january 2010
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tune up | love inn ethics & magic realism at mass moca
the wtf at the clark Acoustaphotophonogrammitron
nordic skiing & poetry laugh & rock at the colonial
tune up | love inn
A Sweet Suite at The Porches Inn

Monthly Specials

Time for a post-holiday "tune up!" We're offering a kinder, gentler detox of sorts - our January TUNE UP special: we'll provide you with comfy, spacious digs, a bit of nourishment and a couple of amenities to rejuvenate your body - the rest is up to you! This special features an overnight in a one-bedroom suite, 2 to-go bags of locally made BOLA granola (check out this review of BOLA on Bon Appetit's EPICURIOUS.com!) and a couple of bottles of water - and includes our healthful continental breakfast buffet, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art Fitness Center, year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tub (surrounded by a radiant-heated patio) and our sauna - for $150 (plus taxes / available Sunday-Thursday).

Looking to impress your sweetheart with a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day? Reserve the LOVE INN Valentine Package Sunday through Thursday during the month of February and enjoy a terrific deal on a one-bedroom suite. After a day exploring the Berkshires (indoors or out, there's plenty to do!), toast to love and happiness with a bottle of red and heart-shaped, locally made dark chocolate. Borrow one of our DVDs from our lending library, which includes an array of classic romance films, and settle into your room for a movie and a cuddle. Don't forget: our healthful continental breakfast is included the next day - delivery to your room in one of our signature lunchboxes is available! This one-night special is priced for two at $185 Sunday-Thursday, plus taxes.

Winter Packages
We have a list of fun ideas for you, all packaged up into tidy overnight deals! MASS MoCA, skiing, spa treatments, yoga classes, and a simple date night are a few of the ideas that we've packaged up for you. Click here to check them out!

Please call 413 664 0400 or email reservations@porches.com

ethics & magic realism at mass moca
The Waypoint at MASS MoCA

Provocative film and theater at MASS MoCA !

American Casino
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7:30 pm
The first in MASS MoCA's series of Lie! Cheat! Steal! Fake It! Docs looking at complicated ethical equations, this film by Leslie and Andrew Cockburn is "a powerful and shocking look at the subprime lending scandal," according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. "If you want to understand how the US financial system failed and how mortgage companies ripped off the poor, see this film." David Denby in The New Yorker, called the film "a terrific documentary" and "a lucid and comprehensive picture of a rotten system."

The Waypoint
Saturday, February 6, 2010, 8:00 pm
This new play by Iris Dauterman that came out of The Berkshire Fringe's EarlyStages playwriting program, will be developed here during a residency that culminates in a work-in-progress showing. The action centers on Shelby, whose unexpected pregnancy reveals her concern that her broken past will make her unfit to bring another life into this world, and Tristan, her soon-to-be-born baby who is hesitant to make his way to earth. The production weaves rich narrative and magical realism with an original soundscore to reveal the epic and often unexpected journey into life. Bazaar Productions presents dynamic new works by emerging artists for three weeks each summer during The Berkshire Fringe. The Waypoint is directed by Sara Katzoff with soundscore by Peter Wise.

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the wtf at the clark !
Botanical Drawing at The Clark

The Williamstown Theatre Festival in Winter

February 5, 2010- 7:00 pm
The Clark joins forces with the Williamstown Theatre Festival for a staged reading of Yasmina Reza's international hit Art. When an art lover buys what is in essence a pure white painting for a horse-choking sum, his best friend goes ballistic, and a third friend gets caught in the middle. This three man play questions the meaning of modern art and modern friendships and how they're sometimes not all that different. How would you feel about your best friend if he suddenly did something you thought was so colossally stupid, it made you doubt the very basis of the friendship? Hailed as "a remarkably wise, witty and intelligent comedy" by The London Times, Art is sure to tickle your funny bone and brain. You won't want to miss this rare opportunity to experience WTF in the winter. This free event is co-presented by the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Clark. Reservations are required; call 413 458 0524.

Remember, admission to the Clark is FREE this time of year!

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sylia plath & Acoustaphotophonogrammitron

MCLA - Edge & Acoustaphotophonogrammitron - read on!

MCLA Presents! Edge, Method Machine's production of a play about Sylvia Plath on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Gallery 51 at 51 Main Street, North Adams. Under the direction of David Henderson, Edge features Marcy J. Savastano in the role of Sylvia Plath, the poet and author most famous for the novel The Bell Jar. Paul Alexander's critically-acclaimed play is set on the last day of the poet's life in her kitchen, as she reflects on her childhood, her husband poet Ted Hughes, and her work. The Los Angeles Times calls Edge "boldly dramatic and entertaining," and a New York Times reviewer said the play offers a "resurrected Plath" and "the showcase of a lifetime." Space is limited. For information on pricing and to reserve tickets call (413) 662-5204.

Whaaat?! The Amazing Acoustaphotophonogrammitron, "a synesthetic exhibition lavishly brimming with resonant frequencies of sound and light," opens Thursday, January 28, at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Gallery 51. The Amazing Acoustaphotophonogrammitron is a group show of works by both national and local artists who find themselves somewhere between visual artist and musician. A free reception with performances will be held Thursday, January 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. For tickets and information visit the link below.

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enjoy mother nature and good company
Notchview Reservation

Nordic Skiing & Snowshoeing at Notchview Reservation

Head to Notchview for this women's Nordic Skiing event on January 28, 2010... Join in this traditional Nordic ski event with a new twist: After skiing, we'll gather in a Renga poetry group to immortalize the evening's experience. We'll show you how. Bring some friends or come alone. Always cider and popcorn.

On February 7, 2010, from 1-3PM, Notchview is offering a casual snowshoe hike to explore the lesser traveled portions of Notchview; snowshoes are available to rent. Click here to email Notchview for more information and reservations.

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the smithereens & steven wright
The Colonial - January 2010

The Colonial Continues to Mix It Up

This lovingly revitalized Gilded Age architectural gem, located 25 minutes from Porches in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, offers a fun mix of concerts, comedy and theater. In addition to a full production of Cabaret this month, the Colonial is presenting the Smithereens and comic Steven Wright this month.

Brandishing heavy guitars and a shameless fetish for British Invasion Pop, The Smithereens carved their niche on rock radio and earned a reputation as a huge concert attraction with songs like, "A Girl Like You," "Only A Memory," and "Blood & Roses." Now the all original-member group are touring their greatest hits and paying homage to the music of The Who and The Beatles. Friday, January 22, 8PM. Tickets start at $25.

When Steven Wright says "I put tape on the mirrors in my house so I don't accidentally walk through into another dimension," you know his trademark comedy comes from an off-center perspective. Wright is an Oscar winning comedian with dry wit and a deadpan delivery. He is one of the hottest acts to catch today, selling out venues worldwide. He even smiles once in a while, "every so often, I like to stick my head out the window, look up, and smile for a satellite picture." Catch him on Sunday, January 24, at 7PM. Tickets from 7PM.

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