From left: Gregory Boover, MaConnia Chesser, David Joseph, Rory Hammond and Madeleine Rose Maggio will appear in 'Shakespeare in Space' at Shakespeare & Company this weekend. Photos courtesy Shakespeare & Company

Bits & Bytes: ‘Shakespeare in Space’; V-Day 2020; Popa Chubby at Infinity Music Hall; Sue Morse on cougars; ‘Math Homework’

Richard Britell’s take on mathematical equations as art aims to recall how math and art have crossed paths through the ages via the likes of da Vinci, Durer and Escher.

Shakespeare & Company to present ‘Shakespeare in Space’

Lenox — Shakespeare & Company will present “Shakespeare in Space” Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. in its Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre.

Expanding on idea that the Bard was the original science fiction writer, “Shakespeare in Space” is co-directed by Allyn Burrows and Michelle Joyner; hosted by comedian Kevin Bartini; and features Company members Gregory Boover, MaConnia Chesser, Rory Hammond, David Joseph and Madeleine Rose Maggio.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Shakespeare & Company at (413) 637-3353.

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V-Day performance to raise awareness of violence against women 

V-Day 2020 participants at Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield. Photo: Kyron Hanson

Pittsfield — As part of the V-Day 2020 movement and the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, the Whitney Center for the Arts will host a reading of Eve Ensler‘s “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m.

Assembled by Ensler as a call to end violence against women, “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” is a collection of monologues written by world-renowned authors and playwrights. Directed by the Whit’s artistic director Monica Bliss, the cast includes Diedre Bollinger, Brittany Nicholson, Jenn Smith, Rachel Branch, Colleen Jordan, Amarie Starr, Aleah Tarjick, Grace Kelley, Kas Maroney, Jess Lillie, Ann Krawat, Ted Kozlowski and Peter Podol.

Ensler’s work sparked V-Day, an annual global movement featuring worldwide performances of “The Vagina Monologues” and “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” to spread awareness of violence against women and raise money to stop it. Since its inception in 1998, V-Day campaigns have raised over $100 million for organizations working to end violence against women.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. All proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact the Whitney Center for the Arts at (413) 443-0289 or info@thewhit.org.

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Infinity Music Hall to welcome Popa Chubby

Popa Chubby. Photo courtesy Frank Roszak Promotions

Norfolk, Conn. — Infinity Music Hall will welcome blues rocker Popa Chubby Sunday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m.

Born Ted Horowitz, Popa Chubby, has been hard-rocking the blues since the 1990s. A native New Yorker, Horowitz’s first gigs were in the New York City punk scene where he was immersed in rock ‘n roll theater, and learned from musicians playing at CBGB’s, included the Ramones, the Cramps, and Richard Hell, whose band, the Voidoids, he joined. He signed to Blind Pig Records in 2000 and released several albums. Horowitz will release “It’s a Mighty Hard Road” on Dixiefrog Records, marking his 30th year of making music, in March. Said Horowitz: “Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too. … I’m living in a wild time, and that is where the inspiration is drawn from. There are my issues, but the picture is much bigger than me and my situation.”

Tickets are $29-$39. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Infinity Music Hall at (866) 666-6306.

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Wildlife tracker Sue Morse to present ‘The Cougar Returns to the East’

Photo: Sue Morse

Pittsfield — Berkshire Environmental Action Team, the Trustees of Reservations, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, New England Forestry Foundation, Housatonic Valley Association, Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area and Berkshire Community College will present photographer, wildlife tracker and educator Sue Morse in a talk titled “The Cougar Returns to the East” on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in BCC’s Robert Boland Theatre.

Morse is the founder of Keeping Track, an organization formed in 1994 to train professional biologists, citizen scientist volunteers, land trust leaders and conservation planners to detect, record and monitor the status of wildlife and habitat in their communities. The event will feature information about cougars attempting to recolonize their former habitats, which include a growing list of eastern states and provinces.

The cost of the event is a $15 suggested donation; students will be admitted free. For more information contact Elia Del Molino at (413) 429-6416 or elia@thebeatnews.org.

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Lauren Clark Fine Art to exhibit Richard Britell’s ‘Math Homework’

Richard Britell, “One to 100,” oil sgraffito on canvas. Image courtesy Lauren Clark Fine Art

Great Barrington — Lauren Clark Fine Art will host an opening reception for “Math Homework” by Richard Britell Saturday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Britell’s take on mathematical equations as art aims to recall how math and art have crossed paths through the ages via the likes of da Vinci, Dürer and Escher. The new works comprise a dozen or so small sgraffito paintings on canvas, and include titles and equations such as “The Square Root of 2,” “37 to 54 (the difficult years)” and “88 + 1 = 89.”

Career painter Britell studied at New York City’s Pratt Institute with Philip Pearlstein and Walter Erlebacher. His first show in New York City at Staempfli Gallery was sold out and reviewed in the New York Times. He currently lives in Pittsfield.

The reception is free and open to the public. The show will run through Monday, March 16. For more information, contact Lauren Clark Fine Art at (413) 528-0432 or lauren@laurenclarkfineart.com.

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