Archive for March, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Now This Sounds Fun

C’mon over to our place – we’re just across the street from MASS MoCA, where you can check out Jones Street Station on March 27th. These folks have been opening for Ben Kweller on his recent tour, “play their catchy originals with virtuosic mandolin jams and honky-tonk piano fillers, and top them with off-kilter, good-time harmonies.” (Time Out New York) Legendary rock critic Greil Marcus said listening to them “is like running down a mountain on a switchback trail, the sound of surprise generating its own momentum. There’s a punk glee inside the bluegrass craft — and a punk vehemence inside the bluegrass smile.”


Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Compelling Discussion

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will look at a critical set of policy issues from an artistic and an activist perspective through an examination of the Oscar-nominated film, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,” in a Public Policy Lecture on Tuesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center.Lisa Cortés, the executive producer of “Precious,” will join author, educator and activist Jonathan Kozol in a panel discussion moderated by former ABC News journalist Carole Simpson. They will discuss a number of hard, intertwined issues regarding race, class, economic and social oppression, the roles of government and charity in changing these conditions for the better, and more.

A compelling, timely discussion, right here in the Berkshires!


Friday, March 19, 2010

Warm and Sunny

Today and tomorrow – 66+ degrees and sunny. ROAD TRIP!

If you’ve got kids, check out Kidspace @MASS MoCA’s 10 Anniversary Celebration. Or, bring a babysitter and send them off to MASS MoCA so you and your sweetie can steal a few hours alone sunning by our heated outdoor pool and hot tub! At the Clark, catch Material Witnesses before it closes in a few weeks – photography used for documentary purposes.

C’mon over to our place!


Friday, March 12, 2010

Pitstop in Pittsfield

Sorry we cannot offer any more Shack Up with Shackleton packages – the second show at MASS MoCA sold out quickly. But, don’t let that keep you from heading our way… There’s an exhibit opening at the Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield: Stories from the Bible and Other Places, recent and older works by artist Paul Graubard of Lenox MA.  The work, created in acrylic paint, fabric, paper and objects arranged on canvas and wood, depicts personal experiences, ethnic traditions and Biblical stories.  Stop in Pittsfield on your way up to Porches and kick off an art-filled weekend – MASS MoCA has several compelling shows and the excellent Clark Art Institute is free this time of year!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Boston native based in Colorado since 1989, Reed Foehl’s third solo release comes on the heels of his acclaimed Stoned Beautiful, a departure from the jam-oriented repertoire of his band Acoustic Junction and his first solo release, Spark.  Check out what promises to be an alluring, captivating performance. You’ll hear a blend of banjo, harmonica, and singing with elements of country, indie pop and folk-rock in a perfectly balanced mix. Catch Foehl at the Railway Cafe at MCLA’s Gallery 51 this Friday, March 12th. For tickets (only $10-15) and more information, call 413.664.6393 or email railwaycafe@juno.com.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Shack Up with Shackleton !

Our last-minute, special one-night package treats you and a pal to a fantastic evening of cutting-edge puppetry (who knew there was such a thing, but it is and it’s wild!), superb accompanying music and a few of the usual Porches goodies. Join us on Saturday, March 13th for Shack Up with Shackleton and you’ll enjoy two tickets to Phantom Limb’s 69° South: The Shackleton Project, dinner for two at the newly re-opened Gramercy Bistro at MASS MoCA, overnight accommodations in a deluxe room, Porches healthful continental breakfast buffet and admission for two to MASS MoCA. There is limited availability for this package, available for $275 (inclusive). The performance is sold out, but we have a limited amount of tickets set aside for Porches guests who take advantage of this special offer.