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Hoosick Falls, New York

A curious village with a tenacious history, Hoosick Falls is located in the town of Hoosick, between the Capital Region of New York and Bennington, VT. Originally settled in the mid-1700s, it was torched during French and Indian War. Settlers returned and rebuilt, and it became an industry powerhouse during the Victorian era. Like many… Keep Reading

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Pachedu, presented by the Williams College Department of Dance November 22–23

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WDIJW? “Earth,” Lil Dicky

This is a new approach to raising environmental awareness! Voiced by more A-list recording artists than you can name, so what's not… Keep Reading

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Smoked bluefish and vegetables; photo by Keller + Keller Photography.
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Plenty #16: Jake Levin, author, Smokehouse Handbook

Smokehouse Handbook, by Jake Levin, with gorgeous photos and approachable instructions and recipes, is a treasure map for your tastebuds. ⠀ ⠀ Smoked bluefish and vegetables; photo by Keller + Keller Photography. Keep Reading

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INDIEcent Exposure #16 — Common Folks Brings Monster Smash to Life

Arc Iris returns to North Adams to mesmerize Hallowe'en revelers at Monster Smash; Photo by Shervin Lainez
Arc Iris returns to North Adams to mesmerize Hallowe'en revelers at Monster Smash; Photo by Shervin Lainez
Superhuman Happiness, led by Stuart Bogie, will help the lost find their groove this Hallowe'en; photo by Tatiana McCabe
Superhuman Happiness, led by Stuart Bogie, will help the lost find their groove this Hallowe’en; photo by Tatiana McCabe

 

Common Folk Artist Collective and FNProductions present “Monster Smash 2015” featuring Arc Iris, Superhuman Happiness and Smash Frequency in an eclectic musical event Saturday Oct. 31, at the Elks Lodge, 100 Eagle St., North Adams, Mass. Keep Reading

The Top Left Corner #22: Greylock Mill to House Food Biz Incubator

By Beyond My Ken (Own work) GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0via Wikimedia Commons
By Beyond My Ken (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry, with Mayor Richard Alcombright, center, speak of the next steps in their plans to redevelop the former textile mill; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com
Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry, with Mayor Richard Alcombright, center, speak of the next steps in their plans to redevelop the former textile mill; photo courtesy iBerkshires.com

Tammy Daniels discusses the Greylock Mill event that revealed plans to create an incubator space for commercial food business. New mill owners Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry met with USDA representatives, Mayor Richard Alcombright, and members of local business and other organizations.

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Berkshire Business Outlook #3 — Country Curtains Launches Global Showcase for “Berkshire Originals”

"Early Thaw," By John MacDonalsd; image courtesy Country Curtains
"Early Thaw," By John MacDonalsd; image courtesy Country Curtains
"Winter Dusk," by John MacDonald; image courtesy Country Curtains
“Winter Dusk,” by John MacDonald; image courtesy Country Curtains

Country Curtains recently launched “Berkshire Originals,” an online portal into the creativity of local arts offerings for the rest of the world to enjoy. By building relationships with all types of Berkshire artists, this interior decor landmark hopes to satisfy the longing of customers for the handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces you can only find here.

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Will Call #24 — “An Eye for Excellence” Opens at the Clark

"Daphnis and Chloe," by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1874, Marble; Acquired by the Clark, 2013
"Daphnis and Chloe," by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1874, Marble; Acquired by the Clark, 2013
Model D Pianoforte and Stools, 1884–87, Designed by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Action by Steinway & Sons , Fallboard painted by Sir Edward John Poynter; Acquired by the Clark, 1997
Model D Pianoforte and Stools, 1884–87, Designed by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Action by Steinway & Sons , Fallboard painted by Sir Edward John Poynter; Acquired by the Clark, 1997

This exhibit, “An Eye for Excellence: Twenty Years of Collecting,” reveals the remarkable story of how the Clark’s collection has grown and become stronger over the past two decades through the museum’s vision and the support of its generous donors.

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Will Call #23 — Mill City Productions Gets a “CLUE”

Cast of Mill City Productions staging of "Clue: The Musical"; photo by Liz Urban
Cast of Mill City Productions staging of “Clue: The Musical”; photo by Liz Urban

Marissa Carlson, founding member of Mill City Productions and director of their currently running production of “CLUE: The Musical” talks about the company as it launches its second decade.

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Will Call #22 — Soft Shoe Boom! A Feast for All the Senses

“After Class” by Monika Pizzichemi, is one of the art pieces offered at auction as part of Soft Show Boom; submitted image.
“After Class” by Monika Pizzichemi, is one of the art pieces offered at auction as part of Soft Show Boom; submitted image.
“After Class” by Monika Pizzichemi, is one of the art pieces offered at auction as part of Soft Show Boom—actual work <a href="http://fertileuniverse.com/soft-shoe-boom-auction" target="new">available for bidding or direct purchase by clicking here</a> ; submitted image.
“After Class” by Monika Pizzichemi, one of the works offered at auction as part of Soft Show Boom—actual work available for bidding or purchase by clicking here ; submitted image.

We speak in this episode to Stefanie Weber about this moving, shaking, stomping, bidding, butt-kicking benefit to support They Dance For Rain’s programs in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Will Call #21 — Made In the Berkshires Celebrates Five Years

Hilary Deely and Barbara Sims; submitted photo
Hilary Deely and Barbara Sims; submitted photo
Hilary Deely and Barbara Sims; submitted photo

 

Cohorts in culture Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims explain how they select and curate the dozens of artists and events that make up the three day extravaganza that is the 5th Annual “Made in the Berkshires” Festival.
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Will Call #20 — Rhythm of the Forest Felt at Drum and Dance Fest

Amiée Gelinas keeps the beat of international percussion in sync with the the pulse of conservation.

PLUS: Kameron Steele directs Federico García Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” at the ’62 Center

Aimée Gelinas, far right, is a member of Gaia Roots, a group that will be performing at the 6th Annual Drum and Dance Fest.
Aimée Gelinas, far right, is a member of Gaia Roots, a group that will be performing at the 6th Annual Drum and Dance Fest.

The 6th Annual Drum and Dance Fest is a fundraiser for the Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center’s “Raise the Roof” fund to build a sustainable nature and education center and to conserve 32 acres of highland Boreal forest in Windsor, MA.

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Plenty #3 — Timothy Snyder Warns of Next Genocide

Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale, and author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning;" photo by Ine Gundersveen, courtesy timothysnyder.org
Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale, and author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning;" photo by Ine Gundersveen, courtesy timothysnyder.org

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale, and author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning;" photo by Ine Gundersveen, courtesy timothysnyder.org
Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale, and author of “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning;”
photo by Ine Gundersveen, courtesy timothysnyder.org

We spoke with Timothy Snyder about his recent work examining two necessary conditions for the Holocaust: disintegration of the state and ecological panic. The Yale history professor explains the connections between perceived resource scarcity, the dissolution of political order, and the assignment of blame to vulnerable foes. The result in World War II, of course, was a genocide that claimed over six million lives. Today, with far more pressing ecological worries and transcontinental geopolitical instability, a genocide could begin in any number of regions. Indeed, from the chaos of failed or failing states, a refugee and migrant crisis as urgent as any in history is underway right now. How long can it be before humanity responds in troubling, familiar ways?

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The Top Left Corner #21: North Adams Economic Development Chat

The north side of Main Street between Eagle and Holden Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, is located within the expanded boundaries of the Monument Square-Eagle Street Historic District; photo by Beyond My Ken; GFD or CC BY-SAL via Wikimedia Commons
The north side of Main Street between Eagle and Holden Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, is located within the expanded boundaries of the Monument Square-Eagle Street Historic District.; photo by Beyond My Ken GFDL or CC BY-SA], via Wikimedia Commons

A panel discussion of two on the subject of generating growth in North Adams.

The north side of Main Street between Eagle and Holden Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, is located within the expanded boundaries of the Monument Square-Eagle Street Historic District; photo by Beyond My Ken; GFD or CC BY-SAL via Wikimedia Commons
The north side of Main Street between Eagle and Holden Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, is located within the expanded boundaries of the Monument Square-Eagle Street Historic District.; photo by Beyond My Ken, 2012 GFDL or CC BY-SA], via Wikimedia Commons

This episode is straight up talk-show format. Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires.com, and I range over a wide terrain of economic development ideas—The Mohawk, vacant spaces, incubators, farmers markets, etc.

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INDIEcent Exposure #15 — Lexi Weege On Tape

Lexi Weege released her second album, "Sweet Moon," on September 13th.

Lexi Weege slips between sultry ballads and upbeat love songs with ease.

Lexi Weege released her second album, "Sweet Moon," on September 13th.
Lexi Weege released her second album, “Sweet Moon,” on September 13th. Photo by Steph Larsen.

ADVISORY: Explicit language.

We spoke with Lexi Weege, the jazz songstress who recently released her second album, “Sweet Moon.” The album was all recorded live and on tape and released digitally and on vinyl on September 13th following a release party at the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds with The True Believers.

Like Lexi’s music, our conversation is raw, inspired, and unfiltered. Some adult language is used. Listen as we cover her album, analog recording techniques, the state of women in the arts industry, and more.

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Will Call #19 — Getting Reel with Wind-Up Fest

"Uncertain," directed by Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol, will be shown Saturday, October 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance; publicity photo. Afterwards, Local Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction) speaks with the directors about nature out of balance.
"Uncertain," directed by Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol, will be shown Saturday, October 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance; publicity photo. Afterwards, Local Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction) speaks with the directors about nature out of balance.

Artistic Director Paul Sturtz and Managing Director Sandra Thomas discuss the new format, film making, and efforts to make the Wind-Up Fest increasingly inclusive.

"Uncertain," directed by Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol, will be shown Saturday, October 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance; publicity photo. Afterwards, Local Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction) speaks with the directors about nature out of balance.
“Uncertain,” directed by Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol, will be shown Saturday, October 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance; publicity photo. Afterwards, Local Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction) speaks with the directors about nature out of balance.

Since 1999,the Williamstown Film Festival has brought the finest contemporary films, directors and actors to the pastoral hills of the Berkshires. Each Film Festival season aimed to honor film’s history while concurrently celebrating the present cultural moment.

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