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BITS & BYTES: Kendra Field history talk; “Broadway en Spanglish” performance; Julian Zelizer author talk; “Hudson, America” film screening; “West Point Band: American Influences” concert; “Beasts of the Southern Wild” showing; Bill Nace and Matt Krefting perform music

On February 5 at 4 p.m., historian Kendra Field will talk about the establishment of the new Du Bois Freedom Center in Great Barrington.

Learn the history of the Du Bois Freedom Center in Great Barrington

Lenox— The Lenox Library presents the next installment of their Distinguished Lecture Series on Sunday, February 5 at 4 p.m. in the Sedgewick Reading Room. Historian Kendra Field will talk about the establishment of the new Du Bois Freedom Center in Great Barrington.

Kendra T. Field, Historian-in-Residence, is Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University. Her first book, “Growing Up with the Country” (2018), traced the migration of her Afro-Native ancestors after the Civil War. Her current book project, “The Stories We Tell,” is a history of African American genealogy from the Middle Passage to the present. Dr. Field abridged David Levering Lewis’ Pulitzer-prize winning “W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography” (2009). She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center. Dr. Field has advised and appeared in historical documentaries including Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” “Roots: A History Revealed,” and “Tulsa Burning.”

This event is free and open to the public.

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Florencia Cuenca and Jaime Lozano. Image via MASS MoCA.

Cabaret meets cumbia in “Broadway en Spanglish”

North Adams— Husband and wife duo Jaime Lozano and Florencia Cuenca will appear in “Broadway en Spanglish” on Saturday, February 4 at 8 p.m. at Mass MoCA.

With live accompaniment from the renowned mariachi ensemble Mariachi Real De Mexico de Ramon Ponce, they deliver fresh interpretations of some of musical theater’s most iconic tunes with Mexican folk arrangements by Lozano, including “Rent” and “Hamilton.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda has called Jaime Lozano Broadway’s “next big thing” and is the composer of the upcoming “Frida, the Musical.”

Tickets are $22 Advance; $32 Day of; $46 Preferred. This performance is general admission seating and will take place inside MASS MoCA’s Club B10. Masks are required during the performance, except while eating and drinking.

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Myth America by Julian Zelizer. Image via the Stockbridge Library.

Author discussion of “Myth America: Historians Take On the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past”

Stockbridge— Julian E. Zelizer will appear in conversation with Andre Bernard on Saturday, February 4 at 3 p.m. at the Stockbridge Library. They will discuss Zelizer’s latest book “Myth America: Historians Take On the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past.”

Think your facts about American history are actually facts?  Was the Great Society a failure and the Reagan Revolution a success?  Are feminists anti-family warriors and immigrants hostile invaders?  And what about voter fraud and the border? Zelizer will discuss these questions and more with Andre Bernard.

Julian Zelizer is familiar to Sunday morning TV audiences as CNN’s Political Analyst.  He is also a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s “Here and Now.” He is a professor at Princeton and the author of 22 books, ranging in subject from Lyndon Johnson, Newt Gingrich, and Donald Trump to the rise of the new Republican Party, the political history of news in modern America, and the Reagan years.

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“Hudson, America” film screening showcases the life of immigrant students

Hudson— Hudson Hall presents a film screening and panel discussion of “Hudson, America” on Saturday, February 5 at 4 p.m.

The unexpected political events of 2016 – 2022 derail the joyous college trajectory for six Hudson City School District Gen-Z Bangladeshi immigrants, propelling them to confront anti-immigrant sentiments, their conservative parents’ ideas of “The American Dream”, and the true cost of forbidden love. For six years filmmakers Zuzka Kurtz and Geoffrey Hug follow the students as they bid farewell to their community and arrive in an unfamiliar world.

This screening will be followed by a short discussion with the filmmakers and documentary participants Jahed Miah, Mahmuda Alam, Siddique Ahmed, and Jabin Ahmed, and moderated by Michael Chameides.

Tickets are $10; $8 for Students & Seniors available here.

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West Point Band woodwinds. Image via Fisher Center at Bard.

West Point Band to perform concert of American music and its influences

Annandale-on-Hudson— The Fisher Center at Bard presents “West Point Band: American Influences” on February 4 at 7 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater.

The U.S. Army’s oldest musical ensemble, the West Point Band, will present a performance in celebration of America’s musical heritage, featuring not only the composers who defined our national sound, but also those who drew influence from it, those whose voices were silenced in its creation, and those who continue to expand its meaning today.

Featured composers include Aaron Copland, William Grant Still, Charles Ives, Florence Price, James Reese Europe, and Caroline Shaw. The concert will include a performance of Paul Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band featuring the band’s world-renowned virtuoso principal saxophone, Staff Sgt. Stacy Wilson, and will conclude with Stravinsky’s iconic Firebird Suite, re-released in the year he became an American citizen.

Tickets are free but reservations are required.

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“Beasts of the Wild.” Image via the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

See “Beasts of the Southern Wild” at the Mahaiwe

Great Barrington— The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is having a showing of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” on Saturday, February 4 at 7 p.m.

In “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) is a six-year-old from a Louisiana bayou community called the “Bathtub.” Faced with her father’s fading health and rising sea levels, Hushpuppy must navigate challenges from both immediate conditions and ancient lore. (PG-13, 1h, 31min.)

Tickets are $8, $5 for ages 12 and under.

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Bill Nace and Matt Krefting to perform new-age music at the Clark

Williamstown— The Clark Art Institute hosts a concert by Bill Nace and Matt Krefting on Sunday, February 5 at 3 p.m. Nace and Krefting recently released an LP entitled The Academy. Presented as part of the Clark’s Concerts at the Conforti series, the performance takes place in the Michael Conforti Pavilion.

Krefting is a DJ, music writer, and sound artist who has worked in the realms of drone, tape music, musique concrete, and avant-garde rock. Nace operates in similar territory, often utilizing guitar and other stringed instruments (most recently the Japanese taishogoto) to expansive and improvisatory effect. Krefting and Nace’s collaborations see the two of them conversing in a language of eerie minimalism, haunted creaks, and buried tonalities. Both musicians have worked with other artists, including Kim Gordon, Joe McPhee, and Aaron Dilloway.

Tickets are $10 ($8 for members, $7 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under). For more information and to register, visit This event is in partnership North Adams-based Belltower Records.


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