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Bits & Bytes: Lecture by audio expert Edgar Choueiri; ‘From the Garden: Still Life’ art exhibit; cellist David Gibson at Camphill Ghent; Pittsfield Repair Cafe; vegetable gardens at Berkshire Museum

Children attending Berkshire Museum’s summer programs and activities will learn about growing and harvesting vegetables.

Edgar Choueiri to speak in Hudson

Hudson, N.Y. – On Sunday, May 22, Close Encounters With Music (CEWM) will feature Edgar Choueiri, head of Princeton University’s 3D audio and applied acoustics lab, in an installment of its “Conversations With…” series entitled “Making Waves: Sounds of the Future” at the Hudson Opera House. Choueiri will introduce his binaural audio set-up and discuss the fruits of a decade of development, application, and refinement of a revolutionary system of recording that captures lifelike, 3D audio in picture-perfect fidelity.

Edgar Choueiri is a professor of applied physics in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at Princeton University and associated faculty in the department of astrophysical sciences’ program in plasma physics. He is also the director of Princeton’s engineering physics program and chief scientist at the university’s electric propulsion and plasma dynamics lab, a center of research in the field of advanced spacecraft propulsion. The author of more than 160 scientific publications and encyclopedia articles on plasma rockets, plasma physics, space physics, and applied mathematics, Dr. Choueiri is Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the recipient of many awards and honors and was recently elected president of the Electric Rocket Propulsion Society. He has been an invited speaker on more than 55 occasions at symposia and leading institutions in the U.S., Russia, China, Japan, Poland, Italy, Lebanon, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and many countries in Western Europe.

Tickets to the presentation are $15. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call CEWM at (800) 843-0778.

–E.E.

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‘From the Garden: Still Life’ art exhibition

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“Peony Sky” by Ann Getsinger.

Spencertown, N.Y. — Spencertown Academy Arts Center will host “From the Garden: Still Life,” an art exhibition featuring regional artists Susan Crofut, Ann Getsinger, Patricia Munson Gravett, Katarina Holbrook, Karen A. Hummel, Nina Lipkowitz, Alain J. Picard, and Peter Seltzer. The show will open Saturday, May 21, with a reception from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and will remain on display through Sunday, June 19.

“The eight accomplished artists hail from Columbia, Berkshire, and Litchfield counties. The show’s theme is any subject matter that comes from the garden composed into a still life,” said Leslie Gabosh, co-chair of the Academy’s gallery programming. “Working in oil, pastel, and watercolor, the artists offer a rich diversity of styles — traditional, whimsical, and surreal.”

Admission to the show is free and all artworks are for sale. For more information, call Spencertown Academy Arts Center at (518) 392-3693.

–E.E.

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Cellist David Gibson to perform two Bach concerts

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David Gibson.

Chatham, N.Y. — Cellist David Gibson will perform on Saturday, May 21, and Saturday, May 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the Culture Hall at Camphill Ghent. He will perform J.S. Bach’s Suites 1,3, and 5 at the first concert and Suites 2, 4, and 6 at the second.

Gibson has been a private cello teacher for more than 40 years and has placed students in nearly every major conservatory in the country. He received degrees from the Juilliard School and Yale University. His repertoire includes solo and ensemble performances throughout the United States and Europe, and he has conducted college, community, and youth orchestras in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New York. Gibson has served on the music faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Albany, Georgetown University, Mount Holyoke College, Bennington College, Meadowmount School of Music, Mannes College Preparatory Division, and the Hartt School Community Division. He lives in Gilbertsville, N.Y.

There is a suggested donation is $15 at the door. For more information, call Camphill at (518) 392-2760.

–E.E.

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Repair Cafe on Saturday

Pittsfield — The next Pittsfield Repair Café, which offers free repairs for household items, will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the basement of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Bring one or two damaged but repairable items to be fixed for free by neighborhood volunteers: Clothing, cushions, bags, chairs, small tables and other wood items, lamps, vacuums and other electrical items, bicycles, knives and blades for sharpening, crockery, toys, some electronics, and more. Everything is free: Repairs, refreshments in the Café Corner, musical entertainment, and freebies in the Giveaway Corner.

All are welcome. See the Pittsfield Repair Café’s Facebook page for more information.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Museum to install vegetable gardens

Pittsfield — Through a collaboration with Greenagers’ Front Lawn Food program and Alchemy Initiative, Berkshire Museum will install four raised garden beds in a highly visible location just outside its front doors on Sunday, May 22, beginning at 10 a.m. Children attending the Museum’s summer programs and activities will learn about growing and harvesting vegetables. The garden produce will be donated to the Community Food Pantry at South Congregational Church across the street from the Museum.

Garden seedlings will be certified organic from Windy Ridge Farm. Members of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market crew hired through the Pittsfield Community Connection, a youth anti-gang initiative, will participate in the project and help build the gardens.

–E.E.

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