Recess | Things to do this week: Learn to quilt, celebrate Purim, consider grad school

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold two Graduation Information Nights for students who are interested in the campus's Master's of Business Administration (MBA) or Master's of Education (M.Ed) programs.

The first takes place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, in Murdock Hall, room 218, on the MCLA campus in North Adams, and again at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, at the Conte Federal Building in Pittsfield. Both events are free and open to the public.

Info: Contact the Office of Admission at 413-662-5410 or go to

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The Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, will host "Learner's Lab: Quilting," at 10 a.m. on Saturday, included with regular museum admission. Roxi Fowler-Matson will teach quilting basics and lead a small quilting project. Seating is limited and reservations are requested by calling 413-443-7171, ext. 360.

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An innovative public health and performance project, "Theater of War," is coming to Williams College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., in the Adams Memorial Theatre in the '62 Center, located in Main Street in Williamstown. Tickets are free but required and can be reserved by calling 413-597-2425 or online at

"Theater of War" presents a reading of Sophocles' Ajax, which is an ancient Greek play about the suicide of a great warrior. This reading acts as a catalyst for facilitated town hall discussion that follows the reading, discussing suicide, combat stress, alcohol and substance abuse, and the impact of war on families. The project also hopes to raise awareness and vigilance about suicide, destigmatize combat stress and psychological injury, and raise community awareness about this challenge faced by service members, veterans, and their families.

This performance will feature Emmy Award-winning actor Reg E. Cathey and Marjolaine Goldsmith, with an introduction by Chris Gibson, former U.S. Army colonel, former U.S. Representative from New York and current visiting professor of Leadership Studies at Williams College.

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The Clark Art Institute's "Start with Art" program, designed and free for children ages 3 to 6, and their parents or caregivers, returns at 10 a.m. on Saturday, in the Michael Conforti Pavilion at the museum, 225 South St., Williamstown. This session will be themed around flowers and plants, and includes an age-appropriate gallery talk, an illustrated gallery guide, and art-making activities. Art project appropriate clothing is encouraged.

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Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, Pittsfield, invites all to learn about and celebrate the annual Jewish festival of Purim, marking the deliverance of Jews from their enemies as recorded in the Book of Esther. All events take place at Knesset Israel, and are co-presented with Temple Anshe Amunim and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.

For children and families there will be a Purim concert and carnival party, starting at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, featuring a performance by David Grover, games, arts and crafts, face painting, healthy snacks and refreshments. Cost is $8 per child, with a maximum of $20 per family.

The Knesset Israel Band presents a concert and dance party, "The Stones Roll into Purim," at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The nine-person, three-generation band will feature Purim parodies to hits by The Rolling Stones. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for youths 16 and under. Info: 413-445-4872.


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