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CONNECTIONS: Baldwin’s in West Stockbridge marches on

The Civil War had created pent-up demand for goods, and there was Baldwin’s. Folks all over the North and South were glad to see the war ending and new businesses starting up.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Celebrating Freedom: Democracy in Action’; Stefan Jackiw, Conrad Tao at Simon’s Rock; memoir lecture; wildlife tracking workshop

The program will include works by Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, Saariaho and Brahms, and will be preceded by a pre-concert conversation with Stefan Jackiw and Conrad Tao.

Bits & Bytes: FODfest 2018; ‘PLASTIC!’ in Housatonic; world music program for kids; Social Change Film Series; ‘Voices of Poetry’ at the Mount

To ease the transition and make tap water more readily available, the Berkshire Women’s Action Group’s Environment Committee is planning a gradual rollout of modern, hygienic water-refill stations around Great Barrington and Housatonic.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Speaking Truth to Power’ standout; ‘Navigating Climate Change in Uncertain Times’; Joey Alexander Trio at the Mahaiwe; First Fridays Artswalk

The talk “Navigating Climate Change in Uncertain Times” will draw on literature, history, philosophy, environmental studies, politics and economics to situate climate change as an urgent personal and political call to action.

Bits & Bytes: ‘A Story of Fascism;’ ‘Writing Fire’ book launch; Kyra Xuerong Zhao at Music & More; Marty Podskoch at Scoville Memorial Library

The Writing Fire book launch will feature readings from contributors including Sharon Coleman, Anni Crofut, Barbara Dean, Susie Kaufman, Barbara Newman and Hilde Weisert.

Bits & Bytes: Land trusts meeting; Earth Day writing workshop; wine tasting benefit; juried art exhibition; candidate meet and greet

David Bollier is an author, activist, blogger and independent scholar with a primary focus on the commons as a new paradigm for economics, politics and culture.

Bits & Bytes: Radius Playwrights Festival; journalism symposium; Leonel Morales at Hotchkiss; Balkan food stories; ‘Thanks for the Fish’

The purpose of Radius Playwrights Festival is to cultivate and celebrate local talent, explains Ann Garner, managing director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab.

Bits & Bytes: BFWW announces events; January Houseplant Daze; ‘Leisure & Lust’ at The Mount; community theatre auditions; Mumbet’s walk to freedom

Berkshire Botanical Garden will present January Houseplant Daze, two classes about caring for houseplants, on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The Berkshires gear up for Women’s March on Washington and local solidarity events

In Berkshire County, we have a free indoor sister event in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington at the Colonial Theatre on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event was organized by a local steering committee that includes Kristen van Ginhoven of Lenox-based WAM Theatre, which focuses on work by female theater artists and stories for women and girls, and volunteers Jayne Benjulian, Lynn Festa and Mary Lincoln.

Bits & Bytes: Women’s March on Washington solidarity event; James B. Conroy at Stockbridge Library; Coffee Hour Speaking Series; BCC spring workshops

Thanks to a collaboration with the Women’s March on Washington-national team and the Women’s March on Washington-Massachusetts Chapter, rally coverage from Washington will be live-streamed throughout the event at the Colonial.

Bits & Bytes: Global poverty conference; David Sedaris at the Mahaiwe; Carole Owens book talk; Norton Owen on Jacob’s Pillow; Butterfly Leadership Program; swing...

"Remarkable Women of New England" also includes the story of Anna Dix Orton Bingham, the Widow Bingham who fought to become the first woman to have a tavern license in Berkshire County on the site of the present-day Red Lion Inn.

Celebrating the creative voice: Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

The primary purpose of the Festival is that we all -- every one of us — have stories to tell. That should be told. And heard.

Bits & Bytes: Butterfly Leadership Program; chair yoga class; Great Barrington Republican meeting; Riotous Youth enrollment

At Riotous Youth sessions, students explore one of Shakespeare’s plays through games, activities, and rehearsal.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Jingle Jangle’ at Olana; BFWW writing retreat; holiday story slam; second bus to UNLOCK added

WordXWord will wrap up 2015 with a story slam at the Whitney Center for the Arts on Sunday, December 20 at 3 p.m. Storytellers are invited to share their five-minute true stories related to the theme “strange holiday.”

Festival of Women Writers becomes a year-round celebration

Part of population of memoir writing is the widespread realization that you do not have to be a celebrity or politician to have a life story worth writing about.

EDGEWISE: Trailblazing Jewish feminist, Letty Cottin Pogrebin

"It should not take a burning Torah or a flaming cross to make us form a bucket brigade." -- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

EDGEWISE: Owen Labrie, ISIS, and the culture of rape

I want to live in a world where this kind of treatment of women would be unthinkable to any man.
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