Performances 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. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.
Berkshire Theatre Group
Friday Series at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage and Unicorn Theatre, select Fridays at 2 p.m.: new work directed and read by members of the BTG company. IGuest lecturers and BTG's Acting Apprentice Showcase. Ellenoff Musical Theatre Series on shows from the American Musical canon with the BTG Acting Apprentice Company, sing-throughs of the full musicals select Mondays at 2 p.m.
Live Americana Music Fridays in July and August, 5 to 7 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy live folk, bluegrass and country music on the West Porch of the Residence. Stockbridge.
Concerts at Windsor Lake
Free live music on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., June 12 to Aug. 28. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket: 200 Bradley St., North Adams. www.northadams-ma.gov, (413) 664-6180.
Free events: Inside/Out Stag free performances, June 19 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.; master classes, 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.
Lift Ev'ry Voice
Summer-long festival of music, performance, dance and more celebrating African-American life, culture, history and community, strength and creativity in the Berkshires. Growing roster of events: www.liftevryvoice.org.
Bang on a Can summer festival July 15 through Aug. 4, daily recitals in the galleries 1:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday with faculty and fellows, evening concerts with all-stars and marathon etravaganza. North Adams.
Wharton on Wednesdays, 5 p.m.: Professional actors present readings of Wharton's works on the terrace weekly, June 19 to Aug. 28. This year's short story series will begin and end with with readings from the novel "The Custom of the Country," in celebration of its 100th anniversary. "Music After Hours" live on the terrace, hosted by Jon Suters, Fridays and Saturdays, 5 to 8.m. in July and August. Relax on the terrace with a glass of wine while savoring the sounds and the view. Lenox.
Shakespeare & Company
Studio series of new works, weekly readings July 24-Aug. 28; Tuesday talks and Wednsday Q&As with the actors, July 2 to Aug. 21. Behind-the-scenes tours from costumes to weapons, scenes and more, July 3 to Aug. 31, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.; "A Midsummer Night's Meal" Saturdays in July and August, 5 p.m., buffet dinner with a show. Lenox.
Springside Park concerts
"Tuesday Night in the Park" music series starting July 9. Attend the concerts, tour the gardens. Springside Park, upper North Street, Pittsfield. (413) 743-5193.
Topia Arts Center
Swing Dancing on Pleasant Street with live music, 2 to 5 p.m., Sundays June 2 to Sept. 1, 10 Pleasant St., Adams, in front of Topia Inn. Street closed to traffic. Free.
Summer Pla "Morgan O'Yuki: Geisha of the Gilded Age," Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m., and Sundays at 10 a.m. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206. www.GildedAge.org.
Williamstown Theatre Festival
Fridays@3 new play-reading series,
cabaret with WTF actors in Goodrich Hall, Williams College, Williamstown.
Week-long festival in the downtown Upstreet Cultural District, Aug. 11-17 -- words spoken, written and sung, in non-traditional venues from barbershops to storefronts. Poetry readings, workshops, songwriter showcases, poetry slams, young audience events, storytelling, word-based contests, "friends-of-the-festival" events from book signings to staged readings of plays, art exhibits and scrabble tournaments. Local artists and nationally recognized authors and performers. Pittsfield. wxw365.com.
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