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THE OTHER SIDE: The king is not dead — not really

Well, in one fell swoop, the new conservative majority—it might be more accurate to call them the new MAGA majority—betrayed originalism and textualism.

Bits & Bytes: Arbor Day at Mason Library; ‘Aladdin Jr.’ at the Colonial; ‘The Art of Costume Design in Opera’; science and engineering fair;...

Directed by Travis Daly with music direction by Erin M. White and choreography by Kathy Jo Grover, the production features more than 100 Berkshire-area students.

Egremont Green News: Fast chargers needed for electric vehicles in Berkshires

An owner of an electric vehicle says current infrastructure is too geared to Teslas.

Bits & Bytes: BAA College Fellowship Show; ‘Love, Gilda’ at Mason Library; Tumo-Kohrs EP release; Blue Party at ExtraSpecialTeas

Berkshires musical duo Tumo-Kohrs will celebrate the release of their debut EP, “From the Berkshires to the World,” Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at Big Elm Brewing.

Bits & Bytes: Chesterwood exhibition; ‘Children of the Moon’; Mass Audubon climate cafe; WAM Theatre Elder Ensemble

Taking its name from Du Bois poem “Children of the Moon,” which appeared in Du Bois’ book “Darkwater” in 1920, the event is part of a larger three-day program that brings students together for an exploration of Du Bois’ life, work and legacy.

A legacy of greatness: Community celebrates W.E.B. Du Bois’ 151st birthday

It was an afternoon of speakers and performers, ranging from scholars and academics to relatives, activists and musicians. And it was topped off by a birthday cake reception, complete with a rendition of Happy Birthday that somehow inspired even the tone-deaf to sing in key.

Bits & Bytes: W. E. B. Du Bois tribute; ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at the Whit; ‘Elegant Entertaining in the Gilded Age’

The program will also honor Du Bois biographer David Levering Lewis, who will receive the town’s first W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Award honoring recipients for “embodying and preserving W. E. B. Du Bois’ legacy as a scholar and activist for freedom.”

Bits & Bytes: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor at Simon’s Rock; ‘Being Black in the Berkshires’; Williams College French Film Festival; LitNet seeks volunteer tutors

In her lecture, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will give historical context to the Combahee River Collective’s groundbreaking work and how it informs present-day social movements such as Black Lives Matter.

Business Briefs: MCLA wins in gender equality; new WAM Theatre board members; soft skills boot camp; banking award for Goewey

The report, titled “Women’s Power Gap in Higher Education,” examines the percentage of women enrolled at all Massachusetts public and private schools alongside the percentage of female college presidents, senior leadership and boards of trustees.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Beyond the Veil’ at the Mahaiwe; Kimball Farms art exhibit; ‘New Illuminations’ with Suzi Banks Baum; Sauerkraut Seth at Roe Jan...

Inspired by the exclusion of Du Bois from the region’s cultural history, 'Beyond the Veil' examines racism in the higher echelons of society and ponders what would happen if the racial veil were lifted and two iconoclasts could see each other clearly.

Bits & Bytes: Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service; ‘Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms’; Leah Penniman at Darrow School

In Interfaith Celebration program will begin with a service opened by Rev. Cara Davis and officiated by Wray Gunn of the Legacy Festival and Clinton Church Restoration with a performance by Olga Dunn School of Dance and songs from local congregations.

Bits & Bytes: Bach at New Year’s; marionettes at Ventfort Hall; Berkshire Art Association call for art

The 'Bach at New Year's' program celebrates friendship and Auld Lang Syne in the music of five Baroque masters who defined the style and created the rich heritage of Western music enjoyed today.

School districts: Time to decide on direction

Ultimately, consolidation delivers broader and more cost-efficient access to student resources with fewer layers of administrative costs.

OPINION: We are too great to hate

Difference enriches us and makes the world — and our country — a more interesting, vibrant, compassionate place. The United States, indeed, is built on that. We are also a nation that holds dear the concept of free speech — but threats and hateful words, whether violent or rhetorical, go beyond that concept. Free speech is a responsibility as much as a right.

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: OLLI University Day; CATA in North County; ‘Why Do Birds Sing?’; Pittsfield Photo Challenge

Tom Stephenson, author of “The Warbler Guide” and several birding apps, will present an overview of the kinds of vocalizations that birds make, how they are acquired and how the song-learning process unfolds.

Bits & Bytes: Comedy at Race Brook Lodge; ‘This Is Home’ at Mason Library; ‘Southern Berkshires Through Time’; CoA luncheon; FAFSA Day Massachusetts

The Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary "This is Home" follows four Syrian refugee families sent to resettle in Baltimore in 2016.
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