The Top Left Corner, Episode 8 — “Let’s Talk about Sex,” the documentary

PLUS: Audio iBeat from iBerkshires.com, Weekend Lowdown with Berkshire Family Focus, and Music from the Winterpills and Wishbone Zoë!

The Documentary, "Let's Talk about Sex," receives a free screening Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Adams Movieplex 8

The Documentary, “Let’s Talk about Sex,” receives a free screening Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Adams Movieplex 8

A tremendous head and chest cold struck this week, so I offer my apologies for the obvious snuffliness. A very busy Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires took time out from coverage of the Clarksburg State Forest fire to co-host another segment of the audio “iBeat.” Kelly Bevan McIlquham of Berkshire Family Focus, is back from vacation, though she may have left some of her brain in Fla… We speak with Jonah Sykes of the Berkshire United Way about the free screening of “Let’s Talk about Sex” that helps focus attention on the issue of the pregnancy rates among teens in the Berkshires. And of course, there is music…

The Greylock Glass Gets Some Perspective on the News with iBerkshires

Firstly, Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com joins us to provide another glimpse at some of the popular stories that are making headines this week. Be sure to follow their reporting daily to keep up with the goings-on in the Greylock zone.

Catch up on all the latest headlines at iBerkshires.com

Catch up on all the latest headlines at iBerkshires.com

Winterpills —  “Fleur de Luce”

Winterpill's 2012 Release, All My Lovely Goners; photo courtest Winterpills.

Winterpill’s 2012 Release, All My Lovely Goners; photo courtest Winterpills.

Northampton veterans of the indie scene, Winterpills defies easy categorization. The best musical ingredients from the 60s right up through to yesterday make their way into the secret sauce, and yet all these tropes merely provide a backdrop to the groups very individual sound.

Then slide yourself on over to their website to pick up a CD or an actual vinyl record; or to Bandcamp where you can pick up a digital download.

Then be sure to take a look at their upcoming shows.

 

TBerkshire United Way and Northern Berkshire United Way Host Free Screening of the Documentary, “Let’s Talk about Sex”

Berkshire United Way and Northern Berkshire United Way Host Free Documentary Screening of “LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX.”

Berkshire United Way, Northern Berkshire United Way, and the Face the Facts – reduce teen pregnancy community coalition will host a free community screening of the Let’s Talk About Sex documentary on Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Adams Movieplex 8 located at 80 Main Street. Parents and teenagers (over the age of 14) are invited to attend. The event will also include a raffle as well as food.

Let’s Talk About Sex, a documentary film by James Houston, looks at how American attitudes toward adolescent sexuality impact today’s teenagers.  Local photographer, Julian Grey, will debut his latest collection of art that includes images aimed at provoking conversations about sex and sexuality. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with local teens and community leaders on what we can do in the Berkshires to ensure youth make healthy decisions about their futures.

The screening is a way for the Face the Facts – reduce teen pregnancy community coalition to join thousands of other groups nationwide in participating in the 14th annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, which aims to help teens prevent teen pregnancy – by gaining access to reproductive healthcare, participating in sex education in their schools, and most importantly by having honest conversations with their parents about relationships and sex.

Wishbone Zoë — “Fossil’s Dream”

"Fossil's Dream," by Wishbone Zoë, 2015, image courtesy Wishbone Zoë. Album available for purchase through Bandcamp!

“Fossil’s Dream,” by Wishbone Zoë, 2015, image courtesy Wishbone Zoë. Album available for purchase through Bandcamp!

With “Something Wacko” Wishbone Zoë creates a sound sculpture that layers seemingly deeply personal textures upon fragments of memory and discarded cultural mosaic tile. This track is a sample of an audio mixed-media artistic method that achieves new levels of sophistication in “Fossil’s Dream.”

If you feel that maybe you could use a little help interpreting this dream, don’t worry. You’re probably not alone. But you don’t need to plumb the depths of Saera Kochanski’s subconscious to be fully engrossed in the imagery her songs create in this brandy-new album. “Fossil’s Dream” pushes the boundaries out a bit and offers a hint of what she might be seeking in her evolving exploration of sound.

Beyond her brilliance of the lyrics, the voice of Saera Kochanski will impress you with its seemingly bottom stores of power pushed through a small, precision-machined port. Kochanski does not care if her singing about, thus drawing uncomfortable attention to, the “not-so-okay in the world” makes us squirm. Enjoy the brittle feeling your brain gets after immersing yourself in “Fossil’s Dream.” Then slide yourself on over to Bandcamp where you can pick up a copy of her CD or digital download. And WHILE you’re listening to the album, be sure to spend some time taking in Kochanski’s visual art at her other web site, Sunbeams & Turpentine. No reason your eyes should get away clean.

Upcoming Shows:

May 8: Burlington, VT—w/ Mad Habits @ Radio Bean
May 10: Northampton, MA—w/ Kidaudra & Sports Coach @ Sam’s Pizza
May 15: Easthampton, MA @ Luthier’s Co-Op

Kelly Bevan McIlquham Drops by to Share the Weekend Lowdown from Berkshire Family Focus.

Berkshire Family Focus

Berkshire Family Focus

Kelly is back from vacation in sunny Florida and JUST BARELY had enough time to compile her awesome list of some of the best family-friendly activities right here in the Weekend Lowdown at her site.

Kelly extends her heartfelt thanks to the Berkshire Family Focus sponsors who make Kelly’s contribution to the “Top Left Corner” possible:

Berkshire country day
The Montessori School Of The Berkshires
Dalton Cooperative Nursery School

 

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