Beyond Plastics will host an online screening of 'Microplastic Madness' Saturday, April 4, followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers. Image courtesy Cafeteria Culture

Bits & Bytes: ‘Microplastic Madness’ screening; Hotchkiss virtual concerts; climate justice teach-in

The Hotchkiss School has announced a program of weekly virtual concerts selected from 15-year collection of performances at its Katherine M. Elfers Hall.

Bennington College to host virtual screening of ‘Microplastic Madness’

Bennington, Vt. — Bennington College’s Beyond Plastics project will host a virtual screening of “Microplastic Madness” Saturday, April 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with co-directors Atsuko Quirk and Debby Lee Cohen, and moderated by Beyond Plastics founder and former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck.

“Microplastic Madness” is the story of 56 fifth-graders from P.S. 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories. The film features stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists who are engaged in cutting-edge research on the effects of microplastics.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. A link to the screening and discussion with be emailed to those who have registered prior to the event. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar.

–E.E.

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The Hotchkiss Philharmonic onstage at the Hotchkiss School’s Katherine M. Elfers Hall. Photo: Jonathan Doster

Hotchkiss School to offer online concert series

Lakeville, Conn. — The Hotchkiss School has announced a program of weekly virtual concerts selected from 15-year collection of performances at its Katherine M. Elfers Hall. The first virtual concert will be held Saturday, April 4, at 7 p.m. with a rebroadcast of the October 2019 Hotchkiss Philharmonic gala opening, an all-Tchaikovsky concert guest conducted by Marc Moncusí. The program includes “Capriccio Italian; Rococo Variations with Hotchkiss student Noam Ginsparg on cello; and Piano Concerto No. 1 with Fabio Witkowski on piano.

Broadcasts will continue on subsequent Saturdays and 7 p.m. until further notice. The concerts will be available via the Hotchkiss School livestream page, the Hotchkiss School Facebook page and the Hotchkiss Concert Series page. For more information, contact the Hotchkiss School at (860) 435-2591.

–E.E.

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Virtual teach-in to focus on climate solutions, justice

Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. — On the evening of Tuesday, April 7, the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy will lead a virtual teach-in on climate solutions and climate justice, focusing on ambitious but feasible state and local solutions to help solve climate change by 2030. Part of Bard CEP’s Solve Climate project, the teach-in features 50 university-led webinars in almost every U.S. state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico as well as at international sites in South America, Asia and Europe through the Open Society University Network.

As university and high school teachers scramble to move classes online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bard CEP director Eban Goodstein said the April 7 event provides a ready-made lesson plan for college and high school classrooms. Solve Climate has teaching guides for follow-up discussion, including entry points from every discipline. All of the webinars will all be recorded and will be available for future discussions.

The state-level teach-ins are free and open to the public. For more information, including start times and registration, see the Berkshire Edge calendar.

–E.E.