The sky's the limit: Tonight is the first night of a new season of free shows at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory on Main Street in Williamstown 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 Dec. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Others will be admitted as space permits. Shows will last about 50 minutes.
Down and dirty: Diva & the Dirty Boys will play tonight at 8 p.m. at The Lion's Den pub at The Red Lion Inn, located on Main Street Stockbridge. What do you get when you mix a spunky NYC cabaret singer with a burning '60s rock band? Well, it ain't cabaret! Power house vocalist Lisa Gordon treats audiences to punchy renditions of Grace Slick, torchy tunes of Dusty Springfield, Joplin, the soul & funk of Aretha and so much more. Looking for Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Yardbirds or Stones? Burning guitarist extraordinaire Rob Piorkowski, smooth bassist Paul Riley, hot percussionist Johnny Easy and sizzling jazz keyboardist Peter Iselin blend their instrumental and vocal talents with harmonies and grooves, creating the Dirty Boy sound that will leave you wanting more!
Soft skills: The Greylock A Better Chance program will hold its giant household linen sale at the First Congregational Church at 906 Main St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Credit cards and debit cards will be accepted. The gently used merchandise will include sheets, towels, comforters, blankets, bedspreads, decorative pillows, small rugs, light curtains, laundry bags, table linens, fabric remnants and more. This sale and the ABC Clothing Sale, which will follow on Saturday, Sept. 27, benefit Greylock A Better Chance, an organization founded in Williamstown 46 years ago to bring up to eight students of color to live and go to school during the academic year.
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It's ducky: Norman Rockwell Museum will present the lecture "American Dreamer: Robert McCloskey and the Art of the Picture Book” today at 2 p.m. Noted author/children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus will look at the career of Robert McCloskey (1914-2003), famous for his Caldecott Medal-winning book, “Make Way for Ducklings” (1942). The talk is presented as part of the museum’s “Adventures in Visual Culture” series, exploring the art of illustration and world of visual culture, and is free with museum admission.
God is calling: Dalton United Methodist Church, located at 755 Main St. in Dalton, will host a special outdoor service for “Back to Church Sunday” today at 10 a.m. Back To Church Sunday is a national event that empowers and motivates church members to invite their family and friends to come with them to a special service hosted by the local church. The Back to Church celebration will continue with a potluck lunch following the service. For more information, contact the church at 413-684-0521.
Hungry eyes: North Adams will host the annual Berkshire Food Festival on Main Street today from noon to 4 p.m. The event, one of the largest festivals of its kind in Berkshire County, features the cuisine of at least 20 restaurants, along with micro-brewed beer and wine tasting, an eclectic mix of live music and drawings for gift certificates from participating eateries.