Clark Art Institute:
Michael Hartman, curator of the special exhibition “Extreme Nature!” presents the opening lecture, 11 a.m., Manton Research Center, 225 South St., Williamstown.

Callers’ Club Contra Dance:
A group of new dance callers hosts a contra dance series as a way to sharpen their skills in a small, beginner-friendly (for callers and dancers) setting, suggested donation of $5-$10, 2 to 5 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire, 1089 Main St., Housatonic.

Albany Berkshire Ballet:
Nutcracker Tea Party, with excerpts of the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s upcoming production of “The Nutcracker,” performed by members of the ABB Junior Company, along with other holiday themed dances by the dancers of the Academies of the Cantarella School of Dance, $20-$25, 3 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St., Pittsfield.

Images Cinema: “The Bandit,” followed by a conversation with Shawn Rosenheim, free, 8 p.m., Main Screen, 50 Spring St., Williamstown.

North Chatham Free Library: “Brought to Light,” a documentary about local black history, with an introduction and Q-and-A with Barbara Reina, 3 p.m., 4287 Route 203, North Chatham, N.Y.

First Baptist Church:
Gospel Fest, with music by Wanda Houston, Berkshire Concert Choir, Michael Brown and more with organist Alan Gold and musical director James Kupernik, free-will offering, 3 p.m., 88 South St., Pittsfield.

Spencertown Academy Arts Center: La Guitarra Fiesta! Kids Need Music Benefit Concert with guitarist Maria Zemantauski, $25, 1 p.m., 790 Route 203, Spencertown, N.Y.

Berkshire Botanical Garden: 
Rooted in Place, the 3rd annual Ecological Gardening Symposium, $105, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 5 West Stockbridge Road, Stockbridge.

The Bookstore and Get Lit Wine Bar: “131 Different Things,” 2 p.m., 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.

Close Encounters with Music: Caryl Clark, “Reconsidering the Legacy of Haydn,” $20, 3 p.m., West Stockbridge Historical Society, 9 Main St., West Stockbridge.

The Mount: Voices of Poetry, afternoon of exceptional poetry and music featuring Rhode Island’s Poet Laureate Tina Cane; Lambda Literary Award finalist Patrick Donnelly; poet laureate of Vermont Chard deNiord; poet laureate of New Hampshire Alice B. Fogel; and chart-topping folksinger and songwriter Caroline Doctorow, $15, 4 p.m., 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. Tickets:

Stephentown Historical Society: Paul Raider presents the illustrated talk, “World War I — On the Homefront,” 2 p.m., Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road, Stephentown, N.Y.

Miss Hall’s School:
“Decision Height,” a dramatic story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, $10, 2 p.m., Woods Theater, Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center, 492 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. Tickets:

Pittsfield High School: “Newsies,” $12, 2 p.m., 300 East St., Pittsfield.

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