I have been the lucky recipient for the past year or so of a what-to-do blog authored by the estimable Sharon Smullen. The blog contains Sharon's comprehensively curated listing of free and low-cost events for adults and families in the Hudson Valley. I thought it might be useful to re-post that blog here, so here goes. I receive Sharon's blog every couple of weeks, and I will try to re-post every one of them as they are received.

Where To Today?  January 10, 2019

Free and low cost events for adults and families compiled by Sharon Smullen.  Items may be repeated to give advance notice and reminders.  Call ahead to check details and ticket availability.
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Berkshire Music School, Pittsfield, Saturday Jan. 12, 10am to 12 noon - Open house for adults and children to try out instruments and check out kids' music classes at this longtime music-making institution.  Free admission and refreshments.  www.berkshiremusicschool.org (413) 442-1411.
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West Stockbridge Town Hall, Saturday Jan. 12, 10:30 to 11:45am - Crossword expert and author Michelle Arnot talks about her distinguished career creating pencil-worthy puzzles.  Admission is free, cookies, cider and coffee served.  www.weststockbridgelibrary.org (413) 232-0300.
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North Adams Public Library, Saturday Jan. 12, 10:30am - Mass Audubon naturalist Zach Adams presents “Birds of Winter,” an hour-long program to learn about who is visiting our feeders and what they need, plus other fun feathered facts.  Admission is free.  www.naplibrary.com (413) 662-3133.
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Art Omi, Benenson Visitor Center, Ghent, NY, Saturday Jan. 12, 2 to 4pm - Art Omi: Architecture opening reception for two new exhibits.  “InConstruction” looks at fold-flat modular pods to address emergency shelter, while the group show "Exit Architecture" explores designing new ways to mark the end of life.  Admission is free.  www.artomi.org (518) 392-4747.
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Notchview, Windsor, Saturday & Friday Jan. 12 & 18, 4 to 6pm - Weather permitting, enjoy a fresh air Nordic ski excursion followed by an après ski party.  $5 cost includes beer or cocoa and popcorn.  Trail fee is $18, equipment rental $20.  thetrustees.org (413) 684-0148.
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Blue Plate Restaurant, Chatham, NY, Saturday Jan. 12, 5pm to 11pm - Annual benefit party to support Chatham Animal Haven farm animal rescue.  For a $25 donation (more is welcome) enjoy an informal dinner buffet, desserts, cash bar, silent auction and live music all night long by Abby Lappen, Sideshow Willie and more.  www.brownpapertickets.com www.chathamblueplate.net (518) 392-7711.
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Bloom Meadows, Hancock, Saturday Jan. 12, 6 to 9pm - Father-Daughter Winter Ball with dancing, cotton candy, photo booth, refreshments and raffle, plus a special appearance by a Disney Prince and Princess.  Tickets cost $15, limited availability.  www.bloommeadows.com (413) 458-4003.
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Williams College, Williamstown, Saturday & Sunday Jan. 12 & 13 - Annual I/O Fest led by Matthew Gold offers adventurous new music and free concerts, no tickets required.  At the ’62 Center on Saturday at 8pm, student Iota Ensemble performs “To The Hands” for choral voices and strings by Pulitzer-Prize winner Caroline Shaw, plus new works by student composers.  The festival ends Sunday at the Clark Art Institute with “All Ears” at 1pm, an interactive opportunity for children and families to create live music and explore rhythms, and at 3pm, Axxea Quartet and Williams Percussion Ensemble perform music by Tristan Perich.  All events are free.  music.williams.edu (413) 597-3146.
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Mass MoCA, North Adams, Saturday Jan. 12, 8pm - Work-in-progress “Aeon Ritual” sets the audience in the midst of a multi-sensory meditative experience in the cavernous Hunter Center with new works by electro-acoustic music collective Infinite Palette.  Expect a spiritual ritual-style concert with lights, sound and oodles of moody atmosphere.  Tickets are $22.  massmoca.org (413) 662-2111.
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Berkshire Salsa Dance Studio, Pittsfield, Saturday Jan. 12, 9pm to 1am - Latin Night dance party with Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and more, starts with free Urban Kizomba lesson at 9pm then social dancing from 10pm to 1am; no partner needed.  Admission is $10.  www.facebook.com/BerkshireSalsa/ (413) 347-2801.
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Hopkins Forest, Williamstown, Sunday Jan. 13, 10am to 12:30pm, 1 to 4pm - Learn about the winter tracks of wildlife such as coyote, rabbit, fox and shrew in two free tracking workshops led by naturalist Dan Yacobellis.  Dress for the weather, admission is free, hot drinks and snacks provided.  Call (413) 597-2346 to reserve a place.  hmf.williams.edu (413) 597-4353.
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Starving Artist Creperie, Lee, Sunday Jan. 13, 11am to 2pm - Jazz Duo Rob Fisch and Mike Dimin play classics at a jazz brunch to accompany delicious sweet and savory crepes; no cover.  www.starvingartistcreperie.com (413) 394-5046.
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Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Hancock, Mondays Jan. 14, 21 & 28, 3 to 10pm - Schuss and slide down the mountain for just $19 on Mondays throughout January.  Offer open to all, does not include equipment rentals.  www.jiminypeak.com (413) 738-5500.
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Adams Free Library, Tuesday Jan. 15, 6pm - Mass Audubon naturalist Zach Adams presents “Whose Tracks Are These,” an interactive slide show to learn about tracks, sounds and clues to secretive wild mammals.  Admission is free, adults must accompany kids under 8.  www.facebook.com/TownofAdamsMA/ (413) 743-8345.
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Chatham Brewery, NY, Wednesday Jan. 16, 7 to 9pm - Pick up a pint of craft ale and lift your voice for a good old fashioned Pub Sing led by Mike Pagnani.  No cover.  www.chathambrewing.com (518) 697-0202.
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Berkshire Community College, Boland Theater, Pittsfield, Thursday Jan. 17, 3 to 4:30pm - Free Community Works acting workshop hosted by Williamstown Theater Festival artists exploring the fundamentals of character and action.  Open to ages 18 and older, no experience or reservations required.  wtfestival.org/main-events/community-works/.
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South Congregational Church, Pittsfield, Friday Jan. 18, 7 to 9pm - Local favorite Linda Worster performs at Bread & Roses coffee house, held every third Friday in the South Street church parlor.  Coffee and pastries for sale, admission by donation benefits local charities.  Next one is Feb.15.  http://southchurchpittsfield.org/bread-roses/
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Dewey Hall, Sheffield, Friday Jan. 18, 7:30 to 10:30pm - Old Tone Productions presents monthly Swing Dance with rockabilly-style music by Chops, Sauerkraut & Krewtons.  Beginner swing dance lesson with Jason Fenton at 8pm, live music and dancing from 9pm.  Beginners welcome, no partners required, refreshments.  Admission $10-$20 sliding scale, $10 students.  www.deweyhall.org (413) 717-1255.
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The Garage @ Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Friday Jan. 18, 8pm - Reggae-soul-rock band The Alchemystics play modern-day roots in the lobby lounge of this downtown landmark.  Tickets are $10.  (413) 997-4444 thecolonialtheatre.org
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Williams College, Williamstown - A full calendar offers concerts, performances and talks, admission is free unless noted.  williams.edu (413) 597-3146 music.williams.edu (413) 597-2425 62center.williams.edu wcma.williams.edu.
- Saturday & Sunday Jan. 12 & 13, South Science Building, Big Ball Run kinetic sculpture to play with and view.
- through Jan., WCMA, panels from the historic 1987 AIDS Memorial Quilt are on display in a moving and powerful exhibit.
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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY EVENTS - "A Day On, Not a Day Off"

- Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Monday Jan. 14, 1:30pm - Illustrated talk by curator Tom Daly exploring Rockwell’s iconic civil rights images from the 1960s documenting social issues and democratic ideals.  Included in museum admission of $20, age 18 and under free.  www.nrm.org (413) 298-4100.

- Trinity Church, Lenox, Sunday Jan. 20, 3pm - Cantilena Chamber Choir leads "Psalms and Spirituals Open Sing" honoring MLK with special guests Urban Choral Arts Society from Baltimore, MD.  Words and music provided, admission is $15 suggested donation.  www.cantilenachoir.org (518) 791-0185.

- Second Congregational Church UCC, Pittsfield, Sunday Jan. 20, 3 to 5pm - Inspiring community celebration “Dreaming Beyond Borders” with speakers Rev. Da Vita McCallister and Multicultural Bridge.  www.facebook.com/SecondChurchPittsfield/ (413) 442-4574.

- Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, Monday Jan. 21, 8am to 2pm - Annual Day of Service begins with light breakfast at 8am and an inspirational talk by UMass Professor Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste at 9am.  Service projects follow from 10am to 2pm at Habitat for Humanity, Brigham Center, Harvest Table and BEAT, with lunch at First United Methodist Church at 12:30pm.  Register by noon on Jan. 16.  www.berkshirecc.edu/news-events/2018/mlkday2019.php

- MCLA, Venable Gym, 375 Church St. North Adams, Monday Jan. 21, 8:30am to 2pm - 26th annual MLK Day of Service begins with a light breakfast, then a variety of service projects on campus and off-site followed by lunch at 12:30pm with speakers, music and the 2019 Peacemaker Award presentation.  View projects at http://berkshirenonprofits.com (413) 664-4006.
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ON THE HORIZON:

Notchview, Windsor, Saturday Jan. 19, 10am to 3pm (weather permitting) - Winter Trails Day encourages outdoor winter sports participation, with free cross country ski and snowshoe lessons, Snow Yoga, wool hat knitting class, and guided winter woods snowshoe hike, followed by s'mores at the bonfire.  Half-price equipment rentals (quantities limited).  www.notchview.org (413) 684-0148.
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Harper Center, Williamstown, Saturday Jan. 19, 11am to 12:30pm - Free Community Works acting workshop hosted by Williamstown Theater Festival artists exploring the fundamentals of character and action.  Open to ages 18 and older, no experience or reservations required.  wtfestival.org/main-events/community-works/.
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Hudson Area Library, NY, Saturday Jan. 19, 1 to 2:15pm & 2:30 to 3:45pm - Monthly watercolor classes for kids and their grandpeople led by Gretchen Kelly.  This month focuses on creating a personal calendar with seasonal 2019 symbolic icons.  All ages welcome, admission is free, materials provided.  Register at programs@hudsonarealibrary.org (518) 828-1792 ext. 101.
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Italian American Club, Pittsfield, Saturday Jan. 19, 7 to 10:30pm - Berkshire Ballroom hosts a “Let It Snow” Social Ballroom Dance.  Begins with a free lesson with Steve Dessereau, followed by general dancing.  Admission is $15, $5 students.  www.berkshireballroom.org (413) 441-7806.
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Lenox Community Center, Saturday Jan. 19, 7:45 to 11pm - Monthly Lenox Contradance with music by Don Roy Trio (fiddle, piano, bass) with caller Dereck Kalish.  Beginner instruction at 7:45pm, general dancing from 8 to 11pm.  Admission is $12 adults, $6 students, no partners or experience needed.  www.LenoxContraDance.org
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Mass MoCA, Club B-10, North Adams, Saturday Jan. 19, 8pm - Compelling storyteller and multi-instrumentalist Jerron "Blind Boy” Paxton captures the blues of the 1920s and ‘30s on guitar, banjo, piano & violin.  Tickets are $17 advance, $26 day of, $15 students.  massmoca.org (413) 662-2111.
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Stockbridge Library, Sunday Jan. 20, 4pm - Berkshire Chamber Players quartet led by cellist Ronald Feldman perform music by Bach, Borodin, Brahms and more.  Tickets are $20, call for reservations.  www.stockbridgelibrary.org (413) 298-5501.
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Congregation Knesset Israel, Pittsfield, Monday Jan. 24, 10:45am to 12 noon - Part two of "Connecting with Community” three-part “A Day in the Life” personal storytelling workshops, turning oral histories into writings for sharing.  Led by Nancy Rogers, concludes Feb. 25.  Admission is free, optional lunch reservations due by 9am at (413) 442-2200, cost $7 ($2 seniors).  jewishberkshires.org (413) 442-4360 ext. 15.
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Wild Oats Co-Op, Williamstown, Thursdays Jan. 24, Feb. 28, Mar. 14, Apr. 25, 6 to 7pm - Beer and food tasting series, $10 fee includes 4 pairings and pint glass.  Featured food is bacon Jan., fruit Feb., sweets Mar., savories April.  Pre-register early, space limited.  wildoats.coop (413) 458-8060.
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Club Helsinki Hudson, NY, Saturdays Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 16, 9pm - Bindlestiff Family Cirkus's annual "Cabin Fever Cabaret” is an old-time medicine show with quirky live music, burlesque, circus and comedy acts like trapeze, contortion and disco-style yo-yos.  Tickets are $25 in advance (age 21+), early purchase advised.  A family-rated show is slated for Mar. 17.  helsinkihudson.com (518) 828-4800.
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Ward’s Nursery, Great Barrington, Saturday Feb. 2, 2pm - In this popular hands-on workshop series, make a terrarium and grow a miniature garden at home.  Bring 1 to 5 gallon wide-mouth clear glass jar or fish bowl (gloves recommended), all other supplies provided.  Cost is $25 per project, kids 10 and older welcome with an adult.  Preregister early as this fills fast!  wardsnursery.com (413) 528-0166.
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ON STAGE:

Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, Saturday & Sunday Jan. 19 & 20, various times - Annual Winter Studio Festival of Plays with dramatic staged readings by favorite company actors of five plays by new and established authors, including Carey Crim, Melinda Lopez, Lee Kalcheim and Tennessee Williams’ "Night of the Iguana."  Tickets are $25, $10 students, $65 for a five-play pass.  www.shakespeare.org (413) 637-3353.
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The Barn at Egremont Village Inn, South Egremont, Saturday Jan. 19, 7:30pm. - GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company presents “Sweeney Todd: Live in Concert,” a staged concert performance of Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical about a vengeful barber.  Tickets cost $20 at ghostlitrep.com.  www.theegremontbarn.com (413) 528-9580.
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Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, Saturday Jan. 19, 11am to 12 noon - Free “KidsAct! Jr.” workshop for kids age 4 to 6 at the BSC Wolfson Theatre Center on North St.  Includes dramatic play, intro to musical theater and more.  Sign up early at (413) 997-6117 or education@barringtonstageco.org.
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ON SCREEN:

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown & Mahaiwe, Great Barrington, Saturday Jan. 12, 1pm - Live HD screening of Metropolitan Opera production of Francesco Cilea’s tragic “Adriana Lecouvreur,” with Anna Netrebko as actress Adriana and Piotr Beczala as military hero Maurizio.  Runs 3 hours 30 mins., tickets are $25, $18 students (Clark), $10 age 21 and under (Mahaiwe).  At Mahaiwe only, pre-screening talk by composer Scott Eyerly at 11:30am ($10) plus encore performance Jan. 23 at 1pm.  Watch out for Carmen on Feb. 2.  clarkart.edu  (413) 458-0524 mahaiwe.org (413) 528-0100.
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Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, select Tuesdays & Thursdays Jan. 17 to Feb. 28, 6:30pm - Inaugural Moby-Dick Film Festival presented by Berkshire County Historical Society begins with “The Sea Beast” 1926 silent film Jan. 17, then vintage short films Jan. 24 and “Moby Dick” 1930 Jan. 31.  Free admission & refreshments, see schedule at berkshirehistory.org (413) 442-1793 pittsfieldlibrary.org.
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Images Cinema, Williamstown, Saturday Jan. 19, 2:30pm - Clark-sponsored landscape-themed film series screens Terrence Malick’s expansive dramatic 1978 ranch-set “Days of Heaven” introduced by Clark director Olivier Meslay.  Tickets are $8.  imagescinema.org (413) 458-1039.
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Mahaiwe, Great Barrington, Saturday Jan. 19, 7pm -  Travel to another dimension with a 20th anniversary screening of "The Matrix” starring Keanu Reeves.  Tickets $8, $5 kids.  For $10, enjoy the film and pre-show wine or beer at Number Ten next door.  mahaiwe.org (413) 528-0100.
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Mahaiwe, Great Barrington, Sunday Jan. 20, 1pm - HD Bolshoi Ballet broadcast of the dramatic tale “La Bayadere,” about an Indian temple dancer’s doomed love for a warrior, complete with gorgeous costumes and exotic settings.  Tickets are $17, $10 age 21 and under.  Free pre-screening talk at 12:40pm by Jacob’s Pillow.  mahaiwe.org (413) 528-0100.
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Time & Space Limited, Hudson, NY, ongoing - Bold rep movie house screens US and international features and documentaries on wide-ranging eclectic topics.  Tickets $9, $7 students.  timeandspace.org (518) 822-8100.
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Discount Movie Tuesdays - Tuesday movies are $6 for 2D, $9 for 3D at Great Barrington's Triplex Cinema, and $5 for 2D, $7.50 for 3D at North Adams Movieplex.  Pittsfield’s Beacon Cinema has new owners, heated recliner seats and $5 matinees.  thetriplex.com thebeaconcinema.com northadamsmovieplex.com
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Images Cinema, Williamstown - Long-running community movie house with new “Cinema Pop-Up” second screen. Shows independent movies plus free Wiliams College-sponsored themed film series.  Local natural concessions.  imagescinema.org (413) 458-1039.
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Crandell Theatre, Chatham, NY - New movies in vintage single-screen Spanish-styled picture palace with modern projection.  Arthouse films screen Sundays at noon.  Regular tickets are $7.50 adults, $6.50 children and matinees, 10 ticket booklets $60, with affordable concessions.  Now showing “Vice.”  www.crandelltheatre.org (518) 392-3331.
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ONGOING MUSIC:

Dottie's Coffee Lounge, Pittsfield, Sundays, 8am to 2pm - Weekly Domingo Brunch in popular North Street café with live music 10am to 12 noon, no cover.  GypZbilly Two with Kevin “String Smith” & Pete Toigo play Jan. 13, Chris Vecchia Jan. 20, Latin Jazz with Jason Ennis & Natalia Bernal Jan. 27.  dottiescoffeelounge.com (413) 443-1792.
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Racebrook Lodge, Sheffield, various nights - At Down County Social Club, trendsetters curate eclectic music in basement speakeasy-style setting most Thursdays (and some other nights), $10 cover, also Music in the Barnspace and Sunday jazz brunches.  Jason Ennis & Natalia Bernal play Latin Jazz Jan. 13, The Ghost of Paul Revere & Golden Oak play Feb. 8 at 7pm.  rblodge.com/event-calendar (413) 229-8585.
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The Barn at Egremont Village Inn, South Egremont, 8pm, open Wed. to Sun. - Rustic venue with musicians, bands, comedy, food and craft beer.  Gumbo Grits & Gravy (aka Guy Davis, Anne Harris & Marcella Simien) play Jan. 12.  Event tickets cost $10-$25.  www.theegremontbarn.com (413) 528-9580.
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Stationery Factory, Dalton, Saturday Jan. 12, 7:30pm - Northeast Thunder Tour features Old Flame, Quincy & Merrill Shepard playing an eclectic indie mix of blues, rock and folk.  Admission is $10.  stationery-factory.com/events/ (413) 329-5499.
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Mission Bar & Tapas, Pittsfield, 8 to 11pm - Jazz music on Mondays hosted by Andy Wrba with special guests, no cover.  Ben Schmolze plays Spanish guitar first Wednesdays.  On Saturdays, Resurrection Folk Project plays Jan. 12, Django’s Reserve Jan. 19, Mary Ann Palermo & First Take Jan. 26.  www.missionbarandtapas.com
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Number Ten, Great Barrington, Fridays & Saturdays - Live music in classic steakhouse with bar fare & dining, no cover.  GypZbilly Trio plays Jan. 12, Robs Putnam & Kelly Jan. 18, Jaane Doe Jan. 19.  Reservations recommended for dinner.  numbertengb.com (413) 528-5244.
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Club Helsinki Hudson, NY - Tony Kieraldo album release party plus the quirky furries Xylopholks Jan. 13, Elvis Birthday Bash with Mark Gamsjager & the Lustre Kings Jan. 19.  Age 21+, tickets range from $12-25, reservations required. Helsinkihudson.com (518) 828-4800.
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Blue Plate, Chatham, NY, Wednesdays, 6:15 to 9pm - Live music weekly in restaurant bar, with Lincoln Mayorga, piano & Otto Gardner, bass on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.  chathamblueplate.net (518) 392-7711.
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The Guthrie Center, Housatonic, Thursdays to Apr. 25, 7pm - Enjoy a toe-tappin’ Hootenanny with original new music, admission $5.  guthriecenter.org (413) 528-1955.
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Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, various - Live music nightly in diverse genres in downstairs Lion's Den at historic lodging landmark.  Pub grub till 10pm weeknights, 11pm weekends.  No cover.  www.redlioninn.com (413) 298-5545.
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Rainbow Restaurant, Pittsfield, various, 7:30pm - Live jazz with no cover charge, Gruppo Mondo plays Wednesdays and Blue Light Trio on Fridays.  www.dinerainbow.com  (413) 443-0002.
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Bright Ideas Brewing, Mass MoCA campus, North Adams, Tuesdays, 6 to 7pm - Common Folk presents local live music weekly at this popular pub.  $5-10 donation suggested.  brightideasbrewing.com (413) 346-4460.
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Dream Away Lodge, Becket - Closed for the season, think spring!  thedreamawaylodge.com (413) 623-8725.
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ONGOING:

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Friday Feb. 8, 10:30am - Free monthly hour-long drawing classes for artists of all abilities, materials provided.  Themes are portraiture (Feb. 8); and landscapes (Mar. 8).  12 spaces in each class, so sign up early.  clarkart.edu (413) 458-2303.
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Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, Saturdays at 11am. - The storied historic landmark offers free collections tours to learn about the Inn's extensive and eclectic artwork and artifacts.  www.redlioninn.com (413) 298-5545.
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Hopkins Observatory, Milham Planetarium, Williamstown, Fridays Feb. 8 through May 10 (not Mar. 22 & 29), 8pm - Williams College astronomy students lead hour-long tours of the universe in the US’s oldest (and likely tiniest) extant observatory.  Explore galaxies, constellations and celestial mythology, view antique navigation artifacts beforehand.  Admission is free, reservations mcr4@williams.edu.  www.williams.edu (413) 597-2188.
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Blantyre Hotel, Lenox, Thursdays through Jan., 4:30 to 6pm - Famed ultra-luxury lodging hosts "Chili Bar & Family Skate Nights," community ice-skating evenings with hot chocolate and hearty chili buffet dinner.  Tickets are $25, $15 children, reservations required (bring skates or just enjoy the atmosphere).  blantyre.com (844) 881-0104.
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Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, Pittsfield, Saturdays & Sundays, 3 to 4:30pm - Public skating at the upstairs rink, admission $6 adults & children, $3 skate rentals.  No skating on Jan. 19 & 20 & Feb. 9.  Free admission and rentals for first 100 skaters on Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 2 & 16 from 3 to 4:30pm, also Feb. 20 from 1 to 2:30pm.  Check website & call ahead to confirm hours.  bgcberkshires.org (413) 448-8258.
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North Adams Skating Rink, weekdays 12:30 to 2:30pm, weekends 2 to 4pm - Open public skating, admission $5, $3 kids, $4 skate rentals, check hours online.  www.northadams-ma.gov (413) 664-8185.
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The Infield, Pittsfield, Thursdays through March, 5 to 6:30pm - Coed 5v5 pickup indoor soccer for adults (16+), walk-ins welcome, first come first served.  Admission $5.  www.bba-infield.com (413) 281-2410.
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Indoor Farmers' Markets - Shop for local produce, eggs, meats, cheese, honey, coffee and more at Pittsfield’s Zion Lutheran Church 9am to 1pm on 2nd Saturdays (Jan 12), and 87 Main St. North Adams 9am to 1pm on 1st Saturdays (Feb. 2).  farmersmarketpittsfield.org www.facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket/
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Art Omi, Ghent, NY, Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon - Weekly Kids' Art Workshops for ages 4-7 and 8-12.  View large artworks in the Fields sculpture park then make art in the studio.  Cost $12 per child, $20 for two.  www.artomi.org (518) 728-9256.
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Tanglewood, Lenox - While the music may be over for the season, take a walk and explore the beautiful grounds, which are open year round free of charge (no dogs allowed).  www.tanglewood.org.
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Hudson Area Library, NY, Sundays, 3 to 4pm - Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre director Pamela Badila hosts the weekly program, “Folktales & Stories For Little Ones & Their Families,” sharing multi-cultural traditions through storytelling, performance, music and crafts.  For ages 6 to 11, admission is free.  hudsonarealibrary.org (518) 828-1792 ext. 101.
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Berkshire Pulse, Housatonic, Wednesdays, 7:15 to 9:15pm - Susan Eisley teaches Scottish Country Dance, with jigs, reels and slower tempos performed in sets.  Cost per class is $7.  berkshirepulse.org (413) 274-6624.
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Christ Church Episcopal Hall, Sheffield, Fridays 8 to 10pm - Berkshire Tango Society presents free weekly instruction for all levels.  Couples welcome, donations appreciated.  Monthly Milongas social dances with refreshments on 4th Fridays from 8 to 11pm cost $10.  berkshiretango.net
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ON THE WALLS:

Library Pass Loan Program - Berkshire area libraries lend passes for free or reduced admission for one or two people (kids are often free) to area museums and historic sites at great savings.  Check availability at local libraries.
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Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, through Mar. 1 - "Plant Shadows: Cyanotypes" by Joan Dix Blair displays compelling white nature images on distinctive blue backgrounds.  Gallery admission is free.  berkshirebotanical.org (413) 298-3926.
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The School, Kinderhook, NY, Saturdays 11am to 6pm - “Parking on Pavement” is a new group show in diverse media from film to oversize coins by international artists in Jack Shainman’s expansive former school gallery.  Through Mar. 2019, admission is free.  jackshainman.com (518) 758-1628.
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Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, daily 10am to 5pm - View Rockwell masterpieces, magazine covers and special exhibits in bucolic setting with outdoor sculptures.  Current exhibits include adventure stories and multi-cultural holiday traditions storybook art, plus holiday train set topped with polar bears.  Admission is $20 adults, kids 18 and under free.  www.nrm.org (413) 298-4100.
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Clark Art Institute, Williamstown - Permanent collection of world-class art including Renoir, Degas, Homer, plus special British Art exhibits of Turner and Constable landscapes and Gainsborough drawings.  Gallery admission is $20 adults, free students and kids and First Sundays Free each month Oct. to May.  Café and grounds open free of charge, with free snowshoes to borrow.  clarkart.edu (413) 458-2303.
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Xtina Parks Gallery, Mass MoCA Campus, North Adams, Wednesday to Monday 10am to 5pm - “Roam" features striking monochrome photographs of African wildlife and nature by conservationist Chrystina Parks.  Admission is free.  www.roamgallery.photo (413) 663-8000.
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Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield - Immersive sound installation “Silo Songs” inside a historic grain silo by composer Brad Wells and acclaimed singers Sam Amidon and Rhiannon Giddens.  Included in museum admission of $20 adults, kids under 12 free.  hancockshakervillage.org (413) 443-0188.
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Mass MoCA, North Adams, 11am to 5pm daily (closed Tuesdays) - Repurposed factory with acres of galleries filled with eclectic, oversize art including surreal light installations, giant musical instruments, pallet caves and 100 colorful Sol LeWitt wall murals, also Laurie Anderson's virtual reality rooms, Jarvis Rockwell’s toy figure parade and chilly polar ice plunge exhibit.  Admission is $20 adults, $8 kids aged 6 to 16, free age 5 and under.  www.massmoca.org (413) 662-2111.
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Kidspace @ Mass MoCA, North Adams - “Come to Your Senses” exhibit displays interconnected creative expressions from artists of all media and ages.  Kidspace admission is free, with art making weekends and school holidays.  massmoca.org (413) 662-2111.
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Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield - Herman Melville Room displays  "Moby-Dick" author memorabilia such as portraits, book illustrations and vintage mariners’ scrimshaw, whale bones and teeth engraved with seafaring scenes and portraits.  Open during library hours, admission is free.  www.pittsfieldlibrary.org  (413) 499-9480.
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Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), Williamstown - Eclectic assembly of ancient and modern art, outdoor eyeball sculptures, special exhibits.  Open 10am to 5pm Thursday to Tuesday, admission is free.  wcma.williams.edu (413) 597-2429.  At nearby Sawyer Library, view original copies of US founding documents Mon. to Fri. 10am to 5pm.  williams.edu
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Fields Sculpture Park @ Art Omi, Ghent, NY - 80 large-scale artworks and architectural structures across 100 acres of meadows, woodlands and lakeside, plus indoor gallery exhibits.  Admission is free dawn to dusk all year, with big wheel bikes and golf carts to get around; café open weekends.  www.artomi.org (518) 392-4747.
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ON THE RADAR:

A-oK BBQ, Mass MoCA campus, North Adams, Fridays to Mondays 12 to 9pm (check Instagram for updates) - New take-out venue offers quality BBQ chicken and brisket, with excellent sides including beans and slaw.  Tasty fare, made with love.  Sit down to eat with a brew next door at Bright Ideas.  aokbbq.com
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Pleasant and Main Café, Housatonic, Tuesday to Saturday, 5 to 8pm - Informal prix-fixe dinners in eclectic cafe-by-day wonderland full of vintage whimsy from knick-knacks to stained glass.  Quality cuisine prepared by chef/owner Craig Bero.  3 courses cost around $25, mention this newsletter for an extra treat.  Reservations appreciated.  www.pleasantandmain.com (413) 274-6303.
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Shaker Dam Coffeehouse & Stanmeyer Gallery, West Stockbridge - Fine coffee and powerful large-scale photographs by acclaimed international photojournalist John Stanmeyer and guest photographers on display amidst global culture artifacts.  Catch a glimpse of the real world.  www.facebook.com/ShakerDamCoffeehouse/ (413) 232-7707.
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ON THE TABLE:

Number Ten, Great Barrington, Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays) - Popular winter 3-course Prix Fixe menu served Sunday to Thursday for $25 with selections from scallops to steaks.  Reservations recommended.  numbertengb.com (413) 528-5244.
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Spice Root, Williamstown, Tuesday to Saturday 11:30am to 2:30pm, Sunday 12 noon to 3pm - Lunch buffet of Indian specialities.  $11 weekdays, $13 weekends.  www.spiceroot.com (413) 458-5200.
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Enso Bistro, Pittsfield, 2 to 5pm daily - Half-price menu with $3-$4 dishes including shrimp & vegetable tempura, sushi rolls, dumplings.  ensobistro.com (413) 499-7900.
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House of India, Pittsfield, 11:30am to 3pm Monday to Saturday - $11 buffet lunch from appetizers to desserts.  www.houseofindiaonline.com (413) 443-3262.
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Koto Hibachi Steakhouse, Pittsfield, Sundays, 11am to 3pm - Eat-Your-Fill small-plate brunch menu of Japanese favorites and sushi rolls.  $14 adults, $9 kids.  Also generous daily Bento box lunch for $9. (413) 770-7128.
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Steam Noodle Cafe, Barrington House Atrium, Great Barrington, Friday to Tuesday, 11am to 7pm - Delicious savory or sweet filling steamed buns for $2.50 & $3 each, refreshing vegetable summer rolls (chicken or tofu) at $6 for two.  Also noodles and dumplings.  www.steam.restaurant
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Arizona Pizza, Pittsfield/Lenox, Mondays to Fridays, 11am to 4pm - Unlimited soup (choices include French Onion, Clam Chowder & more), salad & pizza-style cheese bread with marinara dip for $11.50.  (413) 442-9746.
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Rainbow Restaurant, Pittsfield, Sundays, 11am to 3pm - Brunch buffet with breakfast dishes, pizzas, entrees and desserts.  $20 adults, $12 kids.  Reservations (413) 443-0002.  www.dinerainbow.com
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Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, Wednesdays - Berkshire-area residents enjoy a nutritious, delicious lunch or dinner for $10, with discounts on classes and day passes.  Reservations required.  kripalu.org (866) 200-5203.
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The Guthrie Center, Housatonic, Wednesdays, 12 noon - Free community lunch with free legal advice sponsored by the Berkshire Center for Justice.  (Not Nov. 21.)  guthriecenter.org (413) 528-1955.
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Berkshire South, Great Barrington, Mondays, 5 to 6pm - Free weekly Community Suppers prepared by area chefs; meet neighbors and make new friends.  Donations and nonperishable food bank contributions welcome. www.berkshiresouth.org (413) 528-2810.
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Dream Away Lodge, Becket - Closed for the winter, think Spring!  thedreamawaylodge.com (413) 623-8725.

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