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  • New Federal Theatre Presents Octoberfest

    Five Plays to Insp0ire

    By: Rachel de Aragon - Oct 25th, 2020

    Woody King Jr.'s Federal Theater presents Octoberfest: Five plays that reawaken, inspire, and remind us of the struggle for freedom and dignity of African-Americans. Each piece, with its own history of previous production success, has been re-imagined. Billed as readings, seasoned actors and directors take us to a new form of theatrical communication in the “zoom style” medium.

  • Charles Henri Ford's Timeless Photographs

    At Mitchell Algus Gallery

    By: Jessica Robinson - Oct 24th, 2020

    Charles Henri Ford was America's first surrealist poet. He was also an artist, photographer, editor, publisher, diarist, filmmaker, painter, sculptor and world-class name-dropper. In the course of his ninety-three years he met everyone: Jean Cocteau, Dame Edith Sitwell, Paul Bowles, Salvador Dali, Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe.

  • Dancer Marge Champion at 101

    Longtime Berkshire Resident

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 23rd, 2020

    Marjorie Celeste Belcher was born in Los Angeles in 1919. She was known as Marge Champion when she married her dance and life partner, Gower Champion, in 1947. They had two sons and divorced in 1973. A resident of Stockbridge she was a familar presence at Berkshire arts events. She died this week at 101. Remarkably, she continued to dance into her 90s which became the subject of a short film

  • Russian Troll Farm – A Workplace Comedy

    Live Streaming from TheatreWorks

    By: Karen Isaacs - Oct 24th, 2020

    TheaterWorks is streaming live a production of Russian Troll Farm – A Workplace Comedy by Sarah Gancher. It is available through Nov. 2; the actors are performing from three different sites. It’s a coproduction with TheatreSquared of Fayetteville, Arkansas and in association with The Civilians.

  • Trevor Paglen at Williams College

    To Deliver Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art

    By: WCMA - Oct 22nd, 2020

    Artist, geographer and author Trevor Paglen will present a talk titled “Machine Visions” as this year’s Plonsker Family Lecture Series in Contemporary Art at the Williams College Museum of Art. The free talk will be held at 6 p.m. ET Friday, Nov. 6, online via Zoom.

  • Mark St. Germain's Typhoid Mary

    Barrington Stage to Stream October 30 & 31

    By: Barrington - Oct 21st, 2020

    Mark St Germain's Typhoid Mary will be filmed in advance with the cast performing remotely. It will be available to stream on October 30 & 31 at 7:30 pm ET. The ever more timely play premiered at Barrington Stage Company in 2018.

  • Richard Nielsen This Is Not a Gag

    Opening at MASS MoCA on November 7

    By: MoCA - Oct 21st, 2020

    In March 2020, Los Angeles-based artist Richard Nielsen began painting portraits of people in their COVID-19 face masks. On view at MASS MoCA, This is Not a Gag includes his first set of 49 paintings. Presented in a Zoom-like grid, the series shows the determination behind the eyes of artists, writers, and friends of the artist and MASS MoCA. The subject’s faces may be covered, but variations in masks and individual expressions speak volumes about our lives today. These paintings are not about the pandemic, per se, but about the fiercest and finest parts of human nature.

  • Howardena Pindell at The Shed

    Artist, Filmmaker, Curator Brings Black Experience Close

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 22nd, 2020

    Howardena Pindell exhibits at the Shed. "Working on my commission for the Shed has been a very rewarding and healing experience. It allowed meto conceptualize an idea as a result of an experience I had as a child. I put it forth as a performance piece to a group of white women artists at the AIR Gallery where I was a founder in the early 1970s. They turned it down. I was the only non-white member of the gallery.

  • Camelot in Coral Gables, Fla.

    Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 22nd, 2020

    South Florida's Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is presenting a scaled-down, virtual production of Camelot. The award-winning, professional regional theater company had planned to present Lerner & Loewe's musical live before the pandemic. Actors and technical staff shine.

  • Gardner Museum Faces Challenges

    A $5 Million Matching Gift

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 21st, 2020

    As part of a $65-million campaign called Renewing the Promise: For the Public Forever, which is raising funds to implement the Gardner’s bold Strategic Plan and ensure the continued success of the Museum’s vision and values into the future, a gift challenges the Museum to raise $5 million in endowment funds by 2024. These funds will be matched 1:1 with a $5 million contribution from the anonymous donor.

  • Daniel Kershaw Stages the Show

    The Art of Native America at the Met

    By: Jessica Robinson - Oct 20th, 2020

    Before covid and shut-downs, millions of viewers each year passed through the galleries at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art looking at Daniel Kershaw's stagings. He is a design star you’ve never heard of. As Senior Exhibition Designer at the largest museum in the United States, Kershaw’s job is to plan and build environments for up to a dozen shows annually.

  • Tony Nominations Announced

    Honoring Broadway's Best

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 16th, 2020

    The Tony Awards' presenters announced the nominees for the 74th Annual Tony Awards. The pandemic cut this past Broadway Season short. Alanis Morissette's musical, Jagged Little Pill, leads the way with 15 nominations. In the Play category, Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play comes out on top with 12 nominations. A date for the Tony Awards presentation has yet to be announced.

  • Nick Capasso of Fitchburg Art Museum

    Responding to Diversity and Social Justice

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 15th, 2020

    After 22 years as a curator of the deCodova Museum, Dr. Nick Capasso, for the past 8 years has been director of the Fitchburg Art Museum. It is one of the poorest regions of the state. The community is 35% Latino and 55% of school children speak Spanish at home. The museum is unique for its bilingual initiatives and community outreach. There is diversity in all aspects of its exhibitions and programming. The museum shows New England artists. The collection has grown with an emphasis on photography, African, African American, and American art. Meeting daunting challenges the Fitchburg Art Museum is a remarkable success story.

  • Composer Victoria Bond in Recent Works

    Pianist Paul Barnes and Violist Martha Mooke Perform

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 15th, 2020

    Victoria Bond brings a distinctive, rich ear to her musical composition in many forms. A recent commission provided a chance to collaborate with Paul Barnes, a go-to pianist for both Bond and Philip Glass. Bond's Simaron Kremata is based on a Greek chant and opens with a five note melody which repeats.

  • Franklin Einspruch at Familiar Trees

    A New Gallery in Pittsfield

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 16th, 2020

    Familiar Trees is a new gallery at 411 North Street, Pittsfield. There wiil be a reception for Franklin Einspruch on Saturday, October 17, 2020, 1-4 PM. The exhibition Half Step Half Fall runs through November 21. His Cloud on a Mountain is a book of comics poetry conceived during artist residencies in 2015 and 2018 at Bascom Lodge, at the summit of Mount Greylock in Berkshire County. Familiar Trees specialized in high-quality used books with an emphasis on art, poetry, and literature.

  • Broadway Won't Re-open Before May 30

    Theaters To Remain Dark Into 2021

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 14th, 2020

    Broadway will remain shuttered through at least May 30 which will mark 444 days since all 41 theaters went dark due to COVID-19. Broadway officials have said that they project productions to eventually resume over a series of rolling dates.

  • Wine Distributor Zachary Marcus Cesare Harris

    Specialises in Italian Vintages

    By: Zachary Marcus Cesare Harris - Oct 14th, 2020

    I am the President and CEO of Ikavina Wine and Spirits, LLC and the brand-owner of “Wanna Be” Wines; the meaning has a lot more, just remember that Yahoo and Google made no sense at first. I am essentially the rebel of Black people in the wine industry, and I am one of few African Americans involved in importing and distribution.

  • Calm But Alert

    Martial Arts and Stillness

    By: Cheng Tong - Oct 12th, 2020

    Alan Watts once said that trying to define who you are is like trying to bite your own teeth; one of my Zen Buddhist masters used to say it was like trying to see your own eyeballs.

  • Rise Up by Ariel Klein

    Urban Protest Art at Eclipse Mill Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 08th, 2020

    This past summer the artist, Ariel Klein, was in the thick of New York’s protests against the police inflicted murder of George Floyd. He was a resident of Brooklyn and its community of artists. His take on that is on view as “Rise Up” at the Eclipse Mill Gallery in North Adams.

  • A 'Get Out The Vote Theatre Initiative'

    Fort Lauderdale's Thinking Cap Theatre Presenting Timely Plays

    By: Aaron Krause - Oct 12th, 2020

    Thinking Cap Theatre's leaders were determined all along to present Laced at the end of October. The political play's timeliness is hard to deny. The Ft. Lauderdale theater company is also presenting short plays to commemorate the suffrage centennial.

  • B3 2020, Hello Truths, Frankfurt/Germany

    And Silo Solos, Boston, MA

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Oct 07th, 2020

    The 2020 B3 Biennial in Frankfurt/Germany will open with 'Hello Truths, Extravaganza Virtuale' on October 9 in the US East Coast time zone @ 4 pm and in Frankfurt/Main @ 10 pm. The festival will be concluded after ten days on October 18. More than 100 artists from 23 countries will participate in an array of virtual events.

  • Images Cinema in Williamstown

    Update on Lockdown

    By: Doug Jones - Oct 07th, 2020

    Images Cinema, an art house in Williamstown. has been shut down going on eight months. Here is an update from executive director, Doug Jones.

  • Poe's Masque of the Red Death

    An 1842 Masque for a Time of Masks

    By: Nancy Bishop - Oct 07th, 2020

    In 1842, Edgar Allan Poe published one of his most famous stories, which turns out to be a parable for 2020. The Masque of the Red Death concerns a prince who gathers his wealthy friends within the walls of his castle when the Red Death rampages through the countryside, killing everyone who is exposed to it.

  • Jay Critchley Takes on the White House

    Tarred and Feathered in Provincetown

    By: Jay Critchley - Oct 06th, 2020

    The Provincetown based conceptual artist, Jay Critchley, is known for wit and outrageous projects. Trump has him mad as hell and he can't take it anymore. Rather than just get mad he's getting even. His latest stunt it literally to tar and feather the White House.

  • Richard Curtis Presents The Creepery

    A Podcast Series from a Horror Dramatist

    By: Susan Hall - Oct 04th, 2020

    Richard Curtis, masterful playwright and master of mystery, has produced a new creepy podcast series in time for Horror Season. Episode 1, You Have a Guest, is available now. A demon’s dozen disturbing audio dramas are conjured out of the dark imagination of this horror dramatist. .

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