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Mount Greylock's War Memorial Tower
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June Special: Trailhead !

This one's for all you crunchy types... we're offering a special to make the most of exploring the beauty of the Berkshire hills, up close and personal... Trailhead features Hikes & Walks in the Berkshire Hills, a guidebook with details on a range of excursions for all ages and abilities. Plus, we're including two packable packages of BOLA granola and two bottles of water to help sustain you during your adventure. This speclal also includes overnight accommodations in a one bedroom suite and our healthful continental breakfast. Available Sunday - Thursday during the month of June (based on availability; blackout dates apply) from $215 plus taxes. To reserve, please call 413.664.0400 or email us.

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Petah Coyne, Untitled #1180 (Beatrice), detail
Petah Coyne at MASS MoCA

Petah Coyne: Everything That Rises Must Converge
Unlike many contemporary artists who focus on social or media-related issues, 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. Her innovative use of materials includes dead fish, mud, sticks, black sand, old car parts, wax, satin ribbons, artificial flowers and birds, birdcages, and most recently, taxidermy animals, Madonna statues, and horsehair. A selection of Coyne's recent work along with two new works will be on view at MASS MoCA. This exhibition will particularly focus on works from the last 10 years including selections from Coyne's series based on Dante's Inferno.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 8:00 pm
With a magical mix of jam band enthusiasm and jaw-dropping virtuosity, JFJO transcends boundaries with its "intensely improvisatory [sound], which embraces Beatles covers, free jazz and just about everything in between." -- The Village Voice. The band's ambitious musical agenda is balanced by a sly sense of humor and fun.

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Picasso Looks at Degas
Nude Wringing Her Hair (detail), 1952, by Pablo Picasso. Private collection. Oil on wood panel, 150.5 x 119.4 cm. Private Collection. © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

Combo Tix

The Clark is offering a number of great deals on combo tickets with some of our friends in the Berkshires: MASS MoCA, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Tanglewood and the Norman Rockwell Museum. Click here for more info...

Picasso Looks at Degas
Opens June 13
Named one of 2010's Hot Exhibitions by Harper's Bazaar, Picasso Looks at Degas focuses on two of the great artists of the modern period, exploring 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.

Homage, Mockery or Theft? The Case of Picasso and Degas
June 13 | 3:00 pm
Picasso Looks at Degas co-curators Elizabeth Cowling, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Edinburgh, and Richard Kendall, curator-at-large at the Clark, will review the experience of bringing the exhibition together and consider some of the questions it has raised. Was Picasso in awe of Degas or amused by him? Did he merely "steal" from Degas's art or was there a deeper sense of identification with his great Impressionist predecessor? What did the two artists have in common and what separated their personalities and their creative projects?

Juan Muñoz
Opens June 13
This special exhibition will feature works by the Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz (1953-2001) that explore themes of absence, memory, and paradox. Well known for his commentaries about space and displacement, Muñoz uses forms that resemble, among others, ballerinas, actors, dwarves, puppets, and Chinese figures. The exhibition will be on view in Stone Hill Center and other Clark spaces, which will provide a unique environment in which to experience Muñoz's immersive works. The exhibition is curated by Carmen Giménez with David Breslin.

Family Day
June 27 | 11:00 am
Dive into cubism, the delights of Spain, art projects, and family fun celebrating the Picasso Looks at Degas exhibition during this free family day. Watch inspiring dance performances or gather your courage and ride the mechanical bull. Enhance hair with wrapping, braiding and colorful extensions. Create a mix of bath salts, decorate a mirror, and paste together a cubist cube masterpiece. Capture your movements in a flipbook and watch yourself jump, dance, and run again and again. Learn to emulate the masters in a printmaking workshop. No registration required. Admission to the museum is also free on this day.

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Bascom Lodge on Mount Greylock

Sketching Atop Mount Greylock
Meeting at Bascom Lodge on Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 5:00 - 6:30PM, students and experienced sketchers alike are invited to enjoy the highland evening beauty found at the summit of  Mount Greylock. Artist - Educator, Karen Arp-Sandel offers discussion about keeping a sketchbook for recording visual observations from drawing in nature to landscape subjects. An avid sketcher, Karen brings her sketchbook everywhere and recently exhibited her sketchbooks of Italy at the Lichtenstein Gallery in Pittsfield. At the end of 4 weeks all participants are invited to share their sketchbooks with the club community and join for dinner at Bascom Lodge (June 29).

Materials are simple: a small scale sketch book, your favorite drawing implement- pen, pencil or even colored pencils. Karen will demo various portable materials for easy on site sketching. If you like to draw seated, bring a seat to use.

Sketch Club will meet on Tuesday - June 8, 15, 22 & 29 during the approach of Summer Solstice light. Rain or Shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will sketch natural objects or guidebook subjects inside Bascom Lodge.

Fee: $10   per person payable at meeting, to the instructor.

Karen Arp-Sandel is on the faculty of IS183 Art School of the Berkshires.

To register call or email: 518-781-3413 or arpsandel@fairpoint.net

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Down Street Art in North Adams

Two Fun Ways to Get to Know North Adams

DownStreet Art Thursday
June 24th, 6-9 pm
Grand kick off of DownStreet Art 2010! 
This year's event will be nearly doubled in size and scale, with 27 galleries, museums and other arts destinations participating, including 13 new galleries! DownStreet Art, a public art project of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, is designed to revitalize downtown North Adams, harnessing existing arts organizations and events, and transforming vacant and open spaces into arts destinations.  Please click here for more info...
Porches is a proud sponsor of Downstreet Art.

A Message from a Local Historian, Mr. Marino:
Gird your loins and mark your calendars! The Historical Walks schedule is---at long last---in! Come one, come all, especially if you BRING CHILDREN with you! Dress for the weather, wear a good pair of walking shoes and a hat with a wide brim. Carry water. BRING CHILDREN. Local history is interesting to you, but essential to them. And remember, only three things cancel the Walks: Bad weather (high wind, extreme cold and/or rain), poor health (on my part) and/or if I'm the only one who shows up. If in doubt, call me: 1-413-207-1344, and I will set you straight. And don't forget to BRING CHILDREN and be prepared to have your ears talked off. All dates (except for the Downtown Celebration Walk) are Saturdays and start at 2:30pm.
Saturdays bad for you? Give me a call: 1-413-207-1344. If I'm free on another day that's good for you and a group of your closest friends, I just might be persuaded to do a private Walk.

So, why not hang with the locals and see the "real" North Adams? Here are a few of the dates that Mr. Marino is conducting his walks: June 19, July 3, July 24. You'll find more information and dates by following this link...

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fire up those footlights!
It's Judy's Show at the WTF

Local Theaters Are In Full Swing !

Williamstown Theatre Festival
It's Judy's Show: My Life as a Sitcom
June 23 - July 4
Building on the success of her show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, funny-woman Judy Gold returns to the stage in this hilarious look at her amazing life through the lens of the classic sitcoms of her youth. With multimedia, original music, laughter, and love, Judy shows us how she balances family and ambition in a world where she sometimes does not fit. Click here for more info and tickets...

The Colonial Theatre
Rusted Root
Wednesday June 9th 7:30pm
Rusted Root has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide since forming in Pittsburgh in the early '90s. The band's worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. Their 1994 album When I Woke went platinum and featured the hit songs "Send Me On My Way," "Ecstasy" and "Martyr." Throughout the '90s the band toured with many well known performers, perhaps most notably, supporting the Jimmy Page and Robert Plant reunion tour. The band's most recent album, Stereo Rodeo, explores a variety of musical styles, crossing and merging genres. Expect new music and faithful fan favorites.  Click here for info...

Barrington Stage
The Whipping Man
Through June 13th
At the end of the Civil War, a severely wounded Jewish Confederate officer returns to his family's home in Richmond, VA. The house is in ruins and has been abandoned except for two newly freed slaves, reared in the Jewish faith by the soldier's family. As they await the family's return, the three men share a Passover Seder where deeply buried secrets are revealed that threaten to destroy their shared faith, their new found freedom and their hope for the future.
For tickets, call the Box Office at 413-236-8888 or click here.

Main Street Stage
Baltimore Waltz
Friday, June 18th
Winner of the Obie Award. A giddy, fleet fantasy based on the love and adventures of a brother and sister, one of whom has a fatal disease. In the opening scene, the brother is wearing pajamas, but it is his schoolteacher sister who's diagnosed with a deadly virus that sends the two of them spinning off to Europe to find romance and a cure before the final crashing scenes where reality sets in. For more info, follow this link...

Images Cinema
Dirty Dancing Party for Images Cinema!
Saturday, June 26 7PM
Where else will you have the opportunity to wear 1960s Catskills attire?! Our local independent cinema is hosting a dance party (no sit-down dinner ╨ just music, fun, games, and flowing cocktails!). Check it out here... Plus, they offer a full roster of indie films to top off a busy Berkshire day...

The Colonial Theatre
Rosanne Cash: The List
Tuesday June 29th 7:30pm
The genesis of Rosanne Cash's new album The List dates back to a day in 1973 when Cash's father, the incomparable Johnny Cash, discovered some gaps in her knowledge of American roots music. He spent the rest of the day making a list on a legal pad, and at the top he put "100 Essential Country Songs" handed it to her and said, "This is your education." Three dozen years later, Roseanne has selected twelve songs from the list presented to her by her father to record her first album of covers. She approached each composition-from Jimmie Rodgers' "Miss the Mississippi and You" to Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" -in search of its particular essence. The result is a glorious range of sounds and moods. Click here for info...

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