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Berkshire Memories

by Shawn Stone July 16, 2015


  If you’ve ever hung out on the lawn to enjoy a concert at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., the new book by Gina Hyams, The Tanglewood Picnic, will stir your memory. It’s a ...

From Court to Battle to Bar, Bracingly

by B.A. Nilsson July 2, 2015


  It’s almost insulting to our received images of warfare, this Battle of Agincourt, with a handful of black-clad actors suffering slo-mo agonies while the stage is littered with drapes of red. Since scenes of actual ...

Shakespeare & Company

For the 21st Century and Beyond

by Shawn Stone July 3, 2014

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  The Clark Art Institute selected Tadao Ando as project architect for its transformative, decade-long expansion because of his “ability to weave architecture into the natural environment.” On a recent tour of the Clark, which reopens to ...

Clark Art Institute

Herman Melville’s Pittsfield

by Ann Morrow July 3, 2014

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  Herman Melville liked to grow pumpkins, and he liked to feed his pumpkins to his horse and cow. Known to posterity as one of the greatest American novelists in literature, and forever linked with high-seas ...

Herman Melville's Arrowhead/BHS

Berkshire International Film Festival

by The Staff May 28, 2014


  Cinephiles will be flocking to Western Massachusetts this weekend for the Berkshire International Film Festival. This year’s BIFF will screen 26 features, 28 documentaries and 14 shorts at its three locations in Pittsfield and Great ...

Beacon Cinema

The To-Do List

by The Staff September 5, 2013


You don’t need us to tell you that there’s more to college than textbooks, tests and cafeteria food that inexplicably makes you have to poop. (What’s the deal with that, anyway?) Lucky for you, you ...


by The Staff March 28, 2013


  Happy 110th birthday, Berkshire Museum! In honor of the occasion, the museum is putting on display some of the “most significant and fascinating objects from [its] holdings of more than 50,000 artworks, specimens and artifacts” ...

Berkshire Museum

Young and Valued

by Stephen Leon June 14, 2012


In 1999, Amanda Root was 19 and working as a waitress. What might have been a carefree time for her in picturesque Great Barrington, Mass., was anything but. The transformation of Great Barrington from a ...

The Gilded Age Makes a Comeback

by Ann Morrow June 14, 2012


They came from New York City or Boston, taking the train to the Red Lion Inn where they would disembark with their flotillas of luggage and fleets of servants. For a few rarified decades, this ...

Best of 2011: Theater

by The Staff January 5, 2012


Critic: James Yeara Best of 2011 1. Crowns Capital Repertory Theatre Crowns was the type of show that created a new community that hummed, swayed, and looked for hats all of its own. This was a show that deserved ...

The Speed Way

by The Staff September 21, 2011


  One of the ongoing delights in visiting MASS MoCA is discovering that previously abandoned spaces and buildings at the former industrial complex have become integrated into the museum experience. This weekend “the speedway,” a five-acre ...

Mass Moca

Boston Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff July 6, 2011


Last summer we said goodbye to Charles Dutoit (pictured), who ended his long and fruitful tenure as summer music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra at SPAC. Friday, we say hello again to maestro Dutoit, as he ...

Tanglewood Shed

We Grow Our Own

by Stephen Leon June 23, 2011


When Berkshire Co-op Market opened at its current location in Great Barrington in 2002, the store sold about $100,000 in locally grown and made products in its first year. “And we thought that was the ...

Boston Early Music Festival

by The Staff June 22, 2011


We know, you’re thinking “the Boston Early Music what?” After eight days of wall-to-wall programming in its namesake city, the Boston Early Music Festival arrives in Great Barrington, Mass., this weekend to present two operas ...

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Other Culture

by Kathryn Geurin June 22, 2011

The Berkshires are positively brimming with world-class arts institutions, which bloom to their most vital in the summer. But many of these icons of culture also offer less prominent programming that is worth exploring, and ...

Pretty World

by Jeremy D. Goodwin June 22, 2011


By Jeremy D. Goodwin Flipping through a dog-eared musical composition book to find a song he’s been working on lately, Larry Chernicoff describes his process as one of “archeology.” A ...

Pissarro’s People

by The Staff June 8, 2011


He is often considered the father of impressionism, and Camille Pissarro’s modulated landscapes and cityscapes are frequently examined through an artistic lens. But the artist was a social and economic philosopher as well, and this ...

Clark Art Institute

One Night Only

by Kathryn Geurin March 23, 2011


On Saturday afternoon, a handful of professional actors, directors, playwrights, producers and improvisers gathered in a rehearsal room at Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre, some meeting for the first time, some rekindling years-old connections, others on ...

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