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Bits & Bytes: Architecture opening; Laszlo Gardony concert; ‘Birds in the Berkshires’; Caitlin Reese comedy; Valentine’s Day book giveaway

Nicknamed 'New Branches on Ten Old Trees,' the program, devised specifically for Berkshires Jazz, is based in part on Laszlo Gardony’s new album 'La Marseillaise.'

Art Omi to open architecture exhibit

Ghent, N.Y. — Art Omi will open the exhibition “InConstruction: Peter Eisenman” Saturday, Feb. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. in its in the Benenson Center.

The exhibit features Peter Eisenman’s most recent built work, the Pinerba Condominium in Milan, Italy, with a scale model, renderings of the architect’s creative process, and photographic documentation of the project.

Eisenman is an internationally recognized architect and educator of award-winning large-scale housing and urban design projects, innovative facilities for educational institutions, and a series of inventive private houses. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, a Master of Science in architecture degree from Columbia University, and master’s and doctoral degrees from University of Cambridge. Many of Eisenman Architects’ projects have received design awards, including the Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts at, the Koizumi Sangyo Corporation headquarters in Tokyo, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin.

The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through Sunday, March 15. For more information, contact Art Omi at (518) 392-4747 or


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Berkshires Jazz to present pianist Laszlo Gardony

Laszlo Gardony. Photo courtesy

Pittsfield — Berkshires Jazz will present jazz pianist Laszlo Gardony Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 pm. at Berkshire Museum as part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. In keeping with the theme of the festival, Gardony’s solo performance will span 10 musical genres and styles.

Nicknamed “New Branches on Ten Old Trees,” the program, devised specifically for Berkshires Jazz, is based in part on Gardony’s new album “La Marseillaise,” which includes adaptations of the title song and nine other familiar tunes. Known as an innovator for both his composing and performance approaches, Hungarian-born Gardony is also a professor of piano at the Berklee College of Music.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door for the general public; $25 in advance and $20 at the door for Berkshire Museum members. A wine bar will precede that concert at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact Berkshires Jazz at Call (413) 442-7718 or


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A snowy owl at Bartholomew’s Cobble in Ashley Falls. Photo: Ken Schopp

Lecture to discuss birds rarely seen in the Berkshires

Sheffield — On Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m., the Sheffield Historical Society will welcome Ken Schopp to Dewey Hall for “Birds in the Berkshires,” a lecture on birds rarely seen in the region.

Birdwatchers know that changing climate, ecosystems and migration patterns mean that birds that were rarely or never seen in the Berkshires have been appearing here in the last few decades. during a photo presentation, Schopp will discuss these feathered newcomers as well as how the native bird population has adjusted to these same environmental factors over the past century. He will also discuss how to spot and identify birds, and, at the end of the talk, there will be time for the audience to share their birdwatching experiences. An avid birder and expert on local birds as well as a craftsman of waterfowl decoys, Schopp is often on the lookout for birds that are not native to this region.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Sheffield Historical Society at (413) 229-2694 or


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Berkshire Theatre Group to welcome Caitlin Reese to Comedy Garage

Caitlin Reese. Photo courtesy

Pittsfield — Berkshire Theatre Group will welcome comedian Caitlin Reese to its Comedy Garage, 111 South St., Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Reese is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer who was a finalist on Amazon Prime’s “Comics Watching Comics” and at Gotham Comedy Club’s “Ladies of Laughter” competition. She regularly performs at New York Comedy Club, and has also performed at HBO’s Women in Comedy Festival.

Tickets are $5. Comedy Garage attendees must be at least 16 years old. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Colonial ticket office at (413) 997-4444.


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Mason Library to gift books to readers for Valentine’s Day

Great Barrington — Crates, bushel baskets and steamer trunks filled with books and media will be given away at Mason Library as a Valentine’s Day gift to readers Friday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries plan to start a new tradition of free books every winter to help patrons enjoy the great indoors. There are no limits on the number of items taken and participants are encouraged to bring bags and boxes to fill. Giveaway items include children’s books; CDs; audiobooks small paperbacks; books of fiction, history, food and health; puzzles; old sets; and DVDs. The giveaway includes books that haven’t sold during regular sales.

For more information, contact Mason Library at (413) 528-2403.



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