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CONNECTIONS: In America, truth has never gotten in the way of politics

Fomenting fear to drive policy is a political technique older than our country. It has never lost favor with the power hungry and never varied.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Acis y Galatea’; marionettes at Ventfort Hall; ‘The Spirit of Giving Illustrated’; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert; Williams astronomer to observe...

xArtwork on view includes Norman Rockwell’s “Christmas Trio,” in which a bundled-up group of Dickensian carolers and musicians give the gift of music

Bits & Bytes: OLLI University Day; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert; Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate; Berkshire South arts & crafts festival

West Stockbridge -- The West Stockbridge Chamber Players will present their annual Harvest Concert Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Old Town Hall.

West Stockbridge Chamber Players’ Memorial Day benefit concert an uplifting start to summer music season

In fact, when Hudgins asked for a show of hands, no one in the audience had heard of the composer whose life and career were disrupted by the rise of Nazism and World War II.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Pulse performance; school violence talk; Jackson Whalan at Egremont Barn; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert

Now a consultant and speaker on recovery after a school tragedy, former Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis will share his story of the events through the aftermath, sharing leadership lessons he learned in the focus of an international firestorm.

REVIEW: West Stockbridge Chamber Players fill the Old Town Hall with a capacity crowd — and the glorious sounds of clarinets and strings!

The Chamber Players' artistic director Catherine Hudgins herself had rearranged Alexander Scriabin’s Romance for Horn and Piano, transcribing it for the clarinet and strings.

Bits & Bytes: Berkshire Pulse annual performance; ‘Melville in Love’; ‘The Curious End of Ezekiel Williams’; violence prevention series; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert

Partners in Community Safety has organized a three-part violence prevention series at the Bitterman Center with the theme of "Help your neighbor, help yourself."

Bits & Bytes: ‘Bach at New Year’s’; West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert; Camp Humane; GB resident to judge dog show; marionettes at Ventfort Hall

Carl Sprague will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum for two marionette performances of the classic fairytale “The Emperor’s New Clothes."

Bits & Bytes: ‘Know Your Rights’ workshop; Jonathan Dee at Stockbridge Library; West Stockbridge Chamber Players harvest concert; Miles Sanctuary tour; library book giveaway

'Know Your Rights' workshop presenters will offer detailed information for local immigrants on their rights as well as the legal resources available to them.

REVIEW: West Stockbridge Chamber Players, an all-star benefit performance 

When winter’s end finds you jonesing for a Tanglewood fix, the West Stockbridge Chamber Players satisfy the craving.

Bits & Bytes: Filmmaker Fidel Moreno at Scoville Library; ‘Aging; A Lifelong Process’; W. Stockbridge Chamber Players play up a storm

Filmmaker Fidel Moreno has been to the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation several times and witnessed the gathering of people to form a community united by the commitment to protect water resources and the Missouri River

Bits & Bytes: ‘Bach at New Year’s;’ West Stockbridge Chamber Players winter concert; marionettes at Ventfort Hall

The concert marks Berkshire Bach Ensemble Music Director Kenneth Cooper’s final performance with the ensemble, as he will be stepping down after having led it for 26 years.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Witches of Litchfield County;’ Writers Read; harvest concert; hawks and owls program; FilmColumbia 2016

FilmColumbia 2016 will get underway with a special James Ivory tribute and kick-off celebration on Saturday, Oct. 22, benefiting FilmColumbia and the nonprofit Chatham Film Club.

Bits & Bytes: W. Stockbridge Chamber Players concert; Open Meeting Law session; holiday cafe at Berkshire Museum

The West Stockbridge Chamber Players, led by clarinetist and artistic director Catherine Hudgins, is a world-class ensemble of Boston- and Berkshire-based musicians,

Bits & Bytes: West Stockbridge Chamber Players; Alex Kershaw at Knosh & Knowledge; Alison Stewart at Williams; comedian Brooke Van Poppelen; Stockbridge Halloween events

The West Stockbridge Chamber Players will perform a harvest concert Nov. 1. Led by clarinetist and artistic director Catherine Hudgins, the West Stockbridge Chamber Players is an ensemble made up of Boston- and Berkshire-based musicians. The concert will feature works by Beethoven, Martinů, and Mozart.

Bits & Bytes: West Stockbridge Chamber Players; Paul Newman documentary; Monterey dance music concert; Kenver Summer Fest; Boroniec at Lauren Clark

The world knows Paul Newman as an Academy Award winning actor with a 50-plus year career as one of the most prolific and revered actors in American cinema. Yet few know the gasoline-fueled passion that became so important in this complex, multifaceted man’s makeup.

Bits & Bytes: West Stockbridge Chamber Players concert Dec. 30; Matthew Savery at Carnegie Hall; Award for BNRC

The world-class Chamber Players ensemble is made up of Boston- and Berkshire-based musicians who regularly perform with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Spoleto Festival, and Portland Symphony, and who teach at the Tanglewood Music Center. Many have homes and close ties to our area.

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