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Bits & Bytes: BAA College Fellowship Show; ‘Love, Gilda’ at Mason Library; Tumo-Kohrs EP release; Blue Party at ExtraSpecialTeas

Berkshires musical duo Tumo-Kohrs will celebrate the release of their debut EP, “From the Berkshires to the World,” Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at Big Elm Brewing.

Berkshire Art Association to display student artwork in annual College Fellowship Show

Pittsfield — On Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, the Berkshire Art Association will show the work of student artists at its 2019 College Fellowship Show with an awards reception as part of First Fridays Artswalk. The Williams College five-piece ensemble Anonymous Club will provide music for the reception.

The show was juried by a trio of artists from a variety of disciplines. Of the 128 works submitted, 31 were chosen for the show. Rick Casucci and Mary Beth Eldridge co-chair the show: “We provide students an opportunity to present their work in a public gallery. The BAA gives $5000 in cash awards, enabling students to purchase needed supplies or enhance their studies.“ This year’s participants include Williams College students Joseph Boncardo, Catherine Brule, Quinnton Cooper, eva henderson, Ellyn Pier, Julia Vargas and Benny Weng; Massachusetts College of Art and Design students Tara Gilardi, Claudia Martin and Ben Nugent; UMass Amherst student Olivia Marchione; Castleton University student Haydn Renouf; Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts student Amanda Romanelli; Parsons School of Design student Sophie Shron; and Rhode Island School of Design student Kyle Strack.

The reception and art show, which is viewable during the month of April in person and online, are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Berkshire Art Association at


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Mason Library to screen ‘Love, Gilda’

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Great Barrington — The Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries will screen the documentary film “Love, Gilda” Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mason Library.

The film focuses on actress and comedienne Gilda Radner, in her own words, looking back and reflecting on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and diaries read by modern-day comedians, “Love, Gilda” offers a window into the world of a beloved performer and comedic genius.

The event is part of the Friends’ First Saturday Free Film Series and will begin with a wine and cheese social at 7 p.m. More socializing and community discussion will follow the film until 10 p.m. The film does not reflect endorsement or advocacy for any particular point of view by the library or the town of Great Barrington. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Mason Library at (413) 528-2403.


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Mark Tuomenoksa and Sarah Kohrs of Tumo-Kohrs performing with Tom Major on Drums and Fran Tokarz on bass. Photo courtesy Tumo-Kohrs

Tumo-Kohrs to release debut EP

Sheffield — Berkshires musical duo Tumo-Kohrs will celebrate the release of their debut EP, “From the Berkshires to the World,” Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at Big Elm Brewing.

The EP was mastered by Bob Ludwig, who has worked with artists such as Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Bonnie Raitt, Guns N’ Roses and Jimi Hendrix. Tumo-Kohrs recruited the talents of local artists to complete the record, including Fran Tokarz of Gruppo Mondo on bass, Tom Major of Entrain on drums, Jonathan Talbot of the Lucky 5 and Erika Ludwig of Berkshire Strings on violin, Chris Gennari of Gennari Electric on banjo, Don Mikkelsen on trombone, and Reed Waddle on backup vocals. Kohrs’ brother and Los Angeles producer Nate Kohrs travelled across the country to play guitar and engineer the album. Also contributing were Baxter Keller of Volta Guitars, who built and provided the guitar that Nate Kohrs played; and Laura Didyk, who created the album artwork.

The event is free and open to the public and will include performances by Dave Dempsey, Ty Allan Jackson, Jaane Doe and others. For more information, contact Tumo-Kohrs Productions at (518) 416-7437 or


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Owners Cherri and Scott Sanes outside of ExtraSpecialTeas in Great barrington. Photo courtesy ExtraSpecial Teas

ExtraSpecialTeas to host Blue Party for autism awareness

Great Barrington — On Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., ExtraSpecialTeas will celebrate its third anniversary as a teahouse employing adults with autism and other special needs who otherwise go unemployed.

Because the event coincides with Autism Awareness Month, the theme is blue. Attendees are invited to wear blue, post party pictures to their social media, sample a brew of blue tea, and try gluten-free brownie bites made by ExtraSpecialTeas servers and staff. The day’s schedule includes face painting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the Ukulele Players strumming from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the ExtraSpecialChorus, under the direction of Allen Timmons singing from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; and Berkshire Bateria playing rhythmic grooves on Elm Street at 3 p.m. Ashley Whitney, director of marketing at Tiesta Tea, with which ExtraSpecialTeas has partnered since 2017, will be a special guest.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact ExtraSpecialTeas at (413) 645-3247.



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