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October 2015

Will Call #27 — Kid-Lit: Haunting Tales with Deirdre Flynn Sullivan

Engraving by Cornelius Huyberts of one of Frederick Ruysch's anatomical dioramas; public domain
Engraving by Cornelius Huyberts of one of Frederick Ruysch’s anatomical dioramas; public domain

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 pervaded children’s stories since, probably, the beginning of time.

We can’t guarantee that ALL the titles we mentioned appear here in the show notes, but we’ll add them below if we’ve missed any!

Two places online that we encourage you to check out:

LibriVox—Free Public Domain Audiobooks. Visit the site to learn how to hear great works read aloud or to volunteer your time and voice to their mission of making as many public domain works as possible available as audiobooks.

The Wikipedia entry for poet James Whitcomb Riley, creator of my childhood poem of terror, “Little Orphant Annie.”

 

Deirdre Flynn Sullivan; photo courtesy the artist, via Deirdre of the Arts, Facebook
Deirdre Flynn Sullivan; photo courtesy the artist, via Deirdre of the Arts, Facebook

Be sure to check out Deirdre’s extremely happening Facebook groups, which can provide an unmatched source of information and inspiration throughout your day!

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Deirdre of the Arts

ARTSPEAK: Artists Networking in the Berkshires and Beyond

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Define Your Terms: Americana Music From Roots to Punk

The Scene: From the Renaissance to Hollywood

 

Young Children

 

Wee Winnie Witch's Skinny: An Original African-American Scare Tale, by Virginia Hamilton, engravings by Barry Moser; 2004
Wee Winnie Witch’s Skinny: An Original African-American Scare Tale, by Virginia Hamilton, engravings by Barry Moser; 2004

"Little Orphant Annie," by James Whitcomb Riley, included in "The Big Golden Book Of Poetry, 85 Childhood Favorites;" edited by Jane Werner, Illustrated by Gertrude Elliott – 1947
“Little Orphant Annie,” by James Whitcomb Riley, included in “The Big Golden Book Of Poetry, 85 Childhood Favorites;” edited by Jane Werner, Illustrated by Gertrude Elliott – 1947

"The Widow's Broom," by Chris Van Allsburg; 1992
“The Widow’s Broom,” by Chris Van Allsburg; 1992

"The Witches," by Roald Dahl
“The Witches,” by Roald Dahl

 

Chapter Books

"The Boggart," by Susan Cooper "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth," by E.L. Konigsburg, 1967
"Hob and the Goblins," by William Mayne

The Power of Poppy Pendle, by Natasha Lowe
The Power of Poppy Pendle, by Natasha Lowe

 

Young Adult

"The Hounds of the Morrigan," by Pat O'Shea
“The Hounds of the Morrigan,” by Pat O’Shea

"Salem's Lot," by Stephen King
“Salem’s Lot,” by Stephen King

 

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INDIEcent Exposure #16 — Common Folks Brings Monster Smash to Life

Arc Iris returns to North Adams to mesmerize Hallowe'en revelers at Monster Smash; Photo by Shervin Lainez
Arc Iris returns to North Adams to mesmerize Hallowe'en revelers at Monster Smash; Photo by Shervin Lainez
Superhuman Happiness, led by Stuart Bogie, will help the lost find their groove this Hallowe'en; photo by Tatiana McCabe
Superhuman Happiness, led by Stuart Bogie, will help the lost find their groove this Hallowe’en; photo by Tatiana McCabe

 

Common Folk Artist Collective and FNProductions present “Monster Smash 2015” featuring Arc Iris, Superhuman Happiness and Smash Frequency in an eclectic musical event Saturday Oct. 31, at the Elks Lodge, 100 Eagle St., North Adams, Mass. Keep Reading

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The Top Left Corner #22: Greylock Mill to House Food Biz Incubator

By Beyond My Ken (Own work) GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0via Wikimedia Commons
By Beyond My Ken (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry, with Mayor Richard Alcombright, center, speak of the next steps in their plans to redevelop the former textile mill; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com
Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry, with Mayor Richard Alcombright, center, speak of the next steps in their plans to redevelop the former textile mill; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com

Tammy Daniels discusses the Greylock Mill event that revealed plans to create an incubator space for commercial food business. New mill owners Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry met with USDA representatives, Mayor Richard Alcombright, and members of local business and other organizations.

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Berkshire Business Outlook #3 — Country Curtains Launches Global Showcase for “Berkshire Originals”

"Early Thaw," By John MacDonalsd; image courtesy Country Curtains
"Early Thaw," By John MacDonalsd; image courtesy Country Curtains
"Winter Dusk," by John MacDonald; image courtesy Country Curtains
“Winter Dusk,” by John MacDonald; image courtesy Country Curtains

Country Curtains recently launched “Berkshire Originals,” an online portal into the creativity of local arts offerings for the rest of the world to enjoy. By building relationships with all types of Berkshire artists, this interior decor landmark hopes to satisfy the longing of customers for the handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces you can only find here.

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

"Daphnis and Chloe," by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1874, Marble; Acquired by the Clark, 2013
"Daphnis and Chloe," by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1874, Marble; Acquired by the Clark, 2013
Model D Pianoforte and Stools, 1884–87, Designed by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Action by Steinway & Sons , Fallboard painted by Sir Edward John Poynter; Acquired by the Clark, 1997
Model D Pianoforte and Stools, 1884–87, Designed by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Action by Steinway & Sons , Fallboard painted by Sir Edward John Poynter; Acquired by the Clark, 1997

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”

Cast of Mill City Productions staging of "Clue: The Musical"; photo by Liz Urban
Cast of Mill City Productions staging of “Clue: The Musical”; photo by Liz Urban

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

“After Class” by Monika Pizzichemi, is one of the art pieces offered at auction as part of Soft Show Boom; submitted image.
“After Class” by Monika Pizzichemi, is one of the art pieces offered at auction as part of Soft Show Boom; submitted image.
“After Class” by Monika Pizzichemi, is one of the art pieces offered at auction as part of Soft Show Boom—actual work <a href="http://fertileuniverse.com/soft-shoe-boom-auction" target="new">available for bidding or direct purchase by clicking here</a> ; submitted image.
“After Class” by Monika Pizzichemi, one of the works offered at auction as part of Soft Show Boom—actual work available for bidding or purchase by clicking here ; submitted image.

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

Hilary Deely and Barbara Sims; submitted photo
Hilary Deely and Barbara Sims; submitted photo
Hilary Deely and Barbara Sims; submitted photo

 

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

Aimée Gelinas, far right, is a member of Gaia Roots, a group that will be performing at the 6th Annual Drum and Dance Fest.
Aimée Gelinas, far right, is a member of Gaia Roots, a group that will be performing at the 6th Annual Drum and Dance Fest.

The 6th Annual Drum and Dance Fest is a fundraiser for the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center’s “Raise the Roof” fund to build a sustainable nature and education center and to conserve 32 acres of highland Boreal forest in Windsor, MA.

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Plenty #3 — Timothy Snyder Warns of Next Genocide

Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale, and author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning;" photo by Ine Gundersveen, courtesy timothysnyder.org
Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale, and author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning;" photo by Ine Gundersveen, courtesy timothysnyder.org

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale, and author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning;" photo by Ine Gundersveen, courtesy timothysnyder.org
Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale, and author of “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning;”
photo by Ine Gundersveen, courtesy timothysnyder.org

We spoke with Timothy Snyder about his recent work examining two necessary conditions for the Holocaust: disintegration of the state and ecological panic. The Yale history professor explains the connections between perceived resource scarcity, the dissolution of political order, and the assignment of blame to vulnerable foes. The result in World War II, of course, was a genocide that claimed over six million lives. Today, with far more pressing ecological worries and transcontinental geopolitical instability, a genocide could begin in any number of regions. Indeed, from the chaos of failed or failing states, a refugee and migrant crisis as urgent as any in history is underway right now. How long can it be before humanity responds in troubling, familiar ways?

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The Top Left Corner #21: North Adams Economic Development Chat

The north side of Main Street between Eagle and Holden Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, is located within the expanded boundaries of the Monument Square-Eagle Street Historic District; photo by Beyond My Ken; GFD or CC BY-SAL via Wikimedia Commons
The north side of Main Street between Eagle and Holden Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, is located within the expanded boundaries of the Monument Square-Eagle Street Historic District.; photo by Beyond My Ken GFDL or CC BY-SA], via Wikimedia Commons

A panel discussion of two on the subject of generating growth in North Adams.

The north side of Main Street between Eagle and Holden Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, is located within the expanded boundaries of the Monument Square-Eagle Street Historic District; photo by Beyond My Ken; GFD or CC BY-SAL via Wikimedia Commons
The north side of Main Street between Eagle and Holden Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, is located within the expanded boundaries of the Monument Square-Eagle Street Historic District.; photo by Beyond My Ken, 2012 GFDL or CC BY-SA], via Wikimedia Commons

This episode is straight up talk-show format. Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com, and I range over a wide terrain of economic development ideas—The Mohawk, vacant spaces, incubators, farmers markets, etc.

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INDIEcent Exposure #15 — Lexi Weege On Tape

Lexi Weege released her second album, "Sweet Moon," on September 13th.

Lexi Weege slips between sultry ballads and upbeat love songs with ease.

Lexi Weege released her second album, "Sweet Moon," on September 13th.
Lexi Weege released her second album, “Sweet Moon,” on September 13th. Photo by Steph Larsen.

ADVISORY: Explicit language.

We spoke with Lexi Weege, the jazz songstress who recently released her second album, “Sweet Moon.” The album was all recorded live and on tape and released digitally and on vinyl on September 13th following a release party at the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds with The True Believers.

Like Lexi’s music, our conversation is raw, inspired, and unfiltered. Some adult language is used. Listen as we cover her album, analog recording techniques, the state of women in the arts industry, and more.

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