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THE CALENDAR  • CALENDAR DIRECTORYEXHIBITIONS

April 9-15 • April 16-22April 23-30 

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HAPPY EASTER


17

 

MISC.


Williams • Brad Wells, Faculty Talk • 4:15 pm • Bernhard Music Center, Room 30|• music.williams.edu



 

Tuesday
18

 

MISC.

 

Crandall Library • film “Love & Friendship”: Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon is looking to secure a husband for herself, and attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring • 2:30 & 6:30 pm • Community Room • more info at 518-792-6508 or www.crandalllibrary.org


Northshire History Reading Group (Manchester store) meets to discuss “Black Flags: The Rise of Isis” by Joby Warrick • 5:30 pm • in the bookstore conference room • For more info call the bookstore at 802-362-2200


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MUSIC


Paramount • George Winston, one of the most recognized solo pianists in the world • 7:30 pm • info and tickets ($40) at www.paramountvt.org or 802-775-0903

 

Williams • Visiting Artist Series: Lakou Mizik, a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world • 8 pm • Chapin • music.williams.edu

 

MISC.


Crandall Library • “Trails to Tales: Schoharie County’s Quilt Barn Trail,” illustrated talk by Ellen McHale and Lillian Spina-Caza about the people and places behind this Quilt Barn Trail in neighboring Mohawk Valley. This program supports the new exhibition, “Wings Falls Quilters Guild Celebrates 40 Years of Quilting” on view in the Folklife Gallery Jan. 18 to July 7 • 7:00-8:30 pm • Community Room • more info at 518-792-6508 x237 or www.crandalllibrary.org




 

Thursday
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MUSIC


Caffè Lena • Danny Barnes, recent winner of Steve Martin‘s Prize for Excellence in Banjo, teamed up with mandolinist Joe K. Walsh and guitarist Grant Gordy • 7 pm • $20/$18 or $10 for children/students • www.caffelena.org

 

Crandall Library • Live! Folklife Concert series: today, Old Songs Inc’s “Forward into Light” — a concert in story & song of the American women’s suffrage movement in NYS • 7-9 pm (doors, 6:30 pm) • Community Room • free • more info at 518-792-6508 x237 or www.crandalllibrary.org

 

Skidmore • Concert by Skidmore Guitar Ensemble • 8 pm • Zankel Center • more info at 518-580-5321 or www.skidmore.edu/zankel

 

FILM

 

Skidmore • Middle East Documentary Series: “Yallah Underground.” The final film in the series covers the Arab Spring and underground artists from Egypt to Jordan to Israel • 6 pm • Emerson Auditorium • more info at 518-580-5948

 

MISC.


Northshire Mystery and Thriller Reading Group (Manchester store) meets to discuss “The Ghost Of Belfast” by Stuart Neville • 2 pm • bookstore conference room • Please email Sarah Knight at sknight@northshire.com to inquire or join this group!

 

Northshire Saratoga Truth & Tales Reading Group discusses “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer • 5:45 pm • at the bookstore • www.northshire.com

 

WCMA • Close Look Tour: “Object Lab” Williams Botany students share how their experiences studying plants in the field transformed the way they look at works of art, and Neuroscience students discuss the ways they integrated art into their experiments • 4 pm • free • wcma.williams.edu


21

 

MUSIC


Berkshire Theatre Group • Romance, Soul & Rock ‘N Roll & Berkshire Olde Tyme Review present “The Night of The Comet: A Totally Magical Evening” (also on 4/22) — filled with many toe-tapping familiar songs! • 7:30 pm • Colonial • link to tickets ($20) at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Caffè Lena • Nordlys Global Voices Series: Swedish singer-songwriter Sofia Talvik. Foot percussion and rhythmic guitar picking create a steady base for her show-stealing vocals • 8 pm • $18/$16 or $9 for children/students • www.caffelena.org

 

Paramount • Charlie Daniels Band whose music ranges from gospel and country hit songs to Southern rock anthems • 8 pm • info and tickets ($55-$75) at www.paramountvt.org or 802-775-0903

 

Skidmore • Gamelan and Taiko Class Recital • 4 pm • Zankel Center • more info at 518-580-5321 or www.skidmore.edu/zankel

 

Williams • Berkshire Symphony Student Soloists concert • 8 pm in Chapin (Pre-Concert Talk with conductor Ronald Feldman at 7:15 in Brooks-Rogers) • free • music.williams.edu

 

Williams (‘62 Center) • Kusika/Zambezi Marimba Band Spring Concert (also on 4/22) • 8 pm • Main Stage • $3 • 62center.williams.edu

 

DANCE


Skidmore • Spring Dance Concert: An evening of student and faculty dance with choreography by faculty and guest artists (also on 4/22) • today’s time, 8 pm • Dance Theater • $12 adults, $9 senior citizens, and $5 for students • info at 518-580-5392


THEATER
Today’s
theater times



Fort Salem • “Li’l Abner“ (April 21-22) • 8 pm


Simon’s Rock • “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani (*runs April 21, 22, 28, 29) • 4 & 7:30 pm

 

FILM


Images • “Love Between the Covers”: The filmmakers follow the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses and cope with a tsunami of change in publishing. Followed by Q&A with director and authors. First event in weekend conference, “Reading for Pleasure,” at Williams (See related story, page 23) • 4 pm • www.imagescinema.org


Book Sale in Williams-town • Friends of Milne Public Library hold their annual used book sale (also on 4/22). Also features silent auction, vintage & gift quality books; Bake Sale Cafe, and Mach’s Brick Oven Wood-Fired Pizza truck • today’s times, 9 am-6 pm • Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St., Williamstown MA • info at milnelibraryfriends.org or 413-458-4639.

 

Carving Studio and Sculpture Center • Today is the first day of a three-day workshop (April 21-23) “Copper Fabrication: Shapes in Nature” with professional sculptor Pam Brown • $395 • To register, or for more information, please contact the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center at 802-438-2097 or info@carvingstudio.org

 

Little Theater on the Farm • Huge Barn Sale (also on 4/22). The 100’ barn is full. All proceeds go to benefit the non-profit theater • 8 am to 4 pm. (Bag sale after 2 pm Sat.) • 27 Plum Road, Fort Edward, NY • Details at www.littletheater27.org or 518-747-3421

 

Yoga Place • Come dance at Nataraja, a monthly gathering for the local dance community on the third Friday of each month. The forming of Nataraja “came out of a desire from and for dancers of any shape, size and ability to have a safe and fun place to find their artistic expression” • 7:00-8:30 pm • at The Yoga Place, 532 Main Street in Bennington, VT • $5 donation (for the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services) • Please call 802-442-5331 for more information

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MUSIC

 

Battenkill Chorale presents “Rise to Life’s Beauty!” featuring Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” for chorus, chamber orchestra, and soloists. (Concert is also on April 23.) The colorful orchestra includes harp, gong, bell chime, glockenspiel, cymbals, drums, strings, winds, and organ. Soloists are soprano Gene Marie Callahan, tenor Michael Gallagher, and organist Erich Borden • today’s time, 7 pm • Immaculate Conception Parish, 73 Main Street, Hoosick Falls, NY • tickets ($15) at 518-692-7458 or battenkilltickets@gmail.com.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group • Romance, Soul & Rock ‘N Roll & Berkshire Olde Tyme Review present “The Night of The Comet: A Totally Magical Evening” (also on 4/21) — filled with many toe-tapping familiar songs! • 7:30 pm • Colonial • link to tickets ($20) at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Caffè Lena • Chandler Travis Three-O — endearing small-club-friendly band that focuses on the poignant, sweet lyrics of Chandler’s songs • 8 pm • $20/$18 or $10 for children/students • www.caffelena.org

 

Clark • Met Opera Live in HD: Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” (also at the “Mahaiwe and Paramount) • 12:55 pm • $25/$22, or $18 for students • www.clarkart..edu

 

Helsinki Hudson • Bridget Kearney, who has released a wry, big hearted pop album entitled “Won’t Let You Down” • 9 pm (doors 6 pm) • info and tickets ($15) at helsinkihudson.com

 

Mahaiwe • Opera expert Scott Eyerly gives an introductory talk about aboutTchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” — one of a series of talks by Eyerly about each Met opera before its broadcast. Everyone is welcome, whether attending the 1 pm broadcast or not (see below) • 11:45 am • $10 • www.mahaiwe.org

 

Mahaiwe • Met Opera Live in HD: Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” (also at the “Clark and Paramount; note Mahaiwe encore 4/26) • 1 pm • $25/$18 for students • www.mahaiwe.org

 

Paramount • Met Opera Live in HD: “Eugene Onegin,” Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel (also at the Clark and Mahaiwe) • 12:55 pm • info and tickets ($23) at www.paramountvt.org or 802-775-0903

 

Skidmore • Opera Workshop: Opera students under Artist-in-Residence Sylvia Stoner ‘94 perform a variety of scenes and share a short history of opera and its timeless passion • 4 pm • Zankel Center • more info at 518-580-5321 or www.skidmore.edu/zankel


Vermont Arts Exchange • Basement Music Series presents a Dixieland swing jazz dance party with Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, whose music “evokes the hot jazz, ragtime and blues of the 1920s” • 8 pm (doors 7) • at the Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington, • tickets ($18 in advance, $22 at the door and $10 for students) • more info at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.

 

Williams • Williams Gospel Choir • 4 pm • Chapin • free • music.williams.edu

Williams • student performance, Kurt Pfrommer ’18, tenor • 6:30 pm • Brooks-Rogers • free • music.williams.edu

Williams (‘62 Center) • Kusika/Zambezi Marimba Band Spring Concert (also on 4/21) • 8 pm • Main Stage • $3 • 62center.williams.edu

 

DANCE


Skidmore • Spring Dance Concert: An evening of student and faculty dance with choreography by faculty and guest artists (also on 4/21) • today’s times, 2 & 8 pm • Dance Theater • $12 adults, $9 senior citizens, and $5 for students • info at 518-580-5392


THEATER
Today’s
theater times


Fort Salem • “Li’l Abner“ (April 21-22) • 8 pm


Home Made Theatre • “Foreigner“ (April 22, 23 28-30, May 5-7) • 7:30 pm


Hubbard Hall • “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, (runs Fri-Sun, April 22-May 7) • 2 & 7:30 pm


Simon’s Rock • “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani (*runs April 21, 22, 28, 29) • 7:30 pm

 

 

MISC.


Claverack Free Library • Author Allison Marchese reads from her book “The Hidden History of Columbia County, NY” The book uncovers the secret history buried in the towns of Austerlitz, Chatham, Claverack, Kinderhook, New Lebanon, Taghkanic, Valatie, and the city of Hudson — each with different and unusual stories • 4 pm • 629 State Route 23B • info at 518 851-7120

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers celebrates Earth Day with an event “So Much Is In Bud: Cultivating Hope in an Age of Fear.” Authors Jana Laiz, Ellen Meeropol, and Jennifer Browdy share short excerpts from their environmental writing and offer lively prompts to inspire writing together from a deep place of hope for the future • 1-5 pm • at the South Berkshire Friends Meeting, 280 State Road (Route 23), Great Barrington, MA • registration ($45) and info about the entire festival at berkshirewomenwriters.org

 

Book Sale in Williams-town • Friends of Milne Public Library hold their annual used book sale (also on 4/22). Also features silent auction, vintage & gift quality books; Bake Sale Cafe, and Mach’s Brick Oven Wood-Fired Pizza truck • today’s times, 9 am-4 pm • Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St., Williamstown MA • info at milnelibraryfriends.org or 413-458-4639.

 

Cambridge Public Library • Microscopes! Howard Romack offers an engaging and entertaining program teaching children (ages 10 and up) to use microscopes and to understand more about the processes of the human body • 10 am-noon • info at 518-677-2443

 

Cambridge Public Library • Growing Cut Flower Gardens with Debbie Bailey: Learn about some unique perennials that will not only add beauty to your garden, but will produce beautiful bouquets. Debbie Bailey also provides tips on how to lengthen the life of your cut flowers so that you can savor their beauty well after they have been placed in a vase • 1-2 pm • info at 518-677-2443

 

Green Mountain Club (Killington section) • All welcome to the series of spring hikes: today, Bucklin-Plus Scramble, Killington. Begin this loop hike on the Bucklin Trail along Brewer’s Brook. The difficult 6-mile hike includes an old woods road, some bushwhacking, some steep climbing and a couple of challenging stream crossings • 9:30 am • Meet at Rutland’s Main Street Park, near the east end of the fire station • more info from Larry Walter 802-775-3855

Little Theater on the Farm • Huge Barn Sale (also on 4/22). The 100’ barn is full. All proceeds go to benefit the non-profit theater • 8 am to 4 pm. (Bag sale after 2 pm Sat.) • 27 Plum Road, Fort Edward, NY • Details at www.littletheater27.org or 518-747-3421

 

Northshire (Manchester store) • KIDS event: Triple Caldecott winner David Wiesner presents his book “Fish Girl” about a young mermaid who has a chance encounter with an ordinary girl • 1 pm • www.northshire.com

 

Quilt Show • Quilters United In Learning Together (Q.U.I.L.T. Inc.) of Delmar, NY hosts a 40th anniversary quilt show, “Celebrate Quilting” (also on 4/23). Included are splendid quilts, vendors, demonstrations, raffles, a gift gallery and featured speaker, Sue Reno on “Celebrating a Lifetime in Fabric Arts” (1 pm Sat. and 11 am Sun • today’s times, 10 am-5 pm • at the Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick Street in Troy, NY • Admission is $8 for one day and $12 for both days • For more info, see www.quiltinc.org

 

Williamstown Repair Cafe • Come all ye broken lamps, socks with holes, blades that have seen sharper days, bicycles needing a little tenderness. At the Repair Cafe, volunteers fix broken and damaged items for free. Meanwhile, in addition to physical fixing, Williamstown’s Repair Café is also offering advice. Standing by will be a lawyer, a genealogist, a specialist in Berkshire County elder services, a gardener, a realtor and a computer person • 1-4 pm • at Sheep Hill, 671 Cold Spring Road (Route 7) • If you are willing to be a volunteer “fixer” or if you have questions, please call Bette Craig at (413) 458-5257 or email swca32@gmail.com.