Dec. 5

MCLA opening annual affordable art sale

NORTH ADAMS, Mass -- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 will present its annual affordable art show beginning on Thursday, Dec. 5, which will feature artwork in a range of styles and mediums from local and national artists. All pieces are priced to sell from 99 cents to $99. 99.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. for "99 and NINE: We are Mused." The show will be open every day through the end of December, with all art to be sold on a "cash and carry" basis. Gift wrapping will be available.

According to Gallery 51 Manager Julia Morgan-Leamon, "99 and NINE: We are Mused" lowers the price point while giving a nod to artist inspiration and whimsy. "The 99 cent show has become a North Adams tradition. We’re bringing many wonderful artists’ work into the gallery at one time. It’s not only an opportunity to enjoy the art, but it’s a shopping opportunity not to be missed," Morgan-Leamon said.

"99 and NINE: We are Mused!" will be on exhibit through Dec. 30.

The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 51 Main St. in North Adams. For more information call 413-664-8718 David Lynch’s "Mulholland Drive"

TROY N.Y. -- David Lynch’s last work on real celluloid film, 2001’s "Mulholland Drive" is a surrealist neo-noir thriller that scrutinizes the collective dream that is Los Angeles through a famously disjointed narrative.


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After a car wreck on the winding "Mulholland Drive" renders Rita amnesic, she sneaks into the apartment of aspiring actress, Betty. As she and the Hollywood-hopeful search for answers about what happened to Rita, reality unravels into a Lynchian dream. Starring Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, and Laura Harring, Lynch originally conceived of "Mulholland Drive" as a television series and then turned it into a feature film. It received the Best Director award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

The film will be screened at EMPAC in Troy, N.Y., on Dec 5. at 7:30 p.m.

Branch Gallery to present student/alumni exhibition

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Branch Gallery, in cooperation with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), will showcase the artwork of MCLA students and alumni in the upcoming 2013 Student/Alumni Exhibition, beginning on Thursday, Dec. 5, in the 18 Holden St. gallery.

The public is invited to attend a free, opening reception, to take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p. m.

During this annual show, MCLA’s students and alumni will present work in a wide variety of mediums -- from the tradition to more contemporary and sometimes unusual. For example, while artist Ben Mancino specializes in nature, macro- and abstract photography, artist Nicholas Fahey specializes in surreal sculptural representations of a mythical creature, the Sasquatch.

The Student/Alumni Exhibition also will feature the work of many familiar faces, including local artists Jason Peabody, Shanti Sponder and Christina Stott.

According to BCRC Executive Intern Janette Santos, "Providing such an opportunity for MCLA students and alumni alike to showcase their art is so important in helping to deepen and enrich the overall local cultural climate of the city." The show will open in conjunction with MCLA’s annual holiday show, "99 and NINE: We are Mused," where all artwork will be priced to sell from 99 cents to $99. 99.

The Student/Alumni Show will open on Thursday, Dec. 5, and remain on display through Sunday, Dec. 8.

Branch Gallery is at 18 Holden St. in North Adams, and is open Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; For more information, go to www.downstreetart.org.

For more information about the Student/Alumni Show, call the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, (413) 664-8718.

The History and Techniques of Printmaking: Engravings and Etchings

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass -- Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a woodcut and a wood engraving, or between an engraving and an etching? And what exactly is a lithograph?

The history and techniques of printmaking have fascinated artists and collectors for centuries. The Clark’s collection of works on paper includes fine examples of all the above and many other kinds of printed images. Join Michael Cassin, director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts, for a look at some of the Print Room’s treasures. This is part two of a three-part series.

The lecture wil be held at The Clark Art Institute at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Senior viola recital at Williams

On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Violist and Williams senior Lysander Jaffe will perform a program including works of Bach, Enescu, Mozart, and Hindemith. Pianist Tricia Ho and violinist Sato Matsui join in the collaboration. Audience is invited to a post-concert reception.

Dec. 6

Craig Taborn and Vicky Chow at EMPAC

TROY, N.Y. -- Vicky Chow and Craig Taborn are two masterful pianists from different musical worlds. Chow is a champion of new music who performs as a soloist and with ensembles like the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and Taborn is an unparalleled jazz keyboardist who tours as a soloist, band leader, and sideman with musicians like Dave Holland and Tim Berne. Chow and Taborn present contrasting solo sets representing the wide spectrum of virtuoso pianism today.

The performance will take place at EMPAC in Troy, N.Y., on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The Williams Wind Ensemble Performs in Chapin Hall

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents a concert with the Williams College Wind Ensemble in Chapin Hall on Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams College Wind Ensemble melds contemporary and traditional art music for winds and percussion, and is conducted by Heidi Johanna Miller.

Classic works by Percy Grainger and Richard Strauss contrast with exciting modern pieces by composers Jayce Ogren, Alan Hovhaness, Ferenc Farkas, and Ron Nelson. Artist Associate in Trumpet Nathan Botts performs as a soloist on "Prayer of Saint Gregory" by Hovhaness. Soprano and Williams senior Caroline Sinico ‘14 is the featured soloist performing "Die Nacht" by Strauss. The ensemble has a tradition of featuring new works and offers a world premiere, "The Improbable Organ" by senior Casey McLellan.

Recognized as one of New England’s premier undergraduate wind ensembles, the group has twice been invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conference.

Dec. 7

Izhar Patkin’s "The Wandering Veil" opening at Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- At the heart of Izhar Patkin: "The Wandering Veil," is a long-awaited survey of works that encapsulate the very fleeting nature of our existence. Ghostly, larger-than-life imagery; audacious sculpture; and innovative painting techniques invented by the artist work like moving pictures to evoke a sense of life, loss, and love.

The exhibition begins at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass. on Saturday, Dec. 7. See the works early; then join us on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. for a conversation with Izhar Patkin and writer and curator David Ross, followed by an opening reception to celebrate the artist and exhibition at 3 p.m.

A signing with Vermont photographer Peter Miller

MANCHESTER -- Peter Miller, photographer-writer-author, will be in-store signing copies of his iconic books, "A Lifetime of Vermont People," "Vermont Farm Women," and "Vermont People." Each book captures the stories and essential character of the people of Vermont in stunning black and white portraits. This is the perfect gift for the anyone that loves Vermont or beautiful and evocative photography. The signing begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester.

More about Peter Miller can be found at petermiller photography.com.

Williams Student Symphony Performs in Chapin Hall

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Student Symphony on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams Student Symphony showcases contrasting facets of the orchestral repertoire. Known for diverse and daring programming, the symphony begins the concert with three movements from J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, followed by "Five Pieces for String Orchestra" by Paul Hindemith. "Valse triste" by Jean Sibelius is juxtaposed with Krzysztof Penderecki’s "Serenade." The Student Symphony wraps up the evening with a spirited performance of the first movement of Bizet’s Symphony in C Major.

The Williams Student Symphony is conducted and administered by students with sponsorship by the music department. The orchestra has a unique structure that encourages original programing and inspired performances.

The concert is conducted by students Byron Perpetua and Casey McLellan. Faculty host is Ronald Feldman, conductor of the Berkshire Symphony.

Dec. 8

Nowell Sing We Clear in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- Nowell Sing We Clear, the Vermont quartet that recalls old American and British Yuletide traditions, will perform at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m.

Nowell Sing We Clear has toured every year since 1975 performing unusual songs, carols, stories, and customs. Drawn mostly from English-language folk traditions, the songs detail the customs which make up the twelve magical days following the return of the light at the winter solstice. Many of these ancient customs are the basis of the today’s holiday traditions, such as visiting and feasting, gift-giving, carol singing from door-to-door and the adorning of houses and churches with garlands of evergreen.

While much of the singing is done in unaccompanied style, the pageant is also stamped with the energetic dance band sound of fiddle, button accordion, electric piano, drums, and concertina. The audience will be supplied with song sheets and encouraged to sing along, though after three decades of touring in New England, a whole generation of young people have grown up with these songs and carols and sing along with as much as they can. Some "new", that is "different", songs and carols are introduced every year. Performers are John Roberts and Tony Barrand, widely known for their lively presentations of English folk songs, and Fred Breunig and Andy Davis, well known in New England as dance callers and musicians.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, home to the Meetinghouse Café, is at 108 School St., Bennington. Its website is www.uubennington.org.

Tickets are $15; children under 12 are $8. Tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-seated basis.

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Dec. 10

Rebecca Zorach, "Nature Imitates Nature: Paradoxes of Intention and Artifice in Early Modern Europe"

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass -- Rebecca Zorach, Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor, Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art will present "Nature Imitates Nature: Paradoxes of Intention and Artifice in Early Modern Europe" on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 pm at the Clark’s Stone Hill Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Ms. Zorach’s will discuss a number of questions: Can images appearing in natural objects, especially rocks, be understood as the artistic production of Nature? This question puzzled Renaissance and Baroque artists and writers on art even as natural objects inspired them. What did the "imitation of nature" in Renaissance art mean if Nature was -- "herself" -- an artist? What does the comparison (or contrast, emulation, or struggle) of Art and Nature tell us about early modern definitions of Art? And if Nature created unintentional artworks, what of the intentions of artists?

Dec. 12

Evening of Holiday Memories at Mark Skinner Library

MANCHESTER -- Attend a very special "Evening of Holiday Memories" at the Mark Skinner Library: Manchester’s Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Enjoy tales of Hanukkah and Christmas featuring special guests Saragail Benjamin and the GMALL Drumming Workshop participants and The Dorset Players, live holiday music, mulled cider and wine, and sweet and savory delights. All are welcome. This lovely event is MSL’s gift to the community. For info, call the library at 802-362-2607 or emailevents@markskinnerlibrary.org.

Sundance Award-winning Documentary to be shown at Southern Vermont College

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College will host a showing of the award-winning documentary film, "Inequality for All," in the school’s Everett Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m.

The screening is free and open to the public and will be followed by a faculty-moderated discussion. The documentary follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he speaks to audiences around the country about the widening economic gap between the rich and poor in the wake of the 2007-2008 financial collapse.

SVC is the first college showing this movie in Vermont and the surrounding region.

The film, which received a special jury award at the Sundance Film Festival, is being hailed as the "Inconvenient Truth" of the economy. Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects every American. Entertaining and enlightening, Reich gives a passionate argument on behalf of the declining middle class as he demonstrates how the widening income gap threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy.

Reich, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, served in three Presidential administrations, one as former Secretary of Labor during President Clinton’s term. He has written several best-selling books, including "The Work of Nations," "Locked in the Cabinet" and his most recent book, "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future."

The 85-minute film was directed by Jacob Kornbluth and produced by Jen Chaiken/72 Production.

Please note that space is limited to 75 individuals. RSVP is preferred by contacting SVC Events Coordinator Robin Yearwood at 802-447-4678 or ryearwood@svc.edu. To view future events at SVC, go to www.svc.edu.

The Clark presents "London National Theatre: The Habit of Art"

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass -- National Theatre Live’s 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play The Habit of Art, with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings, and Frances de la Tour, returns to the Clark Art Institute as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W.H.Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first in twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, among others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

Bennett’s play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.

Tickets are $18 ($15 members, students).

Dec. 14

Body/Head with Kim Gordon and Bill Nace coming to Mass MoCA

Since cutting the first Sonic Youth demos three decades ago, Gordon has delivered a new boundary-breaking project every year, in every manner of art and music. She comes to MASS MoCA with her latest -- a Syd Barrett era -- Pink Floyd-inspired, deeply improvisational duo, Body/Head, that pairs her propelling guitar and vocals with free-noise guitarist Bill Nace.

The performance will be held in Mass MoCA’s Hunter Center on Dec. 14 at 8 p.m.

Movie Matinee at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Free Library is showing a recent mystery/action movie (Rated PG-13) on Saturday, December 14. The movie will begin at 2:00 p.m. (two hours long) and will be shown in the Rotary Room of the Bennington Free Library, located at 101 Silver Street in Bennington. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free and open to the public. The library is wheelchair accessible. For specific movie information call the library at 802-442-9051.

Dec. 17

The History and Techniques of Printmaking: Lithographs

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass -- Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a woodcut and a wood engraving, or between an engraving and an etching? And what exactly is a lithograph?

The history and techniques of printmaking have fascinated artists and collectors for centuries. The Clark’s collection of works on paper includes fine examples of all the above and many other kinds of printed images. Join Michael Cassin, director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts for a look at some of the Print Room’s printed treasures. This is the final part of a three-part series.

The lecture will be held at the Clark Art Institute on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Dec. 20

Deborah Solomon, "American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell"

MANCHESTER -- The Northshire Bookstore is proud welcome esteemed art critic and biographer Deborah Solomon presenting her her spirited and authoritative biography, "American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell." The talk will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester.

As the star illustrator of "The Saturday Evening Post" for nearly half a century, Norman Rockwell mingled fact and fiction in paintings that reflected the we-the-people, communitarian ideals of American democracy.

Freckled Boy Scouts and their mutts, sprightly grandmothers, a young man standing up to speak at a town hall meeting, a little black girl named Ruby Bridges walking into an all-white school -- here was an America whose citizens seemed to believe in equality and gladness for all.

Who was this man who served as our unofficial "artist in chief" and bolstered our country’s national identity? Behind the folksy, pipe-smoking facade lay a surprisingly complex figure -- a lonely painter who suffered from depression and was consumed by a sense of inadequacy. He wound up in treatment with the celebrated psychoanalyst Erik Erikson. In fact, Rockwell moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts so that he and his wife could be near Austen Riggs, a leading psychiatric hospital. "What’s interesting is how Rockwell’s personal desire for inclusion and normalcy spoke to the national desire for inclusion and normalcy," writes Solomon. "His work mirrors his own temperament -- his sense of humor, his fear of depths -- and struck Americans as a truer version of themselves than the sallow, solemn, hard-bitten Puritans they knew from eighteenth-century portraits." Deborah Solomon is the author of two previous biographies of American artists: "Jackson Pollock: A Biography" and "Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell." She has written about art and culture for many publications, and her weekly interview column, "Questions For," appeared in The New York Times Magazine from 2003 to 2011. She lives in New York City with her family.

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