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ALBANY, N.Y. — David Barlow is reluctant to call "The Iliad" an old story, even though the epic poem was written by Homer almost 3,000 years ago. "I prefer timeless," he says. "It's a compelling piece of literature that takes a hard, communal … more
GREAT BARRINGTON — Good vibrations are heading for Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center this summer with the additions of The Beach Boys, Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, and Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes to the schedule. more
WILLIAMSTOWN — A young kitchen maid leans out a window with a silver flagon in one hand, gazing into the distance at a scene off panel. Nor does the artist care to elaborate. His focus is not on the action at hand or what is to come, but on this single moment of time. A very ordinary moment. more
PITTSFIELD — A single tenor can enthrall an audience. Pavarotti sent fans into fits of rapture, leaving an indelible impression on all who heard him. Alongside Domingo and Carreras as The Three Tenors, on stage, screen and CD they reached … more
NORTH ADAMS — When the dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones was commissioned by Mass MoCA and Jacob's Pillow to create a performance work in response to composer-artist Nick Cave's massive site-specific installation "Until," the task seemed right in his … more
PITTSFIELD — It's no accident, I think, that this year's edition of "The 10x10 Plays" begins, and ends, with two plays about finding comfort, one set in a sandbox in a public park; the other, a desk fort in the office of a tech company on team … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — A large photo on the wall at Williams College shows a 19-year old combat engineer after a long day. His unit was moving into a Taliban-held corner of Kandahar, facing improvised explosive devices, enemy fire, and angry wasps … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — A low voice calls over solo guitar. Warm brass and rippling lines of dancers sound rapid beats like a light rain. A strong tenor builds over blues chords in a call-and-response rhythm:"I got a woman — she stays on my mind … more
Ten years ago Images Cinema hosted a Slow Food event. Over the course of one evening we had an outdoor potluck dinner with farmers and film fans, and then went into the cinema to watch a Slow Food documentary. It was a lovely event with interesting … more
WILLIAMSTOWN >> The dancers are holding candles, one in each hand. They cup their hands, so the flames seem to ride on their palms. They hold out their arms and extend them overhead, spinning.The candles are called diya, and families light … more
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