WILLIAMSTOWN -- "Andrei Rublev" will kick off the Old Masters in New Frames film series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.
The series pairs highly esteemed feature films about famous artists with curators and educators who will offer an introduction and/or lead a post-film discussion, thus putting a new frame around the subject. All films are screened on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Sept. 20: "Andrei Rublev" (1966, 205 minutes, Russian with subtitles). Andrei Tarkovsky’s masterful epic explores not just the life and work of the famous icon painter, but the whole cosmos of late medieval Russia, in a cinematic classic of art, faith and history. Steve Satullo, film programmer for the Clark, will introduce the series and the film. For the convenience of viewers, this film will be repeated on Friday, Sept. 21, with part one at 1 p.m. and part two at 3 p.m.
Oct. 4: "The Mill & the Cross" (2011, 95 minutes). Lech Majewski offers a unique portal -- through special effects and dramatization -- for entering the world of a Pieter Bruegel painting, with the artist himself (played by Rutger Hauer) as guide. Keith Moxey, chair of art history at Barnard College and former Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College, will provide context and commentary on the film.
Oct. 18: "Caravaggio" (1986, 90 minutes).
Nov. 1: "Edvard Munch" (1974, 172 minutes). Peter Watkins’ brilliant docudrama follows the early life and career of the grim Norwegian painter, showing what led to The Scream. Jay Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs for the Clark and author of "Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth," will introduce and assess the film.
Nov. 15: "Lust for Life" (1956, 122 minutes). Vincente Minnelli’s adaptation of the Irving Stone novel is an unusually serious Hollywood biopic, imbued with the colors of Vincent Van Gogh’s art and life.
Kirk Douglas gives an impassioned performance as Van Gogh, with Anthony Quinn as Paul Gauguin. Perspective will be provided by Richard Kendall, curator at large for the Clark and author of "Van Gogh’s Van Goghs."
For more information, call 413-458-2303, or visit www.clarkart.edu.
Pedrito Martinez opens MCLA Presents!
N. ADAMS -- MCLA Presents! kicks off its 2012-13 season on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m., in the MCLA Quad with Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez and his Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band.
"MCLA Presents! brings artists and performers from around the world to North Adams, connecting MCLA to it surrounding community via some amazingly talented musicians, actors, dancers, poets and all those that fall in-between," said Jonathan Secor, MCLA’s director of special programs. "It’s great to go to an event like this in the quad, or in the gym during the winter, like our annual Blues and Funk Festival, and see hundreds of people dancing and having a great time -- students, MCLA staff and faculty and MCLA’s neighbors."
Deeply rooted in Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition, The Pedrito Martinez Group will bring a new mix of music to the campus with bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. A native of Havana, Cuba, Martinez is a conga player, singer and bandleader who tours with artists such as the Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson and Ray Charles. Tickets to The Pedrito Martinez Group are $10. Tickets for MCLA alumni are $8, $5 for staff and faculty, and members and students are free. Tickets may be reserved by calling MCLA Presents! at (413) 662-5204. For more information, call 413-664-8718 or visit www.mcla.edu/presents.
WILLIAMSTOWN - Experience the wonders of the universe at the Milham Planetarium, located inside the Old Hopkins Observatory at Williams College.
Astronomy students at the college will host free shows for the public on Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. - Sept 14, 21, and 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 30; and Dec. 7. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector, installed in April 2005.
The Zeiss Skymaster is capable of demonstrating phenomena including: retrograde motions of the planets, phases of the moon, the varying temperatures/colors of stars, locations of neighboring galaxies, the mythological figures and zodiacal signs ascribed to constellations, the Southern Hemisphere’s sky, comets, artificial satellites, and much more.
The Hopkins Observatory, built in 1836-38 by the first professor of astronomy at Williams College, Albert Hopkins, is the oldest extant observatory in the United States. Shows will last about 50 minutes.
For reservations: 413-597-2188, email@example.com.
NAPL book sale
N. ADAMS -- The North Adams Public Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday, and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15, at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center on St. Anthony Drive.
N. ADAMS -- North Adams Regional Hospital and Berkshire Health Systems will host a blood drive at NARH today, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donors will receive a ticket to the Big E. To schedule a convenient appointment to give blood, call the BHS Bloodmobile at 413-447-2114, ext. 3981. Walk-in donors are also welcome. The drive is open to the public and all blood types are needed. Donors should be in good health the day of the drive, at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have given blood in the previous 56 days (8 weeks).