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Bits & Bytes: Monty Python at MMRHS; ‘Regrettable Tales,Redemptive Music’; Stockbridge Library tea talk; wellness workshop

A question-and-answer session will follow each performance of 'The Holy Grail,' giving audience members a chance to offer feedback, ask questions, and learn more about the young actors’ process.

MMRHS to stage ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’

Great Barrington – Monument Mountain Regional High School’s (MMRHS) Advanced Drama class will present a staged version of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” On Wednesday, January 27, and Thursday, January 28, at 7 p.m. in the MMRHS auditorium. A question-and-answer session will follow each performance, giving audience members a chance to offer feedback, ask questions, and learn more about the young actors’ process. Admission to the show is free but donations are welcome.


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Harney & Sons tea talk and tasting

Stockbridge — The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives will present Michael Harney, Vice President of Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders, for a talk and tea tasting on Wednesday, January 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jonathan Edwards Room of the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge. There is a $5 suggested donation.

Michael Harney has been the master tea buyer and blender of Harney & Sons for over 25 years. He is also a published author and educator, and he scours the globe to meet with tea producers from all major tea countries in search of fine teas.

Contact the Library for more information at (413) 298-5501.


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‘Regrettable Tales and Redemptive Music’ with Richard Lovrich and Ryder Cooley

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Richard Lovrich. Photo: Lynne Signore.
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Ryder Cooley. Photo: Richard Lovrich.

Saratoga, N.Y. — On Thursday, January 28, at 8 p.m., Universal Preservation Hall will welcome short story author Richard Lovrich in ‘Regrettable Tales and Redemptive Music.’

Unfortunate circumstances, love gone wrong, and apocalyptic events freed from the pen of Richard Lovrich will fuel an evening of very regrettable short stories. Global warming, alien overlords, reality TV, Shakespeare, murder, infidelity, plastic surgery, shark attacks and Armageddon will all have their moments to shine in the darkly humorous universe of Richard’s regrettable tales. Accompanying the tales will be the smooth sounds of DJ Nate the Great.

The Dust Bowl Faeries, an ethereal electro-acoustic gothic folk ensemble led by artist-musician Ryder Cooley, will also participate in the event. The all-female quartet features accordion, lap steel, saw, ukulele, keys, and percussion as well as taxidermy sheep Hazel, the Faeries’ spirit animal. Special guest poet and singer D. Colin will contribute her captivating voice and there will also be an appearance by Canadian circus artist Aaron M. Marquise.

Tickets are $15, and $10 for students with ID.


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‘How to Stay Young: The First 100 years!’ wellness workshop

Britney Danials
Britney Danials.

Pittsfield — On Thursday, January 28, at 10:45 a.m., the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present Britney Danials of New Life Chiropractic who will offer wellness tips in her presentation “How To Stay Young: The First 100 years!” The free program will take place at Congregation Knesset Israel.

Britney Danials has been a board-certified chiropractic assistant at New Life Chiropractic in Pittsfield for the past nine years and has helped develop community partnerships for worksite wellness.

For more information call the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at (413) 442-4360 x10.



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