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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: Handmade Holiday Festival; ‘Dreams That Money Can Buy’; Hawthorne Valley Yuletide Fair; Whimsy at the Whit; ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Ventfort...

“Dreams That Money Can Buy” combines the real setting of a gallery with the simplicity of bidding on work through Instagram.

Bits & Bytes: ‘Finding Home’ at Norman Rockwell Museum; ‘Dream/Awake’ premiere; ‘Food for Thought’ dinner; Nutcracker tea party; Malcolm Nance at Club Helsinki

Butcher and charcuterie expert Jake Levin, author of “Smoke House Handbook,” will host the next installment of Hancock Shaker Village’s “Food for Thought” series Saturday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.

THEATRE REVIEW: The Whit’s worthwhile ‘Orion’ makes good use of spatial relationships

The play is a comedy, but don't expect hearty laughs; instead, prepare for a psychological parade of issues and oddities that pervade the lives and attitudes of the young.

Bits & Bytes: Roomful of Teeth at MASS MoCA; ‘Green Inspiration’ art talk; ‘A New Mexico?’; ‘discontent’ at the Whit; Jayne Benjulian writing...

Led by veteran gallerist Geoffrey Young and joined by other artists featured in the exhibition, 'It's not easy being Green!' will deal with subjects such as how the Berkshires’ environmental features impact the artists’ work

Bits & Bytes: ‘One Impulse from a Vernal Wood’; ‘Papa Haydn’ lecture; ‘The Human Voice’ at the Whit; PS21 Opening Night Revue; ‘Twilight Time’...

Jeremy Yudkin's lecture will explore the life and music of Joseph Haydn, without whom there would be no Mozart or Beethoven.

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: Festive Frolic; ‘Marzipan and the Trout’; Berkshire Waldorf High School art show; invasive fish talk; 100 Cats for Christmas

A landmark of classical music, Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet weaves a net of enchantment with its catchy melodies and fresh exuberance.

Bits & Bytes: First Fridays Artswalk; ‘Bach and More’; artist Neumann at Berkshire School; Kapteyn Prize for Mount Greylock teacher

The 'Bach and More' concert will feature James Bagwell conducting an ensemble of 12 a cappella voices in sacred and secular music from the early Baroque period.

Bits & Bytes: Josh Billings RunAground; Berkshire BioBlitz; ‘Escaped Alone’ at WAM Theatre; ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at the Whit; ‘Historic New England’ at Chesterwood

In addition to surveying local species, Berkshire BioBlitz will include family events such as bird banding, microscope and specimen set-ups, and a hands-on water filtration activity, as well as interactive walks and conversations that will run throughout the day.

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Fabulous Lipitones’ at The Whit features wonderful vocalizing, close harmonies

This is far from a perfect production, but its humor seeps through the awkward spots and its second act offers some genuinely delicious moments.

Bits & Bytes: PI Power Trio at Hancock Shaker Village; ‘Fuddy Meers’ at the Whit; Teens Night Out art workshops; Columbia County Youth Theatre...

Teens can spark their imaginations and creative thinking this summer with art workshops run by IS183 Art School of the Berkshires on the first Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

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: Daggett to discuss education; The Sea The Sea at the Whit; Writers Read; ‘High Voltage’ at St. Francis Gallery

International Center for Leadership in Education founder Bill Daggett has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association and other national organizations.

Bits & Bytes: Michael E. Mann on climate change; Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra; Roberta Silman at the Mount; International Women’s Day celebration; ‘The Old...

Michael E. Mann was a lead author on the “Observed Climate Variability and Change” chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was the organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences’ Frontiers of Science in 2003.

Bits & Bytes: Wild & Scenic Film Festival; Citizens’ Hall residency; ‘The Last Flapper’ at the Whit; Fanto to debut percussion composition

Jacob Fanto, a 14-year old freshman from Lenox, Massachusetts, has composed “Mythical Realms” for the Empire State Youth Percussion Orchestra, a four-movement work that journeys into the lands of the Norse, Greek and Aztec gods.

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.
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