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THE CALENDAR  • CALENDAR DIRECTORYEXHIBITIONS

September 10-16 • September 17-23September 24-30

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MUSIC


Caffè Lena • Bright New Music Series: Edison, an indie rock trio from Colorado • 7 pm • info and tickets ($18/$16 or $9 for children/students) at www.caffelena.org

 

Community Choral Society begins its fall 2017 season today. New and returning singers are welcome to join. No experience necessary and no auditions. All singers are invited and encouraged to meet a half hour early at 5:30 pm for this first rehearsal for an organizational meeting and meet and greet time • at the Jacob’s Well Fellowship Church, West Main St. in Cambridge between the bank and grocery store • For more info please contact Jill Chadwick, chorus director, at 518-677-7070 or Beverly Collamer at 518-677-3327

 

Helsinki Hudson •
John S. Hall and Unusual Squirrel. Punk-poet John S. Hall’s witty lyrics and spoken-word poems tell absurdist stories that entertain while simultaneously serving as cutting critiques of contemporary culture • 7 pm (doors 5 pm) • info and tickets ($15) at helsinkihudson.com


Fort Salem • Story Circle presents an afternoon of storytelling for adults. Storytellers tell personal and historical stories. Theme this month is “Awakening” • 2 pm • at the Cabaret, Fort Salem Theater, 11 East Broadway, Salem, NY • $10 at door • more info at storycircleatproctors.org or from Siri Allison, 518-854-3998 •

 

The other storytelling show dates at the Fort and their themes are Oct. 8 (“Catalysts”) and Nov. 5 (“Challenges”)lysts

 

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Shakespeare & Co. • “The Wharton Comedies” (through Sept. 10) • 3 pm
Theater Barn •“Lucky Me” (Sept. 8-24) • 2 pm

 

FILM

 

Images • “Step” (runs Sept. 8-14) about three young African American women whose involvement on their high school step team helps them reach for the stars • today’s times, 3 & 5:30 pm • www.imagescinema.org

 

MISC.

 

Berkshire Theatre Group • Jennifer Batten’s Self-Empowerment for the Modern Musician Experience • 1 pm • Colonial • info and booking ($10) at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

 

Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club • All welcome to Sunday breakfast (second Sunday of the month). Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), french toast, home fries and beverages • 8-11 am • route 32 south of the village of Victory (look for the sign) • $8 for adult; $4 child • 518-695-3917


Green Mountain Club (Killington section) • All welcome to the series of fall hikes: today, Shrewsbury/Plymouth Area moderate, 5-mile hike with a view • meet 9:00 am in Rutland at Main Street Park, near the east end of the fire station — or 9:30 at Shrewsbury Town Office • more info from Jerry Parker 802-775-6208

 

Housatonic River Walk • today, 2nd Annual Hullabaloo at GBLC (Great Barrington Land Conservancy). Hullabaloo celebration and annual general meeting. Light fare, cash bar, music and happy hubbub...• 4-7 pm • details at https://www.gbland.org/events/2nd-annual-gblc-hullabaloo

 

Mass Audubon Society • Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip — Upper and Lower Goose Ponds. Explore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires’ most beautiful lakes. Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of eagles, herons, ravens, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life • 8:30 am-noon • Registration is required: www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors. Members: Adult $25, Child $25; Nonmembers: Adult $35, Child $35 • info at mhall@massaudubon.org or 413-637-0320


September Book Sale at Kinderhook Library (day 2 of 2) • A wide selection of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books carefully selected and sorted for easy browsing. Today you can take as many books as you like and make a donation • today’s times, 1-3 pm • at the McNary Center on Sylvester Street just steps away from the Library • more info at kinderhooklibrary.org.

 

(11th annual) Washington County Cheese Tour (Sept. 9 & 10) • On this self-guided tour, you can drive through lush, rolling hills and bucolic countryside on your way to visiting the following farmers and cheesemakers: Argyle Cheese Farmer, Consider Bardwell Farm, Dancing Ewe Farm and Moxie Ridge Farm. At each farm, you can sample specially selected cheeses and have the opportunity to tour the farm. Additionally, the following local brewery and vineyard can be included on your tour: R.S. Taylor and Sons Brewery, LLC and Victory View Vineyard • 10 am-4 pm both days • details including locations, at thecheesetour.com

 

 

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FILM


Images • “Step” (runs Sept. 8-14) about three young African American women whose involvement on their high school step team helps them reach for the stars • today’s times, 2:30, 4:30, 7 & 9 pm • www.imagescinema.org

 

MISC.


Ballston Spa 9/11 Memorial Dedication Ceremony • The Village of Ballston Spa is holding a dedication for the 9/11 Memorial that has been constructed next to the Village office. The memorial contains the last 2 pieces available from the Twin Towers and is dedicated to those who died on that fateful day. Members of the public are encouraged to attend • 6:30 pm • at 66 Front Street in Ballston Spa • phone 518 885-5711




 

Tuesday
12

 

FILM

 

Images • “Step” (runs Sept. 8-14) about three young African American women whose involvement on their high school step team helps them reach for the stars • today’s times, 2:30, 4:30, 7 & 9 pm • www.imagescinema.org

 

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MUSIC

 


Williams • MIDWEEK MUSIC “In C” • 12:15 pm (bring lunch) • Chapin Hall • music.williams.edu


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Barrington Stage • play “Kunstler” remount (runs Wed-Sun, Sept. 13-24) • 7:30 pm

 

FILM


Images • “Step” (runs Sept. 8-14) about three young African American women whose involvement on their high school step team helps them reach for the stars • today’s times, 2:30, 4:30, 7 & 9 pm • www.imagescinema.org

 

Manchester Community Library • free screening of the 1944 classic musical “Meet Me in St. Louis” starring Judy Garland • 2 pm • at the library, 138 Cemetery Ave./ Corner of Rte. 7A, Manchester Center, VT • info at 802-362-2607

 

MISC.


Caffè Lena • Storytelling Open Mic (second Wednesday, every other month, Sept. to May) • Sign-up starts at 6:45 pm; tellings from 7-9 • tickets ($5) at door • www.caffelena.org

 

Manchester Community Library • Don Trachte Jr. presents a free talk, “A Tale of Two Paintings: A Norman Rockwell Painting, Not Known to be Missing, Was Found.” • 6:30 pm • at the library, 138 Cemetery Ave./ Corner of Rte. 7A, Manchester Center, VT • info at 802-362-2607


Capital District Fly Fishers • On-the-water meeting at The Georgi on the Battenkill. Adams Lane, Shushan, NY from 5:30-8:30 pm. Check out their webpage for Google maps link — cdflyfishers.org

 

Mass Audubon Society • Fall Birding at Pleasant Valley. Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands looking for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring and fall migrations. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome • 8--10 am • Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox • free • info at mhall@massaudubon.org or 413-637-0320

 

Mass Audubon Society • Evening at the Beaver Ponds. Enjoy an evening searching for beavers and other wildlife attracted to the series of ponds that the beavers have created. Learn about the natural history of beavers and how they continue to shape the landscape more than 80 years after their reintroduction • 6:30-8:00 pm •• Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox • Members: Adult $6, Child $3; Nonmembers: Adult $8, Child $4 • info at mhall@massaudubon.org or 413-637-0320






 

Thursday
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MUSIC

 


Caffè Lena • Skidmore Night: Emma Larson, a singer-songwriter and Skidmore student • 7 pm • info and tickets ($5/$3) at www.caffelena.org

 


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Barrington Stage • play “Kunstler” remount (runs Wed-Sun, Sept. 13-24) • 7:30 pm


Shakespeare & Co. • “God of Carnage” (Sept. 14 – Oct. 8) • 7:30 pm

 

FILM


Images • “Step” (runs Sept. 8-14) about three young African American women whose involvement on their high school step team helps them reach for the stars • today’s times, 2:30, 4:30, 7 & 9 pm • www.imagescinema.org

 

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires presents 'Salam Neighbor,” a documentary about life in a Syrian refugee camp just inside the Jordanian border • 10:45 am • at Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield, MA • more info at at 413-442-4360, ext. 10

 

MISC.


Skidmore • Constitution Day Lecture: “Executive Power, Then and Now—The Case of Unilateral Executive Action and the Constitution” • 5:30 pm • Davis • more info at 518-580-5240

 

Skidmore • Panel Discussion: “After Incarceration—Stories From Those Who’ve Lived It” Skidmore restorative-justice experts discuss community justice and how RJ seeks to shape criminal justice reform • 7 pm • Tang • more info at 518-580-5274

 

Turkey dinner and a sale table with food items and crafts • Serving starts at 4:30 pm • at North Granville Methodist Church, 10344 State Route 22 • $10 for adults, $5 for ages 4-10 and free for under 4 • more info from Roberta at 518-812-4001

Schuylerville Public Library • Family Game Night. Many games available! • 6:30 pm • 52 Ferry Street, Schuylerville, NY • info at 518-695-6641


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MUSIC

 


Caffè Lena • Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio, with live performances that move seamlessly from New Orleans jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant, original ballads • 8 pm • info and tickets ($18/$16 or $9 for children/students) at www.caffelena.org

 

MASS MoCA • FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival 2017 (runs Sept. 15-17) • details and tickets ($46 for today; $110 for all 3 days; or $350 for 3-day pass with perks) at www.massmoca.org

Skidmore • Concert by Palehound • 8 pm • Tang • more info at 518-580-8080

 

DANCE

 

‘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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Ventfort Hall • Dramatic Staged Play Reading “Mortal Friends,”about the relationship between two literary titans, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville • 7:30 pm • info or reservations at 413-637-3206 • more info at gildedage.org


Barrington Stage • play “Kunstler” remount (runs Wed-Sun, Sept. 13-24) • 7:30 pm


Shakespeare & Co. • “God of Carnage” (Sept. 14 – Oct. 8) • 7:30 pm


Theater Barn •“Lucky Me” (Sept. 8-24) • 8

 

MISC.


Northshire (Manchester store) • launch party for a favorite local author, Eric Rickstad, who presents his newest thriller, “The Names of Dead Girls,” a much anticipated sequel to “The Silent Girls” • 6 pm • www.northshire.com

 

Northshire (Saratoga store) • Allan Carter, the historian of the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame shares stories from his new book “From American Eclipse to Silent Screen: An Early History of New York-breds” • 7 pm • www.northshire.com


Mass Audubon Society • Fall Birding at Canoe Meadows. Spring and fall are the best seasons to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. At Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield, walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands, observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.• 8-10 am • free • info at mhall@massaudubon.org or 413-637-0320

 

Gypsy Layne Cabaret & Co. • Berkshire Burlesque
show, a benefit for people with autism and their families in Berkshire County • 7:30 pm • Cranwell Resort Harvest Barn, 112 Lee Road, Lenox, MA • Reserve tickets ($60, or $125 VIP) at www.gypsylayne.com

 

Picnic Under the Stars to benefit Animalkind. A romantic and exciting night at Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram, NY. Renowned astronomer Michael O’Gara has five telescopes for you to observe the sky, the moon and the stars. Also, Animalkind provides you with a picnic basket full of goodies • 7 pm (rain date 9/16) • $50/person • For tickets go to Animalkind.info or 518-822-8643

 

Saratoga Chamber Players • “Swing for Music” Golf Outing (Nine Hole Scramble Format). Event is a benefit to help bring music into senior residences for those who cannot leave or for folks at regular concerts who cannot afford full ticket price • Registration at 3:15 pm • Airway Meadows Golf Course, 262 Brownsville Road, Gansevoort, NY • entry fee $65 • To register, please email: bhc2150@gmail.com • more info at www.saratogachamberplayers.org/season-tickets

 

Skidmore • Gallery Talk on States of Incarceration
History professor Eric Morser and student curators Deven Catalano, Meaghan McDonald, and Isaac Selchaif will describe their efforts to reconstruct the history of Mount McGregor, the power of oral histories, and how they transformed their story into a museum exhibit.
• noon • Tang • more info at 518-580-5274

 

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MUSIC


(Music at) Bennington Farmers’ Market • today’s performer, Aura Shards • 10 am-1 pm • at the scenic river walk park along the Walloomsac

 

Berkshire Music School • OPEN HOUSE. Meet BMS faculty members, try out an instrument, observe a music class for youngsters • 10 am-noon • 30 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. • free • more info at 413-442-1411 or berkshiremusicschool.org

 

Caffè Lena • Blind Crow, a progressive string quartet from Albany • 8 pm • info and tickets ($14/$12 or $7 for children/students) at www.caffelena.org

 

Lake George Arts Project • Lake George Jazz Weekend (runs Sept. 16 & 17) Today’s performances: Lyric Fury (1 pm), Ola Onabule (2:45 pm), The Cookers (4:30 pm) and Special Saturday evening performance, Dave Liebman Tribute to Coltrane (7:30 pm) • Shepard Park, Lake George • FREE

 

Skidmore • Faculty Recital by Brett Grigsby • 4 pm • Zankel Music Center • more info at 518-580-5321 or www.skidmore.edu/zankel

 

MASS MoCA • FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival 2017 (runs Sept. 15-17) • details and tickets ($69 for today; $110 for all 3 days; or $350 for 3-day pass with perks) at www.massmoca.org

 

DANCE

 

Lenox Contra Dance • live music, and all dances called • 8-11 pm with beginners’ workshop at 7:45 • Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA • $12/$6 • more info at www.LenoxContraDance.org

 

COMEDY


Mahaiwe • comic Paula Poundstone • 8 pm • tickets ($53) and info at www.mahaiwe.org

 

 

THEATER
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Barrington Stage • play “Kunstler” remount (runs Wed-Sun, Sept. 13-24) • 7:30 pm


Shakespeare & Co. • “God of Carnage” (Sept. 14 – Oct. 8) • 7:30 pm


Theater Barn •“Lucky Me” (Sept. 8-24) • 8 pm

 

MISC.

 

Tales from a Trip to Antarctica • Local photographer Peter Baiamonte shares his stories, images, videos and a short film shot during an expedition style trip to Antarctica. He shares his experiences and the knowledge he gained from over a year of planning and research that went into making the trip happen. The presentation includes time for Q&A • 4 pm • Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Rd. Sandisfield, MA • tickets ($10) at sandisfieldartscenter.org or at the door


Art in the Park • outdoor exhibition featuring artists from the greater Saratoga and Capital regions, displaying and selling their original two- and three-dimensional creations and personally-designed and crafted functional art in a beautiful park setting • 10 am-4 pm • Congress Park • more info at www.saratoga-arts.org

 

Art Omi • Light Into Night, Fourth Annual Upstate Fundraiser — art happenings, farm-to-table dinner, dance party, silent auction, Little Stars kids’ party • 5-10 pm • Art Omi Studio Barns • more info at artomi.org

Bennington Quiltfest 2017 (also on 9/17) • 24th annual show has exhibit of New Quilts, Challenge Quilts,Quilting Demos, Vendors, Consignment Boutique, Quilt Raffle, People’s Choice Awards. Featured Quilter, Michelle Renee Hiatt lectures both days at 1 pm • Quiltfest hours 9 am-5 pm • Mount Anthony Union Middle School 747 East Road, Bennington, VT • $7, or free for age 12 or under • more info at www.benningtonquiltfest.com or call Judith Smith 802-823-4631

 

Gardenworks • Farm-to-Table Dinner at the Movies. A live multimedia event “Route 30: Arts and Agriculture.” Route 30’s sixteen and a half miles provide Washington County with visual arts, live theater, music, refreshment, and views to die for. This locally-sourced dinner and presentation of art, artists, and agriculture, with a live musical accompaniment, tells you stories you may not know and shows you sights you may have missed. Very limited seating • 5:30 pm • $65. Reservations required. 518-854-9200

 

Heritage Walks Weekends (three consecutive weekends: Sept. 16 & 17, 23 & 24, & Sept. 30 & Oct. 1) • choice of 80+ FREE, guided interpretive walking tours at historic, cultural and natural resource sites throughout the Housatonic Heritage Area in Berkshire County, MA. and Litchfield County, CT • Visit website: www.HousatonicHeritage.org/events/heritage-walks to view the entire schedule of tours, or email programs@HousatonicHeritage.org to request an event brochure be mailed to you

 

High and Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center • “Kick up Your Heels” A Benefit Evening on the Farm — Activities include food, dancing, games, a silent auction and a lottery to win a cruise • 6-11 pm • 71 CR 21C Ghent, NY • info and tickets ($60, or $75 at door) at high-n-mighty.org • more info at 518-672-4202

 

Green Mountain Club (Killington section) • All welcome to the series of fall hikes: today, Mount Equinox, Manchester. A long, steep climb with a spectacular view and historical exhibits in the new summit visitors’ center • Meet 9:00 am in Rutland at Main Street Park, near the east end of the fire station • more info from Sue Thomas 802-773-2185

 

Mass Audubon Society • Fall Birding at Lime Kiln Farm. Join the education coordinator during the height of spring and fall migration for a morning bird walk on the trails of Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Sheffield. Listen and look for warblers, sparrows, thrushes, and other birds. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. • 8-10 am • info at mhall@massaudubon.org or 413-637-0320

 

Merck • Fall Festival. Celebrate the season! Family fun on the farm: games, farm animals to meet, demonstrations in blacksmithing and the use of a crosscut saw. Come up with a picnic lunch, then go for a hike to view the foliage and finish with a dance (below) • 9 am-6 pm • 3270 Route 315 (Rupert Mountain Road) • suggested donation $3 per person • 802-394-7836 • www.merckforest.org

 

Merck • Fall Festival ContraDance. Finish up your day at the Fall Festival (above) the way farmhands used to do: with a rollicking contradance. Pete’s Posse performs, with Mary Wesley calling. It’s all kinds of fun on a fall afternoon! • 3 pm • 3270 Route 315 (Rupert Mountain Road) • FREE • 802-394-7836 • www.merckforest.org

 

Northshire (Manchester store) • public radio commentator Bill Schubart presents “Lila & Theron,” which brings back charactors from his 2008 short story collection, “The Lamoille Stories” • 7 pm • www.northshire.com

Northshire (Saratoga store) • Ken Haedrich signs his book “The Harvest Baker: 150 Sweet & Savory Recipes Celebrating the Fresh-Picked Flavors of Fruits, Herbs & Vegetables” from 11 am -1 pm at Saratoga Farmers’ Market, High Rock Park, Saratoga Springs, NY • www.northshire.com

 

Rainbow Seniors • TALK AND LISTEN SUPPORT GROUP for men and women: a confidential, facilitated conversation about how you face the issues in your lives as LGBTQ seniors • 2-4 pm • Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, 2nd floor conference room

 

Welsh Family History Seminar “Researching your Welsh Family Tree: DNA and Genealogy” by Susan Davies Sit, Genealogist • 9:30 am • in the Town Room of historic (1805) United Baptist Church, On the Green, East Poultney, VT • See if reservations ($30) are still available at the Welsh-American Genealogical Society, Inc. (WAGS), 802-287-5744

 

Yoga Place • Pure Yoga/Divine Yoga with Peter Rizzo • 9:00-11:30 am • at The Yoga Place, 532 Main Street, Bennington, VT • $30 prepaid or $35 at door, or by donation. To register or for more information, call 802-447-0393 or go to www.benningtonyoga.com