Things to do and see in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont for Sept. 29 to Oct. 5
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 CENTER FOR THE arTS
44 Gypsy Lane, Bennington, VT.
Through Nov. 14: American Women Artists National Exhibition, 5 to 8 p.m.
Bennington College/Usdan Gallery
1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt.
Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m.
Through Oct. 16: "VBS (violet burning sunset)," an exhibition highlighting the work of alumni of the college.
75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.; 802-447-1571, www.benningtonmuseum.org.
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.
Sunday, Oct. 2: Moonlight in Vermont — Jazz Songs from Milton Avery's Radio, 1935-1943." featuring singer Kerry Ryer-Parke, Mowgli Gianniti on bass, Peter King on guitar, and Bruce Williamson on piano and saxophone. 2 p.m. Free. Paresky Wing of the museum.
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."
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.
39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org.
Through Oct. 31: "Something Scary," family friendly, somewhat wacky exploration of fears and phobias as visitors encounter the "shadow wall," venture into the torture chamber and try an Ouija board. From a witch's broom to a mad scientist's laboratory, specimens of owls and snakes, and even spooky dolls with glass eyes, discover how being terrified can be a blast.
Carrie Haddad Gallery
622 Warren St., Hudson N.Y.
(518) 828-1915, carriehaddadgallery.com
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 Road, Stockbridge, Mass. 413- 298-3579. www.chesterwood.org.
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.
Clark Art Institute
225 South St., Williamstown, Mass. 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu
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. www.artscolumbia.org
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.
DownStreet Art Thursdays
Main Street, North Adams, Mass.
Thursday, Sept. 29: Final DownStreet Art of the season; new exhibition openings, music on Main Street, participatory art projects, Holden Street Night Market, 5 to 7 p.m., free.
Eclipse Mill Gallery
243 Union Street, North Adams, Mass.
Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
Through Oct. 23: Northampton Modern Quilt Guild presents "Sew'l eWitt: Quilts Inspired by Sol LeWitt."
Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio
92 Hawthorne St., Lenox, Mass. 413-637-0166, www.frelinghuysen.org
Open through Oct. 9, Thursday-Saturday, for hourly guided tours, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pre-arranged groups of six or more.
51 Main St. North Adams, Mass. 413-662-5320, www.mcla.edu/gallery51
Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Sunday noon - 4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 29: Opening reception for "Everything I Never Told You: Secrets Too Beautiful to Keep," a collaborative exhibition by artists Shelley Chamberlin and Michelle Daly. This show will feature artworks that map the trajectory of their friendship, along with their individual and collective artistic practices. 5 to 8 p.m.
42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield Mass.
Through Sept. 30: "Fascism," political and provocative artwork in a variety of media.
Hancock Shaker Village
Routes 41 and 20, Pittsfield. 413-443-0188 or hancockshakervillage.org.
"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.
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.
413-662-2111 or massmoca.org
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 through December. 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."
"Anselm Kiefer": On view seasonally,through Nov. 27. 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 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 through December. 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," through Nov. 27. 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 through Nov. 27. 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.; newmarlborough.org.
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. www.nrm.org
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."
Thursdays in September: Historic Property and Build a Better Baby Carriage Walks. 2 p.m. Free 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. www.facebook.com/NBoutdoorsculptureshow. 802-442-3328.
One World Conservation Center
413 US Route 7S, Bennington, Vt.
Through Sept. 30: "The Art of Survival in Nature," paintings by Nan Wilson.
Sandisfield Arts Center
5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, Mass. 413-258-4100, www.sandisfieldartscenter.org
On view: "In the Gallery: Michelle Arnot: Shodou: Traveling along the Long Path of Writing: Japanese Calligraphy."
3 Elm St., Stockbridge, Mass.
Through Oct. 5: Richard Marquis, Dante Marioni and Preston Singletary, "Pop, Classic and Native Cultures in Glass."
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.
On view now:"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.
80 Main St., Lenox, Mass.
Through Oct. 2: Sharon Church, "queen bee," contemporary jewelry.
Spencertown Academy Arts Center
790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y. spencertownacademy.org
Gallery hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.
Through Oct. 9: "Transitions in Oil" by Scott Thomas Balfe and "WhatAmILookingAt," new photographic works by Jane McWhorter. Opening reception Saturday, Sept. 24, 4 to 6 p.m.
Williams College Museum of Art
15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, Mass. wcma.williams.edu/programs
Now through Dec. 18: "Object Lab," provides a public window into how art catalyzes new thinking across disciplines.
FAIRS, FESTIVALS AND FAMILY FUN
15th annual Heritage Walks
Saturday and Sunday, Oct.1-2: 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.
28th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival
Practice Tee, Route 7A, Manchester, Vt.
Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2: 150 Artists and Artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art, as well as a specialty food tent. Live entertainment each day. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Adult daily admission, $10; weekend pass, $12; kids free.
2016 Fall Foliage Festival
North Adams, Mass.
Thursday, Sept. 29: Fall Foliage Ziti Supper. $10 per person, $6 for seniors and kids 12 and younger. 4 to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Hall, St. Anthony Drive, North Adams, Mass.; 413-663-5316
Friday, Sept. 30: Annual Children's Parade. This year's theme is "Salute to National Parks and Monuments." Lineup at 5 p.m.; parade: 5:30 p.m. Main Street, North Adams, 413-346-7196.
• Concert of Hope & Healing — a community response to violence at home and abroad, 7 p.m. Dessert to follow concert; good-will offering to support local nonprofits. First Congregational Church, 134 Main St., North Adams; 413-652-8466.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Bring Your Dog to the Market. Special market vendors will include animal rescue agencies and animal-themed products. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Adams Farmers Market, St. Anthony municipal parking lot, intersection of Marshall Street and Saint Anthony Drive, North Adams; 413-664-6180, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Fall Foliage Craft Fair, ocal artisan and crafter booths, live music and food. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main St. between Holden and Eagle streets, North Adams; 413-664-6180.
• VFW Post 996 Fall Bazaar. Something for everyone — Chinese auction, fish bowl, raffles, baked goods, fried dough and hot dogs. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., VFW Post Home, Mohawk Trail, North Adams; 413-743-5040.
• 6th Annual Dog Parade. Theme is "Salute to National Parks and Monuments." Categories: Funniest, best duo (owner and dog), best group (dogs), best small dog, best medium-sized dog, and best large dog. Prizes. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (registration at 10 a.m.), Veterans Memorial Park, corner of Eagle Street and Route 2, North Adams; 413-664-6180, ExploreNorthAdams.com.
Sunday, Oct. 2: Fall Classic 5k Race. Noon. Race will begin at the top of Main Street, head down Curran Highway toward Adams, circle down Old State Road, back down Curran Highway to Main Street, onto American Legion Drive to Ashland and back down Main Street, finishing by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Register on day of the event at 85 Main St., Suite 200, North Adams.
• Fall Foliage 61st Parade: The parade will commence at 1 p.m. at the Ocean State Job Lots parking lot and conclude on Ashland Street after passing though downtown via Main Street.
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. www.BeholdNewLebanon.org. 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.
Corner of South Church and Center streets, Pittsfield, Mass. www.berkshirecarousel.com
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 County Arc
395 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.
Through Oct. 14: Accepting gently-used coats, scarves, hats and mittens, as well as winter clothing items that have been knitted or crocheted, Drop-off locations at: Berkshire County Arc's Community Apartments, 189 First St., Pittsfield; 288 Pecks Road, Pittsfield (one of the agency's residential facilities); or at the Pittsfield office.
39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org.
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.
Saturday, Oct. 1: WeeMuse Art Lab, 11 a.m. Art-making activities with a fun science twist. Included with regular museum admission.
• Flashlight Scavenger Hunt, 6 to 7 p.m. A spooky, kooky after-hours adventure in the museum with the "Something Scary" exhibition. $5; museum members $3. Add a ticket for the Little Cinema screening of "The Goonies" at 7 p.m.; scavenger hunt and film, $10; museum members, $7.50.
Friday, Sept. 30: Bird Walk at Canoe Meadows, 8 to 10 a.m. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Holmes Road, Pittsfield, Mass.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Berkshire Summit Hiking Series — Lenox Mountain. Naturalist-guided, 3-mile round trip hike. Moderately strenuous, with steep sections. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, Mass. Registration required. Members, $10; nonmembers, $15.
Wednesday, Oct. 5: Berkshire Residents free admission, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.
The Big E
1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, Mass.
Through Oct. 2: Gates open 8 a.m. Regular gate admission: Adults $15, children ages 6-12, $10; children 5 and younger, free.
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.
Monterey Community Center, corner of Route 23 and New Marlborough Road, Monterey Mass.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Locally sourced brats from Red Apple Butchers, craft beer from Berkshire Brewing, home-baked goods, live music from area musicians, plus crafts, games and more. Noon to 4 p.m.
2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 413-551-5111 or EdithWharton.org.
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.
Thursdays through Oct. 27: Literary Roundtable, discussion of Wharton's literary legacy with one of The Mount's interpreters. Each week will feature different Wharton works or themes. 1:30 p.m. Included with admission
Friday, Sept. 30: Ghost Tours, 5:45 and 7 p.m. $24 general, $20 12 to 18 years. Not recommended for children younger than 12.
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.
Wednesdays through Sept. 28: The Art of Cut Flowers. 10-11 a.m. Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, Mass. Members $9; Nonmembers $15.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
104 Walker St., Lenox, Mass.
(413) 637-3206, GildedAge.org
A Gilded Age mansion, built in 1893 by George and Sarah Morgan, the sister of J.P. Morgan. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion is open to the public year round. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided tours: On the hour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays.
Milham Planetarium, Old Hopkins Observatory, Main Street, Williamstown
413-597-2188, email email@example.com.
Friday, Sept. 30: Astronomy students host free Planetarium Show from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector at 8 p.m., Reservations recommended: others admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.
Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse
539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, N.Y.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Old Chatham Quaker Meeting will screen "Where to Invade Next," 7 p.m. Expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which Michael Moore confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. Potluck at 6 p.m. Moderated discussion follows, Refreshments. Free.
Common Folk Artist Collective
Wednesday, Oct. 5: Moon Hooch. Tickets: $12 in advance, artful.ly/store/events/9658; $15 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Elks Lodge, 100 Eagle St., North Adams, Mass.
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.
Sunday, Oct. 2: Caitlin Canty, up-and-coming Americana artist, who is originally from Vermont and the Berkshires.
20 Franklin St., Lee, Mass.
Friday, Sept. 30: CIP Student Cabaret, 7 p.m. $5 students and alumni; $10 general public.
Spencertown Academy Arts Center
790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Jazz concert by The Quartet; Tony Kieraldo, Terence Mullen, Peter O'Brien, and Stuart Quimby bring decades of diverse musical styles to the stage. 8 p.m. General admission, $20; students, $10.
Whitney Center for the Arts
42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, Mass.
413-212- 4459, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Third and final installment of "A Sondheim Trilogy: Master of the Contemporary Musical Theater" with Ron Ramsay and Samantha Talora. Show at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. Beer, wine, soft drinks and light fare menu available for purchase. Tickets: $20.
54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass.
Friday, Sept. 30: Master Class with Charlotte Dobbs, soprano — Visiting Artist Series, 4:15 p.m., Chapin Hall. Tendai Muparutsa Faculty Recital, 8 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.
Saturday, Oct 1: Charlotte Dobbs, soprano — Visiting Artist Series, 8 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.
Route 67, Walloomsac, N.Y.
Friday, Sept. 30: "Loyalists and the Battle of Bennington" by site assistant David Pitlyk. 5 to 6 p.m. To be held outdoors on the grounds of the Tory Redoubt. Warm attire suggested. Parking available at the Barnett Homestead, 30 Caretakers Road, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Short walk to the redoubt is required.
Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning
Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room, 57 Seminary Ave., Manchester, Vt., 802-867-0111.
Thursday, Sept. 29: "Jefferson's Legacy" with Sydney Stokes Jr., founder and chairman of The Jefferson Legacy Foundation. 5:30 to 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at door.
Mass. College of Liberal Arts
Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium
Church Street Campus Center, Church Street, North Adams, Mass.
Thursday, Sept. 29: Annual Community Reading panel discussion about this year's summer reading book, "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age" by Sherry Turkle, 7 p.m.
4869 Main St., Manchester Center, Vt., 802-362-3565, www.northshire.com
Tuesday, Oct. 4: Book launch party for David Macaulay, "The Way Things Work Now," 6 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.
The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar
11 Housatonic St., Lenox, Mass.
Friday, Sept. 30: Cassandra Cleghorn, "Four Weathercocks," 5:30 p.m. Her husband, Jeffrey Levine, will also read from his poetry. They will also give a taste of traditional fiddle and guitar music of Ireland, New England and Quebec.
Saturday, Oct. 1: Sherry Steiner, "The Adventures of Etienne," 3 p.m.
Berkshire Theatre Group
Box office: 413-997-4444, BerkshireTheatreGroup.org, 111 South St., Pittsfield.
Through Oct. 23: American Premiere of "The Bakelite Masterpiece" by Kate Cayley, a co-production with WAM Theatre. Previews: Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29-30, 7 p.m.; opening night: Saturday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. Tickets: Preview, $45; $50. The Larry Vaber Stage at The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge.
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.
413-662-2111 or massmoca.org
Saturday, Oct. 1: Jena Friedman, comedian and filmmaker who has worked as a field producer at "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart and has written for Late Show with David Letterman. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 for students, $16 in advance, $22 day of, and $28 preferred.