Parties & Openings
Nov. 18 - Pittsfield
Berkshire Museum Tree Fest
Nov. 17 - Lenox
Multicultural BRIDGE Awards
Nov. 15 - Torrington
NWCT Arts Council Awards
Jacob’s Pillow: Season Opener a Dance Bonanza
Cultural correspondent Bess J.M. Hochstein reports from Becket: In a departure from the past few rainy years, on June 19 sunshine greeted a resplendent crowd gathered for the kick-off of the 78th anniversary of Jacob’s Pillow‘s world-famous dance festival. Guests assembled for cocktails on the lawn before heading into the Ted Shawn Theatre, where students from the Pillow¹s ballet program performed a striking new work by choreographer Karole Armitage, followed by other dancer/choreographers whose work will be presented in the season to come. Executive director Ella Baff bestowed the 2010 Jacob¹s Pillow Dance Award on Bill T. Jones (left), who literally swept his petite hostess off her feet. Baff also introduced a trailer for a documentary-in-progress on the Pillow, in hopes of inspiring well-heeled audience members to help filmmaker Ron Honsa finish the project. After dinner in the tent, Boston’s E-Water Band turned on the funk and brought the crowd to its feet, confirming the Pillow’s reputation for throwing the parties where everybody dances.
Pillow interns Bridget Wright, Kelley Small, Lucy Mallett, and Nicole Contaxi
Monique Cordasco, a nurse from NYC, with choreographer Karole Armitage; the Pillow’s Director of Preservation Norton Owen with photographer David Dashiell
Art dealer Christopher Boswell with Women’s Times publisher Eugenie Sills; Brad Spear, Census Office Manager for Pittsfield and Ellen Spear, executive director of Hancock Shaker Village
Don Quinn Kelley with dancer-choreographer Kyle Abraham, who performed at the gala; Pillow marketing and communications assistant Toni Bolger, Ginger Mead and director of communications Mariclare Hulbert
Phil Deely and Hilary Deely; theatre dirctor Maggie Mixsell and Karole Armitage with gala co-chair Hunter Kerr Runette
Sisters Liz Williams and Pert Merriman cut the rug;
Former Pillow director Liz Thompson with gala co-chair Hunter Kerr Runette .
Alexis Picheny, Ilene Mandel and Helice Picheny, the co-chair of the gala; Doug Shufelt and Louise Hirschfeld, widow of illustrator Al Hirschfeld.