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The Berkshire Museum's decision to deaccession art as part of a fundamental institutional re-alignment has drawn lots of thoughtful commentary — and passion — that bespeaks the museum's cherished role in our community. Moments like this … more
WEST STOCKBRIDGE — For eminent pianist Emanuel Ax — "Manny" to one and all — this is an especially sweet Berkshires summer.For the first time, he has cleared his concert schedule, except for several performances at Tanglewood, so … more
LENOX — How many outfits do you pack when planning for a four-day trip? Depending on your plans, it's probably one to two outfits per day. But in the late 1800s, packing for a four-day trip to the Berkshires would require a steamer trunk or … more
BECKET — "I had shivers up my spine." Larry, a U.S. Marines veteran, had just watched Roy Assaf Dance perform a duet exploring an intimate relationship between a man and a woman at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. more
PITTSFIELD — For some of us, hunger pangs are as common to a museum experience as information panels and guided tours. After meandering through stimulating exhibits for hours — or mere minutes — our minds wander to the items so … more
WILLIAMSTOWN — Songwriter Bernice Lewis has been playing the ukulele long before the stringed instrument became popular. When Lewis joined the Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra nearly 25 years ago, the band was adapting music from Mozart to … more
STOCKBRIDGE — On a recent Friday, two maestros shared their work with crowds in Berkshire County. The first was Andris Nelsons, the well-known Boston Symphony Orchestra music director who conducted the group's Tanglewood season opener that … more
Many residents of Pittsfield and nearby towns will spend a hot summer day by the water at Burbank Park orwalk their dog at Clapp Park. But did you know that Pittsfield is home to 31 public parks ranging in size from 0.1 to 246 acres? Located all … more
LENOX — The cost to attend one of The Mount's Music After Hours concerts is $0. In an economic environment that reveres "growth," you might assume that holding these free jazz concerts is merely a promotional strategy, that a price hike is inevitable. But The Mount has precisely the opposite intention, according to music curator and director of facilities and special events Ross Jolly. more
There's a mysterious quality to New England and Tony Dunne has spent the last five years chronicling that in "New England Legends" on PBS with author Jeff Belanger. Now the show — and the region's creepy weirdness— are getting a wider … more
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