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Bits & Bytes: ‘Mystery Box’ at Olana; Simon’s Rock faculty concert; ABC clothing sale donates $20k

ABC (A Better Community) benefits local charitable organizations that serve at-risk families and youth and address hunger, poverty, and inequality in northern Berkshire communities.

Closing reception at Olana for ‘Mystery Box’

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Documentation of a “Mystery Box” performance piece featuring Kai Mote, left, and Franziska Lambrecht.

Hudson, N.Y. — Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon since June, student artists from Bard College have been doing research and making art in the Coachman’s House Gallery at Olana State Historic Site using Olana as their laboratory. On Sunday, November 1 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Olana will host a closing reception for “The Mystery Box: Bard College Students at Work” that will feature conversations with the student artists and wine and cheese refreshments. This event is free and open to the general public.

“Mystery Box” was designed to focus the viewer’s attention on the act of making art, on process, on young artists, and how history can inform contemporary art-making. Students were handed a “Mystery Box” (a large archival storage box filled with reproductions of primary resources about Church and Olana) when they arrived onsite in June. In the box were about 25 different items and documents that Olana staff had assembled around the topics of Olana, trees, and tourism. The closing reception will feature a number of works that document the artists’ summer inventions.

–E.E.

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Bard College at Simon’s Rock faculty concert series

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Trumpet player Allan Dean.

Great Barrington — On Sunday, November 1 at 3 p.m., trumpet player Allan Dean will offer a varied program of light classical, popular, and jazz-style pieces. The concert will take place at the Kellogg Music Center on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and is free and open to the public. Dean will be assisted by former Boston Symphony Orchestra principal trombonist Ronald Barron. Also assisting will be violinist Ronald Gorevic and pianist Larry Wallach, both of whom, along with Dean, are on the music faculty at the college. The program will include “Seven Popular Songs” by Manuel De Falla, “An Elizabethan Songbook” by Eric Ewazen, turn-of-the-century popular music by Herbert Clarke and Scott Joplin, and solo trumpet performances including Dean’s unique “baroque jazz” improvisations.

Allan Dean is Professor of Trumpet (Adjunct) at the Yale School of Music and also teaches in the Community Music Program of Simon’s Rock. He is a member of Summit Brass, the St. Louis Brass, and the Yale Brass Trio. He performed with the New York Brass Quintet for 18 years and the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble for 10 years. Involved in Baroque and Renaissance music performed on original instruments, Dean is a founding member of Calliope: A Renaissance Band and he performs and teaches each summer at the Mendez Brass Institute and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

–E.E.

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ABC Clothing Sale donates $20,000 to five local charities

Williamstown — The ABC Clothing Sale Steering Committee has announced the disbursement of  $20,000 in unrestricted grants from the proceeds of its annual sale on September 26. “ABC” stands for “A Better Community,” echoing the Sale’s commitment to recycling clothing and household linens, and its mission to benefit local charitable organizations that serve at-risk families and youth and address hunger, poverty, and inequality in northern Berkshire communities.

Each October the Steering Committee, in collaboration with the Outreach Ministry Team of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown, will select to receive grants different local organizations whose work aligns with the Sale’s mission statement. This year the money will be distributed among Barrington Stage Company’s Playwright Mentoring Project; Child Care of the Berkshires; Family Life Support Center, Inc., Louison House; Northern Berkshire Community Coalition; and the Williamstown Food Pantry.

In addition throughout the year, the ABC Clothing Sale has donated hundreds of pounds of clothing and bedding to the Berkshire Immigrant Center, Soldier On, Haiti Plunge, Goodwill Industries, and a village in Malawi. This is the first year that the proceeds from the sale have not gone to the Greylock Chapter of A Better Chance, which is currently in the process of reorganizing.

Collecting, sorting, and preparing clothing and linens for sale is a year-round operation, and volunteers are always needed and welcome: email abcclothingsale@gmail.com for more information.

–E.E.

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