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Bits & Bytes: CATA’s ‘All Rise’ at Shakespeare & Co.; Fairview gala; SMART recovery in GB; Fred Moten poetry reading; Housatonic heritage hike

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By Monday, Sep 21, 2015 Life In the Berkshires

“ALL RISE: Court Dance” premieres September 24

Dawn Lane in All Rise

Choreographer Dawn Lane performing in her new work “ALL RISE: Court Dance.”

Lenox — Community Access to the Arts (CATA) is pleased to present “ALL RISE: Court Dance,” a new work choreographed by Dawn Lane. Created in part during a Creative Development Residency at Jacob’s Pillow with support from the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award initiative, “ALL RISE” uses the structures, procedures, and protocols of the judicial system as a source for choreography. The work premieres Thursday, September 24 at 8 p.m. with additional performances on September 25 and September 26 at 8 p.m. at Shakespeare & Company.

The hour-long piece features a cast of 11 performers, a commissioned sound score, video projection, and a set that is constructed and deconstructed by the performers. The cast includes Lorimer Burns, Kelsey MacEachern, Leslie Nelson, Diane Prusha, Olivia Wilber, and members of CATA’s Moving Company.

Known for her humor and use of props, Dawn Lane has been making work in the Berkshires for 30 years. “ALL RISE: Court Dance” is her sixth full-length evening of work. In addition to her choreographic work, Lane is CATA’s Program and Artistic Director, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreography Fellow, and a teaching artist for the nationally recognized program Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®.

For more information and tickets, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Shakespeare & Company box office at (413) 637-3353.


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Fairview Hospital’s 2015 fundraising gala


Comedian Rita Rudner.

Great Barrington — On Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m., Fairview Hospital will honor local emergency medicine leader Dr. Raymond Sabatelli at the 2015 Fairview Gala at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Comedian Rita Rudner will headline the event.

Dr. Raymond Sabatelli, the first board-certified emergency physician in the Berkshires, will be honored for his role in advancing healthcare in the southern Berkshires. In 1975 Dr. Sabatelli became the first full-time emergency physician at Fairview Hospital and was chief of the department for over 35 years. He continues to serve in both the emergency department and Fairview Hospital’s Wound Center.

Known for her trademark style developed in comedy clubs in New York and Broadway, Rita Rudner has been making audiences laugh ever since. She is a frequent guest on late-night TV and HBO and comes to Great Barrington from her show at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

The proceeds of the 2015 Fairview Hospital Gala will be invested in a specially licensed high-resolution monitor for the emergency department.  The new technology will provide greater visualization of subtle findings (such as minor fractures) by providing access to images twice as large, of much higher resolution, brighter, and with dramatically broader grey scale.

More information and show-only tickets are available via the Berkshire Edge calendar and from the Mahaiwe box office at (413) 528-0100. Special gala packages are available through Fairview Hospital by calling (413) 854-9609.


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New Smart Recovery meeting in Great Barrington

Great Barrington — Smart Recovery, a self-empowering addiction recovery support network, is pleased to announce the inception of a new weekly meeting starting on Monday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Sruti Yoga Center.

The Smart Recovery program is science-based, abstinence-oriented, and is not a 12­-step program. Twelve­step programs have helped many people but they are not effective for everyone, and it is crucial that people saddled with addictions have access to a variety of options to help them along the difficult road to recovery.

For more information contact either of the group’s co-facilitators: Dave Carrigan at (413) 652­-2252
or Rosalie Cool at (914) 355­-8945.


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Williams College to host Fred Moten for poetry reading


Poet Fred Moten.

Williamstown — Poet and scholar Fred Moten will read from his works on Tuesday, September 22 at Williams College. This event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Adams Memorial Theatre’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance and is free and open to the public.

Moten received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, and primarily focuses on the field of Black Studies. His works include the poetry collections B Jenkins, Hughson’s Tavern, and The Feel Trio, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Moten has served as a critic-in-residence at the Performing Arts Festival at the House of World Cultures, Berlin; a visiting scholar and artist-in-residence at Pratt Institute; and the Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. In 2009, the Poetry Society of America recognized him as one of ten New American Poets.

For building locations on the Williams campus, consult the online map.


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Housatonic heritage hike to the summit of Lenox Mountain

Lenox — On Saturday, September 26 Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will sponsor a moderately strenuous hike to the summit of Lenox Mountain. The hike will follow the Trail of the Ledges and Overbrook Trail three miles round-trip through northern hardwood forest for an elevation gain of 840 ft. Participants will look for wildlife, identify trees, and take in a 50-mile view (on a clear day) from the top. Participants should wear sturdy hiking boots or sneakers, bring water and a snack, and may wish to bring trekking poles, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a warm layer for the top.

The hike is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be done online or by calling (413) 637-0320.


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