Thursday, Aug. 15

ART

Becket Arts Center

Basketmaking for Berries with Wendy G. Jensen. Ages 5, and up, with adults, fee. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (413) 623-6635 to register, 7 Brooker Hill Rd, Becket.

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 Debate Society Social, 5:30 p.m.: Join the creators of the 1950s suburban thriller "Blood Play" for show-inspired drinks (Rapupu Sours?) and hors d'oeuvres (Herring Apple-d-lite?). Interactive discussion and demonstration of ensemble's detailed environments and invented histories. Williamstown.

 

COMMUNITY

Third Thursday

"Weird Science," free, family-friendly street festival 5 to 8 p.m. Pittsfield. discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays.

 

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: Amy Marshall Dance Company, 6:15 p.m. Becket.

 

KID STUFF

Berkshire Theatre Group


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"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

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meye and Chris Thile, with guest Aoife O'Donovan -- Goat Rodeo -- organic cross-genre project stemming from their friendship ("A chaotic situation, often one that involves several people, each with a different genda/vision/perception of what's going on") 8:30 p.m. in the Shed, Lenox.

 

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, 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "Much Ado about Nothing," Shakespearean comedy, 8 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.

Chester Theater

"An Illiad," 2 and 8 p.m., re-imagining of Homer's classic: much-traveled Poet, accompanied by live music, tells his story of gods and goddesses, kings and heroes, epic battles and endless war. Chester.

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

"Beauty Queen of Leeane," dark Irish mother-and-daughter comedy, 3 p.m. "Les Faux Pas," 5:30 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Children," Olympia Dukakis in Bertol Brecht drama set in 30 Years War, 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

"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.

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.

Williams Theatre Lab

Open lab weekend: Evening performances of work developed and conceived in the workshops and alumni initiated projects of the 2013 Lab. panel discussions, master classes. ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

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., Nikos Stage, Williamstown.

 

WRITING

WordXWord Festival

WXW Poetry Slam Prelims, WXW Amazing Poetry Race (Third Thursday) and Feature Night -- A half dozen or more nationally recognized poets and spoken word artists share the stage. 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.

 

Friday, Aug. 16

ART

Becket Arts Center

Printaganza with Abby DuBow. Ages 6 and up with adult, fee. Artist Reception: Members Exhibit, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free, through August 25. (413) 623-6635 at 7 Brooker Hill Rd, Becket.

 

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Museum

Free Fun Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Berkshire Museum will be open to the public free as part of the Highland Street Foundation's summer-long Free Fun Fridays program. Pittsfield.

Bennington Battle Day

Lunch at the Fire Station, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chinese auction an chicken barbecue, 4 p.m. onward. Car cruise 6 to 8 p.m., and Las Vegas Night with DJ Ben Patten from Magic 590, 6 to 10 p.m. VSFA Convention begins 5 p.m. at Bennington Museum. Bennington, Vt.

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: American Repertory Ballet, 6:15 p.m. Free PillowTalk: The art of promotion, 5 p.m. Becket.

Performance Space 21

PearsonWidrig Dancetheater, "Ordinary Festivals and Other Works" transforms the familiar into the mysterious, the subversive, and the intimate, 8 p.m. Chatam, N.Y.

 

KID STUFF

Adams

Movie night, "Oz the Great and Powerful," starts at dusk, free, Adams Town Hall Lawn. www.celebrateadams.com.

Berkshire Theatre Group

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

Performance Space 21

"Youth Theater Celebration," 11 a.m. Young actors from Chatham will present a mini-festival of plays they have created from scratch, free. Chatham, N.Y.

MUSIC

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.

Mass MoCA

Mucca Pazza, marching band rock, weekend residency. North Adams.

Tanglewood

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 Pops Orchestra with Keith Lockhart, conductor, Michael Feinstein and Friends, at 8:30 p.m. in the Shed. Lenox.

 

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Cocktails in Great Gardens: home of Douglas and Wilmer Thomas, 5 to 7 p.m. See a private garden, 101 Selleck Hill Road, Salisbury, Conn. Reservations (413) 298-3926.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Much Ado about Nothing," Shakespearean comedy, 2 and 8 p.m., Mainstage. "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. 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.

Chester Theater

"An Illiad," 8 p.m., re-imagining of Homer's classic: much-traveled Poet, accompanied by live music, tells his story of gods and goddesses, kings and heroes, epic battles and endless war. Chester.

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

Shakespeare & Young Company perform, 5 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Children," Olympia Dukakis in Bertold Brecht drama set in 30 Years War, 7:30 p.m. p.m "Beauty Queen of Queen 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.

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. 7 p.m., members private performance and 5th Anniversary party. The Mount, Lenox.

Williams Theatre Lab

Open lab weekend: Evening performances of work developed and conceived in the workshops and alumni initiated projects of the 2013 Lab. panel discussions, master classes. ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Fridays@3, 3 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown. "The Bridges of Madison County," Family night, 8 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "Blood Play," 8 p.m., NIkos Stage, Williamstown.

 

WRITING

WordXWord Festival

WXW Poetry Slam Semi-finals and Encyclopedia Show. 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.

 

Saturday, Aug. 17

ART

Summer Arts and Crafts Show

More than 80 jury-selecte artisans and crafters who will display their work ranging from paintings to ceramics, firberware to glass blowing.10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free, grounds of the Stockbridge Town Offices and Bidwell Park, 50 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-5200, www.stockbridgechamber.org.

Williams College Museum of Art

"72 Degrees: LA Art from the Collection" opens -- show highlights work by artists in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s. Forging various west coast aesthetics that included assemblage, Finish Fetis, and conceptualism, artists explored materials in new ways. Williamstown.

COMMUNITY

Bennington Battle Day

VSFA morning sports events with sports parade an fireman's muster, 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Awards dinner at Elks Lodge, 6 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Greek Fest 2013

Food, live music, pastries , dancing: A taste of Greece without the travel, rain or shine, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 73 Bradford St. Pittsfield. (413) 442-8113, www.christisrisen.com.

Sandisfield Arts Center

"Looking backwards: ‘40s and ‘50s America," 10 a.m. Professor Bill Cohnreflects on what those years meant to those who came of age during World War II and the years that followed. Sandisfield.

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Wendy Whelan contemporary NYC Ballet, collaboration with four choreographers, 2 and 8 p.m. La Otra Orilla, Montreal-based ensemble merges flamenco dance, contemporary choreography, imaginative video art and animation and live music, 2:15 and 8:15 p.m. Free Inside/Out Performance: School at Jacob's Pillow Jazz/Musical Theatre Program, 6:15 p.m. Free PillowTalk: Carmen, A Gyspy Geography -- Ninotchka Bennahum's new book explores Carmen, 4 p.m. Becket.

Lenox Contradance

Live music by Spare Parts, 8-11:30 p.m., new dancers at 8 p.m. Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox. (413)528-4007. www.lenoxcontradance.org.

Performance Space 21

PearsonWidrig Dancetheater, "Ordinary Festivals and Other Works" transforms the familiar into the mysterious, the subversive, and the intimate, 8 p.m. Chatam, N.Y.

 

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

WeeMuse: Countdown to Kindergarten night, 5 to 7 p.m. Parents and children can join in activities to get ready to go to school for the first time. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Peter Pan," musical at Colonial Theatre, 2 and 7 p.m., Pittsfield.

MUSIC

Guthrie Center

Sally-Jane Heit presents "A Vaudeville," theatre tradition of comedy and song, to benefit Guthrie Center, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Troubador series, folk music. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Mucca Pazza, marching band rock, weekend residency. North Adams.

Stockbridge Sinfonia

Berkshires' community orchestra plays music of Mozart, Beethoven, Smetana, and Thomson, with Christine Singer, violin soloist in Beethoven's Romance in G Major, 2 p.m. Free. Norman Rockwell Museum, Route 183, Stockbridge. www.stockbridgesinfonia.org, (413) 637-4059.

Tanglewood

Pre-Rehearsal Talk at 9:30 a.m.; rehearsal for Saturday program at 10:30 a.m.; Boston Symphony Orchestra with Bernard Haitink, conductor; Isabelle Faust, violin; Camilla Tilling, soprano: Mozart "Violin Concerto No. 5" and Mahler, "Symphony No. 4," 8:30 p.m. in the Shed, Lenox.

Tannery Pond concerts

Vassily Primakov returns with duo partner and friend for more than a decade, Natalia Lavrova. Primakov plays Chopin, followed by the duo, on two pianos, playing Rachmaninov. 8 p.m., New Lebanon, N.Y.

 

OUTDOORS

Tamarack Hollow

Berkshire Plateau "drowned lands" watershed backcountry hike at Tamarack Hollow in Windsor. Register www.massaudubon.org or (413) 584-3009.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "Much Ado about Nothing," Shakespearean comedy, 8 p.m., Mainstage. Music Theatre Apprentices perform 10-minute musicals, 10:30 p.m., Mr. Finn's Cabaret. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"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 Theater

"An Illiad," 8 p.m., re-imagining of Homer's classic: much-traveled Poet, accompanied by live music, tells his story of gods and goddesses, kings and heroes, epic battles and endless war. 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

Behind-the-scenes tour, 10:30 a.m. "Mother Courage and Her Children," 2 p.m. "Beauty Queen of Leeane," 3 p.m. "Les Faux Pas," 5:30 a.m. "Love's Labour's Lost," 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.

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. 3 p.m. at The Mount, Lenox.

Williams Theatre Lab

Open lab weekend: Afternoon and evening performances of work developed and conceived in the workshops and alumni initiated projects of the 2013 Lab. panel discussions, master classes. ‘62 Center, Williamstown.

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.

 

WRITING

WordXWord Festival

WXW Poetry Slam Finals and WXW Finale 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.

 

Sunday, Aug. 18

ART

Arts and Crafts Show

More than 80 jury-selected artisans and crafters who will display their work ranging from paintings to ceramics, firberware to glass blowing.10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, grounds of the Stockbridge Town Offices and Bidwell Park, 50 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-5200, www.stockbridgechamber.org.

Drawing and collage

Botanical Drawing Workshop with Diane Firtell and Alchemy Initiative, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., learn basic drawing techniques through simple exercises and explore collage on multiple surfaces: art work, decorative flower pots, boxes, light switches and jewelry. Bascom Lodge, summit of Mount Greylock. www.AlchemyInitiative.org.

COMMUNITY

Bennington Battle Day

Battle Day Parade, 12:30 p.m. Main and Safford streets to Depot Street, to River Street, to Firestation. Trophies presented 4 p.m. Bennington, Vt.

Greek Fest 2013

Food, live music, pastries , dancing: A taste of Greece without the travel, rain or shine, noon to 6 p.m. St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 73 Bradford St. Pittsfield. (413) 442-8113, www.christisrisen.com.

 

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Wendy Whelan contemporary NYC Ballet, collaboration with four choreographers, 2 p.m. La Otra Orilla, Montreal-based ensemble merges flamenco dance, contemporary choreography, imaginative video art and animation and live music, 2:15 p.m. Master class: La Otra Orilla. Becket.

Performance Space 21

"Dance Omi @ PS21: Critical Response to Dance Omi Works-in-Progress," 2 p.m. dance artists in residence at Dance Omi and the audience. Reception for the dance artists will follow. Free. Chatam, N.Y.

 

FILM

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire

"Hava Nagila" -- A new film about the dance that makes every simcha come to life.Regional premiere at The Triplex, 11 a.m. Great Barrington.

 

HISTORY

North Adams Historical Society

Annual Commemoration of the Siege of Fort Massachusetts, 2 p.m. Free. North Adams Museum of History and Science, Building 5A Western Gateway Heritage State Park. 413-664-4700 or nahs@bcn.net or www.northadamshistory.org.

 

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten, 1 and 3 p.m. Arthur's younger sister prepares to start school. Presented by City Stage Co., Inc, in partnership with the Boston Children's Museum. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Theatre Group

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

MUSIC

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

"Free to Be...You and Me" with Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin, 7 p.m. A conversation about children, families, and the future, celebrating the 40th anniversary of "Free to Be...You and Me," the record album, book and Emmy Award-winning ABC television special including Carol Channing, Cicely Tyson, football star Rosey Grier and singers Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. Proceeds will benefit the Free To Be Foundation and Mahaiwe Education programs. Great Barrington.

Mass MoCA

Mucca Pazza, marching band rock, weekend residency. North Adams.

Stockbridge Sinfonia

Berkshires' community orchestra plays music of Mozart, Beethoven, Smetana, and Thomson, with Christine Singer, violin soloist in Beethoven's Romance in G Major, reception to follow concert, 6 p.m. Free. Norman Rockwell Museum, Route 183, Stockbridge. www.stockbridgesinfonia.org, (413) 637-4059.

Tanglewood

Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert with Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor, and Emanuel Ax, piano: Mozart "Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat," and Mahler, Symphony No. 1," 2:30 p.m. in the Shed, Lenox.

 

OUTDOORS

Bartholomew's Cobble

Fabulous Ferns 1 to 3 p.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. Canoe trip down the Housatonic, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays to Sept. 8. Sheffield. (413) 229-8600

Bascom Lodge

"Project Pangaea and the Extension of the Appalachian Trail." Ralph Brill will detail plans for extending the Appalachian Trail from the United States through Canada, Iceland, Western Europe and other countries (and islands) for approximately 20,000 miles and ending in Morocco. 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

Conversation with Mark St. Germain, 1 p.m., free at St. Germain Stage. "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," 3 p.m., St. Germain Stage. "Much Ado about Nothing," Shakespearean comedy, 5 p.m., Mainstage. Music Theatre Apprentices perform 10-minute musicals, 8 p.m., Mr. Finn's Cabaret. Pittsfield.

Chester Theater

"An Illiad," 2 p.m., re-imagining of Homer's classic: much-traveled Poet, accompanied by live music, tells his story of gods and goddesses, kings and heroes, epic battles and endless war. 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's talk with Olympia Dukakis, 10:30 a.m. "Love's Labours Lost," 2 p.m. "Master Class," 3 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Children," 7:30 p.m. "Beauty Queen of Leeane," 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.

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. 3 p.m. at The Mount, Lenox.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

"The Bridges of Madison County," 2 p.m., Main Stage, Williamstown. "Blood Play," 2 p.m., Nikos Stage, Williamstown.

 

WRITING

Chabad

"Torah Workshops in Tanglewood Country," 10 a.m. Discussion of Bible stories. Pittsfield.

 

Monday, Aug. 19

FILM

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival

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

MUSIC

Becket Arts Center

"A Taste of Tanglewood" Kristina Bachrach, soprano, accompanied by pianist Bretton Brown perform an array of art songs by Hugo Wolf, Lee Hoiby, and Henri Duparc. Both are 2013 Tanglewood Music Center fellows. 7:30 p.m. Free. Dessert & Coffee 7 p.m., $5. Becket Washington School, 12 Maple Street, Becket. (413) 623-6635.

Tanglewood

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with Josh Ritter, 7 p.m. in the Shed, Lenox.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

West Side Community Arts Project, teenage women working with Berkshire actors and writers create their own take on Ntozake Shange's choreopoem and Broadway play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf," 7 p.m. St. Germain Stage, 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.

 

WRITING

The Mount

"American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath," author's talk and tea with Carl Rollyson, 4 p.m. First Plath biographer to draw from the Ted Hughes archives, which include letters between Plath and Hughes and unpublished papers, shows Plath as a powerful force. Lenox.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 20

FILM

Performance Space 21

"100 Years of Dance on Camera," 8:30 p.m., free. An evening of short films and excerpts curated and introduced by Deirdre Towers, former producer of the annual Dance on Camera festival from 1994-2012. Chatham, N.Y.

HISTORY

Ventfort Hall

John Matteson, biographer, professor of English, will take on two generations of a famous 19th-century American family with "Louisa May and the Influential Mr. Alcott," Pulitzer-Prize-winning book. Lenox.

MUSIC

Clark Art Institute

Dover String Quartet, 8 p.m.: Young string quartet: Beethoven's Quartet in E minor, Opus 59, No. 2; "De Profundis," a short work written by local composer Stephen Dankner in memory of former Williams professor Irwin Shainman, and the Brahms Quartet in A minor, Opus 51, No. 2. Williamstown.

 

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Much Ado about Nothing," Shakespearean comedy, 7 p.m., Mainstage. "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," 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. "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.

Shakespeare & Company

"Beauty Queen of Leeane," 3 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Children," 7:30 p.m. "Heroes," 8:30 p.m. Lenox.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 21

COMMUNITY

Elizabeth Freeman Day

Celebrate Ealizabeth Freeman, who sued for her freedom in 1781, helping to end slavery in Massachusetts. Music, talks, dancing and community festivities 5 to 7 p.m., free, at the Ashley House, where she lived as a slave. New outdoor exhibit on Freeman's life and legacy. Ashley House, Sheffield.

DANCE

Jacob's Pillow

Martha Graham Dance Company re-stages her "Rite of Spring," 8 p.m. Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion, "Pavement," emotional chronology of Black America, 8:15 p.m. Becket. Free Inside/Out Performance: A Palo Seco Flamenco, New York City-based Flamenco company, 6:15 p.m. Becket.

HISTORY

Bascom Lodge

The WPA and CCC in Massachusetts: Projects in the 1930s. 6 p.m. Free. Summit of Mount Greylock.

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

Concerts at Windsor Lake

Free live music, 6:30 p.m. Concessions available. 200 Bradley St., North Adams. www.northadams-ma.gov, (413) 664-6180.

Lilac Park concerts

Wanda Houston Big & Bigger, 6:30 p.m. Main Street, Lenox. (413) 637-3646.

 

OUTDOORS

Notchview

Full moon hike: Family-friendly climb as the summer moon rises to discover what goes on at night in the forest. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Windsor.

THEATER

Barrington Stage Company

"Much Ado about Nothing," Shakespearean comedy, 2 and 7 p.m., Mainstage. "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," 7:30 p.m., St. Germain Stage. Pittsfield.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Staged Reading of new play, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington.

Berkshire Theatre Group

"Anna Christie" by Eugene O'Neill, 7 p.m. a young woman abandoned by her father meets him as an adult. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. "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.

Chester Theater

"An Illiad," 8 p.m., re-imagining of Homer's classic: much-traveled Poet, accompanied by live music, tells his story of gods and goddesses, kings and heroes, epic battles and endless war. Chester.

Shakespeare & Company

Behind-the-scenes tour, 10:30 a.m. "Heroes," 3 p.m. Stuio series, New work: "A Thousand Words" by Gwendolyn Rice, 5 p.m. "Les Faux Pas," 5:30 p.m. "Mother Courage and Her Children," 7:30 p.m. "Beauty Queen of Leeane," 8:30 p.m. with Q&A. Lenox.

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.