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Bits & Bytes: ‘Troika: An Evening of Faerietale Dream Music;’ ‘Songs and Sayings’ benefit; ‘Shakespeare at the Moment’; vegan Thanksgiving

The People’s Pantry is located at Saint James Place and distributes food to all those in South County who feel they need help feeding themselves and their families.

Club Helsinki Hudson to present ‘Troika: An Evening of Faerietale Dream Music’

Hudson, N.Y. — Club Helsinki Hudson will present “Troika: An Evening of Faerietale Dream Music” with Dust Bowl Faeries, Luis Mojica and Fredo Viola Sunday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m.

Dust Bowl Faeries is an ethereal gothic folk band that draws inspiration from circus, post-punk, and Eastern European folk music using accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lap-steel, guitar and percussion to create an otherworldly sound. The band released its debut album in early 2016 featuring guest artists Tommy Stinson and Melora Creager of Rasputina. A remix EP, produced by Floyd Fisher, was released in January 2018.

Mojica and Viola will present new material from their upcoming respective solo albums in one collaborative set. They will be joined by Peter Wetzler on keys, Evan Benzinger on drums, Peter Dougan on guitar, Caelan Manning on saxophone, and percussionists Chris Anderson and Al Romao.

Tickets are $10. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Club Helsinki Hudson at (518) 828-4800.


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‘Songs and Sayings’ with JoAnne Spies, Wes Buckley to benefit People’s Pantry

JoAnne Spies. Photo: Jane Feldman

Great Barrington — Singer/songwriter JoAnne Spies and singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wes Buckley will present “Songs and Sayings’ Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the South Berkshire Friends Meeting House. The concert will raise funds for the People’s Pantry.

Wes Buckley. Photo: Toni Buckley

A volunteer organization in operation since 1999 dedicated to feeding the hungry in south Berkshire county, the People’s Pantry is located at Saint James Place and distributes food to all those in South County who feel they need help feeding themselves and their families. There are no income guidelines and no limits on shopper visits. Open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and staffed by seven rotating teams of volunteers provided by local churches, synagogues and the community. Berkshire Grown supplies fresh produce in season and Berkshire Bounty collects bread and produce weekly. Except for what is purchased from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, all food distributed by the pantry comes from local donations. For more information about the People’s Pantry, call Carol at (413) 528-3498.

The cost is a suggested donation of $10–$20. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods and nonperishable food items that can be enjoyed on Thanksgiving. For more information about the concert, contact


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Lenox Library to host discussion of ‘Shakespeare at the Moment’

Michael Hammond. Photo courtesy Lenox Library

Lenox — The Lenox Library’s Distinguished Lecture Series will host actor, teacher, director and playwright Michael Hammond Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. for a program titled “Shakespeare at the Moment.”

In a discussion of the continued relevance of the Bard, Hammond will address to what extent William Shakespeare defined the moment, how the moment defined him, and how the way Shakespeare was heard in his own time relates to his depiction today.

Hammond spent 15 seasons at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. His roles there included Iago in “Othello,” Mister Ford in “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” the Porter in “Macbeth,” Prospero in “The Tempest,” Malvolio in “Twelfth Night” and Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale.” He was also on the Shakespeare & Company faculty for many years, and specialized in the structure of Shakespeare’s verse. Later in his tenure, Hammond served as the Company’s associate artistic director. He has appeared as an actor on Broadway and at various regional theaters. He has taught acting at MIT and Emerson College, and is currently a member of the theater faculty at Boston University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Lenox Library at (413) 637-0197.


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Berkshire Vegan Network to hold ‘Living Thanksgiving’ vegan potluck gathering

Lenox — The Berkshire Vegan Network will hold its annual vegan “Living Thanksgiving” gathering Thursday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Lenox.

Each attendee is asked to bring a dish that will serve eight hungry vegans, complete with a recipe card listing the dish’s ingredients. Attendees should also bring their own place settings and utensils. Hot and cold water will be available for drinks. After the dinner there will be time for participants to read poems, tell short stories and speak about why they are thankful.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3–12. All those wishing to attend must make reservations by 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, to Terry Carlo at or (413) 442-3749.



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