Berkshire Rainbow Seniors growing in February

In February, join the Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County (50+) as they expand activities to other parts of the area.
Pittsfield: “What’s Next?” organizational meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum Conference Room Feb. 6 from 2-4pm
Adams: “Straight Answers to Gay Questions” info session for all at Adams Council on Aging, February 19, at 11:30am with lunch courtesy Sweetwood Retirement Living Community.
Williamstown: Potluck Lunch and LGBTQ’s talk at First Congregational Church on February 16 from Noon-2pm. Bring something to share.

More Info: ed@rainbowseniors.org or call him at 413-441-6006

 

Rainbow Seniors have a date with the fabulous Taylor Mac – artist, drag queen, entertainer, historian

Yes, finally a gay spectacle in the Berkshires!
Yes, finally a gay spectacle in the Berkshires!

Rainbow Seniors has picked a real winner for its first group outing,…the artist Taylor Mac who is creating a 24 decade review of American popular music from a drag queen’s vantage point. We are going to catch the first three decades (1776 – 1806) at the ’62 Center in Williamstown on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8pm. You can lock in your special discount tickets by bringing $3 per person (yes, an extraordinary discounted price) to our first meeting in Pittsfield on February 6, 2-4 pm at the Berkshire Athenaneum. Or call Ed to arrange your payment at 413-441-6006. Or email him at ed@rainbowseniors.org But don’t delay – reservations with our group close February 6.

Not sure it’s to your taste? Honey, this is no time to dilly-dally. Book your place now for a great evening with new friends!

Our first report from San Francisco reports that the show – which is in workshop there – opens with Taylor Mac wearing an elaborate hooped dress fashioned from brightly-colored foil ribbons and a voluminous wig that makes him look like Marie Antoinette had an accident in a Mexican bodega, as the artist begins an epic journey through 240 years of U.S. musical history that’s as timeless as it is prescient.

Taylor Mac in A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1776-1806. Photos by Jim Norrena
Taylor Mac in A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1776-1806. Photos by Jim Norrena

She makes crusty old tunes like “Yankee Doodle” and “Amazing Grace” sound like like they were written just in time for this year’s Grammys. The performances carry it too: Although the show is still being polished in San Francisco with Mac and his band still ironing out a few wonky transitions, by the time the team hits Williamstown there is little question that they will breathe new life into both well-known and obscure 18th century ditties. And it’s Mac’s mercurial tenor that anchors the experience: the drag queen’s voice is as colorful as his flamboyant sense of style. There’s crushed velvet and feathers in Mac’s mellifluous ballad singing and 8-inch spiked heels in his drinking song belt.

As colleague Chloe Veltman writes: “In addition to the gaudy get-up mentioned above, there’s an “architectural” dress involving a pair of enormous doric columns, each with a plastic doll’s head dangling from the bottom, and another costume topped with an amazing wig made of wine bottle corks and sheaths of barley.) The thematic through-line connecting the musical numbers also helps to take A 24-Decade History of Popular Music beyond regular drag cabaret.

“Mac underpins each decade of the musical journey with commentaries on broad social issues, which he spices with liberal amounts of scathing humor and personal anecdote. The first decade roughly and comically charts the founding principles of post-Revolutionary U.S.. In the second decade, Mac takes a piquant look at women’s lib. Part Three is all about booze, where the ripe innuendos of raucous drinking songs like “Nine Inch Will Please a Lady” clash against the stiff, bonneted warblings of a scandalized Temperance Choir.” (Read more here.)

And if you like this performance as much as we think you will, you may want to make plans to attend the Civil War years of Taylor Mac’s show – coming up at MASS MoCA with a (gasp! How does she do it!) six hour show on April 9, 4– 10pm.

And you thought Rainbow Seniors just sat around crocheting doilies? Honey, get a grip and put a little fun in your life!

Jane Fonda (78) and Lily Tomlin (76) chat on TED

Jane Fonda joins longtime friend Lily Tomlin – whose Netflix series  Grace and Frankie is a delightful mashup of comedy and divorces – get together to talk about feminism among other things.

Premiere Of Netflix's "Grace And Frankie" - Red Carpet

Sitting side by side in chairs at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, Fonda turned to Tomlin: ”Most of our male friends are feminists, right?” she asked, and then paused, adding, “Well, not my ex-husbands.” Tomlin threw her head back with laughter.

In Grace And Frankie, Fonda and Tomlin play two women whose longtime husbands announce they want divorces in order to get remarried — to each other. The two women’s lives are turned upside down, and despite their many differences, they end up supporting each other in unexpected ways.

You are Invited to our next meeting!

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Rainbow Seniors are now meeting in both Pittsfield and Willliamstown and we hope you can attend one or both of them. Meetings are open to those Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer/Questioning folks (LGBTQ) whose age may or may not be a sensitive topic.

Williamstown

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Third Tuesdays are the regular day to join us in Williamstown for a potluck lunch. Coming up on February 16 from noon until two or so, it takes place at the First Congregational Church on Route 2, right in the center of town. It’s the big white church on the hill, the address is 906 Main Street, and you enter from the side, on Chapin Hill Road. There is a parking lot right behind the church. You will enjoy the friendly group which gathers with us monthly.

Pittsfield

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We are thrilled that our first meeting in Pittsfield will take place the first Saturday in February at the Berkshire Athenaeum Conference Room from 2-4pm on February 6. Mark your calendar for 3/5 and 4/2. Socializing, light refreshments and an informal chat about the various choices the group can make about its format and direction.

Chat with Ed

For more information – or answers to any questions or concerns – give a call to Ed Sedarbaum, our organizer and founder, at 413-441-6006 or send him an email at ed@rainbowseniors.org

We also have a Berkshire Rainbow Seniors page on Facebook – “like” us and as you do that, ask to get notifications to each new post in your FB feed. Located in the  button at the top of the page, it’s easy to turn on and off if you are not sure.

Lunchtime Potluck in Williamstown on Jan. 19

RAINBOW SENIORS OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY ASKS . . .

Can We Talk?

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Oh, you know we can! But what should we talk about?

 JOIN US FOR OUR

JANUARY POTLUCK

HELP US BRAINSTORM DISCUSSION TOPICS AND ACTIVITIES

FOR THE MONTHS AHEAD

Tuesday, January 19

Noon – 2 PM

First Congregational Church of Williamstown

906 Main St, Williamstown

(Corner of Route 2 and Chapin Hall Road)

 

Please bring something to share — whatever you can afford and would enjoy bringing.

 

For more information, contact Ed at 413-441-6006 or ed@rainbowseniors.org

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Rainbow Seniors — a senior citizens program with a special outreach to LGBTQ elders and their friends — holds monthly potlucks and programs in Williamstown on the third Tuesday of each month.
We also meet in Pittsfield on the first Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 pm in the Berkshire Athenaeum conference room.
To join our mailing list, email ed@rainbowseniors.org.