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BILLSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Williamstown, 7 p.m.-midnight
Williamstown's own music festival returns to The Red Herring. A total of 11 acts are scheduled to appear, including featured artists Oxen of the Sun, Jennifer Crowell and The Trophy Husbands, as well as college bands Gentlemen Art Thieves, Bread Helmet and Brice Blue. Tickets are $10 for both nights, $5 for students. Complete schedule and ticket information can be found at billstock.wordpress.com.

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MG THEATER PRESENTS "SOUTH PACIFIC"
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Mount Greylock Regional School District presents the musical "South Pacific". Show dates are March 6 and 7.  Curtain time is 7:00 pm at The '62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College, 1000 Main Street, Williamstown. Tickets are available at the door on the night of the show.
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TEEN POETRY SLAM
Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
WordXWord presents "Young+Brave: Teen Spoken Word Open Mic & Poetry Slam," with special guest Franny Choi, at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave. The evening, free and open to all, will be hosted by local poet and educator Melissa Quirk Cairns. Area teens are invited to step up and share their work in a mutually supportive context, either in the non-competitive open mic portion of the evening, or in the friendly, but competitive poetry slam. Pre-registration online at wXw365.org is strongly encouraged to guarantee a spot on the list to read.

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SUICIDE & AGING: GATEKEEPER WORKSHOP
Pittsfield, 8 - 12 or 1 - 5
In the Berkshires, between 2007 - 2011, more than one third of suicides were in people over the age of 55.  The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley is offering a free, Department of Public Health - funded training for "gatekeepers" to reduce the incidence of suicide among people ages 55 or older.  Gatekeepers are people who, through their personal, professional or volunteer activities, have regular contact with older adults. This training is appropriate for Council on Aging personnel and nursing home staff including directors, administrative assistants, activities staff, nurse's aides, food service workers, transportation staff, as well as housekeepers & caregivers of older adults, police officers, postal workers, and Meals on Wheels staff.  Friday, March 6, 2015 (2 sessions for your convenience)  Morning session: 8 - 12 Noon, Registration at 7:30 a.m. or Afternoon Session: 1 - 5, Registration at 12:30.  Location: Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield.  Registration is required by contacting:  Bobbie Orsi @ 413-442-0907 or Matt Bitten @ 413-495-1500 Ext. 1472 (3.5 continuing education credits are available for social workers and professionals who need training hours.)
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SUICIDE & AGING: GATEKEEPER WORKSHOP
Pittsfield, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.
The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley is offering a free, Department of Public Health-funded training for “gatekeepers” to reduce the incidence of suicide among people ages 55 and older. Gatekeepers are people who, through their personal, professional or volunteer activities, have regular contact with older adults. This training is appropriate for Council on Aging personnel and nursing home staff including directors, administrative assistants, activities staff, nurse’s aides, food service workers, transportation staff, as well as housekeepers & caregivers of older adults, police officers, postal workers, and Meals on Wheels staff. Registration is required by contacting: Bobbie Orsi at bobbie@berkshirehisc.com or 413-442-0907 or Matt Bitten at mbitten@southbaymentalhealth.com at 413-495-1500, ext. 1472.

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MILHAM PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Williams College invites you to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on Friday evenings at 8 p.m. beginning on Feb. 6 and running through May 1 with the exception of Spring Break March 20, March 27 and April 3. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. For reservations (recommended) contact Michele Rech at 413-597-2188 or email at mcr4@williams.edu.

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VIOLINIST MIRIAM FRIED
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
The Berkshire Symphony performs in Chapin Hall featuring Miriam Fried as guest soloist. There is a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman before the concert at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue. All of these events are free and open to the public. The Berkshire Symphony will open the program on Friday with George Antheil's "A Jazz Symphony," followed by the divertimento from Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss) by Igor Stravinsky. Violin soloist Miriam Fried then joins the orchestra to perform Johannes Brahms, Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 77.

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'THE MASK YOU LIVE IN'
Lenox, 5:30 p.m.
Multicultural BRIDGE will host a film screening of "The Mask You Live In" and panel discussion at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School. The panel will include local professionals and a brief presentation by two Lenox students who recently completed a gender project at the school. The screening is free. The film explores the strong messages and societal expectations that are both overt as well as embedded and reinforced through popular culture, sports, and our media. Men from various backgrounds share the impact of their upbringing, relationships with their fathers, their struggles, and the deliberate choices they've made in raising their own children. Experts in the field, including authors, doctors, and educators, provide research as well as observations on the challenges men and boys face in our society’s unrealistic expectations of hyper-masculinity.

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WINTER WARMER WINE TASTING
Pittsfield, 6 - 8 p.m.
A lovely evening at our local winery, right here in Pittsfield! Delicious food, wonderful wines and friends - new and old make this a very special evening. Space is limited so there are only 50 tickets available for this event. Get yours now! 100% proceeds benefit Moments House - offering free programs and services to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis.
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BILLSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Williamstown, 7 p.m.-midnight
Williamstown's own music festival returns to The Red Herring. A total of 11 acts are scheduled to appear, including featured artists Oxen of the Sun, Jennifer Crowell and The Trophy Husbands, as well as college bands Gentlemen Art Thieves, Bread Helmet and Brice Blue. Tickets are $10 for both nights, $5 for students. Complete schedule and ticket information can be found at billstock.wordpress.com.

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MG THEATER PRESENTS "SOUTH PACIFIC"
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Mount Greylock Regional School District presents the musical "South Pacific". Show dates are March 6 and 7.  Curtain time is 7:00 pm at The '62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College, 1000 Main Street, Williamstown. Tickets are available at the door on the night of the show.
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BOLSHOI BALLET IN HD: ROMEO AND JULIET
Great Barrington, 1 p.m.
Prokofiev's finest ballet, based on Shakespeare's tragic love story and superbly choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich. Mahaiwe
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RELAY FOR LIFE BREAKFAST
Adams, 8-11:30 a.m.
Stefanie's Supporters will host a breakfast buffet to raise money for their Relay for Life team at the Masonic Temple on Center Street in Adams. The cost is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and children.

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WILLIAMSTOWN PLAYGROUP
Williamstown, 10-11:30 a.m.
Monday Play and Learn Group meets at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St., for ages walking to 5 years old.

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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., meets for ages walking to 8 years.

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SOUTH ASIAN FILM SERIES
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The Williams College departments of English and history will host a South Asian film series featuring popular and art house cinema from 1955 to 2013. All shows are free and open to the public and will be held in the Paresky Auditorium. The lineup is as follows: March 9, Muzzaffar Ali’s "Umrao Jaan" (1982), based on an Urdu novel published in 1899 that follows a young courtesan living in the world of royal courts and Indian princes; and April 13, Satyajit Ray "Pather Panchali" (1955), the first film in the Apu Trilogy, which tells the story of a poor family in Bengal.

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'2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY'
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
The Classic Series at Images Cinema, located at 50 Spring St., continues with "2001: A Space Odyssey," introduced by Williams College Professor Shawn Rosenheim. Regular ticket prices apply.

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HASKINS CENTER PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Preschool Group at the Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages 2.5-5 years old.

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BRAIN BUILDERS! PLAY & LEARN PLAYGROUP
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:30am

Read, sing, play, & talk during circle time & continue with fun table time activities, combining STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) & Every Child Ready to Read. No registration required, intended for children ages baby through 5 years, with their caregiver. 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. Sponsored by South Berkshire Kids (funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant provided by the Department of Early Education and Care), and the CHP Family Network.


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KNITTING AT THE MILNE
Williamstown, 2-4 p.m.
The Milne Public Library will host a knitting group every Tuesday from Feb. 24 and continuing into April. All levels of experience are welcome. The program is free and open to the public. Just bring your projects and knit. The group may explore different yarns and items to knit including socks, shawls, sweaters, hats, etc. The group coordinator will be Carole Thompson, who enjoys exploring yarns and designing her own patterns using body measurements. Sign up is required; contact the library at 413-458-5369.

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LEGO GROUP
North Adams, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Lego Group meets at the North Adams Library Community Room, 74 Church St., on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month for ages 4 to 8 years old.

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CLARK LECTURE
Williamstown, 5:30 p.m.
The Research and Academic Program (RAP) at the Clark Art Institute delivers a series of free lectures, including "Clark Conversation: Jacqueline Lichtenstein and Iris Moon," with Jacqueline Lichtenstein joining Iris Moon, Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow, Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a wide-ranging conversation about her life and scholarship.

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GREYLOCK APARTMENTS PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Play and Learn Group at Greylock Apartments' Community Room on Angeli Street is for ages walking to 8 years old.

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TODDLER PLAYGROUP
North Adams, 10-11 a.m.
Toddler Play and Learn at Haskins Center Lower level Playroom, 210 State St., is for ages 1 to 2.5 years.

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POWDER KEG SESSIONS: WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR MOTHERS & OTHERS
Great Barrington, 6:30-7:45pm

Are you ready to blow the roof off of your silence?  If you opened your mouth to speak your truth, would you know what to say?  Join author, blogger, mother and artist Suzi Banks Baum for the Powder Keg Sessions writing workshops. The series will take place at Ramsdell on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45pm, at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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STORYTIME FOR TOTS
Great Barrington, 10:30-11:15am

Join us for a storytime made just for toddlers!  There will be stories, songs, art, movement and music. This program is suitable for ages 2-5, and is at our Ramsdell Library at 1087 Main St. in Housatonic. Please see our website at http://gblibraries.org for more details.


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HASKINS CENTER GYM GROUP
North Adams, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Gym Group at Haskins Center, 210 State St., is for ages walking to 5 years old.

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GMO LABELING TALK
North Adams, 7 p.m.
Local organic farmer and GMO labeling activist Ed Stockman will address the issue of genetically engineered food and GMO labeling on the MCLA campus in North Adams. The presentation will include a screening of the film "Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives," followed by a question and answer session.  The event takes place in Murdock Hall, located at 375 Church Str., and is sponsored by Wild Oats Market. The presentation comes as the Massachusetts House considers new legislation that would make it the fourth state in New England to pass a law requiring GMO labeling, after Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine. The bill has received growing support among lawmakers. Mandatory labeling has been strongly opposed by the agribusinesses who engineer and market GMO seeds and related herbicides.

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PRINCESS IVONA
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
In this dark humor comedy, two different societies drastically collide: traditional and unconventional. The theme of the play highlights the comparison between those devoted to empty platitudes, lack of creativity, and hatred, and those with mysterious and inspiring minds. Witold Gombrowicz, one of the most influential playwrights of the twentieth century, brings humor, truth of human nature, and universal pieces of wisdom. Which society are you in? Come and find out! '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, 413-597-2425
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'PRINCESS IVONA'
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Williams College Theatre Department will present "Princess Ivona" by Witold Gombrowic, directed by Omar Sangare. Ivona is a dark comedy. Two different societies drastically collide: traditional and unconventional. The theme of the play highlights the comparison between those devoted to empty platitudes, lack of creativity, and hatred, and those with mysterious and inspiring minds. Witold Gombrowicz, one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century, brings humor, truth of human nature, and universal pieces of wisdom. Which society are you in? The play will be in the ’62 Center’s Adams Memorial Theatre, located at 1000 Main St. Tickets are $3. For tickets, call 413-597-2425 or visit http://62center.williams.edu.

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