Thursday, May 30

ART

IS183 art school

"Lift" final show, 5 p.m. exhibition and reception for "Lift" LTA program, celebrating the achievements of young artists from Taconic and Pittsfield High Schools. Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

 

KID STUFF

Naumkeag

Children's Tour of Naumkeag: Explore the rooms through the eyes of those who lived here -- Mable Choate, the Butler Osborne or Margaret the housekeeper -- and see this Gilded Age mansion in a new way. Thursdays at 2 p.m. all summer. Croquet on the Lawn for children and their families, Thursdays at 3 p.m. Stockbridge.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," an Algerian political refugee becomes sustitute and mentor to a class at a Montreal school after the sudden death of a teacher, 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Olcastle Theatre

"A strange disappearance of bees," 2 and 8 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

Friday, May 31


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OUTDOORS

Canoe Meadows

Guided Bird Walk 7 a.m. to look for migrant birds, especially wood-warblers, at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield.

Hoffmann Bird Club

Birding at several sites in the Tyringham Valley, 7 a.m. Meet at McDonalds on Route 20 in Lee. (413) 884-4961, eneumuth@gmail.com.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Olcastle Theatre

"A strange disappearance of bees," 8 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

Saturday, June 1

ART

Chesterwood

Rebecca Keller, artist-in-residence, open studio hours noon to 2 p.m. Keller will create site-specific works for Daniel Chester French's family home, drawing inspiration from French's sculptures, letters and the reflections of his daughter, Margaret French Cresson. Stockbridge.

Spencertown Academy

"Beauty and the Feast," artwork by Ellen Hoverkamp, opening reception with the artist 4 to 6 p.m. gallery exhibition of scanner photography. Spencertown, N.Y.

COMMUNITY

Abode of the Message

Elements of healing as taught by Sufi Masters. Seminar and evening of Dances of Universal Peace. 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y. www.theabode.org, (518) 794 8095.

Hilltown Spring Festival

Celebrate hilltowns with music on two stages 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., food, art, sustainability, family activities,Tamarack Hollow Intergenerational West African and Caribbean drum and song workshop 12:30 p.m., Maypole dance. Cummington Fairground, benefits Hilltown CDC. www.tamarackhollow.com, www.hilltowncdc.org.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Appraiser David LeBeau will be on hand to explain that the funny looking jar you found in the attic is actually an Etruscan Tear Cup worth tens of thousands, 2 to 4 p.m. Sandisfield.

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

"We Made That," songs of Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, 9:30 p.m. Broaway performers sing new songs and selections from "Burnt Part Boys," "Mysteries of Harris Burdick" and new musical, "Tuck Everlasting." Mr. Finn's Cabaret, Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Sherri James Buxton with the Bob Shepherd Trio, Charles Neville and Paul Green: Concert to benefit Community Resources for People with Autism, 8 p.m. The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

Mass MoCA

Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, 8 p.m. Alternative Cabaret, North Adams.

Williams College music

Senior Class Day Recital, 11 a.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williams College, Williamstown. music.williams.edu.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Rowing

Free ‘learn to row' at North Beach, Burbank Park, with Berkshire Rowing and Sculling Society, 8 and 10 a.m. Register (413) 442-7769. Berkshirerowing.com

Canoe Meadows

Organic gardening talk: "Good Bug, Bad Bug," 10 a.m. Look at the insects and diseases that attack garden plants and ways to combat them with organic remedies, Canoe Meadows Community Gardens, Pittsfield.

Hancock Shaker Village

Backyard Poultry Workshop with Laura "The Chicken Lady" Field, 1 to 5 p.m. Learn about starting and maintaining a backyard poultry flock, from where to buy hatchlings or hens to how to clean out the coop. Pittsfield.

Notchview

Star Gazing: Astronomers from Arunah Hill Natural Science Center train their telescopes on planets, moons, stars, galaxies. Visitor Center is open for bathrooms and drinks. Begins at dusk, free. Route 9, Windsor. www.thetrustees.org

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 4 and 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Olcastle Theatre

"A strange disappearance of bees," 8 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

Sunday, June 2

ART

Arrowhead

Opening reception for the exhibit "Home City: The Pittsfield Photographs of Edwin Hale Lincoln." Lincoln, a drummer boy in the Civil War, moved to Pittsfield in the 1890s. Lincoln lived in the Berkshires until his death in 1938. He photographed the natural world, the great estates of the area and much of downtown Pittsfield. From the trove of glass-plate negatives in the BHS archive, curator Al Demaio, has chosen 20 architectural photographs for the exhibit. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Chesterwood

Rebecca Keller, artist-in-residence, open studio hours noon to 2 p.m. Keller will create site-specific works for Daniel Chester French's family home, drawing inspiration from French's sculptures, letters and the reflections of his daughter, Margaret French Cresson. Stockbridge.

Clark Art Institute

"Great Art on Screen: Manet: Portraying Life," exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, captured on film, 3 p.m.. Richard Rand, Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, will introduce the film and host questions and answers. Williamstown.

Spencertown Academy

Floral scanner photography for beginners, 10 a.m. to noon, presented by Ellen Hoverkamp, who preserves, and arranges botanical cuttings and other samples of nature on the glass plate of a digital scanner. Spencertown, N.Y.

 

DANCE

Topia Arts Center

Swing Dancing on Pleasant Street with live music, 2 to 5 p.m., Sundays June 2 to Sept. 1, 10 Pleasant St., Adams, in front of Topia Inn. Street will be temporarily closed to traffic. Free and open to all.

 

FILM

The Mount

"PERIODS." comedy film collaborative, quirky reinterpretations of historical events and classical literature, 3 to 5 p.m. Screening co-presented with Berkshire International Film Festival and talk-back followingwith PERIODS. creators Victor Quinaz and Anna Martemucci. Lenox.

 

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

"We Made That," songs of Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, 8 p.m. Broaway performers sing new songs and selections from "Burnt Part Boys," "Mysteries of Harris Burdick" and new musical, "Tuck Everlasting." Mr. Finn's Cabaret, Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, Pittsfield.

Bascom Lodge

Traditional Irish music by Dublin Porter, 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

 

OUTDOORS

Ashintully Gardens

Yoga and Hiking Adventure, 10 a.m. Moderate hike through meadows, forests and along the Appalachian trail. Views of Tyringham Valley and soothing yoga session at Ashintully Gardens. Sodem Road, Tyringham.

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike on the Vista Trail of Mahanna Cobble, Lenox, continuing along Yokun Ridge to Bousquet Ski Area. (413) 445-5540.

Garden Conservancy

Open Days Program: Two private gardens open to the public for self-guided tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ashley Falls and Housatonic. (888)842-2442.

National Trails Day

Cellar Hole Reclamation project at Notchview Reservation in Windsor with Tamarack Hollow and Berkshire Eastern Mountain Sports, 1 p.m. aimee@gaiaroots.com, (413) 445-4967, www.tamarackhollow.com.

Tamarack Hollow

National Trails Day "Ghost town" Trek, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tamarack Hollow and Windsor State Forest. www.massaudubon.org, (413) 584-3009. www.tamarackhollow.com.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 3 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Olcastle Theatre

"A strange disappearance of bees," 2 p.m. American-Asian son of the Viet Nam war vet he never met shows up at his father's bakery searching for answers. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

"Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 3 p.m. Lenox.

 

Monday, June 3

HISTORY

Stephentown Historical

"18th Century Woman: Her Life and Her Needlework," illustrated talk by Crewel-work expert Pamela Strousse, 7:30 p.m., free at the Stephentown Historical Society's Heritage Center, Garfield Road (County Route 26), Stephentown, N.Y. (518) 733-0010.

 

WRITING

Poetry reading and talk

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reads from "Waiting to Unfold," poetry written during the first year of her son's life, chronicling the wonder and the delight along with the pain of learning to nurse, the exhaustion of sleep deprivation, and the way through postpartum depression.. Lunchtime talk sponsored by Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at Knesset Israel, Pittsfield.

 

Tuesday, June 4

ART

SculptureNow

"Confluence," contemporary outdoor sculpture incluing work by George Rickey, Jonathan Price, Richard Erdman and Tim Prentice, at The Mount in Lenox. Opens June 4.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.

Temple Anshe Amunim

"All the World's a Stage: the Surprising History of Jews and the Theatre" with Rabbi Josh Breindel, noon. West Side Story was originally to have been East Side Story -- a tale of forbidden love between a Jewish boy and a Catholic girl -- and musical score for Candide instructs trumpeters to blow "like a shofar." Exploration of the long association between Jews and the theatre. Pittsfield.

 

WRITING

Tuesday project

WordXWord Writers Room word-related events including storytelling and the presentation of visiting nationally recognized writers and spoken word artists , Tuesdays weekly. 8 p.m., yBar, 391 North St., Pittsfield. wxw365.com.

 

Wednesday, June 5

COMMUNITY

Dalton Fair

Mark Fanelli's Traveling Amusement Park, Dalton American Legion Field, Route 9, Dalton. Midways opens 6 p.m. Advance ride tickets Dalton CRA, Greenridge Variety, Dalton General Store, members of Fire department and Lions Club.

OUTDOORS

Bascom Lodge

Beekeeping demo with the Northern Berkshire Beekeeping Association, nbba.wordpress.com, joys of beekeeping and raw honey, 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Bashir Lazar," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield.