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Bits & Bytes: Paul Reiser at Fairview gala; Olga Dunn Dance Company recital; pianist YeeJin Yuk in Stockbridge concert; Jacob’s Pillow Community Day; W. David Herman sculpture gallery

Family-friendly Inside/Out performances will occur throughout Jacob's Pillow's Community Day, featuring local Berkshire County dance companies Olga Dunn Dance Company, Berkshire Pulse, Earthdance, dysFUNKcrew, Berkshire Dance Theatre, as well as a special collaboration between the Albany Berkshire Ballet and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Paul Reiser to headline Fairview gala

Paul Reiser HS
Paul Reiser.

Great Barrington — Actor, comedian, writer, and producer Paul Reiser will headline Fairview Hospital’s annual gala on Saturday, September 24, at 8 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

Born and raised in New York City, Reiser attended the State University of New York at Binghamton where he majored in music. Having co-created and starred in the critically acclaimed NBC series “Mad About You,” which garnered him multiple award nominations, Reiser returned to television last year in the FX series “Married.” Following his role in the Academy Award-winning film “Whiplash” and in last year’s “Concussion,” Reiser will soon be seen in “The Darkness” with Kevin Bacon, “Devil in the Deep Blue Sea” with Jason Sudeikis and Maisie Williams, and other films. Reiser’s successes also include his books “Couplehood,” “Babyhood,” and “Familyhood.” In between projects, Reiser tours the country performing to sold-out venues and was recently voted one of Comedy Central‘s “Top 100 Comedians of All Time.”

For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call Fairview’s Community Relations Office at (413) 854-9609.


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Olga Dunn Dance Company to give recital

Great Barrington — The Olga Dunn Dance Company will present its annual student recital on Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the Monument Mountain Regional High School auditorium.

The show is titled “How Many in All?” and will include dances and styles from jazz to hip hop to modern to musical theater, as well as classical ballet, pointe, and partnering. The event will showcase students ages three to adult, and will also feature the Company’s junior members and faculty member Hope St. Jock, who will perform in a duet she choreographed to “Hello” with Olivia McCarthy. A special highlight promises to be the guest appearance of hip hop dancer Jamal Ahamad, who will perform in a piece he has choreographed for 10 dancers.

Tickets will be available at the door and are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. The show will run approximately 90 minutes and will not have an intermission. For more information, call (413) 528-9674.


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Music on Main to present YeeJin Yuk

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YeeJin Yuk.

Stockbridge — The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge’s Music on Main series will present YeeJin Yuk in an afternoon piano recital on Saturday, June 11, at 4 p.m. The program will include works by Bach, Schubert, Prokofiev, Piazzolla, Granados, and Debussy. A light reception will follow.

YeeJin Yuk began his music studies with Mari Izumi at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and now studies with Jean Stackhouse at the Berkshire Music School (BMS) in Pittsfield and A. Ramon Rivera at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Yuk is a multiple-time first-prize winner of BMS’ merit scholarship competition, has twice won the Young Artist Piano Competition in Westfield, and has placed second in the A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston for two consecutive years. Yuk was recently awarded second prize at the Ruth Davidson Piano Competition held by the New England Piano Teachers’ Association and placed first in the Uel Wade Music Scholarship competition in 2013 and 2015. He has attended Greenwood Music Camp in Cummington for four summers and will enter the Rice University Shepherd School of Music in Houston in the fall.

There is a suggested donation of $20 ($15 for seniors and students) at the door. Proceeds from the Music on Main series help support the music ministry of the church. For more information contact Minister of Music Catherine Schane-Lydon at (413) 298-3137 x14.


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Jacob’s Pillow to host Community Day

Becket — Jacob’s Pillow will host Community Day on Saturday, June 11, from noon – 3 p.m. with family-friendly dance classes, performances, and more. All activities are free and open to the public.

The festivities will include free dance classes for participants of all ages in varying dance styles, as well as a special children’s beginning ballet class taught by Berkshire Pulse instructor Sarah Daunt. Williams College and Berkshire Dance Theatre faculty member Chuck Paquette will teach an all-levels Modern class at noon. An all-levels Zumba class taught by certified Zumba instructor Rachael Plaine will follow. All Community Day participants will have the opportunity to learn a hip-hop combination from Berkshire-based company dysFUNKcrew and Berkshire Dance Theatre. Family-friendly Inside/Out performances will occur throughout the day, featuring local Berkshire County dance companies Olga Dunn Dance Company, Berkshire Pulse, Earthdance, dysFUNKcrew, Berkshire Dance Theatre, as well as a special collaboration between the Albany Berkshire Ballet and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

All designs submitted to the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival youth t-shirt contest will be on display, including that of contest winner Kelly Couch of Farmington River Elementary School. A full schedule of dance-themed children’s activities will also be available including story time, games, scavenger hunts, and tours tailored for smaller attention spans.

For more information, call (413) 243-0745.


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Sculptor W. David Herman opens new gallery

Embrace by W David Herman
“Embrace” by W. David Herman.

Kent, Conn. – Sculptor W. David Herman has opened a new sculpture studio. The W. David Herman Gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, June 11, from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Working predominately within the medium of stainless steel, Herman’s pieces are both evocative and carefully detailed, encouraging the viewer to first discover and then add layers of individual interpretation. Herman’s pieces appear in collections on the East Coast and West Coast and in Canada. Pieces on display will include the dramatic “Shoah,” the nostalgic “Embrace,” and the energized “Ten Furlongs” as well as new works never before displayed.

The reception will feature a performance by singer/songwriter Michael Shiel and a sampling of wines from Kent Wine & Spirit. For more information, contact the Gallery at (845) 832-7545 or



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