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ARS NOVA + LIGHTNING ROD SPECIAL: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Created by Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard, Directed by Taibi Mager Named one of the top ten theatre experiences of 2016 by the New York Times, Underground Railroad Game is a vivid, piercing piece of experimental performance from Philadelphia-based company Lightning Rod Special. Over its rapid-fire 75 minutes, the piece toes the line between sketch comedy show and excruciating American history lesson, set in a middle school classroom. Lightning Rod Special’s raucous performance earned them the 2017 Obie Award for Best New American Theatre Work, one of the highest honors in the field. By tearing down barriers of political correctness and challenging the contemporary liberal interracial dialogue, Underground Railroadexcavates hidden—and often ugly—truths about race, identity, and historical memory. 62 Center
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FILM | "DER PURIMSPILER" ("THE JESTER")
Amherst, 2 p.m.
With its lively circus and vaudeville music and set pieces, The Jester provides a glimpse of 1937 Warsaw’s thriving Yiddish revues and cabarets, which were destroyed soon after. Many of the film’s Polish- Jewish crew and actors were killed in the Holocaust, making the film’s touches of melancholy even more profound for today’s audiences. Poland, USA, 1937, 88 mins., directed by Joseph Green and Joan Nowina-Przybylski, Yiddish with English subtitles. Restored by The National Center for Jewish Film. COST: Student | $4 Member | $6 General Admission | $8 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 programs@yiddishbookcenter.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
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TARTUFFE
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Come see a play about a family Who argued back and forth like you and me They had a guest who they could not abide Who tried seducing mom and stole and lied He stopped all their fun and told them not to rest He simply would not leave, this pesky guest. Papa was taken in—as Papas always are— Not so the kids, although their Grandmama Had been transfixed by Tartuffe’s lying ways And left and said she’d not return for days. They had a pretty smart and wily maid Who plotted to expose the cowardly…dade That didn’t rhyme I know, but I don’t care— Come see the show, it’s written by Molière!  62 Center
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DANCE SYMPOSIUM
Williamstown
Williams College Dance Department will host a symposium that approaches dance and performance as an interdisciplinary method, site of inquiry, and medium of learning. We will bring together scholars and practitioners who use a movement-based practice from Williams College and beyond to examine how embodied practices can provide insightful perspectives into issues relevant to the humanities and sciences. In framing dance/performance” broadly as both staged and everyday acts of representation, the engagement with disciplines as diverse as sports, martial arts, theatre, music, sciences, arts, and anthropology offer a lens for contextual analysis and techniques of bodily practice. It will also highlight the various ways that “dance/performance” can enable collaborations that may be thought of as non-traditional or non-normative. Keynote speaker Janet O’Shea is Professor of Dance Studies in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. She is the author At Home in the World: Bharata Natyam on the Global Stage and co-editor of the Routledge Dance Studies Reader (second edition). Her current research is about Filipino martial arts and cognitive benefits of embodied training. Dr. O’Shea is completing an ethnographic memoir entitled Risk, Failure, Play: What Martial Arts Training Reveals about Proficiency, Competition, and Cooperation. 62 Center
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TARTUFFE
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Come see a play about a family Who argued back and forth like you and me They had a guest who they could not abide Who tried seducing mom and stole and lied He stopped all their fun and told them not to rest He simply would not leave, this pesky guest. Papa was taken in—as Papas always are— Not so the kids, although their Grandmama Had been transfixed by Tartuffe’s lying ways And left and said she’d not return for days. They had a pretty smart and wily maid Who plotted to expose the cowardly…dade That didn’t rhyme I know, but I don’t care— Come see the show, it’s written by Molière!  62 Center
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TARTUFFE
Williamstown, 2 p.m.
Come see a play about a family Who argued back and forth like you and me They had a guest who they could not abide Who tried seducing mom and stole and lied He stopped all their fun and told them not to rest He simply would not leave, this pesky guest. Papa was taken in—as Papas always are— Not so the kids, although their Grandmama Had been transfixed by Tartuffe’s lying ways And left and said she’d not return for days. They had a pretty smart and wily maid Who plotted to expose the cowardly…dade That didn’t rhyme I know, but I don’t care— Come see the show, it’s written by Molière!  62 Center
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THE PIONEER VALLEY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Amherst, 6 p.m.
The 13th annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival runs March 15 through March 26, 2018, screening award-winning films in nine cities and towns across Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties. The Festival kicks off at the Yiddish Book Center on March 15, 2018 with an opening reception followed by a film screening. Opening reception is at 6pm followed by the film screening at 7pm. For more information and tickets please visit http://pvjff.org/. Venue: Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900
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THE ARIEL STRING QUARTET
Great Barrington, 6 p.m.
Three 19th and 20th century Russian works create a trajectory through recent Russian history. The concert takes place at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St, Great Barrington. Tickets $50 orchestra / mezzanine, $27 balcony, $15 students at the door. See www.cewm.org to purchase.
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FILM "MENASHE"
Amherst, 2 p.m.
Part of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Within Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the lm intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood. USA, 2017, 88 mins., directed by Joshua Weinstein, Yiddish with English subtitles.  $10 General Admission $8 Students & Seniors (65+) $15 Reserved Seating For more information and tickets please visit http://pvjff.org/.
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