Weekly calendar of arts and community events in the Berkshires



Jan. 16


WCMA at Night

Blank Slate, 5 p.m. In an empty museum, the walls become canvas. Free. Williams College Museum of Art. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, off Route 2, Williamstown


North Adams Public Library

Storyteller Michael Nethercott, 6 p.m. Ghost stories from his sprawling Irish family, free. 74 Church St., North Adams.


Jan. 17



Cristie Newhart will read and recite poetry by Emily Dickinson, 7 p.m., and talk about some of Dickinson's familiar and lesser-known work. 11 Houatonic St., Lenox. (413) 637-3390.

Celebration of Women's Words

Berkshire writer Suzy Banks Baum donates proceeds from her book, ‘An Anthology of Babes,' to Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires and Community Health Programs of the Berkshires. 1 p.m. Both organizations will speak, and writers from Berkshire Festival of Women Writers workshops will read their work. Free. Kellogg Music Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Hilltown Families

Free family community service night: DIY mittens and scarves for families in transition, 4 to 7 p.m. Bring an outgrown sweater to turn into mittens or scarvesfor the New England Center for Women in Transition. No experience needed, and all ages can help. Workshops at the Art Garden, Shelburne Falls. (Please ‘felt' sweaters first -- hot wash, cold rinse and dray on high heat. Details at hilltownfamilies.org)

The Big E

First Person Presentation, A Fireman in 1899 -- His Life & Job. Located at the Storrowton Village Museum; Springfield Motorcycle Show, located at the Young & Stroh Buildings. For times and updates, visit TheBigE.com. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. (413) 737-2443.



Pianist Karen Tchougourian to perform. Tchougourian's vast repertoire ranges from classical music to popular movie scores to jazz numbers. 3 p.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. (413) 499-1992.

Union College

Concert Series presents Jupiter String Quartet. This exciting young quartet makes its third season appearance in a program highlighted by Schubert's great masterwork of the genre. 8 p.m., Schenectady, NY.


Jan. 18


Mass MoCA

Opening reception for Izhar Patkin's, "The Wandering Veil." Join for conversation between Izhar Patkin and David Ross at 2 p.m. RSVP by calling (413) 664-4481 ext. 8157 or emailing rwehry@massmoca.org. Museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. (413) 662-2111.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America, 2 p.m. Meet author Jane Allen Petrick, whose book, "Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America" explores the stories of Asian, African, and American Indians who appeared in Rockwell's paintings. Tea and treats and a book signing to follow. Route 183, Stockbridge.


Berkshire Train Campaign

Potluck for Train Campaign, to prepare for 2014, and discuss how to bring back the trains, 6 p.m. Chili (meat and veggie), cornbread and beer provided -- please bring a dish. 120 Castle St., Great Barrington. berkshiretraincampaign.org


Berkshire writer Rachel Urquhart will read from her new novel, ‘The Visionist,' following the struggles of a young women who runs from a tough background to a Shaker community in the 1840s. 11 Houatonic St., Lenox. (413) 637-3390

Lenox Contradance

Russet Trio -- Aldo Lavaggi on fiddle, Peter Madsen on percussion and Sauerkraut Set on bass, callin by Sarah van Nostrand, 8-11:30 p.m. New dancers at 8, all dances taught, Lenox Community center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 528-4007, www.lenoxcontradance.org

The Mount

From The House of Mirth to the House of Crawley... Downton Abbey Hits The Mount -- right in the heart of Downton Abbey's fourth season on PBS, join Vanity Fair writer David Kamp for a lively, lighthearted talk about his experiences with Julian Fellowes. 3 p.m. EdithWhatron.org or (413) 551-5100. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox.

Purple Tie Affair

Benefir for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 7 to 11 p.m. Live music, silent acution. National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Repair Cafe

Local artisans and crafters fix items free, 1 to 5 p.m. Cothing, cushions, chairs, lamps and elecrical items, dull blades. Refreshments. St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St., Pittsfield. (413) 212-8589

The Big E

Springfield Motorcycle Show, located in the Young & Stroh Buildings; Auto Parts Swap N' Sell, located in the Better Living Center; Northeastern Poultry Congress Show, American Poultry Assoc. National Meet, located in the Mallary Complex. TheBigE.com. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. (413) 737-2443.

Twain House

‘Get a Clue' tours, solve an interactive mystery involving Mark Twain's characters, with Sea Tea Improv group, 7 to 10 p.m. Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, Conn. www.marktwainhouse.org


Berkshire Pulse

Decadance Theater hip-hop workshop, 2 p.m. Company with artistic director Jennifer Weber. 420 Park St., Housatonic.

The Egg

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company: The Egg's resident company highlights its provocative and richly imagined choreography with world premieres, audience favorites and live music. 8 p.m., Albany, NY. (518) 473-1845.

Mass MoCA

Bessie Award-winning choreographer Beth Gill is in North Adams to develop her latest dance, New Work for the Desert. With an all-star cast of dancers and designers in tow, Gill is "building a space in which light is alive and space is vast." 8 p.m., Hunter Center, North Adams.


Berkshire Athenaeum

"A Winter Wonderland." Come celebrate winter with Wee Read! stories, a craft activity, a short video, and a snack. Preschool and Toddler. No registration required. 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


Kids Art Workshop 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Robert Melee's outdoor sculpture -- and readings of Lemony Snicket. Omi International Art Center, Route 22, Ghent, N.Y. www.omiartscenter.org


Berkshire Music School

Piano recital by Yeejin Yuk, 16, from the studio of Jean Stackhouse, 3 p.m. Stockbridge Congregational Church, 4 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3137.


Bartholomew's Cobble

Hot chocolate Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Winter programs, snowshoe hikes, cocoa to follow. Wheatoque Road, Sheffield. (413) 229-8600, bcobble@ttor.org

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike or snowshoe the Hopper Trail and the AT to the summit of Mount Greylock, gaining 2,390 feet in elevation. Information call Dennis Goff at (518) 339-8782. Lanesborough.

Sheep Hill

Animal tracking workshops with naturalist Dan Yacobellis, offered by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. 9-11:30 a.m. suitable for beginners, families and children; noon to 4 p.m. for advanced children 8 years and up and adults. Learn to identify tracks and interpret the stories they tell. Space is limited, reservations (413) 458-2494. 671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown.

Taconic Hiking Club

Yokun Ridge, Lenox. This BNRC site straddles West Stockbridge and Lenox and has a good variety of scenic trails. Depending on conditions, a few miles of snowshoeing or a hike. Start from Olivia's Outlook. Details contact Bob Armao at bob-armao@yahoo.com or (413) 271-6512.

Tamarack Hollow

Boreal Forest Snowshoe Trek and Track. Snowshoe the high elevation boreal forests of Windsor in winter and learn about the unique ecology of the upper elevations of Massachusetts. Trek will conclude with balsam fir tea collected on the hike. The trek is 2 miles round-trip. Participants should wear warm, layered clothing, sturdy, waterproof boots and nylon pants. Discounted snowshoe rentals available. In the event of "no snow" this will be a hike. Directions sent upon registration. Bring water/snack. Call (413) 584-3009 or visit www.massaudubon.org to register. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Windsor.


Jan. 19


The Big E

Springfield Motorcycle Show; Auto Parts Swap N' Sell; Northeastern Poultry Congress Show, American Poultry Assoc. National Meet. TheBigE.com. 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. (413) 737-2443.


National Museum of Dance

Tango Fusion Dance Company brings an afernoon of Latin dance, Argentine tango, performances and dance party, 2 p.m. National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (518) 584-2225, ext. 3009, www.dancemuseum.org


Berkshire Concert Choir

Music of Antonin Dvorak,

3 p.m. Concert at Zion Lutheran Church. 74 First St., Pittsfield. (413) 442-6120, www.berkshireconcertchoir.org


Berkshire Knapsackers

Snowshoe to the summit of Greylock via the Thunderbolt Trail, Mount Greylock. Information call Harold Moon at (413) 443-4501. Adams.


Jan. 20

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Day of Service

Projects to help the community, begins 9 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Hall, with MCLA students and volunteers. North Adams.

Martin Luther King Day

Daylong celebration: Social Change media project, noon. Learning in Action talk, 1 p.m. Moment of silence, and school presentationa, 4 p.m. Film screening, Regeneration, 5 p.m. (see below). Dinner conversations, ‘Influences on Body Image' and ‘Pass the Judgement Pease: Thoungs on being critical of other' food choices,' 6:30 p.m., Mission Park Lounge. Williams College, www.williams.edu


Williams College

Social Change Film Series presents ‘Regeneration,' shown as part of Martin Luther King Day events. Highlighting activism, the film shows the forces that galvanized the Occupy movement, and the ways in which a new generation of young people comes to terms with a changing world. 5:30 p.m., Williamstown. davis.center.williams.edu


Martin Luther King spirituals

Cantilena Chamber Choir will present a psalms and spirituals open sing with the MCLA Allegrettos and Taconic High School Choir, 3 p.m. Recollection by Gail Street, who was present at Dr. King's funeral. Trinity Church, Lenox. (518) 791-0185, www.cantilenachoir.org


Jan. 21


Williams College Museum of Art

‘Cutie and the Boxer,' 6:30 p.m. Candid love story between Ushlo and Noriko Shinonara, married 40 years. WCMA and Images team up to screen films on the blank gallery walls before the new shows open. 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown. www.wcma.org


Taconic Hiking Club

Leader's Choice. Skiing with a group, wherever there is snow. Contact Dale Blanchet for details at (413) 273-4262.


Jan. 22


Bigger than Hip-hop

‘Decoding the Trayvon Martin Event' -- Neil Roberts, assistant professor and Africana Studies affiliate at Williams College, will speak, 7 p.m. Free and open to all. Murdock Hall 218, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams. www.mcla.org

Grand Cayman

Sherry and Stew Pease, who recently completed a trip to the Grand Cayman Islands, will present an exhibit and slideshow. Free and open to the public. 2:30 p.m., EPOCH, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. (413) 499-1992.


Powder Keg session

Suzy Banks Baum offers drop-in writing workshops for women, 6:30 p.m., safe and comfortable self-expression, Ramsdell Public Library, 1087 Main st., Housatonic.

'Twelve Years a Slave'

Book Talk with Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and Mark Twain House & Museum, 5 p.m. on Solomon Northup's 19th-century account of life on a cotton plantation in Louisiana, with all its cruelty. 77 Forest St., Hartford, Conn. harrietbeecherstowecenter.org


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