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The Berkshire Symphony Orchestra performed in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic. (Katie Jung/The Williams Record)

Berkshire Symphony Orchestra returns to Chapin Hall after COVID hiatus

Katie Jung October 6, 2021
The Berkshire Symphony Orchestra performed live for the first time in 18 months on the night of Oct. 1. The musicians, all masked, walked onto stage and were met with a packed audience.
(Photo courtesy of IMDB.)

Images in Review: ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ offers captivating look at televangelism

Tharini Prakash October 6, 2021
While the film is a fairly predictable, somewhat bloated biopic that focuses primarily on Faye, there’s a lot to chew on about codependency, insecurity, naivete, and, of course, the scamming that is so often present in televangelism.
Kim’s Why I Watch with Closed Captions is currently on display at WCMA. (Photo courtesy of Brad Wakoff.)

WCMA hosts talk with Christine Sun Kim

Kevin Weng October 6, 2021
WCMA welcomed visitors this fall with the Sweaty Concepts exhibition. The exhibit includes Why I Watch with Closed Captions, a drawing by Christine Sun Kim, who spoke at the College on Sept. 23.
The Long Road chronicles Berkshire women who fought for gender equality

The Long Road chronicles Berkshire women who fought for gender equality

Sofie Jones September 29, 2021
What started as a Williamstown resident’s suggestion that the Town community commemorate the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment came to fruition over 18 months and a pandemic later, when The Long Road: Notable Women Remembered premiered at Images Cinema last Thursday.
Sweaty Concepts, which draws from across WCMA’s collections, will remain open until Dec. 19. (Photo courtesy of Brad Wakoff.)

Review: WCMA asks itself questions via Sweaty Concepts exhibit

Yuchan Kim September 29, 2021
The Sweaty Concepts exhibition, open now until Dec. 19, shines a light on marginalized people, describing “experiences across gender identity, sexual orientation, race, and ability, that involve making a place for oneself where it does not already exist.”
The Clark Art Museum Reflecting Pool, where the WTF production of [ITAL] Row took place this summer. (Taryn McLaughlin/The Williams Record)

Williamstown Theatre Festival crew members decry working conditions

Tali Natter September 22, 2021
During a rehearsal for one of this year’s mainstage productions, the sound crew walked out to protest what they said were unsafe working conditions. In the wake of the walkout, many festival workers from past years shared on social media that they had felt overworked and unsafe, suggesting that the walkout reflects deeper issues within the labor structure of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Students collect their art in-person at WCMA on pick-up day. (Shizah Kashif/The Williams Record)

WALLS returns after COVID hiatus; students express mixed feelings

Shizah Kashif September 22, 2021
WALLS returned on Sept. 14 after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While many celebrated its long-awaited return, an unprecedented high number of signups this year and consequent technical glitches led others to express disappointment with the new allocation process.
The newly opened Poker Flats Gallery on 112 Water Street. (Photo courtesy of Poker Flats.)

Poker Flats Gallery on Water Street until Oct. 24, 2021

Yuchan Kim September 15, 2021
In the summer of 2021, Poker Flats stopped referring exclusively to the college-owned housing behind Mission Park, as Izzy Lee ’12 and Jared Quinton ’10 co-founded a pop-up art gallery entitled Poker Flats.
A shelf for custom jewelry was one of many that could be found through the show, displaying bracelets, necklaces, and earrings made from a variety of materials. (Cameron Pugh/The Williams Record)

Bux Vintage hosts youth art show, donates proceeds to Elizabeth Freeman Center

Cameron Pugh August 17, 2021
When 20-year-old artist Karen Magnusdottir McComish walked into Bux Vintage, a recently opened pop-up thrift store on Spring Street, wearing a blouse they had crocheted themselves, owner Paula Buxbaum got an idea.
(Photo courtesy of John Murphy.)

Artists of the Class of 2021

Cameron Pugh May 19, 2021
In recognition of the graduating seniors in studio art, music, and theatre, the Record created a brief series of artist features. The artists offered their thoughts on their senior projects, recitals, or theses, and their experiences as artists at the College.
“My sense of outrage is triggered again and again and again right now… I wrote this book as an act of activism,” Min Jin Lee said of her decision to write Pachinko. (Photo courtesy of

‘Maybe you and I can share a little bit of a world together’: Min Jin Lee on creating her world

Lindsay Wang May 19, 2021
The mark that both Pachinko and Lee’s debut novel Free Food for Millionaires have left on my relationship to storytelling runs bone-deep. So when I answered a call from an unknown number on May 6, my stomach was a knotted mess of nerves and excitement as Lee’s voice sounded from the speakers.
(Photos courtesy of Spotify.)

Record Recs: Surviving finals through music

Destiny Crisp May 19, 2021
In the spirit of celebrating the end of a unique COVID-19 year and getting through the final push of the semester, I compiled a small list of song recommendations to get you to the end of May.
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