘13, mezzo soprano and Justine Neubarth ‘13, soprano, 6 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown.


Shakespeare & Company

"Shakespeare and the Language That Shaped A World," 1 p.m., 70 Kemble St., Lenox, (413) 637-3353.


April 22


Images Cinema

"Chasing Ice," on environmental photographer James Balog's trip to the Arctic to tell the story of climate change, post-film discussion with David Dethier, Williams College professor of geosciences, 7 p.m., Spring Street, Williamstown.


Berkshire Community College

Science journalist John Horgan on his recent book, ‘The End of War,' on what it might take to prevent war on our planet, 4 p.m., Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K111, West Street, Pittsfield.

EPOCH at Melbourne

Presentation by June Waldman, "The Bag Lady," on antique and vintage purses, 1:30 p.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield, (413) 499-1992.


Home composting workshop

Learn to start a compost bin with the Center for EcoTechnology, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Wild Oats, Route 2, Williamstown.


April 23


Sustainability Symposium

Panels on energy, conservation, wildlife and more, and a keynote address translating UN Millennium Development Goals into relevant, actionable lifestyles for young people. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Darrow School, Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.


Berkshire Athenaeum

"Financial Planning for Retirement," noon, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

'Bloomsday' Reading

In honor of Bloomsday 2013, annual reading of James Joyce's masterpiece, "Ulysses," 7:30 p.m., 221 Ide Road, Williamstown.

Stockbridge Library

Dr. Albert Rothenberg author of "Madness & Glory," 6 p.m., Main Street, Stockbridge, (413) 298-5501.

Writers Room

Leigh Strimbeck, "Read My Lipstick," one-woman performance with WordxWord at yBar, 391 North St., Pittsfield.


April 24


Railroad Street

‘Farm to Spring Table,' culinary dinner by Railroad Street Youth Project chefs, a five-course seasonal tasting menu, 5:30 p.m., John Andrews A Farmhouse Restaurant, South Egremont; (413) 528-2475.

Richmond School

World Ethnic Fair and open house, celebrate diversity through art, music, dancing, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 1831 State Road, Richmond.


Williams College

"MidWeekMusic," 12:15 p.m., Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williamstown.


Berkshire Natural resources hikes

Washington Mountain Meadow , 10 a.m. Remote wetland within October Mountain State Forest. Yokun Ridge Night Hike, 7 p.m. Begin at Olivia's Overlook and hike the Walsh Trail to the Charcoal Trail. The full moon will rise over Stockbridge Bowl.


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