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Weekend

Friday

Free fun: Norman Rockwell Museum is free for today, Aug. 29, until it closes at 5 p.m. as part of the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays series. Never been there? The Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of American icon Norman Rockwell. The museum preserves, studies and communicates with a worldwide audience the life, art and spirit of  Rockwell in the field of illustration. The museum is a gathering place for reflection, involvement, and discovery through the enjoyment of the artist’s work. For more info, visit nrm.org.

Finn-tastic: Barrington Stage Company presents "Celebrating the Music of William Finn" on August 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage Stage, 30 Union St. The two-night revue honors two-time Tony winner William Finn’s acclaimed and award-winning body of work featuring some of the most beloved songs from Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A New Brain, Elegies, The Royal Family of Broadway, and Songs of Innocence and Experience. Tickets to Celebrating the Music of William Finn start at $20 and can be purchased in-person online at www.barringtonstageco.org.

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Saturday

Wash and wear: The Drury High School Band will hold a car wash at Carr Hardware, 179 State Road, North Adams, today from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per car. The Drury High School Band Front will also be holding a bake sale on site while you wait for your vehicle to be washed;  have a delicious treat while watching your car being washed by the best band in Berkshire County!

Read Rebecca Dravis's column for ideas
on what to do with the family this weekend.

Shake it up: Today at 10 a.m., join the Bidwell House community to hear Rachel Urquhart discuss the task of combining fact and fiction in her critically-acclaimed novel “The Visionist.” While writing her novel, Urquhart spent years researching the culture of nineteenth-century Western Massachusetts and the customs of the Shakers who lived there. Historical events, photographs, period language patterns, and oral stories all inform her narrative. In her talk, Urquhart will share the insights gained from balancing historical accuracy and creative fiction. Bidwell History Talk: Fact and Fiction: Imagining the Real World of the Shakers. Author Rachel Urquhart on the research and writing of her highly acclaimed new novel “The Visionist,” about a young Shaker girl. The talk costs $15 and will be held at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road, Tyringham.

 


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Sunday

Dabble in Dibble: Founding Shakespeare and Company Member and Master Choreographer Susan Dibble brings her newest production" Dibbledance: Shoes On, Shoes Off" to the Tina Packer Playhouse for a special one night only performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. DibbleDance, is a celebratory and soulful dance performance that tells unique stories through movement. This year's Dibbledance is titled Dibbledance: Shoes On, Shoes Off and includes 12 dances set to a wide range of music where actors and dancers put on and take off different shoes. Tickets are $30 with general admission seating; call the Box Office at 413-637-3353 or visit www.shakespeare.org.

 

Above and 'Beyond': Town Players of Pittsfield  presents a staged reading of "Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durang, directed by Kevin Paul Wixsom, at 2 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. Tickets are $5. The cast members include Jill Wanderman, William Demick, Jerome Spratling, Kathy Wohlfield and Kevin Paul Wixsom. The hilarity begins when Bruce wants to have a relationship with Prudence but wants to keep Bob over the garage. Bob wants Bruce all to himself. Stuart wants Prudence to marry him. Why is there a gun and who is Andrew'  Maybe Snoopy can tell us if they are all beyond therapy in this zany comedy!

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