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Bits & Bytes: ‘Icons, Artists & Divas’ at Sohn Fine Art; ‘An Evening in the Country;’ Rita Rudner at the Colonial; Susan Dworkin book signing; Wharton works staged; Harlequin Hipster Tour

Pythagoras Theatre Works will present two plays adapted from short stories by Edith Wharton and adapted by playwright and Shakespeare & Company founding member Dennis Krausnick, including cast members Corinna May, Diane Prusha, and David Joseph.

Sohn Fine Art presents ‘Icons, Artists & Divas’

Lenox — Sohn Fine Art Gallery present “Icons, Artists & Divas,” a photography exhibition featuring work by Ormond Gigli and Greg Gorman, through Sunday, August 7. A reception and book signing will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. followed by an artist lecture and slideshow presentation with Greg Gorman from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m..

Ormond Gigli became famous in the 1950s for his photographs of theatre, celebrities, dance, and exotic people and places. His work appeared prominently on the covers and editorial pages of Life, TIME, Esquire, Paris Match, the Saturday Evening Post, and other major international publications. In the late 1950s, Gigli initiated a wave of photography of epic proportions, including one of his most famous self-assignments, the widely published “Girls in the Windows,” which is included in the exhibition.

Greg Gorman is an award-winning photographer most noted for his celebrity portraits and nudes. A recipient of the 2013 Professional Photographers of America Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Achievement in Portraiture Award from the Lucie Foundation, Gorman has photographed leading creative personalities including Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Koons, Helen Mirren, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Sophia Loren. Work in the exhibition spans Gorman’s career and includes color portraits of Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Michael Jackson alongside his classic black and white photographs of prominent musicians, visual artists, actors and dancers.

For more information or to RSVP for the lecture/slideshow presentation, contact Sohn Fine Art at (413) 551-7353 or info@sohnfineart.com.

–E.E.

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‘An Evening in the Country’ at Mill River Farm

Pigs at Mill River Farm.
Pigs at Mill River Farm.

Mill River — On Saturday, July 30, Mill River Farm will host a collaborative al fresco dinner highlighting the best of what’s in season featuring local food producers and the work of regional artists at a communal table.

Chef Jim Gop of Heirloom Fire will bring his steel-and-fire outdoor kitchen, iron cauldrons and long butcher block platters to prepare the meal on site over an open fire. Heirloom Fire is partnering with northern Berkshire and southern Vermont potters Stephanie Boyd, Suzy Konecky, Amrita Lash, Jackie Sedlock and Sandra Thomas who will loan dinner plates, serving bowls and platters to the dinner experience. The event will begin at 5:30 pm with hors d’oeuvres and a tour of the sustainable farm led by farmer Jan Johnson. Following the tour, guests will be treated to craft cocktails before dinner at 6:30 pm. During the meal, producers and artisans will talk briefly about their respective crafts and guests will be invited to ask questions.

Tickets to the event are $175. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call (413) 329-6522.

–E.E.

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BTG to present comedian Rita Rudner

Rita Rudner.
Rita Rudner.

Pittsfield – Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) will present comedian Rita Rudner at the Colonial Theatre on Friday, July 29, at 8 p.m.

Named Las Vegas “Comedian Of The Year” nine years in a row, Rita Rudner’s razor-sharp wit is undeniable. At the age of fifteen, Rudner become a dancer on Broadway at the age of 15, appearing in several shows including the original productions of “Follies” and “Mack and Mabel.” It was while performing in “Annie” that she began exploring the comedy clubs of Manhattan. Since then the award-winning comedian, actress, and best-selling author has been a frequent guest on “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show.” Her first HBO special, “Rita Rudner’s One Night Stand,” was nominated for several awards, as was her BBC television show that later appeared on A&E.

Tickets are $35 and $65. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Colonial ticket office at (413) 997-4444.

–E.E.

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Author Susan Dworkin to speak at Lee Library

Susan Dworkin.
Susan Dworkin.

Lee – On Thursday, July 28, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., the Lee Library will welcome author Susan Dworkin who will read from her recently re-published novel “Stolen Goods.” The program is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the reading.

“Stolen Goods” tells the story of Anna Karavajian, a businesswoman from an Armenian-American family who takes over the family printing business to find that a vast plague of larceny lurks just beyond the glass ceiling. Susan Dworkin has written half a dozen plays and published 14 books, among them the New York Times bestseller “The Nazi Officer’s Wife.” She was a long-time editor at Ms. Magazine.

For more information, contact the Lee Library at (413) 243-0385 or rborsody@cwmars.org.

–E.E.

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Pythagoras Theatre Works to stage Wharton stories

Corinna May.
Corinna May.
David Joseph.
David Joseph.

West Stockbridge — Pythagoras Theatre Works will return this season to the West Stockbridge 1854 Town Hall, 9 Main St., with two plays adapted from short stories by Edith Wharton. “The Promise” and “Roman Fever,” both adapted by playwright and Shakespeare & Company founding member Dennis Krausnick, will include cast members Corinna May, Diane Prusha, and David Joseph and will run Thursday, July 28, through Friday, August 5.

Founded in 2014 in association with the West Stockbridge Historical Society with the purpose of raising awareness about and helping to renovate the 1854 Town Hall, Pythagoras Theatre Works will include in its offering the talents of theatre director Normi Noël, costume designer Peggy Walsh, lighting designer James Bilnoski, and production manager and associate producer Sadie Clouser. New York City composer and cellist Paul Brantley will write the score and accompany the production on the cello.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for students with ID, and free for active service military members and children under 12. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call (413) 344-3338.

–E.E.

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Harlequin Hipster Tour with Soul Prophet & the Faithless Few

Soul Prophet. Photo: Christine Christinat.
Soul Prophet. Photo: Christine Christinat.

Berkshire County – Soul Prophet & the Faithless Few will return to Berkshire County for the Harlequin Hipster Micro Tour during the last weekend of July. The tour will feature Soul Prophet’s blend of original contemporary folk, blues, and acoustic rock and will visit Down County Social Club in Sheffield on Thursday, July 28; Bounti-Fare Restaurant in Adams on Friday, Jul 29; and Dottie’s Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield on Sunday, July 31.

Singer-songwriter Noël (Soul Prophet) was a familiar face in the Berkshire arts scene in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, first as a featured actor with Berkshire Public Theater and then as the frontman for the reggae-rock band Dredi. He will be accompanied by former Dredi guitarist Bryan House on bass and Derrick Rodgers on drums.

–E.E.

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