Thursday

June 28

ART

Chesterwood

"Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2012" Curators' Tour, 3 p.m., and opening reception, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the house and studio of Daniel Chester French, scultptor of Lincoln Memorial, Stockbridge.

Downstreet Art

Free community celebration with a wide variety of visual and performing art events, includes unveiling of first of four murals. Galleries, restaurants and stores stay open late, 6 to 9 p.m. Downtown North Adams. (413) 664-8718.

MCLA Gallery 51

Ven Voisey: "Vs." opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. An environment of sound, images, dark and playful with a sensibility, mythology and imagery hovering somewhere between Joseph Beuys and Mr. Rogers. Show runs to July 22. North Adams.

COMMUNITY

Chabad of the Berkshires

"All you knead to know about Challah" -- learn how to make traditional Challah, experiment with various braiding techniques, bring home your own handmade Challah braid -- 11 a.m. 450 South St., Pittsfield.

Thursday Night Out

Community festival: Antique and art dealers antique appraisals, Dewey Hall, Sheffield; food, shops open late, 6 to 8 p.m., downtown Great Barrington.

DANCE

Jacobs Pillow

Morphoses, Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg directs NYC dancers with Bang on a Can score, 8 p.m.; Kid Pivot, mystery thriller in motion, 8:15 p.m.


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; free performance on Inside/Out stage 6:15 p.m.; Pillow tour, 5:30 p.m. Becket.

MUSIC

Tanglewood

Mark Morris Dance Group, 8 p.m., Ozawa Hall. Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

Dr. Ruth, All The Way, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Stage 2; "Fiddler on the Roof," 8 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

‘Puppetmaster of Lodz,' Jewish man escaped from concentration camp creates imagineary world, 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

New Stage Performing Arts Center

"Death and the Maiden" by Ariel Dorfman, a psychological thriller about a woman convinced her husband's new friend tortured her years before and is now ready to pay him back, 8 p.m., tickets $20. Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

"Cassandra Speaks," portrayal of iconic journalist Dorothy Thompson, 3 p.m.; "Endurance," Antarctic exploration meets Hartford insurance, preview 7:30 p.m. "The Allergist's Wife," once-vivacious woman rediscovers flamboyance, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Importance of Being Ernest," Oscar Wilde's satire -- with gangsters, 2 and 8 p.m., main stage; "The Blue Deep," mother and daughter seek reconciliation in the Hamptons, with Blythe Danner, 2 and 8 p.m., Nikos stage, ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

Friday

June 29

DANCE

Becket Arts Center

"Folk Dances from Israel, Traditional European Klezmer Dance, Jewish Sacred Dance," talk and dancing, 1 to 3 p.m. Becket.

Jacobs Pillow

Morphoses, Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg directs NYC dancers with Bang on a Can score, 8 p.m.; Kid Pivot, mystery thriller in motion, 8:15 p.m.; free performance on Inside/Out stage 6:15 p.m.; free Pillowtalk, 5 p.m. Becket.

MUSIC

Abode of the Message

"Expressing the Mystic Heart" four-day sacred arts workshop in music and movement begins 2 p.m. with internationally known artists Yuval Ron, Storydancer, Zuleikha and friends. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Guthrie Center

Kim & Reggie Harris: Troubador folk series. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 8. Great Barrington.

Mohawk Trail Concerts

"Sonata, Serenades, Sketches," 7 p.m. William Hite, tenor, and New England Piano Quintet perform works by Debussy, Schubert, Coleridge-Taylor, John Cage and Vaughan Williams. Charlemont.

Tanglewood

Mark Morris Dance Group, 8 p.m., Ozawa Hall. Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Fiddler on the Roof," 2 and 8 p.m., Mainstage; Dr. Ruth, All The Way, 7:30 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

‘Puppetmaster of Lodz,' Jewish man escaped from concentration camp creates imagineary world, 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

New Stage Performing Arts Center

"Death and the Maiden" by Ariel Dorfman, 8 p.m., tickets $20. Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

"The Allergist's Wife," 3 p.m.; Founder's talk with Tina Packer and B.H. Barry, 5 p.m. "Endurance," Antarctic exploration meets Hartford insurance, opening 7:30 p.m.; "Parasite Drag," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"The 39 Steps," an Alfred Hitchcock spy masterpiece with a dash of Monty Python, 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Importance of Being Ernest," Oscar Wilde's satire -- with gangsters, 8 p.m., Main Stage; "The Blue Deep," mother and daughter seek reconciliation in the Hamptons, with Blythe Danner, 8 p.m., Nikos Stage, ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

Saturday

June 30

ART

Berkshire Museum

Day-long celebration of the installation of major new work of art in glass by Tom Patti, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes the opening ceremony, an artist talk and book signing with Tom Patti, and refreshments; free admission. Pittsfield.

Spencertown Academy

"Transience: Photographs by Lonny Kalfus," opening 4 to 6 p.m. Photography captures the beauty of structures that show the scars of use, the elegance of their transient state. The abstract images evoke a feeling of gentle sadness for their passage. Free admission. Spencertown, N.Y.

Williams College Museum of Art

"Power Runs in Many Channels: Diversity in Nigerian Art" opens today, 10 a.m. "Power Runs in Many Channels" is an Igbo proverb that means that everything has its own individual essence, a power that deserves recognition. Exhibition explores the rich diversity of cultural and artistic production in traditional African art from Nigeria. Williamstown. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Williamstown.

COMMUNITY

PAVE's Chocolate Festival

Comedy Cabaret, 7 p.m. Family friendly comedy and all the Chocolate you can eat. Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vt.

DANCE

Jacobs Pillow

Morphoses, Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg directs NYC dancers with Bang on a Can score, 2 and 8 p.m.; Kid Pivot, mystery thriller in motion, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m.; tap dance students at Pllow school perform free on Inside/Out stage, 6:15 p.m. Free Pillowtalk at 4 p.m. and tour at 5:30 p.m. Becket.

HISTORY

Bidwell House Museum

History Talk: "The Unredeemed Captive: Her Journey and My Own," John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University looks back at his prize-winning 1994 book about the 1704 attack on Deerfield and the fate of captive Eunice Williams. 10 a.m. Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham.

MUSIC

Abode of the Message

"Expressing the Mystic Heart One-day Program," 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Members of Yuval Ron Ensemble bring workshops in drumming, Middle Eastern Vocal, and an introduction to the Qawwali singing of India and Pakistan, in addition to the music, movement and poetry offerings of Yuval and Zuleikha. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Abode concert

Yuval Ron and his ensemble perform "Mystical Music and Dance of the Middle East," 7:30 p.m., with Najwa Gibran on vocals, Sukhawat Ali Khan on Qawwali vocals and harmonium, Jamie Papish on percussion and Yuval Ron on Oud , and Zuleikha performing dance and spoken word. Darrow School auditorium, Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

Aston Magna Music Festival

"Baroque à l'Italienne: The ubiquitous Italian spirit," 6 p.m. Soprano Nancy Armstrong and baritone David Ripley perform music by transplanted Italians Antonio Bertali and Domenico Scarlatti, also Henry Purcell and Telemann Italian comedy. Pre-concert talk an hour before all concerts. Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Music School

BMS free faculty recital, 4 p.m. Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield.

Guthrie Center

Caravan of Thieves: Gypsy roots, Troubador folk series. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 8. Great Barrington.

Mohawk Trail Concerts

"Sonata, Serenades, Sketches," 7:30 p.m. William Hite, tenor, and New England Piano Quintet perform works by Debussy, Schubert, Coleridge-Taylor, John Cage and Vaughan Williams. Charlemont.

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Simon Shaheen, oud, and Dafer Tawil, percussion, 7:30 p.m. One of the most important Arab musician/composers of his generation, oud and violin virtuoso Shaheen moves deftly from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. Chatham, N.Y.

Tanglewood

A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood with Garrison Keillor, 5:45 p.m., Shed. Lenox.

OUTDOORS

Mass Audubon

Organic Gardening series, "Growing and using herbs," 10:30 a.m., Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Fiddler on the Roof," 8 p.m., Mainstage; Dr. Ruth, All The Way, 8 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Actors Theatre

"Doubt: A Parable," in a 1964 Bronx Catholic school, rules are followed, rules are broken, and the truth is questioned in John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, 8 p.m. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

‘Puppetmaster of Lodz,' Jewish man escaped from concentration camp creates imagineary world, 2 and 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

New Stage Performing Arts Center

"Death and the Maiden" by Ariel Dorfman, 8 p.m., tickets $20. Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

"Parasite Drag," 3 p.m.; 35th Season Celebration, Rebellion / Revolution gala honoring Tina Packer, 5 p.m.; "Cassandra Speaks," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"The 39 Steps," an Alfred Hitchcock spy masterpiece with a dash of Monty Python, 4 and 8 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Importance of Being Ernest," Oscar Wilde's satire -- with gangsters, 3 and 8 p.m., Main Stage; "The Blue Deep," mother and daughter seek reconciliation in the Hamptons, with Blythe Danner, 3 and 8 p.m., Nikos Stage, ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

Sunday

July 1

ART

Welles Gallery

"Nature's Silent Events," Kathryn Winstanley and Kristin Emerson, watercolor, photography and oil paintings opens at Lenox Library. Lenox.

DANCE

Berkshire Museum

Screening of "Raymonda" from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, 2 p.m.: story of the niece of a French countess, betrothed to the knight Jean de Brienne. Pittsfield.

Jacobs Pillow

Community Dance Day, free programs, workshops and more, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Master class, 10 a.m. Morphoses, Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg directs NYC dancers with Bang on a Can score, 2 p.m.; Kid Pivot, mystery thriller in motion, 2:15 p.m.; film, 4:30 p.m. Becket.

HISTORY

Ashley House

House built in 1735 and site on the African American Heritage trail tells the story of Elizabeth Freeman, who sued for her freedom in 1781, helping to end slavery in Massachusetts. New outdoor exhibit on Freeman's life and legacy. Guided tours, 1 and 2 p.m. Sheffield.

Mission House

Guided House Tours: 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. National Historic Landmark Colonial-era house and museum tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant. Collection of 18th-century American furniture and decorative arts. Mohican Museum and free self-guided walking tour of Mohican sites. Stockbridge.

North Adams Museum of History and Science

Genealogy 101, presented by Alan D. Horbal, 3 p.m., Visitors Museum, Building 4, Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Free.

MUSIC

Chabad of the Berkshires

"Challahpalooza: Berkshire Music Festival," featuring an evening with world-renowned "Jazz Rabbi" Greg Wall and his quartet, who celebrate their roots by highlighting seminal works of their jazz heroes, reworking some classics of the original golden era of Jewish New York, and presenting original music combining the best of jazz, and Jewish and African American roots music. 7:15 p.m. Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial Middle and High School. $20 regular seating; $25 VIP; $180 sponsor; add $5 at door. Tickets for sale at Concepts of Art Lenox Judaica, 65 Church St. in Lenox, (413) 637-4845 or online at www.jewishberkshires.com.

Bascom Lodge

Argentinian Music, free, 6 p.m. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams.

Eagles Big Band

Free concert at Lilac Park in Lenox, 7 p.m. Music of the big band era.

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

Introduction to Fly Casting with Fred Moran (learn the forward cast and the roll cast for accuracy), 3 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock, Adams.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

Dr. Ruth, All The Way, 3 p.m., Stage 2; "Fiddler on the Roof," 5 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Actors Theatre

"Doubt: A Parable," 5 p.m., Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

New Stage Performing Arts Center

"Death and the Maiden" by Ariel Dorfman, 3 p.m., tickets $20. Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

Author event with David Black, 10:30 a.m.; "Endurance," 2 p.m.; "Cassandra Speaks," 3 p.m.; "Tartuffe," 6 p.m.; "King Lear," 7:30 p.m.; "Parasite Drag," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"The 39 Steps," an Alfred Hitchcock spy masterpiece with a dash of Monty Python, 2 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Importance of Being Ernest," Oscar Wilde's satire -- with gangsters, 2 p.m., Main Stage; "The Blue Deep," mother and daughter seek reconciliation in the Hamptons, with Blythe Danner, 2 p.m., Nikos Stage, ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

Monday

July 2

FILM

Clark Art Institute

"The man who would be king," 3 p.m. Adventures in exploration film series. Williamstown.

MUSIC

Tanglewood

String Quartet Marathon with TMC Instrumental Fellows, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Ozawa Hall; James Taylor at Tanglewood, 7 p.m., Shed. Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

Dr. Ruth, All The Way, 7 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Actors Theatre

"Four Dogs and a Bone," one floundering film, four inflated egos, and enough secret alliances to make "Survivor" look like childs play. Local night -- discount for Berkshire residents, 8 p.m., Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

‘A Chorus Line,' hit musical about the lives of performers, 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. ‘Puppetmaster of Lodz,' Jewish man escaped from concentration camp creates imagineary world, 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Special event, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage, ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

Tuesday

July 3

COMMUNITY

Abode of the Message

"The Soul's Journey -- A Silent Retreat" begins 6 p.m., deep meditative practice over four days. A time for deep contemplation and transformative practice rooted in the tradition of Sufism. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Chabad of the Berkshires

"Yiddish: Not Just For Your Bubby!" A five-week course meeting on Tuesdays, starting July 3, to learn, reminisce and sing songs in Yiddish. 1 p.m. $59. 450 South St., Pittsfield.

FILM

Mass MoCA

"Red Tails," high-flying adventure film, screened on the largest screen in the state -- the door of a hangar at North Adams Harriman West airport. Film at 9 p.m.: young, untested African American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program take to the skies to fight for their country in 1944, after first fighting for their right to fly. Doors open at 7 p.m. with food and drink for sale and the chance to meet a real Tuskegee airman. North Adams.

PS/21

Movie Tuesdays: "The Triplets of Belleville," 8:30 p.m. Free admission. Chatham, N.Y.

MUSIC

Clark Art Institute

The Eagles Band, official band of the city of Pittsfield, free patriotic outdoor concert in celebration of Independence Day, 6 p.m. Barbecue fare will be available for purchase, and the galleries will remain open until 6. Williamwtown.

Tanglewood

James Taylor at Tanglewood, 7 p.m., Shed. Lenox.

OUTDOORS

Naumkeag

Calming half hour of stretching, breathing and meditation, noon to 12:30 p.m. No special mats or clothing needed. Held outside in the gardens, weather permitting. (413) 298-3239, ext. 3013.

Notchview Reservation

Highland full "thunder" moon hike, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted from non-Windsor residents. (413) 532-1631, ext. 10.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Fiddler on the Roof," 7 p.m., Mainstage; Dr. Ruth, All The Way, 7:30 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Actors Theatre

"Four Dogs and a Bone," 8 p.m., Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

‘A Chorus Line,' hit musical about the lives of performers, 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. ‘Puppetmaster of Lodz,' Jewish man escaped from concentration camp creates imagineary world, 8 p.m. Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Temple Anshe Amunim

"Disavowing Judaism" play analysis series, 10:30 a.m. Conversation about "God of Vengeance" by Donald Margulies, adapted from the Yiddish play by Sholom Asch, and "Conversations with my Father" by Herb Gardner. Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

Tuesday talk on "Endurance," 5 p.m.; "Endurance," 7:30 p.m.; "Parasite Drag," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Importance of Being Ernest," Oscar Wilde's satire -- with gangsters, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage; "The Blue Deep," mother and daughter seek reconciliation in the Hamptons, with Blythe Danner, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

Wednesday

July 4

COMMUNITY

Arrowhead

"Old Salt Day" -- free admission for all current or former members of the Navy, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard or Seabees, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pittsfield.

North Adams July 4 Fireworks

Immediately following SteepleCats game, approximately 9:30 p.m. Noel Field Athletic Complex, State Street, North Adams. Free.

Pittsfield July 4 Parade

Parade with "movie classics" theme and marching bands, giant balloons, floats and more begins 10 a.m., on North and South Streets and downtown Pittsfield. (413) 447-7763, www.pittsfieldparade.com.

Shakespeare & Company

Independence Day barbeque, 1:30 p.m. with live entertainment and reading of Declaration of Independence, 3 p.m, Lenox.

Williams College Museum of Art

"Reading of the Founding Documents," 1 p.m. Williamstown Theatre Festival actors read the Declaration of Independence and the British Reply at the museum. The museum galleries will be open for Independence Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Williamstown.

Williamstown July 4 Parade

Begins 11 a.m., winding up Route 2 from Southworth Street and continuing down Spring Street, where the Flatbed Jazz Band will play, with free barbecue courtesy of Stop & Shop and Williams College.

DANCE

Jacobs Pillow

Vertigo Dance, power and athleticism from Israel, 8 p.m.; Leesaar, international ensemble with mystery and illusion, 8:15 p.m.; free performance on Inside/Out stage 6:15 p.m. Becket.

MUSIC

Mohawk Trail Concerts

Jazz with John Clark and Friends for Independence Day, 4 p.m. John Clark on French horn, Michael Rabinowitz on bassoon, Freddie Bryant on Guitar, Mark Egan on bass and Abe Fogle on drums perform a free family concert on the riverbank, Charlemont Bridge, Route 8A.

Tanglewood

James Taylor at Tanglewood, 7 p.m., Shed. Lenox.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Fiddler on the Roof," 2 and 7 p.m., Mainstage; Dr. Ruth, All The Way, 7:30 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

"Endurance," Antarctic exploration meets Hartford insurance, 7:30 p.m.; "Parasite Drag," dark comedy between divided brothers, 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Importance of Being Ernest," Oscar Wilde's satire -- with gangsters, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage; "The Blue Deep," mother and daughter seek reconciliation in the Hamptons, with Blythe Danner, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, ‘62 Center, Williamstown.