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Bits & Bytes: Troika al la Russe’ at the Mahaiwe; ‘Resisting Repression’ at Mason Library; Race Mountain Spring Banquet; rabies, microchip clinic

The talk is the first sponsored by the W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee as well as the first in a series of lectures by UMass visiting scholars, co-sponsored by the town of Great Barrington and UMass.

‘Troika a la Russe’ to highlight well-known Russian composers

Inna Faliks. Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Great Barrington — Close Encounters With Music will present “Troika a la Russe: Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Scriabin” Saturday, March 23, at 6 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

“Troika a la Russe” will feature Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks and CEWM artistic director Yehuda Hanani on cello in a program rich in Russian lore, Slavic emotionalism and Soviet-era sarcasm. Featured pieces are cello/piano sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, and Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5, which pianist Sviatoslav Richter considered the most difficult piece in the entire piano repertory. Faliks has appeared with Keith Lockhart, Leonard Slatkin and many of the world’s greatest orchestras, and has been praised as a “high priestess of the piano, pianist of the highest order, as dramatic and subtle as a great stage actor.”

Tickets are $15–$50. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at (413) 528-0100.


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Du Bois Legacy Committee to present talk on ‘Resisting Repression’

Phillip Luke Sinitiere, Ph.D. Photo courtesy College of Biblical Studies

Great Barrington — The W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee will present the talk “Resisting Repression: W. E. B. Du Bois’ Relationship to Cold War Surveillance” by College of Biblical Studies history professor Phillip Luke Sinitiere Saturday, March 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mason Library.

Sinitiere is a W. E. B. Du Bois Visiting Scholar at UMass Amherst. The College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, primarily serves African-American and other minority students. Sinitiere is a scholar of American religious history and African American studies and the author of the books “Protest and Propaganda: W. E. B. Du Bois, the Crisis and American History” and Salvation with a Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity.” his book “Citizen of the World: The Late Career and Legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois” will be published in August.

The talk is the first sponsored by the Legacy Committee as well as the first in a series of lectures by UMass visiting scholars, co-sponsored by the town of Great Barrington and UMass. “The series grows out of our community’s long interest in Du Bois, especially around subjects pertaining to the politics of race,” said committee Chair Randy Weinstein. “Sharing unvarnished truths allows us to better understand Du Bois’ impact in the Berkshires and around the globe.”

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee at (413) 528-1619 x2.


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Race Brook Lodge to host spring banquet

The fall 2018 banquet at Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield. Photo courtesy Race Brook Lodge

Sheffield — Race Brook Lodge will welcome spring by hosting the Race Mountain Spring Banquet Sunday, March 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. in collaboration with a cast of local hospitality, design and culinary visionaries.

Chef Simeon Bittman of Folklore Foods will present a seasonal menu, and Nathan Hanford and Jed Thompson of Township Four Floristry & Home will oversee the decoration and event design. The gathering will feature a beverage pairing by Stagecoach Tavern mixologist Rafa Russi-Catalan and live music by the Useless Cans swing ensemble.

Tickets are $120 per person. For tickets, menu and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Race Brook Lodge at (413) 229-2916 or info@rblodge.com.


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Berkshire Humane Society to offer rabies vaccinations, microchipping, Pittsfield dog licenses

A patient receives care at Berkshire Humane Society. Photo courtesy Berkshire Humane Society

Pittsfield — On Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Berkshire residents may bring their dogs or cats to Berkshire Humane Society to receive a rabies vaccine and microchip. The shelter will also sell dog licenses for Pittsfield residents. By law, all dogs are required to be licensed by the city.

All animals adopted from Berkshire Humane Society are implanted with a microchip to help pet owners locate their pet should he or she become lost. When a found animal is brought to BHS, another animal shelter, or a veterinarian office, it is scanned for the implanted chip. As long as the owner’s contact information, which is registered to the chip, is kept current, they will receive a phone call about their found pet.

Rabies vaccines are $10; a dog license for the city of Pittsfield is $10–$20; and a microchip, which includes the registration of owner information, is $20. Dogs must be on short leashes and cats must be in carriers. For more information, call Berkshire Humane Society at (413) 447-7878 x125.



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