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Bits & Bytes: John Clarke at Geoffrey Young Gallery; BHRSD testing discussion; Earth Day River Festival; Sean Rowe at Club Helsinki Hudson; Olana’s Skyscape Series; Passover at Camphill Ghent

Dr. Willie Yee and Joseph Macagne of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association will present a 21st century exploration of the night sky during the Lyrid meteor shower on Saturday, April 23.

John Clarke’s “The Bridge” to open at Geoffrey Young Gallery

Great Barrington – On Saturday, April 23, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., the Geoffrey Young Gallery will host an opening reception for “The Bridge,” a multimedia installation by John Clarke. Local music producer Stitch will provide music for the evening and refreshments will be served.

John Clarke’s art combines abstract drawing and painting with representational photography. “The Bridge” highlights works that document the genesis and evolution of this body of work and culminating in a large scale, multi-panel piece inspired by the monumental works of Nancy Spero. Using the repeated image of a single section of a train bridge, Clarke creates a hybrid world of reality and emotion, highly symbolic yet grounded with the weight of sky, water, steel, and age.

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BHRSD’s Briggs to discuss standardized testing

Stockbridge — Joshua Briggs, Director of Learning and Teaching for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District, will hold open office hours on Monday, April 25, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Wednesday, April 28, from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. in order to discuss community questions and concerns about standardized testing. Briggs’ office is located on the top floor of the Stockbridge Town Hall at 50 Main St. All who are interested are welcome to attend; appointments are not necessary.


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Earth Day River Festival

Pittsfield — The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) and Berkshire Environmental Action Team will present their first Earth Day River Festival on Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Fred Garner Park on Pomeroy Ave.

The day will begin with the park clean-up at 11 a.m. Gloves and bags will be provided. Food will be available to purchase. Other planned activities include a clothing drive, composting advice, and a tour of a restored vernal pool. At midday, paddlers on HVA’s Source-to-Sound Housatonic River Adventure will arrive for lunch and launch again for an afternoon paddle to Lenox.

For more information, call (413) 230-7321.


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Club Helsinki Hudson to welcome Sean Rowe

Sean Rowe
Sean Rowe.

Hudson, N.Y. — Troy, N.Y., native and lifelong naturalist Sean Rowe will showcase his gritty style of singer-songwriter folk-rock at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, April 24, at 8 p.m.

A throwback to 1970s-era soulful rock poets, Rowe boasts a deep and rich baritone, a gift for melody, and a knack for the perfectly hewn image to get across his haunting, brooding folk-rock anthems. Rowe’s spare, organic approach and poetic simplicity at times recalls Greg Brown and other folk-rock poets with deep growls.

Rowe will be accompanied indie folk-pop duo The Sea The Sea, who will also warm up the crowd beforehand with a set of their own music.

For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Club at (518) 828-4800.


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Olana’s Skyscape Series to highlight Lyrid meteor shower

Skyscape Series at Olana photo by Sarah Hasbrook
The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association setting up telescopes at Olana in 2014. Photo: Melanie Hasbrook.

Hudson, N.Y. — The Olana Partnership will continue its Skyscape Series with a Lyrid meteor shower event featuring the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association on Saturday, April 23, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in its Wagon House Education Center.

Dr. Willie Yee and Joseph Macagne of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association will present a 21st century exploration of the night sky. Members of the Association will provide telescopes with which to view the moon and stellar clusters.

The event is free for Olana members and $5 for non-members. Participants are welcome to bring binoculars and red flashlights. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call Olana’s Education Department at (518) 828-1872 x105.


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Camphill Ghent to hold Passover celebration

Zoe Zak
Rabbi Zoe B. Zak, seated, with Camphill Ghent residents.

Chatham, N.Y. — Camphill Ghent invites the community to a free Passover celebration on Sunday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in its Culture Hall. The celebration will be conducted by Zoe B. Zak, rabbi of Temple Israel of Catskill and a chaplain for the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York. For more information, call (518) 392-2760.



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