Recess | Things to do this week: Read with Franco the dog, play chess, enjoy 'Free Day' at Mass MoCA


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It's "Thursdays with Franco," the reading dog, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox. Sign up for a free, 15-minute slot to cuddle with and read to this sweet therapy dog trained through Canine Link. Registration is required for this program, which takes place on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The purpose of a reading to dogs program is to provide children with a comfortable environment to practice their reading skills. All ages are welcome.

To register or for more information, contact youth services librarian Katie Wallick at 413-637-0197, ext. 105, or

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New England Public Radio will accept nominations until Jan. 30 for its annual New England Public Radio Arts & Humanities Awards. These awards recognize those who have made a positive impact on the arts and humanities and bring awareness to the critical role played by musicians, artists, dancers, writers, teachers and cultural institutions in western New England.

To make a nomination, use the online form here:

For questions or more information, contact Vanessa Cerillo, director of marketing and communications at 413-735-6605 or

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Williams Opera Workshop stages Strauss's "Die Fledermaus," (The Revenge of the Bat) with a small orchestra tonight at 7 p.m. Jan. 21. The free, public presentation of operatic scenes takes place in Chapin Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown.

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The operetta plot centers around a ball/costume party. Amid the gowns, tuxedos and party masks, a whimsical farce unfolds as comic revenge is taken to settle the score for a practical joke between friends.

Williams Opera Workshop is a project involving Williams student singers and musicians. Erin Nafziger, artist associate in voice at Williams, is the stage director and choreographer for the production. The orchestra is directed by Sebastian Black, with assistant conductor, Jake Eisner, both students. The cast includes Olivia Graceffa, Spencer Brooks, Erin Kennedy, Joshua Gurwitz, Guanghao Yu, William Ren, Rebecca Kuo and Samori Etienne.


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The Lee Library, 100 Main St., Lee, hosts a Teen Chess Club, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. All levels are welcome to this free program, which allows teenagers to learn new strategies and enjoy time with their peers.

Info: 413-243-0385

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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, will host its annual free admission day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. In addition to open galleries, the museum campus will be filled with art-making activities, lively discussion, tours, pop-up performances and more. This will include history talks about the museum, a "history harvest" for North Adams history as it relates to the campus, and a history book of local residents presentation by students of Drury High School's E3 Academy. There will also be a photo booth; performances by Berkshire Dance Theater, Youth Alive step dance and drumming troupe, gallery talks, and other live music.

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