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Bits & Bytes: ‘Facing Our Truth’; Healthy Heart Night; First Fridays Artswalk; ‘Behind Closed Doors;’ ‘A Mitzvah for the Berkshire Kids Place’

"Facing Our Truth": Reflecting on race relations in the United States, this collection of one-acts was inspired by events surrounding the Trayvon Martin case.

‘Facing Our Truth:’ One-acts exploring race, privilege

Dressing Facing Our Truth
Director Yvette ‘Jamuna’ Sirker, left, and Stage Manager Gail Ryan in rehearsal for ‘Facing Our Truth.’

Pittsfield — Multicultural BRIDGE, WAM Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, and Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker will present a reading of “Facing Our Truth,” a collection of six 10-minute plays by Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Dominique Morisseau, Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah, and Dan O’Brien with Quetzal Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat. Reflecting on race relations in the United States, this collection of one-acts was inspired by events surrounding the Trayvon Martin case. Berkshire Theatre Group will host the event at the Colonial Theatre on Saturday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m. A moderated panel and community discussion will follow the performance.

In light of the 2013 verdict that found George Zimmerman not guilty of the death of Trayvon Martin, New York City’s The New Black Fest commissioned six very diverse playwrights to reflect on the case and to write 10-minute plays on the topic of race and/or privilege, resulting in “Facing our Truth.” The plays will be directed by Sara Katzoff, Natalie Johnsonius Neubert, Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker, Enrico Spada, and Kristen van Ginhoven.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 for students. Tickets and more information are available from the Berkshire Edge calendar and by calling the Colonial Theatre box office at (413) 997-4444. Proceeds support the work of Multicultural BRIDGE.


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Healthy Heart Night 2015

Great Barrington — Fairview Hospital ‘s Critical Care Team will sponsor Healthy Heart Night on Friday, February 5, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. From 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., the members of Fairview’s Cardiology Services will offer an overview of cardiac information addressing common needs and issues facing the southern Berkshire population.

Following the opening program, Berkshire South’s gym will feature more than 20 tables of heart health-related information, screenings, and resources as well as opportunities to schedule appointments for diagnostic services at Fairview and programs offered through the Berkshire Partnership for Health including tobacco treatment, pre-diabetes, Get Cuffed Berkshires hypertension program, and falls prevention classes. Free blood pressure screening will be available. The Canyon Ranch Life Enhancement Program at Fairview Hospital will provide information about the program, results, and how to apply for future sessions. The topic of e-cigarettes will be addressed by Fairview’s Respiratory Therapy team. Case Management at Fairview will provide forms and information about Health Care Proxy and Advanced Directives as well as stress management.

All who attend will be entered to win one of many door prizes donated by local businesses. For more information about Healthy Heart Night 2015, contact Fairview’s Office of Community Relations at (413) 854-9609.


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February First Fridays Artwalk

Pittsfield — The February 5 First Fridays Artswalk will encompass a dozen different art shows featuring work by over 20 accomplished regional artists. The Artswalk will kick off with opening receptions and artists present throughout from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be live music featuring John Culpo and Teddies Dipietro and Company will be in Crawford Square, 137 North St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening will culminate in a free after-Walk dance party from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Whitney Center for the Arts.

Hotel on North will host “iMotif,” a group show of iPhone photography presented by Sohn Fine Art Gallery in collaboration with Cultural Pittsfield‘s 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. “iMotif” will be on view Tuesday, February 2, through Wednesday, March 2. The Whitney Center for the Arts will present “Tangled heART,” a show venturing into the myriad facets of the earth, sky, and waters of the love emotion, including works from artists Ken Bastard, Michael Vincent Bushy, Lucie Castaldo, Grier Horner, Kas Maroney, Leo Mazzeo, Lisa Merullo, Scott Taylor, Tammara Leminen, and Rosemary Starace. The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will present IS183 Art School of the Berkshires’ Learning Through Arts showcase, an exhibition of artwork from close to 200 indergarten-through-12th-grade regional students. The show will be on display Friday, February 5, until Saturday, February 27. Shire City Sanctuary will present a show by multidisciplinary artist Kristen Parker.

New shows from local artists will also be displayed at Unusual Wedding Rings & More, Berkshire Paint and Sip, the Marketplace Café, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, and Bagels Too as part of the Artswalk.

First Fridays Artswalk is presented by Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. For more information on First Fridays Artswalk, call (413) 443-6501.


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‘Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge’

Stockbridge — The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives will offer a series of programs this winter about the interesting people who have made their homes in Stockbridge over the years. “Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge” will feature current Stockbridge homeowners talking about the families who lived in their houses before they did. Each program will include stories of two existing homes as well as of one other home that has been lost over the years.

The first talk in the series will take place Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jonathan Edwards Room at the First Congregational Church and there is a $5 suggested donation. Call the Library for more information at (413) 298-5501.


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‘A Mitzvah for the Berkshire Kids’ Place’ call for art

Paige Wright.

Pittsfield – As part of her Bat Mitzvah studies and giving back to the community, 13-year-old Paige Wright has announced a call to artists for her fundraiser exhibition, “A Mitzvah for the Berkshire Kids’ Place,” set to show at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge Friday, April 1, through Saturday, April 16.

The show is open to all artists of all levels and artists may submit multiple pieces. All pieces must be original work by the entering artists. To submit, send an email to with the subject line “A Mitzvah for the Berkshires” and include .jpg files of pieces titled “lastname_titleofpiece;” dimensions, weight, and media of pieces, the artist who will be donating, and any further notes. One hundred percent of all sales will be donated to Berkshire Kids’ Place.

Submissions must be received by Monday, February 29. Drop-off of pieces will take place at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge on Tuesday, March 29, by 6 p.m.



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