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Bits & Bytes: Tarbox Ramblers at Helsinki Hudson; ‘Deep AIR’ at Olana; ‘Peep Show’ at Ventfort Hall; Ramsdell Library Sundays; lecture on boosting memory

Neuroscientist Christina Williams will discuss her research on nutrition, including the nutrient choline, a critical factor in brain development. Lecture at Williams College.

Club Helsinki Hudson to present Tarbox Ramblers

Hudson, N.Y. – Club Helsinki Hudson will present the Boston-based trio Tarbox Ramblers on Saturday, March 12, at 9 p.m. The band made frequent appearances at the original Club Helsinki in Great Barrington.

Tarbox Ramblers consists of string bassist Scott McEwen, drummer Robby Cosenza, and guitarist-vocalist Michael Tarbox. The band plays old-soul music, including both original compositions and arrangements of songs dating back to the 19th century or before such as “St. James Infirmary,” “Jack of Diamonds,” and “The Cuckoo.” Michael Tarbox’s own songs reflect and expand upon the music he’s absorbed from traditional and rock influences that include Skip James, Bert Jansch, and Lou Reed. Authors like Flannery O’Connor have also influenced his writing.

Warming up the crowd will be Hudson’s own emerging roots-music ensemble Oxbow Road, featuring Deborah McDowell, Kiki Dufault, Cameron Melville, Scott Clarke, and Adam Post.

For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the club at (518) 828-4800.


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‘Deep AIR’ interdisciplinary arts reading series at Olana

Deep Air, credit Danielle Vogel
Danielle Vogel. Photo: Danielle Vogel.

Hudson, N.Y. – Olana State Historic Site’s second annual “Deep AIR” series will continue on Saturday, March 12, in a discussion with artists Danielle Vogel and Claire Hero at 1 p.m.

The work of both artists explores the migration of people, animals, ideas, and thoughts to unfamiliar places. The work of the Esopus, N.Y.-based Hero decomposes the pastoral view Frederic Church might have imagined and recomposes it as menace and fable, deflecting “pastures” as afterimages of land-dwellers. The Providence, R.I.-based Vogel will share photos from her travels and perform what she calls “a public ceremony for language,” which has only been possible during moments of travel through unfamiliar places, in relation to this project.

The cost of the program is $5 for Olana members and $10 for non-members. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Olana’s Education Department at (818) 828-1872 x105 or


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‘Peep Show’ diorama contest

Lenox — Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum has announced its 2016 Lenox Peep Show. People of all ages are invited to make a diorama out of Peeps treats based on a theme representative of Berkshire County (extra credit may be given to those who deftly use puns in the concept or title). The public unveiling will take place on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All entries must be delivered to Ventfort Hall before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15. Contest entry forms and rules are available at Ventfort Hall, select merchant locations in Lenox, and online. Individuals as well as groups are encouraged to participate. Contest categories include: First, second, and third prize ribbons will be awarded in all categories. The Peeple’s Choice Ribbon will be given to the best diorama overall as determined by popular vote of those attending the unveiling.

Dioramas will be displayed at various locations throughout Lenox from Monday, March 21, through Saturday, March 26. Contact Ventfort Hall for more information at (413) 637-3206.


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Winter Sunday Afternoons at Ramsdell Library

Ramsdell Library
Ramsdell Public Library.

Housatonic – Week 10 Of Winter Sunday Afternoons at Ramsdell Public Library will continue on Sunday, March 13, with activities centered around pasta and photography.

Former Great Barrington Library Trustees Chair Karin Beebe will lead a workshop from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. that will teach participants how to make potato gnocchi. The film “The Salt of the Earth” will screen at 2 p.m., highlighting photographer Sebastião Salgado’s work documenting dispossessed people. In a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, Mount Everett Regional High School Media Specialist Michelle Raczkowski will demonstrate how to carve simple shapes from potatoes and then ink and print the images. Supplies will be available all afternoon.

The library will be open for business as usual from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with hot coffee, snacks, Sunday papers and crossword, program book displays, and welcoming volunteers. Contact the Library for more information at (413) 274-3738.


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Christina Williams to speak at Williams College

Christina Williams.

Williamstown — Christina Williams ’75, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, will give a lecture at Williams College entitled “Neuroplasticity: How Food and Fitness Boost Your Memory” in recognition of Brain Awareness Week. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in Thompson Physics, room 203, and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

In her talk Williams will discuss her research on nutrition, including the nutrient choline, a critical factor in brain development. She will also cover some of her new work on running after radiation treatment and its positive effects on learning and memory, which are often impaired after cancer treatments.

Williams’ research uses mouse and rat models to examine how nutrients and hormones alter the course of brain and behavioral development. A second line of research examines the effects of estrogen and other steroid hormones on brain and memory function across the lifespan. Williams received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, she taught at Barnard College.

For building locations on the Williams campus, consult the online map or call the Office of Communications at (413) 597-4277.



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