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By Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 Life In the Berkshires

Multicultural BRIDGE’s “Bridging Generations”

Great Barrington — On Saturday, September 19 from noon to 5 p.m., Multicultural BRIDGE will sponsor “Bridging Generations,” a youth empowerment and resiliency symposium at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. The goal of the event is to increase the sense of value among Berkshire County youth in their families and communities by building the collective capacity for intergenerational relationships using the models of social justice and positive psychology.

The interactive keynote presentation, “Challenging Youth Oppression: What Adults Can Do” will be given by Yasmina Mattison and Dr. Keri “Safire” DeJong and will touch on the topics of adultism, the impact of youth oppression, and stereotypes faced by youth.

Workshop training in “Cultivating Resilience and Diversity Leadership” will be led by Gwendolyn and J. V. Hampton VanSant of Multicultural BRIDGE with help from youth from BRIDGE Youth Corps, Railroad Street Youth Project, and Grace Church.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call Multicultural BRIDGE at (413) 394-4029 or email adminsupport@multiculturalbridge.org


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Sonia Pilcer and David Black at the Bookstore

Sonia Pilcer

Sonia Pilcer

Lenox — The Bookstore will host presentations this week from two writers this week: Sonia Pilcer and David Black.

On Friday, September 18 at 7 p.m., Sonia Pilcer will read from her new novel “The Last Hotel: A Novel in Suites,” which was recently serialized in the Berkshire Edge. Pilcer is also the author of “The Holocaust Kid,” “Teen Angel,” and others. “The Last Hotel” is her sixth published work. Pilcer will be on hand after the reading to answer questions and sign copies of her book.

Award-winning journalist and screenwriter David Black will present his new novel, “Fast Shuffle,” on Sunday, September 20 at 4 p.m. Black will read from, discuss, and sign copies of the novel, his newest work of detective crime fiction.

For more information contact the Bookstore at (413) 637-3390.


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Poet Gjertrud Schnackenberg to read at The Mount

Gjertrud-Schnackenberg, credit Mike Minehan_2

Poet Gjertrud Schnackenberg.

Lenox — The Mount will host poet Gjertrud Schnackenberg for the annual Amy Clampitt Memorial Poetry Reading Friday September 18.

Schnackenberg’s poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s. She has written six poetry collections and has received the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize, the Rome Prize in Creative Literature, and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with a book signing and reception to follow. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for members of The Mount, and free for students. More information is available from the Berkshire Edge calendar and by calling The Mount at (413) 551-5111.


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Berkshire Music School 75th year anniversary

Pittsfield — Berkshire Music School (BMS) will present a gala concert to kick off its 75th anniversary year celebration on Friday, September 18, 7:30 p.m. at its Taft Recital Hall. Tickets for the benefit concert, to support BMS educational programs, are priced at $50 or $100 for Benefactor level. Desserts and champagne will be served after the concert.

Featured performers in the concert include pianist Doris Stevenson, flutist Eugenia Zukerman, cellist Ronald Feldman, violinist Sheila Fiekowsky, and clarinetist and BMS faculty member Paul Green. The program will feature works by Francis Poulenc, Bela Bartok, Johannes Brahms, and Leonard Bernstein.

Reservations for the concert can be made by calling the School at (413) 442-1411. Seating is limited.


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