Thursday, Aug. 8

ART

Berkshire Crafts Fair

40th annual gathering of nationally known artists, artisans and crafters in wood, glass, ceramics, fiber arts, metalwork and more, demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monument Mountain High School, Route 7, Great Barrington. www.berkshirecraftsfair.org.

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

The Actors Intervene: WTF actors animate the galleries with a performance inspired by "Now Dig This!" Art and aperitif al fresco, 4 to 8 p.m. Williamstown.

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

O Vertigo Dance based in Montreal, 8 p.m., "La Vie Qui Bat" with music by the Quebec Contemporary Music Society. Jessica Lang Dance, 8:15 p.m., "i.n.k." with video art by Japanese-born visual artist Shinichi Maruyama. Free Inside/Out Performance: lauren edson + dancers, 6:15 p.m. Becket.

 

FILM

Performance Space 21

Make ‘Em Laugh Film Festival: "The Jerk," Steve Martin's debut wacky comedy, 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

KID STUFF

Adams Library

Zoo on the Go program from Zoo in Forest Park, featuring live animal "Diggers," registration required, 4 p.m., Adams Library, 92 Park Street, Adams, 413-743-8345, Adams.

Barrington Stage

"Little Mermaid" youth show, 2 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Becket Arts Center

"Camp Imagination: Dig In!" Young people ages five to seven and eight-13. A fun-filled week of exploratory hands-on activities. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 7 Brooker Hill Rd., Becket. (413) 623-6635.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Just So Stories," animal fables by Rudyard Kipling, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. outdoors at Neil Ellenoff Stage, Stockbridge. "Peter Pan," musical at Colonial Theatre, 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

 

MUSIC

Adams

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

Tanglewood

2013 Festival of Contemporary Music, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Festival Director: New Fromm Players, Carter "String Quartet No. 1," 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. Fromm Concert at Tanglewood with TMC Chamber Orchestra: Mason "Years of Light" (world premiere, TMC commission), Stroppa "Let Me Sing Into Your Ear" (U.S. premiere), Carter "Instances" (east coast premiere, TMC co-commission) and Lachenmann "Š zwei GefühleŠ" at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, Lenox.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Southern Comfort," transgendered man and trans girlfriend in Georgia, new work from the Musical Theatre Lab, 3 and 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "Much Ado about Nothing," Shakespearean comedy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 8 p.m., after a passionate chance meeting, the two married travelers decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. "The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 2 and 8 p.m., Phyllis, a college professor, her partner Joyce, a high school teacher, and Joyce's adult son, Jared, host Frank, a guest artist at "Body Awareness Week." Chester.

The Mount

"Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights' Dream," 6 p.m. Shakespeare & Company returns to The Mount with Northeast Regional Tour. Bring seating and blanket, 90-minute performance outside in the Dell. Lenox.

Shakespeare & Company

"Mother Courage and Her Children," Olympia Dukakis in Bertold Brecht drama set in 30 Years War, 2 p.m "Love's Labour's Lost," 7:30 p.m. "The Beauty Queen of Leeane," dark Irish mother-and-daughter comedy, 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"They're Playing Our Song," musical, 8 p.m. Love story about a pop music songwriting duo: Book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "Blood Play," 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Opening Night, Nikos Stage, Williamstown. Cabaret, 10:30 p.m., Goodrich Hall, Williamstown.

 

WRITING

Temple Anshe Amunim

"A Woman of Valor: The Saga of Judith," noon talk, free. Armed only with courage, faith and wit, Judith sets out on a desperate mission to save her people from the might of the Assyrian empire. Pittsfield.

 

Friday, Aug. 9

ART

Berkshire Crafts Fair

40th annual gathering of nationally known artists, artisans and crafters in wood, glass, ceramics, fiber arts, metalwork and more, demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monument Mountain High School, Route 7, Great Barrington. www.berkshirecraftsfair.org.

 

COMMUNITY

Congregation Knesset Israel

Rabbis Who Love the Berkshires talk: "Stairway to heaven," 11 a.m., free. 70 Kemble St., Lenox, Shakespeare & Company.

Sheffield Antiques Show

65th annual exhibition: Dealers offering fine antique furniture, textiles, rugs, silver, china, glass, books, art and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mount Everett High School, Berkshire School Road, Sheffield. (413) 229-8173.

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

O Vertigo Dance based in Montreal, 8 p.m., "La Vie Qui Bat" with music by the Quebec Contemporary Music Society. Jessica Lang Dance, 8:15 p.m., "i.n.k." with video art by Japanese-born visual artist Shinichi Maruyama. Free Inside/Out Performance: The Steps Repertory Ensemble, 6:15 p.m. Free PillowTalk: Summer Shorts, dance films, 5 p.m. Becket.

 

FILM

Performance Space 21

Make ‘Em Laugh Film Festival: "Kind Hearts and Coronets" Alec Guiness plays eight stuffy Edwardians 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

KID STUFF

Adams

Movie night, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," starts at dusk, free, Adams Town Hall Lawn. www.celebrateadams.com.

Barrington Stage

"Little Mermaid" youth show, 2 and 7 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Becket Arts Center

"Camp Imagination: Dig In!" Young people ages five to seven and eight-13. A fun-filled week of exploratory hands-on activities. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 7 Brooker Hill Rd., Becket. (413) 623-6635.

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Insect Safari: Explore the sanctuary's varied habitats with binoculars and harmless nets, 10 a.m. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Just So Stories," animal fables by Rudyard Kipling, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. outdoors at Neil Ellenoff Stage, Stockbridge. "Peter Pan," musical at Colonial Theatre, 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

Performance Space 21

Vanaver Caravan SummerDance On Tour, 1 p.m., From Flamenco to percussive/rhythm tap and clog dancing to Bulgarian and contemporary dance/theatre. Chatham, N.Y.

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Harpeth Rising, classically trained quartet with banjo and fiddle plays bluegrass, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

Tanglewood

2013 Festival of Contemporary Music: Chamber works with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano, Jack Quartet and New Fromm Players: Carter "Epigrams" (U.S. premiere), Lachenmann "Grido" and Stroppa "Traietorria" (U.S. premiere), 2:30 p.m. in Ozawa Hall.

Prelude Concert with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. "This Week at Tanglewood" panel discussion with moderator Martin Bookspan and guest artists, 7:15 p.m.; Boston Symphony Orchestra with Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor, and Gil Shaham, violin: Sibelius, "Violin Concerto," and Brahms "Symphony No. 2" at 8:30 p.m. in the Shed. Lenox.

 

OUTOORS

Berkshire Sanctuaries

Twilight World of Bats, 6:30 p.m. Natural history and diversity of bats and a search for bats, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Southern Comfort," 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "Much Ado about Nothing," Shakespearean comedy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Mr. Finn and his all-star songwriters, original songs, 9 p.m. Mr. Finn's Cabaret, 10 p.m., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 8 p.m., after a passionate chance meeting, the two married travelers decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. "The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 8 p.m., Phyllis, a college professor, her partner Joyce, a high school teacher, and Joyce's adult son, Jared, host Frank, a guest artist at "Body Awareness Week." Chester.

Mettawee River Theatre

"Taliesen," medieval Welsh tale of sorcery and court intrigue, told with giant figures, puppets and masks, 8 p.m. Springside Park, Pittsfield. www.mettawee.org.

Oldcastle Theatre

"The fox on the fairway," 8 p.m., wager staked at a snazzy country club's annual golf tournament, with three love affairs, a disappearing diamond and objectionable sweaters. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

Riotous Youth, 9 and 10 a.m. "Heroes," 3 p.m. "Les Faux Pas," 5:30 p.m. "Love's Labour's Lost," 7:30 p.m."Beauty Queen of Leeane," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"They're Playing Our Song," musical, 8 p.m. Love story about a pop music songwriting duo: Book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Fridays@3, 3 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown. "The Bridges of Madison County," 8 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "Blood Play," 8 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown. Cabaret, 10:30, Goodrich Hall, Williamstown.

 

Saturday, Aug. 10

ART

Becket Arts Center

"Unearthing Elements from the Natural World: Outside and Inside Traditional Landscape Invitational" 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. "Nutshellapalooza," a family concert presented by the Nutshell Playhouse and the BAC 11th Annual Student Art Exhibition. 11 a.m, $5 per family; free with camp registration. 7 Brooker Hill Rd & Rt. 8, Becket. (413) 623-6635.

Berkshire Crafts Fair

40th annual gathering of nationally known artists, artisans and crafters in wood, glass, ceramics, fiber arts, metalwork and more, demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monument Mountain High School, Route 7, Great Barrington. www.berkshirecraftsfair.org.

Chesterwood

Sculpture workshops, noon to 2 p.m. Meet artists in Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood and learn some of their techniques and processes. Try making sculpture, families welcome. Stockbridge.

Hancock Shaker Village

Advanced Oval Box Workshop with Steve Grasselli, 9a.m. to 4 p.m.: Build on woodworking skills and master the form of the Oval Box. Students may make bigger boxes than in the Box Basics, or advance to other box-like projects such as oval carriers or trays. Pittsfield.

COMMUNITY

Adams tag sale

Adams Town Wide Tag Sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.celebrateadams.com.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

The Grow Show: friendly garden and outdoor photography competitions for all ages. Stockbridge.

Hancock Shaker Village

Summer Gala to support the museum's education mission and public programs. Farm-to-table dinner and concert, 5:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Rock, Rattle and Drum powwow

"Gifts of the four directions," 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., grand entry 1 p.m., with Nammy Award Winner and "Lord of the Strings" Arvel Bird, Danza Azteca Aztec Dancers, music, dance, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and family fun, live birds of prey, Bowe Field, the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds, Old Columbia Street (off of Route 8), Adams.

Sandisfield Arts Center

"The Enigma of Socialism," talk on the origins, failures and successes of a political dream, 10 a.m. With modern political antagonists yelling "Socialist!" at one another, understanding Socialism might be useful. Sandisfield.

Sheffield Antiques Show

65th annual exhibition: Dealers offering fine antique furniture, textiles, rugs, silver, china, glass, books, art and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mount Everett High School, Berkshire School Road, Sheffield. (413) 229-8173.

Williamstown Rural Lands

Summer Open House and Ice Cream Social, 2 to 4 p.m. Family activities and local ice cream with seasonal fruits and berries and whipped cream. Explore Sheep Hill, join in a nature hike, borrow a nature backpack to look for butterflies and other insects, hunt for frogs, or hang out by the pond and enjoy the beautiful setting. Williamstown.

Zucchini Festival

10th annual celebration,10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pet parade, rides, races, zucchini recipe contest, decorating and weigh-off contests, live music and entertainment, games, food, arts and crafts. Fireworks and dancing in the street, free. West Stockbridge, Routes 41 and 102. www.weststockbridgetown.com (413) 232-0222.

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

O Vertigo Dance based in Montreal, 2 an 8 p.m., "La Vie Qui Bat" with music by the Quebec Contemporary Music Society. Jessica Lang Dance, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m., "i.n.k." with video art by Japanese-born visual artist Shinichi Maruyama. Free Inside/Out Performance: School at Jacob's Pillow Jazz/Musical Theatre, 6:15 p.m. Free PillowTalk: Dancing to Steve Reich with O Vertigo Danse artistic director Ginette Laurin, 4 p.m. Becket.

Omi International Arts Center

Dance Omi open salon -- Dance Omi Residents share individual work, 5 p.m. Ghent, N.Y.

 

FILM

Mass MoCA

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" film with live music, 8 p.m. North Adams.

Performance Space 21

Make ‘Em Laugh Film Festival: "A Shot In the Dark," the second of the Peter Sellers hilarious Pink Panther movies, 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage

"Little Mermaid" youth show, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Just So Stories," animal fables by Rudyard Kipling, 11 a.m. outdoors at Neil Ellenoff Stage, Stockbridge. "Peter Pan," musical at Colonial Theatre, 2 and 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

 

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Vance Gilbert, full-bodied folk with comic force, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

OLLI talk

"Beyond the Baton: What Music Directors Do," by Joseph Silverstein, 10:30 a.m. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, BCC, Koussevitzky 111. (413) 236-2190.

Music & More

Art of the Fugue: J.S. Bach's great contrapuntal cycle. Daniel Stepner, baroque violin; Sarah Darling, baroque viola; Loretta O'Sullivan, baroque cello; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; Christopher Krueger, baroque flute; Marc Schachman, baroque oboe and oboe d'amore; Andrew Schwartz, baroque bassoon. 4:30 p.m., free pre-concert talk at 3:30. Meeting House, New Marlborough.

Tanglewood

2013 Festival of Contemporary Music: Prelude Concert with Elizabeth Keusch, soprano; Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano; Stephen Drury, piano; New Fromm Players: Stroppa "Ossia," Lachenmann "Got Lost" and Carter "Retrouvailles;" Tri-Tribute; 90+, at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall.

Pre-Rehearsal Talk at 9:30 a.m.; rehearsal for Saturday program at 10:30 a.m.; Boston Symphony Orchestra with Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor, and Yefim Bronfman, piano: Beethoven "Piano Concerto No. 3," Carter "Sound Fields" and Brahms "Symphony No. 4," at 8:30 p.m. in the Shed. Lenox.

 

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Botanical Garden

"Contained Exuberance" Walking Tour, 11 a.m. Stockbridge.

Bartholomew's Cobble

Family-friendly Botany Walk, 10 a.m., to explore river and unique 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. Sheffield.

Canoe Meadows

Organic gardening talk: "Herbs -- Using Your Harvest," 10 a.m. practical demonstration on how to propagate and use organically grown herbs, Canoe Meadows Community Gardens, Pittsfield.

Project Native

Bug and butterfly safari, 9:30 a.m. Overview of Project Native and the Butterfly House. Walk to find and collect eggs, caterpillars and butterflies to relocate into the Butterfly House. Tricks for finding eggs and caterpillars. Identify host plants and ecologically harvest food for caterpillars in the Butterfly House. All ages are welcome. Free, Housatonic.

Tamarack Hollow

Carnivorous plants and wetland plant and tree identification hike to Bog Pond at Savoy State Forest, 9 a.m. to noon with naturalist Aimee Gelinas, free. Register: aimee@gaiaroots.com.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Southern Comfort," 4 and 8 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "Much Ado about Nothing," Shakespearean comedy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Mr. Finn and his all-star songwriters, original songs, 10:30 p.m. Mr. Finn's Cabaret, 10 p.m., Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Same Time, Next Year," 2 and 8 p.m., after a passionate chance meeting, the two married travelers decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. "The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 2 and 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 8 p.m., Phyllis, a college professor, her partner Joyce, a high school teacher, and Joyce's adult son, Jared, host Frank, a guest artist at "Body Awareness Week." Chester.

The Mount

"Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights' Dream," 12:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company returns to The Mount with Northeast Regional Tour. Bring seating and blanket, 90-minute performance outside in the Dell. Lenox.

Oldcastle Theatre

"The fox on the fairway," 2 and 8 p.m., wager staked at a snazzy country club's annual golf tournament, with three love affairs, a disappearing diamond and objectionable sweaters. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

Behindthe-scenes tour, 10:30 a.m. "Love's Labour's Lost," 2 p.m. "Beauty Queen of Leeane," 3 p.m. "Les Faux Pas," 5:30 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Chilren," 7:30 p.m "Master Class," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"They're Playing Our Song," musical, 4 and 8 p.m. Love story about a pop music songwriting duo: Book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," 3:30 p.m., 8 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "Blood Play," 3:30 p.m., 8 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown. Cabaret, 10:30 p.m., Goodrich Hall, Williamstown.

 

Sunday, Aug. 11

ART

Clark Art Institute

"Great Art on Screen: Munch 150," 3 p.m. Second film in the Ehibition series, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863-1944), one of the towering figures of modern art. Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark, will introduce the film and host a Q&A. Williamstown.

Hancock Shaker Village

Advanced Oval Box Workshop with Steve Grasselli, 9a.m. to 4 p.m.: Build on woodworking skills and master the form of the Oval Box. Students may make bigger boxes than in the Box Basics, or advance to other box-like projects such as oval carriers or trays. Pittsfield.

 

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Botanical Garden

The Grow Show: friendly garden and outdoor photography competitions for all ages. Stockbridge.

Rock, Rattle and Drum powwow

"Gifts of the four directions," 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., grand entry 1 p.m., with Nammy Award Winner and "Lord of the Strings" Arvel Bird, Danza Azteca Aztec Dancers, music, dance, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and family fun, live birds of prey, Bowe Field, the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds, Old Columbia Street (off of Route 8), Adams.

Sheffield Antiques Show

65th annual exhibition: Dealers offering fine antique furniture, textiles, rugs, silver, china, glass, books, art and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Everett High School, Berkshire School Road, Sheffield. (413) 229-8173.

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

O Vertigo Dance based in Montreal, 2 p.m., "La Vie Qui Bat" with music by the Quebec Contemporary Music Society. Jessica Lang Dance, 2:15 p.m., "i.n.k." with video art by Japanese-born visual artist Shinichi Maruyama. "Never Stand Still" documentary about Jacob's Pillow, 4:30 p.m. Master class: Jessica Lang. Becket.

 

FILM

Performance Space 21

Make ‘Em Laugh Film Festival: "Mon Oncle," (My Uncle), on the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Directed by Jacques Tati, 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

KID STUFF

Barrington Stage

"Little Mermaid" youth show, 3 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield.

Bascom Lodge

Outdoor Theater Performance with the Nutshell Playhouse: original music, puppets and clownerie, with Taco Caramba (the fiercest pirate parrot ever to fly the seven seas), the Ductionary (the duck who knows every word in the English language) and the Snoof (the detective who can find anything, even if it isn't there.) Outdoors, 1 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Peter Pan," musical at Colonial Theatre, 2 p.m., Pittsfield.

 

MUSIC

Eagles Band

Selections celebrating Verdi's and Wagner's 200th birthdays, the 70th anniversary of "Oklahoma" and music from American composers with a couple of native Brits, Bob Hope and James Bond. Free concert 2 p.m. Pavilion of the Hinsdale Fire Department on Maple Street in Hinsdale.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

"A Celebration of Jewish Music in America," with Paul Green,Sherri James Buxton, Spiritual Leader Barbara Cohen, Rabbi Deborah Zecher, Cantor Robert Scherr, Charles Neville and Joe Rose. 7:30 p.m. Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East Street, Lenox. (413) 442-4360, ext. 10.

Sevenars Concerts

Jerry Noble and Friends: Jazz, classical, and more -- Jerry Noble, piano; Bob Sparkman, clarinet; Joel Pitchon, violin; and Christopher James, cello, 4 to 6 p.m. Admission by suggested donation, refreshments included. Worthington.

Tanglewood

2013 Festival of Contemporary Music: Chamber works with Mickey Katz, cello, and TMC Fellows: Nancarros "Study No. 6 & 7 for two pianos," transcr. Adés; Stroppa "Aye, There's the Rub," Ligeti "Three Pieces: Monument -- Self portrait -- Movement" and Reich, "Music for 18 Musicians" at 10 a.m. in Ozawa Hall.

Boston Symphony Orchestra with Christian Zacharias, conductor and piano, all-Beethoven program: "Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus," "Piano Concerto No. 2" and "Symphony No. 6, Pastoral," 2:30 p.m. in the Shed. Lenox.

 

OUTDOORS

Adams races

Dash For Dana Road Race: 5K run and 1-mile walk starts at 8:30 a.m., Mill Street Fair Grounds, Mill Street, Adams. www.celebrateadams.com

Bartholomew's Cobble

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

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

Conversation with Robert and Ilona Bell, Shakespearean professors at Williams College, about Beatrice and Benedick in "Much Ado about Nothing," 3 p.m., free on the Mainstage. "Much Ado about Nothing," 5 p.m. on the Mainstage. Pittsfield.

Chester Theatre

"Body Awareness," 2 p.m., Phyllis, a college professor, her partner Joyce, a high school teacher, and Joyce's adult son, Jared, host Frank, a guest artist at "Body Awareness Week." Chester.

Oldcastle Theatre

"The fox on the fairway," 2 p.m., wager staked at a snazzy country club's annual golf tournament, with three love affairs, a disappearing diamond and objectionable sweaters. Bennington, Vt.

Shakespeare & Company

Author talk with David Black, "The Extinction Event," 10:30 a.m. "Mother Courage and Her Chilren," 2 p.m. "Master Class," 3 p.m. "Love's Labours Lost," 7:30 p.m. "Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Theater Barn

"They're Playing Our Song," musical, 2 p.m. Love story about a pop music songwriting duo: Book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager. New Lebanon, N.Y.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," 2 p.m., Main Stage. "Blood Play," 2 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown. Musical Fellowship, Free, 7 p.m., 11 p.m., Directing Studio, Williamstown.

 

WRITING

Bascom Lodge

"America Eats! On the Road with the WPA -- the Fish Fries, Box Supper Socials, and Chittlin' Feasts That Define Real American Food." American flavors where WPA writers-including Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, and Nelson Algren were dispatched in 1935 to document the roots of our diverse culinary cuisine. 6 p.m., Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Steepletop

Performance of Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Fatal Interview" with sonnets by Arthur Davison Ficke and poems from George Dillon's book "The Flowering Stone," 4 p.m. at the home of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Austerlitz, N.Y.

WordXWord Festival

WXW Story Slam Finals. Week-long festival in the downtown Upstreet Cultural District -- words spoken, written and sung, in non-traditional venues from barbershops to storefronts. Poetry readings, workshops, songwriter showcases, poetry slams, young audience events, storytelling, word-based contests, "friends-of-the-festival" events from book signings to staged readings of plays, art exhibits and scrabble tournaments. Local artists and nationally recognized authors and performers. Pittsfield.

 

Monday, Aug. 12

COMMUNITY

Becket Arts Center

BAC presents: Dessert Making and Tasting at Chez Nous with Pastry chef Rachel Portnoy. Ages 5 and up with adult, fee. (413) 623-6635 to register. 150 Main Street, Lee.

Congregation Knesset Israel

"What's New in Jewish Bioethics?" three-part talk, 10 a.m., 70 Kemble St. at Shakespeare & Company, Lenox.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Francine Segan: "Shakespeare's Kitchen: A talk about cooking and dining in the 1500s," 6:30 p.m. Great Barrington.

FILM

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival

American and International Jewish films, 4 and 8 p.m. Lenox Memorial High School.

Clark Art Institute

Homericana film series: "The Magnificent Ambersons," 3 p.m., began as Orson Welles's attempt to top Citizen Kane and wound up a magnificent fragment of a family epic. Based on a novel by Booth Tarkington, the film follows the fortunes of a wealthy Midwestern family as they move from the era of sleigh rides to that of automobiles. Free. Williamstown.

Performance Space 21

Make ‘Em Laugh Film Festival: "The Producers" by legendary comic genius Mel Brooks with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. 8:30 p.m. Free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

KID STUFF

Adams Library

Celebrate Summer Reading Finale, registration required, 10 a.m., Adams Library, 92 Park Street, Adams, 413-743-8345, Adams.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Peter Pan," musical at Colonial Theatre, 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Tanglewood

2013 Festival of Contemporary Music: George Benjamin, conductor, with TMC Fellows: Benjamin "Written On Skin" (U.S. premiere) at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, Lenox.

 

OUTOORS

Naumkeag

Star Gazing, 8 to 10 p.m. at the 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. Stockbridge.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

Staged reading with New York cast of Ntozake Shange's choreopoem and Broadway play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," 7 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield. Part of WordxWord.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Musical Fellowship, Free, 7 p.m., 11 p.m., Directign Studio, Williamstown.

 

WRITING

The Mount

"The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age," author's talk and tea with Janet Wallach, 4 p.m. Hetty Green, America's first female tycoon. Green, considered an eccentric by her friends and "The Witch of Wall Street" by her enemies. Lenox.

WordXWord Festival

Poetry Trail. Week-long festival in the downtown Upstreet Cultural District -- words spoken, written and sung, in non-traditional venues from barbershops to storefronts. Poetry readings, workshops, songwriter showcases, poetry slams, young audience events, storytelling, word-based contests, "friends-of-the-festival" events from book signings to staged readings of plays, art exhibits and scrabble tournaments. Local artists and nationally recognized authors and performers. Pittsfield.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 13

COMMUNITY

Becket Arts Center

"This Just In..." Catch up on the latest breaking news from the cosmos. Hear about some of the latest discoveries and breakthroughs in astronomy and space technology with Michael Hamburg. A private observatory visit is available Wednesday, August 14. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., fee. (413) 623-6635 to register.

Berkshire Museum

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

 

FILM

Performance Space 21

"This Is Spinal Tap" the film that invented the "rockumentary" has now outlasted most of the bands it mocked. 8:30 p.m., free. Chatham, N.Y.

 

HISTORY

Ventfort Hall

Frances Morrone, architectural historian, arts critic, teacher, will contemplate "Medievalism, mysticism and more: Architect Ralph Adams Cram," whose 53-year career included St. John the Divine in New York, campus buildings, churches -- and Gothic, Tudor, Byzantine, Classical, English Renaissance and Georgian and Arts and Crafts. Lenox.

MUSIC

Clark Art Institute

2013 Festival of Contemporary Music: Gryphon Piano Trio, 8 p.m.: Haydn Piano Trio, short multimedia chamber work, "Old Photographs," with music written especially for this project. Ravel Piano Trio and a set of tangos of the Americas. Williamstown.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Much Ado about Nothing," Shakespearean comedy, 7 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 8 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

The Mount

"Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights' Dream," 6 p.m. Shakespeare & Company returns to The Mount with Northeast Regional Tour. Bring seating and blanket, 90-minute performance outside in the Dell. Lenox.

Shakespeare & Company

"Heroes," 3 p.m. Tuesday talk with cast of "The Beauty Queen of Leeane," 5 p.m. "Love's Labour's Lost," 7:30 p.m "The Beauty Queene of Leeane," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," with Talkback, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "Blood Play," with talkback, 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown.

 

WRITING

WordXWord Festival

Poetry Trail. Week-long festival in the downtown Upstreet Cultural District -- words spoken, written and sung, in non-traditional venues from barbershops to storefronts. Poetry readings, workshops, songwriter showcases, poetry slams, young audience events, storytelling, word-based contests, "friends-of-the-festival" events from book signings to staged readings of plays, art exhibits and scrabble tournaments. Local artists and nationally recognized authors and performers. Pittsfield.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 14

COMMUNITY

North Adams

Downtown Celebration, 5 to 9 p.m. -- more than 150 vendors of all kinds set up in downtown North Adams for this annual street fair, which includes performances, music, food. Downtown North Adams

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Wendy Whelan contemporary NYC Ballet, collaboration with four choreographers, 8 p.m. La Otra Orilla, Montreal-based ensemble merges flamenco dance, contemporary choreography, imaginative video art and animation and live music, 8:15 p.m. Free Inside/Out Performance: Mystic Ballet, 6:15 p.m. Becket.

 

HISTORY

Congregation Knesset Israel

"Maimonides and His World," three-part talk, 10 a.m., 70 Kemble St. at Shakespeare & Company, Lenox.

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire

Our Rabbis Teach: lunchtime series on mysticism, social justice, health and healing and more, free, 11:45 a.m., 270 State Road, Great Barrington. (413) 528-6378.

MUSIC

Bascom Lodge

Berkshire Highlanders. Bagpipe concert, 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

Guthrie Center

"Woodie Sez," David M. Lutken as Woodie Guthrie performs to benefit Guthrie Center, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

Lilac Park concerts

Jazz Tuber Trio, 6:30 p.m. Main Street, Lenox. (413) 637-3646.

Tanglewood

Emerson String Quartet: Haydn "Quartet No. 26 in G minor," Britten "Quartet No. 3" and Beethoven "Quartet No. 7 in F minor" at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, Lenox.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Much Ado about Nothing," Shakespearean comedy, 2 and 7 p.m., Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"The cat and the Canary," young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune -- if she is deemed legally sane. 7 p.m., Unicorn Stage, Stockbridge.

Shakespeare & Company

Behind-the-scenes tour, 10 a.m. "Love's Labours Lost," 2 p.m. Studio series, new work:"An Impossible Life" by David Black," 5 p.m. Shakespeare & Young Company perform, 5 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Children," 7:30 p.m. "Beauty Queen of Leeane," 8:30 p.m., Lenox.

Temple Anshe Amunim

"Unlikely Heroes -- The True Stories of 3 Jewish Women Spies," performer Elaine Rembrandt will evoke Palestine on the threshold of the First World War, France invaded by Nazi Germany and the newborn State of Israel in the lives of Sarah Aaronsohn, Shulamit Cohen Kishik and Marthe Cohn. noon to 3 p.m., Pittsfield.

Upstreet Barbers

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

Wharton Salon

Double-bill of Wharton short stories: Ariel Bock as Mrs. Quentin and Ava Lindenmaier as Hope Fenway in "The Quicksand" by Alison Ragland, "The Looking Glass" by Elaine Smith, starring Diane Prusha. 5:30 p.m. at The Mount, Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," 7:30 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "Blood Play," 7:30 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown.

 

WRITING

WordXWord Festival

Poetry Slam prelims. Week-long festival in the downtown Upstreet Cultural District -- words spoken, written and sung, in non-traditional venues from barbershops to storefronts. Poetry readings, workshops, songwriter showcases, poetry slams, young audience events, storytelling, word-based contests, "friends-of-the-festival" events from book signings to staged readings of plays, art exhibits and scrabble tournaments. Local artists and nationally recognized authors and performers. Pittsfield.