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DownStreet Art kicks off its 12th season with storefront art, gallery openings and music on Thursday.

DownStreet Art Kicks Off 12th Summer of Art on Thursday

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DownStreet Art kicks off its 12th season of gallery openings, exhibits and performances this Thursday. 
 
The annual summer event is a prelude this year to the Solid Sound Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art that opens on Friday. But while Wilco and the gang have the weekend, DownStreet Art continues with monthly events through the summer. 
 
Local and regional artists have decked out Main Street storefronts for the occasion, and three locations will host simultaneous gallery openings downtown from 5 to 8 p.m.
 
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center coordinates the summer art festival. 
 
The kickoff features live music from Kids 4 Harmony and DJ BFG, a beer garden in Eagle Street's pocket park, live silkscreening demonstrations by Common Folk and a four-mile community bike tour of the city's murals.
 
Gallery openings include the Berkshire Art Museum's sixth year with the group show "Not Just Another Pretty Picture," "Dark Matter" and "Death of a Loved One," 1890s fashion from the collection of Greg Lafave, along with ongoing exhibitions from the permanent collection. Opening reception is from 6 to 9 with refreshments and appetizers from Meng's Pan-Asian. 
 
MCLA Gallery 51 exhibits Jon Verney's "Burning at the Center of Things" through Aug. 24. Verney uses framed photographs, altered polaroids, light-boxes and video projection to embody his experimentation and embracing of chance. 
 
Installation Space at 49 Eagle St. offers "Time-Link Present," an immersive and experiential installation by Studio HHH on view through Aug. 18. 
 
And it's a last chance to see "Fused" at Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 Mass MoCA Way. The solo exhibit of "dimensional paintings" using clay by Philadelphia-based artist Lauren Mabry closes on June 30. 
 
Two new galleries have also been added to the downtown scene: Gallery 28 on Holden Street and Robert Giardini on Wednesday was waiting for final approval to open at 70 Main St. Both pop-up galleries are exhibiting a range of artistic offerings and price points.
 
Browsers can also view the storefront art projects along Main Street: Gloria Calderon-Saenz' "North Adams with Strings Attached" and Eric Reinemann "Intersections" at 49 Main; Benjamin Lamb's "Torn to Pieces" at 68 Main; Sarah DeFusco and Megan Karlen's "Stratos-Fear" at 101 Main; Emilee Yawn's "Fake Nature" at 105 Main; and Hideyo Okamura's "Abstract" and Sara Farrell Okamura's "Fact vs. Fiction" at 107 Main.
 
Musical performances will be under the Mohawk Theater marquee with Berkshire Children & Family's Kids 4 Harmony at 5 p.m. and DJ BFG (aka Gabby Squailia), special events DJ for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, spinning from 6 to 8 p.m. 
 
Adults can relax at the Eagle Street Beverage Garden in the pocket park with beer from Bright Ideas Brewing or get a margarita at Desperados.
 
Bike to the Murals is a four-mile ride through downtown North Adams, coordinated by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition. Meet at St. Anthony's Municipal Parking lot at 6 p.m. and see the murals by bike.
 
Common Folk Presents will be offering live silkscreen printing demonstrations and an artist showcase and Frog Lotus Yoga will be on the lawn at BAM.
 
Food vendors will include The VinylDonut and Bounti Fare.
 
North Adams residents can also learn about woonerfs and the proposal to make Eagle Street a shared vehicle  and pedestrian way. The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will have information downtown and be taking feedback on the idea. 
 
Downstreet Art events are held on the last Thursday of every month from June through September and are free and open to the public. In addition to the Thursday, June 27, DSA Thursdays will continue throughout the season on July 25, Aug. 29, and Sept. 26.
 
DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, which provides professional development training, resources, and support to the artists, art managers, and creative workers of Berkshire County run by MCLA. Since its inception in 2008, more than 150,000 visitors have come downtown and through the doors of DownStreet Art's galleries and exhibits.

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North Adams Rallies For Win in Rain-Shortened La Festa Baseball Exchange

By Rick DuteauiBerkshires.com Sports
NORTH ADAMS, Mass - North Adams struck just before Mother Nature did on Saturday night, as the local team rallied to a 9-5 victory over the Boston North End Dodgers, just before weather shortened the first game of the annual La Festa Baseball Exchange at Joe Wolfe Field.
 
The two sides met for the 29th straight season in the yearly event in which each club travels for a two-game series. Although Saturday’s action was halted in the top of the sixth inning due to a lightning storm that swept quickly through the area, the teams meet again on Sunday morning for the second game. North Adams will also travel east in August for a pair of games hosted by the Dodgers in Boston.
 
Things may have ended in a draw had North Adams not struck for its final scoring burst in the bottom of the fifth inning, as it scored four runs to break open a 5-5 score with the deciding margin of victory. Landon Champney got it going after he led off by slicing the ball past third base for a double, and he then scored the winning run on a throwing error after Tristan Garner walked and attempted to steal second to draw a throw.
 
The home team kept piling on in the fifth to increase its lead. Garner came in on a passed ball, Chase Vanderwoude walked and later stole home and Owen Gagne smacked a single past third, advanced on a balk and then crossed the plate following a wild pitch.
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