BITS & BYTES: South Berkshire 5K; new live theater at Becket; film screenings at the Petit Cinéma; celebrate World Fish Migration Day; Ancram Opera House Workshops


Berkshire South 5k returns in person on May 14

GREAT BARRINGTON — The Berkshire South Regional Community Center (BSRCC) annual 5K fundraiser returns in-person this year after two years with a remote format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The walk/run takes place at Great Barrington Airport on Saturday May 14, with check-in at 9 a.m. and race start at 10 a.m. The annual event is a vital fundraiser for Berkshire South’s youth community programming, including the free Teen Outreach Nutrition and Exercise (TONE) program. New this year is a fun color race for kids, which takes place at 9:30 a.m. and is suitable for ages 10 and under.

“Students in the TONE program learn what it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives, which is very beneficial after high school. Additionally, the program allows all students to have access to facilities that usually cost money. This is extremely helpful for students from low-income backgrounds who cannot afford to pay for memberships. The program gives students the freedom to explore their health and nutrition and prepare for an overall healthy lifestyle,” according to Jenise Lucey, Executive Director of Berkshire South.

Registration for the event will remain open at a discounted rate of $30 until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13. Day of registration is $40. The first 100 participants receive a race t-shirt. Snacks will be available after the race and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in different age groups. The 5K is a family event. All fitness levels are welcome. The 2022 5K Run/Walk will be administered by the Berkshire Running Center. Those unable to attend this year are encouraged to donate online.

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The Becket Arts Center will host “Representation And How To Get It” by Joyce Van Dyke

Elaine Vaan Hogue as Julia Ward Howe. Photo courtesy of Becket Arts Center

SPOILER – The Beckett Arts Center will host a live performance of Joyce Van Dyke’s “Representation And How To Get It” on Saturday May 14 at 2 p.m.followed by a conversation with the artists and a reception.

This new play focuses on Julia Ward Howe, author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, and challenges audiences to become politically active citizens of our democracy with a mission to “bring the visionary politics of Julia Ward Howe in our time”. ”

Tickets are $20 (suggested donation) for adults, with free admission for students and children, and can be purchased online.

In the rooms, Julia Ward Howe tramples the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. The suffragist and human rights activist has questions for her audience – then and now. Why did her own great-grandfather exclude her from the declaration of independence? Why don’t women also have the right to pursue happiness? What happens to your soul when you have no representation? As she rehearses “Representation And How To Get It” – a talk she is about to give at the Boston Radical Club – she sees a vision of a greater America than that presented by the Founding Fathers, and gives a prescient warning about the growing political crisis that now threatens our democracy. And what do we do, Julia asks, about it? Directed by Judy Braha with Elaine Vaan Hogue as Julia Ward Howe.

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The Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum announces its lineup

PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire Museum announces a program of screenings in its small cinema. Through partnerships with Exhibition on Screen, National Theater Live and Great Art on Screen, the Berkshire Museum brings art and culture to Pittsfield.

Soon at the Petit Cinéma from Thursday May 19, “Frida Kahlo“, a detailed look at the famous artist. Using his letters and key works as guides, this film reveals the secrets behind the vivid colors and symbolism contained in his work. Two screenings of “Frida Kahlo” will be subtitled in Spanish; check the list of upcoming screenings for dates and times.

Frida Kahlo at the Little Cinema

Live screenings from the National Theater bring you stage performances from various London theatres. These screenings offer an intimate and personal look at some of the world’s finest artists, including Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan in “Skylight” (from May 5). Upcoming screenings also include “The Book of Dust” from Philip Pullman’s “The Golden Compass/His Dark Materials” fantasy book series, and an innovative production of “Cyrano de Bergerac” with James McAvoy.

Great Art on Screen, a series of event documentaries exclusively for cinemas, is an in-depth look at the works and legacy of famous artists. Summer screenings include “Raphael: The Young Prodigy,” which follows the life story and work of one of the Renaissance’s most influential painters.

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Celebrate the world Fish Migration Day at the Berkshire Athenaeum

PITTSFIELD — Celebrate the world Fish Migration Day at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Saturday May 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Housatonic Valley Association, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and the City of Pittsfield for a free day held every two years as a global celebration to raise awareness of the importance of migration fish and free-flowing rivers.

As part of this event, interactive exhibits for all ages will demonstrate some of the migration challenges fish encounter — physical barriers such as dams and culverts to pollution from runoff entering aquatic ecosystems. There will also be activities designed to educate children about migration fish.

In addition, presentations accompanied by short videos will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue until 11:15 a.m. Speakers will discuss the importance of fish able to move freely in their habitat, the importance of fishfavorable culverts and the effects of climate change on migration fish. You’ll also hear about the dam and culvert removals that have taken place or are underway in Pittsfield, some of the water quality testing being done to ensure pollutants don’t enter our waterways, and more.

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Ancram Opera House Announces Free Community Workshops

ANCRAMNY — Ancram Opera House (AOH) will once again be offering free interactive community workshops this spring, with the artists behind its summer 2022 season. No prior experience is necessary to attend.

AOH workshops are designed to address artistic expression in all its forms. Participants will receive personalized advice and feedback from the teaching artists. People of all experience levels are encouraged to attend, from seasoned professionals to theater newcomers.

The Summer Play Lab at the Ancram Opera House

This year, workshops will take place inhabit to Ancram Opera. In order to maintain a safe environment and provide participants with individual attention, registrations will be limited. Participants aged 18 and over can register for one, two or all three workshops. All three workshops are free, but registration is required.

Events start on Saturday May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a storytelling workshop. Learn how to organize your story and create that deep connection between performer and audience member that can only happen in the intimacy of storytelling. Using techniques developed in AncramIn REAL PEOPLE’s REAL PEOPLE REAL STORIES series, AOH director Paul Ricciardi will guide participants through fun exercises that lead to a dynamic story.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday May 28SUNWATCHER’s creative team offers a creative movement workshop. Director Nana Dakin will guide participants through a series of simple exercises to awaken physical awareness. Learn more about the team’s creative process and inspiration for SUNWATCHER, including scientific insights into the Sun and sunspots. Composer Tidtaya Sinutoke and librettist Isabella Dawis will share some of the music they created from this data. Participants will then be guided by Dakin on how to use these scientific facts and musical material as inspiration to create their own unique SUNWATCHER movement.

Participants of the Creative Movement Workshop may wish to stay the afternoon of the 27th to explore the Ancram then return to AOH for the SUNWATCHER Works In Progress screening at 8 p.m. The evening event is not part of the workshop and tickets must be purchased separately.

On Saturday June 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Celeste Lecesne, scriptwriter/performer of POOF!, will host a storytelling workshop designed to explore our individual myths, give voice to emotional, political and personal truths and create a structure that will carry your story in the world. Whether you’re working on a screenplay, a TV pilot, a play, a one-man show, or a novel, knowing the basic rules of the story can help you discover both the story you want to tell and the best way to present it.

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