5 things to do if you're on a budget this week


Author talk

Don't miss the chance to hear Deborah Eisenberg, author of four collections of short stories and "The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg" which won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She will speak at Bard College as part of the Poetry and Fiction Series tonight at 7 p.m. at Bard College's Blodgett House, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. SIMONS-ROCK.EDU


Exhibition opens

Visit Williams College Museum of Art and get a first look at the new Barbara Takenaga exhibition, featuring over 60 paintings. The show opens today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and remains on view through January 2018. Stay after for the Fall Season Celebration, beginning at 5 p.m., Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Williamstown. WCMA.WILLIAMS.EDU


Visiting Artist Series continues

Zivanai Masango and Pachedu comes to Williams Friday to perform from their catalogue of Afropop, Afrojazz and traditional Zimbabwean and Southern African music. Joining Zivanai as a special guest is Tendai Muparutsa, known for his unique guitar and vocal styles, 8 p.m., Chapin Hall, 62 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown. MUSIC.WILLIAMS.EDU


Live on North concert series

Head out Friday night and catch a performance by returning favorite Dan Gingras, 8 to 11 p.m., Hotel On North, 297 North St., Pittsfield. HOTELONNORTH.COM


Live music and German food

Visit Chatham, N.Y. Saturday for Chatham's Octoberfeast: Munich on Main Street, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be live music by Stoneflys, Briant LaPoint, Eli's Gin and Side Show Willie, as well as beer, pretzels, bratwurst and more. There will even be a costume contest, so don't forget your lederhosen. Chatham Brewing hosts, 59 Main Street, Chatham, N.Y. CHATHAMBREWING.COM


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