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Our general news show is concerned with Massachusetts’ northwestern-most corner, with occasional forays into southern Vermont and New York’s Hudson Valley.

    TLC #85 — Arrowhead’s Writer in Residence Robin Catalano

    TLC #85 — Arrowhead’s Writer in Residence Robin Catalano

    This is the Top Left Corner, episode number 85, part one. This extended show celebrates the work of two local authors who have the distinction of being selected as writers in residence at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead for the year 2020. In this first segment, we speak with Robin Catalano, whose writing in local, regional, and national publications has made hers a much sought after pen, especially in the world of travel writing.







    Virtual Author Reading & DiscussionatHerman Melville’s ArrowheadJoin Summer 2020 Writer-In-Residence Robin Catalano and Winter 2020 Writer-In-Residence Kevin O’Hara for a special evening of readings, written from Herman Melville’s study!Free and open to the publicmelville@berkshirehistory.org or call 413-442-1793 to reserve your spot and get the link







    Although, as the Travel & Leisure editor for the Greylock Glass, Robin’s work may be familiar to you, this is quite likely one of the first times you’ll get to hear her talk about her work in her own voice. after you’ve listened to this show, you’ll have two other immediate chances to connect with Robin — first via a live reading sponsored by Herman Melville’s Arrowhead Friday, November 13 at 5:00. E-mail melville@berkshirehistory.org or call 413-442-1793 to reserve your spot and get the link.







    Be sure to visit Robin at her personal blog, and at her new coastal-focused travel site, Once More to the Shore.















    Virtual Author Reading & DiscussionatHerman Melville’s ArrowheadBecket Athenaeum’sAuthor ReadingsresumeNovember 14 via Zoomwith travel writerRobin CatalanoPre-registration Required







    Also participating in the reading with be the guest of part two of this show — Kevin O’Hara, the Donkey Man, known affectionately for decades throughout the Berkshires for his wit and charm, and of course his   enchanting storytelling ability, whether in print or in person.







    More on Kevin in the next segment. Right now, let’s go to our conversation with Robin Catalano, here on the Top Left Corner.















    Robin Catalano believes in the power of storytelling to connect communities and cultures. For more than two decades, she’s applied her creative approach to travel writing for magazines, books, blogs, and websites, and has published more than 100 articles and 2,000 blog posts. Her work has appeared in a variety of national and regional publications, including Travel + Leisure, Fodor’s, the Boston Globe, Gourmet, Matador Network, Travel Awaits, Berkshire Living, and Berkshire HomeStyle. She is also the force behind Once More to the Shore, a new coastal travel blog launching this fall.







    The Travel & Leisure editor of the Greylock Glass, Robin holds a master’s in English and creative writing from the University of Rhode Island. She’s a frequent speaker at conferences, including the past three Women in Travel Summits. She has also led a variety of writing workshops, and has edited more than 350 books for clients such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Inner Traditions International. As a book coach, Robin helps independent authors take their ideas from concept to print.

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    TLC #85b — Arrowhead’s Writer in Residence Kevin O’Hara

    TLC #85b — Arrowhead’s Writer in Residence Kevin O’Hara

    This is the Top Left Corner, episode number 85, part one. This extended show celebrates the work of two local authors who have the distinction of being selected as writers in residence at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead for the year 2020. In this first segment, we speak with Kevin O’Hara, whose writing in local, regional, and national publications has made hers a much sought after pen, especially in the world of travel writing.







    Virtual Author Reading & DiscussionatHerman Melville’s ArrowheadJoin Fall 2020 Writer-In-Residence Kevin O’Hara and Spring 2020 Writer-In-Residence Robin Catalano for a special evening of readings, written from Herman Melville’s study!Free and open to the publicmelville@berkshirehistory.org or call 413-442-1793 to reserve your spot and get the link















    Be sure to visit Kevin at his website and take a look at the books he’s written that are sure to transport you to the rich world of his adventures and upbringing.

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    Billy Wylder at the Foundry

    Billy Wylder at the Foundry

    Editor’s Note: This post contains affiliate links. See our Reviews & Editorial Revenue Policy. Musicians’ bio info comes from the artists, their websites, or their publicists. Click on names below to visit their websites where you can get the full story, photos, and very often video.







    Billy Wylder















    We spoke with the very thoughtful, tuned-in Avi Salloway late last week about music, of course, but he had some important things to say about the moment we’re in right now as a society and a species. In our 30 minute conversation, all of which you can hear in this episode, he explained how he finds a natural synthesis engaging with the world as an activist, artist, human, and spirit bound to planet Earth. I expect you’ll get a sense of that if you see his band, Billy Wylder, this weekend. For now, I’m grateful that he provided a couple tunes, “Great Blue Heron,” featuring Bridget Kearney, and “Vital Signs,” featuring Isa Burke, both from 2018’s Light the Match, an album every bit as timely right now — that’s precisely the sort of generous spirit he is. Enjoy!







    The Foundry, West StockbridgePatio Productions: BILLY WYLDERFriday, August 28, 7:00 p.m.TICKETSPresented by the Berkshire Music Project







    Avi Salloway of Billy Wylder. The group will play a limited capacity show at The Foundry, West Stockbridge August 28; photo by Rob Eckel.















    From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert to Carnegie Hall, music has been the source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway (Bombino/Hey Mama/Avi & Celia) joined by an inspired cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. From 2013-16, Salloway toured the globe with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar hero from Niger, Africa. While on the journey and since returning, Salloway wrote the material on the band’s latest album, Strike the Match (Sand & Gold Records).







    and now, The News







    Editor’s Note: The following information is derived from officially released information, published with few or no editorial changes. The Greylock Glass occasionally provides our readers with such content if the information is of a purely factual nature that requires little to no interpretation or analysis.







    Local cannabis roots stretch all the way to Eastie neighborhood as Berkshire weed enterprise takes on new marketing director







    PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Roots, Inc.,

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    TLC # 39 — NTRVW: Alex Morse

    TLC # 39 — NTRVW: Alex Morse

    Yes, this is the Top Left Corner, Episode #82 to be exact. Today is Thursday, July 16, 2020, and I’m your host, Jay Velázquez — thanks for joining me for what’s going to be a great half hour. 















    The entirety of this episode will be spent getting to know Alex Morse, (website) primary challenger against U.S. Representative Richard Neal here in Massachusetts’ First Congressional District.







    Before we get to that though, I want to let you know that, mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greylock Glass has NO ADVERTISERS. That’s right. No sponsors. We have a couple dozen loyal members whose generosity covers the web hosting and other tech costs, and beyond that, I’m paying for it all out of pocket. I’m asking you, right now to becoming a member, either directly through this site or through our Patreon page. Links to both in the shownotes. The Berkshires deserves fiercely independent news and only you can make that happen. It takes mere moments to sign up, and you can do it while you listen the rest of the show, which begins right now.







    So Alex Morse was the youngest person ever to have won the office of Mayor in the City of Holyoke, Mass., and he’s been favorably compared to other progressives who recently given the boot to centrist and right-leaning Democratic incumbents in the House. 







    Richard Neal, garnered notoriety most recently for his persistent refusal to meet with climate activists of the Sunrise Movement to urge him to  join every other member of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation in supporting the Green New Deal.







    Listeners may recall that I interviewed Springfield attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud during her campaign to unseat Neal two years ago. At the time I invited the Congressman to come on the show and give his pitch for why he deserved another term. Well, the Greylock Glass is still…waiting…for Neal to RSVP. And actually, Richie? If you’re listening, consider that offer back in 2018 an open invitation. You just ring me up or shoot me an e-mail and we’ll set that interview right up.























    Neal, now in his 16th term, first took his seat in Congress in 1989 — the same year that the New Kids On The Block released “Hangin’ Tough.” Okay. Alright. I’m sorry — that was all kinds of cruel and unusual. 1989 was ALSO the the year that Nine Inch Nails released Pretty Hate Machine, and I’ll drop a Spotify embed in the shownotes to help you delete that first song from your memory. In fact, after listening to this episode, why don’t you e-mail me with what YOU remember as either the best — or the worst — song of 1989. 











    Right now, let’s go to my conversation with Alex Morse, here on the Top Left Corner.







    RELATED COVERAGEfrom our colleagues at The Shoestring“No Deal Neal“May 6, 2020Richard Neal, congressional leader in corporate PAC money, remains the only Mass holdout on Green New Deal.







    Hey, wow, so what an interview, right? I love it when my guests make my job so easy. Actually, some times I don’t, since it makes it look like I didn’t actually have any questions prepared.







    In any event, Alex Morse faces off against Richie Neal in the Massachusetts Democratic primary Septemb...

    • 36 min
    TLC #81 — NTRVW: NYC/Berkshires Photographer Answers “The Call To Unite”

    TLC #81 — NTRVW: NYC/Berkshires Photographer Answers “The Call To Unite”

    We speak with Jane Feldman, a photographer who has called both New York City and the Berkshires home for decades. Her recent photos of the city during the COVID-19 crisis will be the backdrop for the performance of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” by saxophonist Richie Cannata during the worldwide livestreaming solidarity event, “The Call to Unite.”















    Watch performance now.







    Richie Cannata performs Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” to the kaleidoscope of visual impressions of the city captured by photographer Jane Feldman. Watch the entire performance HERE.







    From the official release:







    Today, billions of people around the world are isolated and anxious because of the COVID-19 pandemic— unable to gather with loved ones, go to work, or even mourn those they’ve lost. Still, in this moment of isolation, millions are rising to the occasion by showing each other love and support in countless ways. The Call to Unite is a celebration of those acts of humanity, and an invitation to the world to join in lifting one another in this moment of need.







    “New York State of Mind”by Billy JoelThe photography of Jane Feldman will illustrate this iconic song, performed by Richie Cannata, longtime saxophonist for Billy Joel. Tune in to the livestream between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. ET on May 2.THEN, find out more about Jane Feldman in this excellent article in YES! magazine.The Unexpected Gifts of Photographing Mandela, Tutu, and the Dalai Lama







    Selfie, by Jane Feldman.







    The Call to Unite is a 24-hour global livestream event that will unite people across the world to celebrate our shared humanity. Over 200 cultural, spiritual, civic, and community leaders will offer lessons, performances, conversations, and more – to support all of us in coping with the challenges of this moment in order to emerge from this crisis better than when it began. All participants and viewers will be invited to #answerthecall by giving, serving, and sharing their stories. Everyone is invited. And everyone belongs.







    Messages of inspiration, left in chalk on sidewalks, may provide passersby doses of hope at random times and in unexpected places in New York City; photo by Jane Feldman.







    The Call to Unite will be livestreamed at unite.us and on supporting partners including Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, LinkedIn, and SiriusXM Stars channel 109 . Spotify will provide segments from the event on demand within the 24 hour-period and afterward. Media connection technical details can be found here to further amplify The Call to Unite.







    Central Park has likely not been this devoid of foot traffic in years; photo by Jane Feldman.

    • 48 min
    TLC #80 — NTRVW: Jane Ralph, of Construct, Inc., on powerful partnerships to combat homeless during COVID-19 crisis

    TLC #80 — NTRVW: Jane Ralph, of Construct, Inc., on powerful partnerships to combat homeless during COVID-19 crisis

    Today is Wednesday, April 22, and you are listening to episode #80 of TLC. I’m your host, Jay Velazquez, and I have to say, thanks for tuning in. Also, I have to say thank you to The Foundry in West Stockbridge for being the first to contribute to our COVID-19 Local News Fund campaign, organized by the Local Media Foundation. Foundry director Amy Brentano, who’s been on the show in the past to talk about that amazing performance venue and gallery, saw my appeal on social media and donated in before the post had been up for 10 minutes. She left a note on the campaign page saying, “We need you Greylock Glass.” That means so much, I just can’t even begin to say. 















    UPDATE:















    The COVID-19 Local News Fund campaign, organized by the Local Media Foundation, has ended. Thank you so much to those of you who stepped up and helped out when we put out the call. We appreciate it more than you know.







    We have a great interview with Jane Ralph, executive director of Construct, Inc., based in Great Barrington. This organization, marking its 50th anniversary, provides support services through Cara Davis Project Home  – everything from emergency assistance, transitional housing, workforce development, housing & financial counseling and adult education.







    Jane Ralph is going to tell us about some of the amazing work and partnerships responding to the COVID-19 crisis right here in the Berkshires, but first, a couple of news items worth mentioning:







    As the death toll from the novel coronavirus in Berkshire County reached 400, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker yesterday announced the closure of school buildings for the remainder of the academic year. Mount Greylock Regional School District Superintendent, Kimberly Grady wrote to the school community, 







    “This means that the remote learning we have in place will continue with additional components being outlined shortly by DESE. As the information comes to us we will be sending updates out. Thank you all for you patience and flexibility.”







    The pandemic will continue to wreak havoc with schedules and plans locally even after the end of school as summer camps and childcare programs face uncertainty. The Berkshire Family YMCA has announced that it will be looking for ways to offer summer day camp/summer program to families and children. Hundreds of families rely on and look forward to Y programs each summer. To better understand those families’ needs, opinions, and expectations about summer programs, the YMCA is asking participants to share their input in a survey.







    Complete the survey if summer programs at the Y are a part of your family’s plans.







    And in North Adams, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced that senior art students will launch their website exhibition, titled “And So it Goes,” with an online event featuring artist talks from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May, 1, 2020. The event and exhibition will feature artists Emery Bibbins, Liz Brick, Gillian Catherine Fournier, Spring Hajjar, Samantha Louise Hinds, Sierra Lamonde, Kelsey Sherman, and Macie Turrell, all Class of 2020. The online event appears to be free, but is limited the number of participants, so be sure to get tickets early.







    WTFFree online theatre workshopvia Facebook LiveMonday, May 11 • 5:00 p.m. ESTExperience the debut session now!







    Lastly,

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