Thursday

May 24

OUTDOORS

Taconic Hiking Club

Cheshire Reservoir paddle, gentle 5 or 6 miles. If weather is rough, bike ride up Ashiwilliticook trail north along the reservoir instead. (413) 674-2125.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Lungs," 7:30 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Friday

May 25

ART

Becket Arts Center

Students of the Becket Washington Elementary School, reception 3 to 5 p.m. Potato, the BAC Gallery Store, grand opening reception 5 to 7 p.m.: local artists' and artisans' jewelry, cards, prints, ceramics, books and music. Exhibit open Friday to Monday, noon to 4 p.m., to June 11. Becket.

Music & More

"Moments of Focus," juried photography show with opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m.; photos judged by David LaSpina of Bard College at Simon's Rock. Meeting House Gallery, Route 57, New Marlborough.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Grown

Farmed + Foraged culinary event, celebrating a weekend of spring flavors with more than two dozen restaurants offering spring dining specials and prix fixe menus through Monday, May 28. Chefs will cook with wild edible species, locally grown produce, Berkshire artisan cheeses, heritage breed meats, locally made bread and chocolate, and Berkshire-crafted beer and spirits. Full schedule at www.berkshiregrown.org.

World Union Shabbat

Celebration of Liberal Judaism around the world, using a siddur which incorporates prayers in the vernacular from many of the countries where liberal Jews make their homes. Prayers in French, Spanish, Portugese, Dutch and Russian. 7:30 p.m., free, at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Great Barrington.

FILM

BIKEfest

Film, "With My Own Two Wheels," 5:30 p.m., Images Cinema, Williamstown. tinyurl.com/bikefest2012.

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Johnny Irion and friends with special guest Aaron Andy Wood, downhome blues in the Troubador folk series. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 8. Great Barrington.

West Stockbridge Chamber Players

Beethoven's Septet in E-flat Major (ca 1800), Kodály's Intermezzo for String Trio and Nielsen's Serenata in Vano in Annual Memorial Day Concert to benefit the West Stockbridge Historical Society. Commemorates the Turn of the Centuries. 7 p.m., second Floor, 1854 Town Hall, 9 Main St., West Stockbridge. info@weststockbridgehistory.org.w

OUTDOORS

Mass Audubon

Bird walk at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, 7 to 9 a.m., Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Lungs," 7:30 p.m., Stage 2; Joe Iconis & Family, 9:30 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

"Cassandra Speaks," portrayal of iconic journalist Dorothy Thompson, preview, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Ghent Playhouse

"The Madwoman of Chaillot," 8 p.m. Jean Giraudoux's final masterpiece, about cafés and oil wells, flower girls and prospectors -- a juggler, a street singer, a quack, a sewer man, a deaf girl, a busboy, a dishwasher -- two love stories, young and old. Ghent, N.Y.

WRITING

The Mount

"Who was Teddy Wharton? A Biographer's Journey," 5 p.m. Berkshire author Cornelia "Nini" Gilder will discuss the trials and triumphs of biographical research as she shares her efforts to piece together a portrait of Teddy Wharton, his connection to Lenox, his life with Edith, his mental decline, and his life after the divorce. Lenox.

Steepletop

Official Opening Day at former home of Pulitzer prizewinning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, with guided house tours and garden tours. Opening of the Renascence Exhibit in the Ellis Studio Gallery. Austerlitz, N.Y.

Saturday

May 26

ART

Arrowhead

"The Genius of Place: Landscape and Inspiration" summer show explores Melville's real and imagined world, an exhibit on Polynesia and Sailor Art, opens 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pittsfield.

Chesterwood

House and Studio of Daniel Chester French, scultptor of Lincoln Memorial, opens for the season, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grounds will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stockbridge.

Clark Art Institute

"Séraphine," 2 p.m. Free film series examines the challenges female artists face. Williamstown.

Paradise City Arts Festival

"Wild Things," 260 competitively juried artists from 30 states exhibiting ceramics, painting, fiber art, glass art, furniture, jewelry, leather, wood and more, with live music, craft demonstrations, children's activities, food from local restaurants and humane society benefit auction. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Three County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Northampton. (800) 511-9725, www.paradisecityarts.com.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Grown

Farmed + Foraged culinary event, celebrating a weekend of spring flavors with more than two dozen restaurants offering spring dining specials and prix fixe menus through Monday, May 28. Chefs will cook with wild edible species, locally grown produce, Berkshire artisan cheeses, heritage breed meats, locally made bread and chocolate, and Berkshire-crafted beer and spirits. Full schedule at www.berkshiregrown.org.

Call Me Melville Festival

Kick-off to festival through Oct. 8 celebrating Herman Melville, his works and his life in the Berkshires through a wide variety of programming, including an online chapter-a-day read-along of Moby Dick, theater on the grounds of Melville's historic homestead, juried contemporary art inspired by Melville, and music, history and more. (413) 499-9348, www.callmemelville.org.

Mayfest Craft Festival

Crafters and artists -- jewelers, potters and art displays -- all-day entertainment and children's activities, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main, School, Silver, and Valentine streets, downtown Bennington, Vt.

Otis tag sale

Townwide tag sale, 9 am to 3 pm at the Otis Ridge Ski parking lot, Route. 23. Rain date Sunday, May 27. www.townofotisma.com/culturalcouncil.

Riverfest

Annual celebration of the Hoosic River hosted with Hoosic River Watershed Association, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family event with live river animals, crafts and games, pony rides, live music, and a riverside art exhibit. Riverfest bird walk, led by Leslie Reed-Evans of Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, begins the day of celebration. (Meet at 7:30 at Ephs Pond.) Cole Field, Williams College, Williamstown. (413) 458-2742, hoorwa.org.

DANCE

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Noche Flamenca, Spanish dance company touring worldwide, presents "Mi Generacíon," 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Kate Taylor, warm folk music. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show begins at 8. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

All-vinyl dance party with DJ Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene, a stalwart on Toronto's DJ circuit for more than a decade: Short sets from two bands featuring artists who have work on display in "Oh, Canada," Mass MoCA's major summer exhibition, which covers the breadth of Canada. Pastoralia from Nova Scotia has Oh Canada artist Mitch Wiebe on vocals, while artist Rita McKeough makes up half of the duo Sleepy Panther from Calgary, Alberta. Party at 9 p.m. North Adams.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Lungs," 7:30 p.m., Stage 2; Joe Iconis & Family, 9:30 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe

RBITcomedy improv group performs non-scripted comedic mayhem, a mix of theater games reminiscent of the TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" 8 p.m., Mill City Productions space in the Heritage State Park, Building 4, off Route 8, North Adams. (413) 446-8127, berkshireimprov.com

Shakespeare & Company

"Cassandra Speaks," portrayal of iconic journalist Dorothy Thompson, preview, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Ghent Playhouse

"The Madwoman of Chaillot," 8 p.m. Jean Giraudoux's final masterpiece, about cafés and oil wells, flower girls and prospectors -- a juggler, a street singer, a quack, a sewer man, a deaf girl, a busboy, a dishwasher -- two love stories, young and old. Ghent, N.Y.

WRITING

Bloomsday

Leading up to Bloomsday celebration on June 16, weekly readings of chapters from James Joyce's "Ulysses," 7:30 p.m., to read and discuss the book and the event. Williamstown. Details on Facebook at "Bloomsday in Williamstown" and email at BloomsdayinWilliamstown@gmail.com.

Sunday

May 27

ART

Chesterwood

Antique and classic automobile Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vintage vehicles at the house and studio of Daniel Chester French, scultptor of Lincoln Memorial, Stockbridge.

Mass MoCA

Opening of "Oh, Canada," Mass MoCA's major summer exhibition, which gathers 100 wors by 62 artists from all territories, from Nunavut to Nova Scotia. In her travels (more than 400 studio visits), curator Denise Markonish discovered a world of art rich in craftsmanship with a deep interest in landscape and identity. North Adams.

Paradise City Arts Festival

"Wild Things," 260 competitively juried artists from 30 states exhibiting ceramics, painting, fiber art, glass art, furniture, jewelry, leather, wood and more, with live music, craft demonstrations, children's activities, food from local restaurants and humane society benefit auction. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Three County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Northampton. (800) 511-9725, www.paradisecityarts.com.

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Grown

Farmed + Foraged culinary event, celebrating a weekend of spring flavors with more than two dozen restaurants offering spring dining specials and prix fixe menus through Monday, May 28. Chefs will cook with wild edible species, locally grown produce, Berkshire artisan cheeses, heritage breed meats, locally made bread and chocolate, and Berkshire-crafted beer and spirits. Full schedule at www.berkshiregrown.org.

DANCE

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Noche Flamenca, Spanish dance company touring worldwide, presents "Mi Generacíon," 8 p.m. Great Barrington.

HISTORY

Bidwell House Museum

Concert and Opening Reception. Singer-songwriter Diane Taraz will sing "Songs of Home and Hearth" from her early American repertoire and play her lap dulcimer and guitar to celebrate the opening of the museum for the 2012 season. Refreshments. 3 p.m. Monterey.

MUSIC

Tannery Pond Concerts

Martinez-Urioste-Brey Trio: Gabriela Martinez, piano; Elena Urioste, violin; Carter Brey, cello, 3 p.m. New Lebanon, N.Y.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Lungs," 3 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Ghent Playhouse

"The Madwoman of Chaillot," 2 p.m. Jean Giraudoux's final masterpiece, about cafés and oil wells, flower girls and prospectors -- a juggler, a street singer, a quack, a sewer man, a deaf girl, a busboy, a dishwasher -- two love stories, young and old. Ghent, N.Y.

Shakespeare & Company

"Cassandra Speaks," portrayal of iconic journalist Dorothy Thompson, preview, 3 p.m. Lenox.

Monday

May 28

ART

Paradise City Arts Festival

"Wild Things," 260 competitively juried artists from 30 states exhibiting ceramics, painting, fiber art, glass art, furniture, jewelry, leather, wood and more, with live music, craft demonstrations, children's activities, food from local restaurants and humane society benefit auction. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three County Fairgrounds, Route 9, Northampton. (800) 511-9725, www.paradisecityarts.com.

COMMUNITY

Arrowhead

Kick-off for "Call Me Melville," summer-long celebration, at 11 a.m. Reading of the third Chapter of "Moby-Dick" and scene from "Melville, Haunted," performance wth Melville's family and characters, both free. Opening of the "Poetry Shanty," a space facing Mt. Greylock, where the public is invited to write and post their work. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Grown

Farmed + Foraged culinary event, celebrating a weekend of spring flavors with more than two dozen restaurants offering spring dining specials and prix fixe menus. Chefs will cook with wild edible species, locally grown produce, Berkshire artisan cheeses, heritage breed meats, locally made bread and chocolate, and Berkshire-crafted beer and spirits. Full schedule at www.berkshiregrown.org.

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew's Cobble

"Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth: Memorial Day Canoe Trip," 9 a.m. to noon. Paddle the winding Housatonic through agricultural fields and floodplain forests, and learn about the river's history and what is happening to restore some of its most precious habitats and species from its upper reaches in Pittsfield, through Massachusetts and into Connecticut. Paddles, life preservers, and boats are provided. Weatogue Road, Sheffield. (413) 229-8600.

Tuesday

May 29

MUSIC

Celebration of Jewish Music

"The Connections Between African-American and Jewish Music" concert featuring Charles Neville and festival co-director Paul Green. 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $18. Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Lungs," 7:30 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.

Wednesday

May 30

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Hills Hadassah

Youth Aliyah/Children at Risk Luncheon. Information: Berkshirehillshadassah@gmail.com

MUSIC

Celebration of Jewish Music

Lecture: "The Relationship between Jewish and African-American Music," with Charles Neville and festival co-director Paul Green. 7:30 p.m., Taft Recital Hall, Berkshire Music School, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Free.

OUTDOORS

Sandisfield 250th summer

Clam River Ramble with the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, 10 a.m. Meet at the Sandisfield Town Hall Annex. Moderate to strenuous hike. www.sandisfield.info

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Lungs," 7:30 p.m., Stage 2, Pittsfield.