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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: African-American Leadership Caucus; Hilton Als at Williams; Halloween at the Mount; Chief Wynn presentation

The focus of the African-American caucus is the reduction and eventual elimination of racial disparities in health, workforce, and education. The essential issues the meeting will address include the Berkshire experience for African-Americans.

Bits & Bytes: FODfest 2015; Jeanne Mackin at The Mount; BNRC award; Audra McDonald at the Mahaiwe; Neumann’s ‘Vanishing America’

The Francis W. Sargent Conservation Award has been presented Berkshire Natural Resources Council, the first time the award has been presented to an organization instead of an individual.

Bits & Bytes: Intergenerational symposium; novelists at the Bookstore; poet at The Mount; Music School 75th anniversary

The goal of the Multicultural BRIDGE symposium is to increase the sense of value among Berkshire County youth in their families and communities

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Clean Air Challenge; grant-writing workshop; Berkshire Grown’s Harvest Supper; Touchstones series at the Mount; Groundswell at Olana

The Harvest Supper is returning for a third year to the Upper Lodge at Ski Butternut. Nearly three dozen Berkshire Grown member chefs and local beverage producers will be on hand.

CONNECTIONS: Ladies, First and former First, in the Berkshires

Possibly the most impactful visit to Berkshire by a First Lady happened in 1998. She was hours late as people stood in front of Miller’s store (soon to be the Colonial Theatre) awaiting the arrival of First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Bits & Bytes: Lenox Library book sale; “Immortal Present” exhibit talk; “Classical Italian Villas” at Ventfort Hall; Berkshire Regional office wins award; BHRSD receives...

The Berkshire Hills Regional School District has been awarded a 31/2-year 21st Century Community Learning Center Exemplary Grant. This federal grant is designed to support high-quality, out-of-school learning, and the total grant amount of $821,600 will be used to continue operating Project Connection.

Bits & Bytes: Garden mural for Ramsdell; solar workshop in Sheffield; Fairgrounds cleanup; Rufus Wainwright at Mahaiwe; Shakespeare & Young Company; Snowden Wright at...

In addition to being a celebrated contemporary pop singer, Rufus Wainwright has made a name for himself in the classical world. His much-acclaimed first opera, titled Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in 2009.

The Ages of Aquarius: Turbulent evolution of Shakespeare & Company

"I know I’m supposed to say that I’m excited about the season coming up, but I am actually really excited about the season coming up. I think our education process is great and our training program is having an outstanding success. Maybe I’m being a bit Pollyanna, but from where I’m looking, the company is really doing great." -- Jonathan Croy, interim director at Shakespeare & Company

Bits & Bytes: ‘Women of a Certain Age’ at The Mount; DCAMM workshop; senior tax credits; Berkshire transportation guide

Seniors may be eligible for up to $1,050 in what the Massachusetts Department of Revenue terms a “Senior Circuit Breaker Credit.”

Bits & Bytes: Lenox Lit Crawl; Berkshire Music School concert; Erik Hoffner photography exhibit

“I thought it was important to portray the subjects of this story primarily with old-fashioned black and white film, since this is a venerable relationship between the farms and these traditional breeds which is now being rekindled. Many of the portraits I was able to create have an antique feel and seem to speak through the centuries.” -- Photographer Erik Hoffner, whose photo exhibit is now on view at Galerie Giroux in Great Barrington

Preview Part I: At Shakespeare & Company, ‘Private Eyes’

Director Jonathan Croy sees “Private Eyes” as a perfect reflection of romance in the 1990’s, and “it still works beautifully today.” Because it’s a slice of romance in the here and now — any here and now.

Review: Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare in the open air

This is such a fun afternoon theater experience that even though the ultimate trio of deaths is tragic and moving, that is not a downer in this production. This show is too much fun to miss.

After the flood, restoring the Mount’s gardens — again

'There’s been a huge outpouring of support from our members and the community. Many have offered to volunteer but we really need to focus on our existing team. Most importantly we need to emphasize to the public ongoing events such as the Jazz Café on weekends, the lecture series and theater. We’re known now for our many programs and been called the literary hub of the Berkshires.' -- Susan Wissler, executive director, The Mount

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.