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HEARD OR SEEN: AddAWAW (Add a Word a Week): Jape, n. - jest; jape; v. - joke or mock. ...A POB to Barbara Cummings, honored by the Family-Friends Council for her dedication and commitment to residents of the Sweet Brook Care Center. ...And one to Williams College for considering a ban on hard liquor to discourage binge drinking. ...Pleased to hear but not surprised, that Pine Cobble School has been reaccredited for 10 years by the Association of Independent Schools of New England. ...The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will host a Full Moon Snowshoe Hike at Sheep Hill tomorrow at 7 p.m. Details: 458-2494. ...Try to find time, also, for the solo exhibition of color photographs by Cheryl Sacks at the Harrison Gallery through March 3. ...Question for today: What is that robot doing on Mars — Looking for WMD? Or, as Groucho Marx was wont to say, “Truth goes out the window when rumor comes innuendo.” AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHY: Sunday’s New York Times carries an interesting review stating that “Photography from Africa is like no other photography, and we’ve only begun to become familiar with it. So far, West African studio portraiture has led the way in popularity, and this show introduces another artist in that tradition.” Holland Trotter then proceeded to single out the work of Philip Kwame Apagya, now on display at the Jack Shainman Gallery on 513 West 20th St., Chelsea. Jack’s parents live on Baxter Road. Cotter terms the photographs “scintillating,” adding, “In each case, the pictures do what most portraits in any medium are meant to do, present their subjects as they wish to be seen: industrious or casually prosperous or devout. Mr. Apagya’s pictures accomplish this with great inventiveness and wit and with a shrewd historical perspective that combines fantasies of Western-style wealth with references to the African past.” CONSTRUCTION NEWS: Workers on the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance at Williams College have installed more than 90 percent of the structural steel, marked by a topping-off ceremony indicating placement of the highest point of steel on the structure. The first shipment of limestone for the exterior cladding has arrived from Germany, well in advance for completion of the structure, which is expected to open on spring 2005. ...Despite this region’s longest cold spell in many years and a delay caused by ground contamination issues, workers have almost finished framing the three-story structure on the college’s office and retail building which will replace the B & L Service Station on Spring Street. Completion date is June. SEASON SADNESS: One learns to live with the cold weather of this time of year, but not with the spate of deaths that it seems to bring. The latest is Marshall Hannock, 84, of pneumonia, this past Sunday, in Boynton, Beach, Fla. No services are planned. Marsh, a 1942 alumnus of Williams, and I were teammates on Charlie Caldwell’s famous last football team, which was undefeated — until we met Amherst. Contributions to his memory may be sent to Williams College-Taconic Tree Fund. ...Stunned to hear about the death of Bill Lesser, 86, in an automobile accident last week in Naples, Fla. His wife, the former Barbara Berkman, initially survived the crash but was in a coma, and she died late last week. I never heard an unkind word about either of them — or from them. ...And then there was Anson C. Piper, 85, the linguist who mastered French, Spanish and Portuguese, whose services were held last Saturday. He was best described as “un real hombre.” ...Now add Joaquin Nin Culmell, 95, former pianist and composer on the Williams faculty, who died Jan. 14 at a nursing home in Berkeley, Calif. ...And what do you say to Libby and Tim Bartels, whose son Mathias, 16, died in his sleep over the weekend? ACCIDENT REPORT: Friends of Bill and Barbara Lesser are disturbed by articles in a Naples, Fla., newspaper report — and repeated elsewhere — which indicated that Bill was solely responsible for the automobile accident, which took their lives while they were vacationing in Naples. According to sources familiar with the investigation, lack of skid marks indicate that the deputy sheriff’s car, which struck them broadside from the left, had been operating in excess of 45 mph when it passed a car containing two women who had stopped, safely, to allow the Lesser car to enter traffic. We’ll see what the investigation brings. In lieu of what would have been Bill’s 87th birthday, two days after the accident, a large turnout of friends attended a special memorial service in Naples. BUSHWHACKED: Our peerless leader — and his cohorts — defend their elimination of the inheritance tax (which they deride as the “death tax”) by saying they want to help family farms and small businesses. Senator Russ Finegold of Wisconsin countered by suggesting an amendment that would exempt the first $10 million — voted down. Then he raised the exemption to $100 million for each farm and business. It was voted down 48-51. So, instead of protecting the “little man,” the Senate passed a measure that means $60 billion a year will be given to well-heeled heirs and heiresses. How small can one get?
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 2-8

Enjoy 18 different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long! 
In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host HAPPY, an abstract art show by Jesse Tobin McCauley for the month of August. There will be an opening reception during First Fridays Artswalk from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit runs through August 31.
Kids and teens, pick up the August 2nd Scavenger Hunt flyer for a chance to win a prize! Grab yours at the Artswalk table in Crawford Square, 137 North St., during the Artswalk or print one from the website.
Berkshires Jazz brings five of the most popular regional bands to the stage for the 2019 Berkshire Jazz Showcase, on the Pittsfield Common from 12-5 p.m. The wide-ranging lineup for this jazz extravaganza includes Gina Coleman and Misty Blues, Paul Green and Two Worlds, Andy Wrba's Berkshire Jazz Collective,
First Take with Mary Ann Palermo and the Kyle Murray Quintet. FREE.
Hancock Shaker Village welcomes Berkshire Opera Festival as they pay homage to American opera by composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Carlisle Floyd. The recital, "Ain't it a Pretty Night," will feature soprano Caroline Worra, tenor John Riesen and pianist Lynn Baker will explore this essential part of the musical fabric of our country. 7:30 p.m. $18-$25.
FRI WordXWord Festival: Crosstalk at Tyler Street Lab | FRI Grahm Sturz at Hotel on North FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI Anthony Luchi at Rusty Anchor | FRI Sawyer Country at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Karaoke Night at Friends | SAT WordXWord Festival: Accomplice[d] at Berkshire Museum | SAT Orin Swift Cellars Wine Tasting at Hotel on North | SAT Melissa Brinton at Rusty Anchor | SAT Jason & Trev at J. Allen's | SAT Uncensored Comedy Show at Uncorked | SUN Country Dance w/Spurs USA at Italian American Club | SUN-MON Marilyn Maye at Barrington Stage | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Wintergreen at Springside Park | TUE Open Mic Night at O'Laughlin's | WED Live on the Lake: Generation X at Onota Lake | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Deja Again at Mazzeo's | THU Abandoned Building Brewery Beer Dinner at Hotel on North | THU The Picky B's at Mission

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairytale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and a side-splitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to the stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. The Colonial Theatre through August 9. $35 and up.
ONGOING Hansel & Gretel at Berkshire Museum FRI WeeMuse: Adventures at Berkshire Museum FRI Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum FRI Yoga for Kids at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families) SAT WeeMuse: Art Lab at Berkshire Museum SAT Health & Wellness Fair at 18 Degrees (formerly Berkshire Children & Families) SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum SAT Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum SAT Child & Family Yoga at Onota Lake SAT da Vinci After Hours at Berkshire Museum SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum | MON Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum MON Kindergarten Countdown at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Star Lab at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Cones with a Cop on The Common MON Stardust Cafe at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Swan Lake Dance Intensive at Cantarella School of Dance MON Auditions for Magic Tree House Kids at The Colonial MON+ KidsAct! at Barrington Stage TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum TUE Princess Songs & Popsicle Party at The Whitney TUE Project SpaceCRAFT: Planet Pinch Pots at Be TUE Screening of Monsters vs Aliens at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Little Gardeners of the Galaxy at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Uncharted Wild Animal Show at Berkshire Athenaeum WED Tie Dye on the Terrace at Berkshire Athenaeum | WED Creative Healing Workshop w/Funky Phoenix at Berkshire Museum THU Farm Friends at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Exploring Our World at Berkshire Museum THU Designing with da Vinci at Berkshire Museum THU Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Lift Off at Berkshire Athenaeum
SAT Outdoor Yoga & Zumba at Onota Lake
Join Rachael from Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness every 1st and 3rd Saturday (June through August) for outdoor yoga and Zumba classes at Burbank Park on Onota Lake. Yoga begins at 9 a.m. and Zumba at 10:15 a.m. Come to one class or both! $10 suggested donation per class. Rain cancels.
FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Running Center | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Family YMCA | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness FRI-THU Various Classes at Radiance Yoga | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Salsa FRI-THU Various Classes at Pilates Fit | SAT Sunrise Yoga on the Deck at Rusty Anchor | SUN Guido's Great 8 Road Race | TUE Summer Fit Training at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness | THU Outdoor Yoga at Onota Lake
ONGOING If I Forget at Barrington Stage
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