Members of the Cirque-tacular troupe of acrobats will perform at the July 12 Free Fun Friday event at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. Photo courtesy Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Bits & Bytes: Free Fun Friday at the Mahaiwe; ‘Tales of Europe’ film fest; Barrington Stage battle of the bands; ‘So This Is My Family’ reading; BCC dean’s list

Barrington Stage invites local, amateur bands to submit live music for review by Impending Doom, the rock band from Barrington Stage’s upcoming musical “Fall Springs,” who will choose five finalists.

Mahaiwe’s Free Fun Friday to feature Cirque-tacular acrobats

Great Barrington — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present Free Fun Friday on Friday, July 12, with a high-energy, family-friendly show by acrobats of Cirque-tacular at 10 a.m.

The Cirque-tacular troupe of acrobats, aerialists and circus specialty artists bend, twist, flip and fly with artistry and athleticism that ignites the imaginations of the young and the young in spirit alike. There will also be face painting by Magic Brushes available from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Since 2009, the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program has drawn more than 900,000 visitors to venues throughout the Commonwealth. The program has grown to include participating venues in every corner of the state, helping them open their doors for free to the community.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Mahaiwe box office at (413) 528-0100.


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Crandell Theatre to host ‘Tales of Europe’ film series

Image courtesy Crandell Theatre

Chatham, N.Y. — “Tales of Europe” will return to the Crandell Theatre for an exclusive regional premiere Friday, July 12, through Thursday, July 18, with a weeklong program of five feature-length and seven short award-winning films made by leading European filmmakers who journey to Greenland, Morocco and Myanmar to tell their tales. Each film debuted over the last year in top international festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Sundance and Toronto.

Laurence Kardish at FilmColumbia 2016. Photo: Michael Altobello

The films were curated by Laurence Kardish, co-artistic director of the Crandell Theatre’s annual FilmColumbia festival and former senior curator for film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. An Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholar, he regularly attends the major international film festivals and has served as a juror at festivals worldwide. On Sunday, July 14, at noon, he will introduce a free screening of six acclaimed short French films for Crandell Theatre members, to be followed by light refreshments.

Tickets are $7.50 for the general public and $6.50 for Crandell Theatre members. For a list of films and screening times, see the Berkshire Edge calendar. For tickets and more information, contact the Crandell Theatre at (518) 392-3445 or


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Barrington Stage to present battle of the bands

Pittsfield — Barrington Stage Company is inviting local amateur bands to take part in a “Fall Springs” battle of the bands Sunday, July 28, at Tavern at the A.

Barrington Stage invites local, amateur bands to submit live music for review by Impending Doom, the rock band from Barrington Stage’s upcoming musical “Fall Springs,” who will choose five finalists to perform two-song sets at a July 28 event at Tavern at the A hosted by Live 95.9’s Bryan Slater and Cheryl Adams from WUPE-FM. The winners will be determined by the audience applause and by Impending Doom.

Bands wishing to take part may submit applications online. Within the application is a prompt to submit a video or audio file of live music, which can also be emailed to Those submitting should also include a photo of the band. The winning band will receive $250, plus a pair of tickets for each member to see “Fall Springs.” The second-place band will receive $100 and a pair of tickets for each member. Submissions must be received by Friday, July 12.


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BTG to present staged reading of ‘So This Is My Family: Mr. Green Part 2’

Jeff Baron. Photo: Michael Rafelson

Stockbridge — Berkshire Theatre Group will present a staged reading of “So This Is My Family: Mr. Green Part 2” by Jeff Baron Friday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., as part of its No Boundaries in Art series.

In Jeff Baron’s award-winning play “Visiting Mr. Green,” a chance encounter brought two unlikely lives together. Three years later, the relationship between the two, 90-year-old Mr. Green and young executive Ross, is going strong. In this continuation, two additional characters bring new adventures to the heartwarming, funny story. A talkback with playwright and director Baron will immediately follow the reading.

Baron’s first play, “Visiting Mr. Green,” premiered at BTG in 1996 and is one of the most-produced plays in the world with over 500 productions in 49 countries. His more recent plays have premiered in Europe, South America and Australia. His inside-showbiz comic novels, “I Represent Sean Rosen” and “Sean Rosen Is Not for Sale” are published by HarperCollins. For television, he has written for “The Tracey Ullman Show,” “Sisters” and Nickelodeon.

The cost of admission is a $10 suggested donation. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Berkshire Theatre Group at (413) 997-4444.


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BCC announces spring 2019 dean’s list

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2019 dean’s list.

According to Jennifer Berne, vice president for academic affairs, to be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors. Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 137 students qualified for high honors:

MASSACHUSETTSAbington: Victoria Lehtonen. Adams: Jasmine Hyatt, Megan Meczywor, Samantha Rodriguez, Andrea Roya, Keira Stern, Madeline Zelazo. Ashley Falls: Dawn O’Neil. Becket: Leah Brooks, George Crochiere, Amanda Hall, Elizabeth Webb. Berkshire: Grace Kelley. Cheshire: Christopher Bolen, Vanessa Cook, Michaela Larkin, Kayla Noyes, Kia Yang. Chester: Ramsey El Taieb. Cummington: Meghan Griffith. Dalton: Shawna Axenroth, Angela Colson, Nicole Gingras, Colleen Moran, Theresa Quagliano. East Otis: Leigha Chaffee. Great Barrington: Julie Doty, Denise Foss, Alexander Kinstle, Kassidy O’ Leary, Tess Stafford. Hancock: Nicholas Kroboth. Hinsdale: Alicia Autenrieth, Shawn Leary, Melody Marcella, Chelsea Mason-Basiliere, Patricia O’Brien. Lanesborough: Devin Buda, Brianna Chilton, Patricia Hubbard. Lee: Sophia Burnell, Emmett Burnham-Lemaire, Liza Citron, Jennifer Copper, Rhonda Fujan, Cameron Loehr, Joseph Nichols, Megan Scapin, Caitland Stalker, Alicia Starsja, Amanda Terzigni. Lenox: Melinda Brickle, Marybelle Burns, Cassandra Byrnes, Amillie Coster, Kaung Htay. Mill River: Nicole Kotsos. North Adams: Sarah Adriance, Stephanie Ahearn, Timothy Brames, Timothy Duncan, Craig Williams. Peru: Cassidy Brewer, Jessica Burdick. Pittsfield: Kendra Alden, Lia Algerio, Dorcas Archer, Marie Blankson, Tyra Cannady, Tinamarie Carpenter, Lisa Cook, Rebecca Cook, Travis Costello, Brittany Czarnecki, Britney Danials, Allina DiNicola, Alison Drozd, Stacey Ellery, Loretta Francoeur, Emily Gosselin, Adlai Greene, Nicole Haas, Jill Hersey, Jennifer Hickey, Carly Holmes, Jisen Hu, Edward Hughes, Summer Jadallah, Julia Kalinowsky, Thomas Kassmieh, Hahna Kim, Chase Klemansky, Morgan La Douceur, Katie Lauzon, Diana Leibinger, Jessica Levy, Oki Loftus, Marilyn Maison, Ian Moore, Taylor Morgan, Shaun Osoro, Jimmy Phan, Lauren Phillips, John Philp, Steven Poripski, Alyssa Puntin, Maggie Pytko, Nadja Ramos, Joanna Rivera, Zackery Robinette, Elizabeth Russell, Ernestina Sackey, Namasaran Samassi-Fofana, Gabriel Schultheis, Lisa Soucy, Chazity Stimpson, Colleen Sullivan, Benjamin Tierney, Juana Valqui, Soncere Williams, Justin Winn, Danielle Zieba. Savoy: Cynthia Keels. Sheffield: Eastlynd Bates, Rossi Johnston. Stockbridge: Theresa Kelly. Williamstown: Alecia Briggs, Noah Howard, Iain Kuttner, Madeline Manfredi, Sarah Turgeon. Windsor: Jonathan Bailey. NEW YORKAmenia: Victor Amarillas. New Lebanon: James Fuller. Spencertown: Kate VanAlstyne. Stephentown: Ashley Broderick. OREGONMedford: Hannah DeMers.

The following 169 students qualified for honors:

CONNECTICUTCanaan: Kaitlynn Huften. Falls Village: Tivon Hall-Love. Lakeville: Bailey Derr. Westport: Cole Quinn. MASSACHUSETTSAdams: Allison Armata, Colleen Baker, Tucker Beliveau, Alexandria Brandon, Mallory Field, Nathan Lapine. Ashley Falls: Allison Casey, Erik Hunker. Becket: Bridget Benoit. Belchertown: Fiona Murphy. Cheshire: Yohannes Lantz, Shelby Provencher, Yormary Shogren, Bradley Swicker. Cummington: Brianna Heon. Dalton: Shaina Benham, Courtney Corbett, Dalton Dean, Jessie Downer, Ryan Hayes, Renee Saville. East Otis: Viviane Komenda-Scherer. Great Barrington: Thor Brantly-Boutin, Sheila Francisco, William Moro, Camille Stanton, Ned Torrico. Hinsdale: Caramia Castagna, Casey Hopkins, Austin O’Brien, Paige Speth. Housatonic: Danielle Lis, Erin Trombley. Lanesborough: Savanah Brown, Cole Seaman. Lee: Emma Bartini, Shane Cloutier, Ethan Costi, Cassidy Crawford, Taylor Fera, Alyssa Forzano, Kyle Gangell, Julian Nejaime, Michelle Schleimer, Padraic Sullivan, Brianna White-Hill. Leeds: Cheyenne Robair. Lenox: Suzanne Cotton, Jon Hurley, Meet Patel, Kati Perry, Viet Nam Pham, Cami Smachetti. Lenox Dale: Nora Powers. Mill River: Emma Billard. Monterey: Hunter Andrus. New Ashford: Matthew Bainbridge. New Marlborough: Jordan Chretien, Kristin Sanzone. North Adams: Misty Bentley, Kaitlyn George-Sanchez, Paige McCarron, Michael Morris, Travis Murach, Ronald Sage. Otis: Bryan Arnold, Nissa Curtin. Peru: Kyle Gallup. Pittsfield: Sahra Abderrahim, Charity Ainooson, Kevin Aldam, Marguerite Atwood, Sun Bae, William Baker, Natalie Batho, Kevin Beaulieu, Carol Bennett, Jill Benson, Ciara Berkeley, Timothy Black, Megan Blanchard, Christine Borrero, Shirley Borrero, Mark Brazeau, Frederick Conyers, Kaylin Davis, Ana Dermody, Kenyarda Dickerson, Brittany DiNicola, Jennifer Downs, Marcus DuRant, Arianna Evans, Anne-Marie Ezoua, Patricia Fortier, Marianne Fresia, Sonia Garcia-Rijos, Amy Gates, Amanda Gerry, Rachel Gillette, Camila Gomez, Luke Hibbard, Madalin Holden, Rebecca Hughes, Taylor Johnson, Stephanie Johnston, Tara Jones, Beckie Kiernan, Andrea Kirby, Emery Korte, Donna Kushi, Elizabeth Kwaw, Alyssa Latimer, Larry Leavitt, Devine Lebeau-Harrigan, Hannah Lifvergren, Daniel Love, Amy MacDonald, Melyissa Maloy, Madisyn Manzella, Coral Marine, Kyle Marquis, Erin McKeon, Brandon McKinney, Mariana Melo, Mathieu Moreau, Kimberly Moro, Stacie Morris, Evelyn Musacchio, Krystal Napravnick, Amanda Nefreres, Flavio Olazabal, Kestrel Padgett, Brian Palmieri, Danielle Perry, Kiana Pierce, Cameron Pope, Brooke Powell, Justin Rathbun, Cody Reagon, Francisco Santana, Cassandra Simmons, Jessica Twing, Shila Vallencourt, Christian Valuski, Carmen Villalobos Guevara, Rebecca Wall, Maxwell Whalen, Kaitlyn Wiles, Joseph Williams, Artsem Yakavets, Rachel Zink-Kavey, Ryan Zurrin. Savoy: Crystal Harrington. Sheffield: Emily Shaw. South Lee: Lauren Mullen. Springfield: Leah Radner. West Springfield: Lauren Scholpp. West Stockbridge: America Lopez. Windsor: Ethan Tuck. NEW YORKAusterlitz: Megan Magner. Averill Park: Natalie Emery. East Chatham: Dakota Curtsinger. VERMONTBennington: Michael Marchetti, Peter Sorensen. Stamford: Melina Nunes.