Bits & Bytes: ‘A Story of Fascism;’ ‘Writing Fire’ book launch; Kyra Xuerong Zhao at Music & More; Marty Podskoch at Scoville Memorial Library

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By Thursday, Sep 21 Life In the Berkshires
Val Coleman. Photo courtesy Sandisfield Arts Center

Sandisfield Arts Center to present ‘A Story of Fascism’ with Val Coleman

Sandisfield — The Sandisfield Arts Center will present “A Story of Fascism” with Val Coleman on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m.

In his talk, Coleman will look closely at 20th-century fascism in Germany and Italy and, guided by Hannah Arendt’s analysis of totalitarianism, try to understand why people over the ages manifested anti-Semitism and racism. He will look carefully at contemporary democracy to see if the old symptoms of fascism, such as anti-intellectualism and narcissism, are abroad in the land once again.

Coleman grew up in Charleston, Illinois, and went to Antioch College in Ohio. He was Jose Quintero’s first technical director, in the army for two years, and was a publicist in the movie industry from 1956 to 1960. Among other work in the civil rights movement, Coleman was CORE press secretary from 1960 to 1970, the director of public information for the anti-poverty program Mobilization For Youth, and worked with the New York City Housing Authority from 1970 to 1990. He taught at Columbia University until his retirement 1998 and is the author of five plays and two books of short stories.

Tickets are $10. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Sandisfield Arts Center at (413) 258.4100 or


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‘Writing Fire’ anthology’s second edition to launch

Great Barrington — Green Fire Press has announced the publication and launch of the expanded second edition of “Writing Fire: An Anthology Celebrating the Power of Women’s Words” edited by Jennifer Browdy, Jana Laiz and Sarah Bateson Brubeck. The launch will take place Sunday, Sept. 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Saint James Place hosted by Laiz and Browdy. It will feature readings from contributors including Sharon Coleman, Anni Crofut, Barbara Dean, Susie Kaufman, Barbara Newman and Hilde Weisert. A reception will follow the readings, and books will be available for signing and sales.

“Writing Fire” features writing by more than 75 women of all ages and from many walks of life, most of them local to the Berkshire region. Including fiction, poetry, personal narrative, essays and humor, “Writing Fire” offers an intimate window into the strengths, passions and perspectives that inspire women writers.

For more information, call (413) 281-7015.


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Music & More to feature pianist Kyra Xuerong Zhao

Kyra Xuerong Zhao. Photo courtesy New Marlborough Village Association

New Marlborough — The New Marlborough Village Association’s Music & More series will present the Harold Lewin Memorial Concert featuring pianist Kyra Xuerong Zhao Saturday, Sept. 23, at 4:30 p.m. at the New Marlborough Meeting House, 154 Hartsville-New Marlborough Rd. A reception with the artists and a wine tasting with Domaney’s Liquors & Fine Wines will follow in the Meeting House Art Gallery.

Zhao has performed at U.S. venues including the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine; the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Festival in Lenox; Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and Steinway Hall in New York City; and Horvitz Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After winning a second prize at the 14th International Chopin Piano Competition in Rome, she was invited to give several recitals in China. In the same year, a DVD of her live concert from Beijing was released. Zhao earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music at Mannes College of Music in New York City. She received her artist diploma from Yale School Of Music in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2014 and is a current doctoral candidate at the Boston University School of Fine Arts.

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers and free for youth under age 18. For tickets and more information, contact NMVA at (413) 229-2785 or


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Historian Marty Podskosch to discuss new book at Scoville Memorial Library

Salisbury, Conn. — On Saturday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m., the Salisbury Association Historical Society and the Scoville Memorial Library will present author and historian Marty Podskoch in a discussion of his book “Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their History, Memories and Legacy” at the Scoville Memorial Library.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was formed in 1933 as part of the New Deal to alleviate poverty and unemployment during the Great Depression. Twenty-one camps were established in Connecticut towns and state parks, the workers at which built trails, roads, campsites and dams; stocked fish; built and maintained fire tower observer’s cabins and telephone lines; fought fires; and planted trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 as men were mobilized to fight in World War II.

Podskoch, has written eight books including “Fire Towers of the Catskills: Their History and Lore” andAdirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore.” He also wrote two volumes of “Adirondack Stories” and his book “Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country” has been rated the best-selling travel book in the Adirondacks.

For more information, contact the Scoville Memorial Library at (860) 435-2838 or


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