Thursday, Aug. 29

ART

Berkshire Museum

Paper plane challenge, 1 p.m.: experiment with paper plane creations, new design and a new challenge weekly Thursdays July 11 to Aug. 29. Program complements "PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material," 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.

Downstreet Art

Art openings and receptions citywide. Nick & Jake, exploring their own marriage through sculpture, performance art, video, theater and drawing to challenge "the American Dream," Gallery 51. Rich Remsberg, local archivist, video artist and researcher, 53 Main St. Georgia Milla and Giordano Biondi, artist duo from Melbourne, Austrialia, exhibition developed in Turkey, in ile on the Black Sea. Music and entertainment, 6 p.m. Downtown North Adams.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Summer Lecture and Performance Series, events relating to art exhibits. Thursday evenings in July and August. Stockbridge.

Williams College Museum of Art


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Art and aparatif al fresco: Peek behind the scenes at prints freshly pulled from storage, 4 to 8 p.m. Williamstown.

 

COMMUNITY

Columbia County Fair

Animals, contests, horse pulls and pig race, music an entertainment, midway rides and food with 173-year-old Columbia County Agricultural Society. Painted Pony Rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derby. www.columbiafair.com.

 

HISTORY

Mission House

Tours of the Fletcher Steele-designed Colonial Revival Gardens at Mission House with a Horticulturalist from The Trustees of Reservations, Thursdays at 2 p.m. all summer. 19 Main St., Stockbridge.

 

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

Kitchen Ka-Boom, 11 a.m. Kid-safe science experiments using items found in almost any kitchen. Museum Adventures (ages 2-4) 11 a.m., songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more in the Aquarium and galleries. Older and younger siblings are welcome. Pittsfield.

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.

 

MUSIC

Adams

Concert at Adams Town Common, live music outdoors, 7 p.m., free. www.celebrateadams.com

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway meet in L.A., new work by Mark St. Germain, 4 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Anna Christie" by Eugene O'Neill, 8 p.m. a young woman abandoned by her father meets him as an adult. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," Tom Stoppard's translation of Gerald Sibleras' comedy about three World War I veterans restive in a retirement home, 3 p.m. "Love's Labours Lost," 7:30 p.m. "Beauty Queen of Leeane," dark Irish mother-and-daughter comedy, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Young Frankenstein," musical, 8 p.m. Mel Brookes' classic comedy with "Transylvania Mania" New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

Summer Play "Morgan O'Yuki: Geisha of the Gilded Age," Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m., June 28 to Sept. 1. Lenox.

 

Friday, Aug. 30

ART

Becket Arts Center

Artist reception, "Nouveau Brut: The Fabulous Weirdness of Obsessive Non-Sequitors," a juried exhibit of mixed-media with a freedom of expression unbounded by academic norms. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free, through Sept. 22. 7 Brooker Hill Rd, Becket. (413) 623-6635.

Music & More

New Marlborough Artists: invitational show of work from the region, opening 5 to 7 p.m., show to Sept. 29. Meeting House Gallery, New Marlborough.

 

COMMUNITY

Columbia County Fair

Animals, contests, horse pulls and pig race, music an entertainment, midway rides and food with 173-year-old Columbia County Agricultural Society. Painted Pony Rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derby. www.columbiafair.com.

 

DANCE

Performance Space 21

Parsons Dance, program includes Nascimento Novo, In the End and Caught. 8 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

"Songs by ridiculously talented composers and lyricists you probably don't know but should" with Tony award-winner William Finn, 8 p.m. Mainstage, Pittsfield.

THEATER

Bard College at Simon's Rock

"Leap Year" presented by Shakespeare & Company, family drama about a couple whose second child has Downs Syndrome, 7 p.m. Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Barrington Stage Company

"Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway meet in L.A., new work by Mark St. Germain, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Anna Christie" by Eugene O'Neill, 8 p.m. a young woman abandoned by her father meets him as an adult. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

Dibble Dance: "Sway," choreographed to music of Keppie Coutts, Bob Dylan and Dean Martin, with New York, Boston and Berkshire performers, 7:30 p.m., "Beauty Queen of Leeane," dark Irish mother-and-daughter comedy, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Young Frankenstein," musical, 8 p.m. Mel Brookes' classic comedy with "Transylvania Mania" New Lebanon, N.Y.

Upstreet Barbers

"Kaufman's Barber Shop," set in 1925 upstate New York, 8 p.m. Presented with Shakespeare & Company, 442 North St., Pittsfield.

Ventfort Hall

Summer Play "Morgan O'Yuki: Geisha of the Gilded Age," Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m., June 28 to Sept. 1. Lenox.

 

Saturday, Aug. 31

ART

Bennington Museum

"150th Anniversary of the 1863 Jane Stickle Quilt" exhibit opens today, recently discovered information and rarely seen artwork included in the exhibit in celebration of the anniversary. Quilt only shown for a short time each year due to the fragility of the fabric. Bennington, Vt.

Chesterwood

"Portraits, Landscapes and Place" opening reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Photography exhibit presented by Sohn Fine Art and Chesterwood. Stockbridge.

COMMUNITY

Columbia County Fair

Animals, contests, horse pulls and pig race, music an entertainment, midway rides and food with 173-year-old Columbia County Agricultural Society. Painted Pony Rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derby. www.columbiafair.com.

 

DANCE

Performance Space 21

Parsons Dance, program includes Nascimento Novo, In the End and Caught. 8 p.m. Chatham, N.Y.

HISTORY

Bidwell House Museum

History Talk: The Men Who United the States. Author Simon Winchester previewing his next book -- on explorers, road builders, railroaders, the telegraph. 10 a.m. at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham.

Mission House

Mohican Museum and free self-guided walking tour of Mohican sites. Guided museum 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed the Colonial Revival gardens: 100 herbs, perennials and annuals that had culinary or medicinal value. 19 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3239.

Naumkeag

Historic home of the Choate family designed in the 1880s by McKim, Mead & White, with world-famous gardens by Fletcher Steele: Chinese Gardens, Blue Steps. Apples and Pears, Upstairs and Downstairs tours Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., behind-the-scenes look at the world of servants and workers in the Gilded Age. Stockbridge.

MUSIC

Barrington Stage Company

"Songs by ridiculously talented composers and lyricists you probably don't know but should" with Tony award-winner William Finn, 8 p.m. Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Eagles Band

Eagles Big Band under the direction of band leader and arranger Dick Carmel, music from the Big Band era of band leaders like Ellington and Tommy Dorsey, 2 p.m. 140 Melbourne Road in Pittsfield.

Guthrie Center

Berkshire Ramblers, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

"A Tribe Called Red" Dance Party, 8 p.m. North Adams.

Music & More

"Shall We Gather at the River?"Sampling of Connecticut Yankee composer Charles Ives' repertoire of vocal and instrumental works. Deborah Rentz-Moore, mezzo soprano; Donald Berman, piano; Daniel Stepner, violin. 4:30 p.m., free pre-concert talk at 3:30. Meeting House, New Marlborough.

 

OUTDOORS

Ashintully Gardens

Trail through sheltering Berkshires valley to outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a stream. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Free. Sodem Road, Tyringham.

Field Farm

Tours of Folly at Field Farm, post-modernist home and American Modern style Guest House, Saturdays at Noon and 1 p.m., 554 Sloan Road, Williamstown. Trustees of Reservations.

Tamarack Hollow

Clear and blaze trails at nature and culture center in Windsor, 10 a.m., with Naturalist Aimee Gelinas, aimee@gaiaroots.com. Food provided. www.tamarackhollow.com.

 

THEATER

Bard College at Simon's Rock

"Leap Year" presented by Shakespeare & Company, family drama about a couple whose second child has Downs Syndrome, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Barrington Stage Company

"Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway meet in L.A., new work by Mark St. Germain, 4 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Anna Christie" by Eugene O'Neill, 2 and 8 p.m. a young woman abandoned by her father meets him as an adult. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

Behind-the-scenes tour, 10:30 a.m. Dibble Dance: "Sway," choreographed to music of Keppie Coutts, Bob Dylan and Dean Martin, with New York, Boston and Berkshire performers, 2 p.m., "Beauty Queen of Leeane," dark Irish mother-and-daughter comedy, 3 p.m. Midsummer night's meal, buffet 5-7 p.m. "Love's Labours Lost," Shakespearean romantic comedy, 7:30 p.m. "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.

Theater Barn

"Young Frankenstein," musical, 4 and 8 p.m. Mel Brookes' classic comedy with "Transylvania Mania" New Lebanon, N.Y.

Ventfort Hall

Summer Play "Morgan O'Yuki: Geisha of the Gilded Age," Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m., June 28 to Sept. 1. Lenox.

 

WRITING

Spencertown Academy

Festival of Books, annual extravaganza of all things literary, including a giant used book sale and readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y.

 

Sunday, Sept. 1

COMMUNITY

Columbia County Fair

Animals, contests, horse pulls and pig race, music an entertainment, midway rides and food with 173-year-old Columbia County Agricultural Society. Painted Pony Rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derby. www.columbiafair.com.

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.

HISTORY

Mission House

Mohican Museum and free self-guided walking tour of Mohican sites. Guided museum 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed the Colonial Revival gardens: 100 herbs, perennials and annuals that had culinary or medicinal value. 19 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3239.

Quaker Meeting House

Built in 1782 by the East Hoosuck Meeting of the Society of Friends, place of worship of the family of Susan B. Anthony. Free tours: Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., July 7 to Oct. 13. Maple Street Cemetery, Adams. www.adamshistorical.us.

MUSIC

Tanglewood

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins, conductor, 2:30 p.m. in the Shed, Lenox.

 

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew's Cobble

Canoe trip down the Housatonic, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays to Sept. 8. Sheffield. (413) 229-8600.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River, Lenox, 8:30 a.m. A leisurely paddle through the George Darey Wildlife Management Area. Learn about the natural history of the waterway. Run by Pleasant Valley Sanctuaries, Lenox.

 

THEATER

Bard College at Simon's Rock

"Leap Year" presented by Shakespeare & Company, family drama about a couple whose second child has Downs Syndrome, 7 p.m. Alford Road, Great Barrington.

Barrington Stage Company

"Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway meet in L.A., new work by Mark St. Germain, 3 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "Dancing Lessons" with Mark St. Germain, preview of new work, at the Mainstage, 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

Shakespeare & Company

Author's talk with Terry Teachout, "Satchmo at the Waldorf," 10:30 a.m."Heroes," Tom Stoppard's translation of Gerald Sibleras' comedy about three World War I veterans restive in a retirement home, 3 p.m. "Love's Labours Lost," Shakespearean romantic comedy, 7:30 p.m. "Beauty Queen of Leeane," dark Irish mother-and-daughter comedy, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"Young Frankenstein," musical, 2 p.m. Mel Brookes' classic comedy with "Transylvania Mania" New Lebanon, N.Y.

Upstreet Barbers

"Kaufman's Barber Shop," set in 1925 upstate New York, 8 p.m. Presented with Shakespeare & Company, 442 North St., Pittsfield.

Ventfort Hall

Summer Play "Morgan O'Yuki: Geisha of the Gilded Age," Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m., June 28 to Sept. 1. Lenox.

 

WRITING

Spencertown Academy

Festival of Books, annual extravaganza of all things literary, including a giant used book sale and readings and book signings by nationally known and local authors. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, N.Y.

 

Monday, Sept. 2

COMMUNITY

Columbia County Fair

Animals, contests, horse pulls and pig race, music an entertainment, midway rides and food with 173-year-old Columbia County Agricultural Society. Painted Pony Rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derby. www.columbiafair.com.

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew's Cobble

Labor Day canoe trip, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sheffield.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 4

HISTORY

Ashintully Gardens

Trail through sheltering Berkshires valley to outdoor sculpture and elegant gardens nourished by a stream. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Free. Sodem Road, Tyringham.

Bascom Lodge

"A Brief History of the Charcoal Industry: Charcoal production on Mount Greylock, its history and impact." Explore the process of wood distillation, the influence on ecology and industry, and what charcoal is used for today. Hikers may unknowingly walk by a charcoal hearth deep in the forest. 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.