BodySonnet will perform Saturday, Jan. 4, in a dance collaboration at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington. Photo courtesy Daniel's Art Party

Bits & Bytes: Dance collaboration at Simon’s Rock; ‘The Sequel’ at Mason Library; ‘Every Child Ready to Read’; ‘Art of the Hills: Narrative’ submissions

The four-week series for parents/caregivers with children ages birth through 5 will help children develop pre-reading skills that will assist them in being ready to read in school.

Simon’s Rock to present dance collaboration

Great Barrington — On Saturday, Jan. 4, at 3 p.m., Daniel’s Art Party will present a dance collaboration concert by BodySonnet and the Harlow Chamber Players on the squash courts of Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s Kilpatrick Athletic Center.

BodySonnet and the Harlow Chamber Players are new artist collectives founded by Berkshire-grown dancer Moscelyne ParkeHarrison and violinist Hannah Lynn Cohen. Each organization is committed to the integrity of craft, excellence and community engagement. Recent Juilliard School grad ParkeHarrison, along with fellow grads from Sean Lammer and Mio Ishikawa, are collaborating on this new work.

Said ParkeHarrison: “The mission of BodySonnet is to create work which exemplifies dance as an intellectual, empowering and accessible pursuit. BodySonnet reflects and presents questions in order to encourage appreciation, skepticism and awareness through the wonderfully evocative and ambiguous nature of dance.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Daniel’s Art Party at danielsartparty@simons-rock.edu.

–E.E.

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Mason Library to screen ‘The Sequel’

Image courtesy Bullfrog Films

Great Barrington — The Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries will screen the documentary film “The Sequel” Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mason Library.

The late English historian and ecological theorist David Fleming argued that global capitalism’s need for constant consumption and growth is destroying the world: It consumes too many resources, spews out too many wastes, and pushes too many people into poverty and despair. Fleming thought climate change will trigger what he called “climacteric collapse” of large-scale societies. The unfolding collapse offers the possibility of a counter-cultural renaissance by transitioning to more locally oriented and nature-focused ways of life.

The event is part of the Friends’ First Saturday Free Film Series and will begin with a wine and cheese social at 7 p.m. More socializing and community discussion will follow the film until 10 p.m. The film does not reflect endorsement or advocacy for any particular point of view by the library or the town of Great Barrington. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Mason Library at (413) 528-2403.

–E.E.

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Lenox Library to host ‘Every Child Ready to Read’

Lenox — South Berkshire Kids will present ‘Every Child Ready to Read’ every Tuesday in January from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenox Library.

The four-week series for parents/caregivers with children ages birth through 5 will help children develop pre-reading skills that will assist them in being ready to read in school. The series includes a literacy workshop, storytime and playgroup all in one! Each family will receive picture books, a book bag, and helpful information and resources.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, contact Jessica at (413) 464-5095 or southberkshirekids@gmail.com.

–E.E.

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‘Art of the Hills: Narrative’ exhibition calls for artists

‘Garden View’ by Lynne O’Connell from Berkshire Museum’s 2018 ‘Art of the Hills’ exhibit of local artists. Photo: Lynne O’Connell/Courtesy Berkshire Museum

Pittsfield — Berkshire Museum will present “Art of the Hills: Narrative,” a juried exhibition featuring the work of local artists, Saturday, June 6, through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. The exhibit will accept applications from eligible artists Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

“Art of the Hills: Narrative” will be a celebration of the rich, creative culture of the region, highlighting the works of both emerging and established local artists ages 18 and older. Artists within a 60-mile radius of Berkshire Museum are invited to submit up to three original 2D or 3D works for consideration by jurors Amy Myers and Seung Lee. Myers and Lee will also select Best in Show, second and third place, and two honorable mentions, which will be announced Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the “Art of the Hills” opening reception. The artist behind each award-winning piece will have the opportunity to present their work in a solo or group show at Berkshire Museum at a later date.

Application information plus a downloadable prospectus are available online. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, March 22, 2020. For more information, contact the Berkshire Museum at (413) 443-7171 or info@berkshiremuseum.org.

–E.E.