By Gail Burns
Theatre as Philanthropy: WAM Theatre presents “The Bakelite Masterpiece” through October 23 at the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Theatre. Set in Holland just after World War II, artist Han van Meegeren must prove to authorities that he did indeed forge the Vermeer he sold to Hermann Goering. David Adkins and Corinna May star. This year 25% of the box office proceeds benefit the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Suzi Banks Baum’s New Illuminations project with Armenian women artists.
Theatre: In October we get quality rather than quantity. Continuing their very successful season, Oldcastle Theatre Company presents Arthur Miller’s “The Ride Down Mt. Morgan” starring Nigel Gore and Katrina Ferguson October 7-23. At Barrington Stage, Mark H. Dold and Debra Jo Rupp finish their run in A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” on October 2, and Mark St. Germain’s “Camping with Henry and Tom” runs October 5-23 on the Main Stage. Shakespeare & Company has exactly one event this month, but it’s a doozy!—an all-star cast in a staged reading of “Hamlet” starring Finn Wittrock, on October 8 at 7pm in the Tina Packer Playhouse. Mary Mott brings her one-woman show “Butter to the Edges” to the BTG Unicorn Theatre October 29-November 6. And down in Great Barrington Joan Ackermann’s Mixed Company presents four short plays October 6-30.
Williams College Music: Check out the line-up of 8 pm FREE concerts at Williams College this month: The Williams Chamber Players October 7, master mbira artist Musekiwa Chingodza on October 8; the Berkshire Symphony October 21; pianist Angela Hewitt in an all-Bach program October 25; Music From China and Talujon October 26; harp soloist Alice Giles October 28; and the Zambezi Marimba Band October 29.
A Cappella at the Clark: The Ephlats perform October 15 and Ephoria does likewise on October 29 at 11 am in the Clark Center. Free.
Levitt Amp Concerts: This exciting new series of FREE outdoor concerts in Colegrove Park in North Adams conclude with Country singer Caitlyn Canty performing October 2, guitarist Peter Mulvey on October 9, and funk-rock group the Seratones on October 16. All at 2 pm.
Moon Hooch Returns: Supported by Honeycomb, Moon Hooch brings their singular, intoxicating brew that blends elements of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music and their new album “Red Line” to the Elks Lodge in North Adams October 5 at 7 pm.
Stone Hill Family Day at the Clark: October 2 from 11 am-3 pm hike up to the Thomas Schutte Installation for the Williams Percussion Ensemble, DJ Don Harris, tarot readings, a kite launch, and Otha Day’s rhythm circle. Free admission to these events and the galleries!
This & That: Pine Cobble School hosts their Second Annual Craft Fair on The Hill October 22 at 10 am. Take a free tour of the 1782 Quaker Meeting House in Adams from 1-4 pm October 2 & 9. There will be a Honey and Tea Tasting at 4 pm on October 29 at Sheep Hill in Williamstown. Psychic medium Rebecca Anne LoCicero presents “Messages from Heaven” at the Houghton Mansion in North Adams October 22 from 7-9 pm.
MASS MoCA: Two interesting performances in the galleries this month. In conjunction with the exhibition Beetle in the Leaves, dancer and choreographer Carolyn Schoerner and artist and musician James Hoff use Sarah Crowner’s works as both stage and backdrop on October 22 at 3 pm. And vocalist Helga Davis responds to Nick Cave’s “Until” with an intimate performance, solo with her loop station, inside the exhibition on October 28 at 8 pm. Reservations are required for both events as space is limited.