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September 2015

The Top Left Corner #20: Fall Foliage Is Both a Festival and a Tradition

If the weather cooperates, the Fall Foliage Festival promises to be especially brilliant; photo by chensiyuan
If the weather cooperates, the Fall Foliage Festival promises to be especially brilliant; By chensiyuan (chensiyuan) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

North Adams residents get ready to turn out in celebration as the leaves turn on the color

If the weather cooperates, the Fall Foliage Festival promises to be especially brilliant; photo by chensiyuan
If the weather cooperates, the Fall Foliage Festival promises to be especially brilliant;
photo, “Fall Foliage” by chensiyuan, GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Parades, craft shows, dinners, movies, and more are all part of the Autumn flurry that is the Fall Foliage Festival, taking place this week in North Adams. This year marks the 60th annual Fall Foliage Parade, so the multi-generational enjoyment of the event should be apparent.

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

Sonia Nazario, author of "Enrique's Journey," will speak at William's College November 30.
Sonia Nazario, author of "Enrique's Journey," will speak at William's College November 30.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author continues to shine a bright light on an expanding crisis.

Sonia Nazario, author of "Enrique's Journey," will speak at William's College November 30.
Sonia Nazario, author of “Enrique’s Journey,” will speak at William’s College November 30.

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 to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops.

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INDIEcent Exposure #13 — Canadian Roots Songstress Oh Susanna at The BarN

Suzie Ungerleider of Oh Susanna; photo by Heather Pollock
Suzie Ungerleider of Oh Susanna; photo by Heather Pollock

She’s driving over 400 miles to sing for you. Just for you.

Suzie Ungerleider of Oh Susanna; photo by Heather Pollock
Suzie Ungerleider of Oh Susanna; photo by Heather Pollock

We spoke with Suzie Ungerleider, eponymous member of Oh Susanna, about her new album, “Name Dropper,” which is a triumph of creativity, community, and collaboration. You’ll fall hard for her infectious laughter and optimism. Powerful medicine (along with the aforementioned community and collaboration) in her fight against breast cancer, diagnosed just in time to interrupt the final stages of the release’s production.

In addition to our conversation, we play “Wait Until The Sun Comes Up” and “1955.”

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The Top Left Corner #19: Preliminary Elections, Same Old Issues?

The preliminary election results put John Barrett III and Richard Acombright on the election ballot for November.
The preliminary election results put John Barrett III and Richard Acombright on the election ballot for November; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com

Tammy Daniels discusses the results of the preliminary elections in North Adams and Pittsfield

 

The preliminary election results put John Barrett III and Richard Acombright on the election ballot for November.
The preliminary election results put John Barrett III and Richard Acombright on the election ballot for November; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a little more than one bruising month of political skirmishes to find out who among yesterday’s elections winners will lead their cities through the thorny political, fiscal, and social issues that seem a long way from resolutions.

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Plenty #2 — Berkshires Author Alana Chernila Launches “The Homemade Kitchen”

Practical guiding principles point to cooking and eating habits that make sense for families.

Berkshires author Alana Chernila launches her second book, "The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure" in October, 2015; submitted photo.
Berkshires author Alana Chernila launches her second book, “The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure” in October, 2015; submitted photo.

Alana Chernila has been piecing together a philosophy about food at least as early as becoming a mom. Her first contacts with preparing meals, often with vegetables she helped raise, goes back to her own childhood. Through writing about her journey in the culinary realm, Alana has crystallized her experiences interacting with ingredients into some common sense grains of kitchen wisdom. With “The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure,” (Clarkson Potter, 2015) these precepts are offered to help the entire process of food preparation and enjoying simpler and, well, more pleasurable.

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INDIEcent Exposure #12 — Poet Robbie Q. Telfer of Project Voice

Robbie Q. Telfer; photo courtesy Project Voice
Robbie Q. Telfer; photo courtesy Project Voice

Visiting poet and host at the Word X Word Festival, Telfer is a complex guy

Robbie Q. Telfer; photo courtesy Project Voice
Robbie Q. Telfer; photo courtesy Project Voice

I had the privilege of speaking to Robbie Q. Telfer at length before he arrived in the Berkshires for his fourth year participating in the Word X Word Festival. Due to circumstances beyond my control, that conversation did not air while the Festival was still in play. But the lateness of the hour doesn’t dull the keen observations he makes, nor will his inspired descriptions of the interactions between poetry and life be any less brilliant. Enjoy this, the first in an occasional series on the Visiting Poets.

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

Bennington, Vt; photo courtesy Oldcastle Theatre Company
Bennington, Vt; photo courtesy Oldcastle Theatre Company

Bennington, Vt., just half an hour away for much of NoCo, holds vast cultural appeal

Bennington, Vt; photo courtesy Oldcastle Theatre Company
Bennington, Vt; photo courtesy Oldcastle Theatre Company

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 of Oldcastle Theatre Company, about “The Lion in Winter,” you’ll no doubt want to reserve seats at one of the performances, make reservations at a nearby eatery, and maybe plan a leaf-peeping route or hike in the area—I predict a gorgeous leaf season.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 18, “Berkshire Media Mavens,” Part 2:
Tammy Daniels on “What IS the News?”

As we re-boot the “Audio iBeat” segment of the Top Left Corner, Tammy Daniels, Managing Editor at iBerkshires.com offers listeners a crash-course on journalism.

Catch up on all the latest headlines at iBerkshires.com
Tammy Daniels, Managing Editor at iBerkshires.com; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com

 

NOTE: This episode, which  features conversations with both Kate Abbott and Tammy Daniels, ran so long that breaking it up into two parts only made sense. This, Part II, is our informative and insightful discussion with Tammy Daniels.

Yes, we have so totally missed talking to Tammy every week. Summer got way away from us both, and before we knew it, news starting congealing into history. We have some great ideas for stories coming up in the next few weeks, so we’re both super excited to launch into Autumn news-harvesting mode.

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The Top Left Corner, Episode 18, “Berkshire Media Mavens,” Part 1:
Kate Abbott Launches “BTW Berkshires”

Kate Abbott standing in the Oyster River, Durham N.H; Facebook photo
Kate Abbott standing in the Oyster River, Durham N.H; Facebook photo

Kate Abbott, former editor at Berkshires Week, talks a bit about her new media property, BTW Berkshires, and a whole lot about the practice of journalism

Kate Abbott standing in the Oyster River, Durham N.H; Facebook photo
Kate Abbott standing in the Oyster River, Durham N.H; Facebook photo

NOTE: This episode, which  features conversations with both Kate Abbott and Tammy Daniels, ran so long that breaking it up into two parts only made sense. This, Part I, is our extremely engaging talk with Kate Abbott.

Readers from the Berkshires and well-beyond have found Kate Abbott’s warm and evocative writing voice to be that of knowledgeable friend. For 15 years, she has explored the region with a curiosity that has served her readers well through a number of print and online news entities.

With the launch of her own “BTW Berkshires,” Kate’s combined editorial and photographic skills fuel her exploration and lead her further into the landscape of her interests, occasionally farther afield to points beyond the borders of the Berkshires.

In addition to her writing in BTW Berkshires, don’t miss her work in Rural Intelligence, Take Magazine and, Arte Fuse Magazine.

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Berkshire Business Outlook, Episode 2 — Alice Maggio Explains “BerkShares” Local Currency

Alice Maggio, Program Coordinator, BerkShares, Inc.; photo courtesy Conference on Complementary Currency Systems
Alice Maggio, Program Coordinator, BerkShares, Inc.; photo courtesy Conference on Complementary Currency Systems

As local economy continues to strengthen, Maggio says organization seeks to broaden the reach of BerkShares to encourage support of local businesses

Alice Maggio, Program Coordinator, BerkShares, Inc.; photo courtesy Conference on Complementary Currency Systems
Alice Maggio, Program Coordinator, BerkShares, Inc.; photo courtesy Conference on Complementary Currency Systems, CC BY 3.0

 

 

 

We speak with Alice Maggio, Program Coordinator at Berkshares, Inc., fresh from her trip to the Basque region of Spain. She explains the history of local currencies in the region, and describes her optimism for the use of BerkShares on a wider basis into Berkshire County’s northern extreme.

BerkShares are a local currency for the Berkshire region of Massachusetts. Federal currency is exchanged for BerkShares at six branch offices of three local banks and spent at 400 locally owned participating businesses. The circulation of this local currency encourages capital to remain within the region, building a greater affinity between the local business community and its citizens.

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INDIEcent Exposure #11 — Creatures of Habitat: The Magic Is in the Mechanism

The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monica Pizzichemi
The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monica Pizzichemi

UPDATE: This performance has been postponed until Sunday, September 27th 6-8 p.m. due to rain!

Creatures of Habitat interact with spaces and objects. It would be even cooler if they could time travel, too…oh, wait, they kind of do that…

The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monika Pizzichemi
The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monika Pizzichemi

Stefanie Weber’s Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project will appear Sunday evening 6:30-8:30p September 13th in the Morningside Community School parking lot.

We spoke with Stefanie Lynx Weber about the open rehearsal of this three-part exploration that takes place in Pittsfield. We came away thinking that the audience is at risk of being exposed to perception-expanding sensory input.

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INDIEcent Exposure #10 — Fringe Music in the Berkshires

Eleonore Oppenheim

Bazaar Productions presents Fringe Music, a new free music series that will bring new, innovative music to the Berkshires on the first Friday of every month as part of Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk.

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Eleonore Oppenheim will be performing at Fringe Music’s debut show on Friday, September 4th.

The arts organization is taking a hiatus from its normal summer offering, Berkshire Fringe, a festival that combines theater, music and art, to provide a more focused musical experience. Co-artistic director Peter Wise says, “Previously, we had a music series going on at the same time as a theater festival, and workshops, and all of this stuff crammed into a couple of weeks… but this is a great chance to showcase one thing at a time, and we’re really looking forward to that.”

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