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NEW YORK COLLEGE EXHIBITS GREAT BARRINGTON ARTIST
Great Barrington, 3 to 6 p.m.
The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, N.Y., will exhibit "Following a Line," a retrospective of paintings, drawings, prints and ephemera by late Great Barrington artist Susan Hartung, on view Sept. 18 through Oct. 25. Curator Peter Dudek will discuss the works on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, followed by a reception in the gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

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BRENT HEERINGA LECTURE
Williamstown, 5 p.m.
In celebration of the Clark Art Institute’s exhibition "Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution," Brent Heeringa, associate professor and chair of computer science at Williams College, presents the free lecture “Radical Encoding: Seeing Is Remembering” on the lower level of the Clark Center. A reception in the Museum Pavilion follows the presentation, and galleries will remain open until 8 p.m.​​​ For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-2303.

 

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'BEER & HYMNS'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church of Pittsfield presents "Beer & Hymns & The Great American Songbook" in the back room of Baba Louie’s Pizza, 34 Depot St. This marks the sixth installment of Zion Lutheran’s increasingly-popular series of community “Beer & Hymns” sing-alongs, with the goal of gathering lots of people together in a non-church space for a lively night of singing. There is no admission fee or cover charge and all seating is general admission. A free-will offering will be taken to support the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations (PACC) Emergency Fuel Fund.

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VENTFORT FILM SERIES
Lenox, 7 p.m.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will present a second series of four films to be shown in the mansion’s restored 1893 library under the title of “Ventfort Films: A Berkshire Connection” on consecutive Thursdays. Selected by the Ventfort Hall program committee, the four films in some way have connections to the Berkshires and will be introduced by film aficionados in the manner of Turner Classic Movies. Up this week is "Moby Dick," starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart and Leo Genn; directed by John Huston; screenplay by John Huston and Ray Bradbury, 1956.  Suggested free-will donations of $10 per person will gain admission to the film showings. For information call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historic mansion is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox.

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'MAIDS IN THE MILLS'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
After a successful 10th anniversary revival at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead this past July, the play “Maids in the Mills” by J. Peter Bergman is coming back for five additional performances with a slightly altered cast. Sally Filkins and Rodelinde Albrecht will still be performing the roles they originated in 2004 when this Sheeptacular Play was first presented for a sell-out run. Joining them in the cast are Dyann Arduini, Sue Fennell-Ivas, Jane Skorput, Delaney Ivas and Kevin Paul Wixsom as the Overseer. Performances will be in the historic red barn at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, in Pittsfield. Reservations are now being taken at 413-442-1793.

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LECTURE ON ECONOMY
Great Barrington, 7:30 p.m.
Judy Wicks will deliver a Schumacher Lecture at the John Dewey Academy, Searles Castle. Her talk "Building a New Economy: What's Love Got to Do With It?" draws upon her extensive experience as a leader in the localization movement. Pre-registration is required, as seating is limited. Payment will be taken at the door; tickets are $10 or 10 BerkShares (BerkShares [referred). Register online here.

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LECTURE ON BUILDING LOCAL ECONOMIES
Great Barrington, 7:30 p.m.
Judy Wicks, leader in the localism movement, founder of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia and co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, will speak on "Building a New Economy: What's Love Got to Do With It?" at 7:30 p.m. at the John Dewey Academy (Searles Castle). Admission is $10 or 10 BerkShares payable at the door (BerkShares preferred). Advance registration is required by contacting the Schumacher Center at  413-528-1737 or www.centerforneweconomics.org.

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DAVID SEDARIS
Great Barrington, 8 p.m.
Humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris returns to The Mahaiwe after his new best seller “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.” Tickets are $48-$53 and can be bought online.
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THE SOURCE
North Adams, 8 p.m.
In July 2013, Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison after publishing the largest set of classified documents ever leaked to the public. The conviction provoked a maelstrom of media coverage, ranging from portraits of Manning’s personal life to new dialogues about military abuses. In producer Beth Morrison’s latest work-in-progress, Ted Hearn and director Daniel Fish dive headfirst into this digital storm with an assemblage of Twitter feeds, chat transcripts, and court testimony, wound together in an arresting music-theater production.
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MILHAM 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 at Williams College. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Sept 12, 19, and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24,  and 31; November 7, 14, 21, and 28; and December 5.  Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. For reservations (recommended) contact Michele Rech at (413) 597-2188 or email at mcr4@williams.edu. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments. Shows will last about 50 minutes.

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INDASHIO FASHION ART EXHIBIT OPENING
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Designer Indashio presents "Dream Catcher" at Virgilio Commercial Park on 10 Commercial St. This exhibit of innovative work by the internationally celebrated fashion designer features new creations presented for the first time. Pittsfield will be the very first venue for the “Dream Catcher," the first international exhibition of his celebrated creations. This overview of his extensive oeuvre will include exclusive never before seen materials, such as pieces from his one of a kind collections including a wedding dress worn by Kim Kardashian. Tickets are $20 or $40 for VIP and includes admission to the exhibit and F.A.M.E. Festival on opening night with drinks provided by Polar Beverages. Purchase tickets online email orders@indashio.com for immediate entry and avoid lines at the door.

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'NO PLACE TO GO'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Barrington Stage Company presents Ethan Lipton's"No Place to Go", the Obie Award-winning musical ode to the unemployed, for three performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center.  The corporation where he's worked for the past 10 years is moving to Mars, and Ethan Lipton doesn't want to go. The work of a truly original American theater artist, "No Place to Go" is a deeply compassionate musical ode to America's work force, steeped in musical traditions including jazz, blues, folk and country. Tickets are $35; $15 tickets for patrons ages 18-35 are also available. For more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.

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A TWO-PART SERIES ON THE FUNDAMENTALS OF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
New York, 10 a.m. - Noon
Picturing Nature: A two-part series on the Fundamentals of Nature Photography. First session will meet on Saturday, October 11, from 10am - 12pm. This is a classroom session covering cameras, lenses, light, composition, focus, aperture and shutter speed and how to apply these fundamentals to acheive beautiful landscapes, close-ups and wildlife photos. Participants will then have one week to practise thier new found skills, which is the best way to reinforce learning concepts. We will meet again on October 18 from 10 -12pm for constructive comments on individual photographs and basic editing techniques. Instructors: Scott and Denise Stoner. Fee: $30; $25 members. Space is limited to 12 and pre-registration is required. Please register by contacting dykenpond@fairpoint.net or (518) 658-2055.    
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BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDEN HARVEST FESTIVAL
Stockbridge, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The 2014 festival celebrates the joys of autumn with popular family activities, continuous live entertainment, 113 food and craft vendors, educational workshops, a farmers market, silent auction and numerous tag sales — books, furniture, clothing, jewelry and more — as well as a spectacular plant and bulb sale. New this year is our Hall of Pumpkins and the return of our popular Haunted House. Admission is $5 for Adults, free for children under 12. Garden parking is free. Proceeds from the festival, one of the longest running of its kind, support educational programming at the Garden. A complete list of activities, vendors and entertainment is available through the Garden’s website where advance tickets are available for purchase.


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WINTER SPORTS TAG SALE
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Butternut Ski & Board Shop will be having a tag sale to benefit the Adaptive Sports Program, which makes the specialized skiing and riding equipment needed to teach those with challenges available to the program as well as to help underwrite the cost of instruction, at 380 State Road on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Butternut will take consignments with a portion going to the program; donations also welcome Friday afternoon or Saturday morning at the Butternut Ski & Snowboard Shop. For information, visit www.SkiButternut.com or  call 413-528-2000, ext. 273.

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WALK ALONG HOOSIC RIVER
North Adams, 11 a.m.-noon
Hoosic River Revival will be leading family-friendly walk along the Hoosic River in North Adams the second Saturday of every month from now through October at 11 a.m. Learn about the history of North Adams,  the role of the river, and the future plans for its restoration as an asset for the city. Meet at Mass MoCA near the entrance to the museum’s parking lot on Marshall Street.

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FALL FORAGING: A SCAVENGER HUNT FOR LITTLE EXPLORERS
New York, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
This guided scavenger hunt for kids will involve a short hike around the center to try and locate seasonal nature items. As we collect the items we will discuss how the animals of Dyken Pond survive the winter, whether by migration, hibernation or winter adaptions. Collected items will be used to create a craft that can be brought home.
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'MAIDS IN THE MILLS'
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
After a successful 10th anniversary revival at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead this past July, the play “Maids in the Mills” by J. Peter Bergman is coming back for five additional performances with a slightly altered cast. Sally Filkins and Rodelinde Albrecht will still be performing the roles they originated in 2004 when this Sheeptacular Play was first presented for a sell-out run. Joining them in the cast are Dyann Arduini, Sue Fennell-Ivas, Jane Skorput, Delaney Ivas and Kevin Paul Wixsom as the Overseer. Performances will be in the historic red barn at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, in Pittsfield. Reservations are now being taken at 413-442-1793.

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THE DOG & PONY SHOW
Pittsfield, 7:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Humane Society will hold The Dog & Pony Show at Bousquet in Pittsfield. The festivities will include a fashion show of Tasha Pollizi's latest western and Native American influenced designs by Berkshire Beauty models and browse the selection of unique items - including vacation getaways as well as equine- or canine-themed jewelry, clothing, and home accessories  - available for a silent auction.  There also will be several great raffles and local music. All proceeds from The Dog & Pony Show will benefit the many animals and programs at BHS. Tickets, which include an array of delicious appetizers and all entertainment, are $35.  A cash bar will also be available.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting BHS in Pittsfield or Purradise and Catwalk in Great Barrington.

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CLARKSBURG ELECTRONICS AND BULKY WASTE COLLECTION
Clarksburg, 8 a.m.-noon
Residents of Clarksburg will have the opportunity to dispose of televisions, furniture, mattresses, appliances, electronics, tires, propane tanks and more at the Highway Department Yard on West Cross Road. Fees range from $0 to $20, with many items in the $5 range. The price list can also be found on the district’s website www.nbswmd.com.

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GARY LUCAS: THE GODDESS
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Magical guitarist Gary Lucas performs his original live score to touchstone of Chinese cinema. Directed by Wu Yonggang and starring the incomparable Shanghai diva Ruan Lingyu, The Goddess (1934) tells the tragic tale of a young single mother forced into prostitution in Shanghai – the “Paris of the East” – in order to raise money for the education of her son. Lucas’s score draws upon his extensive knowledge of 1930s Shanghai pop, also displayed prominently in his celebrated album The Edge of Heaven.
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'NO PLACE TO GO'
Pittsfield, 8 p.m.
Barrington Stage Company presents Ethan Lipton's"No Place to Go", the Obie Award-winning musical ode to the unemployed, for three performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center.  The corporation where he's worked for the past 10 years is moving to Mars, and Ethan Lipton doesn't want to go. The work of a truly original American theater artist, "No Place to Go" is a deeply compassionate musical ode to America's work force, steeped in musical traditions including jazz, blues, folk and country. Tickets are $35; $15 tickets for patrons ages 18-35 are also available. For more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.

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NORTH ADAMS FARMERS MARKET
North Adams, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Patrons of the market, located in the St. Anthony Municipal Parking Lot, at the intersection of Route 8 and St. Anthony Drive, can find fresh fruits and vegetables, greens, canned goods, baked goods, eggs, flowers and meat. People can also enjoy music, entertainment, and info booths, all of which change week to week.  All of the food at the market is grown or made by the farmers themselves. This year’s market includes vendors reaching from Berlin, New York and Southern VT all the way to Washington, Mass.  http://explorenorthadams.com/THINGS-TO-DO/Events/Farmers-Market.aspx
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MEDIEVAL FAIRE AT VENTFORT HALL
Lenox, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The sixth annual Medieval Faire will be held at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum. The Barony of Bergenthal, a branch of the Society of Creative Anachronism, one of the world’s largest medieval living history organizations, will present Crestfallen Tourney, a spirited knightly competition engaged in by combatants wearing creatively decorated helmets. Jeffrey Mann, a member of the SCA since 1983, heads the group and has attained the rank of a knight and master armorer within the reenactment organization. His specialty is the study of the evolution of armor through the Middle Ages, how it is made and tournament combat. Other events include Berkshire County native Erin Potter’s Tiny Lion performance, a fire performing act, wielding many fire props such as a flow wand, rope dart, hoop, fans and a fire sword.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 17 and free for children 3 and younger. For further information, call 413-637-3206 or click on to info@gildedage.org. Ventfort Hall is located at 104 Walker St.

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BERKSHIRE BOTANICAL GARDEN HARVEST FESTIVAL
Stockbridge, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The 2014 festival celebrates the joys of autumn with popular family activities, continuous live entertainment, 113 food and craft vendors, educational workshops, a farmers market, silent auction and numerous tag sales — books, furniture, clothing, jewelry and more — as well as a spectacular plant and bulb sale. New this year is our Hall of Pumpkins and the return of our popular Haunted House. Admission is $5 for Adults, free for children under 12. Garden parking is free. Proceeds from the festival, one of the longest running of its kind, support educational programming at the Garden. A complete list of activities, vendors and entertainment is available through the Garden’s website where advance tickets are available for purchase.


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WINTER SPORTS TAG SALE
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Butternut Ski & Board Shop will be having a tag sale to benefit the Adaptive Sports Program, which makes the specialized skiing and riding equipment needed to teach those with challenges available to the program as well as to help underwrite the cost of instruction, at 380 State Road on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Butternut will take consignments with a portion going to the program; donations also welcome Friday afternoon or Saturday morning at the Butternut Ski & Snowboard Shop. For information, visit www.SkiButternut.com or  call 413-528-2000, ext. 273.

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18TH ANNUAL AUTUMN IN AUSTERLITZ FESTIVAL
Great Barrington, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
18th Annual Autumn in Austerlitz Festival, Sunday, Cost: Adults $6 – under 12 FREE Sponsored by: Austerlitz Historical Society Address: Old Austerlitz, 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz, NY 12017 Phone: 518-392-0062 Website: http://www.oldausterlitz.org E-mail: oldausterlitz@fairpoint.net Don’t miss the 18th Annual Autumn in Austerlitz Festival featuring volunteers dressed in early 1830’s costumes, quilt raffle, silent auction, early 19th century crafters and wares, sheep-shearing, border collies, heirloom poultry breeds, live music, singing, cider press, demonstrations, entertainment & crafts for children, an assortment of vendors, and a variety of hot and cold food, including homemade soup, bread and baked goods. RAIN OR SHINE
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'NO PLACE TO GO'
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.
Barrington Stage Company presents Ethan Lipton's"No Place to Go", the Obie Award-winning musical ode to the unemployed, for three performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center.  The corporation where he's worked for the past 10 years is moving to Mars, and Ethan Lipton doesn't want to go. The work of a truly original American theater artist, "No Place to Go" is a deeply compassionate musical ode to America's work force, steeped in musical traditions including jazz, blues, folk and country. Tickets are $35; $15 tickets for patrons ages 18-35 are also available. For more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.

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MUSIC INN REUNION AND BENEFIT CONCERT WITH JAY & THE AMERICANS
Pittsfield, 4:30 p.m.
A Music Inn Reunion and Revival will top off the Made in the Berkshires Festival at the Colonial Theatre on Columbus Day weekend as a benefit for Music Inn Archives. The October 12 event includes a FREE Music Inn Reunion in the Garage at the Colonial from 4:30-6:30, including stories, memorabilia, multimedia, raffles. Food, beer and wine will be available. Come to reconnect and share stories with Music Inn alumni! The reunion will be followed by a ticketed concert with Jay & the Americans at 7:30pm. This event benefits the development of musicinn.org and the continuation of the Music Inn Documentary that spans the 30 years of Music Inn.   More info on Music Inn: https://www.facebook.com/MusicInnArchives Concert tickets available at: http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/on-our-stages/music/451-jay-and-the-americans or 413-997-4444
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WINTER SPORTS TAG SALE
Great Barrington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Butternut Ski & Board Shop will be having a tag sale to benefit the Adaptive Sports Program, which makes the specialized skiing and riding equipment needed to teach those with challenges available to the program as well as to help underwrite the cost of instruction, at 380 State Road on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Butternut will take consignments with a portion going to the program; donations also welcome Friday afternoon or Saturday morning at the Butternut Ski & Snowboard Shop. For information, visit www.SkiButternut.com or  call 413-528-2000, ext. 273.

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