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Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Art Walk; ‘Thinking About Today’s Supreme Court’; ‘Showdown’ at Berkshire Museum; ‘BubbleMania!’ at Lenox Library; ‘Songs and Sayings’ at Bascom Lodge

Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, and writes a biweekly opinion column for the New York Times on the Court and the law.

Stockbridge Art Walk to feature variety of activities

Stockbridge — The Guild of Berkshire Artists and TKG Real Estate will present the Stockbridge Second Thursday Art Walk Thursday, July 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Art Walk is a self-guided tour of locations within the downtown area of Stockbridge. Participants can partake of light refreshments at TKG Real Estate and visit Sarah Horne’s studio at 50 Main St., rear, an art exhibit at the Stockbridge Library, the Image Gallery at 34 Main St., and art demonstrations at the Red Lion Inn. The nearby River Art Project will also be open. Schantz Galleries will be closed for a private event during the Art Walk, but the public is welcome Friday, July 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. to see the work of Lino Tagliapietra.

More than 20 artists are displaying their work at TKG Real Estate, previewing work that will be on view at their studios around the Berkshires Saturday July 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Among the artists showing are Rose Tannenbaum, Amy Pressman, Bruce Panock, David Hagerty, Jorie Latham, Alan Papscun, Mark Olshansky, Walter Pasko, Virginia Bradley, Chris Malcomson, Diane Firtell, ML Kammel, Kerry Hamilton, Keith Emerling, Doane Perry and Karen Carmean.

A map of the Art Walk locations, which are all within a half-mile walk, will be available at the TKG office. Stockbridge Art Walk will continue on the second Thursday of each month through December. For more information, call (413) 298-0610.


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Linda Greenhouse to discuss ‘Thinking About Today’s Supreme Court’

Linda Greenhouse. Photo: Marissa Doran

Great Barrington — On Friday, July 12 at 10:45 a.m. at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires’ Knosh & Knowledge program will welcome Linda Greenhouse for a talk titled “Thinking About Today’s Supreme Court.” The talk will be followed by lunch.

About her talk, Greenhouse said: “I will draw on decisions from the Supreme Court’s current term, which will end in late June, to offer some observations about the direction of the Court; its relationship to Congress and the presidency; and prospects for the future, with a particular emphasis on the implications of the Court’s current focus on enhancing the role of religion in public life.”

Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, and writes a biweekly opinion column for the New York Times on the Court and the law. Her most recent book is “The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right” with Michael J. Graetz. Greenhouse was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1998. In 2004 she received the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism and the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. She was a Radcliffe Institute Medal winner in 2006.

The talk is free and open to the public, and lunch is $11. Those who would like to have lunch must register and pay in advance. For more information or to register, contact the Jewish Federation of the Berkshire at (413) 442-4360 x10 or


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Attorney Jeffrey Robbins to speak on Trump, impeachment, congressional investigations

Jeffrey Robbins. Photo courtesy Osher Lifelong Learning Center at Berkshire Community College

Pittsfield — Attorney and columnist Jeffrey Robbins will discuss the current crisis between the executive branch and Congress in the context of the history of American Congressional investigations in “Showdown: Donald Trump, Congressional Investigations and the Spector of Impeachment in the Air” Wednesday, July 10, at 3 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Robbins is the former chief counsel for the Democrats on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and former U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights under President Clinton. During more than 35 years as a litigator and trial lawyer, Robbins represented parties in high-profile First Amendment, corporate takeover, employment, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud-based cases.

Beyond his legal practice, Robbins is a weekly columnist for the Boston Herald and a visiting professor at Brown University, where he teaches courses on congressional investigations and political journalism. His columns have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the New York Observer, the Christian Science Monitor and the Times of Israel. He is the former chairman of the New England board of the Anti-Defamation League and the former president of the World Affairs Council of Boston.

Tickets are $10 for OLLI and Berkshire Museum members, $15 for nonmembers, and free to BCC students and youth ages 17 and under. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at Berkshire Community College at (413) 236-2190.


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Lenox Library to host Casey Carle’s ‘BubbleMania!’

Casey Carle. Photo courtesy Casey Carle’s BubbleMania!

Lenox — As part of its summer reading program, the Lenox Library will host Casey Carle’s “BubbleMania!” Thursday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m.

The show is geared toward children ages 4–12 with their parents and caregivers. “BubbleMania!” will include giant floating spheres up to 4 to 6 feet in diameter, serpents of soap film stretching over 25 feet, bubbles that bounce, a bubble cube, fog-filled bubbles and a bubble “volcano.”

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


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JoAnne Spies, Doug Tanner to perform ‘Songs and Sayings’ at Bascom Lodge

JoAnne Spies and Doug Tanner. Photo courtesy Bascom Lodge

Adams — Singer-songwriter JoAnne Spies and special guest Doug Tanner will share songs old and new on the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and chromatic harmonica at Bascom Lodge Wednesday, July 10, at 6 p.m.

Berkshire-based musician Spies is known for her interactive shows. Her latest album, “Ecstatic Dances,” includes collaborations with hip-hop artist Jackson Whalan and musician and producer Robby Baier to create world music and songs for dancing, celebration and transformation. Tanner is a longtime musician with the Amherst-based Gypsy Wranglers and has been a judge for the world harmonica contest in Japan.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bascom Lodge at (413) 743-1591.



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