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BITS & BYTES: Close Encounters With Music Opens 31st Season; local writers to read; Berkshire Natural History Conference; Biennial LAB at the Fisher Center; annual OLLI art exhibition; Housatonic party in the park


Close Encounters With Music Announces New Season

Greater Barrington— Close Encounters With Music presents its 31st season opening on November 6 at 4 p.m. with the premiere of One Earth, composed by Tamar Muskal, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. The opening concert will also feature Schubert’s String Quintet performed by the Borromeo String Quartet, joined by cellist Yehuda Hanani.

In addition to offering live in-person concerts, curated online performances will be available to accommodate geographically distant listeners and newly expanded virtual followers.

Tickets, $52 (Orchestra and Mezzanine), $28 (Balcony) and $15 for students, are available from the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center or by calling 413-528-0100. Subscriptions are $250 ($225 for seniors) for the 7-concert series. Season subscriptions are available from [email protected] beginning September 8. See all upcoming Close Encounters With Music programs here.

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Readings at Book Mill Barn

West Stockbridge— Pittsfield poet Lisken Van Pelt Dus and Great Barrington memoirist

Photo courtesy of Shaker Mill Books.

Kathy Kessler (writing as Kate Calder Klein) will read from their new books at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 2at the Book Mill barn in West Stockbridge at Shaker Mill Books.

Kessler’s new book, Purveyors of Light and Shadow: Two Artists Search for Meaning, is “a double memoir about reviving artistic purpose from the rubble of past lives.”

Lisken Van Pelt Dus’ new playbook, Letters to my Dead, is a series of poems to his departed loved one that sows new understandings of love, grief and memory.

Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Berkshire Natural History Conference

Pittfield— The sixth annual Berkshire Natural History Conference, with presentations by local and regional naturalists and renowned authors, will take place on Saturday October 1 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, located at 375 Church Street in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Highlighting topics ranging from rare birds to tiny organisms that live in the layers of a leaf, the event features several renowned speakers and exhibitors. It is open to the public and students of all ages and disciplines are especially encouraged to attend. General admission tickets are $25; student tickets are $15 and include forum credit. To purchase tickets, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/bnhc or call (413) 236-2127.

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Biennial LAB at the Fisher Center

Photo courtesy of Fisher Center.

Annandale-on-Hudson — Bard’s Fisher Center presents the biennial LAB this fall, a themed festival that invites and commissions artists to create new work that addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time.

The 2022-23 edition, Middle ground, is a one-year international program focusing on land and food policies and taking place on four continents. The festival includes two four-day festivals at and around Fisher Center, one at harvest time (October 13-16, 2022) and one during the growing season (May 4-7, 2023).

Fall Event Tickets, Cooking sections and The belly is a garden are on sale now.

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OLLI Art Exhibition

Pittfield— The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College will host the 12th Annual OLLI Art Exhibition from Saturday, October 1 through Monday, October 31 in the Crane Room of the Berkshire Museum, located at 39 South Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Berkshire Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. OLLI members can attend the exhibition for free and must register at reception.

In addition, a free reception will take place Thursday, October 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The OLLI Art Exhibition showcases the work of many talented OLLI artists for fellow members, friends, family and the public. Categories eligible for entries include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, mixed media, textile art and jewelry. Some works are for sale, with 100% of the profits going to the artist.

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Housatonic party in the park

Housatonic— A party in the park is planned for October 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Alice Brubiski playground at the corner of Front and Pleasant streets in Housatonic, Mass.

The event will feature a variety of food vendors, live music, interactive dancing opportunities and dance presentations for the whole family, “Archer” the Great Barrington Police Department service dog, a fire truck, face painting, activities sponsored by GB Libraries, and general fun for families. MUSE, the Studio for Integrated Craftsmanship will have an open house for everyone. The rainy date is set for October 2.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Mohican Nation Opening

11:55 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Soul Prophet – Singer/Composer

12:25 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. – Tap dancers – Berkshire Pulse

12:40 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. – Johnny Blond – Karma Fun Rock

1:20 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Kaptain K & the Ites – Psychedelic Soul/R&B

1:50 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Annie Guthrie – Folk/Pop

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Swing Dancing for All – Berkshire Pulse (Park Grounds)