Thursday February 7, 2013

Feb. 7

WilliamsTheatre Presents ‘book/marked' a new work instigated and directed by John Chandler Hawthorne

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- WilliamsTheatre proudly presents John Chandler Hawthorne's Senior Honors Project in Theatre, entitled "book/marked."

What does it mean and how does it feel to be lost, confounded, and overwhelmed by complexity and profundity? What might it be like to get lost in a library, full of too many books for any one person to read on her own, and what might it take to find your way out? Is the music of Burt Bacharach and the Beach Boys overly sentimental schmaltz, or is it heartbreakingly beautiful? What significance might emerge from these questions, taken together and theatricalized? "book/marked" is a new performance piece, instigated and directed by John Chandler Hawthorne ‘13 and developed with an ensemble of students, looking to examine these questions. This is a play for a small audience in a big theater. The performances are Feb. 7 to 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the ‘62 Center's MainStage, located at 1000 Main St., in Williamstown, Mass. Tickets are free.

The Department of Theatre works to develop in each student an understanding of theatre that is both broad and deep. Through creative expression and critical study, we challenge students to engage both contemporary and historical modes of performance. Theatre students make artworks through design, acting, directing, and dramaturgy. They are encouraged to experiment, to risk, and to make bold choices. Working collaboratively with faculty and guest artists, students integrate intellectual, physical, and emotional responses into an array of live performances each academic year.


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For tickets, visit the Williams ‘62 Center Box Office Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. or call 413-597-2425. For more information, visit http://62center.williams.edu CAT-TV Open House

BENNINGTON -- CAT-TV will hold an Open House on Thursday, Feb. 7, beginning at 6 p.m.

If you ever wondered what CAT-TV is all about, how you could become involved with the organization and what you could do once you are a member, this event is a must for you. Are you a person who has taken an orientation and classes many years ago and haven't been to the station since they left the Masonic Temple building (were they first started out)? Things really have changed since then. CAT-TV has had an organization restructuring, added lots of new equipment, brought in new members and has a dedicated staff and board of directors. CAT-TV celebrated its' 20th anniversary in 2012.

Learn how CAT-TV operates seven days a week/24 hours a day. We've got it all from Community Bulletin Board announcements, public service announcements, video production of local events and meetings to cablecast. Something new is that all of our meetings recorded by CAT-TV can be viewed on YouTube.

Staff members will be on hand to provide information on upcoming classes, (hands on) demos with equipment, promoting programs and public service announcements for nonprofit organizations and community events, guided tours, answer your questions, and much more.

The CAT-TV studio is located at 625 Main St. in Bennington, across from Mahar Funeral Home, next to the First Baptist Church.

There will be free giveaways, and light refreshments. This event is open to everyone.

Feb. 8

Reservation Hall Jazz Band to perform at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Just four days shy of Mardi Gras, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute warmly welcomes Louisiana's Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $42 ($38 members and students), or $45 at the door. Reserve tickets at clarkart.edu or call 413-458-0524.

A three-course dinner preceding the concert will be served at 6 p.m. in the Clark Café. Cost is $27 per person (does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity). Reservations are required; space is limited. For reservations, call 413-458-0524 or email Maria Gamari at mgamari@clarkart.edu.

Rolling Stone, in a recent music review, said Preservation Hall Jazz Band "shines like a beacon of New Orleans jazz, celebrating the unique artistic culture and music form of the Crescent City." The band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans's French Quarter and founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The band has traveled worldwide, spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans jazz -- a mission strengthened by the devastation brought about by Hurricane Katrina in 2007.

Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British royalty or the king of Thailand, the band plays music that embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Under the auspices of current director Ben Jaffe, son of founders Allan and Sandra, Preservation Hall continues as a venue, band, and record label.

PHJB began touring in 1963. Many of the band's charter members performed with the pioneers who invented jazz in the early twentieth century, including Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bunk Johnson. Band leaders over the PHJB's history include the brothers Willie and Percy Humphrey, husband and wife De De and Billie Pierce, famed pianist Sweet Emma Barrett, and Wendall and John Brunious. These founding artists and dozens of others passed on the culture of their music to a younger generation, who now follows in their footsteps.

Sundance Award Winner "Valley of Saints" at Images Cinema

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Images Cinema is hosting an event organized by the Muslim Student Association of Williams College, a film screening of "Valley of Saints" with director Musa Syeed on Friday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m. The film will be introduced by Syeed, and the film will be followed by a Q&A with the director. "Valley of Saints" won an Audience Award and an Alfred P. Sloane Feature Film Award at Sundance and is up for an Independent Spirit Award for Cinematography. It's also the first film shot in the endangered lake communities of Kashmir. Admission is free. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St.

This event is sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, the Chaplains' Office, the Davis Center, the South Asian Student Association and the Black Student Union.

Valley of Saints Directed by Musa Syeed; Starring Mohammed Afzal, Gulzar Ahmed Bhat and Neelofar Hamid; Not Rated; 1 hour 22 minutes War and poverty force Gulzar, a young tourist boatman, to run away from Kashmir with his best friend. But a military crackdown derails their escape, and they become trapped in Gulzar's lake village. Waiting for conditions to change, they discover a mysterious woman, braving the curfew to research the dying lake. As Gulzar falls for her, rivalry and jealousy threaten his boyhood friendship and their plans of escape. Gulzar must choose between a new life and a new love. The first film set in the endangered lake communities of Kashmir, Valley of Saints blends fiction and documentary to bring audiences inside this unique world.

Feb. 9

Rachel Barton Pine performs in Montpelier

MONTPELIER -- Capital City Concerts presents virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier in a varied and global program of works for violin, featuring two of the great Romantic sonatas: Beethoven's Sonata for violin and piano No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12 No. 3, and Strauss' Sonata for violin and piano in E-flat major, Op. 18. The program will also include the rarely performed masterpiece Sonata No. 3 by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos as well as the Egyptian-flavored Sonata for Solo Violin, a piece written for Rachel Barton Pine by Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz.

American violinist Rachel Barton Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, Baltimore, Montreal, Vienna, and the Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Israel and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, working with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, and Placido Domingo. She has been featured on St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, From the Top, CBS Sunday Morning, and NBC's Today Show. She holds top prizes from the J.S. Bach (gold medal), Queen Elisabeth, Paganini, Kreisler, Szigeti, and Montreal international competitions, and has twice been honored as a Chicagoan of the Year. She plays the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the "ex-Soldat," violin on generous loan from her patron.

For more info and to charge tickets ($10-$25) go to www.capitalcityconcerts.org. Tickets may also be purchased (cash or check only) in person at Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. Advance sale tickets are recommended.

SVAC to Host Teddy Bear Tea Party

MANCHESTER -- Southern Vermont Arts Center will host the popular Teddy Bear Tea Party on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Guests, particularly children aged 4-10 are encouraged to bring a favorite teddy bear or doll to this elegant tea party where games will be played, projects created and a grand time had by all.

This event is a perennial favorite and fills up early. Call or email Courtney at 802-367-1300.

Feb. 10

Bennington Cultural Summit

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Cultural Summit: Arts as an Engine of Economic Development Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Mount Anthony Country Club.

Please join us for a meet, greet and brainstorming session about how we can work together towards engaging and sustaining a creative economy in Bennington. At the Summit we will explore the drafting of a cultural component to Bennington's town plan, update a directory of arts-related people, programs, assets, and venues in the Bennington area, and identify creative initiatives that we can move forward.

Everyone is welcome -- theatre artists, musicians, visual artists (2D & 3D), venue owners, art galleries, restaurants, chefs, vendors, suppliers, and educators. We want your brilliant ideas, creative solutions, passionate participation, and innovative strategies about attracting people to Bennington -- artists, businesses, tourists, anyone and everyone who wants to join us and to experience Bennington and its many creative assets at their best.

RSVP to the Better Bennington Corp. at 802-442-5758 or

admin@betterbennington.com. The Bennington Cultural Summit is sponsored by the Arts Committee of the Better Bennington Corporation (BBC) with support from the Bennington County Regional Commission.

Feb. 12

Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents the annual Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Competition on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. There is also a pre-competition studio recital on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. These free events are open to the public.

Competition winners appear with the Berkshire Symphony on Friday, April 19, in Chapin Hall, a concert showcasing the remarkable talents of Williams students. All four of these annual events are noted for their high level of musicianship and the particular verve these young musicians bring to their interpretations.

The Berkshire Symphony is conducted by Ronald Feldman and includes Williams students, faculty members, and professionals. The ensemble presents four major concerts each season. The programs include music from all periods and genres, from classical standards to cutting edge premieres.

The competition is open to Williams College students who have completed required instrumental or vocal studies and are enrolled in qualifying courses. The students must be recommended by their instrumental or vocal teachers. The works may be one movement from a concerto, a single-movement work, a concert or operatic aria, song cycle, etc. for soloist and orchestra. Choosing the winners is a distinguished panel of judges that consists of professional musicians from outside the Williams community. This year the panel welcomes Christopher Krueger, flutist and Visiting Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst; vocalist Jane Bryden, the Iva Dee Hiatt Professor of Music at Smith College; and violist Ariel Rudiakoff, Artistic Director and Young Artists Program Director for the Manchester Music Festival.

http://music. williams.edu concert hotline: 413-597-3146 Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall is located at 54 Chapin Hall Drive in Bernhard Music Center on the Williams College campus. For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/home/campusmap/

Feb. 14

'Spirit of Johnny Cash' Valentine's Day Show

COHOES -- Nashville country music press hails this show as a must see/hear to believe. We believe you'll be talking about this one long after you stand and applaud for an encore.

"The Spirit of Johnny Cash" -- Harold Ford, featuring Laura Lucy as June Carter and the Cash Band are appearing in a special Valentine's Day Dinner and Show (with an exceptional meal from award winning Chef Rick) or Show only at Michaels Banquet House, Thursday Feb. 14. With an eerie resemblance in looks, sound and phrasing to Johnny Cash, Harold Ford's performance is remarkable in this world class concert.

Ford has produced an unforgettable show in tribute to Johnny Cash. He enlisted the outstanding talents of Laura Lucy as June Carter. Laura Lucy embodies the spirit of June with her captivating presence and light hearted playful nature. Jackson, Guitar Pickin' Man and other treasured Johnny & June love songs will be featured.

Ford also assembled The Cash Band, an exceptionally talented team of professional musicians who create the classic sound of Johnny's Band. The Cash Band consists of Sten Isaschen -- lead guitar, Mitch Throop -- upright bass, Peter Maine -- drums and Les Wheeler -- rhythm guitar, harmonica.

Don't miss "The Spirit of Johnny Cash" Valentine's Day Show at Michaels Banquet House. Dinner & Show $45 per person (6 p.m.), show only $25 (8 p.m.). Ample parking. For more information and online ticket ordering visit www.thejohnnycashband.com or call the ticket hotline: 518-683-0913.

Museum ABCs - ‘I (Heart) museums'

On Thursday, Feb. 14. at 1:30 p.m. Bennington Museum's ABCs presents "I (Heart) Museums." This special program designed around Valentine's Day was developed and is presented in collaboration with the Bennington Free Library. Museum ABCs is a story hour that takes place once each month at 1:30 p.m. in the galleries of the Bennington Museum. Created especially for children ages 3 to 5, their parents and caregivers, each monthly program includes stories about the selected topic, visits to galleries in the Bennington Museum to observe and talk about an actual piece(s) of art, and an art or craft activity. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Celebrating Valentine's Day makes everyone think of love and the people and things they love. The children will spend their time decorating heart hats to wear when they explore the Church Gallery and Vermont Decorative Arts Gallery looking for hearts and representations of love in the art and objects on view. The love between a mother and her child(ren) will be featured in this month's stories. Finishing up the program, the group will create a Valentine Day craft which incorporates representations of the art and objects that they saw on their visit to the galleries.

Feb. 20

'62 Center for Theatre and Dance CenterSeries Presents Miguel Gutierrez ‘Heavens What Have I done'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.-- The '62 Center for Theatre and Dance's Off-CenterSeries presents one of the most provocative choreographers of the New York scene, Miguel Gutierrez makes works that translate the experiential nature of performing into a sensory experience for the audience. In this solo, Gutierrez weaves a rambling and comic monologue that unspools into a bold and ferocious dance. Set to music sung by renowned soprano Cecilia Bartoli, "Heavens What Have I Done" pulls the audience through the costuming and preparations for the artist's piece, all while addressing the high stakes of artistic practice. From ruminations on teaching and travel to the hypocrisies of an unstable world, Gutierrez reveals dreams and desires of a far more personal and turbulent nature. Performances are Feb. 20 and 21, at 8 p.m. on the ‘62 Center's MainStage, located at 1000 Main St., in Williamstown, Mass. Tickets are free.

Gutierrez is a New York-based dance and music artist who makes solo and group pieces with a variety of artists under the moniker Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. His work has toured internationally to festivals and venues including American Realness Festival in New York; Festival d'automne Paris; Antipodes Festival in Brest, France; Out There Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; UNAM in Mexico City; and ImPulsTanz in Vienna. He is the winner of three New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" awards. Gutierrez latest work, And lose the name of action recently premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

"Heavens What Have I Done" was supported, in part, by Foundation for Contemporary Arts The Off-CenterSeries' mission is to challenge audiences with performing arts in unconventional frames.

For tickets, visit the Williams '62 Center Box Office Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m. or call 413-597-2425. For more information, visit http://62center. williams.edu

Feb. 21

Alan Benoit Sustainability Series presents: Building with Natural Materials

MANCHESTER -- Join Alan Benoit, local architect and owner of Sustainable Design, and his guests on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Northshire Bookstore at 7 p.m., as they discuss natural building. In this rapidly-changing world, it is important that we adopt ecologically-sensitive and resilient design and construction strategies to address global climate change and other pressing issues facing the development of the built environment. It is all the more critical to identify the role socially- and community-responsive practices play in providing long-term solutions to these ecological problems.

Ace McArleton and Jacob Deva Racusin co-owners of New Frameworks Natural Building LLC, will examine the function that natural building can play in supporting these practices. They will present the newest, cutting-edge high-performance natural building strategies that are being currently implemented by their company and others in cold, wet climates like Vermont.

Finally, the results of an extensive field-based research project conducted by the presenters analyzing thermal and moisture performance of natural buildings in the northeastern United States will be shared to prove the efficacy of natural building practices as a viable solution in sustainable design and construction. This presentation will feature case study, research, building science principles, and philosophical arguments to support the role for natural building as a solution for building efficiency and resiliency. Free and open to the public. Visit www.SustainableDesignOfVT.com for more information. For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com

Feb. 23

'Spirit of Johnny Cash' Rocks Elks Club for Lions Benefit Concert

GREENWICH, N.Y. -- Nashville country music press hails this show as a must see/hear to believe. We believe you'll be talking about this one long after you stand and applaud for an encore. "The Spirit of Johnny Cash" - Harold Ford, featuring Laura Lucy as June Carter and the Cash Band are appearing in a special Cambridge Lions Club sponsored Benefit Concert at the Greenwich Elks Club on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

The Spirit of Johnny Cash is a concert dedicated to the extraordinary music of Johnny Cash.

Mr. Ford's performance as a Johnny Cash Tribute Artist is exceptional; his striking resemblance to Mr. Cash elevates him to a class of his own. If you call yourself a fan of Country Music, you can't afford to miss this show! Harold enlisted the outstanding talents of Laura Lucy as June Carter and assembled The Cash Band, an exceptionally talented team of professional musicians who create the classic sound of Johnny's Band. The Cash Band consists of Sten Isaschen - lead guitar, Mitch Throop - upright bass, Peter Maine - drums and Les Wheeler - rhythm guitar, harmonica.

With 46,000 clubs and 1. 35 million members worldwide, Lions Clubs make up the world's largest service club organization. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities; with children who need eyeglasses, seniors who don't have enough to eat and with people we may never meet. The Cambridge Lions Club has been serving the citizens of Cambridge, Salem, Shushan, White Creek and Buskirk since 1934 with 100 percent of donations being contributed back to families and individuals who need it in our community. The Spirit of Johnny Cash will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Greenwich Elks Club, located at 30 Bulson Road and Route 40, Greenwich, N.Y. Admission is $20 and doors open at 6 p.m. ; cash bar and light food menu available as well as raffles and souvenirs.

For concert and ticket information, contact Lion Amber Marriott at 518-677-2642.

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