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Singer-songwriters at the Egremont Barn; BPL staged reading; polar bear talk; double book launch

Jane Denitz Smith has been a playwright in residence with Barrington Stage Company’s Playwright Mentoring Project since 2013.

Egremont Barn to welcome trio of singer-songwriters

South Egremont — The Egremont Barn will welcome singer-songwriters Elizabeth Ziman, Emily Mure and Matt Sucich Saturday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m.

Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She’s toured with the likes of Sara Bareilles and Kishi Bashi; collaborated with Esperanza Spalding, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills and Ben Folds; written scores, with Paul Brill, for a variety of international award-winning documentaries including “Trapped,” a Peabody Award winner; and won a 2015 Independent Music Award in the Songwriting, Folk category. Her songs have been featured in national television campaigns for Google, Amazon, Sky TV and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Emily Mure. Photo: Jeff Fasano

After releasing three albums of original contemporary folk music, Mure shines a light on her influences with “Sad Songs and Waltzes,” a six-track EP of reimagined cover songs of material originally performed by Radiohead, the Cranberries, Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Wilco and the Shins. Mure keeps her own versions folky and acoustic-based, revising each track to suit the unique approach of a musician whose past records have earned her the support not only of New York City’s singer/songwriter community, but of the folk scene at large.

Matt Sucich. Photo courtesy Matt Sucich

In addition to countless live performances in New York City over the years, Sucich has appeared at Willie Nelson’s Heartbreaker Banquet in Luck, Texas; Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware; Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee; and Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. He has also played support for/shared the stage with the Lone Bellow, Lucius, Rachael Yamagata, Lake Street Dive, Levon Helm and others.

Tickets are $15. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact the Egremont Barn at (413) 528-1570 or info@theegremontbarn.com.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Playwrights Lab to stage ‘I Am, You Are, We Were’ by Jane Denitz Smith

Jane Denitz Smith. Photo courtesy Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Great Barrington — Berkshire Playwrights Lab will present a staged reading of “I Am, You Are, We Were” by Jane Denitz Smith Sunday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Saint James Place.

In 1914 and the present day, the equilibrium of two families — one Russian, one suburban Jewish — is tilted by Bolshevik fervor, loss and a garage bursting with a lifetime’s worth of possessions. “I Am, You Are, We Were” explores the depths of love and the collateral damage of loving. The play is directed by BPL co-artistic director Joe Cacaci.

Smith has been a playwright in residence with Barrington Stage Company’s Playwright Mentoring Project since 2013. In 2019, she presented, through Berkshire Voices and BPL, a staged reading of “Our Lady of Broad Street.” Other works include “The Marrow in the Bone” and “The Backyard Farmer’s Guide to Care and Feeding.” She has participated in the 365 Women a Year playwriting project, the Capital Region/Berkshires 24-Hour Theatre Project, the Boston Theater Marathon, and Made in the Berkshires. She is an active member of the Playwrights’ Center.

There is a $15 suggested donation. Registration is recommended due to limited seating. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact Berkshire Playwrights Lab at (413) 528-2544 or admin@berkshireplaywrightslab.org.

–E.E.

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Arcadian Shop to host ‘The Polar Bears of Churchill’

A polar bear in Churchill, Canada. Photo: R.M. Hungate

Lenox — On Saturday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m., the Arcadian Shop’s Trailside Cafe will host “The Polar Bears of Churchill,” a slideshow and talk by Mark Hungate. During the presentation, Hungate will discuss his two trips to Churchill, Canada, to photograph polar bears. He will touch on current affairs in Churchill as well as the area’s tourism business. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Arcadian Shop at (413) 637-3010 or info@arcadian.com.

–E.E.

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Hawthorne Valley School to launch two books

Image courtesy Hawthorne Valley

Ghent, N.Y. — On Sunday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. in the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School hall, Hawthorne Valley, Alkion Press and Waldorf Publications will launch two new books: “The Black Madonna and the Young Sculptor” by HVS faculty member and Alkion Center director of education Eric G. Müller; and “Star of the Sea” by former HVS faculty member William Ward.

Image courtesy Hawthorne Valley

“Star of the Sea” tells of the redemption of a boy who has been entangled in the worst of London’s city life. Illustrated with illuminated letters by award-winning artist Pamela Dalton, the book was edited and partially written by the late teacher’s wife, Andree Ward, also a Waldorf teacher at Hawthorne Valley.

“The Black Madonna and the Young Sculptor” touches on the mythic while delving into arcane realms of Celtic, Roman, and Christian traditions. It is also, in part, a coming of age story in that it follows the spiritual, artistic, and romantic awakening of its young protagonist.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hawthorne Valley at (518) 672-4465 or info@hawthornevalleyassociation.org.

–E.E.

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