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Parsons Dance will perform Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24, at PS21 in Chatham, N.Y.

Bits & Bytes: Parsons Dance at PS21; goat yoga; Peter Bergman reading; ‘Bling for the Builds’ donations

By Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 Life In the Berkshires

PS21 to welcome Parsons Dance

Chatham, N.Y. — PS21 will welcome New York City-based Parsons Dance Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m.

Parsons Dance was founded in 1985 by artistic director David Parsons and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Howell Binkley. The company is known for its energized, athletic ensemble work as well as its collaborations with iconic artists across many disciplines. This weekend’s program will feature a performance of “Runes,” a work created by Paul Taylor. Another program highlight will be Trey McIntyre’s “Eight Women,” which is set to songs by Aretha Franklin and was commissioned by Parsons Dance. The evening will be rounded out by the Parsons works “Round My World,” a piece comprised of seemingly endless circles; “Nascimento,” a collaboration Brazilian composer Milton Nascimento; and “Caught.”

Advance tickets are $45 general admission, $40 for PS21 members and $10 for students. Tickets at the door are $50, $45 and $10. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call PS21 at (518) 392-6121.


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Yoga with goats at Hancock Shaker Village. Photo courtesy Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village to hold goat yoga classes

Pittsfield — Hancock Shaker Village will present the first in its series of goat yoga classes Sunday, Aug. 25, from 10 to 11 a.m.

The popular fitness craze of goat yoga involves traditional yoga classes in the presence of wandering goats, whose peaceful and playful presences have been seen to relax and raise the spirits of participants. Led by Kripalu-trained yoga instructor Alison Walter, the one-hour classes will be held outdoors on the farm. Participants should be aware that goats may climb, nuzzle and snuggle during the classes, and are advised to tie back long hair and bring their own mats.

Tickets are $25. Additional sessions will be held on the Sunday mornings of Sept. 1, 15 and 29. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Hancock Shaker Village at (413) 443-0188 or info@hancockshakervillage.org.


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J. Peter Bergman to read from new novel

Image courtesy Silver Street Media

Pittsfield — Theater critic and Edge contributor J. Peter Bergman will read from his new novel “Cement Dust” Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. A book signing will follow the reading and copies of the book will be for sale in the Arrowhead gift shop.

Bergman is the author of the Friends of Charles Dickens Award-winning collection of short stories “Counterpoints.” “Cement Dust” is Bergman’s second published novel, of which Kirkus Reviews wrote: “its portrayal of complex, unique relationships is impressive … a rewarding novel about unexpected family ties and the pain of mental illness.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Herman Melville’s Arrowhead at (413) 442-1793.


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‘Bling for the Builds’ jewelry auction accepting donations

New Lebanon, N.Y. — Columbia County Habitat for Humanity will hold a jewelry auction Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at Meissner’s Auction Service that will include vintage, costume and fine pieces.

“Many of us have pieces which we don’t wear, while we’re always looking for something different for a new season or special occasion,” said event co-chair Marian Guerrerio. “This will be a great opportunity to support Habitat’s work while enjoying the chance to acquire new pieces or to pass along ones you no longer wear”.

All proceeds from “Bling for the Builds” will support Habitat’s affordable housing initiatives. Dolores Meissner of Meissner’s Auction Service is donating the services and facilities for the event. Donations of jewelry are being accepted through Monday, Sept. 30. For more information or to make a donation, contact bling@columbiacountyhabitat.org.


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