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Guild of Berkshire Artists member Walter Pasko painting in West Stockbridge. The guild will present the Stockbridge Art Walk Thursday, June 13. Image courtesy Guild of Berkshire Artists

Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Art Walk; LitNet gala; Paul Green CD release; Pittsfield Repair Cafe

By Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 Life In the Berkshires

Stockbridge Art Walk to feature variety of exhibits

Stockbridge — The Guild of Berkshire Artists and TKG Real Estate will present the second Stockbridge Art Walk Thursday, June 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Art Walk is a self-guided tour of locations within the downtown area of Stockbridge. The Art Walk will feature new art exhibits along with open galleries and an artist demonstration at the Red Lion Inn. TKG will host an opening wine and cheese reception for a guild artists’ exhibition along with a meet and greet. Other venues included are Schantz Galleries; the Image Gallery, 34 Main St.; the Stockbridge Library (open until 4:45 p.m.); the Red Lion Inn; and the Lavender Door Gallery, 37 Main St. (from 6 to 7 p.m.).

A map of the Art Walk locations, which are all within a half-mile walk, will be available at the TKG office. Stockbridge Art Walk will continue on the second Thursday of each month through December. For more information, call (413) 298-0610.


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LitNet to hold Summer Fete

Jane Iredale. Photo courtesy Literacy Network of South Berkshire

Stockbridge — The Literacy Network of South Berkshire will celebrate “Pride in Diversity, Pride in Community” at its 2019 Summer Fête Saturday, June 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Naumkeag. The event will honor Jane Iredale and Bob Montgomery.

The theme of “Pride in Diversity, Pride in Community” celebrates the character of LitNet, which supports diverse adult learners from more than 25 different countries, as well as the close relationships that LitNet holds with community members, businesses and organizations.

Bob Montgomery. Photo courtesy Literacy Network of South Berkshire

Iredale and Montgomery are active members of the nonprofit community in the Berkshires and have been dedicated supporters of LitNet. Said Montgomery: “The Literacy Network’s mission of providing free education to adult learners is truly inspiring. Jane and I are impressed with the many accomplishments of LitNet tutors and students, and we are honored that LitNet has chosen to recognize us at this special event.”

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Entertainment will be provided by harpist Elizabeth Morse. Author, comedienne and actress Alison Larkin will lead a paddle-raise auction. Tickets are $100 per person. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Literacy Network of South Berkshire at (413) 243-0471 or info@litnetsb.org.


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Clarinetist Paul Green to release new album

Paul Green

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — Berkshire County, Massachusetts-based musician Paul Green and his band, Two Worlds, will hold an album release party Sunday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at Caffe Lena for “A Bissel Rhythm,” Green’s second Jewish jazz fusion album.

A clarinetist equally adept at classical, jazz and klezmer music, Green has gone beyond arranging existing tunes, as he did in his first album, “Music Coming Together”: Now he is composer as well as arranger and continues to explore, in his own compositions, the relationships between jazz and klezmer music. Two Worlds features Ben Kohn on piano, Dan Broad on bass, Pete Sweeney on drums, Charlie Tokarz on saxophone and Jason Ennis on guitar.

Said Green: “I have long been fascinated by the relationship of Jewish musicians to Jazz. Jazz has inspired many Jewish performers like Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw to rise to their finest creative moments. When they played, they were ‘telling a story.’ Since both the Jewish religious tradition and the Jazz musical tradition encourage people to ‘tell their story,’ there is common ground between them. I have tried to explore what this common ground is in ‘A Bissel Rhythm.’ Fundamentally, we are all trying to bring out our souls through music. It’s not surprising that on a deep level, the two genres have more things in common than differences.”

Tickets are $10–$20. CDs will be available for purchase at the performance. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Caffe Lena at (518) 583-0022 or sales@caffelena.org.


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Repair Cafe to address small-item repair

A volunteer mends a jacket at the Pittsfield Repair Cafe. Photo courtesy Pittsfield Repair Cafe

Pittsfield — The Pittsfield Repair Cafe will be held Saturday, June 15, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the basement of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Repair cafes are free, people-connecting events at which volunteers and guests have fun extending the lives of things that would otherwise be thrown away. Volunteers at the Pittsfield Repair Cafe commonly work on lamps, vacuums and other small appliances. They do hand mending, machine sewing, sharpen scissors and garden tools, work on bikes, do simple repairs and set-ups on musical instruments, and more. In addition to making repairs, the event offers free refreshments, a “free table” of useful items and live music.

Pittsfield Repair Cafe will be held every third Saturday through October. All are welcome to bring one or two household items for free repair. For more information, contact repaircafepittsfield@gmail.com.


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