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The North Adams Winter Market is back for Small Business Weekend

North Adams— The North Adams Winter Market departs from Friday 25, 26 and 27 November at 33 Main St. on the second floor with dozens of local manufacturers and entrepreneurs. Event hours are 10pm to 5pm on November 25th, 10pm to 7pm on November 26th and 10pm to 5pm on November 27th.

Pots of Uzumes. Image courtesy of the artist and North Adams Winter Market.

Vendors range from sewers and visual artists to food purveyors and thrift storers. The market is organized by Savvy Hive, Made by Sarah Rose and Common Folk Artist Collective.

“It’s so exciting to see how many creators signed up for this year’s markets to the point where we had a waiting list,” said Jessica Sweeney, owner and founder of Savvy Hive at 53 Main Street. “We had a wonderful turnout last year and knew it was something to bring back to highlight entrepreneurs and small business owners who may not have a physical presence in North Adams.”


Avery Carr. Image courtesy of RYSE.

Avery Carr received the 6th Railroad Street Student Empowerment Scholarship

Great Barrington— Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP), the dynamic youth empowerment nonprofit organization that advocates for and invests in the youth of southern Berkshire County, is pleased to announce that Avery Carr has been selected to receive the sixth annual of Railroad Street Youth Student Empowerment (RYSE). ) scholarship

Created in 2017 by local youth leader Z Estime in collaboration with his peers, RSYP staff and board members, RSYE provides an opportunity for students to explore options after high school, whether in a private, state or community college, during a gap year. or in a professional school, in a safe and supportive space.

Youth who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply for a $20,000 scholarship, which can be used over four years to help with tuition at a state or private college or university, community college, or professional school, a focused curriculum for a gap year. , or any GED program. A panel of staff and board members reviews the applications in a competitive process, and Avery was ultimately selected to be this year’s recipient.

Avery, who is a junior at Monument Mountain Regional High School, is passionate about food and is considering a future career as a food chemist or cooking instructor for people of all ages.


Shakespeare & Company begins selling advance tickets for the 46th season

Lenox— Tickets are now on sale for the first three titles of Shakespeare & Company’s 46th season, plus FLEXpasses for several shows at reduced prices.

During the summer months, two Shakespeare titles will be staged: The Contention (Henry VI, Part II) from June 17 to July 15 at the Tina Packer Playhouse, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream from August 1 through Sept. 10, outdoors at the New Spruce Theatre. .

Additionally, August Wilson’s Fences will run at the Tina Packer Playhouse from July 22nd to August 27th. The rest of Shakespeare & Company’s 46th season will be announced this winter.

Three- and five-show FLEXpass packages, good for one ticket to any three or five shows, are offered at a discount from now until March 15, 2023. FLEXpasses offer up to 40% off discount on regular ticket prices; advance show and seat selection, and more savings thanks to one-time service fees and no change fees.

Advance pricing is $150 for a three-show FLEXpass and $265 for a five-show pass, and purchases can be made at or by calling the box office at (413) 637-3353.


Bennington College is home to poet Reginald Dwayne Betts

Bennington– Turned on November 30 at 7 p.m Poetry at Bennington presents a reading by poet Reginald Dwayne Betts. This event will take place in Bennington College’s Tishman Lecture Hall and is free and open to the public.

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet, lawyer, and prison reform advocate, and the executive director of Freedom Reads, which seeks to improve access to literature in prisons. Author of the memoir A Question of Freedom (Penguin, 2010) and three collections of poetry, he has transformed his latest book, the American Book Award-winning Felon (Norton, 2019), into a one-man theater show. In 2019, Betts won a National Magazine Award for his New York Times Magazine essay chronicling his journey from prison to becoming a licensed attorney. He has been awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the NAACP Image Award, and a “Genius Grant” from the MacArthur Foundation. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


Sergei Tcherepnin. Image courtesy of Bennington College.

Clark Art Institute presents a talk by artist Sergei Tcherepnin on the intersections of sound, sculpture and theater

Williamstown– Turned on Wednesday 30 November at 5.30 pm, the Clark Art Institute’s academic and research program hosts a talk by artist Sergei Tcherepnin. Tcherepnin talks about his creative practice and recent work that blurs the lines between sound, sculpture and theatre.

Attaching synthesizers, computers and amplifiers to tiny surface transducers (devices that convert electrical signals into vibrations), Tcherepnin orchestrates complex multi-channel compositions in which objects are transformed into speakers. These settings cultivate the play between things and bodies and actively involve the viewer’s participation, suggesting new possibilities of intimacy with sound where “listening” implies more expansive states of activity: listening by touching, listening by opening, listening by feeling , listen using or listen. walking

This event is free and does not require registration. A reception precedes the talk, starting at 5pm in the Manton Research Center Reading Room. For more information, visit


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