Monthly Archives: October 2015

Ukuleles unite

Twenty-one years ago, a professional clown asked nationally known singer/songwriter Bernice Lewis of Williamstown to help found the Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra. They thought of the ukulele then as a novelty and a comic prop, she said. Now, in the group’s fifth incarnation, she, her daughter Mariah and Bernadette McMahon perform original ukulele music in…

Look West at the Berkshire Museum

American bison gallop over open ground in a golden haze. A curving line of horse-drawn wagons kick up dust in an Oklahoma land rush at Cherokee Outlet. At a glance the two scenes look alike, with the movement of large animals, the land stretching away  for miles and the almost smokey light in the air.…

Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’ makes fantasy tangible

In a hard, dry “biscuit-colored table land … like a landscape in traditional ceramics,” Federico García Lorca sets a story on the eve of a wedding, with inheld passion rising like a flood. His Andalusian love triangle comes to the Berkshires in a contemporary setting with new music, fluid space and influences from Southern Gothic…

Halloween events

It’s ghost season, and pumkpin walks, hay rides, haunted houses, performances and parties are returning to the hills … and I’m gathering holiday events here. (Almost all of these are nonprofit. I’ve included one or two that are not, because they’re unusual.)   Wednesday, Oct. 21 Berkshire Athenaeum — Supernatural evening with paranormal expert and host…

‘A Blind Eye’ on screen

Two women come together, intent, drawn into an intimate a conversation. One woman has lived through a civil war and her children’s hunger, and led a protest that reshaped her country. The other woman is holding a camera. What does it mean to make a film? Director and cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has decided to answer…

History Jukebox spins newsreels

Soon after World War I, movie theaters took on a new role. Newsreels ran before feature films between 1925 and 1967 — people coming to see a movie got a dose of news to begin it. On Friday afternoon, as part of the newly re-invigorated Wind-Up Fet in Williamstown and North Adams, film archivist Rich…