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Will Call #60: Tony Trischka closes the barn doors behind him.

Tony Trischka and Territory final concert of the Barn Music, Summer Series at Hancock Shaker Village. This is Will Call, #60—I’m your host, Jason Velazquez, and I thank you for tuning in. This episode is sponsored by Headwater Cider, who believes that cider is best when you grow what you ...
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Will Call Episode #59: Vermont Stories through word and mural

Story Event at The Bennington Center for the Arts focus on "Stories About Us." What is Story Night Review? The biggest Story Night yet at the beautiful Bennington Center for the Arts! Five storytellers put their lives on the line as we listen through the laughs and the tears. You've ...
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Will Call Episode #58: Bang on a Can, Story Slam & DownStreet Art

Spirit and Song tie both this episode and much of the creative community. This is Will Call, #58—I’m your host, Jason Velazquez, and I thank you for tuning in. This episode is sponsored by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which presents the brand new musical, “A Legendary Romance,” August 3rd through ...
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Will Call Episode #57: Stacy Schiff — The Witches: Salem 1692

(from released information) HANCOCK, Mass.—A native of Adams who majored in art history at Williams College, Stacy Schiff is a best-selling Pulitzer-prize winning author – most recently of The Witches: Salem 1692 - who will discuss the intersection of politics and hysteria at Hancock Shaker Village on Friday, July 14, ...
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Will Call Episode #57: Western Centuries

(from supplied release) HANCOCK, Mass.—Blend a country band with early R&B, throw in a hefty amount of vocal harmonies and witty one-liners, and rock out like The Band. That's what you'll get Thursday, July 13, when roots music maverick Western Centuries takes the 1910 hayloft stage at Hancock Shaker Village. With upbeat, bar ...
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left to right: Alexis Soloski, Natalie Robin, Mandy Greenfield, Amy Holzapfel, Kristen Van Ginhoven, Helga Davis, and Basil Kreimendahl; graphic composed of submitted images, see individual entries for more information.

Will Call Episode #56: Amy Holzapfel on Gender, Transgender, and Breaking the Glass Grid

Breaking the Glass Grid: Gender and Transgender  Bias Across the Performing Arts Industry This is Episode #56 of Will Call, here at the Greylock Glass, released Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  I’m your host, Jason Velazquez, and I hope you’ve been enjoying our opening music, “Dark Sky Day,” by pianist and ...
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Will Call Episode #55.10, BONUS: Feel the final beats of 10X10 at Dance 10

This episode is number 55.10, which means that it concludes our special coverage of the 10 X 10 Upstreet Arts Festival going on in Pittsfield lo these many days. We have had such a wonderful time, talking with great artists of all stripes. From Kate Abbott’s insightful and at times ...
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Will Call Episode #55.9, BONUS: Laughter Is Art at the 10X10 Comedy Show!

The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to Dottie's in 2017! You’re listening to micro-episode 55.9, in which I have speak with very special guest Tom Attila Lewis about the 10X10 Comedy Show. Are you anxious to find out if I managed to keep this episode to ten minutes? Spoiler alert: ...
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"Country Road," by Robert Watroba; photo courtesy Berkshire Art Association

Will Call Episode #55.8, BONUS: No FAKE Art Parties at 10X10! Just Real Ones.

We speak in this micro-cast with Danielle Steinmann, president of the Berkshire Art Association, and Sara Clement, a photographer who is one of the many artists who have contributed to this much anticipated tradition of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival. "Winter's Wings," by Julie Street; photo courtesy Berkshire Art Association.Berkshire ...
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Will Call Episode #55.7, BONUS: Danny Dollar, Millionaire Extraordinaire from Berkshire Theatre Group

This is a special bonus episode connected with our coverage of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival taking place in Pittsfield now through February 26. We’ll be airing 10 episodes running 10 minutes each throughout the duration of the Festival. To hear Kate Abbott’s overview of the events and interviews with ...
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Will Call Episode #55.6, BONUS: Berkshire Jazz Serves up 10 Flavours of Jazz at 10X10 Festival

This is a special bonus episode connected with our coverage of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival taking place in Pittsfield now through February 26. We’ll be airing 10 episodes running 10 minutes each throughout the duration of the Festival. To hear Kate Abbott’s overview of the events and interviews with ...
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Will Call Episode #55.5, BONUS: Jacob’s Pillow Introduces Danza Orgánica to 10X10

Running In Stillness On February 24, Danza Orgánica, a Boston-based Contemporary Dance Theater Company, will lead a free Dance for Social Justice Movement Workshop at the Boys and Girls Club and perform excerpts from their work, Running in Stillness. To create this piece, director and choreographer Marsha Parrilla, who is a ...
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Veils Barrington Stage Company 2015 Photos by Kevin Sprague By Tom Coash Directed by Leah C. GardineCast:

Will Call Episode #55.4, BONUS: Tom Coash on “Raghead” at BSC for 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival

Tom Coash’s full-length play, “Veils,” set in Cairo at the beginning of the Arab Spring, played at Barrington Stage in the fall of 2015. He says an experience from “Veils” inspired him to write the shorter work that appears in this year’s 10x10 Festival. He talked with us about both ...
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Will Call Episode #55.3, BONUS: WordXWord Lends 10 New Voices to 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival

This is a special bonus episode connected with our coverage of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival taking place in Pittsfield now through February 26. We’ll be airing 10 episodes running 10 minutes each throughout the duration of the Festival. 10 New Voices February 20, at 7:00 p.m. Berkshire Museum 39 ...
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Will Call Episode #55.2, BONUS: The BIFF Screens Ten Short Films Long on Artistry with Lauren Ferin

Bacon & God's Wrath - excerpt from sol friedman on Vimeo. This is a special bonus episode connected with our coverage of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival taking place in Pittsfield now through February 26. We’ll be airing 10 episodes running 10 minutes each throughout the duration of the Festival ...
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Will Call #55: 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival hits Pittsfield for its sixth year!

The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival Explodes into Its 6th Year. The 6th Annual 10×10 Festival is February 16-26, 2017. Participants and locations include Barrington Stage Company, the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire Athenaeum & Berkshire Historical Society, Berkshire Art Association, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Running Center, Berkshire Yoga ...
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Will Call Episode #55.1, BONUS: a 20/20 Look at 10X10—CHAIR-ity with Diane Firtell

We speak with artist and activist Diane Firtell about the "CHAIRity" exhibition and silent auction taking place at Dottie's Coffee Lounge as part of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Proceeds will benefit the Pittsfield Education Foundation. From CHAIRity release "This year we invited 17 local artists and 2 organizations, to ...
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"Kylie Jenner," by Merudjina Normil; submitted photo.

Will Call #54: Standing Together Against Othering in the Berkshires

In the wake of the November election, people across the country have seen fear and anger and exclusion become part of a national public conversation. Many people are sharing the experience of feeling that they do not belong in their familiar places. It's called othering — making someone feel pushed to ...
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Jennie M. Jadow, Ryan Winkles, and Sarah Jeanette Taylor in "It's a Wonderful Life," adapted by Joe Landry, directed by Jenna Ware (photo by Enrico Spada.

Will Call #53: It’s a Wonderful Life at Shakespeare & Company

Ensemble of five proves that It's a Wonderful Life (yes, still!) Today is Tuesday, December 13, and this is Episode #53 of Will Call. I'm your host and pretender to the Will Call throne, Jason Velázquez, and I thank you for joining us! ...
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Will Call #52: Hot lights on chilly nights at the Mahaiwe

A Talk with Beryl Jolly You're listening to 52 of Will Call, released on a brilliant and beautiful Saturday, November 19, 2016. I’m your host, Jason Velázquez, and I thank you so much for joining us. We just heard a snippet of Ghost Town Girl from the eponymous new release ...
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Will Call #51: Made in the Berkshires — 2016

Will Call welcomes our new host, Kate Abbott, to the show! The founder and editor of BTW Berkshires, Kate has been one of the region's most respected Arts & Culture writers for more than a decade. Exceedingly talented with a pen, Kate takes up the microphone in an ambitious first ...
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Will Call #50: Hancock Shaker Village Appoints Jennifer Trainer Thompson New President and CEO

Pittsfield, Mass.—The Board of Trustees of Hancock Shaker Village announced Wednesday, September 14 the appointment of Jennifer Trainer Thompson as president and chief executive officer. Ms. Thompson will assume her new role at the end of the year from her current post as senior vice president of partnerships and external ...
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WDIJW? “Atoms of Uncontrollable Silence”

Some short films fall more perfectly into the category of WDIJW than others. This compelling work is a perfect example of a remarkably original idea come to life. Atoms of Uncontrollable Silence from Convolv on Vimeo. Unknown. Unexplainable. The phenomenon of silence. Atoms of Uncontrollable Silence depicts a moment in ...
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Will Call #49: (Not) Tip-toeing Around the Issues with the Capitol Steps

LENOX, Mass. — If you’ve ever wanted to see Hillary Clinton belt a show tune, Donald Trump sing a rock song, or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie perform a classical ballet, The Capitol Steps might just be the show for you ...
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William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" will be presented on Pittsfield's First Street Common Thursday–Sunday, 8:00 p.m., July 21–August 7; photo by Enrico Spada.

Will Call #48: “The Tempest” Sweeps Ashore at First Street Common

William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" brings together some very talented local flotsam. In this episode, we were lucky enough to catch Enrico Spada, founder and artistic director of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with a little time to to talk about the 2016 presentation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Considering that ...
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Will Call #47 — Governor Slashes Arts Funding, Part 2 with Van Shields of the Berkshire Museum

Governor Charlie Baker issued a budget veto on July 8 that would slash funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) by more than half. The cut would exceed the value of MCC’s two largest grant programs, reducing state cultural funding to levels not seen ...
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Will Call #46 — Governor Slashes Arts Funding, Part 1 with Matt Wilson of MASSCreative

Governor Charlie Baker issued a budget veto on July 8 that would slash funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) by more than half. The cut would exceed the value of MCC’s two largest grant programs, reducing state cultural funding to levels not seen ...
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Will Call #45 — Rebirth of a Legend, Rebirth of a Landmark with Orpheus in the Berkshires

Like Summer itself, "Orpheus in the Berkshires" enters the scene with a flourish. A wildflower bouquet of textures and colors, the piece immediately charms, providing just the right touch at this season's picnic of theatre offerings. In its creation, the production of "Orpheus," from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, redefines the ...
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Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Presents “Write the Change” Workshop

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.—Berkshire Festival of Women Writers presents a four-day writing workshop, "Write the Change," August 1–4, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., led by experienced authors and educators Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz ...
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Sensing Place—Focusing on Stone Hill with the Clark Art Institute

Multidisciplinary approach brings artists, writers, and naturalists to reflect on the richness of Stone Hill, the geological formation at the heart of campus. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—The forces of globalization, virtualization, and migration create shifts in the ground beneath our feet. Worlds change in unexpected ways, and place is disappearing. The exhibition ...
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Paper and Glass: Dale Chihuly to Exhibit in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (June 22, 2016) – Renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly will exhibit several of his works of art to include two large Chandeliers and a Persian Wall at the Schantz Galleries, located at 3 Elm St., from July 8 through Aug. 28 ...
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Will Call #44 — First-Ever Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival

A Whimsical Fantasy Celebrating the Arts The Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival makes its debut in Adams, June 25, with activities, music, arts, and magic for believers of all ages. aaa When: June 25th, 2016 10:00am to 10:00pm Where:Bowe Field, Adams, Mass. (Adams Aggie Fair Grounds) Cost: $5 admission, children under ...
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Cover illustration for "The Wind in the Willows," by E. H. Shepard; Novel by Kenneth Grahame, 1908

Will Call #43 — Special Summer Solstice Episode: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

We celebrate the Summer Solstice with one of the Summery-est passages we know. Enjoy! The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Full text available at Project Gutenberg) VII. THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN The Willow-Wren was twittering his thin little song, hidden himself in the dark selvedge ...
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“Waiting” will include more than 1,000 photographs, which will be selected for exhibition in MCLA Gallery 51 (submitted image).

MCLA Announces Open Submissions for “Waiting” in Gallery 51

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 announces an open submission process to gather images for “Waiting: A Camera Phone Photography Show,” which will open on Thursday, May 26, and run through Saturday, June 25. A collaborative group project of MCLA and Brigham Young University ...
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Will Call #42 — Though FIGMENT It May Be, Yet Just as Real as You Could Dream

FIGMENT, a free, family-friendly participatory arts event held in multiple cities and attracting tens of thousands of participants each year, has announced their inaugural North Adams event. FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy, a celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For one day, attendees will ...
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DownStreet Art, a production of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, continues with more music, more interactivity, and more, uhhh...art than ever,

Will Call #41 — Now’s the Time to Start Getting Down with DownStreet Art!

Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Program Manager Michelle Daly joins us for our first show after our Winter hiatus. And somehow she's the perfect guest to have on this episode in which we celebrate Spring while we look forward to the Summer-long extravaganza that is DownStreet Art! She'll be at MCLA ...
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Will Call #40 — The Hero’s Journey in Children’s Literature with Deirdre Flynn Sullivan

Deirdre Flynn Sullivan joins us again for a Young Adult and Children's Literature episode of "Will Call," and she chooses the "Hero's Journey" as our topic, which seems an appropriate, if less than obvious, direction to take this holiday season ...
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Will Call #39 — Home for the Holidays with Higher Ground

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A special "Home for the Holidays"concert on Friday, December 18 at 6 pm at The Williams Inn will benefit Higher Ground of Northern Berkshire, the non-profit that supports community members displaced by Tropical Storm Irene and advocates for affordable housing ...
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The Festival of Trees, 2015: Westward Ho, Ho, Ho! is a rich tapestry of all aspects of life in the Old West, including the near extinction of the American bison; photo and manipulation by Jason Velazquez.

Will Call #37 — Festival of Trees at the Berkshire Museum

It’s a grand celebration of the American West with the Festival of Trees 2015: Westward Ho Ho Ho! on view to the public from Saturday, November 14, 2015, through Sunday, January 3, 2016 ...
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Anais_Mitchell performs Friday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. at the MCLA Church St. Center, photo submitted by artist.

Will Call #36 — Spectacle 99, Anais Mitchell , Unsilent Night in North Adams

We speak again with our ever-generous guest Michelle Daly of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Michelle discusses some of the exceptional events coming up in December, including Anais Mitchell, Unsilent Night, and Spectacle 99, and hints at what's to come in 2016. Definitely ...
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Will Call #34 — Williamstown Artist Open Studios : Pottery

Williamstown Artist Open Studios will be having a pre-holiday event, showcasing some of the most dazzling work from local artists of a variety of disciplines ...
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The three Thanes of Cawdor in Mt. Greylock Regional School's production of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" during this year's Fall Festival of Shakespeare; photo by Brittney Holland.

Will Call #33 — Fall Festival of Shakespeare Brings that Naughty Thane to Greylock

We speak with Josh Aaron McCabe and Ally Allen of the Shakespeare & Company Education Department, as well as Luc Park, senior at Mt. Greylock Regional School, who will be playing one of three Macbeths in William Shakespeare's eponymous tragedy ...
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The cast of "Romeo and Juliet," by William Shakespeare, rehearsing the fateful masquerade scene; submitted photo.

Will Call #32 — Maximum Woe: Romeo and Juliet at MCLA

You don't have to defy the stars to enjoy a hot date with two of literature's most unlucky lovers, Romeo and Juliet. The eponymous tragedy, staged by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Fine and performing and Arts Department, will run for one weekend at the Venable Theatre ...
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Sketches of the costumes of Prospero, Ariel, and Calaban, designed by Barbara Bell; mashup created from submitted images.

Will Call #31 — “The Tempest: A Gyre” at Williams College

Erica Dankmeyer, Artist-in-Residence in Dance, and Janine Parker, Artist-in-Residence in Dance, are choreographing dance scenes that have been integrated into the play; seven student dancers from Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CoDa) will perform ...
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Will Call #30 — In Motion: Pittsfield Reviving Berkshire Literature

Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson are reviving the literary legacy of Pittsfield through architectural design. We talk to Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson, two architects who are designing five writers studios for the writing residency program component of Pittsfield's In Motion: Pittsfield initiative. The writing residency program plans to place ...
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Will Call #27 — Kid-Lit: Haunting Tales with Deirdre Flynn Sullivan

Deirdre Flynn Sullivan joins us again for a Kid-Lit episode of "Will Call," and she chooses our topic wisely to coincide with All Hallow's Eve — haunting tales. We put on our armchair psychologist/historian/archaeologist/sociologist mortarboards and dig deep to understand the source, symbolism, and explanation of the terror that has ...
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"Daphnis and Chloe," by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1874, Marble; Acquired by the Clark, 2013

Will Call #24 — “An Eye for Excellence” Opens at the Clark

This exhibit, "An Eye for Excellence: Twenty Years of Collecting," reveals the remarkable story of how the Clark’s collection has grown and become stronger over the past two decades through the museum’s vision and the support of its generous donors ...
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Will Call #23 — Mill City Productions Gets a “CLUE”

Marissa Carlson, founding member of Mill City Productions and director of their currently running production of “CLUE: The Musical” talks about the company as it launches its second decade ...
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“After Class” by Monika Pizzichemi, is one of the art pieces offered at auction as part of Soft Show Boom; submitted image.

Will Call #22 — Soft Shoe Boom! A Feast for All the Senses

We speak in this episode to Stefanie Weber about this moving, shaking, stomping, bidding, butt-kicking benefit to support They Dance For Rain's programs in Nairobi, Kenya ...
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Will Call #21 — Made In the Berkshires Celebrates Five Years

Cohorts in culture Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims explain how they select and curate the dozens of artists and events that make up the three day extravaganza that is the 5th Annual "Made in the Berkshires" Festival ...
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Will Call #20 — Rhythm of the Forest Felt at Drum and Dance Fest

Amiée Gelinas keeps the beat of international percussion in sync with the the pulse of conservation. PLUS: Kameron Steele directs Federico García Lorca's "Blood Wedding" at the '62 Center The 6th Annual Drum and Dance Fest is a fundraiser for the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center’s “Raise the Roof” fund ...
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"Uncertain," directed by Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol, will be shown Saturday, October 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance; publicity photo. Afterwards, Local Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction) speaks with the directors about nature out of balance.

Will Call #19 — Getting Reel with Wind-Up Fest

Artistic Director Paul Sturtz and Managing Director Sandra Thomas discuss the new format, film making, and efforts to make the Wind-Up Fest increasingly inclusive. Since 1999,the Williamstown Film Festival has brought the finest contemporary films, directors and actors to the pastoral hills of the Berkshires. Each Film Festival season aimed ...
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Donnetta Lavinia Grays and Hend Ayoub in "Veils" at Barrington now through October 18; Photos by Kevin Sprague

Will Call #18 — Playwright Tom Coash, Director Leah C. Gardiner On “ Veils “

Thought-provoking examination of customs and culture, "Veils," opens this weekend at Barrington Stage Company The Greylock Glass spoke at length both with "Veils" author Tom Coash and director Leah C. Gardiner about this contemplative work produced by Barrington Stage Company. "Veils" is set in 2010, when Intisar, an African American ...
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Sonia Nazario, author of "Enrique's Journey," will speak at William's College November 30.

Will Call #17 — Sonia Nazario On “Enrique’s Journey”

Pulitzer Prize-winning author continues to shine a bright light on an expanding crisis. Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging ...
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Bennington, Vt; photo courtesy Oldcastle Theatre Company

Will Call #16 — Savor Autumn Arts with “The Lion in Winter” at Oldcastle Theatre Company

Bennington, Vt., just half an hour away for much of NoCo, holds vast cultural appeal Bennington, Vt., is awash in the arts year round, and Autumn is a perfect time to enjoy all that this "must-visit" town has to offer. After listening to our conversation with Eric Peterson, Producing Director ...
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"A Whole Mess of Whatnot," by Maggie Nowinski; photo courtesy Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

Will Call #15 — Downstreet Art Returns with Yet More Astounding Sights and Sounds

Michelle Daly, Program Coordinator at MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center joins us to talk about the next spate of offerings from Downstreet Art, beginning Thursday, August 27. NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), continues on ...
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Lila Neugebauer directs "An Intervention" at Williamstown Theatre Festival; photo by Paul Fox

Will Call #14 — “An Intervention” Tests the Limits of Friendship

Will Call talks with Lila Neugebauer about the American premier of "An Intervention" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival . AND Deirdre Flynn Sullivan joins us for our first Kids Lit Chat! "An Intervention" Williamstown Theatre Festival; Nikos Stage August 12 - August 23 By Mike Bartlett Directed by Lila Neugebauer ...
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Will Call #13 — To Be Perfectly Frank: A Sinatra Centennial Concert

Tinky Weisblat and Alice Parker get together for a night of smooth celebration of "Old Blue Eyes" Our great friend Tinky sees no reason not to tip her hat to Frank Sinatra in a big way. Besides creating a magical evening of memory through song with "To Be Perfectly Frank: ...
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Special Presentation: Todd Reynolds Mesmerizes at Bang on a Can

Todd Reynolds performs at the Bang on a Can Festival, 2015 MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass. Todd Reynolds, violinist, composer, educator, and technologist is a master of his craft and one of the founders of the hybrid-musician movement. His works combine genres from across the world with centuries of musical ...
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Will Call #12.5 — Special Presentation: Bang on a Can with Todd Reynolds

Todd Reynolds and the Bang on a Can Festival, 2015 MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass. This special presentation, "Present Music," is an exploration of the Bang on a Can Festival, that takes place July 15–August 1 at MASS MoCA. This incredible series, launched in 1987, offers listeners the chance to ...
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The Olive Trees, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889; oil on canvas;, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Will Call #12— Van Gogh and Nature at the Clark

I love having my senses tested—really put through their paces. That’s just what “Van Gogh and Nature,” a painstakingly assembled collection on exhibit now at the Clark Art Institute, did to me last week. Although you have plenty of time to see this installation (Exhibit closes September 13, 2015), absorbing ...
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Jonathan Gonzalez and Kimberly Golding in Williams College Summer Theatre Lab's 2013–2014 season production of "A Brief History of America;" photo courtesy WCSTL

Will Call #11 — Williams College Summer Theatre Lab

"Will Call" dropped in on Caitlin Sullivan, Artistic Director of the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Caitlin, '07, traces her roots back to the beginnings both of the Lab and the Center. Beginning this season, she is guiding the talents of Lab ...
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Tom Brennan and Nikos Psacharopoulos, 1960; photo courtesy Williamstown Theatre Festival

Will Call #10 — “Many Stages” Celebrates 60 years of Williamstown Theatre Festival

Plus: North Adams Mayor Richard J. Alcombright shares some of his perspectives on the future of the City and region. We spoke with the creators of this magnificent volume, Juliet Flynt, Steve Lawson, and Joan Zegras about "Many Stages—A Portrait of Williamstown Theatre Festival; The First 60 Years." ...
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Deirdre Flynn Sullivan; photo courtesy the artist, via Deirdre of the Arts, Facebook

Will Call #9 — Deirdre Flynn Sullivan: Hard-wiring the arts into life; Celebrate Ulysses, June 16

We are introduced to Deirdre, and, less than an hour later, we have a new old friend. There really was no pressing reason to request an interview with Deirdre Flynn Sullivan, except that we haven't spoken yet, which was reason enough. Turns out that our instincts were right on target ...
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Eric Rudd; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com

Will Call #8 — Eric Rudd: Intersection of Art and Public Life

A conversation with Eric Rudd about art, development, and the future of North Adams Tela Zasloff, editor of the Greylock Independent, joins me to discuss a wide range of issues with Eric Rudd—artist, developer, optimist. Although the talk winds its way out in a number of seemingly disparate directions, every ...
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John Douglas Thompson stars in Lolita Chakrabarti's, Red Velvet, as Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello; photo courtesy Shakespeare & Company

Will Call #7 — Summer Theatre Picks with Gail and Larry

PLUS: Music from Lexi Weege and The Sun Parade This is not your average summer theatre "Best Bets" segment, I promise you. Larry Murray, founder and editor of Berkshire on Stage (among many other cultural connections) and Gail Burns, author of "Gail Sez" (ditto), start out with their forecasts for ...
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Williams Reunion Jazz Band; photo courtesy Robert Kingsbury

Will Call #6 — Robert Kingsbury: Berkshires Jazz Cat to Mad Man and back again

PLUS: Music from Munk Duane and And the Kids; Douglas Paisley Opens Up about the Creative, the Subconcious, the Spiritual I love this episode. Not only do we have two fantastic guests AND massively powerful indie music mojo, but this is the episode where I figure out some critical truths ...
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Jessica Sweeney, founder and director of the Common Folk Artist Collective; photo by Jason Velazquez

Will Call #5 — Kickin’ Back with Some Common Folk

PLUS: Music from Winterpills, The Sun Parade, and Wishbone Zoe; the BCRC names Jennifer Crowell new director This episode contains a double dose of interviews featuring a leader of an arts/culture organization with an ability to see the big picture of the future of the arts in northern Berkshire County ...
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Wenzl McGowen, James Muschler and Mike Wilbur of Moon Hooch; photo by Shervin Laine

Will Call #4 — “Inkless” Live Storytelling

PLUS: Music from Moon Hooch, Munk Duane, and Wishbone Zoe; AND Tuesday Teas return to Williams College. This was a tremendously fun show to put together. Great music from local and reasonably local artists, news of live storytelling later this spring, and a chance to hear Williams College faculty authors ...
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2014 Fresh Takes staged reading at No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge; photo by Enrico Spada

Will Call #3 — “Fresh Takes” Series from WAM Theatre

PLUS: Book Talk with Tela Zasloff and Civil War Perspectives by Charles Dew, "Our Hearts Opening," by Glenn Smith "Book Talk with Tela Zasloff" A shorter show this week, but a great one. We speak first with Tela Zasloff, founder and editor of the Greylock Independent about her show, "Book ...
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Will Call #2 — An Eclipse of Memory; It’s Just a Jump to the Left; Wildwood Bride

For this, our second episode of "Will Call," we were extremely fortunate to have two special guests, as well as a single from a brand new music CD release ...
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Wedding of the Ear

Will Call #1 — Jim Shaw at MASS MoCA

We are thrilled to be "Entertaining Doubts" here on this, the first episode of "Will Call." This podcast is a production of the Greylock Glass, and is a media collaboration with the Greylock Independent ...
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MCLA Harlequin Musical Theatre Club to Present “Carrie”

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Harlequin Musical Theatre Club will present their production of “Carrie: The Musical” this Thursday through Saturday, March 26-28, at 8 p.m. in the Venable Hall theater at MCLA. In addition, a matinee performance will take place at 2 p.m. on ...
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MCLA to Present Performance Artist, Playwright, Kate Bornstein

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In conjunction with its “Creating Equality” series, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present “On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us” with performance artist and playwright Kate Bornstein at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in the MCLA Church Street Center Eleanor Furst Roberts ...
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MCLA Gallery 51 to Present “Eat This”

A socially conscious food art exhibit NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 will present “Eat This,” a student-organized photography exhibition focused on food featuring artists Jon Feinstein, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman. This show will open on Thursday, March 26, and remain on view ...
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Shakespeare & Company Announces 2015 Summer Season

Schedule Features Two Premieres, Three Shakespeare Productions (Lenox MA) – Shakespeare & Company has announced its lineup for the 2015 summer season, which includes three Shakespeare plays, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet, plus the Regional Premiere of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, and the World Premiere of ...
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Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director, Announces 2015 Summer Season

Line-up Includes American & World Premiere Plays and Actors Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Kyra Sedgwick, Jessica Hecht, and More Williamstown, MA (February 9, 2015) – Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield has announced the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2015 Season, the 61st Season for the Tony Award-winning theatre company and first under Ms ...
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The cast of "A Midsummer NIght's Dream", 2014. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park – 2015 Auditions, Play Title TBA

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is seeking youth actors age 14–21 and adults for roles in its summer 2015 free outdoor production directed by Enrico Spada and running July 16–August 2 at the First Street Common. The play rehearses nights and weekends beginning June 23. Title will be announced in ...
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Winslow Homer’s masterpiece, West Point, Prout's Neck

ART MUSEUMS WAGER MAJOR WORKS OF ART ON SUPER BOWL XLIX

Seattle Art Museum and Clark Art Institute bet on their team to winSEATTLE, WASHINGTON AND WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS—Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and New England’s Clark Art Institute are wagering temporary loans of major paintings based on the outcome of Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.The ...
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Eli Merritt Sculpture, "The Drake," for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

Fourth Annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival Opens Next Week

The Berkshires Only Winter Contemporary Arts Festival to be Held February 12-22, 2015 in Downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District (Pittsfield, Mass.) The City of Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District has a sure cure for cabin fever this February: the fourth annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival featuring a lively array of music, ...
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