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The Wailers will perform at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, on Sunday, February 14.

Bits & Bytes: The Wailers at the Colonial; ‘Ten Days of Play;’ ‘Berkshire Mosaic’ book launch; IS183’s ‘Learning Through Arts’; ’Paper Clips’ screening in Pittsfield

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By Monday, Feb 8, 2016 Arts & Entertainment

BTG to present legendary reggae band the Wailers

Pittsfield — Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) will present legendary reggae band the Wailers at the Colonial Theatre on Sunday, February 14, at 8 p.m. as part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold more than 250 million albums and have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe, performing an average of 200 dates a year. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played and performed with Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy as well as reggae legends Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, The Wailers play to a fan base that continues to grow and expand as new generations of fans are exposed to the music.

Tickets to are $40. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or call the Colonial ticket office at (413) 997-4444.


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‘Ten Days of Play’ at the Berkshire Museum

Pittsfield — The Berkshire Museum will offer a full roster of activities and programs Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 21, coinciding with most schools’ February vacation week.

During “Ten Days of Play,” kids can innovate with the big blue blocks of the Imagination Playground and explore a LEGO station courtesy of Pley, an architectural building set from Bilderhoos, and a Tegu magnetic block station. “Ten Days of Play” will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays and will be included with regular Museum admission.

“Ten Days of Play” will include other events such as a free community night on Friday, February 12; the Berkshire Theatre Group presentation “Play Ball! Reflections on the Origins of Baseball” Monday, February 15 – Saturday, February 20; a Records and Burpee zoo animal show on Tuesday, February 16; PechaKucha Night on Thursday, February 18; and an afternoon of improv with the UMass Amherst Dance Department’s Vacanti Ballet on Friday, February 19.

Contact the Museum for more information at (413) 443-7171.


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‘Berkshire Mosaic’ book launch party

Berkshire Mosaic CoverNorth Adams — On Thursday, February 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Multicultural BRIDGE will present its Social Justice in Action campaign fundraiser featuring the release of its book “Berkshire Mosaic: a Multicultural BRIDGE Living History Project” at MCLA’s Gallery 51.

Author and Multicultural BRIDGE Director Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, along with some of the book’s contributing writers and their interviewees, will read excerpts, share experiences and reflections, answer questions, and sign copies of the anthology. “In all of our fragmented pieces, some fuller than others, some shiny, some dulled over time, we make up an intricate piece of artwork. We each are part of a larger whole. This is what ‘Berkshire Mosaic’ helps us remember and celebrate,” VanSant explained.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


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IS183 ‘Learning Through Arts’ student art show


A student from IS183’s Learning Through Arts program at Pittsfield’s Crosby Elementary School.

Pittsfield — IS183 Art School of the Berkshires will showcase work by students in its Learning Through Arts (LTA) program as part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. The exhibit will open at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts on Thursday, February 11, with a reception from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

IS183 launched LTA in 2007 with one fifth-grade afterschool program for 30 children. Since then the program has flourished, providing activities to more than 1,250 students a year in grades K-12. LTA weaves visual arts into a wide variety of disciplines, focusing its efforts on bringing hands-on arts education to schools serving children with the fewest resources and greatest need.


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‘Paper Clips’ film screening

Paper Clips posterPittsfield — On Thursday, February 11, at 10:45 a.m., the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will screen “Paper Clips (2004),” a film about students in rural Tennessee who explored the Holocaust via a class project. The free screening will take place at at Congregation Knesset Israel.

“Paper Clips” takes place in the rural, blue-collar Tennessee community of Whitwell where a middle-school class takes attempts to understand World War II’s Holocaust by collecting paper clips, each of which represents a human life lost in the Nazis’ slaughter of Jews.

For more information, please call the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at (413) 442-4360 x10.


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