BITS & BYTES: conference on the podcast for children; Thanksgiving meal; Authentic Movement Workshop; Community Appreciation Dinner; Seagull watching; The orchestra now; Lenox Student Art Exhibit

Rebecca Sheir and Eric Shimelonis. Image courtesy of Lenox Library.

‘Circle Round’ hosts talk to Lenox Library

Lenox– On Sunday November 20, 2022 at 4 p.m., Rebecca Sheir and Eric Shimelonis, host and composer of the award-winning children’s podcast “Circle Round”, will explain how they came up with the idea for the podcast and how they create the programs at the Lenox Library.

Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR’s Circle Round Podcast adapts folk tales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 3-103. Each episode explores universal themes like friendship, perseverance, creativity and generosity, and ends with an activity that inspires deeper conversation between children and adults.

Beloved voices from the worlds of stage, screen and podcast/public radio bring these stories to life with the help of veteran narrator, writer and host/public radio journalist Rebecca Sheir. Eric Shimelonis, composer for stage and screen, creates original music for each story.

All Distinguished Lecture Series programs are free and open to the public. Children are welcome.

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Miraval Berkshires Thanksgiving Dinner

Lenox– Miraval Berkshires, the wellness resort in Lenox, Massachusetts, will host Thanks & Giving, a Thanksgiving dinner at 1894, the fine dining restaurant at the Wyndhurst Mansion, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on November 24. Family-style prix fixe menu showcasing the generosity of the Berkshires. The menu will feature Butternut Squash Bisque, Misty Knoll Farms Slow Roast Turkey, Berkshire Mushroom Farrotto and more. Traditional desserts will also be served including pumpkin pie, caramel apple pie and pecan pie. To make a reservation, please call 413-881-1234 or email [email protected]

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Image courtesy of Berkshire Pulse.

Authentic Movement Workshop at Berkshire Pulse

Housatonic– Paula Josa-Jones will lead an authentic movement workshop for ages 18 and up on November 20, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Authentic movement is a meditative, intuitive and improvised movement practice involving a motor and a witness. It is a practice of listening, of harmonization; slowing down and opening to a deeper perception of the body and the psyche. It was developed by dancer and psychotherapist Mary Starks Whitehouse, who, following her work with Carl Jung, became interested in movement without intention, or the practice of “waiting to be moved”.

Paula Josa Jones is a dance and movement artist who has taught authentic movement, somatic movement studies, composition and improvisation for the past 40 years at universities, colleges and dance festivals nationwide and international. She maintains a private practice in Kent, CT.

Each workshop is $75, register here:

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Great Barrington Community Appreciation Dinner

Great Barrington– Berkshire South Regional Community Center will host its 15th Annual Community Appreciation Dinner on tuesday november 22 at 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington. The meal is free and open to the public.

Berkshire South plans to provide around 400 meals to the community this year across three headquarters in 4 p.m., 5.15 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the Community Center at 413-528-2810 ext 0 or online at

The traditional Thanksgiving meal will be co-prepared by local chefs, each volunteering to prepare a dish – cookbook author Janet Elsbach, nutrition coach and food educator Thais Harris, Momma Lo’s BBQ and chefs Hank Ferlauto and Scott Hansen. The meal is only possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of local supermarkets: Stop & Shop, the Berkshire Food Co-op, Price Chopper and Guido’s Fresh Marketplace.

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The cast of the Seagull. Photo by Marc Brennar. Image courtesy of Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

The Seagull from the London National Theater in HD

Great Barrington— The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents a screening of The Seagullfilmed live in HD at the National Theater in London on Saturday November 19 at 7 p.m.

In The Seagull, a young woman is desperate for glory and a way out. A young man longs for the woman of his dreams. A successful writer yearns for a sense of accomplishment. An actress wants to fight against the changing times. In a remote country home, dreams are shattered, hopes are dashed and hearts are broken. With nowhere to go, the only option is to turn against each other.

Emilia Clarke makes her West End debut in this 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness.

Tickets are $17 or $10 for ages 21 and under, available here. This game is rated R.

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The orchestra now presents Shostakovich & Ives

Great Barrington— The Orchestra Now will perform at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA on November 20 at 3 p.m.driven by Andres Rivas.

The concert opens with a lyric poem by Ukrainian composer Fiodor Yakimenko dedicated to Rimsky-Korsakov; followed by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jacob Druckman’s Prism, in which he explored the possibilities of color and orchestral sound; and Ives’ overture to his never written opera “1776”. The concert will end with Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony.

Tickets for this concert are free, RSVP in advance suggested at Masking from the public is recommended, but not required.

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Image courtesy of Lenox Library.

“No mud, no lotus” art exhibition in middle school and high school

Lenox– The Lenox Student Art Show, at the Welles Gallery of the Lenox Library, opens November 22 and runs until December 16. The theme is “No Mud, No Lotus”. Through a variety of mediums, students at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School reflect on how difficult experiences can often be a resource for discovering their own unique ideas and gifts. This program is supported by the Lenox Chamber, the Lenox Cultural District and Trinity Church. Three scholarships will be awarded to graduate students, chosen by a jury, for works demonstrating artistic excellence.

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