Bits & Bytes: Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Mahaiwe; Ani Cordero at MASS MoCA; Saskia Laroo at Sandisfield Arts Center; artists’ studios tour; ‘Tasty History’ at Olana

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The Paul Taylor Dance Company in a 2014 performance of 'Arden Court,' one of the pieces it will showcase at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington this weekend. Photo courtesy Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The Mahaiwe presents Paul Taylor Dance Company

Great Barrington — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present the Paul Taylor Dance Company Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m.

The program will include three pieces. Set to music by Richard Wagner and Heinrich Baermann, Taylor’s “Roses” (1985) is a paean to love and relationships in various stages. Set to Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” recomposed by Max Richter, “Continuum” (2017) is an abstract work by Taylor alumna Lila York about finding peace in a hostile environment. Taylor’s “Arden Court” (1981) is an exuberant dance that looks at supportive, competitive and flirtatious accompanied by music by William Boyce.

In partnership with Jacob’s Pillow Dance, dance scholar and Taylor biographer Suzanne Carbonneau will offer brief pre-show talks one hour before each performance. Veteran Paul Taylor Dance Company dancers Michael Trusnovec and James Samson taught workshops in athleticism and artistry for students from Muddy Brook Regional Elementary School, Undermountain Elementary School, Mount Everett Regional School, Berkshire School and Berkshire Pulse in the week leading up to the performances.

Tickets are $10–$65. For tickets and ore information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Mahaiwe box office at (413) 528-0100.

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Ani Cordero. Photo: Bek Anderson

MASS MoCA to welcome Ani Cordero

North Adams — On Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m., MASS MoCA will welcome Brooklyn, New York-based Puerto Rican singer and storyteller Ani Cordero. Jota Sete Duo, featuring Williamstown native Jason Ennis, will open the show.

Singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist and Latin-American music researcher Cordero, who cut her teeth as the touring drummer for the Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes, was raised in Atlanta by Puerto Rican parents and spent her childhood traveling between Atlanta and San Juan. In the early 2000s, Cordero led her own bilingual art-rock band, Cordero, which released feminist anthems such as “Vamos Nenas” and “Matadora.” More recently, she was a founding member of the celebrated Mexican rock band Pistolera. Cordero released her first solo album, “Recordar: Latin American Songs of Love and Protest,” in 2014, re-imagining famous political protest songs by influential Latin-American songwriters of the turbulent nueva canción era. Cordero’s most recent release, “Querido Mundo (Dear World),” addresses themes ranging from immigration and Black Lives Matter to feminism and government corruption, hoping to elicit the same call to action and heart-wrenching emotions that her predecessors did.

Tickets range from $10 to $24. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact MASS MoCA at (413) 662-2111 or info@massmoca.org.

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Warren Byrd and Saskia Laroo. Photo courtesy Sandisfield Arts Center

Sandisfield Arts Center to present jazz duo Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd

Sandisfield — The Sandisfield Arts Center will present jazz duo Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m.

Recently returned from a tour in South Korea, Laroo and Byrd will be joined by drummer and percussionist Jocelyn Pleasant for an evening “pure organic jazz.” Laroo has been hailed by the American public and press at large and is one of few women trumpet stylists, having played for more than three decades. In addition to original songs, the show will include jazz renditions drawn for works by Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Thelonius Monk, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington.

Tickets are $20. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Sandisfield Arts Center at (413) 258-4100 or info@sandisfieldartscenter.org.

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‘Mountain Mist’ by Susan Sabino

RWSAG to offer tour of artists’ studios

West Stockbridge — The Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists’ Guild will offer a self-guided tour of the studios of Berkshire County artists Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Twenty-three artists will be on hand at 13 studio locations ranging from Pittsfield to Southfield to showcase art in the media of painting, sculpture, photography, pottery and more. For a list of the participating artists and a map of studio locations, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact berkshireartists@gmail.com.

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‘Tasty History’ to focus on sugar and rum

Carmen Gonzalez of Carmen’s Cafe in Troy, N.Y. Photo courtesy Carmen’s Cafe

Hudson, N.Y. — The Tasty History Series at Olana State Historic Site will end its season Saturday, Oct. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. with a focus on sugar and rum. Carmen Gonzalez of Carmen’s Café in Troy will prepare and sample traditional Cuban food, joined by Backbar mixologist Kat Dunn.

Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program manager Valerie Balint and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation curator Amanda Massie will teach participants about historic food trends, the trading of sugar and rum, and about the 19th-century customs of eating and drinking them. Carmen’s Cafe will bring empanadas, picadillo, platanos and more for tasting, and will also demonstrate rice and beans and other recipes. Dunn will make two different rum drinks for guests to sample.

Kat Dunn of Backbar in Hudson, N.Y. Photo courtesy Olana State Historic Site

Tickets are $25 for Olana members and $30 for nonmembers. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Olana’s education department at (518) 828-1872 x105.

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