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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.

Berkshire theaters make history: Partial summer season approved

It seems that both Berkshire Theatre Group and Barrington Stage Company are on the right track to restoring our sense of what is beautiful and possible in our lives starting in August.

Theater in the time of COVID-19: How area theaters and theater artists are coping during the pandemic

I asked the directors of several area theaters how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting their theaters and their staff in ways that might not be so evident to the lay public.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Earth People’; Farm Film Fest; the Irish Comedy Tour at the Colonial; cohousing documentary

Written and directed by John de Graaf in 2019, the film explores the concept of cohousing, an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared space.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Pirates Past Noon’; Ken Gloss at Stockbridge Library; W.E.B. Du Bois talk; ‘Twilight Time’

Ken Gloss, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop, which goes back to around 1825.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Love Yourself’ at the Colonial; ‘A Little Rebellion Now and Then’; Marie Kendall photography talk; ‘Empowering Women and Girls Worldwide’

Shays’ Rebellion is viewed as an agrarian revolt pitting impoverished farmers in western Massachusetts against the wealthy merchant class of the coastal eastern part of the state.

‘No Visible Bruises’ presentation to highlight the prevalence of violence against women

The book is ultimately a manifesto that turns a regressive notion about the causes of domestic violence on its head by illustrating domestic violence as a public health problem with solutions.

Bits & Bytes: ‘We Hear Freedom Calling’; Rock Voices concert; local history lecture; BSO Concerto Competition

Founded by Tony Lechner in Hadley in 2012, Rock Voices has since expanded around New England and New York.

Bits & Bytes: Bach at New Year’s; Max Creek at the Colonial; Gedney Farm New Year’s dance party; Felice Brothers at Club Helsinki Hudson

Max Creek sculpts lengthy shows on the fly from their catalog of more than 200 songs with rockers, ballads, deep jams and crowd sing-alongs.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Gratitude’ at Race Brook Lodge; ‘Messiah’ sing-in; Sprague/Jaffe/Ennis trio with Claire Daly; ‘Little Women’ reading; Rock & Soul Holiday Show

The Sprague/Jaffe/Ennis Trio is a new ensemble featuring long time collaborators with strong Berkshires roots: Miro Sprague on piano, Marty Jaffe on bass and Jason Ennis on guitar.

Bits & Bytes: Pittsfield CityJAZZ Festival; Rotary Pumpkinfest; ‘True Dreams’ art show; dance workshop at Chesterwood

Pumpkinfest will be a family-friendly event that is considered an opportunity for expanded connections between Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Columbia County, New York.

CONNECTIONS: Recalling an era of political decency

Ruberto was unconflicted about what his job was. He was an elected official and to him, that meant a servant of the people: a worker for the common good.

Bits & Bytes: BBG Harvest Festival; Stockbridge Art Walk; pop-up art show; Peter Hand Trio; Glenn Miller Orchestra

The Art Walk is a self-guided tour of locations within the downtown area of Stockbridge.

News Brief: Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign

The Berkshire Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force formed earlier this year under the auspices of the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

Bits & Bytes: Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair; rescheduled Berkshire Jazz Showcase; tree care talk; Kung Fu at the Colonial; Community Conversations recap

The 'Save a Tree' workshop will focus on supporting the health of the red oak adjacent to River Walk on Bridge Street.

THEATRE REVIEW: BTG’s ‘George Gershwin Alone’ a crazily authentic experience

This isn't so much a biography but a rather unique privilege: a few minutes with the genius, during which he entertains with his compositions and his personal stories.

Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts Show; dinner with Hershey Felder; ‘The Spirit Behind the Spirit of St. Louis’

Berkshire Theatre Group will host a backstage dinner with 'George Gershwin Alone' star Hershey Felder and BTG artistic director Kate Maguire Friday, Aug. 30, at the Colonial Theatre.
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