The Berkshires Calendar for Aug. 15

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Art

Dirty Brush Painting Parties: Family event — Pottery Painting Techniques class, 1 to 3:30 and 10 a.m. to noon. All ages welcome. 141 North St., Suite 102, Pittsfield. Reservations: 413-442-9300. 141 North St., Suite 102, Pittsfield.

Open Studio: Life drawing with live model for practicing artists, bring own materials, from 6 to 9 p.m., IS183, Art School of the Berkshires, 13 Willard Hill Road, Stockbridge, 413-298-5252, Ext. 100.

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place: Beginning Art Class. 2 to 4 p.m. Local artist Mike Cohen will teach techniques for painting portraits with gouache — an opaque watercolor. Free. Space is limited. Information or to RSVP: 413-499-1992. 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield.

Community

Community Supper: Free meal prepared by some of the finest chefs in the Berkshires. 5-6 p.m. No reservation required, donations accepted. Non-perishable food items also collected for food banks. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, 413-528-2810.

Duplicate Bridge: Fun, friendly game is sanctioned by the ACBL and intended for players at all skill levels. 12:45 p.m. Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Crissey Road, Great Barrington. Information or if you need a partner: Dan Philip, 413-551-7922.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires: Shakespeare and CO, actor Jonathan Epstein on "The Merchant of Venice' and his role, at 10:45 a.m., preceding noon lunch, at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

Master Gardener Hotline: Gardening questions answered by Master Gardeners, 9 to noon, leave a message and call will be returned the following Monday between 9 and noon, 413-298-5355.

New Lebanon Library: "Study the Constitution." 7 p.m. Biweekly discussion group. Bring questions and be ready to share opinions. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y., 518-794-8844.

Pittsfield Sangha: "Meditation in the Chapel," noon to 12:30 p.m., Berkshire Medical Center chapel, 725 North St., Pittsfield. Linden Street Mediation. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., George Crane Memorial Center, 81 Linden St., Pittsfield.

Pembury Bridge Club: ACBL-sponsored duplicate bridge, open game at 12:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 110 South St., Pittsfield; Peter Samsel, 413-655-2416.

Dance

Line Dance Classes: With instructor Cheryl Wendling, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St. Ext., Dalton, 413-443-6263.

Line Dance Lessons: Berkshire County Line Dancers, for beginners of all ages, at 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Curran Highway, North Adams. Information: Mary Ellen Dean, 413-663-9718.

Line Dance Lessons: Dalton Country Kickers. 6 p.m. Lessons for absolute beginner to Improvers. Information: 413-281-4893 2 Flights Up, 399 1/2 Main St., Dalton.

Film

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival: American, Israeli and International Films. "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy," 4 p.m. "The Great Dictator," 8 p.m. Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St., Lenox.

Images Cinema: Centennial Film Series — "Singin' in the Rain" 1952. Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. 7 p.m. The tale of three friends — a movie star, his behind-the- scenes best friend and a young starlet — as they make the bumpy transition from the silent to the talkies. 50 Spring St., Williamstown.

Health And Fitness

Berkshire Family YMCA — N. Berkshire Branch: SilverSneakers Classic. 6 to 7 p.m. Exercises to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Must be at least 60 years old. Visit the Y at to receive two free passes to SilverSneakers classes. Information: 413-499-7650 x111. 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams.

Fit To Go!: Functional Fitness class for all levels of ability. 9 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Ave. Pittsfield, 413-464-0064.

Parkinson's Exercise Group: 5th Floor Medical Arts Complex at Berkshire Medical Center, requires medical clearance, $5 per session, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 777 North St., Pittsfield, 413-447-3075.

History

Naumkeag: "Outside In: The Architecture and design of Naumkeag House and Gardens." 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Experience highlights of the Naumkeag as Mabel Choate and Fletcher Steele planned for visitors to see it, weaving in and out of the house and gardens. Yoga with a View, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Information: 413-298-3239, ext. 3008, or email naumkeag@thetrustees.org. 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Kids' Stuff

Berkshire Athenaeum: "On your mark, Get Set, Read, Move, Laugh & Play!" performed by Robert Rivest, comic mime, for ages 5 to 12. 1 p.m. Free. No sign-up required. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age. Information: (413) 499-9480, ext. 5. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires: SMART Girls 4 to 5 p.m. Girls ages 8-18 talk about growing up, self-esteem, healthy eating, healthy relationships, healthy attitudes, etc. Club membership: $10. No additional fees. Register at bgcberkshires.org. 14 Melville St., Pittsfield.

CHP/South Berk. Kids Playgroups: "Play N Learn," ages 3-5 years, sign-up required at 413-644-0104, 9 to 11 a.m., CHP Family Services Building, 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; "Gym Fun," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Town Hall, 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge.

Family Center Playgroups: Williamstown Youth Center, 10 to 11:30 a.m., for infants to 5 years old, free, 66 School St., Williamstown. Gym Group at Haskins Center, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., For walking to 5 years, free, 210 State St., North Adams.

Robbins-Zust Marionettes: "Sleeping Beauty." 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets: $5. Saint Paul's Church, 29 Main St., Stockbridge.

Lecture

American Institute for Economic Research: Dr. Paul A. London, chief economist at the Stern Group, Inc., in Washington, "Brexit in its Post World War II Context." 4 p.m. Refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres. RSVP: 413-645-3336 or ute.defarlo@aier.org. Stone House Ballroom, 250 Division St., Great Barrington.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson will discuss the making of his most recent body of work, "Cathedral of the Pines," in a conversation with author Rick Moody. 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 to $30; mahaiwe.org or 413-528-0100. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington.

Literary

The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar: Aaron Thier, "Mr. Eternity" book launch party. 7 p.m. Information: 413-637-3390 or bookstoreinlenox.com. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.

Music

Berkshire Hillsmen: Pittsfield's men's barbershop chorus meeting, all men who like to sing a capella in four part harmony are welcome, 7 p.m., Richmond Congregational Church, Route 41 and Church Lane, Richmond; Information: Jake, 518-869-3468; Dan Burkhard, 413-298-4773 or berkshirehillsmen.org.

Eagles Band Rehearsals: Eagles Wind Symphony rehearsal, new members welcome to sit in, bring a music stand, from 7 to 9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. Information: 413-499-2071.2014

Lichtenstein Center: Folkloric and contemporary Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming, percussion and singing class with Aimee Gelinas of Gaia Roots, beginner/intermediate class at 6 p.m., intermediate/advanced class at 7 p.m., 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield; information: aimee@gaiaroots.com.

Shire City Sessions: Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, plus the Transmitters. 6 p.m. Free, all ages. Information: shirecitysessions.com. The Common, First Street, Pittsfield.

Outdoors

Mount Greylock State Park: Discover Greylock Hike. 1 to 3 p.m. Moderate to strenuous hike. Bring lunch, bug spray and water. Wear sturdy footwear. Meet at Visitors Center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough, 413-499-4262.

Theater

Capitol Steps: Political satire, "What to Expect When You're Electing," 8 p.m., Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, 55 Lee Road, Lenox. To reserve tickets and an optional dinner: 413-881-1636 or cranwell.com.

The Theatre Barn: Musicale to benefit Cemetery of the Evergreens. 7 p.m. Evening of music and fun, starring Viki and Clif Actii. Social gathering with wine and hors d'oeuvres follows. Tickets: $25, 518-794-8989 or 518-794-9794. 654 U.S. Route 20, New Lebanon.

The Eagle calendar publicizes free or low-cost community-oriented events of broad public interest. These listings represent nonprofit or not-for-profit organizations and are printed as a public service. The calendar puts a priority on publishing one-day events. The deadline is seven days prior to the date of the event. Emailed entries (no attachments) are preferred to news@berkshireeagle.com; list the event name and date in the subject line. Questions: 413-496-6298, Monday through Friday, 8 to 12. Listings for museums, exhibits, theater, etc., can be found in Thursday's Berkshires Week.


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