Happening this Week
Inquisitive, incisive and ultimately inspiring events this week celebrate creative arts as a social dialogue. Through dance, through film, through literature - one can address the gravest issues with passion, engagement and sometimes even beauty.
AN EVENING OF HOPE:
KATE DiCAMILLO ON THE POWER OF READING
October 13th, Friday 6PM
Beloved, award-winning author Kate DiCamillo will be hosting a celebration of the harmony created through sharing stories and song together. DiCamillo’s frequent theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances can be seen throughout all of her books, as she produced her first novel, Newbery Honor winning Because of Winn-Dixie, through a bitter winter and a bout of homesickness. This interactive evening for families and children will feature a performance by Catskill Mountain Music Together followed by a presentation and book signing by this two-time Newbery Award winning author who wholeheartedly believes that “when we read together, we welcome one another in.” $24 (Admission for 1 adult, up to 4 children and includes a copy of her new book La La La)
Stissing Mountain High School 2829 Church Street. Pine Plains NY. 518.789.3797
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DAVID DUNLOP: THE SCIENCE OF EXPRESSION
October 14th, Saturday 12PM
David Dunlop’s lecture at the White Gallery, 'Science of Expression: Art and Design', is a philosophical examination of what “art” is and what role it plays. Asking the questions: what subconscious processes are in play when we examine, create or acquire art? how do culture and biology determine art? and how have our ideas and purposes for art changed with culture, science and technology? Free but call to reserve a seat.
The White Gallery. 344 Main Street. Lakeville CT. 860.435.1029
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THE BITTER GAME: A JOURNEY THROUGH NORTH PHILLY
October 14th, Saturday 8PM
Creator, Playwright and Performer Keith A. Wallace’s 'The Bitter Game', performed as an interactive exercise, has been lauded a “high-impact performance piece” and “a sharp reminder of the persuasive powers of live theatre.” (Ben Brantley, The New York Times) Ripe with pain, poetry and laughter, and communicated through a blend of verse, prose and trash talking, Wallace takes the audience through childhood to young adulthood of Jamel and his relationship with his mother Pam in today’s North Philly. Created as a response to the shooting of black Americans by police officers that inspired the Black Lives Matter movement, Wallace engages his audience in a critical conversation about what it means to survive while Black in America. The play is recommended for those 14 and over because of the strong language and content. $14-$30
MASS MoCA. 1040 MASS MoCA Way. North Adams MA. 413.662.2111
HOW WE GOT TO THE FUNK: JACOB’S 1ST PILLOW PARTY
October 14th, Saturday 8PM
Kicking off the Pillow Party Series, 'How We Got to the Funk' is a social dance class and dance party. Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Founder of social activism performance ensemble Urban Bush Woman) will be facilitating this fun, participatory journey through African American social dances from 1955 through today with live music from Brooklyn-based Craig Harris & Tailgaters Tales. $10, Free for ages 12 & under.
Jacob’s Pillow. 358 George Carter Road. Becket MA. 413.243.9919 x111
WILLARD SPIEGELMAN TALKS SENIOR MOMENTS
October 15th, Sunday 3-4:30PM
With more than six decades worth of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, Willard Spiegelman had plenty of material for his recently published series of essays, Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead. Addressing the Western cultural notion of aging as something to be denied, overcome and resisted, Spiegelman reflects with candor, humor and sophistication upon the delight he takes in relishing the simplest of pleasures, the occasional bout of nostalgia and his journey towards welcoming what inevitably lies ahead. Free.
The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar. 11 Housatonic Street. Lenox MA. 413.637.3390
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