Thursday February 21, 2013

Feb. 21

Children's author presents story time

MANCHESTER -- Manchester's own Lana Hauben, author of the children's book, "Ice Cream Land," will visit the Mark Skinner Library on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. For Children's Story Time, Hauben will read her picture book, followed by an opportunity for kids to create and illustrate their own stories. Ice cream treats will be served, courtesy of Friendly's. Free program, open to the public. Suggested for children ages 4 and up. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers. For more information call the library at 802-362-2607 or visit www.markskinnerlibrary.org. The Mark Skinner Library is located at 48 West Road in Manchester. 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.

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.


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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

Clark presents free screening of ‘Sing-Along Wizard of Oz'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will show a free screening of "Sing-Along Wizard of Oz," an interactive film experience based on the most beloved motion picture of all time, on Thursday, Feb. 2,1 at 2 p.m.

Children of all ages and their parents will enjoy "Sing-Along Wizard of Oz," a splashy afternoon of theater and film fully restored for the big screen. Audience members are encouraged to wear their favorite characters' costumes as they celebrate the story of Dorothy and her fantastical journey through the Land of Oz by joining in and singing along to the classic film's songs. Among the famous tracks are "Over the Rainbow," "If I Only Had a Brain," and "We're Off to See the Wizard."

Released in 1939 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, "The Wizard of Oz" continues to delight children around the world almost 75 years later. Dorothy (Judy Garland), her dog, Toto, and her three companions on the yellow brick road to Oz -- the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) -- have withstood the test of time and remain icons in the world of children's fantasy films.

Feb. 22

Israeli-Palestinian youth music community, Heartbeat comes to Bennington

BENNINGTON -- Heartbeat, the Israeli-Palestinian youth music community, will launch its debut U.S. tour on Feb. 21, to bring the voice and sound of a better future in the Middle East to America. The ensemble of young Arab and Jewish artists (ages 17-21) has performed across Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Germany and will now travel from Boston to Washington, D.C., for 15 performances at universities, music venues, and congregations.

Based in Jerusalem, Heartbeat is an international non-profit organization uniting musicians, educators, and students to build mutual understanding and transform conflict through the power of music. 

Visiting some of the world's most celebrated universities and music venues, the tour program will feature uplifting performances interweaving traditional and modern Eastern and Western music. Heartbeat members will further engage audience members through interactive workshops and will share their experiences of growing up amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, highlighting their creative effort to build a better future as members of Heartbeat.

All tour performances are free to the public and open to all ages. For more information about performance dates and venues, please visit: www.heartbeat.fm/UStour

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.

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. 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.

Feb. 24

Images Cinema Oscar party

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Images Cinema's Oscar Party this year take place in the cinema on Sunday, Feb. 24, starting at 7 p.m. Watch the Oscar Ceremony on the big screen, and celebrate the year in movies with your community. The night will be MC'ed by Eric Kerns. Mixologist Brent Heeringa will be making designer cocktails in the rear of the theater (Drinkin' with Lincoln.). Ruby Sparks will provide red carpet commentary on what all the stars are wearing. Enjoy artisanal cheese from Cricket Creek Farm. Enter the Pick the Winner contest for a chance to win a year of free movies at Images Cinema. Buy raffle tickets to win great prizes provided by local businesses, details below. Raffle tickets are $5 each, 3 for $12. Prizes will be given to the best dressed, so dress to impress. The event is free to attend; cash bar. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring St., Williamstown, Mass. www.imagescinema.org

"This will be a fun party, and there might even be some surprise performances," said Anna Moriarty-Lev, Membership and Operations Coordinator at Images Cinema.

Images Cinema will also use event as an opportunity to recognize the good work by its volunteers, and give out awards of their own.

The Pick-the-Winner contest asks you to predict who will win Oscars in the most categories, for a chance to win a year of free movies at Images Cinema.

Ballots are $10 each, three for $25. Ballots must be turned in before the first winner is announced to be eligible. Raffle items include: passes to the Williamstown Film Festival, JPK bag from Ruby Sparks, porcelain centerpiece bowl from Library Antiques, Elyssa Bass sea green chalcedony drop earrings from Harrison Gallery, a portrait by Anna Moriarty-Lev, day passes to Jiminy Peak, a gift certificate from Hops & Vines, a gift certificate from Living Well Chiropractic, $100 off initial LENS Neurofeedback treatment at Peter May Chiropractic, a gift certificate from Williamstown Family Chiropractic, Chopin Single Ingredient Vodka Collection from West's Wine & Spirits, a gift certificate from Spice Root, a gift certificate from Sushi Thai Garden, $25 towards framing at TGL Photoworks, a gift certificate from Pappa Charlie's Delli, a scarf from Amy's Cottage of Williamstown.

The only one of its kind in Berkshire County, Images Cinema is a year-round non-profit, member-supported community film house that presents a wide range of films that impact filmmaking and our culture. Images continuously seeks to entertain, educate and engage the community with quality programming, while maintaining its dedication to independent film and media. Images Cinema serves organic popcorn, real butter, locally-made baked goods, and naturally sweetened sodas, as well as traditional concessions fare. Images Cinema is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Check for up-to-date happenings at www.imagescinema.org.

Williams presents Ballak Sissoko, kora master from Mali

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents Ballak Sissoko in a concert of West African kora music, Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage with Sissoko in a question and answer session immediately following the concert.

This free event is open to the public and is part of the Department of Music's Ernest Brown World Music Series.

Born into a family of griots, hereditary lineage of poet-historians found among the Mali-Mende of West Africa, Ballak Sissoko started playing the kora at a very young age. Receiving no formal instruction, he gained mastery of the 21-string bridge-harp by watching and keenly emulating his father, the virtuoso Djlimady Sissoko. Over the years, Ballak has developed his own distinctive musical voice, marked by subtle rhythmic diversions, unexpected cadences, and an overall nuanced command of musical space and time. A noted and highly sought-after master of the kora, Ballak Sissoko serenely revolutionizes tradition, creating a synergy that relies on a heightened sense of listening and empathy. At a time in history when Mali is being bombarded by social and politcal upheavals, Sissoko's music is a master class in harmony and healthy community life.

The Ernest Brown World Music Series brings musicians from across the globe to share their musical talents with the Williams College community. The series is named for Professor Emeritus Ernest D. Brown, who taught at Williams from 1988 to 2011.

March 2

Vocalists Vivien Shotwell and Paul LaRosa perform at Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents mezzo soprano Vivien Shotwell and baritone Paul LaRosa, along with pianist Noah Lindquist, on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

Shotwell sings "Ruckert-Lieder" by Gustav Mahler, based on a collection of songs by Friedrich Ruckert. A song cycle in the 19th century tradition, "Ruckert-Lieder" share a sense of melancholy and a longing for the comfort of devine love and reflect an intimate side of Mahler's music. Vocalist Vivien Shotwell is a graduate of Williams College, Class of 2003, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in opera performance at Yale University. She was a 2011 and 2009 Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is the 2012 recipient of the David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize for an outstanding singer in the Yale School of Music. She was born in Colorado and raised in Nova Scotia.

LaRosa sings works by Ralph Vaughan Williams from the song cycle Songs of Travel. Written at the beginning of the 20th century, the poetic and musical themes hark back to a romantic tradition. Based on poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, the songs are also strongly influenced by Vaughan Williams's interest in folk songs. Paul LaRosa, Williams Class of 2002, has Bachelor degrees in Philosophy and English. Engagements for the 2012-13 season include a debut as Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West at the Castleton Festival under the baton of Lorin Maazel, a Cleveland Orchestra debut in a program of Copland Old American Songs led by David Alen Miller both in Cleveland and as a part of the Orchestra's Miami Residency at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago covering Jud Fry in Oklahoma! During the 2011-12 season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paul LaRosa appeared as Papageno in "Die Zauberflute," Hermann in "Les contes d'Hoffmann," Nikitich in "Boris Godunov," and covered Harlequin in "Ariadne auf Naxos" as well as Ravenal in "Showboat."

Jamaica Kincaid comes to Northshire Books

Manchester -- Jamaica Kincaid returns to fiction with a vengeance. She will be reading from her new novel, "See Now Then," on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

In "See Now Then" a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. This piercing examination of the manifold ways in which the passing of time operates on the human consciousness unfolds gracefully, and Kincaid inhabits each of her characters a mother, a father, and their two children, living in a small village in New England as they move, in their own minds, between the present, the past, and the future: for, as she writes, "the present will be now then and the past is now then and the future will be a now then." Her characters, constrained by the world, despair in their domestic situations.

But their minds wander, trying to make linear sense of what is, in fact, nonlinear. "See Now Then" is Kincaid's attempt to make clear what is unclear, and to make unclear what we assumed was clear: that is, the beginning, the middle, and the end.

For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com

Marlboro College presents ‘The Vagina Monologues'

MARLBORO -- Members of the Marlboro College and town communities will present a reading of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. in Ragle Hall, Marlboro College.

This performance will benefit the Women's Freedom Center in Brattleboro, a nonprofit organization that works to end domestic and sexual violence toward women and their children Officially established in 1974, The Woman's Freedom Center provides a safe and confidential emergency space for women and their children fleeing domestic violence, as well as safety planning and counseling, support groups, youth outreach throughout schools in Windham county, and community education. Suggested donations: $5 for Marlboro College students and $10 for the general public. Contact Stefanie Ashlyn at sashlyn@marlboro.edu to reserve tickets.

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