Will Call #55: 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival hits Pittsfield for its sixth year!

The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival Explodes into Its 6th Year. The 6th Annual 10×10 Festival is February 16-26, 2017. Participants and locations include Barrington Stage Company, the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire Athenaeum & Berkshire Historical Society, Berkshire Art Association, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Running Center, Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, Dottie’s Coffee Lounge, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Word […]

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Will Call Episode #55.1, BONUS: a 20/20 Look at 10X10—CHAIR-ity with Diane Firtell

We speak with artist and activist Diane Firtell about the “CHAIRity” exhibition and silent auction taking place at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge as part of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Proceeds will benefit the Pittsfield Education Foundation. From CHAIRity release “This year we invited 17 local artists and 2 organizations, to use their creative genius and recycle chairs no longer being […]

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Will Call #52: Hot lights on chilly nights at the Mahaiwe

A Talk with Beryl Jolly You’re listening to 52 of Will Call, released on a brilliant and beautiful Saturday, November 19, 2016. I’m your host, Jason Velázquez, and I thank you so much for joining us. We just heard a snippet of Ghost Town Girl from the eponymous new release from California-based Roots band, Echo Sparks. Not because we’re featuring […]

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Will Call #50: Hancock Shaker Village Appoints Jennifer Trainer Thompson New President and CEO

Pittsfield, Mass.—The Board of Trustees of Hancock Shaker Village announced Wednesday, September 14 the appointment of Jennifer Trainer Thompson as president and chief executive officer. Ms. Thompson will assume her new role at the end of the year from her current post as senior vice president of partnerships and external affairs at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

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WDIJW? “Atoms of Uncontrollable Silence”

Some short films fall more perfectly into the category of WDIJW than others. This compelling work is a perfect example of a remarkably original idea come to life. Atoms of Uncontrollable Silence from Convolv on Vimeo. Unknown. Unexplainable. The phenomenon of silence. Atoms of Uncontrollable Silence depicts a moment in which two scientists of different studies bare witness to an […]

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Will Call #48: “The Tempest” Sweeps Ashore at First Street Common

William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" will be presented on Pittsfield's First Street Common Thursday–Sunday, 8:00 p.m., July 21–August 7; photo by Enrico Spada.

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” brings together some very talented local flotsam. In this episode, we were lucky enough to catch Enrico Spada, founder and artistic director of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with a little time to to talk about the 2016 presentation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Considering that today is the opening of the run, that’s no mean […]

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Will Call #47 — Governor Slashes Arts Funding, Part 2 with Van Shields of the Berkshire Museum

Governor Charlie Baker issued a budget veto on July 8 that would slash funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) by more than half. The cut would exceed the value of MCC’s two largest grant programs, reducing state cultural funding to levels not seen since 1994. In this episode, we speak with Van Shields, […]

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Will Call #46 — Governor Slashes Arts Funding, Part 1 with Matt Wilson of MASSCreative

Governor Charlie Baker issued a budget veto on July 8 that would slash funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) by more than half. The cut would exceed the value of MCC’s two largest grant programs, reducing state cultural funding to levels not seen since 1994. In this episode, we speak with Matt Wilson, […]

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