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FANTASTICAL WORLDS WITH JANA LAIZ
Pittsfield, 3 - 5:30 p.m.
Teen Tuesdays: Fantastical Worlds May 1-22, 2018 Tuesdays, 3:00-5:30PM Location: Lichtenstein Centre for the Arts Instructor: Jana Laiz Tuition: $190   Come develop your sci-fi and fantasy world! We will be writing and creating characters and stories which we will share together through visual projects, print, and maybe even in performance. Come ready to brainstorm your imagination, and write!   Code: PTYA02SP18
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DINE TO DONATE AT NINETY NINE RESTAURANT
Pittsfield, 5 - 10 p.m.
On Tuesday, May 1 you can dine to donate at Ninety Nine Restaurant in Pittsfield, and 15% of your guest check will be donated to Berkshire Humane Society. Please present the required coupon to your server (berkshirehumane.org/events). Thank you for supporting homeless animals!
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TUESDAY TEA SERIES
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
Williams College will host its annual Tuesday Teas series to celebrate Williams authors and honor their scholarly and creative works. On four consecutive Tuesdays in April and May, faculty authors will discuss a recent publication and reflect on the writing, creating, and publishing process in the Stetson Reading Room, Sawyer Library. All of the events are free. The series concludes May 1 with Laura Ephraim, assistant professor of political science, who will discuss her book "Who Speaks for Nature' On the Politics of Science."

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BRIGHT IDEAS EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION
Williamstown, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The Bennington Area Arts Council and the Lightning Jar have come together to celebrate the roles of arts and entrepreneurship in the creative economy. To kick off this partnership, the two organizations have collaborated on a shared art exhibition. Bright Ideas, a show exploring collaboration, innovation, and leaving a legacy will be on view at the Lighting Jar from May 2 through July 13, 2018. The show will feature artwork from Seline Skoug, Barbara Sarvis, Melissa Richard, Nate Massari, Patty Smith, Michael Smoot, and Misa Chappell. 
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BUILD THE MAC
Williamstown, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Community Meeting for Build The MAC! The public is invited to attend an "open house" meeting Thursday, May 3rd 2018. Our mission is to create a multi-use performing arts facility in Northern Berkshire County for children, adults, local artists and performers. The center will also be a venue for other area organizations for dance, voice, music, comedy, theatre, and studio spaces.  We welcome all of Northern Berkshire County to join us in learning about the Minerva Arts Center, Build the MAC Project and steps to achieving our our goal of raising $100,000 by August 1st! Minerva Arts Center is ready to take the next step and create a performing arts facility to call home for our community and local residents!  Event will be held Thursday, May 3rd 6:00-7:30 pm at Orchards Hotel. Presentation at 6:30, followed by Q & A.  Light refreshments will be served. Event sponsored by: Orchards Hotel & The Print Shop Williamstown. For more info & details please visit www.MinervaArtsCenter.org/BuildTheMac/.
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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE AT THE CLARK!
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Williams College student theater group Cap & Bells presents a family-friendly musical at the Clark: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, by Williams alumnus Bill Finn and directed by college student Evelyn Mahon. In this Tony award-winning musical, six middle schoolers, united by their obsessive love for spelling, learn about themselves and experience the joys and pains of adolescence while competing to win the annual spelling bee. Three performances will be held at the Clark Art Museum's Manton Research Center Auditorium: Thursday, May 3 through Saturday, May 5 at 7:30pm. Children are welcome; show rated PG for mild language and middle school humor. Tickets $3 for children/students, $6 for Clark members, and $10 general admission. Learn more and buy tickets at capandbells.org/now-playing
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VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS AT RIVER WALK
Great Barrington, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Upper River Walk entrance located on Dresser Ave. Pre-registration encouraged: river@gbriverwalk.org Join the River Walk Team at this weekly opportunity for community members to contribute to the care of the trail and riverside habitat. Special projects will be planned for some Thursdays. More information at www.GBLand.org
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GUIDED BIRDING ON THE RIVER WALK
, 7:30 a.m.
Meet at the Upper River Walk entrance located on Dresser Ave. Pre-registration encouraged: river@gbriverwalk.org River Walk is the perfect place for you to explore the birds of the Housatonic River corridor. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Support will be offered for beginning birders. More information at www.GBLand.org
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'THE LITTLE BOOK OF FEMINIST SAINTS'
Lenox, 6 p.m.
The Mount will host New York Times bestselling author Julia Pierpont alongside her editor Caitlin McKenna as part of the ArtWeek festival. Pierpont and McKenna’s conversation will focus around the creation of "The Little Book of Feminist Saints," in which Pierpont and artist Manjit Thapp match short and vibrant biographies with stunning full-color portraits of secular female "saints." Ticket are $10; advance registration recommended.

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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOW
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College astronomy students will host free shows for the public at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (required) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or by email. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

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KUSIKA/ZAMBEZI SPRING PERFORMANCE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
This year Kusika invites alumnae to join us as we revisit dance and music from three decades of study and performance. We will reconstruct master musician/composer Kweyao Agyapon’s dynamic Appel as a full company work for the djembe orchestra, continue to explore the Ring Shout as a foundation for new material, and introduce the rich Samba tradition from Brazil to our repertoire. The African continent’s global impact informs our past, present, and future studio practice, creating a foundation that connects Kusika as an international community across generations of dancers, musicians, and artists.  62 Center
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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE AT THE CLARK!
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Williams College student theater group Cap & Bells presents a family-friendly musical at the Clark: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, by Williams alumnus Bill Finn and directed by college student Evelyn Mahon. In this Tony award-winning musical, six middle schoolers, united by their obsessive love for spelling, learn about themselves and experience the joys and pains of adolescence while competing to win the annual spelling bee. Three performances will be held at the Clark Art Museum's Manton Research Center Auditorium: Thursday, May 3 through Saturday, May 5 at 7:30pm. Children are welcome; show rated PG for mild language and middle school humor. Tickets $3 for children/students, $6 for Clark members, and $10 general admission. Learn more and buy tickets at capandbells.org/now-playing
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WILLIAMS CHOIR - THE SPIRIT OF THE NORTH
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams Choir - The Spirit of the North   “The Spirit of the North” is a choral telling of legends, nature, and faith from the Baltics. In this concert the Williams choirs presents captivating settings of the Kelevala, the great Finnish epic on the origins of the world. In addition there are works by leading composers from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Brad Wells is the director of choirs at Williams. Ellery Galvin ’18 and Erin Kennedy ’19, student conductors, also lead the group for some of the selections.    http://music.williams.edu/'post_type=event&p=12625Free Chapin Hall Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA @ 8 p.m.
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VOICE FOR THE STAGE: THE LINKLATER TECHNIQUE
, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Three consecutive Saturdays:  May 5, 12 & 19, 10am - 1pm   An introduction to the Linklater Technique, an approach to vocal training developed by world-renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater. The Linklater Technique examines how habitual tension often inhibits one's natural voice. Paul Ricciardi, one of only 83 Designated Linklater Teachers in the United States, will guide students through step-by-step practical exercises to unlock the expressive potential of their individual human voices. Participants should dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing, such as sweat pants, and come prepared with 10 lines of memorized text (a poem or sonnet is fine). Tuition: $120.  Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Route 7, Ancram, NY, 12502 (518) 329-0114
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KUSIKA/ZAMBEZI SPRING PERFORMANCE
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
This year Kusika invites alumnae to join us as we revisit dance and music from three decades of study and performance. We will reconstruct master musician/composer Kweyao Agyapon’s dynamic Appel as a full company work for the djembe orchestra, continue to explore the Ring Shout as a foundation for new material, and introduce the rich Samba tradition from Brazil to our repertoire. The African continent’s global impact informs our past, present, and future studio practice, creating a foundation that connects Kusika as an international community across generations of dancers, musicians, and artists.  62 Center
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HONORING ISAAC STRATTON
Williamstown, 2 p.m.

On Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. all are welcome at the graveside of Isaac Stratton in Southlawn Cemetery for a brief ceremony honoring South Williamstown’s first European settler where we will learn about his contributions to the town. Following this cooperative event between the South Williamstown Community Association and the Williamstown Historical Museum, refreshments will be served next door at the WHM. In the event of rain, the program will begin at the Museum.


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MOTHERíS DAY SPRING CRAFT FAIR
Williamstown, 9 am - 3 pm
Mother’s Day Spring Craft Fair to be held at BART Charter Public School at 1 Commercial Street in Adams from 9 am to 3 pm.  Enjoy at least 37 crafters/retailers and 2 food vendors along with basket raffles, 50/50 raffle and more to benefit the students at BART.  For more information contact Allison Armata at (413) 717-1235or allisonrosev83@aol.com.  This event is put on by the BART Community and Family Advisory Council (CFAC). CFAC is BART’s volunteer parent and guardian organization and is a 501(c)3, independent from the school, created to support student activities such as field trips and graduation.    
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NEW LIFE COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP: A NIGHT OF WORSHIP
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Featuring Jenn Wilson and Nick Winnard at New Life Community Fellowship,172 Hubbard Ave. Free admission and family friendly. Information: jenn@newlifeberkshires.com or 413-684-0001.
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SKY FARM HORSE PAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
New York, 2 p.m.
Here's for all you horse people! Join us on SAT 5/5/18 2-4pm for a fundraiser to benefit the Sky Farm Riding Stables. You'll learn to paint this beautiful image of "4 Star General" on a 16x20 canvas. At the Sky Farm Barn, 226 Carson Rd, Millerton, NY. All painting materials, light snacks and donation included for $35. BYOB. Reserve your seats at www.berkshirepaintandsip.com or call (413) 205-8346.  
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MOTHERíS DAY SPRING CRAFT FAIR
Williamstown, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mother’s Day Spring Craft Fair to be held at BART Charter Public School at 1 Commercial Street in Adams from 9 am to 3 pm.  Enjoy at least 37 crafters/retailers and 2 food vendors along with basket raffles, 50/50 raffle and more to benefit the students at BART.  For more information contact Allison Armata at (413) 717-1235or allisonrosev83@aol.com.  This event is put on by the BART Community and Family Advisory Council (CFAC). CFAC is BART’s volunteer parent and guardian organization and is a 501(c)3, independent from the school, created to support student activities such as field trips and graduation.    
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ZEMOG EL GALLO BUENO
North Adams, 8 p.m.

A group of eleven New York City musicians and friends, Zemog El Gallo Bueno, adventures through 1930’s Puerto Rican street cries and laments, fumes of 60’s free jazz, and 70’s New York salsa in an unstoppable dance party. MASS MoCA


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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE AT THE CLARK!
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Williams College student theater group Cap & Bells presents a family-friendly musical at the Clark: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, by Williams alumnus Bill Finn and directed by college student Evelyn Mahon. In this Tony award-winning musical, six middle schoolers, united by their obsessive love for spelling, learn about themselves and experience the joys and pains of adolescence while competing to win the annual spelling bee. Three performances will be held at the Clark Art Museum's Manton Research Center Auditorium: Thursday, May 3 through Saturday, May 5 at 7:30pm. Children are welcome; show rated PG for mild language and middle school humor. Tickets $3 for children/students, $6 for Clark members, and $10 general admission. Learn more and buy tickets at capandbells.org/now-playing
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SPRING FLOWER WALK WITH CLAUDIA VISPO
, 10 a.m.
Hike our budding trails in search of Clermont-specific wildflowers with your knowledgeable guide, Claudia Vispo, of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program. This event is FREE, but registration is required. Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown, NY 12526 (518) 537-6622 www.friendsofclermont.org
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ANNUAL LUNCHEON MUSICALE BENEFIT FOR CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC
Lenox, Noon
Celebrate the Salon in the Gilded Age elegance of the Lenox Club, a venerable Berkshire presence since 1864! The scintillating atmosphere of the 19th century institution that helped promote artists, painters and musicians as the intelligentsia gathered to exchange ideas, enhanced by gaiety and ambience. Savor a superb lunch and support Close Encounters With Music. La vie est belle!!! Call CEWM at 800-843-0778 for details or visit www.cewm.org
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PAPER POP-UPS WITH LUCIE CASTALDO
Pittsfield, 1 - 4 p.m.
Paper Pop-Ups Family Sunday Studio, 1-4PM May 6, 2018 Lichtenstein Centre for the Arts, Pittsfield Instructor: Lucie Castaldo Tuition: $65 per one adult/child pair, $10 for each additional family member   Lets' create cards, characters, and more with pop-up effects that bring paper into a magical 3D world! We'll have fun designing out special projects and then cutting and pasting them to bring them to life. All sorts of levels of projects will be presented.   Code: PTYA03SP18
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THE JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Born in Bali in 2003, pianist Alexander taught himself Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” at the age of six. Since then, this wunderkind has delighted audiences across the globe, earning praise from jazz greats from Herbie Hancock to Wynton Marsalis.  For ticket information call the Box Office at 413.528.0100 (Wed-Sat, Noon-4pm) or visit the event web site at http://www.mahaiwe.org/JoeyAlexander
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SALON SERIES - NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Enjoy an exploration of one of America's most recognized illustrators, Norman Rockwell, Indulge in an assortment of finger sandwiches and tea-time treats at the historic and reimagined Blantyre Main House. $45(+tax & amenity fee). Sunday, May 6 at 4 pm. Call (413) 637-3556 or email events@Blantyre.com for details and reservations. Enjoy an exploration of one of America's most recognized illustrators, Norman Rockwell, Indulge in an assortment of finger sandwiches and tea-time treats at the historic and reimagined Blantyre Main House.  $45(+tax & amenity fee). Sunday, May 6 at 4 pm. Call (413) 637-3556 or email events@Blantyre.com for details and reservations.
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BERKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY ASSOCIATION FORUM
Pittsfield, 6 to 9 p.m.
Featuring Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz at the Country Club of Pittsfield. Two lectures, "The ABCs of DNA: First Steps in Understanding and Using Your DNA Test Results" and "Finding Uncle Frank: Confirming the Identity of a Soldier Buried Under the Wrong Name," will be presented. Cost is $10 or free for BFHA members ($12 a year). Registration forms at 413-743-2732 (leave a message), bfhainc@gmail.com or www.berkshirefamilyhistory.org.
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VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS AT RIVER WALK
Great Barrington, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Upper River Walk entrance located on Dresser Ave. Pre-registration encouraged: river@gbriverwalk.org Join the River Walk Team at this weekly opportunity for community members to contribute to the care of the trail and riverside habitat. Special projects will be planned for some Thursdays. More information at www.GBLand.org
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GUIDED BIRDING ON THE RIVER WALK
Great Barrington, 7:30 a.m.
Meet at the Upper River Walk entrance located on Dresser Ave. Pre-registration encouraged: river@gbriverwalk.org River Walk is the perfect place for you to explore the birds of the Housatonic River corridor. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Support will be offered for beginning birders. More information at www.GBLand.org
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