Singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie will celebrate the publication of his new chidren’s book with a book-signing session at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield from 1:30-2:30pm on Saturday (August 29).
Old Bill, the famed moose who now resides at the Berkshire Museum, is the subject of Arlo Guthrie’s new children’s book. Illustrated by Kathy Garren, the book tells the tale of the moose that roamed through the Berkshire Hills and became a legend. Berkshire resident and notable moose-ologist Arlo Guthrie was asked to write an introduction for the 75th anniversary reprint of Walter Eaton’s essay, “Odyssey of Old Bill: The Famous Berkshire Moose.” He did so in the form of a poem, which now has been turned into the charming illustrated children’s book, “Old Bill: The Famous Berkshire Moose.”
Copies of the book will be available at the Museum Shop. The book-signing is included with regular museum admission.
UPCOMING:Arlo Guthrie is slated to bring his Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 7pm on Sunday, October 11. Tickets are $40, $60 & $75.
There’s more to an enhanced “reading” than you might imagine.
By Gail M. Burns
WAM Theatre has been invited to present an enhanced staged reading of their critically acclaimed 2013 production of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson at three different locations in Berkshire County and the Capital Region, beginning at 7:30pm tonight (Tuesday, February 10) at Williams College’s Adams Memorial Theatre in Williamstown.
Directed by WAM Theatre Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven, much of the acclaimed original cast returns. Kim Stauffer reprises the title role as Emilie and is joined by returning cast members Suzanne Ankrum, Brendan Cataldo and Joan Coombs as Soubrette, Gentleman and Madam, respectively, along with new cast member Timothy Carter (national tour of The Lion King, Adirondack Theatre Festival’s The Whale) as Voltaire.
This enhanced staged reading will feature some audio and visual elements from the original production, of which Berkshire On Stage and Screen said, “WAM’s brilliantly staged production of ‘Emilie’… is totally entertaining.” The Berkshire Eagle deemed the 2013 production “…highly imaginative…highly theatrical…” and Berkshire Fine Arts stated it was “an absorbing evening of theatre for a sold out audience.”
We’ve all wondered “How do they do that!” at one time or another.
FX creativity thrives in the Berkshires – and the Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield will celebrate some local contributions to the genre with screenings and fascinating talks with those who make cinematic magic. From Middle Earth to the Matrix, FX in the Berkshires will feature films accompanied by talks with area filmmakers who are active in the special and visual effects fields.
The series opens with The Fellowship of the Ring at 6pm on Thursday (December 11), with a commentary by special effects expert John Nugent. The series is presented in partnership with Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and is curated by Nannina Stearn.
“The first narrative film was created in 1896; it was directed by a woman. The first person to win two Oscars for screenwriting (in 1930 and 1932) was a woman,” says Nannina Stearn. “The first person to make a feature length-animated film in 1926 was a woman. Back in the 1920s half of all films were written by women, and almost every film was edited by one. More than any other art form, cinema was developed equally by men and women, and yet today women struggle to find parity with their male counterparts. In 2013 only 16 percent of the top creative jobs in films were filled by women, and in the past 15 years that number has never risen above 19 percent.”
With Behind the Camera: Women in Film, the Berkshire Museum and the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative want to shine a light on that 16 percent, with special screenings highlighting the contributions women today are making to film, and celebrating the rich history women have as innovators in the medium.
It’s a fascinating documentary that can be seen again and again. so it is good news that the Berkshire Camera Club is bringing back Brief Encounters to the Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum for another showing on Tuesday, September 17, 7pm. ($7.50, $5 Museum members) You can read our review [here] of the dvd version which was released a couple of months ago. For Greg Crewdson, the Berkshires are his canvas. He has turned the nocturnal silence of the rural Berkshires into eerie stills of a motion picture. I first became aware of his work when the oversized works were on display at Mass MoCA in North Adams. They were the sort of images you could spend a lot of time with, imagining what had gone before the moment in time they represented.
To many, Crewdson is as an important chronicler of the Berkshires as was Norman Rockwell. Rockwell’s brush perfectly captured the last century, while Crewdson’s lens is the perfect medium in which to capture the fleeting images of the current one.
(left) Thomas Hill: Yosemite Valley and (right) Egyptian cartonnage, two of the works in the Objectify exhibiton @ The Berkshire Museum
Bored and broke? There’s three weeks left of Free Fun Fridays, the annual summer program that funds one-day free admission at many of the cultural venues in Massachusetts. The program started June 28 and will run through August 30, with six different cultural venues scheduled every Friday. Over the past four years, more than half-a-million visitors have enjoyed Free Fun Fridays, instituted in 2008 by The Highland Street Foundation to enable everyone to afford Massachusetts’ wealth of cultural attractions. No registration or tickets are required to attend and all activities are free of charge.
Father Flynn (Patrick White) and Sister James (Clover Bell-Devaney) (Photo: Arianne Stuerzel)
by Gail Burns and Abby Turner
Gail Burns: This marks my first reviewing outing with my friend Abby Turner. Abby is a fellow alumna of Sarah Lawrence College with a background in fine art, design, and merchandising. She has often been my “date” for the theatre and I value her opinions and insight. Abby, what were your impressions of the Berkshire Actors Theatre (BAT) production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable”?
Abby Turner: Gail, you are one of the rare people who did not see the film based on this play starring the fabulous Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman – so you are coming to this with a fresh eye and I am seeing through the Streep lens – which is hard on any play.
Gail: True. Streep and Hoffman are VERY tough acts to follow! The film was released the same weekend I saw and reviewed “Doubt” for the first time (in a Town Players production in 2008), so I consciously stayed away. But then it is no secret that I NEVER go to the movies anyway.
Abby: The theatre experience is very different, and this production holds up quite well. There is an intimacy and immediacy to the theatre which is very compelling in this play which is so much about character and what one comes to believe. And in the face of a lack of irrefutable proof, beliefs seem about what we know from the pit of our stomach. As Sister Aloysius, Peggy Pharr Wilson is very clear about what her gut tells her. She is a deeply unlikable character, but one of great conviction and integrity.
David Henderson’s sprawling, winged installation “A Brief History of Aviation” is currently on exhibit at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield. The installation will remain on view through Sunday, May 13.
NOTE: This video was not shot at Berkshire Museum, but rather at an installation in the QCC Art Gallery in Bayside, NY.
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