Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Review: Spamalot at CT Repertory Theatre

My Westfield News Group review of Monty Python's Spamalot at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pioneer Valley Radio 4/21/16

Imagine my surprise. I set up a coffee date with my radio mentor, Michael Harrison, to introduce him to my close friend and colleague Michael Kusek. While we sitting in the Longmeadow, MA Starbucks, Michael Harrison turned our chat (mostly Michael H and Michael K) into a podcast, which can be heard on Pioneer Valley Radio.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Westfield News Group Arts Beat 4/21/16

Westfield News Group Arts Beat for 4/21/16. "The Roar of the Greasepaint" at Goodspeed, New Century Theatre's summer season; and author Tommy Shea writes about baseball.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Media Release: Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative Workshop on May 7

Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative
to offer
New 1-Day Workshop: How to be a Production Assistant

The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative will be offering a new film workshop, “How to be a Production Assistant,” on Saturday, May 7th from 1:00-4:00pm. Topics will include: Job responsibilities, proper film set etiquette and dress, production paperwork, definitions of film departments and crews, union vs. non-union productions, using walkie-talkies, how to find work and potential career paths. 

According to BFMC Executive Director, Diane Pearlman, “When productions come to our region, their first request is to find trained and knowledgeable local productions assistants - people who are familiar with the area and can get things done quickly. A local production assistant is a key liaison between a production and our local businesses.”

The course will be taught by and Alexa Green - professional Production Assistant and 2nd Assistant Director, Williams Beautyman - Owner of Limelight Productions and IATSE Local 481 Union representative, and Diane Pearlman, who is an independent film producer. 

Participants who complete the course will be listed on the BFMC website’s crew database. As Pearlman states, “We are excited to be offering this workforce development workshop. The greater our depth of crew, the easier it is for more productions to choose western Massachusetts for their next project.”

The workshop will take place at Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St, Lenox, MA in the rehearsal space of the Elaine Bernstein Theater. Cost of the Production Assistant workshop is $75.00. TO REGISTER or for additional information, call 413.528.4223 or email Laura Gratz at

For more information about the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, visit our website at

Monday, April 11, 2016

Westfield News: Review: "Having Our Say" at Hartford Stage

My Westfield News Group review of "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years" at Hartford Stage.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Westfield News Group Arts Beat 4/10/16

My Westfield News Group Arts Beat 4/10/16. Someone posted this to Westfield News Group website a week early, so you're at the head of the line of ticket buyers. News about "Matilda" at The Bushnell, "How to Succeed" at CT Rep and more.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Westfield News Group Arts Beat 4/08/16

My Westfield News Group Arts Beat for 4/08/16. Monty Python's Spamalot at CT Repertory Theatre; movie music at the Springfield Symphony, and more.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Westfield News Group Arts Beat 4/07/16

My Westfield News Group Arts Beat 4/07/16. Stomp plays Amherst. Dolly Parton on the Tanglewood line-up, Company in CT and more.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Media Release: Kurn Hattin Jazz Invitational on April 13

Dateline: April 5, 2016


F. Lisa Bloch
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

Mark G. Auerbach
Public Relations

Kurn Hattin Jazz Invitational to Feature Samirah Evans and Keene Jazz Orchestra on April 13

Westminster, VT--Kurn Hattin Homes For children welcomes the public to its Annual Jazz Invitational on Wednesday, April 13 at 7PM, at the Higbie Auditorium in the Mayo Memorial Center on the Kurn Hattin campus in Westminster, VT. Performers from Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire include: The Dylan Chambers Jazz Ensemble (Dylan Chambers, Director), the Northfield Mount Hermon Jazz Combo (Ron Smith, Director), Vermont Academy Jazz Ensemble (Steve Cady, Director); The Vermont Jazz Center High School Jazz Ensemble (Eugene Uman and Rob Freeberg, Directors); and the Kurn Hattin Homes Beginning and Select Jazz Ensembles (Lisa Bianconi, Director).

Jazz groups from local schools are invited each year to participate in the annual event to showcase their musical skills. The event will be hosted by Eugene Uman, Artistic Director of the Vermmont Jazz Center, and the evening will conclude with performances by jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans and the Keene Jazz Orchestra, under the director of Scott Mullett.   

Admission is either a canned good or dry good for the Our Place Drop In Center Food Shelf and Day Shelter in Bellows Falls, VT or a cash donation. 

For further information on the Kurn Hattin Jazz Invitational, contact Lisa Bianconi at 802-721-6931 or

Since 1894, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has helped thousands of at-risk children and their families by offering a safe home and quality education in a nurturing environment. Its mission: Kurn Hattin Homes transforms the lives of children and their families


My April article for Succeeding in Small Business

My April article for Succeeding in Small Business. When it comes to social media, it's all about content, content, content.