County Fare: Art, sports touch down at Clark


Football and art don't often go together, but they will -- sort of -- this Super Bowl Sunday in a pre-game "Art Slam" the Clark Art Institute is staging in Williamstown to launch a new catalog of its European paintings.

The free event at 3 p.m plays on the theme of games and competition while offering "a light-hearted look" at the 10 years of research that went into the 1,008-page, two-volume set priced at a hefty $350. (Art Slam-goers can get it for $250 Sunday; $225 for Clark members.)

The hourlong slam will include quizzes on the order of NPR's "Wait, Wait; Don't Tell Me" show; guessing the IDs of artworks from visual fragments; building limericks around particular paintings; and humorous insights on the research, as well as prizes and, of course, food.

Sarah Lees, associate curator of European art, who headed the catalog project, said that while the text is detailed, it will appeal to general readers who are not scholars but who know the Clark and want to delve deeper into the 374 paintings that make up its 19th-century European collection.

When the art games end, football fans can head home to watch more competition, between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the New Orleans Superdome.


Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo had best ready himself for some good-natured blarney: The Revere Democrat will receive the "Irish" Person of the Year award from Hillcrest Educational Centers during its 12th Annual Robert (Bees) Prendergast St. Patrick's Reception at the end of March. Since 1991, DeLeo has represented the 19th Suffolk District and became speaker in 2009.

Hillcrest President and CEO Gerard Burke said DeLeo was picked for the honors because "of his tireless advocacy of special education on behalf of children and our state." Hillcrest Educational Centers provides therapeutic treatment and special education to children and adolescents with unique psychological and learning needs.

The reception is Saturday, March 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Country Club of Pittsfield. Tickets are $50 per person. Proceeds benefit Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.

To register, visit or contact Sheila Mason, Hillcrest's director of development and community outreach, at or (413) 499-7924, ext. 133.


Lee native Kevin Bartini, known to many in the Berkshires for his comedic work locally and nationally, will be stopping at CityStage in Springfield next month in performances of "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up." The touring production runs Feb. 20-24.

"You Say Tomato " takes a humorous look at a relationship that seemed doomed by opposing personalities from the start. After trials and tribulations, they learn to navigate the conflicts that come with romance, money, and children by embracing each other's differences, taking on parenting as a competitive sport, and dropping out of couple's therapy. Bartini plays the role of Jeff Kahn; Gabrielle Mirabella plays the role of Annabelle Gurwitch.

The performance was developed through sold-out performances at The Comedy Central Theatre and at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and made its New York premiere at The New York Comedy Festival in 2009.

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