Things to do and learn in the Berkshires this week


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Storytelling at the library: Storyteller Mary Jo Maichack will at 1 p.m. today present "Einstein's Favorite Fairy Tales," a program of folktales, fables, song, dance and drama, at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. The show celebrates the importance of imagination, especially in regard to science, and includes an intriguing Grimm's fairy tale in English with some German language; fables by Leonardo da Vinci; and the original Atomic Fizz Dance with volunteer kids. This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (413) 499-9480 or visit

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WXW for teens: The WordXWord Festival gives local teens the stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., in Pittsfield. Spoken word artists Robbie Q. Telfer and Omar Holmon host young poets from throughout the Berkshires as they perform spoken word and slam-style. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (413) 499-9348.

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'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time': The Clark Art Institute will present an encore screening of London National Theatre's smash-hit production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" at 2 p.m. Thursday.

The play, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, has been hailed by the London Times as "a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle." The story follows Christopher, 15, who has an extraordinary brain -- exceptional at math yet ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs. Shears' dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Tickets are $18 ($15 for members, students). To order tickets, call (413) 458-0524. For more information, visit

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Family concert at Tanglewood: Tanglewood will present at 2:30 p.m. Saturday its annual Family Concert featuring the Boston Cello Quartet. The group was founded at Tanglewood in 2010 by four BSO cellists: Blaise Déjardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu and Alexandre Lecarme. Prelude activities for children, including an instrument playground, will begin at 12:30. Tickets for the Family Concert are free for children ages 17 and under, and $10 for each adult and can be purchased in person at the Tanglewood Box Office, online, or through by calling 1-888-266-1200.

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Herberg after-school program: Registration is now open for the Herberg Middle School after-school program offered by the Pittsfield Family YMCA. The program will run Monday through Friday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 8 through June 12, 2015, on full school days.

Offered at the school, youths who attend will receive a nutritious afternoon snack, homework assistance, and can take part in sports and other recreational activities. The cost to participate is $10 per week.

To register, visit, or contact Justine Gingras at (413) 499-7650, ext. 32 or

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