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Williams College Faculty Lecture Series Continues

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Soledad Fox, professor of Spanish and chair of Romance languages, will present the second lecture in the Williams College annual Faculty Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 26. The talk, titled “Biography and its Discontents,” will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in Schow Atrium.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces State Support for High-Speed Internet Expansion in Western Mass

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State will Partner and Invest with Towns to Address the ‘Last Mile’ Challenge, Helping Unserved Residents and Businesses Compete in the Digital Global Economy

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Fiber Optic Cable, image courtesy the National Broadband Network

(BOSTON) – Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced their commitment to broadband expansion initiatives designed to narrow existing gaps in high-speed Internet access for residents and businesses in Western Massachusetts.

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Demographic Vitality in Berkshires Population May Be Ebbing

Gold Point, Nevada, Abandoned Town
By Vivaverdi (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Survey seeks to understand population decline among Berkshires young adults

Gold Point, Nevada, Abandoned Town
Gold Point, Nevada; photo by Vivaverdi CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is calling for participation in a survey, launched today, that targets 18– 39-year-olds. While the Berkshires aren’t yet a collection of ghost towns, ongoing data collection draws the outlines of a worrying picture of population trends. The online questionnaire, “Survey on Young Adults in the Berkshires,” can be accessed at:

http://berkshireplanning.org/events/announcements/survey-on-young-adults-in-the-berkshires/

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Shakespeare & Company Announces 2015 Summer Season

(left to right) Michael F. Toomey and Malcolm Ingram in the 2014 production of Henry IV parts I and II — photo by Kevin Sprague

Schedule Features Two Premieres, Three Shakespeare Productions

Michael F. Toomey and Malcolm Ingram in the 2014 production of Henry IV parts I and II — photo by Kevin Sprague
Michael F. Toomey and Malcolm Ingram in the 2014 production of Henry IV parts I and II — photo by Kevin Sprague

(Lenox MA) – Shakespeare & Company has announced its lineup for the 2015 summer season, which includes three Shakespeare plays, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet, plus the Regional Premiere of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, and the World Premiere of Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid, starring Tina Packer. In addition, thesummer season includes The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza, and opens with the provocative new play by Sarah Treem, The How and the Why. The summer season was announced today by Rick Dildine, his first as Shakespeare & Company’s new Executive Director.

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Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director, Announces 2015 Summer Season

Jonathan Brody, Brad Aldous, Ellen Harvey, Joey Slotnick, Adam Chanler Berat in "Animal Crackers," Photo by T. Charles Erickson, 2013

Line-up Includes American & World Premiere Plays and Actors Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Kyra Sedgwick, Jessica Hecht, and More

Jonathan Brody, Brad Aldous, Ellen Harvey, Joey Slotnick, Adam Chanler Berat in "Animal Crackers," Photo by T. Charles Erickson, 2013
Jonathan Brody, Brad Aldous, Ellen Harvey, Joey Slotnick, Adam Chanler Berat in “Animal Crackers,” Photo by T. Charles Erickson, 2013

Williamstown, MA (February 9, 2015) – Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield has announced the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2015 Season, the 61st Season for the Tony Award-winning theatre company and first under Ms. Greenfield’s leadership.

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The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers to Enter Its 5th Season

A Unique Celebration of Women’s Creative Expression

Susan Dworkin speaking in the 2014 BFWW event, "Making Fiction Matter: Writing for Social and Environmental Justice"  -photo by Lynnette Lucy Najimy
Susan Dworkin  speaks at the 2014 BFWW event, “Making Fiction Matter: Writing for Social and Environmental Justice”
-photo by Lynnette Lucy Najimy

Nowhere else in the United States is Women’s History Month celebrated with a month-long calendar of events dedicated entirely to recognizing the creative force of women writers. The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers in western Massachusetts is also unique for its inclusiveness, welcoming women of all ages, from emerging writers to professional authors.

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Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park – 2015 Auditions, Play Title TBA

The cast of "A Midsummer NIght's Dream", 2014. Photo by Enrico Spada.
The cast of "A Midsummer NIght's Dream", 2014. Photo by Enrico Spada.
The cast of "A Midsummer NIght's Dream", 2014. Photo by Enrico Spada.
The cast of “A Midsummer NIght’s Dream”, 2014. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is seeking youth actors age 14–21 and adults for roles in its summer 2015 free outdoor production directed by Enrico Spada and running July 16–August 2 at the First Street Common. The play rehearses nights and weekends beginning June 23. Title will be announced in the coming weeks.

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ART MUSEUMS WAGER MAJOR WORKS OF ART ON SUPER BOWL XLIX

Winslow Homer’s masterpiece, West Point, Prout's Neck
Winslow Homer’s masterpiece, West Point, Prout's Neck (1900)
Winslow Homer’s masterpiece, West Point, Prout's Neck
Winslow Homer’s masterpiece, West Point, Prout’s Neck (1900)
Seattle Art Museum and Clark Art Institute bet on their team to winSEATTLE, WASHINGTON AND WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS—Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and New England’s Clark Art Institute are wagering temporary loans of major paintings based on the outcome of Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.The masterpieces that have been anted up showcase the beautiful landscapes of the Northwest and the Northeast respectively.

Fourth Annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival Opens Next Week

Eli Merritt Sculpture, "The Drake," for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Eli Merritt Sculpture, "The Drake," for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Eli Merritt Sculpture, "The Drake," for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Eli Merritt Sculpture, “The Drake,” for the Ten Spot Art Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

The Berkshires Only Winter Contemporary Arts Festival to be Held February 12-22, 2015 in Downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District

(Pittsfield, Mass.) The City of Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District has a sure cure for cabin fever this February: the fourth annual 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival featuring a lively array of music, art, theatre, dance, comedy, film, fashion, magic, a bonfire and fireworks and more from February 12-22, 2015 in the hub of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

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