Things to do and see in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont for Sept. 15 - 21



Bard College at Simon's Rock

84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Gallery Hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends, 2 to 6 p.m.

Through Oct. 7: Painter Robin Williams, "Trailing Off," an exhibition of five large-scale oil on canvas paintings, Hillman Jackson Gallery in the Daniel Arts Center.

Bennington Museum

75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.; 802-447-1571,

Through October, open daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or call 802-447-1571 for more information. Admission: $10 adults; $9 seniors and students over 18; free, children and students under age 18. Wheelchair-accessible. Group tours offered for 10 or more individuals.

On view year-round: Grandma Moses Gallery. Largest public collection of paintings by Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860-1961) in the world.

Through Nov. 6: "Milton Avery's Vermont." A focused look at the work this American modernist created based upon his summers spent in southern Vermont, from the mid-1930s through the mid-1940s.

Works on Paper Gallery

Through Oct. 30: "Works by Duane Michels."

Regional Artists Gallery

Through Oct. 2: "Something About Summer: Paintings by Mark Barry." Recent paintings by Baltimore and North Bennington painter Mark Barry, who describes his work as "Painting the seemingly ordinary moments in life that aren't ordinary at all."

Textile Gallery

Through Oct. 10: Special exhibition, "1863 Jane Stickle Quilt." The quilt that inspires quilters all over the world will be on its yearly display. The quilt is comprised of 169 five-inch blocks, each in different patterns, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces surrounded by a unique scalloped border.

Berkshire Art Museum

159 E. Main St., North Adams, Mass.


Fall: Saturday and Sunday, through mid-October, noon to 5 p.m. Free.

"Iceberg," installation of Lexan Sculptures 1987-2011. On view now.

"Robotic," "Walter's Ontogen" 1999. On view now.

"Blueprints," original Blueprints from the Former Methodist Church. On view now.

Selections from the permanent collection, "Early Work of Eric Rudd 1966-1980," On view now.

"Berkshire Artists of the Contemporary Artists Center 1990-1999," work of nine local artists. On view now.

"Sarah Sutro — Colors" and "Art and Architecture." On view now.

"Art and Architecture." Works by four artists whose interest is based in architecture. On view now.

A Chapel for Humanity (museum annex)

82 Summer St., Post Office Square, North Adams.

Installation of 150 life-sized figures, 54 ceiling panels, 9/11 Meditation Garden and "W.C. Drawings," figure drawings.

Berkshire Museum

39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171,

Thursday, Sept. 15: Opening night for "Something Scary." Encounter your fears and phobias during the eerie fall exhibition featuring fascinating and fearsome objects from the museum's collection; from a witch's broom to a pit of snakes, a hall of fears to a mad scientist's lab, and everything in between. On view through Oct. 31. Museum will be free and open to the public 5 to 8 p.m. as part of Downtown Pittsfield's Third Thursday festival.

Carrie Haddad Gallery

622 Warren St., Hudson N.Y.

(518) 828-1915,

Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Through Oct. 16: "Abstraction," featuring new painting, sculpture and collage by Robert C. Morgan, Jack Walls, Bruce Murphy, Gabriel de la Portilla & Joe Wheaton. 5-7 p.m.


4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge, Mass. 413- 298-3579.

Open daily to Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with interpreters in the studio and residence. The residence is closed from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more with advance reservations. Adults, $18; seniors, $17; NTHP members, military, and children ages 13 to 17, $9; children under 13 and Friends of Chesterwood, free; grounds-only admission: adults, $10; children ages 13 to 17, $5.

Through Sept. 18: The Nature of Glass: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2016, featuring 12 nationally recognized glass artists including William Carlson, Daniel Clayman, Richard Jolley, and Tom Patti, who have incorporated glass in their outdoor sculptural work.

Clark Art Institute

225 South St., Williamstown, Mass. 413-458-2303,

On exhibit

Through Oct. 10: "Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado" exhibition. The Clark is the exclusive venue for "Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado," featuring 28 Old Master paintings from the Museo Nacional del Prado that celebrate the role of the nude in Western painting. Twenty-four of the paintings have never before been shown in America.

Through Oct. 10: "Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill" exhibition. As the ground beneath our feet shifts, worlds change in unexpected ways. "Sensing Place" provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the enduring value of place by exploring Stone Hill, a prominent geological formation at the heart of the Clark's campus.

Columbia County Center for the Arts:

209 Warren Street, Hudson N.Y.

Now through Oct. 12: "Atmosphere."


E.J. Bullock Building, Main Street, Readsboro, Vt.

Through Oct. 16: Exhibit by artists from Readsboro and the surrounding area, submitted through the gallery's first juried open call.

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

92 Hawthorne St., Lenox, Mass. 413-637-0166,

Open through Oct. 9, Thursday-Saturday, for hourly guided tours, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pre-arranged groups of six or more.

Gallery 51

51 Main St. North Adams, Mass. 413-662-5320,

Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Sunday noon - 4 p.m.

On view: "Brandon Graving: PAPERworks"

Gallery W

42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield Mass.,

Through Sept. 30: "Fascism," political and provocative artwork in a variety of media.

Good Purpose Gallery

40 Main St., Lee, Mass.


Through Sept. 21: "Infused with Passion" Extraordinary canvas and furniture paintings by Andrew Novis.

Hancock Shaker Village

Routes 41 and 20, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188 or

"Highlights from the Fitzpatrick Quilt Collection," exhibition, through Oct. 30, Brick Dwelling. From the personal quilt collection of Jane Fitzpatrick, bequeathed to the Village by the Fitzpatrick family, owners of the Red Lion Inn and Country Curtains. Free with admission.

Hudson Opera House

Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. 518-822 1438

Through Sept. 25: "LightField: A Festival of Visual Art," exhibition of photography, film, video, virtual reality and computational art, curated by Anna van Lenten. Free.

Knox Gallery

Monterey Library, 452 Main Road, Monterey Mass.; 413-528-3795, Gallery,

Through Sept. 24: Exhibit, "Rediscovered and Reconsidered: Anne Shatas and William Carlson, Sculpture and Ceramics."

Mass MoCA

1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.

413-662-2111 or

Galleries are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, with extended evening hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays. Gallery admission is $18 for adults, $16 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $8 for children 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under. Members are admitted free year-round.

"Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder." Twenty-three artists work in a wide range of media to explore perception, time and the cosmos to provoke viewers into their own state of wonder.

"Alex Da Corte: Free Roses," on view now. Provocative, puzzling, and visually seductive, in his first museum survey Alex Da Corte's neon-bright, exuberant works merge the languages of abstraction and modern design with banal, off-brand items, ranging from shampoo to soda to tchotchkes and household cleaning supplies.

"Sarah Crowner: Beetle in the Leaves," on view now. Crowner's exhibition at MASS MoCA — her first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum — features both existing paintings and major tile works designed and fabricated for the show. "Federico Uribe: Here Comes the Sun" on view now. The works of Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Uribe, whose magical, colorful sculptural menagerie of animals — crafted out of leather bags, bullets, shoelaces and color pencils — can raise one's spirits, even though some of the imagery is fierce.

"Nick Cave: Kaleidoscopic Playground" on view now. Cave converts the Kidspace ArtBar into a veritable Kaleidoscopic Playground — a participatory art-making lab that invites visitors to explore their senses, emotions, and self.

"The Space Between": On view now. The Space Between disperses installations by seven artists in interstitial or transitional spaces throughout the campus and beyond to investigate ways to actively inhabit this state of "just passing through."

"Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space," on view now. In one of his most ambitious projects to date, the artist's quietly powerful sculpture will occupy and transform MASS MoCA's Building 5, the museum's signature gallery, nearly a football field in length.

"Anselm Kiefer": On view seasonally, May through November. The long-term exhibition includes Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels) (2002), an 82-foot long, undulating wave-like sculpture made of cast concrete, exposed rebar, and lead.

"Sol Lewitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective," on view now. LeWitt — who stressed the idea behind his work over its execution — is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings.

"Franz West: Les Pmmes d'Adam," on view seasonally, May through November. A monumental outdoor sculptural ensemble on extended loan from the Hall Art Foundation that is infused with humor and a particular delight in visual and linguistic puns.

"Barbara Takenaga: Nebraska," on view now. Takenaga creates a new work for a wall in the Hunter Hallway at MASS MoCA. Known for her small, labor-intensive, exuberant abstractions composed of matrix-like swirling patterns of dots, here Takenaga translates her meticulous handcrafted easel-sized work to wallpaper.

"Ran Hwang: Untethered," on view now. Using thousands upon thousands of buttons and pins, Korean artist Hwang installed "Untethered," a 140-foot-long sculpture featuring 14 birds, including six phoenixes.

"Michael Oatman: All Utopias Fell," on view seasonally, May through November. A project in three parts: The Shining, The Library of the Sun, and Codex Solis.

"Natalie Jeremijenko: Tree Logic," on view now. In Tree Logic, the art of the piece is not found in its condition at any single point in time, but in the change of the trees over time. When inverted, the six trees in this experiment still grow away from the earth and towards the sun.

"Don Gummer: Primary Separation," on view now. The sculpture consists of a massive granite boulder, 12 feet long by 6 feet tall, sawed in half.

"Stephen Vitiello: All Those Vanished Engines," on view now. Starting with the inherent resonance of the pipes and metal drums in the Mass MoCA Boiler House, Vitiello composed a layered sound installation that can be explored throughout the building.

"Christina Kubisch: Clocktower Project," on view now. The bells and beautiful brass clockworks share the tower with solar panels, electronic sound system, and a computer with Kubisch's unique program on its flash disc.

The Meeting House Gallery

154 Hartsville New Marlborough Road (Route 57), New Marlborough, Mass.;

Gallery hours through Oct. 2: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Through Oct. 2: "The New Marlborough Artists Show," featuring eight local artists.

Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.

Through October and holidays open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: Members, free; Adults, $18; Seniors (65 and up) $17; Veterans, $16; College students with ID, $10; Children/teens 6 — 18, $6; Children 5 and under, free.

Through Oct. 30: "Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World."

Through Dec. 4: "Presidents, Politics, and the Pen: The Influential Art of Thomas Nast."

Thursday, Sept. 15: Historic Property and Build a Better Baby Carriage Walks. 2 p.m. Free with museum admission.

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Yoga with Kathi Hatch, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Appropriate for all skill levels. Free for Museum members, or included with museum admission.

North Bennington Sculpture Show

Through Oct. 23: The 19th Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show. Works by 38 sculptors throughout the Village. Free. 802-442-3328.

Sandisfield Arts Center

5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, Mass. 413-258-4100,

On view: "In the Gallery: Michelle Arnot: Shodou: Traveling along the Long Path of Writing: Japanese Calligraphy.

Schantz Galleries

3 Elm St., Stockbridge, Mass.


Through Oct. 5: Richard Marquis, Dante Marioni and Preston Singletary"Pop, Classic and Native Cultures in Glass."

Sculpture Now,, or 413-623-2068 or 413-551-5111

REMIX, an outdoor Sculpture Exhibition presented by SculptureNow and The Mount, 11:30 a.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass.

Sheffield Historical Society

Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield, Mass.


"Vietnam: Through the Soldier's Eyes." Weekends through Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

Shire City Sanctuary

40 Melville St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Through Sept. 30: Work of local quilt artist Karen Pratt. The quilt collection is a chronological journey of her entries into the Hoffman Challenge. Music and refreshments, as well as demonstrations of the Makerspace's facilities.

Sienna Patti

80 Main St., Lenox, Mass.


Open by appointment only through Sept. 20.

Through Oct. 2: Sharon Church, "queen bee," contemporary jewelry.

Williams College Museum of Art

15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, Mass.

On exhibit

Now through Sept. 25: "Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh"

Now through Dec. 18: "Object Lab," provides a public window into how art catalyzes new thinking across disciplines.

Thursday, Sept. 15: "The Ghana Thinktank: Developing the First World" artist talk, "Meet Ghana Thinktank" with Carmen Montoya and Christopher Robbins, 7 p.m.


9th Annual Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival

Friday, Sept. 16: Wine Stroll-Soup Contest, 5 to 7 p.m., Village of Wilmington, Vt.

Saturday, Sept. 17: Wine and Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mount Snow Resort, West Dover, Vt. Enjoy sampling dozens of Vermont's finest wines, spirits, cheeses and farm-fresh products. Crafts, artisans and more. Wine Pair dinners at the Deerhill Inn, West Dover and the White House Inn, Route 9, Wilmington, and the Brews Tunes and barbecue after party at the Dover Forge.

Sunday, Sept. 18: Start of the week-long Restaurant Week in the Valley.

15th annual Heritage Walks

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 & 18: More than 60 free, guided interpretive tours are offered throughout Berkshire County, Mass., and Litchfield County, Conn. Family oriented, fun walks. Detailed Heritage Walks brochures at libraries, post offices, markets and stores throughout the region.

23rd Annual Bennington Quiltfest

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured Quilter — Pat Delaney, lecture, "Under the Bed Clothes" Saturday at 1 p.m.; "Red" Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission: $7, children 12 and younger free. Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Road, Bennington, Vt.

40th Josh Billings Triathlon

Sunday, Sept. 18: A 27-mile bike, 5-mile paddle (canoe, kayak or paddleboard) and 6-mile run from Great Barrington to Lenox. 45 categories for teams and ironpersons.

Adams Quaker Meeting House Tours

Maple Street Cemetery, Adams.

Sundays through Oct. 9: Quaker Meeting House, built in 1782 by the East Hoosuck Meeting of the Society of Friends, essentially unchanged since its construction. The place of worship of the family of Susan B. Anthony, born in Adams in 1820. Free tours by members of the Adams Historical Society and the Adams Historical Commission. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

BEHOLD! New Lebanon

The living museum of contemporary rural American life.

Different programs each Saturday through mid-October. Local residents welcome visitors into their work spaces — barns, kitchens, farms, studios, shops — where they ply their professions and de-mystify the secrets of rural life. $17. Tours depart from the BEHOLD! Station and Store, 438 Rte. 20, New Lebanon, N.Y. 518-720-7265

Bennington Free Library

101 Silver St., Bennington Vt. 802-442-9051

Now through Sept. 30: Wall Works: Art at the Library, Art Show and Sale featuring Michael Horwitz's illustrations from Children's Choice, a weekly newspaper column for kids regionally syndicated from 1985-1991.

Berkshire Carousel

Corner of South Church and Center streets, Pittsfield, Mass.

Summer hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Special musical, and theatrical programing every first and third Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays: On site education art workshops 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $12.50 per class.

Berkshire Museum

39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171,

Ongoing programs

Tuesdays: WeeMuse Littlest Learners, 10:30 a.m., play and learn every week in this fun, interactive new program for children ages 6-18 months, with stories, songs, sign language, and exercise. Caregivers share stories and information from collective parenting experiences. Included with regular museum admission.

Fridays: WeeMuse Adventures, 11 a.m., children 18 months to 3 years old explore the aquarium and other galleries, included with regular museum admission.

Saturdays: Chow Time in the Aquarium, 12:30 p.m., lend a hand in the preparation of meals for the creatures that live in the aquarium, included with regular museum admission.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

(413) 637-0320,

Friday, Sept. 16: Bird Walk at Canoe Meadows, 8 to 10 a.m., free. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass.

Saturday, Sept. 17: "From Iron Ore to Orioles: Ecology and Industry in the Berkshires." Visit several sites that reveal how the Berkshire landscape was shaped through human activity (particularly by the 18th/19th century charcoal, lime, glass, and iron industries). Free. 9 a.m. to noon, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox

Saturday, Sept. 17: "Birding the Berks Field Trip Series — Mount Everett State Reservation," 11 a.m. t0 2 p.m. A midday trip to one of the best spots for fall hawk migration. Members $10, nonmembers $15. Mount Everett State Reservation, Mount Washington, Mass.

Sunday, Sept. 18: Canoe Trip along the Housatonic River, 8:30 a.m. to noon. New Lenox Road, Lenox, Mass. Members: $25, nonmembers $35.

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Bird Walk at Pleasant Valley, 8 to 10 a.m. Free. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, Mass.

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Evening at the Beaver Ponds, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Members: Adult $6, child $3. Nonmembers: Adult $8, child $4. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, Mass.

The Big E

1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, Mass.


Sept. 16 through Oct. 2: Gates open 8 a.m. Regular gate admission: Adults $15, children ages 6-12, $10; children 5 and younger, free.

Blue Rider Stables

Saturday, Sept. 17: A Horse of a Different Color, 25th anniversary benefit, 6 to 10 p.m. $75 per person or $125 per couple. Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Mass. Reservations: 413-528-5299 or

Crane Museum and Center for the Paper Arts

Off West Housatonic Street, Dalton, Mass.


Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.

Trace the history of Crane from its Liberty Paper Mill in 1770 to becoming today's technological leader in banknote security technology.

Through October: Tours several times each afternoon. Papermaking demonstrations Monday through Thursday. Free.

Intersection Austerlitz,,

Saturday, Sept. 17: 2nd Annual Collaborative Event — "Costume & Culture: Designs for Life," 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Day of workshops, exhibits and demonstrations exploring fashion and fabric from the artistic, literary and historical points of view. Old Austerlitz, Spencertown Academy and Millay at Steepletop. Adults $35 Passport, younger than 12 free.

The Mount

2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 413-551-5111 or

Edith Wharton's historic estate. Tour the house and gardens, enjoy lunch on the terrace, shop in the book store, or just relax and enjoy the surroundings. Admission valid for 7 days, kids free every day.

Friday, Sept. 16: Ghost Tours, 5:45 and 7 p.m. $24 general, $20 12 to 18 years. Not recommended for children younger than 12.

The Trustees

Serving the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and Central Massachusetts

Through Oct. 10: Large format, black-and-white platinum and pigment prints by internationally acclaimed photographer Lois Conner. The photographs will be displayed throughout Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge.

Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 29: Paddle the Housatonic: Guided Canoe Trips. 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield, Mass. Member Adult: $24; Member Child (9-16): $9; Nonmember Adult: $30; Nonmember Child (9-16): $15

Thursdays through Sept. 29: Naumkeag at Night. 5-8 p.m. Members: $5; Nonmember: $10.

Tuesdays, through Sept. 27: Little Sprouts, 9:30-11 a.m. Monument Mountain, Route 7, Great Barrington, Mass. Members $5; Nonmembers $10

Wednesdays through Sept. 28: The Art of Cut Flowers. 10-11 a.m. Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, Mass. Members $9; Nonmembers $15.

Vermont Wildlife Festival

Vermont Museum of Natural History

(802) 464-0048,

Sunday, Sept. 18: Celebration of all things outdoors, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live wolf, coyote and fox presentation at 3 p.m. Live birds of prey, reptiles and survival demonstrations, all day. Over 30 exhibitors, local craftspeople and artists. Fly-fishing demonstrations, Native American exhibit with a full-sized tipi, laser shooting range, gondola rides and food. Admission:"what you think is fair." Mount Snow Resort, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vt.

West Stockbridge Historical Society

Saturday, Sept. 17: Annual history walk focuses on the town's early "housing subdivision,", 10:30 a.m., starting at the 1854 Town Hall, Main Street, West Stockbridge, Mass. Reception follows walk.


Ashfield FilmFest

Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main St., Ashfield Mass,

Thursday through Saturday, Sept 15-17: In celebration of 10 years of movie-making in Ashfield. Saturday Night Gala of Ashfield shorts and three days of feature-length narrative and documentary films, including the Berkshire County-made film "Forgotten Farms." Each film has a particular connection to someone in Ashfield. Q&A with the film makers afterward at Elmers.

Chatham Film Club

Crandell Theatre, 48 Main St., Chatham, N.Y.

Saturday, Sept. 17: Special screening of "Thank You for Your Service," an award-winning documentary that explores the nation's superficial understanding of war trauma, including PTSD, and the flawed policies surrounding it. Beginning 12 p.m.


Berkshire Lyric Chorus, 413-298-5365

Monday, Sept. 19: Rehearsal for new season, 7 p.m., Unitarian Church, Wendell Avenue at Broad Street, Pittsfield, Mass. New singers by audition.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Box office: 413-997-4444,, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Saturday, Sept. 17: And The Kids, one of "the Western Mass. indie scene's brightest creative lights," 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show. At The Garage, 111 South St., Pittsfield.

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Laugh Lounge: Joe List, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 the day of show. At The Garage, 111 South St., Pittsfield.

Blafield Children's Chorus, 413-298-5365

Saturday, Sept. 17: Rehearsal for the new season. 10 a.m., Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Open to children ages 6-13.

Leaf Peeper Concert Series, 413-644-0007

All 2016 concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets, $25; premium tickets (reserved), $35. Season tickets, $80; premium $120.

Levitt AMP North Adams Concert Series

Sundays through mid October: An outdoor concert series curated by MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, featuring 10 weeks of free concerts, in the park. 2 p.m. Colegrove Park, North Adams, Mass.

Sept. 18: M Shanghai, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based, bluegrass sextet.

Mass MoCA

1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.

413-662-2111 or visit

Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16-18: The FreshGrass Festival. Over 50 bands hit three stages over three days, pop up in the galleries for the FreshGrass Award, score silent films with live music, conduct music workshops — and share a weekend that's nothing short of magic musical moments with the audience.

Park McCullough House

1 Park St., North Bennington, Vt., (802)442-4551

Saturday, Sept. 17: Concert, "From 18th-c Berlin to Minneapolis: a musical adventure for flute and harpsichord," 7 p.m. Mathieu Langlois, baroque flute, and Sandra Mangsen, harpsichord. Suggested $15 donation. Carriage Barn.

South Mountain Concerts

Routes 7 and 20, Pittsfield, Mass.

413 442-2106,

Sunday, Sept. 18: Dover String Quartet. Beethoven – Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1; Britten – Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36; Shostakovich – Quartet No. 2 in A Major

Tannery Pond Concerts

New Lebanon, N.Y.,, (888) 820-1696.

Saturday, Sept. 17: Axel Strauss, violin; Ilya Poletaev, piano; Yegor Dyachkov, cello Ludwig Van Beethoven's Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2, Gabriel Fauré's Trio in D minor, Op. 120 and Sergey Taneyev's Trio in D major, Op. 22.

Williams College

Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, 54 Chapoin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass.

Tuesday, Sept. 20: Bruce Williamson/Art Lande '69 Duo, 8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 23: Faculty Recital: Ronald Feldman, cello; Doris Stevenson, piano, 8 p.m.


Association For Psychoanalytic Psychology

Saturday, Sept. 17: Journalist Helen Epstein, "Journalist/Analysand Writes about Termination, " 9:30 a.m. to noon. Registration and coffee 9 a.m. Member, $20; non-member, $25. Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, Mass.

Bennington Battlefield Book Discussion Group

518-860-9094, e-mail at

Wednesday, Sept. 21: Bennington Battlefield, 3 to 5 p.m. Program at the Bennington Museum. Regular discussion, followed by tour or museum library and Sloane Gallery to view items related to the battle. Reading of the first 59 pages of Philip Lord's oft requested "War Over Walloomscoick: Land Use and Settlement Pattern on the Bennington Battlefield- 1777." RSVP required. Regular museum admission applies.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, (413) 442-4360, ext. 10

Sunday, Sept. 18: David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, noted experts on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict,"Is Peace Possible? Israelis & Palestinians: A New Paradigm." 3 p.m. on the campus of Williams College, Brooks Rogers Recital Hall at Bernard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass., and 7:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Company, Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Mass.

Northshire Bookstore

4869 Main St., Manchester Center, Vt., 802-362-3565,

Friday, Sept. 16: Meg Little Reilly, "We Are Unprepared," 7 p.m.

One World Conservation Center

413 US Route 7S, Bennington, Vt.


Thursday, Sept. 15: "Trail to Machu Picchu," describes the four-day journey from the glaciers and jungles of the Salkantay Trek to the city of Augas Calientes and up to Machu Picchu – the hidden city of the Incas. 7 p.m.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Fridays, Sept. 16 to Oct. 28 (no session Oct. 7): "A Serious Look at 20th Century Comedy, Part One," led by Philip Halpern, 2 to 3:30 p.m. The development and evolution of 20th century comedy, beginning with vaudeville, its influence on future mediums, and the impact of silent film, radio, and early television. Drop-ins welcome, no pre-registration required. Each class $10, $7.50 museum members. Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema, 39 South St., Pittsfield.


121 Vermont Route 7A, Shaftsbury, Vt.


Sunday, Sept. 18: Robert Frost's letters from Shaftsbury in newly published Volume 2 of "The Letters of Robert Frost, 1920-1928," a talk by co-editor Mark Richardson, drawing on the letters to illuminate the arc of Frost's life and poetry during these significantly creative years. 2 p.m.


Oldcastle Theatre Company

Box office:, 331 Main St., Bennington, Vt.

Through Sept. 18: World premiere, "The Consul, The Tramp & Amerca's Sweetheart" by John Morogiello. Charles Chaplin's film masterpiece, "The Great Dictator" and Germany's attempts to prevent the movie from being made. Evening performances: Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Thursday and Sunday at 2 p.m. $12-$37.

South Street Cafe

105 South St., Bennington, Vt.


Friday, Sept. 16: "Brain Tonic for the Humorously Curious," a bit off-beat, a bit brainy, a bit quirky humor showcase featuring comedians and songsters Drew Jacobs, Ed Smyth and Chris O'Leary, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Suitable for all ages. No cover charge. Coffees, teas, fresh baked goods, sandwiches, and soups available.

The Theatre Barn

654 Route 20/Columbia Pike, New Lebanon, N.Y. (518)-794-8989,

Regular Tickets $27/Sunday Matinée $25

Through Sunday, Sept. 25: "The Cocktail Hour" by A.R. Gurney. Set in the mid '70s, in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.


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