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IE #34: HiLo North Adams — a resurrection of space and sound

You are listening to INDIEcent Exposure, this is Episode #34 and I am your host, the mongrel, welcoming you to another great show. It’s packed some with amazing tracks, some brand new and some that just stand the test of time.

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INDIEcent Exposure #33: INTERVIEW —Kevin Connelly of Iron Age Mystics

PLUS: Six other artists you should be listening to.  * EXPLICIT *

Welcome, my INDIEcent legions of new music addicts, to episode number 33 of INDIEcent Exposure. I am you host the mongrel — every bit as INDIEcent on the inside as I am on the out. You may be wondering, ”What the hell have I signed up for with this episode? Is the mongrel going to push some history lesson on us? Nahhh…well, actually yes and no.

What I really have in store for you is the long-awaited conversation with Kevin Connelly, lyricist and lead singer of the Iron Age Mystics — a band that perfectly personifies my own pissed-offedness with the system, except that they manage to channel my rage against the machina into coherent, harmonic anthems of resistance. Genuinely ass-kicking, politically aware Rock ’n’ Roll is so rare these days, you may feel subversive just humming the melodies once they get stuck in your head.

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Parlor Café Presents “Geek Comedy Hour”

Parlor Café offers up the absurdist alt-comedy show, “The Geek Comedy Hour” on Thursday January 24, 2019 at 7 pm.

Comedian Ed Smyth weaves a geeky fabric of twisted topics, quirky routines, silly micro-sketches and warped historical moments, including Wally the Happy Talking Neutrino; Oog Son of Ahg, a Neanderthal with a primitive folk song/magic/juggling/and retro Tom Jones act; a fresh dairy products sea chanty; “Lenin Live In Vegas”; kazoo heavy metal songs; a Bronx gangster-movie version of Snow White; a funk-o-licious pickle jar song; World of Micro Fun; world’s fastest live reading of “Moby Dick”; and similar. It’s an act that’s both intelligence-friendly for adults and family-friendly for language. Audiences have described him as a sort of one-man vaudeville-like act for grown-ups with a silly streak. Ed performs his “Geek Comedy Hour” regularly in coffeehouses, performance spaces, and art venues throughout the northeast. Ed will be joined by North Adams comedian and Berkshire Eagle columnist Seth Brown, who brings a mix of off-beat stand-up, dramatic humor column readings, and possible poetry.

Door fee is simply purchase of one hot beverage per attendee. 14 and up recommended.

Will Call #64: MCLA presents Tartuffe, Shakespeare & Co.’s 2018 line-up of Billy’s works

PLUS a sneak peek (well, more of a sneak listen) to our 1st place storyteller Jennifer Holey telling her tale about “Little Creatures” at the inaugural batch of the new Berkshire Yarn Mill’s live story event!

Sandy McKnight's Pop Clique provided welcome acoustic tunage for the first storytelling event of the new "Berkshire Yarn Mill," launched Wednesday night at SereniTea Café and Bar in North Adams.
Sandy McKnight’s Pop Clique provided welcome acoustic tunage for the first storytelling event of the new “Berkshire Yarn Mill,” launched Wednesday night at SereniTea Café and Bar in North Adams.

 

The Spirit Shop, 280 Cole Avenue, Williamstown, Massachusetts.
The Spirit Shop, 280 Cole Avenue, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Today is Friday, December 1st, 2017, and you’re listening to Episode 64 of Will Call, here at the Greylock Glass. I’m your host, Jason Velazquez, and I have to say welcome to all our listeners, and thanks for tuning in. I am so pleased to announce that this episode is sponsored by the newest supporter of the Greylock Glass, The Spirit Shop of Williamstown, located at 280 Cole Avenue, purveyors of fine wines, a masterfully curated selection of domestic and imported beers, local hard ciders, and a full range of liquors—if you check your cabinet and find your holiday entertaining supplies lacking, a trip to the Spirit Shop, might just be the solution you’re looking for.

“Canon and Variation,” by Twin Musicom, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

This episode features two great conversations about Berkshires theatre, both performances that are being staged right now as well as productions that are coming up in 2018. We speak first with Laura Standley, Associate Professor, Theatre – Acting and Directing at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts about the 2017 / 2018 Season entitled, “We the People.” We explore Molière’s “Tartuffe,” which enjoys a much-anticipated opening this weekend at the Venable Theatre on The MCLA campus. The link to tickets and more information is, of course, in the shownotes.

We’re also thrilled to finally have our long-awaited conversation with Shakespeare & Company’s artistic Director, Allyn Burrows, who is feeling pretty pleased with the outcome of the 2017 season, his first at the 40 year old Lenox institution. We talk about how the 2018 line-up of Shakespeare works came together, and how developments in staging locations have generated new enthusiasm for outdoor performance. No amount of prying would get him to reveal other titles from next year’s roster, but he assures us that we won’t have to wait too much longer.

Some of you probably heard about the launch of the new Berkshire Yarn Mill storytelling project this past Wednesday, November 29th. Actually, I know some of you heard about it, because some of you were there. The Greylock Glass began this initiative to help promote live storytelling in North County, and our first monthly batch of yarns, spun at SereniTea Café and Bar in North Adams, was a huge success. We’ll hear a sampling from the winning story later, but right now, let’s go to our conversation with Laura Standley of MCLA’s Fine and Performing Arts Department.

 

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“Tartuffe,” by Molière
Presented by the MCLA Department of Fine and Performing Arts
December 1 –10
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We speak about this complex work of satire with Laura Standley, Associate Professor, Theatre (Acting and Directing), who explained that this was a perfect choice for the 2017–2018 season, entitled, “We the People.”

 

 

 

Laura Standley, Associate Professor of Theatre—Acting and Directing; photo by Dennise Carranza.
Laura Standley,
Associate Professor of Theatre—Acting and Directing; photo by Dennise Carranza.

 

Laura Standley holds a BA in Theatre from University of Central Oklahoma and an MFA in Acting from University of California Irvine. She has studied under master teachers Robert Cohen, Dudley Knight, Annie Loui, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Ragnar Friedank, Joanna Merlin, Barney O’Hanlon, Lenard Petit, Ted Pugh, and Fern Sloan. Recent collaborations include Passage (work in progress) with Kickwheel Ensemble Theater, as well as Howard Barker’s Scenes From an Execution and David Ives’ The Liar with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. New York directing credits include Reckless Season (New Works Reading Series), Pump Boys and Dinettes, Lobby Hero, and Burn This, all with Ground Up Productions. Favorite academic directing credits include bobrauschenbergamerica,Romeo and Juliet, Mud and The Successful Life of 3 by Maria Irene Fornes, Angels in America,Hedda Gabler, and the punk rock version of Steven Berkoff’s Agamemnon.

 

Laura has taught at University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Stony Brook University, Chapman University, and University of California, Irvine. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors Equity, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Association of Theatre Movement Educators, and the Michael Chekhov Organization. Laura is fascinated with the intersection of movement, action and the theatre experience. Her work incorporates classical theatre, body-based disciplines, and the use of dance choreography techniques in preparing performance. Laura continues to be inspired by this work in meaningful ways and is constantly looking for new forms of making theatre.

Thoughts on Shakespeare & Co.’s 40th season with Allyn Burrows…

…and a look forward to the 2018 line-up of Shakespeare works.

 

About Allyn Burrows

Allyn Burrows, Artistic Director at Shakespeare & Company, photo by Olivia Winslow.
Allyn Burrows, Artistic Director at Shakespeare & Company, photo by Olivia Winslow.

As Artistic Director of  Shakespeare & Company, The Tempest, God of Carnage, T.S. Eliot and his Love of Shakespeare, Or, King John, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV Pt 1, Measure for Measure, Betrayal, The House of Mirth, Love’s Labours Lost, Macbeth, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

As Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Allyn directed productions of Romeo & Juliet, Pericles, Jon Lipsky’s Living in Exile, Richard II, and The Tempest, and performances there included The Winter’s Tale, Henry VI Part 2, Henry VIII, Twelfth Night, King Lear, and Richard III. 

He recently performed in Can You Forgive Her (Huntington Theatre), Breaking the Code (Underground Railway Theatre), Shipwrecked (The Lyric Stage), Oceanside, The Seafarer, Pursuit of Happiness, and The Homecoming (Merrimack Repertory Theater), and Five by Tenn (Speakeasy Stage). The 2006 Elliot Norton Award recipient for The Homecoming, King Lear, and Five by Tenn, Allyn also received the 2011 IRNE Award for Breaking the Code. Off-Broadway credits include Bug, Killer Joe, Louis Slotin Sonata, Closetland, and The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd.

He has worked regionally at The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, The American Conservatory Theatre, The Long Wharf Theatre, The Denver Center, and The Walnut St. Theatre. Television credits include The Broad Squad, Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Against the Law, and on film in The Company Men, Julie & Julia, and Manchester by the Sea.

Learn more about Rosalind and other women who populate Shakespeare’s works.

Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare's Plays, by Tina Packer. Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays, by Tina Packer (affiliate link). “Rosalind: A Biography of Shakespeare’s Immortal Heroine,” by Angela Thirlwell (affiliate link).

Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Melia Bensussen
July 3 to August 5
Tina Packer Playhouse

A gripping tale of blind ambition and nefarious plotting by two of Shakespeare’s most notorious anti-heroes of all time, Macbeth is a deliciously shadowy thrill ride. When yearning and imagination collide in the darkest recesses of a passionate mind, there may be blood. If victims fall in the consumption of power, the conscience can devour itself from within. Peace and sleep do not come without a reckoning. Such is the eternal and towering reminder of this stunning classic.

As You Like It at twilight
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Allyn Burrows
July 10 – August 18
Roman Garden Theatre (Outdoors)

Like the Roaring Twenties for this country, the Forest of Arden represented a world of possibilities for young Rosalind. Our brilliant adventurer escapes a threatening world of suppression, even death, and her exile represents a dramatic break between past and future as she traverses the forest and the prospect of new horizons. Menace gives way to hope, re-invention, poetry, and love, cooked up with a big dose of hilarious comedy!

Love’s Labor’s Lost
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kelly Galvin
July 11 – August 20
The Dell at the Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home (Outdoors)

 

 

 

 

Will Call Episode #59: Vermont Stories through word and mural

Story Event at The Bennington Center for the Arts focus on “Stories About Us.”

Story Night Review takes place August 18 at the Bennington Center for the Arts; artwork courtesy Vermont Stories.
Story Night Review takes place August 18 at the Bennington Center for the Arts; artwork courtesy Vermont Stories.

What is Story Night Review?

The biggest Story Night yet at the beautiful Bennington Center for the Arts! Five storytellers put their lives on the line as we listen through the laughs and the tears. You’ve loved hearing intimate tales at Two Brews—now experience the playhouse edition. The Review brings together some favorite tellers and puts them on the stage for a night. Who knows, stories may ruffle some feathers, make us laugh or cringe but these are the stories of our neighbors, friends and perfect strangers. These are stories we all can understand and feel because it is from those closest to us
The event, sponsored by Spirits of Old Bennington, supports the Bennington Murals project.

“Homer,” by Jean-Baptiste Auguste Leloir CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 via Wikimedia Commons
“Homer,” told a pretty mean tale. by Jean-Baptiste Auguste Leloir [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 or FAL], via Wikimedia Commons
 

 

 


 This episode is sponsored by our friends at Headwater Cider!

 

 

Perched high atop a hill in Hawley, Mass., Headwater Cider raises happy apples. The view is gorgeous, the air is clean, and the cider mill blends an ancient art with contemporary efficiency.cyber You can find this delicious beverage at the Spirit Shop in Williamstown, West Liquors in North Adams, and plenty of other shops and restaurants in Massachusetts. A complete list is available in Headwater Cider’s listing in our directory! Check out their Facebook page for details about tastings and other upcoming events and

 

 


What Is Bennington Murals?

Bennington Mural Art Program is a community driven initiative to create professional art on our walls. Forest Byrd is an artist and illustrator who will be doing some of the work to get this off the ground and eventually work with many other artists to create dynamic art spaces. Many places are sited and in the planning stages.

We are working on concepts that will tell interesting stories of Bennington and be a surprise for residents and visitors to see. For more information check us out on Facebook or after August 18th at BenningtonMurals.com.

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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" 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.

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” will be presented on Pittsfield’s First Street Common Thursday–Sunday, 8:00 p.m., July 21–August 7; photo by Enrico Spada.

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 feat. Now in its third season, Shakespeare in the Park, is expected to draw an audience of 5,000 before it closes on August 7. I hope you enjoy this great conversation about one of the Berkshires’ newest great traditions. Keep Reading

Will Call #42 — Though FIGMENT It May Be, Yet Just as Real as You Could Dream

FIGMENT, a free, family-friendly participatory arts event held in multiple cities and attracting tens of thousands of participants each year, has announced their inaugural North Adams event.

Musical meandering at the 2015 FIGMENT event in Boston (photo/Drew Cook).
Musical meandering at the 2015 FIGMENT event in Boston (photo/Drew Cook).

FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy, a celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For one day, attendees will transform Windsor Lake into a large-scale collaborative artwork — and then it’s gone. Visit their website to learn about it’s mission, principals, and to check out great photos and videos of past events.

FIGMENT North Adams
Windsor Lake
April 30, 2016; 3:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
FREE

FIGMENT North Adams Executive Producer Krystal Henriquez (submitted photo).
FIGMENT North Adams Executive Producer Krystal Henriquez (submitted photo).

In this episode, we speak with Executive Producer of the the North Adams event Krystal Henriquez. In addition to providing much of the energy and enthusiasm required to get things off the ground, she has been working to complete her degree in Arts Management at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts at the same time. Work involved coordinating with various entities, including the City of North Adams. Detailed coverage of the stages leading up to the event and recent news is available at iBerkshires.com.

 

About FIGMENT

Olde-Time Mime Ben Warren at the 2015 FIGMENT event in Boston (photo/Drew Cook).
Olde-Time Mime Ben Warren at the 2015 FIGMENT event in Boston (photo/Drew Cook).

Founded in 2007 on New York City’s Governors Island with a handful of projects and a few thousand enthusiasts, the network of community arts engagement happenings has grown exponentially into a multi-day, multi-city event that includes locations in over a dozen cities around the globe and continues its mission to offer free, inclusive and participatory art and creative culture to entire communities, removing the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees, and blurring the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art.

About FIGMENT North Adams 2016

With over 50 registered projects in any conceivable medium, FIGMENT North Adams stretches the boundaries of creativity and community. The event welcomes visitors and participants to bring a game, an experiment, a request, a challenge, a guided meditation, a performance based on audience input, a sculpture that moves or responds, a heart-stopping technological innovation that changes the way we see the world…Anything that gets people working and playing and creating together. When you have something you want to share with the world, this gathering is the perfect place to start doing just that!

FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entirely funded by grants and individual donations. The organization accepts no corporate sponsorship of any kind, and is supported by public funds from the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. FIGMENT Boston is produced with support from the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the designated stewards of the Rose Kennedy Greenway and site of the event in Boston. FIGMENT Jackson is produced with support from the Greater Jackson Arts Council.

INDIEcent Exposure #14 — The Sun Parade Fire It Up in October

The Sun Parade open for Dr. Dog at MASS MoCA 10/10 and help kick off the Wind-Up Fest 10/15; photo by Joanna Chattman
The Sun Parade open for Dr. Dog at MASS MoCA 10/10 and help kick off the Wind-Up Fest 10/15; photo by Joanna Chattman

Pi Valley Faves, The Sun Parade march into the Berks for TWO shows this month.

PLUS:  Kris Delmhorst—TONIGHT at the BarN

The Sun Parade opens for Dr. Dog at MASS MoCA 10/10 and helps kick off the Wind-Up Fest 10/15; photo by Joanna Chattman
Jefferson Lewis, Chris Marlon Jennings, and Jared Gardner of The Sun Parade. The band opens for Dr. Dog at MASS MoCA 10/10 and helps kick off the Wind-Up Fest 10/15; photo by Joanna Chattman.

ALERT: Consider PREPARING for the possible landfall of Hurricane Joaquin while we have plenty of time..

Singer and guitarist Chris Marlon Jennings relates the band’s creation story and talks about the ongoing development of their creative process. The Sun Parade helps And the Kids kick off the opening of Wind-Up Fest here in NoCo, opens for Dr. Dog at MASS MoCA, and curates a micro festival at Gateway City Arts with their friends Great Smokey and Xenia Rubinos.

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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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INDIEcent Exposure #11 — Creatures of Habitat: The Magic Is in the Mechanism

The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monica Pizzichemi
The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monica Pizzichemi

UPDATE: This performance has been postponed until Sunday, September 27th 6-8 p.m. due to rain!

Creatures of Habitat interact with spaces and objects. It would be even cooler if they could time travel, too…oh, wait, they kind of do that…

The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monika Pizzichemi
The Magic is in The Mechanism: Open Rehearsal/Performance Lab; photo by Monika Pizzichemi

Stefanie Weber’s Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project will appear Sunday evening 6:30-8:30p September 13th in the Morningside Community School parking lot.

We spoke with Stefanie Lynx Weber about the open rehearsal of this three-part exploration that takes place in Pittsfield. We came away thinking that the audience is at risk of being exposed to perception-expanding sensory input.

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INDIEcent Exposure #10 — Fringe Music in the Berkshires

Eleonore Oppenheim

Bazaar Productions presents Fringe Music, a new free music series that will bring new, innovative music to the Berkshires on the first Friday of every month as part of Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk.

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Eleonore Oppenheim will be performing at Fringe Music’s debut show on Friday, September 4th.

The arts organization is taking a hiatus from its normal summer offering, Berkshire Fringe, a festival that combines theater, music and art, to provide a more focused musical experience. Co-artistic director Peter Wise says, “Previously, we had a music series going on at the same time as a theater festival, and workshops, and all of this stuff crammed into a couple of weeks… but this is a great chance to showcase one thing at a time, and we’re really looking forward to that.”

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Will Call #15 — Downstreet Art Returns with Yet More Astounding Sights and Sounds

"A Whole Mess of Whatnot," by Maggie Nowinski; photo courtesy Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
"A Whole Mess of Whatnot," by Maggie Nowinski; photo courtesy Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

Michelle Daly, Program Coordinator at MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center joins us to talk about the next spate of offerings from Downstreet Art, beginning Thursday, August 27.

Abductions Series: "Galactic Somatic," by Maggie Nowinski; photo courtesy Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
Abductions Series: “Galactic Somatic,” by Maggie Nowinski; photo courtesy Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), continues on Thursday, Aug. 27, with the third DownStreet Art Thursday of the 2015 season, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening will include permanent and pop-up gallery exhibition openings, temporary installations, performances and community events.
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