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Two (fold) in One (flute): Brandon Patrick George’s Solo Recital at Tannery Pond

George’s concept was to pair works on the basis of either direct or common influences, thereby creating a dialogue spanning centuries and continents and arranged as a wide-ranging journey with the common vehicle of a solo flute.

Bits & Bytes: Rosanne Cash at Club Helsinki; unity gathering; Chatham piano celebration; ‘Stories, Smiles, Art & Ice Cream’; forest bathing at Hancock Shaker...

The program is still in formation but will include reflections from featured speakers including Rabbi Levi Volovik of Chabad of the Berkshires; Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield; and Rev. Brent Damrow of the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge.

Bits & Bytes: BBG Winter Lecture; ‘ESCAPE’ at Geoffrey Young Gallery; Alexander Chee at Simon’s Rock; ‘BANG: The Bert Burns Story’ at Mason Library

Co-curated by New York art world veteran Hope Davis and painter and musician Sharon Gregory, “ESCAPE” is multi-dimensional, exploring a wide range of visual expressions and media including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Art That Speaks’ at Fuel; Radius Playwrights Festival submissions; ‘Mass. Cast’ at Schantz Galleries; library deliveries; ‘People Paintings’ at Camphill Ghent

Berkshire Playwrights Lab is calling for submissions for its third annual Radius Playwrights Festival, which features five or six new, short plays created by playwrights who live within a 50-mile radius of Great Barrington.

River Art Project brings together professional environmentalists, eager public to raise funds for cleanup

The summer-long event combines a gallery space featuring paintings of the outdoors by local artists, environmental literature on display, and a live panel of speakers featuring prominent movers and shakers in the Housatonic River and Hudson River cleanup efforts.

By overwhelming margin, Great Barrington adopts ‘trust policy’ for immigrants

"Living in fear is the not the quality of a welcoming and safe community — it is instead the very essence of a totalitarian state. A community in which any of our members live in fear is not the kind of community that any of us, regardless of political affiliation, I am sure, want Great Barrington to be." -- Housatonic resident Anne O’Dwyer

Bits & Bytes: ‘Wild Berkshires’ art show; ‘All in the Timing;’ ‘Images of America: Lenox;’ Gabriel Tajeu at Club Helsinki Hudson

'All in the Timing' is directed by Mount Everett Regional High School student Charles Kerzner and the cast is comprised of students from Taconic High School, Bard College at Simon's Rock and the Darrow School.

Proposed solar bylaws would affect all areas, including residential neighborhoods

In their letter to the editor, Sharon Gregory, Patricia Ryan and Gabrielle Senza write: "Allowing the Planning Board to grant a special permit to an industrial scale solar project, especially in residential zones, would set a terrible precedent."

Bits & Bytes: Hillsdale ArtsWalk; Living Room Theatre; Becket Arts Center exhibit; Behold! New Lebanon tours

The Hillsdale ArtsWalk will encompass a variety of art media spanning painting, ceramics and pottery, woodcraft, photography, custom jewelry, found object art, mixed media, fabric art, and metalwork.

Green Tea Party explains itself

In a letter to the editor, members of the Green Tea Party write: “Our goal is to get the voters on their feet, to understand the way decisions get made, to play watchdog and increase the conversation.”

Planning Board adds 9 conditions for 100 Bridge St. affordable housing plan approval

One of the principal conundrums is what to do with the other 6 acres should the affordable housing be developed before everything else.

Averting a crisis, Great Barrington approves Berkshire Hills School budget

“The issue tonight is how are we gonna raise that [$14.5 million].” If voters said no, the Selectboard would have to “come up with that $14.5 million and they’d have to find it somewhere.” -- Richard Coons, former Berkshire Hills School Committee member  

In GB vote schools lose; town budget, gas tax and preservation projects approved

“Capitalism has its limits. I’m a capitalist but it has to end somewhere. In this case I am for spending taxpayer money.” -- George Beebe, speaking on behalf of granting $170,000 of Community Preservation Act money to Windy Hill Farm for an Agriculture Preservation Restriction

250 join ‘Stop the (PCB) Dumps’ march at General Electric’s Housatonic site

A probable carcinogen, PCBs migrate, affecting life all over the world. Research indicates the chemicals can leach out of landfills and into soil as far as several miles beyond them.

‘Green Tea Party’ urges rejection of school budget at Great Barrington Town Meeting

Someone on one side of the Stockbridge/Great Barrington property line should not be paying more than someone on the other side, no matter how many kids are involved, according to Great Barrington resident Chip Elitzer.

Great Barrington budget warm-up: Fire Department takes heat, school debate ignited

“This young man here [Fire Chief Charlie Burger] works 90 hours a week. We’re burning him out. I asked for it for years. It’s very much needed.” -- Former Fire Chief Harry Jennings

Open letter to the Mahidas: Build the hotel, but respect the spirit of the bylaw

In a joint letter to the editor four concernedGreat Barrington residents write: "If they are truly listening, then surely they are getting the message: Tearing down Searles to put in a new oversized 95 room hotel while pretending to “preserve” the historic site is not acceptable."
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