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Bits & Bytes: Havana Cuba All-Stars at the Colonial; ‘Melville . . . On the Light Side;’ Stockbridge Library 5K fun run; 350Mass Berkshire meeting; Williams seeks homes for weatherization

J. Peter Bergman's new play, “Melville . . . On the Light Side,” takes a different look at novelist, short-story writer and poet Herman Melville, who lived at Arrowhead from 1850 to 1863.

Colonial Theatre to present Havana Cuba All-Stars

Pittsfield — Berkshire Theatre Group will welcome the Havana Cuba All-Stars, who will perform “Cuban Nights,” to the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m.

The Havana Cuba All-Stars is a band comprised of prominent Cuban musicians and is devoted to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music. Staying true to an acoustic base, the band has developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting. The band was created to exemplify the musical traditions of the Cuban people and this is its debut tour in the United States and Canada.

Tickets are $25, $50 and $65. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Colonial ticket office at (413) 997-4444.

–E.E.

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‘Melville . . . On the Light Side’

J. Peter Bergman.
J. Peter Bergman.

Pittsfield — Herman Melville’s Arrowhead will present “Melville . . . On the Light Side, ” a new play written and directed by J. Peter Bergman, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, through Saturday, Oct. 22.

“Melville . . . On the Light Side” takes a different look at novelist, short-story writer and poet Herman Melville, who lived at Arrowhead from 1850 to 1863. Featuring Christopher Brophy, Luke Haskell, Jana Laiz, Richard Matturro and Andrew Joffe, the play will offer a journey through Melville’s chimney, inn, law office, ship, landscape and other locations from his work via a group of academics who find themselves discussing Melville and portraying many of his richest characters.

Tickets are $25 and seating is limited. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call (413) 442-1793 x14.

–E.E.

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Stockbridge Library to hold 5K fun run

Stockbridge — The Stockbridge Library Association will host its first annual Family Fun 5K (walk or run) on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m.

Runners and walkers will assemble at the Stockbridge Library and follow a route that traverses Church Street, North Church Street, Old Meeting House Road, Vine Street, and Main Street and ends at the Stockbridge Town Offices (50 Main St.) parking lot. There will be ongoing supervised activities for children in the park adjacent to the offices.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The cost to participate in the event is $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the race for single participants, $50 for families, $10 for youth ages 12-17, and $5 for kids ages 3-11 to participate in a 100-yard dash. Costumes are encouraged and all ages are welcome. Cash prizes will be given to the top man and woman runners, and an additional prize will be given for best costume. All proceeds will benefit the Stockbridge Library, Museum and Archives. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Library at (413) 298-5501.

–E.E.

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350Mass Berkshire to hold monthly meeting

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State Sen. Benjamin Downing.

Pittsfield — 350Mass Berkshires will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church. The meeting will feature State Sen. Ben Downing in an “exit interview.” Downing has a great deal of knowledge around energy policy and the workings of the Massachusetts legislature and will present his suggestions for future legislation and the ideas he has moving forward. A discussion will follow. A snack potluck will precede the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in attending the meeting are asked to RSVP online.

–E.E.

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Williams seeks homes for annual weatherization blitz

Williamstown — Williams College’s Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is seeking homeowners in northern Berkshire County and Pownal, Vermont, who would like their homes weatherized for the upcoming winter. The weatherization efforts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, during the college’s ninth annual Winter Blitz day. Homeowners who are seeking to lower their energy costs and who cannot weatherize themselves are encouraged to participate. The program is accepting homes in Williamstown; Pownal, Vermont; North Adams; Adams, and northern Lanesborough.

Those who are interested in having their homes weatherized with Winter Blitz may sign up online, call (413) 547-1787 and leave a voicemail, or email williamswinterblitz@gmail.com before Tuesday, Nov. 1.

–E.E.

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