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DATELINE STOCKBRIDGE: On running for Stockbridge town moderator, a first step into politics

It sure does take a village to run one little campaign, and every kind word and helping hand was appreciated. Thank you.

Through immersive experiences, Moving Arts Exchange encourages participants to be themselves

I liken the performance to that of any creative expression: Once the word is on paper, the brushstrokes on canvas, and the dancers on stage, the creator is no longer in control of how audience members interpret their form, which should feel simultaneously liberating and empowering for the audience.

Daniel’s Art Party at Simon’s Rock: ‘Dave Made a Maze’

Now, as Daniel’s Art Party is defining itself as a progressive, multimedia arts program, I wanted to screen a film that I love from a producer that I love for my new, beloved arts community in the Berkshires. That the inspired do-it-yourself aesthetic of the film coincides with my past work in scrappy, collage musicals is icing on the cardboard cake.

Daniel’s Art Party at Simon’s Rock: ‘Moving portraits’ at Great Barrington Town Hall

Of course, as an artist who’s addicted to seeing the world through theater-colored glasses, I keep imagining the possibilities of making unique and totally awesome musical productions all over the Kilpatrick Athletic Center.

Daniel’s Art Party at Simon’s Rock: Love letter to Rikke Borge, star of ‘Smasharoo’ and ‘Bedtime Stories’

It only took a few minutes of bubbly and hilarious conversation, and a listen to Rikke Borge's great singing voice, to know we’d found our irreverent “Mama” in “Orange Star Smasharoo.”

Daniel’s Art Party at Simon’s Rock: Community radio and ‘Berkshire Bedtime Stories’

The next Daniel's Art Party/WBCR collaboration will be “Berkshire Bedtime Stories,” a series of recordings of children’s books read by Berkshire locals. The show will be broadcast at bedtime, as you might imagine.

Daniel’s Art Party at Simon’s Rock: ‘Moving Portraits’

I’m lining up community members to appear in video portraits that capture the subjects doing something that interests them.

Daniel’s Art Party at Simon’s Rock: Celebration of a tree

Daniel’s Art Party is evolving into a multimedia arts program, based on the beautiful campus and highly specialized vortex that is Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Bits & Bytes: OLLI University Day; CATA in North County; ‘Why Do Birds Sing?’; Pittsfield Photo Challenge

Tom Stephenson, author of “The Warbler Guide” and several birding apps, will present an overview of the kinds of vocalizations that birds make, how they are acquired and how the song-learning process unfolds.

REVIEW: ‘Orange Star Smasharoo’ is a rockin’ good time at Daniel’s Art Party

“Smasharoo” makes a rousing finale for ‘Daniel’s Art Party,’ which has given us seven (count ‘em, seven) new productions in the last three weeks.

The Edge Is Free To Read.

But Not To Produce.