News - March 2010
A Sweet Suite at The Porches Inn 

In this issue
our march special celebrates the first harvest !
Ioka Valley Farm

Maple Madness !
Sure, basketball is big this time of year. But here in New England, there's competition - the first harvest of the year - maple syrup! We're mighty proud that we can kick the year off with such a sweet celebration, with trees tapped right here in the Berkshires. In nearby Hancock, visit Ioka Valley Farm, where you can watch the maple sugaring process from tap to finish! 

We're offering a Maple Madness special - a super sweet deal on our one bedroom suites: an overnight Sunday through Thursday for just $150 (plus taxes), including a locally made maple treat!  Don't forget: our healthful continental breakfast is included the next day! Please call 413.664.0400 or email us to reserve our Maple Madness special. Click here for more info on this and other specials...

Fresh Layer of Snow, Beautiful Snow...
Sure, we're looking forward to spring, but don't wait to make a trip to Porches - there's a lot of snow to play in, great rates that include breakfast and our fireplace to cozy up to with a cocktail from our honor bar... Call 413.664.0400 today to check rates or follow the link below...

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grace potter & the nocturnals & more @mass moca !
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

March Happenings... Kid Stuff and the Blues (and we mean that in a good way!)

Kids Gallery Quest is offered on Saturday, March 6th at 1:00 pm... MASS MoCA tour guides will lead kids and their families on an exploration of the galleries. Discover the art of Sol LeWitt, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, and Guy Ben-Ner, stopping along the way to talk about the works you see and create your own projects. You'll finish our adventure with a snack. The Quest is geared towards kids ages 6-12 and their adult companions. For more information, contact Rebecca Rice at 413-664-4481 x8112. Space is limited, so reserve in advance. Click here for more info...

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals rock the Hunter Center on Thursday, March 11 at 8:00 pm. Led by the powerful vocals and blazing Hammond B-3 organ of their fearless frontwoman, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals "play blues-based rock with glorious passion... Potter's voice earns its inevitable comparisons with Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams" (USA Today). A great live band, this Vermont-based crew made a name for themselves opening for the likes of Dave Matthews, The Black Crows, and Gov't Mule. Check it out!

69 degrees South: The Shackleton Project is a series of dynamic tableau vivants inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic Expedition. In 1914, Shackleton and 27 others set out to be the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica. After their ship, The Endurance, became frozen and was eventually crushed by the ice and sunk, they embarked on a harrowing two-year journey of survival in the harshest climate on earth. Co-conceived by The Phantom Limb Company and The Kronos Quartet, this narrative installation-in-motion melds theatrical performance, puppetry, photography, and film with original contemporary music and an unconventional acoustic palette to create a stunning-and unprecedented-artistic and emotional journey. Catch it on Saturday, March 13th at 8:00 pm. Follow this link for more info...

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only a few weeks left for these exhibits...
The Snow Show Exhibition at the Beaver Mill

The Snow Show
Studio 21 South, a working studio and exhibition space in the historic Beaver Mill in North Adams, is featuring Snow Show, a collection of works by local artists who are inspired by the winter landscape. The Snow Show appeals to both lovers and haters of winter by presenting works that either celebrate or defy the season. Now through March 14th, the snow-covered countryside will hark to the beauty of the area, while contrasting images of tropical climes will warm the heart. For both snow bunnies and beach bums, a visit is worth braving the weather!

The Amazing Acoustaphotophonogrammitron
A synesthetic exhibition lavishly brimming with resonant frequencies of sound and light! Featuring work by makers who find themselves somewhere between visual artist and musician: Joshua Churchill, Paul de Jong, Lesley Flanigan, Christy Georg, Mark Mulherrin, Ed Osborn, Tristan Perich, Ven Voisey and Nick Zammuto. "This show is about overlap and influence of the different senses." says curator Ven Voisey, " Included are artists whose processes seamlessly move through mediums and whose works are simultaneously audio and visual instruments."
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Farm Film Feast

Farm Film Feast !
Eating locally continues to be a growing and necessary movement in the United States. Who produces it, what methods are used, how it reaches us, and how it affects our health, our environment, and our local and global communities are questions that are more important than ever before.

Storey Publishing in conjunction with Images Cinema, Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Mezze Restaurant is proud to present Farm Film Feast: Five Days of Film, Food, and Discussion in Williamstown, MA from March 10 to 14. More than a dozen films about food and related events will fill the schedule. Themes for the long weekend include:

Wednesday, March 10 - King Corn Rules!
Thursday, March 11 - Berkshire Stories
Friday, March 12 - A Fresh! Overview ╩
Saturday, March 13 - Eating Locally and Globally
Sunday, March 14 - Celebrating and Closing

All films will be shown at Images for $5, unless otherwise indicated. An all-movie pass is available for $35. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the REACH Community Garden Project in North Adams, MA. There will be various speakers, including Aaron Woolf, King Corn director and filmmaker Severine von Tscharner Flemming; there will also be a panel discussion on farming in the future. For a separate admission, a dinner celebrating local farms will be held at 6:30 pm Saturday, March 13 at Williams College Faculty House. Click here for dinner reservations.

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art & the brain - a family program, a symposium
Art and The Brain

Family Program: Art & the Brain
Saturday, March 6, 2010 1:00-4:00 pm
What would it feel like to be inside a brain? Find out in the exhibition, Landscape of the Mind: Contemporary Artists Contemplate the Brain, where you can watch brightly colored neurons grow like tree branches. The invisible workings of the mind become visible in contemporary sculptures, installation, prints, and embroidery. This family program offers student-led tours of the exhibition, mind games, art making projects, and mind-blowing activities by Williams professors Betty Zimmerberg and Noah Sandstrom. Children of all ages welcome.

Landscapes of the Mind: A Symposium
Saturday, March 13
1:00-5:00 pm
This symposium brings together artists and neuroscientists for an afternoon of talks and discussions about creativity, visualizing the brain, and finding connections where art and science meet.
Speakers include:
· Artists Susan Aldworth and Katy Schimert
· Neuroscientists Sally Shaywitz, Bennett Shaywitz, and Bevil Conway
· Curators Betty Zimmerberg and Kathryn Price

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the clark art institute presents...
The Clark in Winter

Vermeer, True and False
March 7, 2010, 3:00 pm
Dutch art forger Han van Meegeren became a folk hero at the end of World War II when he confessed to selling Hermann Goering a fake Vermeer. Hear Jonathan Lopez, author of The Man Who Made Vermeers, discuss the extravagantly sordid life of the world's most notorious art forger and what he did to the image of Vermeer. A book signing will follow.

Material Witnesses: Photographs of Things
Through April 11, 2010
Since its invention in the nineteenth century, photography has been used for documentary purposes, faithfully recording the details of archaeological artifacts, works of art, and natural specimens. Drawn from the collections of the Clark and the Troob Family Foundation, and featuring works by William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, and EugÅne Atget, this focused exhibition considers how documentary images stand not only as material witnesses to times and places past, but as aesthetic objects that are at once accessible and uncanny.

Save some time to check out the Giovanni Boldini exhibition and to play on the Clark's beautiful grounds...

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