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Will Call #71: Jennifer Trainer on Museum Town

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Museum Town tells the story of MASS MoCA, arguably the United States’ most expansive contemporary art space, but it does a lot more besides. This flick situates the museum within the various contexts of history, culture, and economic development.


Aerial view of the MASS MoCA campus; still from Museum Town; image courtesy the filmmaker.

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The Brisket, Egg & Cheese is the best breakfast sandwich in town—also the stealthiest.

I bristle at breakfast sandwiches over $5, so I was initially skeptical about a sandwich that was JUST egg and cheese, with an invitation to add a slab of brisket or a sausage patty for another $2.

The unadvertised Brisket, Egg & cheese sandwich is legendary, and not just because it's a limited edition; photo by

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He Said, He Said: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at MASS MoCA

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The dance world has been slow to let go of certain stereotypes. Chief among them might just be that men shouldn’t dance en pointe, and that romantic love is best expressed by men and women dancing together.

Which is one of the reasons that Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the 45-year-old, New York City–based company

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No excuse to stay home this weekend!

As you head into the weekend, do not be sequestered in your house. Northern Berkshires and the Bennington, VT area are inundated with free events that include family and child friendly events. Don’t forget Project Snowshoe at the Clark Art Institute. Borrow a pair of snowshoes and investigate 140+ acres of incredible landscape on easy

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staring at the sun, Rafa Esparza

...the spray blasting towards the worker gives the sense of bleaching or obliterating his brown skin, much in the way museums and cultural institutions have, for centuries, erased race and gender identity from their walls.

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Bask in Arts and Outdoors this week in Northern Berkshires

It is the end of January. The sky is an opaque slate grey. Temperatures are sinking into minus territory, not counting wind chill factor. What should you do to fight mid-winter inertia? Go out! There are lots of amazing activities to do in Northern Berkshires from snowshoeing at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown to

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Time is running out!
Don’t be left out in the cold!

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Don’t Be Embarrassed! But…

Michael Himbeault [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

All good exhibits and productions have to end sometime. Maybe they’re going on tour to spread wonder and admiration across the country or the world (either objects of art or thespians). Maybe they’re being crated up and shipped back to from wherever they were on

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Will Call Episode #58: Bang on a Can, Story Slam & DownStreet Art

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Spirit and Song tie both this episode and much of the creative community.
 
This is Will Call, #58—I’m your host, Jason Velazquez, and I thank you for tuning in. This episode is sponsored by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which presents the brand new

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Will Call Episode #57.3: WordXWord / Lift Ev’ry Voice — until / UNTIL

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WordXWord and Lift Ev’ry Voice collaborate in a poetic response to Nick Cave’s UNTIL
 
Pittsfield, MA – WordXWord and the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival have collaborated to invite poets to participate in a performance response to artist Nick Cave’s massive installation

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Will Call #54: Standing Together Against Othering in the Berkshires

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In the wake of the November election, people across the country have seen fear and anger and exclusion become part of a national public conversation. Many people are sharing the experience of feeling that they do not belong in their familiar places.

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Top Left Corner: Tree Logic at MASS MoCA Site of Tree-mancipation

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—For six Flame Maples, prisoners of “Tree Logic,” the fight for liberty has finally shattered the shackles that have root-bound them for years. Sort of.
In an apparent victory for activist organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Trees (PETT), the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) has decided to release the latest

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

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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

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