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Bits & Bytes: ‘MUSE’ at Sohn Fine Art; Whitney Battle-Baptiste in Pittsfield; “Babylon Revisited” world premiere; GrowlerFest; Williams College launches $650m campaign

Financial aid is the Williams College $650 million campaign’s single largest fund-raising priority.

Sohn Fine Art Gallery presents ‘MUSE’

Lenox — Sohn Fine Art Gallery is pleased to present “MUSE,” a group exhibition featuring photography and sculpture by Ormond Gigli, Greg Gorman, Eric Korenman, Hildy Pincus Kronen, Anne Mourier, Pops Peterson, Jack Radcliffe, and Kevin Sprague. “MUSE” will be on view beginning Friday, October 9 through January 2016.

An opening reception will take place on Saturday, October 10 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The reception will include book signings for “Girls in the Windows and Other Stories” by Ormond Gigli, “Just Between Us” and others by Greg Gorman, and Kevin Sprague’s rarely viewed “Muse” will also be available. The show will also offer a holiday reception on Saturday, December 5 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. during the Lenox Holiday Stroll.

For more information contact the gallery at (413) 551-7353 or email info@sohnfineart.com

–E.E.

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Human Rights Speaker Series presents Whitney Battle-Baptiste

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Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste.

Pittsfield — On Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m., the Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series will present a talk by Whitney Battle-Baptiste, “From a Moment to a Movement: A Generational Conversation About Why Black Lives Matter.” Dr. Battle-Baptiste is an associate professor of anthropology and the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her talk will focus on bridging the gap between past and present struggles, and how the realities of the world today shift the conversation around pain and struggle from a moment to a sustainable movement.

The talk will take place at the First United Methodist Church and is free and open to all. Contact Ricky Bernstein for more information at rickypenrose@gmail.com or (413) 229-7993.

–E.E.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Babylon Revisited’ comes to the stage

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Anthony Nikolchev, center, as Charlie Wales; Doria Bramante, left, and Ryan Winkles, right, in ‘Babylon Revisited.’

Lenox — The Ark Theatre Company will present “Babylon Revisited,” a mixed media theatre piece based on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald story and its first production in the Berkshires, Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 25 at Shakespeare & Company.

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Chloe Young as Honoria, the daughter of Charlie Wales.

The Ark’s adaptation of “Babylon Revisited” stars actor/writer Anthony Nikolchev, as the sole live actor onstage with the other characters appearing in video projections. Nikolchev has specialized in one-person shows, winning both the 2011 and 2012 Best Actor awards at New York City’s United Solo International Theater Festival. Also in the cast are Ryan Winkles and Kelly Galvin, who recently appeared in Shakespeare & Company’s “Henry V.” Nikolchev and Donald Marcus, one of the Ark’s Artistic Directors, are the play’s co-adaptors and co-directors.

The Ark Theatre Company was founded by Marcus and his wife, Lisa Milligan. During its years in New York, the Soho-based Ark was a celebrated and innovative off-Broadway company, best known for producing the first New York productions of Tony-winning director Julie Taymor. Marcus and Milligan are residents of Egremont.

For more information and tickets, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Shakespeare & Company box office at (413) 637-3353.

–E.E.

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GrowlerFest 2015

Cummington — Project Art is partnering with artist Bradley Klem, Eutectic Gallery, and Portland Growler Company to bring GrowlerFest 2015 East + West to the east and west coasts for the first time. The project will showcase the ties between the local food movement, craft beer, and ceramic art with exhibitions centering on the beer growler and paired with beer tasting events in Cummington and Portland, Ore.

GrowlerFest 2015 East + West intends to connect a group of international artists to the craft beer movement by offering the surface of a growler as a way to collaborate with one another. The public is invited to experience the handmade quality of ceramic art and craft beer from both coasts and celebrate the growler as a functional art form.

The exhibition is open through Wednesday, December 2 and features the work of 15 artists who have been invited to collaborate on a series of limited-edition growlers. Exhibiting artists are Molly Ann Bishop, Jessica Brandl, Chandra Debuse, Carol Eppe, Kathy King, Bradley Klem, Lauren Gallaspy, Sergei Isupov, Roberto Lugo, Justin Rothshank, Paul Scott, Vipoo Srivilasa, Mara Superior, Jason Walker, and Kurt Weiser.

The opening celebration on Saturday, October 10 at 5 p.m. includes beer tasting, local food, and art. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information contact Project Art at (701) 471-9782.

–E.E.

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Williams College launches $650 million fund-raising campaign

Williamstown — Williams College has officially kicked off a multi-year campaign aimed at raising $650 million and engaging the entire Williams community in building the future of the college. Teach It Forward: The Campaign for Williams is believed to be the most ambitious campaign in the college’s 222-year history and the most ambitious campaign in the history of liberal arts colleges. Following a three-year quiet phase of planning and fundraising, the college has secured $374 million in commitments toward its overall goal, and fully 66 percent of alumni have already engaged in some aspect of the campaign, whether through philanthropic support, volunteerism, or participation in campus or regional alumni events.

Williams launches the Teach It Forward campaign amid a continuing national conversation about the value of higher education and the liberal arts in particular, as well as widespread concern about the affordability and accessibility of a college education.

Williams will seek $150 million in endowment support for financial aid in the campaign to ensure affordability for low- and middle-income students, as well for international students, and therein sustain the socioeconomic diversity of the student body. Financial aid is the campaign’s single largest fund-raising priority.

Williams will also seek deep investment in faculty support, undergraduate science education, and the student experience, and it aims to engage the alumni and parent communities broadly in strengthening their annual support of the college.

–E.E.

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