Recess: What to do the week of April 5

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Brazilian-born journalist Juliana Barbassa will speak at 7 p.m. at Williams College, about the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Summer Games and the challenges facing Brazil as it prepares for international scrutiny. The free, public talk will take place in room 3 in Griffin Hall, on the Williamstown campus. Barbassa recently wrote her first book, "Dancing With the Devil in the City of God," on the subject. Info: williams.edu

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Friday, April 15, is the deadline for teenage musicians to apply to this year's Uel Wade Music Scholarship. High school instrumentalists and singers from Berkshire County, and Columbia, Greene and Rensselaer counties in New York are eligible to apply. Awards range from $2,000 to $5,000. Info: uelwade.org.

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Fourteen-year-old Aimee Banks of Galway, Ireland's representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Competition, will perform at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge (included with museum admission).

She and other local performers will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield. Guest performers include: Singers-actors Brianca Nicola and Emma Foley of Berkshire Children's Theater; dancers Kate Kenwood and Keely O'Gorman; performer Caroline Fairweather and pianist Jeff Hunt. Tickets for the Whitney Center performance range from $8 to $10, and can be purchased at http://cabaretatthewhit.brownpapertickets.com.

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The Lenox Library will host, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, its ninth annual Lego Build-a-thon in its Welles Gallery. Youths ages 4 to 14, are invited to bring their own supply of Legos to build an original creation under the theme of "outer space." The event is free, but registration is required, and can be done by calling 413-637-0197 or emailing pspinrad@lenoxlib.org.

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Poets ages 13 to 19 are invited to participate in the first annual event, "Outspoken: WordXWord Youth Poetry Festival," which will be held May 6 and 7 in downtown Pittsfield. The festival will include team and individual poetry slam competitions, workshops, feature performances by guest artists, open mic events, and networking opportunities. Registration for participation, mentoring and sponsors is open and more information can be found online at http://outspokenyouth.com.


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