Bits & Bytes: Jacob’s pillow on the road; CCI information sessions; meet CATA artists; Berkshire Bounty Food Drive; The “Cabaret” auditions
Jacob’s Pillow On the Road series will feature free pop-up performances
BECKET – Jacob’s Pillow will be offering two free Weekend Pillow Pop-Up performances in Berkshire as part of their On the Road series. The performances will take place on a portable stage and feature the all-female intergenerational collective Ladies of Hip-Hop Dance (July 31 and August 1), known for highlighting the strength, power and diversity of women in hip-hop. hop; and the Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble, based in Philadelphia (August 7 and 8), dedicated to the preservation of traditional dance and music from West Africa and the African diaspora; as well as local artists. Audiences are invited to bring an outdoor blanket or chair to enjoy these 45-minute pop-up performances.
Partners of the On the Road program include main sponsor Milltown, NAACP Berkshires, Becket Arts Center, Cultural Pittsfield and the municipalities of Great Barrington, Pittsfield, North Adams and Becket. Local artists will include Berkshire Dance Theater and dysFUNKcrew at North Adams performances, The Funkbox Studio for the July 31st performance in Pittsfield, Dancers of the Berkshires in Becket, and more to be announced soon.
North Becket Park, Maple Street
Saturday July 31 at 1 p.m.
Sunday August 8 at 5 p.m.
Town hall park
Sunday August 1st at 5 p.m.
Sunday August 8 at 1 p.m.
River Grove Park, corner of River and Houghton streets
Sunday August 1st at 1 p.m.
Saturday August 7 at 5 p.m.
Le Commun, 100 First St.
Saturday July 31 at 5 p.m.
Rosemary & Rev. Willard Durant Park, 30 John St.
Saturday August 7 at 1 p.m.
In the event of rain, the performances may be canceled; in the event of inclement weather, please visit the Pillow website for cancellations and rain plans. No RSVP required. To receive updates on On the Road and other Jacob’s Pillow Pop-Up events, sign up here.
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Berkshire Community College Adds Virtual Information Sessions
PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Community College (BCC) encourages prospective Licensed Practical Nursing students to apply to BCC for enrollment in the fall by the deadline of Monday July 26 at the latest. Registrants are required to participate in a virtual information session. A new mandatory LPN information session was added on Friday July 23 at 12 p.m.
Panelists include Lori Moon, Dean of Nursing; Karrie Trautman, Single Window Operations Coordinator; Tammy Westlake, Student Counseling Coordinator; and Eleanore Velez, admissions counselor. Participants will learn the basic requirements of the program and gain an overview of the course.
To register, visit this website and choose PN Info Session Details and Registration. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 413-236-1636.
BCC will also hold a virtual information session for its hospitality and culinary programs on Tuesday August 10 at 12 p.m. Current and prospective students can register for the Zoom session by visiting this website and scrolling to the Program Information Sessions section.
After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, BCC is relaunching its recently revised hospitality and culinary programs this fall. During the briefing, James Storey, BCC Faculty and Programs Coordinator, Hospitality Management, will review various certification and degree offerings, describe some of the new courses, and provide examples of pathways. typical career paths pursued by graduates of the programs. The session will conclude with a review of the application process and financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs.
BCC offers an associate’s degree as part of its hotel and culinary program in hospitality and tourism management. Additionally, three certifications are available: Accommodation Management, Culinary Arts Management, and New Food and Beverage Management.
For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (413) 236-1636.
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CATA will organize a virtual Meet the Artists event
BERKSHIRE COUNTY – Community Access to the Arts (CATA) will host a free online Meet the Artists event celebrating the work of artists with disabilities at CATA’s annual art exhibition at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield. The half-hour event will be broadcast live Thursday July 29 from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., and feature interviews with artists from CATA, guests from The Clark and The Lichtenstein, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the CATA exhibition. Viewers can RSVP for free on the ACTA website.
CATA’s annual art exhibition, “I’m part of the art”, is on display at the Clark Art Institute until September 12 and in Lichtenstein until July 31. The exhibition includes over 150 paintings, drawings and sculptures by disabled artists from Berkshire and Columbia counties. An online version of the exhibit will be available later this month.
Each work in the exhibition was created through workshops held throughout the year by Community Access to the Arts, aimed at adolescents, adults and older people with disabilities. The works are professionally matted and framed, and all pieces are available for sale, with the proceeds going to CATA programs as well as individual artists.
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Berkshire Bounty announces August food drive date
GREATER BARRINGTON – Berkshire Bounty will be holding its next monthly mobile food drive on Tuesday August 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Food Drive will again focus on food drive for families with children attending the Southern Berkshire, Farmington River and Berkshire Hills Regional School Districts.
Berkshire Bounty volunteer drivers will come to donors’ homes to pick up canned and / or packaged goods left by donors at their doorstep. Food donors can also drop off their donations at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire or The People’s Pantry.
Volunteers are always needed to: a) donate canned and / or packaged food, b) drive to pick up donations from donors, c) help unload food from drivers’ cars when they deliver on the day of the event. mobile food drive, and / or d) help sort and organize food for each neighborhood in the People’s Pantry. If you would like to participate, please email Berkshire Bounty at [email protected] Please include your mailing address, email address, and best phone number.
Popular foods include: pasta, tomato sauce, canned fruit, granola bars, peanut butter, and jelly. If you are donating from your own pantry, be sure to check the expiration dates.
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The Two Of Us Productions to Host Auditions for “Cabaret”
COPAKE, NY – The Two Of Us Productions, the award-winning theater company based in Copake, New York, will be hosting auditions next month for their next production of “Cabaret” (1998 version). The musical will be presented live and in person, with a full orchestra, at the Copake Grange Theater on November 12, 13, 14, 18, 20 and 21.
“Cabaret” is a dramatic commentary told through three side stories: the young couple who deny the reality, the “Toast of Mayfair” Fraulein Sally Bowles and the aspiring novelist Cliff Bradshaw of America. The subplots involve the denied love in the endearing elderly couple Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schultz, and the social commentary from the emcee. The performers of the Kit Kat Klub show are so well known for supporting the emcee in commenting on the dark cloud of National Socialism that engulfed 1930s Germany, and how the gathering storm is impacting the characters.
Thursday August 5 at 7 p.m.
Saturday August 7 at 11 a.m.
Saturday August 14 at 11 a.m.
Reminders: Sunday August 15 at 1 p.m.
All auditions and recalls will take place at the Copake Grange Theater, Empire Road, Copake, New York. Sides will be provided. Be prepared to sing 16 bars of an uptempo swing piece; an accompanist will be provided, so please bring marked music. Wear comfortable clothes and bring dancing shoes. Please bring proof of vaccination.