Patricia Guerrero will perform Sunday, March 15, as part of the Beyond Flamenco mini festival at PS21 in Chatham, N.Y. Photo: Juan Conca

Bits & Bytes: Beyond Flamenco at PS21; Amy LaVere, Will Sexton at the Foundry; BIFF film screening; ‘The Alchemy of Us’; ‘Meet Me at the Clark’; cancellations

“Meet Me at the Clark” welcomes individuals with mild memory loss and their care partners to enjoy private viewing time in the galleries.

PS21 to hold Beyond Flamenco, a mini-festival of contemporary flamenco

Chatham, N.Y. — PS21 will kick off its spring season with Beyond Flamenco, a mini-festival of contemporary flamenco. Flamenco has a convoluted history originating with the Romani people in 18th century Southern Spain. Today, a new generation of younger artists is redefining flamenco for the 21st century. Patricia Guerrero, born in Granada in 1990, and Eduardo Guerrero, a 36-year-old native of Cadiz, are two dancer-choreographers who embody the changing face of flamenco.

Eduardo Guerrero. Photo: Mauricio Alanis

On Sunday, March 15, at 6 p.m. PS21 will host “Proceso Eterno (Eternal Process),” featuring the dancing of Guerrero, which combines modern and traditional elements of flamenco into a choreographic stream of consciousness. The piece is under the musical direction of flamenco guitarist and composer Dani de Moron with vocals by Sergio El Colorao, and percussionist Agustin Diassera.

On Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m., Guerrero, performs in “Desplante,” an intimate and dramatic blend of flamenco styles that revolves around 19th-century mining songs from the Sierra Cartagena region. Guerrero is accompanied by vocalist Miguel Rosendo and guitarist of Javier Ibanez.

PS21 will also have the Manuel Liñán Company in residence Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 1, to give movement workshops in local schools and share with the community. A movement workshop will be held Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m. On Tuesday, March 31, at 6 p.m. at Time and Space Limited in Hudson, PS21 will hold a critical conversation with Manuel Liñán, titled “Contemporary Flamenco: Art, Resistance and Gender.”

Events range in price from free to $25. For more information, contact PS21 at (518) 392-6121 or info@ps21chatham.org.

–E.E.

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Amy LaVere and Will Sexton. Photo courtesy the Foundry

The Foundry to welcome Amy LaVere, Will Sexton

Editor’s note: As of Thursday, March 12, this event has been postponed to a later date yet to be determined.

West Stockbridge — On Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m., the Foundry will welcome singer-songwriter duo Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, who will play two separate sets from both of their newly released albums.

LaVere’s live performances are anything but predictable. She might appear on stage with a full band, sporting a mask and pink wig, or simply be natural in blue jeans and sandals, but her upright bass and clever song delivery are constants. She’s performed in venues as wide-ranging as St. Andrew’s Hall in London and Earnestine and Hazel’s in Memphis. LaVere’s latest album, “Painting Blue,” was released in August on Nine Mile Records.

Along with older brother Charlie, the San Antonio-born Sexton was a musical prodigy who eventually moved to Austin, coming of age in the city’s hothouse environment. Playing with iconic Lone Star figures such as Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Roky Erickson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, he scored a major label deal while still in his teens fronting Will and the Kill. He released “Don’t Walk the Darkness,” his first solo record in a decade, March 6 on Big Legal Mess.

Tickets are $20. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact the Foundry at (413) 232-5222 or info@thefoundryws.com.

–E.E.

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BIFF to screen ‘South Mountain’

Editor’s note: As of Thursday, March 12, this event has been cancelled.

Image courtesy Berkshire International Film Festival

Great Barrington — Berkshire International Film Festival’s BIFF Selects series will screen the film “South Mountain” Sunday, March 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Triplex Cinema. A question-and-answer session with director Hilary Brougher will follow the film.

Lila has built a fragile tranquility in the Catskill mountain home she shares with her husband, Edgar, and their teen daughters. Soon after the girls leave for summer adventures, Edgar reveals the birth of a child with another woman, leaving Lila to a season of explosive loss and reconfiguration. Lila lashes out, exploring the corners of grief, anger and desire through her friendship with a younger man. As Lila’s world overturns, those who count on her likewise come undone. The film stars Talia Balsam and Columbia County, New York, resident Scott Cohen.

Tickets are $10 for BIFF REEL Friends and $12 for soon-to-be REEL Friends. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Berkshire International Film Festival at (413) 528-8030 or kelley@biffma.org.

–E.E.

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Ainissa Ramirez to discuss ‘The Alchemy of Us’

Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D. Photo courtesy ainissaramirez.com

Editor’s note: As of Friday, March 13, this event has been cancelled.

Salisbury, Conn. — Scoville Memorial Library will host a pre-release book talk by Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., Saturday, March 14, at 4 p.m. on her upcoming book ‘The Alchemy of Us.’

In ‘The Alchemy of Us,’ Ramirez examines eight inventions — clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips — and reveals how they shaped the human experience. Ramirez tells the stories of the woman who sold time, the inventor who inspired Edison, and the hotheaded undertaker whose invention pointed the way to the computer. She describes, among other things, how the pursuit of precision in timepieces changed how we sleep; how the railroad helped commercialize Christmas; how the necessary brevity of the telegram influenced Hemingway’s writing style; and how a young chemist exposed the use of Polaroid’s cameras to create passbooks to track Black citizens in apartheid South Africa.

Ramirez is a self proclaimed “science evangelist.” A graduate of Brown and Stanford universities with stints at MIT and Yale, she has been featured as a TED talk presenter and has written for Time, Scientific American, American Scientist and Forbes. She makes regular appearances on PBS’ SciTech Now.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Scoville Memorial Library at (860) 435-2838 or scovlibn@biblio.org.

–E.E.

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‘Meet Me at the Clark’ engages those with memory disorders

Editor’s note: As of Thursday, March 12, this event has been cancelled.

Williamstown — To provide those living with mild Alzheimer’s disease or memory disorders with opportunities for social engagement, the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter will hold “Meet Me at the Clark” Monday, March 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Clark Art Institute.

“Meet Me at the Clark” welcomes individuals with mild memory loss and their care partners to enjoy private viewing time in the galleries. The program is free and open to the public, and repeats monthly. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call the education coordinator at (413) 458-0563.

–E.E.

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Cancellations

Note: The following is a list of cancellations that The Edge has received as of this writing. While we aim to keep this list as accurate as possible, we recommend that attendees contact venues before heading out in order to make sure their events will be taking place as scheduled. 

March 12-14 – Spring book sale, Berkshire Athenaeum
March 12 – David Shribman lecture, Williams College; “Earth People” opening reception, Hudson Hall; Blue Light 4, the Foundry
March 13-15 – Fiddle Weekend, Tanglewood
March 13 – Planetarium show, Williams College; Finding Home: We Are Stories, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; Boxxa Vine’s “Dragged Through Disney,” the Foundry; “Intelligent Lives,” Hudson Hall; Dana Fuchs, Infinity Music Hall; On the Verge, Club Helsinki Hudson
March 14 – Maplefest, Williams College; “Respect for All,” Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse; Family Bookmaking, Norman Rockwell Museum; Start With Art, Clark Art Institute; “Der Fliegende Hollander,” Clark Art Institute; “The Evolution of Beauty,” Clark Art Institute; Dinner and the Show, Clark Art Institute; swing dancing, Dewey Hall; Amy LaVere and Will Sexton, the Foundry; “Der Fliegende Hollander,” Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; “Once Upon a Skate,” Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires; “Edible Plants of the Northeast,” Norfolk Library; Roomful of Blues, Infinity Music Hall; Pi Day celebration, Berkshire Museum; ayurveda seminar, Scoville Library; “The Alchemy of Us,” Scoville Library; “Preparedness,” Hubbard Hall; Princess and Prince Party, Ramsdell Library; Alexis P. Suter, Club Helsinki Hudson; beginner nirding workshop, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
March 15 – Yuyi Morales artist talk, Norman Rockwell Museum; Farm Film Fest, Crandell Theatre; St. Patrick’s Day Music and a Meal, First Congregational Church of Dalton; BIFF “South Mountain” screening, Triplex Cinema; DEL Essentials workshop, Jacob’s Pillow; Pink Talking Fish, Infinity Music Hall
March 16 – Meet Me at the Clark, Clark Art Institute; KonMari Method decluttering, Lee Library
March 17 – “Thomas Hirschhorn: Work in Movement,” Clark Art Institute
March 18 – “Hard Looks: Connection,” Clark Art Institute; Writers in the House, the Mount; “Der Fliegende Hollander” (Encore), Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; “Sky Dance of the American Woodcock,” Lime Kiln Farm
March 19 – “My Left Foot,” Norfolk Library
March 20 – Book group, Norfolk Library
March 21 – Bach’s Birthday Bash, White Hart Inn; contra dance, Lenox Community Center; Berkshire Grown Farmers’ Market, Monument Valley Regional Middle School; “The French Connection,” Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; “Jack & the Beanstalk,” Hubbard Hall; “Deep Blue Sea,” MASS MoCA; Era of Elegance, Scoville Library; “How to Get Rid of Your Stuff,” Scoville Library; great shearwater talk, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary; Saturday morning cartoons, Berkshire Museum; Animation Station, Berkshire Museum; Connecticut Transit Authority, Infinity Music Hall; “Song and Dance Men,” Sharon Playhouse; Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Club Helsinki Hudson; “Trees in Winter,” Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
March 22 – Music from Salem, Hubbard Hall; Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Club Helsinki Hudson
March 25 – múm, Hudson Hall; “Sky Dance of the American Woodcock,” Lime Kiln Farm
March 26 – “The Blues Brothers,” Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; Deborah Hanlon, Club Helsinki Hudson
March 27 – “Spies in Disguise,” Mason Library; 10,000 Maniacs, Infinity Music Hall
March 28 – Jazz and Classics for Change, Saint James Place; “Klimt and Schiele: Eros and Psyche,” Clark Art Institute; contra dance, Dewey Hall; “Cyrano de Bergerac,” Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center; Pillow Party: Hustle, Jacob’s Pillow; women’s suffrage talk, Scoville Library; Saturday morning cartoons, Berkshire Museum; We Shape History, Berkshire Museum
March 29 – “Romeo and Juliet,” Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
April 2 – “Pulp Fiction,” Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
April 4 – “Searching for the Moon,” Clark Art Institute; “Lines from Life” opening lecture, Clark Art Institute, Berkshire Earth Expo, Berkshire Museum
April 7 – Lynne Tillman reading and conversation, Clark Art Institute
April 10 – “Drawing Closer: Seascapes,” Clark Art Institute
April 11 – “Tosca,” Clark Art Institute; Will Evans, Infinity Music Hall
April 16 – Pre-conference seminar with Fatima Fall, Clark Art Institute
April 17 – Ina Archer artist talk, Clark Art Institute
April 17 & 18 – “Conversation, Making and Art History” conference, Clark Art Institute
April 18 & 19 – Divine Mercy Sunday celebration, National Shrine of Divine Mercy
April 19 – “A History of Prison Portraits” lecture, Clark Art Institute
April 25 – Crystal Bowersox, Infinity Music Hall

–E.E.