On Saturday, Feb. 22, as part of the town of Great Barrington’s W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival, Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre comes to Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington to present the performance installation “Between me and the other world,” which explores race, identity and Du Bois’ seminal work “The Souls of Black Folk.”
Grillsdale 2019 to highlight culinary bounty of Columbia County, Berkshires Hillsdale, N.Y. — Back for its fourth consecutive year, Grillsdale 2019 will spotlight the culinary talent and bounty of Columbia County and the Berkshires Saturday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 11 p.m. in Roeliff Jansen Park. The event will feature original grilled small plates from
The program will also honor Du Bois biographer David Levering Lewis, who will receive the town’s first W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Award honoring recipients for “embodying and preserving W. E. B. Du Bois’ legacy as a scholar and activist for freedom.”
According to the selectmen, the committee’s charge will be to “oversee several town-sponsored events and programs honoring Du Bois,” including: the Du Bois Day Celebration; the annual Du Bois Festival (from Martin Luther King Day through Feb. 23); banner installations; collaboration with UMass Amherst and local educational institutions and arts, historical and community organizations; and more.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series will offer “Honoring Du Bois,” which will feature a presentation by Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, of the State House resolution honoring Du Bois on the 150th anniversary of his Feb. 23, 1868, birth in Great Barrington.
More than 35 singers and dancers rehearsed a performance piece choreographed to the song “We are Here” by Alicia Keys, the oft-repeated refrain of which is a fitting tribute to the nature of Du Bois’ work: “We are here. We are all here for all of us. That’s why we are here.”
The screening of “Outermost Radio” will be co-sponsored by Great Barrington’s community radio station WBCR, which is currently undergoing reconstruction and renewal and seeking studio space from which to resume live broadcasts.
Chief Medical Officer for Community Health Programs, Dr. Everett Lamm is a board certified pediatrician who practiced in New Hampshire for 14 years before to relocating to the Berkshires. He served the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services as a legislative advocate, educator and speaker.
The ‘Resisting the Pipeline’ celebration will move to Lower Spectacle Pond/Otis State Forest in Sandisfield for a solidarity rally from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, that will include musical guests Ben Grosscup, Kate O’Conner, Bonner McAllester, and Steve Adams.