Bits & Bytes: Paula Poundstone at Fairview gala; Hurricane Harvey benefit concert; ‘Growing Up in the 50’s;’ Phil Donahue at Winsted Community Bookstore; ‘Pink Art’ exhibit

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By Wednesday, Sep 13 Arts & Entertainment
The facade of the W.T. Grant store on Main Street in Great Barrington in the 1950s. The photo is included in the Great Barrington Historical Society's 'Growing up in the 50's' exhibit, which opens Saturday, Sept. 16 (see item below). Photo courtesy

Fairview Hospital gala to feature Paula Poundstone

Comedian Paula Poundstone at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, California, on July 12, 2012. Photo: Michael Schwartz/WireImage

Great Barrington — Fairview Hospital will hold its annual gala Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Comic Paula Poundstone, will headline the event. Ophthalmologist and Fairview’s chair of surgical services Dr. Joseph Gold will be the gala honoree.

Poundstone, who last headlined Fairview’s gala in 2012, has a quick-thinking, unscripted approach to comedy that makes for her perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s news quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” She regularly performs standup comedy across the country and recently released the book “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.”

Tickets are $53. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call Fairview’s community relations office at (413) 854-9609.


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Saint James Place to host Hurricane Harvey relief concert

Greg Greenway. Photo courtesy

Great Barrington — Saint James Place will host a concert to benefit Hurricane Harvey relief on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.

Presented by musicians’ and activists’ group the Hoping Machine and Saint James Place, the concert will feature Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway, the Hoping Machine, John Kirk and Trish Miller, Bernice Lewis, the Beeline Ramblers, and Graham and Barbara Dean. Area vendors have donated refreshments, printing and advertising for the event.

There is a minimum suggested donation of $20. All donated funds will be sent to the Houston Food Bank. Those who are unable to attend but wish to make a donation may write checks made out to the Houston Food Bank and send them to Graham and Barbara dean, P.O. Box 332, Great Barrington, MA 01230. For more information, call (413) 528-0248.


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Historical society to offer ‘Growing Up in the 50’s’ exhibit

1950s-era rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Photo courtesy Great Barrington Historical Society

Great Barrington — The Great Barrington Historical Society will continue its celebration of the 1950s with the opening of its exhibit “Growing Up in the 50’s” on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Wheeler Farmstead Museum. The exhibit provides a look back at Great Barrington in the 1950s with and includes a nostalgic display of the pop-culture items that were so important to baby boomers growing up at the time. The display includes pictures and artifacts related to the Golden Age of Television, rock ‘n’ roll, Disney, sports, toys and TV westerns. 1950s-inspired refreshments will be served during the opening. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact GBHS at (413) 591-8702 or


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Phil Donahue to speak at Winsted Community Bookstore

Phill Donahue. Photo courtesy

Winsted, Conn. — On Sunday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m., the Winsted Community Bookstore will host a meet-and-greet event with media and television personality Phil Donahue, best known as the host of “The Phil Donahue Show,” which ran for 29 years. Attendees will be able to speak with Donahue about their experiences watching his daily show and the impact that his guests and his interviews may have had on their lives and families. Tickets are $100 and include a membership to the Winsted Community Bookstore. Seating is limited and registration is required. Gor tickets and more information, contact the Winsted Community Bookstore at


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A montage of the digitized Williams College Museum of Art collection focusing on a narrow ‘pink’ range. Image courtesy of the Williams College Museum of Art

Williams College Museum of Art to host ‘Pink Art’ exhibit

Williamstown — The Williams College Museum of Art will debut “Pink Art,” an exhibition that unpacks the color pink through works of art in WCMA’s collection, on Friday, Sept. 15. The exhibit delves into the multiplicity of human perception, the definitions and practices of curation, and the deeply personal and subjective nature of both curation and computer programing.

Because color perception is highly subjective, the exhibition team developed a mobile web application to gather a crowdsourced definition of the exhibition’s signature color. As participants decide which colors in a group are pink, they produce an evolving visual definition of the color. Five algorithms took this community-sourced color definition and used it to select works of art from across WCMA’s collection. Set against the computer-based selection of works of art are a trio of pink paintings, two of which were judged very “un-pink” by the algorithms. Seen together, the works assert the fleshy, material and sometimes gendered qualities of the color pink in works of art.

For more information, contact WCMA at (413) 597-2429.


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