BITS & BYTES: Read-only escaped; Camping Seed & Spoon; The ArtWeek deadline is approaching; AVF benefit concert; Harrington wins Warren’s endorsement; Manchester Music Festival


WAM presents escaped alone at the Mount

LENOX—As part of the Fresh Takes Play Reading series, WAM Theater will present escaped alone at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, the Sunday August 7 at 2 p.m.

Picnic on the grounds of Mont. Photo by Sarah Kenyon

escaped aloneby iconic feminist playwright Caryl Churchill (Top Girls, Cloud 9), brings the audience to a backyard where three old friends and a neighbor spend a series of summer afternoons chatting, while visions of apocalyptic horror flash through their minds. Considered “the most dazzling living playwright in the English language” by the New York Times, Churchill mixes stories, laughter and song over tea and disaster.

WAM Theater emphasizes theater programming at the intersection of art and activism, and their Fresh Takes Play reading series features stories that explore issues affecting women and girls. The series features local professional actors and directors and continues WAM’s commitment to connecting Berkshire audiences to female playwrights.

The reading of escaped alone will last approximately 70 minutes and will be followed by a discussion with the artists.

Virtual and in-person tickets are available and can be purchased online at this link.

-A J

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Seed & Spoon offers an immersive camping experience

NORFOLK, Conn. — Seed & Spoon at Husky Meadows is celebrating summer with a farm camping experience! Located in Norfolk, CT, Seed & Spoon offers a package that invites guests to reconnect with nature and experience summer in all its glory.

Guests can stay at the Rustic Post or Beam Barn August 22-25 for three nights and four days. The experience will include community dinners, a morning farm harvest, a cooking class, ice cream and sorbet making, a trip to Beavertides Farms in Falls Village, and plenty of time to explore the land.

The package includes meals, accommodation and educational activities ranging from $2,100 to $2,700. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Seed & Spoon website..

-A J

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The deadline for ArtWeek Berkshires 2022 is August 9

BERKSHIRE COUNTY – Berkshire County artists and cultural organizations of all kinds are invited to register by August 9 for ArtWeek Berkshires 2022, which will be held September 15-25. This free interdisciplinary event, now in its second year, is led and organized by the county’s five cultural districts (Great Barrington, Lenox, North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown) and 1Berkshire.

“ArtWeek Berkshires 2022 is not your everyday art fair or music festival,” says 2022 Co-Chair Cecilia Hirsch, “With nearly 70 artists registered and many more expected by the August 9 deadline, this countywide event encompasses everything from African painting and dance to theater and performance. pottery, with activities that appeal to children, families and adults. There will be open studios, demonstrations and hands-on events. He will truly grasp in 10 days why the region has always attracted the great creative minds of the world.

Registered events receive extensive free promotion, including listings on the www.berkshires.org events calendar and social media posts on Facebook and Instagram accounts operated by 1Berkshire. The 10-day festival is also supported by billboards, print and web advertisements, radio promotion and signage, making it easier to attend and focus on the creative elements of an event, rather than d also have to deal with marketing.

We want the public to know that Berkshires cultural season is also year-round, not just in the summer,” said Jenn Nacht, Director of the Lenox Chamber of Commerce and Cultural District Co-Chair.

To learn more about ArtWeek Berkshires 2022 or to register before the August 9 deadline, visit: https://berkshires.org/artweek-berkshires/.

-A J

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Benefit concert for the Berkshires Alliance for a Sustainable Future

FLORENCE— On Sunday, August 7the Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity in Florence, Mass., will host a benefit concert for the Berkshire Alliance for a Sustainable Future (AVF).

AVF is a visionary organization founded in 2018 by Lev Natan. AVF is committed to bringing together climate-conscious businesses, nonprofits, and community leaders in the North East who are doing all they can to create a sustainable future for children and generations to come.

The evening will begin with a performance by the Medicine Singers, the famous pow-wow group who sing in an Eastern Algonquin language native to Massachusetts. Acclaimed experimental guitarist Yonatan Gat will join them in this unique and exciting concert providing a lively new context for the sound of powwow drumming on the heels of their just-released collaboration album.

A presentation by Lev Natan will follow with information and news on AVF, and the evening will end with a performance by John Medeski and Friends. The renowned and hard-to-classify keyboardist is credited on over 300 recordings to date, including as a member of the groundbreaking trio Medeski, Martin, & Wood.

Neftalí Duran, Indigenous chef from I-Collective, a group of cooks, chefs, seed keepers, and educators who empower Indigenous communities through food, will be offering an Oaxaca-style taco pop-up from 5-7 p.m.

The doors open to 5 p.m.and the program will start 6 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bombyx.live/events/avf-benefit-concert/.

-A J

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Elizabeth Warren endorses re-election of District Attorney Andrea Harrington

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington won another big endorsement in her re-election campaign – this time from US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Harrington, who was first elected DA in 2018, campaigns on a platform that prioritizes tackling violent crime, protecting victims, supporting the community and increasing transparency.

Andrea Harrington
Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington. Photo courtesy of AD

Senator Elizabeth Warren said, “Right now the basic rights of so many Americans are under attack, which is why we need leaders who will stand up for what is right. Andrea Harrington did it as a District Attorney – with a nationally leading commitment to women, girls and all victims of gender-based violence and victims of crime. As DA, she vigorously prosecuted anyone who poses a threat to the security, civil rights, and well-being of the community and led major reforms to build a more fair, transparent, and efficient criminal justice system. Now more than ever, we can’t afford to go back and we need tenacious fighters for justice, which is why I’m backing Andrea Harrington for re-election as Berkshire County Prosecutor.

District Attorney Harrington is running for re-election; she was first elected in 2018, when she became Berkshire’s first elected female district attorney. The Democratic Party primary is Tuesday, September 6.

Harrington has practiced in the area of ​​criminal law for over fifteen years. Those interested in learning more about his platform can visit andreaharringtonforda.com.

-A J

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Manchester Music Festival at the Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON, Vermont — On Saturday, August 6 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.the Young Artists of Manchester Music Festival will perform at the Bennington Museum.

These talented musicians, aged 18 to 26, will spend the summer perfecting their craft under the tutelage of guest artists from the MMF as part of their intensive chamber music training with the Festival. The students in his class come from eight different countries and have studied in some of the most prestigious musical institutions in the world.

The MMF Young Artists program offers these rising stars the opportunity to study and perform chamber music at a high level, and to benefit from the musical accompaniment that the faculty of artists offers on a daily basis. During their five-week stay at the Manchester Music Festival, students study several chamber masterpieces, receive daily coaching sessions from faculty artists, take part in public masterclasses and receive private lessons.

The concert is free, but donations to support the MMF Young Artists Program can be made before or after the concert (cash or check). The show will take place in the Paresky wing on the 2nd floor of the Museum.

For more information on all the young artist concerts this summer, visit www.mmfvt.org.

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