RECESS | Things to do the week of Nov. 14: Fall into Shakespeare, play with big, blue blocks

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A free, public forum, "Immigration: Myths and Realities," will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday in Room S-2 at Berkshire Community College's South County Center, 343 Main St., Great Barrington.

Professor of Sociology Stacy Evans will help participants explore data relative to immigration and crime rates, employment and wages and immigrants' use of social services. Info: 413-528-4521 or

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Southern Vermont's Marlboro College has launched its "Beautiful Minds Challenge" for high school students seeking scholarships to enroll at the college, with the chance to win other prizes. Applicants are being asked to respond to the prompt: "Innovative communication unites people. Share your vision." A total of 12 full (direct costs of attendance) or partial, four-year scholarships are now offered to seniors interested in enrolling at Marlboro, and more than $2,000 in prizes for other students.

The Beautiful Minds Challenge is open to all teens, ages 15-19, and not yet enrolled in college full-time. Entries in the form of a creative digital documentation, whether that's words, images, audio, or video, are due by Friday, Dec. 1.

Finalists will be awarded expense-paid trips to one of two Beautiful Minds Symposia, during the spring 2018 semester, where they will share their projects and experience Marlboro College firsthand. Info:

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The 29th Fall Festival of Shakespeare kicks off on Thursday at the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., in Lenox. Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for students per day, or festival passes can be purchased at $80 for adults and $35 for students. Tickets are available online at, or by calling the Shakespeare & Company Box Office at 413-637-3353.

The performance schedule is as follows: On Thursday, Lenox Memorial High School presents "Macbeth" at 6:15 p.m. and Chatham High School presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 8:30. Friday's performances include Mt. Everett Regional School's "Romeo and Juliet" at 6:15 p.m. and Mount Greylock Regional High School's "Much Ado About Nothing" at 8:30.

There are four productions on Saturday: Monument Mountain Regional High School's "Hamlet" at 1:30 p.m., Berkshire Waldorf High School's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 3:30, Taconic High School's "Pericles" at 6:15, and Springfield Central High School's "As You Like It" at 8:30. Closing out the festival on Sunday will be Lee High School, presenting "Julius Caesar" at 1:30 p.m., and Taconic Hills High School presenting "As You Like It" at 3:30.

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The big, blue blocks of Imagination Playground return to the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, for a "Pop Up Play Day," from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Access to the giant building and play equipment is included with regular museum admission, $13 for adults, $6 per child ages 4 to 17, free for children ages 3 and under. Info: or 413-443-7171.

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On Tuesday, at 7 p.m., the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer a roundtable discussion to explore the themes of artist Setsuko Winchester's exhibition, "Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project." The discussion will be held in room 218 of Murdock Hall. The exhibit is being held at MCLA's Gallery 51 on Main Street in North Adams. The program and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Winchester, along with Berkshire Immigrant Stories Project Director Dr. Charles Clark, an assistant professor of English at Berkshire Community College, will lead this discussion, moderated by MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Director Michelle Daly. It will focus on the parallels between the executive order signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942 and recent immigration orders signed by President Donald Trump, as it explores the contemporary discourse on immigration in the United States. Info: and


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