Explorations: Evening Lectures at the Becket Arts Center

All programs are free and will be held in the air-conditioned Philip Barber Gallery (upstairs gallery) at the Becket Arts Center. 

Programs begin at 7:30 PM and generally end by 9:00 PM.  Home-made cookies and lemonade are available. 
We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance from the local cultural councils of Becket, Chester, Hinsdale-Peru, Otis, and Washington.


Daniel Kramer
Producing Artistic Director, Chester Theatre

Explorations Series Lecture 1:
The Chester Theatre
Summer Season, 2019

Enjoy a preview of Chester Theatre Company’s 30th season,  with Producing Artistic Director Daniel Elihu Kramer.

Tuesday, July 16, 7:30 pm.


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Explorations Series Lecture 2:
The Luthier’s Art

Meet guitar maker John Osthoff, who will discuss his designs and his creative process in the quest for ultimate tone in an acoustic guitar.

Tuesday, July 30, 7:30 pm


Andrea Harrington, D.A., Berkshire County

Andrea Harrington, D.A., Berkshire County

Explorations Series Lecture 3:
Impacts of the Revised Massachusetts Criminal Justice Code

A lecture and conversation with Berkshire County District Attorney, Hon. Andrea Harrington

Tuesday, August 6, 7:30 pm


W.E.B. DuBois

W.E.B. DuBois

Explorations Series Lecture 4:
The Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois

A portrait of the pioneering civil rights leader, a Berkshires native, one of the founders of the NAACP, author of the classic The Souls of Black Folk, with Camesha Scruggs, site guide at the new W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site in Great Barrington.

Tuesday, August 13, 7:30 pm


International Student Strike at Massachusetts State House, Boston MA, March 15, 2019

International Student Strike at Massachusetts State House, Boston MA, March 15, 2019

Explorations Series Lecture 5:
How Kids Are Leading the Climate Protests

A panel about the Sunrise Movement, the Green New Deal and the young people suing our government for failing to save their future environment. Anchored by Environmental scholar Dana Drugmand and local student activists.

Tuesday August 20, 7:30 pm.


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Explorations Series Lecture 6:
The Musical Magic of Cole Porter

Porter’s life and music, with singer-story teller Frank Newton and accompanist Bob Shepherd. Sing along with some of Porter’s great hits, like “Night and Day”, “True Love”, and “Wundebar”.

Tuesday, August 27, 7:30 pm