Jazz at Baba Louie’s
PITTSFIELD - Jazz Returns to Baba Louie’s Backroom on Aug. 3, featuring DownBeat award-winning baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan and pianist/composer/author Noah Baerman. Music starts at 8 p.m., and caps-off the "First Fridays Artswalks" in downtown Pittsfield. $20 general admission. Dinner will be available in the backroom starting at 7 p.m. Tickets: berkshiresjazz.org.
Garfunkel serenades The Clark
WILLIAMSTOWN - The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute welcomes legendary singer-songwriter Art Garfunkel in a rare concert appearance on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. Blessed with what the New York Times described as a "beautiful countertenor" voice, the singer has made an indelible mark on the music world both as a solo artist and as half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel. Tickets are $55, $50 members and students. Info: clarkart.edu, 413-458-0524.
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. - Columbia County artist Michael Cohen will conduct a painting and drawing workshop Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the New Lebanon Library, 550 state Route 20. The workshop will explore the techniques and methods used in creating still life and work from a single subject. Participants should bring their own water-based paint, pencil, charcoal, oil pastel or other medium - no
N. ADAMS - Green Drinks, a gathering of those interested in conservation and environmental issues, meets Wed., Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Freight Yard Pub, Western Gateway Heritage Park. More info: 413-230-7321.
Music and theater lecture
WILLIAMSTOWN - Sweetwood, 1611 Cold Spring Road, will welcome Keith Kibler for an afternoon lecture series beginning on Monday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m., and continuing over three Mondays in August. Dr. Kibler’s lectures will focus on music and theater in the Berkshires and beyond. The lecture series is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Info: 413-458-8371.
Constable After Modernism
WILLIAMSTOWN - On Saturday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m., Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and a contributor to The Clark’s catalogue Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art, will present a free public lecture on John Constable’s painting The Wheat Field (1815). The Wheat Field had been removed from the public eye in 1817 and did not reappear for more than 150 years. When it was rediscovered in 1988, the work challenged how viewers and scholars have approached Constable’s practice of painting outdoors. Info: 413-458-2303.
Berkshire Playwrights Lab
GREAT BARRINGTON - Berkshire Playwrights Lab announces that its staged reading of James DeMarse’s new play "Existing Privilege" that was to be directed by Matthew Penn on Aug. 8 will now take place on Aug. 22, directed by Joe Cacaci. The title of the new reading is "Ceasefire." On Aug. 8, the company will now present Jessica Provenz’s new play, "Andromeda," directed by Tom Bloom. Both of these performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St. There is no charge for admission, however, Berkshire Playwrights Lab suggests a $10 donation to help offset its programming costs. Info: 413-528-0100, berkshireplaywrightslab.org.
SALEM, N.Y. - White Creek, a film installation by John Yost, sets the stage for his forthcoming full-length feature film of the same name. This three-screen film installation plies the physical artifacts and a preamble narrative of an alternate world. Salem Art Works, 19 Cary Lane. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 Info: salemartworks.org.
Hermitage piano trio
WILLIAMSTOWN - The Hermitage Piano Trio performs Tuesday, Aug 7, at 8 p.m., the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s popular chamber music concert series. The Clark’s intimate auditorium with its soaring acoustics is one of the best performance venues in the region. Tickets are $25, $20 for Clark members and students. Info and tickets: clarkart.edu, 413-458-0524.
Strike up the band
PITTSFIELD --In celebration of Berkshire Children & Families’125th anniversary, the social service agency will host an evening of jazz at 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, at Barrington Stage Company’s Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St. The concert features performances from the young musicians of Kids 4 Harmony El Sistema, followed by jazz from local pediatrician Eli Newberger’s noted group, the Gershwin Constellation, a six-member ensemble devoted to Gershwin music. Tickets are $25 and $35, and reservations are suggested. Proceeds support BCF’s Kids 4 Harmony. Prior to the event, the students of Kids 4 Harmony will perform with members of Gershwin Constellation at 5:30 p.m. at Spice Dragon, 297 North St. This concert (and reception) is free and open to the public.