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'In the Box' by Michael King will be featured in Pittsfield's First Fridays Artswalk Friday, Nov. 3. Image courtesy First Fridays Artswalk

Bits & Bytes: First Fridays Artswalk; Daymark at Egremont Barn; Carl Seiger at Barrington Stage; Lenox Library book drive

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By Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 Arts & Entertainment

First Fridays Artswalk to feature art by U.S. military veterans

Pittsfield — The First Fridays Artswalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, will encompass more than a dozen art shows featuring over a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District. The event will kick off with opening receptions and artists present throughout, plus a free guided walking tour beginning at 5 p.m. at the BRTA Intermodal Center.

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will present artworks by Soldier On’s Veterans Community Arts Initiative, which engages homeless veterans in the arts to promote healing and expand their support networks, through Saturday, Nov. 25.

Michael King will show a collection of his artwork titled “Mixed Vision” at Steven Valenti’s Clothing for Men through Tuesday, Nov. 28. King retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of sergeant major in 2015 after 21 years of active federal service. Said King, “I create art in leather, mixed media, and sculpture to capture complex issues including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and addiction.”

New shows from local artists will also be displayed at RJ Stohr Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, the Brothership Building window, Berkshire Medical Center, the Marketplace Café, Berkshire Paint and Sip, the Kinderhook Group Real Estate, Hotel on North, the Whitney Center for the Arts, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge and the Funky Phoenix. For more information, contact Downtown Pittsfield Inc. at (413) 443-6501.


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Irish music trio Daymark to perform at the Egremont Barn

Daymark at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. Photo: Louise Bichan

South Egremont — As part of its first tour of the eastern United States, the Irish music trio Daymark will perform at the Barn at the Egremont Village Inn Saturday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m.

Fusing the talents of Will Woodson on flute and border pipes, Dan Foster on fiddle and Eric McDonald on guitar and vocals, Daymark presents a classic blend of wind and string instruments. Each member of Daymark is an established musician in his own right, and collectively the three have lived and studied traditional music across Ireland, Scotland, England, the U.S. and Canada. Foster hails from northern England, and developed his music in the session scene there, going on to study at Newcastle University course before honing his fiddle style in Limerick, Ireland. Woodson holds a master’s degree in traditional music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and, in addition to his musical work, is an established pipemaker, performing on an instrument of his own construction. McDonald is a native of Boston, and learned his music in the city’s sessions and folk clubs before studying at Berklee College of Music.

Tickets are $15. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Egremont Barn at (413) 528-9580.


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Carl Seiger to perform magic at Barrington Stage Company

Carl Seiger. Photo courtesy Carl Seiger

Pittsfield — On Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m., magician Carl Seiger will present “An Evening of Magic with Carl Seiger” at Barrington Stage Company.

Seiger has been working as a self-taught sleight-of-hand magician for more than 30 years and has been involved in the world of magic for nearly 40 years. He performs nationwide in a variety of venues ranging from stage and cabaret shows to corporate meetings and private parties. Since 1996, he has personally produced and designed one-man theatrical shows that merge the illusion of theater with the art of magic. Seiger is a native of Berkshire County and lives with his wife, Maura, in Tyringham.

Tickets are $25. The performance is suitable for those age 14 and older. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact BSC’s box office at (413) 236-8888.


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Lenox Library seeks donations for book drive

Two young patrons enjoy their finds at the Lenox Library’s 2017 book sale. Photo courtesy Lenox Library

Lenox — The Lenox Library is accepting donations for its 23rd annual book sale to be held in August 2018. The library welcomes hardcover and paperback books in good condition as well as DVDs and CDs. The drive cannot accept encyclopedias, magazines, LPs, VHS videos or books with musty odors, mold, tears or markings.

Donations can be dropped off at 60 Hawthorne St. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until noon. Those who would like to drop off donations at another time or arrange to have them picked up may contact Nancy Cohen at (413) 652-1327. All proceeds from the book sale benefit the library’s services and programs.


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