Weekend of documentary films to address racial injustice
Great Barrington — The Triplex Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival and Clinton Church Restoration will offer a weekend of documentary films Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Triplex. Inspired by the Movement for Black Lives, “W.E.B. Du Bois to George Floyd: 150 Years of Resistance” will feature screenings of four documentaries that address African American resistance to racial injustice over a span of 150 years: “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices,” “I Am Not Your Negro,” “John Lewis: Good Trouble” and “Whose Streets?” A kick-off event will take place Saturday, Oct. 3, at noon outside the Triplex. Featured speakers will be Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Ph.D., historical archaeologist and director of the UMass Amherst W.E.B. Du Bois Center; Railroad Street Youth Project deputy director and multimedia artist Sabrina Allard; and mental health speaker Brooke Bridges.
Triplex owner Richard Stanley selected Clinton Church Restoration, which is developing plans for an African American Cultural Heritage Center at the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church just two blocks from the Triplex, as the beneficiary of funds raised through event sponsorships and donations.
“African American history is American history,” said Clinton Church Restoration Chairman Wray Gunn Sr., “but one of our country’s great injustices is not telling the full story. We want to change that by preserving Great Barrington’s first Black church as a place where people can learn about and celebrate the rich history of our community and be inspired by the life of NAACP cofounder W.E.B. Du Bois.”
The screenings are free with a small ticketing fee. Reservations are required. In accordance with state guidelines for Gov. Baker’s Phase III reopening plan, all screenings will take place in reduced-capacity theaters that allow for physical distancing. There is a streaming option for a small fee for those unable to attend in person, which will be available for two weeks starting Saturday, Oct. 3. A portion of the streaming cost will go to the Clinton Church Restoration project. For more information or to make reservations, see the Berkshire Edge calendar.
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Gedney Farm to host ‘Bridge Over Troubled Times’ sculpture show
New Marlborough — On Saturday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m., Gedney Farm will host an opening reception for “Bridge Over Troubled Times,” a collaborative exhibition of sculptors Peter Barrett and Susan Clinard.
Great Barrington native Barrett’s sculpture combines his passion for working with steel and found objects with his skill as a welder and blacksmith. On display at Gedney Farm are several large outdoor sculptures, including the grand, signature work, “Quetzalcoatl,” which welcomes visitors as they arrive on the property. The artist in residence at the Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden, Connecticut, since 2011, award-winning sculptor Clinard has taught at taught stone carving at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and sculpture at the Palette and Chisel Academy and Gallery 37.
The event is free and open to the public. The show will be on view through Saturday, Oct. 31. For more information, contact Gedney Farm at (413) 229-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Spencertown Academy to present ‘It’s All About Reading’ with Steve Charney
Spencertown, N.Y. — Beginning Thursday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. and available online anytime through Sunday, Oct. 18, Spencertown Academy Arts Center will present children’s entertainer, magician, composer and ventriloquist Steve Charney in “It’s All About Reading,” which highlights the serious and not-so-serious joys of books and reading and includes Charney’s puppet pal, Harry.
Charney’s comedy act of magic, music and ventriloquism has taken him from Africa to California, and his radio program “Knock On Wood” aired on various stations around the country for more than 25 years, including WAMC. He wrote songs for Disney Channel’s “Bear in the Big Blue House,” and his books on comedy and magic have been published by Crown, Troll, Metacom, Meadowbrook Press, Scholastic and Sterling.
The program is free and appropriate for all ages. Advance registration is required. Participants will be emailed a link to view the recorded program. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact email@example.com.
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Norfolk Land Trust to hold harvest moon walk
Norfolk, Conn. — On Friday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m., the Norfolk Land Trust will hold its annual harvest moon walk at Dennis Hill State Park. Hartley Mead will give a brief talk on the moon and what is visible in the night sky this time of year. Participants should gather in the parking lot below the Dennis Hill pavilion for the walk to the pavilion. Participants should also dress warmly as well as bring masks and headlamps or another type of illumination. The walk will not be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. For more information, contact the Norfolk Land Trust at (860) 307-8380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.