BITS & BYTES: discussion on “broken crystals”; Pittsfield Green Drinks; Eve from the tale; Explore Black Roots music; Tribute tape to Van Morrison; Simon’s Rock Family Weekend; Hudson Basilica Events

Jacques Blount. Photo by Tadin Brown.

Eve Kugler

“Shattered Crystals: A Lecture by Holocaust Survivor Eve Kugler”

Pittfield– Berkshire Community College (BCC) and BCC’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will present “Shattered Crystals: A Talk by Holocaust Survivor Eve Kugler” via Zoom on Wednesday, October 19 at 12:30 p.m. The free conference is open to everyone; registration is mandatory. To register and receive a Zoom link, visit

91-year-old Eve Kugler is one of the few still alive to have witnessed the atrocities of the 1930s and 1940s. In this talk, she will remember the terror, despair, determination and a series of survival stories – including her father’s daring escape from a concentration camp – which finally brought her family together in America in 1946. Eve worked as a journalist in the United States United States until ‘until she moved to London in 1990. She created and edits the publication Shattered Crystals, which contains testimonies of child survivors who attended her high school and is used by educators in the United States and Britain . Her book of the same name details her family’s Holocaust history.

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Pittsfield Green Drinks discusses compost and recycling

Pittfield– Mary Stucklen will be speaking at the October Pittsfield Green Drinks event on Tuesday 18 October, at 6 p.m.. on Zoom. Free but registration required to join. You can register at:

Mary Stucklen is a Berkshires resident and a passionate volunteer in the community. Mary will talk about all things waste: reducing your waste, easy ways to reuse it, and how to compost and recycle effectively. She will also give some simple tips and tricks that anyone can do to reduce the amount of waste they produce.

Pittsfield Green Drinks is an informal gathering on the third Tuesday of the month. These evenings are free and open to anyone with an environmental interest. Sponsored by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team.

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Storytelling Night at the Berkshire Botanical Garden

Stockbridge— The Berkshire Botanical Garden is hosting an evening of storytelling Thursday, October 20 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will be hosted by local writer and storyteller Sheela Clary. Tickets are $12 for members, $15 for non-members, available here:

With the theme “Harvests and Hope”, storytellers will share experiences of finding human connection through connecting with nature. Of gardens, fields and forests, these stories are sure to inspire and entertain. Interested in sharing a story? Please contact [email protected]

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Clinton AME Zion Church being restored. Photo courtesy of Clinton Church Restoration

Exploring Black Roots Music with Jake Blount

Great Barrington— The WEB Du Bois Center for Freedom and Democracy and Dewey Hall are pleased to present Exploring Black Roots Music with Jake Blount on October 20 at 7 p.m. at Dewey Memorial Hall in Sheffield. The concert is a benefit for the Freedom Center Du Bois, an African American Cultural Heritage Center being developed in the former Clinton AME Zion Church in Great Barrington. Doors to the concert will open at 6:30 p.m. There is a suggested $25 donation at the door (more if you can, less if you can’t). Refreshments will be available. Dewey Memorial Hall is wheelchair accessible.

An acclaimed musician and scholar of traditional black folk music, Blount speaks passionately about the banjo’s African roots and the subtle yet profound ways in which African Americans have shaped and defined the amorphous categories of roots music and Americana. Blount’s new album is called The New Faith. The album tells an Afrofuturist story set in a future world devastated by climate change. Conceived, written and recorded during the darkest months of the Covid lockdown and just after the unrest following the murder of George Floyd, The New Faith invokes age-old spirituals, familiar in content yet extraordinary in presentation.

More information available here: freedom center

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Moondance: the ultimate tribute concert to Van Morrison

Lee– The Lee Meeting House Series will host Moondance: The Ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert on October 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission available here. The concert will take place at Lee Congregational Church.

Moondance is the ultimate tribute concert to Van Morrison. This incredible show captures the Van Morrison concert experience like no other. You’ll hear classic tunes – Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Domino, It Stoned Me, Tupelo Honey, Wild Night, Into The Mystic, Caravan – to name a few. The show is packed with one VM classic after the next.

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Bard College at Simon’s Rock Family Weekend is this weekend!

Great BarringtonBard College at Simon’s Rock current families are invited to the annual Family Weekend, From Friday October 21 to Sunday October 23. This is your chance to meet the faculty and staff who help shape your students’ experience while getting a taste of everyday life at Simon’s Rock. We look forward to spending time with you! For more information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at [email protected]

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Hudson Basilica events include Jupiter Nights and The Arrow of Time movie

Hudson— Basilica Hudson is hosting two exciting upcoming events. October 20 at 7 p.m. as part of Basilica Hudson’s weekly series of arts events in the Gallery Building, local experimental artists Lea Bertucci & Ben Vida and Maeve Schallert will perform.

Lea and Ben will present “My Words Came Out Slow and Odd”, a textual composition for voice and electronics, trumpet and reeds. Maeve Schallert is an improviser using fiddle, lapsteel, voice and max/msp as an extension of their limbs to translate momentary experience into sound. MORE INFORMATION. Tickets are available at $11.30 here.

Sunday, October 23 at 6 p.m. as part of the Non-Fiction Screening Series will be a screening of The Arrow of Time. This event is free.

The Arrow of Time follows the events leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall through the eyes of the cold warriors who played a pivotal role spanning from World War II to the Cold War and post-Cold War arrangements between United States. , the former Soviet Union and Western Europe. Followed by a Q&A with director Leila Conners. MORE INFORMATION.

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