BITS & BYTES: Faculty Forum; Plant Healthcare class; Girls on the … –

Listen and enjoy live jazz by The Luke Franco Trio while eating brunch at The Stagecoach Tavern on November 20.
Dr. David Franco, Assistant Professor of French and Spanish, Discusses his work
Great Barrington— The Faculty Forum series at Bard College at Simon’s Rock continues on November 28 at 4:15 p.m. with David Franco. The Faculty Forum provides an opportunity to hear from Simon’s Rock faculty about the scholarly and creative work they do outside the classroom.
Dr. Franco’s research examines the notion of heroism in 17th century French drama, with Greek mythology and Classical tragedy as points of reference. His current book project, entitled Corneille: a Tragedy of the Ethos, focuses on the works of Pierre Corneille, and challenges the myth of a dazzling cornelian hero by showing his struggle to obtain recognition. His work has appeared in French Studies, The French Review, and at Classiques Garnier. A native Spanish speaker, Dr. Franco has extensively taught both language and Literature classes in French, Spanish and English. He has presented his work at the annual conference of SE17 (Sociéte d’Études du dix-septième siècle français) and at the University of Gent, Belgium. He joined the faculty at Simon’s Rock in 2019.
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Ken Gooch Teaches Plant Healthcare at the Berkshire Botanical Garden

Stockbridge— On Tuesdays, November 29 through December 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Ken Gooch will teach a four-session weekly “Plant Healthcare” class.
This program focuses on factors that affect plant health care, including insects, diseases, pathogens, and abiotic influences. Basic diagnostic techniques will be taught. Learn to minimize potential problems through proper site preparation, plant selection and placement. Managing problems using biological, chemical and cultural techniques will be discussed with a focus on integrated pest management.
Ken Gooch is the former forest health program director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Additionally, he is a Massachusetts-certified arborist and teaches arboriculture at the Garden.
Register here: The price is $185 for members, $215 for nonmembers. Please note that financial aid is available for all BBG classes. Use this link and please read the instructions carefully. Or contact Director of Education Bridgette Stone at
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Girls on the Run of Western Mass. celebration 5K
Westfield— Girls on the Run of WMA will host its 5K event on November 20th at Stanley Park, Westfield.  Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that uses fun running games and dynamic discussions to teach life skills to girls in 3rd to 8th grade. During the ten-week program, girls participate in lessons that foster confidence, build peer connections and encourage community service while they prepare for an end-of-season celebratory 5K event. This fall season Girls on the Run has 770 participants in 52 sites around Western Mass., with 225 volunteer coaches that bring the curriculum to life.
Participation in the 5K event on November 20th is open to the public and all proceeds from the event will benefit Girls on the Run of WMA. There will be two waves, 9:30 am and noon. 2500-3000 people are expected at this 5K. The event starts with activities, a group warm up and more one half hour before each wave.
Registration cost is $30 for adults and $10 for youth and includes an event shirt. Early arrival is suggested. Registration opens at 8:30am for the first wave and 11am for the second wave. For more information about the event, how to register and volunteer opportunities, visit
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Rocks with Wings Screening and Q&A
Pittsfield— The Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema presents a special 20th anniversary screening of Rocks with Wings November 19 at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following the screening, Rocks with Wings director Rick Derby will participate in an in-person Q&A.
Rocks with Wings chronicles the journey of the Shiprock Lady Chieftains, a women’s high school basketball team from the small Navajo community of Shiprock, New Mexico and their coach, Jerry Richardson, an African-American high school basketball star from Texas. With intense and at times controversial determination, Richardson molds the shy young women – players who have experienced more defeat than victory – into fighters on the basketball court. What results is an inspirational story about the meaning of winning and losing, set against a complex background of race, heritage, and societal expectations.
Purchase tickets here. $7 general admission; $5 museum members; Free for Pittsfield High School students and Taconic High School students with student ID
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Live Jazz Brunch at The Stagecoach Tavern

Sheffield— Enjoy a live jazz brunch with The Luke Franco Trio at The Stagecoach Tavern on November 20. Brunch will be served from 12 till 3 p.m. Music will play from about 12:30 till 2:30 p.m.
Guitarist Luke Franco will be joined by Adam Coté on bass and Bob Meyer, drums.
There is a $10 cover for the music. However, there is no cover to enjoy brunch in a different part of the restaurant. Link to the Brunch Menu here.
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Catwalk Boutique Opens at New Location
Lenox— Catwalk Boutique announces the grand opening of their new location on November 23 from 12 to 2 p.m. Catwalk Boutique’s new location is at 53 Church Street in Lenox, next to The Scoop. All proceeds from Catwalk Boutique support the Berkshire Humane Society. Stop by, enjoy a few refreshments and purchase beautiful items where proceeds directly benefit the homeless animals of Berkshire Humane Society.
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Concert of Experimental Sounds by Bill Nace and Matt Krefting
Williamstown— The Clark Art Institute hosts a concert by Bill Nace and Matt Krefting on Sunday, November 20, at 4 p.m. in the Clark’s Michael Conforti Pavilion. This concert is in partnership with Belltower Records, North Adams, Massachusetts. Nace and Krefting bring their experimental sounds to the Clark on the heels of their new LP release “The Academy.”
Krefting is a DJ, music writer, and sound artist who has worked in the realms of drone, tape music, musique concrete, and avant-garde rock. Nace operates in similar territory, often utilizing guitar and other stringed instruments (most recently the Japanese taishogoto) to expansive and improvisatory effect. Krefting and Nace’s collaborations see the two of them conversing in a language of eerie minimalism, haunted creaks, and buried tonalities. Both musicians have worked with other artists, including Kim Gordon, Joe McPhee, and Aaron Dilloway.
Tickets are $10 ($8 for members, $7 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under). For more information and to register, visit
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