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River Art Project exhibition focuses on awareness and protection

Panel Discussion: Wednesday, August 15, 6–7:30 p.m.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Artist and gallerist Jim Schantz has organized an art exhibition for this summer that will honor the river. The River Art Project is an exhibition that features recognized painters from the Berkshire region who work with the river as their subject matter, including Bart Elsbach, Michael Filmus, Scott Prior, and Jim Schantz. *

"Fairgrounds on the River," by Scott Prior—part of The River Art Project Exhibition, on view from June 8 to September 2.
“Fairgrounds on the River,” by Scott Prior—part of The River Art Project Exhibition, on view from June 8 to September 2.

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Music in Common Opens Auditions for Worldwide Launch of Amplify

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Music in Common (MIC) announces the worldwide launch of Amplify, a concert experience in which musicians perform songs written by youth from around the world in MIC JAMMS sessions. Auditions are open to high school and college age youth online or in person through May 31. Rehearsals will take place at Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY between August 6 and 25, with culminating concerts on August 26 at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield and August 27 at Crissey Farm in Great Barrington. There is no cost to participate in Amplify and selected musicians will receive a stipend. More information and audition applications are available at www.musicincommon.org. *

Students perform at The Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial Middle/High School. Youth interested in performing for Amplify must audition online at www.musicincommon.org by May 31; submitted photo.
Students perform at The Duffin Theater at Lenox Memorial Middle/High School. Youth interested in performing for Amplify must audition online at www.musicincommon.org by May 31; submitted photo.

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Focus on instruments and intimacy bring Berkshire Bach season to vibrant close

The Berkshire Bach Society concludes its 2017-2018 performance season with a double-bill on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, with concerts in Great Barrington and Hillsdale, NY. *

Myron Lutzke, cellist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; submitted photo, will perform in a season-closing performance of the Berkshire Bach Societ.
Myron Lutzke, cellist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; submitted photo

On Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church, the Society presents Go for B’roque!, a program of sparkling Baroque music directed by baroque early music specialist and principal cellist of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Myron Lutzke, who is performing along with fellow members of the OSL. Keep Reading

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MCLA Athletics to add men’s lacrosse for 2019–20 season

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) President James F. Birge and Director of Athletics Laura Mooney announce the addition of men’s lacrosse to its varsity lineup with competition slated to begin during the 2019–20 academic year. This new program will bring the total number of varsity sports at MCLA to 14, divided evenly among programs for men and women. *

Men’s lacrosse competitive events hit the MCLA Athletics varsity lineup during the 2019-20 academic year.
Men’s lacrosse competitive events hit the MCLA Athletics varsity lineup during the 2019-20 academic year.

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NAACP to hold “Speaking Truth to Power” standout in Pittsfield against police violence

Mayors Linda Tyer and Tom Bernard, State Senator Adam Hinds, Others to Speak Against Police Violence Against People of Color *

The NAACP, Berkshire County Branch, is conducting a stand-out, "Speak Truth to Power," against Police Violence at Park Square in Pittsfield, May 9; photo by Protophobic [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
The Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP is conducting a stand-out, “Speak Truth to Power,” at Park Square in Pittsfield, May 9; photo by Protophobic [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons, cropped, color-adjusted.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP has organized a standout protesting police violence against people of color this Saturday, May 5th from 12 noon to 2pm at Park Square in downtown Pittsfield.  Entitled, “Speaking Truth to Power,” the event will include remarks by State Senator Adam Hinds, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard, NAACP Berkshire County branch president Dennis Powell, local youth and others. Keep Reading

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Railroad Street Youth Project, Berkshire South, and Monument Mountain launch “Spartan Strong” Initiative

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP), the youth empowerment nonprofit organization serving young people in southern Berkshire County, announced today that its Mentoring Program is partnering with the Athletic Department at Monument Mountain Regional High School and Berkshire South Regional Community Center’s T.O.N.E. (Teen Outreach Nutrition Exercise) Program to launch a new collaborative effort: the Spartan Strong Initiative.

Youth and adults exercise together in a group setting at Berkshire South every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during Spartan Strong from 3:15–4:30 pm for free; submitted photo.
Youth and adults exercise together in a group setting at Berkshire South every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during Spartan Strong from 3:15–4:30 pm for free; submitted photo.

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Mass Senate passes credit protection bill to protect consumers in the wake of Equifax breach

BOSTON — State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) announces that the Massachusetts Senate voted 38-0 on Thursday to pass a bill designed to protect the personal information of consumers in the case of data breaches, like the one seen at Equifax, and provide free credit freezes for all consumers. * Keep Reading

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WRLF announces its Sheep to Shawl Festival

On Saturday May 5th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will host a Sheep to Shawl Festival at its Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown. *

Shepherds Kristen Whittle and Denise Leonard will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using their skilled border collies.
Shepherds Kristen Whittle and Denise Leonard will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using their skilled border collies; submitted photo.

The Sheep to Shawl festival is a celebration of spring and New England heritage, with local artisans and food producers, farm animals, and a focus on the region’s historic fleece and fiber industry. The legendary Fred DePaul will spin stories while shearing sheep with traditional tools. Shepherds Kristen Whittle and Denise Leonard will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using their skilled border collies. Local farms will bring sheep and small farm animals along with delicious home-grown and locally produced products for tasting and purchasing.

The Green Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild will demonstrate carding, spinning, and weaving throughout the day. Blacksmithing and traditional building techniques will also be showcased. There will be fiber-arts and crafts projects for children and enthusiastic adults. Local farmers and artisans will show and sell their wares, including basketry, hand-made wearable items, jewelry, maple syrup, pastured meats, and fiber products.

Cricket Creek Farm and the Store at Five Corners will offer, artisanal cheeses, fresh baked goods, sandwiches and other delicious edibles available for purchase.

Admission is $7 per individual, $12 per family and $5 per individual and $10 per family for WRLF members. Those who come by bicycle get in free! Become a WRLF member at the gate and receive free admission! All are welcome to enter their admission tickets in a Sheep to Shawl raffle for a ‘locally produced’ prize basket. Proceeds from the Sheep to Shawl Festival support the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (www.wrlf.org) and its public programming.

The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust working to preserve the rural New England character of the north Berkshire region. It offers programs in natural and cultural history year-round at Sheep Hill and other conservation properties. Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary. Look for the sign on the west side of the road.

For more information, visit our website at www.wrlf.org or call Sheep Hill at 413-458-2494. WRLF is grateful for the support of Nature’s Closet for underwriting this event.

 

* This article was created, in whole or in part, using submitted officially released information.

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MCLA to host middle school science fair this Friday

The 12th Annual Massachusetts Region 1 Middle School Science and Engineering Fair will be held Friday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the campus’s Amsler Campus Center gymnasium.
The 12th Annual Massachusetts Region 1 Middle School Science and Engineering Fair will be held Friday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the campus’s Amsler Campus Center gymnasium.

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host the 12th Annual Massachusetts Region 1 Middle School Science and Engineering Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 27, in the campus’s Amsler Campus Center gymnasium. *

The 12th Annual Massachusetts Region 1 Middle School Science and Engineering Fair will be held Friday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the campus’s Amsler Campus Center gymnasium.
The 12th Annual Massachusetts Region 1 Middle School Science and Engineering Fair will be held Friday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the campus’s Amsler Campus Center gymnasium; public domain photo.

The event is free and open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be Paul Reynolds, a children’s book author who also is the co-founder of FableVision and the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity with his twin brother, Peter Reynolds. He will speak to students at 1:45 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center gym.

About 150 middle school students from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties will gather to present their research projects to a panel of judges. The top 40 students will qualify for the state competition at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester on Saturday, June 2, and the top 10 percent of the finalists may submit their work to the Broadcom Masters Competition.

More than 30 judges will assess their projects in the areas of biology, behavioral and social science, chemistry, computer science, earth and space science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics and physics. The students’ projects will be judged on several criteria, including scientific approach, innovation and creativity and presentation.

According to MCLA’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program manager, Shannon M. Zayac, the Fair creates a connection between higher education, K-12, local business and non-profit agencies, and helps build student awareness and interest in the pursuit of post-secondary degrees or careers in STEM areas.

At FableVision, Reynolds presides over a growing team of media design, technology and research specialists. He has helped to build the multimillion dollar firm into an internationally recognized multimedia developer and publisher, with partnerships, strategic alliances and clients across numerous industries, including broadcast, museum, institutional, K-12, educational publishing, technology, and research.

Reynolds also has taught digital and media production at Boston College for nearly 20 years. A life-long learner, he completed his graduate degree studies at Pepperdine University in educational technology, with a focus on virtual communities of practice and storytelling for transformational and systemic change.

His interest in research contributed to his co-founding of the Research Centre for Media Psychology (RCMP), which looks at ways that media, storytelling and technology foster human potential and well-being across the age span. RCMP is a collaboration between FableVision and Fielding Graduate University, as well as faculty from Harvard, Oxford and UCLA.

The Region 1 Science and Engineering Fair is a program of the Berkshire STEM Pipeline.
For more information, contact Shannon Zayac at (413) 662-5222 or Shannon.Zayac@mcla.edu.

The goal of the Pipeline is to build a connection between higher education, local school children in grades K-12, businesses and nonprofit agencies, and to see that all students are educated in STEM fields. The Pipeline also aims to enable youth to pursue post-secondary degrees or careers in these areas, and to raise their awareness of the benefits associated with an increased statewide focus on STEM.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.
For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.

 

*This article was created, in whole or in part, using submitted officially released information.

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Will Call #68: David Eppel bids farewell with Tartuffe

David Eppel shares thoughts on apartheid, creativity in the shadow of oppression, and his 35 years as a professor of theatre at Williams College*

David Eppel, professor of theatre at Williams College; photo by Jason Velázquez.
David Eppel, professor of theatre at Williams College; photo by Jason Velázquez.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass—The Williams Theatre Department is proud to present Molière’s classic comedy Tartuffe, translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur. Get ready for a Baroque romp, a minuet in rhyming couplets, and a wicked, hilarious satire, complete with keyhole peepers and eavesdroppers. First performed on May 12, 1664 at Versailles for Louis XIV, Tartuffe was instantly banned and had to be rewritten so as not to offend the church, the aristocracy, the king, and just about everyone else. Watch as the ruling classes are hoisted by their own hypocritical petard. All of the above, and much, much more, awaits…in thigh-slapping iambic pentameter, no less. There will be a post-performance Q&A after the Saturday evening performance hosted by “Monsieur Tartuffe comes to America” author Emmanuelle Delpech and Costume Designer Deborah Brothers. Performances are on Thursday, March 8th to Sunday, March 11th at 7:30 PM and Saturday, March 10th at 2:00 PM on the ’62 Center’s Adams Memorial Theatre, located at 1000 Main Street, in Williamstown, MA. Tickets are $3.

Tartuffe cast:
Nadiya Atkinson ’21
Tobias Delgado ’21
Terah Ehigiator ’18
Samori Etienne ’21
Caroline Fairweather ’20
Nicole Jones ‘20
Scott Lipman ’18
Evelyn Mahon ’18
John Murphy ’21
Christine Pash ’18
Thomas Robertshaw ’19
Jack Romans ’20
Jack Scaletta ’18

David Eppel, Director
Fiona Selmi ’21, Assistant Director
Jason Simms, Set Designer
Deborah Brothers, Costume Designer
Natalie Robin, Lighting Designer
Bobby McElver, Sound Designer
Julia Tucher ’21, Assistant Sound Designer
Paige Carter, Properties Master

The Theatre Department works to develop in each student an understanding of theatre that is both broad and deep. Through creative expression and critical study, we challenge students to engage both contemporary and historical modes of performance. Theatre students make artworks through design, acting, directing, and dramaturgy. They are encouraged to experiment, to risk, and to make bold choices. Working collaboratively with faculty and guest artists, students integrate intellectual, physical, and emotional responses into an array of live performances each academic year.

For tickets, visit the Williams ’62 Center Box Office Tues-Sat, 1-5 pm or call (413) 597-2425.

 

*This article was created, in whole or in part, using submitted officially released information.

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Cornbread Cafe #010

Pickxen, Grant Maloy Smith, Scott Thorn, Mikalyn Hay, The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Parsonsfield

Parsonsfield releases their new EP, WE, March 9, 2018; photo courtesy Signature Sounds Recordings.
Parsonsfield releases their new EP, WE, March 9, 2018; photo courtesy Signature Sounds Recordings.

From Parsonsfield on the release of WE:

“Everyone finds themselves searching for this theoretical ‘thing’ that is supposed to make them happy. Whether it’s a relationship or financial comfort, there’s a goal in our minds that once achieved, we’ll be able to start enjoying life,” says singer/songwriter and banjo player Chris Freeman. “Our circumstances, whether we’re rich or poor, are only half of what determines happiness. The rest is our thoughts, habits and connections with other people,” adds songwriter and mandolin player Antonio Alcorn. “WE is an inner journey to appreciate what you have, and to find happiness no matter what your lot in life.” Keep Reading

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Will Call #67: Underground Railroad Game at ’62 Center

ADVISORY: Explicit content. Underground Railroad Game contains sexually explicit material, strong language, and mature themes, so is recommended for adventurous audiences ages 18 and up. Questions about what you’re in for? You can reach out to Producing Director, Randal Fippinger for more info.

Underground Railroad Game, created by Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard, and directed by Taibi Mager, plays the '62 Center March 1.
Underground Railroad Game, created by Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard, and directed by Taibi Mager, plays the ’62 Center March 1.

Created by Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard, Directed by Taibi Mager

Named one of the top ten theatre experiences of 2016 by the New York Times, Underground Railroad Game is a vivid, piercing piece of experimental performance from Philadelphia-based company Lightning Rod Special. Over its rapid-fire 75 minutes, the piece toes the line between sketch comedy show and excruciating American history lesson, set in a middle school classroom. Keep Reading

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