Marathon of Voices

An all-night concert, sunset to sunrise event in Thompson Memorial Chapel, with vocalists and vocal groups from across the Williams community. This unique gathering is worth staying up for.

The Shape of Water

In Baltimore in 1962, Elisa Esposito, who has been mute since she was a young child and speaks fluent sign language, is working at a high-security government laboratory when a captured amphibian arrives from South America — and they begin to talk …

Guillermo del Toro directs the film he co-wrote with Vanessa Taylor. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.

The full schedule is below.

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2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water
Saturday, Jan. 20
2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water
Sunday, Jan. 21
3:00pm: The Shape of Water
5:30pm: The Shape of Water
Monday, Jan. 22
2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water
Tuesday, Jan. 23
2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water
Wednesday, Jan. 24
2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water
Thursday, Jan. 25
2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water
Friday, January 26
2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water
Saturday, January 27
2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water
Sunday, January 28
3pm: The Shape of Water
5:30pm: The Shape of Water
Monday, January 29
2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water
Tuesday, January 30
2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water
Wednesday, January 31
2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water
Thursday, February 1
2:10pm: The Shape of Water
4:30pm: The Shape of Water
7pm: The Shape of Water
9:20pm: The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

When local police fail to solve her daughter’s murder, a mother rents three billboards to call attention to the investivation and shakes her community at its roots. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage star in Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic crime film.
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2:15pm: Three Billboards…
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7pm: Three Billboards…
9:15pm: Three Billboards…
Wednesday, Jan. 17
2:15pm: Three Billboards…
4:30pm: Three Billboards…
7pm: Three Billboards…
9:15pm: Three Billboards…
Thursday, Jan. 18
2:15pm: Three Billboards…
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9:15pm: Three Billboards…

Breaking the Tradeoff: Profit with Purpose

Williams College will host an educational symposium on sustainable investing. Throughout the day, experts and practitioners from a range of fields will share their perspectives on opportunities in sustainable investing and their successes and aspirations in green finance. All talks will take place in Griffin Hall, room 3. They are free and open to the public.

The full schedule is below:

10 a.m. – Opening Remarks

Provost Dukes Love

 

10:20 a.m. – Entrepreneurs on the Sustainability Frontier

Bryan Birsic ’05, CEO and founder, Wunder Capital

Matthew Silver ’01, CEO and founder, Cambrian Innovation

Nick Querques, NYSERDA

 

11:15 a.m. – Sustainable Agriculture

Jacob Israelow ’01, founder, Dirt Capital

Benjamin Brooks-Dobson, manager, Stone House Farm

 

1:40 p.m. – Sustainability Initiatives at Williams College

Ralph Bradburd, director, Environmental Studies Program

Amy Johns, director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives

Matt Sheehy, associate vice president for finance

Abigail Wattley ’05, managing director, Williams College Investment Office

 

2:30 p.m. – Leveraging Capital in Service of Sustainability

Chris Knapp ’84, CEO and founder, Colloboration Capital

Jeffrey Possick, managing director, MissionPoint Partners

Grace Horwitz ’13, associate, Blue Haven Initiative

 

3:30 p.m. – Evaluating Sustainability Projects and Initiatives

Ed Rossier ’01, US Bank

Gary Fromer, SVP Constellation Energy

Brian Griffith, CEO, Griffith Foods

 

4:10 p.m. – Breaking the Tradeoff: Investing for Profit and Impact

Josh Cohen, founder, City Light Capital

Annie Bonsey, TheImpact.org

Michael Lent, Veris Wealth Partners

 

 

 

The symposium was organized by a team of faculty, students, and alumni led by Don Carlson ’83, visiting professor of Environmental Studies.

March into Action

On the anniversary of the first Women’s March, and in solidarity with the Women’s March 2018, a Resource Fair and Community Forum invites the public to join together in sharing stories, re-affirming community and preparing for action in 2018. 
 
More than 20 groups will appear at the fair, followed by brief spoken word performances, leading into a round-table discussion of ‘where do we go from here in the Berkshires’ with leaders of various social justice efforts and related organizations in the region.
 
Panelists will discuss the important issues facing the community in 2018, how we can build better partnerships to address these issues and how our community can help in the efforts. 
 
The panel will include State Representative Paul Mark, Pittsfield City Councilor Helen Moon, Berkshire NAACP President Dennis Powell, Geraldine Shen from Greylock Together, and Kristen Van Ginhoven from WAM Theater, as well as representatives from the following organizations: 
 
Berkshire Democratic Brigades, Berkshire Interfaith Organizing, Berkshire Immigrant Stories, Four Freedoms Coalition, Great Barrington Town Democratic Committee, Lift Every Vote, Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations, and the United American Muslim Association of the Berkshires 
 
Spoken word performances will be shared by artists and representatives from WordXWord and WAM Theatre.
 
Drew Herzig, co-chair of Indivisible Pittsfield says, “From the Women’s March to the Women’s Convention to the rallies and stand-outs we have organized here in Pittsfield, we’ve seen how powerful we are when we gather together, share space and lift each other up. Across the country Women’s March Chapters are organizing exciting anniversary events throughout the anniversary weekend, from marches to legislative actions to community events to voter registration drives. We are proud to be hosting one in Pittsfield that brings together so many organizations dedicated to taking positive action.” 
 
Join the thousands of women, femmes and allies who will be coming together across the country to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March and to launch the collective 2018 Women’s March agenda: #PowerToThePolls.
 
Doors will open at 1 pm.  The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact indivisiblepittsfield@gmail.com.

Getting Justice

Philadelphia criminal defense lawyers Jim Figorski and Stephen Brown ’71 will speak on A Case History of How to Right a Criminal Wrong One Person at a Time.

Brown and Figorski, both lawyers at Dechert LLC in Philadelphia, will discuss the themes of injustice and hope through the example of the Shaurn Thomas case. Thomas was freed in May 2017 after serving 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Figorski began volunteering with the Philadelphia Innocence Project in 2009 and has represented Thomas on a pro bono basis since 2011. Before becoming a lawyer, Figorski was a member of the Philadelphia Police Force from 1981 to 2006. Thomas’s case appeared in the podcast Undisclosed and has been covered extensively in national media.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Williams Reads, which aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. This year’s common read is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

The Birth of the Batman Movie Franchise

Film producer Michael Uslan will host a discussion of his work in the film industry: How Passion, Perseverance and an Entrepreneurial Spirit Can Make Your Dreams Come True.

Uslan’s films include Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Lego Movie, and Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In 2012, Chronicle Books published Uslan’s fully illustrated memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman. In it, he recalls his journey from early childhood fandom through to the decades he spent on a caped crusade of his own: to bring Batman to the silver screen as the dark, serious character he was at heart. Uslan’s story traces his path from the wilds of New Jersey to the limelight of Hollywood, following his work as executive producer on every Batman film.

Tickets are free but required. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 413-597-2425 or visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/985127. Tickets will also be available at the door.

 

Quiet, You’re Dead! 

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns with a murder mystery dinner theater performance.

Join an autograph dinner in honor of J.J. Rolling, author of the novel series Henrietta Porters and the Witches’ School of Flying Housewares. J.J. shows up for an evening at his hometown library by Dewey Decibel, Conan Del Libre or Conan the Librarian, Ms. Brooke Snooty and Harriett Potterson. Have they assembled to shower J.J. with praise or do they have other deadly reasons for seeing him? Come and find out.

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Hand-Me-Down Theatre presents a live concert performance of the play with book and lyrics by Bill Russel and Music by Janet Hood, a celebration of the lives of those lost to AIDS told through free-verse monologues and a blues and rock score.
Berkshire Theatre Group alum and Williams College student Caroline Fairweather will direct the performance, with  musical direction is by Jack Romans. The singers and cast are Hallie Della-Volpe, Jazmin Bramble, Alex Quizon, Nick Dehn, Isabel Ouweleen, Jake Eisner, Samori Etienne, Julia Tucher, Brianna Nicola, Nadiya Atkinson and Delsa Lopez.

Coincidance

Contradance to live music by Eric Buddington fiddle, Eric Martin fiddle and viola, Tony Pisano accordion and guitar, Josh Pisano percussion and Susan Creighton keyboard, with calling by Jon Greene. Bring clean soft-soled shoes and dress lightly to dance. Beginners are warmly welcomed, all dances are taught and no partner or experience is needed. The evening begins with a beginner lesson at 7:45p.m., and dancing goes on from 8 to 11 p.m.