Thursday, June 13

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," a young activist brings home a political hacker, 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical -- three sailors on shore leave in "New York, New York," includes Coney Island Ballet, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Clark Art Institute

"The Audience" with Helen Mirren, 2 p.m. London's National Theatre Live in HD: Mirren reprises her Academy Award-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II. Williamstown.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

"The Audience" starring Helen Mirren, London's National Theatre in HD, 7 p.m. Great Barrington.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," Tom Stoppard's translation of Gerald Sibleras' comedy about three World War I veterans restive in a retirement home, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

WRITING

Bennington College

Writing Seminars Faculty and Guests Reading Series, 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College campus. (802) 440-4452 for more information.

The Mount

"The Hermit in the Garden: From Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome," 4 p.m. British historian Gordon Campbell, an authority on the Renaissance and decorative arts, tells tale of the 18th-century craze for ornamental hermits. Lenox.


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Temple Anshe Amunim

"The Woman of the Water: Miriam the Prophetess," noon with Rabbi Josh Breindel, free. Miriam's insight and valor has made her one of the most beloved biblical heroines and sparked the imagination of the Jewish people for millennia. Pittsfield.

 

Friday, June 14

ART

Berkshire Museum

"PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Preview and opening reception for contemporary works of art by more than 30 artists, all fashioned from paper, as well as a wide array of objects and artifacts that show the uses of paper in industry, science, fashion, and technology. Pittsfield.

Chesterwood

Conversation with Rebecca Keller, artist-in-residence, 5 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.

Music & More

"Fabulous Fabric and Fiber" Work by 10 quilt artists, a rug hook artist, and two first-class basket weavers. Wendy Jensen, Joannn Kelly Catsos, Susan Delmolino Ives,Pam Johnson, Bill Kane and others, opening 5 to 7 p.m. show to July 7. Meeting House Gallery, New Marlborough.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Norman Rockwell: Humorous Tales and Little Known Facts," 2:30 p.m. Celebrate Norman Rockwell's humor. Stockbridge.

 

COMMUNITY

Lenox Motorcar Classic

Show 6 p.m., concert by Whiskey City 6:30 p.m. in Library Park, downtown Lenox. Lenox Chamber, info@lenox.org.

 

MUSIC

Spectrum Playhouse

World Music Drum an Song Concert with Gaia Roots World Music Ensemble and guests, 7 p.m. Spectrum Playhouse, Lee. Free for Lee and Great Barrington residents. www.tamarackhollow.com.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

Discussion of "The Chosen" with Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company, 10:45 a.m. Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. (413) 442-4360, ext. 15.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

WRITING

Bennington College

Writing Seminars Faculty and Guests Reading Series, 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College campus. (802) 440-4452 for more information.

West Stockbridge Library

Book signing and talk with Marshall Jon Fisher, author of "A Backhanded Gift," 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. West Stockbridge Library, Town Hall, 21 State Line Road, West Stockbridge.

 

Saturday, June 15

ART

Hancock Shaker Village

Oval Box Basics workshop with Steve Grasselli, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make a nest of four boxes while learning to carve swallow tails, bend the box, and install tops and bottoms. No previous experience required. Pittsfield.

Mass MoCA

"Freedom: Just Another Word ForŠ" Kidspace opening 11 a.m., show of works illustrating freedom by Roger Shimomura, Ang Tsherin Sherpa, Ran Hwang an Gonkar Gyatso, all Asian or Asian American. North Adams.

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.

Norman Rockwell Museum

"My Son the Art Director, My Dad the Illustrator: A Conversation with R.O. Blechman and Nicholas Blechman," 5:30 p.m. R.O. Blechman is an award-winning illustrator and animator whose art has appeared on the covers and pages of many prominent publications. Nicholas Blechman an internationally recognized illustrator, designer and art director whose art has appeared in GQ, Travel + Leisure, Wired, and The New Yorker. He is currently the Art Director of The New York Times Book Review. Stockbridge.

Omi International Arts Center

2013 exhibition opening and Field day, 1 to 5 p.m. Artwork by Tom Doyle, PaulaHayes and Erwin Wurm at Fields Sculpture Park. "Drawing us out: Drawing in the Woos" by Cooper Union. Sculpture by Nathan Carter and "Urban Gesture: Janet Echelman sculpts the space in between" in the gallery. Kite-flying, hayries, art workshops and games. Fields Sculpture Park, Ghent, N.Y.

 

COMMUNITY

Lift Ev'ry Voice

"Du Bois at 50" program -- Ending Slavery: A Juneteenth Celebration -- band Magpie, Pittsfield's acclaimed Youth Alive Step Team, Ulysses S. Grant scholar and performer Steve Trimm, David Levinson, co-author of "On the Other Side of Glory: The Berkshire Men of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment," and Scott Christianson, author of "Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War." 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.duboiscentergb.org

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Opening gala, 5 p.m. NYC Ballet star Wendy Whelan, members of Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Jacob's Pillow Dance Award winner tap dancer Michelle Dorrance will perform with dancers of the Ballet Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow. Dinner, live music and dance party. Becket.

Lenox Contradance

Live music by the Gaslight Tinkers, caller Bob Isaacs. 8-11:30 p.m., new dancers at 8 p.m. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. (413)528-4007. www.lenoxcontradance.org

 

HISTORY

Bidwell House Museum

History Talk: Shaker Equality of the Sexes, 1788-1890. History scholar and author Glendyne Wergland on the roles of men and women in Shaker communities and how the Shakers achieved equality. Held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham. 10 a.m.

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire

Jonthan Krasner on "Reel-Jews", and how the conversation over what it means to be a Jew in America has changed between 1927 and the 21st century, as reflected in "The Jazz Singer," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Keeping the Faith," free; 4 p.m., 270 State Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-6378.

Susan B. Anthony Birthplace

"More than Petticoats," writer Antonia Petrash talk on famous women who made a difference in the fight for suffrage and other movements in Early American History, 3 p.m. Adams.

 

KID STUFF

Mass MoCA

Bubble Do Beatles, 2 p.m. North Adams.

 

MUSIC

Aston Magna music festival

Clarinetist Eric Hoeprich will introduce the unfamiliar but hauntingly beautiful chalumeau. The program will highlight this once popular instrument, a relative of both the recorder and the clarinet, in works by Handel, Vivaldi, and others, including Holy Roman Emperor Joseph I. Stephen Hammer on baroque oboe, and Kristen Watson, soprano, will also join Mr. Stepner, who will lead a small ensemble. 6 p.m., Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington. Pre-concert lecture before all concerts, and "Meet the Artists" afterward.

Bennington Choral Society

"A Patchwork of American Folk Song" 8 p.m., repertoire of traditional music, with a broad selection of humorous songs, sea chanteys, ballads, and a spiritual or two, in arrangements by composers including Aaron Copland, Alice Parker, Robert de Cormier, Emma Lou Diemer and Ulysses Kay. Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St., Bennington, Vt. bccsmusic.wordpress.com.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Broadway legend Audra McDonald, Tony award-winner for "Porgy and Bess," in concert, 8 p.m. at Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield.

OLLI talk

"Mozart the Wunderkind," a Distinguished Speaker Series lecture by Jeremy Yudkin, 10:30 a.m., Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, BCC, Koussevitzky 111. (413) 236-2190.

Performance Space 21

8th Annual Paul Grunberg Memorial Bach Concert with Eugene Drucker, violin, Marija Stroke, piano. D Minor Partita for solo violin, Keyboard Partita in B flat Major an piano-violin sonatas, 7:30 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

 

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike a10 mile loop in Mount Washington State Forest, on Ashley Hill Trail, to Mount Brace and Mount Frissell. North on the South Taconic Trail and return on Ashley Hill Trail. (413) 442-8984.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

"Chirps, Cheeps, and Warbles -- Birding by ear," 9 a.m. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

Canoe Meadows

Organic gardening talk: "Weeds in Our Gardens," 10 a.m. learn to identify and remove weeds that compete with vegetables., Canoe Meadows Community Gardens, Pittsfield.

Master gardeners

Western Mass Master Gardeners workshop: Gardening with roses in the Berkshires, 10 a.m. demonstration gardens behind Springside House, Springside Park, off upper North Street, Pittsfield. Free, rain or shine. (413) 743-5193.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Muckrakers," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," 3 p.m. "Master Class," Tony-award-winning play on life of an opera singer, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

WRITING

Bennington College

Writing Seminars Faculty and Guests Reading Series, 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College campus. (802) 440-4452 for more information.

 

Sunday, June 16

COMMUNITY

Chabad

"From Hollywood to Holy Wood," 7 p.m. evening with Molly Resnick, a veteran journalist and former NBC TV producer, who interviewed world celebrities and leaders including Sean Connery, Sophia Loren, John Travolta, Menachem Begin and Yitzak Rabin. Pittsfield.

 

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.

 

MUSIC

Bennington Choral Society

"A Patchwork of American Folk Song" 3 p.m., repertoire of traditional music, with a broad selection of humorous songs, sea chanteys, ballads, and a spiritual or two, in arrangements by composers including Aaron Copland, Alice Parker, Robert de Cormier, Emma Lou Diemer and Ulysses Kay. Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St., Bennington, Vt. bccsmusic.wordpress.com.

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew's Cobble

Father's Day Canoe Trip, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Paddle the winding Housatonic to view the beauty of this meandering river as it passes through agricultural fields and floodplain forests. Watch for bald eagles flying over Bartholomew's Cobble. Learn about the river's history and what is happening to restore some of our most precious habitats and species from its upper reaches in Pittsfield through Massachusetts and into Connecticut. Paddles, life preservers, and boats are provided. Register (413) 229-8600, www.thetrustees.org.

Berkshire Knapsackers

Hike the Chestnut Trail, Class of ‘98 Trail and part of the Pine Cobble Trail, Williamstown. (413) 663-8700.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

Conversation with Tony-awardwinner Phyllis Newman, Broadway lyricist Amanda Green and Vogue theater critic Adam Green, all family of American playwright, screenwriter and lyricist, Tony-award-winner Adolph Green, 3 p.m., free on Mainstage. "Muckrakers," 3 p.m. St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 5 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

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

 

WRITING

Bennington College

Writing Seminars Faculty and Guests Reading Series, 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College campus. (802) 440-4452 for more information.

Bloomsday in Williamstown

Celebration of James Joyce's "Ulysses," which takes place on June 16, 1904, with a series of readings around town, beginning at 8 a.m.. All are welcome. The group will walk around town, reading selected chapters from Ulysses at places that correspond to those in the book: a tower, a riverside, a cemetery, a pub and others. Join for the whole ay or any part of it. Full schedule BloomsdayinWilliamstown@gmail.com or on facebook at "Bloomsday in Williamstown."

Meet the writer

Zia Anayat Khan, "Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity and the Mystical Quest," 3 p.m., The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St., Lenox. www.bookstoreinlenox.com.

 

Monday, June 17

FILM

Congregation Knesset Israel

"Great Hollywood entertainers" talk on Jack Benny with film clips, 7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

 

WRITING

Bennington College

Writing Seminars Faculty and Guests Reading Series, 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College campus. (802) 440-4452 for more information.

 

Tuesday, June 18

FILM

Performance Space 21

"God's Fiddler," only film biography of the world's most renowned violinist, Jascha Heifetz. 8:30 p.m., free. Chatham, N.Y.

HISTORY

Ventfort Hall

Frances Gagnon, historian and journalist, on "Miles Morgan: Progenitor of a Dynasty," who, in the 17th century, arrived from England to settle in Springfield, founding several centuries of Morgans, including financier J. Pierpont Morgan and his sister, Sarah of Ventfort Hall. Lenox.

 

MUSIC

Eagles Band

Eagles Concert Band will present a free concert to celebrate Giuseppe Verdi's and Richard Wagner's 200th birthdays and the 70th anniversary of the musical "Oklahoma," 7 p.m. Springside Park, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

Zayd Dohm, "Muckrakers" playwright, free talk, 4 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 7 p.m., Mainstage, with post-show discussion. "Muckrakers," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

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

 

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 19

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Dance Theatre of Harlem, 8 p.m. -- legendary ballet company presents classic and new work that spans several eras of dance in America, including George Balanchine's 1957 masterwork "Agon." Free Inside/Out Performance: Jamal Jackson Dance Company, 5 p.m. Free Guided Tour -- African-American History at Jacob's Pillow, 4:30 p.m. -- Lift Ev'ry Voice Event. Becket.

MUSIC

Bascom Lodge

Berkshire Highlanders' annual bagpipe concert, outdoors on the summit. 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Concerts at Windsor Lake

Free live music, 6:30 p.m. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket: Concessions available. 200 Bradley St., North Adams. Full schedule at www.northadams-ma.gov, (413) 664-6180.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"On the Town," Leonard Bernstein musical, 7 p.m., Mainstage. "Muckrakers," 7:30 p.m. St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab presents a fully staged production of Anna Ziegler's "Life Science," directed by Joe Cacaci. This new play explores the lives of four contemporary high school seniors who make out, break up, discuss their plans for the future and debate the role that being Jewish plays in their budding sense of themselves. 8 p.m. Bard College at Simon's Rock Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," Tom Stoppard's translation of Gerald Sibleras' comedy about three World War I veterans restive in a retirement home, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Wharton on Wednesday

Professional actors read Wharton's short stories on the terrace, weekly today through August. This year's short story series will begin and end with with readings from the novel "The Custom of the Country," in celebration of its 100th anniversary. 5 p.m. Lenox.

 

WRITING

Bennington College

Writing Seminars Faculty and Guests Reading Series, 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College campus. (802) 440-4452 for more information.