4 events not to miss this week, Jan. 12-18

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Experience adventurous, new music

The Williams College Department of Music will present I/O Fest 2020, a four-day festival of new music. Each year students, guests, faculty and audiences gather to explore a world of new sounds and adventurous music across a spectrum of the most interesting voices on the contemporary scene. The festival runs from Thursday through Sunday in various venues in Williamstown. All events are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. On Thursday, listen to internationally renowned, New York-based quartet Yarn/Wire and on Friday, enjoy a concert by I/O Fest's house band. For more information, and a complete schedule, visit music.williams.edu/ensembles/io.

Take in the winter exhibit at The Clark

It may not be the middle of summer but there is still plenty of beautiful art to take in this time of year. Visit The Clark Art Institute's exhibit "Arabesque," open now through March 22. Comprised of 45 works of art from The Clark's collection and on loan from other institutions, the show examines the transformative journey of the arabesque, beginning with the Rococo period and German Romantic artists such as Philipp Otto Runge, Peter von Cornelius and Eugen Napoleon Neureuther. The highlight of the show comes at the end, where visitors are treated to Henri Matisse's "Pianist and Checker Players." clarkart.edu

Learn about Williamstown's trees

Retired professor Dustin Griffin will offer a talk, "A Layman's History of Williamstown's Trees," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Paresky Center, 39 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. The lecture, presented in conjunction with the Williams Outing Club, is free. The illustrated lecture begins with the accounts of early travelers in 18th century, continues through the clearing of land for farms, and subsequent reforestation when farms were abandoned, the loss of trees to natural as well as human causes, tree planting projects, and the heyday of Main Street as a leafy avenue lined with majestic elms. It includes stories of famous old trees and photos of many of the biggest surviving trees today.

Learn more about protest art

In conjunction with the "Tiny Pricks Project: Empower and Reclaim" exhibit, artist and public speaker, Pops Peterson will give a new presentation "The Making of a Protest Artist," at The Foundry at West Stockbridge. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Peterson will discuss artists whose artwork was devoted to making political change. Peterson will examine the reasons why the artists were prompted to devote their work to activism and, in the second part of his speech, will discuss his own personal journey from landscape and portrait painting to activist art. Peterson is an artist and public speaker from the Berkshires, best known for his award-winning series, "Reinventing Rockwell," and his multimedia presentation and podcast, "Portraits Of Freedom." Tickets are $15. thefoundryws.com

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