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REVIEW: Energy to spare — The TMC Orchestra and Shostakovich Fill the Shed with Sound and Drama

Despite its year-to-year changing membership, this orchestra is reliably distinguished by energy, enthusiasm, and responsiveness, along with technical polish and precision.

Bits & Bytes: The Nields at Spencertown Academy; Winter Play Reading Festival; Beth Robbins at Hevreh; snowshoe hikes

The weekend of staged readings will showcase emerging and established playwrights, and feature Shakespeare & Company artists.

Bits & Bytes: Festive Frolic; Dana Cowin at Scoville Library; ‘Christmas at Trinity’; Jewish music talk; Lenox Historical Society open house

The Park Square tree lighting ceremony will take place Friday at 6 p.m. and include carols performed by the Taconic High School chorus and hot chocolate provided by Patrick’s Pub.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Pulse summit, performance; Alice Hoffman at Knosh & Knowledge; Tigue at Simon’s Rock; Cynthia Wick at BBG; Cantilena Chamber Choir...

The Brooklyn-based trio of Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody makes their own blend of instrumental minimalism while opening up the possibilities of instrumentation through commissioning and collaboration.

Celebrating 10 years with BRIDGE’s Happiness Toolbox summer program

The 2019 Summer Program will build on ongoing Happiness Toolbox themes of Mindfulness, Character Strengths, Diversity Leadership, Growth Mindset, and the rich History and Heritage of Berkshire County.

Bits & Bytes: Celebrate Stephentown; B’Shalom Chorale concerts; Du Bois talk; ‘The Opioid Crisis in the Berkshires’; flower show call for entries

On Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Lenox Town Hall, the Maimonides Society of the Berkshires will present “Opioid Crisis in the Berkshires,” a forum exploring the local impact of the opioid addiction crisis.

Bits & Bytes: Construct anniversary; Jewish Festival of Books; Quebe Sisters at Infinity Music Hall; ‘In Plain Site’

The Jewish Festival of Books' opening night event Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. will feature an Egg Cream Eggstravaganza with Barry Joseph, author of “Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink.”

Bits & Bytes: Stockbridge Art Walk; ‘Thinking About Today’s Supreme Court’; ‘Showdown’ at Berkshire Museum; ‘BubbleMania!’ at Lenox Library; ‘Songs and Sayings’ at Bascom...

Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, and writes a biweekly opinion column for the New York Times on the Court and the law.

Melvin Greenberg, 86, of Alford, co-founder of Berkshires Bounty, made the world a better place

For 25 years, Mel, along with many helpers and his well-worn pickup, drove to the markets, bakeries and cafes of Great Barrington each week collecting food donations and distributing them to a variety of organizations.

Berkshire Grown’s Winter Farmers Market finds the sweet spot

“The markets are where the life is, where the future connections are, and where I find others who are like-minded.” --Dori Pollinger of H.R. Zeppelin Fine Handmade Chocolates

Bits & Bytes: Car Seat Headrest at MASS MoCA; Egg Cream Eggstravaganza; John Bonifaz at Berkshire Athenaeum; pajama drive; Valentine’s swing dance

At Hevreh of Southern Berkshire the evening will begin with a screening of the short film “Egg Cream” by Nora Claire Miller, Peter Miller and Amy Linton, a bittersweet look at memory, history, and the enduring meaning of the beloved chocolate soda drink born on the Jewish Lower East Side of New York City.

Observations of the DA debate at Hevreh

Rabbi Hirsch announced that Mr. Caccaviello had a prior engagement and was not able to attend and that an invitation to send a representative from his campaign was declined.

Robert J. Silman, 83, of Great Barrington

He dedicated his professional life to the construction, preservation and sustainability of an esthetically pleasing and socially and environmentally conscientious built environment.

Richard (Dick) Koffman, 85, of Great Barrington

He was one of a generation who wore a leather helmet onto the football field and rode his horses like his favorite movie cowboys.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Spamalot’; Storytellers and Songwriters series; Stockbridge Sinfonia concerts; Knosh & Knowledge

The program for the Sinfonia concerts will include Mozart’s Overture to 'The Magic Flute,' Khachaturian’s 'Masquerade' Suite, Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.

Cookbook author Joan Nathan to share her wisdom at Jewish Festival of Books

“Food and people go together, and I’ve always found that food can break down cultural barriers. Food goes above culture.” -- Joan Nathan, author of “At King Solomon’s Table”

Bits & Bytes: Neal and Tyer to present heroin documentary; ‘Artistic Insights’ at Shakespeare & Co.; ‘Nudes Beyond the Prado;’ Carole Owens book signing;...

Shakespeare & Company Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer and Company actor Jonathan Epstein will give a talk entitled “Shakespeare and the Jews,” which will explore Shakespeare’s controversial play “The Merchant of Venice.”
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