Thursday, May 16

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Museum

PechaKucha Pittsfield Night #6 -- innovative, surprising, and fast-moving evening of presentations on a wide variety of topics. 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

Third Thursday

"Youth on the Move," free, family-friendly street festival 5 to 8 p.m. Live performances by Mason Zink Band, KidZone Dancers, Cliff Brodeur and the Pittsfield Squares, Jump Up Jill. Pittsfield. discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew's Cobble

Eco Volunteers meet on Thursdays weekly to monitor and care for Cobble trails and plant communities unique river, wood and meadow habitat with bald eagles, turtles and abundant wildlife: 800 species of plants and one of North America's greatest diversities of ferns. Ashley Falls.

Hoffmann Bird Club

Hand Hollow Conservation Area and Ooms Pond, East Chatham, N.Y., 7 a.m. Look for mourning, bay-breasted, Canada and blackburnian warblers. Meet Tom Collins at 6:30 a.m. at Pittsfield Plaza, W. Housatonic St., (Rt. 20), to carpool or meet at 7 on Gale Hill Road In New York. (518) 794-9063 ClellieL@aol.com.

 

THEATER

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music" set in Medieval times: an anti-Semitic king and his bright court comedian, New Stage presents at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m. Tickets (413) 997-4444.

 

Friday, May 17

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

Afternoon in Rockwell's Stockbridge Studio with Ann Lamone White, daughter of Louie Lamone, Norman Rockwell's long-time studio assistant, 2:30 p.m. Lamone White will share memories of her father, his relationship with the artist, and her own experiences visiting Rockwell's studio. Stockbridge.

 

COMMUNITY

Bennington Museum

Fourth Annual Brew and Food Pairing, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dishes created by many of the restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, and chefs in the region paired with brews (and ciders) that have been carefully matched by Scott Anderson, Craft Beer Portfolio Manager, and beer and food pairing expert. Bennington, Vt.

 

HISTORY

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

"Bat Mitzvahs Around the World," 10:45 a.m., Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. (413) 442-4360, ext. 15.

 

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Cocktails in Great Gardens: Black Barn Farm, 5 to 7 p.m. See a private garden. 937 Summit Road, Richmond. Reservations (413) 298-3926.

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

Mass Audubon's annual Birdathon to benefit local sanctuary.

 

THEATER

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music" set in Medieval times: an anti-Semitic king and his bright court comedian, New Stage presents at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m. Tickets (413) 997-4444.

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.

 

WRITING

West Stockbridge Library

Book signing and talk with Liza Gyllenhaal, author of "A Place for Us," 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. West Stockbridge Library, Town Hall, 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge.

 

Saturday, May 18

ART

Becket Arts Center

"Collectibles, Antiques, Arts & Crafts." Summer great white whale of a bazaar with art and craft demonstrations. With Potato Gallery Store regional artists wares. Free admission.10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Becket.

Bennington Museum

"The Art of Victorian Hair Weaving," Lucy Cadawallader creates objects of art with human hair 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

COMMUNITY

Repair Cafe

Local professionals specializing in mendable clothing and cushions, frayed cords, computers, lamps, bicycles, chairs, vacuum cleaners, and dull blades. 1 to 5 p.m. St. Stephen's Church basement, 67 East St., Pittsfield. (413) 212-8589.

 

DANCE

Lenox Contradance

Live music by Nor'easter, caller Marguerite Durant. 8-11:30 p.m., new dancers at 8 p.m. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. (413)528-4007.

HISTORY

Austerlitz Historical Society

Napoleon Brigade encampment and battle, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. French and Coalition regiments of the Napoleon Era re-create battle scenarios with demonstrations, live music, skirmishes and cavalry. Visitors can wander around camp and talk with re-enactors. English Country Dance follows, dances taught 7 p.m., dance 8 to 10 p.m. Austerlitz, N.Y. www.battleofausterlitz.org.

Stockbridge Library

2013 Cemetery Tour: "Changed the World; Buried in Stockbridge," 4 p.m. learn about Stockbridge's famous and infamous citizens, influential and ordinary residents, founding families and recent arrivals. Stockbridge cemetery, accross from Town Hall offices. (413) 298-5501.

 

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Student recital from the studio of Kathleen McDonald, voice, 3 p.m. Free-will donation. Pittsfield.

Close Encounters

Close Encounters with Music: Grand Piano II: Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel, with Itamar Zorman on violin and Roman Rabinovich on piano, 6 p.m. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington.

Sandisfield Arts Center

Family cabaret, 7 p.m.: spicy, funny and wicked evening of marvelous local talent from ballerinas in drag to classical cello to rock ‘n roll, improvisational theatre, choral works and more. Sandisfield.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike a 5-mile loop in the Mohawk Trail State Forest along the Indian Trail leading to the Mahican Mohawk Trail and Todd Mountain. (413) 743-0384 or (413) 842-5248.

Family Cow Workshop

Learn to raise backyard milk: basics of herdsmanship, shelter, milking techniques and feeding. Owning a family cow for family consumption does not require any special permits or mean giving up vacations. Instructors Debra Tyler, Connecticut's first licensed raw milk dairy farmer, from Local Farm in Cornwall, and Brigitte Ruthman, owner of Joshua's Farm in Sandisfield. Hands-on with cows. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes lunch. Held in a new barn at a beautiful setting overlooking historic pastures in Sandisfield. (860) 671-0327.

Hoffmann Bird Club

Century Run: Join the traditional Big Day count of the birds in Berkshire County. Count leader Ginny Akabane, (413) 298-5273 or gakabane@hotmail.com. Also Mass Audubon's annual Birdathon to benefit local sanctuary.

Naumkeag

Tree Peony Preview: More than 40 varieties of Tree Peonies in bloom -- talk tea and crumpets on the Peony Terrace, 2 p.m. Stockbridge.

Tamarack Hollow

Spring ephemeral boreal plant and tree identification at Tamarack Hollow in Windsor, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with Naturalist Aimee Gelinasd. www.massaudubon.org, (413) 584-3009, www.tamarackhollow.com.

Trade Secrets

Antique and Rare Plant Sale. Benefit for Women's Support Services for domestic violence, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Antique and plant vendors will descend on Lionrock Farm, Route 41 and Hosier Road, Sharon, Conn. www.tradesecretsct.com.

 

THEATER

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music" set in Medieval times: an anti-Semitic king and his bright court comedian, New Stage presents at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 7:30 p.m. Tickets (413) 997-4444.

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.

WAM Theatre

WAM Theatre and The Mop & Bucket Improv Company (MopCo) 24-hour Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre Project. 50 performers from the Berkshires and the Capital Region to mount five short works by women playwrights, all written, rehearsed, and performed in 24 Hours. 8 p.m., Proctors GE Theater in Schenectady, N.Y., www.WAMTheatre.com

 

WRITING

Omi International Arts Center

Writers OMI: Reading and spring barbeque, 5 p.m. Ghent, N.Y.

 

Sunday, May 19

ART

Becket Arts Center

"Collectibles, Antiques, Arts & Crafts." Free, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Becket Arts Center 7 Brooker Hill Road, Becket, (413) 623-6635.

IS183 art school

Southern Williamstown Community Association Open House, 2 to 5 p.m. at Little Red Schoolhouse to showcase the different types of programming at Little Red Schoolhouse, with artists' demos and a town-hall-style conversation. Routes 7 and 43, Williamstown.

 

COMMUNITY

Temple Anshe Amunim

Twice is Nice Boutique Sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. gently used clothing, footwear, jewelry, handbags and other accessories. Pittsfield.

 

HISTORY

Austerlitz Historical Society

Napoleon Brigade encampment and battle, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. French and Coalition regiments of the Napoleon Era re-create battle scenarios with demonstrations, live music, skirmishes and cavalry. Visitors can wander around camp and talk with re-enactors. Austerlitz, N.Y. www.battleofausterlitz.org.

 

MUSIC

Bascom Lodge

Return of Johnny Salsa, 5 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Berkshire Concert Choir

"A Place for Us," spring program including Randall Thompson's "Frostiana" and pieces by Bernstein and others. Berkshire Concert Choir, directed by Carlton Maaia II, joined by Taconic High School Chorus, directed by Jessica Passetto, with piano and soloists. Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, First St., Pittsfield, 3 p.m. (413) 442-6120.

Eagles Band

Eagles Concert Band free concert with members of the Eagles Concert Band, 3 p.m. Eagles' Brass Ensemble, Trombone Sextet, Clarinet Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Student Clarinet Quartet and Flute Duet perform music from Bach to Bernstein. First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield.

Spencertown Academy

18th annual Uel Wade Music Scholarship competition performance, 3 p.m. Local high school musicians compete for up to $10,000 in scholarship prizes to further their musical training. Spencertown, N.Y.

 

OUTDOORS

Cummington Fairgrounds

Annual Tractor Ride. one mile south of State Route 9 in the center of Cummington, www.cummingtonfair.com.

Steel Rail Half Marathon

More than 500 runners. Celebration at the end of the race at the Adams Visitors Bureau, with live music. Adams.

Trade Secrets

Antique and Rare Plant Sale. Benefit for Women's Support Services for domestic violence, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Antique and plant vendors will descend on Lionrock Farm, Route 41 and Hosier Road, Sharon, Conn. www.tradesecretsct.com.

 

THEATER

New Stage

"The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music" set in Medieval times: an anti-Semitic king and his bright court comedian, New Stage presents at the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, 3 p.m. Tickets (413) 997-4444.

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.

 

Monday, May 20

ART

Watercolor class

Artist Michel Paul Richard, drawing from live model, 1 to 3 p.m. at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield. With Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. (413) 442-4360, ext. 15.

 

MUSIC

Berkshire Music School

Final class/performance of Berkshire Music School Cabaret Workshop, 6 p.m. Pittsfield.

 

Wednesday, May 22

ART

IS183 art school

Morningside Final Show celebrating young artists, 4 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

 

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.