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The Town of Williamstown Massachusetts was founded in 1765 and is located in Berkshire County in the northwestern corner of the state.

Williamstown is home of the Sterling and Clark Art Institute which houses one of the worlds largest collections of Renoir as well as other impressionists. The Williams College Museum of Art has fine collections as well. Williamstown Theatre Festival which operates during the summer months brings marvelous Broadway and Hollywood performers to the town.

The town is acknowledged by Norman Crampton in his book The 100 Best Small Town in America which ranked Williamstown as the 18th best American Small Town, the only community in Massachusetts included in the top 100!!

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Free Concert Band: Misty Blues
Misty Blues pays homage to the older blues made popular by the bold and brassy women of its time, while still paying respect to classic male artists of the '20s, '30s and '40s. The band also frequently performs classic rock and folk tunes infused with a healthy dose of the blues.

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When: Jul 29, 2014 5 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 17, 2014 12 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12 )
Drawing Classes: Drawing the Landscape


When: Aug 23, 2014 9 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: IS183 Member: $40. Nonmember: $60.

(Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09 )
Fool for Love Williamstown
When: Jul 29, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19 )
Ikebana: Epiphany of Life

Yuji Ueno, independent floral artist, will demonstrate the art of Japanese floral design. Formerly trained in traditional Japanese floral arrangement, Sogestu Ikebana, Ueno later sought greater freedom to chart his own course and to develop a flower concept that he calls Hanaike. His aim is to draw out the essence of the natural world and convey the true meaning of beauty in fine flower arrangements.

With his own distinctive style, he has held numerous solo and group exhibitions and performances in site-specific places in Japan such as an empty lot in downtown Tokyo, a burnt out shell of a building, neighborhood streets, to name a few, and abroad in Bali and Thailand. Ueno frequently collaborates with musicians and artisans. Besides floral installations, Ueno creates designs for interior display and fashion shows. He teaches at the Nagaoka Institute of Design in Tokyo and has lectured at many other institutes and universities in Japan.

At Williams he will give a demonstration of his floral art, seeking inspiration from the place to forge an artistic piece within the local context. The recently published book,Japanese Ikebana for Every Season (Tuttle Publishing, April 2014), will be available and an accompanying photo exhibit will be on display prior to the demonstration.

This event is organized by the Japanese Program with generous funding from the Joseph G. Tompkins Fund, Jr. 1962 Fund for Asian Studies, the Department of Asian Studies and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.



When: Oct 5, 2014 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sun, 05 Oct 2014 00 )
Jonathan Franzen and Andrew Sullivan

The Class of '71 Public Affairs Forum is pleased to present a conversation between Jonathan Franzen and Andrew Sullivan on issues of national importance such as the environment, income inequality, and family. Sullivan is a former editor of The Atlantic, author of several books on conservatism and homosexuality, and a blogger for The Daily Beast. Franzen is the author of The Corrections, a National Book Award winner, and most recently, the novel, Freedom. This event is organized by the Lecture Committee.



When: Oct 21, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Tickets are free but required (Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19 )
BIMO Class of 1960s Scholar Seminar

Dianne Newman, PhD., CalTech



When: Sep 26, 2014 1:10:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:10:00 )
Shivalingappa: Akasha

Akasha, featuring choreography by Shantala Shivalingappa and Vempati Ravi Shankar, son of Shivalingappas Kuchipudi guru Vempati Chinna Satyam, is a program of five Kuchipudi solos, each performed by Shivalingappa and accompanied by live singing, flute, and percussions. In Sanskrit, Akasha means sky or space and is regarded as Luminous and the Source of All. Each work in Akasha is inspired by a traditional Hindu poem.
A classical Indian dancer whose artistic curiosity has spanned contemporary and traditional forms, Shantala Shivalingappa is widely acclaimed for her vivid, brilliantly musical performances. Shivalingappa specializes in the traditional South Indian dance form of Kuchipudi and she has also made an imprint working with Western artists such as Pina Bausch and Peter Brook.
Born in Madras, India and raised in Paris, Shantala Shivalingappa has reveled in both eastern and western traditions since early childhood. She grew up in a world filled with dance and music, her artistic exposure and education fostered by her mother, dancer Savitry Nair. Deeply moved and inspired by Kuchipudi, a pure and graceful style of traditional Indian dance, Shantala dedicated herself to one of its greatest teachers, Master Vempati Chinna Satyam, where as a devoted pupil received rigorous training in the form. To this day, Shantala has become the Occidental ambassador of Kuchipudi.
Divinely gifted. -NY Times



When: Feb 25, 2015 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: $10 / $3 Students (Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20 )
MIDWEEKMUSIC in the Chapel

Bring a friend, bring your lunch, and enjoy our popular midday and midweek concert series. A musical sampler, every week offers up a mixture of traditional fare, with exciting accents of the unexpected. Williams student musicians value the informal atmosphere of MIDWEEKMUSIC and they use it to workshop their pieces, try out something new, show off something that doesn't fit in other concert formats, or just to have some fun. Instructors are encouraged to have their students present themes together, and the impromptu mini-lecture can also be part of the enjoyment.

This week our concert is in beautiful Thompson Memorial Chapel. We hope to feature, alongside our regular program, Williams music students playing the chapel organ.



When: Nov 16, 2014 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE (Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:15:00 )
Camille A. Brown: Black Girl

Camille A. Brown in collaboration with dramaturg/director Kamilah Forbes, composer Scott Patterson, set designer Liz Nelson, and lighting designer Burke Wilmore will create a multimedia work that depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a Black female in urban American culture.
Using Angela Davis book, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, the writings of bell hooks, Toni Morrison (The Bluest Eye), and Melissa Harris-Perry, and community-based participatory research as inspiration, this work seeks to examine the politics of pleasure, the concept of patriarchy, and contemporary notions of beauty for black women and will also touch on the ambiguity and overlap of these topics.
Combining history and musicology with the fantastical approach of imagery in Alice and Wonderland this work sheds light on the grand narrative and dialogs about feminism, patriarchy, and how women negotiate themselves within this world. What are our rabbit holes?
Known for high theatricality, gutsy moves and virtuosic musicality, Camille A. Brown & Dancers soar through history like a whirlwind. The companys work explores typical, real life situations ranging from literal relationships to more complex themes with an eye on the past and present.
Gutsy. Wild. Smart. Original [...] Camille Brown has expert comic timing thats Broadway-worthy. Dance Magazine



When: Oct 29, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: $10 / $3 Students (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20 )
Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart: A Rite

Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart, join forces for A Rite, a work that celebrates the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring. Igor Stravinskys groundbreaking masterpiece and celebrated collaboration with choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky was so revolutionary at the time of its Paris premiere that it incited a riot, and A Rite attempts to imagine the consequence of hearing the piece played for the very first time with a libretto that pulls from the diaries of World War I veterans, Stravinskys score, the writings of physicist Brian Greene, and many other sources.
A Rite is the alchemy of two communities a dance company and a theater companyencountering the legacy of Stravinskys Rite of Spring one hundred years after its birth. The reverberations felt in the works vast wake are woven through world wars, the formation and disintegration of nations, the birth of global culture and scientific changes that did nothing less than alter the way we live now.
An intriguing, intelligent, insightful dance theater piece.
-San Francisco Chronicle



When: Mar 16, 2015 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: $10 / $3 Students (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00 )
ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey

Elizabeth Liang will give her solo performance, ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey,a funny and poignant show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England.Liang weaves humorous stories about growing up as an Alien Citizen abroad with American commercial jingles providing a soundtrack through language confusion, first love, culture shock, Clark Gable, and sandstorms with projections and sound design.

Elizabeth Liang is an actress and writer, working both in English and Spanish-language films. She is also a Third Culture Kid or TCK, and her show reflects (in her words)the decisions that every global nomad has to make repeatedly: to adapt or to simply cope; to build a bridge or to just tolerate.

ALIEN CITIZEN premiered on the West Coast in May 2013 at the Asylum Lab in Hollywood and on the East Coast that fall at the Women at Work Festival in New York City. Since then, she held performances at numerous universities, conferences and organizations both in the US and abroad.



When: Sep 18, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19 )
Homer's Coat: An Iliad

Actor Denis OHare and director Lisa Peterson telescope Homers great poem about the Trojan War into an intimate solo show illuminating both the heroism and the horror of warfare. Set in a contemporary milieu, the one-man performance stars an ageless Greek singer and poet. The script is rendered in contemporary vernacular language with occasional snatches of verse and even a few bellowed lines in Homers original Greek, and is accompanied by Mark Bennetts beautiful score for solo upright bass. The plays sole narrator, a battered-looking character who claims to have been recounting the yarn throughout the ages, combines the reverence and mystery of ancient Greek mythology with the dynamic urban rhythms of contemporary life.
OHare describes his character as a living book sitting on the shelf, and either hes being pulled down off the shelf by willing participants or hes willing himself off the shelf to fall open in a time when the culture needs him.
Denis OHare and Lisa Peterson are founding members of Homers Coat - a creative collective that explores foundational literature. An actor and a director respectively, they both develop, write and edit the pieces they make together. The creative process differs according to subject matter but the lens through which they view the theatrical medium makes for unique, energetic, imaginative performative experiences. Together they created the stage piece, An Iliad over a period of 5 years, utilizing video, video transcriptions, improvisation, original music, and diligent research.
An Iliad has received multiple awards including the Joseph Jefferson Award (Chicago), 5 Craig Noel Awards (San Diego), Gregory Award (Seattle), Drama Desk Nomination (New York), The Obie Award (New York), and The Lucille Lortel Award (New York).
Spellbinding... smartly conceived and impressively executed. NY Times



When: Sep 20, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: $10 / $3 Students (Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20 )
Biology Class of 1960s Scholar Seminar

Dan Bolnick 96, UT Austin



When: Oct 23, 2014 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00 )
Biology Department Seminar

A presentation on How to Present, by Prof. Matt Carter



When: Sep 12, 2014 1:10:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:10:00 )
Biology Department Seminar

Mariana Wolfner, Cornell University



When: Nov 7, 2014 1:10:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Fri, 07 Nov 2014 13:10:00 )
Cheese Tasting in the Berkshires
Expand your palate and knowledge of handcrafted, raw milk cheeses at Cricket Creek Farm while supporting the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network. Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 2-5pm Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown, MA Taste several farmstead, raw milk cheeses with Suzy Konecky, Creamery Manager and Cheese Maker at Cricket Creek Farm Learn about the environmental, economic and health benefits of raw milk with Sean Stanton, manager of Blue Hill Farm and North Plain Farm in Great Barrington, MA. Get a better understanding of raw milk policy and legal issues with Winton Pitcoff, Raw Milk Network Coordinator Take a stroll in Cricket Creek's lush green pasture Sneak a peak at the milking and cheese making operation Enjoy wine pairings, appetizers and live music! $65 for NOFA members, $75 for non-members All proceeds will go to the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network, which works to ensure that safe, healthy raw milk is easily available in Massachusetts. To register for this event, contact NOFA/Mass Registration Coordinator, Christine Rainville at 508-572-0816 or registrationma@nofamass.org For more information contact NOFA/Mass Fundraising Events Coordinator, Hannah Jacobson-Hardy at 413-695-5968 or hannah@nofamass.org



When: Sep 13, 2014 2 PM to Sep 13, 2014 5 PMin Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: 65 - 75 USD (Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Aug 26, 2014 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13 )
Art, Architecture & Design Walking Tours


When: Aug 3, 2014 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Members and Children: FREE. Nonmembers: $5.

(Sun, 03 Aug 2014 14 )
Summer School: Slightly Twisted Learning Mini Course

Get schooled by faculty from across campus with a 50-minute dose of art through a different lens. Then head to our patio, have a glass of wine, and let it all sink in.

Courses meet from 4-4:50 pm. The Patio is open until 8 pm.

WCMA 103

Staging the Gallery: Visual Research in Set Design

David Morris, MFA, Assistant Professor of Theatre

Art offers a window onto the world, but how does its role change when viewed as research for the creation of imagined realms onstage? We will think about art objects as source material for a set design process: how the choice of an early American arm chair can affect an actors posture, or a Hudson River School painting might become the emotional touchstone for an entire scenography.



When: Jul 31, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16 )
Folly at Field Farm: House Tour


When: Aug 9, 2014 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Members and Children: FREE. Nonmembers: $5. (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00 )
Tour the Folly at Field Farm
When: Aug 9, 2014 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Members: FREE Nonmembers: $5 (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00 )
Synopsis:
The Visit Williamstown Theatre Festival

Premiere of a new version of the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit, starring two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera.Synopsis:
Claire Zachanassian was driven from her hometown in disgrace at age 17, betrayed by her lover Anton Schell. Several decades and husbands later, Zachanassian has become the richest woman in the world. Her home town has fallen on very hard times and she offers them a deal: if they will kill the man who broke her heart, she will make them all rich.

Show Dates:
Performances from 31 Jul 2014
Opening 02 Aug 2014
Closing 17 Aug 2014

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, July 31, 7:30pm (Preview)
Friday, August 1, 8:00pm
Saturday, August 2, 3:30pm
Saturday, August 2, 8:00pm (Opening Night)
Sunday, August 3, 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 5, 7:30pm (Talkback)
Wednesday, August 6, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 7, 2:00pm
Thursday, August 7, 7:30pm
Friday, August 8, 8:00pm
Saturday, August 9, 3:30pm
Saturday, August 9, 8:00pm
Sunday, August 10, 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 12, 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 13, 7:30pm
Thursday, August 14, 2:00pm
Thursday, August 14, 7:30pm
Friday, August 15, 8:00pm
Saturday, August 16, 3:30pm
Saturday, August 16, 8:00pm
Sunday, August 17, 2:00pm

Tickets:
Pricing: $35 - $70
Box Office: 413-597-3400

AdvertisementTheatre Information:
Williamstown Theatre Festival
Williams College, '62 Center for Theatre and Dance
Rte 2 East
Williamstown, MA 01267
US

Genre:
Musical

Cast List:
Chita Rivera
Roger Rees
John Bambery
Jason Danieley
Matthew Deming
Diana DiMarzio
Melanie Field
David Garrison
Rick Holmes
Judy Kuhn
Jude McCormick
Tom Nelis
Chris Newcomer
Aaron Ramey
Timothy Shew
Michelle Veintimilla

Production Credits:
Directed by John Doyle
Choreography by Graciela Daniele
Scenic Design by Scott Pask
Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward
Lighting Design by Japhy Woodman

Other Credits:
Lyrics by: Fred Ebb
Music by: John Kander
Book by: Terrence McNally, based on the play by Friedrich Duerrenmatt

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When: Jul 31, 2014 12 AM to Aug 17, 2014 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Pricing: $35 - $70 (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00 )
MIDWEEKMUSIC

Bring a friend, bring your lunch, and enjoy our popular midday and midweek concert series. A musical sampler, every week offers up a mixture of traditional fare, with exciting accents of the unexpected. Williams student musicians value the informal atmosphere ofMIDWEEKMUSICand they use it to workshop their pieces, try out something new, show off something that doesnt fit in other concert formats, or just to have some fun. Instructors are encouraged to have their students present themes together, and the impromptu mini-lecture can also be part of the enjoyment.

Relaxed and informal,MIDWEEKMUSICis a chance for everyone to share the music while seated on the Chapin Hall stage. Enjoy the sound of our Bsendorfer Imperial grand piano in a setting that is at once both regal and intimate.



When: Oct 22, 2014 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:15:00 )
Barn Concert by John Francis with special guest opening act Karl Mullen



Like his songs, John Francis is rooted in the real, vulnerable, and gritty stories of human experiences, his own and those he encounters. And as he tours and travels, hes collected stories of others, and built his own story on that great ribbon of highway.

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Please join us for this special sound, in the intimate setting of a nineteenth century cow barn:

Doors 6:30 pm

Music 7:30 pm

$10 at the door -- 100% goes to the artist.

$10 donation at the door. 100% goes to the artist.

Please RSVP here for a reservation -- seating is limited.

Son of ministers and musicians, John Francis grew up with folk, rock, and gospel music at the center of his life. He started writing, recording, and performing at age 12 and in college he honed his craft as a songwriter, immersing himself in the classics of poetry and prose. During these years, John played guitar for a gospel band, was honored by ASCAP as the recipient two national lyricist awards, and traveled to Ireland where the musical traditions of his familys homeland added fuel to his fire.

John played upon invitation for the United Nations in New York. In August of 2011, he performed for the inaugural Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas alongside Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, and Tommy Cash. He has also shared the stage with Ray Lamontagne, Jeff Tweedy, Amos Lee, Buffy Sainte-Marie, M.Ward, Josh Ritter, Suzanne Vega, Rachael Yamagata, Rickie Lee Jones, Andrew Bird, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Peggy Seeger, Tom Paxton, the Hooters, and festivals with Steve Earle, Judy Collins, Aimee Mann, Rufus Wainwright, Mavis Staples, and Arlo Guthrie.

Trust us, he's good.



When: Jul 31, 2014 6 PM to Jul 31, 2014 10 PMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18 )
Guided Nature Walks


When: Sep 14, 2014 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE

(Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15 )
Foliage Hike at Field Farm


When: Sep 27, 2014 1 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Hike: Free. Folly Tour: Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5.

(Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13 )
Second Sunday Lawn Concerts


When: Sep 14, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Members: $5. Nonmembers: $10. Children: FREE.

(Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16 )
NatureSnap: Photography Workshops


When: Sep 14, 2014 7 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Members $25. Nonmembers $35.

(Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07 )
Art Spiegelman's 'WORDLESS!' with music by Phillip Johnston

In his Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, MAUSa moving father-son memoir about the Holocaust drawn with cats and miceArt Spiegelman changed the definition of comics forever. In WORDLESS! -- a new and stimulating hybrid of slides, talk and musical performance -- he probes further into the nature and possibilities of his medium.

Spiegelman, noted as a historian and theorist of comics as well as an artist, collaborates with Phillip Johnston, the critically acclaimed jazz composer who wrote all-new scores he will be performing live with his sextet. Johnston is best known for his work as a jazz composer (Microscopic Septet, The Coolerators), and as a creator of music for silent films, most recently Lotte Reineger's 1927 animated feature, The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

Named one of Time magazine's '100 Most Influential People', Art Spiegelman has been translated into over 25 languages. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies. Part of a year-long series of events, titled "The Book Unbound," in celebration of the new Sawyer Library.



When: Mar 10, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Tickets are free but required (Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19 )
Williamstown Theatre Festival

Nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival is a summer-long celebration of theater that brings together a vast and impressive array of artists and ...



When: Jul 2, 2014 12 AM to Aug 12, 2014 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00 )
Second Sunday Lawn Concerts


When: Aug 10, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Members: $5. Nonmembers: $10. Children: FREE.

(Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16 )
Guided Nature Walks


When: Aug 10, 2014 3 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE

(Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15 )
Summer School: Slightly Twisted Learning
WCMA 104 Palate to Palette: The Aesthetics of Art and Wine Dr. Peter Pedroni, Professor of Economics Thursday, August 21 Using two very different landscape paintings as starting points, well taste wine and talk art: how do notions of symmetry, balance, and structure apply to each? How can a single varietal or genre express itself across differences in time, style, and geography? Well navigate the sequencing of impressions of the eye, nose, and palate. Enrollment in this course in limited to 35 people. Please call 413.597.2038 or email Rachel.Heisler@williams.edu to reserve your spot.

When: Aug 21, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16 )
Masters of the Baroque
In a program designed to celebrate the rich diversity of Baroque music -- thecomplexity of the intellectual Northern Baroque and its counterpoint, the more outgoing Mediterranean --celebrated cellist Yehuda Hanani performs one of the incomparable unaccompanied Bach suites, displaying the composer's depth, boldness and innovation andvirtuoso pianist Lydia Artymiw dazzleswith Scarlatti miniature keyboard gems.The two join in performances of Vivaldi and Boccherii sonata and a new composition in neo-Baroque style by Williamstown composer Steven Dankner receives its world premiere.

When: Aug 3, 2014 4 PM to Aug 3, 2014 6 PMin Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Tickets are $40 ($30 members, students) (Sun, 03 Aug 2014 16 )
Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket
"Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket is a 4 days event which is being held from 1st August to the 4th August 2014 in Nantucket, USA. This event showcases products like antiques, fine art, fine books, oriental art, Oriental rug etc. in the Industrial Products, Gifts & Handicrafts, Architecture & Designing industries."

When: Jul 30, 2014 12 AM to Aug 4, 2014 12 AMin Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00 )
Daniel Handler: Why Does Lemony Snicket Keep Following Me?

Daniel Handler (A.K.A. Lemony Snicket) is the author of the novels The Basic Eight,Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs and, most recently, the Michael J. Printz Honor-winning Why We Broke Up, a collaboration with noted illustrator Maira Kalman. He also worked with Kalman on the book Girls Standing on Lawns and Hurry Up and Wait (May 2015). Under the name Lemony Snicket he has written the best-selling books series All The Wrong Questions as well as A Series of Unfortunate Events, which has sold more than 60 million copies and was the basis of a feature film. His fifth novel, We are Pirates, is due for release in Feb 2015. The talk will be followed by audience Q&A and a book signing.



When: Feb 7, 2015 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Free of Charge but Tickets Required (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 19 )
Field Trip to Field Farm


The Trustees of Reservations invite you to South Williamstown's Field Farm to explore an idyllic outpost of WCMA's collection, and the former home of Lawrence H. Bloedel '23. Join Williams students for a tour of two architectural gems, a collection of midcentury art and furniture, and outdoor sculptures.

Meet at the Field Farm Guest House, 554 Sloan Road

Contact fieldfarm@ttor.org or 458-3135 for more information.

$5; WCMA members, Trustees of Reservations members, and children are free.



When: Aug 3, 2014 2 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Sun, 03 Aug 2014 14 )
Franz West
Franz West (Austrian, 1947-2012) is known for willfully unserious, non-ideological, and sometimes mischievously erotic mixed-media drawings, sculptures, and furniture. Intentionally crude collages combine isolated figures from magazine ads with slapdash coats of thick paint and representations of the artists own work. His large colorful sculptures of lacquered aluminum reference and gleefully mock the usual formal decorum of abstract sculpture. This exhibition is drawn from the Hall Collection and presented in conjunction with the Hall Art Foundations installation of West's monumental outdoor sculpture Les Pommes d'Adam (2007) at MASS MoCA.

When: Jul 29, 2014 12 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00 )
Patrick Gray Jr.
Join me while I host the OPEN MIC every Tuesday night from 8pm to 11pm. Get out there and play some tunes. Whether you're new or an old pro, performing covers or originals, performing solo or want to play along with others your welcome at the Purple Pub.

When: Jul 29, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20 )
Drawing Classes: Architectural Drawing


When: Aug 4, 2014 10 AM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: IS183 MEMBER: $99. NON MEMBER $115.

(Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10 )
Summer School: Slightly Twisted Learning
Join us for a 50-minute dose of art, then enjoy a glass of wine on the patio and let it all sink in. WCMA 103 Staging the Gallery: Visual Research in Set Design David Morris, MFA, Assistant Professor of Theatre Art offers a window onto the world, but how does its role change when viewed as research for the creation of imagined realms onstage? We will think about art objects as source material for a set design process: how the choice of an early American arm chair can affect an actors posture, or a Hudson River School painting might become the emotional touchstone for an entire scenography.

When: Jul 31, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16 )
The Zeiss Planetarium Sky
Williams College invites you to experience the wonders of our universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Astronomy students at the College will host free shows for the public. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005. The Zeiss Skymaster is capable of demonstrating phenomena including: retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, the Southern Hemisphere's sky, comets, artificial satellites, and much more. Summer '14 shows will be hosted by Williams College alum, Muzhou Lu '13, and students, Teddy Amdur '15, Allison Carter '16 and Keck visiting student, Adam Schiff. Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, Jay Pasachoff is Director of the Hopkins Observatory. The Hopkins Observatory, built in 1836-38 by the first professor of astronomy at Williams College, Albert Hopkins, is the oldest extant observatory in the United States. Shows will last about 50 minutes. For reservations (recommended) contact Michele Rech at (413) 597-2188 or email at mcr4@williams.edu. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

When: Jul 29, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: Included in admission (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20 )
Williams College Wind Ensemble

The Williams College Wind Ensemble led by Matthew Marsit presents a concert titled Winds of Change. The group melds contemporary and traditional art music for winds and percussion. Programs frequently include world premiere performances, traditional works for wind band, and soloists.



When: Dec 5, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20 )
Small Jazz Ensembles

This concert of Small Jazz Ensembles promises many musical delights. Artist Associate in Trombone and jazz coach John Wheeler, whose recording credits include many of the biggest acts in the music business today, presents an ensemble of student performers and arrangers. Under the tutelage of Avery Sharpe, Williams Jazz Quartet is next on the bill with more of their original tunes.



When: Dec 3, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19 )
Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble

The Williams Jazz Repertory Ensemble features music of the Afro-Cuban Eclipse. Kris Allen leads this newly conceived group, which devotes itself to the study and presentation of significant composers and movements in jazz history.



When: Dec 4, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19 )
Williams Percussion Ensemble

Led by Matthew Gold the Williams Percussion Ensemble features cutting edge new music and master- pieces of the twentieth century. The ensemble surveys a vast terrain of sound and rhythm by employing all manner of percussion instruments, found sounds, and electronics to create music that resonates across boundaries of genre and discipline.



When: Nov 15, 2014 8 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: f (Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20 )
Williams Gospel Choir

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Gospel Choir on Saturday, November 22 at 7 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

For new listeners, a spokesperson for the choir offers an apt description and mission statement of the Williams Gospel Choir: When it comes to Gospel Choir I believe that our audiences and members can expect to be touched by the songs we sing because each of the songs in their own exudes a thirst for and reverence for spiritual fulfillment. We sing to lift people up, to inspire them and touch them with our music in ways that genres apart from Gospel cant. We are open to all audiences and hope to encourage people to allow music to become a healing and divine part of their lives. We believe that our voices are meant to serve the purpose of spreading a ministry of love and by singing, we are allowed to minister vocally. Singing gives us hope and strength and we hope that our audiences can experience these same feats through listening.

The Gospel Choir is advised by Avery Sharpe, Artist Associate with the department of music.

Snacks and refreshments will be served at the end of the concert.



When: Nov 22, 2014 7 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19 )
The Aims of Education

Speaker: Harry Brighouse



When: Oct 8, 2014 4 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16 )
MIDWEEKMUSIC "In C"

MIDWEEKMUSIC is a unique lunchtime music series. Audience sit on the Chapin Hall stage to enjoy the wonderful acoustics and atmosphere of a grand hall that offers the intimate setting of a chamber concert. Everyone is encouraged to bring lunch and enjoy the music performed by our students and faculty. This first MIDWEEKMUSIC of the year consists of just one piece with many performers. Professor Ed Gollin leads a group of Williams students, faculty, and friends in a performance of In C, by Terry Riley. The minimalist work brings together people who might not otherwise get a chance to perform with one another. Over the years the piece has become a tradition in the music department.

Heading up the project Prof. Ed Gollin comments, Besides being a really great piece of music, and great fun to perform, the communal nature of the works organization (a product greater than the sum of the individual performers making individual decisions) reminds us that music is a communal activity. What better way to celebrate the beginning of year by coming together to make music?



When: Oct 1, 2014 12:15:00 PM in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Cost: free (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:15:00 )

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