BITS & BYTES: Berkshires Jazz Fall Sprawl; Meet and greet; The Mallett Brothers Band; Art Conference at Clark; masquerade swing dance; “Shine the Light”; “Not Dark Yet”

Brandon Goldberg. Image courtesy of Berkshires Jazz.

The fall sprawl of Berkshires jazz

Pittfield— Downtown Pittsfield and Lenox, Massachusetts, will be teeming with live music on the weekend of November 18 to 20, featuring the first Berkshires Jazz Fall Sprawl. Performers range from small local bands to the 17-piece Amherst Jazz Orchestra, and spotlight 16-year-old prodigy Brandon Goldberg, who is making his Berkshires debut this weekend.

Most performances are free, with the exception of the Brandon Goldberg Trio, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. at Ventfort Hall, the historic Gilded Age mansion (104 Walker Street, Lenox, Mass.). Tickets are $35:

See the full program here:

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Elder Ensemble Meet & Greet welcomes potential singers

Lenox– On Thursday, November 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. attend the meeting with the Elder Ensemble of the WAM Theatre. The Elder Ensemble is a performance group for a cohort of women over the age of 65. This event aims to encourage new members to join, share snacks, visit the WAM and get to know each other. Participants are invited to share their past experiences and/or future visions for the next iteration of WAM’s Elder set. This event will take place at the WAM Hub at 55 Main St. in Lenox (the wheelchair accessible basement office of Church on the Hill).

RSVP or ask questions by emailing here [email protected]

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The Mallet brothers. Image courtesy of Egremont Barn.

The Mallett Brothers band returns to the Berkshires

South Egremont– On Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. the Mallett Brothers Band will perform at The Egremont Barn.

The Mallett Brothers Band is an independent rock and roll/Americana/country band from Maine. Their busy touring schedule since forming in 2009 has helped them build a dedicated fanbase across the United States and beyond while still living in the state of Maine. With a style ranging from alt-country to Americana, through country, jam and roots rock, it is a musical melting pot influenced as much by the tradition of singer-songwriters as by rock more hard, classic country and psychedelic sounds.

Tickets are $20, available here:

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John Martin, Satan Viewing the Ascent to Heaven, Paradise Lost, vol. 3, line 501 (detail), 1825, mezzotint on laid paper. The Clark, 1987.62. Courtesy of Clark Art Institute.

On the Horizon: Art and Atmosphere in the 19th Century

Williamstown– From November 19, 2022 to February 12, 2023, see “On the Horizon: Art and Atmosphere in the Nineteenth Century”, the new Clark Art Institute exhibition on view at the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery at Clark’s Manton Research Center.

The opening lesson takes place November 19 at 11 a.m. by Rebecca Szantyr, former curatorial assistant at the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper. Szantyr will address major themes and moments of the exhibition and discuss how artists have integrated scientific developments with pictorial invention by depicting atmospheric effects.

Through forty-six works, the exhibition chronologically traces the visual response to the ideation, use and eventual abuse of air in the 19th century. In their respective endeavors, scientists and artists have adopted a prospective perspective to study and describe the expansion of knowledge and the conceptualization of the atmosphere. This, in turn, has shaped how audiences – both past and present – ​​have come to observe and express the aerial dimension through different modalities.

More information available here:

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The Lucky 5. Image courtesy of Race Brook Lodge.

Masquerade Swing Dance with The Lucky 5, and Eva Salina and Matt Schreiber

Sheffield— The Lucky 5 team up with Eva Salina and Matt Schreiber to deliver an evening of mystery and dance on Saturday November 19 at 7 p.m. at Race Brook Lodge. The dress code is masquerade attire. Masks optional but preferred. Refreshments available.

Matt Schreiber and Eva Salina play beloved Balkan songs on voice and accordion, bringing together many years of study and performance in the various Balkan traditions, as well as other musical adventures that inform their interpretation.

The Lucky 5 are a hard-swinging jazz band that blend 30s and 40s swing style with gypsy and Parisian flavors to create a unique blend of music that stands out on its own.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door:

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“Shining the Light” on Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention

Great Barrington– BIFF and Austen Riggs Center to host community screening and conversation about youth mental illness and suicide prevention on Sunday November 20 at 3 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. The community event “Shine the Light” will screen a segment of the documentary Ken Burns presents “Hiding In Plain Sight, Youth Mental Illness”, a film by Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, followed by the screening of a message of interest 3-minute audience produced in the Berkshires, Up on the Roof, starring Carole King. The event is in cooperation with executive producer and sponsor, Kate Morris and the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

This event hopes to provide important information, tools of where to turn for help and inspiration. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for those 18 and under and can be purchased online at

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Great Barrington Public Theater presents Not Dark Yet

Great Barrington– On November 21 at 7 p.m. see Not Dark Yet by Billie Murray at St. James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington. Not Dark Yet follows the intertwined lives of three people who struggle to come to terms with life, loss, love and redemption in a small town

Billie Murray is a playwright and fiction writer who has written numerous plays and short stories and is working on a novel set during World War I. In 2019, Billie’s play “Lucky” was performed as part of the “Tales of the Brookside” playwriting competition, and since the pandemic plays have been performed online. They attended the 2012 and 2013 NYS Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College and participated in the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive 2021. Billie is also a member of the Playwrights Guild.

Tickets are free, but capacity is limited. Seats can be reserved by emailing [email protected]

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