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Feb 12-18 • Feb 19-25 Feb 26-March 4 March 5-March 11 • March 12-March 18 March 19-March 25 March 26- April 1

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MUSIC


Clark • Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” from the Met live in HD (also at the Mahaiwe and Paramount, see below) • 12:55 am • in the Clark’s newly renovated, state-of-the-art auditorium • tickets ($25, $18 for students) at 413-458-0524 or www.clarkart.edu

 

Helsinki Hudson • Birds of Chicago: Drawing heavily on the gospel tradition, the music feels like a new, secular gospel • 8 pm (doors 6 pm) • info and tickets ($15) at helsinkihudson.com

 

Hudson River Music Hall • Professor Louie & The Crowmatix • 3 pm • 10 Maple St., Hudson Falls, NY • tickets ($15/$12) at door • info at 518-832-3484

 

Skidmore • Concert by Wind Festival Concert Band • 2 pm • Zankel Music Center • info at 518-580-5321 or www.skidmore.edu/zankel

 

Ventfort Hall • Back by popular demand: The 35-member Berkshire Concert Choir presents a Valentine’s Day Concert “Boy Meets Girl” • 3 pm • $22 • reservations (highly recommended) at 413-637-3206

 

THEATER

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Home Made Theater holds open auditions for their April/May production of Larry Shue’s comedy “The Foreigner” (also on 2/13) • today’s times, 6-8 pm • Details

 

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • Selected Shorts” live short story readings. One of NPR’s most popular shows! • 3 pm • 30 2nd St, Troy, NY • 518-273-8945 • info and tickets ($25) at www.troymusichall.org


Williams (‘62 Center) • Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” (runs Feb. 11, 12, 18, 19) • today’s times, 11 am & 2 pm

 

FILM

 

Images • film “La La Land,” (runs Feb. 10-23), a musical exploring which is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight • today’s times, 3 & 5:30 pm • www.imagescinema.org\


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THEATER

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Home Made Theater holds open auditions for their April/May production of Larry Shue’s comedy “The Foreigner” (also on 2/12) • today’s times, 6-7:30 pm • Details

 

Paramount • Garrison Keillor, writer and humorist best known for his popular live radio variety show, “A Prairie Home Companion” • 7:30 pm • info and tickets ($46-$66) at www.paramountvt.org or 802-775-0903

 

FILM


Skidmore • Film: “Después de Trujillo” with filmmaker Lisa Blackmore • 6 pm • Davis Auditorium • more info at 518-580-5274

 

Williams College French Film Festival • series: School Stories: Diversity and Adversity in French Film • today’s film, “La cour de Babel” (The School of Babel) — follows a year in a Paris schoolroom for children who have recently immigrated to France • 7 pm • at Images Cinema • more at imagescinema.org

 

MISC.

 

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires presents Dennis Powell, president of the Berkshire County Unit of the NAACP. His talk “NAACP is not an ‘ANACHRONISM!’”is a Black History Month exploration of this venerable institution’s history and work in the present day • 10:45 am • Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road in Pittsfield, MA • more info at 413-442-4360, ext. 10

 



 

Tuesday
14

 

MUSIC


Williams • annual Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition — a program that includes music from various periods and genres • 6 pm • Brooks-Rogers • free • music.williams.edu

 

FILM


Crandall Library • African American Film Forum: “Incarcerating US” • 6:30 pm • Community Room • more info at 518-792-6508 or www.crandalllibrary.org.

 

Images • film “La La Land,” (runs Feb. 10-23), a musical exploring which is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight • today’s times, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 pm • www.imagescinema.org


15

 

MUSIC


Caffè Lena •
Monthly Bluegrass Jam with host Alan Epstein. Listeners and pickers both welcome • 7 pm (doors 6:30) • tickets ($5) at door • www.caffelena.org

 

THEATER


Images • film “La La Land,” (runs Feb. 10-23), a musical exploring which is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight • today’s times, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 pm •

www.imagescinema.org

 

MISC.


Berkshire Festival of Women Writers • “The Revolution Where You Live: A Talk with Yes! Magazine Co-Founder and Editor Sarah van Gelder”: Given the new president, Gelder says we need to discuss how to resist the dangers, reconnect to each other and to the earth, and re-conceive the world we want • 7:00-8:30 pm • Daniel Arts Center Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA • info at berkshirewomenwriters.org

 



 

Thursday
16

 

MUSIC


Caffè Lena •The East Pointers — “Adreneline-fueled and liable to rattle the rafters, this young trio brings talent and innovation to Celtic-Maritime folk, recreating it as the hippest thing on the market.“ • 7 pm • $16/$14 or $8 for children/students • www.caffelena.org


Skidmore • Open Rehearsal: Skidmore’s Gamelan Banyu Wali Ensemble •
5:30 pm • Tang Museum
For more information call 518-580-8080

 

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall • National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine playing Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich • 7:30 pm • 30 2nd St, Troy, NY • 518-273-8945 • info and tickets ($55/$45) at www.troymusichall.org

 

Williams • Williams Jazz Faculty Concert featuring original compositions • 8 pm • Brooks-Rogers • free • music.williams.edu

 

DANCE


Paramount • MOMIX, company of dancer-illusionists “presenting works of astounding inventiveness and physical beauty” • 8 pm • info and tickets ($32-$42) at www.paramountvt.org or 802-775-0903

 

THEATER

 

Berkshire Theatre Group • Laugh Lounge Series: comic Myq Kaplan, a 2010 Last Comic Standing Finalist, who has appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman and Comedy Central Presents • 7:30 pm • at The Garage (in the lobby at the Colonial) • link to tickets ($5) at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org


Barrington Stage • annual “10X10 New Play Festival” (Feb. 16-March 5) • 7:30 pm details

 

FILM


Images • film “La La Land,” (runs Feb. 10-23), a musical exploring which is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight • today’s times, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 pm • www.imagescinema.org

 

MASS MoCA • Documentary Film Series: “Seven Songs for a Long Life” unexpectedly uplifting film in which six hospice patients unlock their pasts and illuminate their dreams through song, allowing us into tender, vulnerable, and funny moments of their lives • 7:30 pm • Club B10 • info and tickets ($5/$9) at massmoca.org


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MUSIC

 


Caffè Lena • Flurry Festival Sing Around: The Flurry’s finest performers inaugurate the new Caffe Lena in a relaxed sing-around evening
• 8:30 pm • $10, or free with Flurry Wristband • www.caffelena.org

 

Helsinki Hudson • Big Takeover, Jamaican Party Music • 9 pm (doors 6 pm) • info and tickets at helsinkihudson.com

 

Skidmore • Concert by Ensemble Connect, celebrating its10th Skidmore residency • 7 pm • Zankel Music Center • $8 adults, $5 senior citizens and Skidmore community, free for students and children • info at 518-580-5321 or www.skidmore.edu/zankel

 

DANCE

 

The Flurry (day 1 of 3) • huge town-wide family dance festival, now in its 30th year, has dances, workshops, singing, concerts, much more • today’s times 7 pm-1 am • downtown Saratoga Springs • details including schedule and ticket info at www.flurryfestival.org


Williams (‘62 Center) • Zambezi Dance Party! (also on 2/18) • today’s time, 8 pm • CenterStage • $3 • 62center.williams.edu

 

THEATER

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Barrington Stage • annual “10X10 New Play Festival” (Feb. 16-March 5) • 7:30 pm

Images • film “La La Land,” (runs Feb. 10-23), a musical exploring which is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight • today’s times, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 pm • www.imagescinema.or

 

Northshire (Manchester store) • Richard Mason presents his newest novel “Who Killed Piet Barol” set in early twentieth-century colonial Cape Town, and a forest full of witch doctors, stingless bees, and hungry leopards • 7 pm • www.northshire.com

Northshire (Saratoga store) • poetry reading with Jay Rogoff, celebrating his new collection, “Enamel Eyes, A Fantasia on Paris, 1870: Poems” • 7 pm • www.northshire.com

Ventfort Hall • Nejaime’s
Scotch Whiskey Tasting:
Discover seven whiskeys presented by Charles Tower, National Brand Ambassador for Scotch and American Whiskeys, The Espiritus Group • 6 pm • $35 • reservations (highly recommended) at 413-637-2221.

‘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

 


Music at Bennington Winter Farmers’ Market • today’s performer, Steve Spensley • 10 am-1 pm • First Baptist Church East Main Street

 

Caffè Lena • Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo — “jaw-dropping, tandem jazz technique and incredible showmanship” • 8 pm • $25/$22 or $12.50 for children/students • www.caffelena.org

 

Close Encounters with Music • “The Intimate Bach” Mid-Winter Fireside Concert. Three of the “sublime unaccompanied suites that have taken dances from the courts of Europe and lifted them to the most spiritual realm are presented in contrasting modern and historical approaches” on modern cello played by Yehuda Hanani and its earlier cousin the Baroque cello played by Kivie Cahn-Lipman • 6 pm • at Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA • info and tickets ($35) at www.cewm.org

Helsinki Hudson • Bindlestiff Cirkus Cabin Fever Cabaret (adult oriented show) • 9 pm (doors 6 pm) • info and tickets ($25) at helsinkihudson.com

 

DANCE

 

The Flurry (day 2 of 3) • huge town-wide family dance festival, now in its 30th year, has dances, workshops, singing, concerts, much more • today’s times 9 am-1 am • downtown Saratoga Springs • details including schedule and ticket info at www.flurryfestival.org

 

Williams (‘62 Center) • Zambezi Dance Party! (also on 2/17) • today’s time, 2 pm • CenterStage • $3 • 62center.williams.edu


MASS MoCA • Absurdist comedy dynamo Jo Firestone, with opener Joe Pera • 8 pm • B10 • info and tickets ($10-$28) at massmoca.org


THEATER

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Barrington Stage • annual “10X10 New Play Festival” (Feb. 16-March 5) • 3 & 7:30 pm
Williams (‘62 Center) • Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” (runs Feb. 11, 12, 18, 19) • today’s times, 11 am & 2 pm

 

FILM

 

Images • film “La La Land,” (runs Feb. 10-23), a musical exploring which is more important: a once-in-a-lifetime love or the spotlight • today’s times, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 pm • www.imagescinema.org

 

MISC.

 

Northshire (Manchester store) • Jim Shepard, called by The Daily Beast “Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America,” presents “The World to Come: Stories” • 7 pm • www.northshire.com

 

Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Market featuring locally grown and produced foods, including fruits and vegetables, cheese, meats, bread, and more, plus live music and children’s activities • 10 am-2 pm • at Monument Valley Middle School (313 Monument Valley Road in Great Barrington) • free admission • berkshiregrown.org

 

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center • First day of weekend workshop “Silversmithing/Jewelry Making Techniques” with Joe Montro. Participants have the opportunity to create objects such as rings, necklaces, earrings and chains. The class can accommodate the absolute beginner as well as those who have some experience • time TBA • 636 Marble Street, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT • more info at www.carvingstudio.org or 802-438-2097

 

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary • Winter Wonderland: Lenox Mountain Snowshoe Hike. Come for a hike to the wintery summit of Lenox Mountain (2,126 feet). Track wildlife, identify trees by their bark, and (on a clear day) take in a 50-mile view from the top • 9:30 am -12:30 pm • Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox • $10/$15 • info at 413-637-0320

 

Skidmore • Tang Museum Family Saturdays: Brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Suitable for children ages 5 and up with their adult companions • 2:00-3:30 pm • Tang • Free and open to the public • reservations (strongly recommended) and info at 518-580-8080

 

Yoga Place • Pure Yoga/Divine Yoga with Peter Rizzo • 9:00-11:30 am • at The Yoga Place, 532 Main St., 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