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Bits & Bytes: ‘Tiny Titans’ at Berkshire Museum; Joe Klein lecture; Le Vent du Nord at the Colonial; ‘Tasty History’ at Olana; DeVries sculpture reception

Joe Klein is an award-winning columnist for TIME magazine and the author of seven books. As “Anonymous,” he wrote the critically acclaimed novel “Primary Colors.”

‘Tiny Titans’ to open at Berkshire Museum

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Authentic dinosaur egg included in the “Tiny Titans” exhibit.

Pittsfield — The family-friendly exhibit “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies” is on view at the Berkshire Museum through Sunday, August 28. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm. Visitors will be able to explore the galleries, discover the interactive stations, view real fossils and enjoy fine art representations of the lives of the dinosaurs.

Rich with fossils, models, and interactive opportunities, the immersive exhibition includes a collection of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe. Each science-rich section of the exhibit is enhanced with colorful illustrations of dinosaur life, creating a multimedia experience that helps give credence to long debated theories that dinosaurs and birds are closely related. Life-like models of embryos and hatchlings will be on view in the galleries along with stunning photographs and interviews featuring some of the world’s most renowned dinosaur hunters and their discoveries. “Tiny Titans” was organized in association with the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the University of Tennessee, and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Tickets to the opening are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for Museum members. RSVPs to (413) 443.7171 x313 are requested.


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OLLI to present Joe Klein

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Joe Klein.

Great Barrington — Berkshire Community College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at will present the 2016 Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture featuring bestselling author and TIME magazine columnist Joe Klein on Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. The lecture, titled “How On Earth Did We Get Here? The Chaotic Politics of 2016,” is free and open to the public.

Joe Klein is an award-winning columnist for TIME magazine and the author of seven books. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former Guggenheim fellow, Joe Klein’s weekly TIME column, “In the Arena,” covers national and international affairs. In 2004 he won a National Headliner Award for best magazine column. Klein is also an occasional contributor to the New Yorker and has written articles and book reviews for the New Republic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, LIFE, Rolling Stone, and other publications. As “Anonymous,” Klein wrote the critically acclaimed novel “Primary Colors.” His most recent book, “Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home,” focuses on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans helping other veterans at home.

A book signing will follow the lecture, and OLLI’s annual meeting will precede the lecture at 4:30 p.m. The lecture is free, but advance reservations are recommended. For more information or to make reservations, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Mahaiwe box office at (4130 528-0100.


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Le Vent du Nord at the Colonial Theatre

Le Vent du Nord.

Pittsfield — Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) will present Quebec folk music quartet Le Vent du Nord on Thursday, May 26, at 8 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre as part of its On the Stage Series, which features audience and artist on stage together in an intimate setting.

Winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across its native Canada, Le Vent du Nord has earned several prestigious awards including two Junos and a Canadian Folk Music Award. The group has collaborated and performed with Harry Manx, Väsen, the Chieftains, Yann-Fañch Kemener, Michel Faubert, Breabach, and Constantinople.

Tickets are $35. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Colonial ticket office at (413) 997-4444.


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‘Tasty History’ at Olana

Hudson, N.Y. — On Saturday, May 28, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., the Olana Partnership will present the first program of the Tasty History Series. The new, three-part series will explore dining and drinking customs of pivotal years in Olana’s history, starting with 1872, the year that the Main House was constructed.

The Olana Partnership’s Interim Director of Collections and Research Valerie Balint and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Curator Amanda Massie will present a short talk about historic food trends, cultural shifts in dining customs, and what the Church family was eating. Following the talk, At the Kitchen Table Cooking School owner Chef Julie Gale will provide a tasting of hors d’oeuvres and Marianne Courville, owner of the Hudson Standard, will create two 19th century drinks with a modern twist. The event will begin with hard cider from Albany’s Nine Pin Ciderworks. Guests will sample all foods and beverages and go home with all of the recipes.

The Series will continue on Saturday, June 25, with 1966 and Saturday, July 23, with 2016. Tickets are $25 for Olana members, $30 for nonmembers, and $75 for the entire series. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call Olana’s Education Department at (518) 828-1872 x105.


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Andrew DeVries sculpture reception

“Invitation to Dance” by Andrew DeVries.

Lenox – DeVries Fine Art International at 62 Church St., the gallery of sculptor Andrew DeVries, will hold its annual Memorial Day reception on Saturday, May 28, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

An award-winning master sculptor and founder, DeVries casts all his own work in bronze including dance and figurative sculpture, abstract and symbolic sculpture, and portrait and bas-relief wall sculpture. While the majority of DeVries’ time and energies have been recently focused on creating a 15-foot version of his 1980 sculpture “Other Side of Eden,” he has created three new, smaller sculptures and three pastels in the past month that will be on display.

For more information, call the Gallery at (413) 637-3462.



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