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Bits & Bytes: Lois Conner at Naumkeag; Posh Picnic at Tanglewood; Sandra Krieger on the Great Recession; Literacy Network wine tasting; ‘A Lot to Ask;’ Israeli cooking classes

Performance artist Pooja Prema will present her new dance/ritual/theatre piece “A Lot to Ask” this weekend. Those interested should meet outside of the Housatonic Corner Market to be escorted to the location of the performance.

Lois Conner to exhibit photos at Naumkeag

Stockbridge — The Trustees of Reservations invites the public to view an exhibition at Naumkeag by photographer Lois Conner Thursday, July 21 – Monday, October 10. The exhibit juxtaposes photos of the gardens at Naumkeag with select images from Conner’s three decades of travels throughout China and will open with a reception for the artist on Thursday, July 21, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. followed by comments and a brief question-and-answer period, after which attendees can explore more 20 of Conner’s images. For more information, contact (413) 298-8138 or naumkeag@thetrustees.org.

–E.E.

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BFMC to present Posh Picnic at Tanglewood

Karen Allen.
Karen Allen.

Lenox — The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) will present its third annual Posh Picnic at Tanglewood on Sunday, July 24, from noon – 2:30 p.m.

The Posh Picnic at Tanglewood includes a catered gourmet picnic lunch on the lawn, an eclectic silent auction, and Shed seating for the matinee performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Juanjo Mena conducting Ginastera, Mozart, and Beethoven and featuring violinist Veronika Eberle. This year’s event will honor award winning actor, director and writer Karen Allen. A Berkshire resident and BFMC Advisory Board member, Allen’s film credits include “Animal House,” “Star Man,” the Indiana Jones films, “The Sandlot,” “The Perfect Storm,” and “A Year By the Sea.” Allen recently directed her first short film, “A Tree A Rock A Cloud,” based on the Carson McCullers’ short story and shot in the Berkshires utilizing many local actors and crew.

Tickets for the Posh Picnic at Tanglewood are $140. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact BFMC at (413) 528-4223 or info@berkshirefilm.com.

–E.E.

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Sandra Krieger to speak on the Great Recession

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Pittsfield — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College’s Distinguished Speakers Series will present an illustrated talk by Sandra Krieger on the Great Recession of 2008-2010 and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York‘s response to it on Wednesday, July 20, at 3 p.m. in Room G-10 of Berkshire Community College’s Susan B. Anthony Center.

Sandra Krieger was a senior official at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York during the Great Recession of 2008-2010. Krieger will provide a firsthand account of the Federal Reserve’s objectives and actions during the crisis. A 33-year veteran of the Bank, she served as executive vice president, chief risk officer, and member of the management committee of the Bank, retiring in 2015. Over her career, Krieger was responsible for monetary policy operations, policy development for the systemically vital payments systems, and managing operational and financial risk within the Bank. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Tickets are $10 for OLLI members; $15 for the general public; and free for BCC staff and students and youth 17 and under. Forum credit is available. Space is limited and reservations are advised. For more information or to make reservations, contact OLLI at (413) 236-2190 or olli@berkshirecc.edu.

–E.E.

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Wine tasting to benefit Literacy Network of South Berkshire

Great Barrington — On Thursday, July 21, the Literacy Network of South Berkshire will host a wine tasting at Iredale Mineral Cosmetics’ Bryant Building, 50 Church St., at 5:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $50 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, music, and complimentary wine tasting with Ed Domaney. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Literacy Network of South Berkshire. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call (413) 243-0471.

–E.E.

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Pooja Prema to present ‘A Lot to Ask’

Pooja Prema.
Pooja Prema.

Performance artist Pooja Prema will present her new dance/ritual/theatre piece “A Lot to Ask” on Friday, July 22; Saturday, July 23; and Sunday, July 24, at 8 p.m. The full-length solo work will take place at an undisclosed outdoor location and will delve into the personal as political on a global scale featuring live conga drumming by Tim Brenner, an overhead projector, shadow puppetry, storytelling and dance. “A Lot to Ask” pushes the boundaries of theatre to find out what’s truly at risk, weaving narrative through terrain as vast as neo-colonialism, immigration law, the PCB pollution of the Housatonic River, and why love may be the most pragmatic gesture in reclaiming humanity.

Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $20. Those interested should meet outside of the Housatonic Corner Market to be escorted to the location of the performance.

–E.E.

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Hevreh to host Israeli cooking classes

Julie Gale.
Julie Gale.

Great Barrington — Hevreh of Southern Berkshire will offer Israeli cooking classes with Julie Gale on the Thursdays of July 21 and August 4 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The first class will focus on traditional Sephardic cooking in Israel, while the second class will cover modern Israeli cuisine.

Hevreh member Julie Gale is the owner and chef of At the Kitchen Table Cooking School in Hillsdale, N.Y. She co-authored the “I Want to Cook” book for children and is currently working on a second book of memoirs and recipes.

The cost of each class is $20 for Hevreh members and $25 for all other. Space is limited. For more information or to reserve a space, call the Hevreh office at (413) 528-6378.

–E.E.

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