News - april 2010
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come out of your shell...
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...and into our Inn
You don't even have to get your feet muddy looking for turtles... they'll be right on your pillow at Porches! The Come Out of Your Shell special gives you the basics to kick off a spring getaway in the Berkshires. Enjoy an overnight in a spacious one-bedroom suite and a box of locally-made "turtles." The chocolate goodies come in two varieties - one with nuts and caramel, the other with cranberries, both delicious! Also included in the special $160 per night rate (plus taxes) is Porches' healthful continental breakfast - in room delivery in Porches' signature lunchboxes is available. Offered Sunday - Thursday during the month of April, based on availability. To take advantage of this offer, please call 413 664 0400 or email us.

we are spirits in the material world
Material World at MASS MoCA

Material World
From April 24
Seven artists have been invited to transform MASS MoCA's second and third floor galleries into a series of site-specific installations. The selected artists, Michael Beutler, Orly Genger, Tobias Putrih, Alyson Shotz, Dan Steinhilber, and collaborative team Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, are known for their innovative investigations of both space and material. Each tend to use a single, simple material in a given work. Over the past several decades, many artists have embraced evermore modest, and even precarious, mediums: Material World will explore the formal-even architectural-possibilities of a range of modest and surprising materials including paper, plastic, cardboard, and rope. Seen within the context of MASS MoCA's reclaimed factory space, with its own rich assemblage of brick walls, steel beams, and layers of paint, the new works will address some of the historic, social, and symbolic associations of the materials under investigation, while offering viewers an unexpected visual and spatial experience.

last in the lie! Cheat! Steal! series
Orgasm, Inc

Orgasm, Inc.
April 29
The last film in MASS MoCA's series of Lie! Cheat! Steal! Fake It!Docs aptly brings to light the practice of "faking it." Orgasm Inc. investigates the newest disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) and the race among large drug companies to win FDA approval for a new drug for women to combat it. Filmmaker Liz Canner created this shocking and hilarious documentary when she was hired by a pharmaceutical company to edit erotic videos for drug trials. Initially she planned to create a film about science and pleasure but soon realized that her employer and many other pharmaceutical companies were racing to develop drugs that are taking advantage of women in pursuit of billion dollar profits. An upbeat and engaging film that explores the often taboo subject of female sexuality. A Q & A with filmmaker Liz Canner tops off the evening.

recent chinese art shows cultural transformation in china
Tradition and Transition - WCMA

Tradition and Transition: Recent Chinese Art from the Collection
The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents Tradition and Transition: Recent Chinese Art from the Collection, an exhibition celebrating a recent gift to the museum of Chinese art dating from the later twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition includes twenty-five works of art including paintings and sculptures, most of which were created during the last two decades. The eleven featured artists created artworks during a time of extraordinary cultural transformation in China. They made a new visual language that embodies aspects of traditional Chinese art while responding to a time of great transition. While not comprehensive, the works on view represent a range of styles, from more traditional Chinese art to styles utilizing Western techniques or theories, which was permitted after the death of Chairman Mao Zedong in 1976 and the ensuing collapse of the Cultural Revolution. The selected artists include: Nie Ou, Xiao Ping, Xu Lele, Chen Zizhuang, Ding Yanyong, Hu Yongkai, Wei Dong, Qiu Deshu, Zhu Wei, Zeng Shanqing, and Qiu Xiaofei.

get your fill in the berkshires
Ooma Tesoro - Marinara Sauce

Tasty Tidbits in Berkshire County
Our friends at Berkshire Living Magazine published their food issue this month. Learn about several goodies to be had in or near North Adams: Ooma Tesoro's small-batch marinara sauce available at local shop and homemade bagels that are sold at the new Elf Parlor coffee shop in North Adams. A recent event at our sister property, The Red Lion Inn, also got some ink (fuel up with Executive Chef Brian Alberg's home-grown cuisine on your way to Porches!).

Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown serves up their Comfort Sunday menus weekly from 5-9PM. This week, you'll find House-made Manicotti, Ricotta + Pomodoro; Grilled Beef Tips, Foraged Ramps, Potatoes + Chimichurri; and Angel Food Cake, Macerated Berries + Whipped Cream. With two courses for $20 and three for $25, this is a yummy deal to be had.  Reservations are recommended. Call 413.458.0123 or visit OpenTable.

Eating and doing good combined... "Dreaming of Green", at Gramercy Bistro in it's new home at Mass MoCA in North Adams, featuring the work of Thor Wickstrom and Jaye Fox of studio21south. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Williamstown Rural Land Foundation, and Gramercy Bistro will donate 10% of weeknight meals to benefit WRLF. We hope that you'll be able to join us in this sophisticated new venue, and support the important cause of agricultural preservation in our beautiful hills.

song + dance
NEM at Williams

Members of Near Eastern Music Ensemble
Williams College
April 29 - 8:00pm
Najib Shaheen leads the traditional Arabic music ensemble of oud, nay, dumbek and qanun. Graceful and classic Middle Eastern dance and passionate vocal selections complete the program for an evening that features one of the world's great musical traditions.

New York's Near Eastern Music Ensemble (NEME) was formed in 1982. NEME consists of seven extraordinary musicians who have gathered from around the Arab World to preserve and perform this rich and elaborate music repertoire and to increase the awareness and appreciation of Near Eastern music through concerts, recordings, workshops, and lecture demonstrations.

They perform the full repertoire of Near Eastern music-from traditional classical and folkloric music to new works by living composers of contemporary and innovative Near Eastern music. NEME provides a highly professional and polished showcase for the preservation and advancement of this musical legacy.

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