“Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP” at Berkshire Museum, Feb 1- April 30.

Leaders from the local African-American community & the NAACP Berkshire chapter share their stories in this exhibition featuring portraits, photography, and selected objects from the Museum’s collection. “Their Stories: Oral Histories from the NAACP” runs Feb 1 – April 30 at the Berkshire Museum, located at 39 South St, Pittsfield.

This exhibit is presented in partnership with the Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College.

Margaret Hart, the first student of color to graduate from North Adams State College, first African American teacher in Pittsfield,grew up in Williamstown.  Photo, courtesy MCLA.

“Moby Dick” weekly Read-aloud: Tuesdays 7-8:30ish pm at The Log, Williamstown

When a young country boy’s thoughts turn to suicide, what misadventures and capers ensue as he embarks on a sea cruise? Come find out! We’ll meet our narrator Ishmael, Queequeg the Prince of the South Pacific, Starbuck the hip barista from the west coast, the jolly and sanguine Stubb, as well as the whimsically malicious, sinfully delicious Ahab, heretic Captain of the Pequod, the crew’s destiny, and perhaps yours too. Journey with us as they travel the world and vie for Ahab’s prized gold doubloon, and then doubt that it’s worthwhile, and question their Captain, life, the universe and everything, and then… well… lots of other stuff.  And, oh yeah, there’s a whale!

Herman Melville’s wry wordage and his extraordinary, bone-dry sense of humor will pop when read aloud. This is the 200th anniversary of Melville’s birth.  Now is the perfect time to pick up this humane, national tale.