This Week's Berkshire Events - 1/17/20 thru 1/23/20
THURSDAY, JAN. 16
Pianist Kaz Smith will perform at the Berkshire Athenaeum, located at 1 Wendell Ave.
Smith was born in Tokyo, Japan. He was raised in an orphanage in Yamanaka, Japan until he was adopted in the U.S. at age 6. 7 p.m.
The Picky Bastards, 8-11 p.m., Mission Bar and Tapas, 438 North St., Pittsfield. The Picky Bastards are a collection of rotating local musicians playing your favorite folk, bluegrass and Americana tunes. Hosted by Chris Merenda and Rob Sanzone.
FRIDAY, JAN. 17
WeeMuse Adventures, 11-11:30 a.m., Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. Led by a museum educator, children 18 months to 3 years old explore the museum with their caregivers.
SATURDAY, JAN. 18
Shakespeare & Company presents its annual Winter Play Reading Festival today. This weekend of staged readings will showcase emerging and established playwrights, and feature Company artists. All performances will take place in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre on the Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox Readings are at 1 p.m/, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and $25 for adults, general admission seating. Tickets can be purchased online at shakespeare.org or by calling Shakespeare & Company box office at 413-637-3353. The Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble St. in Lenox.
Cosmo Featuring Grammy winner, Jesse Harris. Doors open at 5pm. Show begins at 8pm. Egremont Barn 17 Main St South Egremont MA 01258 413-528-1570 $20 in advance and day of/door Tickets: $20 Can be purchased online in advance NOTE: Seating is always limited. Come early for dinner before show.
Upper Lodge Music with Tom Carroll, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Ski Butternut, 380 State Rd., Great Barrington. Local musician Tom Carroll will showcase his laid back vibes with rock classics that are easy on the ears. He will perform in the Upper Lodge or on the Upper Lodge patio, weather permitting.
Phil Vassar: “Stripped Down” acoustic tour, 8 p.m., Norfolk Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods Rd. W., Norfolk. Country, pop, rock. Tickets $59-79.infinityhall.com.
Spencertown Academy Roots & Shoots Concerts presents the nationally acclaimed folk-pop duo, “The Nields,” 8 p.m. Sisters Nerissa and Katryna Nields are well into their third decade as musical partners. They have released 17 albums, had major and independent record and publishing deals, and performed with The Band, James Taylor, Dan Zanes, 10,000 Maniacs, and the Indigo Girls. General admission is $25 for public tickets, $20 for academy members and $10 for students.
Gallery Talk: Highlights of the collection. Take a guided walk through the galleries with a member of the Clark’s education team. Join fellow art lovers for a personalized look at highlights from the permanent collection, learn about the history of the museum, and gain new insight into some Clark favorites. 11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.The Clark Museum, 225 South Street, Williamstown
In conjunction with the Tiny Pricks Project: Empower and Reclaim exhibit, and the National Women’s March 2020, The Foundry will be hosting a final five hour-long Stitch N’ Bitch session along with a voter registration, 2 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., local artists will perform in the black-box. The event culminates with artist/activist Pops Peterson as he delivers his new presentation “The Making of a Protest Artist,” which will center on those artists whose artwork itself was devoted to making political change. The doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets to the talk/performance are $15 and are available in advance or at the door. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Market featuring locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more, plus live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road, Great Barrington. Admission is free. berkshiregrown.org
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, will host a presentation on “New England and Hudson Valley Heirloom Grape Varieties for the Home Garden” 1 to 3 p.m. at the garden. The program will be led by J. Stephen Casscles, a grape grower and wine-maker for more 40 years. Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome, space permitting. Admission is $30 for members and $40 for non-members.
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Caldecott Medalist illustrator Jerry Pinkney will share his creative process illustrating his new book, “A Place to Land,” written by Barry Wittenstein 1 p.m. at Norman Rockwell Museum. This extraordinary new work is about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how he came to write his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech.
The event is free for members and for children and teenagers 18 and under. The event is included with general admission.
Chow Time, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. Help prepare meals for the turtles, fish, chameleon and more.
SUNDAY, JAN. 19
Shakespeare & Company presents its annual Winter Play Reading Festival today. This weekend of staged readings will showcase emerging and established playwrights, and feature Company artists. All performances will take place in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre on the Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox Readings are at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and $25 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at shakespeare.org or by calling Shakespeare & Company box office at 413-637-3353. 70 Kemble St. in Lenox.
The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert with special tribute to former U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, at Trinity Church. 3 p.m. Special guests include a return appearance by the Urban Choral Arts Society from Baltimore, Maryland. Admission is a suggested donation of $25 per person. Trinity Church is located at 88 Walker St. in Lenox. For more information, visit cantilenachoir.org, call 518-791-0185 or email email@example.com.
The New Marlborough Village Association will present pianist Manon Hutton-DeWys performing the works of Brahms, Chopin, Clara Schumann, and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel. The concert, lasting about one hour, will take place at a private home in Stockbridge, and will be followed by a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres 4 p.m..Seating is limited. Reservations may be made at 413-229-2785. Additional information is available at newmarlborough.org/winter-house-concerts.
Upper Lodge Music with 1220 Band, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Ski Butternut, 380 State Rd., Great Barrington. 1220 plays a versatile combination of classic and top 40 rock hits along with original music.
Karaoke, 7:30-10 p.m., Egremont Barn, 17 Main St., Egremont.
MONDAY, JAN. 20
Jazz Night with Andy Wrba and Friends, 7-10 p.m., Mission Bar and Tapas, 438 North St., Pittsfield.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22
Open Mic Night, 7-10 p.m., Egremont Barn, 17 Main St., Egremont.
Jazz night, 7:30-10:30 p.m., The Lion’s Den, 30 Main St., Stockbridge. No cover charge.
Bob Mould. The ever-evolving artist Bob Mould—whose face belongs on the Mount Rushmore of alternative music— has a career spanning the decades. .8 p.m. Infinity Hall, Norfolk,CT Tickets $39-$54.To buy tickets or infinityhall.com.
TALKS, CLASSES, WORKSHOPS
Learn more about the law from attorney James Arpante . The “Very Interesting Lecture Series” continues with “Trending...The Law Assumes Parental Responsibilities” at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue. 7 p.m. Admission is free.
THURSDAY, JAN. 23
The Picky Bastards, 8-11 p.m., Mission Bar and Tapas, 438 North St., Pittsfield. The Picky Bastards are a collection of rotating local musicianHosted by Chris Merenda and Rob Sanzone.
TALKS, CLASSES, WORKSHOPS
Regeneration Massachusetts, the Berkshire Environmental Action Team and the Northeast Farming Association will put on a presentation, titled, “The High Cost of Cheap Food: Pesticide Residues” in the Welles Gallery of Lenox Library, 6 p.m. The presentation discusses the true and externalized costs of cheap food, the use of glyphosate (Roundup) in GMO/industrial agriculture, recent independent food-testing research about the risks associated with glyphosate use, and how to avoid and reduce the ingestion of food-born pesticide residues.