'Forsythia' by Abby DuBow is featured in the show 'Corona Diary,' which opens Saturday, July 11, at Lauren Clark Fine Art in Great Barrington. Image courtesy Lauren Clark Fine Art

Bits & Bytes: ‘Corona Diary’; Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate; Wild Air movies

The featured reading is "Too Young for The Blues" by Chatham-based playwright and author Wesley Brown.

‘Corona Diary’ to open at Lauren Clark Fine Art

Great Barrington — Lauren Clark Fine Art will hold an opening reception for “Corona Diary,” new works on paper by Abby DuBow, Saturday, July 11, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Best known as an established printmaker, DuBow has stepped outside her milieu for this group of mixed-media paintings. The work follows a trajectory from sunny spring days to a sudden, strange, winter-like sense of cold and loneliness to signs of hope and renewal. DuBow received her bachelor’s degree from Bennington College and her master’s degree from the Bank Street School of Education. She has been a working artist and an art educator for over 30 years. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the country and is in many private collections.

The reception is free and open to the public, and will be held under and around an open-sided tent outside the gallery, with staggered viewing inside throughout the day. The exhibition will run through Sunday, July 26. For more information, contact Lauren Clark Fine Art at (413) 528-0432 or lauren@laurenclarkfineart.com.


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Ancram Opera House to present Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate

Wesley Brown. Photo courtesy Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Ancram, N.Y. — Ancram Opera House will present a virtual edition of Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate Saturday, July 11, at 8 p.m. The featured reading is “Too Young for The Blues” by Chatham-based playwright and author Wesley Brown.

Brown is the author of three novels; three produced plays; and a collection of short stories titled “Dance of the Infidels,” from which “Too Young for the Blues” is taken. He is the co-editor of the fiction multicultural anthology “Imagining America” and the nonfiction multicultural anthology “Visions of America” as well as editor of “The Teachers & Writers Guide to Frederick Douglass.” He is professor emeritus in English at Rutgers University (1979-2005) and is currently on the faculty at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Reading the story, which is about a chance meeting between Ella Fitzgerald and a fan, will be regional actors MaConnia Chesser and AnnChris Warren. Chesser is a company member at Shakespeare & Company. Her regional theater credits include Actors’ Shakespeare Project, WAM Theatre, Chester Theatre, New Jersey Repertory Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Folger Theatre. Her film and TV credits include “The Shape of Destiny” and HBO’s “The Wire.” Warren is director of operations for the Boys & Girls Club of Ulster County. Past directing credits include “Hairspray,” “For Colored Girls,” “When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” “Annie,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Pippin” and “Cinderella.” Performance credits include the title role in “Aida,” JoAnne in “Rent,” Dionne in “Hair,” Cassie in “A Chorus Line,” Justice in “Rock of Ages,” and the Witch in “Into the Woods.”

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Ancram Opera House at (518) 329-0114 or info@ancramoperahouse.org.


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Berkshire Money Management to host free movie series

Dalton — Beginning Friday, July 10, Berkshire Money Management will host Friday night movies on its front lawn as part of its Wild Air summer event series.

Groups are limited to five people and are asked to follow the state’s guidelines for social distancing. There will be a check-in for all attendees. Movies will be shown on a 24-foot screen and will begin at approximately 9 p.m. Attendees are asked to arrive earlier (gates open at 8 p.m.) in order to expedite the check-in process. Attendees are required to wear masks until they are situated at their marked spots on the lawn. Masks must also be worn when using the outdoor bathrooms, and steps for proper handwashing and safe distancing must be followed. Groups may bring their own snacks and beverages to share within each group. Bad weather will cancel the event.

The films are free and open to the public. Registration is required. For a complete list of films and to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Berkshire Money Management at (413) 997-2006.