Bits & Bytes: ‘Freedom From Fear’ dialogue; Equus Effect celebration; the Beat Generation at Lenox Library; ‘Garden Dialogues’ at Chesterwood; Wes Buckley at DCSC

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By Tuesday, Sep 12 Life In the Berkshires
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Setsuko Winchester, along with her husband, Simon Winchester, will participate in a 'Freedom From Fear' dialogue to benefit Multicultural BRIDGE at the Diana Felber Gallery in West Stockbridge on Friday, Sept. 15.

Multicultural BRIDGE to present ‘Freedom From Fear’ with Setsuko and Simon Winchester

West Stockbridge — On Friday, Sept. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Diana Felber Gallery, Multicultural BRIDGE will celebrate its 10th anniversary with “Freedom From Fear,” a unique dialogue between Setsuko and Simon Winchester moderated by Multicultural BRIDGE director Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant. The event will also include a gallery walk and refreshments.

Said VanSant: “Often Setsuko asks at the BRIDGE Towards Racial Justice and Not in the Berkshires events, ‘Where am I in this story?’ And so we invited her here to share her journey in the creation of her project “Freedom from Fear;” to illuminate the history of Japanese internment camps set up by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and its impact today; and finally to dialogue with her husband, British author and journalist Simon Winchester, on their own differing and shared 21st-century perspectives on multiculturalism.”

Tickets are a minimum suggested donation $25 and all proceeds will benefit Multicultural BRIDGE. In addition, 15 percent of gallery sales during the event will also be donated to Multicultural BRIDGE. Registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Multicultural BRIDGE at (413) 394-4305 or adminsupport@multiculturalbridge.org.

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The Equus Effect’s annual celebration to include ‘Cry ‘Havoc!’’

Stephan Wolfert performing ‘Cry ‘Havoc!’ Photo courtesy the Equus Effect

Lakeville, Conn. — The Equus Effect, a Sharon-based nonprofit organization empowering veterans to rebuild healthy relationships through purposeful engagement with horses, will hold its annual celebration Saturday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Quarry Hill Farm. The event will include a performance by actor, playwright and veteran Stephan Wolfert of his one-man play “Cry ‘Havoc!’” Event attendees will experience the dramatic presentation by Wolfert, see the work of the Equus Effect in action, and have the opportunity to interact on both formal and informal bases with veterans who have successfully been through the program. Tickets are $75 and veterans are welcome as the event’s guests. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Equus Effect at (860) 364-5363.

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Bill Morgan to speak on the Beat Generation

Lenox — Bill Morgan, biographer and personal archivist to Allen Ginsberg, will speak on the topic of the Beat Generation, focusing on the life of Ginsberg and using photographs from Ginsberg’s own personal collection, at the Lenox Library on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m.

Morgan is a writer, painter, Civil War expert and archival consultant who lives in Bennington, Vermont. He is the author and editor of 40 books about the Beat Generation and the writers associated with that movement whose newest publication is titled “The Best Minds of My Generation.” Morgan received a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. For nearly 50 years, he has acted as the archivist and bibliographer for writers including Ginsberg, Arthur Miller, Oliver Sacks, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, Timothy Leary, Susan Sontag and Abbie Hoffman.

For more information, contact the Lenox Library at (413) 637-2630.

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Chesterwood to host ‘Garden Dialogues’

Chesterwood’s garden and fountain through the north doors of the studio. Photo: Paul Rocheleau

Stockbridge — In partnership with the Cultural Landscape Foundation, Chesterwood will host a “Garden Dialogues” event on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. Presenters include landscape architect and historic horticulturalist Ellen McClelland Lesser; Grigori Fateyev, architect and independent curator of Turn Park Art Space in West Stockbridge; and Sharon Bates, founding director of the Albany International Airport Art & Culture Program. Facilitated by Chesterwood’s executive director Donna Hassler, the event will focus on the landscape as a place for respite and earnest art production as well as a source of continued inspiration for contemporary artists. A wine and cheese reception will follow. Tickets are $60 and tax deductible. Proceeds will benefit the educational programs of the Cultural Landscape Foundation. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar.

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Down County Social Club to welcome Wes Buckley

Wes Buckley. Photo courtesy Down County Social Club

Sheffield — Down County Social Club will present songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wes Buckley on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.

Pittsfield-based Buckley is a songwriter, guitarist, saxophonist and mandolin player whose exploratory sound is constantly evolving. He has performed with Kath Bloom, Greg Ginn, Ralph White, Eugene Chadbourne, Deer Tick and others. In 2014 Buckley recorded a split single with folksinger Michael Hurley and played subsequent shows with him as a duo. Buckley is also a member of the Hoping Machine with Sarah Lee Guthrie.

There is a suggested donation of $10 to support the artist. For more information, contact Down County Social Club at (413) 229-2916.

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