Bits & Bytes: ‘NOCA in the Berkshires;’ Chuck Collins at Oblong Books; Posh Picnic at Tanglewood; household hazardous waste collection

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By Tuesday, Jul 18 Life In the Berkshires
'Thistle Bottles' by Carrie Gustafson is part of the 'NOCA in the Berkshires' exhibit at Lauren Clark Fine Art in Great Barrington, set to open on Saturday, July 22. Photo courtesy Lauren Clark Fine Art

‘NOCA in the Berkshires’ at Lauren Clark Fine Art

Great Barrington — Lauren Clark Fine Art will host the exhibit ‘NOCA in the Berkshires’ Saturday, July 22, through Sunday, Aug. 20. An opening reception will take place Saturday, July 22, from 5 to 8 p.m.

‘NOCA in the Berkshires’ features works in varying in styles and techniques by artists from NOCA GlassSchool in Cambridge, and includes pieces by David J. Benyosef, Carrie Gustafson, Peter Houk, Caleb Nichols and others. The reception will also include the opening of Lauren Clark Fine Art’s sculpture garden, with pieces by Peter Dellert, Wendy Klemperer, Shelley Parriott, Robin Tost and Joe Wheaton.

For more information, contact Lauren Clark Fine Art at (413) 528-0432 or


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Author Chuck Collins to speak on wealth inequality

Chuck Collins. Photo courtesy Oblong Books & Music

Chuck Collins. Photo courtesy Oblong Books & Music

Millerton, N.Y. — On Saturday, July 22, at 4 p.m. Oblong Books & Music will host author Chuck Collins for a talk, question-and-answer session and signing of his book “Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.”

Born into the 1 percent, Collins gave away his inheritance at the age of 26 and spent the next three decades mobilizing against inequality. In his book, Collins calls for a ceasefire between the classes and invites the wealthy to come back home, investing themselves and their wealth in struggling communities. He also asks the non-wealthy to build alliances with the one percent and others at the top of the wealth ladder.

Collins is a researcher, campaigner, storyteller and writer based at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., where he co-edits He has written extensively on wealth inequality in previous books like “99 to 1,” “Wealth and Our Commonwealth” and “Economic Apartheid in America” as well as in the Nation, the American Prospect and numerous other magazines and news outlets. He has been working to reduce inequality and strengthen communities since 1982 and, in the process, has cofounded initiatives including Wealth for Common Good, United for a Fair Economy and Divest Invest. He is also a co-founder of the Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition and the Jamaica Plain Forum, both in the Boston-area community in which he lives.

The event is free but registration is requested. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Oblong Books & Music at (518) 789-3797.


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BFMC to hold Posh Picnic at Tanglewood

Carl Sprague

Theatrical production designer Carl Sprague

Lenox — The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative will present its fourth annual Posh Picnic at Tanglewood on Sunday, July 23, from noon to 2:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for BFMC’s educational initiatives including workforce development courses and college workshops that teach the skills necessary to work on film sets.

The event will honor acclaimed feature film, commercial and theatrical production designer and art director Carl Sprague, a Berkshire resident whose credits include work with directors such as Wes Anderson, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. Sprague was recently made a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The picnic will also feature the announcement of the winners of the BFMC’s first annual short screenplay contest, which was open to all amateur filmmakers who live or study in western Massachusetts.

The event will include a gourmet catered picnic lunch on the lawn, an eclectic silent auction, and shed seating for the matinee performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s concert featuring Kernis, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky and conducted by Ken-David Masur. A make-your-own Bloody Mary bar will feature vodka Berkshire Mountain Distillers.

Tickets are $160. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact BFMC at (413) 528-4223.


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Household hazardous waste collection scheduled

Stockbridge — On Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will hold a collection for its 15 member towns of Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham and West Stockbridge. The collection will be held at the Stockbridge Waste Water Treatment Plant, 1 West Stockbridge Rd., and will be coordinated by the Center for EcoTechnology.

Acceptable items include oil-based paints, stains and varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers and thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid, acid, fuels and gasoline, antifreeze, degreasers, driveway sealer, brake fluid and carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes, roofing tar, pool chemicals, poisons, insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers, weed killers, moth balls, flea-control products, rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry sets, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, rug and upholstery cleaner and hobby and artist supplies, fluorescent lamps, mercury thermometers, thermostats, button batteries and rechargeable batteries.

No gas cylinders, propane tanks asbestos, latex paint or electronics will be accepted.

Those wishing to participate must register by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 21, and may do so online or by contacting Jamie Cahillane at 1 (888) 577-8448 x14 or Residents from communities that are not participating should call their city or town halls for information about household hazardous product collections.


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