WILLIAMSTOWN - Williamstheatre proudly presents Terrence McNally’s glorious farce ‘The Ritz,’ directed by David Eppel with Abigail and Shaun Bengson, Nov. 15 to 17 at 7:30 p.m., in the ‘62 Center’s Adams Memorial Theatre, located at 1000 Main Street. The play is set in a gay bathhouse in New York in the 1970s, where mistaken identity and confusion over sexuality creates a multiplicity of situational madnesses. The population of this particular little corner of New York includes chubby-chasers, go-go dancers, squeaky-voiced detectives, cowboy-chapped cruisers, and a host of other madcap characters. Tickets are $3. Come to opening night for a ‘70s post-show party, with a prize for best outfit.
Visit the Williams ‘62 Center Box Office Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m. for tickets, or call 413-597-2425. For more info: 62center.williams.edu.
NORTH ADAMS -- The North Adams Museum of History and Science announces that its new Temporary Exhibit: "Hats: Their Creators and Sellers" is now in the gallery.
This exhibit shows samples of hats made locally by milliners such as Mary Hatton, Anne Kelly and Louise Andrews as well as those made in New York or Paris sold in millineries or department stores locally.
The exhibit can be viewed during regular Museum winter hours, weekends only, in Building 5A Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m., November through April or by appointment. The temporary gallery is located on the first floor of the three-story museum, and is handicapped accessible.
In conjunction with "Hats" Robert Campanile of the Visitors Museum in Building 4 will present a related lecture. On Sunday Nov. 18 at 3 p.m., in the Shippers Office "Off the Top of My Head: A History of Hats" will be his topic. Admission to both Museums is always free. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-664-4700 or www.northadamshistory.org.
Escher String Quartet
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Department of Music presents the visiting artists Escher String Quartet in a concert of chamber music on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p. m., in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams campus. The Escher String Quartet appears at Williams thanks to the sponsorship of the W. Ford Schumann ‘50 Performing Arts Endowment. This concert is free and open to the public. For more info: music.williams.edu, 413-597-3146.
The Tempest at the Clark
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Thomas Adés, Britain’s preeminent contemporary composer, conducts the Met premiere of his Shakespearean masterpiece "The Tempest" in a production The New York Times says "should be the most significant artistic statement of the Met season." The three-act performance will be broadcast live at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 12:55 p.m. Approximate running time is 120 minutes.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students). For tickets and info: clarkart.edu, 413-458-0MET (458-0638).
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Museum of Art presents Kidspace at WCMA: Artistic Curiosity. The exhibition will be on view from Nov. 10 through April 21, 2013. WCMA is proud to present its first Kidspace exhibition as part of its continuing collaboration with the Clark.
Kidspace promotes the understanding and teaching of art through experiential learning opportunities designed for elementary and middle school students, teachers, and families.
Visitors can explore their own curiosity in a variety of hands-on activities throughout the exhibition, including a place where they can sketch natural and historical curiosities on loan from the Berkshire Museum.
The Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p. m. The museum is wheelchair accessible and open to the public. Admission is free. For more info: 413-597-2429, wcma.williams.edu.
Stew and the Negro Problem
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Stew and the Negro Problem will come to Williams College on Saturday, Nov. 10. The performance will take place at 8 p.m. on the MainStage of the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance and is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
Stew, a Los Angeles-bred musician, launched the Negro Problem in the early ‘90s. The performance group received mainstream attention for its production Passing Strange, which won a 2008 Tony Award for "Best Book of a Musical." Stew and his collaborator Heidi Rodewald aim to challenge racial preconceptions through their music. They lead two critically acclaimed bands: the Afro-Baroque band The Negro Problem and the multi-disciplinary ensemble Stew.
Stew is a two-time Obie winner and four-time Tony nominee. He is also well-known as the composer of "Gary Come Home" from SpongeBob Squarepants.
Rodewald has spent more than a decade as a performer, arranger and producer. She also wrote and performed with the female punk band Wednesday Week.
The event is sponsored by Africana Studies, American Studies, and the Lecture Committee. Tickets: 62center.williams.edu/62center, 413-597-2425, or visit the box office Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Off to see the Wizard
NORTH ADAMS -- The Drury Drama Team opens its 25th season with "The Wizard of Oz," Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7 p.m., at Drury High School, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance also on Nov. 10. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for students. They may be purchased at the door, or in advance at Persnickety Toys on Eagle Street. There are no reservations. For more info: email@example.com, drurydrama.com.
Film screening and discussion
WILLIAMSTOWN -- "I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful," co-produced by Daniel Wolff, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, at Images Cinema. Following the screening, Wolff will lead a discussion about this post-Katrina film and his new book, "The Fight For Home: How (Parks of) New Orleans Came Back." Both the film and discussion are open to the public. The cost of the film is $10, $5 for Images Cinema members, $6 for Williams College students, and $8 for students/seniors.
Wolff will present a lecture "From Katrina to Sandy: Lessons from Disasters," at 4 p.m. that afternoon at the Log on Spring Street. This event is free and open to the public.
Slam I Am
NORTH ADAMS -- Seth Brown will be the featured poet for the Nov. 8 Slam I Am. A humorist, essayist, published author and Poetry Slam champion in several local poetry slams, Brown kicks things off with a performance of his original style of spoken word.
The slam begins at 6 p.m., at the Tague Gallery, Eagle Street. Local favorite, Jake "Phoenix" Snow, will emcee this month’s event, and Melissa Quirk will be the sacrificial poet.
In last month’s event we heard from some new poets as well as some experienced writers. Novice Jake Daugherty and Zoe tied for first place.
Solid performances were also presented by newbie Samantha Cooper and Chris Tague.