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Encore! Billy Collins

Billy Collins is surely the most popular American poet since Robert Frost. We are pleased to offer an encore column of his wonderful work.

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: Shepard to discuss new book; ‘Honoring Du Bois’; ‘Alison Larkin LIVE!’; waste oil & paint collection; Berkshire School student wins songwriting...

The W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series will offer “Honoring Du Bois,” which will feature a presentation by Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, of the State House resolution honoring Du Bois on the 150th anniversary of his Feb. 23, 1868, birth in Great Barrington.

Bits & Bytes: Cocek! Brass Band at Dewey Hall; ‘March for Our Lives’ solidarity rally; VITA taxathon; ‘GI Jews’ documentary; ‘Telling Your Story in...

Indivisible Pittsfield urges the community to join a student-led March for Our Lives solidarity rally in support of common-sense gun law reforms Saturday, March 24, from noon to 1 p.m. at Park Square in Pittsfield.

Bits & Bytes: Puerto Rico fundraiser; Berkshire Earth Expo seeks vendors; handmade Valentine swap; animal tracking intensive; BCC fall 2017 dean’s list

The Berkshire Earth Expo showcases and celebrates environmental activism and activists’ achievements; helps people engage with their neighbors; educates the public about renewable energy solutions; and features businesses, artisans and scientists who work in harmony with nature.

Bits & Bytes: Four Freedoms Coalition anniversary; ASL for kids; “Anastasia Traina’s Fairytale Botanical World”; holiday cards for Fairview patients; nature as medicine at...

The Four Freedoms Coalition held its Four Freedoms March Jan. 7, 2017, in downtown Pittsfield with more than 2,000 people in attendance.

Obamacare repeal: Berkshire residents oppose ‘cruel attempt to take us backwards’

Attendees were encouraged to wear black, dress as zombies and bring headstone-shaped signs to emphasize the danger the proposed healthcare bill embodies.

Bits & Bytes: Paula Poundstone at Fairview gala; Hurricane Harvey benefit concert; ‘Growing Up in the 50’s;’ Phil Donahue at Winsted Community Bookstore; ‘Pink...

Paula Poundstone regularly performs standup comedy across the country and recently released the book “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.”

Bits & Bytes: Hurricane Harvey relief concert; Williams College professor’s photo in space; Avett Brothers movie screening; Alex Rostotsky at Turn Park

Each spacecraft contains a golden record that contains 115 photographs, greetings in many languages and samples of music. One of the photographs was taken by Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff.

Business Briefs: Pittsfield Better Block; new BCC education department; reading app aids literacy; BIC pop-up fundraiser; Williamstown Community Chest grants

BCC's new education department will introduce learning as a cohort model–students will go through the same classes together as a group, with online and face-to-face component.

More arrests in Otis State Forest as Standing Rock demonstrators join pipeline protest

At the Lower Spectacle Pond picnic area, about 80 people gathered at 10 a.m. to not only protest the pipeline but support "the need for solidarity against fossil fuel infrastructure across the country," said a Sugar Shack Alliance spokesperson.

Hinds visits pipeline site, urges reform of FERC and says Trump ‘gutting the EPA’

State Sen. Adam Hinds: "If anybody's learned anything from this election, it's that elections have consequences – serious policy consequences. They are absolutely gutting the EPA at a rate that even the most pessimistic person would be surprised about right now." Hinds was also sharply critical of the state in allowing the pipeline project to move through the Otis State Forest, which is state-owned land ostensibly protected from development.
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