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Adams, 6-7 p.m.
JMarafanyi Drum, Dance & Song, an all-female troupe, will present drumming and dance at Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock. Admission is free.
LOVE LETTERS BY A.R. GURNEY WITH ALI MACGRAW AND RYAN O'NEAL
Great Barrington, 8 p.m.
LIVE ONSTAGE Hollywood legends Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal star in “Love Letters,” playwright A.R. Gurney’s enduring romance about first loves and second chances. The duo played star-crossed lovers in the 1970 classic film “Love Story” and will perform “Love Letters” in Great Barrington for one night only. This 90-minute play shares the simple reading of correspondence between the two characters. It is a testament to a love that lasts 50 years, despite very different paths in life and different choices made. For tickets and more information click here or call the Box Office at 413.528.0100 (Wed-Sat, Noon-4pm).
FAMILY FLICKS UNDER THE STARS
Images Cinema will present Family Flicks Under the Stars, its annual summer outdoor movie series, this July and August on three consecutive Sunday nights starting at sundown (around 8:15 p.m.). All movies will be shown on Morgan Lawn, at the corner of Spring Street and Route 2. Concessions will be available onsite. Movies are free to attend. The audience is invited to bring chairs and blankets, picnics, and bug spray. The schedule is as follows: July 22, “Wall-E”; July 29, “Hairspray” from 1988; and Aug. 5, “Black Panther.” Aug. 12 is a rain date.
Williamstown, 1 p.m.
The Clark Art Institute invites the public for weekly half-hour talks in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, which houses the Institute’s collection of more than 6,000 prints, drawings, and photographs. The free talks explore a selection of rarely exhibited works on paper with a member of the curatorial department. The talks continue through Monday, Aug. 27. Talks are limited to twenty visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors should enter through the Manton Research Center.
TURN JUNK INTO ART
Pittsfield, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tina Cardot from the Funky Phoenix will demonstrate how to turn junk into amazing art at the Berkshire Museum. This is an opportunity to deconstruct objects and recombine them into a product of creativity and imagination. The workshop will be held every Monday through Aug. 27. Admission is included in museum admission.
YOGA AT LAKE MANSFIELD
Great Barrington, 8 - 9 a.m.
Suggested donation of $10 to support Great Barrington Land Conservancy and Lake Mansfield. Bring a mat and join yogini Senta Reis for a wonderful outdoor yoga class at Lake Mansfield. All abilities welcome. More information at www.GBLand.org
HANCOCK KIDS ACADEMY
Hancock, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hands to Work, Hearts to Good Session 1: July 23-27 (grades 3-5) Session 2: August 6-10 (grades 6-8) Time: 9am to 4pm An exciting week that engages kids in all aspects of a vibrant outdoor museum and farm. Have fun, build self-confidence, and develop values through learning historic crafts, helping with farm and garden chores, exploring the Village, hiking the farm and forest trail, and much more! FEE $255/$230 members
Pittsfield, 10-11:30 a.m.
Temple Anshe Amunim will host a four-part Play Analysis series titled “Starting Over: Jews in America” on July 24 and 31 and Aug. 7 and 20. Dr. Barbara Waldinger will lead discussion and analysis of two plays. Mark Harelik's “The Immigrant” is about a Russian Jewish immigrant who speaks no English, emigrates to the United States in 1909, and instead of arriving at Ellis Island, finds himself lost in Galveston, Texas. The second play, “A Shayna Maidel” by Barbara Lebow, is about Lusia Weiss Pechenix, who arrives at her sister Rose's apartment in New York City, having survived a Nazi concentration camp in German occupied Poland. The cost for the four-session course is $45 for all four sessions or $15 per session. For more information, call 413-442-5910.
TERRY A LA BERRY AND FRIENDS
Lenox, 11 a.m.-noon
Terry a la Berry and Friends perform every Tuesday through Aug. 21 in the Roche Reading Park next to the library. An ice cream social will be held after the August 21 concert. Terry A La Berry has been performing for children for more than 30 years in venues stretching from the White House to the Miami Children’s Museum and everywhere in between.
BALLOON MAGIC SHOW
Adams, 2:30 p.m.
The Adams Free Library’s Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock!” Will host “Jungle Jim” Manning’s tubular balloon magic show, which, combined with comedy, improv and rad elements from 1980s classics make this one righteous show you won't want to miss. An adult must accompany children under 8 years of age. Library events are free and open to the public.
‘THE INVENTION OF THE AMERICAN ART MUSEUM’
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Trinity College professor of fine arts Kathleen Curran will exhibit in-depth knowledge on “The Invention of the American Art Museum” as the subject of a Tea & Talk at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. Curran will sign copies of her new book, “The Invention of the American Art Museum: From Craft to Kulturgeschichte, 1870 – 1930” at a Victorian tea following her talk. Curran will trace the little-known collection and exhibition strategies of Kulturgeschichte (cultural history) museums in America. Tickets are $26 in advance and $32 on the day of the event. Reservations recommended at 413-637-3206.
CONCERTS AT THE CLARK
Williamstown, 6 p.m.
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic meals, and dancing shoes for the Clark Art Institute’s free summer concert series, featuring three bands performing on Tuesdays in July. The series kicks off with East Coast Soul on July 10, followed by Kimber Ludiker and Friends on July 17 and Across the Pond on July 24. All concerts are held outdoors on the lawn and are suitable for all ages. In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
BOOK LAUNCH AND EXHIBIT OPENING
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
A book launch for "I Will Never Forget: Memoir of a B-26 Pilot" will be held in the big red barn at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road. Artie Artig did not get the opportunity to finish his memoirs; in 2018, the Berkshire County Historical Society (Peter Bergman, editor), with the help of Artig’s son Donald, published it. The Historical Society is also opening a new exhibit, also called "I Will Never Forget..." celebrating the unselfish accomplishments of many of Berkshire County's volunteers and recruits in the world war that devastated the globe from 1940 through 1945.
CONCERTS IN THE ARBORETUM
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Hebert Arboretum at Springside Park, 874 North St., hosts concerts on Tuesday nights throughout July. Bring a blanket. The concerts are free but donations are appreciated. The schedule is as follows: July 10, Wintergreen; July 17, Eagles Concert Band; July 24, Eagles Big Band Swing Music.
NEW PLAY READINGS
Vermont, 7 p.m.
Oldcastle Theatre Company is presenting a series of readings of new plays by well-known playwrights. The series continues with Nathan Stith directing “Stripped,” a play by his Trinity University colleague Rachel Joseph, at the Bennington Free Library. Underneath the play's seeming realism is a dreamlike, not-of-this-world world. Two of the characters are analysts and the others are their patients. The cast includes Oldcastle regulars Meredith Meurs, Richard Howe and Christine Decker and Gabriel Vaughan.
MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College astronomy students will host free shows for the public on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through Aug. 9 at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector. For reservations (required), contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.
MOTH WEEK CELEBRATION
Windsor, 8-10 p.m.
Celebrate National Moth Week and try your hand at becoming a “citizen scientist” by joining moth specialist Betsy Higgins with insect enthusiast Jason Crockwell and Tamarack Hollow staff in identifying and learning about nighttime pollinators, insects and moths. The goal is to document and identify as many species as we can AND to have fun looking at the array of species that show up. We will also have a campfire with marshmallows and moth stories to share. Admission is $10; youths 12 and under and Windsor residents are free. Email to register; space is limited.
YOGA AND GALLERY TALKS
Williamstown, 9 a.m.
Reflect and refocus with weekly yoga classes and morning gallery talks at the Clark Art Institute. Beginning July 10, Devin Kibbe of North Adams Yoga teaches the free “Yoga on the Terrace” series of classes, followed by “Reflections: An Introspective Gallery Experience” talks at 10:30 am. Gallery talks are included with the price of admission. Space is limited; visit the website to reserve. Yoga classes are free and do not require advance registration. Best suited for ages 12 and up; dress in comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement and bring a yoga mat. In the event of rain, yoga classes will be canceled.
Williamstown, 1-4 p.m.
In celebration of the summer exhibits “Women Artists in Paris” and “The Art of Iron”, the Clark Art Institute invites families for free, weekly art-making sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Wednesday, July 11, and continuing through Thursday, Aug. 30. Clark educators provide all materials for the workshops, which are held outdoors in the visitors’ picnic tent near the reflecting pools. These activities are weather dependent.
'ART OF IRON' WORKSHOPS
Williamstown, 1-4 p.m.
In celebration of the special exhibit "The Art of Iron" the Clark Art Institute has scheduled free art-making activities on Wednesdays from July 11 through Aug. 29. The family-friendly “Form/Function” sessions include a metalworking demonstration by a local blacksmith. Participants create a unique piece of wire sculpture inspired by the intricate forms on view in the exhibition. Located outside under the Visitors’ Picnic Tent, these free activities are designed give creative context to gallery experiences. Clark educators provide instruction and all materials.
LET'S GET READY FOR KINDERGARTEN
Lenox, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
South Berkshire Kids presents Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten at the Lenox Library, a weekly caregiver/child program for children who will be entering kindergarten or preK in the fall. Each week we will be working on a different skill: letter and number recognition, print awareness, social skills, and much more. No registration necessary.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATWALK BOUTIQUE
Great Barrington, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
This year, Berkshire Humane Society’s resale shop, Catwalk Boutique, turns 4 years old. The shop specializes in like-new, gently used hip and stylish women’s fashion, from evening wear to active wear, including jewelry, hand bags, and other accessories. All proceeds from the shop benefit homeless animals. Catwalk’s birthday will be celebrated with cake and refreshments.
CLARK ART WALKING TOURS
Williamstown, 2 p.m.
The Clark Art Institute will hold twice-weekly walking tours of the institute's campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Sept. 1. “Did You Know' A Guided Walking Tour” is a free, one-hour exploration of the Clark's picturesque landscape. Tour guides highlight features unknown to many visitors, from outdoor installations to the Institute's ongoing sustainability initiative. Registration is not required, but space is limited to 20 visitors. Severe weather cancels this event.
WAM THEATRE GALA
Richmond, 5:30 p.m.
WAM Theatre’s annual Midsummer Cocktail Party Benefit will be held at the Berkshire Equestrian Center. Guests will be the first to learn about this year’s beneficiary for WAM’s fall Main Stage production of "Ann," starring Jayne Atkinson, and will get an exclusive premiere performance of the 2018 cohort of Girls Ensemble’s devised play. This year 12 participants from five different towns and eight different schools are creating an original piece around the timely theme of justice. Berkshire favorite Ty Allan Jackson is the host for the evening. Tickets rangle from $75-$250 and are available online.
TOWN PLAYERS AUDITIONS
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Town Players of Pittsfield announces auditions for the fall production that will launch its 98th Season. "New and Used" is a smart, sexy romantic comedy for older actors and is based loosely (and lovingly) on Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice." Auditions are in Room K111 at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St. Sought are comic actors ages 35 to 70 for 16 roles (10 women and six men). Audition is by cold read only and actors do not need to prepare anything in advance. Rehearsals begin Aug. 13 and the show will be in early October at Berkshire Community College on the main stage of the Robert Boland Theater.
TALK ON SAVING FORESTS
Adams, 6-7 p.m.
"Saving Massachusetts Forests for Climate, Nature, and People," a presentation by Michael Kellett on the benefits of forests for people and the climate, will be held at Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock. The talk is free.
CONCERTS IN THE PARK
Lenox, 6:30 p.m.
Free concerts are held in Lilac Park on Main Street through Aug. 29. In the event of rain, the show is moved to Town Hall. The schedule is as follows: July 11, Tupper and Sweet; July 18, The Last Minute Jazz Ensemble; July 25, Lade Di and the Dukes; Aug. 1, Sister City Jazz Ambassadors; Aug. 8, Misty Blue; Aug. 15, Moonshine Holler; Aug. 22, The Eagles Big Band and HBH Band with Wanda Houston; Aug. 29.
TALK ON SHAYS' REBELLION
Adams, 6:30 p.m.
The Adams Historical Society will present “Samuel Adams and Shays’ Rebellion,” a talk by historian William M. Fowler Jr., in Memorial Hall of the Adams Free Library. Shays’ Rebellion was an armed uprising that took place in central and western Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787. The rebellion was named after one of its leaders, Daniel Shays, a veteran of the American Revolution. Men from Adams’ north and south villages, as well as other towns in Berkshire County, took part in the rebellion. Eli Parsons, a resident of the north village, was also one of the leaders.
CONCERT AT THE LAKE PRESENTS BANG ON A CAN
North Adams, 7 p.m.
* NOTICE: This concert starts later than 6:30PM Each summer from June through August the City of North Adams hosts a free weekly concert series, sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, at Windsor Lake (intersection of Kemp and Bradley Streets). These concerts combine great music with the beautiful natural backdrop of Windsor Lake. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and let the sweet sounds of music and water carry you away on a warm summer night. Concessions are available at the lake, but people are welcome to bring their own food. Parking is free during concerts, and swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed at the lake. All cancellations will be called by 3PM on the day of the concert. For more details follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/natourism/, call 413-664-6180, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
‘CURTIS ON TOUR’
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
“Curtis on Tour” returns to New England for its inaugural performance in the intimate Saint James Place sanctuary Wednesday, July 25, 7:00pm. The performance features an extraordinary classic string program performed by distinguished Curtis Institute President Roberto Diaz and Curtis students, who are about to emerge onto the world stage. This performance honors the generous support from the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust in the restoration of the 1857 church into Saint James Place. In its first season, the classical music presented in SJPs’ restored sanctuary space has been compared to the original sound for which the music was written. For tickets, visit the website. A pre-performance lecture will be held at 6 p.m.
- Frederick Moyer on piano
- Job Seeker Focus Groups
- Talk on saving forests
- Marafanyi Drum, Dance & Song
- Book Launch and Exhibit Opening
- Jul, 05 - Shifts in the Supreme Court
- Jul, 05 - A Complicated History
- Jun, 04 - Strength in Numbers
- Jun, 01 - The Licorice Project
- May, 14 - Animals, Art, and Philosophy