Things to do in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont for Feb. 2 to 8

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ART Berkshire Museum

39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org.

Through April 30: "The Science of Color" explores how we perceive color, unique and surprising sources of pigment, ways in which color affects mood and psychology, luminescence, the interaction of light and color, and the structure of the rainbow.

Through April 30: "Tell Me More." A trio if exhibitions using objects from the museum's permanent collection to illustrate fascinating narratives about exploits and accomplishments with special links to the Berkshires. "Tell Me More Time and Travel" explores the rise of tourism, here and abroad. "Tell Me More Extreme Exploration" recounts the adventures of Admiral Peary and his associate Matthew Henson as they reached the North Pole. "Tell Me More Art of the Armament" draws on the museum's fine collection of weapons, highlighting the magnificent craftsmanship that was used to embellish these artifacts.

Museum of Lenox History

65 Main St., Lenox, Mass.

413-441-7902

Lenox Historical Society is open year-round, Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

Through April 15: Exhibit, "Lenox: The First 100 Years." Lenox Historical Society's kicks off Lenox's 250th birthday celebration. The exhibit features artifacts, documents and ephemera from the 1750s to 1840s depicting life in Lenox. A collection of early coopers tools, as well as carpentry and farming tools give one a sense of the ingenuity of the first inhabitants of the Berkshires, who farmed their own land and manufactured tools necessary for everyday life.

Omi International Arts Center


1405 County Route 22, Ghent N.Y.

www.artomi.org

Through March 12: Architecture Omi, "5x5: Participatory Provocations," Benenson Visitors Center.

Bennington Museum


75 Main St., Bennington, Vt.; 802-447-1571, www.benningtonmuseum.org.

Admission: $10 adults; $9 seniors and students over 18; free, children and students under age 18. Wheelchair-accessible. Group tours offered for 10 or more individuals.

On view year-round: Grandma Moses Gallery. Largest public collection of paintings by Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860-1961) in the world.

Mass MoCA

1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.

413-662-2111 or massmoca.org

Galleries are open 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday (closed Tuesdays). Gallery admission is $18 for adults, $16 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $8 for children 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under. Members are admitted free year-round.

"Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder." Twenty-three artists work in a wide range of media to explore perception, time and the cosmos to provoke viewers into their own state of wonder. Through Jan. 15.

"Alex Da Corte: Free Roses," on view now. Provocative, puzzling, and visually seductive, in his first museum survey Alex Da Corte's neon-bright, exuberant works merge the languages of abstraction and modern design with banal, off-brand items, ranging from shampoo to soda to tchotchkes and household cleaning supplies.

"Sarah Crowner: Beetle in the Leaves," on view through Feb. 12. Crowner's exhibition at MASS MoCA — her first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum — features both existing paintings and major tile works designed and fabricated for the show.

"Federico Uribe: Here Comes the Sun" on view now. The works of Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Uribe, whose magical, colorful sculptural menagerie of animals — crafted out of leather bags, bullets, shoelaces and color pencils — can raise one's spirits, even though some of the imagery is fierce.

"Nick Cave: Kaleidoscopic Playground" on view now. Cave converts the Kidspace ArtBar into a veritable Kaleidoscopic Playground — a participatory art-making lab that invites visitors to explore their senses, emotions, and self.

"Sol Lewitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective," on view now. LeWitt — who stressed the idea behind his work over its execution — is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual Art, and is known primarily for his deceptively simple geometric structures and architecturally scaled wall drawings.

"Natalie Jeremijenko: Tree Logic," on view now. In Tree Logic, the art of the piece is not found in its condition at any single point in time, but in the change of the trees over time. When inverted, the six trees in this experiment still grow away from the earth and towards the sun.

"Don Gummer: Primary Separation," on view now. The sculpture consists of a massive granite boulder, 12 feet long by 6 feet tall, sawed in half.

"Stephen Vitiello: All Those Vanished Engines," on view through Nov. 27. Starting with the inherent resonance of the pipes and metal drums in the Mass MoCA Boiler House, Vitiello composed a layered sound installation that can be explored throughout the building.

"Christina Kubisch: Clocktower Project," on view now. The bells and beautiful brass clockworks share the tower with solar panels, electronic sound system, and a computer with Kubisch's unique program on its flash disc.

" Julieanne Swartz: In Harmonicity, The Tonal Walkway." On view now.

"Until": Nick Cave's massive Building 5 exhibition, on view now. The exhibit consists of thousands of found objects, millions of beads, and crystal clouds, effectively turning the space into a dense, dazzling and provocative sculptural field.

MCLA Gallery 51

51 Main St., North Adams, Mass.

mcla.edu/gallery51.

Through Feb. 19: "OFA ATU: A Fisherman's Tale of Two Communities," an exhibition by artist Josh Ostraff, a visiting professor at MCLA.

Norman Rockwell Museum

9 Glendale Road, Route 183, Stockbridge, Mass.

Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.nrm.org

Admission: Members, free; Adults, $18; Seniors (65 and up) $17; Veterans, $16; College students with ID, $10; Children/teens 6 — 18, $6; Children 5 and under, free.

Through May 29, 2017: "Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning." Look at the development of classic cartoon characters and stories created by the animation studio that dominated Saturday morning television.

On view: Norman Rockwell's 323 "Saturday Evening Post" Covers. Revisit all 323 "Saturday Evening Post" covers created by Norman Rockwell, who considered the magazine to be the "greatest show window in America."

Friday, Feb. 3: "Happy Birthday, Norman Rockwell," 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Rockwell's 123rd birthday with gallery talks on the artist's life and work throughout the day; enjoy free cupcakes (while supplies last). Included with museum admission. "Meet Rockwell's Models," 3 p.m. Find out what it was like to pose for America's favorite illustrator from Byron Breese, who posed for Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout images. Included with museum admission.

Saturday, Feb. 4: "Painting Like Rockwell," 1:30 p.m. Join illustrator/painter Dan Howe for an exploration of Norman Rockwell's process through a live painting demonstration and discussion. Included with museum admission. Opening for 31st Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show, 2 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the creative talent on display from Berkshire County high schools, and meet the artists; original works in all media — from painting and drawing to photography, ceramics, three-dimensional assemblage, and digital art. Francis Vallejo, an award-winning illustrator from Detroit, will offer insight and encouragement to future art professionals at 2 p.m. Exhibit on view through March 4.

Sandisfield Arts Center

5 Hammertown Road, Sandisfield, Mass. 413-258-4100, www.sandisfieldartscenter.org

On view: "In the Gallery: Michelle Arnot: Shodou: Traveling along the Long Path of Writing: Japanese Calligraphy.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care

Corridor Gallery

100 Hospital Drive, Bennington, Vt.

Through April 12: Exhibit by Michael Horowitz of Pownal, Vt. , featuring his children's illustrations, many of which appeared originally with "Children's Choice," a weekly newspaper column for kids published in the Williamstown Advocate, 1985 - 91 and was syndicated in as many as 30 New England weeklies. The pieces in this exhibit are for sale; proceeds benefit the artist and the SVHC Auxiliary. Exhibit is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Williams College Museum of Art

15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Suite 2, Williamstown, Mass.

wcma.williams.edu/programs

On exhibit

Through Feb. 12: "Being the measure: David Zink Yi," his first museum exhibition in the U.S. brings together his work in sculpture, photography, music, and video and marks his foray into collaborative live performance. Performed with four musicians, Zink Yi's original work at WCMA fuses Minimalist sculptural, Afro-Cuban spiritual music, and spoken word structures.

Through Feb 19: "Shaping Space." On view for the first time since it joined the museum's collection in 1991, "Ritual Series" by Michael Singer is the centerpiece of the exhibit. Additional works from WCMA's collection share many formal and material concerns-natural and industrial, interior and exterior, movement and stasis. Together these works in various media create an environment for the consideration of space with a focus on their physical and conceptual presence.

FAIRS, FESTIVALS AND FAMILY FUN

3rd Annual Cupcake Wars

ITAM Lodge, Waubeek Road, Pittsfield, Mass.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Italian dinner prepared by Pittsfield Unico at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Cupcake Wars — a fun competition between local bakeries. Categories: Best Tasting, Best Presentation, Most Creative, and People's Choice. Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the door; includes dinner and cupcake tasting. Tickets Tickets available at: NAMI Berkshire County Office, 333 East St., Room 417, Pittsfield, 413-433-1666; Elm Street Hardware, 129 Elm St, Pittsfield, 413-442-9558 or online at namibc.org/cupcakewars. All proceeds support National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County.

Berkshire Carousel

Corner of South Church and Center streets, Pittsfield, Mass. www.berkshirecarousel.com

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Special musical, and theatrical programing every first and third Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays: On site education art workshops 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $12.50 per class.

Berkshire Museum


39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.; 413-443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org.

Ongoing programs

Tuesdays: WeeMuse Littlest Learners, 10:30 a.m., play and learn every week in this fun, interactive new program for children ages 6-18 months, with stories, songs, sign language, and exercise. Caregivers share stories and information from collective parenting experiences. Included with regular museum admission.

Fridays: WeeMuse Adventures, 11 a.m., children 18 months to 3 years old explore the aquarium and other galleries, included with regular museum admission.

Saturdays: Chow Time in the Aquarium, 12:30 p.m., lend a hand in the preparation of meals for the creatures that live in the aquarium, included with regular museum admission.

Crane Museum and Center for the Paper Arts

Off West Housatonic Street, Dalton, Mass.

413-684-6380

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1-5 p.m., 1-5 p.m.

Trace the history of Crane from its Liberty Paper Mill in 1770 to becoming today's technological leader in banknote security technology.

Tours several times each afternoon. Papermaking demonstrations daily. Free.

The Mount

2 Plunkett St., Lenox, Mass. 413-551-5111 or EdithWharton.org.

Edith Wharton's historic estate. Tour the house and gardens, enjoy lunch on the terrace, shop in the book store, or just relax and enjoy the surroundings. Admission valid for 7 days, kids free every day.

Trustees of Reservations

Serving the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley and Central Massachusetts


Saturday, Feb. 4: Brew Moon Ski & Snowshow with the moon lighting your way, ski or snowshoe on a self-guided woodland adventure. Afterward, gather inside the Visitor Center for a beer and wine tasting accompanied by treats. 7 to 9 p.m. Member: $12; nonmember: $20. Notchview Reservation, Route 9, Windsor, Mass.; 413-684-0148, acaluori@thetrustees.org.

Sunday, Feb. 5: "The Nature of Lyme" with Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, community herbalist; informative lecture about the various ways lyme is being treated with herbal medicines. 2 to 4 p.m. Members $5; nonmembers $10. Bartholomew's Cobble, 105 Weatogue Road, Sheffield, Mass.; 413.298.3239, ext. 3013; cpetrikhuff@thetrustees.org

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum

104 Walker St., Lenox, Mass.

(413) 637-3206, GildedAge.org

A Gilded Age mansion, built in 1893 by George and Sarah Morgan, the sister of J.P. Morgan. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion is open to the public year round. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided tours: On the hour, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays.

MUSIC

Berkshire Theatre Group

413-997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.

Thursday, Feb. 2: "Remember When Rock Was Young: The Elton John Tribute," starring Craig A. Meyer, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25, $35 and $45. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Williams College

Williamstown, Mass.

413)-597-2425, /62center.williams.edu

Friday, Feb 3: '62 Center for Theatre and Dance: CenterSeries — Fringe First Award winner Baba Brinkman, the world's first and only "peer reviewed rapper," bringing science to the masses with his unique brand of hip-hop comedy theatrics, 8 p.m. "In Rap Guide to Climate Chaos," Brinkman breaks down the politics, economics, and science of global warming, following its surprising twists from the carbon cycle to the energy economy. Tickets: $10/$3 students. MainStage, 1000 Main St., Williamstown.

TALKS

Berkshire Environmental Action Team

413-429-6416, elia@thebeatnews.org

Sponsored by Berkshire Environmental Action Team:Trustees of the Reservations, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Columbia Land Conservancy and Berkshire Community College.

Friday, Feb. 3: "Wild Cousins of Our Best Friends: Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes" with Sue Morse, founder of Keeping Track. 6 p.m. Boland Theater at BCC, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.

Saturday, Feb. 4: "The Cougar Comes East" with Sue Morse, founder of Keeping Track. 6 p.m., Mount Everett High School, 491 Berkshire School Road, Sheffield.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Church Street, North Adams, Mass.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Green Living Series, "Science and Management of Invasive Species." — "Success or Failure (or both): Long Term Invasive Plant Control with The Trustees," by Dr. Julie Richburg, a regional ecologist at The Trustees of Reservations in Springfield. 7 p.m., Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121, Blackinton Street, North Adams.

THEATER

Berkshire Theatre Group

413-448-8084, ext. 23.

Sunday and Monday, Feb. 5 and 6: Auditions for 12th Annual Community Theatre production, directed by Travis G. Daly. Roles and positions are open to third graders through adults. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, May 30. This year's production will run from Thursday, July 6, through Sunday, Aug. 6. Audition times:

Sunday, 11 a.m. to -2 p.m.; Monday, 6 to 9 p.m. Adults should be prepared to sing only 16 bars of a song and bring the accompanying sheet music that is in the key in which they prefer to sing. Callbacks will take place as needed. Appointments necessary to audition. The Colonial Theatre, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.

Ghent Playhouse


6 Town Hall Place, Ghent, N.Y.

800-838-3006, ghentplayhouse.org.

Through Feb. 5: "Once Upon a Mattress," a musical comedy for the entire family. Performances, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $20; $17, members of the Playhouse; $10, students with ID.




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