Performance by Darlene White
Clark Biscuit Community Room, 179 Ashland Street, North Adams, 7 p.m.
(For reservations/parking, call 413-664-0167 by 3/26)
In “Night Vision,” writer and storyteller Darlene White journeys back to the tenement neighborhood of her Pittsfield childhood, where her jittery mom ran illegal racetrack gambling operations and hosted marathon poker games in their tiny smoke-filled apartment. When young Darlene discovers “National Enquirer” tabloids stashed under her mother’s mattress, she learns new things. But her “Enquirer Studies” backfire, and worse, she begins to suspect that her mother and the National Enquirer have prepared her for the outside world about as much as drinking alcohol prepares you for a driving test. Determined to beat the odds and prove her nemesis mother wrong, Darlene begins trying—and failing—to make her losing hand win. With unblinking candor and delicious humor, Darlene’s mixture of street savvy and exquisite use of language brings her vivid stories to life.
Darlene White made her debut in New York City at a “Moth Storytelling” contest. She came home with first prize and an invitation to perform at the “Roxy.” Since then, she has performed at New York venues such as The Bitter End, The Liar’s Show and Cornelia St. Café. Her spoken word stories have been performed throughout the Berkshires, and aired on WAMC radio, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”