Things to do in the Berkshires and Shires of Vermont for May 12 to 18

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Berkshire Athenaeum: Scrabble Thursday, May 12. 6 to 8 p.m. Opportunities for adult Scrabble players to meet for open play. All skill levels welcome; informal guidance available. No registration required. Information: 413-499-3591 or 413-344-3815. The library's Food Zone, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, Mass.

Construct: Annual fundraiser MayFest, Monday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. Tastings from 26 area restaurants and wine vendors, music by The Lucky Five. Tickets: $75 each; 413-528-1985 orconstructinc.org. Crissey Farm, 426 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Stamford Community Library: "The Organic Small-Farm Movement" with Deb Burns, acquisitions editor at Storey Publishing in North Adams, who specializes in books on sustainable farming. Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. Organic refreshments. Information: 802-694-1379. 986 Main Road, Stamford, Vt.

Planetarium Show: Williams College astronomy students host free shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m., Milham Planetarium, Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. Reservations recommended: Michele Rech at 413-597-2188. Others admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

Art

Norman Rockwell Museum: "Norman Rockwell in Detail," with Curator of Education Tom Daly, Friday, May 13, at 2:30 p.m. 100th Anniversary Celebration: Rockwell and "The Post." Saturday, May 14, 1 to 4 p.m. Artmaking, storytelling, talks, and opening events for the outdoor sculpture exhibition, "Build a Better Baby Carriage." "Art in Motion: Drawing in the Galleries" with Pat O'Donnell, Saturday, May 14, 2 to 4 p.m. All events free with museum admission; museum members free. Art Museum Day, Wednesday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free admission to the museum. 9 MA-183, Stockbridge, Mass.

Kid Stuff

Berkshire Family YMCA: Kids' Night Out. Friday, May 13, 6-8:30 p.m. An evening of games, sports, pool time (bring a swimsuit) and pizza. Open to youth and teens, ages 7 to 14 years. Cost: $5. Financial assistance is available. Information: 413-499-7650 or at vbemiss@pittsfieldfamilyyymca.org. Berkshire Family YMCA's Northern Berkshire branch, 22 Brickyard Court, North Adams, and at the Pittsfield branch, 292 North St. (first, second, and third Friday of each month)

Literary

The Mount: Sally-Jane Heit, "Everything Old Is New Again," benefit for The Mount. Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m. Dessert and wine reception follows. Tickets: $15 for member of The Mount; $18 for non-members; edithwharton.org. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass.

Music

Bard College at Simon's Rock: Jazz Ensemble spring concert. Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. Free. Daniel Arts Center's McConnell Theater, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.

Bennington County Choral Society: "Cries of War, Hopes For Peace," Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, Manchester, Vt. Sunday, May 15, 3 p.m., Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vt. Tickets: $15; students $10; at the door.

Berkshire Theatre Group: Rusted Root, Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass. Tickets: $40; 413-997-4444 or berkshiretheatregroup.org.

Close Encounters With Music: "The Art of the String Quartet" with the Dover String Quartet, Saturday, May 14, at 6 p.m. Tickets: $25 and $45; cewm.org. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.

New Lebanon Library: David Reed in concert. Friday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. Acoustic ragtime, rock, calypso and reggae for guitar, banjo and his own cigar-box guitars. David Grover and Linda Worster in concert, Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. Acoustic folk, rock and originals. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, NY. (518) 794-8844 Information: 518-794-8844. 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

South Street Cafe and Bakery: Funk & Jazz Music with That Strange, Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jazz Brunch, Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open Mic Night, Mondays, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Information: 802-447-2433. 105 South St., Bennington, Vt.

Spectrum Playhouse: Broadway Cabaret Series featuring Johnny Segalla and accompanist Mike Schiffer, Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10; 413 394-5023. 40 Main St., Suite 1, Lee, Mass.

Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble: Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown.

Violin Studio Recital with students of Joana Genova: Friday, May 13, at 4 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.

Wind Ensemble: Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m., Chapin Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown.

Piano Studio Recital with students of Doris Stevenson: Saturday, May 14, 2 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown.

Indian Music Studio Recital with students of Devesh and Veena Chandra: Saturday, May 14, at 5 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown.

Student Symphony: Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m., Chapin Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown.

Student Voice Recital with Evelyn Mahon '18: Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown.

Senior Viola and Voice Recital with Lauren Yu: Sunday, May 15, at 5 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown.

Cello Studio Recital with students of Nathaniel Parke: Monday, May 16, at 6 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown.

Senior Recital with Christopher Janson, bass, and Agnes Chang, violin: Monday, May 16, at 8 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown.

MidweekMusic: Tuesday, May 17, at 12:15 p.m., Chapin Hall. Clarinet Choir, Tuesday, May 17, at 5 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown.

Jazz Guitar Studio Recital with students of Robert Phelps: Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown.

Outdoors

Hoffmann Bird Club: Birding hike along gently sloping trails through fields and forests and near wetlands, Saturday, May 14, 7 to 10 a.m., Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Silver Street, Sheffield, Mass. Wear long pants and shoes; bring water and a snack. Information: dabrams@massaudubon.org, 413-637-0320 or 413-429-6539. Take a pleasant birding stroll at BNRC's Constitution Hill Reserve along wooded roads and mowed paths, Sunday, May 15 at 8 a.m. Wear long pants and shoes; bring water and a snack. Meet at the BNRC parking area at the very end of Bridge Street, Lanesborough. Information: dbruce@bnrc.net or 413-499-0596.

Theatre

Berkshire Community College: BCC Players, musical comedy "Avenue Q." Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 15. at 2 p.m.,8 p.m. General admission tickets: $15; senior citizens, high school and college students, $10; berkshirecc.edu/bccplayers. Also at the door one hour prior to performance. Boland Theatre, Koussevitzky Arts Center, 1350 West St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Berkshire Theatre Group: Third annual "Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals." Friday, May 12, 7 p.m. Ten-minute encore performances from this year's Berkshire County high school musicals. Tickets: $10 students, $15 for adults; at ticket office, 413-997-4444, berkshiretheatregroup.org. Colonial Theatre 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Encore broadcast of London's National Theatre in HD production of "The Audience" by Peter Morgan, Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. Pre-broadcast tea tasting at 1:30 p.m. with master tea blender Michael Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Castle Street Café next door to the Mahaiwe. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.

THEatre COmpany: "From Door to Door" by James Sherman. Friday and Sunday, May 13-14, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. Information and reservations: 413-854-4400. Lauren Clark Fine Arts Gallery, 25 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass.

WAM Theatre: "Photograph 51," Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. Portrait of British scientist Rosalind Franklin (Jennie Jadow) and her — often overlooked — role in the discovery of DNA's double helix structure. No. 6 Depot Roastery and Cafe, Stockbridge, Mass.


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