Bits & Bytes: Clinton Church Restoration benefit screening; Sprout Film Festival; John Hyson at Stockbridge Library; Janka Nabay at MASS MoCA; Steal Your Peach Band at the Stationery Factory

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Steal Your Peach Band will perform at the Stationery Factory in Dalton on Friday, March 10 (see item below).

Film screening to benefit Clinton Church Restoration

I_Am_Not_Your_NegroGreat Barrington — On Friday, March 10, at 6 p.m., the Triplex Cinema will host a screening of Raul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” to benefit the Clinton Church Restoration project. A reception featuring wine, beer, coffee and hors d’oeuvres compliments of the Berkshire Co-op Market, Fuel, Rubiner’s Cheesemongers, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace and the Triplex Cinema will follow the screening.

The Clinton Church Restoration project’s mission is to restore the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church building, 9 Elm Ct., to create a vital and self-sustaining entity for community use that celebrates and honors its history, W.E.B. DuBois and the Berkshires’ African-American community. Donations may be made online or by check, with CCR in the memo, payable to Housatonic Heritage, P.O. Box 611, Great Barrington, MA 01230.

Tickets are $15 cash only and $10 from each ticket will be donated to CCR. For more information, contact Beth Carlson at (413) 429-1176 or saveamechurch@gmail.com.

–E.E.

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Berkshire County Arc to present Sprout Film Festival

Pittsfield — On Sunday, March 12, at noon, the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group will present the 2017 Berkshire County Sprout Film Festival at Berkshire Community College’s Robert Boland Theater. The festival will feature short films about individuals with various disabilities, their lives and personal achievements. The films will be followed by a free catered reception in the lobby featuring photography from local artists with disabilities.

Tickets are $5. All proceeds will support children, adults and families of Berkshire County residents with and impacted by Down syndrome. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Nancy Willey at (413) 464-7262 x13 or nwilley@bcarc.org.

–E.E.

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John Hyson to speak at Stockbridge Library

John Hyson.

John Hyson.

Stockbridge — On Saturday, March 11, at 4 p.m., the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives will present John Hyson, who will give a talk titled “Partisanship, Gerrymandering and the Right to Vote.”

The library invites all who are interested to participate in a timely and important discussion regarding the following questions: Are partisanship and gerrymandering undermining fundamental democratic values? If so, what can be done? Is it reasonable to expect legislative solutions? Are the courts capable of dealing with the problem?

Hyson is a graduate of Harvard Law School and was a law clerk for a federal district court judge in Boston. He taught at Villanova Law School for 36 years. A past president of the Stockbridge Library’s board of trustees, Hyson lives with his wife, Marilou, in Stockbridge.

For more information, contact the Stockbridge Library at (413) 298-5501 or info@stockbridgelibrary.org.

–E.E.

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At MASS MoCA Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang

Janka Nabay. Photo: Sidney Schleiff and Oliver Citrin

Janka Nabay. Photo: Sidney Schleiff and Oliver Citrin

North Adams — MASS MoCA will welcome Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang Saturday, March 11, at 8 p.m.

An ancient Sierra Leonean call-and-response style of folk music influenced by the 18th-century regional introduction of Islam, Bubu was all but forgotten before Nabay brought it back to life in the mid-1990s. Nabay used his music to speak out against violence when civil war broke out in Sierra Leone, but ultimately sought refuge in the United States. Since Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang’s first performances in 2010, the group has been infusing polyrhythmic folk tunes with high-octane psychedelia. In 2012, the band signed to the Luaka Bop record label and released the album “En Yah Say.” A new album, “Build Music,” is forthcoming later this year.

Tickets range from $10 to $28. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call MASS MoCA’s box office at (413) 662-2111.

–E.E.

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Steal Your Peach Band at the Stationery Factory

Dalton — The crossover tribute act Steal Your Peach Band will bring its mix of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band to the Stationery Factory in Dalton on Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. Bud Johnson of the Kind Buds will open with Kind Bud’s Kind Dubs.

Interweaving the classic jams of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers, Steal Your Peach Band is a cross-section of the Northeast jamband world, featuring Tor Krautter of the Rev Tor Band on guitar and vocals, Dan Teichert of Arlo Guthrie and Xavier on drums and vocals, Andrew Costa of the Rev Tor Band on keys, Jeremy Walz of Soul Sky on guitar and vocals, Andy Crawford of the Rev Tor Band on drums, and Brian O’Connell of Uncle Sammy and the Gordon Stone Band on bass. While staying true to the spirit of the music, the band members put their own dynamic spin on the vast discography of the two iconic bands, giving fans a new take on the familiar.

Tickets are $15. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar.

–E.E.


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