Weekly calendar of arts and community events in the Berkshires



Jan. 9


Unitarian Universalist Church

"The Ghosts of Jeju," a shocking documentary about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, South Korea. Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. Military Government of Korea. Regis Tremblay will be there to discuss after the showing. 7:30 p.m., Pittsfield.


Williams College

Festival of New Music Center for Theatre and Dance: Williams students and faculty will perform Frederic Rzewski's classic work for voice and amplified ensemble "Coming Together" and David Lang's quiet and haunting Pulitzer Prize winner "the little match girl passion," 7 p.m. New arrangement of Samuel Beckett's seminal 1961 radio play "Words and Music" with music by Morton Feldman, and a premiere of collaborative work by poet and Williams professor Lawrence Raab and musicians Brian Simalchik ‘10 and Stephen Simalchik ‘13, 9:30 p.m. ‘62 Center, Route 2, Williamstown.


Taconic Hiking Club

Hike or snowshoe at Hennig Preserve, Providence, Saratoga County. There are North and South loops and minimal climbing, but conditions may require some form of traction or snowshoes. This is a joint activity with Crooked Canes. Contact Susan for information (413) 766-4170.


Jan. 10


Norman Rockwell Museum

Humorous Tales and Little Known Facts. Celebrated Rockwell's unique brand of humor during this engaging, enlightening series exploring the artist's adventures in illustration, with Curator of Education, Tom Daly. 2:30 p.m., Stockbridge.



Dueling pianists Adam Bergeron and Ethan Stone to perform. 3 p.m., 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield. Information or to RSVP call (413) 499-1992.

Williams College

I/O Festival of New Music, New York composer/performer collaborative counter)induction will present "rituals, dances and journeys," Center for Theatre and Dance, 8 p.m. Williamstown.


Jan. 11


Berkshire Museum

"Untamed: Wild and Endangered Species," 10:30 a.m., next in "An Infnite Odyssey," a series of illustrated talks by photographers Dan Mead and Sally Eagle. Embark on a visual journey to some of the most majestic and breathtaking locations in the world with stunning images of wildlife, nature, and foreign cultures. 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

Mass MoCA

Free Day. Free admission and brick-wall-to-brick-wall programming throughout the museum, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Izhar Patkin's "Wandering Veil," ghostly virtual city. "Octagon Room," labyrinthine, 19th-century-style vision of contemporary artist's study; "Life's Work," Tom Phillips' "A Humument" re-invented Victorian novel and Johnny Carrera's walk-in encyclopedia; "One Minute Film Festival"; Kidspace "Freedom's just another word for ..." Permanent Anselm Kiefer gallery and Sol LeWitt: "A Wall Drawing Retrospective." Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. www.massmoca.org North Adams.

Norman Rockwell

Family Day: Dance! Discover the world of dance during the afternoon inspired by "Dancing Princesses: The Art of Ruth Sanderson." Learn basic ballroom steps from Berkshire Ballroom, enjoy an illustrated look at dance with Eugenia Kim, along with readings and art making opportunities. 1-4 p.m., Route 183, Stockbridge. www.nrm.org



Kids Art Workshop 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with sledding, hiking and outdoor sculpture. Omi International Art Center, Route 22, Ghent, N.Y. www.omiartscenter.org

Hilltown Families

Flywheel Arts Collective Saturday Morning Music Party, 10 a.m. Breakfast bash and diversions. 43 Main St., Easthampton.


Berkshire Music School

Open House with instrument petting zoo, meet BMS faculty, sample a class for Music for Early Ages. Refreshments. 10 a.m. to noon in the BMS Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 442-1411.

The Linda

Seth Glier and Antje Duvekot, sponsored by WEXT 97.7., 8 p.m.. 339 Central Ave., Albany, NY. Tickets visit thelinda.org.

Mass MoCA

Brushy One String, performing on a classical guitar with nothing by a D string, Brushy is able to pack the energy and soul of an eight-piece Jamaican dance-hall band into just one string and one huge voice. 8 p.m., Club B-10, North Adams.

Williams College

Festival of New Music presents Out of the Box, noon: On Saturday at noon in the Williams College Museum of Art, the I/O Ensemble transforms the college's museum into a musical sounding space in this spatial exploration of time. Works by Jürg Frey, Brian Simalchik ‘10, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Tom Johnson, and John Zorn. IOTA Ensemble will perform new works by young composers, ensemble members, counter)induction's resident composers and Williams faculty members, including works by David Kechley, Ileana Perez Velazquez, Sato Matsui ‘14, Casey McLellan ‘14 and Adam Strawbridge ‘14, ‘62 Center, 8 p.m. Williamstown.


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

Beartown State Forest, hike to the pond and scenic vista, 4 to 5 miles. Join the group afterward at Barrington Brewery to warm up. (413) 644-8873.

Hoffman Bird Club

Fairhaven: A trip to SE Mass & Buzzards Bay to search for wintering waterfowl, loons, grebes, and passerines. Bring lunch and a scope. Information contact leader Kathy Mills at gkmills@charter.net. To meet locally for carpooling, contact Dave Moink at (413) 655-8594 or mamonks@verizon.net.


Jan. 12


Berkshire Humane Society

Coffee Hour Speaking Series, featuring author and history professor Diane Beers. Dr. Beers will trace the history of animal welfare movement in the United States from the earliest beginnings until the 1970s. Time will be provided for discussion and questions. Refreshments will be served. 2-4 p.m., free and open to the public. Pittsfield. (413) 447-7878.

Stockbridge Library

"The Lost Generation of Boys," talk by Dr. Jonathan Aronoff, on trend toward immaturity, impatience, passivity and withdrawal from families. 4 p.m. Free and open to all. Main street, Stockbridge. (413) 298-5501, www.stockbridgelibrary.org


Union College

Jonathan Biss, piano. Featuring Brahms, Kurtag, Chopin, and Beethoven. 3 p.m., Union College, Schenectady, NY.


Berkshire Knapsackers

Housaatonic Meadows State Park, Sharon, Conn. Snowshoing c. 6 miles. (860) 309-4244, jaoneglia@hughes.net.

Hoosac/Savoy snowshoe

Explore Savoy State Forest and the Hoosac Range in a snowshoe trek, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Balsam fir, ruffed grouse, snowshoe hare and more. Tamarack Hollow, (413) 584-3009 or www.massaudubon.org to register.


Jan. 13


Images Cinema

"The Last Day of August," 4:30 p.m. screening and Q&A with Williams alum filmmakers Craig diFolco ‘99, Sebastian Arcelus ‘99 and Michael Izquierdo, ‘00. 50 Spring St., Williamstown.


Jan. 14


Berkshire Athenaeum

Meditation 7 p.m. with Dr. Andrew Vdich, free. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 499-9480.


Berkshire Music School

Berkshire Music School Ensemble Mix with Bonnie McCubbin begins its eight week session. Custom made choir for ages 9-15, girls and boys. 5:15-6:15 p.m., 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.


Taconic Hiking Club

Rochester Hollow, Big Indian, NY. Rochester Hollow is an intriguing preserve in the Catskills, almost to Ulster County. Snowshoes and/or micro spikes will be required. Meet at 8 a.m. at Elm Ave and Route 32, Delmar, Park and Ride. Information contact Katie Henrikson at henriksonk@beverwyck.com or (413) 533-7441.


Jan. 15


Foster parent workshop

Free program, ‘Solutions for caregivers of traumetized foster children,' noon to 2 p.m. First in series of six free workshops for parents, family and caregivers. Housatonic Academy, 788 South St., Pittsfield. Walk-ins welcome. Lunch served. (413) 443-2367.


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