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Bits & Bytes: Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Colonial; BCC to open women’s center; ‘Once Upon a Mattress’; Berkshire County Arc scholarships

The grand opening of Berkshire Community College's women’s center will take place on International Women’s Day, Thursday, March 8.

Colonial Theatre to welcome Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Pittsfield — Berkshire Theatre Group will welcome five-time Grammy Award-winning a cappella ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the Colonial Theatre Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo captures South Africa’s historic struggle in a repertoire that melds the tradition of Zulu harmony, songs born in the mines during the apartheid era and hints of gospel. Whether performing at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, in the Disney film “The Lion King” or alongside Paul Simon on his album “Graceland,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s harmonies and synchronized dancing convey themes of faith, hope and peace.

The group has also recorded with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge and many others. They have provided music for many movies, have appeared on Broadway and were nominated for a Tony Award, and were the subjects of the Academy Award-nominated documentary film “On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom.” The group’s most recent album, 2017’s “Shaka Zulu Revisited,” won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.

Tickets are $30 and $45. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the BTG box office at (413) 997-4444.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Community College to open women’s center

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College has announced that the grand opening of its women’s center will take place on International Women’s Day, Thursday, March 8, in the student engagement center in the Susan B. Anthony Building.

A full slate of activities is planned to celebrate the opening of the center. At 11 a.m. in G-10, a webinar called “#LeadLikeAGirl: Power Moves to Unleash the Potential of Women” will teach attendees to become better mentors, leaders, co-workers and parents to this generation of women and the next. At 2 p.m., in room A112, the women’s center ribbon cutting will take place, followed by remarks from Maura Delaney, interim vice president for academic affairs, and refreshments. At 2:45 p.m., attendees are invited to the Connector building for opening remarks with Berkshire Gas Company CEO Karen Zink and BCC students Alicia Starsja and Liliana Atanacio. At 3 p.m., two workshops will take place in Hawthorne Hall: “Financial Wellness” with associate professor of business Wendy Meehan and “Sharing Journeys in the Era of: Time’s Up and #MeToo” with Pam Malumphy from PA Malumphy Consulting. The day will conclude at 4:00 p.m. with networking and snacks in the Connector building.

Those interested in attending the opening and workshops are asked to RSVP to Mary Martin, assistant to the assistant dean of students, at mmartin@berkshirecc.edu.

–E.E.

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Mount Greylock Regional School to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Ashtyn Faas as Queen Aggravain and Finn Ellingwood as Prince Dauntless the Drab in Mount Greylock Regional School’s production of ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’ Photo courtesy Mount Greylock Regional School

Williamstown — Mount Greylock Regional School will present “Once Upon a Mattress” Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, at 7 PM at the Williams College ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story “The Princess and the Pea,” “Once Upon a Mattress” began its Broadway run in May 1959, marking the Broadway debut Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred. The musical received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical as well as a Best Leading Actress nomination for Burnett, and has been adapted and produced for television three times since.

This production involves more than 40 members of the Mount Greylock student body as actors, singers, pit musicians and crew. It is directed by faculty member Jeffrey Welch, assisted by program alumna Amanda Bell Goldmakher with vocal direction by Jean Kirsch, choreography by Ann Marie Rodriguez, and orchestra direction by Lyndon Moors.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. For more information, contact MGRS at (413) 458-9582.

–E.E.

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Berkshire County Arc accepting scholarship applications

Pittsfield — Berkshire County Arc has announced its 2018 scholarship award program. High school seniors pursuing undergraduate education in the field of human services are eligible to apply, and students pursing degree programs including psychology, social work, special education, rehabilitation counseling and related courses of study will also be given consideration.

The selection of award winners will be based upon prior involvement in volunteer or paid activities with individuals with disabilities, the potential to contribute to the field of human services, and academic achievement. An independent panel of community members will select the winners and determine the amount of each award up to the scholarship maximum of $1,500.

Applications are available through area high school guidance offices or by contacting Berkshire County Arc at (413) 499-4241 x244. The application deadline is Friday, March 16.

–E.E.

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