Our week's picks: Joan Ackermann plays, teen comedy, Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Rockwell paintings in song, and Du Bois educational series

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One Playwright

MAR 17-19 Shakespeare and Company presents a weekend of Joan Ackermann plays. Zara Spook and Other Lures will be performed Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Stanton's Garage is at 1 p.m. and The Batting Cage is at 7 p.m. And at 4 p.m., a collection of short plays will be shown. Then at 1 p.m. on Sunday, a world premiere hits the stage. Concluding the weekend at 4 p.m. is Ice Glen. Ackermann directs all the readings, performed in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre.  Read More 

Friday Night Live! Teen Comedy

MAR 17  Students from Berkshire Waldorf, Lenox Memorial, and Monument Mountain Regional high schools present a hilarious, unique night of comedy at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Developed and emceed by Alison Larkin, internationally acclaimed comedienne and bestselling author of The English American, the shows will be performed on Friday at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 for students to $100 for preferred seating. Donations will fund Berkshire Waldorf High School students' participation in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare.   Read More

St. Patrick's Day

MAR 17  The five Massachusetts singer-songwriters of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow — Greg Smith, David Tanklefsky, Billy Keane, Chris Merenda, Tory Hanna, and Bill Chapman—ring in St. Patrick's Day weekend with a celebration of brotherhood, spirits, and foot-stomping folk-rock at MASS MoCA's Club B10. The homegrown group will perform Friday night at 8 with Sarah Lee Guthrie and other guests. Roots rockers Ransom Pier from Queens, New Yor, will open the show.   Read More

Norman Rockwell: Paintings in Song

MAR 18 Norman Rockwell Museum presents a Pre-Concert Talk of "Norman Rockwell: Paintings in Song." This panel discussion and documentary screening is on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Berkshire-based composer John Myers, Crescendo artistic director Christine Gevert, and documentary producer Rich Bradway will discuss "Paintings in Song," nine musical works inspired by Rockwell's artwork. This talk and behind-the-scenes screening previews the Crescendo Chorus and Youth Singers' upcoming performances on April 1 and 2. The talk is free for museum members, included with museum admission, or $10 for the discussion only.  Read More

Du Bois Series  

MAR 20  Tufts University scholar Dr. Kendra Field will talk on "African American Family Histories and Silences after Emancipation," drawing from her forthcoming book Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War. The W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series free event is at 7 p.m. Monday at Monument Mountain High School. It begins with spoken word and Pulitzer Prize-winning Du Bois biographer Dr. David Levering Lewis.  Read More

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