Things to do in the Berkshires and So. Vermont, Jan. 21 to 27


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Austen Riggs Center: Dr. Andrew J. Gerber, M.D., Ph.D., medical director and CEO of the center, "Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century: Research Supported Treatments." Saturday 9:30 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Fee: $20 for WMAAPP members, $25 for non-members and free for students with ID. Information and registration: Stockbridge, Mass.

Congregation Ahavath Sholom: Women's Group potluck brunch. Sunday 11 a.m. Speaker: Keren Weiner, genealogist, "No Mothers' Names on Tombstones." Alternative sources for researching the Jewish women in our family trees. RSVP by Jan. 21, 413-443-1349 or Great Barrington, Mass.

Hudson Area Library: "Whale Ho!," an evening of whale-related tales. Thursday 6 p.m. Illustrated lecture on the book, "Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex" by author Carlo DiVito. Cost: $25. Whaling-themed dinner, 8 p.m.; advance reservations required for dinner, 518-822-1850. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the library. Café Le Perche, Hudson, N.Y.

Marketplace Cafe Sheffield: Wednesday Night Movie — "The Box Trolls." Wednesday 5 p.m. Singer/Songwriter Mary Ann Palermo, Sunday 1 to 3 p.m. Originals and covers. 18 Elm Court, Sheffield, Mass.


The Dirty Brush: Paint party. Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. "The Gerbera Daisy," 16 x 20-inch canvas. Cost: $35, includes three hours of individualized instruction, premium acrylic paints and supplies. Reservations required, 413-442-9300. 141 North St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Sheffield Historical Society: "The Hydropower Controversy." Weekends through Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibit on the proposed hydroelectric project that nearly flooded half of Sheffield. Free. Information:, or 413-229-2894. Old Stone Store, 159 Main St., Sheffield, Mass.


Mass MoCA: Laurie Anderson: "Heart of a Dog: An intimate meditation on loss and love." Thursday 7:30 p.m. First installation of annual documentary film series, "Love is Complicated." Tickets: $5 students and members, $9 general admission; at box office on Marshall Street, 413-662-2111 or North Adams, Mass.

The Mount: Stories She Loved: "The Age of Innocence." Sunday 3 p.m. Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer-prize winning novel. Tickets: General $10; Mount members $8; 2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass.


Colonial Theatre: Rev Tor's Fifth annual "Dead of Winter Jam." Saturday 8 p.m. Bring a non-perishable food items to support local food pantries. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door. The Garage. Berkshire Musicians Tribute to Neil Young concert. Saturday 7:30 p.m. The Colonial Theatre. Information and tickets: AT the box office, 413-997-4444 or 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Mass MoCA: FreshGrass Presents: Birds of Chicago Saturday 8 p.m. Tickets: $16 advance, $10 students, $22 day of, and $28 preferred; at box office on Marshall Street, 413-662-2111 or Club B10 at the museum, North Adams, Mass.

Plainfield Congregational Church: Monica Jakuc Leverett, solo piano recital, "Moonlit Hits and Little-known Gems." Sunday 3 p.m. Benefit for the Mahican-Mohawk Trail. Snow date Sunday, Jan. 31. Admission: Free, but tax-deductible donations to the Franklin Land Trust "for the M-M Trail" accepted. Information: 413-584-3017. Plainfield, Mass.


Bartholomew's Cobble: Snowshoe Sunday. Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Member: Adult and kid snowshoe rental $5; nonmember adult and kid snowshoe rental $7. Information: 413.298.3239, ext. 3013, or Sheffield, Mass.

Berkshire Knapsackers: Lime Kiln Sanctuary, Sheffield, Mass. C.4.D. Saturday. Three-mile easy snowshoe hike. If no snow, yak trax or microspikes may be in order. $3 donation requested on the honor system for non-members. Heavy rain or snowfall cancels. Information: 413-644-8873 or Berkshire Hills Moonlight Cross Country Ski, Pittsfield, Mass. Saturday. Information: 413-281-3303 or Hike/Snowshoe Boulders, Dalton, Mass. B.3.C. Sunday. Rain or ice cancels. Information: 413-637-1818 or

Berkshire Sanctuaries: Lenox Mountain Snowshoe Hike. Saturday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Moderately strenuous hike to the snowy summit of the mountain (2,126 feet).Adult members, $10; nonmembers $15. Registration required; register online or 413-637-0320. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, Mass.

Notchview Reservation: Winter Trails Day. Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: Member (without season pass): Adult $4, child $2. Nonmember: Adult $7.50, child $3 Information: 413-684-0148 or Windsor, Mass.


Hubbard Hall: Second Annual Winter Carnival of New Work. Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. General admission $10, students $5. Carnival all-access tickets $25. Information, tickets and schedule of plays: 518-677-2495, or 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.


Berkshire Festival of Women Writers: Lean In, a drop-in writers' circle for women in any stage of their writing journey. Sunday 3 to 5 p.m., Theme will be "Renewal"; bring a short piece of writing to share (500 words max). Also, some group writing. Free; no registration necessary. Shaker Dam Coffeehouse and Stanmeyer Gallery, West Stockbridge, Mass.


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