News - AUTUMN 2009
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EXTEND YOUR WEEKEND ! art to take over north adams !
TAKE A ROMAN HOLIDAY writers workshops
sounds of the caribbean williamstown film festival
Etiquette at MASS MoCA

You, Too, Are a Work of Art !
On Sunday, October 4th, MASS MoCA is featuring the final day of Etiquette, an intimate piece of participatory theater, in which two museum visitors sit across from each other at a small table in Lickety Split, MASS MoCA's café , put on headphones, and act out a recorded script. Be a part of the work that recently stole the show at New York City's groundbreaking Under the Radar Festival. The 30-minute play pivots around several poignant micro situations, many of them borrowed from well-know film and theater scenes. The experience for the two participants is intense, but because the scene is quiet and conversational, others in the public space are often unaware that anything is happening at all. $20 for two people. Click here for more information...

A Spectacular Show, Courtesy of Mother Nature
We are fast selling out for these next few weekends - the foliage this year is lovely and it's only just begun; our local "Leaf Chief" predicts that the "show" will be spectacular and lengthy this year. Why not take a Friday or Monday off and stay over on a Thursday or Sunday evening? The rates are attractive and you won't miss out on all there is in the Berkshires this time of year. Click here to check availability or call 413.664.0400 to plan your fall foliage getaway. Choose from a thrifty overnight rate, a monthly special or a package - all including our healthful continental breakfast, of course! Just to top things off, we've got hot local cider and doughnuts for a tasty mid-afternoon snack!

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Work by Marjorie Minkin

Open Studios to Feature 79+ Artists
This is a great opportunity to engage with the artist community that has helped define the "scene" in the northern Berkshires - you'll find a huge variety of work, from conceptual to craft, and a talented range of artists. Get some holiday shopping done early or just soak up the experience and be inspired!

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Rome at the Clark

Steps Off the Beaten Path
At the end of the nineteenth century as Rome was on its way to becoming a modern city and the capital of a unified Italy, a group of photographers began aiming their lenses at the streets, recording everyday scenes alongside the ancient ruins and Baroque churches of the eternal city. Their innovations foreshadowed what would later be called "street photography." This exhibition gathers works by Vincenzo Carlo Domenico Baldassarre Simelli, Gustave Eugène Chauffourier, A. De Bonis, and Edmond Lebel, little known today but among the most accomplished Italian photographers of the time. The fleeting images they recorded convey a sense of intimacy and innocence capturing the charm of Roman byways, in contrast to the more conventional views of their peers. Many of the scenes they documented were subsequently swept away by modern development. Exhibition opens October 11th.

Check out the "When in Rome" series of lectures by Clark staff, complementing Steps off the Beaten Path by looking at Rome during various historic periods. Registration is not required but can be made by calling 413 458 0489.

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writers workshops - open to all

Wednesday Night Writer's Group
Want feedback on your stories or poems? Looking for an alternative to a class? Share your work with local writers in this free, welcoming community-based workshop. Members submit their writings and receive feedback on a rotating basis. Feel free to drop in and observe. Open to writers of all levels and styles.  The workshop meets at the Inkberry office (Northern Berkshire Creative Arts, Western Gateway Heritage Park, 115 State Street, Building 1, 2nd floor) in North Adams 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7:30pm.  For more information, contact Inkberry by phone at 664-0775 or by e-mail.

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Emeline Michel

Song and Spoken Word Performances
Emeline Michel, the reigning Queen of Haitian Song, brings the sounds of the Caribbean to MCLA's Church Street Center on Wednesday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m.  Emeline Michel is a captivating performer; versatile vocalist and one of the premier Haitian songwriters of her generation.  Singing both in French and Hatian Creole, her nine albums have catapulted her to international acclaim.  A hit three years ago when Emeline performed for the incoming freshman class, it is an honor to have her back on the Church Street stage. For more info, click here...

Early 1980s Trinidad: Midnight Robber meets Michael Jackson, soca music meets first dances and fist fights. Carnival, football, family, and a bottle of rum. Masquerade: Calypso and Home is a solo performance that traces with stunning, vibrant immediacy a journey both personal and political. Roger Bonair-Agard weaves living, breathing tapestries out of notions of home and voluntary exile, tenderly unmasking family secrets, his Caribbean adolescence, and life as an immigrant in America. Bonair-Agard, the 1999 National Individual Slam Champion, has appeared on Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on HBO and is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the louderARTS Project, an organization dedicated to the evolution of poetry through the craft of writing and performance. October 30, 8PM, '62 Center. Click here for more info...

Nave de los Mostros - Williamstown Film Festival

Annual Film Festival Most Diverse Line Up Yet
From October 23-November 1, the Williamstown Film Festival will present 40 titles including the latest work by Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson, documentaries about actor John Cazale and The Boys in the Band, and New England, Massachusetts, and Berkshire premieres featuring Mary Tyler Moore, Joseph Fiennes, Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn, Al Pacino, Jamey Sheridan, Edward Albee, Spike Lee, Campbell Scott, Steve Buscemi, and Anne Hathaway.

Highlights include I Knew It Was You, a profile of one of this country's most underrated actors, John Cazaleon, on Thursday, October 29th at 8:00pm. In his brief career, he made just five movies - but each one was nominated for Best Picture. On Friday night, October 30th don't miss La Nave de Los Monstruos (The Ship of Monsters), a Mexican sci-fi musical in which Venusian women land on Earth in search of men, staged at MASS MoCA. Ethel, America's leading rock-infused string quartet, accompanies the film with a live original score. In honor of Halloween, a costume contest will precede the film.

Porches gets into the act with a pumpkin carving contest Halloween weekend - our guests judge which employee deserves the prize for best jack-o-lantern. We'll have a few extra pumpkins on hand if you'd like to join in the fun, or take a drive to one of our local farms, pick your own, and head back to Building 7 for carving, hot cider and other goodies along with our roaring bonfire!

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