Performance all summer
Saturdays during the Berkshire Fringe, artists from across the world will teach free workshops in performance techniques including storytelling, clown, devised theater and comedy, open to all. ":30 Live!" free music series delivers an eclectic mix of folk, electronic, experimental new music, chamber ensembles and rock bands Monday and Wednesday nights, July 25 to Aug. 13. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.
Berkshire Theatre Group
Weekly "Friday Series," begins June 29, Fridays at 2 p.m. New work directed and read by members of the BTG company. Staged readings, guest lecturers and Acting Apprentice Showcase at Main Stage and Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.
Concerts at Windsor Lake
Free live music on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket: Concessions available. Bradley Street and Kemp Avenue, North Adams. Full schedule at www.northadams-ma.gov, (413) 664-6180.
The Pillow rounds out its ticketed performances with many free events: Inside/Out Stag free performances, June 20 to Aug. 25, Wednesday to Saturday, 6:15 p.m.; PillowTalks with artists, filmmakers, writers and scholars Fridays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m.; guided tours Thursdays and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.; exhibits and archives chronicling dance from the early 1900s to today. Visitors may also observe dancers at work in studios, classes and workshops, in Becket.
Wharton on Wednesdays, 5 p.m.: Professional actors present readings of Wharton's works on the terrace weekly, June 20 to Sept. 5. "Music After Hours" live on the terrace, hosted by Jon Suters, Fridays and Saturdays, 5 to 8.m. July 6 to Aug. 3. Lenox.
Oldcastle Theatre Company
Summer theater -- a range of programs for youth, seniors, amateur actors and playwrights -- and base for touring company Oldcastle's Actors' Express. Plays Thursday to Sunday, June to October in the former Knights of Columbus building at 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt.
Swing Dances, Fridays June 15 to 29, July 27, Aug. 3 and 17, 7:30 p.m. Dance swing, foxtrot, lindy and Latin to live music including jazz standards and old favorites. Professional instruction in first half hour. Chatham, N.Y.
Shakespeare & Company
Behind-the-scenes tours from costumes to weapons, scenes and more, July 4 to Sept. 1, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.; "A Midsummer Night's Meal" Saturdays in July and August, 5 p.m., buffet dinner before (or after) a show; "Preludes" -- free Elizabethan street performances, select evenings in July and August, 6:45 p.m.: Nickel Shakespere Girls troupe entertains with gymnastics, fire-eating and iambic wit, in Lenox.
Williamstown Theatre Festival
Fridays@3 new play-reading series, July 6 to Aug. 10, 3 p.m. on the Nikos Stage in the ‘62 Center; cabaret with WTF actors, select Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in July and August in Goodrich Hall, Williams College, Williamstown.