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Bits & Bytes: Fantastic February Frolic; Berkshire Grown’s February farmers’ market; ‘Heathers: The Musical’; Intentional Jazz at Spencertown Academy; Williams faculty lecture series

"Heathers: The Musical" recounts the story of three girls named Heather who rule Westerberg High with an iron fist.

Fantastic February Frolic at Shire City Sanctuary

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Home Body.

Pittsfield — Shire City Sanctuary will come alive with the electronic music duo Home Body and DJ BFG for the Fantastic February Frolic, an alternative dance party on Saturday, February 13. The Fantastic February Frolic is part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

The dance party will mark the acclaimed electronica duo Home Body’s Pittsfield debut. Home Body’s sound has been described as “new-wavy-electronic-a’pop’calyptic-shimmer-core” that’s down to earth, vivid, and visceral. The Berkshires’ DJ BFG will spin tunes after Home Body’s performance. The event is for people aged 21 and up and runs from 8 p.m. to midnight. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Parking will be free and plentiful.

Tickets to the Fantastic February Frolic are $10 and will be available at the door. For more information call (413) 236-9600.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Grown’s February farmers’ market

Great Barrington — Berkshire Grown will present its final winter farmers’ market of the season on Saturday, February 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monument Valley Middle Regional School. The market will feature locally grown and produced foods plus live music, lunch fare, and activities for children. Admission is free.

The February market will showcase the Berkshire winter bounty of potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, winter squash, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and all sorts of greens as well as eggs, chicken, goat, grass-fed pork and beef, over a dozen different kinds of locally produced cheeses, ice creams, jams, pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, honey, and delicious baked goods. Grilled sausages and omelets will be on sale to eat at the festive event. The market will also feature live musical entertainment and Food Adventures will lead hands-on snack-making activities for children. Greenagers will also be on hand selling seeds to help community members begin planning their own gardens.

For more information call Berkshire Grown at (413) 528-0041.

–E.E.

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‘Heathers: The Musical’ at Club Helsinki Hudson

Hudson, N.Y. — “Heathers: The Musical,” an award-winning rock musical based on the 1988 cult film “Heathers,” will get a rare regional staging at Club Helsinki Hudson on Thursday, February 11, and Friday, February 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Like the film on which it is based, “Heathers: The Musical” recounts the story of three girls named Heather who rule Westerberg High with an iron fist. Plot twists involve a croquet mallet, guns, bombs, suicide notes, and red scrunchies.

The original off-Broadway production, with music, lyrics, and a book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, was nominated for Drama Desk Awards for music and outstanding actress and for Lucille Lortel Awards for lead actress and choreography.

The upcoming Upstage After Dark production contains adult language and subject matter and anyone under the age of 21 needs to be accompanied by an adult. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Club at (518) 828-4800.

–E.E.

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Intentional Jazz at Spencertown Academy

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Rob Fisch.

Spencertown, N.Y. — Spencertown Academy Arts Center will present the Intentional Jazz ensemble on Saturday, February 13, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be the first in a series of four that will be produced this year by Spencertown Academy volunteers.

Intentional Jazz brings a fresh return to the rich tradition of jazz from the Blue Note era exemplified by the likes of Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, and others. Intentional Jazz is led by Rob Fisch (trumpet) with Aaron Dean (sax), Dave Pickard (trombone), David Bartley (piano), Dave Christopolis (bass), and Steve Collins (drums).

General admission tickets are $20 and $10 for students and will also be available at the door. For more information and tickets, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call (518) 392-3693.

–E.E.

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Williams College’s 2016 faculty lecture series

Williamstown — Williams College will hold its annual faculty lecture series during February and March. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry, and be followed by a reception in Schow Atrium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture in the series is scheduled for Thursday, February 11. Associate Professor of Theatre David Gurcay-Morris will deliver a talk entitled “The Garden of F_ _ king Paths: Choice and Chance in Performance.” Heather Williams, William Dwight Whitney Professor of Biology and Chair of the Neuroscience Program, will discuss “What To Sing? Bird Song and the Evolution of Cultural Traditions,” on Thursday, February 18. On Thursday, February 25, Associate Professor of Psychology Amie A. Hane will present “From the Tide Pool to the Stars…and Back Again: Early Caregiving and Human Neurobehavioral Development.” Professor of Art Laylah Ali will talk about “Relieving the Tedium: On My Attempts to Overthrow a Small Government and More Reflections from My Time as an Artist,” on Thursday, March 3. On Thursday, March 10, Associate Professor of Computer Science Morgan S. McGuire will present “Virtual Reality: The Actuality of ‘Total Cinema’.” The final talk, “Constitutionalizing the American Vice State,” will be presented by Associate Professor of Political Science Justin Crowe on Thursday, March 17.

For building locations and more information, consult the online map or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277.

–E.E.

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