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BITS & BYTES: Pocket Merchant at The Foundry; Camphill Hudson Players presents ‘Forgetful Divas’; Fred Stein at Mad Rose Gallery; David M. Hunt Library presents Benyamin Cohen; David Guenette at the Lee Public Library; Ghent Playhouse auditions

Pocket Merchant is a jazz-fusion quartet recognized for their big sound and groove-based energy.

The Foundry presents Pocket Merchant

West Stockbridge— On Friday, April 12th at 7:30 p.m., The Foundry presents Pocket Merchant.

Benyamin Cohen, author of “The Einstein Effect.”

Pocket Merchant is a jazz-fusion quartet recognized for their big sound and groove-based energy. Their music is eclectic and fun with moments that invite reflection as well as dancing. Bringing a unique blend of chamber jazz, funk, rock, and free jazz, the band features Justin Geyer on keyboards, Alden Slack on saxophone, Marco Spodek on drums, and Adriana Tampasis on flute.

The concert is on Friday, April 12th at 7:30 p.m. at The Foundry on Harris Street in West Stockbridge. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Tickets and more information can be found online. Visit The Foundry online for parking information. 

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Camphill Hudson Players presents ‘Forgetful Divas’

Hudson, N.Y.— On Friday, April 12th at 7 p.m., Camphill Hudson Players presents “Forgetful Divas,” a show about forgetting, remembering, and staying on schedule.

Camphill Hudson Players presents ‘Forgetful Divas.’

Directed by Jody Brookes, “Forgetful Divas” dives into the hilarious qualities of a group of demanding divas as they vie for their place on stage. Set in an open television studio with a live film crew capturing the magic as it unfolds on stage and behind the scenes, the show explores the joy and complexity of being human through comedy, original biographical storytelling, and a dash of Bollywood dancing.

Camphill Hudson Players presents ‘Forgetful Divas.’

The free performance is on Friday, April 12th at 7 p.m. at Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House on Warren Street in Hudson, N.Y. Reservations are recommended. Reservations and more information can be found online. 

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The Mad Rose Gallery presents an exhibit of the black and white Photography of Fred Stein

Millerton, N.Y.— From April 11th through May 5th, The Mad Rose Gallery presents an exhibit of the black and white Photography of Fred Stein. 

Fred Stein’s journey through history landed him in 1930’s Paris, a seminal time for photography. Forced to flee from Germany by the Nazis in 1933, Stein reinvented himself as a photographer in Paris, pioneering techniques that would define his craft. He shot exclusively in black and white, utilizing available light and hand-held cameras to create compositions that transcended mere observation, embodying the principles of Modernism and the New Vision.

‘Portrait of Albert Einstein’ by Fred Stein and Peter Stein’s ‘Out of Exile.’

Peter Stein, the son of Fred Stein, manages his father’s archive and is the producer and co-director of the documentary film “Out of Exile, The Photography of Fred Stein.” Peter Stein’s career as a filmmaker spans over three decades, encompassing cult classics such as “Pet Sematary,” “C.H.U.D.,” and “Friday the 13th Part 2.”

The exhibit will open with a series of free special events on Saturday, April 13th.  From 1:30 p.m., there will be a screening of “Out of Exile – The Photography of Fred Stein” presented at The Moviehouse in Millerton, N.Y. followed by a discussion with Peter Stein, hosted by curator Neal Rosenthal. At 4 p.m., there is a reception and a meet and greet with Peter Stein at The Mad Rose Gallery. Reservations are required. Reservations and more information can be found online. 

The exhibit runs from April 11th through May 5th at The Mad Rose Gallery on North Elm Street in Millerton, N.Y. 

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David M. Hunt Library presents ‘The Einstein Effect’ with author Benyamin Cohen

Falls Village, C.T.— On Thursday, April 11th at 7 p.m., the David M. Hunt Library will host a virtual program with Benyamin Cohen, author of “The Einstein Effect.”

‘The Einstein Effect’ by Benyamin Cohen.

A fascinating look into how Einstein’s genius and science continues to show up in so many facets of our everyday lives including GPS, remote controls, and toothpaste. Award-winning author and journalist, Cohen is the manager of Einstein’s official social media accounts, with over 20 million followers. In “The Einstein Effect” Cohen shows us the many ways that the Nobel Prize winner’s influence is still with us.

The virtual event is on Thursday, April 11th at 7 p.m. on Zoom. It is free and open to the public. Registration and more information can be found online. 

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Lee Public Library presents a climate change talk with David Guenette

Lee— On Thursday, April 12th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Lee Public Library presents a talk by David Guenette about what Berkshirites can expect in the next three decades from climate change.

David Guenette.

David Guenette is the author of “The Steep Climes Quartet,” a literary climate fiction thriller series that follows several Berkshire residents across the span of nearly three decades and their reactions and choices to the effects of climate change. “Kill Well” takes place only a couple of years from now (Book One, published in Fall 2023). “Dear Josephine” begins in 2029 (Book Two, publishing this Spring). The action in “Over Brooklyn Hills” occurs in 2035 (Book Three, coming next Fall). “Farm to Me” takes place in 2047 (Book Four, due Spring of 2025).

The theme of the series is our fractured society and the solidarity climate progress requires of us. This climate crisis future is terrifying enough, but might this be a future that remains open to our own agency and the potential in working together toward solutions? Can we rewrite our climate’s future?

The climate change science, technologies, and politics in the books are grounded in long-term and in-depth study, rejecting needlessly gratuitous exaggeration for realistic extrapolation designed to help readers identify with their own near-and mid-term futures reality.

David Guenette’s ‘Kill Well’ and ‘Dear Josephine.’

The talk is on Thursday, April 12th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lee Public Library on Main Street in Lee. It will be followed by a Q&A. More information can be found online. 

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Audition for “Circle Mirror Transformation” at The Ghent Playhouse

Ghent, N.Y.— On Saturday, April 13th at 10 a.m. and Sunday, April 14th at 7 p.m., The Ghent Playhouse will hold auditions for “Circle Mirror Transformation,” Annie Baker’s Obie Award-winning dramedy about a group of adults who, trying to find meaning in their lives, enroll in their community center’s drama workshop.

David Guenette’s ‘Kill Well’ and ‘Dear Josephine.’

Directed by Brian Wagner, this play offers opportunities for actors of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and physical abilities. We encourage actors to try out for the part that feels right, even if you’re older or younger than the characters listed. Actors will be asked to read scenes from the script.

Characters include:

  • MARTY – female, playing 55, casting 50s-60s. The supportive class instructor.  A free spirit; somewhat eccentric and totally zen
  • JAMES – male, playing 60, casting 50s-60s. Marty’s quiet and genial husband; a mellow, middle-aged hippie
  • SCHULTZ – male, playing 48, casting 40s-50s. A recently divorced, emotionally vulnerable carpenter
  • THERESA – female, playing 35, casting 30s-40s. A beautiful, confident, earnest and vibrant former professional actress
  • LAUREN – female, playing 16, casting teens-early 20s. A mopey, self-conscious high-schooler

The auditions are on Saturday, April 13th at 10 a.m. and Sunday, April 14th at 7 p.m. at The Ghent Playhouse on Town Hall Place in Ghent, N.Y. The performances run from June 7th through June 16th. For more information about the audition, please visit ghentplayhouse.org/audition or contact the director at briandwagner65@gmail.com or 617-276-2756. 

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