May 2010
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Bonfire pit at Porches!

Beer and a Bonfire
Just let us know, and we'll get our bonfire pit crackling! The Beer & Bonfire special gives you the basics for an outdoorsy getaway in the Berkshires. Enjoy an overnight in a spacious one-bedroom suite and locally-made microbrews. Also included in the special $165 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 May, based on availability.

To reserve this offer, please call 413 664 0400 or email us.

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Disfarmer at MASS MoCA

May 8, 8 PM & May 9, 3 PM
Hunter Center
Disfarmer interprets American portrait photographer Mike Disfarmer's work through "tabletop" puppetry, projections of Disfarmer's photographs and images and a haunting score derived from antique recording technologies like Edison Wax disks.

Disfarmer Photos
From 1939 to 1945 -- in an act of meticulous, reclusive, and sustained creativity -- photographer Mike Disfarmer produced intimate portraits of the people of Heber Springs, Arkansas. Using glass plate photography long after it was obsolete, Disfarmer left for his subjects to decide how they would present themselves to his lens. Visitors streamed to the studio of this painstaking, sometimes cantankerous photographer. When thousands of these glass plates were discovered in the 1970s, Disfarmer's photographs were recognized as a stunning achievement for their exquisite artistry, their profound empathy and their landmark documentation of small town life in America's heartland. This selection of Disfarmer's photographs is on view at MASS MoCA in conjunction with our recent presentation of Disfarmer, a puppet theater work by Dan Hurlin, inspired by the life of this American portrait photographer. Disfarmer is one of the more than 60 live events we present at MASS MoCA every year, many of which are developed here in the Hunter Theater during extended artist residencies. Click here for more info...

Petah Coyne: Everything That Rises Must Converge
Opens May 29
Petah Coyne imbues her work with a magical quality to evoke intensely personal associations. Her sculptures convey an inherent tension between vulnerability and aggression, innocence and seduction, beauty and decadence, and, ultimately, life and death. Coyne's work seems Victorian in its combination of an overloaded refinement with a distinctly decadent and morbid undercurrent. A selection of Coyne's recent work along with two new works will be on view at MASS MoCA. Follow this link for more info...

Carolina Chocolate Drops with The Duke & The King
Saturday, May 29, 2010, 8:00 pm
Hunter Center
$28 priority seating/$18 advance/$22 day of show/$10 students
Erasing the gap between the 1930s and today, this striking North Carolina trio brings a modern sizzle to the legacy of classic African American string bands with fiddles, banjos, and even kazoos sparking an electrifying ruckus. The music's potency comes from the fact that the trio fiddler Justin Robinson, banjo-player Rhiannon Giddens and multi-tasker Dom Flemons got it from the source: Joe Thompson of Mebane , N.C. , said to be the last of the black traditional string band players. More info on the CCDs... We are filling up at Porches this weekend, so don't wait to make Memorial Day Weekend plans!

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Berkshire Grown = Caretaker Farm

Enjoy Local Farms and Food
In celebration of the spring season, Berkshire Grown will host Farmed + Foraged: A Weekend of Spring Flavors, a culinary celebration of farmed and foraged seasonal foods at area restaurants from Friday, May 21 through Sunday, May 23. This year, Berkshire Grown will feature 23 participants offering an array of prix fixe menus and a la carte selections to celebrate this farm-to-table dining event. Menus will feature wild edibles, locally grown produce, Berkshire artisan cheeses, heritage breed meats, locally made bread and chocolate, and Berkshire-crafted beer and spirits. The dates, prices and menus for Farmed + Foraged participants vary dramatically. Please contact participating restaurants for accurate information on when they will be offering Farmed + Foraged, their menu options and pricing, including our friends at...
Gramercy Bistro
The Red Lion Inn

In support of the Berkshire Grown mission, Baba Louie's, Castle Street Café, Guido's Fresh Marketplace, Mezze Restaurant Group, The Red Lion Inn, Williams College Dining Services and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College are official sponsors of the Farmed + Foraged event.

Visit the link below for additional details. To receive Berkshire Grown's newsletter for more farm-to-table events, email

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SEE bucking broncos !
Remington at the WCMARemington's Bronco Buster: From Art Icon to Pop Icon
This exhibition focuses on Frederic Remington's bronze sculpture, The Bronco Buster, from the museum's permanent collection. One of Remington's most famous works, it solidified his reputation as the quintessential artist of the American West, leaving a lasting impression on subsequent generations of artists who depicted the landscape.

Works as Progress/Works in Progress: Drawing in 18th- and 19th-Century France
Drawings can be more than finished masterpieces hanging in museums; they are also an integral part of the artistic process. Artists have used drawing as a way to refine their skills, organize compositions, and prepare for paintings and sculptures. This exhibit explores the various ways artists put their drawing abilities to practice in France during the 18th and 19th century.

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more fun stuff
Papyri Books Event

Get your fill of literary discourse at one of Papyri Books' events... click here for info.

The City of North Adams has its very own website chock full of local happenings, from spaghetti suppers and bake sales to MASS MoCA openings and everything in between.

On May 27th, check out the opening of MCLA Gallery 51's {IN}ANIMATE: Forest H. Graham, Anna Katrina SacramentoOpening Reception. Books, prints, drawings, and other objects by Santa Fe, NM artists. Chesterwood in Stockbridge is worth a stop on May 29th for Family Day and for the antique car show on May 30th.

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through a modernist lens
Picasso Looks at DegasPicasso Looks at Degas
Opening June 13th
Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute

Focusing on two of the great artists of the modern period, this exhibition at the Clark explores Pablo Picasso's lifelong fascination with the life and work of Edgar Degas. This ground-breaking exhibition examines Degas through Picasso's eyes and the ways his response varied over time from emulation to confrontation and parody to homage. The Clark is the exclusive North American venue for this exhibition which explores the depth of the Spanish artist's fixation through dramatic pairings and groupings that have never been brought together in this ambitious way.

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