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BANG ON A CAN AFTER-HOURS SPECIAL
North Adams, 10 p.m.
Bang on a Can festival players hold late-night jam sessions in The Chalet, MASS MoCA's summer beer garden. Admission is free.
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BANG ON A CAN GALLERY RECITAL
North Adams, 1:30 p.m.
Set in MASS MoCA's museum galleries, recitals featuring Bang on a Can faculty, fellows, and special guests happen almost every day at 1:30pm and 4:30pm from July 16-August 2. Gallery recitals are free with museum admission.
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CHP FARMER'S MARKET
Great Barrington, 3-6 p.m.
The fourth annual CHP Farmers Market will be held every Thursday from June through Sept. 25 and will feature fresh produce, flowers, fun activities, cooking demonstrations and more. WIC & Senior Farmer's Checks, SNAP, EBT and credit cards accepted.  Sponsored by Community Health Programs at 444 Stockbridge Road (Route 7) Great Barrington.  Call 413-528-0457 for more information.
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WHAT THEY WORE TO WAR: DRESSING AMERICAN RELIEF WORKERS IN THE GREAT WAR
Lenox, 4 p.m.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I, Dr. Alan Price will tell the story of three important American charities in France and the dress of their three extraordinary leaders: Edith Wharton, Nina Duryea and Isabel Lathrop. The cost is $12. The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, is located at 2 Plunkett St. Call 413-551-5111 or visit EdithWharton.org.

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MUSIC BY STEVE REICH
North Adams, 4:30 p.m.
Steve Reich performs a concert of his works, including "Electric Counterpoint," in Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective at MASS MoCA. There will also be a post-performance talk with Steve Reich. Concert is free with museum admission.
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PARTY IN THE PARK
North Adams, 6 p.m.
This annual summer concert series is free and open to the public. Located at Noel Field behind the Steeple Cats baseball diamond, shows begin at 6 and ends at 8 p.m. http://explorenorthadams.com/THINGS-TO-DO/Events/Party-in-the-Park.aspx  Greylock
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GALLERY 51 EXHIBIT OPENING
North Adams, 6-9 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 will present a solo exhibition by Julia Morgan-Leamon from July 31-Aug. 24. In “Split/Level,” she will utilize found and altered objects, assemblage, paint, sculpture and video to explore the rifts, connections and resonances that have punctuated her own life and those around her. An opening reception for “Split/Level” will take place in MCLA Gallery 51 on July 31, 6-9 p.m., as part of this month’s DownStreet Art Thursday event. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 413-664 8718 or go to www.mcla.edu/Gallery51.

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PRESS GALLERY OPENING RECEPTION
North Adams, 6-9 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) has announced a new exhibition by artists Erika Radich and Jae Ok Lee, “Nature as Medicine, Nature as Companion,” will open on Thursday, July 31, as part of this year’s DownStreet Art summer season, in the PRESS: Letterpress as a Public Art Project Gallery, 49 Main St. The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, 6-9 p.m., in PRESS Gallery. This event is free and refreshments will be served. The subject of Radich and Lee’s exhibition is the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. For more information, contact Mowinski at 413-281-8108.

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'FLUX' OPENING RECEPTION
North Adams, 6-9 p.m.
Gallery 107 announces “The Vital Flux,” a mixed-media, group exhibition of biomorphic artwork featuring work by
artists Emily Barletta, Alana Bograd, Jackie Brown, Marguerita Hagan, Angela McQuillan and Samantha Jones, will be on display beginning July 31 and running through Aug. 24. An opening reception for “The Vital Flux,” which is curated by McQuillan is scheduled for Thursday, July 31, as part of DownStreet Art Thursday.

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SCIENCETELLERS, "DRAGONS AND DREAMS"
Great Barrington, 6:15-7:00pm

Sciencetellers uses visually exciting experiments to bring the sights and sounds of a story to life! Wouldn't dragon's breath be an amazing sight to see'! Well, get ready to see it ... feel it ... smell it ... maybe even taste it! This story features interactive science experiments with dry ice, flash paper, exploding bottles, and much more. Good for families with children K-5; no registration necessary. This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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CLARK DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT MAHAIWE
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
Michael Conforti, director of the Clark Art Institute, presents the free lecture “A Masterpiece Remastered: The New Clark” at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts on Thursday,  The lecture highlights the architectural transformation undertaken at the Clark, which reopened its campus in early July.  Conforti addresses the Institute's master-planning process as well as its expansion and renovation designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando of Osaka, Japan; the New York-based architect Annabelle Selldorf; the landscape architects Reed Hilderbrand of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and executive architect Gensler of New York. The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is located at 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Visit www.mahaiwe.org for directions or call 413 644 9040.

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RECITAL IN THE DARK!
North Adams, 8 - 10 p.m.
After a special late-night viewing of Anselm Kiefer, move to The Chalet at MASS MoCA for a concert in utter darkness, with Bang on a Can musicians scattered among the audience. Event is free.
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MILL CITY PRODUCTIONS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Mill City Productions will present its musical theatre and cabaret retrospective “MCP Ten: The Reprise of a Decade.”  The show features 17 performers from around the Northeast who are alumni of past MCP musical productions and is co-created and co-directed by Marissa Carlson and Michael James Roy. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Immediately following the Saturday, Aug. 2, performance, will be a 10th anniversary celebration and light refreshments. Performances will take place at Mill City’s theatre at Building 4N (next to the Visitor’s Center) in the Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams. Parking is available in either the Northwest lot (near NBCTC) or in the Sons of Italy lot.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.millcityproductions.org.

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JUST FOR FUN: LIONEL POPKIN, MODERN DANCE FOR KIDS
New York, 1 p.m.
interactive modern dance performance Lionel Popkin is an inventive, highly original dancer and choreographer. He and his company will introduce the Just for Fun audience to the world of modern dance through a performance exploring the joys of movement and music and giving the audience an opportunity to try a few modern dance moves themselves. Pamela Squires in the Washington Post wrote, “Popkin has a flair for originality that periodically has you realizing that you are smiling to yourself in the dark.”  Free Admission PS21 – The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village http://www.ps21chatham.org  
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FREE FUN FRIDAY AT HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
Pittsfield, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Enjoy free admission and fun activities for the whole family on Friday, Aug. 1, at Hancock Shaker Village.  Tour the grounds on your own, or join a “Young Shakers” tour at an extra cost. On Free Fun Friday, which is made possible thanks to the Highland Street Foundation, families can explore the Village’s historic buildings, watch artisans and costumed interpreters engage in wood-working, textile spinning, black-smithing and other crafts, and try their hand at a variety of special activities available just on that day. Special family activities and make-and-take crafts will take place in the Brick Dwelling from 1 to 3 p.m., and if it’s hot, there will be a water arc to run through to help visitors cool off. Visit www.hancockshakervillage.org for more information.

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MISS JULIE AND HER UKULELE STORYTIMES
Adams, 10 a.m.
Join us at the Adams Free Library, Fridays July 11, 18, Aug 1, & 8 at 10a.m. for fun filled Ukulele storytimes with guest Julie Stepanek. Julie is an accomplished musician and singer. She has been working with area libraries for the last 5 years, educating and entertaining young and old alike. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Adams Free Library, Inc. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity! Attendance at library programs constitutes consent to be photographed; photos may be used in print or electronic publicity for the Adams Free Library. An adult must accompany children under 8 years of age. Library events are free and open to the public. Questions' Call the Adams Free Library at 743-8345.

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LITTLE SCIENTISTS EARLY LITERACY
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

This is a weekly fun Summer Reading Program for caregivers and children aged 3 to 5. Story time with activity to help them learn early literacy skills to increase their likelihood of reading success.
Registration required.
This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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WEEMUSE ADVENTURE
Pittsfield, 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Every Friday! Little ones can explore the Aquarium and three Museum galleries! Each week features songs, stories, scavenger hunts, play time, and more. Check our Facebook Page or weekly e-news for each week’s theme. This program is geared towards children 18 months to 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome! Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield MA, 01201 Included with cost of admission to the Museum.
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BANG ON A CAN GALLERY RECITAL
North Adams, 1:30 p.m.
Set in MASS MoCA's museum galleries, recitals featuring Bang on a Can faculty, fellows, and special guests happen almost every day at 1:30pm and 4:30pm from July 16-August 2. Gallery recitals are free with museum admission.
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MUSIC WITH GLENN KOTCHE OF WILCO
North Adams, 4:30 p.m.
Wilco's Glenn Kotche performs at MASS MoCA under Natalie Jeremijenko: Tree Logic, as part of the Bang on a Can music festival. Performance is free with museum admission.
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DYSTOPIA FRIDAY TEEN MOVIE WITH PIZZA, "ENDERíS GAME"
Great Barrington, 4:30-6:30pm

Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion. This program is at our Mason Library at 231 Main St. in Great Barrington. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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THE ALPHABET OF VIBRATION ART SHOW
Pittsfield, 5 - 8 p.m.
Come for the opening reception to see artist Analesa Berg's powerful art series, The Alphabet of Vibration®, during the First Friday Arts Walk in Pittsfield. Meet the artist on opening night and enjoy the exhibit throughout the month of August. Unusual Wedding Rings & More, 137 North Street, Pittsfield. Visit www.ShemaProductions.com for more information.
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EXHIBIT OPENING
Pittsfield, 5-8 p.m.
BAA Redux: Industrial Manifest, a regional juried show featuring 13 artists, opens at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., for First Fridays Artswalk. The public is also invited to an awards reception for the artists to be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 4-6 p.m. The show presents original contemporary art exploring practices and themes within an industrial context. The show will run through Aug. 30. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm. All of the works are for sale. Additional information may be found at https://berkshireartassociation.org.

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Y HOSTS WINE AND BEER TASTING
Pittsfield, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Pittsfield Family YMCA will host Savor the Moment: Wine and Beer Tasting & Auction fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club poolside in Pittsfield on Friday, Tickets cost $25 at the Y or at the door. Berkshire Hills Country Club is located at 500 Benedict Road in Pittsfield. You must be at least 21 years old to attend. Please drink responsibly.  To donate an auction item, please contact Michelle at 413-499-7650 x37 or mgreen@pittsfieldfamilyymca.org.

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40TH ADAMS AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Adams, 6 p.m.

Friday at 6 PM the 40th Adams Agricultural Fair opens with Up in the Air Discdoggers show, where dogs catch frisbies and put on a great show. Jeeps and classic cars come for the Cruise in with One Sharp Marriage entertaining with their knife throwing act. At 7 Bits and Pieces begin with music for dancing and of course the Children's Pedal Tractor contest entertains the kids.


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MOVIES UNDER THE STARS
Adams, 6 p.m.
The town of Adams and Adams Community Bank will kick off the 15th annual Adams Movies Under the Stars program. The gala opening will take place on the lawn in front of the Town Hall starting at 6 p.m. and “The Lego Movie” will be featured at dusk. This event is free and open to the public. The rain date will be on Saturday, Aug. 2. In conjunction with Movies Under the Stars, Adams Community Bank will be holding its 12th annual community appreciation event.  Free hot dogs, popcorn, fried dough, soft drinks and other refreshments will be served. Kids of all ages will have a chance to catch some cash in the cash cube and participate in other games and giveaways. Face painting will be provided by Magic Brushes and balloon art by Bowie the Clown.

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POKER TOURNAMENT
New York, 6 p.m.
Get in on the most exciting Texas Hold 'Em tournament in Hoosick Falls on the first Friday of every month. Doors open at 6 p.m. and play starts at 6:30 p.m. The buy-in is $35 with an option for a $10 add on, plus a $5 high hand pot. Newcomers and experienced players are all welcome. The Armory is at 80 Church Street on the corner of Elm Street in Hoosick Falls, NY. For more information, call 518-686-9050 or visit .www.hayc3.org
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LIONEL POPKIN DANCE COMPANY: RUTH DOESNíT LIVE HERE ANYMORE
New York, 8 p.m.
Lionel Popkin, who is half-Jewish/half-Indian, explores how our origins define who we are. His dances are simultaneously low-tech and lush, questioning and funny. His latest work Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore considers the paradoxical legacy of modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, co-founder of the famed Denishawn Company, who brought “Orientalism” to Western dance.The Philadelphia Inquirer Tickets: $30/$25 members/$18 students 18 and under PS21 – The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village http://www.ps21chatham.org  Lionel Popkin’s website: http://www.lionelpopkin.org/ This performance is made possible in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  
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MILL CITY PRODUCTIONS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
North Adams, 8 p.m.
Mill City Productions will present its musical theatre and cabaret retrospective “MCP Ten: The Reprise of a Decade.”  The show features 17 performers from around the Northeast who are alumni of past MCP musical productions and is co-created and co-directed by Marissa Carlson and Michael James Roy. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Immediately following the Saturday, Aug. 2, performance, will be a 10th anniversary celebration and light refreshments. Performances will take place at Mill City’s theatre at Building 4N (next to the Visitor’s Center) in the Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams. Parking is available in either the Northwest lot (near NBCTC) or in the Sons of Italy lot.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.millcityproductions.org.


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SUMMER OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES
Pittsfield
The movies will be shown at Clapp Park this year, beginning shortly after dusk (about 8:30pm).  This year’s line-up features movies that the whole family can enjoy. For the complete line up please visit our Recreation Program page under the Department of Community Development on our website, www.cityofpittsfield.org or call the Recreation Activities Coordinator at 499-9370. In the case of rain, the movie will be canceled.

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