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BITS & BYTES: Escaped Alone reading; Seed & Spoon camping; ArtWeek deadline approaches; AVF benefit concert; Harrington earns 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, on Sunday, August 7 at 2 pm

Picnicking on the grounds of The Mount. 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 play out inside their minds. Deemed “the most dazzlingly inventive living dramatist in the English language” by The New York Times, Churchill entwines histories, laughter, and song over tea and catastrophe.

WAM Theater emphasizes theater programming at the intersection of art and activism, and their Fresh Takes Play Reading Series presents 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 run approximately 70 minutes, and will be followed by a talkback with the artists.

Both virtual and in-person tickets are available, and can be purchased online at this link.

–AJ

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Seed & Spoon offers immersive camping experience

NORFOLK, Conn. — Seed & Spoon at Husky Meadows is celebrating summer with a camping experience on the farm! Located in Norfolk, CT, Seed & Spoon is offering a package inviting guests to get back into nature and experience summer in all its glory.

Guests can stay in the rustic Post or Beam Barn from August 22nd to August 25th 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 field trip to Beavertides Farms in Falls Village, and plenty of time to explore the land.

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

–AJ

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ArtWeek Berkshires 2022 deadline is August 9th

BERKSHIRE COUNTY- Artists and cultural organizations of all kinds across Berkshire County are invited to register by August 9th for ArtWeek Berkshires 2022, which will be held September 15-25. This free-to-participate, cross-discipline 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 9th deadline, this county-wide event encompasses everything from painting and African dance to theater and pottery, with activities that appeal to kids, families, and adults alike. There will be open studios, demonstrations, and hands-on events. It will truly capture in 10 days why the region has always attracted the world’s great creative minds.”

Registered events benefit from expansive free promotion, including listings on the www.berkshires.org event calendar and social media posts on Facebook and Instagram accounts managed by 1Berkshire. The 10-day festival is also supported through billboards, print and web advertising, radio promotion, and signage, making it easy to participate and focus on the creative elements of an event, rather than also having to handle marketing.

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

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

–AJ

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Benefit concert for Berkshires based Alliance For a Viable Future

FLORENCE— On Sunday, August 7the Bombyx center for Arts & Equity in Florence, Mass. will host a benefit concert for the Berkshire’s Alliance for a Viable Future (AVF).

AVF is a visionary organization founded in 2018 by Lev Natan. AVF is committed to bringing together climate conscious business, non-profit, and community leaders in the Northeast who are doing everything in their power to create a viable future for the children and generations to come.

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

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

Neftalí Duran, indigenous chef from the I-Collective, a group of cooks, chefs, seed keepers, and educators who empower Indigenous communities through food, will offer an Oaxacan-style taco pop-up from 5-7 pm

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

–AJ

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Elizabeth Warren Endorses District Attorney Andrea Harrington for Re-Election

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

Andrea Harrington
Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington. Photo courtesy the DA

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 has done that as District Attorney — with a nation-leading commitment to women, girls, and all victims of gender-based violence and victims of crime. As DA, she has vigorously pursued anyone who poses a threat to the safety, civil rights, and the well-being of the community and led major reforms to build a more just, transparent, and effective criminal legal system. Now more than ever, we can’t afford to go backwards, and we need tenacious fighters for justice, which is why I am endorsing Andrea Harrington for re-election as Berkshire County District Attorney.”

District Attorney Harrington is running for re-election; she was first elected in 2018, when she became the first woman elected as Berkshire 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 her platform from Ella can visit andreaharringtonforda.com.

–AJ

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Manchester Music Festival at the Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON, Vt. — On saturday, August 6 from 2 pm – 3 pmthe Young Artists of Manchester Music Festival will perform at the Bennington Museum.

These talented musicians, ages 18-26, will spend the summer honoring their craft under the tutelage of MMF’s guest faculty artists as part of their full-scholarship chamber music intensive with the Festival. Students in his year’s class hail from eight different countries, and have studied at some of the most prestigious music institutions in the world.

The MMF Young Artists Program provides these rising stars the opportunity to study and perform chamber music at a high level, and to benefit from the musical guidance that the artist faculty offer on a daily basis. During their five-week stay with Manchester Music Festival, students study several chamber masterworks, receive daily coaching sessions by the faculty artists, participate 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 performance will take place in the Paresky Wing on the 2nd floor of the Museum.

For information about all of the Young Artist Concerts this summer, visit www.mmfvt.org.

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