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BITS & BYTES: Bidwell House Museum 34th season; Dylan W. Kubis at Sheffield Farmers Market; David-Jeremiah at The Clark; Liz Glazer at The Adams Theater; The Picky Bastards at Egremont Barn; Jana Laiz at Ramsdell Library

Watch as renowned potter Rick Hamelin delves into the rich pottery legacy in New England and shares the captivating stories of the brave redware potters who fought valiantly during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.

Bidwell House Museum to open their 34th season with an afternoon of pottery making with Rick Hamelin

Monterey— On Sunday, May 26th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Bidwell House Museum will open their 34th season with “Throwing Back: Massachusetts Pottery Heritage Demonstration and Talk,” an afternoon of pottery making with Rick Hamelin.

Watch as renowned potter Rick Hamelin delves into the rich pottery legacy in New England and shares the captivating stories of the brave redware potters who fought valiantly during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.

Rick Hamelin. Courtesy Bidwell House Museum.

This is a hands-on demonstration. Hold a freshly made pot or feel the texture of a dry and wet pot as it rotates on the wheel. Each participant will also have the chance to create their very own pinch pot.

Tickets are $20 and free for members. After the demonstration refreshments will be served to celebrate the start of the season. Tickets and more information can be found online. 

On Memorial Day, Monday May 27th, the museum will open to the public for guided tours. These personal, small-group tours last about an hour and include a look at the architecture of the house, a history of the Bidwell Family and their connection to Monterey, information about housewares and decor in 18th century New England, and a walk through the house.

Tour tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $5 for students, MTA members and children ages 12 and under are free; Card to Culture accepted. For tickets, call 413-528-6888 or email bidwellhm2@gmail.com. More information can be found online. 

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‘Berkshiregraphs’ and beyond, fine art photography by Dylan W. Kubis at the Sheffield Farmer’s Market

Sheffield— Beginning on Friday, May 24th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., fine art photographer Dylan W. Kubis will introduce a series of signed color prints, greeting cards of the Berkshires and beyond, framed and unframed versions of images from “Berkshiregraphs” at the Sheffield Farmer’s Market.

Dylan W. Kubis. Courtesy of the artist.

Dylan W. Kubis has taken photographs of the Berkshire’s for many years, calling the photographs he creates of our magical county “Berkshiregraphs.” He says “For me they are more than just photos, they are a visual, emotional, textural, inspirational, sensational interpretation of a county that is desirable to live within, loved by the many visitors that return season after season, year after year to be part of our unique hometown.” Kubis says that his images “will inspire you, motivate you, bring peace and calm while providing you with a new level of happiness, countering our crazed, overwhelming world.”

Kubis’ portfolio also includes images from the American Southwest, The Blue Ridge Mountains, the Outer Banks, Classic Cars, Lighthouses, Beaches, Sailing, and Italy.

Visit Kubis on Friday, May 24th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sheffield Farmer’s Market on the Sheffield Green at 125 Main Street in Sheffield. More information can be found online. 

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Clark Art Institute hosts publication launch for “I Drive Thee” with exhibiting artist David-Jeremiah

Williamstown— On Thursday, May 23rd at 6 p.m., the Clark Art Institute celebrates the launch of the exhibition publication for “David-Jeremiah: I Drive Thee,” this year’s public spaces installation.

David Jeremiah. Courtesy The Clark.

This is artist David-Jeremiah’s first museum show outside his home state of Texas and his first publication. He will talk with Robert Wiesenberger, the Clark’s curator of contemporary projects, about the underlying subjects in his work, examining the Lamborghini sports car and the Spanish bullfight as lenses on Black masculinity in America.  

The free talk is on Thursday, May 23rd at 6 p.m. at The Clark Art Institute on South Street in Williamstown. A reception and signing follow the talk. Copies of the publication will be available for purchase. More information can be found online. 

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The Adams Theater presents award-winning comedian Liz Glazer

Adams— On Sunday, May 26th at 7:30 p.m., The Adams Theater presents comedian Liz Glazer. 

Liz Glazer. Courtesy Adams Theater.

Award-winning comedian Liz Glazer will perform a set that draws on her life as a lesbian, a rabbi’s wife, and a former lawyer. A used-to-be tenured law professor, Glazer has won first place in the Boston Comedy Festival and Ladies of Laughter Competition and has opened for Myq Kaplan and Maria Bamford. As an actor, Liz has appeared on ABC’s “For Life” and CBS’s “Bull”.

The event is on Sunday, May 26th at 7:30 p.m. at The Adams Theater on 27 Park Street in Adams. Tickets are $35. More information can be found online. 

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The Egremont Barn presents The Picky Bastards

South Egremont— On Saturday, May 25th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., The Egremont Barn presents The Picky Bastards.

From Bluegrass to Rock, and one of the best bands around, The Picky Bastards features Chris Merenda and Rob Sanzone.

The Picky Bastards. Courtesy Egremont Barn.

The concert is on Saturday, May 25th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at The Egremont Barn at 17 Main Street in South Egremont. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15. Tickets and more information can be found online.

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The Ramsdell Library presents an author talk with Jana Laiz for the 100th anniversary of Melville’s “Billy Budd”

Housatonic— On Saturday, May 25th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., The Ramsdell Library presents an author talk with Jana Laiz for the 100th anniversary of Melville’s “Billy Budd.”

In 1924 a small novella was published to wild acclaim. That novel was “Billy Budd, Sailor” by Herman Melville. One hundred years later, we celebrate the centennial of the book that brought Herman Melville the fame he so richly deserved, but never received when he was alive.

Jana Laiz. Courtesy Ramsdell Library.

Join Arrowhead Writer-In-Residence Emeritus and Education Coordinator, Jana Laiz in a lively discussion of Melville, his life and work, and the secret behind his posthumous success.

The talk is on Saturday, May 25th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main Street in Housatonic. More information can be found online.

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