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North Adams Happenings: April 11-17

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North Adams Happenings:
April 11 - 17
Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events
 

Save the Date

 
April 19th
Sean Rowe
The Green, 87 Main Street
www.commonfolk.org
8 PM
$10 Member $14adv/$15door (includes fees)
for more information

Doors 7:30pm | Show 8:00pm

Some of us folks saw Sean at a private event a couple months ago and we knew we had to figure out a way to get him back to North Adams. 

Well. We did. And we hope to see you there!

We are offering special $10 tickets for folks who ride their bikes to the show! RSVP to boxoffice.commonfolk@gmail.com to claim this priced ticket. 

More about Sean Rowe:
Hailing from Albany, NY, Sean Rowe fills your ears with a soulful, thunder sound that often leaves people with chills. According to High Road Touring, "The intimacy and rarity of Rowe’s songs can prove jarring or entrancing, depending on your point of view."
www.seanrowe.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSgnC5eQ5u0

$14 Advance
$17 At The Door
**Prices include ticketing fees**
April 21st
DANCE 2.0 @ Greylock WORKS 
Greylock WORKS, 508 State Rd.
work@greylockworks.com
8 PM – 12 AM
$12/15/17
for more information

We heard you + Yes, we are doing it again! Come back out for more local nightlife on Saturday 21. April!

DJ BFG @gabbyquail will be spinning within LJ McZawa's immersive light wizardry. Limited tickets will be released in blocks of 150 @ $12 / $15 / $17 — get yours early!

Ticket Sales!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dance-20-tickets-44817369960
April 25th
Common Ground (Public Meeting)
The Design Lab, 49 Main Street
www.commonfolk.org
6pm-9pm
Free
for more information

Join us for a public discourse on creative and community happenings!

Network, problem solve, & promote your events with Common Folk members and the general public. 

Creators, arts managers/educators, community members, and supporters of the creative world in North Adams are welcome to come!

Common Folk strives to support creators of all walks of life.
April 28th
The 16th Annual Humane Race
Colegrove park Elementary School Bus Loop, East Main St.
Humanerace.org
9 AM Check-in/registration; 10AM Race Start
$20/12yrs and under, $25/adult pre-registration, $30/adult day-of registration
for more information

The 16th annual Humane Race benefiting the homeless animals of the Berkshires will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018. After many wonderful years in Williamstown, the 2018 timed 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk will be hosted by the city of North Adams. The Humane Race is Berkshire Humane Society’s largest fundraiser held in northern Berkshire County. Participants may run/walk with or without a dog. This year’s fundraising goal is $20,000. Visit humanerace.org for information and to register.

Check-in/Registration 9:00 - 9:45am.
Race begins 10:00am

The race will begin at Colegrove Park
24 Church St., North Adams, MA 01247.

Register online or download and mail a paper form:
http://humanerace.org/register/
http://weblink.donorperfect.com/HRaceReg2018
April 28th
Sounds & Tones Presents: From Boston to the Berkshires
Design Lab, 49 Main Street
soundsandtones@gmail.com
6 – 10 PM
$8/person
for more information

Sounds & Tones Presents - From Boston to Berkshires, An evening with Boston-based singer-songwriters:

Mike Burito Vogt (Ex - Secret Creature, Flannel Dan and the Panhandle Band) - A former North Adams transplant and general renaissance man makes his return. At least one Ben Howard cover will be required.

Prateek - Nominated for best Boston singer-songwriter of 2017 and described by Red Line Roots as "a little bit lonesome, a little bit blue, but all heart." http://www.prateeksongs.com/

Conor Ryan Hennessy - Also returning to perform in North Adams. Those who have seen him at the Parlor or Common Folk know how great of a songwriter he is! Folk songs about Billy Murray, Whiskey, and life. https://cottonswabcitrus.bandcamp.com/

Poor Eliza - engages audiences with her intimate vocal vibrato and dynamic songwriting. She uses her lyrics to challenge her sense of self, how she is perceived, and the disappointments surrounding identity. https://pooreliza.bandcamp.com/

Low Ceilings - Janky-freak Folk Boston transplant from CT. https://lowceilingsmusic.bandcamp.com/

$8 cash / all ages. Doors at 6. Music at 7. Follow our facebook and other social media @soundsandtones to keep up to date on new show announcements!
 

Wednesday April 11th

 
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.
Pints & Pages: The Crossover
Bright Ideas Brewing, 111 MASS MoCA Way
6 – 7 PM
Free
for more information

In recognition of National Poetry Month:
April's Pints & Pages pick is: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (a novel in verse)
Secondary book: brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Attendees are also encouraged to bring their favorite poem, book of poetry, verse etc. to share with the group. :)

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FOR WINTER
Socializing begins at 6, book discussion starts at 6:15.
Trivia Night
Ramuntos, 67 Main Street
413-398-5152
8:00 PM
Free
For more information

 
 

Thursday April 12th

 
Margaret Hart Scholarship Concert 
featuring SAMMUS
MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main St.
413-662-5253
8 PM
$5-15
for more information

*******Rescheduled from March 8******

Join us for a night out with Sammus

Sammus (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is an Ithaca-raised, Philadelphia-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-identified nerds and geeks, among others. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, Sammus “has a gift for getting a message across.” Having recently made her Don Giovanni debut (while remaining tied to NuBlack Music Group), she is poised to cement herself as an artist who consistently thinks outside boxes and dances across lines (and does other neat things with geometrical figures).

Following her performance will be a DJ set/dance party with Flexibee entertainment DJ Augie (MCLA Senior Augie Ndayikeza) a music aficionado who blends hip-hop, reggae, pop, and African music.

photo credit: Andrew Doench
MCLA Green Living Seminar:  Studying Whatles Using Drones: The Ocean Alliance's Snotbot
MCLA Campus CSI 121, 375 Church St.
413-662-5303
5:30 PM
Free
for more information

"Studying Whales Using Drones: The Ocean Alliance’s Snotbot,” presented by Iain Kerr, CEO of Ocean Alliance, in Gloucester.

Every semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts. The seminars are organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2018 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.

 For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/greenliving or contact Traister at (413) 662-5303.
Lego Group
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
6 - 7 PM
Free
for more information

The Family Center will hold Lego Groups in North Adams and Adams beginning in September. Enjoy building Lego creations at the Library. Lego groups are for families with children ages 4-12 years old. Evening Lego Group at The North Adams Public Library, 75 Church Street third floor.  It will meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Documentary Film Series: Babylon Dreamers
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
7 PM
$5/STUDENTS + MEMBERS, $9/GENERAL ADMISSION
for more information

A group of immigrants from the former Soviet Union form a breakdancing troupe in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Israel. They dream of competing in the International Breakdancing Competition in Germany, but the road is paved with hardship and crisis.

Join us following the film for a skype Q+A with director Roman Shumanov.

Babylon Dreamers is the third installment of True Convictions, a series of documentary films about true convictions — and those who seek them. Catch each installation of our spring documentary film series: buy tickets for 3 films and get the 4th film for free.
Knitting Night
Makers’ Mill, 73 Main St.
(413) 749-2073
7 – 9 PM
Free
for more information

Bring your needles & yarn! Knitting night. 7-9 PM tonight. This a great chance to meet other knitters and get a project going— free & open to the public @northadamsmakersmill
Musical Bingo
Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill , 41 Roberts Road
(413) 346-4067
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Free
for more information

If you love music, than you'll love Musical Bingo. Similar to Bingo but instead of numbers being called out DJ Bizz will play 45 seconds of a song and you need to cross it off your card...that's if you have it!!! And don't worry if you don't know the song, you can always ask your friend. Free to play and lots of great prizes to win.
 

Friday April 13th

 
Everyone Has a Role...Growing the Economic Landscape of North Berkshire
First Baptist Church, Eagle Street Entrance
413-663-7588
10 AM – Noon
Free
for more information

The Northern Berkshire community will once again gather on Friday, April 13th to discuss important issues facing our residents at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's (nbCC) monthly forum. A survey following nbCC’s September Needs Assessment Forum identified economic development as a topic of interest to discuss this year. This month’s forum will explore how everyone in the community can play an active role in improving our local economic landscape.

What to expect:
1. Learn about the many facets of economic development in North Berkshire and understand the role each of us play.

2. Learn about the current economic landscape in North Berkshire.

3. Learn how outdoor recreation can be a driving component to economic development in North Berkshire.

We look to community members from all walks of life to attend this important Coalition forum. 

There will be an opportunity for brief announcements of your upcoming events or new projects. Please bring flyers about your events and announcements, as there will be a table available for sharing them. The forum will be held on Friday, April 13, 10:00am to noon at the First Baptist Church in North Adams. Also note that the organizers of the Friendship Center Food Pantry at 45 Eagle Street ask friends who attend the nbCC forums to please bring a non-perishable healthy food item for donation to the pantry. For more information on this forum, please contact Amanda Chilson, at (413) 663-7588 ext. 16, or e-mail at achilson@nbccoalition.org
"Crafternoon" Fridays at the UNO Community Center
UNO Community Center, 157 River Street
413-663-7588 or gmcarter@nbccoalition.org
12 – 4 PM 
Free

Drop into the community center during our regular hours on Fridays from 12pm-4pm to work on your own projects alongside other creative individuals. If you don't currently have a project that you are working on, come participate in ongoing arts and crafts projects at UNO, or just stop in for good conversation, coffee/tea and snacks. All skill levels are encouraged to attend, from beginners to those more experienced. Those who are experienced are encouraged to help teach others a new craft. Call or email Glenda for more information.
Karaoke Friday!
State Street Tavern, 167 State Street 413-664-9151
9 PM – 1 AM
Free
for more information


Karaoke! Every Friday night from 9pm – 1am.

 

 

Saturday April 14th

 
International Slow Art Day

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.

How does it work?

One day each year – April 14 in 2018 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

Why slow? When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries. The most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without an expert (or expertise). And that’s an exciting discovery. It unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art lovers.
MCLA Day Of Service
MCLA Venable Gym, MCLA Campus, 375 Church St
christopher.hantman@mcla.edu
9 AM – 1 PM
Free – Please register!
for more information

Register to contribute to North Adams by signing up for this years Spring Day of Service!  Pitch in on this commuity effort to clean up our community! https://goo.gl/forms/6jjAqFHZRMbxLjfY2

Check-in begins at 9a.m. in Venable Gym that Saturday, April 14th, and after service we will meet for pizza and celebration at 12:30p.m.Contact Christopher Hantman at christopher.hantman@mcla.edu
INDULGE: A Fundraiser for ROOTS
Richmond Grill, 40 Main Street
rootsteencenter@gmail.com
7PM
$50
for more information

Are you ready to INDULGE? Join us on Saturday, April 14, 7 pm for an evening supporting our teens and taste buds. 

The Richmond Grill has graciously offered their space and a delicious spread of hot menu items will available. See below how YOU can get involved too!

Purchase Tickets here: http://rootsteencenter.com/indulge-tickets/

ROOTS is a place for youth to safely explore and express their thoughts, ideas, hopes, and struggles. ROOTS encourages young people to build healthy, strong, and nurturing relationships with each other, mentors, volunteers, and the larger community. Over one hundred teenagers and young adults utilized the space during its first year. Necessary funds are needed to keep the space open and programs to continue. More info at www.rootsteencenter.com/

Please email with any questions, contributions, or other ideas for the INDULGE event to keithbona@gmail.com. You can donate anytime online at http://rootsteencenter.com/donate.
Voices for Recovery: Film Screening & Panel Discussion
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 663-7588
10:30 am
Free
for more information

Saturday, April 14 - 10:30am View a short film by local videographer Joe Aidonidis featuring first responders, social workers, doctors, the former mayor, and individuals in recovery to try to understand the challenges of recovery.  Following the film, there will be Q&A panel discussion focusing on resources available in Northern Berkshire, what resources are needed, and how to build our capacity as a community to support recovery.  We welcome community members from all walks of life to attend.  For more information about this film screening, contact Wendy Penner at nbCC, (413) 663-7588.
No Other Place: A Community Gallery
The Green, 87 Main Street
Ald4@williams.edu
11 AM – 6 PM
Free
for more information

No Other Place will be a one-day, pop-up exhibition of the artwork, music, stories, and ideas of people who belong in some way to this “place” – to the towns of Williamstown and North Adams, and to the organizations, institutions, and groups that work and create here. Individuals and groups ranging from K-12 students, to college students, to adult professional and amateur artists have been invited to create pieces of art that respond in some way to a shared prompt: “What does it mean to belong to this place?”. Works will range from tangible objects to performances and large installations. On the morning of Saturday, April 14th, these creations will be assembled at The Green, a shared space in downtown North Adams, and will remain in place and open to the public for one day. The day will serve as a celebration of everyone involved, and will involve a schedule of musical and dance performances and moments of communal creation. The event is being organized and curated by Chelsea Coleman, MCLA ‘18 and Anna DeLoi, Williams ‘18.
A Night Without A Home 
VFW Post 996, 573 Mohawk Trail
(413) 664-9042
5 PM – 8 AM
Free
for more information

This event promotes awareness of the homeless problem that is experienced by many veterans within our community, and abroad.
All are welcome to participate in this overnight event. All donation s will go to the local VFW unmet needs program, and to assist in the local Veterans Service Office's donation room at city hall. Both monetary, and household needs ie clothes, food, toys and such are welcome.
those who stay overnight food will be provided throughout the night.
The Gray Comma: Featuring Kathline Carr And Shira Dentz
Design Lab, 49 Main Street
7 PM
Free
for more information

This month's Gray Comma—a literary reading and open mic series in North Adams—features poets / artists Kathline Carr and Shira Dentz. Their reading will start at 7 PM, followed by a break for refreshments, followed by an open mic forum in which local writers are invited to share a piece of their own work (sign up on site). The event takes place at MCLA's Design Lab at 49 Main Street in North Adams. It is sponsored by Hardman Special Initiatives and coordinated by MCLA's English/Communications Department. Kathline Carr, writer and visual artist, is the author of Miraculum Monstrum, (Red Hen Press 2017), winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize. She lives in the Berkshires
80's / 90's Dance Party: A Blast From The Past!
Greylock Community Club, 548 State Road
(413) 664-9020
8 PM – 1 AM
$5/ cover
for more information

Prizes for BEST 80’s and 90’s costume/outfit
$5.00 Cover Includes appetizer Buffet. A portion of the proceeds to benefit club events. 
Trio Da Kali
MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way
413-662-2111
8 PM
$10 Students /$14 Advance /$20 Day Of/ $26 Preferred
for more information

The three members of Trio da Kali come from a long line of distinguished southern Malian griots. With only voice and the traditional West African instruments the balafon and bass ngoni, they bring us the intimate, personal, and unforgettable songs from their Mande culture. Their new record is a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet and a beautiful exemplar of cultural cross-pollination.
Williams College alum and African drumming sensation Jason Lucas opens.
Join us in the galleries for International Slow Art Day from 11am-2pm.
Sponsored by the Hans and Kate Morris Fund for New Music
 

Monday April 16th

 
Figure Drawing Collective
Makers' Mill 73 Main Street
(413) 749-2073
7 pm – 9 pm
$5/members, $10/drop-in
for more information

Be part of a new figure drawing collective starting up at Makers’ Mill. Sessions will run every Monday and will focus on long poses, and include a warm up consisting of several short poses. We’ll be bringing in local models and a local, figure drawing instructor who will drop-in as available. Get in at the ground level to shape the direction this collective takes. Bring your own lap board, paper, pencils, and creative energy!
 

Tuesday April 17th

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

Toddler storytime and songs at the North Adams Public Library in Youth Services Department is held for ages birth to 3 years old, siblings welcome.  One to two stories are read with lots of songs and gross motor skill activities as well.
After-School Program
UNO Community Center, 157 River St.
(413) 663-7588 Ext. 22
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free
for more information

Serving students in 4th Grade - 8th Grade. Healthy Snack, Homework Assistance, Tutoring, Computer Access and Creative Activities.
Seed Bomb Making with Mariah
North Adams Public Library, 74 Church St
(413) 662-3133
2 – 3 PM
Free
for more information

Please join Mariah from Berkshire Natural Resources Council on Tuesday, April 17th from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for a reading of Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by JoAnne Early Macken accompanied by an activity where each child will create their own seed bombs to take home and plant.  The lesson is geared toward K-4th graders, but all youth who are interested are welcome.  Call the Youth Services Department at 413-662-3133, ext. 14 for more.
Dad and Family Bowling Night
Valley Park Bowling Curran highway
413-664-4821
4:30-5:30 PM
Free

 At Valley Park Bowling Curran highway, North Adams. So popular that we are doing it again!   Dads, join us during school vacation week for a fun filled early evening of bowling and pizza!  FREE for families and fathers (or male caregiver) with children 8 years old and under. Call to register, 413-664-4821. Space is limited!
Bike Maintenance Workshop
North Adams Armory, 206 Ashland
413-663-7588
5 PM
Free

Bike North Berkshire and the Purple Bike Coalition have organized another bike maintenance workshop at the future North Adams Bike Collective space. Come learn basic bike fixes and maintenance from students that run the Purple Bike Coalition at Williams College.
This will take place: Tuesday, April 17th, 5:00pm (come late if you need to) at the North Adams Armory (206 Ashland St.), park and enter in back.
 

From Our Neighbors

 
Thursday 4/12
 
Middle School Art Show
Hoosac Valley Middle School,  125 Savoy Road, Cheshire
5-7 PM
Free
for more information

The first-ever Hoosac Valley Middle School Art Show will be held in the school cafeteria. Hundreds of pieces of artwork will be on display, including sculpture, clay projects, framed paintings and more.  There will be a bake sale, face painting, an option to purchase frames for $15, and free prize drawings for all Hoosac Middle School students who attend. There will also be representatives from the Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival giving away free entry tickets to the festival in June.  Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Hoosac Valley Middle School and High School choruses. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday 4/14

Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm
1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
413) 443-0188
11 AM
Free
for more information

Meet the newest additions. Explore the hands-on Discovery Barn, try your hand at crafts, stay for story time, and then visit the Shaker Schoolhouse. Tour the renovated Dairy Ell. Play Barn Bingo. Hear about seed saving and plant a seed to take home. Tour our greenhouses where seeds get their start. Meet our merinos and follow wool from sheep to cloak. Walk and wonder on the accessible (stroller-friendly) trail to explore. Compete (for fun) in Farm Games with competitions like the Grain Bag Toss, Moo Juice Squeeze, and more. Pony rides, face painting, balloon art on weekends. Cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking, spinning, weaving, dyeing, and milking demos. There are hundreds of activities. See a full schedule at HancockShakerVillage.org.

Thursday 4/12

'Delilah' 'Black Enuf*' Screenings
Paresky Auditorium, Williams Campus, Williamstown
9 PM
Free

Filmmaker Carrie Hawks will screen and discuss Hawks' two short documentary films, "Delilah" and "black enuf*" at Williams College in the Paresky Auditorium, and a Q&A will follow. This event is free and open to the public.Hawks is a Brooklyn-based graphic artist and filmmaker whose documentary subjects include African American, mixed race, and queer identities in the United States.
 

Monday 4/16
 
Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival
Images Cinema, 50 Spring St, Williamstown
(413) 458-5612
7 PM
Free
for more information

The inaugural Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival will take place on three Mondays in Images Cinema. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. They are free and open to the public. The theme for the festival is “Race, Gender, and Political Dissent: Latin American and Caribbean Film Today.” April 2, will see "Santa y Andrés" (Santa and Andrés, director Carlos Lechuga) Cuba, 2016. April 16 will see "La Soledad" (The Solitude, director Jorge Thielen Armand) Venezuela, 2016, with an introduction and Q&A with director Jorge Thielen Armand. April 23 will see "Carpinteros" (Woodpeckers, director José María Cabral) Dominican Republic, 2017.

 

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