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Pittsfield, 1 p.m.
The Berkshire Athenaeum will host “Comedy and Music” performed by Dave Yubruh. Yubruh (his last name rhymes with “rub ya”) has performed his jokes, stories and songs at comedy and variety shows throughout the Northeast, at clubs, theaters, restaurants, schools, arts centers, cafés, indoor conference rooms, and outdoor pavilions. No registration is required; children under 10 must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 18 years of age.
READING OLYMPICS WITH JUNGLE JIM
Williamstown, 3 p.m.
The Milne Public Library will celebrate the 2016 Summer Reading Program “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” by presenting Jungle Jim in The Reading Olympics. This balloon magic show contains Jim's signature brand of balloon artistry, magic, comedy, storytelling and improvisation with more than 15 volunteers taking part. Archery, basketball, fencing and even Scottish caber toss are just some of the events that our "athletes" will compete in. Most importantly, Jim will incorporate themes demonstrating just how important it is to read and stay active, and how those two things work together. This will be an interactive, high energy, and fun show, focusing on one goal: to inspire and motivate children to make the library their own magical place.
ROCKWELL, WHARTON, AND WORLD WAR I
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Norman Rockwell’s January 18, 1919 Saturday Evening Post cover, titled “Thinking of the Girl Back Home”, depicts a sailor gazing at a photograph of his sweetheart. A short story entitled “The Refugee” appears in the same issue, written by novelist Edith Wharton, reflecting her work in war torn Paris. Join Norman Rockwell Museum’s Curator of Education, Tom Daly, and Wharton scholar Alan Price for a conversation on these two American artists and their responses to “The Great War.” Daly will discuss Rockwell’s World War I Saturday Evening Post covers and the home-front, while Price will discuss Edith Wharton’s work abroad. Presented at Wharton’s Lenox home, The Mount, this lecture will include a wine and cheese reception to follow. Limited seating, advance registration required.
HOMEMADE PIE SALE
North Adams, 5 - 8 p.m.
Naomi Chapter No. 17, Order of the Eastern Star, is sponsoring a Homemade Pie Sale, Thursday, at the DownStreet Art Night, Holden St., North Adams, MA. Whole Pies-$10.00 By the slice-$3.00.
Lenox, 5 - 9 p.m.
Bagel & Brew is teaming up with Jack's Abby brewery, Lakota BBQ, and the sounds of Mill Town Moose. Event will be from 5-9, and Tickets are available now at Bagel & Brew! $20 will get you chicken or ribs, coleslaw, cornbread, baked beans and the first beer. Jack's Abby will be here on four taps and doing some give-aways. Rain or Shine this event should be good!
'LIVING ON EARTH: THE WORK OF ROBERT HITE'
Pittsfield, 5-7:30 p.m.
"Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite," a solo show of sculpture and photography, is co-presented this summer in a special collaboration by the Berkshire Museum and Hancock Shaker Village. "Living on Earth opens" at Berkshire Museum on Thursday, June 30, with an artist’s talk and reception; it opened at Hancock Shaker Village on May 26 and the exhibition will be on view at both venues through Oct. 30. A pilot project, the Hite exhibit is the first in a planned series of shared exhibitions set to explore the indoor and outdoor settings of the two venues. "Living on Earth" is co-curated by Lesley Herzberg, Hancock Shaker Village curator, and Maria Mingalone, director of curatorial affairs and collections at the Berkshire Museum.
North Adams, 5-8 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and its Berkshire Cultural Resource Center host the return of DownStreet Art Thursdays with the kick off of the ninth annual DownStreet Art Festival. The public is encouraged to attend this free event, which will celebrate local art and the community with this year’s theme of “Meet Your Neighbors.” Artists who live and work within 20 miles of North Adams will be highlighted throughout the season. This first DownStreet Art Thursday of 2016 will include works of visual art on display in museums, galleries and non-traditional spaces; the grand openings of four creative incubator spaces; live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances; a night market featuring local food and craft vendors; and the announcement of the Levitt Amp North Adams concert lineup.
SMILE FOR LIFE PAINT & SIP
Pittsfield, 6 p.m.
Join us on 6/30 at Berkshire Paint & Sip, 305 North St, Pittsfield for a fundraiser to benefit the Smile for Life Foundation. You'll learn to paint this fun summer image of "Hanging Flip Flops". All materials, light snack, and donation included for $35. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346
SUMMER PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College invites you to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory, on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings. Summer 2016 shows will be hosted by Williams College student Timothy Nagle-McNaughton ’18 and John Nuciforo of the Pittsfield School District. Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy Jay Pasachoff is Director of the Hopkins Observatory. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in 2005. Shows will last approximately 50 minutes. For reservations (recommended) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or email at email@example.com. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.
WANTED - VENDORS AND CRAFTERS
We are seeking vendors and crafters who make handmade creations which they may wish to sell at The Holiday Craft Connection, November 19, 2016 from 9 am - 3 pm at The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, Massachusetts (located behind NBT Bank). Free admission. For more information please call 413-243-2640 ~ 413-464-2659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration and payment received by July 1, 2016 will be eligible for reduced fees.
New York, 1 - 1:45 p.m.
PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents Mime Eddie Allen July 8 at 1:00pm. This free performance for kids is part of PS21’s Just for Fun program presented on Friday afternoons in July and August. The event takes place at The Tent at PS21, located at 2980 Route 66 in Chatham, NY. Eddie Allen’s show consists of a variety of original mime vignettes. All ages will enjoy imagining invisible walls, ropes, ladders and more. Audience members will be invited on stage to learn a few basic mime moves. Eddie Allen is an accomplished television and movie actor, with appearances on “Hill Street Blues,” “Matlock,” “Melrose Place”, “Seinfeld,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Judging Amy,” “Bones,” “Blue Bloods,” and many others. Admission to this performance is free, and there is no need to register. For more information about this or any other event, please visit our website ps21chatham.org, call (518) 392-6121or email email@example.com.
JULY FIRST FRIDAYS ARTSWALK
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
The July 1st First Fridays Artswalk will encompass more than 15 different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s bustling Upstreet Cultural District, with venues as far south as the Whitney Center for the Arts and as far North as Berkshire Medical Center. There will be a free guided walking tour beginning at 5 pm on July 1st at the Intermodal Center at BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.
BERKSHIRE STONEWALL COMMUNITY MEETING
Pittsfield, 6-8 p.m.
The Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition will hold a LGBTQ Community Meeting at the Berkshire Museum. The event is free and open to the public. The meeting will feature a panel discussion with representatives of local LGBTQ community organizations and initiatives to discuss the effects of the events of the Orlando shooting on the LGBTQ community. Representatives from each of these organizations will speak about their organizations, and the impact they have on the community. Following the panel portion of the meeting, community members will be encouraged to participate in an open conversation to discuss their feelings regarding recent events, as well as the direction of the LGBTQ community, and will be invited to participate in developing and enacting a plan of action for the LGBTQ community of Berkshire County.
THRIVING NOT JUST SURVIVING
W. Stockbridge, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Are you thriving in your personal and professional worlds' This experiential presentation will focus on the mental and spiritual qualities of enthusiasm, simplicity and, gratitude, and how to harness them so you can thrive. Boundless 2015 5 Albany Road, Second Floor, Shaker Mill Tavern West Stockbridge
'BASEBALL IN THE BERKSHIRES'
Lenox, 7 p.m.
The Bookstore at 11 Housatonic St. will host this special event focused on one of our favorite pastimes and written by local authors about our local origins in creating baseball. "Baseball in the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond' tells the extraordinary history of baseball in Berkshire County, where the game was first mentioned in a legal document in 1791. In this western Massachusetts region, often captured in the iconic paintings of Norman Rockwell, the model for the sport as we now know it was born. Home to one of the oldest baseball stadiums in the country still in use, the Berkshires has contributed over one hundred major league players including two native born who are in the Baseball Hall of Fame. With over 40 rarely seen photographs and comprehensive lists and information on players, each turn of the page brings new appreciation for baseball as America's favorite pastime.
GALA AT SPRINGSIDE
Pittsfield, 7-10 p.m.
Pittsfield's lively schedule of Independence Day Weekend festivities will kick off this year with a magical evening of dining, entertainment and nostalgia on the lawn of the historic Elmhurst mansion at Springside Park. Set in tents amidst the softly lit trees and blooming Arboretum gardens, this elegant but affordable reception will feature a bountiful buffet of cuisines from local restaurants and a cash bar of fine wines and craft beer, while the acclaimed Rich Vinette Quartet delights with an evening of jazz standards. The historic Elmhurst mansion (aka Springside House) will be open for tours offering a rare glimpse into the past and future of this legendary building, slated to begin the first phases of restoration work this year. Tickets are available for $30. Call Lisa at 413-499-7505 to reserve tickets.
BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY: 'AMERICAN SON'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Winner of the Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play of 2016, "American Son" stars Tamara Tunie, Michael Hayden, Luke Smith and Andre Ware. This new drama examines our nation's racial divide through the eyes of an estranged, interracial couple. Previews begin June 17, opens June 22, and runs through July 9. Schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7, Thursday through Saturday at 8, Wednesday and Friday at 2, and Sunday at 5. No matinee on Friday, June 17, and no performance on Saturday, June 25. Tickets available at www.barringtonstageco.org, by calling 413-236-8888 or visiting the MainStage box office at 30 Union St., Pittsfield. Tickets range from $20 to $69.
MEETS US AT THE AIRPORT: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
North Adams, 8:30 p.m.
Travel "Around the World in 80 Days" as this epic Academy Award-winning adventure film is screened on the largest movie screen in all of New England — the door of an airplane hangar at Harriman-West Airport. The night starts with classic flight-themed cartoons and balsa wood gliders. Lickety Split serves up hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, and ice cream. BYOC (bring your own chair), but don't BYOB. (full bar on-site).
We are looking for vendors/crafters for The Holiday Craft Connection to be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9 am - 3 pm. The event will be sponsored by and held at The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, Lenox, Massachusetts (located behind NBT Bank). Free admission. For more information please call 413-243-2640 ~ 413-464-2659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration and payment received by July 1, 2016 will be eligible for reduced fees.
Monterey, 1-4 p.m.
The Bidwell House Museum will host a celebration of local history. The event is named for the earliest official designation for the settlement – it was called “Township No. 1 at Hoosatonnuck” in 1737. The name was officially changed to Tyringham at the town’s incorporation in 1762, and it included both towns until they split in 1847. The museum is planning a full afternoon of programs and entertainment for all ages at the Art School Road museum. For more information, call the museum at 413-528-6888 or visit www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.
ALL-AMERICAN BASEBALL DAY
Stockbridge, 1-5 p.m.
Norman Rockwell Museum will celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with "Home Run! An All-American Baseball Day." Pay tribute to our national pastime and the artists who captured the excitement of the game during this afternoon family festival. Meet former Major League Baseball pitcher Jonah Bayliss, current general manager of the North Adams Steeple Cats, and learn about their promising 2016 season. Members of the Pittsfield Suns will play a quick game of catch with visitors and illustrator Joseph Farnham will provide a drawing demonstration related to his "Drawn to the Game" vintage baseball art, followed by a talk by Jim Overmyer, author of Baseball in the Berkshires, detailing the region’s rich history related to the sport. And Baseball Hall of Fame educator Larry Moore will offer a look at the history of the baseball bat. The event is included with museum admission.
YUDKIN LECTURE ON HAYDN
Pittsfield, 10:30 a.m.
Acclaimed music professor Jeremy Yudkin gives his annual OLLI lecture at Berkshire Community College on the topic of “Haydn Before Beethoven.” Explore the music of the young Beethoven and trace the hidden connections between his work and that of his illustrious forebears. Yudkin is professor of music at Boston University and visiting professor of music at Oxford University. He has also taught as visiting professor at Harvard University and professeur invité at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France. Admission is $10 for OLLI members and $15 for non-members, and tickets are available at the door or by calling 413-236-2190 to reserve. Admission is free to BCC staff and students and youth 17 and under. Forum credit is available for BCC students. The talk will take place in the K-111 lecture hall, located in the Koussevitsky Arts Center on Berkshire Community College’s main campus, located at 1350 West St.
FAMILIES FIRST SERIES: SUMMER PRINCESS PARTY
Lee, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us at the Spectrum Playhouse for a morning full of princess-themed crafts, games, tea party, sing-along songs, and story time with our special Princess guest! Appropriate for all ages. Admission: Free/$5 suggested donation. Location: The Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin Street, Lee MA
RAINBOW SENIORS: BALLROOM DANCING
North Adams, 2-4 p.m.
Ballroom dancing lessons with Vic Ziter, a lifelong professional ballroom instructor, downstairs in the Berkshire Athenaeum auditorium
RAINBOW SENIORS MEETING
Pittsfield, 2-4 p.m.
The Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County will present a double bill in the downstairs auditorium of the Berkshire Athenaeum, Wendell Avenue. Tony Award winner William Finn ("Falsettos," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"), who launched Barrington Stage’s Musical Theater Lab in the very room where the group will meet, will talk about his journey to and from Broadway. And then Rainbow Senior member Vic Ziter, a professional ballroom dance instructor, will demonstrate how to dance like the stars. For more information, call Ed at 413-441-6006 or by email at email@example.com.
DANCE WITH ME. I WANT MY ARMS ABOUT YOU.
Windsor, 2pm - 4pm
Rainbow Seniors will have a double bill at its July 2 meeting in the downstairs auditorium of the Berkshire Athenaeum: Tony winner William Finn (Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) will talk about his journey to and from Broadway. Then professional ballroom dance instructor Vic Ziter will show us all how to dance like the Stars. All LGBTQ seniors, their friends and allies are welcome to participate. For more information call Ed at 413-441-6006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PS21 FILM FESTIVAL: CONSTRUCT IT!
New York, 8:30 p.m.
"Bauhaus in America": A documentary that explores the impact of the Bauhaus on American architecture and design from the 1930s to almost the present day. Introduced by the filmmaker Judith Pearlman. Admission is free; part of the summer Tuesday night film series at PS21 in Chatham, N.Y.
Adams, 1-4 p.m.
The Quaker Meeting House, built in 1782 by the East Hoosuck Meeting of the Society of Friends, essentially unchanged since its construction, was the place of worship of the family of Susan B. Anthony, born in Adams in 1820. Free tours will be offered by members of the Adams Historical Society and the Adams Historical Commission on Sundays from July 3 to Oct. 9. It is located in the Maple Street Cemetery.
YOGA ON MOUNT GREYLOCK
Adams, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Stretch and strengthen your body while quieting your mind and nourishing your spirit on the highest mountain in Massachusetts. Enjoy breathtaking mountain views as you surround yourself with nature and become one with the beautiful Berkshires in this all-level yoga class 3,491 feet in the sky at Bascom Lodge atop Mount Greylock. All ages and levels welcome, $10 per class. For more information and to register, contact Rachael Plaine at 413-822-2034 or email@example.com.
MARCH AGAINST PCB DUMPS
Great Barrington, Noon
The citizens of Southern Berkshire County will march down Main Street in protest of GE's plan to dump their PCBs, backed by a 16-piece brass marching band. Asembe on Rossetter Street starting at 11:30 a.m. and congregate at the Green at Town Hall at 12:30 p.m. Dress up, make signs, make noise - wear caution tape, Haz-Mat suits, anything else you can think up. Speeches and music welcome at the Town Hall culmination.
- Northern Berkshire Retirees Club
- Yudkin lecture on Haydn
- Architectural project
- March against PCB dumps
- All-American Baseball Day
- Berkshire Stonewall Community Meeting
- Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-ass Wit of Molly Ivins
- Rioult Dance Workshop Performance
- Jun, 27 - Foreign Affairs Journal
- Jun, 08 - Round Trip: The Life of Jorge Semprún
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- May, 27 - Jack Greenberg ?18
- May, 27 - Kristen Bayrakdarian ?19