4 events not to miss this week, Jan. 13 - 19

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Take to the stage with Williamstown Theatre Festival

Calling all aspiring thespians! Join the Williamstown Theatre Festival for a free community theater workshop. WTF artists will lead the group from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Boland Theatre, Koussevitsky Arts Center at Berkshire Community College, in exploring two fundamentals of theater and storytelling. Through simple and fun group exercises, community members will be able to step inside the creative process. Another event will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at The Harper Center at 118 Church St. in Williamstown. No prior experience is required! This workshop is a part of WTF's COMMUNITY WORKS program, a year-round community-engaged theater program committed to creating theater by, for and of the Berkshires. This workshop is open to participants who are 18 or older. In case of inclement weather, check here for updates and/or cancellations.

See a live show at The Garage

Don't miss your chance to see The Alchemystics at The Garage (Colonial Theatre Lobby) on Friday, Jan. 18. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. Fueled by their passion to explore beyond traditional musical boundaries, The Alchemystics blend reggae, hip-hop, soul and rock into modern-day roots music with global appeal creating a powerful and unmistakable sound. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of show. For more information, visit berkshiretheatregroup.org.

Go fishing ... but dress warmly

The Lanesborough Volunteer Firemens Association will host its Ice Fishing Derby from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, on Pontoosuc Lake. Registration will take place behind the park on Narragansett Avenue. There will be cash prizes, raffles and trophies for the littlest anglers competing. To enter, adults $10; children 12 and under free.

Go to the movies, and get a history lesson

Anthony Daly, professor of History, Political Science and Public Policy at MCLA, will introduce the 7 p.m. screening of "Mary Queen of Scots" on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Images Cinema in Williamstown. Learn how Mary Stuart, Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Rivals in power and in love — and female monarchs in a masculine world — the two "sisters" decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence, while betrayal, rebellion and royal court conspiracies imperil both thrones and, ultimately, change the course of history. "Mary Queen of Scots" screens at Images Friday, Jan. 11 through Thursday, Jan. 17 and will be presented on its Main Screen.

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