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The Arts & Entertainment world is a many-splendoured thing in Western Mass, Southern VT, and North Eastern NY. What are you're interested in? Send an e-mail to arts@greylockglass.com.

Environmentally radical views of Turner & Constable

“Rockets And Blue Lights (Close At Hand) To Warn Steamboats Of Shoal Water,” Joseph Mallord William Turner, English, 1775–1851; 1840, Oil on canvas; Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1932
“Rockets And Blue Lights (Close At Hand) To Warn Steamboats Of Shoal Water,” Joseph Mallord William Turner, English, 1775–1851; 1840, Oil on canvas; Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1932

“The sun is God”

— (attributed to) J.M.W. Turner 

Yes! Turner & Constable, 19th century artists, present two environmentally progressive perspectives of the natural world on view at the Clark Art Institute. The exhibit, Turner & Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, compares and contrasts two entirely different styles of painting that both elevated the genre of landscape painting beyond historical and mythological works while recognizing the invincibility of nature and our intrinsic human dependency upon it. Keep Reading

Free! Sometimes with Benefits!

"The Maples," created by Natalie Jeremijenko; photo by Beyond My Ken (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Tree-mancipation Day!
"The Maples," created by Natalie Jeremijenko; photo by By Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons

No doubt about it, museums are expensive. In the Berkshires we live in an area where culture is a primary industry and museums are a major segment of that industry. Everyone tells us, from healthcare professionals to educators, that art is great for you and your family—and it is. But…how can you participate or be part of this community if you can’t visit these institutions?

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Time is running out!
Don’t be left out in the cold!

Don’t Be Embarrassed! But…

Michael Himbeault [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Michael Himbeault [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

All good exhibits and productions have to end sometime. Maybe they’re going on tour to spread wonder and admiration across the country or the world (either objects of art or thespians). Maybe they’re being crated up and shipped back to from wherever they were on loan (More the art than the performers). Maybe they’re being returned to captivity in a private collection after enjoying a brief public outing (we really hope we’re talking about just the artwork, here…)

No matter the reason, when that show closing date starts drawing near, you’d best be making excuses for lots of other things in your life that you’re going to have to beg off. It is NOT unthinkable that you might miss a once in a lifetime chance if you blink. The Greylock Glass is here to help you avoid massive regret with your reminder of what’s soon to pass. Or at least pass through and on their way to another destination.

— The Editors

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Will Call #70: Love’s Labour’s perfectly Lost at The Dell.

From left: Luke Haskell, Dara Silverman, Madeleine Rose Maggio; photo By Eloy Garcia.
From left: Luke Haskell, Dara Silverman, Madeleine Rose Maggio; photo By Eloy Garcia.

(Cover Photo) From left: Luke Haskell, Dara Silverman, Madeleine Rose Maggio; photo By Eloy Garcia.

Lenox, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company presents William Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labor’s Lost, directed by Kelly Galvin and performed outside in The Dell at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home. This family-friendly, open-air production featuring Shakespeare & Company Education Artists runs from July 10th – August 18th.

Today is Monday, August 13 and you’re listening to Episode #70 of Will Call.

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TLC #63—We catch up, then cross the line to cover the Poor People’s Campaign

Lt. Gov. candidate Quentin Palfrey, poet Clarrisa Sacherski, Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention, mystery author Chris Wondoloski, The Poor People’s Campaign

Welcome, Greylock Nation, to episode #63 of the Top Left Corner here at the Greylock Glass. We’ll hear more from Carrisa later in the show, and if you behave, I’ll even treat you to one of her recent poems she was kind enough to record and share with us.

A no-foolin'-around sized force of City of Albany and New York State Capitol police was on hand at the June 4 Poor People's Campaign event. Some twenty-seven arrests were made for trespassing and disturbing the peace; photo by Jason Velázquez.
A no-foolin’-around sized force of City of Albany and New York State Capitol police was on hand at the June 4 Poor People’s Campaign event. Some twenty-seven arrests were made for trespassing and disturbing the peace; photo by Jason Velázquez.

We have a pretty sizable show for you this week. Guests include candidate for Lt. Governor, Quentin Palfrey, Poetess Carissa Sacherski, author Chris Wondoloski, organizer of the first ever Northeast Fiddlers’ Convention Jim Wright, AND special coverage of the June 4 Poor People’s Campaign rally and action in Albany, including speaking with North County activists Sam Smith and Reverend Mark Longhurst, Poor People’s Campaign- NY organizer Barbara Smith, and Vocal-NY staff member G.G. Morgan. Keep Reading

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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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

Will Call #69: Purple Valley Plays—A Festival of New Work for the Stage

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams Theatre Department will present Purple Valley Plays, original works for the stage written, directed, designed, and performed by Williams students. Back for a third year, Purple Valley Plays continues the Theatre Department’s tradition of incubating new work and cultivating the next generation of theatre artists. Presented in two programs, Purple Valley Plays will premiere works by Terah Ehigiator ’18, Mia Hull ’17, Joseph Messer ’21, Chanel Palmer ’19, and Tom Robertshaw ’19. *

Performances are on Thursday, April 26th to Saturday, April 28th. Program 1 will be in the CenterStage at 7 PM. Program 2 will be in the Adams Memorial Theatre at 8:30 PM. All performances will be located at 1000 Main Street, in Williamstown, MA. Tickets are $3.

“The Theatre Department recognizes that some artistic works are provocative, and may be challenging for audience members—emotionally, intellectually, and personally.  We wish to alert our patrons to the following specific content.”

 

Program One (Adams Memorial Theatre)

River Spirits by Terah Ehigiator ’18, directed by Jack Romans ’20. Emmett lives freely in paradise until the appearance of a strange new boy alters him forever. With playfulness and sincerity, this play explores tensions of boyhood, friendship, and (dis)belief.

contains artistic representations of racialized violence and self-harm.

Phaedra / Hippolytus / by Mia Hull ’17, directed by Tom Robertshaw ’19. A woman, in love with her husband, falls in love with his son. Clean lines and floors, stifled, enraged, undone.

contains artistic representations of suicide.

Program Two (CenterStage)

Majesty in the Middle Realm by Chanel Palmer ’19, directed by Caroline Fairweather ’20. A fast-paced exploration of connection, belonging, displacement, and infinity. A young woman’s quest for family and for peace in a world of in-betweens turns out to extend well beyond her wildest dreams.

alludes to racialized violence and police brutality.

What if We Loved with our Radiated Bodies? by Joseph Messer ’21, directed by Fiona Selmi ’21. Three infected lovers attempt to find themselves, but as their environment falls apart, words fall apart, movement falls apart, and people fall apart as well.

contains graphic sexual language.

Chastens and Hastens by Tom Robertshaw ’19, directed by Liam Ouweleen ’19. Thanksgiving/family/generations/breach/a dongle/butterball/ritual hunt?

references appropriation of indigenous cultures, and ignorance about sexual and gendered orientations.

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. For more information, please visit http://62center.williams.edu

 

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

MCLA announces new FPA programs

2018 sees expanded options within Fine and Performing Arts *

Collage created by Jason Velázquez with public domain imagery and the photo, "Friend's Studio," by David J (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Collage created with public domain imagery and the photo, “Friend’s studio.” by By David J (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces the addition of five new programs to its Department of Fine and Performing Arts (FPA), as two concentrations, in design and studio art, and three minors in dance, design, and music production, recently were added.

“The design concentration prepares students for traditional graphic design careers, web design, animation, concept, as well as character development for films, graphic novels or video games. It’s also great for illustrators and public relations professionals, and for self-promotion,” said Melanie Mowinski, associate professor of visual art.

“We imagine that students who are choosing the studio art concentration are more likely to be interested in drawing and painting, and students in the design concentration to be more interested in typography, book arts, letterpress, digital design and traditional graphic design kinds of things,” Mowinski said.

Also in FPA, students may access minors in dance and music production. Already, a number of students who focus on theatre and arts management have added the dance minor, according to Laura Standley, associate professor of theatre.

“We have a large group of students on campus that are interested in performance in general. In addition to producing a growing number of musicals, many others expressed interest in music theatre,” Standley said.

“I am definitely excited about this new dance minor and am interested to see how it will bleed into FPA theatre and make itself known as its own thing,” said Bryana Bradley ’17.

Tom Truss III, who joined the faculty last fall, is helping to coordinate the new dance minor. He brings to campus a wide range of skills that not only shape the classes he teaches, but also the dance minor, including experiences at the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Washington, D.C., the New Zealand Conservatory of Dance, and Jacob’s Pillow in Great Barrington. In addition, he is certified in the Alexander Technique, which he obtained in San Francisco, Calif.

For the music production minor, several classes were revised, while others were added. New courses include “Home Studio Recording,” “Advanced Recording/Live Sound,” and “Music Production for Film.”

Other new programs at MCLA include the computer science major’s concentration in electrical engineering, and a new entrepreneurship minor in the business program. In addition, last summer, MCLA and the Department of Biology announced the addition of two new Bachelor of Science degrees – in Health Sciences and in Community Health Education – as well as a new pre-medical professions concentration and a new pre-veterinary concentration.

The Health Sciences major is available as a general major or with four different concentrations; pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, or medical technology. It prepares students to pursue advanced study in a variety of health fields. The new Community Health Education major addresses a growing demand for health care educators, both locally and nationwide.

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.

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

Williams College Summer Theatre Lab Announces Summer Season

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Summer Theatre Lab returns this year for its 12th season in residence in the CenterStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The Lab provides current Williams students with the opportunity to create, perform, and produce work alongside visiting artists and alumni professionals. The 2016 season will also feature collaborations with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Assembly, and Ars Nova; and a workshop production of Believeland, a new play by Caroline V. McGraw (Page 73 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence).

The season will regularly feature free presentations that are open to the public. On July 10 at 7 PM, the Lab will present Boats And, a reading of a new musical by Andrew Farmer and Nate Weida, with collaborators Andrew Neisler and company. On July 24 at 7 PM, the lab company will perform original works written under the guidance of McGraw. The Lab culminates in Open Lab Weekend, August 11-13. The weekend will feature performances of Believeland, alongside an array of other work developed during the summer. All performances will be in the CenterStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA). Admission is FREE.

The Lab is lead by Artistic Director Caitlin Sullivan (Williams Class of 2007) and Associate Producer Clare Strasser. Sullivan participated in The Lab as a student and came back as Associate Artistic Director in 2012. This is her second season as Artistic Director. “The work of the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab is unparalleled. Our 2016 season is full of the type of collaborations that make The Lab a one of a kind experience for students, artists and audiences. We’re thrilled to be welcoming back veteran Lab artists and alums while continuing to build new relationships with collaborators like Caroline V. McGraw.”

Cited as “arguably one of the best-kept cultural secrets in the Berkshire County summer repertoire” (Berkshire Eagle), the Lab provides a unique connection between academia and professional theater. Since its inception in 2005, it has fostered an environment of artistic risk taking and creative experimentation, an opportunity for student and professionals alike to work in an environment free from critical and commercial pressures.

The 2016 Williams College Summer Theatre Lab Company is comprised of Isabel Benjamin, Terah Ehigiator, YJ Huang, Mia Hull, Emma Mandel, Phoebe Mattana, Alden Taylor, Harriet Weldon, Young Wuk (Woogie) Jung.

For more information and ticket reservations please visit our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/wcstl, and follow us on on instagram: wcstlab. The Lab can be contacted at WCSTLAB@gmail.com.

Arts: Story Slam At The Clark Art Institute

Williamstown, Mass.—The Clark Art Institute, in conjunction with Pastor Mark Longhurst of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown, presents a “ story slam ” on Friday, July 22 at 7 pm. The event, free and open to the public, will be held on the Moltz Terrace of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill on the Clark’s campus. The event celebrates the Clark’s exhibition Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, open through October 10, 2016. Keep Reading

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