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June 2016

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.

A past Write the Change workshop with Jan and Jen
A past workshop with Jennifer Browdy and Jana Laiz (submitted photo).

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Problem Solvers…ish #9 — Allusions down on the Animal Farm

CAN our heroes rescue a poor, lost student from the complex pitfalls (and pratfalls) of and American literature classic like George Orwell’s Animal Farm? Can Lex and Seth illuminate the obscurities of illusion (Or was it allusion? Or maybe e-lusion?) constructed to make life murder for a hapless adolescent? In a pig’s eye, I say, but you can dream if you want!

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NSFW: Seth & Lex plumb the literary depths of a AmLit classic…

Today’s problem came in via e-mail from a completely unknown source! What a shame that he knows how to get a hole of us—he may want his money back. Oh, wait! We don’t charge for our -ishy advice!

By Joanbanjo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
“Animal Farm,” by Joanbanjo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

All those pigs and sheep and “four legs good” stuff…what the hell did that all mean, anyway, right? Mrs. Dobush is probably still waiting for MY report on George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Decades later, am I any closer to figuring out what all symbolism was symbolic of? Prolly not, so why not let’s give the Problem Solvers…ish a whack at it? I mean, all bad advice is dreadful, but some bad advice is more dreadful than others.

What’s YOUR Problem?

Every week Seth Brown and Lex Friedman tackle a listener submitted problem. It could be any kind of issue—family, career, love, religion, political. Doesn’t matter! Seth and Lex are equally unqualified to address ANY of your troubles.

BUT, that doesn’t mean they won’t try. And it doesn’t mean they might not solve your problem by accident! Just Skype click the link in the sidebar to access our web-based voice-messaging system. Or, if you’re bashful, e-mail it to us at problems<at>greylockglass.com

At your request, we will “Anonymize” your voice, making is less likely that your boss will recognize that it’s you complaining about her peculiar bathroom habits and tendency to stalk you on social media.

Problems dealt with on a “funniest-come, first-served basis.” Real Debbie-downer issues like death, IRS audits, and that sink hole swallowing up your carport? The may take a lonnnnng time for us to get around to. Just leave a voice message by clicking the picture in the side bar of the girl on the party line!

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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.

Stone Hill, viewed across the reflecting pool at the Clark Art Institute (photo, Tucker Bair)
Stone Hill, viewed across the reflecting pool at the Clark Art Institute (photo, Tucker Bair)

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 Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, opening at the Clark Art Institute on July 4, 2016, examines the enduring value of place through the lens of Stone Hill—a prominent geological formation at the heart of the Clark’s campus.

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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.

Dale Chihuly, Sunrise Topaz Chandelier (detail), 2016, 14 x 6 x 5½’. At Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge, July 8 through Aug. 28.
Dale Chihuly, Sunrise Topaz Chandelier (detail), 2016, 14 x 6 x 5½’. At Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge, July 8 through Aug. 28 (submitted photo).

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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.

Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing circa 1786 William Blake 1757-1827 Presented by Alfred A. de Pass in memory of his wife Ethel 1910 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N02686
Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing, by William Blake, 1786 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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When: June 25th, 2016
10:00am to 10:00pm
Where:Bowe Field, Adams, Mass. (Adams Aggie Fair Grounds)
Cost: $5 admission, children under 12 FREE

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The Top Left Corner #29: The Unintentionally Property-Themed Episode

The plight of abandoned, dilapidated, and sometimes contaminated properties is up for discussion today as we present to you the podcast version of our live Top Left Corner show that aired Tuesday, June 21.

The Cliff Street house is representative of the fate of much of North Adams' housing overstock (photo, iBerkshires.com).
The Cliff Street house is representative of the fate of much of North Adams’ housing overstock (photo, iBerkshires.com).

Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com joins us for a surprisingly focused conversation about land re-purposing. We also talk about the plight of perfectly usable, attractive property (like Williamstown golf courses and surrounded addresses) that awaits the outcome of ongoing zoning discussions.

NOTE: Jason’s half of the audio is messed up. We know that. We’ve isolated the problem and dealt with it. Thank you.

 

Be sure to ready Tammy Daniels’ story about the condemned Cliff Street house in iBerkshires.

Catch up on all the latest headlines at iBerkshires.com
Catch up on all the latest headlines at iBerkshires.com

 

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Problem Solvers…ish #8 — The Time/Money, Work/Life (im-)balance

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NSFW: Seth and Lex waste the time of a listener who contacted us to ask how to more time to make valuable use of his life…

Today’s problem came in via e-mail from a completely unknown source! What a shame that he knows how to get a hole of us—he may want his money back. Oh, wait! We don’t charge for our ishy advice!

Do you remember those halcyon days when you had lots of time to just fritter away? But you didn’t have any money to go do cool stuff? Well, having a job, solves the poverty thing, but…you’re always working…How to solve that work/life (im-)balance

The Problem Solvers…ish confront work/life balance injustice HEAD ON, as they set a laser focus on a blurry answer. Sorry to those of you who had better things to do with that 1/2 hour!

What’s YOUR Problem?

Every week Seth Brown and Lex Friedman tackle a listener submitted problem. It could be any kind of issue—family, career, love, religion, political. Doesn’t matter! Seth and Lex are equally unqualified to address ANY of your troubles.

BUT, that doesn’t mean they won’t try. And it doesn’t mean they might not solve your problem by accident! Just Skype click the link in the sidebar to access our web-based voice-messaging system. Or, if you’re bashful, e-mail it to us at problems<at>greylockglass.com

At your request, we will “Anonymize” your voice, making is less likely that your boss will recognize that it’s you complaining about her peculiar bathroom habits and tendency to stalk you on social media.

Problems dealt with on a “funniest-come, first-served basis.” Real Debbie-downer issues like death, IRS audits, and that sink hole swallowing up your carport? The may take a lonnnnng time for us to get around to. Just leave a voice message by clicking the picture in the side bar of the girl on the party line!

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

Cover illustration for "The Wind in the Willows," by E. H. Shepard; Novel by Kenneth Grahame, 1908
Cover illustration for "The Wind in the Willows," by E. H. Shepard; Novel by Kenneth Grahame, 1908

We celebrate the Summer Solstice with one of the Summery-est
passages we know. Enjoy!

Cover illustration for "The Wind in the Willows," by E. H. Shepard; Novel by Kenneth Grahame, 1908; Summer Solstice, 2016
Cover illustration for “The Wind in the Willows,” by E. H. Shepard; Novel by Kenneth Grahame, 1908

 

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 of the river bank. Though it was past ten o’clock at night, the sky still clung to and retained some lingering skirts of light from the departed day; and the sullen heats of the torrid afternoon broke up and rolled away at the dispersing touch of the cool fingers of the short midsummer night. Mole lay stretched on the bank, still panting from the stress of the fierce day that had been cloudless from dawn to late sunset, and waited for his friend to return. He had been on the river with some companions, leaving the Water Rat free to keep a engagement of long standing with Otter; and he had come back to find the house dark and deserted, and no sign of Rat, who was doubtless keeping it up late with his old comrade. It was still too hot to think of staying indoors, so he lay on some cool dock-leaves, and thought over the past day and its doings, and how very good they all had been.

Visit Shakespeare & Company online at shakespeare.org for details about all this season's performances!
Visit Shakespeare & Company online at shakespeare.org for details about all this season’s performances!

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Opinion: How Did Opioid Abuse Overtake The Berkshires? And What Is Next?

Impact of Opioid abuse went unnoticed for years in the Berkshires

by Ralph Brill Associates

Molecular structure of oxycodone (image, public domain)
Molecular structure of oxycodone (image, public domain)

I am not a Doctor, Medical Scientist or Medical Reporter.

However, it should be very clear to all by now, that The Berkshires is a hot bed of Drug Abuse. It not only has the Highest Elevation in the State (Mt. Greylock at 3,492 Feet) but, it has More People High. How did this Mecca of Museums and Culture, Safe New England American Images and Safe Music become a 21st Century Drug Den?

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TLC #28: SPECIAL — Vigil for Orlando in Park Square

Local residents Ed Bailey (left) and Tony Barini speak about a friend, KJ "Kim" Morris, who was murdered in the Pulse mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. June 12, 2016 (photo by Jason Velázquez)
Local residents Ed Bailey (left) and Tony Barini speak about a friend, KJ "Kim" Morris, who was murdered in the Pulse mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. June 12, 2016 (photo by Jason Velázquez)

PITTSFIELD, Mass.—Hundreds of people converged on Park Square in Pittsfield Tuesday to show support for the survivors and families of victims of the massacre at an Orlando, Fla. nightclub two days earlier. The event, the Vigil for Orlando & Against Violence and Hate, included song, prayer, oratory, and calls for action to end such gun violence.

Local residents Ed Bailey (left) and Tony Barini speak about a friend, KJ "Kim" Morris, who was murdered in the Pulse mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. June 12, 2016 at the Vigil for Orlando (photo by Jason Velázquez)
Local residents Ed Bailey (left) and Tony Barini speak about a friend, KJ “Kim” Morris, who was murdered in the Pulse mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. June 12, 2016 (photo by Jason Velázquez)

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In the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, 29 year old Omar Mateen walked into Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a 9 mm handgun, Mateen opened fire on the unsuspecting patrons of the club, killing 49 and injuring 53. The attack was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in United States history. It was also the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in the U.S.

Vigil for Orlando quickly assembled by local volunteers

People in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, like most Americans, were stunned and horrified at this tragic episode. While the police investigation continued, and details about the shooter and his victims trickled in, volunteers quickly organized a vigil in Park Square in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, held the evening of the following Tuesday. One of the volunteers, longtime community organizer and arts advocate Meghan Whilden was on hand to help guide the vigil and introduce performers and speakers, including local residents, members of the clergy and political figures.

This episode is the full audio of this vigil, attended by hundreds of people who came to mourn the loss of life in solidarity and call for action to prevent future massacres. The recording begins just after Meghan Whilden has introduced the Reverend Dr. James Lumsden Pastor at First Church on Park Square, who led the crowd in singing “We are a gentle angry people, singing for our lives.”

Read more about the event on its Facebook page or at iBerkshires.

 

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