Thursday

August 30

ART

Downstreet Art

Free community celebration. Wide variety of visual and performing art events. Galleries, restaurants and stores stay open late, 6 to 9 p.m. Downtown North Adams. (413) 664-8718.

MCLA Gallery 51

Recent work by sculptor and Mass MoCA's director of fabrication and art installation, Richard Criddle. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Show runs to Sept. 23. North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail," movie night, 5:30 p.m. "Buried Treasures: Perspectives on Pyle" series: Howard Pyle's artworks serve as the inspiration for performances that brings his dynamic images to life. Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Columbia County Fair

Blues, rock and country bands daily, amusement rides and entertainment; Racing pigs, Two-by-Two Zoo, demolition derbies, monster tractor pull. Chatham, N.Y.

MUSIC

Steepletop

"The Edna Project" concert with Liz Queler and Seth Farber and "Renesance: The Poems," 7:30 p.m. with Johnna Murray and company. Austerlitz, N.Y.

OUTDOORS

Mass Audubon

Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River, meet 8:30 a.m. at Decker Boat Launch, Lenox. "The Quest for the Eastern Cougar." 7:30 to 9 p.m., Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

Naumkeag

Garden tours, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. More than 10 acres of landscaped grounds with seven formal gardens, including "Blue Steps amid White Paper Birches," the Art Deco design by Fletcher Steele. Stockbridge.

THEATER

Arrowhead

"Melville's Women" -- an original play by Voices Theatre Company, Pittsfield.

Barrington Stage Company

"The Black Suits," 3 and 7:30 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

‘Homestead Crossing,' young lovers shelter with an older couple, 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

"Parasite Drag," dark comedy between divided brothers, 3 p.m.; "Satchmo at the Waldorf," one-man show celebrates Louis Armstrong, 7:30 p.m.; "Cassandra Speaks," portrayal of iconic journalist Dorothy Thompson," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum," 8 p.m. 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus meet laugh-aloud classic Vaudeville. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Friday

August 31

COMMUNITY

Abode of the Message

"Living the Mystic Path" Labor Day week-end retreat begins 6 p.m. Music, movement, meditation, interactive exercises, and contemplation techniques. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Columbia County Fair

Bucky Covington on the main stage; blues, rock and country bands daily, amusement rides and entertainment; Racing pigs, Two-by-Two Zoo, demolition derbies, monster tractor pull. Chatham, N.Y.

DANCE

PS/21

Parsons Dance performs new works, "Round My World" and "A Stary's Lullaby," and others, 8 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole, troubador folk series. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 8. Great Barrington.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Heather Fisch presents "Blue Venice" (a high-flown lickspittle swindle opera), 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Roomful of Teeth with Missy Mazzoli, 8 p.m. Vocal ensemble led by Williams College's Brad Wells performs with sought-after young composer. North Adams.

THEATER

Arrowhead

"Melville's Women" -- an original play by Voices Theatre Company, Pittsfield.

Barrington Stage Company

"The Black Suits," 7:30 p.m., Stage 2; Songs by ridiculously talented composers and lyricists you probably don't know, but should..., 8 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

‘Homestead Crossing,' young lovers shelter with an older couple, 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

"Cassandra Speaks," 3 p.m.; "Satchmo at the Waldorf," 7:30 p.m.; "The Allergist's Wife," once-vivacious woman rediscovers flamboyance, 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum," 8 p.m. 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus meet laugh-aloud classic Vaudeville. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Saturday

Sept. 1

ART

Chesterwood

September sculptor-in-Residence Lawrence Noble, studio hours TBD, at the house and studio of Daniel Chester French, Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Abode of the Message

"Living the Mystic Path," music, movement, meditation, interactive exercises, and contemplation techniques. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Columbia County Fair

Blues, rock and country bands daily, amusement rides and entertainment; Racing pigs, Two-by-Two Zoo, demolition derbies, monster tractor pull. Chatham, N.Y.

Garlic and Herb Festival

17th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: more than 100 vendors, dozens of entertainers, childrens games and activities, a full assortment of food vendors, garlic demonstrations and beer garden.Camelot Village, Route 9W, Bennington, Vt.

Spencertown Academy

"Festival of Books: A Celebration of Books and Reading," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Annual extravaganza of all things literary, free readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a giant used book sale and children's events. Spencertown, N.Y.

DANCE

PS/21

Parsons Dance performs new works, "Round My World" and "A Stary's Lullaby," and others, 8 p.m. Master class, 11 a.m. Chatham, N.Y.

HISTORY

Bidwell House Museum

History Talk: Author Eric Rutkow tells the story of the role that New England trees played in bringing about American independence, based on his new book "American Canopy: Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation," 10 a.m. Monterey.

Hancock Shaker Village

Return and Learn: A Promising Venture: Shaker Photographs from the WPA, 2 p.m. Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Lucy Kaplansky, troubador folk series. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 8. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Brazilian Big Beat Dance Party with Nation Beat, 8 p.m. Original 21st-century fusion of maracatu drumming and New Orleans rhythms on stage and on the dance floor. North Adams.

Music & More

"Bach's Musical Offering and Other Music From the Court of Frederick the Great" with Christopher Krueger, baroque flute; Daniel Stepner, baroque violin; Jane Starkman, baroque violin and viola; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; John Gibbons, harpsichord. 4:30 p.m. Free pre-concert talk, 3:30, and Post-concert reception at the Meeting House Gallery. Meeting House, Route 57, New Marlborough.

Steepletop

"The Edna Project" concert with Liz Queler and Seth Farber and "Renesance: The Poems," 7:30 p.m. with Johnna Murray and company. In the Berkshires, place TBA.

Tannery Pond Concerts

Todd Palmer, clarinet; Elizabeth Futral, soprano; Ran Dank, piano, 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

THEATER

Arrowhead

"Melville's Women" -- an original play by Voices Theatre Company, Pittsfield.

Barrington Stage Company

"The Black Suits," 4 and 8 p.m., Stage 2; Songs by ridiculously talented composers and lyricists you probably don't know, but should..., 8 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

‘Homestead Crossing,' young lovers shelter with an older couple, 2 and 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

"Satchmo at the Waldorf," 2 p.m.; "The Allergist's Wife," 3 p.m.; "Satchmo at the Waldorf," 7:30 p.m.; "Parasite Drag," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum," 4 and 8 p.m. 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus meet laugh-aloud classic Vaudeville. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Sunday

Sept. 2

COMMUNITY

Abode of the Message

"Living the Mystic Path," music, movement, meditation, interactive exercises, and contemplation techniques. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Chabad of the Berkshires

Reading and book signing by Sandra E. Rapoport, author of "Biblical Seductions: Six Stories Retold through Talmud and Midrash," 7:30 p.m. RSVP (413) 499-9899, 450 South St., Pittsfield.

Columbia County Fair

Diamond Rio on the main stage; blues, rock and country bands daily, amusement rides and entertainment; Racing pigs, Two-by-Two Zoo, demolition derbies, monster tractor pull. Chatham, N.Y.

Garlic and Herb Festival

17th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: more than 100 vendors, dozens of entertainers, childrens games and activities, a full assortment of food vendors, garlic demonstrations and beer garden.Camelot Village, Route 9W, Bennington, Vt.

Spencertown Academy

"Festival of Books: A Celebration of Books and Reading," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Annual extravaganza of all things literary, free readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a giant used book sale and children's events. Spencertown, N.Y.

Temple Anshe Amunim

Trash to Treasures Tag Sale 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Household items, jewelry, Judaica, books, collectibles and more. Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

The Berkshire Ramblers, troubador folk series. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show begins at 7. Great Barrington.

South Mountain Concerts

Kalichstein, Laredo, Robinson Trio performing Beethoven, Previn and Brahms, 3 p.m. Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"The Black Suits," 3 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

Author event with Daniel Klein, 10:30 a.m.; "Satchmo at the Waldorf," 2 p.m.; "Parasite Drag," 3 p.m.; "Cassandra Speaks," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Theater Barn

"A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum," 2 p.m. 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus meet laugh-aloud classic Vaudeville. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Monday

Sept. 3

COMMUNITY

Abode of the Message

"Living the Mystic Path," music, movement, meditation, interactive exercises, and contemplation techniques. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Columbia County Fair

Rodeo day; blues, rock and country bands daily, amusement rides and entertainment; Racing pigs, Two-by-Two Zoo, demolition derbies, monster tractor pull. Chatham, N.Y.

Spencertown Academy

"Festival of Books: A Celebration of Books and Reading," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Annual extravaganza of all things literary, free readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors, a giant used book sale and children's events. Spencertown, N.Y.

Tuesday

Sept. 4

Wednesday

Sept. 5

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

Alec Gillman, talk about the Civilian Conservation Corp and their work on the mountain and the Lodge, free, 6 p.m. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams.

Mass Audubon

Evening at the Beaver Ponds, 6 p.m. Search for beavers and other kinds of wildlife that are attracted by the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to change our landscape 80 years after their reintroduction. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

THEATER

The Mount

Wharton on Wednesdays, 5 p.m.: Professional actors present readings of Wharton's works on the terrace. Lenox.