Workshop with Carl Hancock Rux

Join us for an exploration of Nick Cave’s massive installation UNTIL followed by a workshop with Carl Hancock Rux. Mr Rux is a poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, actor, director and singer/ songwriter who has collaborated with  Nona Hendryx, Toshi Reagon, Bill T. Jones, Ronald K. Brown, Nick Cave, Anne Bogart, Robert Wilson, Kenny Leon, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jonathan Demme, Stanley Nelson Jr., Carrie Mae Weems, Glenn Ligon and others.

The workshop is FREE and open to anyone 13 and older, however parents are advised that the content and discussions may touch on difficult issues.

Preregistration is required.

Lift Ev’ry Voice 2017

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The Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival celebrating African-American heritage and culture in the Berkshires returns for the summer of 2017!

Local cultural and community organizations – including libraries, historical societies, arts organizations, galleries, museums and educational institutions – are invited to contact us about partnering and presenting talks, screenings, performances, exhibits and more!

Founded in 2011, the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival is a biennial, summer-long celebration of African-American Culture & Heritage in the Berkshires. The festival celebrates the rich traditions of the African-American community, arts and culture, history and heritage, while acknowledging the larger global context in which this community exists. Rather than a site-specific series of events presented by a single organization, Lift Ev’ry Voice is an umbrella under which a wide range of events, exhibitions, forums and celebrations are gathered to create a rich tapestry across Berkshire County. We welcome organizations and institutions, from anywhere in the county, to contribute events and exhibitions that resonate with the spirit of the festival. Past partners who we are looking forward to working with again for 2017 include Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Mass MoCA, the Mount (Edith Wharton) and the Berkshire Chapter of the NAACP.

Urban Bush Women Workshops

June 2016!

UBW Workshops

Register Online [free]

Lift Ev’ry Voice is pleased to offer three community-based workshops with the Urban Bush Women. These multi-disciplinary movement workshops are free and open to teens and adults. Participants are welcome to register for any or all workshops including a fourth workshop scheduled to take place at Jacob’s Pillow. Participants of all experiences and abilities are welcome. Comfortable active attire is recommended. Registration is on a first come basis. Plus – UBW will present a free performance on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow on June 24th. And a free talk by  Urban Bush Women’s founder-director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar on the 25th.  See below for details.

Register Online for free workshops

North County Workshops

Tuesday
June 21, 2:30-4P
MASS MoCA
Hunter Theater
87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA
Register Online [free]

Wednesday
June 22, 2:30-4P
MASS MoCA
Hunter Theater
87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA
Register Online [free]

South County Workshop

Thursday
June 23, 10:30A-12N
Olga Dunn Dance Studio
46 Castle Street
Great Barrington, MA
Register Online [free]

Jacob’s Pillow Workshop

Monday
June 27, 11A
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA
Space is limited! Contact Thasia Giles to reserve your spot for this workshop: email tgiles@jacobspillow.org or telephone 413.243.9919 x164

Plus!

Friday
June 24, 3-5P
Day at the Pillow Visit – Urban Bush Women Community Residency
In collaboration with Lift Ev’ry Voice and Pittsfield Core Teen Group.
Tour Jacob’s Pillow historical grounds, explore the Archives, and observe The School at Jacob’s Pillow. Meet at Jacob’s Pillow Welcome Center. Call 413-243-9919 x161 for more info.

Friday
June 24, 6:15-7P

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside/Out stage
Urban Bush Women
FREE (Limited seating if inclement weather)

Saturday
June 25, 4P
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Blake’s Barn
FINDING OUR COMMUNITY
A moderate talk by Urban Bush Women’s founder-director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar  who is passionate about engaging her audiences in meaningful ways. Here she reflects on her company’s deep Pillow roots and current mission.

 

Noms de Guerre

June 14, 3P
Noms de Guerre

Staged Reading and Talkback
at No. Six Depot Roastery, Cafe & Gallery, 6 Depot Street, West Stockbridge
presented by WAM Theatre

WAM Theatre will host a reading of Noms de Guerre, written by Jacqueline E. Lawton, named one of the top 30 national leading African American playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute. The talkback following the play will encourage feedback from the audience. Noms de Guerre is one of five new works that tell women’s stories to be presented by WAM’s “Fresh Takes: Play Reading Series.”
Info/tickets – http://www.wamtheatre.com/fresh-takes-play-reading-series-2015/

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

June 18, time tba
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket  lev4

Private Film Screening and Talkback
at location tba
presented by LEV, Mass Humanities, Berkshire Sheriff’s Office

The Berkshire Sheriff’s Office will host a screening of the award-winning documentary, James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, by filmmaker Karen Thorsen, who will participate in a talkback after the screening. Using archival footage, newsreel clips, and interviews with writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, William Styron, and biographer David Leeming, the film captures the passionate intellect and courageous writing of a man self-described as “born Black, impoverished, gay, and gifted.” James Baldwin was an outspoken voice for human rights and an end to African American degradation in America. The film is a restored HD version of the original 16mm film, a co-production from Maysles Films and PBS/American Masters. (1989, 87 min.)

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

June 19, 8P
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket  lev4

Film Screening and Talkback
at MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams
presented by LEV, MASS MoCA, Mass Humanities, Multicultural Bridge

MASS MoCA hosts a screening of the award-winning documentary, James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket, by filmmaker Karen Thorsen, who will participate in a talkback after the screening. Using archival footage, newsreel clips, and interviews with writers Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, William Styron, and biographer David Leeming, the film captures the passionate intellect and courageous writing of a man self-described as “born Black, impoverished, gay, and gifted.” James Baldwin was an outspoken voice for human rights and an end to African American degradation in America. The film is a restored HD version of the original 16mm film, a co-production from Maysles Films and PBS/American Masters. (1989, 87 min.)

What to the American Slave is Your Fourth of July?

June 19, 9A
“What to the American Slave is Your Fourth of July?”  lev4

Telecast, PCTV/Pittsfield Community Television
presented by LEV, Pittsfield July 4th Parade Committee, Office of Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier

This telecast features a community reading of excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ famous speech, “What to the American Slave is Your Fourth of July?”

Prayer Vigil in honor of those slain in Charleston

June 22, 7P
Prayer Vigil in honor of those slain in Charleston lev4

First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn Street, Pittsfield, MA
Sponsored by NAACP Berkshire Chapter, First United Methodist Church of Pittsfield, Lift Ev’ry Voice

Prayer vigil in honor of the 9 persons slain in in a racially motivated attack following a prayer meeting on June 17, 2015 in Charleston, SC.

Grand Opening – Samuel Harrison House

June 20, Time tba
Grand Opening – Samuel Harrison House  lev4

at Samuel Harrison House, 82 Third Street, Pittsfield

[by invitation only] The Samuel Harrison Society hosts community residents and funders who were instrumental in restoring and preserving Reverend Harrison’s homestead as a national historic site, a place to teach the values embodied in “his noble life, his enduring beliefs, his extraordinary writings; and to define a chapter in the story of us as a people by providing greater insight into African-American history”. Reverend Harrison was the first pastor of Second Congregational Church in Pittsfield and the first chaplain of the 54th Regiment of African American volunteers who fought in the Civil War.