RECESS | Things to do this week: Meet the 'Batman' producer, get ready to read, play with puppets

Meet ...

On Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., Williams College will host film producer Michael Uslan in the '62 Center MainStage theater in Williamstown for a discussion of his work in the film industry. Uslan's talk is titled "The Birth of the Batman Movie Franchise: How Passion, Perseverance and an Entrepreneurial Spirit Can Make Your Dreams Come True." Tickets are free but required, and can be reserved by calling 413-597-2425 or visiting Tickets will also be available at the door.

Uslan's films include Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" film, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy, Warner Bros. Pictures' "Lego Movie," and Zack Snyder's "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice." His talk, sponsored by the Sterling Fund of Phi Beta Kappa, will be followed by a reception in the MainStage Lobby.

Think ...

Today, South Berkshire Kids presents the first of five sessions in its free "Every Child Ready To Read," series, taking place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. Registration is required and can be done by calling 413-464-5095 or emailing This program for families with young children is part literacy workshop, story time and playgroup in one event. Each registered family will also receive picture books, a book bag, information and resources to support early childhood literacy gains.

See ...

The Advanced Acting Class at Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School will present a reading of Ann-Marie MacDonald's comedic play, "Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Adams Memorial Theatre at Williams College, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. The student actors performing are Natalie Celebi, Miles Fippinger, Shanique Maloney, Riley Rivard, Hannah Stringer, and Caitlin Terpak.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. Snacks and drinks will be for sale during intermission. This event is a fundraiser for the BART theatre department to help fund future shows, field trips, and workshops.

Play ...

Teachers from the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School will perform "A Visit to Snow Mother," the first of three free puppet plays for children at 11:15 a.m. this Saturday, at Mason Library, 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. The storytellers will use their own handmade marionette and needle-felted puppets to share this family-friendly story. More puppet plays in this spring series of free community events are planned for March and April. To learn more, visit or call 413-528-4015.

Grow ...

Berkshire Music School, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, will host a free, public open house event from 10 a.m. to noon, this Saturday. Meet Berkshire Music School faculty, try out a musical instrument, and check out a music class for kids in the school's Taft Recital Hall. Refreshments and school information will be provided. Info: 413-442-1411 or


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