BITS & BYTES: The ballet organizes a fundraiser; workshop and performance Seth Glier; BTG announces the fall season; new exhibition CREATE; conference on swallows; youth workshops at Hudson Hall

The ballet will host a preview fundraiser for new Nutcracker costumes

PITTSFIELD— Albany Berkshire Ballet will host an immersive fundraising performance event Sunday August 14, supporting a major costume update from the company’s beloved production. The event will last from 1-4 p.m. and will be held at Berkshire Hills Country Club.

Left to right: JunDavid Simons as Fritz, Susan Gilbert as Mother Ginger and Madeleine Roussin as Clara in a 2016 Albany Berkshire Ballet production of ‘The Nutcracker’. Photo courtesy Albany Berkshire Ballet

Along with food, live music and dance performances, attendees will get a taste of the process as designer Sam Meredith previews some of the new costumes for ABB Nutcracker as he returns to the stage later this year. Choreographed by artistic director Madeline Culpo, The Nutcracker enters its 47th season this year, with performances in Pittsfield, Albany, Springfield and Burlington.

Entertainment will include a first live screening of Eric Otto’s original work “Cerelia”, featuring dancers Ruslan Sprague, Rachael Weber and Mila Krol, Luciella Curletti and Lucy Gregg with choreography by Danielle Price.

Heavy appetizers will be served, along with a cash bar. Unique themed gift baskets will be raffled off to help support the company’s investment in new costumes.

At this event, ABB will also make a major announcement regarding the launch of a new American Rescue Plan Act-funded community program in conjunction with the City of Pittsfield.

Tickets for the event cost between $35 and $40 for adults and can be purchased online.


Seth Glier will perform and give a workshop at the Guthrie Center

GREAT BARRINGTON— The Guthrie Center will once again host Grammy-nominated Seth Glier on August 13 for an afternoon workshop and an evening concert.

The Guthrie Center. Photo courtesy of the Guthrie Center Foundation.

Glier’s music is inspired by traditional music and storytelling, and is enhanced by original instrumentation and haunting songwriting.rif), he has won several Independent Music Awards. NPR described her voice as “otherworldly”.

For his separately ticketed workshop, Seth will share his experiences as a US State Department-sponsored cultural ambassador to China, Mongolia and Ukraine, creating music that can transcend borders and language.

Workshop tickets (2-3:30 p.m.) are $45 and concert tickets (doors 6:30 p.m., show 8 p.m.) are $40.

Tickets can be purchased at


Berkshire Theater Group announces fall season

PITTSFIELD– The Berkshire Theater Group (BTG) and Kate Maguire (Artistic Director, CEO) are delighted to announce the Fall 2022 season at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield. The fall lineup includes a national number, as well as several local and regional groups.

From September 29 to October 23 at the Unicorn Theater in Stockbridge, winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Seascape by Edward Albee tells the story of a middle-aged couple who encounter a pair of highly evolved lizards on a deserted beach. Throughout the story, told with Edward Albee’s signature ironic wit, the two couples examine the meaning and significance of life.

Photo courtesy of Berkshire Theater Group.

Legendary Country Artist Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry will perform at the Colonial Theater on October 7.

Other concerts at the Colonial Theater include: The Eagle Experience (9/3); The Berkshires dancers present The moment (9/11); Gary Backstrom’s Band Performs Frampton comes to life! (9/16); Susan Werner with special guest Erin McKeown (10/14); BonJourneyNY (11/12) and One last, last waltz with Rev Tor and friends (11/18).

Tickets for all of BTG’s exciting productions are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit or contact the Colonial Ticket Office by calling 413-997-4444.


The CREATE exhibition is about the climate future

CATSKILL, NY— An art exhibition to debut at CREATE Gallery in Catskill explores artists’ emotional responses to the threat of climate uncertainty. “Whether Weather”, a group exhibition conceived and curated by Tasha Depp and Eva Melas, invited artists to submit works expressing their personal relationship to confronting climate change. The ambition of the show is to provoke and encourage conversation about our hopes and fears regarding our collective future on the planet.

Participating artists responded with a wide range of works, ranging from clothing made from recycled materials to 3D computer animation, sculptures and paintings. The collection includes contributions from over twenty-five individual artists.

“Whether Weather” will be on display August 13 through September 25 at CREATE Gallery, located at 398 Main Street in Catskill, NY. An opening reception will be held on August 13 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A discussion, “Confronting Climate Change” with David Sassoon, Founder and Editor of Inside climate newswill take place on Sunday August 14 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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“Cliff Swallows in Northeastern North America: A Conservation Adventure”

PITTSFIELD— Conservation biologists Linda Merry and Mara Silvers will speak at the August Pittsfield Green Drinks event. On tuesday august 16Pittsfield Green Drinks will begin 5:15 p.m. at Thistle & Mirth, 44 West Street, Pittsfield. Merry and Silvers will talk to 6:00 p.m.

Cliff swallows and other swallows have experienced some of the steepest declines in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada since 1970. This decline has become steeper since the late 1990s. Merry and Silvers discuss their research on Cliff Swallow nesting, the causes of the species’ decline, the current conservation status and population conservation measures.

Linda Merry is a conservation biologist and operational meteorologist. She is currently an assistant in the Department of Environmental and Life Sciences at Berkshire Community College.

Mara Silver has been working on swallow conservation projects for 30 years, primarily cliff and barn swallow projects. His work focuses on improving the breeding success at nest sites of Cliff Swallows and Barn Swallows.


Registration Open for Free Youth Workshops at Hudson Hall

HUDSON, NY— Hudson Hall, at the historic Hudson Opera House, will offer three creative workshops for young people this fall. All workshops have a limited capacity and registration is required.

“Artistic adventures: draw and paint from observation” will be offered on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. from September 14 to November 16. Ages 8-12 are invited to learn drawing and painting techniques in a fun and engaging environment with Hudson-based professional artist Louise Smith. Students will acquire basic drawing skills by exploring still life, figure drawing, and abstract imagery using pencil, charcoal, oil pastel/chalk, acrylic, and oil paint. watercolor (materials provided by Hudson Hall). No experience necessary. Register for the workshop here.

Photo courtesy of Hudson Hall.

“Theater club” will be offered on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. from September 20 to November 22. Budding artists aged 7 to 14 are invited to come and give free rein to their creativity. Children’s theater specialist Cindy Kubik will lead a fun and rewarding weekly hour of theater games, improvisation, movement and storytelling for the stage. Register for the workshop here.

“Hip-Hop Dance” will be offered on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. from September 21 to December 14. Ages 10-15 are invited to join dancer, choreographer and Hudson High School student Kenold Dorce for a fun hip-hop dance workshop. No experience necessary. Register for the workshop here.

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