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5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
413-258-4100 https://sandisfieldartscenter.org

May 2019

Bill Stillinger and the Sir William Trio

May 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$20.00 93 tickets left
Stillinger Jazz

We're delighted to host the return of the popular and talented Bill Stillinger and his The Sir William Trio (double bass, piano, drums), a jazz group based in the CT and western MA area. The trio often performs with the addition of a singer and a horn player. Their repertoire emphasizes classic jazz compositions, the American songbook, new works, and other quality material.

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Spring Fundraiser Dinner: Celebrate “The Best Little Performance Space in South County!” Gala Benefit Dinner, Auction, and Sneak Season Preview

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$75.00 78 tickets left

Join us for cocktails at 6, followed by dinner, entertainment and auction. Last year you helped us put a Steinway on our stage. This year, help us take the Arts Center to the next level as the best little performance space in South County with the missing pieces - a green room for performers, a storage nook for sets and costumes, and more. While you enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by master chef Adam Manacher, we will preview our 2019…

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June 2019

Olwen Dowling “The Past is Present”: Oils, Watercolors, Monoprints — Opening Reception. Show runs through June 30.

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Free opening reception Saturday, June 1st 2:00-4:00 PM. After the opening reception, the show will run until June 30th, and can be seen before performances or by appointment. Call 413-258-4100. Artist's Statement: Olwen works in both oils and watercolors in her depictions of the west of Ireland as well as North Chester where she lives in the Berkshires. She is a printmaker in Intaglio and a Member of the Zea Mays Printmaking Studio. Olwen is also a member of the…

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Free Family Movie for June

June 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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film night

It’s Friday night at the movies at the Arts Center.  This month’s selection for the whole family will be posted here when the date is closer, and in the Sandisfield Times.

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Forest Bathing with Hannah Fries

June 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$10.00 100 tickets left

Join Hannah Fries for a slide show, reading, and discussion about her new book, Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees. People have been retreating to the woods for quiet, meditation, and inspiration for centuries, and recent research finds that time spent in the forest doesn’t just feel good but is, in fact, good for you. Inspired by the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, Hannah combines her own reflections and guided mindfulness exercises with a curated selection of inspirational writing…

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An Evening of Jazz & Bossa Nova with Vita Kay

June 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$15.00 96 tickets left

Vita grew up in a Soviet republic of Kazakhstan studying classical piano and singing Soviet pop and patriotic hymns.  She later sang in a variety of choirs, from classical to gospel, in Russia and UK. She got introduced to Jazz, Bossa Nova and traditional Indian call & response devotional singing (kirtan) in London, which is still her primary base. She currently divides her time between the UK, USA, and Greece performing, sharing her yoga practice, offering therapeutic bodywork, swimming in the ocean, taking photos and enjoying the moment.

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“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”— the musical performed by the Sandisfield Players, directed by Jessie Howard and Ben Luxon

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$5.00 – $15.00 100 tickets left
Mr. Wonka and Charlie

A musical at the Arts Center - a first for the Sandisfield Players! Don't miss this musical version of Roald Dahl's famous children's story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!   $15 adults; children 12 and under $5

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“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”— the musical performed by the Sandisfield Players, directed by Jessie Howard and Ben Luxon.

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$5.00 – $15.00 100 tickets left
Mr. Wonka and Charlie

A musical at the Arts Center - a first for the Sandisfield Players! Don't miss this musical version of Roald Dahl's famous children's story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!   $15 adults; children 12 and under $5

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“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”— the musical performed by the Sandisfield Players, directed by Jessie Howard and Ben Luxon.

June 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$5.00 – $15.00 97 tickets left
Mr. Wonka and Charlie

A musical at the Arts Center - a first for the Sandisfield Players! Don't miss this musical version of Roald Dahl's famous children's story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!   $15 adults; children 12 and under $5

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“Grit” a film by Cynthia Wade with Q&A

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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$10.00 100 tickets left

Shot over the course of six years and co-directed by Academy Award-winning director Cynthia Wade and award-winning director Sasha Friedlander, Grit has been met with critical acclaim at international film festivals. This cinematic documentary captures a hardly known yet massive environmental disaster: an unstoppable mudflow in Indonesia believed to be caused by natural gas drilling. The story follows Dian, an Indonesian girl in East Java, as she grows up in the shadow of gigantic mud explosions, yearning for her childhood…

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Blackstone Valley String Quartet

June 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Blackstone Valley Quartet

The Blackstone Valley String Quartet gets its name from the quaint small-town area of Central Massachusetts where owner and founder Sylvia DiCrescentis has lived and worked for most of her life.  For fifteen years, the members of the BVQ have played together in various orchestras and small groups honing their skills and developing a unique bond as professional performing musicians. Today’s performance will feature “Dvorak’s American String Quartet.” This event is made possible with the generous support of Steve and Lynn Rubenstein.

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July 2019

Patricia Hogan — Opening Reception. Show runs through August 1

July 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Free opening reception Saturday, July 6th 2:00 - 4:00 PM. After the opening reception, the show will run until August 1st, and can be seen before performances or by appointment. Call 413-258-4100. Artist's Statement: Pat Hogan specializes in paintings inspired by nature.  Recent works reflect her respect and love for our beautiful Berkshires, the mountains and sea coast of Maine, and the vanishing islands of the Chesapeake Bay.  She is passionate about watercolor and the illusions created through the transparency…

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FREE Family Movie Night

July 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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film night

It’s Friday night at the movies at the Arts Center.  This month’s selection for the whole family will be posted here when the date is closer, and in the Sandisfield Times.

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Words Matter – Fun with Crossword Puzzles for All Ages with Michelle Arnot

July 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Michelle Arnot

Michelle is the author of Crossword Puzzles for Dummies and Four Letter Words: Secrets of a Crossword Insider. She is also an official at the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Stamford, CT, and a resident of Sandisfield. Michelle's crossword workshop last season drew a packed (and passionate) house, so reserve early!

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Frederick Moyer Piano Recital

July 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Frederick Moyer

Frederick Moyer is one of the most exciting pianists before the public today. Equally at home with Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Schoenberg as well as Ellington and Peterson, his recitals are engaging and generally include time-honored favorites. His MoyerCam is a projection system that allows the audience to see his hands as he plays. Mr. Moyer will perform a program of classical piano masterpieces. In his more than thirty years as a full-time concert pianist, Moyer has established a vital musical…

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Berkshire Opera Festival

July 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Don Pasquale

Have you ever wondered how a fully-staged opera is brought to life? Have you wondered if opera was something you'd enjoy? Berkshire Opera Festival co-founders Brian Garman and Jonathon Loy will answer all your questions through an interactive presentation on their summer 2019 production of the comic opera Don Pasquale, which will be performed at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Brian and Jonathon will introduce Donizetti's Don Pasquale, a riotous comic opera sung in Italian with projected English translation, to…

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August 2019

Marguerite “Marge” Bride — Opening Reception. Show runs through September 5

August 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Free opening reception Saturday, August 3rd, 2:00 - 4:00 PM. After the opening reception, the show will run until September 5, and can be seen before performances or by appointment. Call 413-258-4100. Artist's Statement: “Wherever I go I cannot help but see the colors and scenes around me as a painting. Watercolor always provides a fun surprise … no matter how I may initially visualize the finished painting; the medium always tells me who is really the boss here. Often…

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FREE Family Movie Night

August 9 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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film night

It’s Friday night at the movies at the Arts Center.  This month’s selection for the whole family will be posted here when the date is closer, and in the Sandisfield Times.

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Bill Cohn on “Combating the Enemy Within”

August 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Early in the Depression, on February 2, 1931, Silas H. Strawn, Chairman of the United States Chamber of Commerce, warned,  “in a condition of this kind, the thing to be feared most is fear itself.” In March 1933 President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt echoed this same sentiment in his inaugural address when he told the American people “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”   Even before America’s entry into World War II and then during the war,…

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Children’s Book Author Jana Laiz Reads from Recent Books and Talks about Being “A Writer with a Purpose”

August 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Jana Laiz, writer in residence at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, will read from and talk about recent books such as Blanket of Stars and A Free Woman on God's Earth: The True Story of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom (to be a feature film with Octavia Spencer as executive producer). A writer with a purpose, Laiz's goal is to "change the world one book at a time." A great event for the whole family!

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September 2019

Claudia D’Alessandro “The Nature of Things” — Opening Reception. Show runs through October 3

September 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Free opening reception Saturday, September 7th 2:00-4:00 PM. After the opening reception, the show will run until October 3rd, and can be seen before performances or by appointment. Call 413-258-4100. Artist’s Statement: All around us, the natural world offers a distant mirror of our experiences:  in the sky and water and on the earth.  Great drama, intricate patterns, faces, shapes, and colors are all around, and sometimes, the most beautiful of these lasts only an instant. The light, patterns, colors…

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Film: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Join us for this Academy Award - winning classic (Best Foreign Language Film, 1971), setting the context for historian Robert Maryks’ talk the next day, which will include correspondence from the Finzi-Continis. Amid the ravages of WWII, the Finzi-Continis, a cultured Jewish family, live in aristocratic splendor on their Eden-like estate in Ferrara, Italy. As the political atmosphere becomes increasingly hostile to its Jewish citizens, the handsome and carefree Finzi-Contini children, Micol (Dominique Sanda) and Alberto (Helmut Berger), turn their…

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Fascism and Racial Laws in Mussolini’s Italy

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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In his talk and slide presentation, historian and part-time Sandisfield resident Dr. Robert A. Maryks will tell a story of the impact of the racial laws on the Jews (and those who were considered Jews) under the Mussolini regime. This story is based on 139 letters that were exchanged between the victims of those laws (and their relatives and friends) and the Jesuit priest Pietro Tacchi Venturi (1861–1956) who interceded within the Fascist government in order to circumvent or alleviate…

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Wanda Houston Band: ’40’s, ’50’s, & ’60’s R&B and Jazz

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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The Wanda Houston Band features the incomparable vocalist Wanda Houston accompanied by three virtuoso and diverse musicians specializing in unique interpretations of American Music. The band’s repertoire includes selections from the great American Songbook, Jazz, Motown, R&B, and Pop from the early 20th century to modern. It’s all crystallized through a unique instrumental and vocal combination of experienced musicians. Wanda Houston has traveled the world using her vocal gifts in an amazing variety of settings and styles. Rob Kelly is…

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Today’s Poets in Conversation with the Masters

September 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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"A large number of the poems I most admire and which seem to be most original are talking back to other poets of other ages," said Richard Wilbur. Join us for this unique poetry program with poems of masters such as Frost, Wilbur, Plath, Owen, Kumin, and Yeats performed by Ben Luxon and other Sandisfield Players, in dialog with poems they have inspired by award-winning poets Hilde Weisert, Rebecca Hart Olander, and others.

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October 2019

Mark Farnum and Alan Papscun — Opening Reception. Show runs through October 31

October 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Free opening reception Saturday, October 5th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM. After the opening reception, the show will run until October 31, and can be seen before performances or by appointment. Call 413-258-4100.   Mark Farnum Artist’s Statement: Mark started painting when he retired from the Army in his early sixties. He works with acrylic paints, and his subjects are landscapes, seascapes, barns, people, things — whatever inspires him on any given day. He lives in Tyringham.        …

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Ed Arron and Jeewon Park, cello and piano

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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The 2018-19 season marks Mr. Arron’s tenth anniversary season as the artistic director and host of the acclaimed Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He is also the artistic director of the Festival Series in Beaufort, South Carolina, and is the co-artistic director with his wife, pianist Jeewon Park, of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Praised for her “deeply reflective playing” (Indianapolis Star) and “infectious exuberance” (New York Times), Korean-born pianist Jeewon Park has garnered…

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Val Coleman on “The Constitution Alive”

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Val Coleman will argue that the American constitution is alive and well, despite the assaults on its tenets throughout the history of this country.  Val Coleman is thought to be the poet laureate of Sandisfield. His previous presentations on the history of poetry, the rise and persistence of fascism in the 20th century, and Abraham Lincoln provided a long view on these subjects, and encouraged a vigorous discussion with members of the audience.  This subject is sure to do the…

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Suzanne O’Connell presents A Report from Antarctica

October 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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This lecture will focus on the results of O'Connell's research conducted in Antarctica on the continuing effects of climate change on the seventh continent. Suzanne O'Connell is a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan University and researches paleoclimate. She is the recipient of the Association for Women Geoscientists Outstanding Educator Award, and author/co-author of over 100 refereed science publications, primarily focused on paleoclimate research and gender equality.

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Hard Cider Tasting conducted by Tom Christopher with music by the Easy Ridin’ Papas

October 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Join us for an introduction to the flavors and history of New England’s traditional beverage:  hard cider. Long-time cider maker and enthusiast Tom Christopher will speak about the history of cider making in our region, and then invite the audience to taste a flight of ciders from a variety of makers, both amateur and professional. We’ll explore a range of flavors and styles of cider, from traditional New England farmhouse ciders made locally to European inspired ciders from some of…

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November 2019

Andy Holtzman — Opening Reception. Show runs through November 28

November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sandisfield Arts Center, 5 Hammertown Road
Sandisfield, MA 01255 United States
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Free opening reception Saturday, November 2nd 2:00-4:00 PM. After the opening reception, the show will run until November 28th, and can be seen before performances or by appointment. Call 413-258-4100. Artist’s Statement: If I have a definable photographic style, it’s dedicated to capturing the diverse ways which natural light and saturated color play on any of my subjects. My eye is not particular to any specific subject matter. Anything and everything that’s in the way of my lens is fair…

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