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2015-October

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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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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INDIEcent Exposure: ArtScope at Fringe Music with Eleonore Oppenheim

Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield, MA, home to the monthly Fringe Music Series.
Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield, MA, home to the monthly Fringe Music Series.

Eleonore Oppenheim at Fringe Music, at Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield, MA

Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield, MA, home to the monthly Fringe Music Series.
Shire City Sanctuary in Pittsfield, MA, home to the monthly Fringe Music Series; photo by William McGuire III

This special presentation, “ArtScope,” explores the Fringe Music series through its first performance on September 4th, 2015, which featured renowned solo-bassist Eleonore Oppenheim. Fringe Music is a new monthly music series offered by Bazaar Productions. Bazaar Productions is the organization behind the three-week Berkshire Fringe festival that has brought innovative theatre, music and dance to the Berkshires every summer since 2005. For more information about Fringe Music and Bazaar Productions, listen to our podcast with co-artistic director Peter Wise.

In this presentation, we place you right in the front row of the audience of that first Fringe Music performance. We also speak with Eleonore Oppenheim about Fringe Music and her performance at Shire City Sanctuary, which hosts the music series. Eleonore will be performing in this month’s installment of Fringe Music with The Hands Free on Friday, October 2nd, 2015.

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