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North Adams Happenings: March 13-19
10:20AM / Wednesday, March 13, 2019
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North Adams Happenings: 
March 13 - 19
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events
 

Volunteer Opportunity

 

Check out the O+ Festival coming this May 10th and 11th.

Sign up following the link

O+ supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through festivals at which they exchange art-making and performances for wellness services: The art of medicine for the medicine of art!

We are looking for some folks to help us ensure this festival runs smoothly and we need your help. As a festival volunteer, you receive a free tee-shirt and wristband that gains you access to the entire festival.

If you want to give us a few more hours and become a "super volunteer", you can also gain access to some of the clinical services as well.

If you have questions, please email Bri Rousseau at brousseau@opositivefestival.org.

All volunteers will receive a tee-shirt and wrist band that gives them free access to the festival, as well as basic clinic access (primary care, nursing, mental health, and Reiki).

Folks interested in becoming "super volunteers" or team leaders and who volunteer for a few more hours earn access to the wider range of clinic services as they are available.

We are looking for help with:

Customer Service; Wristband and Merch Sales; Cleaning and Set Up; Driving and Errands; Sound and Technical; Media (Photo, Video, Social, etc); Speak a Foreign Language; Other Skills

 

Save the Date

 

3/28
Reconnecting: MCLA Alumni Show
MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St.
413-662-5253
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
free
for more information

Reconnecting highlights the impact of an innovative liberal arts education and MCLA’s alumni contributions to vibrant creative communities in North Adams and beyond.

The featured alumni in the exhibition are:
Adriana Alexatos-Elfast, Cara Finch, Melyssa Fortini, Michael Hagerty, Jennifer Huberdeau, Christina Kelly, Dawn Klein, Alex Meaney, Ben Mancino, Nate Massari, Makayla-Courtney McGeeney, Amy Modesti, Bill Righter, Rakan Safa, Ryan Scutt, Sarah Tefft, Theresa Terry, Stephanie VanBramer, Benjamin Warren, and Isaac Wood

3/29 - 3/30
High Mud Comedy Festival
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
Various times
$75 2-Day Preferred, $45 2-Day Early Bird, $20 2-Day Student
for more information

Our annual salute to a few funny things will gather world champion comedians to enlighten us with humor in this heightened moment. Come for laugh-filled workshops, wickedly mocking museum tours, and hilarious musical interludes.

3/30
Lowland Hum
The Design Lab, 49 Main Street
doors: 7:00PM | music starts at 7:30PM
$10 in advance, $12 at the door | $5 for all students
for more information

Join us for a new downtown performance series - 'Late Night at the Lab' featuring: Lowland Hum with Anna Tivel and House Sparrow.

LOWLAND HUM have spent their career refining the particular power of their self-imposed restraint.  The band has spent the last two years on the road in both the US and Europe with the likes of Josh Ritter, Penny and Sparrow, and The Oh Hellos. Over an expansive career they've earned critical praise from NPR, Paste, Huffington Post, American Songwriter, The Washington Post and more.

ANNA TIVEL reaches for that thread of understanding with her music, that moment of recognition, of shared experience. 

HOUSE SPARROW are a two-person band driven by synthesizers, tenor guitar, Francesca’s heavenly voice, and a lot of rumination on nature, waiting, death, and time. Band members Francesca Olsen and Joe Aidonidis combine their talents to create a dreamy wall of sound that’s worth a close listen.

 

Wednesday March 6

 

Preschool Storytime
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
10:30 AM
Free!
for more information

Preschool storytime and craft at the North Adams Public Library in the Youth Services Department is held for ages 3 to 6 years old, siblings welcome. Several stories will be read and there is time to share ideas and thoughts as well as complete a craft.

Tree Pruning Workshop
The Green, 85 Main Street
413-663-7588
3 - 5 PM
Free
for more information

Jay Girard and Yoni Gloglower, DCR urban foresters will be instructing participants on how to select and prune limbs for health and long life. The first half of the workshop will be instruction second half will be hands-on demonstrations on trees on Main St. in North Adams. For more information, call: 413-663-7588. Sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

March Pints & Pages Discussion
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
6 – 8 PM
Free
for more information

March is Women's History month, so we'll be reading about and discussing the HBIC, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Don't have a chance to read the book? No problem, there will be plenty to discuss! Hope to see you there! :)   

Socializing begins at 6, the discussion begins at 6:15!

**Pints & Pages @Bright Ideas is a social book club for readers in their 20's, 30's and the young at heart. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month to discuss a wide range of eclectic reads through a variety of genres! Join us for good books, good beer and even better conversation!**

MCLA Theater Presents: Cloud 9
Venable Theatre, 375 Church St.
(413)-662-5123
8 PM
Free to MCLA Students
$10 for other students & MCLA Faculty, $12 MCLA Alumni, $15 General Admission
for more information

Churchill's play explores the ever-changing world of sexual politics as we follow a British family from colonial Africa to London in the 1970s. Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression as the play shifts between these two worlds. The play is a journey of self-discovery and about self-acceptance. The MCLA audience is asked to think about one of the most powerful struggles of our everyday lives - the struggle to be who we really are to our family, our society, and ourselves. March 8, 9, 12, 13, 14  at 8 pm. March 9 at 2pm

Cloud 9 is intended for a mature audience, viewer discretion is advised.

 

 

Thursday March 14th

 

MCLA Green Living Series: “Closing the Loop: Composting Food Waste,”
Room 121, Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus.
(413) 662-5303 or Elena.Traister@mcla.edu
5:30PM
for more information

All “Green Living” seminars will take at 5:30 p.m. in room 121 of the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus. Presented on Thursdays throughout the spring semester, this series is free and open to the public.

“Sustainable Food and Farming” will focus on the past, present, and future of how food is produced and distributed in our region and strategies for improving the sustainability of our food system.

“This series offers students and community members an opportunity to learn more about how food makes its way to our plate, and choices we have as individuals and as a society about how to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy fresh, healthy food now and in the future,” said Dr. Elena Traister, MCLA professor of environmental science.

Interfaith Service for Those Impacted by Domestic Violence
The Green, 85 Main St. Suite 105
6- 7 PM
Free
for more information

Organized by Elizabeth Freeman Center, New Hope United Methodist Church, and First Congregational Church of Williamstown, Massachusetts with support from Terra Nova Church - North Adams, MA  and Congregation Beth Israel, North Adams.

Donations will benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

open rehearsal + communal dinner
Design Lab, 49 Main St.
413-662-5253
6-8pm
FREE
for more information

We'll spend the first hour (6-7:00) watching a live cross-country rehearsal with the Pang! ensemble, then enjoy a conversation and a meal (dinner provided, please email michelle.daly@mcla.edu with any food restrictions or menu questions).

ABOUT DAN FROOT
Dan Froot is a producer, composer, choreographer, writer, saxophonist, dancer, actor and director. He has performed his dance, music and theater work throughout the U.S. and overseas since 1983, and has worked with artists as diverse as Yoshiko Chuma, Ping Chong, Mabou Mines, Dan Hurlin, Ralph Lemon, Guy Klucevsek and Victoria Marks.

ABOUT “Pang!”
Is a triptych of live radio plays based on the life stories of three families living with hunger in Miami, Cedar Rapids, and South Central Los Angeles. A performance of Pang! will come to North Adams in November 2019.

After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
(413) 663-7588
6:30-7:30pm
Free
call for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy snack, homework assistance, tutoring, computer access, and creative activities. Call or email Glenda at (413) 663-7588 ext. 20 or gmcarter@nbccoalition.org for more information.

 

Documentary Film Series: Genesis 2.0
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
7 PM
$5/STUDENTS + MEMBERS, $9/GENERAL ADMISSION
for more information

The story of harvesting woolly mammoth tusks in remote Siberia illuminates the potential of genetic research and synthetic biology — the mind-boggling means by which researchers hope to bring extinct species back to life.

Game Night!
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
7:30 - 9 PM
Free
for more information

Join us for a raucous evening of WDYM hosted by John Del Sordo and the BIB crew. If you've never played, it's like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, but with memes and NSFW (except for us of course, because we work here.)

MCLA Theater Presents: Cloud 9
Venable Theatre, 375 Church St.
(413)-662-5123
8 PM
Free to MCLA Students
$10 for other students & MCLA Faculty, $12 MCLA Alumni, $15 General Admission
for more information

Churchill's play explores the ever-changing world of sexual politics as we follow a British family from colonial Africa to London in the 1970s. Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression as the play shifts between these two worlds. The play is a journey of self-discovery and about self-acceptance. The MCLA audience is asked to think about one of the most powerful struggles of our everyday lives - the struggle to be who we really are to our family, our society, and ourselves. March 8, 9, 12, 13, 14  at 8 pm. March 9 at 2pm

Cloud 9 is intended for a mature audience, viewer discretion is advised.

 

 

Friday March 15th

 

Sit & Knit
The Spin-Off Yarn Shop, Norad Mill, Ste. 302
413-344-6257
2-4 PM & 5 - 7 PM
Free
for more information

Join us for fellowship and help with your project.  All knitters and crocheters are welcome!

The Spin-Off Yarn Shop has an extensive and beautiful selection of yarn for every budget.  The shop carries Malabrigo, Juniper Moon Farm, Ella Rae, Rowan, DanDoh, Urth, Freia, Toft, Frabjous, and many others, along with locally produced and hand-dyed yarns.  

We have patterns and books to provide inspiration for your next project. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, gifts, and must-have haberdashery are available.  For those finishing touches, we have thousands of beautiful buttons, making our button selection the best in the area.

Get Organized Workshop
The Family Place, 61 Main St.
(413) 663-7588
11AM - 1 PM
Free
call for more information

This workshop will demonstrate some quick and easy tips on how to organize medical information, meal planning, financial information, and emergency contact numbers. Each family will receive a binder and planner. Childcare is available upon request. Bethany from the Family Center will join the Family Place staff to offer this hands-on workshop.  Call (413) 663-7588 to register.

Sunset Hike to Sunset Rock on the Hoosac Range
Hoosac Range Trail
413-499-0596
5:45 – 7:30 PM
Free
for more information

Take in the beautiful sunset from Sunset Rock on the Hoosac Range.

Difficulty: Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes)

Description: Join BNRC staff to watch the sun set over the city of North Adams. This is a 1.5-mile round-trip hike with moderate climbs to the overlook. Bring a flashlight or headlamp for the hike down. Please bring water, wear sturdy footwear (weather dependent: consider snowshoes or micro-spikes) and appropriate layers of clothing. We’ll bring the hot drinks!

Directions: From Pittsfield, take Rt. 8 North.  At the Cumberland Farms, take a right onto Rt. 8A.  Take a right onto Rt. 2. After climbing the hairpin turns, the BNRC parking lot will be on the right, immediately following the Wigwam Cabins.

Email Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 (M-F, 9-5) with any questions regarding the Landkeepers Upcoming Hikes & Events. Severe weather will cancel the event.

Knitting Nights
Common Folk, 73 Main St.
wearecommonfolk@gmail.com
7 - 9 PM
By donation
for more information

Come to the Common Folk space and knit with folks alike! There's plenty of space and materials for use. Participation by donation. Yarn/fabric is "fill a bag" for $3 and attendees can get 20% off that.

Facilitator: Casey Nivens

 

Saturday March 16th

 

Sunset Serenade @ The Wigwam
Wigwam Western Summit, 2350 Mohawk Trail
(413) 663-1527
3 - 6 PM
Free
for more information

Celebrate the Re-Opening of the Wigwam and the launch of the Sunset Serenade @ The Wigwam Musician's Corner St. Patrick's Day weekend.  This is the second of numerous community programs (the first is the free Wigwam Guided Hikes) we are launching to engage the local community to become more active, healthy, and share our love of the Wigwam and the Berkshires.  As Berkshires' newest destination, the Wigwam offers our magnificient "Musician's Corner" to local singer/song writers to sing on select weekends from 3pm to sunset. From the Musician's Corner one can see mountains of three states and in the valley, North Adams.  The Sunset Serenade is organized by Friends of the Wigwam and performance lineups will be published on our facebook page on a weekly basis.

St. Patrick’s Day @ FYP
FYP, 1 Furnace St, Bldg 3
(413) 663-6547
4 - 9 PM
Cash bar/food
for more information

 

Join us at FYP for a fun filled weekend full of green beer, corned beef and cabbage and of course everyone’s favorite - The J.P. Murphy Band!!!

Call now to make your reservations. 413-663-6547

Performances will be Saturday March 16th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm and then

Sunday March 17th from 3:00 - 5:00pm.

Ultimate Musical Bingo at Mingo’s
Mingo’s, 41 Roberts Rd.
6 - 9:30 PM
$25/person
for more information

Fundraiser for McCann Skills USA

Benefit for PopCares

FreshGrass Presents Punch Brothers
with special guest Gabriel Kahane
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
8 PM
$39 Advanced/ $49 Day Of
for more information

With their dazzling 2018 Nonesuch Records release All Ashore, Punch Brothers firmly re-established themselves as the world’s most exciting progressive bluegrass band. Each member’s various other projects (including the inimitable Chris Thile’s Live From Here hosting duties) keep them busy enough that a chance to see them together is not to be missed. Singer-songwriter and MASS MoCA favorite Gabriel Kahane opens the night.

 

Sunday March 17th

 

Free Guided Hike On The Hoosac Range Trail
Wigwam Western Summit, 2350 Mohawk Trail
(413) 663-1527
1 - 2:30 PM
Free
for more information

For the inaugural hike there will be two guides taking people first to Sunset Rock (1.5 Mi. RT) then one guide will come back to the Wigwam (with those wishing to return for a hot drink sooner) while the other will continue on to Spruce Hill (about 5 Mi. RT). The plan is to bring everyone back to the Wigwam by 3pm when the Sunday Sunset Serenade starts at the Musician's Corner.

Sunset Serenade @ The Wigwam
Wigwam Western Summit, 2350 Mohawk Trail
(413) 663-1527
3 - 6 PM
Free
for more information

Come Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Wigwam with live performance by local singer/songwriters from 3pm to sunset! Enjoy the fresh slices of cakes (5 cakes will be on display), freshly baked goods with your signature coffee and we will also have hot dogs, mega dogs, Irish bangers, chicken sausage and hot soups! The hikers from our first Free Guided Hikes will be back before the start of the program and let's celebrate and enjoy the new Wigwam in style!

Musician line up will be published the week of the event on our website. If you are a musician and would like to perform at the Wigwam Musician's Corner, please send an email to music@wigwamwesternsummit.com. If you would like to volunteer at one of our events please send an email to friends@wigwamwesternsummit.com.

St. Patrick’s Day @ FYP
FYP, 1 Furnace St, Bldg 3
(413) 663-6547
3 - 5 PM
Cash bar/food
for more information

Join us at FYP for a fun-filled weekend full of green beer, corned beef and cabbage and of course everyone’s favorite - The J.P. Murphy Band!!!

Call now to make your reservations. 413-663-6547

 

Monday March 18th

 

NEW - Little Wonders Baby Group
The Family Center, 210 State St.
413-664-4821
3:45 - 4:45 PM
Free
for more information

Join our new Baby Group at The Family Center Playroom on Mondays March 11th, March 18th and March 25th from 3:45 to 4:45 pm.  Drop in to meet other parents and play with your baby in a fun, safe playroom. For all families with infants.

Planning Your Vegetable Garden  
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
(413) 663-7588, ext. 28
5 - 6 PM
Free
for more information

Sharon Wyrrick from Many Forks Farm in Clarksburg will lead a discussion for gardeners of all ages and levels of experience. The conversation will be on tips to plan and manage a successful home vegetable garden. Share wisdom and experiences with other gardeners as well. RSVP by contacting Bret Beattie at (413) 663-7588, ext. 28 or bbeattie@nbccoalition.org. Sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

 

Tuesday March 19th

 

Common Folk Presents: Kevin Horan
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
(413) 346-4460
6 – 7 PM
Free ($5-10 Donations to musician strongly encouraged)
for more information

Kevin Horan is a Providence, RI -based singer-songwriter, and currently performs his original music as a full band or solo acoustic act. Originally a drummer, Kevin writes percussive driven acoustic-guitar riffs and accompanies them with his powerful voice and melodies.

Come down to your local brewery for some #TuesdayTunes!

$5-$10 Strongly Suggested Donation! While we don't have a cover charge, we hope that you can throw a few (or more) dollars in the chalice to help support these AMAZING musicians!

 

After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
(413) 663-7588
6:30-7:30pm
Free
for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy snack, homework assistance, tutoring, computer access and creative activities. Call or email Glenda at (413) 663-7588 ext. 20 or gmcarter@nbccoalition.org for more information.

 

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