Lenox Library Association Charity Poker Night

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LENOX, Mass. — Lenox Library Association will host its second charity poker tournament on Friday, June 14 from 6-9 p.m. in the Welles Gallery at the Lenox Library. 
 
This fundraising event will be hosted by Max Scherff, a Trustee of the Lenox Library Association, to offer community members and card players of all levels an opportunity to play poker while supporting a meaningful cause – the Lenox Library.
 
Poker Night Out at the library will be played in a Texas Hold 'Em tournament format which forces raised antes throughout the night to identify top four finishers who will win significant prizes donated by area businesses. The "buy in" to this event is a $125 donation which goes towards library programs and materials. This admission fee will also include pizza, mocktails, and cocktails, and is a tax-deductible donation to the Lenox Library Association which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 
 
"We had great success at our first Poker Night Out in April. Guys and gals of all skill levels had a lot of fun. Without many local legal poker options in the Berkshires, we are excited to offer another night of friendly competition at the poker table while players support the Lenox Library," said host Max Scherff.
 
All players are invited to attend a half hour tutorial to freshen up or learn new poker skills at 6 p.m. before the tournament starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Bidding cheat sheets with poker hand rankings and a time board will be provided so the tournament can progress with alacrity.
 
The event is limited to 30 people. Registration for the tournament is now open. To register, contact the Lenox Library Association Development Department at contact@lenoxlib.org, call 413.637.2630 x115, or scan the QR code and notate PNO. All players must pay in advance to reserve a seat.
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Jacob’s Pillow Free Live Stream Series

BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow is pleased to announce the launch of a new free livestream series, Jacob's Pillow Live, which will feature nine select performances from this summer's 92nd annual international Dance Festival.

Jacob's Pillow Live will provide audiences the opportunity to tune in from anywhere in the world to enjoy live performances on the scenic outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage and in the historic Ted Shawn Theatre.

According to a press release:

Live performances will occur each week of the festival between June 22 and Aug. 24—from the celebrated repertoire of The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom to the unique thrill of Princess Lockerooo & The Fabulous Waack Dancers—with advance online registration available. Out of the nine livestream events, five will include access to a free "Encore" stream released the following week, allowing an additional 24 hours to watch the performance on-demand.

This new series provides livestream access to arts lovers and families who are not able to travel to experience these events in person, while affording local and regional audiences more opportunities to blend at-home viewing with in-person visits to the festival this summer. Registration for these free livestreams is now open to everyone at http://jacobspillow.org/live.

"Our dance and live music events really shine because they are brimming with creative talent from around the world," said Jacob's Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge. "We want to honor the fact that our visiting audience is global as well, and always has been. We are delighted to bring lovers of dance this expanded, and more flexible, series of chances to experience live performances at our festival this summer for free, no matter where they are watching from."

Livestreams will include access to Jacob's Pillow's Gala performance, as well as other  performances from inside the historic Ted Shawn Theatre—which opened in 1942 as the first performance space in America designed exclusively for dance—and from the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage.

The livestream on July 6 will bring viewers a performance by The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom, from the Ted Shawn Theatre, on the company's sole engagement in the United States this year—and their first touring performance in the country since 2015. In addition to classical and contemporary ballet, the series will feature performances that range in styles from Afro Latin and jazz to tap, flamenco, tango, contemporary, musical theater, hip-hop, house, vogue, waacking, and Indigenous masked dance. All livestreams in this series are family-friendly, and all include English-language captioning, available in browser while viewing.

Jacob's Pillow Live comprises the following livestreams for summer 2024, in chronological order. Select livestreams also include an Encore stream, to be made available after the performance.

  • Saturday, June 22 at 6:15PM EST — Performances from the Season Opening Gala

    • From the historic Ted Shawn Theatre

    • This event will include performances by members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pianist Craig Baldwin and dancers from the New York City Ballet, Sekou McMiller and Friends, Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao, Soles of Duende, and a world premiere by The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet Program. Details at jacobspillow.org/gala.

  • Saturday, June 29 at 6PM EST — The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Ballet Program

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

  • Saturday, July 6 at 8PM EST — The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom

    • From the historic Ted Shawn Theatre

    • Includes an Encore stream, available from 12pm on Wednesday, July 10 to 12pm on Thursday, July 11.

  • Saturday, July 13 at 6PM EST — The MasterZ at Work Dance Family

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

    • Includes an Encore stream, available from 12pm on Wednesday, July 17 to 12pm on Thursday, July 18.

  • Thursday, July 18 at 8PM EST — Social Tango Project

    • From the historic Ted Shawn Theatre

    • Includes an Encore stream, available from 12pm on Wednesday, July 24 to 12pm on Thursday, July 25.

  • Saturday, July 20 at 6PM EST — The School at Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Program

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

  • Saturday, July 27 at 6PM EST — Dancers of Damelahamid

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

    • Includes an Encore stream, available from 12pm on Wednesday, July 31 to 12pm on Thursday, August 1.

  • Saturday, August 17 at 6PM EST — The School at Jacob's Pillow Musical Theatre Program

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

  • Saturday, August 24 at 6PM EST — Princess Lockerooo & The Fabulous Waack Dancers

    • From the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

    • Includes an Encore stream, available from 12pm on Wednesday, August 28 to 12pm on August 29.

Jacob's Pillow has been experimenting with access to online performances and livestreams for several years, explained Tatge. Building on more than a decade of online access through Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive, the Pillow took its first real steps in 2020, when health and safety concerns required pivoting to an all-digital summer festival. This work continued in 2021, when Jacob's Pillow aired an online series of streaming performances from the outdoor Leir Stage roughly two weeks after filming. In 2022 and 2023, Jacob's Pillow produced a series of performance streams that aired during the fall, winter, and spring. "As we look toward the opening of our reimagined Doris Duke Theatre in 2025," Tatge said, "we are excited to build and deepen our world of digital productions, livestreams, and interactive online events. We want to make these available to any arts lover, anywhere, who wants to see what the future of dance can look like."

 

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