Thursday November 15, 2012

Nov. 15

The Poetry of Color: Collages, Paintings & Photographs

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Equinox Village and The Greater Manchester Arts Council are proud to present this exhibit by Danby, Vermont-artist Linda Durkee. The exhibit opens with live music by Christopher Placella and hors d’oeuvres from the Equinox Village kitchen at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Equinox Village. It is free and open to the public.

"In making art, I celebrate the power of beauty and communicate the energy of joy," Durkee writes in her artist statement.

Durkee spent her first career as a journalist, editor, speech writer and teacher at such organizations as The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. , the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U. N. Environment Program in Geneva, Switzerland.

While working in Washington, D.C. and in Europe, Durkee spent her free time viewing art. She began painting in 1980 and studied art with Washington, D.C., artist Debra Stern Nicholas.

In 2001, after several writing careers, Durkee moved back to Vermont to be near her family and to do her art full time. Now her favorite method of communication is through her artwork.

"Color is a vital means of communication. It contains energy, information, emotion," Durkee said.

"I don’t paint from the outside. I paint from the inside," Durkee said.

"It’s the inner life that is my area of exploration." Nor has Durkee given up on language entirely. She is a published poet and co-author of a screenplay being marketed by an agent in Hollywood.

Join Durkee, Placella, and the community’s art enthusiasts for the opening of this exciting exhibit at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at Equinox Village. The opening is free and open to the public. Call 802-362-4061 to R. S. V. P. The exhibit will remain on display until Monday, Jan. 14. ’The Ritz’ by David Eppel premieres

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstheatre proudly presents Terrence McNally’s glorious farce "The Ritz" directed by David Eppel with Abigail & Shaun Bengson. The play is set in a gay bathhouse in New York in the 1970s, where mistaken identity and confusion over sexuality creates a multiplicity of situational madnesses! The population of this particular little corner of New York includes chubby-chasers, go-go dancers, squeaky-voiced detectives, cowboy-chapped cruisers, and a host of other madcap characters. . . not to mention the fabulous, the wonderful, Googie Gomez hot from Puerto Rico, and Broadway-bound!

Mature themes. The performances are Nov.15 to 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the ‘62 Center’s Adams Memorial Theatre, located at 1000 Main Street, in Williamstown, Mass. Tickets are $3.

Come to Opening-Night for a 70s Post-Show Party. There will be a prize for the best outfit.

For tickets, visit the Williams ‘62 Center Box Office Tues-Sat, 1-5 p.m. or call 413-597-2425. For more information, please visit http://62center. williams.edu

Nov. 16

Emily Johnson’s touching dance work includes fish skin lanterns at MASS MoCA

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- After a week-long dance residency, Alaskan choreographer Emily Johnson and her company, Catalyst, present a work-in-progress showing of her newest work, Niicugni (Listen), in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. Performed by Aretha Aoki and Johnson herself and with sound by James Everest and Bethany Lacktorin, Niicugni is an evocative movement installation that Dance Magazine calls "simultaneously vulnerable and commanding, mythical and wry."

Niicugni is a new dance performance centered on movement, story, and sound. The piece is housed within an installation of functional handcrafted lanterns made of fish skin. Johnson acknowledges the frequent presence of salmon in her life - from her family heritage, to her childhood in Alaska, to her development as an artist now based in Minneapolis - by incorporating it into the work as hanging lanterns that create both light and sound. Through the fish skin lanterns and movement onstage, Niicugni equates the land people live on with the cells that comprise their physical beings: both land and bodies are very much alive with ancestry, memory, and possibility.

Johnson is a director, choreographer, and curator who began making work in 1998. Often functioning as installations, her dances strive to engage audiences by blurring the lines between performance and daily life. Johnson has been commissioned by the Walker Arts Center and PS122.

Emily Johnson takes the stage in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person. Members receive a 10% discount on tickets. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office, located off Marshall Street in North Adams, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. (closed Tuesdays). Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413-662-2111 during Box Office hours or purchased online at www.massmoca.org.

Legendary Pianist Frank Glazer Performs at Williams College

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --The Williams College Department of Music presents pianist Frank Glazer in concert on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p. m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. The concert is part of the music department’s Visiting Artist series.

Frank Glazer is a performer whose career encompasses much of the 20th century and is still going strong.

His success was predicted by Kurt Weill, who wrote to a friend after Glazer’s 1936 New York Town Hall debut at the age of 21, "I want to tell you that I enjoyed it very much. Frank Glazer is an excellent musician and a pianist of high qualities. The best test of his great talents for me was his fine interpretation of the Schubert Sonata (D. 845) which is a very difficult work to perform, I am sure he will make his way through the concert halls of the world." As a teenager, Mr. Glazer performed in Vaudeville theaters on weekends.

Aside from piano, Mr. Glazer had a wide variety of early music experiences: string bass and harp, studies with Artur Schnabel at Lake Como, organ services at an English church, and bass drum and glockenspiel in a military band during World War II.

At his advanced age of 97, Mr. Glazer says he is still getting better.

Nov. 17

Green Mountain Academy presents second shakespeare lectures

BENNINGTON -- On Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., Shakespeare’s "Timon of Athens" from the National Theatre in London will be shown in a high-definition broadcast performance in the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy. The performance is part of the Saturday Series presented in partnership with Burr and Burton Academy and Northshire Performing Arts.

Simon Russell Beale (Collaborators, London Assurance) takes the title role in Nicholas Hytner’s bold production, which makes Timon of Athens more relevant and compelling than ever before.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $12 for senior citizens; $9 for students and can be purchased online at bba. ticketjunior.com or call 802-549-8118.

Nov. 18

’Mind Maps’ Opening

BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Arts Exchange and the Vermont Veterans’ Home Present "MIND MAPS" featuring drawings and paintings from veterans and members of the Home Open House Sunday, Nov. 18 1-3p.m. Crispe Room Gallery Vermont Veterans’ Home Live music and sing along with Nathan Knowles.

BHS presents ‘Reflections on the Church’s Founding Days’

BENNINGTON -- In 1761, led by Samuel Robinson, Bennington’s first settlers arrived, in part to form a new church. Their religious sensibility was formed out of the Great Awakening, a religious revival movement that produced significant divisions and dissent in New England’s social order. On Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m., Reverend Ken Clarke discusses "Reflections of the Church’s Founding Days." A Bennington Historical Society Program, this event will be held in the Ada Paresky Education Center located on the second floor of the Bennington Museum. It is free and open to the public.

In the first half of the 1700s, the church played a major role in the life of a community in New England. "In the beginning the church was Bennington and Bennington was the church." according to Ken Walling, Historian at The Old First Church. This church was "gathered" on December 3, 1762, and was the first Protestant congregation in the New Hampshire Grants. The organizers were "Separatists," influenced by the Great Awakening. Drawn from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, they were proprietors of the new town of Bennington. The first meetinghouse was a plain pine structure built in the center of the village, the green in front of the present structure. It served for general public meetings, as a school, and for worship. The organization of the Bennington church, literally a "new church in a new land in a new time" showed how lessons of dissent resulted in innovation and, in turn, provided a way for religion to exist in a society full of change. In his presentation, Clark will explore the theology and what it took to organize a church 250 years ago.

A student of history, Clarke is a lawyer, teacher, and the minister at The Old First Church in Bennington. Earlier in his ministry, Clarke served the historic First Church of Salem, Massachusetts, organized in 1629 as the first Protestant church formed on American soil. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Vermont Law School and the Harvard Divinity School.

Through Nov. 25

Williams art museum hosts ‘Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series’

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Museum of Art continues its show "Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series" -- the first time the Greenheads series, created between 1996 and 2005, will be shown as a comprehensive body of work -- is on view through Nov. 25. The museum is free and open to the public.

There will be a gallery conversation on "The Greenheads Series," on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m.

The figures inhabiting Ali’s works -- the Greenheads -- are, according to supplied material, "enigmatic round-headed beings of indeterminate sex and race who inhabit a regimented, dystopian world where odd and menacing, though sometimes strangely humorous, encounters prevail."

The Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For information call 413-597-2429 or wcma.williams.edu

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