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Bits & Bytes: Nels Cline 4 at Club Helsinki Hudson; Alana Chernila at Great Barrington Farmers’ Market; David Grover at Congregation Knesset Israel; ‘Come to Connect’ art community forum

The Great Barrington Farmers' Market and One Mercantile will present a book signing with cookbook author Alana Chernila Saturday, July 7, at the Great Barrington Farmers’ Market.

Club Helsinki Hudson to present the Nels Cline 4

Hudson, N.Y. — Club Helsinki Hudson will present the Nels Cline 4 Saturday, July 7, at 9 p.m.

Of all the projects guitarist Nels Cline has pursued, his two-guitar duo with Julian Lage, documented on the 2014 album “Room,” ranks among the most special. With “Currents, Constellations,” Cline’s second Blue Note Records release, the duo has morphed and expanded into the Nels Cline 4, made up of Cline and Lage with the rhythm section of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey. Known as the lead guitarist of Wilco since 2004 and one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists,” Cline is coming off the success of his 2016 Blue Note debut “Lovers,” which featured Cline with a 17-piece ensemble and dozens of collaborators.

Tickets are $25–$30. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Club Helsinki Hudson at (518) 828-4800.


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Great Barrington Farmers’ Market to hold book signing with Alana Chernila

Alana Chernila. Photo: Johnny Autry

Great Barrington — The Great Barrington Farmers’ Market and One Mercantile will present a book signing with Alana Chernila Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Barrington Farmers’ Market.

Cookbook author and Berkshire resident Chernila is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has written for Martha Stewart Living magazine, Taproot,, and many other online and print periodicals. Her three books are “The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making”; “The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking With Pleasure”; and “Eating From the Ground Up: Recipes for Simple Perfect Vegetables,” which was published in February 2018.

All are welcome. One Mercantile will offer a limited edition strawberry juice glass with every book sold. For more information, contact the Great Barrington Farmers’ Market at


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Jewish Federation of the Berkshires to welcome David Grover, Linda Worster

Linda Worster and David Grover. Photo courtesy Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

Pittsfield — On Monday, July 9 at 10:45 a.m., the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present “Music and Friendship,” a morning of songs and fun with musicians David Grover and Linda Worster at Congregation Knesset Israel.

Each concert by Grover and Worster is different from every other they’ve given. The two friends have hundreds of songs in their repertoire, both originals and covers. Grover spent many years as Arlo Guthrie’s lead guitarist and bandleader and, along with the Big Bear Band, has performed at the White House, opened the Goodwill Games and appeared on the Today Show. Worster has toured as a solo musician throughout New England, New York and New Jersey, performing in coffeehouses, colleges, churches, healing centers, cafés and clubs.

The program is free and open to the public and precedes a kosher lunch at noon. Advance reservations are required for lunch, for which there is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age and $7 for all others, and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. Monday, July 9. For more information, call the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at (413) 442-4360 x10.


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LABspace to host ‘Come to Connect’ art community forum

Hrag Vartanian and Sharon Louden in conversation. Photo courtesy LABspace

Hillsdale, N.Y. — LABspace will host “Come to Connect,” an art community forum and conversation with Hrag Vartanian and Sharon Louden, Sunday, July 8, at noon.

The editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic, Vartanian is an editor, art critic, curator and lecturer on contemporary art with expertise on the intersection of art and politics. Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists and editor of the “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” book series. The forum will offer the opportunity for area art makers, art lovers, organizers and kindred thinkers to engage and share ideas. Artists in LABspace’s current exhibition, “Spatial Oddities,” will be available to answer questions and discuss their work.

The forum is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at noon, and note cards will be available for the submission of questions and topics. The talk will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Since the event will take place in the garden, attendees are advised to bring chairs or blankets to sit on. For more information, contact LABspace at (917) 749-2857.



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