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BITS & BYTES: Music Mondays Begins, Member Art Show, Plays in Process series, Youth music program, Authentic movement workshop, The Mount lecture series


Beginning of Music Mondays at the Berkshire Botanical Garden

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. – Berkshire Botanical Garden Presents Music Monday 2022 Live Concert Series July 11 to August 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Berkshire Botanical Gardens


11 — Gina Coleman & Misty Blues (jazz, funk and soul steeped in blues).

18 — The O-Tones (six swing, soul and blues tracks).

25 — The Greystone Quartet (original jazz compositions and pieces from the Great American Songbook).


1 – Zikina (East African folk music with flavors of reggae, rock and Caribbean dance beats).

8 — The Lucky Five (jazz group that mixes the swing of the 30s and 40s).

15 — Union Jack (with the sounds of the British invasion of the 1960s).

22 — Robin Gerson Wong (performing music from The Great American Songbook, with music by Rogers & Hammerstein).

29 — Wanda Houston Band (R&B and jazz from the 40s, 50s and 60s).

Tickets are $10 for BBG members and $15 for non-members. Registration is recommended. For this, meet BerkshireBotanical.org/music-mondays-2022. The public is invited to bring a picnic, blanket or lawn chairs, walk around the grounds and dance.

BBG has partnered with Berkshire Picnics to provide a picnic experience for Music Mondays. Book a picnic at www.berkshirepicnics.com.

Music Mondays will take place rain or shine, but in case of bad weather, concerts will be canceled and refunded. In case of doubtful weather, please consult the website, www.berkshirebotanical.orgor call 413-320-4794 for up-to-date information.


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“Chatham Train Station” by David Lesako (oil painting, 12″ x 16″)

Spencertown Academy Arts Center Members Art Exhibit

SPENCERTOWN, NYThe Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents its 7th Annual Member Art Exhibition, featuring works by 80 members of the Academy community. The exhibition will be presented on the weekends of From Saturday 9 July to Sunday 7 August. On July 10the public is invited to a festive welcome with the artists from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free and most works are for sale; a portion of the profits benefit the Academy.

Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, please see www.spencertownacademy.org.


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Music Adventures Program for Young Music Lovers at Berkshire Music School

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Music School announces Adventures in Music youth program. Designed for young music lovers aged 5 to 9, children will take group lessons in world music, choir, puppetry and creative movement. Participants will also have small group workshops on piano, percussion, opera and visual arts performance.

Session 1: July 11 – July 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Session 2: July 15 – August 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information and to register, visit our website: www.berkshiremusicschool.org/summer-youth-program or call us at 413-442-1411.

Adventures in Music will be conducted in accordance with guidelines established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the CDC and local public health officials, with an emphasis on the health and safety of BMS students, faculty and staff. In the event that the program cannot be conducted safely in person, it will be moved from online programs and conducted via Zoom, Skype and/or FaceTime.


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Photo caption: Bonita Jackson’s play This Soil, These Seeds… will open the Plays in Process series at Shakespeare & Company on Saturday July 9. Photo by Giancarlo Osaben.

Shakespeare & Company presents the Plays in Process series

LENOX, Mass. – Shakespeare & Company offers insight into the process of creating plays through the Plays in Process series. Five weekends of shows from July 9 to August 7 will feature new and classic works in development. All shows will be held at 1:30 p.m.in the air-conditioned Tina Packer Playhouse.

The inaugural titles are:

July 9 and 10 — This soil, these seeds

July 16 and 17 — Tilly No-Body: Disasters of Love

July 23 and 24 — That’s it

July 30 and 31; August 6 and 7 — All this fall

For more information, visit shakespeare.orgor call the box office at (413) 637-3353.


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Authentic Movement Workshop Open to the Public

HOUSATONIC, Mass. — An authentic movement workshop, organized by dance and movement artist Paula Josa-Jones, is held on Sunday July 10 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $75 per person. The workshop will take place at Berkshire Pulse, 420 Park Street, Housatonic, Mass.

Authentic movement is a meditative, intuitive and improvised movement practice involving a motor and a witness. It is a practice of listening, harmonizing, slowing down and opening to a deeper perception of the body and the psyche. It was developed by renowned dancer and psychotherapist Mary Starks Whitehouse.

For more information call 508-627-1752


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The Mount Begins Summer Lecture Series with ‘Tastes Like War: A Memoir’

LENOX, Mass. — The Mount’s summer conference season begins on Monday July 11 at 4 p.m. & Tuesday July 12 at 11 a.m.

The first lecture in the series is given by Grace M. Cho, titled Tastes Like War: A Memoir. Half food memory, half sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text on the search for a girl, through the intimate and global story, of the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia.

The mount was designed and built by famed author Edith Wharton in 1902. A National Historic Landmark, today the mount is a cultural center that celebrates Edith Wharton’s intellectual, artistic and humanitarian legacy.

All lectures will take place in an open-sided outdoor tent. Rain or shine.

Tickets are $25 for Mount members, $30 for general admission, available here.

The complete list of summer conferences is available here: https://www.edithwharton.org/summer-lecture-series/