Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Westfield News Group ArtsBeat 5/23/18

The Westfield News Group ArtsBeat 5/23/18. TheaterWorks presents "The Invisible Hand"; Barrington Stage premieres "The Royal Family of Broadway". "Love Never Dies" at The Bushnell, and more arts news or WMass. and No.CT.

Media Release from Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative

Dateline: May 23, 2018

Advance Screening of New Feature Documentary, “GRIT,” by Academy Award® Winning Filmmaker Cynthia Wade at Berkshire International Film Festival on June 2

- A staggering eco-disaster that you’ve never heard of. A heroine you’ll never forget -

Oscar Winning filmmaker, and Berkshire resident, Cynthia Wade will present a special advance screening of GRIT, her newest documentary feature chronicling a young girl’s years-long fight against a drilling company in Indonesia. The film, which just had its world premiere in Toronto to rave reviews, will screen at the historic Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Saturday, June 2 at 1:30 pm.  Director Cynthia Wade will participate in a conversation after the screening, as part of the 13th Annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) Tea Talk series. The screening is sponsored by the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BMFC).

“Shot with poetic grandeur and packed with stirring political heft” – Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto

GRIT follows Dian, a young Indonesian girl who lost her home when an enormous tsunami of mud, causing by natural gas drilling, slammed into her village in 2006. Twelve years later, 16 villages lie buried under 60 feet of mud and the mud continues to explode every day. The film chronicles Dian’s awakening as a political activist as she had her community organize against the drilling company. GRIT was created in collaboration with the Sundance Institute.

 “An exquisitely shot film that draws upon the evocative power of manmade landscapes to create an eerie tale of what’s at stake for our planet” – POV Magazine

About the Director: Academy Award-winning director Cynthia Wade has won over 50 awards for her films. Her documentary Freeheld won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 2008; Wade was a lead producer on the 2015 fictionalized adaptation starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell and Michael Shannon. In 2013, Wade received her second Oscar nomination for her documentary Mondays at Racine. Her work can be seen at

About the Sponsor: The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) creates educational, workforce and production opportunities in the film and media industry an economic initiative for the western Massachusetts region.

Screening Time: Saturday, June 2 at 1:30 pm at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA. Box Office:  413-528-0100. Tickets $15 for screening and conversation:"

Monday, May 21, 2018

News from Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations / June 2018

June, 2018
Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

Please note: Our offices will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day, and June 8-11, while I’m travelling for work.

We’re proud to share our clients’ activities.

Kevin Rhodes begins the month with an all-Rachmaninoff program with the Traverse Symphony in MI on June 2. Then, it’s back to Vienna for ballet.  He’ll be conducting two different programs at the Vienna State Opera Ballet, a mixed-bill of ballets by British choreographers, including the classic Marguerite and Armand created for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev; and then the ballet season finale, The Nureyev Gala, one of the most important dance events in Europe. Maestro Rhodes will conduct the Vienna State Opera Ballet’s new production of Sylvia, with music by Delibes, this fall. For details:

Jeanne Yocum, publisher of the award-winning blog Succeeding in Small Business, released her new book, The Self-Employment Survival Guide: Proven Strategies to Succeed as Your Own Boss, published by Rowman and Littlefield. I’m quoted in the book! Jeanne’s book tour comes to Masachusetts this month at the South Shore Women’s Business Network on June 21 in Hingham, MA and at AmherstWorks in Amherst, MA, and she’ll appear at Blue Umbrella Books in Westfield, MA on June 23. For details:

The Capitol Steps perform every Friday and Saturday in the Amphitheater at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, DC. Metro Stop: Federal Triangle. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. They also perform throughout the year at theatres coast-to-coast. Look for them at Symphony Space on Broadway on June 17;  at Cranwell in the Berkshires this summer. from June 29-August 31. Their new CD, Make America Grin Again, comes out this  month, and they'll have a new Politics Takes a Holiday radio special in July.. For details:

More Shameless Self-Promotion

89.5fm/WSKB’s ArtsBeat Radio airs weekly on Fridays at 8AM. June guests include: Connecticut Repertory Theatre Nutmeg Summer Series Artistic Director Terrence Mann; David M. Lutken, star of Goodspeed’s The Will Rogers Follies; Shawn Farley from the UMass Fine Arts Center; Sevenars Concert’s Rorianne Schrade; Beryl Jolly from the Mahaiwe;  actor director Eric Hill, and WAM Theatre’s Kristen van Ginhoven.  Tune in on 89.5fm/WSKB, on Comcast Ch.15 in Westfield, or streamed via or

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Bernadette Duncan interviewed me about book promotion on her show, The Writer’s Group.

My ArtsBeat columns and theatre reviews for Westfield News Group, and articles for Succeeding in Small Business are catalogued at Random Notes From a P.R. Guy:

Here’s to a great summer.

Media Release: ArtsBeat Radio Returns Weekly on 89.5fm/WASKB

Dateline: May 21, 2018

ArtsBeat Radio, the hour-long arts and entertainment program returns to its weekly Friday time slot from 8AM-9AM on 89.5FM/WSKB beginning May 25. Produced for 89.5FM/WSKB by Mark G. Auerbach Public Relations, and hosted by Mark G. Auerbach, ArtsBeat columnist for The Westfield News Group, ArtsBeat Radio, which launched last May, will showcase the diverse performing arts scene in Southern New England.

“We initially came to WSKB as a limited-run summer series last year, but we continued on a monthly basis after the summer," said Auerbach. "We're back on a weekly schedule year-round, and we'll continue to bring some of our region’s finest talents into the WSKB studios to talk about the state of their arts, and what it’s like to create music, dance, and theatre here in Western New England.”

Some of ArtsBeat Radio's upcoming guests include: Daniel Elihu Kramer, Artistic Director of Chester Theatre Company; Shawn Farley from the UMass Fine Arts Center; Rorianne Schrade from Sevenars Concerts; David M. Lutken, star of The Will Rogers Follies at Goodspeed, and actor/director Eric Hill. ArtsBeat Radio will also produce two summer specials, one from the stage of the Fitzpatrick Theatre with members of The Berkshire Theatre Group's 90th Anniversary Season, and one from Cranwell Resort in Lenox with members of the political satire group The Capitol Steps

Mark G. Auerbach studied theatre at Northfield Mount Hermon School, American University and The Yale School of Drama. After working at Wolf Trap outside Washington, DC; Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, The Springfield Symphony, Greater Miami Opera, and StageWest, he opened a public relations consultancy. As an arts reporter, he has written extensively for newspapers, magazines, and radio. 

89/5FM/WSKB, Radio For The Western Masses, is licensed to serve Westfield State University and the Greater Westfield, MA area. WSKB runs Community Radio programming daily from 6AM-10AM. Arts Beat Radio and other WSKB programming  can be heard at 89.5FM, on Comcast Channel 15 in Westfield, and streamed by or at Previously-aired programs are archived on YouTube.

Thanks, Westfield News Group for running the story.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

ArtsBeat Radio on 89.5fm/WSKB 5/16/18

ArtsBeat Radio on 5/16/18 on 89.5fm/WSKB. Mark G. Auerbach interviews Peri Sossaman from North Hall Arts Festival, Maestro Kevin Rhodes from the Springfield Symphony, and actor/musician James Barry.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Westfield News Group ArtsBeat 5/16/18

Westfield News Group ArtsBeat 5/16/18. "A Lesson from Aloes" directed by Darko Tresnjak at Hartford Stage; "Disaster" opens Nutmeg Summer Series at CT. Rep,  Springfield Symphony's All-Rachmaninoff Season Finale and more.

Westfield News Group ArtsBeat Extra: Springfield Symphony 75th Season

Westfield News Group ArtsBeat Extra 5/16/18. Maestro Kevin Rhodes announces the Springfield Symphony Orchestra's 75th Season.