Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Journalist Mark Hertsgaard to Discuss Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- On Monday, August 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., Mark Hertsgaard will discuss his latest book in the Book One series in McConnnell Theater at Bard College at Simon's Rock.

The highly acclaimed /Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth/examines how global warming will affect "Generation Hot," the two billion young people who will live their adult lives during the next fifty years. The event is free and open to the public.

Mark Hertsgaard is a celebrated journalist, broadcaster and author whose books have been translated into sixteen languages. He is the author most recently of /HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth./ Previous books include /Earth Odyssey: Around the World In Search of Our Environmental Future/ (1999), /A Day In The Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles/ (1995) and /On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidenc/y (1988).

He has contributed journalism to leading media outlets the world over, including /The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Zeit/, the BBC and NPR.In the U.S., he has been a commentator for the public radio programs "Morning Edition," "Living o nEarth" and "Marketplace." He is now the environment correspondent for /The Natio/n and a columnist for the Italian newsweekly /L'espresso/.

Hertsgaard has appeared on countless television and radio programs both here and abroad, taught writing at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism and guest lectured at many colleges and universities, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Princeton.

Established in 2005, the Book One Program chooses texts based on their excellence and suitability for promoting interdisciplinary conversations about the intersection of cultures. The program brings prominent authors to campus to broaden the scope of student experience, and enhances the diversity and interdisciplinary focus of the General Education program. .Previous selections include Emmanuel Dongala's /Little Boys Come from the Stars/, Saidiya Hartman's /Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Rout/e, Chinua Achebe's /Things Fall Apart/, and Rita Dove's /Sonata Mulattica/.

For more information about Hertsgaard, visit:

SOURCE: Alice Myers, Publicist / Bard College at Simon's Rock <>
(413) 528-7443


Bard College at Simon's Rock is the nation's only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students after the tenth or eleventh grade. Founded in 1966 as the nation's first and only early college, Simon's Rock joined the Bard College system in 1979. It maintains its own campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (the heartof the culture-rich Berkshires), and unique identity as a supportive intellectual home for early college students. Bard College at Simon's Rock grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SCHEDULE: Events atop Mount Greylock at Bascom Lodge through Aug. 24

From: Bascom Lodge <>

Wednesday, August 17: "Greylock in Time and Space", 6pm.
Talk and discussion by Alec Gillman.


Alec Gillman, DCR Interpretive Ranger at Mount�Greylock State Reservation, presents an exploration of�the mountain's history and nature with a
PowerPoint slide show.�Discover connections between man's desire to shape the mountain at the same time protect it's wildness.� Fun facts about and
visions�of the mountain shall be revealed on your way to becoming a true�"Greylockophile."
Co-presented by the Berkshire Museum.
Free and Open to the Public!

Prix fixe dinner to follow at 7.
Reservations required for dinner (413-743-1591).


Wednesday, August 24: "Solar Energy Discussion"


Is solar for you?� At 6pm Chris Kilfoyle will present an overview of solar installations in the Berkshires and how solar may be able to reduce your
electrical bills.

Free and Open to the Public!

Prix fixe dinner to follow at 7.
Reservations required for dinner (413-743-1591).


Painting the Landscape on the Summit of Mt. Greylock


�Saturday, September 17: 10am-4pm

This workshop will take place on the peak of glorious Mt. Greylock at the newly renovated Bascom Lodge.�
Included will be information on how to perceive the landscape for purposes of painting: �methods of creating compositions, principles of perspective
and basic watercolor techniques such as washes, gradations, color mixing, transparent layering and the sequencing of making a watercolor painting.
Individual guidance offered and individual expression encouraged. ��The class will meet outdoors. �In the event of inclement weather the class will be
postponed until the following day, Sunday, September 18.
Cost: $99.
To register� email or phone:� � �� 413-634-0066

Friday breakfast hikes!

[Breakfast.jpg] Every Friday: free guided hikes on Mount Greylock!
To be followed by breakfast (optional) at historic Bascom Lodge.
Meet at the Visitors Center (30 Rockwell Road, Lanesboro) at 7:30AM where Steve Linscott will start your day with a nice hike!
Hikes will be moderate to strenuous.
Breakfast at 9AM (fee for breakfast).

Call the Visitors Center (413-499-4262) for details.


Sunset Beverage Hour at Bascom Lodge


Wed - Sat, 5-8pm!

Beer & Wine as the sun sets

Sunday, August 14, 2011

TWOE DAYS OF NEW THEATRE: Word X Word at Pittsfield's Beacon Theatre New Stage -- Mon-Tues

55 North St. Pittsfield MA

New Stage is taking part in this years Word X Word Festival, with a selection of new plays and performance pieces to be performed at the Burbank Alley Extension, located one floor up from the New Stage Performing Arts Center, on the third floor of the Beacon Building.

Three nights of performances from some of the areas most engaging story tellers, work shop productions from our New Works at New Stage series, and a multimedia presentation shedding light on the most exciting piece of Berkshire history that you've never heard of.

Invasive Species
Mon., August 15th @ 8pm

A workshop production of David Scribner's new short play about the lives of Berkshire county's most unwanted residents - the so called "invasive" species of plants and animals that people go so far to destroy - as they try to live their lives under the constant threat of destruction.


Battle Of Egremont
Tues., August 16th @ 8:pm

In early Colonial New England, one brother insults another. The rift divides the community, disrupting its early biscuit-based economy and irrevocably splitting the town of Egremont in two. The reverberations from this now-forgotten incident have traced a subtle but powerful course through American history, from John Adams' enduring bitterness to the failed treaty talks that could have stopped the War of 1812. The Battle of Egremont has left a scar from which we are still healing. This multimedia presentation incorporates period artwork, historical quotes, and colorful anecdotes that help sketch out this dark episode and its lingering legacy. The gulf that divides North Egremont from South Egremont is a chasm that divides us all from our past. At what price a delicious biscuit? A multimedia presentation from writer/performer Jeremy D. Goodwin highlighting an explosive piece of forgotten local history.


The Unusual Adventures of Mr. Jib
Tues., August 16th @ 8:30pm

Adapted from Phil Johnson's collection of adult bedtime stories, The Unusual Adventures of Mr. Jib is the hilarious tale about life in the fictional New England town of East Frisbee, featuring Mr. Jib, a retired and Gilded Age throwback, as he goes about his day becoming entangled in the lives of some of East Frisbee's most fascinatingand tragic residents.