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Following protests in Williamstown and North Adams Friday evening, hundreds gathered in Great Barrington Saturday afternoon for an NAACP sponsored Black Lives Matter rally.

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A nursing and rehabilitation center in Williamstown, Massachusetts has seen cases of COVID-19 among residents skyrocket from one on Tuesday to 14 by Friday.

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A nursing and rehabilitation center in Williamstown, Massachusetts says one of its residents has tested positive for COVID-19. 


  The ornamental motif known as arabesque has ancient sources and first appeared in Islamic cultures as a form of sacred writing. It figures in key movements in European art, bridging cultures and materials, arabesque did not settle into a single form or style.

 

The nineteenth-century flowering of this motif is featured in the Clark Art Institute exhibition “Arabesque,” on view at the Williamstown, Massachusetts museum through March 22.

 

Anne Leonard, the Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and curator of the exhibition, takes us on an audio tour and discusses several of the featured works.

The select board in Williamstown, Vermont, has rescinded its vote to terminate the town manager, who was accused of creating a hostile work environment.

Founded in 2014 in Oakland, California by two queer women of color as a social justice alternative to scouting organizations, The Radical Monarchs create an opportunity for young girls of color to gather and grow together while celebrating their identities and contributing to their communities.

The documentary film “We Are The Radical Monarchs” will screen at Images Cinema in Williamstown, Massachusetts at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 13. 

Linda Goldstein Knowlton is the Director and Co-producer of the film and she joins us now.

Goldstein Knowlton is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker whose projects include “Women and Hollywood,” one of the six, one-hour documentaries for the Emmy-nominated PBS MAKERS: Women Who Make America series. Prior to that, she produced “Code Black” and “Somewhere Between.” For her directorial debut, Linda co-directed “The World According to Sesame Street,” which debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. She started her career producing feature films, including the award-winning “Whale Rider” and “The Shipping News.” With Katie Flint she runs the independent production company Ladylike Films.

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With the arrival of a new year, the Williamstown, Massachusetts town manager says he’s focused on broadband internet access, replacing the town fire station, and expanding recreational opportunities. WAMC spoke with Jason Hoch about what he’s eyeing for the Northern Berkshire County community of about 8,000 in 2020. 

To celebrate 103 years of movies on Spring Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Images Cinema will present An Evening with Charlie Chaplin, featuring three classic Chaplin shorts with live musical accompaniment from Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton, on Monday, December 16 at 8pm. This will be the third time Sosin and Seaton have performed at Images to celebrate the theater’s anniversary.

Donald Sosin is one of the foremost silent film composers in the world, he’s spent decades performing at major film festivals and archives all over the world. Actor and singer Joanna Seaton has been a performer for just about her entire life.Her acting credits include leading roles in over 80 productions of musicals and plays in New York City and at regional and stock theatres across the country.

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The head of a major national real estate company based in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has given a rare interview to WAMC to talk about his life and work.

The Concert, 1918–19. Oil on canvas, 29 3/4 x 36 1/2 in. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Gift of Reuben Wells Leonard Estate, 1954, 53/27
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Over the course of his long career, French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir continually turned to the human figure for artistic inspiration. Renoir was born in 1841 and died a century ago in 1919. To observe the centenary of his death, the Clark Art Institute and the Kimbell Art Museum present the new exhibition, “Renoir: The Body, The Senses.” Include paintings, drawings, pastels, and sculptures by Renoir as well as works by his predecessors, contemporaries, and followers, the exhibition is on display at The Clark in Williamstown, Massachusetts through September 22.

“Renoir: The Body, The Senses” features works from The Clark’s collection and loans from all around the world. It was co-organized by Esther Bell, the Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator at the Clark, and George T. M. Shackelford, Deputy Director at the Kimbell.

Esther Bell lead us through the exhibition.

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Some residents of Berkshire County plan to argue Tuesday against the installation of an artificial turf. 

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The Williamstown, Massachusetts police department has moved into a new multimillion dollar station. 

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2019 summer season is about to get underway, the 65th season for the Tony Award-winning theatre company, which will include a production of  "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry marking the 60th anniversary of the Broadway opening, a new translation of Henrik Ibsen’s "Ghosts," five world premieres, two WTF-commissioned plays, and much more.

The season, running from June 25 – August 18, 2019, begins on the Main Stage with "A Raisin in the Sun" by Tony Award nominee Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Obie and NAACP Award winner Robert O’Hara and featuring Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson and Obie Award winner Francois Battiste. 

Mandy Greenfield is the Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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Italian pianist Federico Colli will perform a concert of Scarlatti, Mozart, and Beethoven in the auditorium at The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts on Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m.

Federico Colli has established himself as an exciting, international artist, recognized for his stage charisma and his intelligent insights into the repertoire.

 

Since winning First Prize at the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2011 and Gold Medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012, Colli has performed at some of the world’s leading concert halls and worked with a number of eminent conductors. He  makes his Lincoln Center debut to a sold out house a couple of days after his concert at The Clark.

The midterms are over, but nerves are still raw after a rough campaign season. Saturday, Berkshire community leaders will gather in Williamstown, Massachusetts to discuss meaningful ways to react to a changing America.

The Clark Art Institute’s summer 2018 exhibition, “Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900,” celebrates an international group of artists who overcame gender-based restrictions to make extraordinary creative strides, taking important steps in the fight for a more egalitarian art world. It is on view in Williamstown through September 3.

In addition to “Women Artists in Paris,” The Clark is the exclusive venue for the exhibition “The Art of Iron: Objects from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen, Normandy.” The exhibition presents thirty-six historic objects in an installation celebrating the craft and beauty of wrought iron. That exhibition is on view through September 16th.

(Left) Grille, Italian, 18th century. Wrought iron, polychromed, 33 7/8 x 25 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. Réunion des Musées Métropolitains, Rouen, Normandy, LS.4513 (Right) Circular Grille, French (Amiens), c. 1700. Wrought iron and rolled iron, cut and embossed, 39 3/8 diameter x 2 3/4 in. Réunion des Musées Métropolitains, Rouen, Normandy, LS.4231 Edit | Remove

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Williamstown Town Manager Jason Hoch is the hired chief administrator of the town of around 7,800. It’s located in the hilly Northwest corner of Massachusetts just south of the Vermont line. Hoch sat down with WAMC this week to talk about the town’s role in Berkshire County and what’s on his desk for the rest of the year. Hoch is a Williams College alum, making his return to the Northern Berkshires a homecoming.

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Halley Feiffer is a writer and actor. Her plays include "I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City," and "How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them." Her play "Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow" had its world premiere at The Williamstown Theatre Festival last summer. She has appeared on Broadway in "The Front Page" with Nathan Lane and "The House of Blue Leaves" with Edie Falco. 

Tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock there will be a Fridays@3 reading of Feiffer's new play, "Saying Goodbye to the People I Love From My Bathtub." Fridays@3 readings take place at The Clark Auditorium.

Chita Rivera
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The incomparable Broadway icon Chita Rivera performs a one-night-only solo concert, benefiting Williamstown Theatre Festival's New Play & Musical Development Initiative.

The two-time Tony Award winner and recipient of a special honor for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at the 2018 Tony Awards (last seen at WTF starring in "The Visit" and its subsequent Broadway transfer) will recreate moments from her legendary career, showcasing the artistry and history that has made her a star of the Great White Way and beyond.

She will be accompanied by her long-time trio, Michael Croiter (Music Director/Percussion/Guitar), Gary Adler (Associate Music Director/Piano), and Jim Donica (Bass).

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2018 summer season gets underway later this month and will feature seven productions running from June 26 to August 19.

The season will kick off with the world premiere of “The Closet” by Douglas Carter Beane. It is a comedy is about a divorced man who is stuck in a dead-end job in Scranton, Pa., and finds solace in his optimistic female co-worker. Matthew Broderick, Jessica Hecht, and Brooks Ashmanskas will star on the Main Stage.

The season continues on the Nikos Stage with the world premiere of Adam Rapp’s “The Sound Inside” which is about an accomplished professor at an Ivy League university who allies herself with a student to tackle a challenge. Mary-Louise Parker will star and David Cromer will direct.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield joins us.

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Toonerville Trolley Records in Williamtown, Massachusetts, has shut its doors after 41 years. But the store’s legacy will live on.

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A Williamstown woman was awarded the town’s Boston Post Cane Tuesday, cementing her status as the town’s oldest resident. 

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Williamstown and Williams College will fund a regional ambulance merger. 

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A medical marijuana dispensary may open in Williamstown, Massachusetts. 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts has reimagined its town hall with the help of a Williams College student with an eye for detail. 

Williamstown Sees Results Of New Solar Array

Nov 29, 2017
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The solar array recently installed at Williamstown, Massachusetts landfill is showing results. 

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Lanesborough and Williamstown, Massachusetts residents have approved a proposal to merge the region’s four school committees. 

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Residents in Williamstown and Lanesborough, Massachusetts will vote Tuesday night on whether to combine the region’s four school committees. 

Williamstown Strives To Be More Bee Friendly

Oct 5, 2017
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Last year, seven species of bees were place on the endangered species list, and Williamstown, Massachusetts wants to help save the rest of the bee population. 

Williamstown, North Adams EMS To Merge

Sep 23, 2017
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Ambulance services in Williamstown and adjacent North Adams, Massachusetts plan to merge. 

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