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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Will Call #45 — Rebirth of a Legend, Rebirth of a Landmark with Orpheus in the Berkshires

Like Summer itself, “Orpheus in the Berkshires” enters the scene with a flourish. A wildflower bouquet of textures and colors, the piece immediately charms, providing just the right touch at this season’s picnic of theatre offerings. In its creation, the production of “Orpheus,” from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, redefines the phrase, “community theatre.” Reframing the concept as an artistic mission […]

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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.

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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. 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 […]

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