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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

PREVIEW: Borromeo Quartet Dec. 14 at the Mahaiwe

Reading music notation from a tablet or laptop isn't terribly unusual. But doing it with handwritten scores? That is something else altogether, especially when you're trying to decipher Ludwig van Beethoven's horrific penmanship.

Bits & Bytes: Holiday Handcraft Fair; ‘Under Pressure’ screening; Cedric Watson at Dewey Hall; ‘Three Gentlemen of Vienna’; free children’s books

Created by the class of 2019 at Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, “Under Pressure” covers the September 2018 Merrimack Valley Columbia Gas explosions and the natural gas industry in Massachusetts and nationally.

Bits & Bytes: Clinton Church restoration kickoff; ‘Kohelet’ at the Mahaiwe; ‘Creative Aging’ on Beacon Hill; STEAM Challenge Night; Red Cross blood drives

Close Encounters With Music will kick off its 2019-20 season Sunday, Oct. 27, with the American premiere of Andre Hajdu’s ‘Kohelet’ for four cellos narrated by film, stage and television actor Sam Waterston.

Bits & Bytes: High Peaks Festival; ‘FRACTURED DREAMS’ debut; ‘Compass: A Horror Play’; ‘Uncertainty’ at the Mahaiwe; Tschabalala Self at Art Omi

WAM Theatre has announced a Berkshire County tour of “FRACTURED DREAMS,” a collaborative devised production between WAM’s new Elder Ensemble and its Teen Ensemble.

A revelatory encounter with family, folk and fantasy: Hanani’s merry band brings Suk and Dvorak to the Mahaiwe

After the excited, powerful statement of the second theme in the Dvorak quintet, the movement took flight as a plane from the runway, and the two violins were as wings lifting the ensemble up and up.

Bits & Bytes: American Brass Quintet at The Mahaiwe; ThinkFOOD conference; Jill Soloway at Williams; Bring It to the Light Music Festival

The ThinkFOOD conference's theme, "Berkshire Pollinators," embraces the community’s interest in bees and pollination, and will also showcase local food entrepreneurs whose ideas can inspire innovation in other communities.

Bits & Bytes: Troika al la Russe’ at the Mahaiwe; ‘Resisting Repression’ at Mason Library; Race Mountain Spring Banquet; rabies, microchip clinic

The talk is the first sponsored by the W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee as well as the first in a series of lectures by UMass visiting scholars, co-sponsored by the town of Great Barrington and UMass.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Animals of the North’; ‘Haydn Seek’ at Saint James Place; neuroscience lecture at Simon’s Rock; ‘ESCAPE’ art talk; ‘Agriculture as the...

Three Haydn string quartets, including his “Joke” Quartet, will provide an evening of ambiguous beginnings and fake-out endings, mismatched dialogues between instruments, misunderstandings, musical pratfalls, pretend memory lapses, and digressions.

Bits & Bytes: Festive Frolic; ‘Marzipan and the Trout’; Berkshire Waldorf High School art show; invasive fish talk; 100 Cats for Christmas

A landmark of classical music, Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet weaves a net of enchantment with its catchy melodies and fresh exuberance.

Bits & Bytes: ‘The Sound of the Trumpet’; ‘A Pilgrimage of Hope’; Clark on Haydn; ‘Decision Height’ at Miss Hall’s

In her talk, Caryl Clark will provide a window into the breadth and greatness of Haydn’s work: his music as well as the changing social, cultural and political spheres in which he studied and worked.

REVIEW: A Close Encounter with…Rossini

Close Encounters With Music launches its 2018-19 season with a festive celebration of the Italian composer and great gourmet Rossini.

Bits & Bytes: ‘A Rossini Extravaganza!’; ‘Picture This’ at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary; ‘Bears in the Berkshires’; senior balance classes

In his 45-minute talk at Dewey Hall, Max Galdos-Shapiro will dive into the natural history and current status of the American black bear.

High Peaks Festival moves to Berkshires, explores ‘The French-Russian Connection’

For the ninth year, an international group of violinists, violists, cellists and pianists will converge for intensive instrumental study and chamber music coaching with distinguished faculty during Close Encounters With Music's High Peaks Festival, this year being held at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass.

Bits & Bytes: Hilltown Open Studio Tour; ‘A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.’ screening; CEWM solstice party; mill history talk; Greenagers to dedicate garden...

Using photos of the 19th-century mills and factories, historian John Dickson will reveal the story of the people who harnessed the power of streams and rivers to make a living for their families.
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