events & News - December 2009
 Porches Livingroom with Holiday Decorations

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A thrifty december special help make art at mass moca !
discount shopping at mass moca pitstops in pittsfield
give the gift of porches get festive !
a thrifty december special
A Sweet Suite at The Porches Inn

Extended by Popular Demand !
We're going back to our frugal New England roots and keepin' it simple: our December special is a great rate on our spacious one-bedroom suites and includes two admissions to MASS MoCA. Available Sunday through Thursday, the Sweet Suite deal is priced at $150 (plus taxes) for overnight accommodations in a one-bedroom suite along with our healthful continental breakfast and two tickets to MASS MoCA (based on availability).

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Zvi Dance at MASS MoCA

Tap Into Your Creativity - Bring Your Electronic Gadgets !
Patrons who attend ZviDance's work-in-progress showing of Zoom on Saturday, December 12, at MASS MoCA may be surprised when artistic director Zvi Gotheiner asks them to not only leave their cell phones on but actually encourages the use of electronic devices and the taking of photos during the performance. Cell phones are a crucial part of the piece which will use dance, music, and video projection to explore the evolving landscape of virtual communities. The piece will premiere in New York in April, but MASS MoCA patrons can get a sneak preview and assist in Zoom's creative development during this special showing in North Adams. During the performance, the audience will be invited to participate in the visual design by taking pictures during the performance and then emailing or texting them to the visual designer, who will use them in the real-time video collages being projected on the stage. The projected "crowd sourced" content will spark a series of improvisatory dance and musical codes Zvi Gotheiner and composer Scott Killian will have set on the dancers. Participate in a work of art!

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20% off at mass moca
Shopping at MASS MoCA

Member Discount at MASS MoCA's HARDWARE
This week only! Now through December 13, MASS MoCA members enjoy a 20% discount at HARDWARE, MASS MoCA's museum shop, and MASS MoCA by Design, the satellite museum store at 50 Spring Street in Williamstown. This is not your ordinary museum shop - it's full of eclectic gifts for everyone on your list. Plus, doesn't it feel good to spend your hard-earned holiday shopping dollars at a museum? If you're not already a member, treat yourself and enjoy a bunch of benefits - click here for membership info. 

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contemporary landscapes and... a festival of trees
Maggie Mailer at MASS MoCA

Make a Few Pitstops in Pittsfield...
In a partnership between the Ferrin Gallery, the Berkshire Museum, and the Pittsfield Cultural Council, the work of painter Maggie Mailer is on view - catch the show before it closes at the end of the year. Mailer, the founder of Storefront Artist Project in 2002 established public working environments for artists in unoccupied spaces in Pittsfield. Mailer states, "In the past year, I've used the 19th-century romantic landscape as a screen for ideas in my paintings about beauty, presence, and danger."
While you're there, kids (of any age) will enjoy the Berkshire Museum's 25th annual Festival of Trees - a mammoth exhibition of trees decorated by local organizations. December 12th is family day, so bring the whole gang!
Click here for a listing chock-full of arty events in Pittsfield - from the Storefront Artists Salon & Discussion at the Ferrin Gallery to a candlelight and chocolate tour at Herman Melville's Arrowhead and much more!

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give the gift of porches
King Guestroom with Porch at The Porches Inn

The perfect choice when you're not sure what to give.
Porches gift cards may be purchased for overnight stays, special packages or used in our gift shop and are available in denominations from $10 and up. Encourage someone you love to take a break! Check out our Porches-To-Go collection while you're at it...

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Get Festive
On Saturday, December 19 at 11 am the North Adams Public Library hosts an ornament making workshop and visit from Santa Claus. Call the Children's Department at 662.3133 for information.
All are invited to the 36th annual 1753 House Carol Sing at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 21.  Dress warmly and bring a candle! The 1753 House is located in Field Park in between the Williams Inn and the Milne Public Library.  Parking is available at the Inn and the Library.  For more information call 413-458-4246.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival is giving you the chance to treat summer stock theater fans on next season's performances - click here to view this limited offer for 20% off tickets.
We mentioned this in our last missive to you, but don't forget the 99 & up affordable show of small, affordable works at MCLA's Gallery 51 - through January 3, 2010.
Click the link below for a full calendar of upcoming events - jazz at Williams College, lectures at the Clark, dance, Shakespeare, improv... wait a minute - is it summer?!? Nope - just year-round fun in the Berkshires!

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