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Bits & Bytes: ‘(T)ERROR’ screening at Simon’s Rock; iMotif at Hotel on North; Charles Busch at Club Helsinki Hudson; faculty lecture at Williams; ‘Measure for Measure’ at the Hotchkiss School

"T(ERROR)" is the first film in which filmmakers had access to an active FBI informant in a domestic counterterrorism investigation.

Award-winning documentary ‘(T)ERROR’ at Simon’s Rock

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David Felix Sutcliffe.

Great Barrington — Bard College at Simon’s Rock will host a screening of award-winning documentary “(T)ERROR” followed by a conversation with the film’s director David Felix Sutcliffe on Friday, February 19, at 7 p.m. in the Daniel Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

“(T)ERROR” follows Saeed Torres, a career counterterrorism informant,Terror poster as he takes on his (presumably) last job for the FBI. Torres invites the filmmakers, without informing his superiors, to follow his covert efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist. Sutcliffe and his co-director photojournalist Lyric R. Cabral are the first filmmakers in documented history to have access to an active FBI informant in a domestic counterterrorism investigation. The film debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize. The film also took the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Simon’s Rock alumnus David Felix Sutcliffe’s work has screened in festivals throughout North America. In 2013 he was included in Filmmaker Magazine‘s annual list of “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” In 2014 he was selected as a fellow for the Sundance Institute’s Edit and Story Lab and its Creative Producing Lab. Suttcliffe’s first film “Adama” was broadcast by PBS in 2011.

To watch the trailer for “(T)ERROR” click on video link below:

 

–E.E.

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Sohn Fine Art Gallery presents ‘iMotif’ photo exhibition

Lenox – In collaboration with Pittsfield’s 10×10 Upstreet arts Festival and Hotel on North, Sohn Fine Art Gallery is presenting “iMotif,” a large-scale iPhone photography show. The exhibition is a juried show curated by Sohn Fine Art Gallery owner and director Cassandra Sohn. It features more than 350 photographs by 75 artists, and is on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery through Monday, March 21, and at Hotel on North through Wednesday, March 2, with different work at each location.

An opening reception will take place at the Gallery on Saturday, February 20, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Gallery will host a series of exhibition-related workshops entitled “Creative Photography and the iPhone” led by John Clarke Friday, February 26; Saturday, February 27; and Sunday, February 28.

For more information contact the Gallery at (413) 551-7353.

–E.E.

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‘A Divine Evening with Charles Busch’ at Club Helsinki

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Charles Busch.

Hudson, N.Y. — Helsinki on Broadway will present a special sneak preview of Charles Busch‘s new show “The Lady at the Mic,” which will have its world premiere in late February as part of the acclaimed Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. Busch, a two-time MAC Award winner, Tony Award nominee, and recipient of a Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement Award, will pay tribute in song and word to four cabaret legends (Julie Wilson, Mary Cleere Haran, Elaine Stritch and Polly Bergen) plus Joan Rivers, all of whom were close friends. For this special event, Busch will be backed by a trio of musicians led by long-time musical director Tom Judson.

The preview will be presented at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, February 21, at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Club at (518) 828-4800.

–E.E.

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Williams faculty lecture series

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Heather Williams.

Williamstown — Heather Williams, William Dwight Whitney Professor of Biology and chair of the Neuroscience Program, will present the second lecture in the Williams College Faculty Lecture Series on Thursday, February 18, at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, with a reception to follow in Schow Atrium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Williams’ lecture, titled “What to Sing? Bird Song and the Evolution of Cultural Traditions,” will explore how learned traits such as bird songs are transmitted and changed in ways analogous to genes. Using observation (tracking changes in song and relating them to characteristics of the singers), comparisons (contrasting the songs of different populations), and experiments (playing altered songs back to birds in the wild and measuring responses), Williams will show how cultural evolution proceeds and what it might mean.

Williams specializes in animal behavior and neuroscience with a research focus on birds. Her research has been published in numerous journals, including Animal Behaviour and the Journal of Neurobiology, and appears in “The Neuroscience of Birdsong (Cambridge University Press 2008).” She holds an A.B. from Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. from the Rockefeller University.

For building locations on the Williams campus, consult the online map or call the Office of Communications at (413) 597-4277.

–E.E.

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The Hotchkiss School to present ‘Measure for Measure’

Lakeville, Conn. — The Hotchkiss School’s Dramatic Association will present William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” Friday, February 19, and Saturday, February 20, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 21, at 2:30 p.m. in the School’s Walker Auditorium. The production is directed by Instructor in English and Theatre Parker Reed.

“In one of our first rehearsals an actor voiced a theory that the play is about balance,” said Reed. “That has since served as the core of our creative efforts: exploring the balance between gravity and levity, justice and mercy, austerity and intemperance, death and life.”

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. They will be available at the door but can also be reserved by calling (860) 435-3203.

–E.E.

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