Into the Woods

The FPA Theatre Program presents Stephen Sondhiem’s masterpiece of music theatre. Cinderella marries her prince, Jack sells his best friend for a handful of beans, Little Red defeats the wolf, and Rapunzel lets her hair down, and it all goes horribly wrong because a baker and his wife seek help from a witch to help them have a child. The community must band together to save each other from the terror of the giant, but sacrifices must be made.

Showtimes at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Into the Woods

The FPA Theatre Program presents Stephen Sondhiem’s masterpiece of music theatre. Cinderella marries her prince, Jack sells his best friend for a handful of beans, Little Red defeats the wolf, and Rapunzel lets her hair down, and it all goes horribly wrong because a baker and his wife seek help from a witch to help them have a child. The community must band together to save each other from the terror of the giant, but sacrifices must be made.

Showtimes at 8 p.m. on Friday and 2 and 8 on Saturday.

I Am Not Your Negro

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present a community film screening of the James Baldwin documentary from 5 to 7 p.m. , free and open to all.

A discussion will follow with Dr. Jenna Sciuto, assistant professor of English at MCLA, and students from her African American Literature course.

“I Am Not Your Negro,” directed by Raoul Peck, is a documentary based on James Baldwin’s 1979 unfinished manuscript, “Remember This House.” Baldwin, an internationally acclaimed novelist and essayist, imagined the book as an account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind 30 pages of this manuscript. In “I Am Not Your Negro,” Peck envisions the book as it might have been.

Sciuto specializes in Global Anglophone, African American, and American Southern Literatures. Her work has appeared in ARIEL, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, and Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas (the University Press of Mississippi).

 

Image: James Baldwin, image courtesy of the filmmakers and MCLA

Earth Month Film Series: At the Fork

Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola and his vegetarian wife, Lisa,  investigate the way the U.S. agricultural system raises farm animals — not corporations or agribusiness but farmers who care for the creatures they raise.

The film is one in a series for earth month with a talk from Professor Les Beldo, free and open to all.

Image courtesy of Williams College

Earth Month Film Series: Arise

A screening of the film celebrates “women on every continent who are taking the lead to protect and restore the natural environment, and are empowering others to respect the earth,” the filmmakers say, with a talk from Professor Laura Marti, free and open to all.

Image courtesy of Williams College

Annual library used book sale

The Friends of the Milne Library holds its annual Used Book Sale, Silent Auction of rare or unusual books, and Café, a two-day event drawing thousands of fiction and non-fiction books, CDs, and DVDs:

  • Nonfiction, biographies, science, world history and more
  • Novels, mysteries, sci fi and fantasy and more
  • Classic literature in good condition
  • Art, cooking, gardening, travel guides and other activities
  • childrens’ books

The sale takes place 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Williamstown Elementary School and benefits the library and its programs. The Silent Auction closes at 2 on Saturday afternoon; follow the link for a preview.

Earth Day Celebration

Wild Oats will host an Earth Day celebration with live animals, farmers, demos and samples, vendors and environmental organizations all doing good things for the planet —  and cookie decorating for kids (from 1 to 2 p.m. only).

Mountain Girl Farm, Red Shirt Farm, Tierra Farm, HooRWA, TAM Waste Management will all join in.

Heirloom by Design

Celebrate the Berkshires’ passion for authentic, handcrafted design and local food: In the expansive, light-filled historic weave shed, a new marketplace brings together regional artisans, curators, chefs and farmers.

Explore quality local crafts and new flavors with demos, talks and tastings organized with the help of Berkshire Grown.

Greylock WORKS is reviving a cotton-spinning mill into a dramatic venue for collaboration and innovation — public festivals, theater, conferences, weddings, farmers markets, concerts and other events.

 

 

Rotary Spaghetti/Meatball Dinner

A Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner to benefit the Rotary Club of Williamstown’s community and scholarship programs will include spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, tossed salad, garlic bread, dessert, punch and coffee, along with a gift certificate board and a 50/50 raffle. The event is sponsored by Williamstown Commons.

Try out Thermal Cameras

In time for Earth Day, the library will have two thermal imaging cameras available for residents to check out. These cameras, which attach to a smartphone, show hot and cold spots in homes that aren’t visible to the naked eye, making it easier to find air leaks and poor insulation.

Check out common places for air leaks — doors, windows, outlets, ducts and connections to the outside like cables or plumbing fixtures, and areas that might need insulation: attics, walls, floors, foundations, crawl spaces and ducts.

The cameras come as donations from the Williamstown Girl Scout Troop 12940 and the Williamstown COOL Committee. The Girl Scouts used some of the proceeds of recent cookie sales to make the donation, to help residents save money and energy.

Both the Girl Scouts and members of the COOL Committee will be at the library to show how the cameras work.

One camera works with iPhones and the other works with Android devices; both will be available to borrow for two weeks.