Thursday

May 29

ART

MCLA Gallery 51

Julia Mandle and Gayle Wells Mandle, ‘Teetering,' examines socio-economic issues of imbalance and resistance, May 29 to June 22. Reception May 29, 6 p.m. North Adams.

Monterey Library

Knox Gallery exhibits "Julie Shapiro: Recent Work," Aug. 29 to Sept. 27. Opening reception 7 p.m. 452 Main Road, Monterey, (413) 528-3795. FILM

Berkshire Independent Film Festival

Opening Night Gala and film "May in the Summer," directed and written by Cherien Dabis 6 p.m., at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. sophisticated New Yorker comes to her childhood home in Amman, Jordan, for her wedding. Opening night party under the BIFF tent. Filmmakers and 75 of the latest in independent feature, documentary, short and family films from some 18 countries. Festival through June 1 in Great Barrington and May 31 and June 1 in Pittsfield. biffma.org

MUSIC

Vermont Arts Exchange

Bennington College Student Concert on the Basement Stage, 6:30 p.m., free. Bennington.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Other Place," a psychological thriller, 7:30 p.m., St. Germaine Stage, Pittsfield. Post-show discussion.

Friday

May 30

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Jewish Federation

"Shabbat Across the Berkshires" 7:30 p.m. open-hearted celebration, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Museum

"Butterflies Preview Party" -- live Butterfly Pavilion, interactive stations, and light refreshments. 5:30 p.m., Pittsfield.

Marathon OLLI talk

6th Annual Mona Sherman Memorial talk, "Urban Terrorism and the Boston Marathon Bombings" Edward Davis III, Former Commissioner of the Boston Police Department. Q & A. Free. 6 p.m. The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

FILM

Berkshire Independent Film Festival

Opening Night in Pittsfield at the Beacon with "The Trip to Italy." Opening night party 5:30 p.m. and "Next Great Filmmaker Award" Filmmakers and 75 of the latest in independent feature, documentary, short and family films from some 18 countries. Festival through June 1 in Great Barrington and May 31 and June 1 in Pittsfield. Schedule biffma.org

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Troubador series, folk music at site of Alice's Restaurant, 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

OUTDOORS

Hoffmann Bird Club

Summer birds in the Tyringham Valley, 7 a.m. (413) 884-4961

Canoe Meadows

Guided bird walk, 7-9 a.m. Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Other Place," a psychological thriller, 7:30 p.m., St. Germaine Stage, Pittsfield.

The Ghent Playhouse

"John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath," the classic saga of displaced heartland Americans during the Dust Bowl Depression. 8 p.m., Ghent, N.Y.

Shakespeare and Company

Preview: "Shakespreare's Will," the uncharted and tumultuous life of Anne Hathaway -- Shakespeare's enigmatic wife, 7:30 p.m., Lenox.

Saturday

May 31

ART

Monterey Library

Knox Gallery exhibit: Paula Shalan: Shades of Black (ceramics) through May 31. Artist talk 10 a.m. 452 Main Road, Monterey, (413) 528-3795

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Museum

"Butterflies" -- live Butterfly Pavilion opens with native and exotic species. Butterfly life cycle, habitats and metamorphosis in a chrysalis display. Contemporary and historic art, objects and artifacts from cultures around the world. "Kitchen Ka-Boom" fun science experiments, all kid-safe, using items found in almost any kitchen. Pittsfield.

Ventfort Hall

Delaney Moran, Young Scholars Program, "Never Looking at Your Face, Only at Your Feet: Race relations at the Savoy Ballroom: 1926 -1958" talk and tea, 3:30 p.m. Lenox.

West Stockbridge Library

Eric Wilska of the Bookloft on ‘The Changing landscape of Publishing and book retailing,' 7 p.m. Town Hall, 21 State Line Road/Route 102, West Stockbridge.

FILM

Berkshire Independent Film Festival

Screening and Q&A with "The Battered Bastards," story of only independent baseball team in America, Mahaiwe at 7 p.m. Ballpark dinner under the tent. Filmmakers and 75 of the latest in independent feature, documentary, short and family films from some 18 countries. Festival through June 1 in Great Barrington and May 31 and June 1 in Pittsfield. Schedule www.biffma.org

HISTORY

Bryant Homestead

Open house at William Cullen Bryant Homestead, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free tours. Abolitionists role' in Civil War and ending slavery, talk 2 p.m. with Professor Manisha Sinha on the abolitionist movement. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington.

Hancock Shaker Village

"The Shakers: Models for Modernism," 4 p.m. Illustrated talk with Jean M. Burks, Senior Curator, Shelburne Museum. Pittsfield.

Home Sweet Home

Open House Day at The Trustees of Reservations historic homes, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Naumkeat, the Mission House, Ashley House, Folly at Field Farm and the Bryant Homestead. The Trustees of Reservations will open many historic properties across the state.

MUSIC

Abode of the Message

Amir Vahab, celebrated composer and vocalist of Sufi music, songs of the ancient lands of Persia, Turkey, Azeri and beyond. Meditation Hall, 7 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Guthrie Center

Kate Taylor, folk music at site of Alice's Restaurant, 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

Vermont Arts Exchange

Basement Music Series presents, Heather Maloney, 8 p.m. Bennington.

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

Opening Day Festivities. American Indian tepee raising, drumming, mountain blessing and music, noon to 4 p.m. Free. Mount Greylock

Hoffmann Bird Club

Green Mountain National Forest day trip to Vermont to explore Kelly Stand Road, Somerset Reservoir and Grout Pond areas. Roadside birding and light hiking. 6:30 a.m. Bring Lunch. (413) 655-0112

Notchview

Stargazing, dusk to 11 p.m. Astronomers from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center train their telescopes on planets, moons, stars, and galaxies. Free. Route 9, Wiindsor. (413) 684-0148.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Other Place," a psychological thriller, 4 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germaine Stage, Pittsfield.

The Ghent Playhouse

"John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath," the classic saga of displaced heartland Americans during the Dust Bowl Depression. 8 p.m., Ghent, N.Y.

Shakespeare and Company

"Shakespreare's Will," the uncharted and tumultuous life of Anne Hathaway -- Shakespeare's enigmatic wife, 7:30 p.m., Lenox.